This Series has VERY little resemblance to what it originally started out as, both in content and development. The beginning concept being presented by the idea source was actually presenting verses of Scripture as “healing” verses. The reason for the change in approach is simple – we do NOT command the Lord, our Creator God or the Holy Spirit to “do” anything. A vast majority of the Scripture presented as the “case” were taken out of context and chosen because they presented an individual in dire need of healing by miraculous means, but failed to recognize why those words were used.
Our definition of “healing” is considerably different that what the Bible teaches. Much of the challenge of “healing” was and is tied to Faith. An often used verse is Matthew 17:20, with the comparison of the “faith of a mustard seed” (our English vernacular).
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 17:20 | King James Version
Jesus says it is because of the lack of belief that things were not accomplished. Notice also that His Faith description is “have”, an active and present tense Faith, not a “had”, stalled and past tense Faith. Even further noted in the Scripture passages, is the attitude and function of Service. It is abundantly clear that it is our recognition of Who He REALLY Is that makes those passages of Scripture come to life, as they were presented in those people’s lives given to us in the Bible.
Each of the passages, whether it be Old or New Testament, have a specific instruction set and/or reception requirement. REMEMBER – the “have” rather than “had” explanation. The words are active, as in “diligently”, “serve”, “forgive”, “give”, “bless”, “cry”… The list goes on and on as reminders to us that God our Creator is ACTIVE, not PASSIVE. Most of those actions are things we SHOULD be doing in our daily Christian lives as we seek to please Him in all that we do, where we go and how we do things in light of Him being placed first in our lives..
Oftentimes we forget God’s Will in our actions, those things that happen around us and to those who claim the name of Christ, we must Believe Him, Believe in Him and Believe on Him for all things we experience, which are different for each person to a degree. In the “Speak the Word” print, the reference is Matthew 8:7-8, which says:
And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.Matthew 8:7-8 | King James Version
The Faith of that Centurion is one worth reading, studying and wanting to model – but at FIRST glance and just reading – there is ZERO indication it was because of the Centurion’s FAITH that Jesus mentioned and then followed through in Healing of the Servant of the Centurion. What it does say is that the Centurion realized that Jesus was Lord and that he himself was “not worthy”. To get that Faith piece, you have to have the rest of the context including verse 10:
When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Matthew 8:10 | King James Version
which then ends up with verse thirteen (13) of Matthew 8:
And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
Matthew 8:13 | King James Version
It is good for us to have the pieces, but more perfect for us to understand what we are asking, seeking or to whom we are making petition.
Little would someone realize the importance of the “other stuff” if they have NO idea what they are repeating. We are to understand the Word, be in the Word and have the Word in US! The Lord Jesus Christ healed the Servant because of his Master’s Belief – as strong as he Believed, would be as strong as the Healing. There were three people involved, NOT two and certainly NOT one.
This Series is about Encouraging ourselves through the reading of God’s Word in specific incidences, not just row-repeating Scriptures in the thought they are like a magic potion that will cure this or that. IF that were so, doesn’t it stand to reason that Paul would have been cured/healed and he would have healed every individual he came in contact with? Have to be careful here, because he actually did offer to everyone the cure of the Ages – the Messiah, if they would only Believe.
Incline | Redeem | Hearken | Deliver | Serve | Remember
Esteem | Consider | Praise | Call
Ask, Seek, Knock | Arise | Believe | Give | Manifest | Abide
Perceive | Faith | Raise | Follow | Speak | Be An Example
This Series really caused me to focus on how my challenges physically have changed how things are done and my approach to challenges, difficulties and problems. Through the changes in medication regiments, pain management treatments and hospital stays to get it back under some form of control – there has been ONE constant – my Faith. The Believing that my Saviour would never leave me and is the One in control of my life. The One thing that I have had desire of, no matter where, when or the circumstance – is to sing, read, hear, share, write about how GOOD He is to me. If every person could just repeat some Scripture and be healed, how would those that are the care givers, medical providers and services coordinators going to see “proof-in-the-pudding” examples as has been done in my life? On those days when others have to care for me, these are some of the stories that can be shared with them such they might come to understand how Marvelous, Kind, Gracious, Merciful and Powerful my God REALLY IS! Who needs to see your reflecting of Christ in your life as they see you battle some of things that might hinder you? Will they say “He must be a Christian… because….” about your life? If not, or even if so, there are twenty-three examples are used in this Series for each of us to be reminded of His Goodness, especially on those “tough” days.
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