Mk 12:14 They *came and *said to Him, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth.
James 2:9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
Jn 8:32 “And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.
We hear this passage and we love the idea of being set free! We are in love with the idea that we are a person who cherishes and absolutely LOVES the truth! …..until someone tells us the actual truth after we have been listening and believing untruth for a long time. The truth can set us free, but when we have listened to & gone along with untruth or lies for a long, long time, it is absolutely brutal to hear,an assault on our emotions, an affront to the idea of what we think reality is!
A man asked me this question:” Why do I see greater results when I’m praying for a healing or miracle for a complete stranger,a person I meet on outreach ,than when I pray for my wife or son?” I’m not saying it always happens, but often enough to make one ask.Clearly ,when I pray for my family I sometimes seem to get less results.”This is an interesting question.
When a person loves God, has made family the #1 priority and prays for a healing at home ,it’s normal to expect them to get healed.And many times they are. But sometimes they don’t and it seems inequitable. When we serve God we expect our family to be “covered”. Of course a dad wants them healed before a person on an outreach and while it’s exciting to pray and get spectacular results, it’s frustrating to come home when your wife is fighting sickness and pray and get..not so much. It’s a great question and while I wouldn’t call this answer doctrine its more of a scriptural observation,which I call the “Nazareth Effect”. This is a term I use to describe the unbelief which is tied to familiarity which we all encounter when people close to us like our wife or close friends need and ask for a healing. Why is it difficult to see breakthrough with people we know so well? How is it so difficult at times to prophesy to close friends who we know intimately?
Pastor Marc Lawson
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