Showing posts with label Body of Christ. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Body of Christ. Show all posts

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Christian Healing and The Word Center

After trying to maintain several blogs with regular posts, I saw a need to simplify! So an umbrella blog has been set up at The Word Center.

May God bless you and bring the healing you need in Christ Jesus.

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Healing power gathered in Jesus’ Name


In Matthew 18:19-20, Jesus said, "Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My name, I Am in the middle."

A couple hundred years ago, the theologian and historian, Philip Schaff (1819-1893) gathered writings of early Christians who included these words to the church Body of Christ: "Whenever two of us agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of the Father of Jesus who is in heaven. Plainly when this is not done for them of the Father in heaven…, the two have not been in agreement on earth; and this is the cause why we are not heard when we pray, that we do not agree with one another on earth, neither in opinions nor in life.”

Obviously Jesus looked ahead to see the divisiveness that would come after His death, and so in life on earth, He gave His peoples, the church Body of Christ, the sole remedy for our soul cure.

Agree.

Agree – not just to keep the peace or to keep from ruffling fluff, fuzz, and feelings, but to gather up every hard thought, every opinion, every preference, every fear, and everything else ruffling us and place them in the Name of Jesus.

This might simply mean doing something practical and down-to-earth, like praying about every decision and asking ourselves and one another, “Would Jesus want to put His Name on this?” If so, so be it, which is another way of saying, “Amen.”

When we gather in Jesus’ Name to seek and agree with His will over ours, the N for No moves from the front of the very word, Name, and places that N at the end, giving us Jesus’ Name, Jesus’ aim, Jesus' I Am, Jesus’ Amen.

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© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Please do not copy without permission. Thank you, and thank God for helping us to get ourselves together and gather everything into Jesus’ Name.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

The healing power of common union in our church Body of Christ

On the Christian Poets and Writers blog, a vine pattern illustrates the connection Christ wants His people to have with Him before we go running off, as I’m apt to do, in all directions. In Him, The Vine – our stout connection between heaven and earth, between the spiritual world and the physical – we live and move and have our being. Otherwise, we wither with no fruitful effect to our work or lives.

This blog, however, is directed, not toward our own work, but toward the healing ministry of Jesus Christ flowing in and through Christians and the Body of Christ, the church. And so the vibrant patterns of this blog’s background reminds us of blood cells– bright purple cells to show our living connection with royalty through the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the King of Kings.

Because Jesus Himself gave His followers bread and wine as the Lord’s Supper at the Last Supper, the Body of Christ appears to us in the host or elements served as bread and wine in the Eucharist or communion. The early Christians understood the necessity for this close physical connectedness, especially during times of persecution, and the Apostles understood, too, how the Lord’s Supper acted as a re-minder or re-enactment of their last blessed time together as a family group, lounging around the dinner table. Obviously, then, this communion or common-union with one another is something Jesus wanted the Family of Christ to do always in remembrance of Him but also to re-member church members by getting us together and, like a vine, draw us and entwine us into one Body, mind, and spiritual purpose.

When we think about Christ as The Vine, we can easily see how evangelical that symbol becomes as it reaches into the community, spreading the Good News of God’s love and Christ’s salvation. Preaching, teaching, writing, and stretching our gifts and talents have potent effects in touching, reaching, and drawing others to Christ. And, yet, the church is more than a vine. It’s a heart.

At the very heart of the Body of Christ is The Divine Heart of heaven and earth – a pure and perfect heart that pumps redemptive blood through the body, keeping us pure, cleansed, vibrant, and healed. That’s getting physical! But this pure and perfectly loving heart is also a spiritual heart that cleanses away toxins and impurities such as anger, grudges, resentments, wrong motives, fear, and even the viral effects of self-pity.

So whether our need for healing is physical, mental, or spiritual, the stout, strong, and perfect heart of Jesus Christ connects our lives with His and one another through interconnected veins and arteries. This sacred heart keeps us alive as individual members and as vital blood cells in the Body of Christ at work today, circulating throughout the whole world.

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© 2012, Mary Harwell Sayler, all rights reserved. Please do not copy without permission. Thank you, and God bless.

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