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Part 1 - Healing

(James 5:13-15) Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 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. 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. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

God still heals people.

(2 Timothy 4:18) The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God is more concerned about my soul.

(Matthew 10:28) Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

God wants me to grow in faith.

(Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Understanding Faith

(James 5:17-18) Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

  1. Faith begins with a Word from God.

(1 Kings 17:1) Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

(Romans 10:17 NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

  1. Faith continues regardless of what I see.

(1 Kings 18:43-44) “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man's hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

(2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV) For we walk by faith, not by sight.

  1. Faith goes from a small beginning to a grand finale.

(1 Kings 18:45-46) Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain came on and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. The power of the LORD came upon Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

(Zechariah 4:10 NLT) Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin…”

(2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NLT) Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Part 2

YOU ASKED FOR IT: WHY DOES GOD ALLOW SUFFERING?

“In this world you will have trouble.” John 16:33

 

GOD’S PLAN — He created a PERFECT world.

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.” Genesis 1:31

 

OUR PROBLEM — We have ABUSED our free will.

  • MORAL

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23

 

  • NATURAL

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” Romans 8:22

 

GOD’S PURPOSE — He wants to bring GOOD out of suffering.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

OUR PERSPECTIVE — We must think LONG term.

“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

GOD’S DESIRE — He wants us to TURN TO Him.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

  • He gives us PEACE to deal with our present.
  • He gives us COURAGE to deal with our future.

 

TAKE AWAY — Are you READY?

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 1 John 5:13

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