“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, etc.”
– Mat_6:9

This prayer begins where all true prayer must commence, with the spirit of adoption, “Our Father.” There is no acceptable prayer until we can say, “I will arise, and go unto my Father.” This child-like spirit soon perceives the grandeur of the Father “in heaven,” and ascends to devout adoration, “Hallowed be thy name.” The child lisping, “Abba, Father,” grows into the cherub crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy.” There is but a step from rapturous worship to the glowing missionary spirit, which is a sure outgrowth of filial love and reverent adoration-”Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Next follows the heartfelt expression of dependence upon God-”Give us this day our daily bread.” Being further illuminated by the Spirit, he discovers that he is not only dependent, but sinful, hence he entreats for mercy, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors:” and being pardoned, having the righteousness of Christ imputed, and knowing his acceptance with God, he humbly supplicates for holy perseverance, “Lead us not into temptation.” The man who is really forgiven, is anxious not to offend again; the possession of justification leads to an anxious desire for sanctification. “Forgive us our debts,” that is justification; “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” that is sanctification in its negative and positive forms. As the result of all this, there follows a triumphant ascription of praise, “Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever, Amen.” We rejoice that our King reigns in providence and shall reign in grace, from the river even to the ends of the earth, and of his dominion there shall be no end. Thus from a sense of adoption, up to fellowship with our reigning Lord, this short model of prayer conducts the soul. Lord, teach us thus to pray.  C.H. Spurgeon

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U.S. Government Seeks to Become an “Equal Partner” in Raising Your Children

Elementary school students getting on school bus

by Orissa Mora-Kent
Health Impact News

Will the U.S. government soon mandate that they become “equal partners” with parents in raising children?

According to a DRAFT POLICY STATEMENT ON FAMILY ENGAGEMENT FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO THE EARLY GRADES [1] issued by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, American families’ Constitutional autonomy could be under calculated attack.

The draft policy explicitly states,

The purpose of this policy statement is to provide recommendations from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Education (ED) on systematically engaging families in their children’s development, learning, and wellness, across early childhood and elementary education settings.

It is the position of the Departments that all early childhood programs and schools recognize families as equal partners in improving children’s development, learning and wellness across all settings, and over the course of their children’s developmental and educational experiences. [1]

Equal partners? Do you want the government as your equal partner in raising your children?

If this policy is implemented, will you be able to choose alternative forms of healthcare for your child or will Big Pharma step in to “engage” you in “caring” for your child’s “wellness”?

Will you be able to homeschool, or will the Department of Education step in to “encourage” you to send your child to a state-approved institutional “education” center of their own choosing?

Will you be able to go to the place of worship of your own choosing and guide your child’s spiritual development as you see fit, or will the state have a say in that too?

What does history teach us about government’s overreaching involvement in the education of youth? Are we listening, or will we allow a repeat of abuses?

Consider the draft policy plans to track your families every movement,

“Track family engagement data, including family-reported data
Local schools and programs should track progress on family engagement goals, as detailed in family engagement plans. The specific data collected will be based on program’s goals, but may include assessments of the program’s family friendly environment or teacher and provider- family relationships using valid and reliable tools.” [1]

Their Plan to Ensure Parental Compliance

The draft policy goes on to explain,

“The first step in systemically embedding effective family engagement practices in educational settings is to establish a culture where families are seen as assets and partners in children’s development, learning and wellness.” [1] (emphasis added)

Gleaning from Merriam-Websters definition of the word “engage,” [2] one wonders which form of “engagement” these Washington bureaucrats intend:

  • “to entangle or entrap in or as if in a snare or bog”
  • “to arrange to obtain the use or services of :  hire <engage a lawyer>”
  • to induce to participate <engaged the shy boy in conversation>”
  • to enter into contest or battle with <engage the enemy>”
  • to deal with especially at length

(emphasis added) [3]

Alex Newman, of The New American [3] also wrote an article covering the draft policy statement [1].

Newman writes:

Virtually no area of family life, including the health and “mental health” of parents, as well as a family’s “attitudes” and even its “housing,” would be free from government intrusion under the government’s Orwellian vision. Even vague notions of “family wellness,” as defined by bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., would be put under a government microscope. “Parenting interventions [4]” will be used to ensure compliance. [2] (emphasis added)

What will happen to noncompliant families? Will the Feds send their CPS strong-arm into your home to remove all of your children altogether from your care if you are “noncompliant” towards their “equal partnership” aka “parenting interventions”?

