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The following lesson from Pastor Joseph Prince speaks to the question of why people are prayed for and yet remain infirm of body and soul. The Bible has no superfluous details. EVERY point is important. Pastor Prince seems to always share these important points that are often overlooked. I recommend you visit his website and subscribe to his daily devotionals. Your faith will soar!
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Pronounce Yourself Clean!
3Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Most of us are familiar with the healing of the leper in Matthew 8. It is a beautiful account of God’s willingness to touch and heal the sick, no matter how unclean they may be. Whenever we doubt God’s willingness to heal us, we should listen to the words of Jesus again: “I am willing; be cleansed.” He is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Since the Bible is clear about God’s willingness to heal, why do we still have problems with our health? Why do we still experience symptoms in our bodies?
I believe that the answer is found in what Jesus told the leper to do next. He told him to go and show himself to the priest. (Matthew 8:4) This was the law then for lepers who were healed. (Leviticus 14:2–3) And he was to hear the priest pronounce the word “clean” over him. (Leviticus 14:7)
You see, as believers, when we received Jesus, His blood cleansed us from sin as well as sickness. (Isaiah 53:4–5) But we keep hearing people pronounce sin, sickness, poverty and death over us. We keep hearing people tell us that we are unclean, undeserving, poor, weak, and that it is only natural that we grow old and sickly, and die.
God is waiting for a priesthood that will rise up and pronounce His people clean!
“But Pastor Prince, where can I find such priests?”
Who are the priests today? You and I! In fact, we have more authority to pronounce good things than the Levitical priests of the Old Testament. They were just priests. But we are king-priests by the blood of Jesus! (Revelation 1:5–6) Where the word of the king is, there is power. (Ecclesiastes 8:4) And by the word of a priest, every controversy and every assault shall be settled. (Deuteronomy 21:5)
Beloved, God has cleansed you, so pronounce yourself clean! Right now, put your hand on your heart and pronounce good things over yourself. Say, “I pronounce myself clean, righteous, healed, whole and prosperous by the blood of Jesus!” By your word as a king-priest, every assault against you shall be settled!
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Romans 12:3 “………God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” So faith comes as “standard equipment” to God’s children. How does that work? This can be handy information for folks dealing with “dis-ease”.
I saw this dynamic at work in the waiting room of the cancer lab at a major University Medical Center. A nervous conversation arose between folks waiting for lab work. One woman waited for her husband who had been taken “back” in a wheelchair for blood work. Another woman awaited diagnostic results anticipating melanoma. Another couple seemed to be clinic “veterans” and rather resolved to “the worst”–the woman was obviously the patient as she wore a scarf over her hairless head and her eyes were sunken into an expressionless face. She was quite thin and gray. As the subject of “faith” arose, she unemotionally remarked that she didn’t have much of that…….at which others winced……some perhaps wondering if they had enough to “get through the current trial”.
To say, “I don’t have faith” would make God a liar because Romans 12:3 above clearly says God has given/dealt each of His children a measure of faith. Apparently these “measures” aren’t equal as my waiting room observation implies. It’s an interesting question to me because my faith “measure” has been the basis for my healing but “my measure” at the time of diagnosis seemed quite insufficient in comparison to the “measure” I was blessed with during the “battle”. It seemed that God continued to measure out what I needed as my prayer and Scripture reading strength increased. There was a directly proportional relationship between time and fervor spent in prayer and Scripture to the strength of my faith.
Pastor Joseph Prince, in “Destined to Reign Devotionals” says “Faith is like muscles. We are all born with a measure of muscles. but some of us develop muscles better than others…….Likewise, your measure of faith grows when you feed and use it. Each time you hear or read God’s Word, you are feeding your faith. When you confess God’s Word and expect good things to happen to you, you are using it. And the more you use it, the more your faith grows.” What Prince says is true according to my own experience.
