Here Comes the Healer!

 

JESUS ON DONKEY - WIKIPED.“Here comes Jesus!”

“Jesus of Nazareth is coming!”

“Do you see Him yet?”

“Here He comes!”

“Here comes Jesus!”

Excitement was rampant, and cries of “Hosanna” filled the air. Shouts of joy and triumph could be heard for miles along the road, and people rushed to lay palm branches and their personal garments as a carpet of welcome. Jesus of Nazareth was coming to Jerusalem.

This carpenter-teacher who had journeyed among them for nearly three years, teaching them, healing them, feeding them, forgiving them, raising their dead. This miracle worker, this wise man, this man who was gentle enough to draw crowds of children to his side yet bold enough He would soon drive money-changers from the temple with a whip — this man whom many claimed was the prophesied Messiah of Jehovah — this man was coming again to Jerusalem! I’m sure, had we been there, we would have heard the message repeated over and over again for miles: “Here comes Jesus! Here comes Jesus!”

We in the Christian world celebrate that event on one special day out of the year, and we call it Palm Sunday. We have special services and some of us wave palm branches in the air to commemorate the day that is often referred to by church historians as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But that event happened over 2000 years ago. One could say it’s all history now; it’s been said and done;  it’s over.

But not so, my friends! I am thrilled beyond words today — this day — Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 — to be able to tell you right now:

“Here comes Jesus!”

Jesus of Nazareth is alive today, and He’s still loving people, teaching people, feeding people, forgiving people, delivering people, healing people and making  them whole. And, yes, He’s still raising people from the dead. He’s the same Jesus who fulfilled the words of the ancient prophets by riding  into Jerusalem on a donkey that day.  He’s the same Jesus who worked myriads of miracles for the people. He’s the same Jesus who went to the cross to pay for the rebellion and sin of all the human race.

He’s the same Jesus who rose from the grave and took His throne as Lord of the universe. He’s the same Jesus who promised that if we would call on Him and receive Him as Lord, He would freely fill us with His own eternal life and with power to serve Him. He’s the same Jesus who promised that after our life of service to Him on this earth, we would move on to Heaven and live with Him forever. No questions —  no if’s, and’s or but’s. No struggling to get there, no sacrifice, no hard work, no price to pay. Jesus did the work. We receive the benefit.  And the Word of God,  Hebrews 13:8, says “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.”

So I can tell you confidently: “Here comes Jesus!  He’s coming to you today! He’s coming because He sees your need; He sees your trouble; He sees your sorrow; He sees your pain; He sees your desperation; He sees your hopelessness; He hears your questions; He hears your confusion; He hears your private crying. He’s coming to you because He loves you.

Did you know that you don’t have to be a Christian for Jesus Christ to love you? Sometimes we who call ourselves Christians tend to flock together so tightly that we become almost like a clique, and the rest of the world feels as though they can’t break through the wall to become a part. But my message to the “rest of the world” today is that you don’t have to become a part of the “clique of Christianity.”  All you have to do is get to know Jesus, the real person.

And did you know that you don’t have to be a Christian to call on Jesus? That’s right. Jesus isn’t listening just for the call of the Christians. Certainly, He’s attuned to their cries and He rushes to their help when they need Him, but Jesus the Christ is listening — intently — for the cries of all the millions of  His creation in this world who don’t know Him at all. His heart is waiting expectantly for their voice to call out His name. And He’s ready to answer that call swiftly. He’s ready to come home with you at any time.

When Jesus walked the earth, He was often found in the homes of those who were not active believers. People whom the scriptures refer to as “publicans” and “sinners” found that Jesus was more than willing to spend time with them and teach them the truth about God — and show them God’s love by healing their sick and delivering those in demonic bondage. In fact, He often received hateful criticism from the religious leaders of His day because He gave Himself so freely to those who did not have a relationship with the true God. But Jesus’ response was simply that His main reason for coming into the earth was to find those who did not know Him and offer Himself to them.

Zacchaeus was one such man. (His story is told in the Word of God, the book of Luke, chapter 19.) Although technically a descendant of Abraham, Zacchaeus was chief among publicans — which means he made his living working for the Roman government, collecting taxes from his fellow Israelites — and, by his own admission, cheating them. He had heard about Jesus, but he was no believer. However, he was curious, and as Jesus passed through Jericho, right before his entry into Jerusalem on the donkey, Zacchaeus, a short man,  climbed into a tree so that he could see and hear Jesus easily. Jesus called him down from the tree and invited Himself to Zacchaeus’ house.

Zacchaeus recognized Jesus as the Messiah and opened to Him his home and his heart. We know that he invited Jesus in with his whole heart, because, after spending only a short time with Him, Zacchaeus voluntarily confessed his sin of cheating and promised to make restoration of everything with interest. Jesus did not ask Zacchaeus to do so. The man simply opened his heart to Jesus, and a changed nature was the result.

So, I will say once more: You do not need to be a Christian to call on Jesus. No matter what religious tag you wear — including that of “Atheist” —  that tag will not keep Jesus from coming to you if your heart is reaching out for Him and inviting Him in. What will happen to that religious tag after you meet Jesus? Who cares?  I can guarantee you — without qualification — that if you ever meet the real Jesus, you won’t care.

Here comes Jesus!  He’s coming to us today — Christian and non-Christian — He’s coming. With words of comfort and reassurance to destroy fear — with delivering power to destroy the yokes of the devil — with healing and wholeness for body, mind, and spirit — with wisdom and direction that leads to successful solutions — with the power of His Holy Spirit and all of the anointing for service — with eternal life to overcome death once and for all and forever.

Jesus is coming!  He’s coming to you!  Right now! Open your heart to Him and let Him meet all of your needs today.

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Would You Make Your Child Sick?

By Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)

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There is one particularly hateful lie that runs rampant throughout the halls of theology in our generation. In fact, it has been spread abroad for multiple generations now and continues to grow. Now, all lies are hateful, of course, and all of them are born out of Satan himself, as God’s Word clearly tells us. But this particular lie seems especially abhorrent because it robs God’s people of their health and life, while all the time convincing them that it is God’s perfect will for them to suffer the loss of both. And, in fact, it draws its power from the premise that God is an abusive parent who willfully and consistently CHOOSES to withhold his power to heal in order to make sure His children suffer exactly the “right” amount that is “good for them.”

That belief, dear one, is ABHORRENT HERESY, and if you have been a victim of it, you must get your mind renewed by the truth and throw off that ugly lie in order to receive your healing and your continued health from your Father God – who is a good parent – all the time.

