Meditation

07/27/2022

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who wee ill with various diseases,mist suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and for paralyzed, and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.” (Matthew 4:23-25 – Evangelism, Social Action)

Can you visualize the mass of people following Jesus everywhere He went, and everywhere He went, He healed people of diseases, sicknesses, demon-possession, and He calmly and purposely healed them, some of which were in severe pain and suffering. This allows Jesus to have an audience to preach the good news of salvation to one and all. There is no conflict between meeting social or physical needs and providing spiritual necessities. Jesus’ love for people led Him to minister to all their concerns. The result was that “news about him spread all over,” and large crowds…followed him.” Jesus’ attitude sets the agenda for today’s church to join ministry to needs and proclamation of the gospel into one effective program of evangelism.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, as Jesus met the needs of the people that came to Him seeking relief at least, and completely healing at the most allowed them to show their appreciation towards Him to then listen to His teaching and preaching. The other point that is critical to understand, is that Jesus did all of this with a smile, and easy to approach attitude that revealed He was doing all of this because He loved them. Help us to never forget that they are our brothers and sisters in Christ and to let that fact reveal itself in the way we talk with them or care for them. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

One is not ready to live if they are not ready to die.”

KNOWING GOD:

Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured.” (Luke 8:36 – Evangelism, Social Action)

The healing of the demon-possessed man so impressed the witnesses that they told all the people what Jesus had done. The meeting of temporal needs often opens the door to an effective witness to our Lord’s love and grace. When you witness to others, you are doing our Lord an injustice, if you do not talk about what He did for you. When He called me into ministry, I found a lot of joy in worldly activities. I now describe my joy as serving my Lord and Savior, as He invited me to serve as He served on this earth. I love my family and things we do together and some relaxation, but the true joy in my life has come by serving others in need and feeling the honor of being one who looks for serving others to enhance my relationship with Him. Some people think it is more important to have good jobs, make money, and live life as if there is no tomorrow. I now live my life for the Lord, and He has blessed me, my family, and so many others by giving the joy that keeps on giving.

I AM:

The apostles performed many miraculous sings and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.” (Acts 5:12-14 – Evangelism, Social Action)

God gave the early church healing power. This power attracted people and resulted in church growth. The power of ministry to people’s physical needs should be a basic part of a church’s evangelism program. The other part is to preach the Word, in an understandable way. Church is not a comedy club! We are to preach the entire word, in order for people to understand God’s Word and also to not be fooled by the antic-Christ when he is released. If we are only trying to get a chuckle or tow from the body of Christ, then we are missing he point of the church.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, ‘Is is lawful to heal on the sabbath?’ He said to them, ‘If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much valuable is a man than a sheep?! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.’ Then he said to he man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.” (Matthew 12:9-14 – Evangelism, Social Action)

Let me now ask each of you a question. If you came upon a person with a withered hand and had the ability to health them completely, would you stop to wait unto Monday in order to heal them? Or if you heard church leadership tell you not to heal a person because it was the Sabbath, what would you think of them? Jesus took the time to answer their question, because the answer was more important than their question. Yes, He said, “Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

Beloved, miracles reveal the priority of people over religion. Jesus was more concerned with healing the handicapped person than with the legalistic observance of the Sabbath. His challenge to the man’s faith was clear—-your hand has been useless? Use it!

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