Please don't get me wrong.... I believe that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever! (Heb. 13:8) I love to see people get heale! We've had many receive physical healing over the past 68 weeks of extended meetings in our church, located in Hernando, FL. (www.nbfhernando.com) I get very excited whenever I see someone get a physical touch from God! I should, after all, Corinne was healed of cancer over 30 years ago.
However, in the midst of all of this, yesterday afternoon, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and told me about even a greater miracle than physical healing... it is spiritual, the knowledge/revelation of who we are in Jesus Christ.
I've been teaching/preaching on Charles Finney's "10 Principals of Revival." I'm certain that I'm doing it a lot different than Finney did, as I'm bringing new wineskin revelation on subjects like: repentance, prayer, holiness, power. Wednesday night I went into point #5 which is faith. (You can watch the archived message at: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/10320383) The interesting thing is that many Christians struggle with all of the above points. For instance, something goes wrong in your life and the first thought that comes is something like, "If you had more faith this wouldn't be happening!" Of course added to that devastating thought would be others such as, "If you would pray more this wouldn't be happening." Or, "If you were more holy this wouldn't be happening!" Get the picture?
The problem is that so many of us do not have a true revelation on who we are in Christ. Here is an email that I recieved yesterday from someone who was in Wednesday night's meeting:
I just wanted to thank you for last night's message on faith. You really got me thinking about my relationship with my Heavenly Father and how much it is lacking and how much I don't understand Him. Through my 34 years of being a Christian, I am beginning to realise how many bad teachings I have sat through. I am one of the ones who have seen Him as a hard taskmaster, always ready to grind you to powder if you make a mistake. This has always been an immense hindrance to my fellowship and relationship with Him. More than anything, I want to be an ornament and blessing to Him, but I don't even know how to begin."
This is the location so many within the Body of Christ are parked at! Here is our cry, "I want to be an ornament and blessing to Him, BUT I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO BEGIN." Do you see the problem here? This person is a very mature Christian, yet after 34 years does not know that they don't have to know how to begin to be "an ornament and blessing to Him," as they ALREADY ARE! Yes, Jesus made us an ornament and blessing to God for this person, and for you too!
Why is the revelation of this important, or why is it even a greater miracle than physical healing? The answer is simple, often having a lack of understanding or revelation in this area, actually creates the need for the physical healing. In other words, this is very often the root, the core of the matter, that requires the physical miracle/healing!
I think I'm beginning to understand that true freedom in Christ leads to very healthy living, both spiritually and physically. If you are all bound up by religion you actually are very prone to sickness and disease. Sure we can often pray that sickness and disease off of you, but if you already understand that 2000 years ago Jesus not only healed you physically by His stripes, but He also healed you spiritually by the shedding of His blood, if you fully understand your position in Christ, most likely you won't be getting sick in the first place!
I hope this makes some sense to you! If not, please pray into it. And then check out the Epistles and see for yourself....if Father God is a harsh taskmaster ready to clobber you with a ball bat every time you goof up, or is instead a very loving Father, who made a way for all of your goof ups, yes, even sin, by offering His Son's blood for your freedom!
Oh, how I love Jesus! I love all that God has done for me, how he's set me free and how He has healed me spirit, soul and body!