It boggles the mind to try to figure out how any human being could actually believe that inflicting – or deliberately permitting someone else to inflict – pain, disease, mutilation, and suffering on one’s child is a “loving” act. But that’s what we are told by a majority of Christians and traditional teachings of almost every church denomination. The teaching takes a number of different forms, but ultimately it says the same thing – that everything coming into the lives of a Christian is God’s will for them, including sickness, disease, mutilation, horrific pain, and physical suffering of any kind. The teaching sometimes goes so far as to say that God causes the sickness, but most of the time it just says that God “allows” the devil and his forces to put disease and physical suffering on God’s children to that they can “learn a lesson” or “grow to be more like Jesus.”

Now, dear one, let’s get real here. We’re talking parenting. Let’s look at ourselves and our families. Most of the people reading this article are parents or plan to be parents someday. Ask yourself – and answer honestly – would you ever – ever – ever deliberately call in an enemy of yours and give them permission to physically hurt your child or make your child sick so that the child would “learn” something from the experience? Would you ever deliberately allow your enemy to make your child sick so that the child would “become more like you”? Of course you would not. 

And what do we do to parents who are guilty of beating, scalding, mutilating or starving their children, or making them sick in any other way? We put them in jail!!!!! Why is that? Because we KNOW that any parent who treats a child that way does not truly love that child, and in fact, that parent himself has some serious problems that need to be treated professionally before he is allowed to spend time around his children or anyone else’s children again.

So are we saying, then, that we are BETTER PARENTS THAN GOD? We wouldn’t do that to our children, but God does it all the time, and it’s to show His love? I have had scores of Christians argue with me and actually fight for the right to believe that God sometimes wants His children to suffer sickness. But they would never do that to their own children. So they are saying that they are better parents than God. Do you see, dear Christian, the total insanity of such an idea? And Jesus tells us clearly and distinctly in Matthew chapter 7 and Luke chapter 11 that if we, being evil as we are, would never hurt our own children, then God can be trusted much more to never harm His own children.

You know, I would much rather have a God who COULD NOT deliver me from harm and sickness than a God was perfectly capable of delivering me but WOULD NOT. When we talk about “allowing,” if we are saying that a strong parent has the power to stop an enemy from afflicting his child but refuses to do — in other words “allows” the affliction — that would be worse than a parent who did not have the power or the knowledge to be able to deliver his child. To deliberately “allow” hurt when we can stop it is the same as inflicting it ourselves.

Some people seem to have a problem with understanding God’s sovereignty? They think the fact that God is sovereign means that He can just arbitrarily decide to help someone or not, depending on how He feels that day, and that even though there are promises of healing in His Word, He “decides” not to keep those promises if He thinks making someone sick will teach them something. Well, God most definitely is sovereign, but we must remember that He is the one who CHOSE – in his sovereign will – to BIND HIMSELF into a covenant with man. It was His choice alone to give us His Word that if we would come into covenant with Him, we could count on certain things from Him – which included our health and protection from the curse that came into this word though sin. (And that curse – according to Deuteronomy 28 – includes every kind of sickness and disease and every kind of physical affliction). We learn in Galatians, chapter 3 that Jesus Christ took that curse for us and delivered us from it. And we have the covenant promise of God that as far as He is concerned, we are entitled to healing as a result of the stripes of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 53:4-5).

Even under the Old Covenant, God promised His people that He would be their doctor and that if they would walk in His ways, He would heal them when sickness came upon them. (Exodus 15:23, Exodus 23:25-26). The promises to the New Covenant man are even better. According to 2 Corinthians 1:20, every one of them is already answered “Yes,” in Jesus Christ and His finished work, so they are forever settled.

Unfortunately, God doesn’t always get His way. He tells us in His Word that there have been many times when He wanted things to happen a certain way, but because man would not cooperate, He could not get His way. Man is the one who allowed the devil to operate on this earth, and until the earth is finished and God brings on the new heaven and the new earth, the devil and his forces are going to be operating here. Because God will not break His word, and because part of His promise is that man is free to operate in free will and choose to live God’s way or the devil’s (the world’s) way, God has no choice but to allow us to choose and allow the enemy to operate here.

We chose to give the devil a place, and God will not go back on His word to allow us that choice. So in that sense, God allows sickness in the same way that He allows murder, theft, gossip, adultery, and war. Man makes his choices, and man lives with the results. Even then, however, repentance and a plea for God’s mercy can often soften the blow of those results in our lives.

Now, there are times when people do not receive their healing from the Lord. There are many reasons why they do not receive. Sometimes we can find out from the Lord what those reasons are, and sometimes it is none of our business. It is simply between that person and the Lord. But we must never, never, never accuse God of breaking His promise to heal and refusing to answer a sincere prayer for healing because He wants His child to be sick. That idea is a lie, and everything in the New Covenant scriptures and everything in the life of Jesus Christ when He lived on this earth in order to show us what God is like proves it.

So if you are dealing with sickness or physical affliction of any kind, and you want your Heavenly Father to deliver you, begin at the beginning right now. Begin by believing the absolute truth that the Lord wants you well – not sick. He wants you well so much that Jesus took all of that sickness, disease, and mutilation upon Himself for you. ( Isaiah, chapters 52 and 53, Matthew 8: 6-7). Then study His Word to find all the promises of healing and health and begin to apply them to your body and your situation. As you study that Word and read it to your own body and soul, new faith will come, and you can reach out and receive the healing that the Lord – the BEST PARENT IN THE UNIVERSE – has been wanting to give you all along.

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You’re Invited to God’s Healing Meal

by Ted Pavloff  (Glory Ministries)

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I assume I am addressing believers now who are mature. Draw your own conclusion. When we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves the very life of Christ?”

1 Corinthians 10:15-1  (The Message)

 

Holy Communion was not an invention of the early church. Neither was it a spur-of-the-moment idea of Jesus the Messiah, simply to give a ritualistic flavor to this different faith movement that had captivated the disciples. The true meaning behind this holy convocation is deeply rooted in God’s relationship with His people, and traverses the centuries back to that ominous night in Egypt when the angel of death moved through the land. The only exclusions from this death sentence were the Israelite families, all of whom were saved by the blood … the blood of a lamb slain according to God’s direction. With the blood of that lamb applied to the doorposts and lintels of their houses, the death angel “passed over” them. The blood applied meant life to everyone in the house.

Then God issued additional instructions regarding the lamb. After the blood was applied, the body of the lamb was to be roasted and eaten (Exodus 12:8). Jehovah’s directions were: “Apply the blood, and eat the body.” There was special significance to this part of His instructions. God not only wanted to deliver His people from something – the brutal slavery of 430 years – but He also wanted to deliver them to something – the land flowing with milk and honey.

