Power Manifests in Humble Worship
- Date: December 26, 2016
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
- From Great Faith
In Matthew 8, following the great sermon on the mount, the disciples are out walking with Jesus, and it says, "When He was come down from the mountain…behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed" (verses 1-3). People ask today, "Is it the will of God to heal?" Here's a man that comes up specifically and says, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst heal me." And Jesus said what? "I will." And people say, "That was just for this one guy." "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power: who went about… healing-? [all], healing-? [all] that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him" (Acts10:38).
Jesus came to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah. He declared very clearly that healing is in the atonement. Isaiah 53, it's by Jesus' stripes that we are healed! It pleased God to bruise Him! How dare we reject, then, the free gift of redemption? Redemption is not just the salvation of our souls. It's the healing of our bodies. Now, let me show you one thing here that's important that kind of fits in with what I want to share. And behold, there came a leper saying, "Can you get me out of this mess? I'm exiled from society and my fingers are dropping off. My nose fell off yesterday. This leprosy is horrendous." Me, me, me, me, mine, mine. No, it says he came and worshipped Him! God's power manifests in an environment of worship. Do you want to see the power of God? It manifests in an environment of worship. The Bible says that God is enthroned upon the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3)!
So we want to realize, then, that not only for our own hearts as we're going to minister, but the expectation of those that are coming that you can see that they have hearts of worship, and they're seeking the glory of God, not just their deliverance. He didn't come up like some of the faith people today and say, "Okay, God," and take God by the lapels and say, "You are required to heal me according to Isaiah 53!" He came and said, "…if thou wilt" (Matthew 8:2). The spirit of humility always is vital to an environment for God to manifest His power. Oh, we'll see the proper use of Hebrews 11; faith comes by hearing, Romans says, and hearing by the Word of God. Without faith it's impossible to please Him. And He touched him and said, "I will; be thou clean" (verse 3).
As we read on we see the centurion servant being healed. I (verse 6). You know, one thing that we can overlook many times in this passage: What is a man of this position doing running an errand for his servant? Some of us so often think that we're too important, or too busy. "He's just a servant, let him die and I'll get another one." Are we really moved with compassion? "Lord, my servant's at home, sick of the palsy, greviously tormented. And Jesus said, I'll come and heal him." It looks like Jesus is in the healing business here, doesn't it? It looks like He is glad to come and heal. Why does the Bible teach Jesus freely healing and so many of our theologians and our churches today begrudgingly say, "Well, maybe sometimes He heals sovereignly, but…"? I think we ought to let Jesus speak for Himself. Let the Word speak for itself. This centurion went, pursued Jesus, humbled himself… and found the power of God.
He saw that there was nothing else required. He said, "I am a man under authority. I tell this one to go, and they go," and Jesus said, "I haven't found this kind of faith in all of Israel" (Verse 10). Jesus said, "Go your way; as thou has believed, so be it done unto you. And the servant was healed-iaomai-in the selfsame hour" (verse 13). So great a faith! Don't need fanfare. Don't need emotions. "At Your word, just speak the word, and my servant will be healed." So many people want to approach it like Naaman and can't take just the simple dipping in the Jordan seven times but have to say, "I thought he would have come and done some great manifestation and struck his hands and lightening come back on him" (2 Kings 5:10-12) . "But at Your word, just speak Your word, and he will be healed."