(WHEN MEN FAIL, CHRIST ALWAYS SUCCEEDS!)
During the Sunday online service, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh preached a sermon titled “The Word of Life and Healing”. Her text was taken from the Books of Exodus 15:22-27 and Proverbs 4:20-22. In the Book of Exodus 15, Jehovah God, for the first time, introduces Himself as Jehovah Rapha (God the Physician or God the Doctor). This is the story: the people of God escaped from the Egyptians as God parted the Red Sea for them. Their pursuers were drawn in the same waters. They became very happy and started praising God for the mighty deliverance. Then, they started walking thru the wilderness towards Mount Sinai, to meet with God and to worship Him there. Only three days later, they became thirsty and angry. They saw a pool of water, but when they drank it, it was bitter. The pool was called Marah, which in Hebrew in means ‘bitter, angry or frustrated’. Immediately, they started complaining against Moses. In Hebrew, the word ‘complain’ means to grumble, to speak negatively (to yourself and to others), to become stubborn and refuse to co-operate with the God or His delegated authority. Be careful! Grumbling is a seed of rebellion which is ‘like the sin of witchcraft’ (1Sam 15:23). Complainers never become leaders! But Moses did the right thing. He cried (prayed) to God for a solution to this problem. Lesson: a Christian does not complain. He prays and God will answer! God’s Word is Life and Breakthru power in any situation! That is all we need!
“A satisfied soul loathes the honeycomb, but to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet” (PV 27:7). The worldly people complain all the time. They love this world and are satisfied only with material things. But their satisfaction is superficial for even the pleasures of life seem bitter to them. But the Christians, they hunger after God and His Word. That is why they are always grateful. Even during difficult ‘bitter’ times, they find the sweetness of God’s presence and are satisfied with it.
When Moses prayed, God showed him a tree planted by the bitter waters. The word ‘show’ means a teacher who points at something, for the student to see the solution to the problem. This is what God does. After you pray, wait for God’s ‘pointing finger’ and you shall find the ‘way of escape’ from the problem. The tree God was pointing at looked like an ordinary tree. The word ‘tree’ also means ‘the Carpenter’. God the Father pointed Moses to see Christ Crucified. The Cross is always the solution to all problems of sin or sickness. The solution is not far. It was planted by the bitter waters. God’s solution is provided besides your problem. God told Moses to cut that tree. Spiritually speaking that was the death of Christ on the Cross. Then Moses should ‘cast down’ the tree in the bitter waters, and they shall become ‘sweet’ or healthy. The command to ‘cast down’ is very important. It is not enough to find the scriptures that may help you. You must be able to apply them to your situation, to cast them into your bitter waters. This is God’s wisdom! Only when the Word touches your situation, the miracle of healing or deliverance happens! There are other examples when people had to ‘cast down’ something before the miracle happened (Ex 4:3; Jn 21:6; 1 Pet 5:7). No casting down, no miracle! God cares for you! As the waters became sweet and people rejoiced, God made a statute and tested them. The word ‘statute’ is the same as the word Doctor’s ‘prescription’. God tests your attitude to Him especially during trying times. God also tests your faith before you are ‘qualified’ to receive a miracle. God tests out diligent seeking of His presence, the motives of our worship and of faith in His Word. May we pay the price for spiritual maturity! Then miracles shall be our portion! In Jesus’ name!
Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh read another great healing promise in God’s Word: “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are LIFE to those who find them, and HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH” (PV 4:20-22; NKJ). She said that divine healing is always connected with God’s Word and faith. For the miracle of life and healing to happen, three organs must be involved, kept pure and focused on God’s Word: the ears, the eyes, and the heart. Do not read the Bible the way you read your school textbook or the newspaper. When you read the Bible, you must ‘give attention’ to God’s Word. You ‘incline’ your ear to God’s Word. To incline it means that you bend your ear. To bend your ear, you must bend your head and body, like a servant waiting for the master. A humble faithful servant or student like attitude is necessary to receive healing. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus! Look on His lovely face! Also, keep God’s Word in the center of your heart. The seed must be sown deep to make roots and produce fruits. Then it produces spiritual life in your soul and healing to your body. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2Cor 5:7). Please observe that only Doctor Jesus can heal ‘all your flesh’ with just one Word, with just one touch. The medical doctors do not have a drug that can treat all your diseases at the same time. But God’s Word received by faith is ‘health to ALL YOUR FLESH’. Is that not a wonderful promise? “He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Ps 107:20). Your ears must be opened to God’s Word. Faith comes and comes!! The more you listen to God’s Word and anointed sermons, the more your faith ‘comes’ to you. “So, then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Christ)” (Rom 10:17; NKJ). Faith shall be tested and then produces the supernatural. Your miracle is closer than you think! “By His (Christ’) stripes we are healed” (Is 53:5)
This is another example: Jesus heals the Centurion’s servant by the power of His Word. He was amazed at the Centurion’s faith. “The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed” (Mt 8:8; NKJ). Jesus heals and delivers people ‘with a Word’. “When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill” (Mt 8:16). If you are a child of God, you need to exercise yourself spiritually. You must study God’s Word, pray and your faith will increase. You can now see the connection between hearing and obeying God’s Word, keeping it in your heart, and the healing of our bodies. God tests our commitment to His Word. Then faith comes! Wait for the faith! If we pass the test, healing shall come. Faith will become testimony! Prayer will become praise! Amen!
Lastly, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh said: ‘I am a medical doctor and a pastor. I know that God gives the doctors the skill to treat many diseases. If you are not sure of your faith in the God of miracles, then go to the hospital and take medical treatment. Do not be ashamed of it! Take your medicines as prescribed by the doctor! That is the reasonable thing to do, at least for some time. But it also is your duty to draw closer to God, to diligently study His Word, trusting Him for a supernatural touch. Listen to anointed Spirit filled sermons. Remember: we do not buy miracles. God does not owe any man anything. Everything we receive from God including salvation, it is a gift from above; it is by His grace and thru our faith. Humble yourself. Fast and pray. Cultivate an attitude of thanksgiving to God. Do your part and God will do His part! WHEN MEN FAIL, CHRIST ALWAYS SUCCEEDS! Be healed in Jesus’ name! Amen!’ Worship the Lord!