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Jesus Died to Heal You NOW!

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God does not need a safety net in case it looks like someone’s prayers aren’t going to get answered.  He doesn’t need you or me to make excuses for Him if things don’t turn out a certain way.  Why do prayers fail to get answered?  Because people pray prayers in unbelief and in ignorance of what God’s Word says about what they are praying for.

I used to say, if someone didn’t get healed on the earth, they got the ultimate healing in heaven because there is no sickness there.  One day the Lord corrected me.  He said, “I don’t want you to say that anymore.  I didn’t give my Son to die so there would be no sickness, death, or sin in Heaven.  These things have no access to Heaven and never have.  They are on the earth.  Jesus died to give you salvation, healing and deliverance on the earth.”  Need proof?  I am so glad you do!

Look at 1 Thessalonians 5:23.  It says:

1 Thessalonians 5:23

Amplified Bible (AMP)

23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).

You as a person are made up of three parts.  A spirit, a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and a BODY!  What is God’s will?  That our spirit, soul, and body are preserved sound and complete.  In other words, Jesus died to give salvation to the spirit man, deliverance to the soulish man, and HEALING to the  PHYSICAL MAN!  

No sin can enter heaven.  That is why Jesus was the sacrificial lamb.  When we are saved our spirits are sealed until the day of redemption with His blood.  Why?  Because with sin, you couldn’t stand in the presence of God.  Satan was kicked out of Heaven before he could go through with his sin because Heaven MUST and always will remain pure and undefiled by sin!

It would be silly to say if I am not saved on earth, I will ultimately be saved in Heaven.  How foolish to say the ultimate salvation is in Heaven.  If you aren’t saved when you die, you won’t come near Heaven.  Jesus died to bring salvation to the earth, not bring salvation to Heaven.  If the ultimate salvation was in Heaven, then Jesus died in vain.  Nobody would go to hell when they died.  They would go to Heaven and experience ‘ultimate’ salvation.  What a load of malarkey!!!

The same is with healing.  Your spirit is not sick.  When you go to the doctor, the doctor doesn’t run tests on your spirit, he runs tests on your BODY!  Your ultimate healing is not in Heaven, but on this earth!  Jesus died not to heal your spirit from disease, but to heal your BODY from disease!  Your body doesn’t even go to heaven when you die, but your spirit and your soul does!  How can your body get healed in Heaven when it never goes there?   Your spirit and soul do because the word says to be ABSENT FROM THE BODY (the body is not with you any longer at death) is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

The Bible tells us there is no sickness in Heaven.  Again, proof healing cannot take place in Heaven because there has to be a sickness for there to be a healing!  If we can’t approach this from a Biblical standpoint, common sense has to tell you this is right!

There are people who say they are believing God to heal them and die.  What about that?  When it boils down to it, we really don’t know what is in a person’s heart, and if wondering about these cases cast any doubt in your heart about the validity of God’s Word, you need to stop trying to figure it out.  If God doesn’t tell us, it was none of our business!

God says from the Old Testament to the New Testament, He will heal, save, and deliver ALL who ask Him to.  Some people decide they want to go to Heaven now.  God honors that wish.  There are others who don’t believe but don’t want to upset their family and friends and don’t tell them they just can’t put their faith there.  I’ll give you an example of this.

I know a minister who is a mighty man of God!  He  preaches the same thing I am telling you.  This minister’s father got cancer.  As my minister friend and his wife and children walked into the hospital room, he asked his father if he could pray for God to heal him.  His father looked at him and said, “Son, I have to be honest with you.  I just don’t have the faith for God to heal this cancer.  I do have the faith that when the doctors go in, they can get all the cancer surgically and that is what I want you to pray.”  What a blessed and honorable thing for this gentleman to do.  Instead of telling everyone he believed when he didn’t, he was honest!  He had the surgery and pulled through and lived for some time.  

