Infection Healed

The Lord Jesus Christ never fails. His word is eternal. He is the same divine healer today that he was yesterday.

The Inception of the Infection

I don’t know how it happened. It started as a sore spot. It felt like a mild burn. I first thought that maybe I had scalded it when I was getting the bath ready for the kids. But it wasn’t a burn, it was an infection along the nail bed of my left ring finger.

Original Infection
Original Infection on Side of Finger

At first the infection seemed mild; a small blister. There was slight discomfort but it did not look like a problem. I figured it would go away after a day or two. I had to go out of town for a trade show. At the show I banged the finger a few times while setting up and taking down the equipment. The infection was bruised and grew worse.

Infection on Nailbed
Infection on Nail Bed Exploded

After a few days it encompassed half of the top of the finger and had worked its way into the nail bed. I soaked it as you would think to and applied a bread poultice. The infection exploded out the side.

Then it got worse again so I applied another poultice. And again the infection expoded.

All the while people kept preaching fear to me. They were telling me that I was going to lose my finger. They said I would get blood poison and die. Someone even went so far as to offer me their prescription of antibiotics that a doctor had given them earlier for something else. Instead of listening to the council of man, I took the council of God. I knew that the moment I visited a doctor, that I took the first pill, any healing would automatically be attributed to that and the Lord would be ignored.

The Cure: Divine Healing from Jesus Christ

I turned it over to the Lord. The infection went away. The old dead skin sloughed off and fresh new pink skin was left in place.

Jesus told us that healing is the bread of the children of God. We are the Bride of Christ if we have the Holy Spirit. If you don’t have the Holy Spirit, if you are not born again, if the Lord Jesus is not manifesting his holy word in your life in supernatural signs, wonders and miracles, then simply follow the prescription in the Bible in Acts 2:38-39 and you will receive the Holy Spirit and scriptures like James 5: 14-16 will be manifest in your life, as it was in mine.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever. His word cannot fail. Just trust in him no matter what the world tells you. Ignore anything contrary to the Word of God. If you trust in him with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, you shall experience the resurrection power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Infection Gone: New Skin in Place
Infection Gone: New Skin in Place

It is Finished

It is Finished!

John 19: 30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Salvation is a Finished Work
Salvation is a Finished Work of the Lord Jesus

It may seem like an odd scripture with Christmas approaching; more like an Easter message. But for a Christian every day is Christmas and every day is Easter.

The Carnal man will look upon this scripture, and the context of it, and say that Jesus had fulfilled the final prophecies of his life, and said it was done, and died. While this is true, there is a far deeper spiritual meaning to what he said. What exactly was finished?

What did he come to accomplish? There are lots of ways to take this line of thinking. But this is the direction that the Lord put on my heart for today.

Matthew 5: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

The first thing we see is that the Lord Jesus came to fulfill the law. Now in every law there are two distinct components. First there is a commandment, a do, or do not part. Second there is a penalty for transgression of the first part. Most people don’t realize this. That is why they do not understand how Jesus could fulfill the law. He did not change the do, do not part. He simply took the penalty for it upon himself. For example:

Exodus 21:12 12 He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.

There are two distinct parts. 1) if you hit someone and they die, and 2) you shall be put to death. Jesus fulfilled this law. Does that mean you are now allowed to hit someone and kill them? NO! It means that Jesus took the penalty upon himself. If you had killed someone, and you repented and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, then Jesus Christ took the penalty of death upon himself at the Cross of Calvary. This does not give us license to sin, it justifies us from our sin. Big difference. They are completely different ideas.

Romans 6: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.

Jesus Christ took the penalty of the law upon himself. The commandment is still there. The commandment is still in force. The penalty is still in force as well if we are not under the blood covenant of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ laid down his life and took it back up. We do the same thing in baptism. We lay down our lives with him, crucify our old man, our old nature, with him. The difference is that we do not pick our old lives back up. We pick his life up, or more correctly, his life, the Holy Spirit, picks us up. Then we no longer live, but it is Christ Jesus living in us.

Galatians 5: 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

If ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Therefore the corollary of that is If ye are NOT led by the Spirit, ye ARE under the law. Do you realize what that means? Every single soul that is not under the blood of Jesus Christ, that has not entered into the covenant of the New Testament, is still under the law. The Whole Law!

When they come up in the white throne judgement, they will be judged by the Lord Jesus Christ using the entire letter of the law. They will be held accountable for every single law, every single ordinance in the Old Testament of the Bible.

It is finished! It indeed is. But we still must receive it! If we reject the pardon that was signed by the blood of Jesus Christ, we will be called to answer for every single letter of the Law of Moses.

It is finished! For the children of God, it is finished!

1 Peter 2: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

When were you healed? You and I were healed 2,000 years ago. It is finished!

But do we act that way? Do we act as though it is finished? We have a promise of the Lord. Every single disease, every single sickness, every single ailment we will ever get has already been healed! It is finished.

2 Chronicles 16: 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

Now Asa was not an unbeliever. He had a long history with the Lord, and with the supernatural power and might of the Lord God Jehovah. He also had a promise of the Lord spoken to him by a prophet:

2 Chronicles 15: And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. But when they in their trouble did turn unto the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord, that was before the porch of the Lord.

King Asa had the Word of the Lord. The prophet was sent and brought him the message of the hour. Do we have a message? Are we going to trust in the Lord, in the message, in the Word of God?

King Asa saw the Lord deliver him from undefendable odds. And the Lord not only defeated his enemies, he was given 35 years of peace. That is supernatural in any era. Yet after all that, after 35 years of supernatural experiences, after hearing the words of a vindicated prophet, when trouble came, he rejected the way of the Lord and sought the arm of flesh. And it cost him his life.

Why? Because with King Asa, it was not finished!

2 Chronicles 15: 16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.

He did run well. He cut down the idols and burnt them. He cast out the idolaters. He was a message believer! He was justified in his day. He was sanctified in his day. He sanctified all of Israel!

BUT, “the high places were not taken away out of Israel”. His new birth was not complete!

Ezekiel 36: 24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. 25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

The new birth is not a single event. It is several events locked together. It is just like the natural birth. The baby is conceived. We often forget that part in discussing the new birth. The baby is conceived first! How? A seed is planted and the seed grows, and the seed bears fruit. That fruit is the baby.

The first thing that happens in a new birth is the planting of the seed, which is the Word of God. The life in that seed is the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 6:63 that “my words are spirit and life”. The first step in the new birth is that someone like you or I, someone who carries the seed, plants it in the heart of the heathen. Big word to use in this politically correct day. We are all heathens once too.

The life in the seed is the Holy Spirit. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed is dead inside of us. If we do not have the Holy Spirit, then the seed that we plant is a dead seed. That is why we have over 1,000 denominations on earth with 3 Billion people calling themselves Christians, all preaching out of the Bible, and planting DEAD SEED!

2 Corinthians 3: Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

If we preach the Word of God without the Holy Spirit, we are planting a DEAD SEED, a seed that will rot and kill the host. We will kill people with that dead seed. How can the Word of God bring death?

2 Samuel 6: And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals. And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

They were carrying the Word of God, the Ark. They had a good intent. They had no evil or malicious intent in their hearts. David, the King that the Bible says was a man after God’s own heart, led the way. They had musicians out in front. They had a program, a religious program that looked perfect. They had everything lined up but one. The wrong people were handling the Word. The Bible says it must be carried on the left shoulders of the Levites, over their hearts.

And when the Word of God went forth without the Spirit of God, then even the righteous man Uzzah died. Without the Spirit of God, the Seed of God, the Holy Bible, is DEAD.

Without the Holy Spirit, the message of the hour will bring DEATH! It is a dead seed without the life of Christ in it. That is why we have so many churches, preaching the Bible, and yet all they can create is still born babies.

So the new birth starts with the planting of the seed, the live, spirit borne seed. Then the seed germinates. A baby germinates for 40 weeks. Forty is one of God’s special numbers. Moses was on the mountain for 40 days. Jesus fasted for 40 days.

The seed of the Word of God will germinate in the heart, watered by the Holy Spirit. Now the Spirit does not indwell at this point, it anoints. There is a different. Remember Jesus said the Spirit would be with us, AND in us. And is a conjunction. Two separate events.

Then we get to the point where we usually start speaking on the New Birth. First we have Justification, then we have Sanctification, then we receive the Spirit.

1 John 5: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

It is the Spirit that bears witness. Not the letter. The birth is water, blood and spirit. Just like a physical birth, first the water breaks, then the blood, then the baby. So too with the new birth. First the water, the justification in baptism. Then the blood, the sanctification. Then the filling of the Holy Spirit. Three definite steps.

