He rebuked the fever, and it left her (Luke 4:39 NASB)
Seems kind of simple…yet we often don’t see the reality of this happening around us. I have to ask myself, what are the barriers? Why did Jesus manage to rebuke the fever and we seem to struggle with this kind of thing?
There are a number of points to cover here.
At the outset the biggest barrier to seeing this happening around is unbelief, which in itself has a number of roots, the biggest of which is thinking that Jesus only did the miracles because he was God, I therefore don’t stand a chance. This is wrong thinking. Jesus, though fully God and fully man, did not do the miracles because he was God, (except for four**).
Jesus took on the form of a servant, he limited himself to doing the miracles as a man full of the Holy Spirit
who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8 NASB)
So we can be encouraged that as a person full of the Holy Spirit, we too can see these things happen.
The second root to unbelief, particularly in the UK, is cynicism and the pervading spirit of the age. Britain suffers tremendously from cynicism and unbelief. By nature we seem to pessimistic and negative and if we are not careful we can let this overwhelm us. We have to battle against this and not let the spirit of the world have the victory but to let the Spirit of Christ in us overwhelm the environment around us.
The second barrier to seeing healing is simply not believing that God still does this kind of thing, this is generally known as cessationalism, the belief that the gifts and the moving of the Spirit finished with the early church and now we have the written word that is enough. I don’t see any scripture that supports this view and though we don’t build theology from experience I am seeing the Spirit move in various situations around me bringing deliverance and healing. As you read about the early church and Christianity through the ages there are always testimonies of healing.
The third barrier is fear. Fear of looking stupid, fear of failure, fear of man. Whatever the the fear is, it holds you back and becomes an invisible fortress around you. Overcoming fear is not always that straight forward, but I do know that we can trust in Him completely and that as we step out in faith he will catch us should we fall. That doesn’t mean we will see everyone healed, it does mean that whatever happens we need to trust him. Fear at its root is a trust, all be it negative, in some other power being able to influence us.
The fourth barrier is laziness, sometime we just don’t bother doing it. Why? Simply because we can’t be bothered. A kingdom mindset is looking for the kingdom to come at every opportunity, subject , as Jesus was, to only doing what you see that Father doing. You might say, well I don’t see the Father healing today. I think the Father is healing more than you think!
It says in this passage that Jesus rebuked the fever. It doesn’t say he prayed, pleaded or begged. It was a rebuke. A rebuke is a clear authoritative command that expresses disapproval and (in this case) the fever to stop. This is not very British, not a polite thing to say. But we are of a different kingdom, a kingdom that is advancing and taking ground, a kingdom that is forcefully advancing. And this is what is happening here. The kingdom of God came upon Peters mother in law, she was in one moment overwhelmed by fever and then after the fever was rebuked was free to get up and help out with the food. The kingdom of God came to her. It came with an authoritative command. Jesus knew who he was, he knew that he had authority. Somehow we have to move into the place of knowing that we too have authority to do the same. We too can rebuke the fever with confidence.
So what is stopping us now? Even writing this I am encouraged to step out again and look for the opportunities!
God help my unbelief and give me boldness. Give me ears to hear and eyes to see what you are doing that I may step out as an ambassador of your kingdom that I may be an heavenly influence the world around me. In Jesus name Amen.
** There are four messianic miracles that he did that demonstrate his deity and Him being the messiah…I will write about these another time!