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Healing and Health.

King Solomon gave us some sound advice on living a healthy life (Prov 3:7-8). He exhorted us us to not be wise in our own eyes but to fear and worship the Lord and to turn from sin. The king continued that this will bring us health. So, what does not "being wise in our own eyes" mean? I believe it means not being proud but being humble and trusting God rather than yourself.

 In the New Testament we also read a similar verse where man is taught: “not to think of himself more highly than he ought” (Rom 12:3; KJV). If being healthy is important to us (and I assume it is) then these verses above would be a good ones to pay attention to.  

Interestingly, in the next chapter of Proverbs, King Solomon outlines what we can do to experience health and healing. In Proverbs chapter 4 and verses 20 and 21 we are encouraged to pay close attention to the word, so much so that it becomes rooted in our hearts; this the King writes, will also bring health and healing.

We read in the New Testament that: "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh" (Matt 12:34). If we have an abundance of the word for healing and faith for healing, on the inside of us, in our hearts, then we can speak those words over our bodies to effect healing and health.

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We are Called to Serve

I encourage you to read from John’s gospel chapter 13 and verses 1-17 today. This is a wonderful passage where Jesus teaches us humility and servant hood. Jesus showed us his supreme confidence in his relationship with his Father in verse 3. This allowed him to humble himself and show his amzing love for his disciples in washing their feet.

God calls us to serve (Mark 9:35) and we can only humble ourselves and do that if we know who we are in Christ. We are his sons and daughters (2 Cor 6:18), joint heirs with Jesus (Rom 8:17) and seated in the heavenly places with him (Eph 2:6). Nothing can ever separate us from his love (Rom 8:35). In that confidence we can walk in humility and serve.

In our passage above from John’s Gospel, Peter protested that Jesus should not wash his feet (v 8); but notice Jesus’ response. He said that if he could not wash Peter’s feet, Peter would have no part with Jesus (v 8). We have no part with Jesus if we do not have a servant’s heart. Jesus established servant hood as a mark of the Christian for all time (v 12-15); he demonstrated it for us.

In the word we are told that if we humble ourselves God will exalt us (1 Peter 5:6). We are told that we are called to serve and that in serving we will find greatness (Mark 10: 43-45). Look for ways to serve people today; this pleases the heart of our heavenly father.

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Foot Washing

When it comes to humility Jesus is our example. In Philippians 2:5-9 (KJV) we have the description of how Jesus gave up all the privileges of heaven and came to earth and: "took upon himself the form of a servant". In verse 5 of that chapter we are told to let Jesus be our example in humility.

We have another great example of Jesus humbling himself and becoming a servant in John 13:14-15: "If I then your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you”.

We also learn very clearly from these verses that we need to do the same thing for our fellow believers; in fact, the command is stated twice! “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Enough said!

If we want to be like Jesus and be obedient then we must serve one another. For some people serving comes naturally; they have a servant’s heart, others of us have to work at it a little harder. Nevertheless, there is great blessing in serving others, because: “when you do it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you do it unto me”, (Matt. 25:40).

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Jesus, Our Example of Humility

“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded” (John 13:3-5; KJV).

Humility is so important in our Christian Walk. “God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). However, our passage from John 13 shows more than the humility of Jesus. It shows a major, necessary characteristic of a leader, that of having a servant’s heart. For me, the most wonderful part of this passage; however, is the illustration of the confidence Jesus had in his relationship with his Father. He could humble himself in a way that must have amazed his disciples. He could do this because he was so secure in himself, knowing who he was and the relationship, love and support he enjoyed in our God.

We love people but our security must be in God; he will never let us down (Heb 13:5). With our focus on him and our confidence in our relationship with him, Just like Jesus, we can do all things (Phil 4:13); we can walk as Jesus did.

 

 

Who is the Greatest in God’s Kingdom?

 “Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant” (Matt 20:26-27; KJV). To the non-Christian this makes their head go tilt. Someone once said to me that if you want to know what to do look at what the world does and then do the opposite. Jesus said greatness in the Kingdom of God is marked by servant hood or by having the attitude of a slave.

This is all about putting others ahead of yourself; dying to self and laying your life before the Lord (Matt 10:39). Jesus said he came to serve not to be served (Matt 20:28) and he exhorted us to lay down our lives for our friends (John 15:13). Paul was a servant of God and man (1 Cor 4:1-2) and Peter certainly encouraged the early church leaders to have a servant heart (1 Peter 5:2-4).

Servant hood is really the zenith and hallmark of humility. I love the words that John the Baptist said in regard to Jesus: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). John knew his calling and was content to serve his God and fulfill his God given role of laying the ground work for Jesus; he had a servant heart!

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