Five Minutes with God

Five Minutes with God is a distinct and exciting approach to daily Bible devotionals. Instead of a lofty goal of going through the entire Bible—or even the New Testament—in one year, Five Minutes with God focuses on shorter passages so that the reader can absorb more of the text and apply it to everyday life. This daily podcast will step you through the Gospel accounts of the life of Christ. Each day’s podcast also ends with a thought for further reflection and a call to prayer. By reading, reflecting, and praying, Five Minutes with God will help you come to know Him, love Him, and follow Him like never before.
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May 23, 2015

HOST: Michael Whitworth

SPONSOR: Logos Bible Software 6

Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

As we read through the gospel accounts of Jesus’ life, we see many examples of Jesus healing those who were sick and afflicted with different infirmities (and remember that we are given only a small sampling of the many healings Jesus performed). While amazing and miraculous, these healings can become somewhat commonplace to us as we consider the ministry of Jesus. “Oh, it’s another healing” may become our attitude. But it occurs to me that the people of Jesus’ day never lost their fascination with Jesus’ power to heal. Wherever He went, people came to Him in droves to be healed or to witness healings. Then, even when commanded to not tell anyone about the healing, they could not keep the amazing news to themselves. The excitement over being healed was more than they could contain. I think that there is a spiritual parallel here for us. The spiritual healing Jesus offers us is something that oftentimes becomes commonplace in our thinking. We don’t rejoice in it or tell others about it as we should. May God help us to regain the excitement of having our souls healed and lives renewed by the saving power of Christ.

What are some things that can help us be more excited about our spiritual healing?

Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!