God’s Provision for Healing

13th May 2012

Rev. Isaac Adigun

Psalm 91:1 was the opening bible reading for the sermon. Rev. Isaac Adigun referred to the Sunday School (the lame man healed at the temple). The man was not healed inside a church, “he may have got used to sitting outside the temple but little did he know that that day was his day of healing”.

His day of Healing

Every Sunday should be our best. We should give it our best shot. “When everyone is singing, you sing with your whole heart because you never know what the Lord will do”. You never know the day that will be your day. When we are we’re we are meant to be there’ll be no fear.

sing with your whole heart

When you run for that cover, it takes effect immediately. God heals today as he healed in the past. It doesn’t matter to Jesus the extent of your sickness because he can heal all. The Lord is looking at us pitifully. We are to trust God for healing.

If you are not saved from your life of sin, you are not covered

God is concerned about a little pain or the case that has been written off. “By his stripes we are healed”. We just need a faith as “little as a grain of mustard seed”.  “let the weak say that I am strong” exercise your faith. This day can be a special day in your diary “I heard that God has made provision for our healing, I believed and was healed”

 I believed and was healed

In the book of Genesis chapter 3, “disobedience brought sin, death and pain” God did not include pain when he created this world (verse 17). The death of Jesus Christ on the Cross is the power of healing “…the chastisement of our peace was upon him and by his stripes we are healed”.

He was bruised for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquity, the Chastisement of our Peace was UPON Him and By HIS stripes WE ARE HEALED | Isaiah 53:5

Captivated by the Cross | May – June Higherway

Viewpoint from the General Superintendent of our church Rev. Darrel Lee

SINCE THE TIME of the apostles, Christians have had to stand against challenges
to their faith. Some have experienced challenges in the form of outright
persecution. Others have simply been made to feel uncomfortable for their
beliefs. Some have stood against public challenges such as laws that go against
Biblical principles or limit religious freedoms. Others have stood privately, as in
times of affliction or temptation.

after God saved me, I had a battle royal | Rev. F. Crawford (Founder)

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Measured Success – 16 May

“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.” – Jeremiah 6:14

When I first heard the phrase, “measured success,” it seemed like an oxymoron. Success means “accomplishing a purpose,” so anything short of accomplishment is simply not success. This contradiction seemed especially obvious when someone said we had “measured success” in fixing a leak in the church roof. We contained the leak in the ceiling by catching the water in a plastic container and pumping it away to a catch-basin with a condensation pump. However, the leak was still there.

A few months later, we uncovered an area of the roof where someone had inadvertently put a nail through the roofing membrane, and then covered it over with a layer of roofing. Once we fixed that problem, we no longer had “measured success,” but real success through resolution of the problem.

In the context of our focus verse, the Lord was angry with some Israelites who had tried to pacify others with gentle words, ignoring the fact that the nation was full of sin and God’s wrath was imminent. The guilty Israelites wanted to cover up their problems rather than resolve them—settling for what seemed to be measured success, but was really no success at all.

In our spiritual lives, we must understand that being a Christian is more than just saying, “I’m a Christian.” Declaring the Name of Christ is empty unless we also display His character, and that is only possible if we have had a real experience of salvation which has resolved our debt of sin.

After we are saved, at times the Lord will teach and correct us in our walks with Him. Learning those lessons can be difficult, but we know that the Lord chastens us because He loves us (Hebrews 12:6). When He corrects us, it is critical that we listen to His reproof and obey His directions. Ignoring His call or making excuses may look like success from the outside, but it will ultimately cause us to lose our salvation.

We can avoid the mistake the Israelites made. If God is speaking to our hearts about something that needs to be corrected, let’s not settle for “measured success,” which is really no success at all. God can resolve the issue completely and give us real success!

Lord, I know You are the God of peace, and that because I am justified by faith, I have peace with You. As I trust You more and more, may the peace which passeth all understanding keep my heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

Consider the Lilies – 15 May

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” – Psalm 19:1-3

Flowers are so much a part of spring. Tulips, lilies and daffodils color many yards, and they are beautiful! Whenever I see lilies, I think of the parable in Matthew 6, when Jesus asked, “Why do you fret about being clothed? If God remembers to clothe the lilies, He will certainly take care of you.”

