Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Impossible Healings (Part 6)
The Eviction Of Doubt
'Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?'

As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, 'Do not be afraid; only believe.' And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James. Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, 'Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.'

And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying...
Mark 5:35-40 (NKJV)*
Healing by the Word of Jesus (and doubting by the words of Satan) do not mix. 'Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?' (2 Corinthians 6:14).

That's one reason Jesus tells us to go into our prayer closets to commune with God; it's a temporary separation from the world that allows God's Word to flow freely into our hearts.

The healing water of Christ moves best when all dams are broken and all damns are evicted. Because doubt is a damning demon from the pit of hell.

Consider the meaning of the word, damn: 'To declare something to be bad, unfit, invalid, or illegal; to condemn as a failure' (Random House Dictionary). 'The accuser of our brethren' (Revelation 12:10) loves to condemn.

Therefore, when requesting healing (or any gift) from God, be careful of the company you keep. Avoid dream haters like the plague, because they are a plague to you. If you live with one, then share the love of Christ, but not your dreams. Be prudent: share your dreams with hope-filled people.

Follow the example of Jesus. He maintained several degrees of separation, depending on His purpose: 1) One on One communion: 'He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed' (Luke 5:16). 2) His inner circle: 'He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John' (Mark 5:37). 3) His disciples: 'Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples' (John 6:3). 4) His fans: 'Great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them' (Matthew 19:2).

Consider His prayer for us: 'I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one' (John 17:15).

Doubt is an evil one. Evict him.

To Be Continued...

* The healing of Jairus' daughter: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%205:22-24;%2035-43&version=NKJV

* Other instances where Jesus removed the one to be healed from the crowd:

The deaf man with a speech impediment: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%207:31-37&version=NKJV

The blind man at Bethsaida: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%208:22-26&version=NKJV

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.


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