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7 Simple Ways to Activate God's Healing Power in Your Life
by Marnie Pehrson
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This week's lesson comes from Matthew chapter 8. The chapter contains several miraculous events which Jesus performed within a day or two after he came down from the mountain where he had delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Each of these miracles teaches us how to activate God's healing power in our lives.

If it be thy will

As the day began, a leper came to Jesus and said, ''Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.'' So Jesus healed him and told him to tell no man what had happened but to go and show himself to the priest.

Notice the leper said, ''if thou wilt'' you can make me clean. This leper knew that it was within Jesus' power to heal him, but he gave Jesus the option of exercising his own will. He allowed for the fact that sometimes God's timing isn't our timing, yet he knew Jesus could heal him – if he willed to do so. Sometimes in our own lives we have to remember that God's will and our will may be two different things. Also His timing and ours are not identical.

A bit of a personal example, I'm the type of person who likes to make things happen, take the bull by the horns and go after what I want. A few years back, my husband and I were trying to sell our old house because we were building a new one. We had to have it sold before we could afford to move in. We prayed every day as a family that we'd be able to sell our house. I did everything I could think of to sell it, but it just wouldn't sell. I checked into all kinds of creative financing methods: leases, renting, etc just in case we got stuck with two houses. But everything was like hitting a brick wall. I wouldn't just give it to God, I tinkered, I fretted, and I worried myself sick. In the end, God's timing was best. Our new house took a couple months longer to build than expected. We ended up finding a buyer a month before we could close on the new house and the builder was nice enough to let us move in before closing. Because of the delay we got a better loan at a better rate. It all worked out perfectly. God's timing was better than anything I could have forced. I learned a valuable lesson from this experience: that worrying is fruitless and that God's will – God's timing is always best.

Don't be picky about where the answer comes from

A Roman centurion came to Jesus and told him his servant was sick and asked that Jesus heal him. Jesus offered to go and heal the servant, but the centurion answered and said,'' I am not worthy that you should come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant will be healed.'' The centurion explained that he was a man of authority and he had soldiers under him. He knew he could say, ''Go'' and the soldiers would go and ''Come'' and they would come, or ''Do'' and they would do. So he trusted that Jesus could do the same, and not have to come to his house, but just say, ''Your servant is healed'' and he would be healed.

Jesus marveled and commended this man for his faith and said, ''I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.'' Then he told the man, ''Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.'' And the centurion's servant was healed that same hour.

Why did Jesus marvel at the centurion's faith? Because most people wouldn't have believed that the servant could be healed unless Jesus saw him in person. Most of us expect God to personally answer our prayers himself through miraculous means. For example, if we're sick, we might think that God should just make the illness disappear, when really, God intends to ''delegate'' that healing to physicians or maybe even to a friend who tells us about a healing herb. It is no less of a miracle when answers come through other people or seeming coincidental everyday means. Keep your eyes open to the possibilities that answers can come from anywhere.

God is no respecter of persons

When the group arrived at Peter's house, Peter's mother-in-law was sick of a fever. Jesus touched her and her fever left and she arose and ministered unto them.

In the evening, the people brought many who were possessed of devils to him and he cast out the spirits with his word and healed all that were sick – fulfilling the prophesy of Esaias (Isaiah) who said ''Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses'' (see Isaiah 53:4)

Jesus turned no one away. He healed all that were brought before him. He accepted all that would come to him then, and he does the same today.

Remember the goodness of God

In the evening Jesus and his disciples went into a ship and a tempest arose and the ship was covered with the waves, but Jesus was asleep. The disciples came and woke him up and he said, ''Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith?'' Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. And the men marveled and said, ''What manner of man is this that even the winds and the sea obey him!''

Sometimes are we a little like those disciples? In one day, they had seen a leper healed, the Roman centurion's servant healed with only a word, Peter's mother-in-law and many others healed and devils rebuked. But when a storm came in the sea, that affected them personally, they feared. It's no wonder Jesus said, ''Oh ye of little faith.'' What more did they need to see? Why did they even worry or fear when the storm came? If this Man could heal the sick and cast out devils, couldn't he not just as easily rebuke the wind and the waves?

Maybe it was the personal-ness of this particular event? All the other healing miracles the disciples had witnessed that day really didn't affect them personally. Peter's mother-in-law being healed of her fever was the closest personal event that occurred, but even that wasn't life threatening to Peter. I think that sometimes it's easier to believe that miracles will happen for other people, ''but not me.'' Or maybe we just forget in the moment of our most challenging crisis that the Lord really will deliver us. We panic, we plead, we worry, and we beg when all along, he intends to see us through. Sometimes I can almost see the Lord rebuking me, ''Oh ye of little faith.''

Faith is more than knowing or believing

When the ship arrived on the other side of the country, they were met with two people possessed of devils who were coming out of the tombs. They were exceedingly fierce so that no one could pass by them. When they saw Jesus, they cried out, ''What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Are you come here to torment us before the time?''

There was a herd of swine nearby so the devils begged Jesus, ''If you cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.'' And he said to them, ''Go.'' And when they came out they went into the herd of swine; and the whole herd ran violently down a steep slope into the sea, and drowned in the water.

These devils knew who Jesus was! They had a clear knowledge that he was the Son of God. But what good did that knowledge do them? Merely believing in Jesus is not enough, for as James said, ''Even the devils believe and tremble'' (James 2:19). They knew who He was, but they certainly did not reverence or worship him. There's a difference.

Welcome His healing

The people that kept the swine fled and went into the city and told everything that happened. And the whole city came out to meet Jesus and begged him to leave their coasts.

These people didn't welcome Jesus' healing. They saw it as an annoyance. They just saw that all those swine were dead and they'd lost some money. They didn't care that Jesus could heal them and make their lives happier and filled with meaning, purpose and direction. All they cared about was their worldly possessions. His healing was seen as an inconvenience -- an annoyance. They wanted him to leave.

When Jesus comes into our lives, he does some cleaning and improving that can feel uncomfortable or even painful at times. As he cleans out our bodies and minds, sometimes it causes a tumult around us. Spouses, family members or friends may not feel comfortable with the changes in us. They may not like that they don't feel comfortable sinning around us anymore. They may wish that Jesus hadn't cast those habits out of our lives because it disrupts theirs. The keepers of the swine were upset that the devils went into the swine, but how do you think the two men felt when the legions of demons left them? Quite a change for the better!

We've got to stop worrying what other people think and embrace the gifts – the miracles that Jesus offers us. His path is one of healing, forgiveness, love and kindness. Don’t let others deny you of those blessings. They are yours to claim.

Be Thankful

It's not mentioned in this chapter, but I would imagine that the leper, the centurion, Peter's mother-in-law and the others were extremely grateful to the Lord for his goodness and his blessings. It's a personal belief of mine, that for as long as we spend on our knees begging and pleading for help, we should spend an equal amount of time thanking and praising Him when the deliverance comes.

Jesus is a Man of miracles. He was then; He is now. Those miracles are there for us to claim if we will but have faith and seek to do His will.


Written by: Marnie Pehrson
Marnie Pehrson is a platform builder and publishing coach for professional women who have transformational messages to share. She helps them monetize their current content and create a solid social media presence. Through creative and collaborative means she helps them build a loyal online following. Visit her online at MarniePehrson.com.

The author may be contacted at http://www.MarniePehrson.com webmaster@shelovesgod.com.


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