Scripture reading for February 9th: Leviticus 12-15, Mark 2
Key Scriptures: Mark 2:15-17 “And as He reclined at table in His house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and His disciples, for there were many who followed Him. And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that He was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to His disciples, “Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
Jesus chose to invite sinners to have fellowship with Him. He ate with them and even invited Matthew, a despised tax collector, to follow Him. The religious leaders questioned how Jesus could be willing to be with ‘sinners and tax collectors’ and Jesus spoke plainly to them. He had come to minister to those who were in need of healing, not those who did not need it. God taught His people in the Old Testament to minister to the unclean, lepers, and bring restoration.
Leviticus 14:1-3 “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “This is the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest, and the priest shall look. Then, if the case of the leprous disease is healed in the leprous person, the priest shall command them to take for him who is to be cleansed two live clean birds. . . “
Prayer: Holy Father, thank You for caring for the sinner and the hurting. May your compassion fill my heart today to bring healing, encouragement and hope. Amen.
Scripture reading for January 25th: Exodus 14-16, Matthew 19
Key Scriptures: Exodus 15:25-26 “There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there He tested them, saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in His eyes, and give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your Healer.””
God had delivered His people out of Egypt with a mighty hand, through signs and wonders and plagues and judgments. But His people were not thankful and grumbled against Moses and God. God laid out a rule for them: Obey Me and I will heal you of the plagues and diseases of Egypt. Obedience would bring them into God’s protection and healing grace and the smile of His face. But man in rebellion has trouble with obedience!
Matthew 19:16-17 “And behold, a man came up to Him (Jesus), saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why do you ask Me about what is good? There is only One who is Good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.”
Prayer: Lord, heal me today of a grumbling nature. Thank you for the perfect obedience of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Empower me today with the Holy Spirit of Christ to hear and obey your commands. Amen.
Scripture reading for January 10th: Genesis 25-28, Matthew 8
Key Scriptures: Matthew 8:1-3 “When He came down from the mountain, great crowds followed Him. And behold, a leper came to Him and knelt before Him, saying: “Lord, if You will, You can make me clean.” And Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”
Matthew records an unclean leper coming to Jesus and asking for healing. This man knelt before Jesus in reverence and stated that he believed that Jesus could heal him. He was not sure if Jesus was willing to do it. Jesus, even though it was against the law of the Pharisees, reached out His hand and touched the man showing and telling him that God was willing and able to heal him! Faith “digs a well” and opens up the blessings of God in healing and multiplication!
Genesis 26:24-25 “And the Lord appeared to him (Isaac) the same night and said, “I am the God of Abraham your father. Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you and multiply your offspring for my servant Abraham’s sake. So he built an altar there and called on the Name of the Lord and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.”
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you are willing to heal and provide when we come to you. Teach us dependence, humility and faith and deliver us from fear! Use us to bless others by allowing Your gifts to flow in us! In Jesus’ Name! Amen!
Scripture reading for December 19th: James 2-5
Key Scriptures: James 5:14-18 “Is any one of you sick? He should call for the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the Name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess you sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again He prayed, and the heavens gave rain and the earth produced its crops.
James encouraged the church to pray in each and every trouble and attack. With sickness, the elders were available as men and women of faith. They were told to anoint with oil and pray a prayer of faith and God would do the rest. If there was known sin, confession would also bring healing. Elijah was cited as an example of an elder with powerful prayers affecting nature and nations!
Thankful for powerful prayers: “Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” (1st Kings 17:1 “But Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.” “Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on. . .” (1st Kings 18:42, 45)
Scripture reading for February 6th: Leviticus 24-27, Numbers 1
Key Scriptures: Leviticus 25:10-12 “Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan. The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.”
Every seven sets of seven years, God told the Israelites to take a break! They could rest from work and eat off what He provided from the fields. They could return to their family property and all slaves would be set free. Debts would be forgiven and a fresh start was available to all!