What if this man had been dishonest out of fear of what people would think?  He could have confused many believers, including his family!  What he did was honorable and kept the truth of God’s Word preserved in the hearts of his grandchildren and children!  Today, that son has a mighty healing ministry!!  I think part of that reason is because of his gutsy father, who took the chance of looking doubtful, instead of making God look like maybe He didn’t always stand by His Word.

Think about this, dear reader.  We all have to reconsider our own beliefs at some time and we MUST make sure they line up with the Word of God  throughout the Bible.  My sentiments may be sweet, but God’s Word is TRUE!  Let us make sure we keep it in proper perspective!

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Then Suddenly…

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We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.  Proverbs 16:9 NLT

On a morning recently, as I was checking my Facebook, I saw a post by Lone Star Jake of Lone Star Inspirations.com.  Jake is a fellow blogger and he is also one of my friends on Facebook.

Jake got married not too long ago and is blissfully happy!  He often post about his sweet bride, Mrs. Lone Star Jake.  One of his post grabbed my attention, and when it did  a light bulb went off in my head!

When I woke up on a particular morning with my coffee in one hand and the other hand typing out fb.com, I immediately noticed the first posting was by Lone Star Jake.  It just ‘grabbed’ me.  This is what it said (I am using it with permission and changing the names).

Would you like to hear a story? Two years ago from today, I was volunteering at ??? School of ??? Ministry for set-up/tear down for a speaker. I had saved seats for 4 of my classmates However, one of them brought an extra friend, and being the gentleman I am, I offered to move. I sat some ways back with a few other friends. I looked behind me and there was the future Mrs. Lone Star! After class, I shyly walked up and introduced myself. That moment changed my life! I would like to thank all folks involved. All of you played a part in my favorite romance story which I believe, was written by God.

As I read this God began to speak to my heart about it.  He had me notice when Jake woke up that morning, he had no idea God had gone before him and arranged a day that would forever change two people’s lives.  He had no idea God had gone before him and had literally orchestrated a blessing, not only for that day, but a blessing for every day of his life from that day forward.  He had no idea his friend was bringing a friend.   It may have looked like he had served and served his friends, just to have to move and sit alone, yet that decision pushed him toward an orchestrated and divine destiny!

As I thought about this love story, God reminded me He goes before us and makes the crooked paths straight.  Your life may not be anything like you want it to be and relief may not seem anywhere in sight, but God has gone before you and orchestrated great things for your life, too.  God doesn’t play favorites.  What God did for Jake, He will do for all.

I thought of my children, who have yet to find that special person.  One ‘small’ decision on their part will lead them straight to who God has for them and He knows how to set up the circumstances to get them to take that path.  I have prayed many years for my children’s spouses.  I know God has not only heard me, but has answered me and they will be a blessing to our family.  

I know God has gone before me and prepared a house for hubby and me.  One change in plans, one prompting of the Holy Spirit to ‘turn here’ is all it takes to walk right into the incredible blessing God has planned for us!

My brother is an attorney.  He was working on an important case and needed to speak with another attorney that was working with another firm on a portion of that case.  It was so important that he speak with him.  He would call and this gentleman would be unavailable.  Later, this gentleman would call my brother back and my brother would be unavailable.  It was as if they were just missing each other by seconds.

My brother had to fly to New York for a business meeting.  He had prayed God would help him meet with this man.  Time was growing short and the necessity of that meeting was becoming more and more urgent!  

 My brother and the other attorney are both from and are still living in Texas and my brother made a mental note when he got back to Texas he HAD to see this gentleman as soon as possible.  My brother’s flight had been delayed while in New York and he had to take another flight which made him have to go to another gate.  This meeting was weighing so heavily on his mind, as he walked quite a ways out of the way to get to the gate where his rescheduled flight would be boarding, he was praying about it.  Just as he rounded the corner, there sat the man he needed to speak with.  He was on the same flight from New York to Texas as my brother.  Ready for this?  Their seats were side by side.  By the time they got to Texas, their business was taken care of and all was well!

You see, friend, things such as delays, a change of seats, unexpected events in life, etc. can change your whole future and they happen so fast you stop later and think, ‘Whoa!  What just happened and how??  I couldn’t have worked that out so perfectly if I tried!’  God always has a way of getting your destiny to you, and He is never late nor can the enemy stop it.

