Behold I Give You Authority

Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. Matthew 4:24

People are afflicted with all kinds of sickness that affect each person differently including insomnia. Insomnia is the perception or complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep because of one or more of the following difficulty falling asleep, waking up frequently during the night with difficulty returning to sleep, waking up too early in the morning, unrefreshing sleep. Insomnia is not defined by the number of hours of sleep a person gets or how long it takes to fall asleep.  Individuals vary normally in their need for, and their satisfaction with, sleep.  Insomnia may cause problems during the day, such as tiredness, a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Certain conditions seem to make individuals more likely to experience insomnia.  Examples of these conditions include advanced age (insomnia occurs more frequently in those over age 60), female gender a history of depression There are many causes of insomnia.  Transient and intermittent insomnia generally occur in people who are temporarily experiencing one or more of the following stress environmental noise extreme temperatures change in the surrounding environment sleep/wake schedule problems such as those due to jet lag medication side effects.

Yes, there are many people who are always awake at night, unable to rest or relax their body and slip into restful sleep. Their whole body seems to tremble inwards, unable to relax and no sleep. Sometimes their eyes are wide opening looking around in the dark as they lie quite and silent on my bed. And then even if their close their eyes, their mind is open and all sorts of strange and bizarre thoughts come revolving within their mind. The thoughts do not stop but keep stalking their mind and their imagination. There seems to be no escape, but constant badgering of they mind. They cannot shut them out. But the good news is that Jesus Christ has conquered every sickness and disease and He can come to their aid and put His Hand on their fevered brow and set their confused mind at rest. Yes, He can release them and let them escape from this bondage where their mind starts imagining all sorts of funny and stupid things.  He can take away all those thoughts, which hang in their mind, the cobwebs and dirt from the dark corners of their as they present their body and mind to Him. He can transform them and bless them! He can enter their mind and more so many subconscious minds and put their Holy Spirit within them. He can help them to eat well, and to work. He can give them His peace, build up their body and remove all weaknesses so that their body will fit into a rhythm of work and rest and sleep naturally. Yes, He can make a person whole, body soul and Spirit.

God is concerned for the whole man body, soul and spirit and He is able to sanctify completely and preserve blameless the whole spirit, soul and body. As a perfect gentleman He will only do what He is allowed to do and will not batter the door down of anybody’s life or will. (See Revelation 3:17-20).

It’s up to each person to recognize that he is wretched, miserable poor, blind and naked even though he thinks he is rich, wealth and need of nothing. He has to recognize that he is sick and has need of a physician and then healing came begin because Jesus Christ is the ultimate Physician. The price for inner healing is to give his whole life to Jesus and then the healing begins. Inner healing starts at the cross of Jesus:

a. Inner healing starts and continues through repentance, and faith in Jesus. Being washed in the precious blood of Jesus brings remission of sins, and forgiveness. The power and efficacy of the blood of Jesus to cleanse and save to the uttermost. Repentance and faith in Jesus make available to each seeking heart the divine powers of the New Covenant, to heal and make whole our body, soul and spirit.

b. Inner healing takes place through the regenerating and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. The blood of Christ and the sanctifying Holy Spirit is the remedy for sin and a wounded personality.

Titus.3v5,6. “He saved us, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy, but through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, v6. whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.”

Titus.3v5-7. “He saved us, not by means of works of righteousness we have done, but in virtue of His own mercy, through the washing {the cleansing bath, “loutron,” 3067, a bath, from “louo,”3068; to bathe the whole person, John.13v10. “bathed;” whereas “nipto,” 3538 means to wet a part only, John.13v8,10.”wash”, and “pluno,” 4150, which means to launder clothing} of regeneration {“paliggenesia,” 3824, the state or act of spiritual rebirth, renewal, regeneration, and recreation and Messianic renovation at Christ’s second coming, only here and Mt.19v28. in N.T.} and renewing (“anakainosis,” 342, a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better, only here and Rom.12v2.) by the Holy Spirit, v6. which he poured out upon us richly (“plousios,” 4146, copiously, abundantly, richly) through Jesus Christ our Saviour, v7. so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.”

c. Inner healing takes place and continues through the companionship and Grace of Jesus. We read in 2cor.3v18., “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (NKJ)  Jesus is our Best Friend, and companionship with Him transforms our inner being. Jesus “ever lives to make intercession for us,” we are always on His heart and lips.

It’s to be noted that although the whole work of salvation is centered around inner healing it also encompasses the whole man body, soul and spirit:

a. Jesus came to save us from our sins, and to make our entire personality whole. Salvation is concerned with our total deliverance from sin and evil, and the transfiguration of our inner beings from glory to glory, until we are finally conformed, by Divine grace and mercy, to the image of Christ. 2Cor.3v18. Rom.12v1,2. We read in 1Jn.3v2., that our final transfiguration will occur when we see Jesus in all His beauty and glory, “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (NKJ)

b. A large part of our Lord’s ministry was devoted to inner healing, as well as physical healing. Indeed, salvation is the primary and most important of inner healings. We can be quite sure that our Almighty and all love God is equally concerned with our physical, spiritual and inner well-being.

c. The source of inner healing is our Savior’s death and atonement. Our perception of Christ’s suffering is often proportional to our transformation, and conformity to His image.  With His stripes we are healed. In Is.53v5., “stripes,” is “chabbuwrah,” or “chabburah,” Strong 2250, a black-and-blue bruise. Barnes states in his commentary on Is.53v5., “The proper idea is the weal or wound made by bruising; the mark designated by us when we speak of its being `black and blue. It is not a flesh wound; it does not draw blood; but the blood and other humors are collected under the skin.”

