Category: mental health

One healed restored mind: emotive-cognitive behavioral functioning

jesus healed the mind
Jesus heals and restores sound mind

Many Christians find that not all who are suffering from challenges in their mind are healed from the symptoms and the causes thereof.
Why? This is a question that really bothers those who practice divine healing. Why do mental patients seem to find it harder to receive healing? Are there scriptural evidences that mental conditions that torment a person may be healed like that of physical conditions? If so, where are the evidences in the Bible? This is our topic today. Christianity is all about effective successful functioning living in the power of God and His words (life and spirit. John 6:63) for all who believe.

Let us read the following Bible verses (God’s words) with a heart that is opened to the Lord’s Spirit. Here is a brief summary of key positive healing words for all believers I find from the verses: They refer to our thought life and our own behavior. What we put in our heart and actually come out. Evidences of our inner lives that others can see.
One mind. Sympathize. Love. tenderhearted. humble attitude. bless and not curse or seek revenge. speak no evil (it also means do no evil. speaking is equivalent to doing). turn away from evil. do good. seek peace. work to maintain peace.
worship Christ as Lord of your life. Gentle, respectful, keep your conscience free. 

The two keys to living a powerful Kingdom of God life: Living the life in the Spirit, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

1 Peter 3:8-22 (NLT)
All Christians
8 Finally, all of you should be of one mind. Sympathize with each other. Love each other as brothers and sisters.[a] Be tenderhearted, and keep a humble attitude. 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will grant you his blessing. 10 For the Scriptures say,

“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days,
keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies.
11 Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right,
and his ears are open to their prayers.
But the Lord turns his face
against those who do evil.”[b]

Suffering for Doing Good
13 Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way.[c] Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!

18 Christ suffered[d] for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit.[e]

19 So he went and preached to the spirits in prison— 20 those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.[f] 21 And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from[g] a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

22 Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority.

Footnotes:

3:8 Greek Show brotherly love.
3:10-12 Ps 34:12-16.
3:16 Some English translations put this sentence in verse 15.
3:18a Some manuscripts read died.
3:18b Or in spirit.
3:20 Greek saved through water.
3:21 Or as an appeal to God for.

Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom
Ephesians 1:15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere,[e] 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom[f] and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.[g]

19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. 21 Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. 22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. 23 And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

Footnotes:

1:1 The most ancient manuscripts do not include in Ephesus.
1:6 Greek to us in the beloved.
1:11 Or we have become God’s inheritance.
1:13 Or he put his seal on you.
1:15 Some manuscripts read your faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and to God’s people everywhere.
1:17 Or to give you the Spirit of wisdom.
1:18 Or called, and the rich and glorious inheritance he has given to his holy people.

Practical application:
1. repeatedly listen to the Bible verses.
2. copy down the verses.
3. worship God.
4. keep mind under the control of the Holy Spirit and the resurrection power of Christ.
5. take Holy Communion.
6. use our mouth to proclaim God’s positive words.
7. keep our mind thinking of thoughts of God’s goodness.
8. As Paul has taught, keep praying in tongue.
9. fellowship with other Christians who practice these.
10. be baptized by the Holy Spirit and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Prayer benefits: longer life, less illness, faster recovery!

praying_hands_bibleA belief in God may make people healthier and happier, according to new studies. “Studies have shown prayer can prevent people from getting sick — and when they do get sick, prayer can help them get better faster,” This is the scientific finding of Harold G. Koenig who is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Duke University. His ideas have been covered in Newsweek and other news media with regard to religion, spirituality and health, a focus of some of his research and clinical practice. Dr. Koenig says a striking study published in the Southern Medical Journal demonstrated that prayer has a remarkable effect on patients with hearing and visual deficiencies.

Koenig has published over 280 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, scholarly professional journal articles and 60 chapters in professional books.In a cooperation with Raphael M. Bonelli from Sigmund Freud University Vienna he undertook the first systematic evidence based analysis on the connection between mental disorders and religion. The researchers conclude that there is good evidence that religious involvement is correlated with better mental health in the areas of depression, substance abuse, and suicide; some evidence in Stress-related disorders and dementia. Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (1998) and U.S. House of Representatives (2008) concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health, and travels widely to give seminars and workshops on this topic.

An exhaustive analysis of more than 1,500 reputable medical studies “indicates people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health,” Dr. Koenig says. “And out of 125 studies that looked at the link between health and regular worship, 85 showed regular churchgoers live longer. After prayer sessions, “They showed significant improvements based on audio and visual tests,” Dr. Koenig said.

His studies have shown positive correlation in people practicing community faith and religious commitment, and better coping in lives: better stress management, more hope, more optimistic, less depression, less anxiety, and they commit suicide less often. “They have stronger immune systems, lower blood pressure, and probably better cardiovascular functioning.”

The analysis of more than 1,500 medical studies showed that “people who are more religious and pray more have better mental and physical health,” Koenig said. The results come from a study published in the Southern Medical Journal.

“And out of 125 studies that looked at the link between health and regular worship, 85 showed regular churchgoers live longer,” said Koenig, director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health.”

Researcher and writer Tom Knox agreed with the findings. Knox was an atheist who became a Christian after studying faith and medicine.

The proof of the power of prayer is overwhelming, says researcher and writer Tom Knox, a one-time atheist who became a regular worshiper after doing in-depth study of the medical benefits of faith. “What I discovered astonished me,” admits Knox. “Over the past 30 years a growing and largely unnoticed body of scientific work shows religious belief is medically, socially, and psychologically beneficial.”

In 2006, population researchers at the University of Texas discovered that the more often you go to church, the longer you live. “There is a seven-year difference in life expectancy between those who never attend church and those who attend weekly.”

The American Journal of Public Health studied nearly 2,000 older Californians for five years and found that those who attended religious services were 36 percent less likely to die during that period than those who didn’t.

A study of nearly 4,000 older adults for the U.S. Journal of Gerontology revealed that atheists had a significantly increased chance of dying over a six-year period than the faithful.

The American Society of Hypertension established in 2006 that church-goers have lower blood pressure than non-believers.

Scientists have also revealed believers recover from breast cancer quicker than non-believers, have better outcomes from coronary disease and rheumatoid arthritis, and are less likely to have children with meningitis.

Research at San Francisco General Hospital looked at the effect of prayer on 393 cardiac patients. Half were prayed for by strangers who had only the patients’ names. Those patients had fewer complications, fewer cases of pneumonia, and needed less drug treatment, recovered faster and left the hospital earlier.