By this time the Israelites had grown to about 3.5 million souls, including everyone from the advanced in age to the newborn; from the robust to the physically handicapped, sick, weak, and infirm. The death angel would pass over them, and they would have life; but they also needed strength, physical health, and restoration in order to make the long foot- journey to their new home. Jehovah God was fully aware of these circumstances and already had the answer. His orders were, “Roast and eat the lamb”. And when they obeyed, the greatest healing and miraculous restoration service this world has ever seen occurred that night in Egypt.

The great King David confirmed the results in Psalm 105:37, “And He brought them forth out of Egypt with silver and gold, and there was not one feeble, [sick orinfirm] person among their tribes.” (KJV).

Down the centuries of time, on the Thursday night before Good Friday, Jesus the Messiah; the One whom John the Baptist introduced to the world as “The Lamb of God,” sat at a table with His twelve disciples. They were celebrating the Feast of Passover and were enjoying the Seder Supper.

After they had finished the meal, Jesus took the unleavened bread, broke it into pieces, and, according to Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 26, after offering a prayer of thanks to the Father, He distributed it to the disciples with the words, “Take and eat, this is my body.”(KJV).Then He took the cup of wine, which was the Third Cup in the Passover Service, and after giving thanks, passed it to the disciples with the words, “Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”(KJV). Then He told them to do these things in remembrance of Him.To this day, that Third Cup in the Passover Seder is called “the cup of redemption,” which magnifies the truth that Passover is the Feast of Salvation.

As Jesus passed the unleavened bread and the wine to the disciples, notice that He did not say, “this represents” or “this is a token of”, or “here is a symbol of” my Body and Blood. He said, “This is my body, this is my blood”. We need not get involved in semantics or word wars over “how can this be?” We simply need to accept the word of our Lord. Martin Luther gave what is perhaps the best explanation when he said, “in, with, and under” the bread and wine, is the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

One additional point requires some attention. Jesus admonished the disciples to celebrate this meal in remembrance of Him every time they did it. Jehovah had instructed the Jews to celebrate the Feast of Passover every year as a remembrance of His mighty deliverance of them from Egyptian slavery. But now, because of this instruction by Jesus, we take Holy Communion in remembrance of Y’shua, Jesus – the real Paschal Lamb who has fulfilled the Feast of Passover. It is His Blood that cleanses from sin and gives life that will never end. And it is His Body, broken for us, that gives us strength and health. Yes, Beloved, there is healing in Holy Communion!

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Acting On God’s Word

by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)

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James 2:17 says, “Even so, faith, if it has no works, is dead ….” Many people misunderstand this verse because they take it completely out of context. They try to interpret it to mean that man must “work” to earn his own salvation. But the context of chapter 2 of James is not about earning salvation. It is about showing forth that salvation through the natural results that come from believing. What are those natural results? Actions. The word “works” used in this passage, in its original language, literally means “corresponding actions.” So what the Word is saying is that if we have real faith, we will have actions that correspond with – result from – bear the fruit of – that faith. If we really do believe what God’s Word says, we will act like it.

Many have been the times that I was believing the Lord for healing in my body, and applying His Word as medicine, but had to stand my ground for a period of time before I saw the manifestation. We don’t always know why the manifestation takes a while to show up, when at other times, it shows up immediately. There are any number of things that could be hindrances, and as we stay in prayer, we can be assured that God will show us anything that we need to know in order to speed things up.

But regardless of the reason, the one thing we do know for sure is that God’s Word and His promise will not fail. So we keep standing – and acting like we believe. Now we do not mean that we are “putting on an act.” We mean that we speak and move and carry on our lives to the best of our ability as though the manifestation were already evident. I can remember more than once when I was scheduled to teach God’s Word at a meeting, and found myself in pain as the result of a physical attack. The enemy was shouting in my ear that I would have to cancel the meeting. And when I refused to cancel, he shouted that I would make a fool of myself to go and speak about God’s healing and then have to be rushed to the hospital because I would be too sick to continue the meeting. He has some of the most colorful scenarios, but what we must remember, beloved, is that all of them are lies.

Often I would simply have to grit my teeth and act on the Word from Isaiah 53:4-5 and Matthew 8:16-17, which tell us that we are already healed by the stripes that Jesus bore in His own body at the time of His crucifixion. I had to get up, take a shower, and put on my make up. (And sometimes I would deliberately apply it even more dexterously than usual, so that I did not give the enemy an inch to work with in making me look sick.) I would drive myself to the meeting shouting the praises of God at the top of my voice, and I would stand up in front of the congregation and teach the truth that God wills to heal all of His people all of the time, and that the healing has already been provided by Jesus’ finished work.

Sometimes, we just have to act, beloved, because we believe even though we have not yet seen. And whether that period of time between praying and seeing the manifestation lasts several hours, several weeks, or several months or years, we must not move from our stand on God’s truth. To move from that Word can mean the whole difference between life and death.

Evangelist and Bible teacher Gordon Lindsay, founder of Christ for the Nations ministries, shared with his listeners, over the years, a number of testimonies of when he found himself in similar situations and always found God faithful. Brother Lindsay, who has been with the Lord now for many years, shared one particular testimony that always encouraged my faith personally.

He told of a time when he had just begun his evangelistic work and came down with a case of ptomaine poisoning. The first point he made when he shared this particular testimony was that when he experienced the first attack of cramps, he should have taken his authority over the situation in the name of Jesus and rebuked the illness, driving it from his body. Instead, he let it go, thinking in his natural mind that it would eventually subside on its own.

However, it did not. In fact, as is the way with serious food poisoning, it grew worse and worse until he was wracked with horrible bouts of cramping for two weeks. During this time, of course, he did pray for relief, and several friends prayed as well. He did not see any relief at the time, but seemed to continue to grow worse. He had been invited to stay in the home of some friends, since he was in the midst of holding a series of meetings, but the friends grew frightened when he seemed to continue in such a serious condition and insisted he call a medical doctor.

Brother Lindsay, who firmly believed the Word of God concerning healing, had, years before, studied the scripture in which the Lord declares that He will be the physician for His people (Exodus 15:26.) He believed that scripture, and had committed his body to God alone for its health and welfare. Since he did not want to call a human physician, his friends felt he needed to be moved from their home, and another evangelist, John G. Lake, took him into his own home. John G. Lake was also a great believer in healing, and throughout his own ministry saw multitudes of people healed in answer to prayer alone.

While at Reverend Lake’s home, Brother Lindsay lay in bed and read Brother Lake’s printed sermons on healing. Those sermons, which were full of God’s Word, created more faith in Brother Lindsay and stirred him to take hold of that Word in a new way. He related a portion of this testimony in one of his own teaching books, Christ, the Great Physician:

The affliction … now had reduced me to a condition of extreme helplessness. Gradually weakening in body and wracked with constant pain, I resigned myself to death. … I had wanted to preach the Gospel of Good Tidings more than anything else in the world. Now it appeared that my ministry would end with abruptness. Was this the Will of God? …

“But God was to show Himself. First, through His Word. … As I read those messages, my attention was taken from my suffering to the power of the Risen Christ. Certain scriptures came to me with force and vividness. … Acts 10:38, concerning Jesus, ‘who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil,’ left a deep impression upon me. Again, in Luke 3, Jesus, in healing the woman bowed over, showed that the infirmity was caused directly by the binding power of Satan. … It was not the will of God that I should die, but rather the will of the devil.

