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Divine Healing In The Age Of Corona- Part 8
Archived – December 27, 2020

Divine Healing In The Age Of Corona- Part 8

December 27, 2020

Review

  • This series has two objectives:
  1. To demonstrate that developing faith for divine healing is biblical, practical and beneficial.
  2. To foster reasonable expectations for divine intervention in the healing and recovery of your physical body.
  • Big Idea: Receiving divine healing has everything to do with seeing Jesus clearly.
  • Key Insight: We see Jesus and develop faith in Him from the Scripture.
  • Vital Practice: Scriptural Meditation

 

What does scriptural meditation look like?

Reading, Talking, Listening, Pondering, Reflecting Day and Night

 

Lessons from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

  • What the woman with the issue of blood did physically, we do .
  • We touch Jesus through the Scripture.
  • Scriptural meditation is not a tactic to get , but a practice we adopt to see .
  • Once we can see Him as a healer through the Scripture, faith to be healed is not far away.
  • Mark 5:25-34
  • In this passage we see a woman resembling people who have suffered from Corona:
    • Urgent physical condition
    • Persistent confidence in medical professionals
    • Worsening symptoms
  • Most people would not think twice about people in this scenario other than to have pity and to root for their recovery.
  • Except for the most skeptical of us, their situations would not generate cynicism, doubt or criticism about health care professionals.
  • On the other hand, there are countless others who would be quick to criticize, doubt or become cynical about people who sought God for healing without seeing a result.

 

Trusting God vs. Trusting Man

  • The scripture has stern warnings for people who abandon their trust in the Lord to turn to humans:
    • Jeremiah 17:5 (NLT)
    • Jeremiah 17:7 (NLT)
  • Trusting God does not mean that we abandon everything that’s natural. It just means that our trust is ultimately in the Creator, not the creation:
    • I Timothy 6:17 (NLT) 
    • I Timothy 4:8 (NLT)

  • God can heal us through natural and supernatural means; we don’t want to abandon either one.
  • Our trust should remain in the Lord.
  • However, this means that we must remain open to however He chooses to heal us, whether it be natural, spiritual or both.
  • When we close ourselves off either from God’s spiritual provision or His natural provision, we are abandoning our trust in the Lord.
  • By predetermining how God heals us, we are putting our trust in man.

 

The You Factor

  • On the other hand, while it is not our place to determine God heals us, we do play a role in He heals us.
  • There is a “You” factor.
  • However, by “You” factor, I’m not blaming sick or dead people for not having enough faith. Nor am I blaming the loved ones of sick or dead people for not having enough faith.
  • For starters, of faith is not the emphasis of Scripture (Luke 17:5)
  • The of your faith doesn’t matter if you don’t use it.
  • of faith is far more important than size.
  • It is responsibility to use the faith we have.
  • Hence by “You” Factor I mean two things:
  1. God does not believe for us.
  2. God does not persist for us.

  • Mark 5:27-34  
  • The woman was clearly as committed to the supernatural as she was to the natural:
    • Enduring pain and fatigue from the bleeding
    • Bundling herself up to minimize or prevent bleeding in the streets
    • Pressing through a crowd that was thronging Jesus
    • Violating laws that required her not to be out in public
    • Enduring public embarrassment
  • The woman’s pursuit of Jesus represents our pursuit of Jesus through the Word.
  • We don’t fight physical barriers to Jesus.
  • We fight mental, emotional and spiritual barriers to Jesus.
  • We fight
    • fear
    • worry
    • anxiety
    • cynicism
    • doubt
    • unbelief
    • bad reports from the doctor
    • bad reports from the news
    • discouraging words from friends and family
    • unanswered prayers from last year
    • reports about other people who did not make it
  • All of these barriers are tools by the enemy to challenge God’s credibility.

  • However, like Jesus, when the enemy taunts us with lies, we must respond with the Word.
  • That means say it out loud.
  • When the woman with the issue of blood talks, it is her faith speaking.
  • Mark 5:29-30
  • Jesus did not to heal her.
  • She simply accessed what was available to her as a of Abraham.
  • Hence, this healing was clearly not designed by Jesus to be demonstrative.
  • The healing was just a natural extension of who He was.
  • Mark 5:31-34
  • The faith that healed the woman was not the faith of Jesus, but the faith of the woman.

© Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2020

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