From the time I was eleven years old, I struggled with a chronic and very painful knee disease, which left me unable to participate in sports, run, jump or even climb a flight of stairs without debilitating and throbbing pain. I underwent two knee operations, extensive physio, pain management treatment, and countless trips to specialists without much result. As the years went by, I also started to have issues with other joints in my body, such as my jaw and wrists. On top of that, the asthma I had struggled with all my childhood was getting worse, and I couldn't even blow the candles out on my birthday cake.
I was quite desperate for something to change, which is where Jesus came in. What the doctors could not fix, Jesus had been working on from the inside all along – I just had to stop, open my heart up and listen to his voice, which I finally did when I was eighteen.
One day as someone prayed for me Jesus miraculously healed me from the inside out, starting the process of healing trauma, family breakdown, and hurt in my inner world until it reached my outer world, and I experienced several miraculous healings. My knees were instantly healed, my asthma was and remains completely gone, and the joint pain I had been experiencing disappeared. I always say after that time on that I was healed from the inside out and from the top of my head to the tip of my toes.
Our inner and outer worlds are intrinsically connected, and what goes on on the inside will be seen eventually on the outside and vice versa. The good news I discovered over thirty years ago, is that Jesus will cleanse and detox us from the things that cause sickness in our inner world, as well as bring healing to our physical life. He promises to renew and restore from the inside out if we come to Him and ask, and in my case and consistent with His promises, that healing of my inner world had a flow-on effect to my outer world as I let go of pain and hurt.
We can so often focus on the outside appearance of our life yet negate the importance of diligently taking care of our inner world, where our life and who we are and will become flows from.
God works behind the scenes desiring to heal both our inner and outer life, and even when it looks like nothing is happening He will be working to heal you from your pain. I've also discovered the process is much quicker when we have our hearts wide open for Him to do as He sees fit.
Today I encourage you to allow Jesus to go to work on your inner world as we follow His way of doing things and allow him to set you free from the inside out and from the top of your head to the tip of your toes.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. “ (Psalm 147:2)
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
Jesus said, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” (Proverbs 4:23)
"But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 30:17)
Prayer: Lord, please help me see the importance of what is going on in my inner world and how that affects the rest of my life. Would you please cleanse me and make me healthy from the inside out. In Jesus name Amen.