God's will

God's willl according to healing

God’s will according to healing comes down to a few things; the Kingdom, love, power, evangelism, and kicking the devil’s buns. We know that Jesus healed everyone who came to Him. “Jesus traveled throughout the region of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. News about him spread as far as Syria, and people soon began bringing to him all who were sick. And whatever their sickness or disease, or if they were demon possessed or epileptic or paralyzed—he healed them all.” (Matthew 4:23-24 NLT)  Jesus is our model, We can’t deny that. To realize this in its full context we need to know that healing was central to the ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus is perfect theology and we need to look to Him to see the will of God.

God’s will according to healing is all about the Kingdom. According to Jesus we are in the battle of good and evil, the battle of the Kingdoms of God and Satan. There is a far to common belief that this all-powerful God is smiting people for a good cause, or for punishment, or for his own pure enjoyment. “For anyone to think that God is that way is extremely disturbing.” Says Bill Johnson. The truth is without going into too much detail that this is a sick lie. Sickness is an attack on humanity. Jesus says in one of his parables that, "'An enemy has done this!' the farmer exclaimed. 'Should we pull out the weeds?' they asked.” (Matthew 13:28 NLT) Jesus also tells one of the leaders in the synagogue “this dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” (Luke 13:16 NLT) when he is confronted for healing a woman on the Sabbath.  And John makes it clear one of the reasons Jesus came was to destroy the devil. “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” (1 John 3:8) Jesus's thesis statement while he was on earth was "the Kingdom is at hand" (Matthew 4:47 NLT) The Kingdom of heaven is breaking in and is pushing Satan out until the Kingdom comes in its fullness when Jesus comes back for his bride.

God's will according to healing is all all about power. Jesus said "all power and authority has been given to me" (Matthew 28:18 NLT). Then Jesus gave the disciples this authority and power “One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” (Luke 9:1-2 NLT) “They brought in the two disciples and demanded, ‘By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?’ Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, ‘Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.” (Acts 4:7-10 NLT) Jesus took back the keys that were lost in the fall of man and now our job is to take that authority and demonstrate God’s power against sickness. “Jesus’ death and resurrection was a complete triumph over Satan and his kingdom.” says Randy Clark in his book, Ministry Team Training Manual.

God's will according to healing is all about evangelism. Jesus healed the sick to create opportunities to preach the the gospel. If proper credit is given to Jesus, then it will open a way into evangelism. “After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick.” (John 6:1-2 NLT) He did it as proof in what the father was doing, “Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.’” (John 10:37-38 NLT). Again, healing was a central part of how Jesus taught the Kingdom, but it’s also a huge part of who we are and who Holy Spirit is today.

God’s will according to healing is all about love. To demonstrate our love for each other and to demonstrate a good Dad’s love for his children. Jesus healed everyone, not to show off, but because of who he is - love. 1 Corinthians 12 and 13 put this beautifully when Paul talks about how amazing the gifts are, but if they are used without love, they are pointless. Everything is pointless if you miss the point.  “When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. 'Don’t cry!' he said.” (Luke 7:13 NLT) Jesus was so full of love in everything he did, and that should be our mission above all else. A beautiful quote from Heidi Baker in her documentary, Compelled by Love, is “Love looks like something.” 

God’s will and heart according to healing is for his love to be poured out on all men. For all the sick to be healed, the enemy defeated, the Kingdom to come in its fullness, His power to be demonstrated, to call His children home, and again to love on his perfect creation. We have a pretty good idea about all this because again, Jesus is perfect theology and He said, “I only do what I see the Father doing.” and he taught us to pray, “May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 NLT) There is no sickness in Heaven and Jesus wasn’t having that on Earth.

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Grace in Action

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Grace. This word carries with it many different emotions. It has even in the church become somewhat of a swearword. People have heard too much about how grace covers sin and then seen people mistreat it by living however they want and then saying, “It’s ok because I’m covered by grace.” Even pastors say it from the pulpit, usually in conjunction with a topic of sin that many people probably struggle with, so to make people not feel “condemned” they follow it up by saying, “but for those who have ________ (you name it, had sex before marriage, had an affair, have a problem with drinking, gambling) it’s ok because God’s grace is enough.” True, God’s grace covers our sin, yet we, yes WE have taken grace and abused it. Grace doesn't say, “I've covered your sin, so you’re cool to keep on sinning all you want.” No, it says, “I have covered your sins, so you are free of the chains that sin places on you, now go and walk in freedom from that sin.”

Grace says, “I have covered your sins, so you are free of the chains that sin places on you, now go walk in freedom from that sin.”

When we read accounts of people in Scripture who encounter and understand grace, it causes a change in them. They don’t continue to act in the same way. They are compelled and strengthened by God’s grace to walk uprightly and to follow after God with all that they are.

Isn’t that cool to think that God’s grace strengthens us? At the end of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthian church, we learn that Paul has what he calls a thorn in his flesh. It was so bad that he begged God three times to take it away from him, but we read on that God’s response isn’t to take the pain of whatever his thorn was away, no, he says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” It is in those moments of weakness when we feel like giving up and caving in that we can rely on God’s strength to get us through.

Grace allows us to no longer have to walk in fear, but in freedom. Freedom to boast in our weakness, so that God’s strength is what other’s see. Freedom to not have to give in to our flesh, but to walk in the Spirit. Freedom to do the things God has called us to, despite our inadequacies because He will give us all we need to accomplish his goals.

We all have a past, and we’ve all made mistakes, but it is by God’s grace that those things can be turned around for His good and perfect will. Just think about the story of Jonah. Jonah was completely off the grid when it came to following God’s direction. Instead of doing what God wanted him to, he ran in the opposite direction. God used Jonah’s disobedience for His glory. It says that after the whale swallowed Jonah and the storm ceased the sailors that were on the ship with Jonah vowed to serve God. Even though Jonah was completely going against God’s will, God used it for His glory. And in the end, I think Jonah learned that disobeying God isn’t a great idea and stinks a little ;).

So like in the story of Jonah, God’s grace allows for mistakes and for us to make dumb decisions, but then He comes in and redirects us and puts us back on the right path. I think we can also learn that it would probably have been a lot better for Jonah if he had obeyed God the first time, but that’s grace in action. And finally, with grace active in our lives helping us to grow and learn, we get to be used as vessels by God to do some pretty amazing things, like turn a whole city back to God! Just read Jonah’s story and see what God did through Jonah, it’s only a couple pages long, so it only take 10 minutes tops.

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