The Persistent Prayer of Faith

It has been said by some that if you pray for something more than once, it shows your lack of faith. This has been promoted and embraced by many in the hyper-faith movement. This concept is completely unscriptural, and robs sincere believers of a tremendous effectiveness in life and ministry that God has otherwise provided to ultimately bring glory to Himself.

If you have believed the above mentioned error, this article will help you to launch the rebuilding of your faith and your practice of persistent prayer.

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Jesus Embraces Medical Doctors

There seems to be several perspectives in The Church as a whole on the subject of healing for the sick or injured body. Some groups teach an exclusivity in their acceptable source for healing, such as (1) healing by miracle alone by faith in Christ alone because [they say] the Cross is now complete and “by His wounds we are healed;” or (2) healing by medical science alone because [they say] God’s miracles ceased with the completion of the New Testament writing.

My personal study and interpretation of the scriptures (and subsequent experiences that seem to confirm what I have concluded in the scriptures) has lead me to believe that God provides healing through various avenues, supernaturally and naturally, while ultimately our faith remains centered in Christ. “Whatever is not of faith is sin” (Ro. 14:23) is not just about a vegetarian or Sabbath issue, it is concerning all issues.

A brief devotional, which this article is, cannot explore [and counter or affirm] every group’s healing doctrine that is within The Church. What we can do in this brief moment is look at a few scriptures that show God’s positive and affirmative comments about doctors (who represent the medical community and medical science).

Jesus compared Himself and His mission to that of a doctor that treats and heals the sick, recorded for us in three of the Gospels:

“It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

~ Mark‬ ‭2:17‬, Matthew 9:12, Luke 5:31

The Apostle Paul, whom we believe was inspired by God in his writings (along with all of those who penned the scriptures) also expressed God’s affirmation of doctors, the representatives of the medical community and medical science, when he wrote:

“Our dear friend Luke, the doctor…”

~ Colossians‬ ‭4:14‬

As we can see in several passages, Doctor Luke was a fellow minister and friend of the Apostle Paul. He was also the author of two books of the Bible: the Book of Acts, and one of the gospels, the Book of Luke. He was a doctor before he entered the ministry, and he continued to be respected as a doctor during his godly ministry.

Again, this is a brief treatment of the topic of doctors and medicine. But, one thing that we can know for sure, those who practice medicine and care for the sick are being like Jesus, just as He was being like them in His ministry.

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Quietness & Contentment Starts with Us

“My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.

But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.”

‭‭( Psalm‬ ‭131:1-2‬ )

We can easily get caught-up in the patterns of the world. Pursuing huge ambitions; building up a pride centered on our achievements; trying to manhandle things on our own that exceed our understanding… all of these stir up within us a storm of dissatisfaction in the heart and soul regarding our own lives.

As children of God, we are to be introspective, recognizing the condition of our entire being. Most of the time, we can see clearly just how calm or stormy the sea of our life is.

When we are stormy with dissatisfaction, we can do what the psalmist wrote. He calmed himself, he quieted himself, he decided to become content.

It is our decision, and it is then Christ Who provides the power to do so. The Apostle Paul also wrote about his own secret to contentment:

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation… I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

( Philippians‬ ‭4:12-13‬ )

Yes, Jesus can calm any storm of life without our “help,” but… He wants us to learn (like the Psalmist and Paul) how to calm the storms of discontentment raging within us by using HIS power, HIS authority, and HIS word.

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Bad Boys

Throughout history some of the baddest of the bad have changed their course in life by turning to God.

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.”

( 1 Timothy‬ ‭1:15-16‬ )

Hey Buddy, let today be The Day that you give up your Bad Boy badge, and pick up your new symbol of honor, the Cross of Christ.

Let today be your day.

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Hearing God’s Call to Ministry

The Atmosphere for Revelation of
GOD’S CALL ON YOUR LIFE

“Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers…

As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.'”

( Acts 13:1-2 )

Saul (who was later renamed Paul) and Barnabas had God’s calling upon their lives revealed while they were in an atmosphere that had the following characteristics, as read in the passage above.

An Atmosphere of:

1. Close proximity with established Godly Leadership such as Prophets and Teachers.

2. Ministering to the Desires of the Heart of God.

3. Sincere Humility and Subjection of the Human Will to God’s Will by Fasting.

4. Openness to the Speaking of the Holy Spirit through Human Agency.

5. Readiness to Engage in The Call of God.

Are you interested in knowing what God’s call is for your life? Consider putting yourself in the same atmosphere that Saul and Barnabas had entered into [and lingered in] and in which they eventually received a revelation of the Holy Spirit.

Food for thought. Thanks for reading, friends.

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The Chronic Grace of God

I have found the scriptures to be absolutely true when the Lord told the Apostle Paul [who was being tormented by a “thorn in the flesh“] that God’s grace would be sufficient for his journey of suffering and pain.

While I suffer with chronic pain (and sometimes outright agony), I am at the same time blessed by God’s chronic grace (if I may phrase it that way) which is more real to me than even the pain.

In a sense, the pain is almost surreal, but God’s grace is so real, and is provided through His tangible Presence!  His grace does not take my pain away. His grace does however equip me physically, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually to endure the pain, and to do so with a heart that is filled with joy and is established in peace… His peace!

If you suffer with a chronic pain condition of some kind, pray for healing, and also pray for the “chronic” grace of God to sustain you until His healing arrives in your life.

See you at the altar, my friend, where we together will approach our gracious Heavenly Father Who will provide all that we need!

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