And again the Scripture says here that “the witness of God is greater”. The witness is the Holy Spirit. Our witness without the Holy Spirit, is the witness of men, and it is powerless. It becomes a second had gospel.

Acts 19: 13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

These seven men had heard the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They had heard the message of the hour from the mouth of the prophet. Not only had they heard the message, they also saw the vindication in signs, wonders and miracles.

But for them it was not finished!

They had the letter, but they did not have the spirit. They came with a second hand gospel. They came quoting the prophet but without the spirit, they simply had the testimony of man. The testimony of God is greater. For the seven men, it was not finished. They had the message, but they did not have the Spirit or the Revelation of the message.

Is it finished for YOU?

We have to make this personal, intensely and completely personal. Do you have the Revelation and the Spirit? Is your new birth complete? Is your faith complete? Only you can answer that.

Are you trusting completely in the Lord today? Asa could not. He had the message. He heard it from the mouth of the prophet. He had 35 years of supernatural experiences with the Lord. Yet it was not finished for him. He did not take away the high places. He did a lot. But he did not do it all.

David, the man after God’s own heart, the anointed King of Israel, did almost everything. He had the musicians. He had all but one thing. He failed to get the Levites to carry the Word. He failed to get the Spirit of God in the picture. He had the letter, but not the word. He was planting a dead seed.

That can happen in our message churches today, and indeed it is happening. It was even happening when Brother Branham was here. He warned of it. He warned of the need for repentance before baptism. He said we are going in dry sinners and coming out wet sinners. He said we were creating still born Christians. It is the same today. Where is the Lord today? We have the message. We have the quotes. We have the music. We have fancy Churches. We have big buildings, great architecture, beautiful interiors, lights and sounds, audio visual systems, professional musicians and singers. We have preachers in $5000 suits.

They are Ox Carts!

The Word of God is not carried in a building, or an organization, or a system, or a program. It is not carried in a denomination. They can only carry the letter, the dead letter.

The Word of the God, the Spirit of God, can only be carried in the hearts of the Christians. The Lord dwells in the hearts of the Bride of Christ, and nowhere else.

Judges 6: And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites, That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. 14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

There are a few things to look at here to tie things together. First of they were sent the Prophet. The Prophet told them of all the power of the Lord God vindicating his word and his promises to them over the years. He is telling them that for them it should be finished.

Then we find the angel appearing to Gideon. Gideon responded with a very simply question. If God is with us, where is the supernatural vindication of a living God? Can we say the same today? If the Lord God is in our midst, then we have a healer here. If Jesus Christ is here, then there is deliverance. If there is a living God with us, then there will be supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. If for us it is finished, then we will most certainly have the fruit of it in full blossom.

And the third point, the angel did not say to Gideon that the Lord is with Israel, he said the Lord is with you.

The Lord God is with YOU! Go in thy might. Have I not sent thee?

The Lord God is with YOU Saints of God! 

The only presence of the Lord God Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, is in the hearts of the children of God. He is nowhere else upon the face of the earth, except in you and I. When the rapture comes, it is the Spirit of God leaving this world, and anyone that is filled with that Spirit goes along for the ride. No Holy Spirit equals NO rapture.

Romans 10: 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

How shall they preach except they be sent? They will plant dead seeds! We can preach the gospel, we can quote the message and even perfectly imitate the Prophet’s voice, but without the Spirit, without being SENT, we will plant dead seeds. Our words will simply be the testimony of man and rot in the hearts of the people. It will make them sick and they will spiritually die.

Have I not sent you? Are you sent? Have you all been sent?

Mark 16: 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Go YE into all the world! If you are born again, if you are filled with the Holy Spirit, if for you it is finished, then YOU have been sent. The harvest is ripe, but the labourers are few, and far between.

Is it finished?

Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto every creature. Preaching is not reserved for the preachers. There are five ministries from behind the pulpit, but all people are preachers. Even the women! Whoa that shocked someone. There are five pulpit ministries, Evangelist, Prophet, Teacher, Apostle, Pastor. Notice there is no title of “preacher”. We are ALL preachers. We preach the gospel by living it and by testifying of it.

Acts 18: 24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. 25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. 26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.

They expounded to him. We are all supposed to testify. We are all supposed to bring the gospel. We are all supposed to go into all the world and tell every soul we meet of Jesus Christ and what he did for us.

That is not to argue doctrine. NO. We are supposed to introduce people to the Lord Jesus Christ. Tell them what he did for you. Tell them how you got saved. Tell them how you got delivered. Tell them how you got healed. Tell them of the signs, wonders and miracles that you have personally witnessed in your life. Do that. For that is our job as Christians. We are sent to be written epistles read of all men. ALL men. Go into the world by the Spirit of the Lord and let the world read Jesus Christ in you.

Do your neighbors know that you are Christians? Do they know the message of the hour? Have you told them about Jesus Christ? Have you testified to them of the signs, wonders and miracles that the Lord Jesus has worked in your life? Have to testified of salvation, of deliverance, of healing?

How about the people you work with? Does your boss know about Jesus Christ? Your customers? Your vendors? The guy who mops the floors? The receptionist? The forklift driver? You have been sent! Did you think you got that job by accident, or because of your qualifications? The Lord gave you that job, and he gave you that specific job for a specific purpose. You have been sent to them. You are an ambassador of Jesus Christ to them. That is your job.

2 Timothy 4: I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.

Preach the Word! Not just in season, but out of season. Preach it where and when it is accepted and welcomed. Preach it where it is hated and rejected. Preach! Reprove. Rebuke. Exhort.

Finish it! If you dare.

Luke 9: 23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? 26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

If it is truly finished for us then we will not be ashamed of him. We will have no problem testifying to everyone we meet. We will look for an in, an opportunity to, any opportunity to talk to everyone about the Lord Jesus Christ. We will express God’s opinion in every conversation, on every topic. We will be ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Kingdom of Heaven. We will plant the seed of God, the Word, by the Spirit. And we will do it all day, every day, with every soul.

Is it finished?

If we are ashamed of him, then it certainly is not finished; not for us.

The work is complete. The price has been paid. There is nothing that the Lord God can do for you today because he has already done everything. The atonement is paid. He cannot heal you because he healed you 2000 years ago. He cannot save you because he saved you two millennia ago. You have already been delivered. Your name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world.

It is finished!

The problem is with us. We need to accept it. That is all we have to do. We need to accept it, to believe it and receive it into ourselves. We need to allow it to be finished. That is what the Lord is waiting for. He is waiting for us to attain perfection; for us to allow ourselves to be made perfect. He is waiting for us.

It is finished!

Let it be finished!

Are you sick? Are you waiting for healing? It is Finished!

Are you suffering from oppression? Do you need deliverance? It is Finished!

Do you have financial issues? Do you have work problems? Do you have family problems? Do you have issues that the world says you cannot overcome? Has the doctor written you off? Asa trusted in the doctors. The woman with the blood issue did the same. Then she heard about Jesus. And when she touched the hem of his garment, it was finished!

Blind Bartemaeus begged for his dinner. But when he heard that Jesus was there, it was finished!

It is Finished!

We have the message! We have the gospel. We have the written Bible. We have the fivefold ministry. We have the gifts. We have the fullness.

But is it finished for us, or are we waiting for more? Is there something missing for us? Do we lack? Is there a need that you have, that you know should be finished, but you cannot realize it in your life? Is there a battle that you cannot overcome? Do you feel overwhelmed?

Reach out and touch the hem of his garment. IT IS FINISHED!

Spider Bite Healed

The Culprits

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider

It happened a few years ago. We were living in Penticton, British Columbia, an area famous for nasty spiders. Both the brown recluse and the black widow are quite common there. We do not know what spider bit her. My daughter Sophia, who was 4 years old at the time, was bitten on the leg by a spider. I found out the next day.

The Bite

I measured the bite marks. The bite had a large red swollen area about 3 inches in diameter. There was a white center about one inch in diameter. And in the middle were two bright red, diamond shaped, fang marks about a quarter inch apart. That is one HUGE spider. At her age it took up the width of her leg. It was a very ugly and scary picture to see such a wound on a small child, especially when you know the damage is caused by a venom.

The Solution

Following the directions in James chapter 5 in the Bible, we prayed for her in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as I anointed her with oil. Twenty minutes later there was no sign of the bite; it was completely gone.

Jesus Christ, the Lord of Glory, is the same yesterday today and forever. He does not change. He is not a respecter of persons. As such, if you come to  him according to his word as we did, then by his grace he will vindicate that word to you. Only believe, all things are possible, only believe.

