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A few minor corrections

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I’ve had some great feedback from the book so far. One or two people have spotted the odd mistake though so I think I will tweak one or two things in the next edition. For those with the original version here are the changes I have made so far (as you will see they are not massive):

1) Two Exclamation marks

Page 111 Not sure why the Spurgeon  quote has two exclamation marks “To the glory of God who made it!!” Think I’ll remove one.

2) Double new line

Page 35 This was the first thing I noticed when I flicked through: a double space between two paragraphs. It only needs one.

3) Duplicate title

Page 11 and page 31 I obviously liked the phrase “Living in the gap” a bit too much as I used it twice as subheadings. I changed page 11 to “Experience and Expectation”.

4) Both got touched

The subtitle “both got touched” on page 73 is not quite right. While Jesus did take the dead girl by the hand, the women reached out and touched Jesus herself. Maybe “Both touched Jesus” is better? Not sure.

5) no Indent

Page 34 The “Isaiah wrote….” paragraph should not be indented as it is the first paragraph after  quote.

6) Wrong scripture reference

These two are perhaps the most significant errors as they are just plain wrong:

Page 44 Genesis 15:20 should be  Genesis 50:20

Page 55 1 Peter 2:34 should be 2:24

7) INTRODUCTION TO PART II 

Heading on page 81 is one line too far down so moved it up.

8) References to “reaching for fruit” in main body of book

The title used to be “Reaching for Fruit in Supernatural Healing” and although the preface does talk about that, its a little odd that the phrase is used a few times in the main body of the book. Ie Page 48  “Reach out for fruit in Supernatural healing” could be changed to “reach out in faith for…” in order to remove dependency on having read the reface.

Swap other references to “fruit” ie page 150 “reached out again in faith….”

I might not bother though unless I get a lot of feedback that I should. I’ve got the follow up book to write after a shorter one on prayer.

 

Superalloy Scriptures

SuperAlloyWideIn my book “Reaching for Healing” I talk about combining scriptures together to form superalloys.

“In case you are wondering, a superalloy mixes two metals to get the best properties of both. They tend to be used in high-performance contexts, such as jet engines—and following Jesus!”

Well, someone came up to me today after reading the book who actually designed jet engines. I only knew about these materials from my school physics lessons several decades ago but he has worked first hand with  them and whats more he had one to show me. It was a genuine Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy made from Nimonic steel. It is a superalloy of nickel, chromium, molybdenum, and carbon (I think that was what he said anyway). Turbine blades need to remain hard and strong at the incredibly high operating temperatures of a jet engine so no one metal on its own will do the job.

My point in talking about superalloys was that individual scriptures can be forged together to form a strong and resilient basis for faith. One might even talk about “blades” as scripture is after all the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17). Thinking about it the whole book is actually a fusing of four chapters of the New Testament into a robust expectation for supernatural healing. I hope it helps many people forge powerful weapons to wield against all sorts of horrid sicknesses.

A flow of healing power

An excerpt from “Reaching for Healing”:

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So what happens when people come into physical contact with Jesus? Well, when the woman touches Jesus he turns round to see who touched him. The crowd is pressing in all round him, yet he notices a woman touch the tip of a tassel on the hem of his garment. Luke’s account tells us why, when Jesus says:

Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me. (Luke 8:46)

Power emanated from Jesus. It flowed from him. Luke says of a previous time:

All the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all. (Luke 6:19)

Every time someone touched Jesus in faith, or he touched them with compassion, there was a flow of power from the heart of God. In contrast to the leper’s touch, which was thought to bring death, Jesus’ touch brought life, and so can the touch of his followers.

What sign did Jesus say would accompany those who believed in him? It was this: “… they will lay their hands on the sick and they will recover” (Mark 16:18). If you have put your trust in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, accepting his death on the cross as payment for your sin and determining to follow him, then you are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18–20): a physical dwelling place for God. Jesus, therefore, is present in you by his Spirit. The implications of that are huge…

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The measure of your worth

An excerpt from “Reaching for Healing”:

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Have you seen those make-up adverts with the slogan, “Because you’re worth it”? They play on our need to be valued and loved. Deep down, though, we all know that no matter how many times a multinational cosmetic company says, “you’re worth it”, the feeling wipes off with the make-up, and it is plain old us again. The truth is we won’t know true love, value, or worth until we recognise what Jesus did for us on the cross. On the cross Jesus counted out our worth, not in loose change or even gold bars, but in pints of his own blood; one, two, three, four … until he was completely spent.

