HEALING, DIVINE “WORTH CONSIDERING” 3/2/20 by Ken Smith<><
Today’s Scripture (In my mail box this morning.)
“…When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed…” (Mark 5:27–28, NIV)
He laid His hands on people. But in this case, the woman laid her hands on Jesus. There were other sick people in the crowd that day. Many people with needs bumped up against Jesus and nothing happened, but this lady believed in Him, touched Him, and was healed.
Are you brushing up against Jesus or are you touching Him, so to speak? Are you waiting for God to lay hands on you? Are you living with expectancy, knowing that He’s bigger than your specific problems, or are you discouraged, thinking it will never change? God is passing by. He has all power. Don’t just brush up against Him. Don’t be passive and think you’ll never accomplish your dreams, never start your business, never meet the right person. Your faith can activate God’s power to do amazing things. Do like this woman—touch Him and believe it will happen!
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that my faith and expectancy can be a catalyst for You to do amazing things. Thank You that I can reach out and touch You by faith today. I believe that You are making a way, that things are changing in my favor, and that victory will be mine. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
Most of us have gone to “church” where there was prayer for the sick and nothing happened. It was merely a form or ritual that even sometimes caused a loss of faith. And at times I have been in a ministry where it seemed that whatever was ask of God was granted. For many years I have been seeking an answer. And I believe that I have found it. The difference is heart faith unity in love of God and HIS TRUTH. When the power of God was very evident it was with a collection of souls who were in John 17 unity and seeking to love and obey Jesus 24/7. With the other group there seemed a religious compartmental walk and a world compartment walk with unbelief that we could walk with Christ Jesus in the Holy Spirit 24/7 in this world and sin not. 1 John 1:9….
An exception is with the 5 fold ministry as found in the N.T. I have even seen the unsaved find healing with an evangelist in the Holy Spirit was gathering souls into the Kingdom. All those healed by Jesus were yet unsaved as well. His Church did not start until HIS Resurrection, the upper room and Pentecost and the Holy Spirit was sent to save, seal, guide and in-power.
One of the scriptures that opened the door for me was found in John 17:20-24 “I do not pray for these alone [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for [all] those who [will ever] believe and trust in Me through their message, 21 that they all may be one; just as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe [without any doubt] that You sent Me. 22 I have given to them the glory (power) and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected and completed into one, so that the world may know [without any doubt] that You sent Me, and [that You] have loved them, just as You have loved Me. AMP
The prayers of Jesus will find total and complete fulfillment.
Now this is not the only verse that make it very clear concerning the GLORY (POWER) of GOD is related to our Loving Unity in GOD’S HOLY TRUTH. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he says it this way: Eph.4:11-16, And [His gifts to the church were varied and] He Himself appointed some as apostles [special messengers, representatives], some as prophets [who speak a new message from God to the people], some as evangelists [who spread the good news of salvation], and some as pastors and teachers [to shepherd and guide and instruct], 12 [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church]; 13 until we all reach oneness in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, [growing spiritually] to become a mature believer, reaching to the measure of the fullness of Christ [manifesting His spiritual completeness and exercising our spiritual gifts in unity]. 14 So that we are no longer children [spiritually immature], tossed back and forth [like ships on a stormy sea] and carried about by every wind of [shifting] doctrine, by the cunning and trickery of [unscrupulous] men, by the deceitful scheming of people ready to do anything [for personal profit]. 15 But speaking the truth in love [in all things—both our speech and our lives expressing His truth], let us grow up in all things into Him [following His example] who is the Head—Christ. 16 From Him the whole body [the church, in all its various parts], joined and knitted firmly together by what every joint supplies, when each part is working properly, causes the body to grow and mature, building itself up [a]in [unselfish] love.
But now we are confronted with denominations and divisions and an altered gospel which does match up to the Holy Scriptures. We have become content to agree to disagree. We don’t see differences as an opportunity in love to find more of God’s Truth to walk in but more as an attack where pride and defensiveness steps in and causes just another division. Christ Jesus (Matt.10:34) even deeply warned us about this and does Paul in (2 Tim.3. ) READ THIS !!!!
In context, the New Testament in John defines the word GLORY in John 2:11 as POWER which also could have been used instead of Glory in John 17:22 which could also read that the Church would not have HIS Power and Honor until they found GOD’s Loving Unity in HIS Truth. The Early Church was walking in that power, read what Luke recorded in: Acts 5:16. But today it appears we are headed into Matt.24-25, Mark 13 & Luke 21 for the cleansing of the Church. So we now have the choice of obedience through faith or learning obedience by painful experience. So until the Body of Christ is obedient in unity, love, truth and humility like Christ Jesus we can expect very little power to happen in our so call normal church ministry.
There is but one Church of Christ Jesus.
All you truly Love & Obey HIM as LORD are members
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