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Friday, February 27, 2015, 12:05 PM
Preachers who get rich by preaching should heed God’s warning to those who do so. People who put money into their funds should consider this as well. God sees His children as His sheep, and those who tend His sheep as shepherds under the Good Shepherd, Jesus the Messiah. Shepherds who are seeking their own gain are like ravenous wolves to God’s sheep. Any shepherd should make a good wage, but getting rich from the fleece and meat of the sheep is the wrong way to go. God will deal with them at His appointed time.
Isaiah 56:11 The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all. (ESV)
Ezekiel 34:2 "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord GOD: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? (ESV)
Ezekiel 34:10 Thus says the Lord GOD, Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and put a stop to their feeding the sheep. No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them. (ESV)
Consider carefully what the Lord said to Eli through one of His prophets below.
1st Samuel 2:27 And there came a man of God to Eli and said to him, "Thus says the LORD, 'Did I indeed reveal myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt subject to the house of Pharaoh? 28 Did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? I gave to the house of your father all my offerings by fire from the people of Israel.
29 Why then do you scorn my sacrifices and my offerings that I commanded for my dwelling, and honor your sons above me by fattening yourselves on the choicest parts of every offering of my people Israel?' 30 Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,' but now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed. 31 Behold, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your father's house, so that there will not be an old man in your house. (ESV)
Fattening yourselves above from the Hebrew perspective does not only apply to their eating (Eli became a very obese person), but also applies to fatness of earthly, material treasures as well. If you really believe in God’s Word concerning living in His Kingdom for eternity, or facing eternal torments, then you better carefully consider whether you are seeking rewards in this life or trading your eternal rewards for these earthly ones. Jesus said that anyone going on a venture (building a house or taking an army to war) should count the cost. Anyone who seeks to serve God needs to be aware of the costs. Jesus asked us to give our total selves to Him and that we could expect this world to treat us as it treated Him. Remember, Satan is the ruler of this world. Christ in us is stronger than Satan, but that does not mean that we are incapable of falling to Satan’s deceit.
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 8:34 PM
What is truth- absolute truth?
John 18:37 Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice." 38 Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, "I find no guilt in him.
We all have perceptions, but how often do our perceptions deceive us? We may often think we know the truth, but how easily could we be deceived? Who are those spoken of in the Bible that have ears that do not hear and eyes that do not see? Are we so anxious to hear and see what we want to hear and see that we may be deceived by thinking that what we want to hear and see is truth? The Bible speaks of living in the truth as living in the light (eyes that see the truth). Those who do not see the truth are in darkness.
Isaiah 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. (ESV)
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God." (ESV)
1st John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. (ESV)
To better understand the meaning of ‘walk in darkness’ one must consider this: When one can’t see it is called blindness. When one is in darkness, he can’t see. Saved people are not perfect. Falling into sin when saved is not the same as walking in darkness. Many people do not have the light that sees the reality of sin. They walk in darkness to their own sins because they do not see the reality of the consequences. God will deal with His children when they fall into sin; this is what is meant in Hebrews 12: 6 where it says that He chastens (or disciplines) and scourges (or chastises) those He loves. Those walking in darkness (not seeing the sin) are not seeking a relationship with Him and are not in fellowship with Him. There are those who claim to know Him, but they do not truly know Him and do not have fellowship with Him because they do not have that true Light that shows them their own sinfulness.
The bitter truth is that mankind is doomed to eternity without a Heavenly home. The glorious truth is that those who come to our Creator through the Lord Jesus Christ will find an eternal home with Him.
Thursday, February 26, 2015, 5:05 PM
God is LOVE. LOVE cannot tolerate evil. This world is evil. Look at all that is happening in this world and it should be obvious. A big problem is that everyone wants to blame everyone else, just like Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent. God is patient with people, knowing their shortcomings, but His patience will be balanced by justice against any who do not learn His real LOVE. In His LOVE and MERCY, He will forgive and accept those who accept His provision through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. People better realize, His time of patience is fast coming to its end. Blame this political party. Blame that political party. Blame the way we were raised, or the hurtful experiences we have experienced. All the blame in the world will not slow down His coming judgment. Only confessing that we are all unworthy and accept His Provision through His Own Son will be the remedy.
Isaiah 13:7 Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt. 8 They will be dismayed: pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame. 9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. 10 For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. 11 I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless. 12 I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir. 13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the LORD of hosts in the day of his fierce anger. (ESV)
The day that is coming will not be tolerable for most, but glorious for the few that find the path to righteousness.
