Sunday April 26 2020

Salvation, Healing and Deliverance – Part II (By Ellie Muir)

Last week we took a good look at what the bible says about Salvation and Healing. To Summarize, we learned that Biblical Healing is based on:

  1. The Word of God alone (which generates Hope)
  2. Faith in Jesus, our Saviour, Healer and Deliverer, which is birthed in us by God’s Word
  3. The need for a certain desperation that leads us to Persevere
  4. Humility before God and man
  5. Accepting God’s Word as Truth and keeping our Eye-gates pure
  6. Agreeing with and submitting to the Word of God
  7. Expectation – Knowing that we have God’s Guarantee

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Before I go on I believe the Lord wants me to share this brief paraphrase of Psalm 92:15 and 145:8-9 AMPC:

The Lord is Faithful to ALL of His Promises, and Loving toward ALL He has made.

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Problem or Solution

We all know that there are many afflictions in this life. The New Testament calls them trials that build our character. Does God send these to us? Some say “yes”, some say “no”. My personal belief is that good and bad comes upon every one of us because we are human and we live in a sinful world. I don’t believe that God sends bad things, but I do believe that when bad things come, God is always ready with a solution that can bring Healing and/or Deliverance through or out of that bad thing – Psalm 34:19.

There is a wonderful example in the Bible: Exodus 15:23-26; where we see that the Israelites found the water at Marah so bitter it was undrinkable. The people complained, but when Moses sought the Lord, HE provided a solution: a tree which, when thrown into the water, caused it to taste sweet. Generally speaking, God used this experience to reveal Himself to His people in a new way: that He is greater than any problem they may encounter. He does the same for us. Specifically speaking, in this instance the Lord revealed Himself as the Healer as He healed the waters of Marah. He then reminded the people to commit themselves to follow His ways for “I am the Lord who heals you” (verse 26). In the Hebrew it is “Jehovah Rapha” or “Yahweh Rapha”. This Truth is equally valid for us today:

 For I am the Lord, I do not change. – Malachi 3:6a NKJV

Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages). – Hebrew 13:8 AMPC

Hallelujah! And this brings us to a couple of interesting questions:

  1. Did the murmuring of the people bring God’s answer? or Did the prayer of Moses bring God’s answer?
  2. Did the tree heal the water? or Did Moses’ simple act of obedience to the Lord unleash the power of God to heal the water?

I think all of us know the answer to Question 1. Complaining never bears good fruit and in fact denies the Love and Power of God.

To answer Question 2, let’s look at an Old Testament story: in 2 Kings 2:19-22 we find a story of bad water in Jericho which was causing miscarriage and barrenness. Elisha took a bowl of salt and cast it into the source of the water –  and He told the people that the Lord healed the water.

In each story, it is neither the tree nor the salt that healed the water but rather the Power of God that was released by the simple act of Faith performed as Moses and Elisha obeyed God.

Two Ordinances

In the New Testament we find two ordinances for healing:

  • The Laying on of Hands – Jesus said, “These signs will follow those who believe: In My name … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18).
  • Anointing with Oil – “Is anyone sick among you? 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” (James 5:14-15).

Do our hands or the oil contain magical power? No! But our Obedience in Faith to God’s direction unleashes the power of God to heal. Our obedience tells us and others that we believe  God’s Word when He says that the same Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead can quicken and heal, as it restores life to our mortal bodies as well (Romans 8:11).

Jesus healed ALL who came to Him for healing. In one case, He put clay on the eyes of a blind man and told him to wash in the pool of Siloam. Did the clay heal his eyes? Did the water in the pool? Jesus obeyed the Father in applying the clay; the blind man obeyed Jesus by washing his eyes in the pool. These two simple acts of Faithful Obedience unleashed the Power of God and the man’s eyes were healed.

In each example we have looked at, (and in the story of Naaman mentioned last week), the person needed to humble himself in Obedience to God – each one risked “looking foolish” to by-standers. Nothing can steal the joy of being healed faster than the fear of looking foolish. Please never let that happen to you. Never let fear of losing your dignity for a moment steal your joy or prevent you from receiving Your Healing Miracle from God. ♡♡♡

What Next?

We know from last week’s lesson that God has provided Healing and Deliverance from sickness for us as surely as He has provided our Salvation. Now we have an opportunity to respond in Faith. Can we, and will we accept Jesus as our Healer and Doctor? Are we willing to commit to His Prescription for Healing in the same way that we would commit to taking the pills or following the regimen provided for us by our Family Physician? If we sit idly by and hope but do nothing, probably nothing will change. If we want to test it out to see if it works, results are dubious because we are not applying our Faith. Faith is not an experiment! It is a commitment!

