This month, we are covering a seemingly simple concept that has powerful, revelatory, and wide ranging applications: Right-Right vs Right-Wrong...Right WHAT-Right HOW/WHY vs. Right WHAT-Wrong (or NO) HOW/WHY.
In the previous post, we looked at the Disciples' examples of Spiritual Warfare:
We have consistently seen that Spiritual Warfare involved casting out unclean spirits and healing people. In every successful instance, we have seen the participant in Spiritual Warfare made a Statement that was a statement of the will for someone or something that couldn't state a will OR for someone who had faith and was in agreement.
Again, Spiritual Warfare consists of WORDS and SENTENCES.
Today, we will conclude this look at casting out unclean spirits and healing people by looking at Jesus...
SPIRITUAL WARFARE: JESUS' HEALINGS
This week we have looked at examples of Spiritual Warfare from Jesus, the sons of Sceva, the Disciples, and Paul. In each example, we saw SPECIFICALLY what was spoken. We have seen that the method for casting out unclean spirits, affecting the weather, and healing people was the same. The previous post on Jesus' examples dealt mostly with casting out unclean spirits. Today we will conclude the Biblical examples of Spiritual Warfare with the examples where Jesus spoke in order to heal people.
Since we have covered the technique in-depth this week, I will keep the comments to a minimum. All of these are well-known stories, so there is no need to expound on every verse. For our purposes, please focus on two areas:
1. The demonstration of FAITH (Who had it and how was it shown?)
2. The statement of a will (Who made the statement and whose will was being stated?)
"1 And when he entered again into Capernaum after some days, it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And many were gathered together, so that there was no longer room for them, no, not even about the door: and he spake the word unto them.
3 And they come, bringing unto him a man sick of the palsy, borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the crowd, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed whereon the sick of the palsy lay.
5 And Jesus seeing their faith saith unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven."
Demonstration of faith: sick man and friends via letting him down through the roof.
"6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak? he blasphemeth: who can forgive sins but one, even God?
8 And straightway Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, saith unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Which is easier, to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins are forgiven; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath authority on earth to forgive sins (he saith to the sick of the palsy),
11 I say unto thee, Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thy house.
12 And he arose, and straightway took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion."
Statement of a will: by Jesus for the sick man.
"9 And he departed thence, and went into their synagogue:
10 and behold, a man having a withered hand. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? that they might accuse him.
11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be of you, that shall have one sheep, and if this fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12 How much then is a man of more value than a sheep! Wherefore it is lawful to do good on the sabbath day.
13 Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, as the other.
14 But the Pharisees went out, and took counsel against him, how they might destroy him."
Demonstration of faith: man stretched forth his hand
Statement of a will: by Jesus for the sick man.
(Notice, the Mark 2 healing caused people to glorify God. This healing caused the Pharisees to strategize on how to destroy Jesus. Jesus did NOT personally benefit from either of these healings...)
"1 And when he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
2 And behold, there came to him a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean."
Demonstration of faith: by the leper conditionally. (See Statement of a will.)
"3 And he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou made clean. And straightway his leprosy was cleansed."
Statement of a will: by Jesus for the leper. (Notice, the leper made an IF/THEN Statement! The IF was whether Jesus willed. Jesus' addressing the IF first actually served as a way to increase the faith of the leper. The leper was essentially saying that he had the faith to be healed IF Jesus willed it. THEN Jesus made the Statement of a will after He fulfilled the leper's "faith requirement".)
"4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go, show thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
5 And when he was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
6 and saying, Lord, my servant lieth in the house sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
7 And he saith unto him, I will come and heal him."
(Notice, Jesus was making a Statement of His Will. Again, this was serving as fulfilling the centurion's IF. There was a reason why this story occurred immediately after the previous story.)
"8 And the centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof; but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed."
The centurion said, "Lord...only say the word..." The centurion GOT Spiritual Warfare. He knew it was made up of WORDS and SENTENCES! We have covered this story in a much older post on faith because the next part was the demonstration of faith by the centurion:
"9 For I also am a man under authority, having under myself soldiers: and I say to this one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 And when Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
Demonstration of faith: by the centurion (to the extent that it caused Jesus to MARVEL!).
"11 And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven:
12 but the sons of the kingdom shall be cast forth into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth."
The demonstration of faith was great enough to cause Jesus to speak prophecy!
"13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And the servant was healed in that hour."
Statement of a will: by Jesus for the centurion.
