Project Healing

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When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
– John 5:6

             In honor of bringing in the new year this past Sunday, I had the youth I teach do a praise report for 2016. They had to think of good things God had done in their lives for 2016. Oftentimes, we focus on all things that go wrong that we leave no room to see the blessings. It was important for them to reflect on the goodness of God in their lives because it would set up the atmosphere for 2017. It would enable them to believe God for even greater things in this year before us. So, for my praise report I wrote how I was graced with the privilege of teaching the youth. Had it not been for God orchestrating events in my life, I wouldn’t have this beautiful opportunity to teach them. I wouldn’t have been apart of what God is doing in their lives individually and as a youth ministry. It has been a tremendous blessing to say the least.
As a youth ministry, I recently brought them through a teaching series titled, “Meeting God in different seasons in different ways”. For one particular lesson, they learned about “The God who heals”. During Jesus’ ministry on earth, He healed countless people from a myriad of diseases, blindness, ailments, possessions, and spiritual unbelief. As I studied the aspects of healing, I realized how much we have control over our own healing. Let me explain. . .
In John 5:1-9, Jesus is in Jerusalem near a healing pool called Bethesda. While He was there, He noticed a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. Now it’s important to note this man was paralyzed in some way for a full 38 years, yet the first question Jesus asks him is, “Do you want to get well?”. When we are in a certain state for a period of time, we become conditioned to being that way. We become accustomed to living with the aches and pains, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. It becomes our normal. So the first aspect of healing is to actually Choose healing. We have to choose to want to get well. The second aspect is to realize only Jesus can heal you. In John 5:7, the invalid says he has no one to help him into the pool. He comes to the realization that only Jesus can help him because no one else has been able to.
The third aspect is to believe in the healing. In Matthew 9:28, Jesus is in his hometown of Capernaum and He comes across two blind men. As they are following Him, Jesus goes indoors and asks them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” Healing isn’t a question of whether Jesus can heal or not, Jesus is healer. But it is a question of “Do you believe?” You need to believe to be healed. You have to believe in the healing even before it comes.
The last aspect of healing is being aware of what you need healed. In Matthew 20:32, Jesus comes across two blind men as well and the first question He asks is, “What do you want me to do for you?” In order for healing to begin, you need to be aware of your need for healing. Awareness is powerful because it means you are no longer blind to your wounds.
I want you to pay attention to the fact in all these stories of healing, Jesus asks the person in need of healing a question. Sometimes we go to God asking Him what to do but because we aren’t expecting a question, we misinterpret God’s answer for silence. Sometimes God speaks in questions too. So as you go forward, remember the acronym: CRBA.

  1. Choose healing
    2. Realize only Jesus can heal
    3. Believe in the healing
    4. Awareness of what you need healed

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An open letter from me to you:

When I began Project Healing in November of 2014, I had no idea what God had in mind. All I knew is I had this God-given dream birthed in my heart and I needed to take action. I needed to share what God had done in my life in hopes of you too being infected with the healing bug. Project Healing was birthed because of tears found in open wounds, failed friendships, and broken relationships. But more because of transformation and healing. So while I haven’t made time to write newsletters as frequently, you are all in my prayers.
Entering 2017, my prayer is that you, yes you, realize your God-given potential and more-so your God-given dreams. I pray you would take courage and follow Jesus into the unknown. I pray you would see God’s hand in your life because I assure you, He is there. I pray when you hear His voice, you would not harden your heart. I pray you would grow in love and be stretched in wisdom. I pray you would bring every little thing that fills you with guilt and embarrassment to the foot of the cross and not to the pit of shame. But most of all, I pray you would be healed from the very thing(s) that may be stopping you from entering freely into the love of God.

As always, with love and tons of blessings,

Neli

HAPPY 2017!

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Perfect Peace

  • “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

Isaiah 26:3

This year has been difficult to say the least. It’s been full of tough decisions, taking leaps of faith, and things I have no control over. From death, cancer, to trusting God to do what only He can do; One thing that has remained constant is the peace I feel in my heart. Through the chaos of life this year and its sadnesses too, I have truly had a peace that surpasses all understanding. I’m learning if a decision you have to make is of God, you will have peace.

