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 Son, 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 Son 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 Son rebuked the Twelve. “You and your unbelief, your perversion. How long must I put up with you?”

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

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

It be as if the Son 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!

 

“You Give Them Something to Eat!” — Luke 9:10-17

Jesus’ Authority, Our Provision

“You Give Them Something to Eat!”

“You give them something to eat.” Luke 9:13

No doubt few things stunned the Twelve who followed the Son more than the time he rebuked ’em by saying, “You give them something to eat.”

Folks had come from all over ter hear the Son preach on Skipper’s kingdom. Fer days leading up ter this the Son had healed all who come ter him. Demons whar cast out and afflictions fled. Folks flocked ter get more of this healing and help.

So when the Twelve came ter him in private and warned that he needed ter disperse the crowd so they could get a mouthful ter eat, no doubt they thought thar compassionate advice would be rewarded. Instead the Son all but said, “You take care of ’em.

In response ter this gentle rebuke the Twelve answered, “Unless we buy food, we only have …  Lemmy see,” said Simon, grabbing the small provisions. “Ah couple of fish and some bread, that’s it.”

Unless the Son steps in we only ‘ave … ourselves ter fix our problems—and that be one of the main lessons from this tale. What we kin not do the Son kin and do even more.

Quick like, let’s look at how the Son made abundance out of scarcity.

  • He spoke ’bout the kingdom of Skip. That be step one. Lead with Skipper’s words, his Truth, his love. Speak less ’bout what we think and more ’bout what Skip says.

    Jesus welcomed all and spoke to them about the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:14)

  • He looked ter heaven and Skip fer his help. We must as well.

    I lift up my eyes to the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1)

  • Little or much, always give thanks fer what we ‘ave. An attitude of gratitude opens the heavenly gates of provision.

    Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. (Psalm 118:1)

  • Break, divide, and sort what we ‘ave. A little kin go a long way. Broken down, small problems be easier ter conquer than big ones.

    “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says. ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry.’” (1 Kings 17:14)

  • Distribute ter those willing ter help. Don’ try ter do it all yer self. Give them who offer ter assist a task and hold ’em account.

    “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

  • Carefully place yer provision be fer folks. Don’ simply toss it out like ya be feeding hogs, but gentle like serve up the yam.

    The servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. (Matthew 22:10)

If we do this all ‘ill be satisfied and remains ‘ill be gathered. None ‘ill be worn out from the work. Joy ‘ill follow and all ‘ill be filled. That is the lesson on gaining provision Jesus’ way.