Concluded Knox: “Atheists can sneer at faith all they like, but they can’t assume science is on their side.”

(Above information are quoted/excerpted from online sources: Wikipedia, http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/1-500-medical-studies-declare-healing-power-of-prayer-undeniable.html
http://www.newsmax.com/Health/Headline/prayer-health-faith-medicine/2015/03/31/id/635623/)

The heart matters in healing

heart condition mattersSickness has been a major concern in the history of mankind. Here is a common scene in Biblical time. Lots of people bring their sick relatives and friends for healing by Jesus. Even today many seek healing everywhere. Jesus says sickness actually comes from within a person. Today we continue on this topic by reading at random the example of David, how he became sick when he allowed himself to be controlled by his emotion: anger (against self and against God) and fear (fear of failure; fear of further tragedies; fear of being punished for wrong doings), self-condemnation (self-doubt, low self-esteem), distrust of God (unbelief of God’s goodness), indulgences in sexual and worldly desires and lusts (of the flesh, eyes and pride of life).

Read the whole history of David and you will find more examples of what was inside him that defiled him. Do not think that David’s complaints about his sickness is spiritual. David was a man of flesh even though he sought after God. One thing we can learn from him is he did not give up . He repented, turned back to God and got well again. But he really suffered in body and in soul. He also gave his honest accounts of the causes of his illness and how he finally resorted to spiritual remedies.

1Chronicles 13:11 David was angry (with God) because the Lord’s anger had burst out against Uzzah (the priest who was killed when he violated God’s holy law). David was probably also angry with himself as he did not follow God’s law too when he ordered the moving of the Ark. 13:12 David was now afraid of God, and he asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark back into my care?” He indulged in self-doubt and self-condemnation after the tragedy of the death of a priest in the course of his duty of obeying David’ command to bring the Ark on a bullock cart! David consulted before he decided how to move the Ark. But he consulted the wrong persons. He consulted his officials, including the generals and captains. (13:1) He did not consult the priests. He mixed up flesh with spiritual matters. 14:3 Then David married more wives in Jerusalem. He decided to put aside God’s matters and pursued his own personal enjoyment. This episode is an example of how David lived his life as a carnal king.

The above recorded a historical event in David’s life.

Let us now read some psalms at random and in parts and see what kind of sickness David had suffered in his lifetime, physical and mental (mind and emotion):

Psalm 22:6 But I am a worm and not a man. 22:14 My life is poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart is like wax, melting within me. 15 My strength has dried up like sunbaked clay. My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You have laid me in the dust and left me or dead. Psalm 30:6 When I was prosperous, I said, “Nothing can stop me now!” 7 Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain. Then You turned away from me, and I was shattered. Psalm 31:9 My body and soul are withering away. 10 Sin has drained my strength. 13 I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror. Psalm 32:3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. Psalm 38:3 Because of Your anger, my whole body is sick; (David first blamed it on God) my health is broken because of my sins. (David soon admitted that his own sins caused the sickness and not God) 4 My guilt overwhelms me-it is a burden too heavy to bear. 5 My wounds fester and stink because of my foolish sins. 6 I am bent over and racked with pain. All day long I walk around filled with grief. 7 A raging fever burns within me , and my health is broken. 8 I am exhausted and completely crushed. My groans come from my anguished heart. 10 My heart beats wildly, my strength fails, and I am going blind.

healed parenting

Parent_ScoldingThere is a sickness which is often ignored or neglected in treatment or seeking for treatment. Parent(s) with coercive control syndrome. Please seek treatment. You are hurting your child.

What is Coercive Control?
Maypole define it as an act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim
The Tactics include domestic violence: ‘violating physical integrity’, causing fear and physical harm
intimidation and humiliation: ‘denial of respect and autonomy’ using threats, surveillance (eg stalking), degradation (eg name calling), emotional withdrawal, destruction of possessions
isolation: undermining and deprivation of social contacts and support

control: of resources required for autonomous decision making and independence, including
deprivation of money and food
monitoring of time
restricted mobility and transportation
restricted access to communication

There is a longer list here, from The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence.
(continue here: https://www.dhs.state.or.us/caf/documents/Parenting_in_the_Context_of_Coercive_Control.pdf)
Mother-Scolding-Daughter
Dear Dr. ,
I am the mother of three children, ages 10, 13, and 15. My question is how parents can help their children make and keep New Year’s resolutions and goals. Also, how do we help keep our children accountable throughout the year, especially when we see our own resolutions slipping?
Regards,
V.
Dear V:
When we “help” children do anything good, . . . this is a function of “influence.” There are three fundamental ways of influencing others:
Coercion motivates by Fear. Others will conform to coercive influence out of fear for the harsh consequences that will come crashing upon them. Conformity means that a person will at least try to “look like” they are doing what is desired; but those oppressed by coercive influence rarely put their whole heart into a task.

Modes of Coercion: Control, Intimidation, Threat, Demand, Manipulation, Bullying, Criticizing, Rage, Anger, Revenge, Guilt.
Coercive Influence is Temporary & Reactive. The “apparent” desired behavior only happens as long as a fear-producing threat is present.

* * * * * * *
Cooperation motivates by Fairness. Others will do what you want them to do . . . because a cooperative contract is in place: You do this for me, . . . and I’ll do this for you. In latin the idea is expressed as Quid Pro Quo, . . .”something for something.”

Modes of Cooperation: Exchange, Dicker, Deal, Trade, Barter, Contract, Negotiate, and Compromise.

Cooperative Influence is Functional & Reactive. The exchange is pragmatic and mutually beneficial, but the desired behavior only happens as long as a payoff is in place.

* * * * * * *
Compassion motivates through Honor. Others will do what they do, . . . because they honor you — honor that is freely chosen and proactively initiated, it is neither coerced or purchased by a bargain.
Modes of Compassion: Inviting, Accepting, Acknowledging, Respectful, Patient, Kind, Gentle, Loving, Space-Giving, and Open to Creative Possibilities.

Compassionate Influence is Sustained & Proactive. Desired behavior endures beyond moments of direct influence, because those who feel compassionate influence do what they do from heart-felt independence; the experience of loving influence inspires others to live with honor.
* * * * * * *

Obviously, if parents will influence their children optimally in setting and getting good goals, . . . they will do it through compassionate influence, . . . only then will the children do what they do because they own it, . . . and they feel it. This is the way of Honor.

The setting and getting of all good goals stands upon the foundation of a person’s integrity of character. Parents can best instill integrity in their children as they demonstrate that compassionate pattern by example. Parents must “live” the same pattern and principles to which they invite their children.

