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The power of the Lord was present to heal.
John 5:17

He could not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Matthew 13:38

Power to Heal

What a glorious truth that “the power of the Lord is present to heal.” But there was a place where His power to heal was not a present help in trouble. There was a place where He could not help them – because of their unbelief.

He Healed All

He was never unwilling to give, for over and again we read, He healed them all. Matthew 12:15. We read in Luke chapter 4 that, when the sun was setting, ALL those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.” Luke 4:40

Almighty Power

God’s arm is not short. His heart is not cold – His power is not diminished.. for His healing touch comes through the almighty power of the almighty God – but He could not do many mighty works there.. because of their unbelief.” Matthew 13:58 How sad.

Rich Blessings

God desired to pour out health and healing – but their foolish bias prevented Him. Their proud hearts were tightly shut against the rich blessings He brought.. hardened against Him, because of familiarity with Him! He desired to pour out on them, healing and wholeness, but they dismissed Him. He came with rich blessings in His hands but carried them away with a sad heart.

The Open Heart

The heart that is open to His presence will gladly partake of all His grace and love. Some are even sufficed to gather the crumbs that fall from the tables of others: “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance, but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” Luke 19:26

Abundant Blessings

Oh yes, He will give abundantly and He will give more abundantly – pressed down, shaken together, and running over. Luke 6:38  There is never any lack of power to save – nor any lack of blessings to receive, yet we may be near to Him, and miss out on the blessings He is willing to bestow –  for hardness of heart.

Prevented by Unbelief

He may approach us, desiring to impart rich gifts of strength, comfort, and joy. He may come bearing gifts of wholeness and health; wisdom, love, and help, and yet He may be prevented by unbelief – as He was that time so long ago, “He came unto His own and His own received Him not…” John 1:11

Channels of Blessing

We ourselves must be in a position to accept that which He comes to bring. We also must be in a condition to receive all that He comes to give – to welcome His gifts through whatever channel He chooses to send them. We too can close our hearts to Christ and keep His blessings outside our lives.. for weak as we are, divine Omnipotence will never compel His blessings upon us. There must be a willingness to receive. There must be a heart open to His tender advances.

Hearts of Unbelief

It is often because of unbelief, that God’s power is prevented from working within. He is able, and He is willing and He is ever-present to help in time of need, but He will never force us to accept His gifts. That choice is ours and ours alone. “How often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and yet ye would not!” Luke 13:34

Willing Hearts

I wonder how many blessings we have forgone because of our unbelief. May our hearts be ever open to hear His voice. May our hearts be ever willing to receive the blessings He wants to give.

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