And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”
— Mark 3:11 NKJV
Here we see the demons giving reverence to Jesus, as it says, whenever they saw Him. Whenever we are in the presence of G-d, what is our attitude? Are we reverent towards Him?
Due to what we read in Scripture, many of us Christians tend to take for granted the position that G-d holds, the position that He is. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:15-17 and in Galatians 4:4-7, we are able to cry out to Him as “Abba, Father” and Jesus said in Matthew 23:8-10 that we are to call no man Teacher nor Father because there is only one Teacher and one Father, who is G-d. We read these words and at times approach Him as if we are approaching Santa Claus to sit on his lap and bear our requests. We are all guilty of it.
Now, there is nothing wrong with approaching G-d as our Father or Teacher, but we need to make sure that our attitude is still reverent of who G-d is. He is Holy. To be in His presence is an awesome thing to behold and we must not forget this. Many have died because they did not revere Him accordingly. He is a loving G-d, but He is also one to respect and honor. He is our Creator and is Holy.
Praise the L-RD that He has made a way for us to approach Him through Jesus, the Messiah, our Savior. Let us all approach Him making all our requests known to Him, but with all love and reverence due. If the demons, who are evil, do this, all the more, as children of G-d, we should do this.
Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”
— Mark 1:40-44 NKJV
These verses show the balance of scriptural healing. First, the attitude is “If You are willing L-RD.” The leper had no doubt in his mind, no lack of faith, in the ability of Jesus’ power. However, he did understand the sovereignty of G-d.
Second, when the healing comes, you are to say nothing to anyone and get it confirmed. In that day and culture a healing was confirmed by a priest. Today, we get ailments and see doctors. A healing of those ailments are to be confirmed by the doctor. This act is scriptural, as it allows for G-d to be glorified through the testimony of His work. The confirmation by the doctor, as done by the priest in those days, is a validation of the power of G-d. It is not a lack of faith as some teach, but rather an opportunity for G-d to be glorified through that official confirmation that a healing has definitely taken place.
Cute way of illustrating a point. Have we allowed for our hearts to become desolate? G-d is speaking to us, but we are so full of our own intellect and self-sufficiency that while we hear His Words, we have closed the door and hardened our hearts.
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