Holy Week Devotional Contest: Assata Murray
Healed By His Blood
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities. The chastening for our well being fell upon him, and by his scourging we are healed. (NASB)
This scripture means so much to me, and God showed me just how true his word was. Here is a testimony I was waiting for the right time to share. My husband and I have a record label the Lord gave to us, and we had a concert in February; this one was the first one people paid to see, so we were so excited to sing God’s praises. The whole month went great, and that Friday before the show an abscess started to form on my gums. This abscess came out of nowhere, Friday night my face began to swell, I had faith that it would be gone by that Sunday, but boy was I wrong. I prayed and I played the victory sounds of the Shofar. I even anointed my mouth.
Saturday when I woke up, my face was worse. Now it began to hurt and affect my eye. My right eye was puffed up almost shut. I didn’t give up faith and hope. Don’t get me wrong; I started to shake a little. But the night before, the Holy Spirit whispered Isaiah 53:5 in my heart. I began to read it, and now my prayers had more faith. All Saturday I rested and prayed and played the Shofar sounds. I was determined to come out victorious. By the night time, it went down more, but not completely. Sunday came, and I woke up ready for God’s glory to fall on the church and the artist, but he had other plans. I believe God was allowing this to happen so that when my miracle happened, he gets the complete glory. I looked in the mirror, and what I saw looking back at me I was discouraged by.
I put makeup on, and I still felt ugly. My mouth was in so much pain, and I looked as though someone had punched my eye. I began to listen to the lies of the enemy telling me I’m too ugly to stand up there and perform. BUT GOD! He sent people to tell me how beautiful I looked with a swollen cheek and all. The glory of God was shining through me. I pushed through the pain and sang my songs. With each one, the abscess began to soften. Then I went alone to sing my worship song “Awe of You,” and in the middle of the second chorus, I WAS HEALED! On live I stopped singing, and I began crying and praising God for healing me. I almost couldn’t finish the song. I pushed through and finished it. That day Jesus became my healer.
This scripture speaks wonders, and we as authors could take our real life experiences and share them through storytelling. This sends the readers on the journey with us through what the Lord has done for us. During this Holy week, I want us all to meditate on the times Jesus saved us with his precious blood and how we can share him with the world through our gifts. I want to leave you with some words of encouragement. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever more; he never changes. If you have never experienced his healing, ask him to show you that side of him. I love you all, and don’t forget Jesus loves you, too.
Assata Marie Murray is a 26 year old Co-CEO of a Christian record label Bars From Above. She is also a child of God, a wife, and mother of a handsome young boy. She is a singer/songwriter as well as an author of a devotional called Ten Days of Coffee with Abba.