|Posted by Lorraine Serra on October 1, 2011 at 5:00 PM|
UPDATE: Mike’s surgery was postponed at the last minute due to a problem assembling all of the surgical team. So, God is up to something!! His timing is perfect. Thanks for praying and please continue to pray for Mike’s faith to be solidified. I will update you again when there is news.
So, let’s get on to exploring God’s Word about healing, signs and wonders. The reason I am taking time to look at this is twofold: We need to operate in the Spirit’s power to be most effective in the world as Kingdom Citizens; and, IS there Truth to the concept of “claiming your healing,” or receiving it because of your agreement with God’s Word? We need to be fully convinced and clear about these things as we grow in Christ.
My premise is that God’s Word is truth, all of it. I know not all Christians believe this. That is because human common sense can never fully be in agreement with the divine. Neither can it totally comprehend the supernatural. To compensate, people debate which parts of the Bible are literal, which are symbolic or allegory. Without doubt, there is poetry and metaphor, the purposes of which, in my opinion, help us find encouragement in the pictures of God’s love and faithfulness.
I am not interested in theological hair-splitting. But, with a sincerely seeking heart, I desire to take God at His word. I desire to trust Jesus with all my strength, even when it is hard to do.
It is no wonder the Bible records countless situations where there were no common sense remedies. Those circumstances always seemed to set the stage for God to reign and rule. Those circumstances have also set the stage for believers throughout the ages trust God, to have confidence in Him, and to surrender to the sovereignty of a God who is loving and in control in every situation. I want to look more closely at a few examples over the coming month. But, as a starting point, let’s consider basic truth in God’s Word that we agree upon.
God’s Word states: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 Jesus said, “He who believes in me will have eternal life.” John 3 records the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus. It’s all about being born again. Go read it again. Capture in your heart verse 21, “…believers come into the light so that it may be seen that whatever good a believer has done has been done through God.”
We believe this truth wholeheartedly. John 3:16 is foundational, and we take it fully literally, along with the more difficult words about being born again of water and the spirit. There are other scriptures we stand upon which bolster our faith, but are often taken out of context. For example:
Phillipians 4:19 My God will supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Isaiah 53:5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds (stripes) we are healed.
I am embarking on a study of these to share with you in more depth what I learn. However, if you have any comments or insights to share now, please do!
In my last post, I asked, “What was the common denominator among the examples of signs and wonders mentioned by Mr. Orr?” He was talking about the wonderful power of prayer, according to James 5:16, to accomplish much.
He mentioned some of the most powerful moves of God in answer to prayer from the Old Testament, such as the parting of the Red Sea, Daniel in the lion’s den, Shadrach and his buddies in the fiery furnace, and Elijah prophesying the drought in the land. The impossible took place in time and space in the natural world. Divine power entered the scene in response to these who prayed, believed, and obeyed. Faithfulness against all odds!
So, let’s take a closer look. Obedience and complete trust in the Lord, and faithfulness in spite of the threat of punishment or death were central to these fervent prayer warriors, don’t you think? I was re-visiting these accounts and I thought, these guys willingly laid everything down….besides their lives, they laid down their pride, and position, and didn’t care if they looked like fools. I think of Shadrach and his friends who said, “Our God will save us. But, even if He chooses not to, we will never bow down to worship that idol.”
There it is: Absolute faithfulness with no thought to personal safety or benefit, but living with the sole desire to exalt the Lord and be pleasing to Him. Are we living with that kind of faithfulness and trust?
But, what about the other examples: defeated armies, barren women, or the sick needing to be healed? Were all of these miracles granted in direct response to faithfulness against all odds, too?
We will look at those next time. For now, do you have any insights, questions, or testimonies of God’s power at work that you would like to share? I shared about our miracle son. There is more to tell.
Right now, I would love to hear from you!
Categories: Reigning in Christ: Kingdom Living