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This one has been in the hopper for quite some time. It holds a timeless truth.
Will I ever learn it?
As many as touched Him were healed. It is recorded in two gospel accounts.
Mark 6:53-56. Matthew 14:34-36
“And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.
And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him,
And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was.
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.”
“And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.
And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;
And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.”
“As many as touched Him, were made whole.”
Why were all healed in this town, and so many in other towns were not. He traveled in many towns, there were many at the pool of Bethesda, He only healed one. There were many crowded about Him, multitudes, according to Matthew, wherever He went. Few were touched and healed.
There are many that need healing in our town, will they, can they be healed?
The people in Gennesaret were different, their Faith was displayed. Like the folks that dropped their friend, through the roof, of the house where Jesus was. Jesus saw their faith. How can we show our Faith?
First step… the people of Gennesaret….
> They knew Him:
So many of us know of Him, we believe in Him, even love Him, yet we haven’t taken the time to know Him.
Do we pray, If it be Your will? We should know His will. We should recognize His ways.
He would have all men be Saved. He knows, a lot will not, accept Him.
He would that all be healed. He knows some will not believe.
He would comfort, love, give peace and joy to all.
Many do not know how to access this. Can it be taught?
We must know Him, we do this by reading His Word, in conjunction with fasting and prayer. By learning to Praise and Worship.
> Faith is Action:
They went out and brought the sick and afflicted into His presence.
Our problem today? Thanks for not coming to church with that cold… you could have spread it to everyone.
Do not share the communion wine, (grape juice), it’s unsanitary. Did you wash your hands?
Could you imagine this taken place with Jesus?
Ahhh, Jesus, did you wash up before your broke the fish and bread? Don’t you care about germs?
Where is our faith? Or is it we don’t really believe, Jesus is in our midst? Is He, in our midst?
> The sick need to take action also:
We can bring them into His Presence, but they need to reach out for Him also.
The real question is, how do we get into His Presence? He is no longer wondering around in human form. Is it possible to experience His Presence in our current life?
The woman with the issue of blood, had to press through the crowd to touch Him. We must do the same today.
Whether in prayer and fasting or through Praise and Worship. He will be found, if our hearts are right. Our Prayers will be answered if our requests are right. Never for our own gain, always for others.
True Praise was the most dependable road to His Presence in my experience. It has always opened the door to His Throne Room. Unfortunately, I do not experience that in my current position.
As a matter of fact… The Church (as a whole), needs to relearn, how to enter into His Presence. How to wait on the Lord, in silent expectation.
How to recognize His voice, in our hearts, minds and ears. To see Him in the Natural World, as well as in the Spiritual Realm.
We can experience His Power and Promise… when we allow His Presence into our Churches. Unfortunately, this is a tall order.
Our Rituals and Ceremonies, Hymns and a Responsive Readings, leave little room for the Lord to enter. (Because of our limitted time).
We must all, learn it individually… alone, at home. Before it becomes a corporate practice. Can we do it?
Lord, help us to grow in You. Amen
Happy Fathers Day …. I miss you Dad
The only family picture I have… I think 1984?
Martha, Bill, Bob, David, Dorothy
Last picture of David
Dave’s house, year he died
At Mom’s funeral.
Martha, Bill, Eric, Emma, Amy, Ken
Celeste, Bill, Bette
Just wanted to Remember.
I long to learn to pray prayers, that result in answers, to pray effectual, fervent prayers that availeth much.
It troubles me that our Churches seem Powerless. If Christ is present, why is there a problem?
To be honest, a lot of our prayers are for financial problems, or about physical sickness or distress.
We pray for things we see, touch, taste, hear and feel.
Then we wonder at the lack of progress (in our growth), in our walk with Christ. We wonder why our prayers are not answered, or at best, not often.
If we study the prayers of Paul, for the church, and learn to follow his lead, we might find results, beyond our dreams.
The first thing, I notice is Paul is praying for others. We do not hear a lot of personal needs or desires, except, for the sin that so easily besets him.
He asked the Lord three times to remove this messenger of Satan, to be told the Grace, (the unmarited mercy and favor), of God, is enough.
We need to know how to repent, to get back in right standing with God… it was both David and Pauls secret, to have a heart after God.
No, for the most part, the prayers that he wrote, were for others. I will attempt to break down his prayer, from Ephesians 1.
* He gives thanks for others, by name to the Lord.
I give thanks that they walk with You, and know and serve You, draw them closer, Please Lord.
* He prays for the Spirit of Wisdom, (Jesus), (1 Corinthians 1:30), and Revaluation in our Knowledge of Him.
Lord, may You reveal Yourself to them, increasing their knowledge and love for You with their every breath.
* The eyes of our understanding be opened, that we would know, recognize the hope, He has for us. That we would grab ahold of His promises and power, to do His will.
That we would accept the inheritance He left us. The Ministry Gifts and the Gifts of the Spirit. That we would grow into You.
* That we would know and use the Power we have, in the belief of His Name and His Promises.
He said, so many times: ONLY BELIEVE!!! Only, … we don’t.
* That Power is the Power of the Resurrection.
Paul, prayed for this Power, (Philippians 3:10), recognizing he also had to share the fellowship of His suffering, and be made into HIS IMAGE.
