01/09/Th – Teaching, Preaching, & Healing

Genesis 9:20-10:32; Matthew 4:23-25; Psalms 5:1-6; Proverbs 2:16-22

NT: “Now Jesus began to go all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Then the news about him spread throughout Syria. So they brought to him all those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralytics. And he healed them.” (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭4:23-24‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

As Jesus followed the Father’s will through the leading of the Holy Spirit, everything in His life included aspects of teaching and explaining God’s word, preaching the good news of the Kingdom of God being at hand, and then demonstrating both the truths of the word and the present authority of the Kingdom by healing people of anything that oppressed them. True disciples of Jesus follow Him in what He is doing. If everything that Jesus did included aspects of teaching, preaching, and healing – then as we lay our lives before the Lord and submit to His leading through the Holy Spirit, then every aspect of our lives should as well. If we find that we are not doing that, then as we submit our lives fully to Him, He will show us where and how to fully integrate those practices in our lives.

Psalms: “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you and watch expectantly. For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil cannot dwell with you.” (‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:3-4‬ ‭CSB‬‬)

When David says, “plead my case,” the original language connotes laying everything out before – so I see him laying out all his concerns, all his questions, all his plans, all his fears… everything, first thing in the morning, before he starts his day. He does this, because he knows he can trust the Lord implicitly… even better than he can trust himself, for he knows that the Lord despises wickedness and has not even the slightest tinge of evil in Him whatsoever. So… In the morning, you will hear my voice, and in the morning I will lay everything before You to be taught by You, to be led by You, to welcome Your kingdom rule in and through my life, and allow You to heal anything in me that is off.

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