BETHEL ASSEMBLY OF GOD

 

DECEMBER

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is any sick among you? let him call for the Elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Name of the Lord: And the prayer of Faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him (James 5:14–15).

Divine Healing is part and parcel of the great Gospel of Faith. While the Lord does not heal all of the time, He most definitely still heals.

I was wondrously healed when I was about ten years old. My parents took me to the doctor several times, but nothing could be found. I stayed nauseous constantly, and, at times, would go unconscious. Actually, I passed out several times at school, and the last time this happened, the Principal told my parents, “If something is not done, you are going to have to take Jimmy out of school. We don’t want him dying on our hands.” That’s how critical the situation was.

My family belonged to the tiny Assembly of God Church in our little town of Ferriday, Louisiana. Our Pastor, although young, was a Godly Brother, who definitely believed that the Lord healed the sick. I was prayed for any number of times by him and others, but seemingly to no avail. The problem not only did not get better, it grew worse.

I will never forget the day that healing came. It was Sunday. The Church Service had ended, and my parents were taking the Pastor and his wife out to lunch. But first they had to go by the home of a parishioner who was ill and pray for him.

I remember us walking into the humble dwelling, praying for the dear Brother, and then coming back out to the front room, ready to leave. Suddenly, my Dad spoke up and said, “Brother Culbreth, anoint Jimmy, and pray for him. If the Lord doesn’t do something for him, we’re going to have to take him out of school.”

This dear man, as stated, had prayed for me many times, but to no avail. Other Godly people had also prayed for me, but still there was no healing. Most of the time we have little clue as to exactly why the Lord does things in the manner in which He does them. Whatever He does, however, is always for purpose.

In my mind’s eye, I can see Brother Culbreth as he walked across the floor with a bottle of oil in his hand, which he had just used to anoint the dear Brother for whom we had all just prayed.

Brother Culbreth put some oil on the tip of his finger, anointed my head, and, all of a sudden, it happened. Without warning, the Spirit of God came down in that room. I felt something like a ball of fire start at the top of my head and slowly go down through my body and out my feet. I was only about ten years old, but I knew the Lord had healed me. I knew it beyond the shadow of a doubt. And that’s exactly what happened.

Whatever the problem was, it went and has never returned. In fact, I’ve had almost perfect health from that day until this, which is just a few days before my 70th Birthday.

Why did the Lord do it this way?

Why wasn’t I healed at the other times the Pastor prayed for me?

I don’t have the answers to those questions. However, for the following I am very thankful:

I’m glad we attended a Church that believed in praying for the sick. Had that not been the case, I probably would not be here today.

Second, I’m glad our Pastor was a Godly Brother, and that he kept believing with us, despite the fact that healing did not come immediately.

I’m glad my parents didn’t get discouraged and quit seeking the Lord concerning my healing. They kept believing and the Lord rewarded our faith.

When I say the Lord heals, I’m saying it on the authority of His Word; however, I’m also saying it on the authority that Word has had in my life in effecting healing for me.

The husbandman must be first partaker of the fruit. And by the Grace of God, I have been a partaker of that fruit (II Tim. 2:6).


 

 

 

 

 

 

Love

Read 1 Corinthians 10:1 through 13:13

Prophecy. Healing. Miracles. How often do Christians focus on these things? Authentic spiritual gifts are life-giving and powerful. Christians should hunger for them. But spiritual gifts like prophecy and healing are to be motivated by compassion.

Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31).

After Jesus returns, spiritual gifts will cease, but love will endure. Love is the culmination of Christ’s character. First John 4:8 says that God is love. Christians who reflect God’s love towards others mature in their faith.

It is proper to eagerly desire spiritual gifts, but Christians must place loving God and others as their highest priority.

Prayer Suggestion: Father, You are love. Help me love You more, and help me love others as You do.

Quicklook: 1 Corinthians 12:29 through 13:8


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