“The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.” Psalms 29:11
“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: He also is to be feared above all gods.” 1 Chronicles 16:25
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
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:
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!
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).
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.