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SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing The Paralyzed Lost Man

The healing of the paralytic is the next miracle in our series…This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 9:1-8, Mark 2:1-12, Luke 5:18-26 . 

This miracle took place as Jesus was inside a house, surrounded by a multitude.  A man who was sick of the palsy (paralyzed) desired to see Christ believing he could be healed.  The four men who were carrying this sick man took him upon the roof of the house, removed a portion of the roof and they let him down upon his bed.  When Jesus saw this act of determination, His first priority was to take care of this man’s spiritual needs.  He said  “Son, thy sins be forgiven thee”.

There were those who heard this declaration of Christ that began to accuse Him of blasphemy.  Their reasoning was that only God could forgive sins and (in their opinion) Christ obviously was not God.  Christ’s response was to prove that He had authority to forgive sins by granting physical healing to the palsied man.  This set of miracles (his salvation and then physical healing) resulted in God being glorified by, both, the healed man as well as the multitude that had watched the unfolding of these events.

There are two basic principles that we have highlighted in this account:

  1. This man’s spiritual need took first priority in Christ’s dealings with him.  The      forgiveness a fallen man’s sins, the most indispensable of all man’s requirements, is the greatest act of power, authority and divinity that Christ performs among fallen mankind.
  2. The miracles that Christ performed proved that He was God Himself.  Once He proved Himself as God, it was then obvious that He had the authority to forgive sins. (Isa 43:25, Micah 7:18)

Have your sins ever been forgiven by God?  As we have seen in this set of miracles by Christ, this is the most urgent need of your life.  As we have also seen, the authority and ability to forgive sin is restricted to God Himself.  God, in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ has done everything that is necessary to grant you the forgiveness of your sin.  Come before Christ humbly, realizing you can do nothing to secure forgiveness from your sins.  Look to Him in faith, turning from your sin in an attitude of willingness to allow Him to be Lord of your life.

Act 4:10,12  Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole… Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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They Are Coming…

Amos 8:11 - Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

Because Jesus began and completed our salvation He is eternally exalted!

Heb 12:2 – Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing The Centurion Servant

The healing of the Centurion servant is the next miracle in our series…This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 8:5-13, Luk 7:1-10 . 

The Lord, as He enters Capernaum. is met by a Centurion (Roman captain over a legion of soldiers – approximately 60-100 men).  This Centurion had a servant who was sick with palsy (a nervous disorder causing paralysis).  The Lord offers to come to this Gentile’s home to heal his beloved servant.  The Centurion answers, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Based upon the Centurion’s position of authority, he understood that it only took a verbal command to be given for a command to be fulfilled.  He recognized Christ had authority over this sickness and, therefore could, simply, speak and the disease would be healed.

Jesus responded by saying, “When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.”  This statement by Christ resulted in the servant being healed the same hour.

Based upon the response of Christ, we find that this Centurion’s faith was a forerunner showing us the faith that would be shared by other Gentiles as the gospel would be spread among the nations. (Keep in mind there were several Gentiles saved in the OT as well as during Christ’s ministry on earth… Ruth, Nebuchadnezzar, the inhabitants of Nineveh, etc.   All of these Gentiles were symbolic representatives of the Gentiles who would come to faith in Christ following Christ’s earthly ministry.)

Notice in Christ’s response that, following His rejection by the Jews, the gospel would now be distributed among the Gentile nations resulting in the salvation of many Gentiles (described as “many shall come from the east and west”).  Another result of the Jews rejection of Christ would be eternal punishment brought upon those Jews who continue to reject Him as their Messiah (described as “But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”)

Our Lord, the Divine Sovereign Healer of Mankind has chosen to allow His healing message of the gospel to reach out beyond the borders of the Jews into the Gentile world.  As Gentiles, we should be always thankful for this act of divine grace as the Lord allowed His message to reach out to us, touching our hearts and bringing us into a saving relationship with Him.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing The Leper

The healing of the leper is the next miracle in our series…This miracle is recorded for us in Matthew 8:1-3, Mark 1:40-42 . 

Following the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, a leper approaches Christ, worships Him and requests that he would be healed of His leprosy.  Let’s take note of the leper’s request… “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”  The Lord then grants his request and the leper is immediately cleansed from his leprosy.

For today’s devotion let’s look at the three parts to this leper’s request because in this request we find a perfect pattern for us to follow when we bring our requests before the Lord.

