Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 9:27-31 (NKJV) When Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out and saying, "Son of David, have mercy on us!" And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." Then He touched their eyes, saying, "According to your faith let it be to you." And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them, saying, "See that no one knows it." But when they had departed, they spread the news about Him in all that country.
What truth is revealed? This story reveals a couple things about Jesus. Firstly, He has the power to heal. In this case it was two blind men. Secondly, we get to witness the true humility of Jesus. He just completes a significant miracle and He tells those that are on the receiving end of the miracle “not to share.”
What can we learn from this story? Most people, if they were involved in a verifiable miracle, would advertise the fact; maybe start a tent revival and make their name known. As demonstrated in this story, if you do mighty things in the name and in the power of God, the news will spread; but remaining humble is of key importance. The more “we” accomplish in the work of the Kingdom, the greater is the temptation to pride; and pride—well, since God stands in opposition to the proud it’s not a good thing!
How can I apply this story to my life? I have three quick takeaways: 1) Minister to people in need. 2) Pray and believe in God’s power to heal and save. 3) Guard my heart and remain humble; and if anything comes of my efforts, recognize God’s power and give Him the glory.
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Matthew 9:18-26 (NKJV) While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, "My daughter has just died, but come and lay Your hand on her and she will live." So, Jesus arose and followed him, and so did His disciples. And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour. When Jesus came into the ruler's house and saw the flute players and the noisy crowd wailing, He said to them, "Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping." And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. And the report of this went out into all that land.
What truth is revealed? Jesus was a miracle waiting to happen. In this story, Jesus heals a woman, who had a physical issue for 12 years; and a girl who everyone, other than Jesus, thought was dead. In both cases Jesus reveals Himself as the Great Physician, with the power to heal.
What can we learn from this story? Healing has always been a tricky subject to tackle, because not everyone that we pray for is healed. This is true even when we anoint them with oil, call for the Elders, lay hands on them, and pray prayers of faith. What’s wrong? Surely, we are missing something? Let me make something clear: I do not have the power to heal people, period. The power to heal and the prerogative to do so is vested in God. God heals according to His sovereign will and His eternal purposes. I am sure of this: God is compassionate, and when He chooses not to heal, He does so, because, He has a better plan.
How can I apply this story to my life? Here is the question, do I have faith that God can heal? “Yes!” Do I still put me faith in God when there is no healing? “Yes!” My hope is not based on being healed in this life; my hope is in based on the work of salvation that has saved my soul. So, why pray for the sick? I pray for the sick:
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*Special Note from Author: This lesson is not meant to be a definitive teaching concerning healing.
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.