Mark 16:18 “…( believers) they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
I do not understand all the arguments over healing for today and how God uses people to do it. The great commission was very clear wasn’t it? Notice it did NOT say, ” Pastors, evangelists, teachers, theologians, Drs of divinity, bible school graduates etc.. Shall lay hands on the sick…” Although they all should, it does not leave it to a select group in scripture. You want to know if you qualify to ” lay hands on the sick?” Ok, do you believe in Jesus and all the power and promise that comes with Him? Do you believe what the bible says? Do you have at least one hand? Do you know someone who is sick? Well, there you go! QUALIFIED! You are now a minister of the healing power of God!
Let me simplify it even more. This is how this works. Let me liken a believer unto an electrical cord. Now that cord has no power of its own. It’s really useless unless you find an outlet to plug it into. BUT once you find and outlet, you understand that outlet has all the power you need but notice its not doing you any good either until the cord is plugged into the outlet. It better be a 3 hole outlet because you want to be FULLY GROUNDED with the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost! But look at this, you can be plugged into all the power and now the cord can be full of power but its still not going to do any good until that cord finds something else on the other end to give to power to! Now you can plug into a vacuum and CLEAN UP A MESS! That’s what a believer is, a carrier of the power of God, that lays hands on someone and the mess is gone! Plug in today BUT don’t just lay there, go find someone who needs a SHOCK!
2 Cor.10:5, “…and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
Oh, our stinkin thinkin! We all struggle with the thought life. We have been raised in a world that is constantly bombarding us with information. Every year a new flu virus emerges, some new disease, sickness, side effect to pills, some new food allergy, some new lump, bump, pain or rash. And with those issues comes new doctor reports on tv, news paper, I phone, I pad, google, web MD, radio, Internet and word of mouth. We can find a sickness to match any issue we may have and a set of pills to go with it.
Think about this. When something first starts in the body, let’s say something simple like a bit of a scratchy throat. What is your first thought? Hmm? Is it, ” Oh no, here it comes, so and so at work was sick and now I’m getting it!” Think on this hard for a moment. When something happens, what is the first thought? What is it? Does your mind immediately go to all the negative things it could be OR how about you think on what report the Bible says? Why do we instantly think the worst when we say we have a God that heals? THOUGHTS! You must take these captive! Yes, they will come but you capture them, interrogate them and find out where they came from and what is their intentions. If they are not from the word of God, then OUT they go.
It’s like a stray cat ( believe me, I know) if you feed those thoughts at all, they start to grow stronger. If you continue to feed those thoughts they will stay, get pregnant and have kittens! You ever try to heard a bunch of cats? Now you’ve got all kinds of little thoughts running around! No! Stop it right away and get into the word of God. When the symptoms and thoughts come, stop and talk to the Great Physician, he has a prescription for every illness!
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Ephesians 1:19, “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.” Do you ever remember the day that we had regular strength products only? Now every product is maximum strength, extra strength etc… Who wants plain ol regular strength?
God never had a regular strength pain reliever. God is a God that operates on MAXIMUM STRENGTH at all times. You know that just a little bit of Gods power would be enough for us to be set free, but that just wouldn’t be like our God. He is a God of MORE THAN ENOUGH. Well, isn’t enough, enough? God does not have in His vocabulary, the words, Whoa, hold up! No, He likes the words, exceedingly, above all, more than, more abundantly, cup running over! He will pour out until the cup is running over. Hey, not His fault you didn’t have more cups! Be expecting His extra strength power coming to you today. ” How do I get it?” It’s not about you getting it but receiving it! See, it comes not by what you do but by what He did in the working of His mighty power! You just believe! He has the extra strength power to not just cover up sin but to WASH it away! No stains, no nasty smell of the past. He heals and forgives. Receive it today!
John 1:5, ” The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness comprehended it not.” Light always dispels darkness. I had a Bible college teacher who said, ” You can back up a whole semi truck load of darkness at the door and just strike one little match and that darkness cannot overcome that little light!”
The Devil wants you to think that this darkness ( sickness, Diseases, pain, suffering) is soo great! Many of us cannot see our way out of these situations, they are too dark. But the good news is you only need just a little light to overcome the darkness. That light is the word of God. Psalm 119:105 says, ” Your word is like a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” We need the light of the word to show us how to get out of that darkness. It lights up the pathway. It makes escape possible. All that darkness cannot hold you back anymore! Get the word and strike that match and walk in the light today!
Romans 12:2, ” do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind…” Growing up in the 80s there was a cartoon called the Transformers, they went on to make some pretty cool movies as well, but the whole idea was these alien robots came to earth and they would hide themselves by becoming a type of vehicle. Could be a car, truck, plane, etc..then when it was time to fight, they would transform back into these fighting robots and save the day.
The Bible calls us “aliens” as well. We are in this world but not of it! That means we do not have to play by this worlds rules. When diagnosed with an illness, we do not have to accept it. We may seem like we are just your ordinary average humans walking around this blue marble planet, but not so! When our enemy attacks, we must TRANSFORM into what Gods word says we are. The renewing of our minds from the word allows us to transform into what the word says we should be, healed, whole, set free from sicknesses and diseases! Don’t just lay back and take what the world throws at you. You are a TRANSFORMER, ready to fight and have the victory today!
Hebrews 11:1, ” Faith is the substance of things hoped for…” Hope is important but hope lacks substance until filled with faith. It’s like being thirsty and holding onto an empty glass, really hoping for your thirst to be quenched. You can hope all day long or by faith, go to the source. Go to the faucet and turn the handle and believe, by faith, that water will flow. Now your hope glass is full of faith water! Now you’ve got a substance that meets the need! Hope to be healed, yes, but go obtain it by getting to the hope filler, the word of God, take it and thirst no more! It will fill you. Romans 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing, hearing by the word of God.” Get the word in you and your hope will be filled and the need (healing) will be met.
I though about my youngest daughter this morning. She has beautiful long hair. But every morning when she gets up, that hair is a tangled mess. so, what do we do? We have tried in the past to just brush it out, its a very painful long process that usually ended up in “Good enough” hair. Then we discovered a great product called “Detangling spray” Now every morning, no matter how messy that hair has become, we can turn to the spray! Apply it every morning, and she can walk out the door looking as though that hair had never been out of place! Lamentations 3 says that Gods mercy is new every single day. We all have tried to fix the messes of daily life and at times, under our own doing, we end up with ” good enough” days. That is never Gods best! Know that Gods mercy is your life’s detangling spray, apply it every morning and walk out of the house as though your life had never been out of order. Do it today or it will be a painful long process that is totally unnecessary.