[The following link is to a podcast of a talk I gave at a Men’s Breakfast at Grace Church, Port Macquarie in June 2019 and which they later posted on their website.]
I had been asked to speak on tips for healing. Because healing is something that God alone can do, I spoke on some of the healings we had observed over the years where God worked sovereignly to our amazement or where we saw Him work in answer to prayer.
The best tip for those who want to be involved in praying for healing is to believe that He can heal today and then to trust Him to do it in the lives of those for whom we pray! He is THE HEALER! Not us, though He may use us, or others, in His healing of people today.
Encouragements for all of us today
I concluded the talk with the challenges that come from passages in Ephesians chapter 2 and the next epistle Philippians chapter 2.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV) “8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
I mentioned that every believer has been created by God to do the good things He has prepared for them to do. Our responsibility is to find out what they are and to ‘walk in them.’ What an amazing truth that God from all eternity had a plan and purpose for us to accomplish for Him.
The next passage is very reassuring. When we discover what is it that God has planned for us to do, we might become fearful or overawed. But we can have confidence as we look at these verses.
Philippians 2:12-13 (ESV) 12 “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”
In working out our salvation [not working for it, because salvation is a free gift to us in Christ] we have the assurance that God both motivates us and empowers us to do what He has planned for us to do. He works in us to give us the willingness to do His will. AND He works in us to give us the ability to do what He has given us the willingness to do.
So one might say that the Christian life is so simple. Having received Christ into our lives as Saviour and Lord all we need to do is to allow Him to do in us and through us what He longs to do, [what He has eternally planned for us to do]. The only problem is that He has given us free will and often our Agenda is quite different to His.
What might happen if we gave ourselves completely to Him, allowing Him fill us with His presence by His Holy Spirit and allowing Him do in and through us what He wills!
A prayer like this based on Romans 12:1-2 might allow Him to become more active your life. “Heavenly Father, I offer to you all I am and all I have, that You might work through me to Your glory. I no longer want to be controlled by the world, the flesh or the devil. Rather I want to be transformed by Your Spirit as You renew my mind so that I can know Your will and experience Your power in doing it. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.”
OR more simply, “Lord do in me and through me what You wish, to Your glory. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.”
This is the link to click on to hear the talk. I trust it may be of some help to you as you seek to live for Him and to serve Him.
Blog No.318. Recalling Some Healings. [A podcast of a talk at a Men’s Breakfast at Grace Church Port Macquarie, June 2019.]318. Recalling some healings. [A podcast of a talk at a Men’s Breakfast at Grace Church Port Macquarie, June 2019.]