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"...be set free from its bondage...and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God." Romans 8:21 (ESV)
"...let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" Hebrews 12:1 (ESV)
You've heard of compulsive nail-biters. I was a compulsive nail-picker. I've been that way all my life, unable to stop picking at my nails (picking them almost to the quick). The compulsion got so bad, that as I did other things like typing, praying, or reading, all I could think about was when I could pick my nails again.
A year ago, I started to pray to be healed from this, but the break-through came on January 18. I was reading "Becoming the Woman God Wants You to Be" by Donna Partow and the lesson was about confessing secret sin. As I prayed, God brought my nail-picking to mind. In earnest, I confessed it as sin and asked Him to take it away, to release me from it's stronghold - I did not want to be consumed by it any longer.
And then, I felt God answer my prayer! Healing came over me. Tears poured from my eyes in gratitude as I felt freed from the compulsion.
It has been over two months now and I haven't picked my nails or even had the desire to. I have heard of people being healed by Jesus from drug addiction --I feel like that. When I look down at my beautiful nails, I am so thankful to God for blessing me in this way.
And now I come to an unfamiliar predicament...my nails are getting too long and I'm going to have to cut them. Praise be to God!
Have you been freed or healed from a particular sin, habit, or sickness?