Matthew 8:1-4

The Healer Behind the Healing 

Matthew 8:1-4

  • [1] When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
  • [2] And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
  • [3] And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
  • [4] And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
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Hand drawn picture of Jesus holding a bible.  Text says Jesus is willing to cleanse the body and soul. Matthew 8:1-4

Leprosy, in those days, was a horrible disease not only physically but mentally as well. Lepers were considered to have done evil and this was their punishment. As a result, people misguidedly perceived leprosy as a symptom of sin in the lepers soul.

The Law of Moses has detailed instructions in place. Leviticus 13, Leviticus 14 advises of the proper ways for the leper to guard against interconnecting with others. And because of that, most people (and even the priest’s) treated lepers in a horrible manner. But in his grace and mercy, Jesus treated them with love.

The Man With Leprosy

Jesus had just finished his Sermon on the Mount. After that. the people followed him down the mountain. And then, a man with leprosy came to Jesus, worshipping Him.

The leper understood that Jesus was more than just a healing man. He calls out to Jesus saying “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”. In fact, the leper had a knowledge that other people were missing. He cried out “Lord”.

The leper wanted a healing and knew that Jesus could heal him. However, he didn’t know if Jesus was willing to heal him. So he asks, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.”

The Man Had Faith

Jesus was willing to cure him. Why? Because, the Leper knew that Jesus had the Godly power and authority to heal. As a result, his faith in Jesus healed him.

There was no ceremony and no pompous used. Jesus reaches out saying, “I will – be cleansed”. The leper completely healed, at that moment, with just one touch from Jesus.

Many healing’s throughout Jesus’ ministry happened without Jesus touching the person. In this case, Jesus specifically touched the leper. As a result, it showed the people that he has the authority to go above the laws of Moses. In the same way, the touch could have been to confirm the man’s belief of exactly who Jesus is and the power he possesses.

The Leper Healed

The man is no longer a leper. Jesus tells him not to tell anyone that Jesus healed him. However; Christ did instruct him to go to the priest. Jesus wanted the man to obey the rules of the Mosaic laws (Leviticus 14). Jesus wanted him to get the blessing of health from the priest’s. As a result, the man (no longer a leper) could go back into the town and back to his family.

During That Era

Legal steps had to happen in order for the man to receive a public bill of good health. If he didn’t, he could not be welcomed back into the fold.

Once the man gathered the required items for the sacrifices, he then must take to them the priest. The priest uses the sacrifices in a ceremony. Following the ceremony, the man then receives a certificate. Proof the once leper is now healed from leprosy.

It was important for the man to get to the priest’s as soon as possible. If the priest’s received the news of the man’s healing from others, it would give the priests an advantage. They would have time to find a reason why they wouldn’t believe him. They might even reject that he had ever been a leper. Perhaps, not given him the certification that he needed in order to receive a public bill of good health.

Jesus wanted the priest’s to hear the man’s own testimony. As a result, it would also be proof that Jesus was indeed the true Messiah.

The healer behind the healing
Matthew 8:1-4
Matthew 8:1-4

My Prayer for Matthew 8:1-4

Heavenly Father

Thank you that you are always aware of everything going on. Father, you knew this leper inside and out, before you ever came face to face.

You allowed him to know who Jesus really is. And, permitted the leper to come forward, knowing, without doubt that Jesus could heal him. As a result, through his faith, he was healed.

The leper had obviously already heard of Jesus and his healing’s. Possibly, he may have heard Jesus’ voice drifting down the mountains and he took strength in what he heard. Regardless of how; he knew who Jesus was he had no doubt at all that Jesus could heal him.

Before That Day

The leper had most likely endured the ailment for a very long time. He probably tried to think of ways he could rid himself of the disease. He suffered the disease and the loneliness of not being with his family.

Quite often, when I am in a tough place, I may try to fix the problems myself. Really, I should be turning them over to you. Whether I need hope or a blessing. Perhaps, a healing or forgiveness. Whether I need to stop fearing or need to learn love and patience, you are always willing to help me.

The leper, had to wait, hoping for Jesus to come his way. I am blessed to have access to the Holy Spirit and Jesus and you Father, continuously.

Thank You Lord

Through this story, I am reminded that love and faith hold an important part in who I am. How I live and how people may see Jesus’ effect on my life, is essential.

I am very blessed to be your daughter. Furthermore, I pray that I always show others how wonderful it is to live for you everyday.

In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen

Prayer – God’s Blessings

John 14: 26-27

We Are Never Alone

John 14:26-27

We are Never Alone

  • 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
  • 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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Hand drawn picture of Jesus holding a bible.  John 14-26-27
John 14:26-27

During his 3 year ministry, Jesus taught the disciples everything they needed to know, to continue building the church after his crucifixion.