The “goal” of higher character is a foundational one. When high character is firmly in place, productive goal setting and goal getting naturally flows therefrom.

In the end, you can’t MAKE your children behave, because “good behavior” comes from the heart, and you can’t FORCE the motivations of the heart. Parents may be able to COERCE compliant behavior on the outside, . . . but COERCION cannot cause children to obey on the inside! In the end, parents should encourage and invite “obedient behavior” . . . and not merely “compliant behavior” in their children.
The choices are these: You can be a
Sheepherder or a Shepherd.
Two approaches that parallel
Coercive Influence vs. Compassionate Influence:

The Sheepherder uses Coercive approaches. The Sheepherder drives the sheep from behind with sticks of punishment, and harsh verbal commands. The sheep “comply” because they fear the wrath of the sheepherder. The Sheepherder is compulsive and reactive; the sheepherder reacts on impulses of emotion. The sheepherder flies off the handle and dreams up punishments “on the spot” in the heat of anger . . . AS a child’s bad behavior appears. The sheep eventually learn to fear, avoid, and inwardly hate the sheepherder.

The DOWN side of being a Coercive Sheepherder is this: Children will only comply with the “speed limit” while the cop is on the highway . . . and when the cop leaves . . . the children will go any “speed” they want, and act in undisciplined ways, . . . for they have not been taught the law . . . or been shown the “living law” by example.

The Shepherd uses Compassionate approaches. The Shepherd leads the sheep from the front. The Shepherd sets an example of how the sheep should behave from the heart. The Shepherd teaches the sheep the law by which the flock will be governed, and also teaches the attached consequences (as opposed to punishments) that will occur if the law is not obeyed. The sheep learn to love the shepherd, because the shepherd loves them.
The Shepherd is fair and always acts within laws that are clearly established & explained BEFORE a child’s bad behavior appears.

The UP side of being a Compassionate Shepherd is this: There is no need for policing the “speed limit,” . . . for the children have been taught the law and know the value of living with honor; further they “honor” the shepherd because the shepherd loves and trusts them. They know that the shepherd loves them because they see the “living law” in the way they are treated.

To be Shepherds to their children, Mom and Dad need to get on the same page as to the “laws of family,” . . . fair laws that are established for the benefit of the children, . . . peace of mind for the parents, . . . and the order of the household.

Establishing “Family Laws” in a Family Council

When Mom and Dad are on the same page (literally, . . . a page of written expectations, duties, tasks, etc.), then Mom & Dad assemble a family meeting. In the family meeting, instead of “laying down the law” . . . the children are asked for their input on this question:

What can we all do to have a happy, orderly, and peaceful home?

In the family meeting, Mom & Dad discuss with their children the expectations on school homework, times for play, chores to be done, rules of the household, etc. And to help the children see why they need to be contributors to the order of the household, parents might ask these questions:

Who will pay for the food we eat? Who will prepare the food we eat? Who will pay for the roof over our heads? Who will clean the house that we live in?

That Mom & Dad work hard to be providers should NOT be taken for granted by the children. Because the children benefit from food and shelter, they need to be helpful contributors to the orderly & peaceful functioning of the home.

The reason why parents should ask children for their input is guided by a principle:
That which children help create,
they will support.

If Mom & Dad simply “lay down the law,” the children will always perceive that “law” . . . as “Mom & Dad’s law.” In contrast, when children have input and influence on the laws of the household, they will tend to see the governing structure as “The Family Law.” Thus, they will view it as THEIR LAW. they will have ownership of it . . . because they helped create it!

As for “accountability,” when expectations, chores, duties, etc., are agreed upon . . . THEN parents ask their children:

What should be a consequence
IF someone fails to follow through with the family laws?

Within Parent-Child relationships, the most effective consequences are not merely punitive, i.e., going to jail, getting flogged, or being put in “the stocks.” Instead, the best consequences are ones that are mutually agreed upon in a Family Council, and are naturally connected to the behavior that went against “Family Law.”

For example, if a bed is not made in the morning, a connected consequence may be . . . to “make the bed.” But not just that person’s bed, . . . a negotiation can be agreed to . . . that the violator of “bed making” receives the consequence of making everyone’s bed the next morning? When consequences are harder to do . . . than simply following the law in the first place, . . . then those consequences will be an effective learning experience that teach and reinforce obeying the Law from the start.

If parents have deeply ingrained “sheepherder” tendencies . . . then . . . it is a most wise for them to consider “Changing Their Stripes.” For if they don’t change, . . . such parents will “pass on” their unhappy legacy of coercive influence to the next generation.

Becoming the kind of parents that children will love, respect, and honor . . . is an influence that will be felt for decades to come.

When it comes to goal setting . . . beginning with the best goals is essential:

In setting goals, one must realize that not all goals are worth getting. To arrive at the best destination . . . one must begin the journey by moving the correct direction. This idea is addressed in my book:

Beginning Right: Good Questions, Good Answers. To arrive at good answers, we must first ask good questions! When we start with bad questions, we begin wrong . . . and thus, we will most likely end wrong. Asking unsound questions leads to second-class solutions. When our premise is poor, it’s hard to acquire the prize. But the truth is . . . we would not be asking a bad question, if we knew it was bad to begin with, . . . right? The saying goes:

It’s not what you don’t know that makes you a fool;
but what you “think” you know, . . . that ain’t so!

Beginning with a bad assumption is like climbing a ladder leaning against the wrong wall . . . It leads to “progress” . . . that ain’t progress at all! So, to begin right, it is wise to question the question, . . . thoroughly double-checking assumptions before launching into an avenue of inquiry. But how do you know when you’ve got a good question? (Changing Your Stripes, page 157)

Just as entertaining bad questions is a waste of time and energy, setting bad goals is equally unfruitful. When it comes to goal setting for children and young adults, they are especially vulnerable to beginning wrong . . . because they sometimes assume that the “bad examples” in their circle of influence are doing what should be done; and so they follow ill-advised trends and traditions and get their goals from unstable sources.

Every good goal must be weighed against the standards of integrity. An excerpt from my book speaks of the “social pull” to pursue the popular and appealing way, . . . instead of the compassionate and fulfilling way:

(continue here: http://www.calldrmatt.com/Parenting.htm)

A New Direction (from Andrew Wommack)

healing-losslessDear beloved: Over many years I have received free teachings from Andrew Wommack on healing and the right way to pray for healing. I have shared many of his good healing teachings on this blog. I received the following letter through a friend. I believe this is the time for my readers to respond. I thank the Lord for your reading. I pray that you too be led by the Lord to share the blessing you have received. Thank you.  

Love, AAA Jack Watchman

A New Direction (from Andrew Wommack) 

Construction Continues at the Sanctuary

As I’m sure you’re aware, we had to pause our construction at The Sanctuary at the end of December 2015 because of finances. I actually took out a line of credit on December 22 to meet our obligations with television and salaries, but the great news is that we paid that back in less than forty-five days. Thank You, Jesus! We are back on track to do everything debt free.

My original plan was to wait until we built up a $4 million buffer before restarting construction. This was to absorb any fluctuations in income or expenses so we wouldn’t run into this problem again. But something happened that has presented me with a new opportunity.

We are so cramped for space at The Barn that we are facing forced limitations on how many people can come to our conferences. We are dealing with this by possibly having students and staff go down to our facilities in Colorado Springs and watch the meetings via live stream. This only affects our major meetings, such as Summer Family Bible Conference, the Ministers’ Conference, Healing Is Here, and Charis Business Summit.

But the more pressing issue is office space and our Phone Center. As I told you months ago, I gave up my office space at The Sanctuary, and we’ve moved as many people as possible down to our offices in Colorado Springs, which already house over 250 employees. I went to talk to one of our IT people at The Barn, and they are actually occupying a storage space on the roof for their offices.

Our Phone Center is 90 percent staffed by Charis Bible College students. This makes for wonderful prayer ministers who do a great job, but it hinders us during Charis class hours. Right now, one of our largest volumes of calls comes from Daystar viewers, beginning at 6:50 a.m. and continuing for the next hour. Our Charis students have to leave around 7:00 a.m. to make it up to Woodland Park by the start of classes at 8:00 a.m.

This drop in people available to answer calls has dramatically limited our ability to respond during this time. We are losing hundreds of calls per day. Some of them may call back later, but we don’t know that for sure.

To solve these problems, my staff proposed looking at places in Woodland Park to rent for additional space. If we had our call center nearby in Woodland Park, the students would be able to take the vast majority of these dropped calls. As we began this process, the man who heads up our construction came to me with the idea of finishing off the part of Phase II that will house our new Phone Center and additional office space. I didn’t know this was an option, but it appears that this will work.

So, we’ve come up with a new plan to finish off the second floor of Phase II on the north and east side of the building. This will allow us to have 150 people answering the phones at one time and will give us around 100 new work spaces.

The changes to accommodate this partial build-out are very minor, and the benefit is enormous. This could be completed by August 2016, and that would be just perfect to accommodate the 1,000 students expected for the new school year beginning in September.

I feel so good about this that I instructed my staff today to go ahead and pursue this plan. Of course, we need the whole building finished as quickly as possible-and I am continuing to believe for that-but this is a bite-sized piece that will provide us with some quick relief.

Over the last eighteen months, we have received an average of $791,000 per month designated for our building projects. It would require just over $1 million per month to complete this partial build-out, or an increase of about $300,000 per month over what we are receiving now. This is one-tenth of the cost of having construction on the whole building going at full throttle. I believe this is very doable and would stop the need for us having to rent additional facilities in Woodland Park.

I’m sending this letter out to the 100,000 people who receive our monthly mailings, and it will also go out to 185,000 people on our email list. We will record some television spots announcing this, reaching millions more. Altogether, this is a piece of cake for Jesus.

I’m asking you to pray about this and participate if the Lord directs you to. As I’ve said many times before, it’s not about the buildings. These buildings are just tools that enable us to minister the true Gospel to people. But they are essential for accomplishing that goal.

Jamie and I and all the people being impacted by this ministry appreciate all you have done and will be doing to get this done. I am more convinced than ever that the Lord is doing something special at Charis. Not long ago, I was able to sit in on chapel at Charis when the students received a taste of our latest musical, God with Us. The writers of all the original music for this were telling us about how people want them on Broadway and in Hollywood and can’t understand why they are living in a small town in the mountains of Colorado. But they shared how the Lord brought them here. This is just one more example of what God is putting together.

No man has done this. No man could do this. Even if I were smart enough to figure this out, there is no way I could compete with all that the secular world has to offer these people. We have millionaires and business tycoons who have fallen in love with Charis and are pouring their lives into these students. David Barton and political figures are investing time and effort into raising up people to take our nation back.

Our media department is training people to communicate the Gospel using all the tools available to us today. Our missions program and ministry track are touching lives all over the world. Our evangelism courses are making a profound impact on our students, who, in turn, are touching the people in their worlds.

Altogether, Charis is doing things I’ve never been able to do. It’s like a tank being brought into battle. Satan’s kingdom is being hurt by what the Lord is doing here. Thanks for being a part of it. We couldn’t do it without you.

Thanks in advance,

Andrew and Jamie

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TODAY’S TRUE BREAD FOR YOUR LIFE

Holy CommunionEat the TRUE BREAD TODAY AND RECEIVE LIFE.
John 6 New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
6 After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. 3 Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. 4 (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” 6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money[a] to feed them!”

8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.

14 When the people saw him[b] do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!”[c] 15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.

Jesus Walks on Water
16 That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. 17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles[d] when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here![e]” 21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!

Jesus, the Bread of Life
22 The next day the crowd that had stayed on the far shore saw that the disciples had taken the only boat, and they realized Jesus had not gone with them. 23 Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten. 24 So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him. 25 They found him on the other side of the lake and asked, “Rabbi, when did you get here?”

26 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. 27 But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man[f] can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.”

28 They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”

29 Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.”

30 They answered, “Show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What can you do? 31 After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’[g]”

32 Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, Moses didn’t give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day.”

35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”

41 Then the people[h] began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Isn’t this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”

43 But Jesus replied, “Stop complaining about what I said. 44 For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them up. 45 As it is written in the Scriptures,[i] ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. 46 (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.)

47 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life. 48 Yes, I am the bread of life! 49 Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died. 50 Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

52 Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.

53 So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. 54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”

59 He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

Many Disciples Desert Jesus
60 Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?”

61 Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? 63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) 65 Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”

66 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. 67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?”

68 Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life. 69 We believe, and we know you are the Holy One of God.[j]”

70 Then Jesus said, “I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil.” 71 He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who would later betray him.

