There are two ways to learn from Jesus. One is to feed upon His teaching. Life flowed from His lips as He taught. The other way to learn from Jesus is to observe the way He lived and served while He was here on the earth. We can learn so much about our walk with Jesus from simply studying the life of Jesus. As we observe and study His ways, we learn how we are to live in His incredible Kingdom, and so on the earth.
Check out this scripture from Matthew 4:23. "Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people." Jesus always taught or proclaimed the good news of the Kingdom of God. Then he reinforced His teaching with action.
When Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom, He proclaimed a superior realm with superior laws. Superior to what? Superior to all the kingdoms of this world. For example, Matthew 4:23 (among other Scriptures) proclaims there is absolutely no sickness and disease in the Kingdom of God. Jesus not only proclaimed this, He demonstrated it! He brought it...if you will!
Many folks believe and proclaim healing and wholeness are not realized until one dies and reaches heaven. Others believe God heals today...but only when He sovereignly decides to heal. I cannot embrace these views because of my example...Jesus Christ. The Scripture clearly says Jesus "...went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil." (Acts 10:38). The Holy Spirit uses words like "all" and "every", words that included everyone and everything! Listen to I John 4:17b. "...as He is, so are we in this world." He is our example!
So, if healing is for today and for everyone, why do some Christians not get healed? The truth? The way Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom, and the way we perceive, receive and respond to it are two different things. The way we perceive God's Word is heavily affected by the way it is taught by our teachers. Some teach against divine healing, while others teach that it once existed, but now no longer does since the church is established. Some teach that divine healing is completely based on God's sovereignty, and that God can heal (or not heal) whomever He wants to.
There is no question that our mighty God is sovereign. However He makes many things crystal clear to us through the examples given us in the Word. Jesus clearly demonstrated that His work on the cross would deal with every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. Listen to Matthew 8:17, "This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: "HE HIMSELF TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES AND CARRIED AWAY OUR DISEASES." Jesus came healing and delivering so that through the cross we would experience healing and deliverance.
Paul says we walk by faith, not by the way things appear. (See 2 Cor. 5:7). Faith is vital to any Christian walk! We begin by faith, continue by faith, and end by faith! Faith is the key. Paul also says faith is obtained by hearing the Word of God. The more of the Word...the greater our faith! Many followers of Jesus lack the faith to be healed or even to walk in victory. Many followers of Christ are governed more by sight (appearance) than what God's Word proclaims. You and I have a responsibility to search out the Word, pray over the Word, learn the Word, know the Word, and apply the Word to our lives and our families lives. It won't make us completely invulnerable to the elements of our fallen society, but it will make the difference that others will desire! It will produce a noticeable victory in our lives that brings undeniable glory to our King. Live for Jesus! Live in victory! Let others see Him in you and desire the life you have!
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