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Living Water 34
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You for all that You are doing in the lives of every person that's reading this today. We thank You for stretching forth Your Hand to heal and that many mighty signs and wonders will be done in the Name of Jesus as people read this and study God's Word today with us!
Looking briefly, again, to the subject of healing, let's open our Bibles to Matthew chapter 8:
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 and puts behind us as our High Priest and Head when we embrace His Lordship by faith, it is against the will of God for us to have in our life. This passage says that on this occasion Isaiah 53:4-5 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 had, 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, a Christian Vegan Bodybuilder, a Christian Vegan Personal Trainer, someone who works in Christian Vegan Food Emergency Relief, a Christian Volleyball Player, or perhaps you're simply a husband or a wife and you've had this physical struggle of long 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 Jesus' High Priestly Ministry for your healing is a significant, tangible expression of the sanctification that's been developing in your life from the moment you embraced the Lordship of Jesus through the principles of Romans 10:9-10 and became a disciple of His Written Word. Isaiah 53:4-5 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 through faith in His Blood. It is part of the wholeness He made through the Blood of His Cross, according to Colossians 1:20.
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. In a very real sense, the Gospel and Prophets of the Bible are your umbilical cord that are holding you to this life for the duration of the plan of God for you to be in this life. It does not reflect upon your right standing with God through the Cross and Resurrection of Christ for you to still be receiving nourishment of your conscience from the Gospel through your thanksgiving and obedience to the Gospel 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 Ephesians 1:22-23; 2Corinthians 5:7 walk within you is a walk with you to the place of your healing. As you continue to abide in Jesus (John 15:7), your High Priest (Hebrews 3:1), through the dictates of your conscience that are informed by the Gospel (Colossians 1:23; 2:6-7), you'll unquestionably cast off that yoke of sickness or poverty (Isaiah 10:27; 58:6). 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 High Priestly Ministry for your 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 High Priestly Ministry of Jesus 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 Hebrews 9:14 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 Isaiah 61:11; 2Corinthians 5:21; 2Corinthians 9:9-10 righteousness and praise will begin to spring forth before all of the nations! The New Testament speaking further about our conscience says:
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. 1Corinthians 10 does the same thing using the analogy of “meat” that would have been tabboo at the time of Passover to speak of situations where the early Christians coming from Pagan backgrounds weren't always able to spend Passover as they would have wished, in the kinds of discourse that they would have wished, so Paul spoke figuratively regarding “meat” that was highly regulated at the time of Passover in Judaism and he gave an application of that portion of the Torah as not literal but situations they might of found themselves in during “Holy Week” that weren't always the most edifying.
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 High Priestly ministry of Jesus and let your conscience begin to righteously flood with His Psalm 23 and Zechariah 10:1 green pastures and still waters and only sail under the clear colors of the full armor of God as you follow the North Star of your conscience. Your conscience must be subject to the High Priestly Ministry of Jesus through the Gospel and you must be subject to Christ by living subject to your conscience that's deeply rooted in His finished work. 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 (Matthew 25:34; Hebrews 1:9; Hebrews 12:2) because you're keeping in step with Him as the Head of every man and Head of the Body that He's knitting you to (1Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22-23; Ephesians 4:15-16).
Father, in the Name of Jesus, I thank You for the nurturing work of Your Word and of the High Priestly Ministry of Christ Jesus that is seeking and saving the lost, destroying the works of the Devil, doing good, and healing all that are oppressed of the Devil through the Ephesians 1:22-23 Body of Christ. We rest and trust in You in hope, knowing you'll not leave our souls in Hell, nor allow our bodies to see corruption because Jesus Authored and Finished a new and living way for us and seated us with You in heavenly places WITH EVERY INTENT OF Your showing us the exceeding riches of Your grace in Your kindness towards us through Christ Jesus! Thank You, Father, for the peace and prosperity that passes all understanding, Your “Shalom” wholeness being ours all of the days of our lives because we know that Your goodness and mercy are following us, You've anointed our Head with oil, nothing can ever separate us from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, and we already know that all grace is abounding towards us. Yes, we call upon You and You answer us, according to Psalm 91, Isaiah 65, and John 16, and we thank You for giving us Your wisdom, Your righteousness, Your sanctification, and Your redemption through Christ Jesus our Lord. We receive all that You have for us today and we give You all of the praise, the honour, and the glory for it, in Jesus' Name! Amen!!
I would encourage you to spend a few days reading and nourishing yourselves on Psalm 91, Isaiah chapters 53 and 54, and Hebrews chapters 5 through 8, reread this, spend a few minutes every day thanking the Lord for your healing and for meeting all of your needs in the Name of Jesus, and let us KNOW all that God is doing in your life in completing your healing and wholeness in all areas of your life and of your family's life 'cause of all of His grace that's abounding towards you and your family! He loves you so much and so do we! We pray for you every day!
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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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