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by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
“Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
The Message translation interprets part of this passage as follows: “Come to me. Get away with me, and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Are you struggling with “trying” to get healed? Are you “working hard” at it? Have you prayed and thanked the Lord for His work, but find that you are still out of rest and feeling pressed and stressed to “get” healed? Then QUIT trying; QUIT straining; QUIT “working” at it.
This verse is for you. It’s for those who are “laboring” to get healed as well as those who are laboring in any other endeavor in life. We do not have to struggle to get healing from the Lord. In fact we don’t even have to “try.” All we have to do is ask and believe. It seems to be the “believing” part that causes most of the problem though. When we are really believing God, we are in a state of rest. In fact, in Hebrews, chapters 3 and 4, the Lord has a good deal to say about how the Israelites were refusing to believe Him and obey his Word to go freely into the promised land and trust Him to defeat the enemies there. He says clearly that their failure to believe Him enough to act on His Word kept them from getting into a state of rest. And as a result, kept them from receiving what they needed. He then tells us that all of this account has been recorded for our learning
So let’s learn. Verse 10 of chapter 4 tells us, “For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” You see, if we will stop laboring to do the “work” of getting healed ourselves, but will do the only work God gave us to do – believe – we will come into His rest. “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” (John 6:29). But remember, dear one, true believing is not in the head, but in the heart. It is so deep-seated that it moves us to act on what we believe. It moves us to confess and to act on God’s Word even when everything else around us says we should not.
“But,” you may say to me, “you personally wrote an article about taking the Word of God as medicine and making sure we read it several times a day. Isn’t that a kind of work?” I did, indeed, write such an article. But that concept is not intended to be a burden of labor for us. Sitting down with God’s Word and absorbing it into our bodies and souls is not “work.” If we find that it is labor, then it is because we do not yet believe that the Word truly is our God-prescribed medicine. If we did, taking it into ourselves would be a joy and a rest. If we go to a human doctor, and he gives us an antibiotic and says to take one three times a day, we don’t consider taking that pill as “work” or “labor,” do we? Of course not. And neither is taking God’s medicine “work.
Furthermore, if we believe that the Word is God’s personal letter to us and that it can be trusted to give us all that we need, reading it every day would give us rest and peace continually. But if you find that you do not believe, dear one, do not despair! Because the more you do read the Word, the more it will create faith in you. Then you will believe it, and reading it will no longer be a task of labor, but a respite and refreshing.
But we must come to the place that we understand and believe that the healing we seek for our bodies is already accomplished by Jesus’ redemptive work. Isaiah says, “By His stripes, we are healed.” (Is. 53:6). Peter says, after the crucifixion and resurrection, “By His stripes, we were healed.” In God’s mind and heart, it is done, dear one. Now come to Him in faith and snuggle up to Him (He’s in His Word, you know), praising Him in peace until the manifestation comes.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11 that He is “meek and gentle.” The word meek is so often misunderstood by modern-day man. There is another “M” word that gets so much attention these days that many people fail to appreciate the true meaning of meekness. The word “macho” is the adjective so many in our society equate with strength and masculinity – so much so that when someone refers to a “meek” man, he is thought to be weak and ineffectual. Not so. The true definition of meekness is the quality of having great strength and power that is leashed and kept under rein so that it demonstrates itself only when called for and then only for good and not for evil. For Jesus to define Himself as “meek and gentle” means that He is capable of using His unequaled power any time He wills to do so, but that He wills to do so only when it will help those He loves or promote the Kingdom of God on this earth.
Another translation renders these words as “humble and gentle.” So what does the word “humble” tell us? Well, Jesus is a King, is He not? And when a king is humble it means two things: He is easily accessible, and He is easy to be entreated for His help and favors. Jesus is so easily entreated. When He walked the earth, every person who came to him for healing or help of any kind found Him willing, eager, even yearning to meet their needs. He’s the same today. The Lord whose strength carried Him through the most horrible beatings and the worst kind of death on our behalf – to set us free from the punishment we deserved – is the Lord who now wants to use His power to help us receive all the benefits of that ultimate sacrifice. And those benefits include healing for our bodies.
