During our leadership conference last weekend, Greg Mohr pointed out that you cannot believe for something that is outside of your grace. If it isn’t in your destiny, it isn’t going to be something you can believe for (of course, everything in redemption is freely ours for all of us). You can only believe for what is yours – what is in your jurisdiction.
As I was pondering this on Sunday evening, Greg Mohr was preaching in our Guildford church about healing. It was a very powerful healing meeting – but one of the comments was “Healing is in our jurisdiction”.
And it is – healing is freely yours; sickness must leave when you tell it to leave. You are the boss of your own healing. So is everything in the cross. But some things are not in the cross, and some things are not in your jurisdiction.
For the next few weeks I just want to think out loud concerning this concept of jurisdiction, and I want to give you a Scripture I have never seen on a fridge magnet:
You should mind your own business and work with your hands (1 Thess. 4.11)
One of the things Christians seem to struggle with is minding their own business. You need to look after what God has given you – that’s a full-time job. You don’t have the time to correct and look after and mind everyone else’s business.
When you start telling people what church they should be going to, what they should wear, how they should be praying – you are not minding your own business. You need to mind what God has told you to do. It always amazes me that the people who see themselves as the self-appointed spiritual police are often those without their lives in order.
Someone tells someone “you should go to this church” and you find out they don’t even go to church. Someone tells you how to treat others but is bossy and rude to those around them. People without a ministry telling you how to minister. Saul telling David to wear his armour. People who have never pulled someone out of a wheelchair telling you how to minister healing. People who haven’t made a penny out of business running business seminars.
Just crazy! People should learn to mind their own business. In other words, before you open your mouth – ask the question: is this really anything to do with me?