DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
We read in the Book of Acts 9:36-43 that:
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!” 39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.
40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.”
To be a true disciple of God, we must be filled with the knowledge of God, we must show love one for another and we must obey His Word. We must pattern our lives after the teachings and examples of Jesus Christ. We were appointed by God to bear fruit. We are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that we may proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
The text described Dorcas, a disciple as always doing good and helping the poor. She was loved by those in the community and the widows at church. Even at her death bed, the people displayed evidences of her kindnesses as they showed Peter the robes and other clothing Dorcas made while she was alive.
Her death brought sorrow, weeping and wailing from many. But thanks be to God, her goodness did not go unnoticed. They sent for Peter at once, because they believed that God could work a miracle for Dorcas. Peter prayed with faith and Dorcas’ life was restored. Because of this, many lives were brought to the Lord.
Sometimes, we have to go through an ordeal, so that God can get the glory. Out of sickness, out of poverty, out of death, God’s name is to be forever praised. Whatever we find our hands to do, let us do it unto the Lord, giving thanks to God the Father through Jesus. The Bible teaches us that we are not to grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we will reap, if we do not give up. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Dorcas demonstrated Christlikeness. When Jesus was on earth, He had a heart for the poor and needy. He often reached out to help them. On one occasion, He fed 5000 men with five barley loaves and two small fish and on another occasion, He fed 4000 men with seven loaves and a few small fish. Jesus’ compassion for the poor did not stop there, He healed the sick, He give sight to the blind, Deaf ears were opened, He made the lame walk, He restored life to the dead, He cast out demons, He preached and taught in synagogues and where ever He went, He did good.
Do we have many Docas’ in churches today? Who will give freely and generously of their time and resources to those in need? The Lord requires of us to do good, to love kindness and to walk humbly with Him. The virtuous woman is Proverbs 31 is likened to Dorcas. Verses 19-22 say: “ She layeth her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff. She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yes she reacheth forth her hands to the needy. She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.”
This is a woman of character and integrity, a woman whose ways pleased God, a woman full of wisdom, and a woman whose children arise and call her blessed, her husband also and he praised her.
If we are to be Jesus’ disciples, we have to become more like Him in thought, word and deed. Let our actions speak for who we are, let our love increase for one another, let us do good for the less fortunate among us. Just like Dorcas and the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, let us remember to put aside portions of what we have for those that do not have. If you have two dresses, you can share with the one who has none and when you eat your food, remember to share with those who have nothing to eat.
The Lord wants us to be obedient, faithful, loving and kind to one another. For we have been commanded to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and to be ready to share. Amen