“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path…Psalm 119:105
If the word of God is both a lamp and light, what do we see when we read, study, and meditate on the scriptures? Do we read the bible like the newspaper, magazine, or a piece non-fiction, or do we read the bible desiring to gain understanding from the Lord, to the point of application?
As I walked through the house this morning the Lord dropped Luke 5:17-26 into my spirit….
“Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them. 18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. 19 And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. 20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”
Beloved, as I read this passage the Lord spoke to me saying, “I’ll still do this!” Do what Lord? I’ll still respond to the faith of My people when they bring people to Me. But here’s the kicker, they weren’t simply trying to “pack the pews,” they were trying to get this man what He really needed, Jesus! Beloved, the power of the Lord is still present, available, and accessible to heal, deliver, and set free! The question becomes, Do we really believe? If not, our first prayer should be, Lord, help my unbelief!
Is our problem the fact that in some ways, maybe not all, that we are similar to the scribes and Pharisees? We know scripture, but there’s no wholehearted belief or application thereof? Do we believe that the Lord can only forgive sins, and that healing only comes through doctors? In our hearts, do we reason our way out of believing what the word says? In our hearts, do we reason our way out of having faith that the Lord still does what His word says?
“And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’?
I wholeheartedly believe that the Lord positions and uses us as vessels to operate as His ambassadors and intercessors, standing in the gap, ushering people to Him. I wholeheartedly believe that the Lord desires to put us in spaces and places so that He can use us as spiritual conduit leading others to Him. I wholeheartedly believe that there’s a reservoir of God’s power reserved for each of us, just waiting for our faith to tap into it, so that people can experience true transformation, which ONLY comes through Christ!
But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”
When the solidified faith of these men was activated, deliverance and healing came. Beloved, the world will try to tell people that they can receive wholeness a lot of different ways, but there’s ONLY ONE REAL WAY, through Jesus!
People are hurting, people are struggling, and people are having difficulty with life and living, but there’s an answer to all of their problems and issues: JESUS…
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life….