DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By Petal Barclay-Smith
Many times we see persons in their state of despair or sickness and we ponder why, why such a calamity has befallen that person. We look at a crippled man, a deaf and dumb child, or a blind woman and we go as far as to say that their condition might be as a result of some wickedness or sin the parents would have done and they are now paying for it.
Little do we know that our thought may be so far from the truth. The Bible tells us that we no longer can say that the father has eaten sour grapes and the children’s teeth set on edge. Instead, the Lord declares that everyone will die for his own sin. Whoever eats sour grapes, his own teeth will be set on edge.
Ezekiel 18:20 also tells us, “The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.”
Even Jesus’ disciples had this fallacy that a man’s misfortune was because of his parents sin as we read in the Gospel of John, Chapter 9. The disciples saw a man that was born blind and they asked Jesus, “who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” But Jesus replied, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,”“but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
If you do not have a problem, how would you know that God can solve it? How can you believe in miracles if you have never seen one miracle done? So here is it that God’s purpose had to be established through this man. God deserves all the praise and glory.
We read in verses 6 to 8, “After saying this, he (Jesus) spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing. His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?”
With man, it is impossible, but with God all things are possible. The healing power of God caused the Pharisees to investigate the healing of the blind man. Moreso since the healing took place on the Sabbath, a day which they claimed under Moses law that no work should be done on that day. The Pharisees often questioned and criticized Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. But in the Book of Mark Chapter 2, verses 27-28, Jesus told them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
The Pharisees were so confused and divided over Jesus’ healing of the blind man. But God has promised to frustrate the intelligence of the intelligent. They summoned the blind man over and over and his parents also to give account of his healing and who was the man that healed him. But the blind man said, “One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” Hallelujah.
Healing is for everyone today. The same power that raise Jesus from the dead is the same power that lives within us. When Jesus called His twelve disciples, He gave them power and authority to drive out every impure spirit and to heal every sickness and disease. Jesus wants us to avail ourselves to be used as a vessel by Him to bring healing to His people. God said, I will take away sickness from among you, for I am the Lord that healeth thee. Jesus has come to give us life more abundantly. By his stripes we are healed.
If you have any unconfessed sin, now is the time to repent of your sins. Now is the time to seek Jesus’ face, and now is the time to enjoy a new life with Christ. As we go into 2014, let us leave all our past behind, leave the sins and the baggage of 2013 behind. Let us face the New Year with new hope, new vision and new aspirations that only God can bring to fruition.
No more hate, but more love, no more idolatry, but seek God’s face, no more pride, but more humility, and no more sexual impurity, but more pureness. I pray that the God of hope will fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in Him so that we may overflow in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit in 2014. God Bless. Amen