* He wants us to have Power above that of the Prince of this world. To have Dominion, to Rule over, not be a Servant of the limits of this World.
We are not limited by the Laws of Nature.
Phillip was translated to another place, after, he had served Gods purpose where he was. The dead have been raised, the lame healed, the sick have recovered.
ONLY BECAUSE PETER, PAUL, JOHN, STEVEN AND OTHERS….. ONLY BELIEVED!!!
Church, there is something wrong with our belief system. I believe it can be corrected.
I believe God would have us, living in a place of Power. A place of Answered Prayer.
We first need to read, study, listen to the miracles in the Word. Faith, comes by hearing, and hearing by the WORD OF GOD.
The second thing we need to do is to learn how to pray, as Paul prayed. In thanksgiving, for more of Jesus, that our eyes would be opened, to see the Spiritual Blessings available to those Who Believe.
Then we need to seek and accept the Gifts He has given us… They are freely given and awaiting our acceptance, we must ask and receive tham, as we did our Salvation.
Lord, hear our Prayer. Amen
The Lord, built a Hedge around Job. He caused all the work of his hands to prosper. The Devil was convinced, the reason Job served God, was because of this protection, because of these blessings.
The Lord has promised us several times, to prosper us, to meet our needs, to supply exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think or even imagine.
He also promises, we can do all things, through Christ Jesus. Jesus said, we would do all He did and more.
The Devil is just as convinced, that we love and serve the Lord, because we trust these promises to be being fulfilled.
Saints, I pray that isn’t the reason we serve the Lord. No, if we look at Job, the Lord told the Devil and us, why he was so prosperous.
“The Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
The qualities of Job, we must learn to emulate.
● There is none like him, A perfect and upright man:
What? How could that be? What does this mean, for me, today?
Proverbs: 2. 10,11,20,21
“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.
For the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.”
When Wisdom, (Jesus), enters our hearts, when His knowledge becomes, pleasent to our soul.
That is when we begin to walk in the right way, and keep to the narrow path of righteousness.
Then we will dwell in the land and remain.
To be perfect and upright, blameless…. we must accept Jesus, (Wisdom), into our lives, and learn to walk in His Righteousness.
We must learn to:
● Fear God, and escheweth evil.
One of my favorite scriptures is about why God chose Levi, to lead the Priests.
Malachi: 2. 4-6
“And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.”
We must learn to stand in Awe of our God, to Worship Him in Spirit and In Truth.
We must know and speak His Truth… not our desires.
We must take up His Yoke. We will find peace and rest in our souls.
As we endeavor to walk with Him, many will turn from sin, because they will see, consider and understand that He Is the all in all.
Whether we be rich or poor, a master or slave, His Hedge of Protection will keep us blameless. As we rely totally on Him.
Smiths Bible Dictionary:
The Hebrew words thus rendered denote simply that which surrounds or encloses, whether it be a stone wall, geder, (Proverbs 24:31; Ezekiel 42:10) or a fence of other materials. The stone walls which surround the sheepfolds of modern Palestine are frequently crowned with sharp thorns.
He will build a Hedge around us. Amen
For all of my Christian life, I have heard people praying for a HEDGE OF PROTECTION. The only Bible verse I remembered, (that spoke of hedges), was, from the New Testament:
“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.”
Now that usage, did not convey any sense of protection, but honestly, at the time, I just wasn’t interested.
Today, Republican House members, were ambushed while at practice, for a charity baseball game.
They were not where they usually would be.
No, they where together, (on their own time), getting ready for a charity event.
A man walked up, asked a man, if these where Republicans? He said thanks, for the affirmative answer. Went in and started shooting. (Several wounded, one critically).
If not for armed Police, (heroes, with guns), it would have been a massacre.
Out in California, a man dressed as a UPS, worker, killed 3, and then himself. (No heroes with guns). A massacre.
Do we know why this is happening?
Yes, Will we as a society accept the reason? NO!
It is sadly simple. Evil, is the Ruler of this world.
The Godless, believe it is we, who believe, (in the Lord), that are the fools. We are not. So, how do live in this world?
What can we, as believers, do? How do we protect ourselves and our loved ones?
This is what lead me to this study.
I found the verse I was looking for in Job 1.
The Devil had gone up to heaven, and joined with the Sons of God, (good angels), to talk to the Lord.
The Lord asked?
“Whence comest thou?”
The Devil answered:
“From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
And the Lord said unto Satan:
“Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
The Devils response: Job 1:10
“Doth Job fear God for nought?
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.”
God had made a HEDGE OF PROTECTION ABOUT JOB. He had caused the work of his hands to prosper. He was the richest man in the kingdom.
Okay, Job was an exception, because:
“There is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?”
We have heard what happened to Job, and we could preach many Sermons on him. From, the thing he feared, to his comforters.
It’s all there in the book of Job. But my question was. Has God protected any others?
As I thought, I was reminded of Noah, God instructed him to build an Ark. His obedience led to the saving of him and his family.
The Hebrews, in the midst of their captivity, were set free, and protected by the blood of the Lamb.
Both Daniel and Paul, a slave and a prisoner, both prospered in their darkest times.
How, you ask? We will explore more tomorrow.
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