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Reason 11: Worship Brings Healing and Deliverance

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Excerpt from Plugging Into Real Worship

Another important reason why we are called to worship God is that our expression of worship to Him will bring about the Healing and Deliverance He secured for us.  Because this book is about worship, and not healing and deliverance, the author will not cover the topic of sickness and healing in detail.  There is a notion that illness or affliction is allowed by God to teach us something.  The author rejects this notion because Jesus taught that a house divided in itself cannot stand.  As we examine the passages in this section, we clearly see that God heals, and that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Therefore it would be flawed logic to embrace a position involving illness or affliction, while promoting healing and deliverance with equal benefit.

 “And behold, a leper came and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if You will, You can make me clean.  And Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, I will; be clean! And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matthew 8:2-3)

 Ok, here it is for the skeptics!  Jesus said, “I will”; meaning, “Yes, it IS my desire to restore you to health.”  If we only read that passage in the bible, and meditated on it!  At that time, lepers were deemed “unclean” and required to stay outside the walls of the city; it is also there where the refuse was taken and burned.  That gives you a perspective as to what the whole and healthy people thought of those afflicted with leprosy.  In fact, if a leper were to enter the city, he was required to shout the words “Unclean, unclean” to warn passers-by.  How degrading that must have been, especially being a constant reminder of the lepers’ circumstance.

Yet the adoration of the leper for Jesus, and his desire to be made whole, was stronger than the condemnation of heart, mind, and body brought on by his leprosy.  In humility and sincere appreciation for Jesus, he asked if Jesus wanted to make him whole again.  How many of us today are so downtrodden, so browbeaten by the enemy and the weight of our circumstances that we HAVE to ask Jesus if He WANTS to heal us?  As the leper humbled himself before Jesus and expressed his heart, Jesus, having compassion on him, made him whole.

 Still not convinced?  Then let’s have a look at another story.  Here we find a ruler named Jairus whose daughter was so sick that she actually died before Jesus arrived on the scene.  Jesus was on His way to the man’s house, but was detained for a brief period after His virtue healed the woman with the issue of blood.  Thankfully, Jesus was not prisoner to his own appointment calendar and healed this suffering woman.

 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a certain ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘My daughter has just now died. But come and lay Your hand on her and she will live.’ He said to them, ‘Go back, for the little girl is not dead, but sleeps.’ And they laughed Him to scorn.  But when the people were put out, He went in and took her by the hand, and the little girl arose.” (Matthew 9:18, 24-25)

 “You’re too late!”  Can’t you hear the chiding remarks of those around Jairus and his wife?  Praise God, Jairus didn’t listen to them but trusted in his heart and the unwavering confidence he had about Jesus.  Many of us would do well to get the intestinal fortitude (i.e. guts) to ignore people around us, continue in our expression of worship and let God have His way in our lives.  Notice the skeptics there didn’t just repudiate Jairus; they were actually rebutting Jesus; my goodness, what a tremendously foolish thing to do.

Notice also that the worship had to have its complete work.  Complete, in what sense?  The worship had to be such that it provided the stability, desire, and courage required to remove all of the doubters and their sentiments from the room.  Similar to the “prayed-through” term used by a seasoned Christian, there is also a concept called “worshiped-through”.  This is the point worship has taken a person to a place where doubt ceases to exist or have any role in one’s thoughts, will, emotions, or actions.  It is at this place, that healing and deliverance can come.

Another example we find is one of the Canaanite woman whose daughter was severely demon-possessed. She came and worshiped Him, saying “Lord help me!” Can you hear her cry of desperation to the Lord from a position of faith and adoration?  She knew in her heart that Jesus was the only answer for her and her daughter.

“Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, Lord, help me!  Then Jesus answered and said to her, O woman, great is your faith! So be it to you even as you wish. And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (Matthew 15:25, 28)

 Without question, one of the most well known stories in the Bible of worship bringing about supernatural deliverance involves Paul and Silas during their imprisonment.  Despite their incarceration for preaching the Gospel, these two warriors drew strength, peace, and ultimate freedom from deep within their hearts during a time of worship together.  Also of interest is the fact that the other prisoners listened and didn’t demean them for their behavior. It was as if there was an air of expectancy that was brought into the prison when Paul and Silas arrived.

“And toward midnight Paul and Silas prayed and praised God in a hymn. And the prisoners listened to them.  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and all the bonds were loosened.” (Acts 16:25-26)

 Let’s examine what happened more closely.  Paul and Silas worshiped God despite their circumstances. The very core of strength of that which held them bound was shaken and loosened.  The very passage way in which they entered the place of bondage was reopened, providing the necessary escape route. Sometimes it is difficult to see any possibility of escaping those things that bind us.  Yet this testimony helps us understand that despite our inability to see it naturally, our worship to God will bring us to our way of escape.

© Andrew Logan

About the Author:

Andrew Logan has been an integral part of worship for more than 20 years. Passionately, he escorts others into the Presence of God. Andrew maintains that worship invites God to meet with us to bring lasting life transformation that won’t come any other way.

Andrew developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ during a time of intense struggle in his personal life. Having a strong passion for music, he served the Lord in music ministries in several churches. A few years later, the founder of Life Bible Ministries International, Dr. Harold Hagen ordained Andrew and asked him to lead worship there.

After a rewarding career of more than twenty years in Information Technology, he transitioned into full-time Pastoral Ministry. Andrew now serves as senior pastor of All Nations Word and Worship Center.

Author of Plugging Into Real Worship and Conectándose a la adoración verdadera

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