What does “exercising faith” look like when we are dealing with “medical issues”? Simply stop and pray for direction BEFORE making decisions and get quiet (put aside fear) and wait for peace in your soul regarding the direction you should take. A short delay in making decisions–whether it is the decision for a cancer treatment or the decision regarding treating a headache…is not usually going to be dangerous if delayed long enough to pray about it.
IF the Lord has sanctioned your taking medicine, before taking doses ask Him to sanctify that medicine so that the possible side effects will not harm you…..IF the Lord has given you direction to seek certain medical care, pray for the medical care providers to be guided by Him. Ask Him for the “measure of faith” and the direction you need to obtain the real goal…..”divine health”.
Even God’s Son asked the Father before every single decision He made……why wouldn’t we follow that example? Why would we jump to our own decisions and ask God to bless them when they might not have been what He wanted us to do? Can we doubt the power of prayer or, for that matter, of faith if we are in the habit of praying “after the act” rather than before we put our faith in something other than what God’s direction would have been?
In some earlier posts, I’ve mentioned Pastor Joseph Prince’s book, Destined to Reign, because it is filled with hope anchored solidly in Scripture. He also has a daily devotional book by the same name and the March 4th entry is entitled “The Antidote to Fear” based on 1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear……”
Prince relates that “experts tell us babies have two natural fears ; the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. A study on fear was conducted on 500 adults of varying ages, backgrounds and lifestyles. The results showed that they shared some 7,000 different fears. This means that they must have learnt 6,998 fears since they were born.”
I recently learned in N.T. Wright’s wonderful book, Following Jesus, that the most repeated commandment in Scripture is “Fear Not!” Why would this be repeated more than the famous “10 Commandments” or some of the commandments of Jesus regarding love? Could it be because fear is the very “stuff” of the enemy of our souls. We know from Scripture that faith and fear cannot co-exist and we’ve discussed this truth in previous posts.
Joseph Prince points out in the book referenced above that “Actually, our bodies are designed for faith. Fear was foreign to man until Adam sinned against God. For the first time, Adam knew fear, and he hid from God and said, “I heard Your voice…..I was afraid….I hid myself.” (Gen 3:10)
I will venture to say that most people would admit they fear a cancer diagnosis. I knew that all the air was sucked out of the room when I heard “you have a mass in your pancreas.” Immediately I realized was in a spiritual battle even though I could not have quoted the Apostle Paul’s admonition, Ephesians 6:12 (ASV) 12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. I knew that beating pancreatic cancer “the world’s way” was against the world’s odds. NO human could give me much hope.
But, as Joseph Prince points out,” ‘perfect love casts out fear’. When you know that God so loves you that He gave His Son to take your beating so that you can take His blessings, you will stop fearing.” If you submit or surrender—lay your situation at the feet of our Lord–“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
So what is the antidote for fear? Realizing God loves you unconditionally and disease is NOT from this loving God but from a defeated enemy who “seeks to steal, kill and destroy” (John 10:10) It is realizing that Jesus came to give you life more abundantly. (also John 10:10) There are many posts on this blog to help you get into the Scriptures that promise your healing–the powerful living Word of God. These Scriptures also show us the testimony of our loving heavenly Father and that testimony professes what God will do again….what He wants to do again.
Fear not! Listen to the Lord and take captive every lying thought the enemy seeds in your mind even if it seems to be “the latest medical fact”. Facts and truth are not the same thing. Jesus is truth.
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Friends, I receive Mary Fairchild’s Online Newsletter through www.about.com and she includes wonderful “eTestimonies” that people share about their healing, deliverance, and restoration. It is a wonderful Christian site and I urge you to visit it and to subscribe so that you regularly receive the shared testimonies.
The current issue includes an amazing testimony of Terri, who was diagnosed with an “untreatable” form of lung cancer shortly after the trauma of losing her mother to cancer. I URGE you to go to Mary Fairchild’s website and read Terri’s testimony as well as others Mary posts. Your faith will be strengthened tremendously.