Another scripture came especially to my attention. It was Mark 11:22-24, and is yet today my favorite passage. ‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’ A light was dawning, and I began to understand the difference between passive and active faith. Here was a direct warrant for my immediate healing if I would dare to accept it. I could wait no longer.”

He went on to explain that he called for his clothes to be brought to him, and even though still horribly weak and still in pain, he managed to put them on, focusing his thoughts, not on his pain, but on the promise of God. He had lost 25 pounds during the illness, and his clothes hung on him, but he ignored that fact as well. “As my feet touched the floor, I began to praise the Lord for healing,” he said. “At that instant my cramps vanished. And for the first time in many days I felt the sensation of hunger. I sat down to a hearty meal.

I was healed indeed!”

He closed his testimony by adding, “Faith is an act. After prayer is made for healing, there is a time to act upon the Word of God. Deliverance came to me at the moment that I acted upon the Word of God.”

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(Quotes from Gordon Lindsay taken from Christ the Great Physician, Gordon Lindsay, Christ For the Nations, Inc., pages 3-6.)

 

 

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All, All, All: Jesus Healed Them All

THE LORD LOOKS - EDITED - creditsAnd Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and He healed them.” (Matt. 4:23-24).

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Matt. 9:35).

And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all the country round about, and brought unto Him all that were diseased and besought Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment; and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.” (Matt. 4:35-36).

And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee, and went up into a mountain and sat down there. And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet, and he healed them: insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see, and they glorified the God of Israel.” (Matt. 5:29-31).

And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew Him, and ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard He was, and whithersoever He entered into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought Him that they might touch if it were but the border of His garment: and as many as touched Him were made whole.” (Mark 6:54-56).

Now, when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them, and healed them. (Luke 4:40).

And as He entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off; and they lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus Master, have mercy on us.’ And when He saw them, He said unto them, ‘Go shew yourselves unto the priests.’ And it came to pass that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back and with a loud voice glorified God. …And Jesus answering said, ‘Were there not ten cleansed?‘” (Luke 17:12-17).

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No Excuses — Just Faith

 

by Ted Pavloff  (Glory Ministries)

And when it was evening the disciples came to Him saying, ‘The place is desolate and the time is already past … we have here only five loaves and two fish.’”      – Matthew 14:15a, 17b

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To the student and lover of the Word of God, it is amazing how often seemingly hidden messages leap off the page from some of the most familiar and quoted Scriptures in the Bible. This is not a reference to new doctrine though, but to refreshing revelations that embellish the beauty and meaning of Bible verses we have read and loved for years. This experience is in fact, a pouring out of revelation knowledge by almighty God to those whose hearts and spiritual ears are open to hear and absorb a blessing He is sending out with increased frequency in these last days.

An example of this kind of revelation came forth recently that excites the imagination and further solidifies our trust in His Word. The Scriptural incident is reported in Mathew 14, and is routinely referred to as “the story of the loaves and fishes” or “the feeding of the five thousand.” But what really happened, and the faith- building lesson that comes forth out of the dialogue that takes place, is far from routine.

Matthew 14:14-16: “And when He (Jesus) went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and He healed all of the sick. When evening came, the disciples came to Him and said, ‘This is a remote and barren place, and the day is now over. Send the throngs away to the villages to buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.’ They said to Him, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’”

It is important that we get a clear-eyed perception of the circumstances surrounding this incident in the ministry of Jesus; particularly regarding the word multitude. Verse 21 sets the stage clearly: “And those who ate were about five thousand men, not including women and children.” So, the five thousand men apparently had their wives and children alongside during this three-day journey of following the miracle working Jesus. Accordingly most biblical historians estimate this multitude to have totaled at least 12,000, possible more.

Another observation here is that the disciples prior to this event had walked with Jesus long enough to have witnessed some awesome fruits of the Master’s ministry. They had seen Him heal lepers, open blind eyes, cast out demons, and heal masses of people, including all of the sick in the city of Capernaum. They even watched in awe as His verbal command stopped a vicious storm at sea in an instant. That is why throngs followed Him day and night. “Jehovah has sent someone to deliver us!”, they excitedly cried out.

Just within the hour, the disciples watched as Jesus moved compassionately through the crowd “…And healed all that were sick.” In spite of all the extensive first person witness to the power of almighty God through Jesus, the disciples suddenly developed a faith block. All they could see at that moment was the impossibility of serving this enormous crowd.

Master, we are out in the middle of nowhere; send them away. There is nothing we can do – we’re in the wrong place.”

Master, the sun is almost set – it’s far too late.”

Master, we don’t have enough food. All there is in this vast crowd is five small loaves and two fishes that the little boy over there has – we’re lacking. We can’t afford it.”

How often modern day Christians find themselves in a similar dilemma. We quote Scriptures and testify to our confidence and trust in the Word almost with abandon. Then comes that moment when we are called upon not only to “talk the talk,” but to “walk the talk.” Imagine how thrilled the heart of Jesus would have been if the disciples had responded to His order with something like, “Master, we are ready! Just tell us what to do. All we can round up is five small loaves and two fish. Doesn’t seem like much, but we know it’s more than enough for you!” Wow!

It is the same for us today. It thrills the heart of Jesus when we take Him at His Word and trust Him to make good on His promises. True, we may not have witnessed His mighty miracles first hand as the disciples did, but “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Further, the Scriptures tell us that we have an even firmer legacy. Remember “doubting” Thomas? After he had placed his hands in the nail prints and the pierced side, the Bible says, “He believed.” Now listen to how Jesus responded. “… because you have seen me, Thomas, do you now believe, trust, and have faith? Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen me, and yet have believed, and adhered to and trusted in and relied on Me!” (John 20:29 Amplified)

To those of us today who have never seen Jesus and His works in the flesh, and yet we believe and trust Him … we are blessed – we are to be envied; and heaven rejoices every time we demonstrate that trust.

Then Jesus said, “Bring the loaves and fishes to Me.” In essence, He told the disciples to brig to Him what they had – to do what they possible could in the natural. The Master was about to add the “super.” The result — SUPERNATURAL! All ate until they were full, with twelve baskets-fulls left over!

