Posted by: pastortomvabeach | August 11, 2015

Thought For The Week August 16, 2015

As we continue to unpack the foundational teachings of the Bible that our fellowship, the Assemblies of God, sees as some of the most important teachings that support our faith, we come to another which we call a “Cardinal Doctrine” which means we believe it is one of our beliefs that is essential to our core mission of reaching the world for Christ. This belief is Divine Healing.

When Jesus came preaching the good news of His salvation, one of the hallmarks of His ministry was healing of many who were sick, disabled, and even, demon possessed. He had the power to reverse incurable situations such as leprosy, deformed limbs, and, on more than one occasion, bring back someone who had died (i.e. Lazarus in John 11).

We would certainly expect that Jesus, who was God in the flesh, would have such power. I mean, He is God! So that really doesn’t surprise us. What is surprising is that Jesus imparted the same power to His disciples when He sent them out to preach, These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying…“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. (Matthew 10:5-8). Further, Jesus told His followers that after He left, they, and all those who followed them, would actually do greater works than He did in His name (John 14:12) and included this promise in the Great Commission recorded in Mark 16:17-18, these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

The proof of these promises is in the history of the church. Beginning in the book of Acts and continuing even to our day, God has shown His mercy and greatness by granting healings through the hands of those who simply believe; through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people…a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed. (Acts 5:12, 16). Paul lists gifts of healings among the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit in I Corinthians 12, and since the renewal of belief in the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in the early 20th century, we have witnessed a resurgence in faith for healing with many people being healed from emotional, spiritual, and physical ailments, many even at the point of death.

While we trust that the Lord has given us this marvelous gift, we also recognize that not everyone for whom we pray gets healed. We live in a world that has been negatively effected by sin and we understand from Scripture that, unless Jesus returns first, we are all appointed to experience physical death (Hebrews 9:27). Though we can’t explain why God heals some and doesn’t heal others, we always believe that He wants us to trust Him for healing and we pray believing that everyone will be healed. We leave all of the results to Him who always judges justly (I Peter 2:24).

Praying for people you know who are ill or otherwise ailing is a great way to open the door for other spiritual conversations. You might ask, “What if I pray for someone and they don’t get healed?” The better question is what might happen if you offered to pray for a sick friend and they are miraculously healed. Surely, that would speak volumes to them about God’s love for them and become an avenue to helping them to put their faith in Jesus. Let’s imagine what might happen, if we all did that!

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