I want to share another resource I learned of from Frank Viola’s blog, www.beyondevangelical.com. Frank’s podcasts and books (especially Jesus Manifesto and From Eternity to Here which is also available beautifully read on CDs) will bring you to a new level of relationship with the Lord. These books are also available from www.amazon.com. The resource I learned of from Frank’s blog is the writings of Jeanne Guyon, a french woman of supernatural faith who lived 1648-1717. Her prayers were so powerful others asked her to teach them to pray and she wrote her insights down for them. Urging from her “students” led to her reluctantly publishing for “public”. She was imprisoned for her outspoken faith.
Guyon lived in a troubled time especially for women. We know that Jesus’s ministry embraced women and then Paul’s letters addressing very specific first century church issues have been grossly mis-interpreted and, sadly, used to pound women down in church leadership…….but NOT in God’s Kingdom “on earth as in heaven”. Jeanne Guyon’s life is worth reading in The unabridged Collected Works of Jeanne Guyon….she “bloomed where she was planted” and that fact matters in her ministry to us today.
THE Guyon resource Viola recommends is Experiencing God Through Prayer. This fairly small but richly edifying book has been carefully and lovingly “brought up to date in language symantics” for the modern day reader’s ears to more readily “digest” it. In reading one chapter, I have already learned a practical and powerful means for “being in the room with the Lord” so that He can actually hear our prayers.
Guyon’s early chapters teach us to “pray God’s Word” and practically how to approach Scripture in small sections focusing and meditating on the Words of God so they can saturate our souls. She refers to John 14:23 “Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him and We will come to him and make our home with him.” (I cited NIV).
This morning, I found myself reading Psalm 143 which, altogether, is longer than the passage Madame Guyon recommends for focus….but habits are hard to break and I’m almost through Psalms ….but, I reached verses 5 and 6 in my new wonderfully readable translation, The Voice, and there found myself following my new but ancient mentor’s directive. I was compelled to memorize the words of David as he called out to God while hiding from the tormented King Saul in a dark cave.
Psalm 143:5-6 “The Voice” Translation:
5 And yet, I can’t forget the day of old, the days I’ve heard so much about;
I fix my mind on all You have done;
I ponder the work of Your hands;
6 I reach out my hands to You.
All that I am aches and yearns for You,
like a dry land thirsting for rain.
Upon reading these verses (and being moved to memorize them and meditate on them and pray them as Madame Guyon simply instructs), I reflected on the words of Bill Johnson of Bethel Church www.ibethel.com as, in his books and sermons, he so often reminds us of the power of testimony. I remember recently hearing him say that he was “in a dry spell” once and he could not hear the Lord or see the Lord but he could always remember the testimony of the Lord….”all that He has done…..the works of His hands”.
Madame Guyon and Pastor Johnson strike a “live prayer nerve” in the soul…..we can always remember even in a dark cave as David was in this Psalm. My own insightful pastor, Pam Sims, of St Barnabas the Encourager Church, taught just last week that whenever we feel our prayers are now “alive”, we can wake up by just beginning to thank our Lord for the blessing after blessing He’s given us.
Ann Voskamp leads us through this “thanksgiving communion” very simply and practically in her wonderful book, “1000 Gifts” www.aholyexperience.com. When the Lord speaks in multiple witnesses from different places and times, the truth is being taught. His “will IS coming on earth as in heaven”……….Join in and receive your healing of body and soul……..Let the Lord make His home in you. He, then, becomes your health……your very health.
