*Naturally Supernatural

Faith

Yesterday Andy began a new series called Naturally Supernatural in which he asserted: ‘being a part of what God is doing supernaturally should be a natural part of our lives.’ He particularly emphasized asking for supernatural healing through prayer, as we serve a divine God who indeed is able to perform divine healing. I thought this notion was particularly poignant, yet remarkably understated in my own history as a follower of Christ. It’s amazing how sometimes we simply forget to grab hold of our faith and lean on it fully in the times where it feels like we are drowning in a sea of physical and spiritual ailments when our Lord desires true wholeness for our lives.
The entire sermon can be listened to here.
Here are my notes!
-Of course, we don’t hold any special powers, it is God himself who desires to work through us.
There can be instantaneous healing and progressive healing.
-Does God want to heal us?
The short answer is yes.
But aside from healing, God always wants to make us whole.
And this healing can be different than a physical healing.
God wants to bring us into whole-ness
The single Greek word ‘Sozo‘ means: ‘Save, healed, and made well’
(Luke uses this term in his gospel writings) *The word can also mean cured or delivered.
God really is concerned about our wholeness. Wholeness is greater than healing.
– God is interested in our soul, our spirit, and our body.
– God wants to take us from ‘so so’ into ‘sozo’
– God is the author of all healing
– Medical science and Gods healing are not enemies. Science and faith are not at odds here; science can heal, but it is God who brings us into wholeness…
(God is concerned about Wholeness more than whether your knee is healed)
God always wants to free us from fear
– Often, we don’t pray for ourselves or for others simply out of the fear at they will not be healed.
– Can you see how the logic of this is simply flawed??
-If we are responding in fear, we are not responding in faith —Satan is the author of fear. Lets exercise prayer and try prayer; all of these fears prevent us from exercising our faith!
He is able
I am the God who heals you
Exodus 15:26
He is willing
And there cometh to him a leper, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And being moved with compassion, he stretched forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou made clean. (Mark 1:40, 41 ASV)
Does faith matter in healing?
-He did only a few miracles there because of their unbelief.
Matthew 13:58
We place our faith in that he is willing and able!
It doesn’t matter what you have to offer, it simply matters that you lay hold of your faith. God is willing and able.

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