When The Elders Are Needed. 06/05/2014 (Evening thought)

James 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 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.

This passage of scripture was given to all true believers in Christ, who would at times run into serious physical ailments that could not otherwise be treated with natural medicine. It is important for us to know that not every disease or sickness can be cured by man, for with all of our scientific research and discoveries, there is a point beyond which our finite knowledge does not take us, and that's where we should turn to the Mighty Healer for help. After all that can be done has been done with no positive results, then man's extremity becomes God's opportunity. This is what took place with the woman who had the issue of blood for twelve years, who had exhausted her life savings on conventional medicine, only to be made the worse. Let's read:

Mark 5:25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, 27 When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.

In her moment of extremity she reached out and touched Jesus, and immediately her ailment was permanently cured.

We do not have a physical Jesus in person with us today, but we do have the omnipotent power of the Holy Ghost, who has been given to solve all problems which are otherwise irresolvable. Hence the reason why the passage in James was given so that we may have the assurance that Christ is still with us in the person of His saints. When we run into difficulty in the area of physical sicknesses and cannot find resolution, then we are to send for the elders of the church, and the promise is given in the affirmative, that the prayer of faith will heal the sick, when the other conditions are fulfilled.

It is of critical importance then for us to exercise our faith by sending for the Elders of the church, for God honors our faith when the accompanying works are presently fulfilled. We therefore end with a passage of scripture that points us to the great physician, even the Lord Jesus Christ, with whom is no variableness nor shadow of turning. Let's read:

Psalms 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

May these mighty promises become a reality in our lives. "Good night" and God bless!