HEALING, THE REAL FAITH, 3/11/20, From Ken Smith
Today’s Scripture (In my e-mails this morning.)
“…Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road…” (Mark 10:52, NIV)
You Have to Want It
A blind beggar named Bartimaeus heard all the commotion of a great crowd following Jesus and began shouting, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The people around him told him to be quiet, but the more they rebuked him and told him to be quiet, the louder he shouted. All of a sudden, Jesus stopped, commanded him to be called, and healed him.
How badly do you want the dreams God put in your heart and the promises He’s spoken to you? Badly enough to outlast people who are trying to talk you out of it, badly enough to overlook some insults, badly enough to do the right thing when the wrong thing is happening? Do you want it badly enough to keep pursuing it when all the circumstances say it’s not going to happen? There should be something you are believing for about which you are relentless. You aren’t moved by how impossible it looks.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the dreams You put in my heart and for the promises You’ve spoken. If I have to believe my whole life for their fulfillment, I’m going keep believing. I’m not going to settle for less than. I’m going to keep pursuing what You put in my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
The subject of healing and deliverance is very important to us as many of us are sick and many in the Church today are in much need of deliverance. Much by accident and by learning what not to do I am now at a place where the following is true for me.
So for me a spiritual base of heart faith, unity and worship is the primary road and the supernatural. So a small group of dedicated saints who are of one mind and one spirit in the heart faith of the Word of God can begin to walk in the supernatural. That means a basket has also been built in which to catch the ripe fruit that is sure to come. It was the supernatural that brought the multitudes to Christ Jesus and to the Early Church. God’s power was a profound experience in the Early Church. And the experience of HIS loving power brought many to true repentance and the born from above, new life, experience. But today, due to the lack of unity in God’s Holy Truth we see very little of the supernatural. And when the Holy Spirit does heal someone we tend to absorb that bit of supernatural into our traditions so that those events become very unique and rare. So let’s spend some time with the Bible on this subject. Some healings are difficult due to un-broken soul ties from the past. A good note on this from Derek Prince to read: As as his efforts are very clean. https://healingdeliverance.net/biblicalhealinganddeliveranceministry/healing-and-deliverance-ministry/
So #1 on the list is that Word of God is True and that Faith comes by hearing the Word of God as in Rom.10:17. So as doctors instruct their patience so does God’s Word instruct us concerning our healing. In Ps. 107:20. The Bible tells us that HE sent HIS Word and healed them. Ps.107:20 and the gift of healing is also noted in 1 Cor.12:28. So with the exhortation from Ex. 15:16 we start: “If you will diligently listen and pay attention to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and listen to His commandments, and keep [foremost in your thoughts and actively obey] all His precepts and statutes, then I will not put on you any of the diseases which I have put on the Egyptians; for I am the [a] Lord who heals you.” So we find that disobedience can bring sickness and obedience can help the cure. So there is a need to take inventory concerning our life style in comparison to the moral and ethical system as supported by the New Testament. If we study the New Testament, in context we will come to a fuller diagnosis and often sickness may be intertwined with demons (Duet 28:1-14 & Matt. 4:24) But all healing is a matter of our heart faith which is very different then just knowing or head faith. Heart Faith is to know that what you do/pray will be heard and acted on by God. It is like the heart beat or breathing it is not something that you think about to do. It is acting in the Holy Spirit like speaking in tongues as part of the empowering or baptism of the Holy Spirit. It is our voice but HIS Grace/Power. There can be no doubt and still be heart faith. Our salvation come to us that way, The baptism of the Holy Spirit comes that way and so Healing comes the same way as per Heb. 11… Jesus quoted Isa.61 when HE began HIS Ministry: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, “Because the Lord has anointed and commissioned me To bring good news to the humble and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted, To proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives And freedom to prisoners, 2 To proclaim [a] the favorable year of the Lord, [b] And the day of vengeance and retribution of our God, To comfort all who mourn,…” And that is exactly what HE did and what we are supposed to learn how to do as well as found in John 14:12. “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, anyone who believes in Me [as LORD & SAVIOR] will also do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these [in extent and outreach], because I am going to the Father.”
So in seeking to know about sickness and deliverance there is a need to really know the Word of God and to apply it as Jesus did and as we come together in worship, humility, truth, love, holiness and obedience we will again see HIS Church filled with power as in Acts 5:12-17. “At the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders (attesting miracles) were continually taking place among the people. And by common consent they all met together [at the temple] in [the covered porch called] Solomon’s portico. 13 But none of the rest [of the people, the non-believers] dared to associate with them; however, the people were holding them in high esteem and were speaking highly of them. 14 More and more believers in the Lord, crowds of men and women, were constantly being added to their number, 15 to such an extent that they even carried their sick out into the streets and put them on cots and sleeping pads, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on one of them [with healing power]. 16 And the people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing the sick and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.”
Remember, there is but one Church of Christ Jesus and
all who Truly LOVE & OBEY HIM are members.