“And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.” (Luke 5:12-13)
The single most asked question I get in my travels is from loved ones who ask, “How can I help someone who does not see the need for help?” I often respond with the answer, “You cannot help someone who does not want help; if you do, you will be the one needing help.”
These questions have led me to writing a book that will help loved ones look for ways to help the ones they love, but will also (hopefully) help those that oppose themselves to see their need and finally admit it. The guilt, fear, and loneliness only mask the real problems they face. This leper realized he had a need. Something was controlling his life that would eventually wreck his life.
A leper will have clear indications that their life is over if the disease is not dealt with in a timely manner. It is like cancer. It eats at you from the inside out. Often the skin changes color, body parts eventually fall off, no pain will be present because of numbness, and a smell that is repulsive to anyone close is consistent.
Leprosy is a picture of sin in the Bible. Some may read this today who (like leprosy) have numbness towards those who love you. Emptiness is present when the coping mechanism you lean on vanishes, only with a greater drive inside for more. You have an over sensitive reaction to others that divides you from relationships that once delighted you.
There is no help for you if you do not first admit you need help. The leper fell on his face, and besought him. Your problem really is a sin problem. Jesus can make you free, and you will be free indeed. The addiction you are facing cannot be overcome without God. Admit today your need for help.
Secondly in this story, the leper recognized God’s ability to make him whole. Jesus can make you clean! He is a Master at rescuing sinners like you and me. Jesus is God’s only begotten Son. The Bible is a Book that is all about Him and how He came to seek and to save that which was lost. Secular addiction programs will only teach you how to be a better you. You can’t be a better you. You are a sinner, and there is nothing you can do to change that. But there is One that can and His name is Jesus. Find a faith-based program or church that is Christ-centered to help you today.
The next thing this leper did was cried out in prayer to Jesus. His words were “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean”. Talking to God is His appointed way for you to touch the power of God to help you in your need. Prayer is a mighty force. All over the world, we have an addiction recovery program that meets on Friday nights and at those programs we do three things: TALK, TALK, TALK. At first, we talk to God. This should always come first!!! No help comes until we talk to Him. Condemnation is built into every sin to attempt us from going to the place and the person that can help us the most. Resist the condemnation that holds you in bondage and turn to the Saviour.
The leper with his words believed God was willing to meet his need. God is able and willing. At this point in the story many may just finish reading and think that this plan is for others but not you. Your problem at this point is clearly identified. It is not the problem you think it is; that is only a manifestation of your real problem. Your real problem is a lack of faith. Jesus loves you, will accept you, will heal you, will deliver you, and will transform you into someone beautiful. Respond in faith today. Here at our National Headquarters, we have launched a helpline to help people who want help. 866-REFORMU. Call us today. Call someone who knows God. They can help you.
“All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:37-40)
Note to readers trying to help others: I am sure you will not be surprised with my answer to you. I know you hurt as you seek to help someone you love who is held in sins sway. But there are no “magical words”, no guarantee that they would even listen if you did have the right words. However, there is a God in heaven Who will hear your prayers! We often fail to realize the power in prayer. He is listening for those who seek after Him today in intercessory prayer for the benefit of others. Stop now and pray for that struggling student, son, daughter, or loved one. I promise you it is not a waste of time. Many have been pulled back from destructive pathways who give credit to someone who prayed for them. Be that prayer warrior for someone today.