Why are we as Christians so slow to action? I mean come on the Word is clear:
Jesus sent out the 12 after giving them instructions: “Don’t take the road leading to other nations, and do not enter any Samaritan town. Instead, GO TO THE LOST SHEEP OF HOUSE OF ISRAEL. As you go announce this: “THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN HAS COME NEAR”, heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those with skin diseases, drive out demons. YOU HAVE RECEIVED FREE OF CHARGE; GIVE FREE OF CHARGE. Do not take along gold, silver, or copper for your money belts. Do not take a traveling bag for the road, or an extra shirt, sandals, or a walking stick, for the worker is worthy of his food. MATTHEW 10:5-10
This was not just for the Apostles…it applies fully to today. CIRCUMSTANCES HAVE NOT CHANGED, NOR WILL THEY UNTIL THE LORDS GREAT RETURN. This portion of scripture is so full of what I call ‘meat of Christianity’, but I want to set apart the command to heal. Yes, I said COMMAND TO HEAL.
I am astonished at the hesitation we have AS BELIEVERS towards the faith-fill prayer for healing. Jesus gave us example after example. With the power of the Holy Spirit we are to do as Jesus did, HEAL WITH OUT PAUSE, WITH OUT HESITATION. Jesus never waited for it to get “bad enough”, He did not wait until “there were no other options”. He is to be our FIRST option.
James even gives us instructions via the Holy Spirit, James 5:13-15. The prayer of the righteous shall be answered. It does not excluded the prayer for healing. It does not say the prayer of what seems possible. The Word of God is always clear to those who seek.
Repeatedly we hear from Jesus, “Your faith has healed you…” It’s never a question of IF He will heal, rather whether we accept His healing. His healing may not always look the way we expect it to look. Our concerns are not necessarily His concerns. Remember that as you pray, keep it in perspective. He may want a change of heart. So rarely seen, yet this is the most important healing and the most miraculous. We can never be a good judge of a heart.
Make no mistake God is all sovereign. He will have His way no matter how we may see fit.
14 What should we say then? Is there injustice with God? Absolutely not! 15 For He tells Moses:
I will show mercy
to whom I will show mercy,
and I will have compassion
on whom I will have compassion.
16 So then it does not depend on human will or effort but on God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture tells Pharaoh:
I raised you up for this reason
so that I may display My power in you
and that My name may be proclaimed in all the earth.
18 So then, He shows mercy to those He wants to, and He hardens those He wants to harden.
19 You will say to me, therefore, “Why then does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?20 But who are you, a mere man, to talk back to God? Will what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like this?” 21 Or has the potter no right over the clay,to make from the same lump one piece of pottery for honor and another for dishonor? ROMANS 9:14-21
FIRST: Do not hesitate to ACT on our CURRENT and RELEVANT commission.
FAITH: Freely given to you, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
SEEK: His will in ALL matters. He will show you, but you may need to adjust your priorities and perspective.
Love to you all.