News by mouth today, travels faster because of the internet. Hearing becomes posting, tweeting, and pinning. Some news is instantaneous, which would have taken months or years to circulate back in Jesus’ day.
And this is the case in Matthew 4:23 – 25.
We are told Jesus traveled throughout Galilee preaching and healing every disease among the people. And it spread like wild-fire! People were bringing themselves and others to Jesus to be healed. Matthew tells us…
“Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the region across the Jordan followed Him.”
Talk about Mr. Popular!
Can you imagine the excitement of seeing someone truly healed by Jesus? Just His very touch was holy. I would have loved to have been there, bringing the people up to Him, passing out water, or just being in His presence.
The very magnitude of what was happening is almost unimaginable!
That is why, I get so upset with these ministries and preachers whom I call snake charmers. They prey on the vulnerability of our weaknesses and sicknesses. And then ask for money in return. I don’t remember any of the Apostles asking for a donation before bringing people to Jesus.
I could not ask for one dime if God decided to use me as the vessel through which He would heal others. Could you? The very privilege of God thinking I am worthy enough for Him to use me to help someone in their sickness, is overwhelming.
I even feel guilty about charging for my Christian children’s book. It took me years until only a month ago, to apply affiliate marketing to my Christian website and blog. I felt it was wrong somehow. And before I did, you bet I prayed a lot!
Snake charmers must sleep better than I do.
When you come across a group, a ministry, and or a person wanting to heal or lead you to Jesus for money, pause for a moment. And remember the crowds who came to Jesus for healing. Jesus healed them out of pure love without strings attached. If there are strings, there is no God in it.
Just a note. I am not talking about supporting a ministry in their outreach program. Reaching the masses these days can be an expensive undertaking. Just use the discernment you have through the Holy Spirit. Then you will know what to do.
God Bless You!
God Bless America!