September 19, 2010 God Always Heals….

God always heals… 

…all who have faith to receive healing.  (John 1.12; Acts 4.12; Romans 10.9-10)  Jesus ‘always’ heals means every time, as is stated in Acts 10.38.  Notice Who empowered Him. 

Therefore, it is God’s will to heal every time.  (John 14.8-9

So, why don’t we see healing every time we pray for or with someone abused by satan with sickness?

  • Some don’t have confidence that healing is His will and is possible.  Contrast this lack with Mordecai’s confidence in the face of pending annihilation, in Esther 4.14.  God, indeed, would save him and the Jews from satan’s plot!
  • Looking at a bronze snake on a pole seemed a ridiculous instruction to those who, later, died from their snake bite.  Read Numbers 21.8-9.  They had no confidence in God’s instruction through Moses.
  • Most residents in Jesus’ home town of Nazareth would not believe He could heal them, to His amazement.  Read Mark 6.5-6.
  • Consider, also, the confidence expressed by Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego when threatened with being burned alive for not worshipping an idol, in Daniel 3.17-18To which half of verse 17, before or after the ‘and’, does verse 18 modify?  Which produces nonsense?  Remember, they could not worship the idol if they were dead!  (People sometimes put aside logic and sentence structure to justify their philosophy.  Colossians 2.8)  God delivered them from the fiery furnace without even a singed hair or odor of burning wood!  The rest of the story tells us that God also delivered them from the king’s hand, too!
  • Apostle Paul stated the confidence of S/M/A and Mordecai’s in Ephesians 3.20Since God ‘always’ heals, the problem must be with man’s faith!

What is and how much of this ‘power’ do we need for healing?

  • Zechariah 4.6 tells us that healing power comes from the Holy Spirit, not from man.  Only God heals, and He does it sometimes through people.
  • God said He would do miraculous things to evidence Himself to man, including healing.  Consider Exodus 34.10; 15.26; 23.25; Deuteronomy 7.15.
  • Habakkuk 2.4 tells us that the power of life is faith in God.  Also, Hebrews 11.6
  • Apostle Paul, in Romans 1.16-17, says that faith grows to the next level through our study of the life and teachings of Jesus, which study and practice increases our power to act on behalf of mankind and against satan.  This is clearly seen in Matthew 10.7-8 and Luke 10.17-19.

Practice.  Practice.  Practice.  Practice….

  • Mark 9.14-29 illustrates the axiom: practice makes perfect.
  • Verses 17-18 discuss the father and his son, who is abused by a demon of epilepsy, and the disciples’ inability to cast the demon out and heal the boy.  This occurred between the disciples’ successes in Matthew 10.7-8 and Luke 10.17-18.  Note the progression from success through failure back to success.
  • Every time God invites us to join Him in healing someone, He is teaching us, growing our faith in His abilities through us, and increasing our power to act on His behalf to benefit one of His children the next time.
  • Don’t let failure defeat you!  Learn from it, like the disciples ask Jesus in verses 28-29.
  • The father, disciples, and crowd might have concluded that God had chosen not to heal this particular boy.  They would have been wrong, because God always heals!  If there is a problem with healing, it is man’s lack of faith to receive and/or to act, illustrated by the father on behalf of his son. 
  • Jesus proved the point in verse 23.  (Any Bible translation rendering the question, ‘If You can?’, is incorrectly translated, I believe, by using the Majority Text instead of the Received Text.)  Jesus answers the father’s plea with the most important statement of the story: ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.’  That’s the point: healing is possible by faith in God’s unlimited power and proven willingness consistently applied to every person who has faith to receive it.
  • Whenever anyone says that God does not always heal, s/he has limited God’s ability to act on their, personal behalf.  This lie leads eventually to the ultimate lie: does God always save people who profess faith in Him for eternal life?  (John 3.16-19; 6.47)
  • Know God’s will from the Scriptures!  It has not and will not change.  Act it out until His will is seen every time!  Learn from failures by asking how could this have been done better?  God will answer, for He wants it to be on earth as it is in Heaven! (Matthew 6.102 Thessalonians 3.13)
  • In this case, Jesus said the disciples needed to pray for their faith to grow to overcome the resistance from ‘this kind’ of demon.  ‘This kind’ of demon may have been different from those they had had success over (Mark 6.7, 13); thus, they needed a different strategy that God would tell them.  ‘From childhood’ in verse 21 may reveal a long period of entrenchment that would require more preparation and a longer stand against to dislodge.  Fasting would support this when defined as Isaiah 58.6-14, especially the end of verse 13.
  • Or, perhaps, Jesus was saying that they should use His words in verse 25 in His name.  We need both…a faith to overcome each kind of demon and our use of Jesus’ words.
  • Remember God’s words in Isaiah 14.12-15 and be encouraged.  We always triumph in all things through Christ Jesus!  (2 Corinthians 2.14)

