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16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Matthew 8:16-17
Anything the New Testament says Lord Jesus took into Himself at the Cross in our behalf, it is against the will of God for us to have in our life. This passage says that on this occasion Isaiah 53:4 is what Lord Jesus stood on as He healed all who were sick and cast demons out of the many that were brought to Him that evening that Matthew records for us. He'd, no doubt, been teaching that afternoon on Isaiah 53:4 that He would fulfill in His journey to the Cross and the fruit of that message was the deliverance of those who were demonized and the healing of every sick person that came to Him or were brought to Him, depending on their condition.
Perhaps you're a preacher of the Gospel, a firefighter, someone who cares for animals, someone who is active in the cause of animal rights, or perhaps you're simply a husband or a wife and you've had this physical struggle of long duration or short duration, perhaps it's known by others or perhaps it's known by only yourself. I'm here to tell you that the provision of the Cross for your healing is a significant, tangible expression of the righteousness you've received when you embraced the Lordship of Jesus through the principles of Romans 10:9-10. 1Peter 2:24 says that through your death to sins through the work of Jesus at the Cross your right standing with God includes the remission of sickness and disease.
Nearly all Christians come to [eventually] understand the growth of the Gospel, through their attentiveness to it, into something akin to an appendage of their own being. It does not reflect upon your right standing with God through the Cross and Resurrection of Christ for you to still be stretching the Gospel through your thanksgiving and obedience to the Gospel and your conscience where your healing is concerned. If you are walking in the light as He is in the light, according to 1John 1:7, Christ's walk within you is a walk with you to the place of your healing. As you continue to abide in the Gospel and the dictates of your conscience that are informed by the Gospel, you'll unquestionably cast off that yoke of sickness or poverty. Clearly you've done so already in your heart through your belief of the Gospel, and as a man believes in his conscience, so is he.
Obviously, if anything is unresolved in your conscience by the Blood of Jesus, you clearly need to press further into your faith in the purging work of the Blood of Jesus for the conscience until you've settled in your heart what the Blood will wipe away and what yet remains for you to resolve of your duties before God, man, and all of Creation because the Word of God grows in the soil of the conscience and clearly where unfulfilled duties are allowed to remain, the Gospel must go into suspended animation where your God-given provisions are concerned, because they flow through a clear conscience that's set roots deeply in the Gospel.
With those matters settled of the Blood having cleansed all that's remained to be cleansed through your walking in the light as He is in the light of His Covenant, according to 1John 1:7 and Psalm 89:34, and every thought and action have been brought captive to the obedience of Christ (2Corinthians 10:3-6), then you're healing and prosperity will begin to bloom like the Myrtle trees in the summer and your feet will show forth their beauty in your testimony to all regarding the faithfulness of God to the work of Christ in your life (Isaiah 52:7).
Acts 24:16 says: This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and man.
1Timothy 1:19 says: having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.
Is it possible to reject a good conscience as a Christian? Yes. 1Corinthians 8 gives a scenario that was relevant to the early decades of the international spread of the Gospel where people would readily “override” their consciences. 1Timothy 1:19 says when you reject, or “override” your conscience you will suffer shipwreck with your faith. You can't inherit the provisions of the Kingdom of God if you “override” your conscience. You have to root your conscience deeply in the Gospel and let your conscience flap as a flag in the wind of the Holy Spirit and only move under the clear colors of the Gospel as you follow the North Star of your conscience. Your conscience must be subject to the Gospel and you must be subject to your conscience. When it waves in the wind of God's Spirit because it's rooted in the Gospel and pointed in the direction by the Gospel to launch in the directions God would point, you must follow that as though it were your North Star. When you do, you'll enter into every joy of the Lord for this life (1John 3:18-24).
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For the idols speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, and tell false dreams; they comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; they are in trouble because there is no shepherd. Zechariah 10:2
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