Open Heaven For March 15, 2023 TOPIC – The Word Heals I
MEMORISE: “The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” – Matthew 8:8 (KJV)
READ: Matthew 8:8-13 (KJV)
8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Judges 6-8
Whenever God wants to do something special, His word takes up the form of a traveller and goes to the place where healing is needed. Psalm 107:20 says:
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
At one point or the other, you will need the intervention of God over a matter; in that period, God can send His word on an errand to help you. My prayer is that God will never withhold His word from coming to you. When His word comes to you, it means a solution has come to your problems.
One of the special things that the word travels to do is to bring about healing. God created all the parts of your body. If you discover that any part of your body is not functioning as it should, cry to Him and He will send His word to heal it or install a spare part if the damage is beyond repair. That is what happened in our Bible reading for today when the Centurion’s servant was ill and he told Jesus to only speak the word and his servant would be healed.
And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. – Luke 5:17.
In the Bible passage above, as Jesus was sharing the word, the power of God was present to heal the sick. I used to lay hands on all the sick people at our programmes, but then, Luke 5:17 showed me that the healing can be going on simultaneously with the sermon. Now, even as I preach, God heals the sick. This is why I pity those who get carried away during the sermon; you are missing out on a lot more than you know.
Put all your faith in the Word of God today, and you will receive divine healing in Jesus’ name.
Healing power is embedded in the word of God.
HYMN 25: The Great Physician Now Is Near
1 The great Physician now is near,
The sympathising Jesus;
He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus.
Sweetest note in seraph song,
Sweetest name on mortal tongue;
Sweetest carol ever sung,
Jesus, blessed Jesus.
2 Your many sins are all forgiven,
Oh, hear the voice of Jesus;
Go on your way in peace to heaven,
And wear a crown with Jesus.
3 All glory to the risen Lamb!
I now believe in Jesus;
I love the blessed Saviour’s name,
I love the name of Jesus.
4 His name dispels my guilt and fear,
No other name but Jesus;
Oh! how my soul delights to hear
The charming name of Jesus.
Open Heavens 2023 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2023