Memorable Scripture: If My People

Then the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said to him: “I have heard your prayer, and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice. When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:12-14 Continue reading

Memorable Scripture: Don’t let anyone steal your blessing.

Then Elisha said, “Hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord: Tomorrow about this time a seah of fine flour shall be sold for a shekel, and two seahs of barley for a shekel, at the gate of Samaria.’ ”
So an officer on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God and said, “Look, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, could this thing be?”
And he said, “In fact, you shall see it with your eyes, but you shall not eat of it.” 2 Kings 7:1-2 Continue reading

Transformation through God’s word!

I found out that a visitor to our church really enjoyed hearing God’s word. He later told a family member that it gave him a renewed strength to go back home and get back into church with his family. Continue reading

Sickness and the Bible.

Sorry for the delay. I was sick all night with some kind of stomach ailment – perhaps food poisoning. It was enough to keep me from going to work and, later, sleep with socks on, both are unusual for me.

The Bible has quite a bit to say about sickness.

In the Law it says,

You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. Ex 23:25

The Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, Deut 7:15

And while it seems that God wants to protect His people from sickness. For this to happen it appears the people would need to serve Him with all their heart, mind, and soul; to follow His commandments and statutes, which did not happen.

Sickness knows no bounds and affected kings, priest, and prophets alike.

Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. 2 Kings 13:14

Elisha did die.

Hezekiah was sick and near death. Isa 38:1

Hezekiah did not die at this time but would fifteen years later.

Jesus was well known for preaching and teaching the Gospel to the people and

healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matt 9:35

And while there is a gift of healing through the Holy Spirit, it is evident that not everyone receives healing.

There was the infirmity of Paul, which he sought three times for God to remove. And there was a man that Paul also did not heal.

Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick. 2 Tim 4:20

Sickness is a part of life and I believe sickness is a result of bacteria, viruses, impurities, and sin.

My sickness was through violating some food law and eating spoiled meat. Did I know this at the time? No, had I, I would never have eaten it.
Yet I feel that God has delivered me from this sickness.

by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Probably the best part about being sick, if there is one, is my wife anointing me with oil and praying over me for healing.

Seeing Clearly

Then He came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. Mark 8:22-23

All of us know someone that needs healing. Despite some of my infirmities, there are others that need healing more than me. That’s not to say that I would turn down a healing.

But the healing of this blind man is a lesson for all to learn.

And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. Mark 8:23

Don’t get caught up in the spit. I’ve read and heard a lot of things about this – things like spittle was considered medicinal or that it was used to moisten the eyelids, which may have been stuck together because of natural eye secretions that hardened over time.

To set your mind at ease, Jesus could have had the man use his own spit on his own eyes.

Nevertheless, he was asked what he saw.

And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Mark 8:24

It’s true the man was no longer blind!
Neither can he really see.

It’s a reality that exist today – people not blind but not clearly seeing.

Far too often Christian’s close their eyes to many things – the poor in need of food or shelter, the prostitute or addict in need of a loving friend, a child in need of authority, and even God!

God’s own people can have their eyes wide open and not see clearly the gifts of the Spirit, the miracles of God, or the outpouring of grace available to everyone.

Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. Mark 8:25

Only a touch of Jesus can open your eyes and give you real sight.
Only a touch from Jesus can allow you to see what was always right in front of you.

I do not see all that is of God but I see more than I use to!

I can repeat the same words of the old hymn Amazing Grace, which reiterate the words of another blind man,

One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see. John 9:25

Abba, open my eyes that I may see You more clearly in all things. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN