Saturday, September 30, 2023

Pastor's Ponderings, September 30, 2023

We Are Healed Right Now


In the Sanctuary Gospel Center Church Friday Night Bible Study, we are studying Pastor Bill Winston’s book, “Redeemed From Sickness.”  Recently as I prepared to present the topic, I fell and hit the stairs at my daughter’s home. We thank God that we did not break a hip or hit my head but the continuing pain in my side is intense. 


My wife and I spoke and continued to say healing scriptures and to declare I was healed.  We declared that because of Jesus’s suffering sacrifice on the cross that I am healed (Isaiah 53:5).  We said that if any are sick, we are to call for the elders of the church and that God would raise up the sick (James 5:14-15).


The scriptures further tell us to lay our hands on the sick and that they would recover (Mark 16:18b). Therefore, whenever I am asked, I say that while I am still in pain, I am healed because God gives us what we want when we ask in the Name of Jesus (John 14:13, John 16:23-24).  I take pain medication, but I know that it is not the source of relief; Jesus is my source. 


I am preparing to run in the Detroit Free Press Marathon on October 15th.  I am asking for those who would pray to pray for my healing.  God is the eternal God, and, for Him, everything is now. We therefore have faith that we are healed, not in the future, but right now.  So, today I am declaring that nothing that comes against me including falling upon my side shall defeat me (Isaiah 54:17) and in the Name of Jesus I am healed right now. 


Isaiah 53:5

New International Version

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.


James 5:14-15

New International Version

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 
15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.


Mark 16:18b

New International Version

18 ... they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”


John 14:13

New International Version

13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son


John 16:23-24

New International Version

23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 
24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.


Isaiah 54:17

New International Version

17 no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.



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