You may have been the low man on the totem pole, so to speak,  all your life but when God gets ready to promote you, you are getting promoted!  You may have lived in abject poverty all your life, but when God commands the blessing, God also has a way out of poverty and into ‘the palace’.  People may have thought you weren’t much of anything, but when the time comes God will raise you up and His glory will so shine upon you, people will stop and say, “Who would have thought??” just as they did with Jesus’ disciples.

They had impressed no one.  That is why people were so dumbfounded as they were used by God.  Because they were known to be ‘unlearned men’ yet they spoke as though they had been to the greatest schools and had been trained under the greatest teachers.  No matter what your level  of education is, or the lack thereof,  it won’t and can’t stop God’s blessing and favor upon your life!

Stop trying to make things happen.  Stop trying to make God hurry His plan.  Stop trying to figure out how He is going to do it and start believing He is.  He has the way, keep your mind clear to hear His voice.  Before you know it, you will be living the vision.

 

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God’s Power is at Work in You…Prayer for Spiritual Power

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Ephesians 3:14 NIV  For this reason I kneel before the Father[c] 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. 16 I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, 17 and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, 19 and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us— 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

As I took my walk today, this verse just kept coming up in my spirit.  I could not remember all of it at first, but the words ‘according to His power that is at work within us’ just kept coming up over and over in my mind with such an intensity and fervency I determined to look it up later.

I ended up getting busy with something but when I went to bed, yet again, I could not sleep because I could not get this phrase out of my mind.  As the Lord began to break it down for me, I couldn’t sleep because I was too EXCITED!!  Let us study this verse out and think about the ramifications of it.

‘…according to His power….’  I began to think about who ‘His’ was.  ’His’ is referring to God!  It isn’t my power, it isn’t the power of the most influential person I know or even the most influential person!  This power is the same power ‘no foe can withstand’ according to Psalm 91, which we know to be satan and any and all of his evil devices.  

The definition of ‘power’ according to Webster’s dictionary is :

 1 ability to act or produce an effect,  capacity for being acted upon or undergoing an effect,  legal or official authority, capacity, or right,  possession of control, authority, or influence over others, one having such power; specifically :  a sovereign state,  a controlling group :  establishment —often used in the phrase the powers that be, archaic :  a force of armed men,chiefly dialect :  a large number or quantity,  physical might, mental or moral efficacy, political control or influence, plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy
 

 
When I saw this definition, it is literally all of Psalm 91 coming alive in us, who are the saints of God.  It is Isaiah 53 at work on our behalf and winning the battle over the enemy of our lives.  It covers anything we may face physically, mentally, politically, emotionally, and financially!  It even encompasses something angels would come to fight for you and for your benefit in the realm of the Spirit, just as they did for Daniel when he prayed and waited 21 days on His answer from God.
 
Another way of picturing this power would be, such as, when we go to the doctor.  Whether our symptoms are a lacking of energy, having fever, possibly an inability to sleep, etc. the doctor does the same thing for each of these maladies.   He will order tests to determine what is happening in our body and then he will prescribe medicine, some type of  treatment, or vitamins and supplements that address the problem to correct it.   The doctor is, in essence saying, ‘Take this medicine and it will correct the problem and you will be as good as new.’  
 
 We then get the prescription filled and take the medicine.   We know it goes into our body and  it begins to form a combative chemistry that attacks the bacteria or root cause of the illness.   It forms a power, if you will, to target the problem and end it thereby healing our body!
     
We may even picture the medicine as we take it  going to that area that is making us sick, forming anti-bodies that are stronger than the germ or bacteria that is wreaking havoc on us and see it killing it, whereby allowing good, healthy cells to form again so our health is restored.  

This is what happens when the power of God begins to manifest for your need.  There is a power so strong we cannot even imagine its capacity that begins to literally do a work FOR you and inside you!  