Sometimes the enemy will try to trouble my soul with the “facts” of my body being so ravaged by surgeries both from cancer and from a very difficult illness in my 20’s (that probably planted the bitterness that eventually led to my cancer). I have had about 20 abdominal surgeries and about every organ you can exist without removed while other organs “cut on”…..It would be easy to dwell on these missing “parts” and take on a lot of guilt about when I once “took the enemy’s bait” in these illnesses and bitterness. But, now I know the Lord is my health and every minute of every day He lives in this torn up body and makes it operate perfectly and without any pain or discomfort. He is the life force that I can and do draw on for JOY and it is His GRACE that constantly renews that JOY. He is my health. The day I realized that truth was the day I knew He would not leave or forsake me and I am eager to steward this gift by feeding my body, resting in Him, and exercising the opportunities He provides “where I’m planted”. I encourage you to “remember” the gifts.
I have referenced the amazing Bethel church in Redding, CA several times on this blog. People go to their healing rooms ministry from all over the world. I read all of Bill Johnson and Kris Valloton’s books I can get my hands on because they have such experience with miracles, signs and wonders and such insight into healing and God’s Kingdom work. Again, I urge blog readers to visit www.ibetheltv.com. You can subscribe to the podcasts of sermons and worship but there are many free sermons available as well.
I am going to include a short excerpt from Head Pastor Bill Johnson’s book, The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind. This book is available from www.amazon.com as well as from the Bethel Church bookstore. This excerpt is from Chapter Eight “Enduring Uncertainty”.
“I will gladly live in the midst of an unexplainable mystery before believing a lie to feel better about my circumstances. One of the toughest lessons a Christian can learn is how to trust and praise God in the uncertain time between a promise and its fulfillment. I believe it is a powerful act of spiritual warfare to stand in the middle of death and disease, conflict and unresolved issues, and to cause your spirit to rise and give thanks to God.
I can’t help but think of the experience of one of our most respected missionaries, Tracey. Recently she was driving from South Africa to Mozambique when the small bus just ahead of her went out of control, rolled of the road, and crashed at a speed of about 60 mph. Passengers were thrown from the vehicle as it rolled. She and other motorists stopped to assist and discovered a gruesome scene as they went victim to victim. Many people had life-threatening injuries, traumatic head injuries, and were laying unconscious. One woman was clearly dead. She had no vital signs and her head was facing her back. and she had one eye lying on her cheek. Our missionary, a graduate from Stanford as a Physician’s Assistant, too the bystanders and placed them by each of the injured persons. She then instructed them to ‘Speak life in Jesus’ name. When I look over at you, I want to see your lips moving!’ And move, they did!
Minutes later, as she was assessing the casualties, the woman assigned to the dead passenger screamed. The “dead” woman had groaned, turned her head around, and begun to breathe again. To their amazement the woman’s vital signs were strong, and her misplaced eye was back in its socket. That caused the others to pray all the more earnestly for their patients. Within a short period of time the unconscious victims had regained consciousness and those with serious wounds stopped bleeding. Many injuries were healed and people were spared who surely should have died.
When I heard that story, my mind kept coming back to the people who stood by and prayed even when the situation seemed hopeless. That’s thge kind of attitude we must have during times of uncertainty. Our troubling circumstance may last days, months, or years, instead of just an hour or two, but our approach should be the same: We must declare the goodness and faithfulness of God even in the midst of our trial, before we have an answer.
Why do we have to endure uncertainty? That is a mystery, but the Bible hints at an answer when it gives a spiritual picture of a city called the community of the redeemed, or Zion (see Isa. 62). Isaiah 60:18 saya, ‘But you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates praise.’ In Revelation we see this gate called praise again and discover that it is made out of one solid pearl (see Rev 21:21). Think for a moment. How is pearl formed? Through irritation and conflict. A granule of sand gets inside an oyster shell, and a pearl forms around the granule to keep it from doing harm. The Bible’s pairing of praise with irritation is not coincidental. When we are stuck in conflict and uncertainty, and yet we praise Him without manipulation, it is a sacrifice. it means we are reacting in a way that produces something beautiful. In that moment a gate is formed, a place of entrance where the King of glory can invade our situation.