Newman states:

Big Psychiatry [5] will also play a major role. “Ensure constant monitoring and communication regarding children’s social-emotional and behavioral health,” the document demands. “Ensure that children’s social-emotional and behavioral needs are met and that families and staff are connected with relevant community partners, such as early childhood mental health consultants and children’s medical homes.” In the policy statement’s “recommendations” for states — much of which will be imposed through federal bribes — state governments are told to “expand early childhood mental health consultation efforts.”

There are lots of “recommendations” — nudge nudge, wink wink — for local governments, too. If parent “partners” are not partnering in a way approved of by Big Brother, for example, local officials should “identify supports that will be offered to parents such as evidence-based parenting interventions.” By interventions, they mean exactly what you think they mean. Local arms of Big Brother should also seek out “community partners” that can “provide comprehensive services, such as health, mental health, or housing assistance to meet families’ basic needs,” the document explains. [2]

Newman also warns:

Thinking that Big Brother is going to align its “strategies” and “expectations” to those of parents — rather than the other way around — is naïve at best. [2]

Consider some of the documented, far reaching, implications of Big Brother “helping” you raise your children.

Just to name a few, consider some of these previously published stories on MedicalKidnap.com:

Educational interventions

Education Secretary Wants Government Boarding Schools: “Certain Kids We Should Have 24/7”  [6]

The Ultimate Irony: The Decimation of Families to Protect the Children  [7]

CPS & Police Taser, Handcuff Parents: Enter Home of Homeschool Family without Warrant  [8]

CPS interventions

Texas CPS Kidnaps 19-month Old Child for “Failure to Thrive” [9]

South Carolina Family Destroyed: Forced Vaccines, Sexual Abuse, Bruises Show Harm in State Care  [10]

Does the State Ever Have a “Right” to Remove Children from a Home? [11]

Big Pharma interventions

10 Year Old Amish Girl Taken Away from Parents for Refusing Chemotherapy by Ohio Hospital  [12]

As a Parent, You Don’t have the Right to Choose Cancer Treatment for Your Child  [13]

Medical Kidnapping in the U.S. – Kidnapping Children for Drug Trials  [14]

Religious/Medical interventions

Children Taken Away from Christian Parents to Receive Forced Vaccinations  [15]

Special Needs Sisters Kidnapped From Homeschooling Christian Family [16]

Breastfed, Homebirthed Babies Taken Away From Parents For Not Using Hospital  [17]

Federal Government Wants to Come into Your Home

Newman says the Feds want to visit your house:

The Obama administration also wants to make sure that Big Brother’s “partners” are being regularly checked up on — even at their homes. The document calls for various government programs to visit your house. Seriously. “To support ongoing relationship building with families, programs and schools should conduct periodic home visits so that teachers and families can get to know each other and communicate about children’s goals, strengths, challenges, and progress,” the policy statement says, adding that if home visits are not possible for “all families,” other requirements should be imposed. [2]

How much erosion of their rights will American families tolerate?

Newman points out:

Admittedly, a major part of the problem is that many parents have bought into the notion that they can, or even should, hand over their children to government “professionals” and “experts” to be raised, monitored, tracked, manipulated, and “developed.” But Big Brother has certainly played a giant role in encouraging that dangerous idea, most recently illustrated in the policy statement referring to families as “equal partners” in child rearing. Even setting aside the fact that the federal government has zero constitutional authority to meddle in child rearing or education, history suggests the results could be tragic. [2] (emphasis added)

American Children Hang in the Balance: Parents vs Nanny-Government

Newman goes on to explain:

The Obama-backed community schools [18], dubbed parental-replacement centers by critics, are already in full swing, and set for a massive expansion, thanks to support by most Republicans in Congress. Indeed, as The New American reported recently, these “full-service community schools” are set to play a key role in the broader agenda [19], overseeing every aspect of children’s lives ranging from dentistry and nutrition to “wellbeing” and mental health. The recently passed “Every Student Succeeds Act”  [20]also contains provisions for deploying “mental health” programs against parents and even community members. Obama’s recently retired Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who boasts of turning your children into “green” and “global” citizens [21] with UNESCO using the “weapon” of education, even called for government to have “some kids” 24 hours a day, seven days per week. [22] [2]

