Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
I lift up my eyes to you, to you whose throne is in heaven. As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy. Psalm 123:1–2, NIV
Lord our God, we lift our hearts to you, our help in every need. You do so much for us even in difficult times, letting us always see your light and giving us your help in the many things you want us to bear in your strength, O Almighty God. In the end you will help our age come to your light. Through your great mercy let us receive your Word. Bless it within our hearts, and help us to serve you everywhere we go and in everything we are allowed to do. Amen.
Healing—The Children’s Bread
But [Jesus] answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs. —Matthew 15:26
The Syrophenician woman wanted healing for her daughter. Jesus called healing “the children’s bread.” If healing was the children’s bread back then, it’s still the children’s bread today. Who were the children back then? The lost sheep of the house of Israel. Who are the children today? These Scriptures tell us: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Romans 8:16 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…. 1 John 3:1 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12 We are the children! Healing is our bread! We have been grafted into God’s family through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Through the new birth, we are now new creatures in Christ, the children of God. Psalm 37:25 says, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” We don’t have to beg for bread, because the bread belongs to us through Jesus Christ. It’s part of our redemption, our covenant, our inheritance in Christ. God doesn’t want us begging for healing, because healing belongs to us.
Confession: Jesus called healing the children’s bread. I qualify for that bread, for I’m a child of God. I don’t beg for healing; I receive it now because it already belongs to me.
But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:8–9, NIV
Lord God Almighty, bring in the day, the day of Jesus Christ, through whom we shall be united. Then we shall recognize each other as fellow citizens, as brothers and sisters, and we shall have peace on earth. Give your Spirit anew, O Lord our God. Free and enlighten every heart so that each person can acknowledge the Word you have given and hold fast to all your promises, even in dark and troubled times. Be with us. Be with our people. Help us in our times, O Lord God. We wait for you. We await your peace, a new peace – not the old peace, not a return to comfort and selfish desires, but your peace – which shall bring us into the life of heaven, where we find Jesus Christ, the Living One, our Shepherd and Leader. Amen.
A Crippled Man Walks
And [throughout Lycaonia] they preached the gospel. And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: the same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked. —Acts 14:7-10
Paul and Barnabas were preaching the Gospel, the Good News, in the cities of Lycaonia. Good news to a sinner is that he can be saved, good news to a poor man is that his needs can be met, and good news to a sick man is that he can be healed. As they preached in Lystra, a crippled man who had never walked sat in the crowd. Suddenly, something radically changed his condition. What was it that changed the course of his life? “The same heard Paul speak.” The man heard the Gospel. Healing had to be part of the Gospel Paul and Barnabas were preaching. How do we know? Because Romans 10:17 says faith cometh by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Therefore, the man had to hear on healing to have faith for healing. (Rom. 10:17.) Then, while he heard, Paul “stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.” A miracle happened that day, but the first step he took that set a new course in his life was to hear. He tapped into the connection between hearing and healing.
Confession: Hearing God’s Word produces faith in me. Therefore, as I continually hear the Word, I walk in divine health, peace, and abundance.
You Can Do Something About the Devil
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority. —Matthew 8:5-9
There’s a connection between understanding authority and having great faith. Sometimes a believer’s faith doesn’t operate because he doesn’t understand his authority. When the believer starts to receive from God, the devil steals from him, and he doesn’t realize he can stop the devil in his tracks. So we must develop an understanding of the authority God has given us. Authority is not our own power or strength. The best term to explain authority is “delegated power.” You see, Jesus delegated authority to us: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt. 18:18). In other words, what we forbid is forbidden, and what we allow is allowed. Jesus is the Head of the Church. We’re His body on this earth with the right to use the authority vested in His name. The body has the same authority as the Head. God is waiting for us to give orders to the enemy so He can legally enforce them. We’re the ones with the authority to do something about the devil.
Confession: Jesus has spoken healing to me through His Word, and I have authority to stop the devil from hindering me. Healing is mine in Jesus’ name.