I was quickened to write about the word “immediately” after a friend made me aware how often the word is used in the Bible. If you search the word immediately in either the NKJV or the NLT, you will obtain at least three pages of references. There is something to acting immediately that I believe God is trying to tell those of us who believe. Most certainly he wants us to follow Him as soon as our heart is alerted to the fact that we need Him in our lives.
Matthew 4:21-22 A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat with their father, Zebedee, repairing their nets. And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him, leaving the boat and their father behind.
He as our rescuer and strong tower is Always there for us, we must have faith.
Matthew 14:30-32 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.
Healing is an instantaneous result when we have faith and believe with our whole heart.
Matthew 20:34 So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes. And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.
Mark 5:28-29 For she thought to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.
Mark 5:41-42 Holding her hand, he said to her, “Talitha koum,” which means “Little girl, get up!” And the girl, who was twelve years old, immediately stood up and walked around! They were overwhelmed and totally amazed.
Mark 7:34-35 Then, looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” Immediately his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was loosed, and he spoke plainly.
Luke 4:38-39 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. So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.
Luke 5:24-26 So I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!” And immediately, as everyone watched, the man jumped up, picked up his mat, and went home praising God. Everyone was gripped with great wonder and awe, and they praised God, exclaiming, “We have seen amazing things today!”
Getting further in our walk or near our destination is expedient when we allow Jesus in our boat and keep our focus on Him.
John 6:18-21 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
There is immediate deliverance in the name of Jesus and in worship.
Mark 9:22-25 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”
Acts 16:18 This went on day after day until Paul got so exasperated that he turned and said to the demon within her, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And instantly it left her.
Acts 16:25-26 Around midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening. Suddenly, there was a massive earthquake, and the prison was shaken to its foundations. All the doors immediately flew open, and the chains of every prisoner fell off! The jailer woke up to see the prison doors wide open. He assumed the prisoners had escaped, so he drew his sword to kill himself.
Our salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord poured forth with his blood and water.
John 19:34-35 One of the soldiers, however, pierced his side with a spear, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (This report is from an eyewitness giving an accurate account. He speaks the truth so that you also can believe.)
Our response to him should be immediate.
Acts 16:33 Even at that hour of the night, the jailer cared for them and washed their wounds. Then he and everyone in his household were immediately baptized.
John 11:29 So Mary immediately went to him.
Prayer: Father, help my response to you be immediate, without hesitation.
10 thoughts on “Immediately”
A mighty fine job of analyzing the concept of immediately, Kimberly. The ‘I can put it off until tomorrow ‘ never seems to quite work out. As with so many of your posts, thank you so much for the timely (immediate) reminder!!
Oh, Mrs. AL you hit me where my weakness is – procrastination! But thank goodness it is not in all areas!
Well, Kimberly, I think we are all in same boat one way or another. Humanoids are like that.
Very true… fallible!
Now this is one word that has caught my attention in the manner or to the extent that it did for you. With one exception or verse and that only for the fact that Watchman Nee made note of it. When Jesus got in the boat after they had rowed threee or four hours and “immediately” they were at their destination. I wondered if in fact it was like a (pardon my concept) a “I Dream of Jeanie Moment.” One moment they were in the middle of the sea and the next moment they at the the shore. You think?
But let me ask you a question in relationship to the heart response. Wouldn’t all of these things happened only by the Spirit of Revelation? By the Holy Spirit Himself? These folks had revelation in their hearts in order to respond yes? Something had to cause or take place within these people’s heart in order to respond like this? They had to have revelation, wouldn’t they?
I agree Josiah. That stood out to me also. We have to have the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) to make real and reveal God’s heart. It is when we ‘let go and let God’ not thinking with our natural mind but allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us that we receive revelation. Thanks for your comment!
Shalom again, Kimberly…
Thank you for your response. Don’t have my reading glasses on this morning. I meant to write that i “never took this word” to the extent that that you have here. You did it very well, indeed! uhhhh. One more question in regard to revelation. Would you say/think that if we repond to God’s Word only by following the Word (without revelation) that we would in fact be doing “dead works?”
Josiah – I believe God meets us where we are and as long as we follow him, the Holy Spirit will reveal more and more to us. I believe what we do, as long as we are doing it to the glory of God, it is not ‘just works.’ It is a matter of heart conscience. If we have pure motives and intentions, God will get the glory.
Look at James 2:26 (also James 2:14-26) where it talks of faith and works, the two go hand-in-hand. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James%202:14-26&version=NLT
In verse 26 it says that “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” What an analogy on how we can be spiritually dead without the spirit. Spirit comes from the word pneuma. Pneuma is synonymous with breath, life, God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the workings of the Holy Spirit and our Divine Nature through Jesus Christ, which comes about through man through the life-giving Holy Spirit.
Romans 8:6 says: “So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.”
We become new by the indwelling Holy Spirit which gives us life and peace! Praise God! We do works by the leading of the Christ in us. When we have God’s vision we carry out his business, out of our new heart and mind.
Shalom and thank you again, Kimberly…
I read the related scriptures and am chewing on it. It raised another question but I won’t bother you with it. Have a great weekend!
Thanks for sharing this study. It fills me with faith and hope to know His will can and will take place immediately!