Acts 14:8-10.. 8 At Lystra a man was sitting who had no strength in his feet, lame from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. 9 This man was listening to Paul as he spoke, who, when he had fixed his gaze on him and had seen that he had faith to be made well, 10 said with a loud voice, “Stand upright on your feet.” And he leaped up and began to walk.
Paul was preaching the gospel in Iconium but they had to flee persecution vv.1-7. In Lystra, Paul continued to preach the gospel of grace– “ that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” A — and he saw a man sitting, who had no strength in his feet, lame from birth and who had never walked.
With a loud voice so all could hear Paul said stand up and the man leaped up and began to walk. God worked through Paul to heal this man. During the time of Jesus and into the early days of the church, God authenticated the resurrection and power of Jesus through supernatural miracles. During this time the church was young and did not have the New Testament.
Today we have the entire Bible and 2000 years of history of the supernatural work of Jesus. God is working supernaturally today as He saves those who with faith from God’s word call on Him to be saved–Jesus paid for God’s wrath for his sin and removes the sin eternally– and immediately gives the new disciple the Holy Spirit. This same supernatural power is available to disciples to live with power over the dominion of sin on a daily basis. The changed lives of disciples and the Bible B demonstrate the power of God to lost people and create a thirst to know Jesus personally.
What about faith to be healed today. Through God’s revelations to doctors, nurses, scientists, chemists, engineers, etc. in the USA, we have tremendous availability to cure and comfort most diseases and physical problems. Each time a cure occurs it is a miracle. However, I do not believe that sovereign God chooses to cure and comfort every person today who medical science cannot cure. We do a tremendous disservice by saying their faith is not strong enough when they are not cured. Paul inspired by the Holy Spirit described having a thorn in the flesh which he asked God to remove three times. God said no and Paul was content to live with it “so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” C
Am I content to be thankful for uncomfortable and uncontrollable facts in my life that God has not changed?
Notes: A- 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; B- Romans 10:17; C- 2 Corinthians 12:7-11 & for 2 Kings 19:19,35; “Hezekiah’s desperate prayer of faith” click here & Habakkuk 3:16-19; “How Habakkuk waited quietly for the day of distress with a prayer of faith” click here
Henry Luke 12/14/2017
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