But, if, in fact we believe what we have heard from the Word of God about Healing then we may make a positive decision and move forward in Faith. Not unlike the positive decision we made to follow Jesus when we were saved. The following is suggested by Derek Prince in his book “God’s Word Heals”. We may make this declaration (say it out loud):

I am going to trust Jesus, my Saviour, to also be my Healer and Doctor. I am going to commit myself and my case to Him without reservation . I am going to renounce anything that might come between the Lord and me – any kind of sin, carnality, worldliness, indifference to God, lukewarmness and unbelief. And I am going to take much more time with His Precious Word, because that is where my Lifeline, the Truth, is to be found.

This may seem strange to us, but in making this declaration we are simply inviting Jesus to be our Healer and Doctor, just as we invite our Family Physician to help us. Neither of them will force their help upon us. But we need to commit to following the remedy each prescribes.

At this point I would like to clarify something. In our verse from Exodus 15:26 “I am the Lord who heals you”, in actual fact the verb for “heals” is the continuous present tense, making it: “I am the Lord who is healing you”. If we are living each day in touch with the Lord, He is healing us all the time; it is a continual process. It would be very much in order to thank God daily for healing us, whether we are ill or well:

Thank You Lord Jesus that You bore my sicknesses and took my infirmities. By Your stripes I am healed.

It is also important to remember that God deals with His people almost exclusively on the basis of Covenant. When God says, “I am the Lord who is healing you”, it is a Promise that establishes a Covenant between us and the Lord. He made the Covenant, He is responsible for keeping it. Recall our story last week about the Canaanite woman. When Jesus called her a “dog”, it was due to the fact that under the Law, she was not in Covenantal Relationship with God as the Jewish people were; she was considered unclean (as dogs were unclean).  And yet, because of her Faith, Jesus granted her request to heal her daughter. For us, this is a reminder that our only basis for being acceptable to God is through Covenant Relationship as one of God’s Chosen People of Israel, or through Covenant Relationship as one of God’s Chosen People through Faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour.

Please note that in relation to this story of the Canaanite woman there is another powerful Truth (recall the words “crumbs from the table”): If we are children of God, Healing is our Bread! Jesus said “I am the Bread of Life” (John 6:35,48). We may have grown up in a home where we were poor, but our parents would probably never have denied us bread. Bread was part of our basic right as a member of the family. The same is true with God. Our Heavenly Father will never deny any one of His Children their daily bread. When Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us this day our daily Bread” (Matthew 6:11) we must open our eyes to see that it includes not only our need for daily sustenance, but also our need for God’s Word daily, and our need for healing or health – because Healing is the Children’s Bread. Hallelujah!  Glory to God!

If the “crumbs” from the table could heal the Canaanite woman’s daughter, think about what the whole loaf will do for us as Children of God by Covenant Relationship. Hallelujah!!

Right now, I am sure that each one of us has a need, whether it is Spiritual or Physical or Emotional. Let us find some Peace with a simple prayer to remind us that we are forgiven and in True Covenant Relationship with the Lord God Almighty. Even if you have done this before I would like you to pray this prayer aloud with me:

Lord Jesus, Son of God, I believe in You. You died on the cross for my sins and You bore my sicknesses. You took my infirmities. You shed Your innocent blood for me. You rose again from the dead. I come to You now by simple faith, and I claim Your Promise to hear me. Lord, I also believe that You have received me and washed me clean. I commit myself to You now without reservation – spirit, soul, and body. I put myself in Your Hands as my Physician. Yes, Jesus, I want You to be my Doctor. Save me, heal me, deliver me and make me whole in every area of my life. May You be glorified in and through my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Thank you Lord that You have heard me and You are healing me now, today and every day. Amen.

The Kingdom of Heaven

John the Baptist came preaching, saying, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:1-2). When Jesus started His public ministry, He proclaimed the exact same thing. (See it in Matthew 4:17).

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. – Matthew 4:23-24

In the terminology of the day, verse 24 lists every kind of affliction and infirmity – mental, emotional, and physical that anyone could experience. And it says that Jesus healed ALL. Wherever the Kingdom of Heaven/God is established, ALL sickness is banished! They are as incompatible as Light and darkness. The works that Jesus did proved that the Kingdom of Heaven was indeed at hand. Jesus offered this Truth in one simple statement:

If I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the Kingdom of God has come upon you.  – Matthew 12:28

Many sicknesses are caused by demonic oppression. Jesus had the authority to cast out demons and was illustrating the Victory of the Kingdom of Light/God over the kingdom of darkness.