In these verses from Matthew, He also calls us to be yoked together with Him. When two oxen are yoked together it is so that they will pull together – always going the same direction, at the same speed, and with the same degree of leverage. That’s what Jesus wants for us: that, being yoked to Him, we will always be going the same direction, at the same speed that He is. We will not be pulling a heavy burden, straining and trying desperately in our own strength to get to something that is always just beyond our reach. We will just be moving along with Him, comfortably and joyfully, knowing that, yoked to the one who “always causes us to walk in victory,” we can’t miss getting to the desired result. And that includes getting to the manifestation of our healing.
So if you’ve been struggling, straining, laboring – stop it. Just get into God’s healing, life-giving Word and settle down into it until you are at rest. “Come to Me. Get away with Me, and you’ll recover your life.” (Matt. 11:28, The Message).
by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)“For My thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: so shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:8-11).
Did you catch the main point here? The Lord is telling us that the rain and the snow water the earth and MAKE it bring forth fruit, and that His Word will do exactly the same thing in us. That is – The Word of God, when it is received into the ground for which it is intended – our spirit, soul, and body – will MAKE that ground – our spirit, soul, and body – bring forth the fruit of the Word. It’s because of this truth that God can say His Word will not return to Him void, without accomplishing that which He wills.
We know for sure that God’s Word is His Will. He has told us repeatedly throughout scripture, both Old and New Covenants, that He created all that is natural by and through His Word – and that His Word will never fade away nor fail. He tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scripture is “God-breathed.” (Original Greek). So His Word has creative power in it, just as it did on the first day of creation, and has been sent to create the things of God – all that is of life, health, and holiness – in us.
Now, let’s look at one specific set of His words that have been sent to accomplish a very specific and exact work. Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, give attention to My words. Incline thine ear to My sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes. Keep them in thine heart. For they (My Words) are life unto you that find them and health (medicine) to all your flesh.” The word translated health in this passage is actually a Hebrew word that is correctly translated “health” and “medicine.” So God tells us here clearly that His Word is medicine for all of our flesh. There’s nothing left out in the words “all of our flesh.” There is no disease or physical affliction for which God’s Word is not medicine. But it’s even better than mere medicine. It’s medicine with a guarantee that it will restore health.
When we couple that information with the information He gives us in Isaiah 55:10-11, we find that His Word, when we apply it in faith as medicine to our physical bodies, will MAKE our bodies bring forth the fruit of health. “But,” you may say, “it’s not happening in my life or the lives of many people I know.” That is true. But just how many people do you know who will search God’s Word until they know exactly what it says about healing and until they are saturated in God’s healing Words? I don’t know many, but the ones I do know – including myself – have found that Word every bit as effective in fruit-bearing as those passages indicate.
I have failed to apply it faithfully at times in my life and had to live with the results. BUT – every time that I HAVE applied it – to my own body and to those of loved ones — to serious problems and minor problems alike – it has worked a healing and a cure – even when doctors said the body had been damaged too much to recover or that surgery was the only option. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of believers all over the world have found this same effectiveness for their bodies and have testified of it for generations.
But, dear reader, you must not make the decision to believe God’s Word as your medicine based on the experiences of other people. You must make the decision to believe based only on whether you trust the Word of God. He tells us, in absolutely certain terms, that His Word is His medicine for our bodies. And then in Hebrews 4:11, He also tell us that His Word is “alive and powerful, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and the joints and marrow of the bones.” Now, medical science tells us that all cell production takes place in the bone marrow. If that is the case, just think what can happen if we saturate ourselves with the Word of God enough to fill our bone marrow with it. Since God promises that the Word –like the rain and snow – will MAKE the ground bear fruit, then that Word in our bone marrow will MAKE new, health cells for our body. And when you get enough new, health cells in your body, they can go to work destroying the unhealthy cells, and in a matter of time, that sick body becomes a healthy body.
Consider taking God’s Word seriously. Consider believing what He tells us. And consider sitting down with the Word and reading it into your own body – especially the portions that speak healing and health – absorbing it regularly, faithfully – at least as regularly and faithfully as you would take the pills or the medical treatments a human doctor prescribes. Give God’s medicine the same honor and attention that you give man-made medicine, and see if it doesn’t MAKE your body bear a wonderful harvest of God’s health and life.
by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
When the Lord, Jehovah, called Moses to go to the people of Israel and announce to them that God was ready to set them free from slavery, Moses insisted that they would not believe him. So God gave him a number of signs to perform before the people as evidence that God was indeed miraculously working with Moses.