Today we have the complete canon of Old and New Testament Scriptures that are replete with the promises of God. We live and walk under a better Covenant, sealed by the Blood of Him who changes not, is no respecter of persons, and Who yearns to save, heal, provide, and deliver.

Let’s not tell Him, “It’s too late.” Let’s not say, “We’re in the wrong place.” Let’s not focus on what we lack, as the disciples did. Let’s just believe Him all the way. He stands ready to prove His faithfulness.
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Rivers of Sickness? Mountains of Disease?

MOSES RED SEA - cropped, widened

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?

Got any mountains you cannot tunnel through?

God specializes in things thought impossible,

And does the things that others cannot do.”

© Oscar C. Eliason

 

Following are the three verses of the song, which are seldom sung but which, like the chorus, have great encouragement for our faith:

Be of good courage God spoke unto Joshua
When o’er the river God pointed the way
Jordan uncrossable, things seemed impossible
Waters divide as they march and obey

Battles to win they would meet with their obstacles
Jericho’s walls too must, fall to the ground
God never failed He stood back of his promises
Walls had to crumble as they marched around

God is the same and His Word is dependable
He’ll make a way through the water’s for you
Life’s situations by Him are amendable
Mountains and Hills He will part for you too

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Is There A Doctor In The House?


MEDICAL BAG - with cross(This article is taken from Chapter One of Sandra Conner’s book 
Healing Is For You!  We have posted it once before, a couple of years ago, and it is also found on the “Healing Is For You!” page on this site. However, the message is so important and so needed in the present-day world that we felt an urgency to post it once more on the “Home” page, especially since we have many new followers who now visit regularly.)

JESUS IS OUR DOCTOR

Do you have a family physician? Is he kind, compassionate, and easy to talk to? Does he make house calls? Is he able to diagnose and treat all the various maladies that beset the different members of your family, without having to call in one or two specialists? Does he guarantee a complete cure every single time if you follow his instructions?

I’m sure by now you’ve experienced at least a chuckle or two, for we all know that we will never be able to answer “yes” to very many of these questions about any human doctor. However, there is one doctor who meets all of the above criteria. He’s been in practice for thousands of years, and He hung out a shingle in Exodus 15:26 advertising His availability to all who have need of Him. He gladly takes on new patients daily, and He specializes in hopeless cases.

We’re referring, of course, to our dear Lord, Jesus Christ. Did you know that He is your doctor? Yes, the Almighty God who created our bodies and souls to be perfect, nevertheless knew that sin would invade our lives and with it the curse of death. Sickness, of course, is simply death in process.

So our gracious Creator made provision for cleansing from sin and sickness. He shows Himself a healer at various times, even in the book of Genesis, but in Exodus He makes the clearest statement of all about His relationship to our need of physical and emotional healing. When He delivered the Israelites from Egypt and began to make them a nation under Him, He first established a covenant with them to govern His relationship with them. The very first covenant promise He made to this whole nation of people after bringing them from Egypt is in Exodus 15:26:

If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians, for I the Lord am your healer.”

Now, in the original Hebrew language, that word healer is literally physician, and to the Hebrew people, what the Lord had actually said was, “I the Lord am your physician; I am your doctor.

A little later, He reaffirms Himself as the one who cares for their health, when He says in Exodus 23:25-26:

“You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and water, and I will remove sickness from your midst. There shall be no one miscarrying or barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”

You see, God always intended to be the doctor for His people. He intended to remove sickness from them and cause them to walk in health and long life. His Word is full, from beginning to end, of promises about our healing coming from Him. Who is better qualified to do the job than the Creator Himself? He’s a doctor who never loses a case that is entirely turned over to Him, and His prescriptions have no negative side effects.

Now, the Lord is not against us when we believe that we need to make use of human doctors or medications. Psalm 103:14 says that He remembers our frame, that we are dust. He realizes that most of us have been reared in a society, even a church society, that has, for centuries now, been taught that God doesn’t heal the way He did when Jesus was here in the flesh, and that medical science is one of God’s substitutes for what Jesus once offered. He understands that we must have time to let His truth create faith in us and set us free from those teachings.

God has His own means of healing, which we discuss in detail in a later chapter, but He is so concerned that we be well and whole that He is willing to work through any channel that we allow Him to work through to get us well. If we believe we need a human surgeon’s hands, and if we pray, God will move heaven and earth to work through that surgeon’s hands for us. If we believe we need an aspirin and pray over it before we take it, God will bless that aspirin to do us some good.

We must, by no means, belittle the human medical profession. On the contrary, most of the doctors and nurses that I have known have been kind, dedicated, sacrificing people. If it were not for them, many of God’s people who have not known the truth about healing would have long ago been dead. And even if all believers looked only to the Lord for their healing, there would still be millions of non-believers who would die miserable deaths and suffer untold agonies if they had no access to doctors and human medicine. Christians who have a desire to enter the medical profession have a real mission field among non-believers for that very reason.

But beloved, as sons and daughters of God, we must always be raising our sights to God’s highest and best. We need to be honest with ourselves, and each other, and recognize that medical science is not God’s substitute for what Jesus once offered. Rather, medical science is man’s best effort to help himself.

Dr. Herman B. Betten was only one of many medical doctors who, upon learning the full truth about God’s healing, gave up the medical practice completely and began ministering God’s Word and helping people receive healing through His Word and the power of His Spirit. In a sermon he preached in 1917, he explained why he gave up medicine. He said, “The reason I have given up the medical profession is not because I do not think it is a good thing, but because I have found something else that is better.(Sermon preached in 1917, quoted in Wilford H. Reidt, Jesus God’s Way of Healing and Power to Promote Health, p. 99.)

God’s people need to lay hold of that which is better. If we will stay faithfully in God’s Word, apply it in obedience, and spend time with Him in prayer, we will come to the place where we are fully convinced that God has healing for us from His own hand. We will come to a place of faith that will let us receive health and life from our Heavenly Father and not have need of man’s services.

God is the most experienced, most knowledgeable, best equipped, and least expensive physician, surgeon, nurse, and psychiatrist in the universe. He’s the better way to health. We need to set our sights on His better way. We all know from experience that when driving a car, whatever direction we set our eyes is the direction our car will take. So it is in spiritual things. If we keep looking up – to God’s highest and best way for us – we will rise to live on that level. We must not condemn ourselves for walking where we are, but neither should we be satisfied with always living with less than God’s best.

So what should we look at? JESUS. Is it that simple? Basically, yes. We can hear all kinds of arguments, using Scriptures out of context, to tell us that God may not want us well, or that He may insist on our having surgery or taking human medication in order to get well. In truth, if a believer were to take those over-used Scriptures in the light of all the rest of God’s Word, rather than the doctrines of men, revelation would come. I have often chuckled over the fact that so many who argue that we must use medicine, on the basis of Paul’s telling Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach, are the very people who believe that it is always a sin to drink wine.

