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I Want To

  • When he came down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. Behold, a leper came to him and worshiped him, saying, 'Lord, if you want to, you can make me clean.' Jesus stretched out his hand, and touched him, saying, 'I want to. Be made clean.' Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Matthew 8:1 WEB

    An outcast waited by the roadside, hoping to see Jesus. He was a leper and had a skin disease that could not be hidden. Lepers were considered 'unclean' and you were not to touch them or you would become defiled.

    The leper came and humbly knelt before Jesus, then said 'Lord, if You want to, You can make me clean.' And then the King of all Kings reached out to him and said 'I want to.'

    The Lord Jesus reached out His hand, touched him, and cleansed him of his disease. His leprosy was now gone, the shame, and the pain was healed. Jesus touched the outcast and restored his life, while everyone else shunned them.

    In the Old Testament, lepers were to be put outside of the camp (Numbers 5:2). There were intricately detailed laws about showing themselves to the priests (Leviticus 13:49) and if a leper touched someone, even a priest, they were then unclean as well. It was originally to help control the spread of disease, but it became more of a social class.

    In the New Testament, Jesus healed the lepers, sometimes ten at a time (Luke 17:17). This was new. Under the old law, the priest could not touch someone diseased. Under the new, Jesus touched and healed them, because He wanted to.

    If you are an outcast today, know that Jesus still touches the outcasts and restores them because He wants to, but you have to come to Him and ask Him like the man in the story. Jesus healed those that came to Him and asked. Many others just walked on, overwhelmed by their problems. Leprosy was considered incurable, but this man humbly came and knelt before Jesus, and like the centurion he believed and said 'Lord, You can heal me.'

    When you are sick, humbly ask the Lord to heal you. If He does not, you are no worse off. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Sometimes He will take us through it for our education, but other times He will take it away completely, because He wants to.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I come to You today and ask that You have mercy on me. Lord restore me and help me become the best version of myself. Replace my desires, with Yours. If You want Lord, You can make me clean. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Stacie Chambers-Franklin
Stacie Chambers-Franklin

Amen... my heart's cry today... 

February 1, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord. 

February 1, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

February 1, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

February 1, 2017
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Nichole Richardson
Nichole Richardson

Amen!

Thank you Father for putting this in Pastor Dion's spirit  to communicate this devotional to us! I give you the honor and the praise! 

February 1, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I love this devotion! It is because Jesus wants too!

February 1, 2017
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!  Alleluia!!  Amen!!

February 1, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

I have had Rosecea on my face for nearly 28 years...it has progressed to ugly red sore bumps...like boils. They often bleed when i wash my face and then i have scabs which are even more hideous! It has really bothered me..it is embarassing mostly which is just vanity on my part...which made me feel more ashamed!  I just went to a new doctor and she is giving me some new medicine to try( there is no known cure) so i am hoping this will help as i sort of feel like a leper! Thank you for this timely devotion!

February 1, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Heavenly Father we pray that heal Julie from this, however you choose to do so. Just remove it, or lead her to the right doctor and the right medicine, or the right food that reverses the symptoms. You know what is best, and our eyes are on You. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

February 1, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Thank you so much!

February 1, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

February 1, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Thank you.

February 2, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Julie, I'm so sorry, that sounds painful! Joining in prayer for a divine healing of the condition, as well as healing of the scars <3! (((HUGS)))

February 1, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Thank you, thank you.

February 2, 2017
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

God bless and heal Julie in Jesus name,amen.

February 1, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Thank you so much.

February 2, 2017
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Lord, please heal Julie of this disease. In Jesus' name, Amen.   (((hugs))

February 1, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Oh, thank you so much!

February 2, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Julie,. Always think when I hear the name Julie she is beautiful.  I bet you are....Even with this skin problem.  Truly sorry this is so awwful for you.  I can't imagine.  Pray God will intervene for this skin problem ..Leading you to total healing.  Blessings of His presence!

February 1, 2017
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider

Thank you so much.

