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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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Colossians 1:1-8
Psalm 52:10-11
Luke 4:38-44

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healing the mind

Jesus “stood over her and addressed Himself to the fever, and it left her. She got up immediately and waited on them.” —Luke 4:39

Jesus heals the sick not only from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, schizophrenia, arthritis, etc., but He also heals for evangelization and ministry. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus healed Simon’s mother-in-law from a fever and for immediate service (Lk 4:39). However, many sick people, like healthy people, are not that interested in evangelization and ministry. They just want to get better and leave it at that. They are probably willing to do a few good deeds, but don’t see themselves witnessing for Jesus in public. Furthermore, they don’t want to get so involved in ministry that their lifestyle would have to change. Many Christian sick people want to live not much differently than non-Christian sick people.

This presents a problem. Jesus calls His followers to a radically different way of life (see Mt 16:25). He wants our priorities to be evangelization and ministry, since those are His priorities. Because He loves us and His people so much, Jesus wants us to get up immediately and wait on His people (Lk 4:39). He calls us to seek first His kingdom and everything else will be given to us (Mt 6:33). Healing is not only changing the condition of our bodies, but primarily changing our minds to be in accord with Jesus.

Prayer:  Father, give me the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16).

Promise:  “He it was who told us of your love in the Spirit.” —Col 1:8

Praise:  Sharon witnesses about her healing from cancer by the power of prayer to every new person she meets.

Reference:  (For a related teaching on Seek First the Kingdom, order, view or download our leaflet on our website.)

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