When Jesus lived on earth 2,000 years ago He touched and healed many people of their infirmities. He gave sight to the blind. He healed lepers. He cast out demons. He even raised the dead. The gospel of Matthew tells us that “great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all” (Matt. 12:15).
Someone who has personally experienced Christ’s healing power in her life is Lizna Snyman, a 32-year-old mother from Sea Point. Although Lizna was raised in a church-going family, she was not a believer. Her life was one of worldliness, partying, and drugs.
However, over the years she became more and more convicted by her decadent lifestyle. “One evening, weighed down with guilt, I picked up a Bible next to my bed. But I couldn’t read it. My sinful life was like a wall separating me from God.”
Unbeknown to Lizna, her mother, a committed Christian, was praying for her daughter’s salvation. After five years her prayer was answered. “I was at a camp and on the last evening some Christian students shared their testimonies. I was captivated by what they were saying.”
As Lizna listened to those students sharing how Jesus had touched and healed their broken lives, her hardened heart began to soften. “I was deeply convicted of my sin and had a strong desire to turn to Christ for forgiveness.” Broken and humbled, she opened her heart to Christ. “I asked Jesus to save me and I received His free gift of eternal life!”
While Lizna’s salvation was a major triumph, God was by no means through with her. There was still more He wanted to accomplish in her life. For years Lizna had suffered from anxiety and depression. Doctors told her that she would never be able to function without medication. This diagnosis devastated her. However, after years of taking anti-depressants, she felt challenged to trust the Lord for healing. Bible verses such as Nehemiah 8:10, “The joy of the Lord is your strength,” motivated her. “I decided to hand over my depression to the Lord, and I’ve never taken anti-depressants since! Jesus has shown me that when I am weak He is strong.”
Today Lizna is filled with the joy of the Lord. Not only has Christ saved her of her sin and healed her depression, but He is also using her to minister to the teenagers in her church youth group. Serving them, her life is a beautiful illustration of Psalm 86:5, “For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.”