February 2, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

G8! Lord pour out the new medicine on Julie.  Amen

 Blessings to you Julie.

February 5, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

February 1, 2017
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John Smith
John Smith

The prayers that I've seen bring miracles were the prayers were the most desperate pleas, and I don't know you can plan those kinds of prayers.  The kind when you can't be distracted by hunger or thirst or anything related to the flesh.  The miracles come about by GOD saying "Let it be done as he asked."  I am not saying other prayers don't work, when we are seeking guidance, but I am talking about moments of sudden life altering events that come about after a desperate plea to GOD.  The beginning of book I wrote describes how at age 15, I prayed for 3 hours for me to not be fat and I lost 70 lbs in 3 months.  The photos don't lie.  Where do 15 year olds all by themselves overcome bad habits and bad home environment to lose 70 lbs in 3 months?  I am telling you its from GOD.  But when was last time you prayed 3 hours?  That was first and last time (so far) in my life.  I guess I have had a good life since I have not had to feel as desperate since then.

February 1, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Nothing like desperation to bring the break through. I prayed for 2 to 3 hours a day laying on the carpet in my prayer room for a month during the spring of 2012. Within 3 months I was in full time ministry and then here at Refreshing Hope. Prayer works. 

February 1, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you for this hopeful message. I have suffered with chronic muscle pain in my jaw, face and neck for over 20 yrs now. I also suffer from anxiety disorder. I'm sure these two conditions must be intertwined. These blocks have brought me closer to God so I know there is a reason for them. But I know Jesus died for me and wants me well and will bring about healing in his time! I am  thankful for RHM, your hope and inspiration. Prayers for all who are suffering. Amen!

February 1, 2017
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen♡

February 1, 2017
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Matthew  Materazzi
Matthew Materazzi

Amen

February 1, 2017
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Thank you for the lovely prayer.  I believe and have asked often.  I believe He has.  I remember the verses talking about mud put on eyes and then go visit thepriedt.  I look at my different needs to be healed in this method.  Yet some seemed to be healed after I asked. God is a great physician!!  It hit my heart to know Lepers had become a social class.  Ouch!!  I deal with Fibromyalgia and it isn't seen outward yet socially little if any friends or family members.  God has taught me to rely on Him more.  Given me ideas of what to do when I need help.  I am at my Dentist waiting room & got here due to special transportation given in court case I won.  I need this transportation more & more.  I drive occasionally my husband's van.  Before reading this I was saying inside me how thankful I am.  I get here early to and therefore can read etc.  Another gift.  My heart goes out to outcasts.  I never felt to fit fr young up.  Also I am comfortable with this thought because it is who Jesus wants to reach.  I am so glad He reached out to me.  Blessings to you and Sylvia in all you both do!

February 1, 2017
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

I've just come through Cancer treatment this last year-We beat it Me and the Lord! They cliam I'm a miracle... Hum we know the true Healer-Amen!!

 

February 2, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!       Thank you Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)      

Jesus, restore me and help me become the best version of myself. In Jesus name I pray. Amen! <3

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father I come to You today and ask that You have mercy on me. Lord restore me and help me become the best version of myself. Replace my desires, with Yours. If You want Lord, You can make me clean. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

February 1, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Anen!

February 2, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father I come to you today and ask that you have mercy on me. Lord restore me and help me become the best version of myself. Replace my desires, with yours. If you want Lord, you can make me clean. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

February 2, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father I come to You today and ask that You have mercy on me. Lord restore me and help me become the best version of myself. Replace my desires, with Yours. If You want Lord, You can make me clean. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen

February 2, 2017
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Heavenly Father I offer my life to and surrender all to you, Thank you for your healing restoring my bladder back to being healthy and free from tumours after many years. Help me to be the person you want me to be in all that I do in Thought and mind and in serving you.In my life Lord be Glorified.In The Name of Jesus Christ I pray. Thank you Pastor for this devotion and prayer.

February 3, 2017