The Great Physician

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.

- Luke 5:31-32

A doctor is a very needy help in the time of sickness. When well and healthy there is not much thought given regarding a doctor. But when we experience sudden, unknown pains or get hurt in an accident and get badly cut or break some bones, we need a doctor.

The doctor is well trained and equipped to deal with any physical ailment. Those who are well physically, Jesus reminds us, have no need of a physician but only those who are sick.

Jesus, who is the great physician, came into this world to heal sick humanity. The sickness is sin and the sufferer is the sinner. The righteous, which have a right standing with God have no need of this physician but sinners do.

The scriptures tell us that “all have sinned because by one man sin entered the world and all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. “

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance and provide the gift of eternal life to all who believe in Him and receive the forgiveness of their sins.

Those who have received Him, and made Him Lord of their lives, have trusted in Him as their physician. He now works in and through us to heal the sick in this world.

We now have the responsibility to proclaim the message that no one needs to perish and go to hell, but that all may be saved and enjoy the forgiveness of sins through the cleansing blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and are in perfect spiritual health.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for providing healing for the whole man, body, soul and spirit. Help me, by Your grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, to take the message of salvation to my family, friends and work associates, in Jesus’ Name.

Following Jesus

“Follow Me.” - Luke 5:27

Only two words and a desire expressed by Him to us to follow Him. He called people from different walks of life to follow Him. Many did so readily, leaving all, to do whatever He required of them.

When you decide to follow Him you do not know exactly where He will lead you but there is joy, contentment and fulfillment in following Him. He left us an example that we should follow in His footsteps. We follow His example in His obedience to the will of God His Father. We follow His example of integrity, love, faith, mercy and commitment.

It helps me, when faced with certain situations to ask the question “what would Jesus do? What would Jesus say?” He is our example when all is really said and done.

To follow Him means we are His disciples learning from Him, endeavouring to be like Him in word and deed. We follow Him, watching and learning how to pray like Him. We learn how to pray for the sick and how to cast out devils. We learn how to exercise self-control, to be patient and forgiving. We learn how to be focused and determined to fulfill the task that has been given us to do.

We follow Him because He is the way, the truth and the life. We follow Him because He has the words of life. We follow Him because there is no other way.

What, and who, am I following today, is a valid question, because this determines my destination? There are many leaders and things I could be following, but today determine to follow Him with all your heart and do His will without hesitation.

Dear heavenly Father, You have laid Your hand upon me and given me direction in my life. I determine by Your grace to do what is right and follow You Lord with all my heart.

Following the Instructions

“Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.” - Luke 5:4

By pushing it a little way from the shore Jesus used the fishing boat of Simon Peter,  as a platform from which to teach a great multitude of people who had gathered on the shore to hear Him. His voice was carried supernaturally so that all could hear Him as He sat in the boat and spoke.

At one point He stopped speaking and said to Peter, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets”. Notice He said nets, not net, but Peter, who protested, said, “nevertheless, at your word I will do this”, for he had toiled all night and caught nothing, and reluctantly he took his boat into the deep water, away from the shore, and let down his net not nets as Jesus had instructed him.

There was an amazing amount of fish that were caught in his net, so much so, that his net began to break. If he had let down his nets, as he had been told to do, he would not have had the problem of his net breaking.  Instead he had to call for his partners to help him bring the huge catch of fish to shore.

We sometimes, because of our head knowledge we think we know better and go ahead and put our plan into operation without checking with the Lord first?

When the Lord has told us to do a certain thing it is vitally important that we obey Him for He knows better than we do.

Let us determine that at all times we will simply obey His word whether we fully understand or not. We do not argue our way around it but we simply choose to obey and follow what He requires of us in simple childlike obedience and faith.

Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for my stubbornness and lack of faith at times. Today I choose to obey Your instructions in doing what You have said in fulfilling Your will in my life.

Don’t Deviate

“I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” - Luke 4:43

Jesus knew what His mission was and never veered off on another course. He had been sent for a purpose and He knew what the purpose was. It is sad when people do not know what their purpose in life is and the result is that they drift with no specific goals and direction.