And I never fail to feel sorry for people who insist that Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was a physical illness, when Paul clearly says himself that it was an evil spirit – “a messenger from Satan” – sent to cause him problems in the natural. (2 Corinthians 12:7). Paul, and every Christian, must be willing to suffer persecution for the sake of the Gospel. Jesus didn’t take that as our substitute. But He did take sickness, disease, and infirmity for spirit, soul, and body, so that we wouldn’t have to; and it is an insult to Jesus Himself for us to choose to carry them again in ourselves.

There will always be arguments against believing God for our healing because, since the Garden of Eden, there have been arguments against taking God at His Word about anything. But as you, dear Christian, spend more and more time in the Word and prayer, the Truth will shed light on all those lies, and you won’t have to depend on your own reasoning to overcome all the arguments.

So, does God Himself tell us in His Word exactly what to expect from Him concerning healing? He says in Psalm 103:3 that He “forgives all of our iniquities and heals all of our diseases.” Psalm 107:20 says that when the Israelites were sick and dying as a result of their sin, God “sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”The One Who forgives sin is the One Who delivers from its consequences. Are we saying then that sickness is always the result of sin? There may not always be a specific sin that leads to specific symptoms, but all sickness – death in process – is the result of sin gaining ascendancy over man in the Garden of Eden and bringing in the curse, which would eventually destroy all that sin had contaminated.

In Deuteronomy, chapter 28, when the Lord, through Moses, is instructing His people about the blessings of following Him and the curses of refusing to walk in relationship with Him, He lists a multitude of specific things involved in that curse. He names numerous diseases specifically, including mental sickness. But just so there won’t be any misunderstanding, in verse 61, He says that all sickness and disease experienced by man are part of the curse of the broken law. But the great news is that according to Galatians, chapter 3, Jesus took that curse for us, and we now have become inheritors of the blessings.

So here we are, back again to Jesus. He not only took our sin so that we could be righteous; He also took our sickness so that we could be well. Let’s read this same truth from another part of Scripture. Isaiah 53:4-5 (Amplified Version) says:

Surely He has borne our griefs, sickness, weakness, and distress, and carried our sorrows and pains; . . . He was wounded for our transgressions; He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement needful to obtain peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes that wounded Him, we are healed and made whole.”

Now, does that really mean physical and mental healing? Let’s be sure. Look at Matt. 8:16-17:

And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill, in order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, saying, ‘He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.’”

Could it be clearer, Beloved? Isaiah was prophesying a Savior who would fulfill all of the covenant promises of the Father God, including the promise to be the perfect physician for His people.

Notice that this prophecy, when translated fully from the Hebrew, includes griefs, sorrows, and distresses, all of which affect the mind and emotions. And if we will look at Isaiah 61:1, we find the picture of Jesus coming to heal the brokenhearted also. Jesus says in Luke, chapter 4, that He has come to fulfill the prophecy in Isaiah 61, so we can have confidence that there is no hurt or brokenness is our spirit or soul that is not also covered by Jesus’ work. I can testify personally to two different times in my life when I experienced such a broken heart that I thought surely it was too shattered for the Lord to heal it completely. But, dear Christian, when I turned it all over to Him, He so completely healed my broken heart and restored my joy that I can barely remember how hopeless I felt. Jesus did that for me; no one else could have. He’ll do it for you too.

Hebrews 1:3 says that Jesus was the “exact representation of the nature of God.” He came to show us in the flesh exactly what God is like and what He will do. Indeed, He gives us such a complete picture of Himself as a compassionate, faithful doctor that if we will but look at it long enough, every doubt and fear will dissolve away, and we will have total confidence.

One of the main hindrances to our receiving healing is totally eliminated when we look at the preceding Scriptures. Many people feel that they have to talk God into healing them; they are afraid that it may not be His will every time. But an honest look at Isaiah 53, especially in combination with 1 Peter 2:24, which says, “… by whose stripes you were healed,” will make it clear that the Lord has already made His decision, once and for all. The question of healing is settled forever because God sees that work as having been completed and the price paid in full by Jesus. God’s Word is settled forever in Heaven. Now all we have to do is settle it here on earth. We have to say, “I agree with you, God. Jesus paid for it. He’s my healer. You said You would be my doctor and that Jesus was the fulfillment of every promise. So that means He’s my doctor. I’ll take Your healing.”

Sometimes we look at the leper that came to Jesus in Matthew 8:2-3 and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Now he hadn’t had the opportunity of getting to know Jesus well enough to know for sure that He was always willing to heal. But you’ll notice that Jesus didn’t waste any time letting him know. His immediate response is, I will.” That settled the question, and that leper was able to tell people everywhere he went that Jesus was not only able, but very willing. Jesus’ response to the centurion in that same chapter is equally as quick. As soon as He hears the need, He says, in verse 7, “I will come and heal him.” Look at His willingness, beloved. He is so willing to heal – so hungry to meet the needs of His creation.

But, let us look at an even more wondrous sight. See the woman with the issue of blood, in Mark 5:25-30:

Now a woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years and had endured much at the hands of many physicians, and had spent all that she had and was not helped at all, but rather had grown worse, after hearing about Jesus, came up in the crowd behind Him, and touched His cloak. For she was saying, ‘If I just touch His garments, I shall get well.’ And immediately the flow of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction. And immediately Jesus, perceiving in Himself that the power proceeding from Him had gone forth, turned around in the crowd and said, ‘Who touched My garments?’”

Beloved child of God, let the picture of this event sink down deep into your spirit. See the brilliance of it as it outshines any other Scripture in expressing the finality of God’s decision to heal His people. Oh, I can rarely think about it without tears springing to my eyes as I fully realize what our dear Lord has done for us. Examine the story closely, you who are still fearful that God may not be willing to heal you. This little woman had heard of Jesus. No doubt, she had heard many tell of His compassion, His wisdom, and His miracles. She may have even heard Him speak with her own ears, although that is doubtful, since she was considered unclean in her diseased state and probably would not have involved herself in public gatherings, except in this desperate hour. But she makes it clear by words from her own mouth that she has heard enough to know that this man is a healer. He has healing in His nature; He is so saturated with healing virtue that it even flows through His garments. She makes up her mind that she is going to have some of it, presses through the crowd, lays hold of Jesus’ clothes, and receives complete healing.

Did she ask Jesus to heal her? NO. Did she ask if it was His will for her to be well? NO. Beloved, do you see? Not only did this little woman not ask Jesus to heal her; she did not even get His permission to take healing virtue from Him. Jesus Himself didn’t know that anything was happening until He felt that healing power flow out of Him. Even then He didn’t know who had received but had to ask.

