Bring Them

Who are you bringing to Jesus?

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Matthew 9:32-34 – As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil.  And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel.  But the Pharisees said, He casteth out devils through the prince of the devils.

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What I will be asking of you today may be different from the way you’ve approached healing and deliverance in the past.  Let’s begin by considering something we likely hear frequently when Christians pray for someone who is not present.  You will often hear this, “Lord, we hold before You Bob…” or “Lord, we lift up Joe…” or “Lord, we bring Jane to You…”  And I have often heard someone say, “I would like to stand in for Mary…”  When such things are said, what are we, in effect, doing?  We are bringing someone to the Lord.

In our Text for Today, that is what certain people did for the demon-possessed man who could speak.  They brought him to Jesus.  In our Text for Today, of course, they physically brought him to Jesus in hopes that Jesus would deliver him, and that is precisely what He did.  When Jesus had cast out the devil, the man could talk.  It is obvious that the man did not need healing, but certainly needed to be delivered.  Just a brief side-note here; what would have happened if Jesus had attempted to heal the man when he needed deliverance?  Think about that.  Before Jesus acted, He made sure He knew what was needed.  Now from that question, consider this.  Is it possible that we have often prayed for healing, when in fact, what a person needed was deliverance?  Is it possible we often move to quickly based on what our senses tell us, when, in truth, we should be relying on what Holy Spirit is telling us?  Just a thought.

However, regardless of whether someone needs to be healed or delivered, can we not bring them to the Lord?  Consider the Roman centurion who came to Jesus for his servant.  He was bringing his servant to Jesus in faith.  And what of the man who came to Jesus for his son?  He, too, was bringing his son to Jesus in faith.  And let us not forget the Syrophoenician woman who came to Jesus for her daughter.  Though her first attempts may have been based purely on emotion, Jesus worked with her until He provoked faith from her for her daughter.  In all three cases, they brought someone to Jesus in faith without presenting a physical body in Jesus’s presence.  Yet faith pleased and moved the Lord

As believers, as people to whom Jesus has said He would never leave or forsake us, can we not do the same today?  Does faith not still please and move the Lord?  It certainly does.  Let your faith, the servant of the believer, do the work it was designed to do.  God’s hand is not shortened.  Regardless of the proximity of the person in need, faith pleases and moves our God. 

Manna for Today – Matthew 9:32-34; Mark 16:15-20