Monthly Archives: May 2009

Healing Scriptures

The following verses from the Bible will serve as a foundation as you pursue Divine healing. Reading, believing and practicing these Bible verses will put you in the place where God can minister to you. This is not a magical formula. Healing of any type is under the control of God alone. But certainly Jesus is able to provide whatever type of healing we need. Trust Him.

Psalm 30:2 O Lord my God, I called to You for help and You healed me. (NIV)

Psalm 103:3 Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. (NLT)

Psalm 107:20 By the power of his own word, he healed you and saved you from destruction. (CEV)

Proverbs 4:20-22 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them,and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. (NLT)

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (TNIV)

Isaiah 53:3-6 He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all. (NLT)

Matthew 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. (TNIV)

Matthew 8:2-3 Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (NLT)

Matthew 8:17 So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet Isaiah had said, “He healed our diseases and made us well.” (CEV)

Mark 16:17-18 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” (NLT)

John 10:10 A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. (MSG)

Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. (CEV)

James 5:13-16 Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing-prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out. Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. (MSG)

I Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (TNIV)

III John 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. (TNIV)

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pride and falling

In a heart-wrenching conversation with friends yesterday, we discussed a leader’s tendencies to fall to pride. We talked about how important it is to not take it too seriously when people praise you. My friend read from Proverbs 27:21 “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives.” (NIV) One of the greatest tests we will undergo involves our leanings toward arrogance.

Keep your ego in check. Stay humble. Remain in intimate contact with God. When people praise you, deflect the glory to God.


This video symbolizes what God did for us on the cross. In a lesser way, it shows what veterans did for our country. Thank you God and thank you Vets!


God in a box

Can we contain God?
Can we make Him fit into our preconceived set of expectations?
Does God need a predictable arrangement of circumstances before He can do His work?

If we have a past that includes experiencing God, we sometimes expect Him to do a repeat performance. Maybe a few years ago, God moved in your life in a profound way. Maybe, while that experience was happening, a certain song was playing or maybe a particular preacher was ministering. Maybe you were in a particular location of significance – at a church, at an altar, or out in the woods. So you associate your encounter with God with that place or with that person or with that music. So it is quite natural for you, when desiring some time with God, to gravitate toward that place or that atmosphere. If you could just hear that song, God would make Himself available. If they would only play that style of music, God would be present. If they would just bring back the old altar, then you could really connect with God. If only that evangelist would visit, then everything would be great again, like it once was.

Do we realize that God does not need our nice, neat, predictable little set of perfect circumstances in order to do His work? We try to confine God. We do our best to set up hoops for Him to jump through. And so many times, we refuse to recognize His work unless He does it exactly the way that we want it.

A prime example would be worship music. People sometimes define certain artists or styles of music as “anointed” or “inspired”. While we know that God can certainly bless an individual with a unique effectiveness in music ministry, let’s never make the mistake of assuming that God chooses one style of music over another. It would be nice to hear, for the last time, phrases like, “I just can’t worship to that kind of music”, or “I just wish we would do some new songs at church”, or “the old hymns are more anointed than modern music.” What we are really saying is, “I know that God has the same taste in music that I do. We have to do it my way or God will not even be here!”

Loud or quite, electric or acoustic, bluegrass or jazz…God is to be worshiped. Traditional or contemporary, liturgical or emergent…worship God!

Let’s grow up in our worship. Let’s get to the place that no matter where we are, no matter who is present, no matter what style of ministry that is being utilized, we can honor God with true hearts of worship. Apply Matt Redman’s lyrics from the old classic, Heart of Worship: “I’m sorry Lord for the thing I’ve made it (worship), when it’s all about You, Jesus.”


some emotional stuff

In a five minute period of time tonight, I came across a group of young gang members who had just experienced the death of one of their members and I fed three homeless guys, one of whom tried to get violent with me. Relax, he was too drunk to do me any harm.

A bunch of teenagers wearing red shirts standing in front of the Emergency Room, most of them crying in disbelief. Three alcoholics fighting over some leftover fried chicken. These things just shouldn’t be.

I am impacted by the heaviness of the hopelessness in these events. I want to think about the unnecessary pain being experienced. I want to process how all of this is avoidable. But the reality of the pain these people are living through right now is at the forefront of my heart. I am just so sorry for all of them.

We have to distribute some hope and we have to do it now.


worth repeating

I used this quote a while back, but it certainly remains useful…

Do not pray for easy lives, but pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, but pray for power equal to your tasks. Then the accomplishing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself and the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God.

Phillips Brooks
(thanks again, Craig!)


a little affirmation goes a long way

I am making up a new saying today: “an ounce of affirmation covers a multitude of criticism”. OK, I know this is kind of a weird conglomeration of a few well-known sayings but you get what I am driving at, don’t you?

Partly because of insecurities and partly because want to please others, we seem to focus on the negative things that people say to us, especially when it comes to feedback on how we did in a particular task. It has happened to me a hundred times. I finish a message or teaching and ten people will tell me how much they enjoyed it and were blessed by it – and then one person offers a backhanded comment or a criticism – and you know what I go home thinking about. I especially love the “with a little more work, you may actually become a good preacher” or “maybe you should watch more of Pastor Joel” or “where did you find that sermon?” I would say that people mean well but it wouldn’t be true. Some people are just mean.

The point of this post is, something different has happened to me recently. A few folks have offered some sincere and simple appreciation for recent work and it seems to be outweighing the usual negativity. I guess it all depends on the situation and who the people are who are offering the affirmation. But be reminded of how important it is to offer praise where it is due. If you have kids, please take time every day to build them up. If you serve with a team, certainly give thanks to those colleagues. How about sending a quick email to a friend or leader who is proving herself as faithful? You just may be counteracting some sour critic that has ruined that person’s week!

It may sound a little awkward and it doesn’t roll off the tongue, but I like it: “an ounce of affirmation covers a multitude of criticism”.