It amazes me to think that God would be mindful enough to speak to us through so many facets of nature. By simply walking through a garden and enjoying the flowers, we can discern that He is telling us He cares for us. How comforting that is, and it is just one example of God showing His love through creation! He filled this world with messages of love for us.

God used the sparrow to let us know we will never be forgotten (Matthew 10:29-31), and a sturdy tree illustrates God’s promise to bless our obedience and prosper us in life (Psalm 1:3). At every meal we eat, we can remember that Jesus is the Bread of Life, and every time we drink a glass of water, we are reminded of the Living Water. We cannot look at nature without seeing God; lessons for life await us at every turn.

It is possible to be so busy that we miss the messages God has for us. Today, we can purposely take time to consider the lilies, look at the stars, and enjoy the clouds. We can list all the little things God shows us, and then try to see the lessons He is teaching. Perhaps some of the people we know would even be encouraged or edified if we shared these thoughts with them.

God is good to His children, and we should be learning every day. His wonders, lessons, and parables surround us if we will only take time to look.

Difficulties or Opportunities? – 14 May

“Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” – James 5:20

Some years ago, my wife and I were in Portland for camp meeting when we were called home suddenly because our upstairs bathroom had sprung a leak and flooded much of our house. We found ourselves facing a huge clean-up and remodel project. With three floors of devastation, many workmen were at our home during the following weeks. This gave us several opportunities to let our lights shine for the Lord.

We ordered Formica for the bathroom counters, but after it was installed, we noticed that it was not the exact color we had ordered. My wife mentioned the mistake to me, but we agreed it was not serious enough to have it replaced. The young men who installed the Formica were at our home again to install the carpet, and while they were there, my wife made them some homemade cinnamon rolls and coffee. Nothing was ever said about the color of the Formica.

On another occasion, our electrician remarked that he was surprised about the way we had handled a certain situation. I told him that the remodel and the time it took were not as important as the memories we would have of the people we worked with. By the time the job was finished, everyone had mentioned that they had never worked on a job like this before.

To my wife and me, our Christian witness came before every other aspect of the job. We did not try to take advantage of the workmen, but rather showed them the kindness that Jesus has shown to us. We wanted them to see the wisdom of the Gospel, which is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Everyday hassles are a part of life, but we do not have to view them merely as difficulties; we can ask the Lord to help us see those hassles as opportunities to “save a soul from death.”

Father in Heaven, Thank You for the salvation you have given to us. Help us to let our lights shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify You. Amen.

A Gift for Mother – 13 May

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” — Acts 2:21

I will always remember that day at the dinner table when my oldest brother stated that he felt he was born to be spiritually lost. I sat there and said to myself, I do not feel that way. I knew I needed to be saved. Thanks to God’s mercy and my mother’s prayers, God saved me when I was a teenager. During all the years my older brother was in sin, my dear mother was never detoured by his remark. She always stated that the Bible promised, “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

My brother was sixty years of age when he got saved. That year, three days before Mother’s Day, our phone rang; he was calling to tell us that he had given his heart to the Lord. You can be sure that was a Mother’s Day to remember!

I marvel at how God deals with people in different ways to bring them to Christ. My brother was always a strong person physically, but he injured his back and for two years he sat in his living room unable to do what he wanted. As he sat there, Mother’s prayers began to be answered and he realized his need of a Savior. God was merciful and showed the devil to be a liar once more.

We must take heart and never be discouraged, for we know that God sent His Son for the whole world, and that whosoever will may come and take of the waters of life freely (Revelation 22:17). We also have confidence that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us (1 John 5:14). It is God’s will for our loved ones to be saved, so we know that when we pray for them, He hears us, and He will be faithful to answer.

Dear Father in Heaven, Thank You for loving me and my loved ones so much that You sent Jesus, Your only begotten Son, to be our Savior. Help me to tell others of Your great love. Amen.

The Good Report – 12 May

“Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?” – Isaiah 53:1

When gold was discovered in the Klondike inAlaska, the news traveled around the world. Men traded everything they had for tools to dig out of the cold, hard ground the treasure they thought might be buried there. Others panned the frigid waters for a fortune that might be claimed. The slightest whisper of the location of a strike drove them on, sending many to their deathsin search for gold. They believed what they heard and went looking for it.

