the Same Page as God
|For most of us the word
"obey" carries a threat of punishment, as in
"Eat your spinach or go to your room." The Greek
original, however, has a milder flavor than the English
translation. In the New Testament it means "to hear
toward"óto keep our spiritual ears open to the voice
of the Spirit, and to flow with His instructions in the
strength that He supplies.
Unfortunately, much traditional teaching suggests that
obedience is a process of self-torture, based on an endless
list of "doís" and "doníts." But
genuine submission to God is anything but that. Itís a
simple rhythm of trust and corresponding action, the fruit
of a loving relationship.In
a position to receive what we need
Consider 1 John 3:21-23: "Dear
friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence
before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we
keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his
command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and to love one another as he commanded us."
What are those commands? Believe and Love. When we obey
these basic requirements consistently, weíll be in a
position to receive what we need.
This is not to underestimate the seriousness of
"prayer blocks," enemies of Belief and Love that
God canít bypass without damaging His own interests.
Certainly we can come up a long list of these things--doubt,
dishonesty, fear, unforgiveness, strongholds of evil, and
several hundred other barriers that cut off the flow of
surprised at how blessedly simple it is
But when Christians do get serious about prayer
blocks, they tend to concentrate on the prayer blocks rather
than on the redeeming grace of God. Sadly, it just doesnít
work. We canít focus our attention on two things at once,
our sins and Godís grace. And we canít bootstrap-lift
ourselves into the kingdom of heaven, no matter how pure our
So how do we obey the Lord in dealing with any
part of our lives that goes against the Law of Love? The
same way we ask for healing in the first place: turn the
project over to the Holy Spirit, stay sensitive to his
little nudges of guidance, and be surprised at how blessedly
simple it is to do as He says.
yoke is easy and His burden is light
If you donít yet have a conscious relationship
with the Spirit, just ask for it: "Lord Jesus, fill me
with your Holy Spirit, let Him flood me with His strength
and wisdom." And then proceed with confidence. Do you
need healing? Godís healing power is flowing all the time;
the Spirit will light up Bible texts for you to use in
getting into the flow. But then, do you have one or more
prayer blocks to deal with? The Spirit will point them out,
typically one-by-one, and show you how to deal with them
Dear ones, we live under the New Covenant. Letís
embrace Jesusí assurance that His yoke is easy and His
burden is light. When we do things His way, letting the
Spirit supply the necessary insight and strength, trustful
obedience is simple. Itís basically a stress-free decision
to stay "on the same page" as God.
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here