Many people have no gate because they won’t praise Him in the middle of apparent paradox. They get stuck wondering ‘How can God promise to heal all of my diseases but I’ve got this problem in my body?’ ‘How can God promise to provide and yet I’ve been without a job for three months?’ And yet Psalm 87:2 says, ‘The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.’ That gate–that place of praise in the midst of conflict–is where His presence rests, where the King Himself dwells. The gate is formed when we move above human explanation and into a place of trust.”
Johnson goes on to discuss two ways people respond when the answer they seek doesn’t come..accusing God and “ramping up our warfare”. He also discusses the “offended mind”. I urge you to get this book if you can and read more…..and/or listen to some of the sermons in www. ibetheltv.com. You will have the “eyes of your heart opened”.
On page 129 ending Chapter 8, Johnson quotes David in Psalm 103:1-2 ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits…” and then concludes: “When you find yourself in an uncertain time–and you surely will at some point–remember that ou can create a gate of praise by lifting your heart and your voice to God. Persistently pursue fellowship with God even though your uncertainty feels deep and endless, and no answers have materialized. The suffering will last but a moment in God’s grand plan for your life. Be thankful for the opportunity to persevere. And be assured–better times are on the way!”
Note: Johnson often warns against making up doctrines based on our disappointment that God doesn’t move exactly as we think we need Him to. He points out that many Christians try to point to Biblical suffering to explain that God is responsible for their own suffering. He corrects this assumption by pointing out that “Biblical suffering is usually persecution for living righteously” rather than for punishment and that persecution, of course, comes from the enemy. Your loving Father wants you healed…never doubt that and praise His Holy Name even when you are enduring uncertainty.
I have mentioned Bethel Church in Redding, CA before but probably not enough on this blog. I find myself reading every book I can get my hands on written by the pastors of Bethel–Bill Johnson, senior leader and Kris Vallotton, director of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. I also find myself hungry to visit www.ibetheltv.com regularly and I subscribe to their podcasts. Why?
Well, I first found out about Bethel when Katie Souza of www.expectedendministries.com related the story of her trip there where she received an anointing for healing and ministering healing shortly after her release from prison.
The Healing Rooms at Bethel regularly minister to people from all over the world and the testimonies of the healings are faith building and encouraging. I am going to copy just one amazing story here and urge you to visit the Bethel Church website. The praise and worship music ministry is captivating and this church has an open heaven above it.
Here is the “Cancer Cured”…..testimony I was compelled to share in this post. I am posting in faith that Bethel and Dawn Muller would want this story shared.
Bob and Sharen Muller’s daughter, Dawn, was dying from
cancer that had spread throughout her entire body cavity. It
was ongoing for 12 years, and she was given very little time
to live. Dawn indicated to her parents that she wanted to go
to the Healing Rooms in Redding, California. They arrived on
Friday, April 15, 2011. Joaquin Evans was the speaker at
that night’s service. His was that there
was somebody in the sanctuary with cancer, and that all the
pain would leave their body. Immediately, the pain in her
body left. She went up to the front of the church. He lifted his
hand, and she fell to the ground. She knew it was God, and
all previous skepticism left her. She was afraid God’s
presence would be gone on Saturday morning, but it wasn’t.
She went to the Healing Rooms because the skepticism had
returned. She had a mini-Sozo, and she felt “all the holes in
her soul had healed.” At the Sunday service, a person (they
don’t know who) asked people to volunteer to serve in
Africa. After being totally healed of cancer, she left in
September. NOTE: she was restored of the colon that had
been removed because of the cancer, and she no longer
has the exterior scar tissue from the surgery.
