"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
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God’s Compassion for the Family of Saul:
The death of Saul and his three battle able sons would not be the only detriment to his family. Saul’s had a grandson named Mephibosheth, who was the son of Jonathan. Mephibosheth was already “lame in both feet”. When his caretaker heart about Saul and Jonathan’s death; she picked him up to quickly leave town, but dropped him. He was left further crippled as a result.
2 Samuel 4:4 (KJV)
4 And Jonathan, Saul's son, had a son that was lame of his feet. He was five years old when the tidings came of Saul and Jonathan out of Jezreel, and his nurse took him up, and fled: and it came to pass, as she made haste to flee, that he fell, and became lame. And his name was Mephibosheth.
What part of our legacy or ministry are we allowing your sin to cripple?
You would think that after all the pain and suffering that this would be it for the family of Saul, but it wasn’t. Later is 2 Samuel 4:5-11, we find that Ish-Bosheth (another son of Saul) was resting in his home during the evening. He was resting on his bed when two raiding-band leaders named Baanah and Rechab stab Ish-Bosheth killing him. They decapitated his body and took the head to David at Hebron.
David was obviously not entertained by these attempts to win his favor which proved him to be a smart ruler by this point. Many kings would have shown these men a great deal of gratitude, thus weakening their honor. Instead, David executes these men bringing honor back to Saul’s family.
2 Samuel 4:5-11 (NKJV)
5 Then the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, Rechab and Baanah, set out and came at about the heat of the day to the house of Ishbosheth, who was lying on his bed at noon. 6 And they came there, all the way into the house, as though to get wheat, and they stabbed him in the stomach. Then Rechab and Baanah his brother escaped. 7 For when they came into the house, he was lying on his bed in his bedroom; then they struck him and killed him, beheaded him and took his head, and were all night escaping through the plain. 8 And they brought the head of Ishbosheth to David at Hebron, and said to the king, “Here is the head of Ishbosheth, the son of Saul your enemy, who sought your life; and the Lord has avenged my lord the king this day of Saul and his descendants.”
9 But David answered Rechab and Baanah his brother, the sons of Rimmon the Beerothite, and said to them, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from all adversity, 10 when someone told me, saying, ‘Look, Saul is dead,’ thinking to have brought good news, I arrested him and had him executed in Ziklag—the one who thought I would give him a reward for his news. 11 How much more, when wicked men have killed a righteous person in his own house on his bed? Therefore, shall I not now require his blood at your hand and remove you from the earth?”
Many things had come against the house of Saul, but thank God for His grace and mercy! Despite our wickedness of heart, God continues to shine His grace and mercy upon us today. God honored Saul’s family in the end using the good heart of David. If you fast-forward to 2 Samuel 9:1-13, you find that Jonathan’s son is honored because of Jonathan’s brotherly covenant with David. His son Mephibosheth is brought from LoDebar and advised by King David that he would restore all the land to him that his grandfather Saul owned before. That was not all. From that day forward, Mephibosheth would be dining at the king’s table with David!
2 Samuel 9 (NKJV)
David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth
9 Now David said, “Is there still anyone who is left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
2 And there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba. So when they had called him to David, the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?”
He said, “At your service!”
3 Then the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, to whom I may show the kindness of God?”
And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is lame in his feet.”
4 So the king said to him, “Where is he?”
And Ziba said to the king, “Indeed he is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, in Lo Debar.”
5 Then King David sent and brought him out of the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo Debar.
6 Now when Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, had come to David, he fell on his face and prostrated himself. Then David said, “Mephibosheth?”
And he answered, “Here is your servant!”
7 So David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually.”
8 Then he bowed himself, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look upon such a dead dog as I?”
9 And the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “I have given to your master’s son all that belonged to Saul and to all his house. 10 You therefore, and your sons and your servants, shall work the land for him, and you shall bring in the harvest, that your master’s son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s son shall eat bread at my table always.” Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.
11 Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king has commanded his servant, so will your servant do.”
“As for Mephibosheth,” said the king, “he shall eat at my table[a] like one of the king’s sons.” 12 Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Micha. And all who dwelt in the house of Ziba were servants of Mephibosheth. 13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet.
How great is our God that he would allow us at his supper table?
The crippled at heart, once friend of the enemy; now allowed at the table with the King!
Mephibosheth responds by saying, “what is your servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?”
Even as we turn our backs on God and it seems He is forced to take His hand of favor from over our family, it is assuring to hear how merciful God truly is.
God knew that the house of Saul had to be disbanded and disabled to prevent a coup or rivalry, but He also realized the heart of David to take in the house of Jonathan. Don’t let bitterness, anger, strife, jealousy, or sin bring you to the point that it did Saul.
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By: Dr. Jim Feeney
As a minister in Christian churches for 35 years, I have had numerous opportunities to pray for the sick. I am a firm believer in divine healing and have taught often on the subject. For an in-depth look at healing by faith (commonly called “faith healing” or “spiritual healing”) I refer the reader to my bible study entitled “Believe God for Spiritual Healing (Divine Healing)”.
In hundreds of church services over the years I have seen thousands of believers come forward to receive healing prayer. An honest assessment of the results? Some have been healed; the majority have not been healed. Many times I have asked, why is this? And I believe that the answer is becoming clearer to me.
