Speak to your problems
“So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her and immediately she arose and served them.” Luke 4:39
Jesus spoke to many things during His ministry. He spoke to a fig tree. (Mark 11) He spoke to storms (Mark 4) and in today’s passage, He spoke to a fever. I have often wondered if these things can hear, but what I do know is that they can obey. When Jesus spoke faith filled words to these things, they had to be obedient to what He commanded them to do. The fig tree dried up from the roots, the storms were calmed, and the fever left. The interesting part is that when Peter noticed that the fig tree had dried up from the roots in Mark 11, he pointed it out immediately to Jesus. Jesus’ response to Him was amazing! Why didn’t Jesus tell His disciples that He could do this only because He was the Son of God, and that they shouldn’t try it because it would only work for Him? However, He doesn’t say anything like that. In fact, His response is quite the opposite. He tells them that faith did it and if they had faith, they could do things like that, too. They could even move mountains.
Wow! Jesus actually gave them permission to speak in faith to natural things and those material things would obey. Not only that, but He says “whoever”. He said anyone who has the faith to speak to their mountains (struggles) and tell them to be removed and cast into the sea, with one stipulation that you have to believe, the things you say will be done. Then Jesus Himself said, “you will have whatever you say!” That’s a pretty serious promise and it came straight from Jesus. The problem seems to be that most of the time I find myself “saying” exactly what the problem is and not what it should be. Instead of talking about the problem, according to these passages, I should be talking to the problems and taking me authority in Christ Jesus over them.
The last thing I want to talk about is believing you received when you spoke to that problem, not believe you receive when you see it happen. The passage doesn’t say believe you receive after you see it come to pass. It’s when you prayed and spoke life into the issues you believe it just because you have taken authority over it. In the reading today, before Jesus spoke to Peter’s mother-in-law’s fever, He spoke to a demon that was possessing a person. This makes a little more sense because it is a living thing, but He still had to use faith to make the demon leave. Believe the answers you are waiting for, are on their way as soon as you take authority over them in the name of Jesus and turned them over to your Father in heaven! Believe you received when you prayed.
Today I want to encourage you to speak to the mountains that are limiting you. Tell the obstacles in your way to be removed and cast into the sea. Speak over sickness and fever and command it to leave your body. Then ask God, your Heavenly Father, to replace the problem with the results you really want to see. Even if you don’t see immediate results, you are setting things in motion. God is working in the situation, and you may not see any evidence at first. Even when Jesus spoke to the fig tree, they didn’t see the results until the next day, but things were happening under the surface. The key is to believe you received when you spoke and prayed in the authority of Jesus’ name that you have been given permission and power to speak.
Today’s scripture reading: Luke 4:31-39
31 Then He went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and was teaching them on the Sabbaths.
32 And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with authority.
33 Now in the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. And he cried out with a loud voice,
34 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”
35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him in their midst, it came out of him and did not hurt him.
36 Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”
37 And the report about Him went out into every place in the surrounding region.
38 Now He arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her.
39 So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.