Jesus was sent by the Father to do a specific thing. He was not going to deviate from a mandate given to Him by His Father. He was intent on preaching the kingdom of God.  This was the mission of the Lord Jesus as he went from town to town.

During the time of Jesus the Jewish people, as a whole, were very unhappy because of the oppression caused by the Roman Empire. They wanted to be rid of the Roman yoke. They wanted to the days of glory restored as they were under King David and King Solomon.

It was obvious to everyone, including the Roman rulers, that Jesus was extremely popular with the masses. He must have been considered a risk to the Roman occupation and they must have kept a close watch on Him.

In the natural sense Jesus could have mustered together a great army and if it was God’s will they would have delivered Israel from the hands of the enemy and Jesus would have established His rule there and then.

But Jesus did not come to establish an earthly kingdom, but a spiritual one to be made up of all born again believers.

Political expediency and physical conquest was not on Jesus’ agenda. He never deviated from His one mission that would lead Him to the cross.

The cross would enable Him to become King in the lives of millions and millions of people and one day soon He will return to establish Divine rule on this earth.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for fulfilling the reason You were sent to earth.   Help me to fully yield to Your authority and kingship over me today so that I may fully do Your will.

Reaching Out

“Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow, and many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” - Luke 4:24-27

Jesus draws attention to the fact that prophets of old were sent by God to certain individuals who were in need.  Jesus says He was sent to specific areas and most times He was enthusiastically accepted.  But there was also occasion when he was rejected.

We sometimes may find it difficult to minister to those in our immediate family because they know us too well, but you will find an enthusiastic acceptance by others outside of your family.

This may cause concern, but God will send someone else to reach your family and close associates. But that does not mean that we do not continue to pray and be a witness to our loved ones and friends.

God is concerned for your family because he has promised in His word that, “You and your household shall be saved”. He can, and possibly will, use us to bring about a change in their lives, but He can use others who possibly will be more effective in bringing them to an acceptance of the Lord Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.

God does and will send someone to those who need His help in their lives. Be open to His leading today. John the Baptist was a man sent from God, Jesus was sent from the Father. May we have the joy and privilege of being sent by God today to someone in need. Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit today.

Dear heavenly Father, help me today to be yielded, obedient and open to Your leading and to go wherever You send me, in Jesus name.

Celebrated or Tolerated?

“You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in Your country.” - Luke 4:23

Jesus found a barrage of opposition, as well as acceptance, wherever He went. There were those who readily received Him, believed and were healed. But others criticized and ridiculed Him. His fame had gone before Him as a miracle worker, a physician of renown, especially in Capernaum, where He had performed many notable miracles.

Despite being well known in His home town and the surrounding region where He grew up, He was merely tolerated, but when he visited Capernaum He was celebrated.  

There is an openness and acceptance where you will be celebrated in certain areas, while merely tolerated in others. It is not the same wherever you go in this world. Why spend your life in a place where you are tolerated and will not be effective in your work for God. Find the place of acceptance in the will of God and fulfill a ministry of healing to those who are in need of the Good Physician whom you represent.

Reach out and heal some hurts, and minister to the needy right where you are today. You are His representative where you are. In some areas and places you will be more successful than in others, but even when rejected do not become despondent. Do not become weary in well doing, because your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Be open to be led by the Holy Spirit to those who will receive the ministry that you bring them and open to the healing provided by Jesus through you. There are those who are waiting, hungry to receive words of hope and life that Jesus offers.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity today to be a co-worker with You in reaching out to those within my sphere who are in need of You, in Jesus name.

Anointed to Work

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor...” - Luke 4:18-19

Jesus returns from the wilderness after an encounter with the devil and overcoming his temptations. He returns to public life after fasting and praying for 40 days and is full of the power of God.

He stands in the synagogue in Nazareth and says that the Holy Spirit is upon Him and that He is anointed to do certain things. He is going to fulfill His divine mission.

Firstly, preach the gospel to the poor. The meaning of the gospel is the good news and that means that the poor need no longer be poor. If they adhere to His word, living in obedience to it, they can prosper.