As a Man Thinks in His Heart, So is He

(Think on these things)

Think on These Things
Think on These Things

Today we are inundated with ideas and theologies and philosophies trying to teach us how to think and behave. But we have been given the master theology from God himself. I believe, as do all Christians, that the Bible is the perfect, unfailing, inspired word of God. It does not contain all information or all history but contains the essential elements for life. There is nothing needed that has been left out, and nothing added that is not essential. That is why the Bible tells us never to add to it, and never to take away from it. We need the Bible, as it was written, in its entirety. It contains all that we need to live and find salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the user manual for life.

And on that note I would like to take an admonishment from the Bible for a text out of the book of Philippians.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

And may God add a blessing to the reading of His word.

Notice Paul’s admonishment to us. He is telling us to consciously control our thoughts. Not only is he telling us to control them but giving us a very specific direction in which to think. And if the Bible tells us that we are to think on these things, then by default are we not also supposed to avoid thinking the opposite as well?

Look what he tells us to think on; true things, honest things, just things, pure things, lovely things, things of a good report, things of virtue and praise. He is telling us to think only on good things and to not think about bad things. This is what we are told to think on. And everything God tells us if for a reason and for our own good.

Now we have to ask ourselves some questions. Why? Why does Paul tell us to get control of our thoughts and why is it so important what we think on? Why is it essential to think only on good things? Why is it bad to think on the things that are maybe not so good? What will happen if we do not think on good things? Asking the right questions is the key to learning.

He is telling us to control our thoughts. We have to look a little deeper, to see where our thoughts actually come from, what they are, what they do, and how they manifest themselves in our lives. We have all heard of “positive thinking” and the “power of positive thinking”. We have heard of the placebo effect with medicines, how someone’s belief in the medicine will affect the outcome of taking the medicine. We have all heard how Olympic athletes will “visualize” themselves performing their sports perfectly. Everything physical has a spiritual counterpart. It is like the negative and positive of a picture.

So where do our thoughts come from? Did you ever stop to ask that question? It will surprise some. Science will disagree completely with me here but I believe what the Bible says above all.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Did Paul say they were the thoughts and intents of the mind? He said they come from the heart. That is where your thoughts come from. They come from your heart, from inside. What dwells in your heart? A spirit dwells in each and every human being. Your thoughts, my thoughts, come from the spirit or spirits that dwell inside us. Now this is not spiritualism. This is not voodoo, this is perfectly scriptural. I know it seems strange to most, having never ventured into these waters, but if you bear with me, I will show you by the grace of God through the Holy Scriptures that it is perfectly so.

For some I would say it is starting to make a little sense now. The thoughts in our heads come from our hearts. Every thought has its origins in the spiritual realm before it ever enters the intellectual realm. We wrestle with them in our minds but they come from our hearts, from spirits. And when we hear the Word of God, it will expose our spirits by discerning our thoughts, which come out of our hearts. When we hear the word of God, our spirit will either reject it or accept it. That is why the John writes to try spirits with the word.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God. 3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

John doesn’t tell us to try men, or to try preachers, but to try the spirits that are in the men. In the fourth verse he plainly tells us in black and white that we either have the spirit of God or the spirit of the world. Every man, woman and child on this planet is possessed of a spirit. This is a big piece of meat and not for babies. We are either born again and possessed of the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, or we are not yet regenerated and possessed by the spirit of the world, which is a devil.

So keeping this in mind, let us return to the idea of finding out where are thoughts originate and how they function.

Matthew 15:18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.

It is not out of the mouth, or out of the mind that thoughts originate, but of the heart they come. Notice Jesus said they do come out of the mouth, but before they can come out of the mouth, they must first be a thought and the thoughts come from the heart.

This is a simple idea but some people have trouble grasping it. A word is a thought expressed. When you speak a word, when I speak a word, when God speaks a word, that word is the expression of a thought. The evil thoughts in the heart, go to the mind where they are considered and either rejected or embraced. And when we embrace evil thoughts they will conceive and bring forth fruit; adulteries, murders etc. And when we embrace a thought, we are embracing and give obedience to the spirit from which that thought originated. When we reject a thought we are rejecting the spirit from which it came.

2 Corinthians 10: 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty though God to the pulling down of strong holds:) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.

Amen? We do not war after the flesh. We are not warriors of guns and swords. Our war is not in our body, but in our minds. The greatest battle ever fought is in the human mind. It is the chosen place of battle. For there to be a war, the two parties have to settle on a place to fight that war. There must be some place where they can both come and both fight. The chosen place for spiritual warfare is in the depths of every human mind. It is the “no mans land” of the spirit realm.

God and Satan are facing off, and it is not in Armageddon, it is not in some future battle or some historic epic, it is right inside of your head right now! The greatest spiritual war ever fought is going on right inside of your mind, right at this moment! You are hearing the Word of God anointed by the spirit of God, and the devil is telling you just the opposite. The Holy Spirit is standing right there pouring Himself out to you, offering you the gift of faith with the revelation of Jesus Christ and the devil is standing right beside Him pouring out his unbelief at you. Right inside of your mind at this very moment you are going to either receive or reject the Word of God. Right inside your mind you will either receive or reject Jesus Christ. Right inside of your mind you will determine your eternal destination, based on what you think.

That is quite the revelation in itself. Do you really understand what I just said? Are you able to believe that? It is one of the most important revelations we can receive, for if we do not know our enemy, and if we do not know where the battle is being fought, then we will surely loose. Our battle is in our minds and it is the battle of faith versus unbelief. It is the battle of good versus evil. It is the battle of the Truth of God against the lies of Satan.

Why did the allies win in WWII? Did we have better guns? No. Did we have better soldiers or better training than the Germans? Not even close. We won the war simply because Germany did not know where the battle was to be fought. Think about it. We were not winning WWII, we were losing and suddenly in the end we won. We surprised them when we stormed the beaches in France.

If they had known where the battle was being fought, they would have mowed us down like grass. But we kept it from them, we hid it from their eyes, and because they did not know where the battle was going to be fought they had no resources, no plan, no strategy and no chance. And if we do not understand where our battle is being fought today the devil with his inferior tactics, and his inferior power, and his inferior weak lies will defeat us! WE HAVE TO KNOW WHERE THE BATTLE IS BEING FOUGHT SO WE CAN COME AT THE DEVIL WITH EVERYTHING GOD HAS GIVEN US! We cannot let down our guard for a moment.

Ephesians 6:10 Finally my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

“Having done all to stand”. The devil will not let up so we must not let up either. We must do ALL. The devil has wiles. Wiles: scheming, craftiness, lying in wait. He will wait you out and when you least expect it he will attack. He knows where you are strong, he knows where you are weak. You cannot fool him, you have to stand with truth and faith. This whole world is ruled by darkness. The devil is not only the spirit of the world, but the Bible calls him the god of this evil world. He rules the politics, he rules the philosophies, he rules the religions.

14 Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Do you recognize it? That is our first scripture. Whatsoever is true, righteous, lovely etc. The battleground is in our minds and we have been given the weaponry and the armour to win. But if we either don’t recognize the enemy, don’t recognize the battle, or fail to use our weapons, then we will surely loose. The devil will never give up. He has an appointed end, and until that day arrives he will fight tooth and nail. Even though he lost the battle 2000 years ago on Calvary, he will fight and fuss to the very bitter end.

But we do not have to lose. We are not in darkness. We have been given the light of the hour. In this day the entire written Bible has been revealed for us. And the Bible not only tells us of God but it also tells us the devils tactics in detail. It shows us how he attacked Job. It shows us how he attacked Eve. It shows us how he attacked Jesus. It shows us every move the devil makes and how to overcome them. We have the devils playbook. We know his tricks. And not only that, but Jesus has already won the victory for us. We are fighting against a defeated enemy. We cannot lose because we have already won in Christ Jesus. When we are born again we are already victorious and sitting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

Can you imagine if you were a boxer going into a title fight against the champion and you walk into a boxing ring to find your opponent has already been beaten up and knocked out and all you have to do is stand there for the count of ten? That is the case here. Jesus beat up and knocked out the devil 2000 years ago and He told us in Ephesians that all we have to do is put on the armour, the spiritual boxing gloves and stand. That’s all, just stand. Stand on what? Stand on the word of God. Stand on God’s promises. No matter what the devil says, no matter what the physical evidence seems to say, no matter what the doctor’s diagnosis says, no matter what you pastor or church say, no matter what I say, stand upon what Jesus Christ says and you have already won the victory.