We want to take a close look today at the first sign: “And the Lord said unto him [Moses], ‘What is that in thine hand?’ And he said, ‘a rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
Our focus in this lesson is not particularly on Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage, but rather on God’s ability to do what He did to that wooden rod. This event carries great significance for us when we are seeking to believe the Lord for healing of our physical bodies. We are spiritual beings living in physical bodies, and when we have a problem in that physical body, we need to have something physical changed. Because we are seeking that change from a Spirit God, we sometimes find it hard to comprehend His ability to make those changes without using any physical instruments or medications that we can relate to with our five senses.
But let’s look at what He did to this rod. It was a solid, extraordinarily sturdy piece of wood, undoubtedly several feet long. Moses used it for a great many things during his shepherding years and then throughout the journey from Egypt to Canaan. It was real wood, and it was strong enough to serve him with no defects for well over 40 years. Yet by one simple act of exerting His spiritual power, the Lord turned that solid, totally lifeless, piece of wood into a living creature, with muscle, organs, skin, eyes, etc.
Now, this serpent was not a figment of Moses’ imagination or a mirage, because Moses was so frightened by it that he ran from it, and when the Lord wanted him to pick it up, He instructed Moses to pick it up by the tail. If it had been an imagination or a vision, there would have been no need to be careful about how he picked up the creature. But the Lord told him to take care about picking it up in a safe way. Then once Moses had a grip on the serpent, it became a solid piece of wood again.
Now, we’re not talking about simply changing the shape or size of an object. We are talking about actually changing the very chemical and molecular structure of an object – changing it at the cellular level throughout the whole object. Something that was totally without life instantly became a living creature and then, by another act of God’s power, became a totally inanimate object again.
Once we get a clear picture of this event, we begin to realize just how easily that same God can change the chemical and molecular structure of any created thing – including the structure of flesh, of tumors, of diseased tissue, of abnormal limbs, of any physical element with which our body is impaired. God has no more problem neutralizing a huge tumor, or creating healthy bone where there is none, or replacing plaque coated arteries with new supple, pliant arterial tissue than He had changing a piece of wood into a serpent or changing a living being into a lifeless stick.
No matter what you are facing in your physical body today, do not limit God and His delivering, miracle working, healing power. He didn’t feel any strain on His power when He changed Moses rod, and He will feel no strain on His power when He changes the negative tissues in your body into healthy tissues.
And don’t, in your own mind, limit His willingness to do the work. If He was willing to do such an extraordinary thing for Moses, for no other reason than to provide examples of His ability and willingness to deliver His people — even before Jesus had died for them and given them His own righteousness — how much more is He willing to do as much to deliver the people His own Son gave His life for. The Old Covenant and God’s promise to Abraham were enough to cause Him to move in such creative power. How much more, under the New Covenant — with the finished work of Jesus Christ securing us a place in God’s heart — will He do equally miraculous works for us.
WHEN IT LOOKS IMPOSSIBLE . . .
I’ve come to the end of myself, Lord.
I’ve come to the end of my road.
To the place that my strength’s too depleted
To wield the sword of Your Word.
I’ve come to the end of my struggle,
And there’s no earthly place I can turn.
But Your strength’s made perfect in weakness;
That’s one lesson, Lord, I have learned.
So reach down for me in Your grace, Lord,
And Your mercy that’s new every day.
Come in Your omniscient power, Lord.
You fight the battle; I’ll praise.
When there’s nothing left of me, I find it’s true
That all I ever really need is You.
Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
Flow through me.
Flow through me.
Healing streams from the Father’s heart,
Flow through me.
His anointing is flowing now to set me free.
His anointing is breaking chains of all captivity.
His anointing is driving out all sickness and disease.
Jesus makes me whole today.
Flow through me.
Flow through me.
Healing streams from the Father’s heart,
Flow through me.
“Jesus of Nazareth is coming!”
“Do you see Him yet?”
“Here He comes!”
“Here comes Jesus!”
Excitement was rampant, and cries of “Hosanna” filled the air. Shouts of joy and triumph could be heard for miles along the road, and people rushed to lay palm branches and their personal garments as a carpet of welcome. Jesus of Nazareth was coming to Jerusalem.