Footnotes:

6:7 Greek Two hundred denarii would not be enough. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage.
6:14a Some manuscripts read Jesus.
6:14b See Deut 18:15, 18; Mal 4:5-6.
6:19 Greek 25 or 30 stadia [4.6 or 5.5 kilometers].
6:20 Or The ‘I am’ is here; Greek reads I am. See Exod 3:14.
6:27 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
6:31 Exod 16:4; Ps 78:24.
6:41 Greek Jewish people; also in 6:52.
6:45 Greek in the prophets. Isa 54:13.
6:69 Other manuscripts read you are the Christ, the Holy One of God; still others read you are the Christ, the Son of God; and still others read you are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

tongues for believers: physical and mental health

the walk of the SpiritI am led to post the following links for all believers who want to live the abundant and wholeness life in Jesus Christ.

Zechariah 4:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
So he answered and said to me:
“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.
Zephaniah 3:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
“For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language,”That they all may call on the name of the Lord To serve Him with one accord.”

http://daveroberson.org/series.aspx?id=419

       The Diversities of Tongues |  (download); 1 of 5 messages
       The Holy Spirit’s Intercession for Us |  (download); 2 of 5
       Why Are We Edified? |  (download); 3 of 5
       Guidelines for Praying in Tongues |  (download); 4 of 5
       Tongues for the Believer Bonus Prayer CD |  (download); 5 of 5

The book :The walk of the Spirit (the walk of power-the vital role of praying in tongues)
http://daveroberson.org/media/7/woswop%20portrait%2010.pdf

THE SECRET PLACE (more resources)

AW dwelling in God's presenceVery good teaching today. http://www.awmi.net/audio/audio-teachings/#/awm_1087a_secret.mp3
THE SECRET PLACE
Most of the promises of God—probably more than you realize—are conditional upon abiding in His presence. You might think that’s too simple, but it really isn’t any more complicated than that. Sad to say, many Christians only visit the Lord, and only when they’re in trouble. If you’re going to be a victorious believer, you can’t meet with God sporadically or when you’re in a crisis. Let Andrew show you how to dwell in God’s presence today.
SEVEN LESSONS IN MP3
The Secret Place
October 05, 2015
God Is Always With Us
October 05, 2015
Knowing God Heart-to-Heart
October 05, 2015
No More Separation
October 05, 2015
Keeping Your Mind Stayed On God
October 05, 2015
Meditation Opens Your Heart
October 05, 2015
Bless The Lord At All Times
October 05, 2015

How to receive a miracle (updated resources)

I am led today to reblog this resource from Andrew Wommack.

God's Way of Healing

Many of us have been hurting and praying to be healed and set free from inner pain and mental health issues .
Today I was reminded of this following teaching by Andrew Wommack. We do need miracles . I have listened to his various teachings for several years and found them positive and practical to apply .
This miracles teaching comes in three audio talks. You can click the link to access the web page to download them in mp3.
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How To Receive A Miracle from Andrew Wommack
“Most Christians do not know how to receive a miracle from God. Learn how to grab a hold of miracles and make them happen. Believing God’s Word is the most important step to receiving a miracle. We do not just naturally grow up believing God — it takes renewing our minds. By finding out what the Bible teaches, you can plant…

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Letter to a friend on divine healing and prayer

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Walking by faith and not by sight

Dearest friend:
My own experiences with God and His reality in all aspects of my own life have emboldened me to share and pray for others. I shall continue to pray for them every day as led by the Lord.
Nowadays I kneel down when I take Holy Communion and pray. I find that it’s natural to do so. My spirit leads me to be more clearly aware of the presence of the invisible great and holy God.
The trouble with some who feel that they do not experience God is that they may have taken God’s holy and awesome majestic presence for granted. I have not read anywhere in the Bible that says that God has changed from the Almighty Holy God to a man-like Santa Claus. I am convinced that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has revealed Himself in the Old Testament clearly the matters about Him and what He demands of His worshippers. Other religions bow and kneel to their gods. What makes Christians think we are exempted from physically showing our respect and honor to our God?
My spiritual breakthrough came when I learned to bow down (kneel down) before God many years ago. The physical act of faith is real in the spiritual realm. I join the angels and elders in heaven to kneel and worship the real God. Up there.
I pray the words of God by faith for healing and receiving healing. I live by faith in the words of God. No need to reason out why God’s words work. Just believe by faith and receive by faith.
I believe that’s why I have progressed faster in my spiritual walk with the Lord. By faith I carry out the act of Faith. Keep reading the words (especially what I have in my the position in Christ) and proclaiming them. Believe as I proclaim. Do every day as I wake up to face a new day, I kneel down, worship and proclaim the greatness of God and His worthiness to be worshipped and praised; I focus on Him and not on me; I don’t have to keep saying what He has given me. It’s already evident. Even if He hasn’t given me anything or I haven’t received them yet, I give Him praise and thanks. Because he is my Creator and Owner.
Yesterday the young pastor said the same thing. He has broken through in his spirit! Because he has followed the Holy Spirit when he preached. The Lord has confirmed to me what he was going to speak through this pastor’s sermon yesterday before I heard him preaching what I already knew and practiced in my spirit before I went to church and also during the first worship song, “How Great thou Are”. During the singing of this hymn I knelt down despite the fact that no one kneels down in this church. Tears streamed down my cheek when I knelt before the great God in heaven.
My God is real.
I have prayed for the gift of faith for you and for me. We heal others by faith. I ask for the faith of the Son of God to manifest in us. We walk by faith, by the Spirit and by the Word of God in the Bible.
I have started praying for your direction for third year. I asked the Lord which option is the one He has assigned you. So far my answer is W____. I have no definite confirmation yet. I shall continue to pray for you to choose the right place for the right motive and purpose and at the right time with the right co-workers and resources. You too ask the Lord.
Ask and you will receive. Ask for accurate hearing and obeying His will for you, and ask that He confirms in the Bible words. Don’t let human limitations limit God’s best plan for you. Do not follow the old pattern (your past ministry in teaching and sharing the words of God in divine healing, familiar cultural environment, and the language you are already good and comfortable at). You may be called to learn and experience a new ministry and currently seem not to have significant natural resources for it. God will supply you with the gifts and resources in ways you never imagine or dream of. If it is God’s will for you ta take up that new ministry, He will make all arrangements smoothly and open the door for you with good godly mentors and brethren to help you and make way for your internship all the way. He will give you more than sufficient grace and favor from heaven and from earth.
Your role is to ask God, hear Him, and listen carefully and receive confirmation.
I am learning the same too. I have asked the Lord to continue to open each new door, send invitations, hospitality and resources to me through trusted Christians, confirm such initiatives with His words, signs and wonders too. I asked the Lord to finance all aspects of my ministry and assignment in His plan. I asked for divine health to carry out. I asked for Psalm 91 protection. I asked for full armor of God. I asked for His similar blessing for my loved ones.
Ask and you will receive. Ask according to His will and your prayer will be granted.
Love, your brethren in Christ.
Monday, February 8, 2016

