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Are you sure you want to disbelieve in divine healing?

Saturday, 22 Sep 2012 Leave a comment

Paint with me the following picture in your mind. A man has a chronic condition or disease, or perhaps he has multiple chronic conditions and consumes dozens of different medications each day. He is a Christian but does not believe in healing. He may even believe that God has given him the problem or problems he suffers from. From day to day, life is different. Some days he feels better, some days he feels worse as his body fights to be well and his condition yo-yos. Virtually every doctor visit results in a shift of the medications he takes or the conditions he has. These shifts cause further daily changes in how he feels and his ability to function. Nothing is ever certain in the future. He is constantly wondering how he will feel tomorrow or what new change may come upon him in the days to come.

Is this really God’s will and desire for this man?

24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
(Matthew 7:24-27, from the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount)

If we hear the words of Jesus and act upon them, Jesus says that our life will (as a general pattern) be as a stable house built solidly on a rock. If we hear the words of Jesus and do not act upon them, our life will (as a general pattern) be as a house built upon sand that a storm can easily cause to shift or crumble. These statements result in an equivalence relation: having a stable life is equated to acting upon the words of Christ.

If we look at the three incidents immediately following the Sermon on the Mount in the book of Matthew (these are not chronological but occurred in near proximity of time to the Sermon), in each incident Jesus made it perfectly clear that He wanted to heal (Matthew 8:3, Matthew 8:7, and Mark 1:30-31 in the parallel account of Peter’s mother-in-law being healed). The author is making a clear point – God wants you well and He will take action to make it so if you will let Him.

Returning to the picture we painted, the man’s life is unstable, unpredictable, and ever-changing because of his sicknesses. His house is resting on constantly shifting sands. Why? He is not acting on the words of Jesus. What did Jesus say? Yes, I will come and heal you. When you believe Him and act on His provision for you, your life will become a house fixed on a rock – the Rock.

Do you really want to disbelieve in divine health and healing? Do you really want that portion of your life to be built on shifting sands? God loves you and has provided much better for you through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. “By His stripes you were healed.” (I Peter 2:24) Move your house (your temple for the Holy Spirit, the body your spirit lives in) to the Rock and receive all that the Lord has provided for you.

 – Be loved and blessed to be love and a blessing

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God Demonstrates His Ways

Friday, 21 Sep 2012 Leave a comment
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38)

Often we have trouble facing the truth and reality of the promises of God. The ways of God are often contrary to the ways of the world that we have unfortunately become so accustomed to. His ways are at times so contrary that we have trouble just simply trusting Him and doing what He says with the expectation of receiving what He has promised. Give and I will receive? Give when I am in need myself? Our tendency would be to save and hoard when we are in need. How can this possibly work? Turn the other cheek? Forgive when we are hurt? At times these things seem completely backwards from our human logic. But, I would argue that God often does not ask us to do something that He Himself is not willing to do. Through His highly effective and successful demonstrations we can understand and believe that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways really are higher than ours.

Consider John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” To His creation that had effectively turned their back on Him or fallen into self-righteousness, God gave His Son. Shouldn’t He have given us judgment or punishment or swept us from the face of time and space? Did this make any sense? Would it work? To answer this, look at the result of God giving – God received. He received what He wanted in the first place – people to love. By giving away a person, His Son Jesus Christ, He received people – those who have accepted Christ and turned their heart to God as redeemed sons and daughters. And His return was not just 30, 50, or 100-fold. His return is well into and well beyond the millions.

By giving, we receive. It is God’s system for our provision and for the provision for others. Time for time. Love for love. Money for money. Friendship for friendship. And, in the case of God and us, life for life.

– Be loved and blessed to be love and a blessing

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