Our Beliefs: 10. Healing and Deliverance

Posted on 05/28/2017 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
lyrics by Horatio Spafford
music by Philip Bliss

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.


I SURRENDER ALL
by Judson W. Van DeVenter

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Humbly at His feet I bow;
Worldly pleasures all forsaken,
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender,
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power,
Let Thy blessing fall on me.


HOLY HOLY HOLY
by John Bacchus Dykes

Holy, holy, holy!
Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning
our song shall rise to Thee.

Holy, holy, holy!
merciful and mighty,
God in three persons,
blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy!
all the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns
around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim
Falling down before Thee,
Which wert, and art, and
evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy!
though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man
Thy glory may not see,
Only Thou art holy;
there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in power,
in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy!
Lord God Almighty!
All thy works shall praise Thy name,
in earth and sky and sea.
Holy, holy, holy!
merciful and mighty,
God in three persons,
blessed Trinity.


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Today, I'd like for us to continue where we left off a few weeks ago on our series covering our statement of beliefs.

And as we've done for each item thus far, I'd like to preface today's discussion with a disclaimer. And that is this:

Our statement of beliefs is NOT for the purpose of claiming that these points of view are the indisputable truth. You could have disagreements with one of them, or even all of them. And you might be right.

Our statement of beliefs IS for the purpose of giving you an idea of what might be presented here in our services.

And if, for example, being around people who believe God still heals miraculously, for example, give you the occasion to be highly offended, and you take that occasion and participate with that internal reaction, then you might want to avoid listening to the messages presented here.

OR, even better, you could take that opportunity to take a step back and observe your fallen human mind as it insists it can use its cleverness and superior understanding to clearly discern all truths.

The fallen human mind tends to form strong opinions, which it believes to be facts; and it views other human minds which disagree as inferior, either intellectually, spiritually, or at least doctrinally.

And as you observe its childish antics, you can choose to realize that it is not you and you are not it. The human mind in its corrupted nature will some day soon pass away.

As 1 Corinthians 13:8-10 (TLS*) says,

8 Love never ends. But if there are prophecies, they will expire; if there are languages, they will come to an end; if there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For our understanding is fleeting, and our prophesies are only for a time;
10 But when that which is perfect arises, then that which is temporary passes away.

So when we see Him face to face, and as we thus become like Him as His nature fully arises within us, then our limited knowledge and our understanding, which is only fleeting, will fall away. For facts and figures ABOUT a being are no longer needed when you find yourself in their eternal embrace.


Okay. So let's read today's statement. By the way, you can find these at almcyberchurch.org by clicking the "what we believe" link, or here in Second Life by clicking one of the church information signs.

And today's statement is this:

10. Healing and Deliverance

Healing and Deliverance are signs that will follow those who believe (Mark 16:15-18). They are provided for in the atonement and are available to all.



Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV) says this:

15 And (Jesus) said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."


Okay. So let's start start with the word "believe." And this takes us back to what we discussed about our statement of beliefs. The mind has its misguided idea of what it means to believe. According to it, if we believe the truth, that means we have a mental grasp on the facts regarding which related doctrines are correct, and thus which ones are false.

But what does the writer say in James 2:19 (KMV*)?

19 You believe there is one God. You do well. The demons also believe, and tremble.

So what's the difference? Is it because the demons haven't said a sinner's prayer? Well, according to the Biblical example, a sinner's prayer is not a requirement for Salvation.

Is it because they don't go to church? We could argue that they probably DO go to church -- although most of us might suspect that they're more likely to go to one of the churches that are much less spiritual than ours.

What is it that keeps a demon's belief from resulting in their Salvation?

Consider this: the word that's translated into the English word "believe," also means to trust, to follow, to fully surrender to.

The one who is broken, and comes to the cross as a trusting child, do you suppose they are required to understand and accept all the doctrinal claims of such-and-such a group or denomination lest they burn forever in hell for the intellectual failure?

Or did Jesus say in Matthew 11:28 (KMV*), "Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest."?

He did not call us to take on the heavy burden of having to always be right. Instead, we called us to bring our burdens to Him and let Him carry them with us. He said that when we walk with Him, the burden we share become easy and light, and that we will find rest for our souls.

Matthew 11:28-30 (KMV*)

28 "Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."

And so, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved." And there's another item about which we can create a barrier from getting to today's main topic: baptism.

Do we have to be baptised to be saved? We could just read this verse and believe we have understood the absolute truth of the matter.

But there is more than one kind of baptism. There is baptism, or immersion, into the Spirit of Christ, and there is the water baptism which represents that union.

The thief on the cross did not have the chance to be water baptised, but He put His full trust in Jesus to save Him, and He was spiritually baptised into the Spirit of Christ, as Jesus promised him, "This day you will be with Me in Paradise."

Now your mind might want to keep fighting against those points, but let's let it do what it does, as we bring our attention onto today's topic of Healing.