Following his resurrection, Jesus spends some more time with the apostles. And then announces that he must leave the earth to go back to his Father. He assures them they will not be alone. Jesus assures the apostles that God will send them, a comforter, in Jesus’ name. That is, a helper (the Holy Ghost) that will be much like Jesus himself.

Jesus says that The Holy Spirit will remind them of the things that he said while on earth and he will teach them what they need to know. The Holy Spirit arrived, and empowered the apostles, just as Jesus said he would.

Still today, the Holy Spirit, is living in Christians. He is leading us, guiding, helping, nudging and keeping us in line with God’s Word.

Peace I Leave With You

In those days, “Peace I leave with you” was a Jewish salutation. Many could have thought Jesus was giving them a greeting or benediction, but he wasn’t. Jesus was giving the apostles the “peace that passes understanding”. The peace that Jesus blessed the apostles with was also meant for all of God’s children, throughout the generations to come.

Christians will go through trials and tribulations like every other man on earth. The Bible tells us that even the disciples/apostles endured tribulation in their lives. However. with the Holy Spirit living within the believers in Jesus, we have the unique opportunity to stand strong, without worry or fear. As a result Christians are able to continually maintain deep peace, especially during raging storms. If we stand in faith, the Holy Spirit will help us and secure Jesus’ peace on us.

Picture of man standing on sea shore.
Text says we are never alone because the Father has sent the Holy Spirit in Jesus' name.
John 14:26-27

My Prayer For John 14:26-27

Divine God,

You are a most loving Father. Not only did you create this world and everything in it, but you sent Jesus to earth for our salvation and to teach us your ways. You sent the Holy Spirit to live in us, guiding, leading and teaching us.

God (the Trinity), you are everything that we will ever need, both now and in the hereafter. Thank you Father for all you do for us on a continual basis.. And, for the love you are never in short supply of.

Too many times, in difficult situations, I forget to immediately turn to you. I don’t think to listen for the Holy Spirit’s leading. I don’t always remember that Jesus is waiting to comfort me with open arms. It is during those times that I feel lost, alone, frightened. As a result, I may believe the enemies lies that everything is too big to handle. Then, everything all starts closing in on me.

Praise be to you God!

Suddenly, I will hear the Holy Spirit’s still voice within me, I feel Jesus’ arms encircle me. As a result, I know that you Father are sending me love and peace. Then I am reassured, without doubt that you are in charge of everything. It is in those moments that I can take a deep breath, relax and feel peaceful, in spite of what is going on around me.

Someone may ask; how can you relax when everything around you is in turmoil? My answer is that the Lord has sent me the “peace that passes understanding”. At times, I can’t understand how I can have peace during these times. However, I know that you, Father God, have the power to allow me to relax. In fact, I can be assured and know, without doubt, that everything will work out as it should. Not by my will, but by yours Lord.

Thank you Father, for your gift of Jesus, for the gift of the Holy Spirit and for peace. Mostly Lord, I thank you for love; the greatest of all gifts!

In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray Amen.

Prayer – Faith In God’s Power Prayer – God Has Made It Possible

2 Timothy 1:6-7

Stir Up the Gift of God- 2 Timothy 1:6-7

2 Timothy 1:6-7

  • [6] Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
  • [7] For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)
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2 Timothy 1:6-7

The Bible tells us that Timothy was a loving, gentle, kind person who was a very good apostle. However, he was too timid to stand up to confrontations and was not bold enough in his teaching.

It seems that Timothy was naturally shy and easily discouraged. In fact, Paul saw the fear of confrontation was stopping Timothy from completing his task in the way the Lord wanted it done. It was within Timothy to speak out without fear, because God had given Timothy that position. And that job required that he stand with boldness and declare the Lord’s message.

God’s fire was smoldering inside Timothy. But, Paul realized that the flame needed fanning to grow into a roaring fire, enabling him to do the work for Jesus. So Paul laid hands on Timothy and asked for his gifts to grow and to allow Timothy the confidence he needed.

Paul did not stop there

Paul continued to help Timothy grow in his gifts. Even though Paul was in prison, he encouraged Timothy by way of letters.

In one of those letters, Paul reminded Timothy of when he had laid hands on him and had asked God to strengthen and stir up the flames of Timothy’s gifts. (Scripture above)

2 Timothy 2:1 shows us another. “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 

Twenty-five times Paul encouraged Timothy to be bold in the Lord.  And today, many of us are no different than Timothy. Why? Because fear can stop us dead in our tracks.

That is to say, that as the Lord’s children, we are all given gifts from God. Sometimes they sit unused because we are fearful to use them. At those times we must remember that like Timothy, we need to stand strong while moving forward to complete our task. It’s also important to know that fear is not of God, it is from the enemy!

