In Exodus 15:22-26, Moses reported his interactions with Yahweh over drinking water for the nation of Israel. Yahweh spoke to him a promise for any Israeli who would obey Him, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes; for these, He would not inflict any of the sicknesses that He had caused the Egyptians to suffer. Instead, He would be their Healer (“Yahweh-Rapha”).
Jesus continued the work of healing in the earth. Many places where He visited, the writers who recorded the events pointed out that He healed all those present who were sick. Some of the healings were related to demons, who were cast out in the process.
I have discussed supernatural healing with many people. Some are convinced that we now have natural means of healing bodies and do not need supernatural means any longer. Some of the cures we have happened upon are as deadly as the sicknesses they are used to try to heal. Any drug advertisement includes warnings of side effects, many times including the same symptoms as the disease they claim they may cure. Sicknesses caused by demons were simply figments of Jesus having a primitive world-view.
Very little of what modern medicine offers either humans or animals is of a quality or reliability that compares well with the possibilities presented by a supernatural alternative. Not much of what is sold by the healthcare industry (which is the largest source of business revenue in the US) brings much glory to Yahweh Rapha.
Being healed by the name Jesus does. See Acts 3:16.
I looked at 18 translations, and all but one translated Matthew 25:31-46 as saying that when Jesus sits as King on the throne of His glory, the nations will be brought before Him to be judged. One translation said “the people of the nations.” Many times in the New Testament, the word “ethnos” is translated “Gentiles,” and many others it is translated “nations.”
Almost always, when I have heard people teaching on this section of Scripture, the application is that Jesus is going to judge individuals. I have done it myself. What if He was prophesying that He is going to judge nations, though? What if He is going to judge how much governments and cultures have been influenced by His Kingdom, and by His values?
If that is true, we need to be invading governments, and every other source of influence over the cultures and activities of the nations, with believers who can bring His teachings and His influence into them. We could be very encouraged by the power those positions of influence have had over the culture of the United States as people led by unclean spirits have imposed a shift of values that include sexual perversions, witchcraft, and other anti-Christ practices and beliefs.
If they can do that, we can do it better.
In 1 Samuel 23:1-14, the story is related of Yahweh instructing David and his 400 man army to go to a village called Keilah, to save them from Philistia. They were obedient, and they delivered the people of Keilah from the Philistines.
When Saul heard that David was in Keilah, he sent all the soldiers he could gather to kill David. David inquired of Yahweh whether it was safe to stay in the walled city. His response was that the people would hand David over to Saul. My guess is that Yahweh knew before He sent David to protect them that they would have a greater fear of Saul than a desire to bless David, but He still sent His servant to bless them.
That is typical of the sacrifice He made of His Son as a Servant. The difference develops when David was allowed to leave, but Jesus was required to stay and be tortured to death. Even for the sake of those who were sent by the same spirit that ruled Saul, believing that they could destroy Him, because He was a threat to their rule.
Don’t expect everyone you bless to appreciate it. Don’t expect to be honored by the people your God calls you to serve. Serve Him. Bless Him. Be honored by Him (Psalm 91:14-16.)
C. T. Studd, missionary to China and Africa, said:
“Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.”
Being who Yahweh says you are is costly. How ever much you have, usually.
If you see an astonishing musician speaking through an instrument or singing beautifully, it generally has cost them their lives up to that point to be there being awesome. A world-class athlete pays for the glory of the trophy with her/his life.
Nothing that you have is worth more than what your awesome God wants you to trade it in on. Redeem your life for a valuable prize today (Matthew 13:44-46).
Elisha was the son of a farmer until Elijah invited him to follow him in the work of being a prophet (1 Kings 19:15-21). Elisha became his servant then. When Elijah was taken to heaven, Gehazi became Elisha’s servant. He was not called to prophesy. He seems to have simply been an employee, based on some of his actions when financial benefits were available (2 Kings 5:20-27).