To help, let's read today's statement again:

"Healing and Deliverance are signs that will follow those who believe (Mark 16:15-18). They are provided for in the atonement and are available to all."

In other words, for those who put their trust in Jesus and walk with Him, healing will be present. It's a sign, or one of the results, of that type of belief.

But does that mean that if you haven't been healed, you simply are lacking faith or don't truly believe?

Well, let's consider some of the signs Jesus said would follow those who believe:

"In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Do you not truly believe if you never cast out a demon? Or better yet, do you just not have enough faith if you never pick up snakes or drink poison?

If that's not the case, then why would we think that we don't have enough faith just because we still have sickness in our body?

True belief, which is trusting fully in God, does not start doubting His Saving Power because of our imperfections. It is not our strengths that cause Him to accept and redeem us; rather, His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

And we can trust that His timing is perfect, His ways are faultless, and His wisdom is supreme.

Do you want to be healed? Ask for healing. Ask for other believers to pray for you, to lay hands on you if possible, and to ask for your healing.

And then trust God. Not just to heal you in the way your mind understands healing; but just rest in Him, fully accepting what He is giving you in this moment.


Once last thing I'd like for us to consider today is this: While we know God can and has brought healing in the form of miracles, James 1:17 says that EVERY good things comes from God. It might come through the laying on of hands, or through the body's natural healing ability through time, or through natural remedies, or through changing what you put into your body or the thoughts you entertain.

But if it is something good, then the method of delivery is just a detail; the ultimate source of that good thing is God.

Not all that many years ago, we didn't know that smoking caused cancer. And there are reports from that time of people who developed smoking-related diseases and were healed as a miraculous result of prayer.

But how many died from those diseases? And how many die today now that we know the results our actions may have?

Well here's a modern-day equivalent: heart disease. It's our #1 killer. But did you know that only an estimated 3% of cases of heart disease are NOT caused by what we eat?

The only animals who develop atherosclerosis are herbivours. Omnivours and carnivours do not develop that condition.

In Genesis is recorded our natural diet -- plants. The fruit of the trees and the herbs of the field. Also covered in that family of edibles would be nuts and seeds -- and of course grains and beans are seeds.

And modern-day medical science is finally catching up, just as it did 50 years ago with the health risks of smoking.

Just as medical doctors were once frequently seen in ads promoting particular brands of cigarettes, today most of us think nothing of our church outings in which we grill hotdogs and hamburgers covered with cheese.

And when the next one of our congregation is part of the 60% of those in developed nations who develop heart disease, or one of the 375 million who die from heart issues every year, we view it as an inevidable event and hold prayer services petitioning God to reverse the results of our choices.

Choices that we have no intention of changing.

So God might be trying to deliver your healing by exposing you to the knowledge of the role diet plays in physical and emotional well being.

Meat, cheese, fish, eggs, and even vegetable oil cause atheroclerosis. And that build up of plaque in the blood vessels and brain causes heart attacks, strokes, impotence, and even Alzheimer's.

So eat your whole grains, veggies, fruits, roots, and seeds, and just like we learned to say "no" to tobacco, we can say "no" to the deadly effects of meat, dairy, fish, eggs, and minimizing vegetable oil.

I know, this doesn't sound like something we'd expect to hear in a sermon, but we're talking about healing. And not just by one method. God might choose to heal you some way you didn't expect, or even some way you think you don't want.

Follow His lead in all things. Do what is right in this moment. And fully trust in Him to provide everything you need.


So we've talked about healing. What about deliverance? Does something hold you bound? Perhaps an addiction? Or a fear? Or an unwanted desire or reaction?

As long as we are holding on to anything of this earth, anything that is passing away, that thing holds us bound.

To fully be free is to surrender. And to fully surrender is to be free.

Our physical body and its sicknesses and health come and go and will ultimately return to dust.

The person we think we are, the thoughts, the emotions, the mental stories -- that too is only temporary, and changes and ultimately disolves with time.

Our roles of mother, father, son, daughter, husband, wife, employee, boss, evangelist, Christian, pastor, or even human being, are all part of the play on the stage of life. But they, too, are temporary, and they, too are passing away.

And when they do.... what will remain?

For the things of this earth are all passing away.

And to the degree we hold them as part of our identity, to that degree the hold us captive.

Ask God for deliverance. And then stop holding on to that thing -- including your insistance on being rid of it.

Rest with Christ in that heavenly place where you and He are seated in everlasting Glory. Your body, after all, is the temple of God. So when your attention is drawn into excessive thinking, into the dramas, into the stories, into the perceived problems, and out of that deep inner Peace, bring your attention back into the temple. And just feel the Life of God there. Not as a thought or concept in the head, but as you would smell a rose, or feel the gentle breeze on your face, or view a magnificent sunset, or bask in the wonder of a star-filled sky at night.

Let go of the story, and dwell in each present moment with the Life that remains even when every last line has been read and every last stage song has been sung.

And rest in the full trust in and surrender to the Giver of Life and the Life that He gives. And THAT is the greatest healing and deliverance of all.