Secondly, He is to heal the brokenhearted. There are many who are in this category. They are disillusioned, disappointed and brokenhearted by failure and tragedies that have come into their lives.

Thirdly, He is to proclaim liberty to the captives. Scores of people are held captive to fears, sickness, addictions, circumstances and more. Jesus is the great liberator.

Fourthly, the recovery of sight to the blind is not only physical, but spiritual. Eyes of faith will be opened when they accept God’s gift of salvation.

Fifthly, to bring liberty to those who are oppressed, especially those under demonic influence.

Lastly, to preach the “acceptable year of the Lord” which is a reference to the year of jubilee when all debts were redeemed and the slate was wiped clean. It speaks of emancipation and joy which come as a result of receiving the fullness of the gospel.

 Dear heavenly Father, thank You for the wonderful gift and enabling of the Holy Spirit, helping me and equipping me to do the same works Jesus did. 

Overcome Temptation

“It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’” - Luke 4:12

Temptations are real and many and often unavoidable. They are allowed by God to strengthen us in our walk with Him. They are not meant to pull us down and cause us to fall. Temptations are meant to build strong Christian character and be a testimony to the keeping power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus overcame every temptation designed by the devil. His temptations were tailor made to entice the Lord to stumble and fall. But Jesus relied on the word of God to overcome the devil.

The word of God is always our first line of defence. The devil will often attack and tempt you in your area of weakness. But when you are saturated with God’s word there is no weak spot. You are able to repel every attack of the devil.

You will not buckle under temptations if you know God’s word and are obedient to it.  Submit to God’s word and the devil will be defeated.

As a child of God you have His very nature within you because you are a new creation in Christ and He lives in you. Refuse to let the devil have his way and overcome you by his subtle temptations.  The Bible says, “You are more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Use the word of God, which is “quick and powerful, and sharper than a two-edged sword.” Rebuke the devil and stand your ground against him.

Every time you overcome temptation you become stronger in God.

Dear God and Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus I thank You for Your word and by Your help I shall overcome every temptation today. Help me to walk in victory

Worship and serve

“Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” - Luke 4:8

The devil is a fallen arch-angel and as such it is believed he had specific duties and functions in heaven before he fell from grace and was cast out.

When the devil confronted Jesus during the temptation in the wilderness, he desired that Jesus would worship him and pay him the homage that he craved. Jesus however replied with the word of God.

There is a divine DNA in all of us that desires to worship and Jesus points us to the exclusive claim that is made on us by God.

In heaven there is continuous worship. Angelic beings bow in adoration and worship. The redeemed from every nation worship Him. Angels do not rest and are continually saying “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come”.  

There are the 24 elders who fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and casting their crowns before the throne they say “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things and by your will they exist and are created”.

John, in Revelation 5, from verse 11, says, … and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour, and glory and blessing!” And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying; “Blessing and honour and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb for ever and ever.”

Dear heavenly Father, I give You thanks, adoration, praise and worship from my heart. Help me today to serve You diligently with all my heart.

Life in the Word

“It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’” - Luke 4:4

Food is necessary to sustain our physical lives, we must eat to live. Advertising, cook books and dozens of television shows assail us daily with the tempting dishes of delicious food. This is also followed by hundreds of books and debates on the best way to lose weight and how to diet. There is a popular saying that “you are what you eat”.

I think that we could apply that saying to the spiritual realm as well. Many believers are running around like spiritual skeletons because they spend very little time in God’s word. They grab a quick “snack” on Sundays and think that will see them through the week. Try doing that in the natural and see how far it will get you.

Then there are the “obese” believers. They spend a lot of time in God’s word, hopping from one conference to the next, but they never exercise their faith or put God’s word into action.

Be sure today that as particular as we are about our diet and eating habits to feed our bodies, so we need to be very conscious about our spiritual needs.

Every word of God is important and needs to be fed to the spirit man.

Evaluate today how much time you are giving to feed the human body in comparison to the time given to feed the spirit within you. The word of God is quick and powerful and can never pass away. God and His word are united and inseparable

Make sure to give the word of God its rightful place in our daily lives so that our spirit will be healthy and strong.

Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your word through which You have revealed Your plans for us. Help me always to give Your word a place and time in my life so that I will be well nourished on Your word.

The Father’s Business

“Why did you seek Me?  Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” - Luke 2:49

The Lord Jesus came to the earth not to do His own will but the will of His father. Growing up in the village of Nazareth many may have thought that this statement of his meant that He was referring to Joseph, His natural father, who was a carpenter by trade.

But when Jesus, who had gone missing from his parents, was found, he was in the middle of the religious leaders in the temple discussing and reasoning with them.

At the age of 12 years He knew why He had come into the world. He knew His destiny and purpose here. He had come to reveal the heart of His father and to do His will.  His business is that, “None should perish, but that all should come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. The Father’s business is to set the captive, who is held in a vice-like grip of the devil, free. Jesus was sent to heal the broken-hearted and to open the eyes of the blind. The only business of the Father is to do good and to heal all who are oppressed by the devil. The Father’s business is to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to the whole world. It is to take care of the orphan, widow, and poor. It is to feed the hungry, to lift the fallen, encourage and strengthen the weak.  

This was the business of the Father and Jesus did that while he was on the earth and that mission must now be fulfilled through His followers.

 Dear heavenly Father, thank You in the name of the Lord Jesus for giving me the privilege to be in partnership with You. Help me today to fulfil Your will and to be involved in some way in Your work.

Believers in Action

“…they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” - Mark 16:18

Jesus did not mean, or infer, that we who believe are to deliberately pick up and handle snakes to prove our faith and devotion to Him, although some cults do this to prove their faith – and quite a few have died! No, Jesus did not mean that.

When the apostle Paul, was ship-wrecked on the island of Malta he assisted with others to gather firewood. Then as he tossed the firewood onto the fire a snake that had been hiding in between the sticks suddenly emerged and sank its fangs into Paul’s hand.

Paul, without showing any concern or fear, shook the snake off his hand and let it fall into the fire.

The islanders, after watching him for some time and waiting for him to die, were amazed. Nothing happened to him and people immediately thought he was a god. This supernatural event led to many coming to Paul for him to pray for them and many were healed including the governor of the island.

We are not to go about picking up serpents deliberately but, if this happens accidently we too can be protected and delivered from all harm.

Today we demonstrate our authority over that serpent, the devil. We live and determine to live in total victory over all the power of the devil 

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You today for Your victory over all the power of the devil. You crushed his head and triumphed over him and I share in that victory today, by walking in and obeying Your word.

With Signs Following

“These signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues…” - Mark 16:17

Jesus says certain signs follow believers, not the believers following signs. Signs point and direct in a certain direction, they show the way. Roads and highways are clearly marked to give direction so that people don’t get lost. Jesus says there are certain signs that follow a believer. They will do the same things that Jesus did. They will cast out demons and they will speak new languages.

These wonderful, supernatural signs are evidence that you are a believer. These miraculous signs do not follow an unbeliever. These signs are apparent in the lives of those who have decided to be like Jesus.

He exorcised evil spirits, casting them out with His words; He laid hands on the sick and they recovered. We, too, can do these same things because as believers we can lay our hands on the sick and cast out demons, in His name.

Speaking in a new language, which we have never learned, is the evidence that the Holy Spirit has come to live in us and, it is He, who gives us the inspiration and the words to speak.

This is a supernatural ability, given by the Holy Spirit, as an entrance into the realm of the supernatural life. By and through this gift we have the enabling of the Holy Spirit to pray in the spirit, receive supernatural guidance and dynamic anointing to do mighty things in Jesus name.

Dear heavenly Father thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit and for those supernatural signs to follow me as a believer. Let me never take the glory from what You do through me.

A Global Commission

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” - Mark 16:15

 The commission of Jesus was not only given to His disciples but to all His followers. If you take “go” out of God there is not much left. We cannot afford to be disobedient to His commission. The lateness of the hour requires it. The need of the world requires it - Jesus is coming, and this gospel must be preached to every nation so that all come under the sound of the gospel.

