Hey Vinelife Church!
In case you missed yesterday’s service, here’s a recap to keep you in the loop.
WORSHIP THEMES //
We engaged in a powerful time of worship. Feel free to listen to these songs again and worship the Lord today.
Blessing Boxes Luncheon – Sunday after the service in the theater. Come share some food and learn more about this year’s blessing boxes initiative brought to you by Amigos of Mexico.
Ultimate Lumberjack Games – Join us on September 30th for axe throwing, spear throwing and more. Teams of five will compete for prizes. Food and Beer provided by Fate. This is a fundraiser for Boulder County’s Reverence Movement.
Mike Dudley continued our series on the book of Acts with a message about the power of God, healing and hearing his voice. You can listen to the message here and read his notes below:
Healing is not the End Game
We’ve been in this series of Acts which has been really really wonderful. Isn’t it so good to be immersed in the word!
We’ve read about:
- Jesus promising the Holy Spirit
- The disciples “flipping a coin” to determine Judas’ replacement
- We learned about them waiting on the Lord to deliver the Holy Spirit
- We learned about the Day of Pentecost, The Holy Spirit empowering people with spiritual gifts of tongues – not as a fancy “parlor trick” but so that each person could hear the Lord in their own language. There’s so much right there. The Lord speaks to us in our own language – our own body of experience. He just meets us where we are.
- The promise of ALL being able to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
- We read about the believers dwelling in such unity and caring for one another and the Lord adding thousand and thousands of people to the number of the believers as they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart.
And that’s only chapters 1-2!
Chapter 3 is so full and rich. There is so much to unpack here.
I’m currently reading a book by Dr Hendricks called “Living by the Book, the Art and Science of Reading the Bible”
In it, he has 3 points that are critical to really studying the Word of God.
- What is the significance of the who? The what etc…
- Example, it’s no accident that the very first person to know and carry the gospel message was a woman. That was significant for the time.
- How does this pertain to me.
- I would add a fourth that if you are not reading the Word of God with the Holy Spirit, your missing out on a depth of treasure.
With that in mind let’s open to Acts 3
Acts 3 1-10.
BAM!!!!! Glory to God – He has won the day! Amazing testimony, Sermon Over!!! Right?
When planning this talk, it seemed obvious to me, in my initial fleshly effort that this is a wonderful opportunity for a pretty amazing healing focused Sunday. Just like when Jenny facilitated the Sunday of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, my first thought was, Let’s do that but with physical healing! That sounds so amazing!
We could talk about
- The man looking at Peter and John expecting something
- Using the name Jesus – Christ – of Nazareth
- Raising the man up – before being healed – the healing coming right after the act of faith of raising him up
But in preparation for this, this week, the Lord said, no. He said “Healing is not the End Game.”
Now, I believe, I really do, that some amazing times of physical healing are coming and coming quickly. Vinelife has received so many words and impartations of this gift as well as a prophetic word that Fiona is carrying about the Delay being over. So It’s coming. I believe it is coming and coming soon – and I know that there are many in this room that desperately need healing.
First though; I believe that Papa wants us to understand a truth before this comes. And that is Healing is Not the End Game.
When reading scripture – which we must read in context – whenever people were healed either by Jesus or others, there was always an accompanying revelation and an unveiling of Jesus as the Christ. It was never just about the healing.
It was about the unveiling the revelation of Jesus as the Christ, as
- the anointed one,
- the promised one,
- as the Messiah,
- The one that God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets
THAT is the end game! The unveiling and revelation. That is what it is all about! It’s all about Him after all!! Right??
Understand, that healing, as wonderful and needed as it is, is not the end game, Jesus being revealed as the Son of God is the end game.
A Healing without that revelation is woefully vacant.
A prophecy without that revelation is woefully vacant.
1 Corinthians 13:8 says that
- Prophecies will cease
- Tongues will be stilled
- Knowledge will pass away
- All that will remain is Love – and God is Love. All that will remain is fullness of the Trinity and us in the fullness of Him. Everything else will cease.
We have so many wonderful testimonies of people being healed. These are wonderful miracles that are not to be diminished. But So often though, the story stops with the healing.
The Lord heals out of his goodness and mercy and purpose. I think we so often get stopped at the goodness and mercy and forget about the purpose.
I’m reminded of a story of way back when I was an EMT.
