“Do you want to be made well?” I believe Jesus is asking this same question to many of His followers today. How each of us answers this question is vital. There are always obstacles blocking us from experiencing God’s will in our lives. Are we focusing on the obstacles or on what God has already provided? The story is recorded in John 5:1-15. “When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” John 5:6-7 NKJV
This man was very cognizant of the obstacles that were preventing his healing. The apostle Paul handled his many obstacles differently. If you’ll remember, Paul had more obstacles blocking God’s will in his life than almost anyone else. In fact, let’s look at an example from Paul’s life.
The envious men from Antioch and Iconium brought persecution against Paul. But they were only instruments used by the source of the persecution, which was the messenger of Satan. Wherever Paul went, the evil spirit worked to incite the people against him. This evil spirit—this messenger from Satan—was the thorn in Paul’s side.
We find in Numbers 33:55, where the Lord told Moses that if the Israelites did not drive out the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, those inhabitants would be irritants in their eyes, thorns in their sides and be a continuing trouble to them. Well, in like manner, Paul describes this evil angel as a thorn in his side. But Paul overcame this thorn.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7, Paul says, “There was given me a thorn in the flesh,” (and then Paul tells us what that thorn in the flesh was) “Satan’s Angel to deal blows at me.” Here we learn that an evil spirit was assigned to Paul in order to stop the word from being preached. Paul had received an abundance of revelation, wouldn’t you agree? And Satan came to snatch the word away and stop Paul from the ministry God had called him to.
Mark 4:15 teaches us about the principle of what happens when God’s word is planted. It says, “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
God had given Paul authority over Satan, in the name of Jesus. And you and I have the same power that Paul had to enforce that authority… the name of Jesus. We do this by directly commanding the evil spirit to depart and we resist that persecuting spirit steadfastly. James 4:7 reminds us, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Going back to the scripture about Paul’s thorn in the flesh, it says, “For this thing I besought the Lord three times, that it might depart from me.” If you want results, don’t ask God to deal with the devil for you. Just as God told Moses to drive out the inhabitants of the land, and just as Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves directly when He was in the boat and the disciples were afraid, He instructs you and me to drive out the demons or the evil spirits from the affairs of your life–in His name. Look at Mark 16:17. “In My name they will cast out demons…” Also we find in James 4:7, stating it again because of this scripture’s importance, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
If I sound a little passionate about this subject, it’s NOT because it is taught in seminary. And I didn’t get this from another preacher. This comes from the Word of God, the Spirit of God AND I have found this to be true in my own life. It just plain works. If you are sick and want to be well don’t wait around expecting God to ‘zap’ you. Pray and expect God to heal and in the meantime do whatever you need to do … because God truly DOES want you well. Blend the practical with the miraculous. Add the natural to the supernatural. He has already done all that He needs to do for you to experience healing. But you have to fight for it.
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Thank you for this crucial reminder: the importance of obedience. We need to understand
that obeying means deciding for God’s best. His ways are always the way of life. Pastor Bill
Thanks for this important and timely message Capt Dale. Tomorrow I will attend the memorial service for a former in law – who recently hanged herself. She lost her battle with those demons you describe masquerading as her own depression. Thank you. Randy T
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