Thought for the Week - 30th August

Pastor Gareth Watkins

Matthew 8: 14-17

When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for him. That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick. This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, “He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases.” (NLT)

Sickness is not of God, He casts out sickness and He can’t cast out what is of Himself; He intends good for us and not harm. We have seen many healings among us, including those that were viewed as incurable in the world’s eye. Sickness can enslave us, just as sin would enslave us, sickness is another form of slavery that comes to us in this fallen world. God desires us to be free from all types of slavery and put in place a way for us to be healed and our sicknesses removed.

Sickness can come to any one of us and try to enslave and destroy, not just our bodies but our souls also. Christ took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses, and that doesn’t mean everyone is healed, but it does mean that there is provision in God for which we are to go to Him for our sicknesses to be removed, and an exchange can come in by way of the cross in healing our mortal bodies. God has made a way for each of us as believers to receive healing; Jesus became the channel of God’s provision for this for us.

Do you believe this to be true for yourself? Do you believe you can receive healing?

Sadly, many Christians don’t believe this, or don’t think they should pray for it or leave it too long before bringing their sickness before God. Christ still heals, casts out demons and gives new life. The resurrection of the cross hasn’t finished because it was 2000 years ago.

God is very practical, He doesn’t make things hard or complex requiring us to complete some decree or special reading, He gives us straight forward instruction.

Proverbs 4:20-23

‘’My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.’’

God tells us to pay attention to what He says, not what we say in the many thoughts that come into our minds, the why’s, the how’s and hopeless thinking. He tells us to listen to His words, the word of God, the bible, and not to lose sight of these when it may be that healing doesn’t come straight away. We must keep His words right before our eyes, even though we may still be in pain and suffering in affliction, we must keep fervent in prayer, keep going forward, and let the word of God penetrate our hearts bringing with it life and healing.

We are called to go to Christ for healing, we are called to be set free from all that would enslave us, and we are assured of the exchange on the cross for our lives.

He who the Son sets free is free indeed! (John 8:36)


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