"Healing for America" Project
Story by Debra Matthews
Welcome! This article's about God calling the churches out of judgment, and back into His message of love and forgiveness.
Calling the Church Back to God's Love
Copyright © 2018 by Debra K. Matthews. All rights reserved
The Church, through the Bible, has the answer to every problem people face. Name any problem and the Bible has the answer; but God works through His people, standing on the promises in His Word, using the authority Jesus gave them - the authority and power the Bible says Jesus delegated to His people when He rose triumphantly from the grave. Jesus is seated in heaven now, looking down and calling the church to wake up and get back to doing the job He gave us to do.
Many in the Church are paralyzed with fear over prophecy they don't understand. They read the things that belong to the Tribulation period and think they apply to today. Instead of standing up in the authority Jesus gave them to make things better, many are hunkered down in fear.
Many Christians are sick, even though the Bible clearly tells us that healing belongs to us today. They have been taught traditions of men, and are missing out not only on being healed themselves, but in helping those around them find scriptural healing.
Even in the faith movement, which tries so hard to stick with the Word, there are some things that can slip over into traditions of men that can subtly hinder the fulness of revival the people desire - the REAL one that God is ready to pour forth all over this world. He is just waiting for us to get going.
This then is the purpose of this series of articles. It's to bring up many of God's answers for the healing of our communities. It's about helping those who have never heard the Word know how very much God loves them and wants to bless them. It's about calling churches back to the love and purpose of God, and - instead of finger pointing and judging others - about judging and adjusting ourselves to avoid the natural consequences that can come from being outside of God's safety net.
It's also about getting God's vision back into the church - to reach the lost and hurting, and be that safe haven where people can come feel loved, and grow in God's love, grace and healing. And finally, it's about equipping the church spiritually to reach the lost with what one minister said God told him was "the good news of God's overwhelming desire to treat us as though sin had never happened".
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:34-35)
"Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again." (Matthew 7:1-2)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
The angels' message: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward [all mankind]." (Luke 2:14)
"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
"Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers." (3 John 2)
Jesus said: "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, (etc)" (Matthew 28:18-19ff; see also Mark 16:15-20)
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." (Acts 10:38)
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
"As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world." (John 17:18)
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." (Psalm 33:12a)
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