This carpenter-teacher who had journeyed among them for nearly three years, teaching them, healing them, feeding them, forgiving them, raising their dead. This miracle worker, this wise man, this man who was gentle enough to draw crowds of children to his side yet bold enough He would soon drive money-changers from the temple with a whip — this man whom many claimed was the prophesied Messiah of Jehovah — this man was coming again to Jerusalem! I’m sure, had we been there, we would have heard the message repeated over and over again for miles: “Here comes Jesus! Here comes Jesus!”
We in the Christian world celebrate that event on one special day out of the year, and we call it Palm Sunday. We have special services and some of us wave palm branches in the air to commemorate the day that is often referred to by church historians as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. But that event happened over 2000 years ago. One could say it’s all history now; it’s been said and done; it’s over.
But not so, my friends! I am thrilled beyond words today — this day — Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014 — to be able to tell you right now:
“Here comes Jesus!”
Jesus of Nazareth is alive today, and He’s still loving people, teaching people, feeding people, forgiving people, delivering people, healing people and making them whole. And, yes, He’s still raising people from the dead. He’s the same Jesus who fulfilled the words of the ancient prophets by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey that day. He’s the same Jesus who worked myriads of miracles for the people. He’s the same Jesus who went to the cross to pay for the rebellion and sin of all the human race.
He’s the same Jesus who rose from the grave and took His throne as Lord of the universe. He’s the same Jesus who promised that if we would call on Him and receive Him as Lord, He would freely fill us with His own eternal life and with power to serve Him. He’s the same Jesus who promised that after our life of service to Him on this earth, we would move on to Heaven and live with Him forever. No questions — no if’s, and’s or but’s. No struggling to get there, no sacrifice, no hard work, no price to pay. Jesus did the work. We receive the benefit. And the Word of God, Hebrews 13:8, says “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.”
So I can tell you confidently: “Here comes Jesus! He’s coming to you today! He’s coming because He sees your need; He sees your trouble; He sees your sorrow; He sees your pain; He sees your desperation; He sees your hopelessness; He hears your questions; He hears your confusion; He hears your private crying. He’s coming to you because He loves you.
Did you know that you don’t have to be a Christian for Jesus Christ to love you? Sometimes we who call ourselves Christians tend to flock together so tightly that we become almost like a clique, and the rest of the world feels as though they can’t break through the wall to become a part. But my message to the “rest of the world” today is that you don’t have to become a part of the “clique of Christianity.” All you have to do is get to know Jesus, the real person.
And did you know that you don’t have to be a Christian to call on Jesus? That’s right. Jesus isn’t listening just for the call of the Christians. Certainly, He’s attuned to their cries and He rushes to their help when they need Him, but Jesus the Christ is listening — intently — for the cries of all the millions of His creation in this world who don’t know Him at all. His heart is waiting expectantly for their voice to call out His name. And He’s ready to answer that call swiftly. He’s ready to come home with you at any time.
When Jesus walked the earth, He was often found in the homes of those who were not active believers. People whom the scriptures refer to as “publicans” and “sinners” found that Jesus was more than willing to spend time with them and teach them the truth about God — and show them God’s love by healing their sick and delivering those in demonic bondage. In fact, He often received hateful criticism from the religious leaders of His day because He gave Himself so freely to those who did not have a relationship with the true God. But Jesus’ response was simply that His main reason for coming into the earth was to find those who did not know Him and offer Himself to them.
Zacchaeus was one such man. (His story is told in the Word of God, the book of Luke, chapter 19.) Although technically a descendant of Abraham, Zacchaeus was chief among publicans — which means he made his living working for the Roman government, collecting taxes from his fellow Israelites — and, by his own admission, cheating them. He had heard about Jesus, but he was no believer. However, he was curious, and as Jesus passed through Jericho, right before his entry into Jerusalem on the donkey, Zacchaeus, a short man, climbed into a tree so that he could see and hear Jesus easily. Jesus called him down from the tree and invited Himself to Zacchaeus’ house.
Zacchaeus recognized Jesus as the Messiah and opened to Him his home and his heart. We know that he invited Jesus in with his whole heart, because, after spending only a short time with Him, Zacchaeus voluntarily confessed his sin of cheating and promised to make restoration of everything with interest. Jesus did not ask Zacchaeus to do so. The man simply opened his heart to Jesus, and a changed nature was the result.
