Monday, February 28, 2011

How Does God Heal Today?

When Jesus was on earth He healed many people. Since Christ is no longer here in a physical body, how does God heal today? He does it in four ways.
1.God has designed your body to heal itself to some degree.
If you have a minor cut, you can stick a Band-Aid on it and your body will heal itself. If God hadn't created our blood to clot, the entire human race would be dead! In His wisdom He gave us white blood cells to fight off diseases.

2.God uses medicine to heal us.
1 Tim 5:23 says, "Take a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments." Paul told Timothy to drink some wine for medicinal purposes to cure his stomach problems. God has given us the knowledge in our present day to develop medicines to treat all kinds of illnesses.

3.God uses doctors and surgeons to treat us.
Jesus said, "The sick have need of a physician" (Mark 2:17). Luke, who wrote the books of Luke and Acts, was also a physician (Col. 4:14). However, sometimes doctors aren't able to fix everything that's wrong. A woman in the Bible had a hemorrhage for twelve years and the physicians couldn't help her. She touched the cloak of Jesus and was healed. (See Mark 5:25-34). When the first three methods don't fix the problem, don't give up hope. God can heal supernaturally too.

4.God can heal through prayer.
James 5:16 says, "Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed." We may be holding unforgiveness or another wrong attitude in our hearts, which blocks the answer to our prayers. That's why we need to bring those hidden things to light by confessing them before we ask others to pray for us. God heals people through His mercy (see Matt. 20:30-31). When He answers your prayer, don't forget to thank Him!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Making Today Count for Eternity" is now available as eBook!

Making Today Count for Eternity
By Kent Crockett

What is the meaning of life? Your time on earth is just a test to determine what you'll be doing in your next life, after you die. In Making Today Count for Eternity you will find the answers to these questions:
  • How can I know that I'm going to heaven?

  • What will people be doing in heaven forever?

  • If God has forgiven all my sins, why will I have to stand before Him to be judged?

  • Is heaven going to be the same experience for everyone, or will some have it better than others?

  • Will people have to do "work" in heaven, and if so, will it be fun?

  • How will our minds and bodies be different in the next life than this life?

  • Will God repay me for the things I've done for Him during my life?

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Being Savers, but Not Misers

Hetty Green (see picture) is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's greatest miser. In the early 1900's, she had more than $95 million in the bank. But she only owned one dress and wore it for years. She ate cold oatmeal because she didn't want to pay for the gas to heat it. Her son had to have his leg amputated because she took too long to find a free hospital to treat him. She knew how to save money, but she didn't know how to let go of it.

Jesus told a parable about a wealthy man who decided to tear down his barns and build bigger ones to store up his goods. He thought he had many years to live, but that night he died and left it all behind. Jesus concluded, "So is the man who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God" (Luke 12:21). This man lived only to accumulate for himself and never gave anything to God.

One reason the Lord wants His people to be generous is to keep us from becoming misers. Psalm 37:21 says, "The righteous is gracious and gives." Stingy people aren't gracious and they don't give. Yes, the Lord does want us to save part of our income to be ready in case of an emergency, but He doesn't want us to be so dependent on our money that we trust in it rather than God (see 1 Tim. 6:17).
To listen to the entire message on this topic, go to
http://www.churchoflivingwater.net/ and click on
Financial Freedom Pt. 3 "The Saving Factor"

Monday, February 7, 2011

Getting Out of the Boat

When Jesus came to the disciples walking on water, Peter said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." Jesus told him, "Come." Peter was about to do something he had never done before. He got out of the boat and walked on water (Matt. 14:28-29).

Why did Peter ask Him to say, "Come"? Because to do something that scary, he had to hear a word from God. When Peter heard Jesus say "come" it produced faith in his heart (Rom. 10:17) and he knew it was God's will. He got out of the boat to get into God's will.

This incident is recorded in Scripture as an example for us. God is calling us out of our boats to do things that we've never done before. The principles are the same as Peter's experience. To get out of the boat, we must ask God to speak to us. We must overcome our fear of the unknown. We must place our complete trust in Him. We must decide to leave our comfort zones. And we must commit ourselves to step over the rim with both feet.

Unbelief keeps both feet in the boat. Doubt takes one step out of the boat and keeps one foot in. Faith steps completely out of the boat.

What is God calling you to do? Take a step of faith and trust God. It will be much more fulfilling for you to walk on water than to stay inside your boat.
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