Multitudes are in indecision and it is the believers’ responsibility to take the gospel to the whole world. C.T. Studd, a great missionary, once said, “Some live within the sound of church and chapel bells, but I want to run a rescue ship within a yard of hell”. Another great missionary pastor said, “Why should some hear the gospel twice when so many in the world have not heard it once”.

The harvest is outside our church buildings, we need to go to them and bring them the good news of Jesus. We are to go to the business world, to the education world, to the political world, to all people everywhere and by all means available, to us proclaim this glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

When the gospel has been preached to the whole world then the end shall come. Let us avail ourselves of the opportunity today to share Jesus with someone. Cities, nations, the world, people everywhere need to know about Jesus. God gave us a passion for those who do not know Him as we reach out in love to touch the world with His love.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your love that compels us to reach others with the glorious gospel. Help me to take this message that is powerful in transforming the lives of people.

How do I give?

“Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” - Mark 12:43-44

Jesus sat near the treasury watching as people gave money offerings. He obviously saw what they gave, because He knew how much a poor widow gave. The important thing is not what people give, although, it is observed by the Lord how much people did contribute to the offering.  

The attitude in your giving is carefully noted by the Lord Jesus. Do you give for the extension of the Kingdom of God, grudgingly, without love, or just as a matter of duty and that it is an obligation which you meet in order to avoid feeling guilty when others give into the offering?

That poor widow’s sacrificial giving has been recorded in the Bible and thousands of sermons have been preached about her and her attitude. She loved God and she wanted to express it in the best way she knew how and that was given out of her lack.

She gave it freely and I’m sure with a smile on her face. She gave more than everyone else in Jesus’ estimation. Those two insignificant coins were like sparkling diamonds in Jesus sight.

This woman believed that God would not fail her so she gave everything - the two coins represented all she had to live on. She gave spontaneously and in faith and it was for this reason that Jesus praised her.

She knew, no doubt, Psalm 68:5, “God is a Father of the fatherless and a defender of the widows”.

Dear Father in heaven, thank You for Your daily provision of Your great love.  Thank You for opportunities to give financially to the kingdom of God. Help me never to turn a blind eye to the poor.

Active love

“The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” - Mark 12:29-31

There is only one God, not many as some suppose and worship in their ignorance. He is to be loved with every fibre of our being:  with all our heart, with all our will, emotions and intellect. He is to be loved with all our strength.  

If we cannot express and show our love to those we can see then how can we show our love to God whom we cannot see?  It is easy to hug and kiss your wife and your children whom you love, but as much as we may sometimes want to hug God it is not possible. But we show our love for God by obedience to His word and commandments.

The Bible tells us that God is love. He is the very essence of love and we see in Jesus short life on earth how he demonstrated this love. Despite resentment, false accusations and betrayal he willingly laid down His life. There is no love greater than this.

The question we need to answer is do we love God without any reservations. If not, I am guilty of breaking the first and greatest commandment and make it impossible for you to meet the second requirement of loving my neighbor.

Love is to be active and demonstrated. Our love for Him and our neighbour is called into question today. Look for someone you can show love to today.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your great love for me demonstrated by dying for me on a cross. Today, by Your help, I determine to love You intensely with all my heart, and my neighbour as myself. 

Forgive and be forgiven

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” - Mark 11:25-26

To stand and pray was nothing unusual in Bible times. It does not show less reverence than if you kneel, sit or even lie prostrated while praying. It is the attitude of the heart when praying that is more important than the position of the body.

It is important to take special note about what Jesus said about forgiveness. You cannot pray effectively if you hold on to grudges and entertain thoughts of resentment.  

Always be quick to forgive those who have said or done things against you. You cannot afford to carry a grudge against anyone.  Forgiveness is important and vitally necessary for your heart to be right with God. As long as there is unforgiveness in your heart your prayers will be merely words spoken without achieving any results.

Our Father in heaven pardons us on the basis that we have forgiven. This is serious and cannot be glossed over. If you desire God’s forgiveness make sure you keep a clean slate with others.  

Jesus speaks of “your trespasses” which is a deviation from truth and righteousness. Make sure today that there is no one that you have not forgiven, no matter what the wrongs were and how long ago it may have happened.  

