Should My Elders Pray Over Me If I Am Sick?

Should My Elders Pray Over Me If I Am Sick? I answered that question on this episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:

  1. James 5:13-15 is saying that you want godly people to pray for you when you are sick.
  2. In Scripture, oil is representative of the Holy Spirit.
  3. All sickness is because of the fall, but not all sickness is because of some specific sin.
  4. In verse 15 the word “sick” means weary, fatigued, afflicted, faint of heart.
  5. It is heresy to say the Lord heals every physical sickness on earth if you “pray the prayer of faith.”
  6. Often God uses the prayers of the saints to heal our attitude of despair instead of our physical healing.
  7. When you are sick you are not commanded to call for those with the gift of healing but for those who are spiritually mature so they can strengthen your heart even though you are sick.
  8. When you are suffering or sick from soul fatigue or physical sickness, surround yourself with godly people.
  9. The focus of James 5:13-15 is prayer and the encouragement of the saints.

Scripture:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” James 5:13-15

“Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.” James 5:13

“Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord…” James 5:14

“Let the righteous smite me in kindness and reprove me; It is oil upon the head; Do not let my head refuse it…” Psalm 141:5

“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord…” Ephesians 5:19

“…and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” James 5:15

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” 1 John 5:14

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

“…and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him.” James 5:15

“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.” James 5:16

Other Resources:
Is It Okay to Be Angry at God?

If I Have Enough Faith Will God Heal Me?

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Why Should Christians Serve?

Why Should Christian Serve? I answer that question on this week’s episode of Real Truth. Real Quick.

Show Notes:

Principles:
  1. Our service doesn’t save us.
  2. Christians suffer and serve others for others’ good as a way to show God’s care for the world.
  3. Christians serve to build up the body of Christ.
  4. Christians serve to further the gospel.
  5. Christians serve as they are conformed to the image of Christ.
  6. Christians serve because they love God, and it is a privilege to live for Him and His Kingdom because He died for them.
Scripture: “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;” Romans 8:29 “…just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10 “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 “But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7 “And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;” Ephesians 4:11-12 “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” Colossians 1:24 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 Other Resources:
  1. How Do I Know If I Am Saved?
  2. What Is The Gospel?
  3. What Does It Mean To Have A Relationship With God?
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