If one studies the healing ministry of Jesus Christ in the Gospels, a recurring pattern emerges — again and again, Jesus looked to see if the sick person was showing faith to be healed, as in the scripture below:
Matthew 9:28-30 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.  Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;  and their sight was restored.Healing is “according to your faith.” Jesus had all the faith and healing power necessary, even to heal blindness. There were no questions, no doubts, in His mind about His ability to heal these two blind men. No, the variable was not Christ’s faith, but the faith of the men desiring to be healed. And when Jesus had determined that they did indeed have faith in His healing power, He cured them of their blindness.
This same pattern is seen in the ministry of the apostle Paul to a crippled man in the heathen city of Lystra. The lame man was listening to Paul preaching the Gospel. During this sermon, “Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, ‘Stand up on your feet!’ At that, the man jumped up and began to walk” (Acts 14:8-10). Did the apostle Paul have the “gifts of healing” (1 Corinthians 12:9)? Apparently so. But the healing did not occur until the lame man himself “had faith to be healed.”
Therefore, it is urgent that we grow in faith to be healed. Jesus’ apostles understood the importance of this.
Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”That is my desire in the comments that follow — specifically, to share Scriptures that will enable us to grow in faith to receive divine healing from the Lord.
Romans 10:17, KJV So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.1) Faith comes by hearing God’s Word. Study God’s Word on the subject of healing. Use a good concordance, and look up every Bible verse (in its full context) that speaks of healing. Read Scripture-filled books on healing, such as T.L. Osborne’s classic Healing the Sick. Ask your pastor to recommend audio tapes on the subject taught by those whom God has used in healing the sick. In sum, fill your heart with what God’s Word, the Bible, says about His desire to heal our sick bodies. And as you do that, you will find yourself steadily growing in faith to receive healing from the Lord.
Matthew 9:28-30 When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied.  Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”;  and their sight was restored.2) Jesus said to the blind men, “Do you believe that I am able...?" We grow in faith as we focus on JESUS the Healer. Acts 9:34 records the apostle Peter ministering healing to a lame man. He simply said to the paralytic, “Aeneas,... Jesus Christ heals you.” Peter used no fancy words. He didn’t need to “hype” the man’s emotions. He simply directed the man’s focus upon Jesus. Peter was convinced, as we should be, that Jesus heals!
Mark 5:28-30 ... she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”  Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.  At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from Him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
Luke 6:19 “...power was coming from Him and healing them all.”
3) Think about Jesus’ power flowing out to you. I don’t mean some kind of mental gymnastics, nor any form of mind-over-matter. Jesus’ power to heal is real power, so real that Jesus sensed the flow of that healing power from Him. Consider Jesus, ponder His great power, and by faith see it flowing from Him to you, and you will find yourself growing in faith to receive a very real touch of healing from the Lord.
Matthew 8:2-3 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”  Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.4) “I am willing,” Jesus said. Let His own words establish the fact that it is Christ's will to heal! Don’t come apologetically to Jesus for healing. No! Come to Him knowing that His expressly stated intention concerning healing is: “I am willing!” Those three simple words from Jesus — "I am willing" — should establish the prayer of faith for healing strongly in your heart and on your lips.
And don’t pray the leper’s prayer (“Lord, if you are willing...”). Jesus replied by revealing the intent of His heart concerning the healing of the sick — “I am willing.” Confess that promise from Jesus regularly — "I am willing!" — and watch your faith for healing grow!
Psalms 103:2-3 Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits —  who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases...5) Faith for healing grows as we realize that Jesus has provided a package of salvation — both the forgiveness of our sins and the healing of our diseases.Too many Christians, sadly, have “forg[otten] ... all his benefits.” One of those great salvation benefits is the forgiveness of our sins. Another — not to be forgotten or ignored — is the healing of our sicknesses. The Word of the Lord tells us, “Don’t forget this!”
1 Peter 2:24 ...by his wounds you have been healed.6) Faith for divine healing grows as we remember that from God’s standpoint, healing is already DONE — “You have been healed.” Consider Matthew 8:16-17 "...[Jesus] healed all the sick.  This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”
Notice the verb tenses that Peter and Matthew use: “...you have been healed.... He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.” Just as Jesus has already borne our sins, likewise He has already taken and carried our sicknesses. That means you don't have to carry them any longer!
Matthew 4:23-24 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.  News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.7) Jesus’ will to heal includes YOUR sickness! He healed "every disease and sickness.” And His intent to heal includes your pain, even “severe pain.” If you have cancer, leukemia, or any other debilitating disease, it is included among the “every disease and sickness” that Jesus is pleased to heal.
We have looked at seven Scriptural ways to increase your faith for spiritual healing:
1) Remember that faith comes by hearing God’s Word.
2) Focus on Jesus the Healer.
3) Consider Jesus’ great power to heal, and allow yourself to “see” it flowing out to you, as it did to the woman with the issue of blood.
4) Remember Christ’s words to the man who was uncertain about Jesus’ will to heal: “I am willing.”
5) Don’t forget the salvation benefits of forgiveness of sins and healing of sickness.
6) Remember that Jesus “took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”Don’t you carry them a minute longer!
7) Any affliction you have can be healed — Jesus healed “every disease and sickness.”And thankfully, “Jesus Christ is the SAME yesterday and TODAY and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus healed His people 20 centuries ago, and He is still the same — He will heal you today!
Have you found yourself growing in faith for healing from God as you have read these Scripture thoughts today? If so, I encourage you to hit your "Print" button and run yourself a copy of this bible study on healing. Reread it daily for a week (or more), and watch the word of God build in you a growing faith for divine healing. May God bless you abundantly as you reflect upon these truths from His word, the Scriptures.
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