Weekly Devotional – Let God Be Your Healer!

John 5:5-9 (NKJV)

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

Sandy and I had just moved to Florida, and we found a well-established church and were attending it. One day the pastor and I were discussing the bible and I couldn’t help noticing they were not in any way helping the community. When I asked the pastor why, I was astonished at his answer.

The pastor stated it was not the responsibility of the church to address the physical needs of the congregation or the community. He stated, all the bible tells us to do is take care of the spiritual needs.

I’m sorry, but I don’t seem to be able to find any scripture to back up his statement. To the contrary, Jesus went about healing as a means of developing a report with the people so he could tell them about God and how to get eternal life.

Jesus healed those who needed healing as an example for you and me. If we establish good will and our church body receives a good witness from the lost in the community, you will begin to see an increase in the church.

Do your part as a Christian. Volunteer at the food bank, the library, the hospital, or any other place where people might have a need. Let God use you to heal those who need healing whether physical or spiritual.

Another church we attended was good about trying to heal the people both physically and spiritually. They tried to use the voice of the community to determine the needs of those who didn’t know God.

When I received salvation, it wasn’t because of something the community said, it wasn’t because of something I heard on the news, it wasn’t because of a visit from some missionary from some organization. I received salvation by the grace of God.

I received salvation because I heard the gospel preached and I believed what I heard. The Gospel has nothing to do with politics, community groups or how many people we help or how much money we donate. Salvation is given when the heart is right.

I have seen church organizations that worked hard to get people to come to their church and when they did, they heard the latest opinion on the gay rights or voting rights or something else equally as unimportant to the receiving of salvation.

When these people finally come to the church, it is to hear the truth preached and that is not happening. In fact, some of our congregations believe we should not subject the lost to the truth of the bible until after they are saved.

I think all of us need to study the bible and allow God to lead us and tell us what we need to do, not the latest trends of the community.

Christian Word Definition: Humility

A prominent Christian grace (Rom 12:3; Rom 15:17, 18; 1Co 3:5-7; 2Co 3:5; Php 4:11-13). It is a state of mind well-pleasing to God (1Pe 3:4); it preserves the soul in tranquility (Ps 69:32, 33), and makes us patient under trials (Job 1:22).

Christ has set us an example of humility (Php 2:6-8). We should be led thereto by a remembrance of our sins (Lam 3:39), and by the thought that it is the way to honor (Prov 16:18), and that the greatest promises are made to the humble (Ps 147:6; Isa 57:15; Isa 66:2; 1Pe 5:5). It is a “great paradox in Christianity that it makes humility the avenue to glory.”

Illustrated Bible Dictionary: And Treasury of Biblical History

Humility is the quality of being humble. Dictionary definitions accentuate humility as a low self-regard and sense of unworthiness. In a religious context, humility can mean a recognition of self in relation to a deity or deities, and subsequent submission to said deity as a member of that religion. Outside of a religious context, humility is defined as being “unselfish”, a liberation from the consciousness of self, a form of temperance that is neither having pride nor indulging in self-deprecation. Wikipedia

Definition of humility: freedom from pride or arrogance: the quality or state of being humble accepted the honor with humility, the ordeal taught her humility: the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people: the quality or state of being humble: the quality of being humble She accepted the award with humility.

www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/humility

How to Practice Humility

Mother Theresa once said, “Humility is the mother of all virtues, purity, charity, and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent.” These words ring true, but you don’t have to be Mother Theresa, or even religious at all, to make an effort to practice humility in your everyday life. Being humble means accepting your limitations and making an effort to make the world a better place without wanting to take all the credit.

Developing a More Humble Mindset

Don’t think you’re too good for everything you do. People who have big egos tend to think that they deserve to be working at a better place, to be dating someone better, or even to be hanging out with people who are interesting and cooler. But your life is your life, and if you want better things, then you have to work to reach for them, instead of assuming the attitude that you’re not getting treated fairly. To practice humility, work to accept the life you have while striving for more without complaining.

 If you adopt the attitude that you’re too cool for school, people will become allergic to you. Instead, work to be grateful for what you have and work to earn more if that’s what you want.

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