When Elisha’s prophetic work stirred up the king of Aram by consistently revealing to the king of Israel what his plans were in the war they were fighting, the Aramean king discovered that Elisha was living in Dothan, and sent his army there by night to capture him (2 Kings 6:8-14.)
Gehazi went out the next morning, he saw the Aramean soldiers surrounding Dothan. He went to Elisha, thinking that he was informing him of the invasion. Elijah’s response was “Don’t be afraid – there are more with us than with them.” He then prayed that the Lord would open Gehazi’s eyes. Gehazi could then see warriors of fire surrounding the Arameans (2 Kings 6:15-23.)
If anyone would be potentially disqualified to receive revelation from the Spirit of God, Gehazi might be one. Still, a request that he could see in the spirit was answered. You are qualified to receive revelation. You are a family member to Yahweh. Born of Him, therefore able to see the Kingdom (John 3:3.)
Ask that you might see with spiritual eyes wide open. Expect it.
Around 650 AD, Muslims finally prevailed in their attempts to conquer Persia. Their “evangelism” then included an invitation to become servants of Mohammad’s allah, or to be infidels subjected to a tax called jizya, or to be enslaved, or to be killed. Descendants of Persia still don’t consider themselves to be Arabs, and have their own version of Islam, setting them at odds with many Arabic Muslims.
For about 25 years leading up to 1978, Iran (part of what was Persia) was ruled by a king (“shah”) who led the nation to prosperity and freedom that was unmatched in the Middle East. He was displaced by a coup that seems to have been created by his socialist/communist enemies, and his government was replaced by a dictatorship ruled by Muslim clerics. There is currently brewing in the nation an apparent revolution, whose cries include “We don’t want an Islamic Republic.”
After World War II, Japan’s leadership requested through General Douglas MacArthur that the Church would send missionaries to their people to introduce them to Jesus. The church’s response was predominantly “That is too dangerous.” Japan is currently one of the most difficult nations in which to attempt church planting.
Pray that the Kingdom of God will invade any governmental vacuum that appears in Iran, as Godly people give leadership under His guidance. Pray that the Church of Jesus will invade any vacuum that an uprising against Islamic oppression might create.
This is what the Lord says:
The wise must not boast in his wisdom;
the mighty must not boast in his might;
the rich must not boast in his riches.
But the one who boasts should boast in this,
that he understands and knows Me—
that I am the Lord, showing faithful love,
justice, and righteousness on the earth,
for I delight in these things.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
(Jeremiah 9:23,24 Holman Christian Standard Bible®)
“No household slave can be the slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You can’t be slaves to both God and money.”
The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at Him. And He told them: “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight.
(Luke 16:13-15 Holman Christian Standard Bible® ©)
Some people are getting great reviews in the minds of men and women they do good works in front of. Real heroes and profoundly generous benefactors. Even religious people give us assignments to give to certain ministries, and pour blessing and accolades on us when we obey.
If we are doing our good works to be rewarded by men, we may well receive that reward we seek. Immeasurably better, though, would be to be praised by Yahweh for having allowed Him to work in our hearts, giving us good works to do that please Him. Doing things because we sense our Lord is leading us will have reward in this life and in the one to come (Luke 18:24-30).
The earth has been wounded with an injury to the death. It is floundering in the pain of being both poisoned and neglected. It groans for relief.
It is not, however, looking to its Creator for redemption from death. It is looking to you and I. Not with hopes that we will become better stewards, or with hopes that our greenhouse gasses will show improvement, but that we would make visible and effective our relationships with the King.
I am convinced that most of the trash on the roads around me was tossed there by people who have never owned anything. Some renters have little respect for or commitment toward the protection of things that do not belong to them. If the current rental property becomes ruined, they move on to the next property owner to attend to their needs.
When we manifest our family connections with the Owner of the cosmos, the earth will of course begin to experience His influence through us as her managers. Spiritual and physical improvements will bear righteous fruit, like the presence of the ark of the covenant blessed Obed-Edom’s property.
Click to read Romans 8:14-25.