Dear Heavenly Father, today I choose to forgive and live a life of continual forgiveness. Thank you for your forgiveness today.

You have What you Say

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” - Mark 11:23

This seems impossible, that we can say it and it will happen - that we get what we say. Jesus said this because He had spoken to a fig tree and it withered and died. Peter draws attention to this remarkable fact, that Jesus virtually said, “You can have what you say” just speak the word.  Say it, not pray it and it will happen.

The power of our words, are awesome. God spoke the universe into existence. He said it and it happened. He said, “Let there be” and it was so.

Joshua spoke and said, “Sun stand still” and the period of a day was lengthened so that there was more time and daylight for them to complete and win the battle they were fighting.

This is the same kind of faith that God has. Our destiny is formed by our words. Be careful only to speak those words that edify, strengthen and uplift. Make sure you say what you expect to receive, because that is what you are going to get.

Continue to speak doubt, failure and about the failure of others and that is exactly what you will reap. Speak words of failure over your life and the life of others and they will fail. Speak words of poverty and bankruptcy and that is what you will get. Speak failure over your children and they will fail.

So watch your words today and make sure that no negative words or doubt and unbelief flow out of your mouth.

Dear God and Father, I thank You for helping me to speak those things that help and edify, build and create, in Jesus name. 

Faith in Action

“What do you want Me to do for you?” - Mark 10:51

This was a very pointed question asked by Jesus requiring a specific answer. Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, is asked this question. The most desperate need in his life at that moment, when he stood in Jesus’ presence, was to receive his sight.  

What do you want Jesus to do for you today? What is the most pressing need in your life? Be specific, as you trust Him to meet your need.

When you look at how this blind man received his sight, we have a lesson in how to receive from God and why Jesus further said “your faith has made you well”.  

Firstly, he must have heard about Jesus and about the miracles He performed, because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Secondly, he acted upon the word.  You cannot be passive in desiring to receive from the Lord. You must act upon the word of God.  

The Israelites acted upon the word of God when they marched around the walls of Jericho. In the natural it was ridiculous, but it resulted in the miracle with the walls of the city falling flat.

Noah built an ark in obedience to God’s word. Peter walked on water when he obeyed the simple invitation of Jesus to “Come.” Ten lepers were cleaned as they went to the priest after Jesus told them to “go, show yourselves to the priest”.

Blind Bartimaeus threw away his coat, a garment that identified him as a blind person. But when he was summoned by Jesus he probably reasoned that he would never need it again and threw it aside. He came believing he would receive his sight.

Trust Jesus today to supply your need, heal your body, or do what you specifically desire from Him to do for you. Today is your day for that miracle and your faith will bring it to you.

Dear heavenly Father, I know You love me and I love You, and I thank You in the name of the Lord Jesus for answering my prayer.

Be at Peace

But whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this house.” – Luke 10:5

After the First World War people said that such a thing should never happen again. Then after the Second World War they said the same thing. Many years ago the United Nations was established with a view to ensuring that nations of the world would not go to war again.

Well, we know that despite their best efforts there have been dozens of conflicts around the world since 1945. In fact, we now live in an age of terrorist warfare, which is a constant threat to the nations of the world.

A young boy once asked his parents how wars started. The father began to explain about the economic factors and the need for natural resources, but this all seemed a bit too complicated for the boy to understand. So the mother chipped in, “Let me explain.”

She began explaining, but the father kept interrupting and then got angry and it ended with a robust argument.  The frightened little boy lifted up his hands and cried, “Stop! It’s all right, now I know how wars begin.”

Jesus in today’s verse is instructing His disciples to offer a blessing of peace on the households they visited because when there is peace in the home there will be peace in the community as well.

The home should be a haven of peace from all the distractions and turmoil of the world. Anger and disunity should not enter our doorways. The home is where a family learns to live in peace and harmony, despite their diverse personalities and likes and dislikes.

As one little boy said, “If you want to stop war in the world, stop war in the home.”

Dear heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus has promised me His peace. I ask that this peace will fill my home and my life. Help me to rest in Your everlasting arms, knowing that You love me and care for me.