Notice, this statement of a will was NOT directly for the person being healed. The centurion had the faith (in fact, it was an example of faith that made Jesus marvel.) Jesus stated a will FOR the centurion: the centurion was the subject of the Statement. Looking back on ALL of the healing Spiritual Warfare examples we have covered that involved people speaking, the will was spoken for the person that was PRESENT...that demonstrated faith.
Inanimate objects and unclean spirits don't have faith, so in all the examples of Spiritual Warfare we saw that involved inanimate objects and unclean spirits, the will was spoken for them AGAINST what they were doing...even when they requested something against what they were doing (e.g., Legion asked Jesus to send them into the swine).
In fact, the following passage came immediately after the story about Jesus casting Legion into the swine. We covered it in the post titled, "Spiritual Warfare: Offense Examples".
"21 And when Jesus had crossed over again in the boat unto the other side, a great multitude was gathered unto him; and he was by the sea.
22 And there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and seeing him, he falleth at his feet,
23 and beseecheth him much, saying, My little daughter is at the point of death: I pray thee, that thou come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be made whole, and live."
Demonstration of faith (#1): by Jarius via stating Jesus' laying hands on her would heal her.
"24 And he went with him; and a great multitude followed him, and they thronged him.
25 And a woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years,
26 and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse,
27 having heard the things concerning Jesus, came in the crowd behind, and touched his garment.
28 For she said, If I touch but his garments, I shall be made whole."
Demonstration of faith (#2): by woman via an IF/THEN Statement.
Statement of a will (#2): by woman touching Jesus garment.
"29 And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her plague.
30 And straightway Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power proceeding from him had gone forth, turned him about in the crowd, and said, Who touched my garments?
31 And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude thronging thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?"
This was one of those verses in the Bible that most of people do not appreciate...not only for the Doctrine, but for the "real life" experience. I have kept my comments to a minimum, so suffer me a mini-rant. (IF you don't want to hear this, just skip over these paragraphs and go to verse 32.)
Jesus felt power proceed from Him. Jesus felt a draw THROUGH Him. This woman drew on God THROUGH Jesus...and Jesus felt this draw. This is possible today in MANY applications. Here is just one...
Pastors are put into our life for us to hear from God. While we can hear from God directly, we are also supposed to hear from God THROUGH our pastor. When people don't hear from God THROUGH their pastor, they say they aren't "getting fed". Let's look at this more closely...
If the believer is NOT actively drawing on God THROUGH their pastor, then it is the fault of the believer. Actively drawing on God would involve desiring to hear something from God so much that you actively search through the pastor's WORDS and SENTENCES for ANYTHING that could have remotely come from God...and then apply those WORDS and SENTENCES to your life. It would even involve telling the pastor how those WORDS and SENTENCES from God THROUGH the pastor benefited YOU.
Realize, most pastors desperately DESIRE God to flow THROUGH them to the believers. However, they have been taught that grace is "unmerited favor" instead of "the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life". They don't have an objective way to tell what is from God because most aren't aware that God ACTIVELY and CONSTANTLY influences our heart in order to flow THROUGH us (reflect in our life). Pointing out the WORDS and SENTENCES that came from God THROUGH the pastor will help the pastor "tune in" to God flowing THROUGH him.
However, IF you are drawing on God THROUGH your pastor and nothing is getting to you, THEN you are not getting fed and it may be time to ask God for a pastor that He flows through.
Unfortunately, most believers think that God ought to flow THROUGH a pastor with something specific for the believer WITHOUT the believer having to draw on God...WITHOUT the believer having to state their will and demonstrate their faith. I have even heard some believers state that it is the pastor's job to feed them...meaning that the believer pays the pastor so that is the end of their responsibility. This is NOT Biblical.
In fact according to Paul's letter to the Ephesians, Jesus gave five gifts to the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Remember, one of the PROOFS of a person having a gift is that it does NOT benefit the person with the gift...it benefits a group of people.
Likewise, the ability of each of these gifts to benefit a group of people depends on people DRAWING on God THROUGH the person. The gift does have a will and God wants to flow THROUGH the gift, so there is some benefit that comes THROUGH these people WITHOUT anyone drawing. However, the benefit equal to God's Will for the group of people can ONLY occur when people state their will and demonstrate their faith by drawing on God THROUGH the person with the gift.
Let's take this one more step...
