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I still run into some friends that do not believe in healing of any kind.

Even though Jesus spent days upon days sitting with people who brought Him all sorts of people with all sorts of ailments, and He healed them all. Then Jesus told us that we would do greater things than these.

I believe that I know what they are really concerned about and just haven’t found the voice for it.

Do you know anyone who prays for the lame, the maimed, the blind, the mute and they are healed?  If we did, we might notice two things.  We might notice that they are obsessed with that task no matter where they go and we might notice that it gets a bit to their heads and they have become showy and arrogant, maybe even walking with a swagger and a confidence that would suggest they are just a bit full of themselves.

We have to agree that this is a hard thing for anyone one of us – to be given the gift of healing or of miracles.  In fact, there is only one reason any of these gifts are given and there is only one reason that Jesus Himself healed the sick – it was to glorify God.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the fact that we are the enlightened ones, the spiritual ones, the ones with a pure heart and therefore we have been given such  a gift.  That attitude puts us in a point system where God grades our faith journey and awards some of us with gifts and others with none.

Have to admit, to the ones with the gifts, it sounds good and for the ones without gifts, sounds pretty bad.  However, that is not true.  God has a purpose and a calling for each of us.  That tasks requires each of us to have different and unique gifts from one another.  The bottom line however is this – the purpose and the task is that God will be glorified – period.  It is not about us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV
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