Hebrews 11.6: God always heals all who have faith to receive healing. 

Praise God!!! 

Luke 21.28

September 12, 2010 Jesus Destroyed satan’s Control of the Weather and Other Things

Jesus Destroyed satan’s Control of the Weather and Other Things.

What are the limits of the Christian on earth in the Kingdom of God?  We learned from Him in the Parable of the Sower that satan does all he can to keep us from understanding and living in the Kingdom of God.  Could this be because power over him is for Christians in the Kingdom of God – more than we have used before?

Does this include ‘nature’? What about the weather?  Do we have authority to stop satan’s abuse of people through storms?  What about straightening trees?  Let’s see.

People in the Bible who had authority over nature/the weather other than Jesus.

  • Over water: Moses asked and God helped:  Exodus 14.10-16, 15.22-26, and 17.1-6. Elijah stopped the rain in Israel for three years; then, he started it again.  Did God instruct him?  1 Kings 17.1; 18.41-46.
  • Over sun:  Joshua stopped the sun for a day, so he could defeat his enemy.  Joshua 10.12-14. Isaiah asked God to make the sun back up so King Hezekiah would know for sure that God would heal him. 2 Kings 20: 8-11   God listened when Joshua and Isaiah spoke.
  • Over fire:  God put out the fire when Moses asked.  Numbers 11.1-2.
  • Over iron:  Elisha made an iron ax head float to the surface from the bottom of the Jordan River.  Did God instruct him?  2 Kings 6.1-7.
  • Over enemies:  God blinded the Syrian army that came against him and opened their eyes after Israel’s army surrounded them.  Elisha had asked this of God and that his servant see God’s army surrounding them. 2 Kings 6.15-20.

What these have in common is what God wants us to have.

  • Hebrews 4.16 is Apostle Paul’s confidence and instruction, with good foundation.  Isaiah 45.11 (New American Standard Bible) is God’s wording of this instruction.  Confidence is seen in Luke 10.17-20.  Verse 20 means that such authority is part the Kingdom of God represented by the book of names; think forest and tree.
  • Remember our definition of grace: God’s word of promise and His willingness to use His great power to bring it to my/your reality.
  • This is the ‘mercy’ of Hebrews 4.16 and the help for our time of need.  The illustrations above are of people who found grace in their times of need.
  • God sees us as overcoming all needs through His resources; see Isaiah 45.22 and Revelation 12-11.
  • This is part of a believer’s understanding about ‘dominion’ from Genesis 1.28 and 2.15.

Could David and Paul have included tornados and other storms?

