Matthew 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” NASU
In my prayer time and musing on God, the things of God, and His word throughout the day recently, I developed a sense of deep dissatisfaction and intense hunger. My dissatisfaction was not that I was displeased with my home, family, friends, etc. My dissatisfaction was that I was dissatisfied in the condition of complacency or status quo spiritually. I did not think I was complacent or had embraced the mindset of status quo but as that dissatisfaction has grown I realized that is exactly where I was.
I believe that God can do anything, but I am not seeming Him do many things. I believe that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, but have a sense that, there are times when my life suggests that He has ceased the miraculous. I have grown tired of going to hospitals and into homes and praying for people to get better and for God to guide the physicians and surgeons and wanted to see the manifestation of God’s Power and Glory in this present hour. Some believe that is for bygone eras but if Jesus is the same and His word is the same and His commandments and covenants are true, I cannot relegate His miraculous to another time. I believe it is for today!
I have experienced divine healing in my own body. I saw the X-rays of a broken radial head in my right arm completely normal after ten days. I saw the two X-rays compared side by side and on the first, the bone was broken and depressed enough that normally surgery would have resulted and the second there was no break and no separation of bone. I had parathyroid cancer and underwent surgery. The doctors told me that they were not sure they got it all and since the parathyroid hormone levels did not drop as expected, remaining high, it was likely they did not. We scheduled a second surgery and began to pray. I would sit in my vehicle every day at lunch and pray, quoting God’s promises, meditating on His Promised, and rejoicing in His goodness and about ten days before the surgery I felt a warmth flow through me. I believed I was healed and the blood tests, a day or two later, required before surgery revealed that the PTH levels had dropped to the low side of normal. The doctor said, “This does not happen. God did this!” I have been cancer free now for 14 years and rejoice in His healing.
I have witnessed healings of different conditions, situations, and relationships both physical, spiritual, emotional, and financial. My experience does not determine my doctrine but when my experience and the Bible align, I develop a conviction that is unshakable. My conviction is that Jesus still does what He did and still wants to today. Isaiah’s prophecy about the coming LORD revealed that in His work of atonement He also bore the stripes for our healing and that, I believe, covers far more than the spiritual. He did not need stripes for our spiritual healing He shed His blood.
Jesus told the disciples to pray, “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed by Your Name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…” Notice several things, please. Notice the periods in the verse. We sometimes quote it with little thought as to the import and impact of the passage. Oh, Father, You Name is Hallowed! We worship God the Father who is in heaven. Your Kingdom come! We are to ask for the Kingdom of God, the Presence of God, the Rule and Reign of God to be manifest on Earth. Father, Your will be done… There is no period there but a comma because the punctuation reveals where and if you will when we are to expect both His Kingdom to be manifest and His will to be done. Where is On Earth ‘just as’ or ‘as it is’ done in Heaven. When, I would contend is Now! We do not need to pray for the Kingdom of God to come when we get to Heaven, IT IS! We do not need to pray for the will of God to be done in Heaven, IT IS!
Jesus said, in Matthew 28 that ALL Authority has been given to Him both in heaven and on earth. He operates in both dimensions or worlds. His commission was to those there and us now to “Go, therefore…” Go and do what and with what authority and with what power? We are to not only take the Gospel witness to the world but once we reach them we are to disciple them. That is far more than simply catching the fish or planting the harvest it is development, preparation, and requires a huge investment of ourselves in their lives. We are to baptize them and Teach them. Teach them what? To observe ALL things, I have commanded you.
The word translated “observe” is ‘tereo’ which means to guard, protect, keep an eye upon and to keep unmarred. Remember Jesus’ words in John 14:12? What did He say? He said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do will he do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father.” There is no greater work than Salvation so if His statement conveyed the idea beyond or other than Salvation how do we relegate His miraculous to the past? Notice verses 15-18, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” That is nothing short of amazing!
Was His instruction to go into all the world and preach that included ‘signs and wonders’ following the preaching not one of His Commandments? My friends, I am dissatisfied with feeling impotent when faced with the need of the miraculous and with the assaults of the devil against the lives of people who are hurting in this world. I am hungry for More of God and the words of John the Baptist ring in my ears, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Also, the cry of the Psalmist in 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?” Read the remainder of that chapter for encouragement and get a sense of his dissatisfaction, desperation, and hunger.
I leave you with the words of Jesus which is an incredible promise and should be an inspiration to motivate us to press into His presence. Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks, finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Is that the current condition of our lives and our prayers? Are we receiving, finding, and seeing His doors opened including the miraculous? Get thirsty and stay thirsty, my friends. Until we become dissatisfied enough to create a longing and hunger in our hearts for more of God will we remain in the status quo. That is unacceptable or should be!
May God bless you and may you develop an insatiable hunger for God and His presence!