There is a purpose to that healing that I need to continue pursuing and praying into.
Understand, a healing is a gift, like a prophetic word. When you receive a prophetic word, you don’t just receive it and stop there. No, instead you steward that word, you pray in to it and see where you can agree with heaven and walk in the word.
Likewise, When a healing happens, we don’t stop there. Lord be revealed in this, be glorified in this, let your purpose – your purpose beyond the glory of the healing be revealed!
What about when the Lord doesn’t heal. We hope and pray and have faith, but He doesn’t “come through” what then. That just feels like a huge let down and disappointment. Where is the Lord at work there?
Story of Ethan – A little over 15 years ago Sarah and I were blessed with a child after going through 2 years of infertility. Once we conceived and Sarah gave birth we were beyond thankful and so excited.
As all new parents experience, there are times when your little guy gets sick. This happened a few times. I remember several times when Ethan was really sick, high fever throwing up the whole 9 yards. The poor kid was burning up and miserable.
Man, I remember vividly – praying desperately for my little guy to get better and nothing happened. Where is the Lord at work there? I had NO idea for years, until while ruminating on that, the Lord showed me what was going on – and it was around trust.
I prayed, Lord and you didn’t heal him. I prayed in Your name! and you were absent!
Ultimately what was revealed to me was that I was praying so hard for healing because I didn’t trust God with my children.
Had Ethan been instantly healed in that moment, I would not have come to the place, the realization that I didn’t trust the Lord.
The good new is that while that can seem like a low and dire confession and realization –the Lord knew it anyway! He was getting me to see it. And while that feels like a low low place, admitting you don’t trust the Lord, He rejoices in that awakening – He knew it all along anyway, because now He can do something about it! See, the Lord is always at work. Always.
So whether someone is healed or not, healing is not the end game! The Lord is always at work in the deepest places.
And, thankfully, we have a God that still heals, whose goodness is from everlasting to everlasting. A Lord who is full of compassion, who knows our frame and our needs who is always at work – in the deepest places, even beyond and deeper than our physical needs – yet he sees our physical needs and has compassion.
So essentially, whatever your ministry is –
Understand, that is not the end game, the revelation of Jesus as the Chris is the end game. There will come a day, as we read about in 1 corinthians where in the fullness of God everything will cease. So if your focus is more on your specific ministry than the revelation of Christ, you might feel loss when that day comes and it’s all done away with.
Let’s continue on (verse 11 – 18)
Vs 13 Peter now has a choice to enter in to the “danger zone”. To step out of safety – to step out of the boat.
This is in the temple – among the people and leaders who just despised and crucified Jesus. Full of the same Pharisees and other leaders who successfully sought to kill Jesus
Vs 19 HUUUUGE Call Out!! But – he doesn’t leave them in that place. He offers the words of life.
Repent – Change your thinking. Who is he talking to? Religious leaders and common Jews. “Change your thinking on who you perceive Jesus to be” Recognize him as the messiah, the Son of the Living God that your sins may be blotted out SO THAT times of refreshing may come — from the presence of the Lord and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before
Peter had a choice. He could exalt and glorify God safely or He could remember Jesus words to him in Luke 9:18-24
— Jesus and Holy Spirit Voice to me —
Healing is not the End Game – The revealing and the unveiling of Jesus as the Christ is the end game.
Peter had a choice to stop where it was safe (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) but he chose to continue to profess Jesus as the messiah. This ultimately and immediately led to his and John’s arrest.
Today, let’s take an inventory and ask the Lord to show us where we may be unwilling or afraid to step out – or where we perhaps place greater emphasis on things such as our healing or our ministry over the unveiling of Jesus
WORDS FOR HEALING PRAYER //
Every Sunday, our ministry team prays for physical conditions and we believe the God loves to heal our bodies. Here are some words for healing prayer from Sunday. If you would like prayer, feel free to post a prayer request as a comment on this topic.
- Abdominal disorders
- Spinal disc hernia
- Radiating leg pain
- Brain trauma
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES //
Vinelife Kids | We are looking for 3 volunteers to commit to serving one Sunday a month as they invest in the future of the children of Vinelife. Several positions are available. Teachers, teacher’s aids, a management team, etc. Please email Valerie@vinelife.com if you are interested and she can work with you to provide you with the support you need to get started!