  • Mark 4.35-41: How was Jesus expecting them to take dominion in the situation?  What prevented them?  Why? 
  • What did Jesus mean by ‘Do you still have no faith’?  How should they have been impacted by the words and actions in Mark 1.25, 31, 41; 2.10-11; 3.5, 10-11; and 4.26-29?  What impact should these words and actions have on us?  Are we supposed to learn to talk and act like Jesus by reading His story in the Gospels?  If so, why don’t we?
  • Did Jesus call Himself Son of Man to communicate that we could/should do this, too?  God called Ezekiel son of man in 3.17 and in other verses.  Does son of man only refer to generational reproduction?
  • Matthew 14.24-33: Was Jesus walking up and down the waves or on still waters?  Was Peter?  Was Jesus critiquing Peter’s ‘dominion’ of the circumstance?  If not, what?
  • satan would have us think that our ‘normal state’ is to be a victim of some syndrome, condition, or circumstance: sickness/disease, poverty, strife, etc.  What is God’s vision of our ‘normal state’?  Revelation 12.11.
  • But, our real problem found in Hosea 4.6a and the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4.13-20).  Our doubt results from our ignorance or choice.  How can we change this?
  • How does Matthew 14.28-30 illustrate James 1.5-8?

What are we to learn about living in Kingdom of God? 

  • John 15.7 gives Jesus promise that is still as powerful today as it was when He first spoke it.  Note the first word.

How does Mark 4.26-29 illustrate the definition of ‘abide’?

  • Great faith takes dominion over ‘all things’, including the weather.
  • Does Romans 8.21 mean that we can straighten deformed trees?
  • Contemplate Mark 11.22-24.

Praise God!!! 

Remember Luke 21.28.  Jesus told me recently, ‘I am coming!’  Be ecstatic!

September 5, 2010 Jesus Destroyed Myths About The Weather

Jesus destroyed myths about the weather.

What are the limits of the Christian on earth in the Kingdom of God?  We learned from Him in the Parable of the Sower that satan does all he can to keep us from understanding and living in the Kingdom of God.  Could this be because power over him is for Christians in the Kingdom of God – more than we have used before?

 Does this include ‘nature’? What about the weather?  Do we have authority to stop satan’s abuse of people through storms?  What about straightening trees?  Let’s see.

 Did any other person in the Bible have authority over nature/the weather besides Jesus?

  • Exodus 14.10-16: Moses parted the Red Sea and dried the seabed with the staff that God anointed.
  • Exodus 15.22-26: Moses threw a tree into the waters at Marah that turned them from bitter to sweet.  God showed him the tree.
  • Exodus 17.1-6: Moses stuck a rock at Rephidim and water flowed from it.  God told him to use the anointed staff.
  • Joshua 10.12-14: Joshua stopped the sun for a day, so he could defeat his enemy.  God listened when Joshua spoke.
  • 1 Kings 17.1; 18.41-46: Elijah stopped the rain in Israel for three years; then, he started it again.  Did God instruct him?
  • 2 Kings 6.1-7: Elisha made an iron ax head float to the surface from the bottom of the Jordan River.  Did God instruct him?
  • 2 Kings 6.18-20: God blinded the Syrian army that came against him and opened their eyes after Israel’s army surrounded them.  Elisha had asked this of God.
  • 2 Kings 20: 8-11: Isaiah asked God to make the sun back up so King Hezekiah would know for sure that God would heal him.  God did it.
  • Is this part of a believer’s understanding about ‘dominion’ from Genesis 1.28 and 2.15?
  • Hebrews 2.6-8: The writer quotes King David’s Psalm 8.4-6 in understanding man’s dominion over ‘all’ things.  He comments at the end that our dominion is not yet complete.
  • One reason for this is that man lost the key that the patriarchs of faith above exhibited.  What key did they have and use?
  • Mark 4.35-41: How was Jesus expecting them to take dominion in the situation?  What prevented them?  Why?
  • Matthew 14.25-33: Was Jesus walking up and down the waves or on still waters?  Was Peter?  Was Jesus critiquing Peter’s ‘dominion’ of the circumstance or something else?

 What are we to learn about living in Kingdom of God? 

  • John 15.7
  • Great faith takes dominion over ‘all things’, including the weather.

Remember Luke 21.28.  ‘I am coming!’

Praise God!!!