The Jesus Code: “Sick or Discouraged?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 52 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “Is anyone among you sick?” (James 5.14).

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven (Jas. 5.14-15).

Hawkins:

Perhaps no other ministry of the New Testament church has seen as much perversion as the church’s healing ministry. While many involved may have wonderful intentions and pure hearts, some healing ministries have too often been a vehicle for a few to build their own personal financial kingdoms by offering false hopes of healing to any and all who come their way. Here in James 5, we find the only directive in Scripture concerning praying for those who are sick.

The book of James was written to those who had been “scattered abroad” because of widespread persecution. The Greek word translated sick means “without strength” or “to be weak.” And in verse 15 the word used means “to grow weary.”

The author goes on:

While these verses can certainly be applied to people who are physically sick, James was primarily writing to those about to crack mentally under the pressure of life.

Those who are sick spiritually and emotionally often need someone upon whom they can lean and from whom they can draw strength.

Whether we minister to the spiritually sick, the emotionally distressed, or the physically sick we should give our best. The Good Samaritan poured in the oil and the wine, the best healing medicine he had. James reminds us that our prayers should be “prayers of faith,” grounded in God’s Word.

And ultimately, even with physical healing …

All healing is divine. Medicine alone doesn’t heal. Doctors alone do not heal. Proper diet alone doesn’t heal. Exercise alone doesn’t heal. God heals! God’s own name is Jehovah Rapha … the God who heals! And we can trust the one who always has our very best interest at heart.

If you are sick or discouraged or not sure about your relationship with God, leave me a note in the comments. I’d love to pray for you or answer any questions you might have. If you would rather your comments not be published, just let me know. If you would like an email response, be sure to add your email address.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Last week’s question: “What is your life?” (James 4.14). Read it here.

 

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8 thoughts on “The Jesus Code: “Sick or Discouraged?” + LINKUP

  1. I like what you posted. I’m a firm believer in sickness being much more than it appears.

    Whether a person feels as if they are ready to “crack”, is suffering from physical illness, dealing with long term trauma, whatever, our healing comes from the same Source.

    At my place of worship we practice laying on hands for physical healing but our focus is much more on emotional and spiritual healing. We have found that getting at the underlying cause of distress truly helps with physical healing. It’s like laying the ground work for complete healing.

    • Hi Judy,
      We believe in laying on hands and praying for those who are sick or discouraged in anyway, too, but we know that the results and the timing are in God’s hands. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to share your thoughts. Blessings!

  2. It can be hard being the strength for when people are sick or discouraged, but I remember the times when people were there for me in a given circumstance. I draw on the strength of the Lord in these times as well, because I know I can’t do it by myself. Thanks for sharing and for hosting, Donna! Glad to see you link up with #SocialButterflySunday! Blessings to you and yours in the new year 🙂

    • Yes, God put us in families, biological families and church families, for a reason. We were meant to live in community, helping, challenging and encouraging one another. Thanks so much for hosting and for stopping by. Abundant blessings in the New Year!!!

  3. Thanks for the reminder about the power of prayer. Our family is happy, health, blessed–and a lot stressed right now too. So prayers are much appreciated. Thank you for the opportunity to connect and link-up with other bloggers. I look forward to staying connected.

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