You can draw on God THROUGH your believing friends! Everything that has been stated in this mini-rant can also apply to you and your friends. Your friends have a gift from God. You can benefit if you draw on God THROUGH your friends. We have seen the Bible called this "Fellowship".
Now, how silly would it be to say to your friends that it is their job to feed you?
How silly would it look to tell others you are no longer a person's friend because they didn't speak for God to you?
Yet, when you are desiring to draw on God THROUGH a person and that person is destructive or hinders their sharing with you despite all your efforts to remain positive, then it is time to end that friendship.
Jesus was THE Apostle, THE Prophet, THE Evangelist, THE Pastor, and THE Teacher. He stated His Will that He was available for people to draw on God THROUGH Him. There was a THRONG of people. This meant A LOT of people were touching Jesus. However, ONLY ONE person was drawing on God THROUGH Jesus! How sad...
The "real life" experience part of this story has to do with that fact. Jesus asked, "Who touched me?"
Can't you see the Disciples looking at each other? Perhaps they were wondering if Jesus was losing it..."Who touched you?" The answer was EVERYONE is touching you. A better question may be "Who isn't touching you?"
As much as the Disciples loved and worshiped Jesus, they still Questioned Jesus. Their Questioning of Jesus by using their reasoning brain ACTUALLY led to them increasing THEIR faith. However, this verse showed these Disciples were real people who used their brain. They didn't blindly follow Jesus. They were Open, Honest, and Vulnerable with Jesus. They didn't try to hide their thoughts and feelings.
Why do we think we can hide our thoughts and feelings from God? Why do we try to hide our thoughts and feelings from people that we ought to be in Fellowship with?...From people that we ought to draw on God THROUGH?...From people that we ought to let draw on God THROUGH us?
Jesus looked for the person who drew on God THROUGH Him...
"32 And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing.
33 But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done to her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth."
Again, when Spiritual Warfare happened when Jesus was around, people experienced such great power they were in fear. She told him ALL the truth. She was completely Open, Honest, and Vulnerable with Him. Again...Why do we think we can hide our thoughts and feelings....
"34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."
Jesus gave us the explanation for Demonstration of faith (#2) and Statement of a will (#2): HER faith made HER whole. Jesus' Statement was AWESOME: Go in peace, and be whole of thy plague. Not only was He Stating His agreement to what she did, He stated a will for her to go in peace. I wonder what she felt like when she left. I wonder if ANYONE has ever felt that level of peace...
"35 While he yet spake, they come from the ruler of the synagogue's house saying, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Teacher any further?"
We were back to Demonstration of faith (#1). The daughter was now dead. She couldn't state a will. She couldn't show faith. If anything, this latest Statement by people from the associated with the father was a Demonstration of Unbelief.
"36 But Jesus, not heeding the word spoken, saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Fear not, only believe."
However, the Demonstration of faith (#1) was an IF/THEN stated by the father...so Jesus spoke to the father NOT to fear AND to keep having faith.
"37 And he suffered no man to follow with him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James.
38 And they come to the house of the ruler of the synagogue; and he beholdeth a tumult, and many weeping and wailing greatly.
39 And when he was entered in, he saith unto them, Why make ye a tumult, and weep? the child is not dead, but sleepeth.
40 And they laughed him to scorn. But he, having put them all forth, taketh the father of the child and her mother and them that were with him, and goeth in where the child was."
These people laughed Jesus to scorn! In the story with the women who touched Jesus' garments, the Disciples thought Jesus asked a ridiculous Question. Again, two stories (this time "nested) bear a similar theme: people thought Jesus was losing it. Notice, he put all these unbelievers out...He only brought the people who had faith: Peter, James, John, and the parents. Faith is vital to Spiritual Warfare.
"41 And taking the child by the hand, he saith unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, Arise."
Statement of a will (#1): by Jesus for the girl. (In fact, we got the EXACT WORDS in its original language that Jesus spoke! WORDS and SENTENCES are crucial to Spiritual Warfare.)
"42 And straightway the damsel rose up, and walked; for she was twelve years old. And they were amazed straightway with a great amazement.
43 And he charged them much that no man should know this: and he commanded that something should be given her to eat."
Spiritual Warfare is made up of WORDS and SENTENCES.
These WORDS and SENTENCES are a Statement of a will.
This Statement of a will depends on faith (understanding and experience).
An expert in Spiritual Warfare realizes how to correctly handle the demonstration of faith and the statement of a will.
Next week, we will look at the battle that is going on in our brain, NOT our mind....