“When we refuse fear, the enemy becomes terrified.” (Bill Johnson-When Heaven Invades Earth a practical guide to miracles). So how ‘in the world’ do we do that? We feel a pain in our body. We see a lump here or there. We hear a doctor say, “You have cancer.” We think about all we’ve heard about that ‘dis-ease’ and we begin to see our lives unfolding in a way we have dreaded. We remember ‘good people’ we’ve known and loved who have ‘died from cancer’ and we become fearful. Well meaning ‘good people’ come around us and say things they mean to comfort us………”Modern medicine can do so much they used to not be able to do.” “God’s not through with you yet; He’s just making you stronger.” “We can’t understand how God works; everything is for a reason.” “We will all ‘keep you and your family in our prayers’.” “Call on us whatever you need.” “My aunt Suzy died of cancer. I know what you are going through and I’ll be here for you.” The battleground is in the soul–our mind, will and emotions and we are human…..we are flesh……we can easily be caught up in fear. IF we let that fear land in us, the enemy has filled our souls and God’s faith has no place to dwell. IF we fill ourselves–that is FILL our souls (minds, wills, emotions) with FAITH in God’s Word (His Word Made Flesh, Jesus Christ), then the enemy’s fear has no place to land.
Merry Christmas and Happy Easter…….Jesus conquered “the world”, “the fleshly nature”, “fear and ALL the enemy’s weapons INCLUDING death itself. Why? Why did God come to earth in a package exactly like we live in? Simple…..because our God, our Creator, our Sustainer LOVES US LIKE CRAZY…..in fact our God IS love itself and He IS good itself. Good? Love? And that’s not all; after He came to earth just like we do as tiny people who must grow and eat and sleep and drink and exercise and learn and act one way or the other, He paid the entire, complete, full, total, comprehensive, perfect price to reverse the curse that existed under the Old Covenant God had with “His people” and He gave us a really wonderful and completely love filled New Covenant so that we wouldn’t have to keep a zillion rules and make daily blood sacrifices etc etc etc. We could never “try” hard enough or be worthy by our doing. He made us to love us. And that’s not all, while He walked among us, he modeled a lifestyle of absolute love, compassion, light, truth, peace, joy, kindness, goodness, faithfulness [that is being filled to the brim and overflowing with faith AND being consistent in doing that faith]. Jesus NEVER showed a glimpse of fear and He never taught us to deal with fear. He never even told us how to react to unanswered prayer because He taught us how to pray so that prayer would ALWAYS be answered. God is NOT the author of our dis-ease and don’t get caught up in Job’s story (because fear was Job’s portal of the enemy to enter) or Paul’s thorn because it was never explained as disease but as the enemy poking at him….God wants us healthy…see 3 John 1 for a start.
And, that’s not all…….When He bodily left this earth, He did NOT leave us without His own presence– a wonderful counselor, teacher, advocate, companion we can welcome to come inside of us—–actually a “soul friend”, the Holy Spirit–His own Spirit. Now, we must invite the Holy Spirit’s indwelling because He’s a gentleman and won’t force Himself on us. Or we can stop after confessing that we believe in Jesus as our savior and love Him and strive to live by His earthly example not inviting the Holy Spirit inside us………and we can struggle along in our flesh wearing a WWJD bracelet and dealing with matters in a purely fleshly manner and we will battle fear and dis-ease on a regular basis….a daily basis…..However, why would God give us Christmas and Easter for us to live that way? Why, indeed!
“The devil roars, and we act like we got bit.” (B. Johnson When Heaven Invades Earth ref above). IF we struggle without accepting that blessed “soul friend” or the Holy Spirit to come and dwell within us, THEN our bodies and our souls are pretty much limited to what our own fleshly power can get done and fear fits well in those wounded bodies and souls. On the other hand, God did not just give us CHRISTmas……He gave us the New Testament….the New Covenant….and at Pentecost, He gave us, as disciples, His own Holy Spirit. So, IF we accept the indwelling of Christ’s Spirit, we get a HUGE BONUS…..we get “dunamis” power….We get resurrection power and we move beyond that precious wonderful essential love filled blood of our Christ to accept His resurrection power living within us. We are blessed with his “glory light” that we can pull on (by praising and worshipping our Lord with focus and faith) to heal our souls of all the wounds from the sin that Christ’s blood redeemed us from. So what?