Joshua 24:15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (ESV)
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (ESV)
Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:21 PM
Isaiah 10:1 Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, 2 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey! 3 What will you do on the day of punishment, in the ruin that will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help, and where will you leave your wealth? (ESV)
If ever there were a passage to warn crooked politicians, this is it. The Bible teaches that in the last days the rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. This speaks of the scribes in Judah (as in the scribes and religious leaders that Jesus spoke to) who wrote the laws that allowed the temple (and those scribes, Pharisees, and Saducees who profited from it) to get richer, making life more difficult for the common people. Though this was written several hundred years before Jesus’ time in the temple, it appears that religious and civil leaders were oppressing (or making poorer) the common people making it much more difficult for those who were truly needy. This could well be applied to today to churches getting wealthy by collecting all they can by promising false blessings of prosperity to the poor, and to politicians who keep promising they will run a better government, but keep getting richer as the governments come closer to collapsing. They may succeed for a time in this world, but there is swiftly coming that day of judgment. As Isaiah said above (or actually, the Lord speaking through Isaiah), “To whom will you flee for help and where will you leave your wealth?”
Psalm 138:6 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life; you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies, and your right hand delivers me. 8 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. (ESV)
As it says, even though we walk (live) in the midst of troubles (our own and so many troubles all around), we are to walk with faith that the Lord is working His purpose out. He has a purpose for all, and those who come to Him will seek that purpose. Even though we may often wander what that ultimate purpose may be, sometimes we may be doing His purpose without even being aware of it just by living the best we know and doing the best we can in faith that He will deliver us from that final judgment that the lost will be without. Do not be proud and haughty as it says in verse six, but continue in faith and do not forsake the work of your hands. Work of your hands for many may be simply in living a life that shows love for others, and making things easier for others in a way that only the Lord truly sees, and will reward on the day when we meet Him in that glory land.
Psalm 139:13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (ESV)
Let us never forget that He hears our deepest heart-cries and will on that special day in glory wipe away every tear (Revelation 7: 17 & 21: 4).
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9:15 PM
What is in a name? From Hebrew teachings the name is meant more to be a descriptive nature than simply a word that one is called by. What is the name of God? Much to discuss with the Hebrew letters ‘yod-hey-vav-hey’ collectively known as the Tetragrammaton name of God. Many believe that from the most ancient, the ‘vav’ should be a ‘waw’, hence the ‘v’ in Jehovah or the ‘w’ in Yahweh. Remember much of the English Bible came from Germanic studies and influences. They pronounce the ‘j’ as the English would pronounce the ‘y’ and they pronounce the ‘w’ as the English would pronounce the ‘v’. With ‘Jehovah’, from the Germanic pronunciation, would sound in English as though it started with the ‘Y’ as in ‘Yahweh’ and they would pronounce the ‘w’ in ‘Yahweh’ as the English would pronounce the ‘v’. So there is the real story behind the ‘Jehovah’ or ‘Yahweh’.
The meaning of the Tetragrammaton: briefly (an elementarily) it is based on the verb ‘to be’ representing Him as ‘He Is/ He Was/ He ever will Be’. God IS existence and this past, present, future representation of God represents His ‘olawm’ nature. ‘Olawm’ (spelling may vary a little) is the Hebrew word we often translate as ‘eternal’ or ‘forever’. Actually, that is not entirely correct, but is generally correct in referencing our concept of time. Olawm may best refer to the time-space continuum. This concept refers to not just time, but to time and space beyond human perception, or just what is beyond what can be sensed. Though this can be a broad based concept, it can also be used for something much closer, but ‘just beyond’. If we can’t see something that is over the horizon, then that which is over the horizon is ‘olawm’. (Look- I’m far from perfect and don’t speak Hebrew, but just study it- so my best interpretations leave much to be desired.) But the time-space continuum is that concept that Yahweh is ‘eternally omni-present’ (forever existing and everywhere present).
So the Tetragrammaton ‘YHWH’ is generally considered our best representation of God’s name. But what is a “God”?
Psalm 44:20 If we had forgotten the name of our God or spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21 would not God discover this? For he knows the secrets of the heart. (ESV)
Notice the psalmist spoke of the “name” of “God” but does not call Him by that name. We get used to the term ‘God’. However, we recognize there are also false ‘gods’, so we distinguish between false gods and our Creator God by always using an upper case ‘G’ when we refer to Him as God. Now consider this: the Hebrew language has no upper or lower case letters, so they didn’t capitalize God when they called Him God. But what does ‘god’ mean? From the Hebrew we have a few combinations with the Hebrew letters aleph and lamed. In English that would be the equivalents of ‘a’ and ‘l’. But for whatever reason, for the ‘aleph-lamed’ we use ‘e-l’ instead of ‘a-l’. So the word ‘god’ would from Hebrew be represented as ‘el’ when transliterated into English. But the word is also expanded in Hebrew as ‘elowah’ in the singular form or ‘elohiym’ in the plural form. The term as used in reference to our Creator is never used in the singular (elowah) form, but always in the plural (elohiym) form. Some people mistakenly think that God’s name is ‘Elohiym’, but that is incorrect. He is Elohiym (God), but that is not His name.