Cause for rejoicing: Although there is no record that the Israelites observed a jubilee, Jesus Christ came and proclaimed He was our Jubilee! “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Jubilee).” (Luke 4:18-19)
Scripture reading for April 22nd: John 13
Key scriptures for over-comers: John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus had washed the feet of His disciples, demonstrating His love and servant’s heart for them. He also predicted that one of those He washed would betray Him and that Peter would deny Him three times! In the midst of this last meal, Jesus gave His disciples a new command: “Love one another!” This command was to be a sign to all men that His followers belonged to Jesus! Love does what is best for another. Love forgives. Love covers sins. Love never fails! The Father’s gift of the Holy Spirit would release a river of God’s love to flow from them! (Romans 5:5)
Observations for over-comers: Loving one another remains the greatest command of Jesus for those who will over-come the world, flesh, and the devil! A river of His love flows in our hearts by the Holy Spirit! “Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:12)
Sunday March 30th, 2014
What a privilege to know Jesus Christ and walk with Him each day! What a privilege to gather with God’s people and worship Him whole-heartedly! Let’s come expecting today and this evening as Evangelist Tim Enloe shares with us on the baptism of the Holy Spirit and healing! God is in our midst as we gather in faith! Come expecting and prayed up! Miracles are on the way!
In His Love, Pastor John and Mary
Scripture reading for February 25th: Mark 7:24-8:9, Psalms 41:1-13, Proverbs 10:15-16
Jesus came to preach the Good News and bring healing to people who were oppressed by the devil. Mark records some accounts of Jesus working with various people to bring healing to their bodies and family members. When we study this with a desire to find out how He did it, we find a variety of techniques being used.
The first woman mentioned in this passage was a Greek lady who was born in Syrian Phoenicia. She had a daughter who was under the control of an evil spirit and came to Jesus begging for help. Jesus responded to her in a way that could have brought offense. “First let the children eat all they want,” He told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” (Mark 7:27) He was telling her that He came to bring healing to the Jews first, for the Gentiles were called “dogs” in that culture. This woman pressed through by telling Jesus that even the “dogs” under the table eat the children’s crumbs. Jesus was so impressed by her faith that He told her to go and her daughter would be healed!
Next, Jesus traveled to the Decapolis near the Sea of Galilee. Here a man who was deaf and could barely talk was brought to Jesus. Jesus took him away from the crowd and put His fingers into the man’s ears. He then spit and touched the man’s tongue. Jesus looked up to heaven and said one word of command, “Ephphatha!” (which means “be opened”.) (Mark 7:34) This man was healed and he could speak again!
We ponder these two incidents and try to learn how to bring healing to those we find. We see that Jesus responded to faith. The first woman came to Jesus begging for help for her daughter. She was not deterred by Jesus’ comment, but pressed Him for help. Jesus responded! In the second incident, the man was brought to Jesus by friends who begged Jesus for help. The man was deaf and could not speak plainly for himself. Jesus took him aside and privately ministered to him. He physically put his fingers in the man’s ears and spit and placed his finger on the tongue. The prayer was a simple command. Jesus always did things well in response to faith!
Scripture reading for November 15th: Acts 27-28
The trip from Caesarea to Rome was nearly 2000 miles by ship. It was decided that Paul would travel by a Roman navy ship in the fall season when travel in that direction was more difficult. As they made their way north, the centurion in charge of the prisoners, Julius, gave special favor to Paul by allowing his friends to minister to his needs. (Acts 27:1-3) As travel became more difficult, Paul warned the centurion and crew of impending danger and possible loss of life. They ignored Paul’s advice and sailed on. A great storm hit the ship and tossed it around for days. The crew threw the cargo overboard and after more days of battering, all gave up hope of being saved. (Acts 27:20)
Paul, again encouraged the crew and passengers. He told them that an angel of God had given him a word, “Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.” The ship would be destroyed but God would spare the passengers and crew! All 276 men on board made it safely to shore when they followed Paul’s advice! (Acts 27:42-44)
As if the shipwreck and storm were not enough of a trial, Paul was warming himself over a fire on the beach after swimming ashore. Suddenly, a viper jumped from the fire and fastened itself on Paul’s hand. (Acts 28:1-6) Paul quickly shook the snake off into the fire and no swelling or death occurred. This opened the islanders to Paul’s message and he began to minister to those present with miracles of healing! God had placed him on this island of Malta for three months to minister the Gospel to those there! He truly does know how to work everything out for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purposes!
When you are committed to God, life takes on a new quality of supernatural direction and hope. We can go through shipwrecks, storms, and even snake-attacks without fear or worry! What an exciting supernatural life! Today God is working all the trials, troubles, and problems that we have for our good and His glory!