So, I will say once more: You do not need to be a Christian to call on Jesus. No matter what religious tag you wear — including that of “Atheist” — that tag will not keep Jesus from coming to you if your heart is reaching out for Him and inviting Him in. What will happen to that religious tag after you meet Jesus? Who cares? I can guarantee you — without qualification — that if you ever meet the real Jesus, you won’t care.
Here comes Jesus! He’s coming to us today — Christian and non-Christian — He’s coming. With words of comfort and reassurance to destroy fear — with delivering power to destroy the yokes of the devil — with healing and wholeness for body, mind, and spirit — with wisdom and direction that leads to successful solutions — with the power of His Holy Spirit and all of the anointing for service — with eternal life to overcome death once and for all and forever.
Jesus is coming! He’s coming to you! Right now! Open your heart to Him and let Him meet all of your needs today.
Picture courtesy of Wikipedia commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jesus_entering_jerusalem_
By Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
There is one particularly hateful lie that runs rampant throughout the halls of theology in our generation. In fact, it has been spread abroad for multiple generations now and continues to grow. Now, all lies are hateful, of course, and all of them are born out of Satan himself, as God’s Word clearly tells us. But this particular lie seems especially abhorrent because it robs God’s people of their health and life, while all the time convincing them that it is God’s perfect will for them to suffer the loss of both. And, in fact, it draws its power from the premise that God is an abusive parent who willfully and consistently CHOOSES to withhold his power to heal in order to make sure His children suffer exactly the “right” amount that is “good for them.”
That belief, dear one, is ABHORRENT HERESY, and if you have been a victim of it, you must get your mind renewed by the truth and throw off that ugly lie in order to receive your healing and your continued health from your Father God – who is a good parent – all the time.
It boggles the mind to try to figure out how any human being could actually believe that inflicting – or deliberately permitting someone else to inflict – pain, disease, mutilation, and suffering on one’s child is a “loving” act. But that’s what we are told by a majority of Christians and traditional teachings of almost every church denomination. The teaching takes a number of different forms, but ultimately it says the same thing – that everything coming into the lives of a Christian is God’s will for them, including sickness, disease, mutilation, horrific pain, and physical suffering of any kind. The teaching sometimes goes so far as to say that God causes the sickness, but most of the time it just says that God “allows” the devil and his forces to put disease and physical suffering on God’s children so that they can “learn a lesson” or “grow to be more like Jesus.”
Now, dear one, let’s get real here. We’re talking parenting. Let’s look at ourselves and our families. Most of the people reading this article are parents or plan to be parents someday. Ask yourself – and answer honestly – would you ever – ever – ever deliberately call in an enemy of yours and give them permission to physically hurt your child or make your child sick so that the child would “learn” something from the experience? Would you ever deliberately allow your enemy to make your child sick so that the child would “become more like you”? Of course you would not.
And what do we do to parents who are guilty of beating, scalding, mutilating or starving their children, or making them sick in any other way? We put them in jail!!!!! Why is that? Because we KNOW that any parent who treats a child that way does not truly love that child, and in fact, that parent himself has some serious problems that need to be treated professionally before he is allowed to spend time around his children or anyone else’s children again.
So are we saying, then, that we are BETTER PARENTS THAN GOD? We wouldn’t do that to our children, but God does it all the time, and it’s to show His love? I have had scores of Christians argue with me and actually fight for the right to believe that God sometimes wants His children to suffer sickness. But they would never do that to their own children. So they are saying that they are better parents than God. Do you see, dear Christian, the total insanity of such an idea? And Jesus tells us clearly and distinctly in Matthew chapter 7 and Luke chapter 11 that if we, being evil as we are, would never hurt our own children, then God can be trusted much more to never harm His own children.
You know, I would much rather have a God who COULD NOT deliver me from harm and sickness than a God was perfectly capable of delivering me but WOULD NOT. When we talk about “allowing,” if we are saying that a strong parent has the power to stop an enemy from afflicting his child but refuses to do — in other words “allows” the affliction — that would be worse than a parent who did not have the power or the knowledge to be able to deliver his child. To deliberately “allow” hurt when we can stop it is the same as inflicting it ourselves.