It is all in our minds. It depends on our attitudes. What we think and believe will determine the battle. And what we truly believe is what we will act on. That is another important point. It is easy to subscribe to a theology or doctrine, or to profess a belief, but it is when the rubber hits the road that you will find out what you truly believe. There is where your trials come in to play. Do you believe in divine healing of Jesus Christ? Get sick and find out. Do you believe that he is your provider? Go broke and find out. Our trials, and more importantly our actions and reactions to those trials, will show us what we truly believe.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

We saw earlier that a word is a thought expressed. So we need our thoughts to come to fruition, to be expressed. That is where they get their power. As long as God was just thinking about light, there was total darkness. But when God spoke the word, “let there be light”, then the thought of God, expressed as a word, brought forth the light in power. So to we must overcome in our minds and bring forth the expression of our thought. We believe in our hearts and then in our minds we claim that belief and manifest it in our words, and by our words, the confession of our lips, our belief brings forth salvation. Jesus said if we would confess Him before men then He would also confess us before God, but if we deny Him before men then He would deny us before God as well. Again the Bible says that all those who cry out in the name of the Lord shall be saved.

In Hebrews Paul calls Jesus the high priest of our profession. Not of our belief, but of our profession. We must not only have the thought, we must express that thought.

Luke 6: 44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of things men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

It is not out of the abundance of our minds, but of our hearts that we speak. When we believe the word of God we will confess it with our lips. When we disbelieve the word of God we will also confess that with our lips.

Our thoughts both reflect, and effect, our faith. They show where our faith stands and determine whether our faith is increasing or decreasing.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of God.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Not by hearing dogma. Not be hearing church creeds. Not by hearing philosophy. Not even by hearing testimonies. But faith comes only by hearing the word of God.

What happens when we hear the word of God? It goes into our mind. It goes into the battlefield. The words you are hearing right now are going into battle in your mind. It all depends on what you do with them. Will you receive them and accept them and believe them? Then you will increase in faith. Will you reject them, disbelieve them, deny them, argue against them? Then you will decrease in faith. There is no standing still with God. We are always thinking something so we either move forward or backward but we are always moving. The battle never stops. We win or we loose but we never get to step out of the battle. Look at what the Apostle and Prophet wrote about himself:

Romans 7: 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

Paul was constantly warring in his mind. There are two opposing forces, one of good and one of evil warring in his mind. The devil will play to your flesh, to the lusts thereof but the Holy Spirit will deal with your soul, with its needs. And when you are a Christian, the two forces will war in your mind day and night. We are soldiers of the cross. And the two forces will have two conflicting thoughts for you to deal with, one of faith in God’s word, and one of disbelief in God’s word. And we have the right and the power to decide which thoughts we will reject and which ones we will accept. God granted us free moral agency, the right to choose.

Let’s take Abraham. Abraham fought a great war of faith. His fight of faith was so great that he is called the father of faith. A great war indeed. Here was a man a hundred years old. He had been given a promise by God that he would have a child by his 90 year old, barren, wife. And here it was 25 years after he had been given the promise, getting older and weaker by the moment, and he was still fighting a war of faith for the promise had not yet been fulfilled. But what does the Bible say of him?

Romans 4: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief: but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

He staggered not through unbelief. He fought a battle in his mind. And a great battle it was. How would we fair in his shoes I wonder? A hundred years old and his wife 90, older and weaker by the day and still believing a 25 year old promise that he was going to have a child. He fought that battle every day and every night for 25 years. Do you think the devil gave him a day off? Would the devil say “oh Abraham I have been at your heels for a few years, I think I will give you a holiday and leave you in peace for a few weeks”? NEVER! Day and night, wake or sleep the devil was attacking Abraham in his mind telling him that it was impossible, that God had forgotten about him, that God didn’t want him anymore, that he went too far and was out of the will of God and lost salvation and his promise. Daily and nightly this went on. And Abraham was up to the fight. He did not back down. He had on the whole armour of God.

And when Abraham finally got his son what did God do? He sent him right back into battle. He told Abraham now that you got him, I want you to sacrifice him to me. Could we do that this morning? Abraham was up to the task for he was persuaded that the same God who gave him a son from the dead could raise his son up from the dead as well.

And Abraham was so filled with the spirit of God that not only did he overcome the devil in battle, but he also prophesied of Christ in the process. He said “God will provide a lamb for the sacrifice” and there was a ram in the bushes. Not a lamb but a ram. Abraham did not just prophesy that God would bring an animal, he prophesied that God would send Jesus, the Lamb of God for the sacrifice, the perfect sacrifice for all sin, for all men, forever.

God is the victory giver. He is the overcomer. We just have to take Him at His word the way Abraham did. We just have to fight and win our mental battle.

So how did Abraham overcome? What did he use? Abraham decided to consciously control his thoughts and to think only of the good things. Both good and evil thoughts were presented to him. He could either believe God or reject the Word of God. He decided to think only of that which was true, that which was holy, that which was righteous. He consciously rejected every doubt presented by Satan. He consciously accepted all faith presented by God.

And we should point out here that it is not logic, or intellectualizing, or how smart you are, or your education, or what church you go to, or that we have to figure things out. It is simply a matter of accepting one thought over another. Wisdom, earthly wisdom, actually gets in the way. That is the devils trick. He used it on Eve, he will use it on you. Earthly carnal wisdom is not of God.

What was Eve’s mistake? She was deceived. She had two thoughts, one from God, and one from the devil. The devil’s thoughts played to the lust of her flesh. In her mind was a battle. On the one hand God said if you eat you will die. On the other hand the devil said, you won’t really die physically, but it will be a death of your ignorance and you will be wise like God. How long did this battle rage? We are not told. But what we are told is that Eve decided to reject the Word of God and believe the devil’s lie over God. It was her decision as to which thought she was to think. She decided to think the devil’s thoughts. And that is where she actually fell.

We today have two sets of thoughts going into our mind. We too have to decide which thoughts we are going to think. And like I said earlier, when we accept the thought, we become obedient to both the thought and to the spirit from whence it came. This is a critical point.

Romans 8: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

The mind, the thoughts of the mind determine us. To be spiritually minded is life and peace. To be spiritually minded is to have spiritual thoughts, or more precisely thoughts from the Holy Spirit. To be carnally minded is to have carnal thoughts. And the carnal thoughts are an enemy against God. Carnal thoughts disbelieve the Word of God. Carnal thoughts deny the power of God. Carnal thoughts build our pride. Carnal thoughts play to the lusts of our flesh. Carnal thoughts come from the devil. By our thoughts we decide whom we serve. If we embrace the thoughts of God we are serving God, but if we embrace the thoughts of the devil we are serving the devil.

Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness: 17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Whom do you obey? Notice the use of the personal pronoun, whom. He does not say what you obey, as of a thing, but whom as of a person. Unbelief leads unto death. What does it mean to obey unbelief? It is simply to believe and accept the devil’s lie. When we obey an idea we are obeying the author of that idea, and when we reject and idea we are rejecting the author of that idea as well. And the authors of all ideas are spirits.

To obey righteousness is to accept the word of God, for we are told that we “obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine” that was delivered us by the apostles. So to believe the Word of God is to obey God and to disbelieve it is to obey the devil. And we fight the battle in our minds and when we have made our decision on what to believe, we open our heart to it and it enters in. Amen? When we make our decision on what we are going to believe, we open our heart to it and both the thought and the author, the spirit, of the thought enter in.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

The words that Jesus spoke are both spirit and life. When we receive them, when we decide within our minds that we are going to believe them, those words and the spirit from whence they came enter into us. It is when we decide to believe the word of God that we become servants of righteousness. It is when we reject the word of God that we become servants of unbelief, servants of sin, servants of the devil. Everyone that rejects the revealed word of God for the hour is a servant of the devil.

Now that also brings the topic of interpretation of the Word of God. We can settle that right quick.

2 Peter 1: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The first one to “interpret” the Word was the devil in Eden. We find the devil interpreting the word to Jesus after his forty day fast as well. All private interpretations are demonic. God interprets his own word by bringing it to pass. It is as it is written, and it means what it says. We do not need to interpret a single word. The Bible interprets itself, word upon word, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little.

Every denomination has its own “interpretation” of the scriptures and every single one of them is wrong. The moment we try to interpret that is the moment we fall away. We interpret because we do not believe it as it is written. Or more to the point we do not believe.

The battle rages on. We hear the word of God the same as the world does but to us it is eternal life, peace and hope. The difference is that when we hear it we decide to believe it. We decide that the word of God is true. We accept what we hear, the way we hear it, and when we do it goes into our hearts. And more importantly when we accept the word of God, we also receive the Spirit of God into our hearts.

When an unbeliever hears the word of God he decides that it is not true. He either rejects it flatly, or puts his own twist on it to make it fit his fleshly lusts. That is interpretation. An “interpreted” word is a lie. When the unbeliever hears the word of God he rejects truth, rejects faith, and accepts unbelief of the word and the unbelief, along with the spirit of unbelief which is a devil, enters his heart.

Hebrews 4: 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

The unbelievers and make believers heard the very same words that the believers heard. It is the same today. The difference is that the unbelievers rejected the word and did not believe it as truth. The unbelievers prefer a lie over the truth.

