A few weeks ago I posted a devotion on Facebook ( June 8 at 8:11 PM ), and I challenged people to write what they thought about the verse, “James 5:15.” I also told the people I would write about what I saw in that verse. So, here it is…
The KJV version jumped out at me when it said, “the prayer of faith shall SAVE the sick” and “the Lord shall RAISE HIM UP.” Do you SEE what it’s saying? Those words are not wishy-washy. They are direct. They are solid like a rock, a rock in the side of a mountain that has not moved in thousands and thousands of years.
Then I looked at the same verse in the God’s Word version. It said, “Prayers offered in faith will SAVE those who are sick” and “the Lord will CURE THEM.” I love that! Once again, “faith WILL.“ I know… You’re thinking that you must not have enough faith because it doesn’t work for you. Well, tell me this, “How much faith does it take to get healed?” According to Jesus it doesn’t take much because He said, “With only a little bitty mustard seed you can blow a mountain to smithereens.” And, He doesn’t expect us to do everything. That’s why He said, “the Lord will CURE THEM.” I could go some more on this but I want to finish with this…
… Did you notice how the verse ended? It said, “… and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” And in the God’s Word Bible it says, “If you have sinned, you will be forgiven.” Do you realize how serious God is when it comes to sin? We have to remember that God gave His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross so we could be rid of our sins. A lot of people think God is the one that makes us sick. That’s ridicules. Why would a loving Father make their children sick just to get their sins washed away. Especially when they could get healed AND have their sins washed away at the same time.
(KJV) And the prayer of faith shall SAVE the sick, and the Lord shall RAISE HIM UP; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
(GW) Prayers offered in faith will SAVE those who are sick, and the Lord will CURE THEM. If you have sinned, you will be forgiven.
THINK ABOUT IT.
In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen