DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. Jesus came to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. As followers of Christ, we are to fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all our heart.
When Jesus called His twelve disciples together, He gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
As each of the disciples received a special gift, they were to exercise their faith by using the gift to serve others as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. The Bible says, If anyone speaks, he should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.
In the Book of Acts, Chapter 9:32-34, we read, “ As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. 34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up.”
The great news of Peter’s miraculous work spread like wild fire from town to town and village to village. All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and they gave their heart to the Lord. God wants us to have a servant’s heart and in everything we do, He must receive all the glory, all the honor and all the praise.
Solomon was charged to serve God with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind. This same charge is for us today. You cannot approach God halfheartedly, for God does not compromise. You cannot serve two masters, either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
As a servant, you must follow Jesus, for where ever He is, His servant will be. God honors us when we serve His Son Jesus Christ. And as we serve, we are reminded in the Book of Galatians 5:13-14, “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Are you ready to serve? Do you have a servant’s heart? Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
When we serve the poor, the needy, the meek and mild, we know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain and we are blessed. We must go into every town and village and serve wholeheartedly. We must feed the hungry, clothe the poor, provide shelter for the homeless, pray for the sick, set captives free and give sight to the blind as we proclaim the Word of God to all nations, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man.
We have been cautioned in the Book of James 2:14-17, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
As believers, I encourage you to make yourself servant to all. By loving your enemies, doing good to those who hate you, blessing those who curse you and praying for those who abuse you. Amen