READ THESE TWO VERSES…
“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and HEALING ALL MANNER OF SICKNESS AND ALL MANNER OF DISEASE AMONG THE PEOPLE. And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him ALL SICK PEOPLE that were taken with divers DISEASES AND TORMENTS, and those which were POSSESSED WITH DEVILS, and THOSE WHICH WERE LUNATIC, AND THOSE THAT HAD THE PALSY; and He healed them.” (Matthew 4: 23-24 KJV)
READ THIS LIST OF DISEASES…
… a malady (rarely figurative of moral disability) – disease, infirmity, sickness. … badly (physically or morally): – amiss, diseased, evil, grievously, miserably, sick, sore. … torture: – torment. … to be exercised by a daemon: – have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s). … to be moon struck, that is, crazy: – be lunatic. … as if dissolved, that is, “paralytic”: – that had (sick of) the palsy.
NOW READ WHAT JESUS HAS ALREADY DONE…
… to wait upon, that is, (figuratively) to adore (God), or (specifically) to relieve of disease – cure, heal, worship. … all, any, every, the whole: – all (manner of, means) alway (-s), any (one), daily, + ever, every (one, way), as many as, throughly, whatsoever, whole, whosoever.
… FOR US!
G2323, therapeuō — From the same as G2324; to wait upon menially, that is, (figuratively) to adore (God), or (specifically) to relieve (of disease): – cure, heal, worship.
G3956, pas — apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole: – all (manner of, means) alway (-s), any (one), daily, + ever, every (one, way), as many as, throughly, whatsoever, whole, whosoever.
G3554, nosos — Of uncertain affinity; a malady (rarely figurative of moral disability) – disease, infirmity, sickness.
G2560, kakōs — Adverb from G2556; badly (physically or morally): – amiss, diseased, evil, grievously, miserably, sick, sore.
G931, basanos — (by analogy) torture: – torment.
G1139, daimonizomai — Middle voice from G1142; to be exercised by a daemon: – have a (be vexed with, be possessed with) devil (-s).
G4583, selēniazomai — Middle or passive voice from a presumed derivative of G4582; to be moon struck, that is, crazy: – be lunatic.
G3885, paralutikos — From a derivative of G3886; as if dissolved, that is, “paralytic”: – that had (sick of) the palsy.
“The birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. His mother Mary had been promised to Joseph in marriage. But before they were married, Mary realized that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:18 – GW)
I wanted to dig a little deeper on the last two words, Holy Spirit. So I looked it up in the Strongs Dictionary… PNEUMA (pnyoo’-mah) “a current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze; by analogy or figuratively a SPIRIT, that is, (human) the rational soul, (by implication) VITAL (Defined: Absolutely Necessary) PRINCIPLE, or (superhuman) an angel, DAEMON, or (divine) God, Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit: – ghost, life, spirit, mind.”
Did you see that word, DAEMON? What is that doing in there? I thought it was a relative of the devil or something like that. Here is the real definition: “DAEMON – In multitasking computer operating systems, a daemon is a computer program that runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of an INTERACTIVE user.” Hmmm… not sure I know what INTERACTIVE means. Let’s find out.
From the Cambridge Dictionary the word “INTERACTIVE” means – (of two people or things) influencing or having an effect on each other.
1. An interactive system or computer program is DESIGNED TO INVOLVE THE USER IN THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION:
2. INVOLVING COMMUNICATION …
Man! We need to get closer to the Holy Spirit. Who knew we would get all that from “two words.“ A lot of Christian’s think that means praying in tongues and that’s all. Yes, that’s part of it, but there’s a whole lot more. Some people who are reading this just learned the Holy Spirit is like a “current of air, that is, breath (blast) or a breeze.” He is “VITAL and Absolutely Necessary, or (superhuman). He is like a DAEMON – a computer program that runs as a background process. And, the Holy Spirit is INTERACTIVE, hanging around inside, in the background of our life, waiting for us to let the Holy Spirit influence or having an effect on each other. He is like an interactive system or computer program, that is DESIGNED TO INVOLVE THE USER IN THE EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION…INVOLVING COMMUNICATION…
So, what am I trying to say? I’m saying… When Jesus left this earth He gave us the best gift ever, He gave us Himself, in the form of the Holy Spirit. He told us that He would never leave us. How can He be everywhere all the time? I don’t know the how, but I know the Who… Jesus.
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
“I have told you this while I’m still with you. However, the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything. He will remind you of everything that I have ever told you…” (John 14: 25-26)
How dependent on the Holy Spirit am I willing to live?
It was around the latter part of 2006 when God asked me this. I didn’t understand why He asked me. I was one of the pastors (for 18 years) for Living Stones Church, and I loved my job. I had a bad fall in our two story house 5 years before this. It was terrible pain that left me on medical drugs (3 pills of 80 ml. Oxycontin daily) with my back for 6 yrs. How could He do anything with me?
Plus, I only had two preaching engagements – one was a youth group and the other was an out-of-state church where we chose to pay our own way. And a large house I wouldn’t be able to afford… with only two preaching assignments. How in the world could I do what God was asking?
You have to know that I had tried to do my own thing a few times. They were good things but not God things. So, I mentioned to my Pastor that I didn’t want a paycheck from the church after January 1, 2007. If God was in this I would know. They could take up an offering or stuff like that but I just had to know if God was my source. God (and my Pastor) told me to STOP TRYING and START TRUSTING! That’s what I did. I “tried” to trust Him.
God went to work for us like a raging fire. He began with my back when He gave us the name of a back surgeon that diagnosed my problem. He operated on me and I haven’t had any pain at all. Oh, God supernaturally delivered me from those pain meds… overnight! Literally overnight.
Those two preaching engagements I had turned into many great services. God always made sure we had more than enough money. We preached in local churches throughout Texas and 6 states. We even preached in India, Romania, Costa Rica, and 3 times to Turkey.
We tried to sell our beautiful house but that was not something God wanted for us. In fact, there were only two buyers interested during the 3 months we had it listed, and they didn’t want it. How did we know God had a different plan? Because He sent someone to buy the house… FOR US! YES, GOD SENT SOMEONE TO PAY OFF OUR MORTGAGE ON THE HOUSE. The person who paid it off told us, ‘God told him to pay it off so we would not have to worry about a house payment.’ We also received a large check for our personal finances to get out of debt, which we needed for all my back trouble for those six years. We also received another large check that was for our ministry. And there were many more people who helped us, and some of them are still investing in us and our ministry. God has definitely proven that HE IS OUR SOURCE.
Did you NOTICE that GOD was the ONE who made it exactly like HE wanted? We certainly didn’t do all those things. And I haven’t seen that much money ever.
Think about this, God wiped away six years of pain in my back, HE delivered me overnight from the Oxycontin, HE gave us plenty of places around the world to preach, HE bought our house and gave it back to us… debt free. HE ALSO gave us a large sum of money for us personally so we could get out of debt, and HE blessed our/His ministry with a large donation. We are soooooo blessed to have people that God chose to support everything HE wants us to do. AND… it’s been 12 years now and, God not only did all these things but HE is still “doing what HE wants to do” THRU US! It was, and still is, definitely God’s plan, carried out by the Holy Spirit, and paid for by Jesus Christ.
So, I will ask you again… “How dependent on the Holy Spirit am I willing to live?”
Pastor Kevin Kinchen