In my hometown, every fall we see a “mass exodus” into the hills of central and eastern Oregon. It is hunting season and the report is that the deer, elk, and antelope are just waiting to be bagged. Hunters are driven by stories of the struggle to spot the game, the long hike up the mountains covered in brush, and valleys hiding prey too clever to be cornered without strategies and covert effort. The report is that the pursuit will be thrilling, and many believe it.

When we pick up a newspaper that advertises a really good deal on bed sheets “for one day only,” we know some people will make a beeline for the local department store. They want to be first in line at the door when the doors open!They assume the sheets will be worth the effort and money, because they believe the advertisement.

While some people may believe all of these reports, there are always others who are skeptical. However, there is a report we can all believe, and that is the wonderful news of the Gospel. We hear good reports from Christians whotell of the Lord answering prayer in miraculous ways—money came when it was needed, an affliction was healed, or a relationship was restored. Such testimonies are good reports from people who know! We want to let those experiences encourage us to take action—to reach out in faith and claim God’s promises for ourselves.

Often we trust what we hear from friends, experts, and other “reporters.” How much more we should believe the good report given in God’s Word. God’s promises are true.

God said it. That settles it. Believe it!

Almost a million young people without work or training

Almost a million young people without work or training

Figures show that one-in-six people aged 16 to 24 was considered “NEET” – not in education, employment or training – in the first three months of the year. (Telegraph)

Young workers are continuing to be disproportionately hit by the sharp rise in joblessness, Wednesday’s figures showed, with the unemployment rate for the under-25s standing at 22.1% for the eurozone as a whole. (Guardian)

Today unemployment is rising again especially among young people. Those who have their whole lives ahead of them have the right to hope for work: the chance to support themselves and the chance to use their energies and gifts for the benefit of others.

 

 

Let us be encouraged, remember these promises?

-But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

-And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper. 2 Chronicles 26:5

-Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 3:16

-And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7

-Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Remember today the young people of our countries, especially those in the EU and pray for our leaders that good jobs and real jobs can be found for the generation who are under 25. Let’s pray that this year, the youth unemployment figure will come down and hope can be reborn in our communities.

Jesus worked as a carpenter and builder in Nazareth and called men and women to fruitful labour. Let’s pray that Jesus gives wisdom to our governments and all business leaders so that this year there will be jobs for our young people and hope for their futures.

Expect and Be Ready – 11 May

“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” – Matthew 25:13

Having been a widow for more than seven years now, I often enjoy spending time with friends. On a recent occasion, I had a nice dinner at a restaurant with a good friend, and afterwards we went out into the rainy night toward my car. Suddenly, a man stepped out from the shadows. He approached us and asked for assistance in getting some food. We were not expecting to be met in the darkness by a strange man, and were a little surprised, to say the least! Thankfully, all he wanted was help.

Later, as I thought back on the incident, I wondered how it will be when Jesus comes back to gather His saints. Scripture tells us that no one but God Himself knows the day or the hour of Jesus’ return, so it could happen at any moment. Yet, I do not believe I will be surprised or frightened when Jesus returns, as I was by the stranger in the dark parking lot. That is because I am always expecting it and prepared for Jesus’ return, even though I do not know when it will be.

Just before Jesus spoke the words of today’s focus verse, He told the parable of the ten virgins who were waiting for the bridegroom to come. The bridegroom came at midnight, but only five of the virgins were wise and prepared for His arrival—even in the middle of the night. Panic must have struck the five foolish virgins when they realized the bridegroom was coming and they were not ready! They were not prepared because they did not truly expect him to come at any moment.

There is no reason for us to be surprised or scared when Jesus returns, because we know how to be ready for His coming. If our sins are forgiven and our consciences are void of offense toward God and man, then we can look forward with great anticipation to the day when He will descend with a shout and gather His saints to be forever with Him. What a glorious time that will be! Considering the things that are happening on this earth, the Rapture could truly take place at any time. As the day approaches, let us all be expecting and ready for His coming.

Author |  Rosemary Buss