God is able to go beyond ALL we could ever ask or think to ask and His power resides within us bringing the unseen to the place where we not only see it, but we have it!!  Whether it is healing, salvation from a terrible situation, or to take us, or bring us to great things, that great power is working in all of us to do ALL that is needed in our lives!

It is doing for and in you what you could NEVER do for yourself whether you lived a million years, knew the most influential people in the world,  and had full favor with them…no flesh has the power to bring the blessing and fruition of the blessing of God to your life BUT God and that is what is happening on the inside of you, even now!  

How do we get that power to work within us to full capacity and guarantee it continues to work within us bringing about the changes we need in our lives?  According to the verses above this one, when we are rooted and grounded in the love of God it sets this power in motion.  

Love is the most powerful force on the face of the earth!  Love can do what strength, words, and laws cannot.  You can’t stop it if you tried.  It is  power unleashed and unstoppable!  It has a force that cannot be caught, halted, or depleted.

Have you ever seen a mother with her baby?  If you know anything about mothers and children, you know there is nothing you can say or do to change the heart of a good mother toward her child!  She would lay her life down for that baby, no matter how old the baby may be!  

It doesn’t matter how much that child has misbehaved at school, it doesn’t matter how bad their attitude is.  You better be very careful how you tell a mother their baby was less than an angel that day even if you were an eye witness to it!  You could prove to the mother they threw the toys, took someone else’s cookies, and even kicked you, the teacher, in the shin!  That mother will nod her head, hold that child’s hand, and love it all the more.  Instead of anger, you will see a look of  understanding, even compassion.  She may even go on to make excuses such as, “Well, they didn’t get their nap, they were up late, we were rushed.”  This mother isn’t meaning to excuse the child’s behavior, but her love has her covering the multitude of the child’s sin!  

She will take them home, they will be corrected, but be sure once the correction has been administered, so will hugs and her love will be multiplied.  NOTHING you can say, prove, or do will alter or change the intensity of the love a mother has for her child.  The more someone tries to stop love, the stronger it will flourish!  That is POWER!  It knows no bounds and it never fails to produce and multiply…that is what is at work in you and me!  

No matter how much we have messed up, behaved badly, screwed up chance after chance, God corrects us and then even more love than we knew before is extended and that power continues to work mightily in us to bring about the sure end to any deficit in character.  It brings a sure end to any problem we could never overcome on our own. It brings the healing the doctor had no prescription for!  It brings the POWER of the BLESSING straight to you in any and every form you need it to be in!!

Stay in God’s love, and His power will stay in you!

 

 

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Patiently Waiting

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God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?  Numbers 23:19

I have been patiently waiting for our next house to come open for a whole month.  How silly that sounds to my own ears, but living in  a one bedroom travel trailer is something that takes patience, organization (messes can pile up quickly), and grace to do.  I am so thankful God provided us with it and a place to park, but I am ready to ‘go home’.

I have found my ‘dream home’.  If you have bought a house recently or sold one you know there is so much to it.  In my naïve way, I kind of thought it would  be like going to the grocery store and getting whatever you needed, neatly placing it on the counter, and then paying and leaving.  How out of the ‘loop’ I am!

As I wait, I have found myself praying a familiar prayer.  ’If it is okay with you, Father.  Thy will be done!  Don’t let us make a wrong move!!”  I have heard so many times, our lives can get messy because we didn’t say or do something a certain way and we caused our own demise.  Yes, that is true to a degree.  Something I have learned is God is not so uninvolved in our lives that He would let us totally mess it up beyond repair.  God is merciful and full of graciousness and compassion.  If your child were about to step into oncoming traffic, would you not reach out and grab them??  They have their own free will, yes, but you still have an element of control over situations in their lives when they are small.  God will not ‘control’ us, but He certainly will protect us when we are doing our best for Him.

I remember Joyce Meyer teaching once that God told her, “Joyce, I am not as hard to get along with as some make Me out to be.”  I know what He means when He says that.  I think people many times measure God by their authoritative and exacting bosses, abusive fathers, or controlling spouses.  We measure God by people and it will never compute that way!  Why?  Because you have tried to put the wrong variables together.