Picture of an open envelope with paper sticking out.  Writing on paper says Dear Timothy - Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the fit of God, which is in thee by putting on of my hands.  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear but of power.
2 Timothy 1:6-7

My prayer for 2 Timothy 1:6-7

Heavenly Father,

I pray Lord that you would help me to use the wonderful gifts you have blessed me with.

Thank you Father God for making your strength available to me. By putting on the “Armour of God” daily you will give me the strength I need to get through all situations.

I know that fear is not something that you gave us Father. It is however, something that we encounter along our path in life. For instance, the enemy just loves to whisper in our ears and lead us in the wrong direction, making us doubt and worry. But prayer brings peace.

Blinded by Satan

In the way that Paul helped Timothy, my friends can recognize when I am blinded by Satan. In fact, they encourage and pray for me.

I am thankful to you for giving me the gift of compassion that I can in turn pray for others. Furthermore, I can help them to stand strong in their times of weakness.

Thank you Father for allowing me to be in a family of Godly friends. May I always be your servant on the lookout for ways to encourage others in their times of need, as Paul did for Timothy.

In the precious and holy name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

Prayer – Faith In God’s Power

Isaiah 41:10

Isaiah 41:10 – Do Not Fear

Isaiah 41:10

  • 10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee:be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (KJV)
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Hand drawn picture of Jesus holding a Bible with arms outstretched. Text - Todays lesson in Fear Not is taken from Isaiah 41:10
Isaiah 41:10

Our Father is telling us not to fear. I don’t think he’s saying this lightly or as a choice. Whenever he says “fear not” in the Bible, he’s making an order, “do not fear.”

In this instance, he is also ordering us not to even go as far as being dismayed. Do not lose our enthusiasm or be discouraged.

Because the Lord tells us not to fear or be dismayed, does that mean we can control our emotions and never experience fear? Of course not! We will experience fear because we are human. But we are not to let any kind of worry or fear overcome us. Those are the feelings of the enemy. No matter what the situation, the Lord wants us to stay positive. To stay bathed in his love and his strength.

Don’t be afraid

He goes on to tell us why we are not to be afraid. “For I am with you”. So if we are living a life in Jesus and living according to His Will, why should we ever be afraid?

Then the Lord tells us exactly who He is…God! In that one word we know who is giving us the promise. The true God, the creator of everything good. The one and the only. The first and the last. The King above all kings. The Alpha and the Omega. The great I AM! He is all those things and much more. However, the important point he makes in this sentence is that he is “Thy” God!

Our God, is telling us to “fear not”. Do not be dismayed by what we see, hear, think or feel. Why not? For our God, our Father is with us always. He is in control.

God’s promise

God promises that when we turn to him, he will give us the strength to get through all that we need to. Our Father will help us, and will never leave us by ourselves.

The Lord God even offers to hold us up with his right hand. In the Bible, the right hand is always seen as an hand of strength. But, more than that, God is promising to hold us up with his right hand of righteousness.

God’s righteousness can be called morally upstanding perfection. He is offering to help us in the most complete way available. God knows the absolute solution to every situation we go through. So if we think about it, why do we ever fear? We should be relying on God, our wonderful Heavenly Father, all the time, in all situations.

Red stop sign Text Do not fear by the order of God
Isaiah 41:10

My Prayer for Isaiah 41:10

Divine Father,

I am humbled in your presence Lord. You are the creator of everything good. With sin, I cannot come before you. So thank you for sending Jesus to this earth so that I can be in your presence.

Lord your Word is true! I am grateful that you that you have promised me, (as one of your children), that you will look after me and never to leave me.

Father, I know that when I am in a bad or troublesome situation, you are not always the first I turn to. Quite often I will turn to my husband, my children or a friend. Help me Lord to remember, in all times, good and bad, to turn to you first.

Be Prepared with God’s Word

In the times when I start to become fearful please allow the Holy Spirit to help me remember your Words of power against the enemy. Let me have at ready your Words (verses from the Bible) that have been placed in my heart. In turn I will be encouraged. Furthermore, I will be assured, without doubt, that I am not to be afraid regardless of what is happening in my life, at any given moment.

This does not mean that everything will work out according to what I deem the perfect solution. Regardless, I can be assured whatever the outcome, it will be the absolute perfect solution because it is your work being done in me.

Help me to understand that you always have a purpose. It comes down to this. I can’t understand because I don’t have the whole picture. That’s why I need your strength and your love to help me accept the outcomes of all situations.

I pray that your will, will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Thank you Father for strength and for your love and that I am counted as one of your children. Father please help me, everyday, to “fear not”!

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen

Prayer – Faith In God’s Power