The first petition of the Lord’s Prayer is, “Your Kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).  Most of us are confused about the purpose of the Gospel. It is not to get us from Earth to Heaven (although that is a true consequence), but rather to bring Heaven to Earth!  Hallelujah!

Let us remember that Jesus said:

But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33

“All these things”, we know refers to all of our material and physical needs.  Jesus also said,  “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). It is first and foremost invisible and internal.  Paul said the Kingdom of God is “Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). And yet, what is invisible and internal can have major implications in the physical. If we experience the Righteousness, Peace and Joy of God in our spirits, it can manifest with great benefit into the physical realm of our bodies as well.

Healing Methods of Jesus

Clearly, if we read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ ministry, He healed people on an individual basis. But there were times when He waited until crowds of people followed Him, sometimes for several days, before He ministered to their physical needs:

Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Jesus, how they might destroy Him. But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. – Matthew 12:14-15

Whom did Jesus heal? The multitudes – ALL. When did He heal them? After they followed Him and He chose to stop and begin the ministry of healing.

Sometimes people travelled a long way to find Jesus, in the next story the multitudes followed Him up a mountain near the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 15:29-32).

The people brought with them the lame, the blind, the mute, the maimed and many others and laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel. Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

Jesus had conducted a three day healing service and the people had no refreshments. The people were committed and determined to see Jesus and their Hope was full. Similarly in Matthew 19:1-2 we find that multitudes followed Jesus for several days from Galilee to Judea and He chose to heal them there, at the end of the journey. The people did not give up and go home as many of us may have done. They persevered.

It is important to take another look at the Canaanite woman who sought healing for her daughter. Jesus travelled from Galilee to Tyre, where He encountered this woman, and then returned. As far as we know this is the only thing that Jesus did in Tyre or along the way. He gave one week of His time on earth to visit an outcast (non-Covenant person). We cannot help but wonder why? Many people who have served God in ministry would suggest that it was because of the great heart cry of the mother for her child. A cry that God would never deny. No matter who we are, or what we have done in our past, Jesus is willing to go out of His way to meet a person who is sincerely seeking Him. How wonderful is that?

Seven Barriers to Receiving Healing

Unfortunately, there isn’t time today to go into these in detail but I will list them, so that we may be able to ponder them and seek God about each one if we sense it might be a hindrance to us:

  1. Lack of Knowledge – not knowing what God’s Word says about Healing and Deliverance (not understanding His Will for us).
  2. Unconfessed sin – if we have hidden sin (that we are not bringing to the foot of the cross) in our lives it will hinder our success in many areas in our journey with the Lord.
  3. Unbelief – this often stems from lack of knowledge (Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God – Romans 10:17).
  4. Unforgiveness Toward Other People – or even ourselves. See Mark 11:25.
  5. Involvement in the Occult – through horoscopes, Ouija board games, watching horror movies or movies about vampires or witches, drug abuse, etc.
  6. Ungodly Covenants – often this occurs when we enter into a covenant with a person who follows false gods. Example: Freemasonry.
  7. The Effects of a Curse – can by broken in Jesus name. Common indications that a curse is in effect: mental illness, repeated and chronic sickness, repeated miscarriages or female problems, married partners or families at war with one another, continuing financial lack, being accident prone, or a history of suicides or unnatural deaths.

A Final Word

In Revelation 12:11, we have a picture of the tremendous, end-time conflict between the people of God and the followers of Satan. At the same time, it gives us the Key to Victory:

And they {the people of God} have overcome (conquered) him {Satan} by means of the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of their testimony, for they did not love and cling to life even when faced with death [holding their lives cheap till they had to die for their witnessing]. – AMPC

How do we overcome Satan? “By the blood of the Lamb and by the utterance of {our} testimony”. This is why it is so vital that we know the Word of God and that we make it personal, applying it to our own lives. I am going to include a sample confession based on the Word of God in our Pastoral Prayer. I encourage you to confess it daily. And also, to find more Bible verses that you can make personal and confess in order to agree with and submit to God for your healing.  (I have many verses that I have stored up and will happily send them to you if you are interested. Call or text me: 519-533-3694,  or email me: ellie.muir.wwj@gmail.com)

It is my sincere hope and prayer that this teaching will help you appropriate the Healing God has already provided for you. It challenges me and I am always spending time in worship and confession of God’s Word in order to receive my healing. We all have something. Don’t we? I am blessed by what I have learned in preparing these two messages. Be blessed dear friends, and be well. ♡♡♡

 

 

PASTORAL PRAYER

Let us Pray –

Father God, we are eternally grateful for You, for Jesus, Your obedient Son, and for the Holy Spirit. We appreciate Your love, Your tender care and Your desire to bless us and pour Your grace out upon us.

