RECEIVING HEALING

Health is a need for everybody. People go to different institutions like hospitals to name but one, to receive healing from different conditions. Treatment is provided by medical professions trained in different specialities. Thank God for these professionals.

There is another way that people receive their healing direct from God. That is why the hospital ministry is being done. Jesus Christ who used to heal, is still healing today. The Bible says He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The same power that operated through Him is the same power that operate in believers today.

The recipient of this type of healing needs to understand that the healer is Jesus Christ through the believer, to the sick person. The faith of the recipient needs to be developed first for her or him to receive healing. Some people received their healing instantly, some received their healing gradually. We thank God for healing people through hospital ministry. The number of inpatients have reduced remarkably as compared to the number of inpatients when we started at the beginning of February 2018. We minister to the sick in hospital once a week.

We give God the glory and praise.

Sinah Baloyi

The Man Born Blind

I am frequently asked about the story in John, chapter 9, concerning Jesus’ response to the man born blind.

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:2-4)

This passage can be confusing if we aren’t well grounded in the subject of healing and where sickness came from. Was Jesus saying that God caused this man to be born blind so that Jesus could later heal him? I don’t believe so.

Physical sicknesses, birth defects and deformities are not the work of God, but rather the results of the power of sin in the human race. Death, sickness and physical limitations were not a part of God’s creation. They are a result of sin in the earth. Not necessarily personal sin, but simply the impact of sin within the genetic makeup of men which is passed down through generations.

If blindness and sickness bring glory to God, why was no one glorifying God for this man’s blindness, or for the sicknesses and diseases that were rampant in Israel in Jesus’ day? Why did Jesus heal all who came to Him without exception if these sicknesses were the will of God for His glory? Was Jesus diminishing God’s glory by healing the sick? Or, is it obvious that God was being glorified when healings took place?

Jesus declared that this blindness was not the result of a personal sin or the sin of his parents. Nevertheless, it was an opportunity for the works of God. The work of God was this man’s sight, not his blindness. God was glorified when healing took place, not before.

Every malady in the human race is an opportunity for the works of God. Every manifestation of sin, darkness, corruption and suffering is a chance to bring healing and deliverance. Rather than assigning blame, Jesus did the work of God.​

While it is still day (while grace and faith are available through the body of Christ), we should be about the business of doing the works of God.

Barry Bennett

A Timely Word

Is the Bible God’s Word?

There is a growing movement in some Christian circles to establish the Bible as fallible and only an imperfect guide to knowing God and Jesus. The reasons are clear. The Bible gets in the way of the Jesus or Father they have imagined. Nevertheless, Jesus had complete confidence and faith in the Old Testament and made sure that the minds of the disciples were opened to understand it.

“Now He said to them, ‘These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:44-45)

Here are some other statements that demonstrate Jesus’ thoughts on that which is written:

“he is not to honor his father or his mother. And thus you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.” (Matt 15:6)

“thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.” (Mark 7:13)

“If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken).” (John 10:35)

But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God (Mt. 22:31)

Type the phrase ‘have you not read’ into your Bible search feature and you will find seven such statements spoken by Jesus. The term ‘it is written’ is found over 30 times in the gospels and another 39 times in the rest of the New Testament! Apparently Jesus and the other New Testament authors believed in the Old Testament scriptures as the Word of God.

​”All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17) The word “inspired” is literally “God-breathed.” This is an interesting phrase since it declares that the Scriptures are from the mouth of God.

The Bible carries God’s authority. Jesus quoted it to defeat Satan.

The Bible carries God’s life. People are born again by believing and reading the Scriptures.

The Bible can heal the sick. Many have been healed by the promises found in the Word of God. It is health to our flesh.

The Bible gives birth to faith, vision and hope.

This article could go on for pages. Please be certain that all who question the infallibility of Scripture do so because they don’t want to believe Scripture. They have their own agenda which leads to confusion, loss and ultimately destruction.

“that…. you might learn not to exceed what is written, in order that no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other.” (1 Cor. 4:6)

Barry Bennett