Healed testimony: depression

depressed woman

Healed testimony: Personally I know of people healed of severe depression through God’s words and prayers. A primary care doctor started weekly Bible study and prayer meetings with a small group of Christin women (friends) who all had suffered from depressions. They had depressions for many years, gone through various treatments of psychiatric medications (with psychological therapies), and were still suffering the fluctuation of moods, and drug-associated side effects. Relationship and quality of lives were adversely affected. The outcome after months and years of persistent and consistent meetings was that all were able to resume functioning of their daily lives without regular doses of medications or lapses that warrant hospitalization. The Christian women who attended the meetings regularly were able to participate more in their daily living, and enjoy a better quality of life with their loved ones. Some went on to creating and building a successful career for themselves.

Here is a summary of what they do in the weekly Bible study meetings:

  1. Worship and praise God in Spirit and in Truth. Pray in the Spirit.
  2. Read the positive words of God in the Bible.
  3. Learn to watch the mouth and thought: not to believe and repeat the lies (negative thoughts) in the mind with the mouth.
  4. Learn to challenge the negative thoughts and substitute with positive thoughts (read in the Bible): believe in all the good things that Jesus has done for each of us, copy a list of them, proclaim aloud the list.
  5. Share and pray for one another, using the positive words from the Bible.
  6. Have sisterly fellowship. Share and pray for families and loved ones.
  7. Learn to focus on what God cares for instead of just themselves. Look at the big picture. Pray for the needs of others as they are led by the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit).

The materials used during the meetings:

  1. the Bible
  2. a classic book on healing: Healing the Sick

Posted in my blog previously. Highly recommended book: Healing

http://www.mimi-huayuan.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Healing-the-Sick_-A-Living-Clas-T.-L.-Osborn.pdf

It’s a book worth keeping, giving to others, and referring to from time to time.
http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Sick-A-Living-Classic/dp/0892744030

Divine healing for harmful habits

The first top search word yesterday was “Andrew Wommack” and the second top search word was “pornography”. This health blogger believes there is an urgent necessity to find solution and healing for addiction. So I searched through Andrew Wommack’s teaching to see if there is any suitable healing material for this particular habitual bondage. I have found the following relevant teachings addressing the matter of the mind which in turn controls harmful emotion, physical desires and habits.

Hardness of Heart: A Condition You May Have and Not Even Know it…

http://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/hardness_heart/

Harnessing Your Emotions

http://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/harnessing_emotions/

Dealing With Temptation

http://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/deal_temptation/

Decisions Determine Destiny

http://www.awmi.net/reading/teaching-articles/decisions_determine/

Managing anger and emotions (resources)

We have seen many patients who suffer the symptoms to physical and mental (including emotional) illnesses with the root traced back to uncontrollable anger (and other emotions) and prolonged inability in coping with the related stress. Today this blogger is led to share this teaching by Andrew Wommack. I take the liberty to share the the links for audio download.  We all need this teaching. Let’s listen together and be rid of the lies and deceptions that have hurt many of us for so long. By now many are aware that substance (alcohol, drugs, many forms of addictions including excessive food, other forms of excessive and immoral sensual gratifications, anything that hurt and harm your own conscience, that some have resorted and to which are bound in bondage) abuses can only bring further damages in your bodies and your souls. Please listen and be healed from uncontrollable anger (rage) and unharnessed emotions. One very good related teaching is Andrew Wommack’s teaching on Spirit, Soul and Body too.

Anger Management by Andrew Wommack
Every person deals with anger. There is no escaping it. But are we dealing with our anger the way God’s Word instructs us to? There is a type of anger that is godly, but even the more common, ungodly anger is very misunderstood. It’s not people and circumstances that make us angry. In this teaching, Andrew shares truths from God’s Word on the subject of anger that are as rare as gold. An ungodly anger is the social norm today. Psychology’s diagnosis of the cause and treatment for anger is totally off-base. God’s Word tells us all we need to know to manage our anger in a godly way.

Godly Anger Real MP3
Ungodly Anger’s Source Real MP3
Anger Towards God, Others, And Self Real MP3


Harnessing Your Emotions by Andrew Wommack

We all have emotions, but do they rule us or do we rule them? Psychologists and Christians alike agree that actions are the result of inner thoughts and feelings, emotions. But that is where the agreement ends. The Word says that sin is conceived in our emotions. If that is true, then the Word must also give us a way to harness our emotions. Andrew’s teaching will present you with a new perspective on emotions.

Sin Is Emotional Real MP3
Psychology Vs. Christianity Real MP3
Self-Esteem Vs. Christ-Esteem Real MP3
Identity In Christ Real MP3

Links:
http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1044
http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1005

Anger Management (original article by By Andrew Wommack)Have you ever been mad at God? Certainly, everyone has had anger rise up against a person. And there are a lot of people who are angry with themselves. Anger is a problem all of us have to deal with.

Many people come from backgrounds where strife was just normal. Our culture is so full of envy and strife that it’s become part of life. We don’t realize how deadly it is. But realize it or not, strife will kill you. Listen to what James had to say about envy and strife:

“For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.” (James 3:16)

Think about what this verse is saying for a moment. Envy and strife bring EVERY evil work. That is quite a revelation! You could be giving tithes and offerings and trusting God in the area of your finances, but if you’re living in strife, you are opening the door to poverty. You could be trying to take care of your body and meditating on healing scriptures, yet envy and strife will negate all of that and bring sickness and disease. No one who is trusting God for victory in any area of their life can ignore dealing with anger and expect to succeed. It’s that important.

This doesn’t mean we are supposed to be emotionless or totally passive people. There is a proper use of anger. If we don’t understand this and try to completely do away with anger, we will not succeed, and we will become passive in a way that allows Satan to run over us. There is a godly purpose for anger.

GODLY ANGER

Think of this: Every person on the planet has a temper. Why do you think that is? Do you think the devil created anger? No way! Satan never created anything. He doesn’t have the power to create. All he does is pervert the godly things God created.

It’s God who gave us the capacity to get angry. Anger has a godly function. But with most of us, it’s been perverted. We don’t need to get delivered of a temper; we need to learn how to manage that anger and direct it the way God intended — not toward people, but toward the devil and evil.

There is a well-known passage of Scripture that talks about a positive use of anger. Yet this passage is most often interpreted in a way that loses the true intent of what Paul was saying. Ephesians 4:26-27 says,

“Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil”.

This is usually interpreted as, “God knows you are only human, and you will sometimes get angry. That just happens. But it doesn’t become sin unless you let it persist. So make sure you confess and forsake your anger every night before you go to bed.”

There is no doubt that getting over anger quickly has great benefit. Confessing and forsaking anger before you go to bed every night is a good thing to do. But that is not what this verse is teaching. It’s nearly the opposite.

Paul is saying there is a godly anger that is not sin. God gives us a command to get angry with a righteous anger. Then he says, “Let not the sun go down on your wrath”. What happens when the sun goes down? Typically we stop working. The day winds down, and we rest and go to sleep. Paul is saying, “Don’t let this godly anger ever stop working. Keep it awake. Stir it up and keep it active!” Then verse 27 continues, “Neither give place to the devil”. If we don’t keep a godly anger active within us, we are giving place to the devil. What a revelation!

There is a righteous use of anger. Not understanding this has rendered many Christians so passive, they don’t get mad at the evil in this world. Therefore, Satan is having a free shot at everything we hold dear and holy. Our society is under attack, and our righteous anger that God has given us as a weapon is kept in its sheath and not used. This needs to change.

Look at what the Word of God has to say about a right use of anger:

“Ye that love the LORD, hate evil”. (Psalm 97:10)

“The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate”. (Prov. 8:13)

“The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom”. (Psalm 111:10)

“The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge”. (Prov. 1:7)

“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good”. (Rom. 12:9)

These are just a few of the scriptures that speak of a righteous use of hate and anger. Look again at Proverbs 8:13: “Pride and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward [literally, perverse] mouth, do I hate”. Do we really hate those things? We should, but Christians as a whole do not hate evil. We don’t like evil, but few would argue that we literally hate these things. Some Christians don’t believe that we are supposed to hate anything, but that’s not what God’s Word says.

Jesus was sinless, but He had hate and anger. In John 2:14-17, which took place at the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and then in Mark 11:15-17, which took place the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus drove the money changers out of the temple. He didn’t approach them meekly and say, “Guys, I’m sorry. I don’t want to hurt any of you, but I have to do this to obey my Father.” NO! He made a whip and beat the people and animals and turned over their tables. He was mad.

Where were the temple guards? I’m sure they were there, but Jesus was in a holy rage that paralyzed them from action. It’s certain that Jesus never sinned, but it’s also certain that He got very angry to the point of action. Therefore, there is a righteous anger. We need to discover the righteous use of anger and channel all of our aggression in the proper way. So, there is a right place for anger. But what about the wrong use of anger? All of us have to deal with getting mad at people. How do we overcome our unforgiveness and anger toward people?

UNGODLY ANGER

Have you ever prayed that the Lord would remove someone from your life who makes you angry? Have you ever prayed that your circumstances would change so that you would be delivered from those things that make you mad? If you have, you are not alone. But it’s not what others do to you that makes you angry. You will never be able to remove all aggravating things and people from your path. That’s unrealistic. Satan has more than enough people under his control to keep an endless parade of annoying people coming across your path.

You can’t always change circumstances, and you don’t have the authority to change others. But you can change what’s on the inside of you that makes you angry. That’s right. Our anger comes from the inside, not the outside. I know most people don’t like that. At first, it’s comforting to think that it’s what someone else did that made you angry, but that’s not true. If what other people do makes you angry, then you will always be angry because there will always be someone that treats you wrong. That makes you a victim and not a victor.

Accepting responsibility for your ungodly anger puts you in the driver’s seat. You only have total authority over yourself. You are the only one that you can really change. If you are trying to remove all the people and things that make you mad from your path, you will never win. But if you deal with the things inside you that cause your anger, you will never lose, regardless of what others do. That’s the example that Jesus gave us. He was able to look at the very ones who crucified and mocked Him and say,

“Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do”. (Luke 23:34)

Jesus not only suffered more than any of us ever have, He suffered more unjustly than we have. As God, He could have come off the cross at any time and wiped all of His accusers out. Yet He humbled Himself and even forgave His enemies. Some people think, “Well that was Jesus. I’m certainly not Jesus.” But Jesus wasn’t the only one who forgave those who wronged him. Stephen acted just like Jesus in Acts 7:60. As he was being stoned to death, he knelt down and cried with a loud voice,

“Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep”.

Paul commanded us to do the same thing in Ephesians 4:32:

“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”.

Not only are we supposed to resist anger, but we are commanded to forgive those who trespass against us. We can’t control others, but we can control what’s inside of us that makes us angry. The key is found in Proverbs 13:10:

“Only by pride cometh contention”.

It’s not what others do to us that makes us angry; it’s the pride inside of us that causes us to get mad. I know that’s not what most people believe, but that’s what God’s Word says. This verse doesn’t say that pride is one of the major reasons for anger — it’s the only reason. What a statement!

I ministered this in Pueblo, Colorado, many years ago, and a man came up to me after the meeting and said, “I’ve got a lot of problems, but pride isn’t one of them. If anything, I have such low self-esteem that I hate myself. Yet I have a lot of anger. I just don’t understand how my pride is the source of my anger.” What this man was missing was a proper definition of pride.

Many people think of pride only as arrogance. But that’s only one manifestation of pride. Timidity and shyness are extreme manifestations of pride. Pride, at it’s core, is simply self-centeredness or selfishness.Timid and shy people are extremely self-centered people. I know this to be true because I was an introvert. I couldn’t look at people in the face and talk to them. I was so consumed with me that I was always thinking, “What are they going to think of me? Am I going to make a mistake and look foolish?” That self-centeredness made me shy.

If you have a testimony about what the Lord has done for you that could help someone, yet you would be timid about getting on radio or television and sharing it because everyone would be looking at you, then you have some pride issues that haven’t been settled. You may not be called to broadcast on radio or television the way I am, but we are all called to, “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Pet. 3:15)

So, pride is not only thinking we are better than others; pride can be thinking we are worse than others or just being self-conscious. It doesn’t matter if self is always exalting itself or if it’s debasing itself. It’s all self-centeredness, which is pride. Like it or not, understand it or not, pride is the source of all of our anger. As we deal with our own self-love, anger toward others will be defused. The only reason we are so easily offended is because we love ourselves so much. As we die to ourselves, we will be able to love others the way that Jesus did.

