Health Food – October 26

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Jesus Gave Up His Divine Privileges

And the Word [Jesus] was made flesh, and dwelt among us . . . — JOHN 1:14

When talking about the ministry of Jesus, most people, including those in the Church, will say, “He was the Son of God.” Well, of course, He was. That’s true. He was and is the Son of God.

But they also infer something that is not true—something that has robbed us of blessings that God intended we should have. You see, they infer that Jesus healed the sick in His earthly ministry by some kind of power inherent in Him. In other words, they believe that He healed people just because He was the Son of God. They infer that this power isn’t available today, because it was inherent in Him. Now that is not true. It’s false!

Yet the devil has used that false statement to rob the Church of God’s blessings. Philippians 2:7 says, “But [Jesus] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” Paul was talking about Jesus coming into the world. The Modern Language New Testament says, “But emptied Himself as He took on the form of a slave and became like human beings.”

What did He empty Himself of when He came into this world? The Amplified Bible says, “But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.”

Though He was the Son of God, He emptied Himself and laid aside His mighty power and glory and became just like a man. When it came to the power to heal or work miracles, he was just like other men. He didn’t have any more power to heal than any other man did. He was born a human being. Then how did He heal people? Through the anointing. Jesus had to be anointed to heal.

Confession: Jesus emptied Himself of all divine privileges in order to become a man. And He went about doing good, healing all those who were sick. The healing anointing that flowed through Jesus to minister healing to people is still available today.

Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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