Sunday, March 05, 2006

Healing that is ours

Matt. 10:7,8
And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

It would seem that it is the Lord's will, even His command, that I heal the sick and cleanse lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons. This verse also supposes something; it clearly declares that I have received. That is, in fact, the pre-requisite to giving. I suppose that one cannot give something that one does not have.

I am enjoying stirring up faith once again. It seems as though it has settled out, a bit like a pot of chicken soup - you best stir it up if you want to get a mixture of goodies in every scoop.

So I am reviewing the Words of my Lord. "I will come and heal him." "Heal the sick there and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'"

It seems as though this healing thing is all part and parcel of the kingdom of God - it comes with His domain. I kind of like that, especially right about now!

I am looking at what He did. He chose them to be with Him so that He could send them forth with power to heal sicknesses and to cast out demons. He healed again and again and again. The command was a blanket command - "Heal the sick." Period.

So this is just a reminder - we are to do what He does and even more. Greater works. Multiplied.

But it seems to start here: "He chose them to be with Him so that He might send them forth."

So I think this is also another reminder - I need to be in His presence, hearing Him, watching Him.

How can I deny His words? The command is clear. I just need to hear to His voice only. That requires time with Him, listening, activating faith, walking in obedience. Then I will indeed be prepared to give what I have freely received.


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