How could that happen?” you may ask. Well, God’s nature is healing, and He sent Jesus to manifest His nature in the flesh. That woman saw that healing nature of God, accepted Jesus as the appointed vessel to dispense it, operated on her God-given covenant rights, and took her share, without asking. No need to ask. No need to get permission. God had promised, and then sent the fulfillment of the promise. His decision was made. He had come to set His people free from sin and deliver them from the curse. When a heart full of faith connects with the forever-settled Word of God, it’s like striking a match against a hard surface: the result is inevitable. Hallelujah!

It would be good for us to look at another woman who recognized something in the nature of Jesus that caused her to know He could not refuse her healing. In Matthew 15, beginning at verse 21, we meet a Canaanite woman who has a daughter who is demon-possessed.

And behold a Canaanite woman came out from that region, and began to cry out, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.’ But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came to Him and kept asking Him, saying, ‘Send her away, for she is shouting out after us.’ But He answered and said, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.’ But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, ‘Lord, help me!’ And He answered and said, ‘It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ But she said, ‘Yes, Lord, but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus answered and said to her, ‘O woman, your faith is great; be it done for you as you wish.’ And her daughter was healed at once.”

Now this woman did not have a covenant with Jehovah as the Israelites did. She did not actually have the same legal right to God’s provisions of deliverance and healing as the covenant people of God did, but she had a desperate need and had perceived something in Jesus that caused her to know that He could and would meet her need. Jesus does not speak to her immediately. When He does speak, He reminds her that He was sent to the covenant people of God. Her only reaction is to ignore any indication that she doesn’t fit the requirements and to continue to press in to get her need met. Then Jesus speaks more directly. Many may think our Lord cruel in this conversation, but He is working to draw something from this woman for her good, and for the good of those who are watching, and those who would later be reading of this event. He tells her that deliverance and healing are the bread that belongs to those in the covenant family of God, and not to those who are outside that family (who were often referred to as “dogs” in that day).

It has always seemed so remarkable to me that this woman could stand to hear such an answer and yet never waver in her expectation that Jesus would give her what she asked. Jesus is so pleased with her response that He calls her a woman of “great faith,” and He grants her request fully. What was it that marked this woman as being “great” in faith? She saw in Jesus the goodness and compassion of God, and she knew that could not fail. She ignored everything to the contrary. She would not consider any other answer but that this living God would meet her need. She determined to look only at God’s loving nature, to press into it and hold on, somehow knowing that very nature would not be able to refuse to meet her need without denying Itself. Beloved, that’s the way God feels about it. If we will meet Him on the line of total faith and commitment to Him, refusing to give attention to anything to the contrary, His very nature and faithfulness to His Word will not allow Him to refuse us the help we need.

HEALING AT POOL FROM GARDEN OF PRAISE

But, is that true every time? Well, let’s look at the life of Jesus, the Physician. If, according to the Word, He is the only complete and exact representation of God and His will, then we will be able to tell if God is always willing to heal and deliver every person every time. It really doesn’t take very long to read through the four gospels, and get a complete picture of the life of Jesus. The fact is that Jesus healed everybody who came to Him for healing. He healed a lot of people who didn’t come to Him, but He healed everyone who did come. Matthew 4:23 says that Jesus “was healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Verse 24 says, “they brought to Him all who were ill, … and He healed them.” Luke 4:30 says, “And while the sun was setting, all who had any sick with various diseases brought them to Him, and laying His hands on every one of them, He was healing them.” Luke 6:19 says, “And all the multitude were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.” Matthew 12:15 says, “But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed Him, and He healed them all.”

ALL, ALL, ALL. There was never one to whom Jesus said, “No”. There was never one to whom He said, “You’ll have to wait.” There was never one to whom He said, “I’m trying to teach you something through this sickness.” No one seeking healing ever heard Him say, “I can’t heal you because it’s time for you to die.” (On the contrary, He recalled several from death.) There was never one to whom He said, “Go down the street to Doctor So-and-So, and I’ll give him the wisdom to give you an operation, and you’ll get well.” No, dear Christian.

History tells us that there was rather advanced medical science being practiced during the time of Jesus, and even as far back as Moses. Dr. Lillian Yoemans, who gave up her profession as a medical doctor to minister God’s supernatural healing power to the sick, says in her book Healing from Heaven, “The history of medicine shows us that they (Egyptian physicians) had a most elaborate system of medicine and surgery … The ancient Egyptians prior to and contemporaneous with Moses performed many surgical operations, including the removal of tumors and operations of the eye. As to medicine, they had an extensive pharmacopoeia.” She goes on to say, “But the most striking thing about the attitude of the Word of God toward human systems of healing is that they are ignored therein as though they were non-existent. In view of the fact that elaborate systems of medical science flourished during the periods covered by the Sacred Record, it seems that no words could be more eloquent than the divine silence regarding them.” (Healing From Heaven, revised edition, pp. 37,38, 66.)

Medical science was not a tool that Jesus needed to use. There are dedicated people out there today who offer medicine and surgery in an effort to help, but Jesus still has a better way. He can perform surgery without cutting into our body; He can perform surgery without costing us a fortune. Jesus never told anybody, “You go to man and get your help.” Rather, He always said, “I am your help. You can have it if you’ll take it.”

God never changed His mind. He sent Jesus to destroy the work of the devil. That’s why Jesus healed all that were oppressed of the devil. We never have to wonder if sickness is from God. God sent Jesus, and He healed every oppressed person, saying all the time that He was only doing the will of the Father. He’s still doing the same thing today. How can we be sure? Malachi 3:6 says, “For I, the Lord, do not change.” And Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” He has healing and deliverance for you today. If you’re sick, make an appointment with the Great Physician, and let Him make you well!

 

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Have Mercy On Us

By Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)

HANDS REACHING - SEPIA MAYBEAnd as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed Him, and behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.’ And the multitude rebuked them, … but they cried the more, saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.’ And Jesus stood still, and called them and said, ‘What will ye that I shall do unto you?’ They say unto Him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion (mercy) on them and touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight ….” (Matt.20:29-33).

Have mercy on us!” A simple cry. Four little words that in no way describe the details of the situation or the need that a person finds himself in. Four little words that do not elaborate on how much the individual loves the person from whom the mercy is sought – or how much that individual has done in service – or how hard that individual has tried to fix things for himself. Indeed, these four little words say absolutely nothing except that the seeker is in a state of such abject poverty of resources to help himself that he has nothing to offer on his own behalf. He must receive mercy from another. Yet, according to God’s Word, these four little words alone had the power to move the almighty hand of the Creator of the universe every time they were uttered in prayer.

