Learning From Jesus’ Miracles
This past weekend at Living Word, we picked up a sermon series that we started last summer entitled Faith and Healing. In it, we are walking through the 19 healings Jesus performed that were written about in the four gospels. The purpose of these messages is to learn the principles that govern the process of healing—and receiving anything in faith from God—and apply them to our own lives.
Prior to this weekend, we had talked about fifteen of the nineteen healings. Here’s a recap of the six most recent ones. If you’d like to hear any of these messages or the rest of the series, visit www.lwcc.org.
1. The Syrophenician’s daughter —Matthew 15:21–28 and Mark 7:25–30
The Syrophenician woman refused to get offended. As a result, she tapped into the anointing for her family’s lives. Offense will keep you from reaching the anointing. It always emanates from pride, so it is important to identify the important role humility plays in our lives, how to defuse offense, and how to not be offended.
2. The woman with the spirit of infirmity—Luke 13:10–17
Although it upset the religious leaders, Jesus healed many people on the Sabbath, including this woman. This tells us that there’s something about the meaning of the Sabbath, the day of rest, that relates to the operation of our faith and embracing the anointing of God to bringing about His provision.
Rest is the environment within which faith and the anointing operate. We must labor to enter into rest with consistent, diligent effort. Certain things rob us of rest including fear, strife, and complexity of life. We need to know how to address these “rest robbers” so the anointing can operate in our own lives.
3. The blind man of Bethesda—Mark 8:22–26
Jesus took this blind man out of town to heal him. Why? The city he was in had within it an atmosphere of corporate unbelief. The anointing could not flow within that atmosphere. We regularly deal with three different environments of unbelief: school systems, medical facilities, and the workplace. We need to know how to handle these cultures of unbelief through short-term, midrange, and long-term solutions.
4. The deaf and dumb man—Mark 7:31–37
The power and anointing of God can flow through the laying on of hands, but in order for the anointing to operate in this way, the person being prayed for needs to expect they will receive the anointing. Expectation personalizes the promises of God. We need to learn how our expectation is different from our faith and how to cultivate an expectation that God’s promises will manifest in our lives.
5. The epileptic boy—Matthew 17:14–21
There is a form of unbelief that walls you off from the anointing and power of God and can only be rid of by fasting and prayer; this unbelief involves pride or self-reliance. Fasting will address unbelief. It involves self-denial, helps control your thought life, and humbles you before God. We are to live a fasted life daily.
6. The man born blind—John 9:1–41
Who sinned and caused this man to be born blind? That’s what the religious leaders of the day wanted to know. They knew sin could open the door to adversity, but what they didn’t know is that it isn’t always the cause. How exactly does sin relate to the adversity we deal with on earth? Well, sin is a factor when our eyes are open to the fact it is sin. Then we have three responses: We can willfully continue down the path of sin. We can confess the sin and forget about it. We can acknowledge the sin as well as our inability to do anything about it, then rely on God’s grace to take care of it.