Last year, to the day, our executive pastor taught this simple lesson:
While teaching is going on, healing us supposed to happen. If you receive the Word in faith, the Word can heal you.
Luke 5:17 (KJV)
17 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.
He referenced the scripture above. He didn’t pause to mark it or focus on it, but I noted it. He went on to teach about Jesus healing the man with palsy and reminded us further that:
God will interrupt a lesson to heal someone.
Our Bishop has a refrain he will often utter during his sermons, “Are you getting this?” When I hear it, it signal to us that there is room at the pool for healing and its time to get in! When the Word is being taught, a window to understanding opens up. We can be healed and our minds renewed in these moments.
I work in education and have many friends and family members that are educators. We agree that there is nothing on earth that compares to the moment when a student “gets it.” I would like to say that this is similar to the way God feels when we finally trust him at his word. It completes the circle! A Word received in faith is our connection point with God, the thing that binds us together.
There have been occasions when I have listened to a Word and have not been healed. My mind was closed in those moments and I could not get past my situation. In brief, my faith was diminished. But there has never been an occasion when I was walking in faith in which I was not healed. Just like any student, we must commit to focus and trust our instructor. If we recognize that we have to meet our teachers with an open heart and mind, we can always get a healing through our lesson.