Some people seem to have a problem with understanding God’s sovereignty? They think the fact that God is sovereign means that He can just arbitrarily decide to help someone or not, depending on how He feels that day, and that even though there are promises of healing in His Word, He “decides” not to keep those promises if He thinks making someone sick will teach them something. Well, God most definitely is sovereign, but we must remember that He is the one who CHOSE – in his sovereign will – to BIND HIMSELF into a covenant with man. It was HIS CHOICE alone to give us His Word that if we would come into covenant with Him, we could count on certain things from Him – which included our health and protection from the curse that came into this world though sin. (And that curse – according to Deuteronomy 28 – includes every kind of sickness and disease and every kind of physical affliction). We learn in Galatians, chapter 3 that Jesus Christ took that curse for us and delivered us from it. And we have the covenant promise of God that as far as He is concerned, we are entitled to healing as a result of the stripes of Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 53:4-5).
Even under the Old Covenant, God promised His people that He would be their doctor and that if they would walk in His ways, He would heal them when sickness came upon them. (Exodus 15:23, Exodus 23:25-26). The promises to the New Covenant man are even better. According to 2 Corinthians 1:20, every one of them is already answered “Yes,” in Jesus Christ and His finished work, so they are forever settled.
Unfortunately, God doesn’t always get His way. He tells us in His Word that there have been many times when He wanted things to happen a certain way, but because man would not cooperate, He could not get His way. Man is the one who allowed the devil to operate on this earth, and until the earth is finished and God brings on the new heaven and the new earth, the devil and his forces are going to be operating here. Because God will not break His word, and because part of His promise is that man is free to operate in free will and choose to live God’s way or the devil’s (the world’s) way, God has no choice but to allow us to choose and allow the enemy to operate here.
We chose to give the devil a place, and God will not go back on His word to allow us that choice. So in that sense, God allows sickness in the same way that He allows murder, theft, gossip, adultery, and war. Man makes his choices, and man lives with the results. Even then, however, repentance and a plea for God’s mercy can often soften the blow of those results in our lives.
Now, there are times when people do not receive their healing from the Lord. There are many reasons why they do not receive. Sometimes we can find out from the Lord what those reasons are, and sometimes it is none of our business. It is simply between that person and the Lord. But we must never, never, never accuse God of breaking His promise to heal and refusing to answer a sincere prayer for healing because He wants His child to be sick. That idea is a lie, and everything in the New Covenant scriptures and everything in the life of Jesus Christ when He lived on this earth in order to show us what God is like proves it.
So if you are dealing with sickness or physical affliction of any kind, and you want your Heavenly Father to deliver you, begin at the beginning right now. Begin by believing the absolute truth that the Lord wants you well – not sick. He wants you well so much that Jesus took all of that sickness, disease, and mutilation upon Himself for you. ( Isaiah, chapters 52 and 53, Matthew 8: 6-7). Then study His Word to find all the promises of healing and health and begin to apply them to your body and your situation. As you study that Word and read it to your own body and soul, new faith will come, and you can reach out and receive the healing that the Lord – the BEST PARENT IN THE UNIVERSE – has been wanting to give you all along.
by Ted Pavloff (Glory Ministries)
“I assume I am addressing believers now who are mature. Draw your own conclusion. When we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves the very life of Christ?”
Holy Communion was not an invention of the early church. Neither was it a spur-of-the-moment idea of Jesus the Messiah, simply to give a ritualistic flavor to this different faith movement that had captivated the disciples. The true meaning behind this holy convocation is deeply rooted in God’s relationship with His people, and traverses the centuries back to that ominous night in Egypt when the angel of death moved through the land. The only exclusions from this death sentence were the Israelite families, all of whom were saved by the blood … the blood of a lamb slain according to God’s direction. With the blood of that lamb applied to the doorposts and lintels of their houses, the death angel “passed over” them. The blood applied meant life to everyone in the house.
Then God issued additional instructions regarding the lamb. After the blood was applied, the body of the lamb was to be roasted and eaten (Exodus 12:8). Jehovah’s directions were: “Apply the blood, and eat the body.” There was special significance to this part of His instructions. God not only wanted to deliver His people from something – the brutal slavery of 430 years – but He also wanted to deliver them to something – the land flowing with milk and honey.