When we hear the word of God, it corrects us, shows us the right way. In order to accept the truth we have to admit that we are wrong in the first place. We have to be humble and teachable to receive the truth. If we are proud and cannot admit our faults, cannot receive correction, then we have to reject the word of God. We then will gladly accept the lies of the devil because he will tell us exactly those things that our proud, carnal, lustful flesh wants to hear.

Look at Cain and Abel for an example. They both heard the same message from the same prophet, Adam. They both went to church to worship. They both had altars and brought sacrifices. But they had different thoughts. Abel’s thoughts were in line with God’s thoughts and Cain’s were not. Then even when God went to Cain to straighten him up, and God spoke to Cain lip to ear and told him the truth, Cain decided to reject God’s words and instead accept the devil’s thoughts. The devil is a murderer and his thoughts are murderous. When Cain accepted the devil’s thoughts he fulfilled the devil’s lusts by murdering his own twin brother.

Whose thoughts are we accepting? Are we accepting God’s thoughts this morning? Are you accepting the Word of God or rejecting it. If you’ve gotten this far I am thinking you are accepting it. What is in your mind right now? The battle is raging, whose thoughts are you going to accept? Who are you allowing into your heart? Are you going to accept the Holy Spirit or Satan?

Hebrews 9: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

We are not just freed from the guilt of sin but the blood of Christ will actually purge your conscience. It will utterly clean you out. It will take away the desire for dead works, for the lies of the devil and for fleshly things of this world. It will give us victory over the battle in our minds. We have overcoming power in Christ Jesus that did not exist before the crucifixion. They used to sin, and then bring sacrifices and then go back to sin. But we have the opportunity to receive Jesus himself into our hearts. We have the opportunity given to us to receive both the spirit and the mind of Jesus Christ. And it is that mind of Christ, that holy mind in us that will give us victory over our thoughts so that we can freely choose to believe the word of God.

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.

Here in Romans Paul is discussing a lot of bad things done by people. And he gives the cause as well. They did not like to retain God in their knowledge. They did not like the thoughts of God and rejected them. When they heard the word of God, they rejected that word. And because they did God gave them over to a reprobate mind. Their minds were reprobate. And because their minds, and thus their thoughts, were reprobate, they performed all the disgusting evil acts spoken of in that chapter.

If, however, we have the mind of Christ then we will think his thoughts. We will believe his words. We will overcome in the battle. And it is a promise to every Christian. And it is only for the Christian, only for the predestinated seed. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we can know these things, and only by the Holy Spirit through revelation that we can believe them. Without revelation we will never understand the things of God. And if we choose to disbelieve them, we will never get revelation.

When Jesus told the people to eat his flesh and drink his blood the apostles did not know what he meant, but they chose in their minds to believe his words regardless. Not knowing the revelation they believed the words and because they chose to believe him, they were later given the revelation that he was speaking of the Lord’s Supper.

1 Corinthians 2: 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Do I hear an AMEN?

Are we receiving this morning? Are we choosing to believe the word of God or are we passing it off as foolishness? Are we thinking God’s thoughts or the thoughts of the devil? The devil will surely in telling you his thoughts too, but which thoughts are you choosing to believe? Do you believe this word? That is God. Do you understand this word that you are hearing? That is God, for without revelation from God you would not understand a single thing I am writing. If you are not called for eternal life then you will believe that everything I am telling you is pure foolishness.

2 Thessalonians 2: 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Reject the word of God, decide not to believe it and you will believe any lie that comes your way. If we decide to believe the truth, the Word of God, and we think the thoughts of God, then God will reveal that word to us by his Holy Spirit. But if we reject it, consider it foolishness, decide not to believe it, then we will be completely blinded to it and in total darkness we will gladly receive any lie the devil feeds us.

In the Old Testament we are told of the feast of Jubilee. Every fifty years they had a celebration and one of the activities was the freeing of slaves. If you were a slave at Jubilee, when they blew the trumpet, you could go free. But if you preferred to be a slave, then your master would take you to the gate of the city and pierce your ear with an awl and you would be a slave to him for all eternity.

2000 years ago Jesus paid the price for our deliverance. Today when we hear the gospel trumpet proclaiming our freedom we can walk free from the slavery of the devil. But if we reject that trumpet then the devil will pierce our ear and we will become deaf to the truth and no matter how many times that gospel trumpet blows in our ears, we will be reject it in favour of the devil’s lies. That is the strong delusion. When we reject the word of God, the trumpet of salvation, we become deaf and blind to the word of God. We will not be able to discern right from wrong. We will look at a scripture written simply in black and white and not get it. That is why no church baptizes according to Acts 2:38 any more, they have rejected the truth and been pierced.

The religious world rejected Luther’s message and went off into a catholic apostasy. When the Lutheran’s rejected Wesley’s message they too went off into a catholic apostasy. And on up it went to where you can hardly tell the difference between a Pentecostal and a catholic today. And if we reject the message to this hour, we too shall surely fall victim. Perusia. Return ministry. Seven thunders. How many others are out there today?

Get back to the word. We have to keep our minds on the word thinking God’s thoughts with the mind of Christ.

Our thoughts determine both our words and our actions. Proverbs 23:7 tells us, that “as a man thinks in his heart so is he”. Remember where the thoughts come from and where they go to. The thoughts in our minds that we decide to think about go straight to our hearts along with the authors of those thoughts.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Can we say this about ourselves today? I surely hope so and I trust that I can. I do believe that we all are receiving the word of God with readiness of mind, choosing to believe what God has said. And I trust that everyone reading here will search these scriptures and make sure that what I have said is indeed Bible.

So I have mentioned the thoughts of God. Let’s find out what the thoughts of God are concerning us so that we can think His thoughts. I am not talking about major doctrines right now like baptism and the godhead. We’ll hunt lions later but this morning lets hunt foxes. The little foxes spoil the vine. The daily thoughts in our heads spoil our vine and sour our fruit.

What is our daily attitude like? It is easy, maybe to be up on Sundays and Wednesday evenings, but what about all the other times? What will our thoughts be on Monday morning? Tuesday at lunch? Will we be thinking God’s thoughts? Will we be completely immersed in the things of the world? Will we have forgotten this sermon? These are questions we need to ask ourselves and answer. We need to search ourselves, to examine ourselves whether or not we are in the faith.

It all comes down to attitude. What is our attitude, towards the word of God in particular and life in general? Have you ever been around a complainer? No matter what is going on they will find something wrong with it, something to whine about. They depress you and sap the life from you. It is a spirit. That same spirit will talk to you to. That same spirit comes to all of us and points out what is wrong. He has already told you what is wrong with this blog, what is wrong with the way I am speaking, what is wrong with my suit, what is wrong with the scriptures I have used, what was wrong with the song service, what is wrong with the way the benches are placed in the church. He will find something wrong with everything and point it out to us. Now that is not to say we have to be blind to that what is contrary to the Word of God. But our attitude will make the difference. Our attitude will determine which thoughts we will embrace, and which ones we will reject.

We as Christians need to have the attitude that the Bible is our absolute and every word is true. Then we need to act on that thought. We need to claim every promise in the Bible as our own. Regardless of what the physical circumstances seem to be, we as children of God have a right and a duty to stand upon the revealed word of God. We have an inheritance in Christ Jesus and since it is by his grace and not of ourselves it does not matter how unworthy we are, we still have full right and access to it. We are not saved because we were worthy but because He IS worthy. He overcame death, hell and the grave for us and we have free access to the holiest of holies today. He is our perfect, unblemished sacrifice. We are not covered by our own dirty blood, but by the holy, perfect blood of Jesus Christ.

What are the thoughts of God towards us? What is the mind of Christ?

The Bible says that we are overcomers! The Bible says that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus! The Bible says that we are saved! The Bible says that we are healed! The Bible says that we are delivered! The Bible says that all of our sins, past, present and future are forgiven! The Bible says that we are sitting in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! The Bible says that we are the elected lady, the Bride of Jesus Christ, the predestinated children of God! The Bible says that we have eternal life! The Bible says that God will rapture us before the tribulation falls! The Bible says the dead in Christ shall raise first, incorruptible, and then we who remain will be changed in the twinkling of an eye and be caught up to meet them in the air.

The devil will tell you contrary stories. He will tell you that the signs and wonders were just for the apostles. He will tell you that we don’t need divine healing because we have medicine now. He will tell you that the days of miracles have passed.

Who are you going to listen to? Are you going to listen to the devil? NO! Rebuke him! The Bible says resist the devil and he shall flee from you. Resist the devil with the Word of God just as Jesus did in the desert. You are an overcomer! You have the victory.

