Posts Tagged ‘healing’

Divine Healing

June 14, 2011

I believe that God is able to heal people.  James 5:14-15 says “Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. ”

Healing is also listed among the gifts of the Spirit “…to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, (I Cor 12:9) but there is a qualification stated in verse 11 “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

The power of God and the will of God must somehow be reconciled in our thinking.  We recognize that God is able to bring healing, sometimes instantly through a miraculous touch, sometimes over time, and sometimes in combination with medical treatment.  (Did you know that anointing with oil was a form of medical treatment, not just a prayer format?)  Yet people do not live forever in these bodies.  Only God knows how much time we have on this earth.

I believe that the key is found with how Paul dealt with his “thorn in the flesh”.  II Cor 12:7-9 says  “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure.  Concerning this thing.  I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.  And He said to me.  ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’  Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

God’s grace is sufficient for us.  God may bring the gift of healing to our lives, or He will give us the grace to deal with our own “thorn in the flesh”.  Either way, our lives can be a testimony of the grace of God, either by healing , or by how we deal with the afflictions of this life.

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Oral Roberts

December 17, 2009

Oral Roberts died Tuesday December 15, 2009.  He had an impact on me that has profoundly influenced my approach to ministry.

I never heard him preach.

I have never read one of his books.

I visited Oral Roberts University back in the late seventies, with a gospel group of which I was a member.  I remember the symbol of three hands and forearms that were joined together in a triangle.  The meaning of the symbol was explained by our guide.  It represented the hand of the doctor, the hand of a person praying, and the hand of God.   All three worked together to bring healing to an individual life.

I have always remembered that symbol, and, after over twenty years in ministry, I still believe it expresses well my own approach.  Pray, seek medical attention, and pray again; because ultimately all healing is a gift from God, whether it comes through a supernatural act, or the use of medical treatments.

Senseless Violence

March 31, 2009

I read in the paper yesterday about two separate acts of senseless violence.  One was the attack on the nursing home in North Carolina where a man went in armed with a rifle and shot and killed a nurse and seven residents before he himself was shot by a police officer.  The second incident involved a twenty three year old man who stabbed his seventeen year old sister to death, decapitated his five year old sister, (whose birthday cake was sitting on the kitchen table) and started for his nine year old sister, before he was shot by a police officer.

From the elderly to the very young, we are shocked at these latest acts of senseless violence.  My heart goes out to the families of the victims, the police who witnessed these tragedies, and all who are involved, touched in any way by these horrendous crimes.

Why??  Why would anyone kill helpless elderly people whom they don’t even know?  Who would kill their little sister on her birthday??  What is this world coming to???

I suppose that sociologists, and psychologists will try to decipher  the root cause of  these actions.  Some kind of explanation will be suggested as the cause of it all.  Violent television, violent music and games, depression, anxiety, the recession, divorce, rejection, name calling… something will be offered as the reasons that led to the violence.

I don’t know what caused it, but I know what can prevent it.

The senseless violence of today can be avoided by accepting the senseless love that God offers to all the world. (I call it senseless love because why does God love us?) 

God loves us as we are, we do not have to earn God’s love by our actions.  God’s love is a transforming love that heals the hurts of the past and brings a brighter future.  All people are loved by God and invited into a relationship with him through Jesus Christ.  The love of God offers hope to all the people of this world.

But not everyone will accept that love.