Posts Tagged ‘sickness’

Healing, divine intent, prayer and fellowship with GOD are topics, today.  Also, there is more on racism that appears through church attendance.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using ID “A B” (Level 5 with 9,106 points, a member since May 03, 2012) posted the following:

 

Religion and spirituality, why would God need prayers to decide to heal or do good?

If I see a child dying of ebola and it lies in my power to instantly cure it, I will unhesitatingly do it, without need to be prompted by someone else. But why does God need to be asked to do good and end suffering? Why prayer?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014)—(5.)  Most Christian believers abandon racist thinking when they see it cancels, interferes with, and directly opposes multiple doctrines and teachings from GOD.  For example, Christians are to embrace accountability, duty, and shared responsibility as custodians and spokespersons for Christ through the same imparted Spirit of power and wisdom from the time of Adam that was deposited in believers of the early church at Pentecost.  Inseparable aspects of divinity identify all those belonging to the kingdom of GOD.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, humility, innocence, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wrath against sin, and zeal.  Often racist behavior within the church is no less than defiance, envy, fear of exposure of ones weaknesses, lack of respect that results from issues of self-esteem, rebellion, rejection of divine law, and denial that divine authority may be exercised through or invested within others.

(6.)  Through Jesus Christ many accept an identity and inheritance as spiritual Jews.  It is a common error that Catholicism and Judaism are only for whites, just as many believe that Islam is only for people of color, and for blacks.  Because of bias, ignorance and prejudice many are unaware of African bishops, nuns, cardinals and congregations among Catholics as well as Spain and Portugal-based (Hispanic or Sephardic) Jews, Chinese, and Ethiopian Jews.  There also are records of the Marranos and black Moorish Jews (Maghrib, Sudan and Iberian Pennisula).  The Black Hebrew Israelites and similar organizations promoting Black Judaism have existed mainly in the United States among African Americans as early as 1886.  Since 1969, Black Hebrews have migrated to Israel, however, they did not attain legal status until 1990.  To many of us, this is curious and a sign of racism, for historically, Gentile converts and proselytes have appeared among the Jews from the time that Moses as a prophet to the Hebrews left Egypt followed by a “mixed multitude” who also entered into covenant with the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.    In many cases, the “high visibility” absence of ethnic and racial diversity within neighborhood churches and assemblies have been the result of separation and survival mechanisms required for those experiencing migration from the rural South to cities, and immigration to America from Europe.  Often, the effect of culture shock, disappointments and limitations for housing, income, and job opportunities have amplified distrust, fear, and the sense that cultural heritage is threatened with destruction.  As concern for maintaining the original customs, practices and traditions within communities becomes heightened, there are repeated efforts to restate and preserve fundamental principles, and to refresh (we say, revive) the elements of worship.  In addition to government policies of discrimination and segregation, there have been unseen patterns for inclusion within communities that have a controlling influence upon church attendance along with the social and spiritual growth of believers.  Included have been continuing to support extended families, problems from using dialects and language acquisition, maintaining small businesses and property ownership as well as the peculiar challenges to youth and to the aged.  Consider again Galatians 3:  27-29, Psalm 75:  5-7, Luke 13:  28-30, Colossians 3:  1-17 and Revelation 7:  9-10, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.  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 have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain:  and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.  (James 5:  13-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What GOD Demands (05/10/2014); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); The 2nd Prayer Death (02/22/2014); Why Christians Pray for Others (01/12/2014); GOD is Jesus? (01/13/2014); Naaman the Leper (12/21/2012); Did Jesus Know? (12/22/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012);  Double Standard? (10/12/2012)

 

“A B”, here are a few points to consider that are useful to the followers of Jesus Christ:

(1.)  Start with this:  GOD does not know you in an intimate sense, just as you do not know GOD until a peculiar level of communication and shared experience are in effect.  Without change, cleansing, growth, you are another material object among millions, who lack godly quality, or divine substance that would fit you to be an eternal companion to the Most High.

(2.)  By the grace and divine prerogative demonstrated through Jesus Christ, you are being “called” and welcomed into new aspects of reality (they have been there all the time) where permanent changes are being made to your spirit content, how you function, and your ways of operating.  On the basis of intercessions by Christ as well as divine intent and eternal purposes, spiritual gifts and benefits are being provided to you from GOD.

(3.)  In part, GOD maintains distance and separation from created beings and living creatures in order to limit distractions and interruption of sacred operations, and to establish clear and inarguable authority.  Also, the infirmity of the living requires distance from the awesome presence of GOD.  In the same way divine law is provided to identify sin, and reveal the righteousness of GOD, law (we may say, rules, divine order, discipline) is a form of protection that is essential to right relationship.

Of course, there is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Life experience for mankind has been established by GOD as a “mechanical process” having fixed cycles, patterns and sequences.  However, disease and illness regularly appear through operations of finite human will, and as a consequence of men rejecting the divine frameworks, willfully violating the laws for health.  As surely as many deny the social order, men then seek to reverse the natural order.  The transformation of mankind to live as immortal and incorruptible requires multiple sacred processes.  Included are birth, death, atonement, forgiveness, resurrection, sacrifice, and sanctification.  While evil (calamity, catastrophe, upheaval) is a divine tool to reveal the active presence of GOD, many refuse to come to GOD for healing because they know they will have to fulfill their duty to GOD as their Creator.  Healing comes by relationship, not cures, elixirs, and medicines.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Four additional points are shared, today, on faith healing and “prayer death.”