Jesus went to the cross to pay for the things we did. We deserve to be punished and crushed for what we have done, but Jesus loves us so much that he was prepared to be punished and crushed in our place. Have you ever had anyone else do something like that for you? Maybe you think love is about getting. Maybe the people who said they loved you were just taking from you. Well, Jesus is different; he gave himself up for you.

Jesus suffered in our place because he really, really wanted to. He loves us that much. On the cross he saw us individually and together as the church, his beautiful bride, and he counted us well worth the cost:

Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied. (Isaiah 53:11)

The New Testament puts it like this:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Jesus so loved us, so loved you, and so loved me that he was prepared to stand in our place and take the punishment that we deserve. Each time the whip tore into his body, each time a nail was hammered deeper in to his wrists, each time he pushed himself up to take a breath of air, he was loving us by bearing the cost of our sin, loving us by paying the price of our rebellion.

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Jesus’ Authority

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This rough, battle hardened centurion recognised Jesus as a man with authority and, therefore, as someone under authority. He recognised, as others did, a kingdom force behind this ordinary looking man in sandals, and Mark’s gospel helps us understand how. Right at the start of Jesus’ ministry we are told that:

The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him.” (Mark 1:27)

Jesus’ teaching was fresh, opening the windows on the stale air of the religious leaders’ doctrines, but it was the miracles, most of all, that demonstrated his authority. He “drove out evil spirits with a word” (Matthew 8:16–17), commanded a paralysed man and even a dead girl to get up (Matthew 9:1–8; Luke 8:54), and told a leper to “Be clean” (Matthew 8:1–5). Jesus told sick bodies what to do, and they did it. He told demons to leave, and they left.

Jesus said that he could do nothing on his own: “the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing” (John 5:19–20). He was chosen, anointed, qualified, and sent into the world to carry out a divine commission. The centurion saw in Jesus something that he recognised: a man under authority backed up by the immense power of an unstoppable empire.

But it wasn’t just Jesus who exercised this sort of authority; his disciples did too…

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Learning by doing

A short quote from the chapter on “Authority for Healing”:

Imagine how far you would get if you tried to learn to drive just by reading the theory. You might study the mechanics of the engine and the chemistry of the petrol. You might learn the Highway Code inside out and how many millimetres to put the accelerator down when going 30mph up a 10% incline in third gear, but how well would you drive when getting into the car for the first time? In all probability, not very successfully. To get anywhere safely, another learning process needs to kick in as you put into practice what you know in theory.

I believe the same is true of biblical truth in general and supernatural healing in particular. We should not just be hearers of God’s word, but doers. The Bible is to be lived not just studied. It cannot be correctly analysed in isolation from the faithful and persistent practice of what it actually says.

In the West, we currently have a culture of educating people in theory for years before they get their hands dirty with practice. This wasn’t always the case. In the past, vocational training and apprenticeships placed much more emphasis on learning while doing, usually alongside an expert. They would not show you how to make a barrel by drawing on a whiteboard, but would show you how to make a barrel by making a barrel. Now, of course, things have moved on. Many skills like building jet engines are highly technical and require lots of theory. I’m still struck, however, by the way Jesus taught his disciples; it was very practical.

 

Church unplugged?

Here is an excerpt from my book “Reaching for Healing”. It’s from the introduction to part II. While part I focused on Matthew 8 and 9, part II goes on to look at what two of Jesus’ disciples did in Acts 3 and 4.

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In Part I we looked at a number of the healing miracles of Jesus as recorded by one of his disciples. We have seen that Jesus’ compassion not only led him to heal people, but to bring them into an eternal life-giving relationship with his Father. Both of these things were purchased by Jesus on the cross and administered through his words and touch.

If we read the rest of Matthew’s gospel and continue on into the book of Acts, we find that pretty soon after Jesus commands his disciples to preach the gospel and heal the sick, he leaves! They are left open-mouthed looking up into the sky because Jesus’ absence represents for them a massive change in circumstances. He healed while he was on earth and, to an extent, so did his disciples, but when he goes it’s like the plug being pulled on a heavy metal rock band. It’s no good having loud speakers that go up to eleven without the power to drive them. So with Jesus no longer physically around, is it the end of supernatural healing? Does the church go acoustic?

How are we to advance and demonstrate the kingdom of God now that Jesus has gone? How do we build the church, preach the gospel, and introduce people to Jesus when he is not physically around? Do we do things another way, follow another example, or devise another strategy? We will answer these questions here in Part II by looking at Acts, the book in the New Testament that Luke starts with the enigmatic phrase:

In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach. (Acts 1:1)

You can read more about the book and get hold of a copy here.

If you are wondering if there are speakers that go up to 11 then check this out 🙂