Discipleship and Healing

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Rudy Ross and I have been visiting for the past couple of weeks on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel about the Book of Isaiah. Our schedules conflicted last week, so our son John and I produced two videos on healing.

Tomorrow, both the videos and the blog article will return to Isaiah. We will study the 10th chapter of Isaiah and study a significant theme for the book that human arrogance will always be met with judgment from God.

Disciples Have a Healing Ministry

A disciple is a “learner,” who watches and listens to a teacher.

I frequently use the word “follower” to describe disciples, because they follow Jesus and imitate his teaching and behavior.

An Internet article reports: “Of the 1,257 narrative verses in the Gospels 484 (38.5 percent) are devoted to describing healing miracles” (https://www.gjm.org/healing1.pdf).

If we are learning from Jesus with the intent of following his teaching and actions, his work, we will join him in the service of healing.

When Jesus sent out his disciples he, “Gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness” (Matthew 10.1).

One of the points our son John often makes is that prayer for healing is not reserved for special people. He contends that every follower of Jesus should engage in the practice.

John is on good footing. Jesus healed others. Disciples are followers of Jesus. Thus, disciples are to engage in healing prayer.

Channels of God’s Power

Dr. Frank Laubach wrote a book entitled, “Channels of God’s Power.” The world was in a sad state of affairs when Laubach wrote his book. He wrote it to call all followers of Jesus to be channels of God’s power to a needy world.

Jesus said, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink.

“As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water'” (John 7.37-38).

The first requirement for being a channel of God’s blessing and power in our desperate world is to come to Jesus. When we come to him and experience his presence, his Spirit will flow through us.

If we try to “drink in” Jesus only for ourselves, problems will arise. “When we dam up a river, it becomes a pool and pools become puddles,” writes Dr. Henry Blackaby.

The river of God’s blessing will be nothing more than a puddle.

A channel of God’s blessing has a source – a living relationship with Jesus – and an outlet, service to another person.

If nearly 40% of Jesus’ recorded actions involved healing, should not we imitate his actions and pray for the sick.

When I attended Scout camp, some of us build a dam in a small stream near our campsite. That same day a tremendous rainstorm occurred and the water that built up from our little dam threatened a bridge upstream from where we were camping.

As channels of God’s blessing, we can erect barriers to the Spirit flowing through us.

The absolute joy of seeing healing, people set free from habitual sins and knowing Jesus should motivate us to have every barrier that resists the work of the Spirit removed from our lives.

Healing and Peace with God

The healing ministry of Jesus and his followers is possible because of God’s love for humans. Isaiah pictures how God’s love affects our healing.

Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.

But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
(Isiah 53.4-5)

The amazing love of God took into account how people are stricken by disease and infirmities.

Yes, he was wounded for our transgressions and sins, but he also suffered for every illness that harms our lives.

People who read my articles are happy to receive God’s forgiveness with great gratitude.

Look carefully at these verses and also be willing to receive God’s healing through the same great love of God.

We pray and tell the story of Jesus so people can experience forgiveness and new life. Let’s also pray and help people experience God’s healing.

About This Blog

Thanks for reading these short thoughts on healing. Please watch today’s video and hear another story of how God heals others to demonstrate his power and love.

If you have a prayer request, please email me at bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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