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014)—(6.)  Agents not Caretakers.  The notion that adults are caretakers and property managers over minor children very often prevails above the idea that adults are agents to carry out and express a child’s needs, the child’s desires, the child’s integrity of person, and the child’s will.  Many Christian believers continue to operate with the understanding that minor children have no value as sentient beings in communion with GOD, and are only an expense and a liability that make no contribution to the prosperity or survival of communities, of their own families, or of the communities of faith.  More than this, they are accounted as “expendable”.  The Scriptures declare that children are the heritage of the Lord—a treasure and wealth that belongs to GOD.  Yet, many regard children as dependent and unable to make sound choices and decisions on their own behalf, or the behalf of others.  The subtle and widespread error therefore persists that children are human property of their parents, and may be destroyed, manipulated, promoted, or replaced in accordance with the emotional, psychological or spiritual expression of the adults who conceive them.  Parents absolutely must know and accept that their children are not their own, and their duty is to assist the child in developing after the divine will.  See Luke 1:  13-16 and 39-47, Jeremiah 1:  5-10, KJV.  (7.)  Adult Responsibility.  The duty of every adult believer is to behave in the most balanced, complete, mature, stable manner to nourish divinity and godliness in their children at all times.  While it is natural for children to refuse medical assistance because of fear, separation involved, uncertainty and weakness; the same can be unnatural for adults.  At the least it may be adult ignorance, immaturity and insensitivity, when parents fail to acknowledge that the bodies and minds of children do not function, and cannot be maintained in the same manner as for those who are full grown.  At its worst, it is arrogance, covetousness, criminal malice, “playing GOD,” and presumption.  Even though the Scriptures record that Elijah the Tishbite was miraculously delivered by GOD when Queen Jezebel swore to kill him; we are not to seek the same miracle to set food on our tables in our own homes, and for our own families.  GOD commanded the prophet to hide by the brook Cherith, to drink of its waters, and that GOD would command the ravens to feed him there.  See 1st Kings 17:  1-6, KJV.  (8.)  Redemption.  For many Christian believers, commitment to GOD through Jesus Christ requires a conscious decision to prayerfully and quietly bear suffering.  Adults routinely make similar knowing and willing choices (we may say, sacrifice) when challenged by duties and opportunities such as childbearing, homemaking, marriage, and military service.  Children are thought capable of only animal behavior, to operate in terms of appetite, emotion and instinct, rather than intellect, logic and reason.  All things dedicated and devoted to GOD, including children, may only  be conveyed and transferred into the divine presence (we say, heaven) by their presentation, slaying, and burning upon a holy altar.  Otherwise, they achieve status and acceptance by payment of a redemption price.  For the tribes of Jacob that left Egypt following Moses, the entire tribe of Levi became the redemption payment to GOD.  Later, Christ would come for salvation and redemption of all by a new covenant.  Even so, those who are redeemed continue as promised to GOD, and must serve as living sacrifices.  See Genesis 22:  1-3, Numbers 8:  17-19, Deuteronomy 18:  1, 1st Samuel 1:  21-28, Luke 2:  39-50 and Romans 12:  1-3, KJV.  (9.)  About Doctors and Medications.  Lacking meekness (i.e., willingness to be instructed and led by the holy writings and the imparted, indwelling Spirit), many will insist on their own way displaying the attitude that says, “you can’t teach me nothing; I’m right when I’m wrong, because….”  Yet, the Bible reports the use of balms, herbs, ointments, salt, spices, and even wine for treating injuries, maladies, sickness, and wounds.  Hezekiah was king of Judah when the word of the Lord came to him, that he would die of his sickness, despite the divine provision of physicians and other counselors.  The king was given a second prophecy that he would live another fifteen years, after obeying the prophet’s counsel to apply a poultice of figs.  Men are healed routinely by GOD through purging (we say, inner cleansing), proper diet, and rest.  Healing may occur naturally over time.  Divine intervention is rarely required given that sickness appears in known patterns that respond to familiar remedies.  While children are often more resilient than adults, and may bounce back from illness and fight off disease, they usually do not maintain careful regimens of hygiene, and are continually exposed to unseen germs and uncleanness.  It is no more a lack of faith to call for the service of those who have made careful study of disease and its cure, and are trained to assist adults and children, than it is a lack of faith to call a skilled mechanic to repair ones automobile.  When divine intervention is made, frequently it will come through agents appointed by GOD; and the healing will turn on rightly receiving them as having been sent by GOD.  Unfortunately, the account of a woman healed when she touched the hem of Jesus’ garment tends to convince many that doctors are dangerous and unreliable.  Jesus is cast in the mold of a country rabbi, a stranger seeking reputation as a doctor and theologian in Jerusalem.  Thinking like thieves, those weak in faith usually conclude that all physicians (and reverend doctors) are sent by the devil, are greedy, are grasping, are impersonal, are indifferent, and will exploit a person’s illness for money.  In pride, such believers assert that only they themselves are an acceptable provision from GOD.  These are as unlikely to accomplish healing for themselves of others as those who feel that sickness is divine punishment that must be accepted, or that fellow at the pool of Bethesda, drowning in self-pity, and awaiting the troubling of the waters, rather than the coming of Christ, the One Sent.  Their error is both that they condemn those truly appointed to heal, and they trust in prophets to heal who have not been sent for that purpose.  See 2nd Kings 2:  21, 2nd Kings 20:  5-7, Isaiah 1:  5-6, Jeremiah 23:  20-22, Jeremiah 30:  12-14, Ezekiel 13:  5-7, Matthew 9:  20-22, Matthew 14:  35-36 and John 5:  1-24, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.  And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?  Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.  Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.  They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.  Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread.  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life:  he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.  But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.  (John 6:  24-38, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Intercession (12/27/2013); Jesus Is GOD’s Word (12/28/2013); GOD Enjoys Judgment? (12/19/2013); Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); A Lid on Love? (09/27/2013); Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); The Divine Use of a Human Life? (04/23/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)

 

For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble:  and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.  (Malachi 4:  1-2, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC