Fresh Manna Thursday, July 12, 2007© by Pastor Tim Burt
Jeremiah 2:2 “I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness.”
Though I have been writing to you about the gift of healing from God, I want to back up just a minute and share with you something I have also been meditating on from Jeremiah 2. It paints this picture of a person or people who were madly in love with God, who would follow Him like a bride with a bridegroom – even through hard and difficult places because their love for each other was so strong. But then something happens. The Lords asks the question, “What sin did your find in me that made you stray from my love.”
Jeremiah 2:2-7 (NLT) “Go and shout in Jerusalem’s streets: ‘This is what the Lord says: I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness. In those days Israel was holy to the Lord, the first of my children. All who harmed my people were considered guilty, and disaster fell upon them. I, the Lord, have spoken!’ “Listen to the word of the Lord, people of Jacob—all you families of Israel! This is what the Lord says: “What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves. They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness—a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?’ “And when I brought you into a fruitful land to enjoy its bounty and goodness, you defiled my land and corrupted the inheritance I had promised you.”
Over the years, I have heard a great many people say that what they read in the gospels and in the life of Jesus seems so outdated and non-relevant for today. The truth is, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Oh yes, science and technology and industrialization has changed much in the world but people never change. People love and desire to be loved. They long to know their purpose in life. They long to have a meaningful life. They struggle with the evil they see in the world and even within themselves. They want security. They want to enjoy life. They want their families to grow up and be blessed and be at peace. This never changes. The world around us may change but people at their basic core needs and desires do not. And, they stray from God to gain all these things by seeking for them everywhere but God. This includes healing.
In this day and age, to believe God for your healing to most seems ridiculous. The subject of healing has become framed as something only religious “nuts or fanatics” believe in. To the contrary, the “religious mainstream” has become too self dependent on any and everything but God. Yet we call ourselves Christians because we see ourselves as Children of God and imitators of Christ and we should! We are exhorted in Eph 5:1 “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.” What then should we imitate?
What does Acts 10:38 tells us? In the verse, we see the Trinity – the Father, Son – Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. They are all one in purpose and healing is a part of their plan. “And no doubt you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
Does this apply to the church today? Are we to be representatives, ambassadors, and imitators of the Lord in the earth? Are we to be His mouth in preaching the Good News of the gift of salvation and eternal life? Do we stop there? Jesus said in His great commission, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe… They will be able to place their hands on the sick and heal them.” (Mark 16:15-18 (NLT)
Again, does this apply to His church today? James 5:14-16 (NLT) says, “Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.”
Healing is for today. That is what God wants us to know and believe. You should never enter into the mental realm of who is and isn’t getting healed and why? Don’t be anyone’s judge and don’t try to explain what you can’t. You can’t and don’t know someone else’s heart, mind, pursuit of God. You yourself may get healed by God in some areas and struggle in others. Don’t try to figure all this out. You can’t. Just know what the will of God is! Just know what Jesus did that we should imitate. Just know what He said those who believe should do. Just know that the church is suppose to pray for the sick that they may recover. Major on what you can know, not on what you don’t understand. If the church has wandered far from God into unbelief in this area, it’s time to embrace Him, His heart and His Word and live as He showed us!
Pastor Tim Burt
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