  1. Lord – the leper recognized he was under the authority of Christ.  Therefore, he could not command, nor obligate Christ to fulfill the request he was about to bring to Him.
  2. if thou wilt – the leper understood that Christ’s response to his request would be in alignment with the desires of Christ. Christ would have the final decision.  It would be in fulfillment of the eternal decrees of the God.
  3. thou canst make me clean. – the leper came before Him in faith, confident that Christ had  both the necessary authority over the leprosy, as well as, the ability to      heal him of this dreaded disease.

Anytime we bring a request before our Lord do we share in the attitude of this leper?

  1. Do we come recognizing He is our Lord and therefore not obligated to answer our prayer?  Do we see that if He sees fit to answer our prayer it will only be as an act of His glorious grace?
  2. Do we come understanding we will not be changing His mind, nor manipulating Him in any way? Do we recognize that His eternal counsels from before the beginning of the world are in place and that He will be working in accordance with them?
  3. Do we come before Him in faith understanding He is the Sovereign Lord over all, with both the authority and the ability to accomplish that of which we are requesting?  Are we convinced that no problem we face is too great for Him to remedy?

By God’s grace, our attitude as we come before Him will transform our prayers from selfish requests to acts of worship bringing glory and honor to His name.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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The Key To Spiritual Success…

Josh 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Do We Weep Over Our Sin?

Matt 26:75 – And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Catching Many Fish

The catching of many fish is the next miracle in our series…This miracle is recorded for us in Luke 5:3-10

In the background of this miracle, we see our Lord sitting teaching a great crowd as He sits upon Peter’s ship that was sitting a short distance from shore. He, probably, did this to avoid being engulfed by the overwhelming mass of people.

Following His teaching, the Lord commands Peter to move the boat to deeper waters and drop down his net to so that he can catch fish.  Peter, a fisherman by trade, cast his net over the side of the boat wanting to be obedient to His Lord.  He had been fishing all night without catching a single fish.

Much to Peter’s surprise his catch of fish was so great that he had to have help from his partners, James and John, to pull in the net filling two boats.  An astonished Peter, when he realized his weak faith, makes the statement Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.In response his gracious Lord does not find fault, but calls the three men to the ministry of evangelization of the lost.

Many times, the Lord uses our secular labors and experiences to prepare us for a ministry that He desires for us to fulfill.  In this case, the Lord used the occupation of fishing to teach Peter, James and John very important lessons to be used in their upcoming ministry.  Here are two of the lessons they learned through this experience:

  1. When we are presenting the gospel message to the lost (through our actions and words) patience and consistency are necessary.  Peter and the others had fished all night without catching a single fish.  By patiently trying again, under the Lord’s direction, they began to see results from their labors.
  2. Most importantly, when they fished using their own efforts and abilities apart from Christ’s intervention they were unsuccessful.  But when the Lord intervened in the situation and worked on their behalf… it was ONLY then that they saw results.  Because of this we must always be in prayer for God’s grace to be shown to both those presenting the truth and those who are receiving the truth.  For without His intervention there can be no eternal gain.

Perhaps, you are currently in a situation that is preparing you for the Lord’s future use. Are you facing a difficulty that is requiring your patience?  Or perhaps, you are working with others who are mocking your stand for Christ.  Could it be the Lord is preparing you to be used in even greater ways?

By His grace, there will be greater opportunities to use this very lesson you are struggling to learn. 

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

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Be In Prayer This Memorial Day…. Our Prayers Are A Memorial Before The Lord.

Acts 10:4 (KJV)  And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.

SIH’s Think On These Things: Healing Various People

The healing of many various people is the next miracle in our series…This miracle is recorded for us in Mat 8:16; Mar 1:32, Luk 4:40-41

In this account of the miracles of Christ, we find Him healing many individuals with various sicknesses, as well as those who were demon possessed.  In Matt 8:16 we read “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:”

This account helps us to understand the totality of the authority of Christ.  For, here, we find He is exercising authority over both the physical (healing sicknesses) and spiritual realm (casting out demons).  Our Lord’s authority over all is described in Col 1:14-20…

In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven.

To summarize the lesson of this miracle …. Our Lord controls ALL things!  Knowing this, during the many struggles of life, let’s approach Him prayerfully with confidence knowing that He can intervene and remedy ANY situation.  Nothing is too hard for the Lord, nor is it outside the realm of His sovereign control.  The next time we feel as if our situation is absolutely hopeless; let’s all remember the lesson King Nebuchadnezzar teaches us about our Lord in Dan 4:35-37….

… all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?… Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

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SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

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