Jul23MonJuly 23, 2018
I love this song from Hillsong - You Are Here (The Same Power)
It is a powerful reminder of the power that lives in us! The same power that conquered the grave lives in me! Man, Yes, Jesus, let it be!!
Ephesians 1:18-20. “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know … his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
It was prophesied of Jesus in Isaiah 53 and fulfilled in His perfect work that He completed on the cross and through His resurrection from the dead!
“Divine healing is another experience of resurrection life in the present. The physical benefits of the resurrection are available although sickness and death are still active”
He does not promise you that you will never be sick, he does not promise you that you will never die, but He does promise you that, until your work is done, until His purpose is fulfilled concerning you, He is the strength of your life, your victory for bodily as well as spiritual infirmity and oppression.
AB Simpson, “How to Receive Divine Healing,” 1885
My Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:23
Unfortunately the predicament most people were in back then is still true today. Matthew 13…
15For this people's heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.
But it doesn’t have to be this way… we need to ask in confidence and rested assurance.
But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. 17For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
So, what keeps us from praying for healing? Are we too worried that we might disappoint the person that we are praying for if nothing happens. We need to trust the Lord and leave the results with Him. Ultimately it is His Name that is on the line.
The practical… when praying for healing
When praying for healing, this is really important to understand. The confidence that you pray with is not ‘commanding God’ as if He must act because you demand it. Recognize that when you pray for healing, you are coming from a place of divine authority. We have been given authority to pray, it is a “delegated authority”. We pray from our heavenly position, from our identity in Christ.
"As you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give" (Matt. 10:7-8).
Notice also Jesus' instructions as well.
"Heal the sick who are there and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you'" (Luke 10:9).
Once again, Jesus did not tell His disciples to pray for the sick. He authorized them to heal the sick.
The power is in the proclamation. Tell them what God will do. This takes boldness.
Bert M. Farias
What brings Jesus joy?
We know as we discover it in Luke 10:21. It is when His followers take Him at His word and take risks for the kingdom of God. They do what He asked them to do.
21 At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.
What brings us joy?
The Bible again reminds us that it is when we live out His truth, take risks of faith and take Him at His Word!
17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
We get into the secret place and that is where we cry out to God, but then as Bill Johnson teaches, we get into the public place and we take risks. All of our ministry is imparting the Spirit of Christ into the lives of others where He places us. We let our peace be known to all. It is the substance of heaven and it comes in the person of Jesus Christ through the power of His Holy Spirit. The important realization in all of this is that we are carriers of His presence, it flows through us.
So, when we pray, it’s also important to listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. We need wisdom and discernment and we also need to get to root issues too. A great question to ask always is, “Is there anything else you want me to know?”
I know sometimes that I can rush into prayer and maybe pray through surface issues and miss the point. I can remember clearly when a student came to speak with me when I was a youth pastor. They spoke about the lack of intimacy in their quiet time with God and so we talked through strategies, distractions and how to be still in His presence. However, as it turned out, the real issue that she was struggling with was that she was sleeping with her boyfriend and knew that it was really hurting her relationship with the Lord.
Also, when we pray for healing for the body when it’s physical, pray that the body will be restored to the beauty of the way that God originally designed it to be.
Also remember the obvious as one pastor said, “when we don’t pray for healing, no one gets healed. Now, we pray for lots of people to get healed and some get healed.
Our ultimate healing will come when Jesus fully establishes His kingdom, but now every healing is a foreshadow or foretaste of that very kingdom! We live in a now, but not yet kingdom, but let’s keep pressing in for more of it to be experienced now and for people to come to faith and trust in Jesus, the greatest miracle of all!
Healing also comes through our joy-filled disposition.
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. Proverbs 15:30
In life, an attitude of self preoccupation is lethal, but joy is life giving to us and to others. Laughter and smiling are found in joy as well. It is this type of joy that produces relief from stress by releasing pain-killing, endorphins which give us a natural God-given high!
The kind of lift that we need in our spirits to move us from the valley of spiritual distress. As believers we live in community and we have no reason to be joy challenged. We can be the kind of people who infect others with joyful enthusiasm. We have the best news of all, that Jesus is our ultimate healer in every way
Jesus said it best in verse 22 you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. He has promised it to us if we would but ask him. It comes as we recognize it as we identify ourselves with Jesus, as we listen and we are guided by the Spirit like the 72 were in Luke 10:17
They returned with joy…why? Because they experienced being ministers in His name. Joy is multiplied in community as we all serve together.