When the devil tells you that you are sick, rebuke him. The Bible says that by His stripes I am healed. “Oh, but you feel sick”. I am healed! “But you have swelling and pain”. I am healed! “But the doctors have given it a name, and it’s a bad one because you can’t even pronounce it”. I am Healed. Get thee behind me satan! By His stripes I am healed.

“You have sinned and God hates you”. All my sins are in the sea of God’s forgetfulness! I am covered by the blood of the lamb! “You are serpent’s seed”. If I was serpent’s seed I would not even believe in serpent’s seed doctrine in the first place! Get thee hence Satan you are defeated, you are exposed, you are a liar and God’s truth has exposed you as a fraud.

The devil is a liar. Everything he tells you is a lie. The mere fact that he is bothering you and telling you these lies is the proof that you are a child of God. The devil never bothers those in the world, he already got them. He wants you and he comes to meet you in the battlefield of the human mind. Our defense is the word of God. Our defense is to control our thoughts, to reject the lies of the devil and to cling to and claim the promises of God.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Do you get it? So what are we going to think about from now on?

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

And let us close with one final thought to add to this scripture.

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. Think on these things.

 

 

 

 

 

Taking God at His Word

“Go Up and Possess the Land Which I Have Given You”

Taking God at His Word

Deuteronomy 9: 23 Likewise when the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; Then ye rebelled against the commandment of the lord your God, and ye believed him not, not hearkened to his voice.

May God add his blessing to the reading of his word.

Here Moses is making intercession for Israel. God was going to destroy the whole bunch and start over, but Moses stood in the gap. That was the spirit of Christ in Moses. That spirit of God in us is what makes us pray for our brothers and sisters and our enemies alike. Only the spirit of God in you will make you love your enemy. Only the spirit of God in us will make us forgive our enemy. The spirit of Christ was in Moses making intercession for Israel. But why did Moses have to make intercession? Why was God so angry with Israel?

They refused to take God at his word! God gave them promises and they refused to believe him. They rejected the word of God in favour of the ideas, philosophies and ideologies of men. God not only gave them promises, but he vindicated those promises to the people and the people rejected both the word and the evidence. God showed them the physical evidence of the Promised Land. Moses sent out 12 spies, one from each of the 12 tribes and they brought back the evidence of the Promised Land. The people rejected it. They saw it, they tasted it and they rejected it. Even seeing the evidence, touching the evidence they still refused to believe or have faith in God. Quite simply they did not trust God.

What would we have done in their situation? It is easy to say we would have been on Moses’ side. But would you, would I? In this situation what would you have done? Where would you stand? Ten of the spies said that the opposition was too strong. Ten out of the twelve said it would be impossible to take the land. Only two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb trusted in God and believed his word, and gave a testimony that Israel would be more than able to overcome.

You see, when we look back at these stories, we already know who Moses was and what the end result was. So we know going in that Moses was right. We see the behaviour of Israel and think it foolish because we know in advance that Moses, Joshua and Caleb were right. But what if we didn’t know?
We have the history books to show us that in the end the minority was right and the majority was very much wrong. We know in advance that everything God told Israel about the Promised Land was absolutely true. We know in advance that tey marched into Palestine and took over lock stock and barrel. But if we were there, if we were in their shoes, if we were part of the 2,000,000 standing there at Kadesh Barnea, if all we had to go on was faith, what the Bible says and what a minority of preachers said, would we still believe? We are in that condition today.

Let’s look at some other promises God made and kept. At how people took God at his word and received the reward. Then let’s look at what God has promised for this day.

How many remember how God kept his covenant to Noah, to Moses, to the Amalekites. It took 500 years before God kept that promise about Amelek but he none the less kept it to the letter. God said he would destroy Amelek and he destroyed him and his nation to the last man, animal etc. Nothing was left standing. Do you think anyone believed it? Even Saul the king could not believe it, and because Saul refused it, he was judged.

God has a land of milk and honey for us. Part of what is on my heart today, and I will repeat if a few times this morning so it really soaks in. It is a land of milk and honey, not one land of milk and another land of honey, but one land of both. One land for Israel, one atonement, one finished work at Calvary.

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

He is preparing a place, a house with many mansions and for each one of us a mansion. Not a building, but a new body. We won’t need a building. We will have new bodies. We will have bodies like the angels, perfect versions of ourselves. Do you believe it? Do you really believe it?

It is in our land of milk and honey. The people in Moses day could not believe even though they were surrounded with signs, wonders and miracles. They could not believe even though they had vindication of the message that Moses brought. They could not believe even though they tasted of the treasures and had witness of the promise.

It is the very same thing today! People will not believe! We had a prophet. We have thousands of recorded signs and wonders even to the speaking into existence and raising of the dead. We have Holy Spirit anointed ministries. We have the fruits of the spirit. We have the gifts of the spirit. We even have photographs of supernatural manifestations of the Holy Spirit. We have the Bible. We have an open revelation of the Bible and people will still refuse to believe it. The denominations reject it. The world rejects it. And today even “message people” reject it.

Would we believe Moses’ message in his day? The answer is simple. Do you believe the message of this hour? I am not talking about giving homage to it, but really truly believing it. Do we really believe it? Do we really believe the revealed word of God for the hour?

Abraham is the father of faith. God gave a promise to Abraham. It was an impossible promise. We all know the story. He was 75 and his wife was 65 and God came to them and said he was going to give them a son. And God waited 25 years before fulfilling that promise to them, and today there are millions of Jews whose very existence proves that every word was true. What did Abraham have? All Abraham had was God’s word. He was already very old and his wife was equally ancient, and they weren’t getting any younger. Every day they both got older, day after day for 25 years. That is better than 9000 days. 9000 times Abraham went to bed old and woke up older, he went to bed weak and woke up weaker and the Bible says he fainted not at the promise of God. Then one day, he wasn’t old any more. Abraham trusted in God.

Look at your grandparents. If I stood here and told you that they were going to have another baby, and it was not going to come for another 15 years, who here would believe me. Think about it. Look at them and think about it. The thought goes against every sane thought in your head. The idea would be the most absurd thing you could imagine, that 15 years from now your grandparents would have another baby. But if God said it, it would surely happen. The question is, would we be able to trust God. Abraham did. We will look at Abraham a little more later.

God said the very same thing to Abraham and Sarah and God did it and we say we believe that God did it. Is he not the same yesterday today and forever? If God is the same then he could do the very same thing today. This is going to cut a bit but it is the truth. If we cannot truly believe that your grandparents could have another baby 15 years from now then we do not really believe that Abraham and Sarah had one when he was 100 and she was 90. That is a fact. If you can’t believe it for today then you do not really believe it for yesterday. Let that sink in. And that is not only for this word, but for each and every word of the scripture.

It has been said that we look at what God did, and what God is promising to do, and completely miss what he is doing. That is true. The reason we miss it is that we do not really believe the rest either. It is just a story, a legend, a tradition, or a fairy tale to us. We ascribe to it, but deep in our hearts we do not believe it.

Hebrews 3: 18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

Unbelief. What is sin? Smoking? Drinking? Lying? Stealing? What is sin? Unbelief! The only sin is unbelief, all the rest are attributes or the fruit of sin. We do those things because we do not really believe the word of God in the first place. If we lie it is because we do not believe that God can reveal the truth. Every act of unrighteousness we commit, we do so because we first rejected to believe the Word of God. We do not trust that what is written is true or that it will come to pass.

What was the sin in Eden? Unbelief! Catch this. Before Eve could receive the devil’s lie, she first had to reject God’s word. Is that Bible? Before we can believe a lie, we must first disbelieve the truth. Let that sink in. And once we reject the truth, we open ourselves up to believe the most preposterous lies and we will believe those lies with all our hearts, minds and souls. Want a scripture for it?

2 Thessalonians 2: 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 and for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Do you see the order here? First they receive not the love of the truth, they hate the truth, they reject the truth, they willfully disbelieve the truth, and then they receive a delusion to believe a lie. Cause and effect. First we reject the truth, and then we will receive a lie. And listen close, if we hear the truth and reject it, we will turn around and start believing lies that we would have never believed before. If you reject the revealed word of God for the hour, there is no lie to absurd for you to receive. Reject this revealed word of God for the hour and you will be blinded to the truth. Reject the light and you will receive darkness. Reject this revealed word of God and you will open yourself up to insanity.

The world as a whole has rejected the truth. The world has lost its mind. The American Mental Health Association estimates that 24% of people walking the streets have a diagnosable mental illness. Do you understand what that means? If fully one quarter of the world is nuts by the worlds standards of sanity, what is the real number? Would you like to know? You would not believe me so I will save that for another day.

So what does God really require of us? Did you ever stop and ask yourself that? It is so easy to quote a scripture, or jump on a favourite doctrine, but deep down beneath all of that, what does God really want from us? He wants us to trust him. He wants his children to trust him! He wants us to believe that what he said is true, and that what he promised to do, he will actually do.

