Earth as in Heaven, Part 1
everything" is Rufus Moseleyís summary of what
God has done for us in the saving sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
The present season of "blessings all around" is an
ideal time to realize the height and breadth of Godís
gift: rescue from destructive behaviors and attitudes;
rescue from sickness, weakness, distress, sorrow, and pain;
rescue from every filthy work of the devil--in a word, shalom,
wholeness, on earth as in heaven.
"How beautiful on the mountains," Isaiah writes
(52:7), "are the feet of him who brings good news,
proclaiming shalom. . . ." The glossary
of The Complete Jewish Bible defines it as peace,
safety, well-being, welfare, health, contentment, success,
comfort, wholeness and integrity. Shalom is
health, healing, and so much more: completeness, complete
life, complete living.
And by the grace of God itís ours!
The weight of dead tradition
Does the Church at large know how to receive this
grace? The answer must be "no." For too many of
us, the idea that God wants "perfect everything"
for His children seems like a daydream. Most of us have been
saturated with the powerless suffering-and-testing theology
that infected the Western Church after the early Middle
Iíve often mentioned my own struggle to throw off the
weight of dead tradition that kept me more or less helpless
in the face of evil. Most of us have been in the same
position, and too many are still there. Weíve been taught
from the cradle upward that God moves in mysterious ways,
that every imaginable nuisance is a "gift" to
build our character, that our diseases are ways in which we
share the suffering of Jesus.
The triumph of heaven
Most of us have wrestled with well-meant but
deadly interpretations of Paulís thorn and the
"chastening of the Lord," as well as the
misunderstood need to rejoice in our trials (we do that to
turn them against the devil, for heavenís sake, not to
celebrate them). Christians have actually been driven out of
the Faith by the teaching that every disaster we face has
passed through the loving hands of God and carries His seal
Dear ones, at the close of 2011 the task facing you and
me and this ministry is straightforward: to pray and work
for the triumph of heaven on earth, and nothing less! As we
move from one year to the next, letís make up our minds
that enjoying and sharing shalom in all its
glory is what weíre called to do.
mission on earth
The age is evil, so "perfect everything"
will be "perfectly" ours only when we stand in the
Presence of God eternally. But meanwhile we can grow in
Godís truth and share it with everyone around us. Itís
the beginning of wholeness for all who will listen. And our
mission on earth will be fulfilled again and again as
ordinary people, one by one, make the life-changing decision
to reach for Godís gift and take hold of it, and
experience for themselves the blessings of shalom
for the very first time.
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