By PASTOR ROB GRANGER
Many Christians today; that is, people who have confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord and are trying to live to please Him, know who God is, but may not really know Him. God desires that we know Him, that He may have an open door to work in our lives. The Bible tells us plainly, “For he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV).
We may claim to know God and may indeed know about God. I may know about a celebrity, but I don’t know him or her. Our relationship with God may be the same way. The more we study the Bible, the more we find that some of what is taught by theologians is, in fact, incorrect, though some of it is true. I encourage you to not rely strictly on what preachers tell you, but search the Bible for yourself and discover just how good God really is.
There are many in churches today who don’t believe healing still occurs and yet, we see many examples from Scripture of Jesus, “Healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23, NKJV). Which is harder to believe, that God is able to save our eternal souls or to heal our mortal bodies? Certainly, to heal our bodies. Most of the time we readily accept salvation, more than we accept healing.
Jesus said it this way: “Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:24, NKJV). We easily believe we have received salvation and so, we have it. If we were to easily receive healing, we would see it manifest more than we do. If we truly knew how much God loves us, we would be able to receive every blessing of God (see Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 1:3).
Healing is only one way we experience the true nature of God. Many years ago, I was addicted to tobacco – nicotine. I had given my heart to the Lord and was convicted that nicotine had a hold on my life. I felt that unless I gave it up, I couldn’t go as far in my relationship with the Lord as I desired. My aunt (now passed), a minister strong in faith, helped me to take a personal stand on the Word of God for myself and receive the promise that Jesus had already paid the price on the Cross for my addiction.
I anchored my faith on Isaiah 53:5: “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” I believed the Word of God more than my circumstances and I was instantly set free.
What do you need God to do in your life today? Ask Him to help you and “Only believe” (see Mark 5:36; Luke 8:50). This is the reason Jesus came: to reveal the true nature of God to you and me.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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