Psalm 37: 39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble. 40 and the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

We sing the song:

Only trust him,

only trust him,

only trust him now.

He will save you,

He will save you,

He will save you now.

Come every soul by sin oppressed,

There’s mercy with the Lord,

And He will surely give you rest,

By trusting in his word.

God wants us to trust him. He wants us to take him at his word. Do you trust him? I’m going to go a little further today. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but a few things might come a little hard. Some may disagree with me this morning, and that is perfectly fine, disagree with me all you want, just don’t disagree with this word.

Do we trust him? Do we really trust the Lord God? To trust God is to believe his word, and to believe his word is to act upon his word. Amen? Does everyone understand and agree with that statement? If you trust God, then you trust that what he said is the truth, and you trust that he will do exactly what he promised to do. And if you trust the Lord God then you will act as though every word in the Bible is the truth and you will act as though the Lord will keep every promise that is written in the Bible. Still with me?

So what are our actions? The Lord God said to go and possess the land. What are his promises for today, what has he told us to go out and possess today, and what are our actions in relation to those promises? In other words, how much do we trust God?

Isaiah 53: 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Do we trust the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ? The prophet Isaiah here, 700 years before Christ, was prophesying of Christ. And the word of God comes to who? The word of God comes to the prophets, so this is not a man’s word but God’s own word. Do we trust our God? It says that he took our sins. So do we transgress? He took it! Do you still have transgression in your life? Trust in the Lord God Almighty to take it away, trust in him that he had already taken it, and it shall surely go. Is that Bible? Do we trust that word? Are you acting upon that word?

It says that he healed us. Are we healed? Or are you sick? Is there anyone here sick? God said that by his stripes you are healed. Do you believe it? What are you looking at, your sickness or God’s promise. What did Abraham look at? Sarah’s 90 year old withered body, or God’s promise? What are you looking at? What are you trusting in? Are you trusting in God’s promise, or in how you feel? Are you trusting in God’s word, or in the doctor’s word? Here is one of my favourite Scriptures.

James 5: 14 Is any sick among you? Let him call the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Are there any sick people reading this? How long are you going to wait before you trust in God to keep his promise? Your actions tell your beliefs. If we believe this word of God, if we trust in God to keep his promise to us, then we will act according to his promise. If we do not trust in God, then we will go somewhere else and do something else. I told you it would get a little rough. If we trust in the doctors more than the Lord God, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, the great creator, we will go to the doctor when we are sick. If we trust God to heal us then we will not bother with the doctors. It is according to your faith. God will deal with you according to your faith, according to how much you trust him. And let me remind you that you cannot bluff the devil. Look at the seven sons of Sceva for an example.

Nothing against the doctors, thought of becoming one myself once, but why do we need them? We need them because we do not trust in God in the first place. The prophet said that doctors and medicine were God’s love gift to the unbelievers. God’s love gift to the believers was that by his stripes we are healed. If we truly trust in God then we will not need doctors. But if you doubt then you better get yourself straight to the doctor. Then go on your knees and work it out with God so you don’t need to run to the doctor the next time.

Would we have believed Moses? Moses said if you are bitten by a snake to look at the brass serpent and you would be healed. In Moses day, walking across the desert, and a rattle snake locks onto your leg, would you simply trust the Word and go stare at a snake? Today the Bible says to call the elders of the church if you are sick. If you cannot believe and obey James chapter 5 verse 14 today when you are sick today, then you never would have believed Moses message 3500 years ago in the desert. That is the honest truth. Search your souls on that and see if it isn’t so. If you believe and follow James 5:14 today, then you would have been a Joshua or Caleb in Moses day.

Healing is only one promise from the Lord God. And as I said it was not one land of milk and another land of honey, but one land of milk and honey. The atonement paid for healing, AND salvation. They are one and the same. If we don’t have the faith for healing how can we expect to have the faith for the rapture?

Faith cometh by hearing the word of God. If we don’t have enough faith, then we need to hear more of the word of God. And you don’t hear more of the word of God by skipping church. We get all busy, we have to do this, we have to do that, but what if you die Sunday night and you skipped church that morning because you had other things that were more important to you?

So lets here a little more of the word this morning. Let’s take some examples from scripture of how God keeps his word and of those who trusted in him to do it. Let’s get some faith.

Turn to Abraham again. Jehovah God, the Great I Am, told Abraham to leave all and take a long journey to a promised land. Abraham believed God and we know Abraham believed God because he acted upon what he heard. Are we acting today? Compare yourself to the patriarch Abraham and see how you stack up. Abraham left everything and followed God’s calling for him. Abraham believed God about the birth of Isaac. And after he was born, God told Abraham to go and sacrifice Isaac back to him and Abraham did it without murmur or complaint. Why? How could a man kill his child?

Hebrews 11: 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he receive him in a figure.

Abraham trusted God. Period. He trusted God’s word and he trusted that God would keep his word even though everything looked impossible. God said in Isaac would his seed be called and yet God was asking Abraham to kill Isaac before he had any children. Abraham trusted the Lord so completely that he knew that even if Isaac died, God would be able to raise him back up. Do we have such trust in the Lord God? Do you have total trust in Jesus Christ? Believe me, as I am writing this I am asking myself the same question.

God told Noah to build and Ark to save the planet. In Noah’s day it did not rain. They had science equal to or possibly surpassing the science of today. God told Noah that he was going to destroy the world by water that was going to fall from the sky and bubble up from the deep. In Noah’s day that was absurd. Water did not fall from the sky because there was no water up there to fall. The earth was on a different orbit with a 360 day year and the climate was completely different.

So Noah was given a word of God which was completely contrary to the science and logic of the day. Yet Noah trusted in God and worked for 120 years preparing for the impossible flood and preaching to every soul about it. And after he was ready, got tested him again.

Genesis 7: 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. 5 And Noah did according unto all that the lord commanded him. 6 And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth 7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean beasts and of fowls, and of every ting that creepeth upon the earth, 9 There went in two and two male and female, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth.

Notice here what the Bible says about Noah. Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. Noah trusted God. He believed his word and we know that Noah believe because he acted as though he believed. God gave Noah a promise and waited 120 years to fulfill that promise. Then when the time was at hand, he made Noah wait another 7 days for the fulfillment. I bet those seven days were a record heat wave too. Noah marched the animals in and got ready and the people outside put on sunscreen and came down to the ark to make fun of him. They tormented him as he was loading the animals. For seven long days and nights Noah and his family sat in the ark listening to the jeers of the people outside.

Then on day seven a little cloud appeared and it grew and grew and opened up and the entire sky was filled with storm from one end of the earth to the other. What caused the flood? We don’t know, we can speculate many things, but we do not know. This is what we do know:

Genesis 7: 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

The Lord God made an impossible promise, yet in spite of the impossibility, Noah trusted in God and believed and acted upon that promise, and the Lord kept his promise. God will never fail. We fail but God cannot. He cannot lie. Once he speaks a word it is truth.

Let’s look at Gideon. He was a simple man but as the Bible says, he was a man of valour. God sent him to deliver Israel, but the Lord also greatly diminished Gideon’s resources. Why? The Lord wanted everyone to see that it was not Gideon who delivered them but the hand of God who delivered them and with severely diminished resources nobody could give the glory to man.

Judges 7: 2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. 3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people saying whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from the mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. 4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, this shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, this shall not go with the, the same shall not go. 5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. 6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. 7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

Gideon started with 32,000 men, but if he had gone out with that huge army they would have thought that they won by their own might. So God pared them down to 300 men. He took Gideon’s army from several battalions down to a single platoon. He gave Gideon an impossible promise and Gideon trusted in the Lord God to keep his word and God surely did and Gideon completely and utterly vanquished the Midianites from the land. Would we be able to trust in God today in such a way? If a group of 300 IDF soldiers from Israel were to attack Iran’s millions, we would not hold out a hope for them, but Gideon’s 300 attacked and destroyed their enemy. If God told a platoon of Israeli soldiers to attack Iran, those 300 men would be in control of downtown Tehran by morning. Do you believe it? Why can’t we believe it for today? God is the same. Man is the same. But the people cannot believe it. Neither could they in Moses day. Neither could they in Gideon’s day, and neither could they in Noah’s day.

One day God sent his prophet Elijah to challenge the denominations of his day. They were being led by a woman preacher by the name of Jezebel. She was married to the King at the time, Ahab. She let all of Israel into idolatry. We have had a few Jezebels in our day too, and for that matter have more today than ever before. Elijah at that time had commanded, by the spirit of God, that the rain would not fall for 3 years. This was at the end of the 3rd year. God told Elijah to go to Ahab and challenge the 450 prophets of Baal and 400 prophets of the grove to a show down on Mount Carmel.

