Divine Healing In The Age Of Corona- Part 8
December 27, 2020
- This series has two objectives:
- To demonstrate that developing faith for divine healing is biblical, practical and beneficial.
- 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:
- God does not believe for us.
- 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
- 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