Jesus Christ came to earth to show us what God is really like and then to take our sin and its curse upon Himself to that we could be made righteous enough to be reinstated into good standing with God. As part of His role of representative of the Godhead, He performed multitudes of miracles of healing. Many church traditions would have us believe that He did so only to prove His deity. However, those traditions lack one thing: they do not have the text of the Word of God to back them up. Not only did Jesus not work miracles of healing in order to prove His deity and get people to believe in Him; He actually commanded people many times after a miracle to “tell know one” about what they had experienced. He wasn’t out to “toot His own horn” of divinity. He was here to demonstrate to man exactly how loving, kind, merciful, and powerful God is, and how much He wants to bestow that love, mercy, and power on each of us.

I am amazed anew each time I read scripture after scripture that tells me of people in need of healing, who simply cried out for mercy, but received physical healing as a result of their cry. Why was that? Because mercy – which is the same word as compassion and is used interchangeably in scripture – is nothing more than God’s love and grace bestowed upon one who is not deserving of it and who can do nothing to earn it. Whether that love and grace is needed to erase sin from a man’s heart, drive a demon from his soul, or obliterate sickness from his body, it still requires the same deliberate bestowal of God’s love and power upon one who cannot earn the help that he needs.

In the book of Luke, chapter 17, we see ten lepers standing outside a city, who, when they see Jesus passing by, cry out for “mercy.” When Jesus hears them, He tells them to start on their way to see the priest. Now, these lepers knew what that meant. It was the priest alone who had the authority to examine a leper and declare him free of leprosy. So these 10 men recognized that Jesus’ command meant that they were to go and let the priest examine them and declare them clean and fit to return to normal society.

In Matthew, chapter 14, we see just one example of Jesus looking out over a multitude of people who had come to Him for help, and we see that He heals them all. Why? Was it so that they would be convinced that He was divine? No. The Word tells us exactly why He healed these people. “Jesus … was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.” (Matt. 14:14). That scenario is repeated throughout the life of Jesus, and we know full well, from God’s clear word, that Jesus Christ is still “the same – yesterday, today, and forever.” (Heb. 13:8). He’s still looking out over people who need His help – He’s looking out over us – when we are in need of healing – and He has that same compassion on each of us.

In Luke, chapter 18, we see Jesus teaching about two men who prayed to God in the same synagogue. One was a Pharisee who stood and prayed, reminding God how good he was and how he had obeyed a bunch of religious rules. The other was a publican who stood with head bowed and simply cried out to God saying, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus said that publican went from the place of prayer justified, but the Pharisee did not. It was the recognition that no human effort could merit God’s help, and the simple cry for mercy from an all-knowing and all-loving God that brought the justification. It’s the same recognition and the same simple cry that brings deliverance to us as well– both spiritually and physically.

Dear one, if you are suffering with disease or affliction of any kind in your body, it is important that you understand that God is not waiting for you to obey a bunch of rules before He is willing to make you well. God is not particularly interested in how many times you did something right or how many times you did something wrong when He’s hearing your cry for healing. What He is interested in is how completely you recognize that nothing you can do will pay for the healing that you need – only the blood of Jesus Christ Himself, who took the stripes on His back for all of our sin. Isaiah and Peter both tell us that those stripes bought our healing. They were part and parcel of Jesus’ sacrifice. They are the manifestation of God’s ultimate mercy for us.

So today, if you are suffering, come to the Lord, the Creator of your body – come in the name of Jesus Christ, pleading nothing but His sacrifice, His blood – and cry out to the Lord for His mercy. He gave that mercy eagerly and swiftly to everyone who sought it when He walked the earth. He is just as eager to pour out that same healing mercy on you right now.

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The ‘Single’ Eye

by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)

EYE & BROW EDITEDThe light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, the whole body shall be full of light.” (Matt. 6:22).

 


Scientists tell us that light energy is behind all life in this universe. That makes sense, when we consider that in the very beginning, before God created any living creatures, He created light. The Word also tells us that Jesus came into the world bringing His life, and that the life was the light of all men. (John 1:4). It goes on to say that when the light shines in darkness, the darkness cannot overcome it.

Now we can all testify to that fact. We’ve all heard the adage about lighting just one little candle and how that one tiny flame will dispel darkness. We’ve seen it happen again and again. But what I want you to comprehend today is that when light comes into darkness, what really happens is that the light destroys – obliterates – that darkness. More simply put: wherever light is, darkness CANNOT exist.

Disease – and every other form of evil that comes against the human being in this life – is the work of the devil, sin, and the curse that accompanies both. There was no sickness in the original plan of God or on the planet earth until man rebelled against his Creator and sold out to the devil, bringing a curse upon himself and all the rest of the earth. Sickness, along with every other evil work, came into existence as a result and continues to grow and expand across the planet. Sickness does not come from God’s kingdom; it comes from the kingdom of darkness. We can explain it with a very simple equation: Sickness = Darkness at work in the body.

But Jesus came into the world to change all that. The Word tells us clearly that He came to destroy the works of darkness – the works of the devil. “For this purpose was the Son of God manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 Joh  3:8, Col. 1:13).

Now, let’s add all this up: Jesus is the Word; Jesus is light; so the Word is also light. Jesus (Light) destroys the works of the devil – whom the Word describes as the ruler of the kingdom of darkness. So if there is disease (darkness) in your body, what you need is to get the light of Jesus into that part of you so that He can destroy the darkness and overcome the disease. How do we do that?

We focus our attention exclusively on Jesus and His Word. What we focus on, we open ourselves up to and gravitate toward. What we feed on becomes a part of us. When the doctor gives us a bad medical report, we have two choices. We can focus on and feed upon that evil report, or we can focus on and feed upon the report of God’s Word that says over and over again that God has provided healing for us. We can focus on Jesus who is the Word made flesh.

Now we don’t deny that the doctor’s report exists. We don’t deny that there is a physical condition that led to that report. But we deny that condition the right to continue existing in our bodies. We demand, on the basis of our covenant and God’s promises – and the finished work of Jesus – that the condition leave our bodies and that our bodies receive health instead. 

So how does our “eye” fit into all of this? If our “eye is single, the whole body shall be full of light.” Our eye is “single” only when we keep our eyes turned upon Jesus and His Word. We do not look at Jesus with one eye and then the medical report with the other. We are not up one day when we read a scripture and then down the next day because we read the medical report again or visited the doctor again. We may have visited the doctor, but if we have made the decision that we believe what God says and what Jesus did, then we don’t give a place to that doctor’s report. We put it on the back shelf and keep focusing our eyes on the Word — the light – the healing – of Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 4:22 says God’s Word is literally medicine to all our flesh. So set your eyes on that Word and keep them there. And if we will keep our eye “singly” on Jesus’ Word, eventually, our whole body will be full of light (health and life).

 

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