Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Fresh Manna 2008© by Pastor Tim Burt
Psalm 118:17 “I will not die, but I will live to tell what the Lord has done”
I was recently speaking to a gentleman facing the kind of challenge that would cause most people to crumble. He was told that he has a rare disease that will take his life. That’s what the doctors said. That’s what experience and science tells them. That’s not what he chooses to believe. He is not ignoring the doctor’s counsel, advice, or medical treatments. He simply believes that God is the final say in any matter and He knows what God’s will is – “to live and not die and declare the works of the Lord.” (Psalm 118:17)
Is he right about that? Absolutely! How can we know that? There is only one way to know that. It would be to know the will of God. Can we know the will of God? The world can’t but as Christians, if we don’t, the devil will use our ignorance against us to kill us. God speaking through the prophet Hosea says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6) One of the things the military trains our soldiers is to know who their enemy is. You cannot defeat an enemy that you cannot identify.
Jesus, in teaching how the word of God works in our hearts, said that it’s the devil - the enemy that works to put thoughts and ideas that are contrary to God’s Word in our heart. That is how he undermines our faith and God’s will. It is how he works to create doubt, fear, and confusion – all designed to undermine our faith. We read Jesus’ words in Matthew 13:39 “The enemy that sowed them is the devil…” The Word exposes the devil and his purpose – to devour God’s children. God tells us to be on guard against him. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour.”
So is sickness and disease God’s will? I hope you can clearly see that it’s not. Look at what Jesus says about Himself and His will, and then what He says about the devil and his will? John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jesus makes clear – His will vs. Satan.
Did Jesus demonstrate the will of God? Of course! Philip – one of Jesus disciples said to Jesus, “Show us the Father” meaning show us God’s will. Jesus and His Father were on the same page. They are one in Spirit. Jesus said, “if you want to know God’s will look to what I am doing.” He responded to Philip. John 14:9 “Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Jesus said He did only the will of the Father. John 5:30 “I can of Myself do nothing… I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.” Well then we must ask ourselves what did Jesus do that was the Father’s will concerning the devil and healing? Acts 10:38 says, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing ALL who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
Isaiah the prophet foretold and described Jesus, His will, and His actions hundreds of years before Jesus came. He said, “But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Was Isaiah talking about spiritual healing or physical healing? Isaiah was foretelling God’s will for physically healing as Jesus would take our sins and punishment to pay the price for us to receive it. We see Isaiah’s prophecy concerning Jesus and healing fulfilled in Mathew chapter 8. We see Jesus heal lepers, then the Centurion’s servant, then the Apostle Peter’s mother-in-law. When He healed her it quotes the fulfillment of Isaiah and it is talking about physical healing. We read in Matthew 8:14-17 “When Jesus came into Peter's house, He saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases." This verse finished in Isaiah continues saying, “and by His wounds we are healed.”
I wrote this today to help you understand what God’s will is, what the devil’s will is, and so that you could take the promises of God to do battle with the enemy of your soul. Sickness - big or little is from the devil. The devil won’t be in Heaven nor will there be any sickness and disease there. Rev. 21:3-5 paints us that picture. “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. "He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
I know sickness comes and is all around us. Myself and my family have had to withstand our share of attacks – some of which I have written about. I appreciate doctors. I have no problem going to one. They are the grace of God to help us. But God alone is our healer. I lean on Him. I trust in His Word. And I do what my friend is doing in his fight for his life – I submit myself to God’s will and resist the devil and his lies and efforts to come against me, my family, my loved one, and all of you! As James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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