Parents, the message laid out in the draft policy is clear,

Big Brother is in charge of raising children, and that parents may be called upon to help out as ‘partners.’  [2]

Critics of Draft Policy Express Outrage

Newman states:

So far, the joint policy statement by Obama’s HHS and Education Department has flown largely under the radar. But as word spreads, critics are expressing outrage about Big Brother’s accelerating intrusions into family life and child rearing. [2]

Constitutionally minded watchdog groups such as The People, LLC have “blasted” the policy draft. [2] The People, LLC “has dealt extensively with education and parental rights at the state and local level and has been successful in drafting laws recognizing and protecting parental rights in education,” according to Alex Newman of The New American.

A letter that has widely circulated among activists and education researchers via the Internet, in response to the draft policy, is the dissent of one “furious mother,” Sara Wood. Sara said,

“I am a Catholic and my rights and duties as a Catholic parent are to educate my children and that I am only a cooperator of that education with the love of God the Creator, NOT with the government, federal or state,” [2]

Will others speak up?

Newman urges:

The American people must resist Big Brother’s unwanted and unconstitutional advances at every level of government. [2]

Sources and References

[1] U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, DRAFT POLICY STATEMENT ON FAMILY ENGAGEMENT FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO THE EARLY GRADEShttps://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/draft_hhs_ed_family_engagement.pdf [1]

[2] Feds Seek Home Visits, Calling Parents “Equal Partners,” Alex Newman, The New American. http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/family/item/22530-feds-seek-home-visits-calling-parents-equal-partners [3]

[3] “Engage,” Merriam-Webster. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engage

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[1] DRAFT POLICY STATEMENT ON FAMILY ENGAGEMENT FROM THE EARLY YEARS TO THE EARLY GRADES: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ecd/draft_hhs_ed_family_engagement.pdf

[2] Merriam-Websters definition of the word “engage,”: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engage

[3] The New American: http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/family/item/22530-feds-seek-home-visits-calling-parents-equal-partners

[4] Parenting interventions: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/family/docs/compendium-of-parenting.pdf

[5] Big Psychiatry: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/1774-psychiatry-s-brave-new-world

[6] Education Secretary Wants Government Boarding Schools: “Certain Kids We Should Have 24/7” : http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/07/20/education-secretary-wants-government-boarding-schools-certain-kids-we-should-have-247/

[7] The Ultimate Irony: The Decimation of Families to Protect the Children : http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/05/01/the-ultimate-irony-the-decimation-of-families-to-protect-the-children/

[8] CPS & Police Taser, Handcuff Parents: Enter Home of Homeschool Family without Warrant : http://medicalkidnap.com/2014/12/10/cps-police-taser-handcuff-parents-enter-home-of-homeschool-family-without-warrant/

[9] Texas CPS Kidnaps 19-month Old Child for “Failure to Thrive”: http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/05/06/texas-cps-kidnaps-19-month-old-child-for-failure-to-thrive/

[10] South Carolina Family Destroyed: Forced Vaccines, Sexual Abuse, Bruises Show Harm in State Care : http://medicalkidnap.com/2016/02/16/south-carolina-family-destroyed-forced-vaccines-sexual-abuse-bruises-show-harm-in-state-care/

[11] Does the State Ever Have a “Right” to Remove Children from a Home? : http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/01/26/does-the-state-ever-have-a-right-to-remove-children-from-a-home/

[12] 10 Year Old Amish Girl Taken Away from Parents for Refusing Chemotherapy by Ohio Hospital : http://medicalkidnap.com/2013/10/08/10-year-old-amish-girl-taken-away-from-parents-for-refusing-chemotherapy-by-ohio-hospital/

[13] As a Parent, You Don’t have the Right to Choose Cancer Treatment for Your Child : http://medicalkidnap.com/2011/09/24/as-a-parent-you-dont-have-the-right-to-choose-cancer-treatment-for-your-child/

[14] Medical Kidnapping in the U.S. – Kidnapping Children for Drug Trials : http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/05/16/medical-kidnapping-in-the-u-s-kidnapping-children-for-drug-trials/

[15] Children Taken Away from Christian Parents to Receive Forced Vaccinations : http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/02/12/children-taken-away-from-christian-parents-to-receive-forced-vaccinations/