If you keep your mind and heart focused on the things above, on Jesus Christ, peace will guard your heart no matter the waves that threaten to overwhelm you. This peace comes as a direct result of having a relationship with Christ Jesus. The peace God gives isn’t like the peace the world gives. His peace is perfect and is constant. It does not mean you won’t mourn or cry but it does mean you won’t respond to your emotions first. With the peace of God, you’ll respond to His voice before anything.

  • “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27 NIV

  • “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

  • “From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Psalm 61:2 NIV

A Day at the Well


With 2016 in front of you, you have 361 days left of new beginnings. 361 chances to start fresh. That’s 361 opportunities to let go and let God. But will you?

One of my favorites stories in the bible is about the Samaritan woman. It’s a beautiful story of deliverance and fulfillment. It’s the kind of story that gives hope to the hopeless. In John 4, Jesus is on his way to Galilee but in order to get there, He had to go through Samaria. As he’s passing through, he stops to rest by a well. While resting, a Samaritan woman comes to the well to get water. So Jesus asks her if she can give him a drink. But almost immediately, she realizes He’s a Jew. In those days, Jews and Samaritans didn’t get along, they weren’t even part of the same social circle because they didn’t believe in the same things. So the woman says this to Jesus and His response is amazing.

In John 4:10, Jesus says, “If only you knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” In other words, Jesus is saying, if you only knew what I could give you, you would allow me to fill you up with a water that never runs dry. Jesus knew this woman was in need for something deeper than that well could satisfy. The Samaritan woman had 5 husbands and was with another man and Jesus points this out to her. He doesn’t say this to be mean or to call her out on her past mistakes, but he says this to let her know that he knows. Jesus knew her past. He knew her present. And in spite of this, Jesus says to her, “If you only knew the gift God has for you, you would allow me to be the supplier of life to you.” It didn’t matter that she had 5 husbands. It didn’t matter that she was with another man after 5 failed marriages. Jesus STILL took the time to have an intimate conversation with her. He took the time to offer her the greatest gift anyone could get, the gift of eternal life with God because of His grace.

So the Samaritan woman says in John 4:15, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” In other words, she’s saying, “Jesus give me what you have because everything else I’ve tried hasn’t worked. Give me what you have to offer because it has to be better than the cards I’ve been dealt.” The Samaritan woman is saying, “Give me you so that I don’t have to keep coming back to this same place that hasn’t brought me any progress.”

As we move forward in 2016, you have a chance to accept Jesus into your life. You have a chance to let go of the past just like the Samaritan woman and allow God to take over. Because the truth is, if you continue going into dead places looking for life, you’ll come up empty each time. The Samaritan woman continued going through husband after husband seeking fulfillment and love but each time, she failed. Each time she was more dry than the last.

You can keep doing the same things with the same people but it won’t be any different. You can keep thinking the same way expecting deliverance but it’ll be the same. But if you take what Jesus has to offer, you’ll always be filled. Jesus is the one that makes things new. He’s the one that fills up the empty. Because the second you allow Jesus to be your supplier of life, you’ll no longer do the same things. You’ll no longer be looking for love and fulfillment in all the wrong places. You’ll have life, peace, security, healing, and most of all unconditional love.

With 2016 in the palm of your hands, you have the opportunity to let go of the baggage of 2015. You have the chance to let God in and let the past out. Don’t allow another day to pass with you doing the same things expecting different results. Jesus is the only one that can fill up all the emptiness within you. God is the only one that can deliver you from past struggles and fill your deepest longings.

 Let Us pray

Father God, I need you to fill me up. I know I can’t change myself God. But I know you are the only one that can make me over again. So I accept your gift of the living water. But even more Jesus, I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. I ask that you come into my life and just like the Samaritan woman, fill up the emptiness within me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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With love & MANY blessings,