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Not by Striving, But by a Visitation

When we pray for healing in a Church service, or assemble together to break bread so that we might discern the Lord, there is one thing that we must always remember. God's healing power is not by our power, nor by might, but by His Holy Spirit. Unless the Lord builds the house, we labor in vain to build it. As God visits His people time and time again through the grace of His plan in His Body, we are absolutely privileged to be delivered from the strivings of people. No longer is it the arm of the flesh, but now it is the grace of God.

After the Jews passed through the Jordan, which speaks of the grace of God's blood, they settled at Gilgal. Gilgal is special because it speaks of a city of unconditional or resurrection love. No longer do we love in relationship to our experience, or by our capacity to think, but now we love because of a perfect, unconditional love that is given because of Jesus' salvation. Always we find ourselves trusting in the everlasting arms of grace.

There is nothing we can do but exercise ourselves in faith through grace to receive our healing, to be delivered by the still, small voice of true spirituality and continually be discerning His Body. Thank God today that He has visited His people through grace, and that not of our works. No wonder the Psalmist wrote, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the Son of man, that thou visitest him?" (Psalm 8:4).

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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