Jul 23 2021

The Higher Truth

Jesus made a lot of promises when he was on earth and one that stands out as particularly interesting to me is what he said in Mark 16 just before he went back to heaven. He said that believers will “lay hands on the sick and they will get well.” He didn’t say they might get well, or sometimes they will get well. He said they WILL get well. So if that is the case why don’t we see more people healed? Why is the earth still full of sickness? If it is God’s will to heal everyone than why are diseases still running rampant on the earth? I don’t know the answer to that and I’m not sure if there really is a perfect explanation but I do know that there is a lot more going on than many of us realize. Isaiah 55:11 tells us that God’s word always accomplishes what he sent it to do. When he spoke the universe into existence it happened. When he commanded light to burst forth from nothingness it happened. And when he said the sick will be healed when we pray, it will be done. God’s word always trumps what we see in the physical realm. God’s word is always true regardless of what we see with our physical eyes. It is a higher truth and the higher truth is always better than a lower one. Don’t worry about what you see with your physical eyes, focus instead on what he said and know that the higher truth of his word is what will be.

Jul 15 2021

No little gifts

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others” (Rom 12:4-5). And though we have many parts, each and every one is important. Look at one of your fingers for example. A human can easily survive if a finger is removed but it would create some difficulties in everyday tasks. We often don’t realize how much we rely on something until it is taken away and losing something that isn’t necessarily life threatening can still have a major impact on how we function. And the concept is the same within the church. Everyone is not called to the same task, if we were all pastors there would not be anyone to teach on Sunday morning (or Saturday night). If we were all apostles there would be no one for us to lead. Does that make the pastor better than the person sitting in the congregation? No. It’s simply another way to serve the body. We can all prophesy. We can all pray for the sick and expect healing. We can all passionately pursue more of God’s presence to carry to those in need. Verse 6 of this same passage says “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Some people carry a greater measure of specific gifts because of the task they have been given. But we tend to highlight the gifts of healing, prophecy, etc. without also recognizing the importance of the gifts of serving, encouraging, or showing mercy for example. Each of these gifts can be supernatural when the person is anointed by God for that function. There are no little gifts in the kingdom. There are no unimportant missions in the kingdom. Everyone has a critical role to play.