Wednesday, 29 April 2020

How-to Minister to the Terminally ill


Study the following outline if you are terminally ill and/or use it to help you minister to someone who is terminally ill:

I.                There Is Sickness Unto Death:


In John 11:4 Jesus said the sickness of Lazarus was not one unto death. This means there are sicknesses unto death. 

II.        There Are Two Types Of Natural Death:


            A.        Premature death: Turned to destruction of flesh that the spirit be saved (I Corinthians 5:4-5).

            B.        Appointed death: Because of the natural processes of life (Hebrews 9:27; Ecclesiastes 3:2; II Kings 13:14; Isaiah 38; II Kings 20).

III.       The Goal Of Healing Is Not Immortality: 


            A.        Even those Jesus raised from the dead eventually died.

            B.        Some people are supernaturally kept from the effects of old age like Moses was. Others follow the natural way of aging, as Joshua did.

            C.        The Bible does not promise immortality in this world as part of the healing covenant. Do not be disturbed when Christians who believe and have ministered divine healing die from sickness. This happened to Elisha, yet years later his bones had power to raise a dead man. This confirms he could not have died because of lack of faith!

IV. God Can Give Wisdom And Discernment: God can give wisdom as to whether or not it is the appointed time to die:


            A.        If God reveals it is the person's appointed time, then help them prepare as Jesus did the thief on the cross:


1.    Be certain they know Jesus as their Savior.
2.    If they are a believer, be sure there is no unconfessed sin.
3.    Encourage them to set their business affairs in order.
4.    Encourage them to make restitution if there are problems between them and other people.
5.    Help them understand death comes to all. For the believer, death is just an event within the parameters of eternal life. We need to change our attitude about it. We are not to seek death, but we are not to place such an undue emphasis on the present life that we prefer it to the one to come. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (II Corinthians 5:8). Death is an enemy, and it is the last enemy that will be destroyed (I Corinthians 15:26). The resurrection of Jesus was the "first fruits" to show that death is conquered although it is not yet destroyed. It is the terror of this enemy that is disarmed for the believer (I Corinthians 15:55). Even if it is time for the believer's death, it need not involve fear, distress, and agony. God gives dying grace as well as living grace.

6.    Help them understand that God is sovereign. He can still intervene at any time to permit them to live longer.

7.    Focus their attention on the resurrection and eternity. Use the following  references: Job 19:25- 27; John 11:5-6; Romans 8:10-11, 17-18, 22-23; 10:11; I Corinthians 15:42-44,54-58; II Corinthians 4:16-18; 5:1; I Thessalonians 4:13-18.

            B.        If you do not receive knowledge from God as to whether this is the appointed time of death: 


1)   Continue to pray for healing according to God's will. This does not demand your wishes, but releases God to do according to His will, whether it is to take them or raise them up. 

2)   Pray in the Spirit, since the Holy Spirit knows the will of God and will properly make intercession (Romans 8:26).

3)   Encourage the sick one to commit themselves to total trust in God, so that whether in living or dying, they know they are in His hands: Job 13:15; 19:16; John 10:29.

4)   Focus ministry on preparation for death as well as physical healing. 

V.        Death Is The Ultimate Healing:


For the believer, death is the ultimate healing. There is no more pain or sickness and you enter God's presence whole. Sickness and sin are similar: We are saved from the penalty of sin (sickness) when we accept Jesus as Savior and Healer. We can be continually delivered from its power as believers, but only in the future when we go to be with the Lord are we saved from its presence.

God has a way of using things Satan intends for evil and turning them to good. Death was the penalty for sin, and by the death of Christ came life. This is why death is swallowed up in victory. In death, God performs the ultimate healing.

Death is swallowed up in victory because those dead in Christ will rise again:


Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, death is swallowed up in victory. 

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?  (I Corinthians 15:51-55)

When a believer dies, rejoice, because something precious has occurred:

 
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.   (Psalms 116:15)

For the believer, death comes as a release from this world of sin:

 
For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from Heaven. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up in life. (II Corinthians 5:1-2, 4)

At death, the believer has entered the presence of the Lord:

 
We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. (II Corinthians 5:8)

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:16-18)

If you have or are ministering to someone with a terminal illness, ask these questions:


Is this condition causing you to faint spiritually?

Is your inward man being renewed daily, despite the condition of the outward man?

How might you renew your inward man?

Are you focusing your attention on your temporal condition or eternal values?

How might you change your focus from temporal to eternal?

If you are ministering to someone who is terminally ill and God has revealed that it is their appointed time to die, work through these steps: Do you know Jesus as Savior?

If you are a believer, do you have any unconfessed sin? Pray about unconfessed sin, such as anger, bitterness, etc. Confess and receive forgiveness (I John 1:8-9).

Have you set your business affairs in order? If not, make a list of things you need to do:
Are there those to whom you need to make restitution, ask forgiveness, or settle problems? If so, write their names below:

If you do not receive knowledge from God as to whether this is the appointed time of death, follow these steps: 


-Continue to pray for healing according to God's will. 
-Pray in the Spirit since He knows the will of God and will properly make intercession.
-Encourage the sick one to commit themselves to total trust in God, so that whether in living  or dying, they know they are in His hands.

If you, or someone to whom you are ministering, are terminally ill, claim this promise:

 
But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

Always remember that God is sovereign, and even though a person is declared terminally ill, He can intervene at any time and extend their life. Read the story of King Hezekiah in Isaiah 37:1 to 38:22. When Hezekiah was dying, he turned to God and received healing. In this account note his:

            -Plight:            Isaiah 38:1
            -Prayer:           Isaiah 38:2-3
            -Promise:        Isaiah 38:4-6
            -Praise:           Isaiah 38:9-20

Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:1)

For too long the work of demons has been dismissed by many as a curious practice in heathen cultures. It has not been considered as a problem which invades lives, homes, churches, and nations. But there are people all about you who are tormented, troubled, and even possessed by the powers of darkness known as demons. Jesus ministered to those affected by demonic powers (Acts 10:38) and He commissioned His followers to do likewise as they spread the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 10:1).

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