So we finally do what Jesus did and we do what the Father (through the Holy Spirit) constantly showed Jesus to do every minute of every day he walked on this earth. We have the mind of Christ, then, and as He modeled, we react to EVERYTHING by going to the Father for guidance; and now we can do that in the name of His beloved Son–His very God of very God expression of love and good and light. When we have a problem–when the enemy roars–because we have the Spirit of Christ within us, we go to God’s Word and to faith filled prayer and we seek direction and we do that BEFORE we make decisions about anything……ANYTHING and that means health, business, family, money, EVERYTHING. We do that BEFORE we submit to medical treatment protocols and, if the Lord leads us to treatment, we do it WHILE we undergo treatment. We pray according to God’s promises and He has said many many times in His Word that He will be with his faithful children. And we rejoice in this guidance and companionship…rejoice always!
Because I’ve grieved for too many “saints” who have died painful confusing deaths way too young even though their churches and friends “kept them in their prayers” whatever that means, I have studied and prayed out this grief with great energy……especially after I questioned why I was blessed with such a wonderful testimony of healing when these others were not. I’ve found amazing insights in the teachings of Kenneth E. Hagin, Marilyn Hickey, Nasir and Anita Siddiki, FF Bosworth, John G. Lake, Cal Pierce, and on and on. I’ve been blessed with the ministering in person of several local spirit filled pastors and Christians (One who kept me from succumbing to the enemies darts of “why would you be healed when so many better people have not been”……just days after my oil service per James Chapter 5.)
And, I’ve spent considerable time in churches that did and churches that did not understand God’s Word regarding healing….some churches seem to have more respect for the enemy’s power than the Holy Spirit’s power; and, therefore, practice church in as “risk free” a way as possible…..praying carefully for comfort and strength during illness but always stopping short of calling on God’s promises and direction regarding healing. ….never asking for full deliverance from the enemy’s attack….never learning how to pray for healing and, therefore, just hoping against hope. And, with world affairs seeming to be spiraling down in favor of the devil’s plans, many church goers find themselves in a posture of just “holding on until Jesus comes again”…….being careful so they can escape out the back door while the enemy kicks in the front door. Surely the enemy is given false confidence by such an attitude. God’s Generals and God’s Word do NOT teach an escapist mentality….they teach faith and power. “We are not left on this planet earth to be in hiding waiting for Jesus’ return. We are here as military representatives of heaven. The Church is on the attack. That’s why the gates of hell, the place of demonic government and strength WILL NOT PREVAIL against the Church.” Johnson p. 154 ibid.
However, as Bill Johnson contnues, “Satan likes being in control. And he is whenever we are not. Reactions come from fear.” Johnson makes a point that he “actually believes that satan will allow his strategies to become known so that we will react accordingly.” Consider these points Johnson makes: God’s Word IS His Will and there is nothing in His Word that gives the enemy the power to kill us….BEAUSE we have CHRISTmas and Easter. His will is the safest place to be. God is NOT intimidated by the devil’s antics.” What do we DO to be “in His will”? Johnson and many of “God’s Generals” teach the importance of intimacy with God–welcoming His Holy Spirit into our cores–worshipping and rejoicing always rather than being sucked into intense mentality or trying to figure out everything according to our own reason. God inhabits the praise of His children. As James 4:7 teaches, “Submission is the key to personal triumph.” “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” We are battling our own fleshly limitations so we must “Return to the promises of God, spend time with people of faith, and encourage one another with the testimonies of the Lord. Praise God for who He is until fear no longer knocks at the door. This is not an option, for fear actually invites the enemy to come to kill, steal, and destroy.” Johnson p 155 ibid.
Put the resources of heaven at your disposal. Merry Christmas and Happy Easter…..they cannot be separated. Refuse Fear and Refuse Dis-Ease (a manifestation of fear).
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Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me.”
Jeremiah 9:23, 24