Power to Heal – His Presence By Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Topic: Power to Heal – His Presence
Matthew 14:22-33; Luke 4:1-19
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
The presence of Jesus Christ in a place instantly precipitated the power of God to heal and deliver. The presence of God the Father literally means the face or countenance of God. God’s face or countenance represents who He is and what He has. His presence makes all that He is and has available to those who come to Him for healing. His presence is synonymous with the availability of all the names of God for His children to appropriate. Salvation, healing, deliverance, protection, provision, victory and other acts of God accompany His presence. The same can be said of Jesus Christ’s presence. The presence of Jesus Christ in a place also signifies the Holy Ghost’s presence.
Jesus Christ’s presence ushered in the power of God even if He did not say anything or touch anybody. One day, Jesus’ disciples were terrified when they found themselves in a storm as they made their way across the sea in a boat. Apart from the ordeal of having to deal with the storm, they wereq1 terrified to see Jesus walking towards them on the water in the dark, mistaking Him for a ghost. The disciples might have feared that they would perish in the chaos. Jesus Christ encouraged them to be of good cheer and went further to invite the apostle Peter to walk on the sea with Him. When He eventually went into the boat, the storm ceased (Matthew 14:22-33).
The fear and despair that had engulfed the disciples had broken their resolve into slivers, crushed their hopes completely and shattered their dreams – they were broken-hearted. Jesus Christ’s presence silenced the storm and restored sanity to the atmosphere. Jesus Christ simply entered the boat and the storm ceased. His presence compelled the boisterous wind to calm down and exorcized the fears of the disciples. He did not say anything to the storm unlike in another situation where He commanded the storm to cease. Jesus Christ promised His disciples He would be with believers to the end of the world. His presence with us heals our broken-heartedness (Matthew 28:18-20)
Pray for the grace to have a deeper fellowship with Jesus Christ.
“For This Purpose” by Eastwood Anaba
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