Elijah was totally forlorn. He saw such abomination in the church that he thought he was the only one left who believed and obeyed the word of God. But the Lord God told Elijah, you’re not alone, I have reserved 7000 who have not bowed knee to Baal. Sometimes we get to feeling alone too, but don’t fear God has reserved unto himself in this day an elected bride who has not taken the mark of the beast. You might be feeling very alone while reading this. You are not alone, there is a Church spiritual on this earth that is exactly like the Book of Acts, but with the full revelation of the Word. Remember that was sealed unto the endtime, and we are at that end.

God promised Elijah to vindicate his message. Here was Elijah, one man alone with all the world, all the denominations, all the politics, all the law, all the society, all they culture completely against him. He was a hated man, left alone, unwanted, and he came alone to challenge 450 trained preachers to a showdown on their own turf. These were full Doctors of Divinity and master theologians in their day. He not only challenged them but he gave them first go. Elijah took God at his word, and proved that he trusted God by his actions and his words. We are known by our actions and words too.

1 Kings 18: 36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37 Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38 Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God.

Who would we have sided with back then? Would we have trusted in God or in Baal? Think about it. Would we have been one of the 7000 tiny minority, or of the majority? If you want the answer to that question, look at your life today. Are you one of the few, or one of the many? We had an Elijah in our day, a preacher with the ministry of Elijah fulfilling Malachi 4:5-6 and Revelation 10:7, do you believe, or disbelieve? Do you live that message? Elijah believed and lived the message from God, he did everything that God had commanded, the way God had commanded.

Trust in God. He is not a respecter of persons. He made a promise to Noah, and he kept it, not because of Noah, but because of his word. God is obligated to his word. Everything the Lord God said he would do he will do and is doing right now. There is nothing that will stop the Lord from fulfilling his word. All he requires is that we truly believe and trust his word.

He made Gideon go out to battle hopelessly outgunned so that he could show that it was God and God alone that provided the victory. He put Gideon in an impossible situation so that he could show that there is nothing impossible for God.

He sent Elijah out into a hopeless, impossible situation with a promise that he would overcome. And God fulfilled his word exactly. He vindicated that word with supernatural signs, wonders and miracles. He never fails. Nothing is impossible for him. He is God of all, Lord of all, over all. He is the life giver. He is the healer. He is the redeemer. He is the victory giver. He is the resurrection.

We worry so much about today, and even more about tomorrow. The Lord God is the same, unchanging. Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever. Do you realize what that means? Do you really understand what that means? It means that each and every promise, each and every act, each and every miracle written in the Bible are for today, for you and for me if we will only trust in God to perform it. It all rests on us, on our faith, or lack thereof.

I had dozens of examples to draw on but not enough time even to glance over the tops of them. Daniel the prophet thrown into the lion’s den to be eaten. The three Hebrew boys thrown into the furnace to be burned. John boiled in oil for 24 hours. Samson. David. Isaac. Jacob. On and on and on. God made promise after promise and he kept every one, and always on time. He is never late and even when he seems late by our standards, he is perfectly on time.

When Lazarus died, Jesus was out of town and he never came back to town until 4 days after the fact. To the people he was 4 days late, but he was right on time because he called Lazarus back from the dead and out of the grave. Martha and Mary trusted in God. We should have even more faith than Martha and Mary because we have their experience to draw on.

David and Goliath. Goliath was over 10.5 feet tall and a trained warrior with the most modern weapons. David was a young boy about Simon’s size. The entire army of Israel was cowering like little girls at the presence of Goliath. But this little David was ready, willing and able to fight. Why? He trusted in God. He took God at his word.

1 Samuel 17: 45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. 46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcasses of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. 47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.

David had faith in the Lord God beyond all that seems reasonable. He was face to face with a man that was twice his height, a soldier and a warrior. Goliath was armed and armoured from head to toe. David had only a sling with five stones. And when David went to meet him, he did not walk, he did not slink, he ran as fast as he could because he was fully persuaded and trusting in the Lord to perform what he promised in his word.

We need to get persuaded. We need faith. We need experiences with the living God. Look at the promises God has for us in our day. He promised healing. He promised deliverance. He promised salvation. He promised peace. He promised a rapture. The faith that brings healing is the very same faith that brings rapture. How long do we have to wait for God to fulfill his word? That is up to God. Noah waited 120 years. Abraham waited 25 years. The 120 in the upper room waited 10 days. Cornelius waited 3 days. Jarius waited a few moment.

To each a time but that time will be fulfilled. We have to trust in God that what he said will come to pass. And in our day when we have seen promise after promise, prophesy after prophesy fulfilled, how can we help but to believe and trust in God. Are you sick? By his stripes you are healed. Are you possessed, he hath already delivered you, just claim the promise. Are you a sinner, claim his salvation that he accomplished for you at Calvary.

We have a land of milk and honey right here on earth that God has commanded us to go and take possession of. That land is the Kingdom of God, that land is the atonement, that land is the token, the Holy Spirit of promise, that land is our healing, that land is our deliverance, that land is our peace, that land is our sanity, that land is our overcoming power, that land is our salvation, that land is our justification, that land is our sanctification, that land it Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever.

He made one atonement for all. The atonement for healing is the same atonement for deliverance and is the same atonement for salvation. We all have needs. We all have fallen short. We all have failed to trust him. Take God at his word. He is obligated to his word. Whatever he said he is obligated to do.

If he said by his stripes you are healed then you are healed. Period. Now let your actions and your words demonstrate that you trust his word. Don’t testify that you are sick, rather testify that you are healed. Testify that you are delivered. Testify that you are saved. Live a life that shows the whole world that you are believing and trusting in Christ Jesus. We are known by our works and by our words. They are our fruits and Jesus said by our fruits we shall be known.

Only trust him

Only trust him

Only trust him now

He will save you

He will save you

He will save you now.

Do you need salvation? Trust him and demonstrate that trust. He said in Acts 2:38 to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Do you trust him? Then act on that trust. If you believe the Word of God and trust in the Lord then you will obey his word. If you do not obey his word, then that is the sign that you really do not believe it. Believe his word and go forth and possess the land. Take God at his word and possess his promises.

Do you need healing? Take him at his word and act according to his word. Do you need deliverance? It is freely given for you today. Trust in the Lord and he will deliver you. There is nothing that will stand before you if you trust in him. Look at the examples we just read. Armies, diseases, forces of nature, even death itself cannot stand before us if we will truly trust in him. Do you trust him this morning?

Cancer? What is cancer before God? AIDS? Heart disease? Just our names for the devil and the devil was defeated at Calvary. Jesus raised the dead. He raised Lazarus who was dead and rotting for 4 days. He raised a baby in our generation that was dead and rotting for 12 hours in the hot Mexican sun. Only trust him.

Trust in the Lord God. Take him at his word.

 

Healed From High Blood Pressure

Eighteen months ago a nurse checked my blood pressure. It was 202 over 103. That is considered stage 4 hypertension.

I took the Lord Jesus Christ at his word. I obeyed James 5:14-16. I called the elders of the church and had them pray over me anointing me with oil in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And having taken the Lord at his word I went my way rejoicing.

Today I had to take a medical for work. My blood pressure was 140 over 80 which is considered normal for my age. Glory and praise be to the name of Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday today and forever. He was the healer 2,000 years ago and he is our healer today. By his stripes we were healed.

So I encourage you to trust in the Lord. Take him at his word by faith and go away rejoicing.

May the Lord God bless you richly.

Healing from a Systemic Blood Infection

Here is an example of the Power of the Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ.

It happened just over seven years ago now. My mother in law got a blood infection while she was at work. By the evening of the same day, she was in the hospital in intensive care, in a coma. We were called and drove to Edmonton.

When we got there a couple of days later, she was swollen up. Her arms and legs were black like a car tire, as was most of her face. All her internal organs had shut down and she was on life support machines. The doctor told us she had a 2% chance of living the week and if she did they would have to amputate her arms, legs and most of her face because the flesh was already dead and beginning to slough. A horrible sight indeed.

We waited until everyone left. My wife and I were alone with her in the room. It was 11:30 pm. I opened the Bible to James and read.

James 5: 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

We prayed as I anointed her with oil. Then we left and went to Denise’s sister’s house where we were staying. At 6:30 am the next morning we got a phone call from the hospital that she was awake. The charge nurse said that her blood infection went from lethal to non-detectable between two consecutive tests. Within two days they had turned off all the machines because all her organs had restarted. Her flesh began to restore over the next few weeks. She walked out of that hospital.

Now we know that God is no respecter of persons. If he will answer my prayer according to his word, then he MUST also answer yours under that same conditions, or he is unjust. If you take him at his word as we did, he will vindicate that word.