Read Me My Rights – Part 2 (Quick Read)

It’s not good enough to know that God can work miracles. The kind of believing that receives miracles is believing that Jesus’ sacrifice gives you the right!

There was a man named Naaman who had leprosy. He sent a letter to the king of Israel to request healing. Now look at the difference between the king of Israel’s response and the prophet Elisha’s response to this request.

2 Kings 5:7-8 (NKJV) And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes and said, “Am I God, to kill and make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of his leprosy? …So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard… that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”

Pay close attention to this. When the king saw a man that needed healing, his response was, “Am I God?” You see, the king knew that God could heal Naaman, but did not see himself capable of utilizing that power whatsoever. He knew that God had power to heal, but in his mind, that had nothing to do with him. He didn’t realize that Jesus gives people the right to access the power of God whenever they believe (Ephesians 1:19). 

On the other hand, Elisha knew that God had the power to heal leprosy, but he also knew that he possessed the rights to this power as well! So, instead of saying “Well God can heal, but who am I?” Elisha said, “No problem, send him to me and you’ll know that there is a prophet in Israel.” You don’t say something like that unless you are fully persuaded that you have the rights to the power of God. It’s much more than knowing that God can heal. Elisha knew that he himself, through Jesus, had full rights to access God’s power at all times. He understood that Jesus gave him the authority to receive the power of God. And he was not timid about it. 

Unfortunately, I believe that most Christians think more like the king of Israel. They know that God can heal, prophesy, and work miracles, but they’re just waiting around for God to show up at some point. They don’t realize that they have the rights and authority to utilize these things at every moment of every day, by faith. They don’t realize, as Elisha did, that Jesus has already provided us the right to the power of God. And we just need to realize it.

Jesus is our door, our way, our torn veil, our narrow path. Jesus is our access into all the power of God. So we’re not waiting around for God to disperse His power. Jesus is already our access to it. Now it’s only a matter of whether we will utilize our rights, that we have in Christ, by simply believing these things.

There is a difference between those who believe that God can, and those who believe that Jesus has given them the right.

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