[16] Special Needs Sisters Kidnapped From Homeschooling Christian Family: http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/05/02/daughters-removed-from-home-because-of-their-parents-christian-faith/

[17] Breastfed, Homebirthed Babies Taken Away From Parents For Not Using Hospital : http://medicalkidnap.com/2014/11/25/breastfed-homebirthed-babies-taken-away-from-parents-for-not-using-hospital/

[18]  Obama-backed community schools: http://thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/21395-obamas-community-schools-aim-to-replace-parents

[19]  these “full-service community schools” are set to play a key role in the broader agenda: http://thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/22354-obama-and-gop-unleash-community-schools-to-replace-parents

[20] recently passed “Every Student Succeeds Act” : http://thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/22258-white-house-and-gop-conspired-on-education-takeover

[21]  boasts of turning your children into “green” and “global” citizens: http://thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/17930-common-core-and-un-agenda-21-mass-producing-green-global-serfs

[22] called for government to have “some kids” 24 hours a day, seven days per week.: http://thenewamerican.com/culture/education/item/21209-education-secretary-s-dangerous-public-boarding-schools-agenda

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lighthouse1Joseph Alleine was a puritan of the 17th Century.  His little book  Alarm To The Unconverted was used of the Lord Jesus to bring many into the Kingdom of God.  Sadly, in our day not many, even preachers, really believe that sinners are lost.  It seems we have lost the consciousness of lostness!  Admitted, men have problems they can’t solve and need a little help from time to time, but given enough help and time, he can work things.  Yes, the Bible still says that “he that believeth not is under the wrath of God” (John 3:36), but where are those who really believe in the wrath of God anymore?  I do!!!  We need to learn to pray as Joseph Alleine prayed!  Take your time, and take it in.  You might be praying like him some day.
‘O all-powerful Jehovah, who works, and none can hinder You, who has the keys of death and hell pity the dead souls that lie here entombed, and roll away the gravestone, and say as to the dead body of Lazarus, Come forth!  Enlighten this darkness, O inaccessible Light, and let the dayspring from on high visit the dark regions of the dead, to whom I speak; for You can open the eye that death itself has closed. You that formed the ear, can restore the hearing. Say to these ears,
Ephphatha!  and they shall be opened. Give eyes to see Your excellencies, a taste that may relish Your sweetness, a scent
that may savor Your ointment, a feeling that may discern the privilege of Your favor, the burden of Your wrath, the intolerable weight of unpardoned sin! And give Your servant the command to prophesy to dry bones, and let the effects of this prophecy be as of Your prophet when he prophesied the valley of dry bones into a living army exceeding great!’
Bro Hal

dom-1707634_640I know a lot of you pray.  It is a big part of your life to pray.  When you see the darkness we live in, you don’t panic, you pray.  You have learned that the most powerful form of warfare is prayer.  You have become Prayer Warriors.  I have a burden to build a Prayer Chapel on the internet.  It will be a special place for the saints to go to pray, be inspired and to learn.  It will be a place where young believers can go to learn to be Prayer Warriors.  What a prospect!  A School of Prayer Warriors!

In Elisha’s days the school of the prophets got too small.  Elisha led them in building a new structure(2 Kings 6:1-7).  Allow me to take just a few words for our purpose:  “Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell.”

How would you envision such a Chapel?  In Europe and even here in Hot Springs, I have visited some beautiful Chapels, built at great expense to express confidence in prayer and encouragement to the burdened heart to come alone in the Presence of Jesus Christ.  I have fond and blessed memories of those chapels.  But I have a greater vision.  It is a place where daily many thousands are gathering around the Throne of Grace in worshipful prayer, carrying out the business of King Jesus in His Kingdom.

Now back to “every man a beam”.  What is your beam?  What could you provide?  What kind of building materials do you have?  Let me probe your spirit.  What are your favorite passages of Scripture?  I mean the ones where you have often found the supernatural answers you needed, or the courage to keep on praying.  I would like to know the twelve passages which have encouraged you most.  You might be amazed how they could help others prevail in prayer!  Again,what about great quotes from the powerful prayer warriors of the past like George Mueller, Charles Spurgeon, E.M. Bounds or Edward Payson, just to name a few.  They had a way of moving heaven, and moving men’s hearts to trust heaven!  Again, what is the greatest sermon you ever heard on prayer?  It still inspires you today, and that is why you remember it.  It would probably inspire other.  Also there is so much written material which can inspire us to pray.  Personal testimonies can also be a great motivation to pray!  Well, I hope you get the message.  That is what I mean by your beam.

