Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.
Series: Submitting to Elders
There are several things that can stop your growth and increase in God, one of them being when you decide to rebel against your leaders that God has placed in your life.
The church is not the way that the world organisation would function by law or policies, but it functions by how God wants it to function under the leadership of the elders those who are spiritually mature.
So many times we find that the leaders are divided against themselves and they are not in line with the vision of the church.
A church that has leaders who are in line with what God wants to do through them, that’s a blessed church.
James 5:14 says, “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.”
This is a beautiful symbol of how much God expects you to submit to your authorities – spiritual as well as physical.
We generally categorise problems as spiritual and non-spiritual problems, where we think that spiritual problems should go to the pastors but non-spiritual problems should go to a psychologist who holds a degree.
But when you submit to your leaders and give them the authority over your spiritual and physical problems, then the bible says they will anoint you with oil in the name of Jesus and pray over you. This kind of prayer will have eternal results. The Lord will hear their prayer and heal your sickness.
There is a lot of power when you submit to your elders. Submitting to elders not only requires humility but also genuine honour in believing that God has really anointed them to bless you and bring healing in your life.
Jesus went to few places where He was not able to heal the people since it was His hometown where there was no honour for the anointing that He carried.
Today honour and respect your pastors what God has put inside them and trust them for all your problems believing that you will be healed. When you do this, God will use them to bring healing in your life in a way that you have not expected because when you honour them you are honouring God.
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