Meditate, Don’t Medicate — Luke 11:34

Jesus’ Authority, Our Healing

Luke 11:34

Yer eyes be the lanterns of yer body (Luke 11:34). When yer eyes take in sights that be worthy of praise and goodness,  that be noble and pure, yer body ‘ill light up and be healthy (Luke 11:35) (Philippians 4:8). Yer mind, body, and soul ‘ill flourish.

But when yer eyes draw in darkness, yer body ‘ill be filled with all manner of unclean spirits. Demons of doubt, discouragement, division, hate, death, violence, lust, perversion, and such take hold of ya (Luke 11:34).

See ter it then that the light within ya be the light of the Sun, not the darkness of the devil (Luke 11:36).

If anything causes ya ter stumble, shut yer eyes ter it. Better ter walk around with yer eyes shut and stump yer toes, than ter ‘ave yer whole body cast inter a place of torment (Matthew 5:29).

As a feller thinks in his heart, so he be (Proverbs 23:7). Therefer, make it yer task ter protect yer heart, fer from yer heart flows the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23).

Doth ya ‘ave a sour outlook on life? Doth ya feel worried, anxious, fearful? Ya kin be sure this come inter yer body, mind, and heart from the devil of darkness. Cast it out! Tell that lying rascal the devil ter get gone!

The devil be the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:1-3). All his ways be dark and filled with death. Turn him out. Cut him off fer he gets a chance ter speak inter yer heart.

Spend more time in Skip’s words and less on the news of the day.

Spend more time in prayer with Skip and less time reading bawdy books and watching scandalous spectacles and stage performances meant ter titillate. Be careful, little eyes, what ya see, fer what ya take in becomes the seeds of what ya harvest.

Spend more time praising Skip and less criticizing others.

Spend more time thanking Skip fer all he gives ya, even down ter yer next breath, and less complaining ’bout what others done and what ya don’ ‘ave.

If we ‘ill meditate on what be good rather than bad, on Skip rather than the works of the devil, we ‘ill soon find we ‘ave no need ter medicate.

Lord, help us today to turn off the news and shows and songs that glorify evil rather than you. Put within us a desire to read your words, to love your words, to eagerly seek to hear from you each day. Turn our criticism of others, and you, into praise. Turn our complaining into thankfulness. Help us to look on the bright side of things, your pierced side—the side that brings healing and abundant life. If there be anything unworthy, anything you could not look upon, help us to look away and shut our eyes to it. Amen.

Your Unbelief and Perversion — Luke 9:37-41

Jesus’ Authority, Our Healing

Luke 9:37-41

After witnessing the glory of the Sun during his time with Moses and Elijah, Simon, James, and John returned ter the valley, joining the other Nine. Having failed ter cast out a demon, the Sun rebuked the Twelve. “You and your unbelief, your perversion. How long must I put up with you?”

Ouch. Even ter day the Sun’s rebuke still stings across the ages.

Though the Sun be willing ter entrust us with his authority and power, we refuse ter believe healing comes from him ter others through us. Worse, the Sun calls this not merely incredulity, but deviant behavior.

It be as if the Sun says ter us, “Belief in me should be your normal reaction to all things. And if I believe in you enough to give you my power to heal, then your belief in healing, wholeness, and casting out vile spirits should be your normal reaction to all sickness.”

Let us take a moment ter plead fer mercy due ter our fickle hearts, then repent and step out in faith.

Lord, we repent of our doubts and denial of you. We confess that ter often we ‘ave squandered the power you ‘ave entrusted ter us ter heal all.

You commanded us ter go and preach yer Good News and heal all, but ter often we declare terrible news to those in need of healing and claim we simply be “telling it like it is.” We offer prayers without starch that lack faith in yer power to cast out sickness. Fer give us, Lord. We not be deserving of this calling.

And still you command us ter be yer hands, yer eyes, yer ears, and speak yer words of healing. Therefore right now we speak healing inter the lives of ______, ______, and ______.

______ be healed! In the powerful name of Jesus we cast out all affliction that whar binding ______’s organs and tissue. In the powerful name of Jesus we declare ______ healed!

Amen and hallelujah!

 

The Sun Took the Little Girl by the Hand and Her Spirit Returned — Luke 8:40-55

Jesus’ Authority, Our Healing

The Sun Took the Little Girl by the Hand and Her Spirit Returned — Luke 8:40-55

While all whar expecting the Sun ter show up, a synagogue ruler happened by. Seeing the Sun approaching, the chap fell at the Sun’s feet. The ruler’s only daughter lay on her bed, dying. At the age of twelve, she be thrust inter the realm of reasoning fer herself, of judging fer herself if Skipper be the one and only true God—and if so, had tha lass lived up ter all of Skip’s Code of Conduct?

As the Sun and the synagogue ruler discussed the girl’s health and future, some folks from the man’s home come up and told the father that his little girl whar dead.

“Don’t bother,” they said. “She has passed on.”

Don’t bother. How often ‘ave we heard this from those who refuse ter believe in the Sun.

“Don’ bother telling me ’bout yer Jesus. I don’ believe a word of it.”
“Don’ bother preaching ter me ’bout heaven and hell. I don’ believe a word of it.”
Don’ bother trying ter convince me there’s a God in heaven who loves me. I don’ believe a word of it.”

The Sun replied with a different sort of “don’t.”

“Don’t be afraid.”

Afeard: that be whar most end up on thar death bed—afeard they bet wrong ’bout the Sun.

Ter be sure, some brave souls put on a stiff face and march inter hell like it be no big deal. From our side of things we cannot hear thar tortious cries, fer in the land of the livin’ the grave snuffs out all wailing and weeping and gnashing of teeth.

“Do believe,” the Sun told the father.

Ter the little girl, the Sun said, “Be healed.” Though he whar not in her presence, the Sun ‘as the power ter speak life across the universe.

Right off the pair got up and trekked ter the father’s home. Once thar, the Sun commanded all ter, “Stop wailing. The little girl is not dead.” But the doubters only laughed at him.

Because disbelief in the Sun be belief in the devil’s lies, the Sun put out the mockers and only allowed those who believed in his power and righteousness ter join him in that intimate moment of healing.

With flesh eyes the doubters knew the child ter be dead, but the Sun seen something else. He seen her alive again, fer he had spiritual eyes, eternal eyes. Eyes that see what normal fellers kin not see.

Bending down, the Sun took the little girl by the hand and her spirit returned. 

  • Power over death.
  • Power ter return departed spirits.
  • Power ter give eternal life ter all who ask.

This be the Sun who comes fer us. This be the savior fer all who believe in his name and glory. 

Make it yer task ter day to bring all who be dead in thar sins ter the feet of Jesus. Beg him ter take ’em by the hand lift ’em up inter eternal life with him.