By this time the Israelites had grown to about 3.5 million souls, including everyone from the advanced in age to the newborn; from the robust to the physically handicapped, sick, weak, and infirm. The death angel would pass over them, and they would have life; but they also needed strength, physical health, and restoration in order to make the long foot- journey to their new home. Jehovah God was fully aware of these circumstances and already had the answer. His orders were, “Roast and eat the lamb”. And when they obeyed, the greatest healing and miraculous restoration service this world has ever seen occurred that night in Egypt.
The great King David confirmed the results in Psalm 105:37, “And He brought them forth out of Egypt with silver and gold, and there was not one feeble, [sick orinfirm] person among their tribes.” (KJV).
Down the centuries of time, on the Thursday night before Good Friday, Jesus the Messiah; the One whom John the Baptist introduced to the world as “The Lamb of God,” sat at a table with His twelve disciples. They were celebrating the Feast of Passover and were enjoying the Seder Supper.
After they had finished the meal, Jesus took the unleavened bread, broke it into pieces, and, according to Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 26, after offering a prayer of thanks to the Father, He distributed it to the disciples with the words, “Take and eat, this is my body.”(KJV).Then He took the cup of wine, which was the Third Cup in the Passover Service, and after giving thanks, passed it to the disciples with the words, “Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”(KJV). Then He told them to do these things in remembrance of Him.To this day, that Third Cup in the Passover Seder is called “the cup of redemption,” which magnifies the truth that Passover is the Feast of Salvation.
As Jesus passed the unleavened bread and the wine to the disciples, notice that He did not say, “this represents” or “this is a token of”, or “here is a symbol of” my Body and Blood. He said, “This is my body, this is my blood”. We need not get involved in semantics or word wars over “how can this be?” We simply need to accept the word of our Lord. Martin Luther gave what is perhaps the best explanation when he said, “in, with, and under” the bread and wine, is the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One additional point requires some attention. Jesus admonished the disciples to celebrate this meal in remembrance of Him every time they did it. Jehovah had instructed the Jews to celebrate the Feast of Passover every year as a remembrance of His mighty deliverance of them from Egyptian slavery. But now, because of this instruction by Jesus, we take Holy Communion in remembrance of Y’shua, Jesus – the real Paschal Lamb who has fulfilled the Feast of Passover. It is His Blood that cleanses from sin and gives life that will never end. And it is His Body, broken for us, that gives us strength and health. Yes, Beloved, there is healing in Holy Communion!
by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
James 2:17 says, “Even so, faith, if it has no works, is dead ….” Many people misunderstand this verse because they take it completely out of context. They try to interpret it to mean that man must “work” to earn his own salvation. But the context of chapter 2 of James is not about earning salvation. It is about showing forth that salvation through the natural results that come from believing. What are those natural results? Actions. The word “works” used in this passage, in its original language, literally means “corresponding actions.” So what the Word is saying is that if we have real faith, we will have actions that correspond with – result from – bear the fruit of – that faith. If we really do believe what God’s Word says, we will act like it.
Many have been the times that I was believing the Lord for healing in my body, and applying His Word as medicine, but had to stand my ground for a period of time before I saw the manifestation. We don’t always know why the manifestation takes a while to show up, when at other times, it shows up immediately. There are any number of things that could be hindrances, and as we stay in prayer, we can be assured that God will show us anything that we need to know in order to speed things up.
But regardless of the reason, the one thing we do know for sure is that God’s Word and His promise will not fail. So we keep standing – and acting like we believe. Now we do not mean that we are “putting on an act.” We mean that we speak and move and carry on our lives to the best of our ability as though the manifestation were already evident. I can remember more than once when I was scheduled to teach God’s Word at a meeting, and found myself in pain as the result of a physical attack. The enemy was shouting in my ear that I would have to cancel the meeting. And when I refused to cancel, he shouted that I would make a fool of myself to go and speak about God’s healing and then have to be rushed to the hospital because I would be too sick to continue the meeting. He has some of the most colorful scenarios, but what we must remember, beloved, is that all of them are lies.