How do we do it?  First, the Holy Spirit is the only One who has the architectural skill and wisdo to do it.  This is the great part.  He lives in each of us, and He can show us our beam and show us where to put it.  In a practical way, you simply send to me your material and I will by His grace build an internet Prayer Room or Chapel  where people can go 24/7 to be blessed, inspired and become a blessing to many.

What do you think?  I will need help as the material grows.  Pray over this little appeal and contact me with a PM on Facebook, or by email at halstan@gmail.com.  We are building a new site on the internet for the Chapel!

Bro Hal

“For the truths sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.”
– 2Jo_1:2

Once let the truth of God obtain an entrance into the human heart and subdue the whole man unto itself, no power human or infernal can dislodge it. We entertain it not as a guest but as the master of the house-this is a Christian necessity, he is no Christian who doth not thus believe. Those who feel the vital power of the gospel, and know the might of the Holy Ghost as he opens, applies, and seals the Lord’s Word, would sooner be torn to pieces than be rent away from the gospel of their salvation. What a thousand mercies are wrapped up in the assurance that the truth will be with us for ever; will be our living support, our dying comfort, our rising song, our eternal glory; this is Christian privilege, without it our faith were little worth. Some truths we outgrow and leave behind, for they are but rudiments and lessons for beginners, but we cannot thus deal with Divine truth, for though it is sweet food for babes, it is in the highest sense strong meat for men. The truth that we are sinners is painfully with us to humble and make us watchful; the more blessed truth that whosoever believeth on the Lord Jesus shall be saved, abides with us as our hope and joy. Experience, so far from loosening our hold of the doctrines of grace, has knit us to them more and more firmly; our grounds and motives for believing are now more strong, more numerous than ever, and we have reason to expect that it will be so till in death we clasp the Saviour in our arms.
Wherever this abiding love of truth can be discovered, we are bound to exercise our love. No narrow circle can contain our gracious sympathies, wide as the election of grace must be our communion of heart. Much of error may be mingled with truth received, let us war with the error but still love the brother for the measure of truth which we see in him; above all let us love and spread the truth ourselves.

C.H. Spurgeon

“Will ye also go away?”
– Joh_6:67

Many have forsaken Christ, and have walked no more with him; but what reason have YOU to make a change? Has there been any reason for it in the past? Has not Jesus proved himself all-sufficient? He appeals to you this morning-”Have I been a wilderness unto you?” When your soul has simply trusted Jesus, have you ever been confounded? Have you not up till now found your Lord to be a compassionate and generous friend to you, and has not simple faith in him given you all the peace your spirit could desire? Can you so much as dream of a better friend than he has been to you? Then change not the old and tried for new and false. As for the present, can that compel you to leave Christ? When we are hard beset with this world, or with the severer trials within the Church, we find it a most blessed thing to pillow our head upon the bosom of our Saviour. This is the joy we have to-day that we are saved in him; and if this joy be satisfying, wherefore should we think of changing? Who barters gold for dross? We will not forswear the sun till we find a better light, nor leave our Lord until a brighter lover shall appear; and, since this can never be, we will hold him with a grasp immortal, and bind his name as a seal upon our arm. As for the future, can you suggest anything which can arise that shall render it necessary for you to mutiny, or desert the old flag to serve under another captain? We think not. If life be long-he changes not. If we are poor, what better than to have Christ who can make us rich? When we are sick, what more do we want than Jesus to make our bed in our sickness? When we die, is it not written that “neither death, nor life, nor things present, nor things to come, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!” We say with Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”

