Friday, July 15, 2011

Create The Faith-atmosphere

And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round about the villages, teaching (Mark 6:5-6).

Once, a dear lady expressed her desperation in trying to get a loved one, who wasn't a Christian to receive healing. The reason she gave was that it'll make the sick fellow know for sure that Jesus is real. Well, whether or not that fellow receives his healing, Jesus is real; it's important to first put that in perspective. Yes, miracles provide the evidence of God's presence with us, and His closeness to us, but they're those who still remain skeptical even after seeing a miracle. For example, the Bible shows that though Jesus performed so many miracles amongst the people, some still didn't believe on Him (John 12:37).

Understand that God's Word is the only proven material that produces faith in people. So what you do for an unbeliever who's in dire need of healing is to first create an atmosphere of faith for him to receive salvation by making intercessory prayers to God on his behalf.

In Hebrew 4:16, the Bible shows us that we can obtain mercy from God's throne of grace, to help those who are in need to receive God's favour. This is done through effectual, fervent and continued prayer (James 5:16). So praying intensely for such people that their hearts and minds will be opened and receptive to the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ is important. The Bible says the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes (Romans 1:16).

Secondly, it's important to make the Word of God abundantly available to them, so they can hear it again and again. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Anyone who can hear the Word of God has the opportunity to have faith stirred in his heart to receive salvation and any other miracle they desire. Without hearing the Word, you can't have faith, for faith comes to you in the Word.

You're God's point of contact to reaching the unsaved: "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14). So, much more than getting your unsaved loved ones to be healed, intercede for them in prayer and make the Word abundantly available to them as well.

Dear Father, I thank you for making me your point of contact to reach the lost and make your Gospel known to them. I fulfill my ministry today as a minister of reconciliation, manifesting the savour of your knowledge everywhere I go, in Jesus' Name.

Rhapsody of Realities  July 23,2011
-Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

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