When Peter quotes Is.53v5. in 1Pet.2v24., he uses the Greek singular noun “molopi,” to translate the Hebrew “chabburah. “Molopi” does not describe a bloody wound, but swollen and discoloured “black and blue” flesh. The commentators have ascribed these two texts to the terrible beating that Jesus received from Pilate’s soldiers. However, these texts go beyond this, for both Is.53v5.. and 1Pet.2v24., are the singular, “bruise.” The emotional bruising of Jesus was horrendous The horrendous physical and emotional pressure that Jesus was under in Gethsemane.

Jesus was under such severe mental and physical pressure in Gethsemane that an angel had to come and strengthen Him to prevent Jesus from having a physical collapse, Jesus was physically strengthened to go to the cross. We read in Luke22v41-44., “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, v42. Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. v43. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. v44. And being in an agony (‘in great anguish and distress,’ ‘broken with anguish’) he prayed more earnestly (“ektenesteron,” 1617, more fervently, more earnestly): and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” (KJV)

The word “agony,” in Lk.22v44., is “agonia,” Strong 74, which speaks of a struggle for victory, as in wrestling, and gymnastic exercises, and figuratively of severe mental conflict and emotional anguish. Some say that the aorist participle suggests, “a growing intensity in the struggle, — into an intense struggle of prayer and sorrow.” “Agonia” only occurs here in the New Testament, however, it is used by medical writers, and they also mention the sweat that accompanies such an agony. The word for “great drops” is,“thromboi,” 2361, it only occurs here in the N.T., however, it also frequently occurs in medical language, these medical words came out of the vocabulary of Luke “the beloved physician.”

The fact that Lk.24v43., states that an angel had to strengthen Jesus, proves the true humanity of Jesus. It is very revealing that God the Father sent Moses and Elijah to strengthen our Lord’s resolve and to motivate and encourage Him to go to the cross. It is remarkable to see an angel strengthening his Creator God. All the holy angels were bursting with love and affection for their Lord, and were longing to go and help Him in His hour of desperate need, but God sent one angel to meet His physical need. That this needed to happen shows the enormous stress, distress and pressure that Jesus was experiencing, and reveals the limitations and reality of our Lord’s true humanity. Since Jesus was the beloved Son of God, why did not the Father sustain him directly, without an angel’s intervening? It is to show us that all the angelic host was emotionally involved and concerned with the sufferings of their Lord, and also with the pressures and sufferings of God’s children. The “man, Christ Jesus,” was suffering. His human nature was in agony, and God sustained His afflicted Beloved Son by angelic ministry, just as He does when He sends aid to any of His suffering saints. Heb.1v13,14.

Matthew.26v36-45. “Very heavy,. The word in the original is much stronger than the one translated “sorrowful.” It means, to be pressed down or overwhelmed with great anguish. This was produced, doubtless, by a foresight of his great sufferings on the cross in making an atonement for the sins of people.

Verse 38. [My soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death] His human nature– his soul– was much and deeply affected and pressed down with extreme sorrow and agony.

[Tarry ye here and watch with me] The word rendered “watch” means, literally, to abstain from sleep; then to be vigilant, or to guard against danger. Here it seems to mean to sympathize with him, to unite with him in seeking divine support, and to prepare themselves for approaching dangers.

Verse 39. [And he went a little further and fell on his face] Luke says “he kneeled down.” He did both. He first kneeled, and then, in the fervency of his prayer and the depth of his sorrow, he fell with his face on the ground, denoting the deepest anguish and the most earnest entreaty. This was the usual posture of prayer in times of great earnestness. See Num. 16:22; 2 Chr. 20:18; Neh. 8:6>.

And just like the angels came and minister to Jesus they can come and minister to us. We can ask the Father at any time to provide us with more than twelve legions of angels, as we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. But the good news is that Jesus, the Great Commander of the Hosts is above all things that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers He is the Lord of the armies, the Chief, the commander of the army of the Lord. He is also the King of Kings, Lord of Lords and God of Gods. God’s word is unchanging:

“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians. 1:16

“Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.” Psalm 103:20 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him,  And delivers them. Psalm 34:6-7

Yes, it’s the angels job to go and carry out God’s word and deliver God’s trusting ones from destruction and in bringing  them healing. We need angels in healing because many sicknesses and diseases today are caused by demons. So we need angels to come and war and take authority over the demonic realm.  Yes angels do heed “the voice of His word,” the word spoken by God’s saints on the earth. They heed His voice as it comes through His saints who declare His word on the earth. According to Jesus’ words, what we do and don’t do can bind and release heaven. Whatever we loose in heaven is loosed on earth, or whatever we bind on earth is bound in the heavens (Matthew. 16:19). So as we proclaim, decree and prophesy God’s will in our lives, a church and in a region, the angels carry out His word concerning His activities on the earth.  Yes, angels are commissioned to carry out the word that God’s servants speak and prophecy.  God’s word is unchanging:

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:19-20

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