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God is the Divine Healer

The topic of healing has generated many misrepresentations of God’s truth. There are some who have abused and sensationalized healing as if it were a circus act. Others have abandoned healing altogether as if God stopped this ministry. Still others have tried to equate certain ailments with specific sins. Friends, our responsibility is to be faithful to the teaching of Scripture and seek God as the Divine Healer.

First, we need to understand the difference between sickness coming from original sin and sickness arising from personal sin. All sickness and death is a result of sin. But not all sickness is a result of personal sin. Romans 5:12 confirms the biblical truth of original sin. We live in a fallen, sinful and broken world. People get sick, contract cancer, become paralyzed, and die because of the consequence of this original sin.

There are also examples of sickness and the discipline of death as a result of personal sin. Paul declares this in I Corinthians 11:29, 30. But we must be very careful not to equate all sickness with personal sin.

Jesus declared in John 9 that neither the blind man nor his parents sinned, but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him. Paul had his thorn in the flesh that God did not heal (2 Corinthians 12). Job is another example of one who suffered without having committed personal sin. It is unfortunate that some zealous believers have imposed guilt trips on suffering individuals because a poor theology of healing.

Please understand: God still heals. Sometimes He does it through medical procedures and sometimes He miraculously heals a person. My mom is a living example of a miraculous healing by His gracious response to many prayers. Even the doctors declared that she was a genuine miracle of healing.

The key is to pray and seek God for healing, but leave the results to Him. I just gave a sermon on James 5:13-18 on October 18th, 2009 which deals with this topic in more detail than this short blog. I believe that many people suffer needlessly because they have not asked God for healing or confessed their sins to experience forgiveness.

David prayed and fasted for seven days and nights for his child. The child died and David arose, washed, anointed himself, and came into the house of the Lord and worshiped (2 Samuel 12:15-23). David’s faith was in a God who heals, not in a healing. Please make sure your faith is in the sovereign God who has the power to heal. It is up to Him if, how and who He will heal. God loves it when we come to Him in humble prayer seeking His will for our lives.

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We want our key core values to be reflected in all our ministries:

Recognizing our SEVEN “S” VALUES keeps our focus on developing each individual person in their spiritual journey. We want to be a community of people who radically devoted to God and earnestly seeking to impact people for eternity. Our core values are:

  1. SALVATION: Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” We want to display an evangelistic intensity that burns white-hot. Lost people matter to God and lost people matter to us! We want to dream of ways to reach out with the love of Christ to people. It is a relentless passion to see people come to know Christ, personally.
  2. SPIRITUAL GROWTH: Colossians 2:6, 7, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Our desire is to “raise the bar” on everyone’s spiritual growth. As our purpose statement declares, we want to see Christ-like disciples multiplied. There are many venues to encourage this growth.
  3. SCRIPTURE BASED: 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.” At every level of ministry we want to have clear, anointed teaching of God’s Word. In a world where truth has be relative, we want to declare the absolute truths of the Holy Bible.
  4. SPIRIT FILLED: Ephesians 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.” This is the most life-changing truth I have ever learned as a Christian. It is not us living for God, but God living through us. As Paul said, “I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me” (Colossians 1:29). The Spirit-filled life is one of active obedience knowing that it is God doing the work in and through us by faith. I will write a future BLOG on this more fully.
  5. SMALL GROUPS: Acts 4:46, “Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart.” All of the “one another” teachings of Scripture are best fulfilled in a small group context. We value people being in authentic community and developing deep spiritual friendships. It was the pattern of the early church as Paul stated that he was, “teaching you publicly and from house to house” (Acts 20:20). Groups help to build healthy accountability!
  6. SPIRITUAL GIFTS: I Peter 4:10, “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Our desire is to see each person operating in their spiritual gifts as a personal blessing to them and for a greater impact for the kingdom of God. Every believer is a minister and they each need to find their unique calling and giftedness to maximize their spiritual influence.
  7. SERVICE: Titus 3:14, “Our people must also learn to engage in good deeds to meet pressing needs, so that they will not be unfruitful.” We want people to move from a “consumer” to a “contributor,” from a “spectator” to a “participant.” Our goal is that 100% of people are engaged in giving of their time, talents and treasures faithfully and generously.

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