In English we say God, but in other languages the word for ‘god’ can be ‘allah’, ‘deos’, ‘dios’, ‘dieu’, or ‘got’, or I’m not sure how many others. People living in certain geographical areas become familiar with many uses for many terms. Many around here would say “God is the Christian or Jewish God, and Allah is the Muslim God, or God of Islam.” This is not accurate, and may lead to some confusion when communicating around the world. ‘Allah’ means ‘God’ and ‘God’ means ‘Allah’, just in different languages. So if a Christian were in a country that spoke Arabic or a related language, if they say, “Allah”, they may not necessarily be referring to the God of Islam.
Though in Judeo-Christian theo-speak, Yahweh may be considered the name of God, in actual use, God is referred to by many names that express His character. This relates back to the Hebrew using names that express the character of the person. One man in the Bible was named Nabal, which means something like a ‘fool’. I’m not sure anyone could imagine why a parent would name a child “Fool”, but I rather think that a person’s name may change into whatever people got to be known by, and he was known to be a fool. Muslim culture was closely related to this, and many say that Allah has ninety-nine names that express his character. This is the concept behind the characterization in Isaiah nine where ‘His name shall be called, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.’
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 4:05 PM
If anyone had no sin, that one would be perfect. The fact is: no one is perfect. One had been; that One was Jesus. Our Creator will not allow sin. He shows no partiality, as is mentioned more than just in the Romans passage below. God’s law teaches living without sin, but no one other than Jesus has been perfect in that respect. Therefore, by the law, all are condemned to eternal separation from a perfect God and His Heavenly Kingdom. Our condition before our Creator can only be remedied by accepting His mercy as offered through the sacrifice of our Savior at Calvary. Those who do not accept this are doomed to live and be condemned by the law that cannot save them. As Abraham believed God and it was counted to Him as righteousness (as cited in Genesis and Romans) then we can only be counted as righteous before God in the manner prescribed by God our Creator.
Romans 2:11 For God shows no partiality. 12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.
3:10 as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
4:3 For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness." 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God." (ESV)
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 3:29 PM
In the passage below first we see Abraham being given instructions from God, “Go from your country ….” Abraham was told that by following God’s instructions God would make him a great nation and bless him (Genesis 12: 1 and following). Then Abraham followed God’s instructions. In following God’s instructions, Abraham showed his faith in God. Notice also that Abraham was not a young man when he was given these instructions and followed them. Abraham demonstrated his faith and God fulfilled his promise. The blessings of the great nation did not come until after Abraham’s death, but his saving faith in God’s promises gave Abraham an eternal home with his Creator. This is mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament teachings that faith is demonstrated by the works that follows, and that the rewards are not to be expected in this earthly material wealth. Actually, that faith means that Christians are not supposed to become wealthy in this earthly material world in that all that a Christian has is to be used for God’s glory, and most notably in caring for the poor and needy as taking care of God’s creation.
Genesis 12:1 Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." 4 So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.
15:6 And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (ESV)
The New Testament agrees with the Old Testament that those who seek the Lord through His promised Messiah (our Lord Jesus Christ) can expect a life of prosperity and abundance. We must look at what this means. Prosperity means that you will have all that you need. Abundance means the same thing. When anyone has more than he needs it is called an ‘over-abundance’. The Bible doesn’t promise an over-abundance in this life. Any over-abundance in this life is to be used in God’s service in tending to those who are less better off. Christians are to see that all of their resources are used to help the cause of Christ, and much of the cause of Christ is that His Word teaches that we are to be generous to those less fortunate. The riches that a Christian is to expect are in spiritual life and stored treasures in his Heavenly home. Preachers that teach that God will make you ‘rich in this world’s riches’ are sorely deceived by the great adversary of our Creator. They and the poor people who listen to them should be prayed for.
Sunday, February 22, 2015, 2:09 PM
Much is taught in the sacrificial practices of Judaism. The Lord didn’t need sacrifices. What were sacrificed animals to the Lord? Actually, careful study reveals that many of the ‘sacrifices’ were really no different from what people would normally do for meat. The main difference for the sacrifices ‘presented to the Lord’ was that they some were to be used for the Priests and Levites as a form of payment for their service for the Lord, some were to be eaten by the people presenting them, but they were to be eaten in celebration of the Lord’s care for His people, and they were to be shared with the needy. Very few were actually burnt as a sacrifice to the Lord, but demonstrated to the people that death was to follow their sins (these were sacrifices on behalf of the sins of the people). Sacrifices were also to demonstrate a dedication to the Lord that people knew that they were to give of themselves to serve the Lord, whether to the servants of the Lord (the Priests and Levites) or to the poor and needy.