Thank You Father that Jesus, our Precious Sun of Righteousness, rises every day with healing in His wings for each one of us.

Thank you for teaching us so much about how You are our Healer and, in fact, that You are continually healing us. You and You alone, are Jehovah Rapha! Thank You for giving us our daily Bread, which You have revealed to us today is our Right and our Gift, because we are in Covenant Relationship with You by Faith. We are the Children of the Most High God. Hallelujah!

Lord, we want to appropriate the healing You have already provided for each one of us in order that we may experience the Abundant Life that Jesus died to give us. Help us to commit ourselves fully to You in all humility. Help us to persevere and not give up on the Hope Your Word provides. Help us to ponder possible hindrances which may prevent us from receiving the Healing that Jesus purchased for us by His wounds. We sincerely pray for willing hearts to deal with anything that You reveal is a hindrance, in the way that is Right in Your eyes as we gird up our loins with the Belt of Truth. Help us to agree with Your Word and submit to it. Help us to keep Your Word before our eyes and in our hearts. According to Your Promise this will generate Life, Healing and Health to our bodies and indeed, every part of our lives. Thank You for Your Faithfulness!

We/I choose to make this our/my daily confession:

My body is a temple for the Holy Spirit; redeemed, cleansed and sanctified by the blood of Jesus, the Lamb. My members, the parts of my body, are instruments of Righteousness yielded to You Lord, for Your service and for Your Glory. The devil has no place in me, no power over me, no unsettled claims against me. All has been settled by the blood of Jesus. I overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the Word of my testimony, and I love not my life more than I love serving and worshipping You, even unto death. My body is for the Lord, and the Lord is for my body.

(Based on: 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; Hebrews 9:14; 13:12; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7; Revelation 5:9; Romans 6:13; Luke 10:18-19; Acts 10:38; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; Revelation 12:10; Colossians 1:19-20; Hebrews 2:14-15; 7:26-27; 10:10; Revelation 12:11; 1 Corinthians 6:13.)

Thank You Father that as we learn Your Ways and strive to walk in them we are the Healed and not the sick, we are the Head and not the tail. Thank You for Your Faithfulness!

Thank You Father that You preserve and protect Your children according to Your Word in Psalm 91, giving Your angels charge over us. Thank You for Your Faithfulness!

Lord, we are all concerned about this pandemic and its impact on our lives. We are grieved by the thousands who have died around the world and we are deeply saddened by those who will succumb in the days ahead. Father, we pray for wisdom for our leaders and scientists to find the best way to handle this situation. We pray for wisdom for individuals and ask for an increased desire for people to live peaceably with others at this time, more than ever before. O God, we pray for the people all around the world who are struggling financially and who are worrying about how to feed their families. Almighty God, make a way for their daily needs to be met. In Jesus’ name. To God be the Glory!

And Father we pray for our doctors, nurses and hospital staff; for our grocery store owners and other food providers who are on the front lines working for all of us to help us have the things we need to survive. Protect each one Lord, and help them to be safe and wise. In Jesus’ name. To God be the Glory! Amen.

 

For Further Bible Study

  1. Enjoy reading some of the Psalms about God’s Faithfulness:
  • Psalm 92
  • Psalm 57
  • Psalm 89
  • Psalm 31

 

Write down some of the verses that particularly touched your heart.

 

  1. Look up each of the verses used to prepare the confession which I included in the Prayer above:

1 Corinthians 3:16;

6:19;

Hebrews 9:14;

13:12;

1 Peter 1:18-19;

1 John 1:7;

Revelation 5:9;

Romans 6:13;

Luke 10:18-19;

Acts 10:38;

2 Thessalonians 3:3;

Revelation 12:10;

Colossians 1:19-20;

Hebrews 2:14-15;

7:26-27;

10:10;

Revelation 12:11;

1 Corinthians 6:13.

 

 

Suggested Worship and Praise Songs

  1. Trust and Obey
  2. To God Be the Glory
  3. Fairest Lord Jesus
  4. Crown Him with Many Crowns or Jesus Messiah
  5. Great is Thy Faithfulness

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