“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” (John 1:9, NIV)
That true light refers to Jesus. Unlike the many that base their messages solely on words, Jesus went way farther: “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues (Notice, not His!), proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom, healing every disease and sickness among the people.” He confirmed His words through his healings. Notice that He healed everyone with no exceptions.
Is it possible to forget such occasions where God’s power is so vividly demonstrated?
John the Baptist forgot, just like we forget when adversity hits us head on. After all, if we were living in a dark dungeon, discouragement could easily become our sole reality as well! This is why John sent his disciples to Jesus with a simple question: “Are you the one we’ve been expecting, or are we still waiting?” (Matt 11:3b, NIV)
At times we, too, find ourselves in such circumstances where doubts creep in. May we always remember Jesus’ response to John’s disciples: “Go back and tell John what’s going on: The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleaned, the deaf hear. The dead are raised, the wretched of the earth learn that God is at their side.” (Matt 11:4-6, MSG)
Did we notice that Jesus didn’t defend Himself? He pointed out what His Father was doing: healings like never before. Although He was proclaiming God’s message, His emphasis was on healing.
There are many that proclaim things, but these are based solely on words. They are the ones that use persuasion to get their message through. Not so with Jesus. Jesus confirms His message with the power from on high, not with persuasion. How does He does this? Through healings!
The ones who proclaim a message devoid of the power from above only use persuasion. Sad don’t you think?
Imagine that you accept the Good News Message that Jesus broadcasted, and the cancer that is troubling you is instantly driven away. What if your club foot changes and becomes normal right in front of your eyes? There’s no way you would ever forget that! The healings confirm without any doubt that the Message declared is truly true. The healing has created a bond between you and your Heavenly Father. Any time you are facing discouragement, that healing will come back vividly in your mind and will fill you with adrenaline.
The same is true when we see others being healed miraculously by our Father.
Discouraged? Maybe it’s time for you to experience your Father fully!
There was a time in my life when I attended the evening service every Sunday at a distant town. I had a hard time driving as people like me who can only see in 2D have a hard time driving in the dark, as well as parking a car!
One evening we were encouraged to go to the altar in order to pray for one another. Strangely enough, when I went forward I had in mind the problem of driving in the dark. Someone put her hand on my shoulder and I felt power from on high going through my body. It felt good, for I realized my Heavenly Father had healed me from this handicap. From that day on, I was able to drive at night and park my car to my heart’s content, even though I still see in 2D. My Father had taken care of me.
Often I remember this occurrence when I am discouraged, and it truly fills me with hope, for I know my Father is with me.
Get your fill from your Heavenly Father. This will sustain you for life!
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