However, when people become steeped in idolatry, that is worshipping the material things of this world, then sacrificing in any form (money, service, offerings of any sort) are not worth anything to our Creator. Some may say that people in those days had ‘idols’ formed from wood, stone, silver, or gold, and that is what it is talking about in ‘idolatry’. Consider this: what was the purpose of those man-made idols? Was it not for material well being in this world, whether that be invoking these false gods to bring them prosperity or protect them from their enemies? Our Creator wants us not to be so concerned for the things of this world, but to focus on Him and on His reason for us being here. We were not created to serve ourselves. This idolatry was focused on calling on false gods to serve man’s purpose, but we were not created so that our Creator would have someone to bend down to. This is what happens with seeking to accumulate the things of this world (because it’s shiny, new, everyone has one) and when we seek help from sources other than our Creator, such as feng shei (or ever how you spell it), witchcraft, or some ‘universal energy’ from the cosmos. These are points to be brought out from today’s Bible passages below.
Isaiah 1:11 "What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats. 12 "When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts? 13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and Sabbath and the calling of convocations— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. 15 When you spread out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood. (ESV)
Isaiah 2:17 And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. (ESV)
Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. (ESV)
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 11:58 AM
Jesus last words to His disciples (and to all who wish to follow Him) were given on the night commonly referred to as the Last Supper, which in the early morning following that meal He was arrested by soldiers to be tried by the Jews, who then turned Him over to the Romans. The following passage from John 15 is an excerpt from that night.
John 15:17 These things I command you, that ye love one another. 18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (KJV)
Bear in mind that ‘love’ and ‘hate’ that we may commonly think about can carry different connotations in English, and perhaps even more so in Hebrew. Love the good and hate the evil means to ‘accept all that is good’ and ‘reject all that is evil’. To love another does not necessarily mean to be fond of or to have great feelings or emotions, but can mean simply to treat another as you would treat yourself, even though you may not care for the character, personality, or behavior of another. That this world may ‘hate’ you as a Christian does not necessarily mean that this world will spitefully use and abuse you (though that is very possible if you make a stand for Christ around certain people). This world may ‘hate’ you by simply neglecting you or treating you as a second rate citizen, or simply rejecting anything you say as not being worth hearing (as in ‘hating’ the evil could well mean ‘rejecting’ the evil). In any case, a person who thinks himself to be a Christian should well consider that if he is loved by this world, then is he really a Christian? If he may be a Christian, and he is loved by this world, then it would appear that he is certainly not showing the appearance of his Christianity. If he loves this world (the material things of this world such as wealth), then the Scriptures teach that he has no part of Christ’s love. To love this world is to be an enemy of God
James 4:4 … know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (KJV)
1st John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
1st John 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. (KJV)
John 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (KJV)
Anyone who thinks to use the Evangelism of our Lord to gain earthly wealth and who teaches others to pray for wealth better consider that earthly wealth is a part of God’s enemy. Those who teach wealth for God’s children are seeking to lead God’s children away from Him and others who don’t know God to follow the wrong ‘god’.
Friday, February 20, 2015, 12:08 PM
The Bible does not teach against using medical practice or science to seek healing. Although the Bible clearly teaches that His children are to depend on Him to provide what His children need, even if it is healing. King Asa of Judah went to physicians for healing, but did not seek the Lord’s help. When ill, we are to pray for healing, but as we go to any doctor, we are also to pray for the Lord to guide the skills of any earthly physician. Failure to turn to the Lord for any of our needs indicates that we are depending more on the people or things of this world than on Him and is equal to idolatry. Turning to anything without going to the Lord is a form of unfaithfulness in depending on Him to supply our needs.
2nd Chronicles 16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. (KJV)
Satan is the ruler of this world and has many powers. The Scriptures teach that He can disguise himself as an angel of light and ministers (any ministers- whether of this world, as in false teachers, or fallen angels that serve Satan) can disguise themselves as ministers of mercy (2nd Corinthians 11: 13-15). So many false teachers may offer ‘healing powers’. Many ministers may be mislead by Satan disguised as an angle of light into thinking they are serving the Lord, when in reality they are teaching false teachings.
I’ve received mail offering me prayer rugs and any number of things, asking me to make a donation and to keep their cause going by mailing the same offer to others. Also, there are people who sell special oils, waters, or other solutions for anointing and healing and other favors from the Lord. Jesus ran the money changers out of God’s Temple which was to be a house of prayer for all people. The Lord will also deal with people who try to panhandle ‘special favors’ claiming they will help you receive God’s gifts. God’s gifts are GIFTS given to those who come to Him in prayer believing. God’s gifts are freely given and not to be panhandled by charlatans who pretend they know the Scriptures.
We are to go to the Lord in prayer, believing in Him and all that is taught in the Scriptures. We are to accept His answers, even though we may not understand His reasons or His ways. We are not to depend on the foolish ways of this world that seeks signs and miracles from the things of this world.