Often I would simply have to grit my teeth and act on the Word from Isaiah 53:4-5 and Matthew 8:16-17, which tell us that we are already healed by the stripes that Jesus bore in His own body at the time of His crucifixion. I had to get up, take a shower, and put on my make up. (And sometimes I would deliberately apply it even more dexterously than usual, so that I did not give the enemy an inch to work with in making me look sick.) I would drive myself to the meeting shouting the praises of God at the top of my voice, and I would stand up in front of the congregation and teach the truth that God wills to heal all of His people all of the time, and that the healing has already been provided by Jesus’ finished work.
Sometimes, we just have to act, beloved, because we believe even though we have not yet seen. And whether that period of time between praying and seeing the manifestation lasts several hours, several weeks, or several months or years, we must not move from our stand on God’s truth. To move from that Word can mean the whole difference between life and death.
Evangelist and Bible teacher Gordon Lindsay, founder of Christ for the Nations ministries, shared with his listeners, over the years, a number of testimonies of when he found himself in similar situations and always found God faithful. Brother Lindsay, who has been with the Lord now for many years, shared one particular testimony that always encouraged my faith personally.
He told of a time when he had just begun his evangelistic work and came down with a case of ptomaine poisoning. The first point he made when he shared this particular testimony was that when he experienced the first attack of cramps, he should have taken his authority over the situation in the name of Jesus and rebuked the illness, driving it from his body. Instead, he let it go, thinking in his natural mind that it would eventually subside on its own.
However, it did not. In fact, as is the way with serious food poisoning, it grew worse and worse until he was wracked with horrible bouts of cramping for two weeks. During this time, of course, he did pray for relief, and several friends prayed as well. He did not see any relief at the time, but seemed to continue to grow worse. He had been invited to stay in the home of some friends, since he was in the midst of holding a series of meetings, but the friends grew frightened when he seemed to continue in such a serious condition and insisted he call a medical doctor.
Brother Lindsay, who firmly believed the Word of God concerning healing, had, years before, studied the scripture in which the Lord declares that He will be the physician for His people (Exodus 15:26.) He believed that scripture, and had committed his body to God alone for its health and welfare. Since he did not want to call a human physician, his friends felt he needed to be moved from their home, and another evangelist, John G. Lake, took him into his own home. John G. Lake was also a great believer in healing, and throughout his own ministry saw multitudes of people healed in answer to prayer alone.
While at Reverend Lake’s home, Brother Lindsay lay in bed and read Brother Lake’s printed sermons on healing. Those sermons, which were full of God’s Word, created more faith in Brother Lindsay and stirred him to take hold of that Word in a new way. He related a portion of this testimony in one of his own teaching books, Christ, the Great Physician:
“The affliction … now had reduced me to a condition of extreme helplessness. Gradually weakening in body and wracked with constant pain, I resigned myself to death. … I had wanted to preach the Gospel of Good Tidings more than anything else in the world. Now it appeared that my ministry would end with abruptness. Was this the Will of God? …
“But God was to show Himself. First, through His Word. … As I read those messages, my attention was taken from my suffering to the power of the Risen Christ. Certain scriptures came to me with force and vividness. … Acts 10:38, concerning Jesus, ‘who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil,’ left a deep impression upon me. Again, in Luke 3, Jesus, in healing the woman bowed over, showed that the infirmity was caused directly by the binding power of Satan. … It was not the will of God that I should die, but rather the will of the devil.
“Another scripture came especially to my attention. It was Mark 11:22-24, and is yet today my favorite passage. ‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’ A light was dawning, and I began to understand the difference between passive and active faith. Here was a direct warrant for my immediate healing if I would dare to accept it. I could wait no longer.”
He went on to explain that he called for his clothes to be brought to him, and even though still horribly weak and still in pain, he managed to put them on, focusing his thoughts, not on his pain, but on the promise of God. He had lost 25 pounds during the illness, and his clothes hung on him, but he ignored that fact as well. “As my feet touched the floor, I began to praise the Lord for healing,” he said. “At that instant my cramps vanished. And for the first time in many days I felt the sensation of hunger. I sat down to a hearty meal.
“I was healed indeed!”
He closed his testimony by adding, “Faith is an act. After prayer is made for healing, there is a time to act upon the Word of God. Deliverance came to me at the moment that I acted upon the Word of God.”
(Quotes from Gordon Lindsay taken from Christ the Great Physician, Gordon Lindsay, Christ For the Nations, Inc., pages 3-6.)