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Straining at Gnats

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In Matthew 23.24, Jesus in His gentle and tactful manner tells the Pharisees “Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel”.  The Pharisees would get upset and vitriolic at the most minor of things, but fail to see how areas of their lives and ministries were hugely out of whack with God’s heart and love.

The fact is there are still people out there today.  As I express the Biblical truths about healing, people will come at you and say “That sounds Christian Science-y” – of course these will be people who have never met a Christian Scientist, never read Ellen White, and don’t actually know what Christian Science is all about.  But someone told them this, they think it sounds wise so they strain at the gnat in your teaching.  

Someone else might say “That sounds like Greek philosophy”, or the power of Words doesn’t work because I can’t confess I am married to a supermodel and have it happen tomorrow (the fact that doesn’t work is because their spirit has never been wired with faith for that to happen, but your spirit is wired for faith in healing and prosperity – the problem is the mind has been programmed for failure!). 

They are straining at gnats, but missed the camel.  Here is the camel:  Jesus told us that we should do greater works than Him (John 14.12).  He told believers (not apostles or pastors or super-doopers, but believers – all Christians) to lay hands on the sick and they would recover (Mark 16.17).  

The camel in the room is that Jesus Christ has given every single believer a healing ministry.  Hebrews 6.1-2 tells us laying hands on people is a FOUNDATIONAL and BASIC doctrine – the milk of the Word. 

If you are not seeing the sick healed in your life and in your ministry.  If you don’t have some testimonies of people being healed because you laid hands on them and prayed in Jesus’ name, then you have a massive camel in your dinner. 

You do not have time to find someone who is healing the sick and tell them that they haven’t dotted their theological i’s and crossed their philosophical and ministerial t’s correctly.  You have a far, far bigger problem: you are failing to help sick people the Biblical way and failing to go around doing good by healing all those oppressed by the devil.  You are failing to imitate Christ in one of the major areas of His life and ministry.  You are failing to help captives of the devil get set free.

You need to get on your face before God and ask Him for the wisdom to start seeing the sick healed in your life.  You need to dismantle some of your poor theology and thinking that leads to doubt and unbelief; you need to destroy the traditions that make the Word of God (that when sent healed the sick) of no effect.

You really don’t have time to go around correcting everyone else’s gnats until you sort out this massive camel.

If the church took this advice seriously, it would revolutionize our witness on planet earth.

About treeoflifelondon

Tree of Life Church is a dynamic new church recently planted in London. We have branches in Dagenham, Guildford and Watford. Pastor Ben is a Christian who preaches the Word with integrity and anointing. He loves seeing Christians released into ministering into signs and wonders, perfect peace and being able to walk in their destiny.

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