Does God Heal People Today - Saturday's Dose - 21st April 2018

"Therefore confess your sins [and faults] to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective." - James 5:16 .

When it comes to divine healing, there is never a shortage of quacks. There are faith-healers and there are fake-healers. And when it comes to some TV so-called evangelists, I sometimes wonder which ones are in the majority.

Among us ordinary people some claim that God still heals today. Others aren't sure. Some agree that God can heal but they don't believe he will heal them. Others say that if it's God's will, or if we have enough faith, God will heal us. And some say we are as sick as we choose to be. Personally, I like the saying I heard the other day: "Christians shouldn't be any sicker than they ought to be."

Regarding faith, as Jesus pointed out, we only need faith the size of a mustard seed to receive God's blessings. Furthermore, if I understand it correctly, the faith of the faith-healer is just as necessary (perhaps even more so) as that of the one being prayed for. With fake-healers when a person they pray for (often prey on) isn't healed, they pass the blame onto the sick person telling them they just didn't have enough faith. Yeah, right!

What James is saying is tremendously important in that to be healed of many ills, we need to first confess our sins and faults. What the Bible taught 3,000 years ago and what modern medical science has confirmed is that "A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones." - Proverbs 17:22 and 15:13 .

When we fail to resolve past hurts, bitterness, guilt, anger, hostility, a critical spirit and so on, and bury, repress, and deny these negative emotions, we never bury them dead but very much alive. Either we confront and resolve these issues in a creative way or they will express themselves in a destructive way. This can be through any or all of the following ways: (1) emotionally in depression, anxiety, fears, stress, and/or through impaired relationships; (2) spiritually in our relationship to God, feeling that he is distant or we get angry at him; and/or (3) through a physical illness. Regarding the latter, what we often don't realize is that many of our ills are either caused by or greatly aggravated by these super-charged repressed negative emotions.

To be healed we need to follow God's instructions and confess and resolve all of our sins, our negative spirit, and all of our super-charged repressed negative emotions—the things that make us sick. As Peter said, "Get rid of all malicious behavior and deceit. Don't just pretend to be good! Be done with hypocrisy and jealousy and backstabbing." - See 1 Peter 2:1-2 (NLT). Repressing these harmful emotions does not get rid of them.

Some illnesses are simply because we live in a sinful, broken world and are all affected. Other ills may be allowed by God to help us grow. The Apostle Paul had some ailment that he prayed three times for God to heal. God didn't. Through this, Paul learned the efficiency of God's grace which helped him to live with his problem.

Jesus said to those who were infirm, "Do you want to be made well?" As I've said before, wishes don't wash. We need to genuinely want to be made well and accept personal responsibility for doing our part in the healing process. God doesn't go against his own laws. We either resolve our sins and issues or suffer the natural consequences.

Speaking personally, in my youth I was taught that Christians should never be angry and that you can't trust your feelings—so I learned early in life to repress and deny my pent-up negative emotions. By the time I was in my early 30s I suffered from painful bursitis in both shoulders and miserable hay-fever. But when I got into recovery and resolved my anger, hurts, grief and fears, I was healed. I haven't suffered from either bursitis or hay-fever in years, for which I am very thankful.

Thus I believe it is true that "Christians shouldn't be any sicker than we ought to be."

Prayer: "Our Loving Heavenly Father, 

In all of my problems, conflicts or ills, please help me to understand the nature of my issue so that I will know if there is anything that I can and need to do to be healed. Help me not to settle for anything less than what you have for me. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Saturday and God Bless you.

Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team

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Are You An Example of Jesus? - Thursday's Dose - 19th April 2018

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. - Matthew 5:16.

Each time we go to church, we hear the message of Jesus. We are humbled at the message, and declare we are the light of Jesus. Monday morning finds us perhaps going to work, and that person pulls his car right in front of us, almost side-swiping ours. What do we do? Are we shining our light - asking Jesus to take care of him on his way this morning, or do we quickly drown him with our words? Then, we get to the office and things aren't any better. Someone does something or says something that we doesn't set too well with us, and what do we do? Do we open our mouth without thinking and speak the words we want to speak?  Or do we take a moment to ask God to give us the words to speak, so that we won't offend?

How do we come across to our family? Do our children see the light of Jesus within us, so that they are patterning their life after a Godly figure? Or do they see us doing things and saying things that God doesn't approve of, yet we ask them to do better in their actions and in their words?

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. -  Matthew 5:14.

Let us examine ourselves this morning - our demeanor, our attitude, our feelings - and see if we are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. Do we express Jesus in our conversations? Do we act in love, each time we are faced with something with which we don't agree? Do we feel we are the servant of God, given the opportunity to share Jesus with others? Or do we put ourselves upon a pedestal, far above the 'lowly sinner', and feel we are too good to associate ourselves with them? Remember, if it were not for God sending His Son, Jesus, to save the
world, then we would be but a 'lowly sinner' ourselves, and God's love would not be within our hearts and souls.

Prayer : Our Heavenly Father, 
Give us the attitude of love and forgiveness. Help us to show only your light, when faced with those things that the world presents us with. Help us to give love where we think love isn't due, and help us shine daily with the light of God. We give you praise! Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.  Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Thursday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team
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