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Divine healing and health is your birthright

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Open letter to followers of Jesus regarding divine healing as their birthright.

Dear friend,

Since we are both followers of Jesus, let me ask you – did Jesus ever make anyone sick?  Name one such case from the Gospels.  That’s right, there aren’t any.  On the other hand, EVERY sick person who specifically came to Jesus for healing went away healed.  Not one went away sick.
  
One passage that’s commonly quoted in defense of “God makes people sick for greater good” is 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (aka “satan’s thorn in Paul’s flesh”). The passage in question clearly names the source as “the messenger of SATAN”.  That’s as clear as it gets. It doesn’t say “the messenger of God”. This has nothing to do with God “allowing” or “not allowing things”.  God will allow what you will allow. God gave dominion over this planet to human beings, and he still works through human beings. That hasn’t changed. That’s why Jesus Christ had to come as a man. 

Now, going back to the “thorn” passage. God told Paul that the way to deal with the issue was through grace. GRACE = God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense – i.e., that’s something that was already done and made available to Paul, as opposed to God having to do a new thing for Paul individually.  That’s a very important idea to grasp.  Notice how God didn’t say “my grace is NOT sufficient to you”, which is how most people understand it. But the “not” is not there in the text.  So if “my grace is sufficient for you” means “just stay in the despicable condition that you are in”, why should we stop applying this equation only to bodily sickness? Isn’t God the creator of human beings in their entirety? That’s a very shaky and dangerous theological ground to tread on.

God’s grace is something people grow into.  Grace is what’s already given; what you do with it is your choice.
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How to be a champion for God

NFL Superbowl 2017 LI Tom Brady New England PartiotsAfter the recent Superbowl victory by Tom Brady and the team, many of us are fired up. The football season is over, the New England Patriots rest on their well-deserved laurels, and many of us feel like we now have to wait till September to get any sense of sportsmanship and championship in our lives. But do we really have to wait? Not at all.

You see, we all want to be champions in life, but the question is not just of your passion or enthusiasm. The question is – what training program are you following? Are we only doing weekly bicep curls with our black leather thumb-index Bibles, cheering on who we perceive to be real athletes, while reading about the strong and the mighty in the news or on Facebook feeds, being content with attending third-rate programs with the kind of “training” that makes you fall asleep every time you show up? Holding hands in circles and singing kumbaya gets us only so far. We have been taught for too long to be passive spectators by tradition, which has a notoriously poor track record in training real champions.

We don’t need any more preachers with three-piece suits and silk ties (or jeans and a hip T-shirt, as the case may be) to sermonize us for an hour at a time in exchange for a monetary donation. Thank God for the good ones among them, but we have enough of them already. What we need more than ever are coaches who can roll up their sleeves, get down in the dirt with us, and show us the real moves, the ones that really work. We need them huddling with us in the locker room, showing us who we really are, showing us that we are “more than conquerors in Christ Jesus”, and doing all that in a real believable way. Week in and week out, up to and including eventual championship nights.
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