There are many examples of Jesus healing the sick during his ministry. It didn’t matter what the sickness was, when Jesus wanted to heal someone it was completely done. Many times the only requirement for the sick to be healed was faith. When two blind men wanted Jesus to give them their sight back Jesus said to them, “According to your faith be it done to you.” In the Gospel of Mark a sick woman thought that if she just touched Jesus’s garments, she would be made well. After touching Him Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.” If there was no faith or little faith, there was little to no healing done. Matthew 13:58 “And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.”
Sickness and disease is often called unclean in the Bible and in a way represents our state of being without Jesus. I believe Jesus not only healed people to show that He was sent from God (John 4:48) but also to symbolize a healing of the spirit to those who believe. In the book of Matthew some men brought a paralyzed man to Jesus so He would heal him. Matthew 9:2 “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
Having faith and being made right with God are linked together over and over again throughout God’s Word. We can’t earn righteousness. It is a free gift from God for believing in Him. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast.” Without Jesus we are sick and unclean. By faith in Jesus we are made clean and whole. Romans 3:22 “This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”
No matter how hard we try we cannot be perfect while on earth. Even the great Apostle Paul who saw Jesus with his own eyes and was perhaps one of the greatest men of the Bible, did not always get it right. 2 Corinthians 12:7 “Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.” But like Paul said, not always getting it right has a way of keeping us humble. If we could be perfect would we have the same desire and longing for our perfect God? I would guess not.
That messenger of satan torments all of us. He wants us to turn from God, sit down and shut up. If I listened to that evil messenger I wouldn’t be writing this. I have made many, many mistakes in my life. Compared to God I am a disgusting mess and it would be easy for me to assume God wouldn’t use a sinner like me. But that is where God comes in. I know because of my faith I am made righteous. I know because I forgive others He forgives me (Matthew 6:14).
This is not to say we should ignore sin when we see it. We should gently confront it and if someone refuses to repent and turn from it, they should be disqualified for serving for a time. They should be disqualified not because of their sins, but because their heart is not right at that time. I have said this before but it is worth repeating, I have seen God do some of the most amazing things through me when I was struggling mightily with sin...when I felt the weakest. God did not work through me because I was sinning. He worked through me despite me sinning. When I struggle I realize just how dependent I am on Him. When I struggle, I feel my weakest, and I rely on Him the most. 2 Corinthians 12:10 “For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Imagine what would happen if every member of the church realized what power they contained. When a Holy Spirit filled person speaks, ears are opened and blind eyes are made to see. Imagine what would happen if every Christian on this earth focused on what Jesus has done instead of what mistakes they have made. If satan has already been defeated why do we care so much about what he has to say? The only chance satan has to stop a spirit filled Christian is to convince us to crawl into a hole and shut up. If you sit down with your lamp barely burning he is successful. I spent years in a chair saying nothing. I have now thrown my chair in the trash.
Will you join me? Will you live your life in a way that says, “It doesn’t matter what anyone says about me. I know who I am. I know who’s I am.” Will you throw your chair in the trash? Will you let your lamp burn bright for all to see? It doesn’t matter what talent you do or do not have or what things you struggle with. You are weak but God is strong. God is enough. 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Chase after Him and watch what He does in your life. It doesn’t matter what the world says about you. It doesn’t matter what your social status is. It doesn’t matter if others laugh at your misfortunes. God is your father. Place your hope in Him. Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.