God is not a man.  He is not like people who live and deal with others by whims, moods, or personality types.  God is good and is love.  His very nature is compassion and mercy!  Do we try Him due to that?  Of course not!  But, we know God has only good planned for us and He will get that good to us!   

If you saw your child doing their best at school, yet struggling in a subject would you punish them?  If you are a good parent you would not. You would hire tutors, get them extra help, meet with their teacher to let them know you are aware there is a problem and you are there to help.  Why?  Because you know it isn’t that child’s fault.  You know they are doing all they are capable of doing and your love for your child has caused you to feel compassion toward them.  It has caused you to do things you would not normally have done to ensure your child’s success!

God is no different with us.  He gives full grace and leads us in ways we didn’t know to go on our own, to get us to the best place, at the right time for us.  

Thank God for reminders of his grace and mercy.  In the meantime, I will patiently wait knowing He can be fully trusted.

 

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Soon is Sooner Than You Think

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This morning when I began my prayer time the Lord spoke to me and said, “My Son is coming soon, and it is your definition of soon.”  For years, in fact all of my life, I have heard ‘Jesus is coming soon’.  I believed it, and I still do, but I do believe some people have given up watch because it has not been our definition of soon that we have witnessed.

God spoke to me and told me to warn the people, and to others get ready, for others rejoice!  The ones who are to be warned are those who have denied Jesus and His Lordship over their lives.  This is a very stern and strong warning if you fit in this category!  Jesus is real, the Bible is true, and one day every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord.  Please, don’t do this when it is too late and you can no longer gain access into Heaven.  Heaven is real, but so is Hell and the Bible tells us it a tormenting fire that will never be quenched.  Don’t spend your eternity there!!

For  some time, one of my son’s friends from the past has been on my mind.  He proclaims to be an atheist.  I decided to make contact with him and ask him where he now stood in his stance concerning God.  He let me know that he had read about different religions and decided to give up trying to make the decision about what was ‘real’ to him.  He said, “For me, it is a crap shoot.  Where I end up, is where I end up.”  If you are a Christian, I ask you pray for this young man, but we would be surprised at how many take this approach, or lack thereof to God.  Oh, how my heart grieves for people like this!

To those who need to ‘get ready’.  You have played church.  You put on one face at church and around your leadership, but at home it is a different life altogether.  You lack character and you lie to yourself and others, and what sad is you have begun to believe your own lies and now there is a blur in the line of what is true and what is false.  You cheat people in your business, yet you never miss a church service or event.  You lie to God’s people and put on a front, but there are many closets you struggle to keep closed.  You know the revealing of your secrets will be your ruination, but the saddest part is, it is revealed to God and your reward in Heaven is not only dwindling, but is at stake!   I pray the eyes of your understanding are opened and you come to repentance and a genuine walk with God!  What does it matter if you gain the world, but lose your soul?

The last category is those who are to rejoice!  These are the ones who have given, and given up everything to follow Christ!  You have been faithful in small things when no one was looking and God would have you know, your reward is great!  You have spread the good news of the Gospel and you have done it openly.  You never thought to deny your Father before men and you will not be denied before your Father!  You have stood, and stood alone, when the rest of the world took easy ways and the popular road.  Life has not always been easy for you, but because of your love for God and Jesus, it has been worth it all!!

YOU are the one God will say to, “Well done, My good and faithful servant!  Enter in!!”  That day is sooner than you think and sooner than any of us know!  It will be a day of celebration, such as we have never known!  Oh, to see the face of Jesus is more than enough, but God is the God of more than enough, and your reward is great, great, great!!  Stay faithful, stay busy with the Father‘s business, but more than ANYTHING, continue in His love!!  It will be and is worth it all!!

I have delivered the message God gave me.  I know it to be real, and for some a wake up call, and for others a word of encouragement.  What category do you fit in?  NOW, IS THE TIME!!  You don’t have much longer…please, don’t let it run out on you!

 

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