God heals today … 7 fruits

Galilee Sea

On the Sea of Galilee

Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. Large crowds followed Him from Galilee and the Decapolis and Jerusalem and Judea and from beyond the Jordan. Matthew 4:23-25

Teaching, proclaiming the good news, and healing … signatures of our Lord Jesus.

  1. Healings and miracles showcased Jesus’ authority to proclaim what the world might call an upside down world view.
  2. Healings and miracles highlighted Jesus’ compassion for hurting people.
  3. Healings and miracles sparked excitement and talk.
  4. Healings and miracles created hope and expectation.
  5. Healings and miracles spurred friends and families to bring the sick.
  6. Healings and miracles turned people to Jesus and His teachings.
  7. Healings and miracles bore followers and disciples.

Healings and miracles happen today. Christian doctors have established the World Christian Doctors Network. The network is focused upon pointing to the great works of healing that the Lord still does, bringing hope to patients and the world. The network has created case studies on how God still heals today.

Read Dr. Ann Verachtert’s presentation about the healing of Hugo Van Leemputten‘s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hugo had no hope; yet, after prayer and much support, he was healed and now leads a church and healing school called God’s Ambassade.

When there is no hope, look up! Jesus is our hope and our destiny.

My prayer for you

Father, You are so loving and compassionate. Thank You for Your intimate interest in men and women. Thank You that You have many blessings in store for us. Thank You that You heal our bodies so that we can minister to others, so that we can point people to You. We love You Lord and praise Your holy name!

Will you run after Jesus?

Sea of Galilee

 
 
 
The Sea of Galilee

And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.) They went away in the boat to a secluded place by themselves. The people saw them going, and many recognized them and ran there together on foot from all the cities, and got there ahead of them. Mark 6:31-33

So much need, no time to eat.

When Jesus went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them many things. Mark 6:34

Matthew Henry writes:

they seemed to be well-inclined, and manageable as sheep, and willing to be taught, but they had no shepherd, none to lead and guide them in the right way, none to feed them with good doctrine: and therefore, in compassion to them, he not only healed their sick, as it is in Matthew, but he taught them many things, and we may be sure that they were all true and good, and fit for them to learn.

Even though Jesus and the disciples were weary and needed to rest, they ministered to the people who were hungry for guidance … hungry for the spiritual food that only Jesus could give.

They ran to Jesus and would not leave Him until He fed them spiritual food as well as earthly food. Not until this multitude of 5,000 men, not including women and children, were full did Jesus send them away.

I’ve been as desperate as these people were. I’ve run after Jesus, not letting Him out of my sight until He filled me with His healing touch, His spiritual food, and His earthly provisions. Nothing else really mattered.

Only Jesus mattered.

Looking upon that desperation, Jesus had compassion, for He is the Good Shepherd. He filled every need beyond any human expectations.

He wants to fill your every need. Won’t you run after Jesus, sit at His feet, drink in His teachings, receive His healing, eat His bread?

He’s looking upon you with compassion.

My prayer for you

Our Good Shepherd, we long for Your guidance, Your touch, Your filling. Lead us by Your staff, set a table before us in the presence of our enemies, anoint our heads with your healing oil, and walk us through the valleys as we dwell in Your presence forever.

Has Jesus told you to do the impossible?

Pastor Chuck Israel

Overlooking the Sea of Galilee as Pastor Chuck Smith teaches from the Sermon on the Mount Scripture.

When Jesus found out that John the Baptist had been beheaded, He withdrew to be alone. However, the crowds followed Him. He looked at the crowds and had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” Matthew 14:15-16

“We have only five loaves here and two fish.”

Three questions about the disciples’ choices

  1. They told Jesus what He should do. Jesus was the Teacher. He was the Healer. Did Jesus need instruction?
  2. They scanned the crowd for food before they went to Jesus. Did they know the nature of Jesus would not allow Him to send the people away hungry?
  3. They responded in weakness, only five small loaves of bread and two small fish. Was anything impossible for Jesus?

Jesus’ compassion

And He said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Matthew 14:18-21

Jesus chose to take the little food that the disciples had found, bless it, break it, multiply it, and give it to the disciples to distribute to the crowds.

The disciples did feed the crowds with the little that they had when they surrendered it to Jesus.

Each time I have read this story, I have concentrated on the compassion that Jesus had on the crowds. I think that there may be a greater compassion that Jesus had on the disciples.

Jesus gave the disciples an impossible task to do in their own strength. I can imagine Jesus taking a long breath, smiling, and looking at them in love as He said, “Bring them here to me.”

He looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Here was the example. Jesus looked to heaven. He prayed.

Jesus multiplied the little that the disciples had and gave it back to them to feed the crowds.

And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. Matthew 14:20

Out of surrender came empowerment.

Out of little came abundance.

Out of prayer came a miracle.

Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. Matthew 14:22

Out of obedience came another assignment.

This is the only miracle of Jesus that is recorded in all four Gospels. The Holy Spirit has much to teach us about the nature of Jesus, total surrender, and the Christian walk through this miracle.

My prayer for you

Compassionate Father, grant Your perfect wisdom to Your children as You teach us the truths in this miracle of provision, this miracle of total surrender, this miracle of taking little and growing it to abundance. We bring what little we have to You. Multiply it and empower us to bless others with abundance and service. Thank You for Your compassion on Your followers and the world.

One touch of faith, many healed

Nicole C. Mullen – One Touch from 2nafish on GodTube.

And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well. Matthew: 14:34-36

Jesus fed the 5,000, sent the disciples to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, walked on water, saved Peter from drowning in the stormy sea, and now walked in Gennesaret.

“Look, there’s Jesus. He healed her when she touched the hem of His cloak. Bring the sick.”

Matthew Henry tells us that the woman who had been bleeding for 12 years was from this area. She had squeezed through the tight throng of people around Him, reached out and touched the hem of His cloak. Power rushed through her veins, and she was healed, changed forever.

“Daughter, your faith has made you whole.”

Maybe these men saw it. Maybe she was so changed, that she spent the rest of her days telling people and glorifying God.

This twisted piece of wool that the people so desperately wanted to touch hung from the mantle or cloak of Jewish men and reminded them of the Law. Here was a man who had kept the Law perfectly. Here was a man who would hang on the cross and take on God’s wrath for them. Here was a man who came to fulfill the Law, Matthew 5:17.

In faith, the sick reached out to touch the man who healed all who came to Him, who provided food from a few fish and loaves of bread, who walked on the stormy Sea of Galilee, who taught about the Kingdom of God. They reached out to touch the God of the Law, the God of Grace … and they were healed.

One woman’s touch of faith brought the healing of many as they saw the change in her.

When we mix faith with the word, apply it to ourselves, depend upon it, and submit to its influences and commands, then we touch the hem of Christ’s garment. Matthew Henry

God is waiting for you to reach out to touch Him. How do you want God to work in your life?

My prayer for you:

Father of Righteousness and Grace, we reach out to touch the fringe of Your mantle. We long to feel the power of Your Spirit flow through our veins. Renew our strength, so that we will mount up as on wings of eagles. Empower us to soar in Your grace as we glorify You. May our healing bring many to You.

2 blind men healed: Healing activated by faith

Idyllwild cross

Is that Jesus passing by us? He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. Think He would heal our blind eyes?

The two men follow Jesus.

“Have mercy on us, Son of David.”

Jesus enters the Capernaum house without a word. The men follow him into the house. I wonder what the owner of the house thinks.

“Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Matthew 9:28

“According to your faith be it done to you.” Matthew 9:29

And their eyes are opened. Although Jesus tells them not to tell others about their healing, they tell many people.

Five verses, five attributes.

  1. Focused. These men had heard of the compassion and miracles of Jesus, and they knew what Jesus could do for them. Together, they sought Jesus.
  2. AccountableThe two men cried out loudly to Jesus over the crowd. They took responsibility for pursuing Jesus until He answered them.
  3. Intense. When Jesus did not respond to their cries, they followed Him, right into the house. They did not give up when there was no answer from the Son of David, the Messianic name of their Savior.
  4. Trust.They trusted the Scripture. Isaiah 35:5 states that when the Messiah comes, He will open the eyes of the blind.
  5. Hope. Blind men for a season, their hope was an earnest expectation for their sight.

Focused + Accountable + Intense + Trust + Hope = Faith

Result: Healing!

My prayer for you:

Our Father and Lord, You are the God of all compassion, all mercy, and all love. Pour out Your blessings and healing upon our land and upon Your people. Restore our sight to all that is true and lovely. Restore our bodies, our minds, and our land into what You intended. Give us the faith to focus on You as we hold ourselves accountable in an intense trust in You, and we will earnestly hope in Your restoration. We will spread the news of Your great works as these two blind men did. We praise You for all that You are and all that You do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

A Love Song to My Beloved

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In Austria. Photo by Danielle Medina
 
 

“I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love” Psalm 59:16

My Beloved is my melody of joy.
He wraps his arms of protection around me;
He leads me in the dance of life.

My Beloved is my rhapsody of ecstasy.
He enraptures me with delight;
He rains his sweet kisses over me.

My Beloved is my symphony of love.
He beckons the strings to entice me.
He strikes the tympani to captivate me.

My Beloved is my strength.
He lifts me up when I am weak.
He carries me when I am weary.

My Beloved is my love song.
I will sing of my Beloved in the morning.
I will sing of his love forevermore.

My prayer you:

Father, You have given us such a blessing in marriage. May all who read this love song be blessed with a long and joy-filled marriage. Heal marriages and fill us with the song of Your love forevermore.