C.H. Spurgeon

“I WILL LOVE THEM FREELY.”
– Hos_14:4

This sentence is a body of divinity in miniature. He who understands its meaning is a theologian, and he who can dive into its fulness is a true master in Israel. It is a condensation of the glorious message of salvation which was delivered to us in Christ Jesus our Redeemer. The sense hinges upon the word “freely.” This is the glorious, the suitable, the divine way by which love streams from heaven to earth, a spontaneous love flowing forth to those who neither deserved it, purchased it, nor sought after it. It is, indeed, the only way in which God can love such as we are. The text is a death-blow to all sorts of fitness: “I will love them freely.” Now, if there were any fitness necessary in us, then he would not love us freely, at least, this would be a mitigation and a drawback to the freeness of it. But it stands, “I will love you freely.” We complain, “Lord, my heart is so hard.” “I will love you freely.” “But I do not feel my need of Christ as I could wish.” “I will not love you because you feel your need; I will love you freely.” “But I do not feel that softening of spirit which I could desire.” Remember, the softening of spirit is not a condition, for there are no conditions; the covenant of grace has no conditionality whatever; so that we without any fitness may venture upon the promise of God which was made to us in Christ Jesus, when he said, “He that believeth on him is not condemned.” It is blessed to know that the grace of God is free to us at all times, without preparation, without fitness, without money, and without price! “I will love them freely.” These words invite backsliders to return: indeed, the text was specially written for such-”I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely.” Backslider! surely the generosity of the promise will at once break your heart, and you will return, and seek your injured Father’s face.  C.H. Spurgeon

PARDON AND HEALING

“But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins (then saith He to the sick of the palsy), Arise, take up thy bed and go unto thine house”
(Matthew 9:6).

In man two natures are combined. He is at the same time spirit and matter, heaven and earth, soul and body. For this reason, on one side he is the son of God, and on the other he is doomed to destruction because of the Fall;  sin  in his soul and sickness in his body bear witness to the right which death has over him. It is the twofold nature which has been redeemed by divine grace. When the Psalmist calls upon all that is within him to bless the Lord for His benefits, he cries, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, Who… forgiveth all thine iniquities, Who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3). When Isaiah foretells the deliverance of his people, he adds, “The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity” (Isaiah 33:24).  This prediction was accomplished beyond all anticipation when Jesus the Redeemer came down to this earth. How numerous were the healings wrought by Him who was come to establish upon earth the kingdom of heaven! Whether by His own acts or whether afterwards by the commands which He left for His disciples, does He not show us clearly that the preaching of the Gospel and the healing of the sick went together in the salvation which He came to bring? Both are given as evident proof of His mission as the Messiah: “The blind receive their sight and the lame walk.., and the poor have the Gospel preached to them” (Matthew 11: 5). Jesus, who took upon Him the soul and body of man, delivers both in equal measure from the consequences of sin.  This truth is nowhere more evident or better demonstrated than in the history of the paralytic.  The Lord Jesus begins by saying to him, “Thy sins be forgiven thee,” [Matthew 9:5] after which He adds, “Arise, take up thy bed and go.” The pardon of sin and the healing of sickness complete one the other, for in the eyes of God, who sees our entire nature, sin and sickness are as closely united as the body and the soul. In accordance with the Scriptures, our Lord Jesus has regarded sin and sickness in another light than we have. With us sin belongs to the spiritual domain; we recognize that it is under God’s just displeasure, justly condemned by Him, while sickness, on the contrary, seems only a part of the present condition of our nature, and to have nothing to do with God’s condemnation and His righteousness. Some go so far as to say that sickness is a proof of the love and grace of God.  But neither the Scripture nor yet Jesus Christ Himself ever spoke of sickness in this light, nor do they ever present sickness as a blessing, as a proof of God’s love which should be borne with patience. The Lord spoke to the disciples of divers sufferings which they should have to bear, but when He speaks of sickness, it is always as of an evil caused by sin and Satan, and from which we should be delivered. Very solemnly He declared that every disciple of His would have to bear his cross (Matthew 16:24), but He never taught one sick person to resign himself to be sick. Everywhere Jesus healed the sick, everywhere He dealt with healing as one of the graces belonging to the kingdom of heaven. Sin in the soul and sickness in the body both bear witness to the power of Satan, and “the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the Devil” (I John 3:8).
Jesus came to deliver men from sin and sickness that He might make known the love of the Father. In His actions, in His teaching of the disciples, in the work of the apostles, pardon and healing are always to be found together. Either the one or the other may doubtless appear more in relief, according to the development or the faith of those to whom they spoke.  Sometimes it was healing which prepared the way for the acceptance of forgiveness, sometimes it was forgiveness which preceded the healing, which, coming afterwards, became a seal to it. In the early part of His ministry, Jesus cured many of the sick, finding them ready to believe in the possibility of their healing. In this way He sought to influence hearts to receive Himself as He who is able to pardon sin. When He saw that the paralytic could receive pardon at once, He began by that which was of the greatest importance; after which came the healing which put a seal on the pardon which had been accorded to him. We see, by the accounts given in the Gospels, that it was more difficult for the Jews at that time to believe in the pardon of their sins than in divine healing. Now it is just the contrary.
The Christian Church has heard so much of the preaching of the forgiveness of sins that the thirsty soul easily receives this message of grace; but it is not the same with divine healing; that is rarely spoken of; the believers who have experienced it are not many. It is true that healing is not given in this day as in those times, to the multitudes whom Christ healed without any previous conversion. In order to receive it, it is necessary to begin by confession of sin and the purpose to live a holy life. This is without doubt the reason why people find more difficulty to believe in healing than in forgiveness; and this is also why those who receive healing receive at the same time new spiritual blessing, feel more closely united to the Lord Jesus, and learn to love and serve Him better. Unbelief may attempt to separate these two gifts, but they are always united in Christ. He is always the same Savior both of the soul and of the body, equally ready to grant pardon and healing. The redeemed may always cry: “Bless the Lord, O my soul.., Who forgiveth all thine iniquities, Who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3).  Andrew Murray

