The High Calling

Dear readers, for five weeks we have studied the healing provided by God through Jesus.  We are going to do an overview of what has been taught, with a few additions, and I hope you have your Bible ready to review the scriptures.  The Bible is the final authority on everything.  Aren’t you glad for the word of God?  God loves you, Jesus loves you, and the Holy Spirit will guide you as you yield to him.

In week one the scripture showed that we receive by revelation from God, meaning, we can read the words of the Bible and get limited understanding until God shines his light of revelation in us, then we can see more readily and understand what we could not understand before.  Jesus said (paraphrased) in Matt. 16:17-18, that he would build his church on this type of revelation and the gates of hell would not prevail against it.  I thank God for his revealing Jesus Christ in us.

We all walk in the light that we have, and as our relationship with Jesus grows and we keep in his word, the light of God’s revelation increases (Heb 11:6).

Week two talked of God’s mercy and goodness, and how his goodness endures forever.  God spoke through the prophet Hosea saying, My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (Hos 4:6).  Not knowing God’s truth will cause the believer to live a less than satisfying life.  The parable of the sower in Matt. 13 tells us that we have areas in our hearts that are not good soil for God’s word (his seed) to grow.  For example, a person may have good soil for receiving the word for eternal life, but not good soil for receiving God’s word for building good relationships, financial blessing, healing, etc., but the more we read the word and walk with Jesus, the better our heart’s soil becomes to receive all of God’s provision.  A great prayer to ask God is Ephesians 1:16-23, and 3:16-21, placing your name as needed, and God will make your heart into good soil to receive his word.

Week three taught that repentance is a good thing, it means we have learned something from God and have decided to turn from our way of doing things to doing things God’s way.  Repentance does not have shame attached to it, the devil condemns us and the result of condemnation is shame- which turns us away from God- repentance turns us toward God, right into his loving arms and protection.  Feeling condemnation is not from God.  What we have received through Jesus is righteousness, and this gift of God, this goodness of God is what leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).   I congratulate all repentant folk, you have learned from God and are continuing to walk with Jesus.

Jesus did not condemn those who came to him for healing, however, he did rebuke unbelief and lack of faith in God.

Week four focused on scriptures highlighting Jesus’ sacrifice for the sins of the world, quoting 1 Peter 2:24, Isaiah 53:4-5, 53:10, Colossians 2:13-15, 1John 4:4, and scriptures that highlight who sickness and disease come from compared to who healing comes from; Luke 13:16, Acts 10:38.

Week five continued with scriptures, I Corinthians 5:5 which spoke of the willful sinner being turned over to satan.  If you are curious about the outcome of this event, it is found in II Corinthians 2:4-11.  Scriptures were quoted that showed the contrast between the plan of the devil and God’s plan through Jesus Christ, 1 John 3:8, 5:18, John 10:10.

James reminded us of important action in James 4:7, and we were shown how Jesus defeated the devil by quoting words of God in Matthew chapter 4.

Peter warns us about our adversary in I Peter 5:8, and concludes the teaching by telling us what to do about it in I Peter 5:9.

After reviewing the entire lesson, if this teaching has blessed you, give glory and praise to God, and thank him.  God is so good.

Until next time, God bless you and your loved ones.