“Grow up into him in all things.”
– Eph_4:15

Many Christians remain stunted and dwarfed in spiritual things, so as to present the same appearance year after year. No up-springing of advanced and refined feeling is manifest in them. They exist but do not “grow up into him in all things.” But should we rest content with being in the “green blade,” when we might advance to “the ear,” and eventually ripen into the “full corn in the ear?” Should we be satisfied to believe in Christ, and to say, “I am safe,” without wishing to know in our own experience more of the fulness which is to be found in him. It should not be so; we should, as good traders in heaven’s market, covet to be enriched in the knowledge of Jesus. It is all very well to keep other men’s vineyards, but we must not neglect our own spiritual growth and ripening. Why should it always be winter time in our hearts? We must have our seed time, it is true, but O for a spring time-yea, a summer season, which shall give promise of an early harvest. If we would ripen in grace, we must live near to Jesus-in his presence-ripened by the sunshine of his smiles. We must hold sweet communion with him. We must leave the distant view of his face and come near, as John did, and pillow our head on his breast; then shall we find ourselves advancing in holiness, in love, in faith, in hope-yea, in every precious gift. As the sun rises first on mountain-tops and gilds them with his light, and presents one of the most charming sights to the eye of the traveller; so is it one of the most delightful contemplations in the world to mark the glow of the Spirit’s light on the head of some saint, who has risen up in spiritual stature, like Saul, above his fellows, till, like a mighty Alp, snow-capped, he reflects first among the chosen, the beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and bears the sheen of his effulgence high aloft for all to see, and seeing it, to glorify his Father which is in heaven.

C.H. Spurgeon

“Babes in Christ.”
– 1Co_3:1

Are you mourning, believer, because you are so weak in the divine life: because your faith is so little, your love so feeble? Cheer up, for you have cause for gratitude. Remember that in some things you are equal to the greatest and most full-grown Christian. You are as much bought with blood as he is. You are as much an adopted child of God as any other believer. An infant is as truly a child of its parents as is the full-grown man. You are as completely justified, for your justification is not a thing of degrees: your little faith has made you clean every whit. You have as much right to the precious things of the covenant as the most advanced believers, for your right to covenant mercies lies not in your growth, but in the covenant itself; and your faith in Jesus is not the measure, but the token of your inheritance in him. You are as rich as the richest, if not in enjoyment, yet in real possession. The smallest star that gleams is set in heaven; the faintest ray of light has affinity with the great orb of day. In the family register of glory the small and the great are written with the same pen. You are as dear to your Father’s heart as the greatest in the family. Jesus is very tender over you. You are like the smoking flax; a rougher spirit would say, “put out that smoking flax, it fills the room with an offensive odour!” but the smoking flax he will not quench. You are like a bruised reed; and any less tender hand than that of the Chief Musician would tread upon you or throw you away, but he will never break the bruised reed. Instead of being downcast by reason of what you are, you should triumph in Christ. Am I but little in Israel? Yet in Christ I am made to sit in heavenly places. Am I poor in faith? Still in Jesus I am heir of all things. Though “less than nothing I can boast, and vanity confess.” yet, if the root of the matter be in me I will rejoice in the Lord, and glory in the God of my salvation.  C.H. Spurgeon