I have a lot more to share on this than what I was able to put into this article. I have a teaching entitled Anger Management. This is a three-part album that deals with truths I’ve never heard anyone else teach. I’m sure others teach this, but it’s certainly not common. The first teaching, entitled “Godly Anger,” will show you the proper use of anger. This is necessary in resisting Satan and his evil. The second teaching, entitled “Ungodly Anger’s Source,” will explain how self-love is the root of all of our ungodly anger. This is a must for anyone who struggles with a temper (all of us). The third teaching is entitled “Anger Toward God, Others, and Self.”

http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/anger_management

Harnessing Your Emotions (original article by By Andrew Wommack)

The Bible teaches us that our thoughts are the determining factor which controls our actions. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Romans 8:6 says, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Notice that carnal mindedness doesn’t just tend toward death — it is death!

No one can consistently perform differently than the way they think; therefore, we cannot change our actions without changing our thinking. It’s not just what we think about that needs changing, but we must change our thinking process. Our emotions are linked directly to how we think.

All people have a perception, or image, on the inside of them of what they are like. This image is not necessarily based on facts but on feelings. One negative experience can distort a person’s perception of themself for a lifetime.

For instance, some people who are beautiful may think of themselves as ugly or undesirable because of unkind words spoken to them as a child. Some who achieve great success still see themselves as failures, which becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

To a degree, psychology has correctly diagnosed this problem. Psychologists use terminology such as “self-esteem” or “identity” in relating these truths; however, today’s secular wisdom is totally inadequate to help a person change the inner self image.

First, most people shift the blame for bad self-esteem, or self-image, to someone else. It has become popular to blame others for every negative thing in our lives. People often say, “I came from a dysfunctional family,” “My problems came because I’m part of a minority group,” “It’s that woman you gave me” (Gen. 3:12). Other people are not our problem!

All of us have had negative experiences. The choice is ours whether we become bitter or better as a result of them. For every person who can claim some dysfunctional behavior because of a traumatic experience in their life, there are others who have had similar or worse things happen to them, yet they overcame their circumstances. Why? Because problems do not dictate failure; we have a choice.

Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” God Almighty gave us a choice. God doesn’t make the choice for us, and Satan can’t make it for us. We have the privilege and responsibility to choose blessing or cursing.

Placing the blame on others is denying the real problem, and it will prevent finding a solution. If other people are my problem, I’m in trouble because God did not give me the ability to control other people. The devil will always send someone across my path who knows how to hit my hot button.

If the problem is within me, then there is hope because through Christ, I can change. This is freedom. Regardless of what others do, I can prosper through Christ.

After psychology tries to place the blame for your problems on someone else, they try to bolster your self-esteem by having you focus on the positive things in your self and minimize the negative attributes. That’s not what the Bible teaches. Jesus said, “For without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).

“Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Paul said, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are” (1 Cor. 1:27-28).

The Bible teaches that there must be an end to self-esteem before true service can begin. Christians should not try and store up the feeble positive attributes of their personalities. That is like trying to stop the bleeding from an amputated arm with a Band-Aid; it won’t work for long.

Regardless of how successful or talented we are in ourselves, we will eventually fail. If nothing else, we will get older someday and will not be as productive as before. If our self-esteem is rooted in our accomplishments, then it will ultimately fail. All the security we have found in ourselves will then come crashing down around us.

The Christian should have Christ-esteem. Just like the Apostle Paul said, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).

The secret to victorious Christian living is not found in self-improvement but in self-denial so that Christ can live through us.

This does not mean that God wants us to have a bad self-image. It just depends upon which self we are talking about. You see, every born-again believer has become a new person in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). (Eph. 4:22-24).

The old man is corrupt and, at his best, is incapable of living the Christian life. This is the self that most people try to patch up and feel good about. Give it up! We have to die to this old self life with all its good and bad, and find a new identity in Christ.

The new man is exactly as Jesus is (1 Cor. 6:17)! That’s right. We are a totally brand-new person in Christ. We have everything that Jesus has, in our spirits (1 John 4:17). We have a totally new identity in Christ. Why then would we want to fix up our old selves instead of just living in our new selves?

If we let the new man dominate us, we’ll walk in power and victory in every area of our lives.

How can you tell if your thoughts and emotions are coming from the new, born-again self or the old carnal self? God’s Word is the key. Jesus says in John 6:63, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Any thought or emotion that agrees with what God’s Word says about you is from your new man. Any thought or emotion that violates God’s Word is from your old man or the devil.

If you are angry at someone, you’re in the flesh (old man). Just repent and get back in the spirit (new man) where you have love, joy, and peace (Gal. 5:22). If you are afraid, you’re in the flesh, “for God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Tim. 1:7). Instead of going to God and asking Him to remove the fear, just step out of the flesh and into the spirit where there is no fear (1 John 4:18).

This is so simple you have to have someone help you misunderstand it. The problem is that we have had a lot of help misunderstanding these simple, biblical truths, but we have a solution.

http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/harnessing_emotions

watch here: http://www.awmi.net/tv/2004/week19

harnessing emotionsSummary:
Sin is Emotional
This teaching reveals that positive emotions are not optional. God commands us to take control of our emotions. In fact, sin is conceived in our emotions. A person who doesn’t master their emotions is a person who cannot overcome sin.
Self-Esteem
Emotions are a result of how we think. A person who has low self-esteem is going to be depressed. But how does this square with the statements of God’s Word about denying ourselves and becoming nothing in our own sight before God can use us? The answer lies in Christ-esteem, not self-esteem. Our born-again self is the only part of us that we need to esteem. Anything less is destined to fail.
Identity in Christ
We need to analyze and then identify with the new self that we have become in Christ. This teaching will give you a look at who you are in Christ that very few Christians have seen. This is life-changing and one of the major keys to a victorious life in Christ.

 Every person deals with anger. There is no escaping it. But are we dealing with our anger the way God’s Word instructs us to? There is a type of anger that is godly, but even the more common, ungodly anger is very misunderstood. It’s not people and circumstances that make us angry. In this teaching, Andrew shares truths from God’s Word on the subject of anger that are as rare as gold. An ungodly anger is the social norm today. Psychology’s diagnosis of the cause and treatment for anger is totally off-base. God’s Word tells us all we need to know to manage our anger in a godly way.

http://www.awmi.net/store/usa/books/318

Andrew’s Book – Spirit, Soul & Body
This book contains the foundational revelation to everything Andrew teaches. It’s a must-read for every believer.

Book Description

Have you ever asked yourself what changed when you were “born again”? You look in the mirror and see the same reflection – your body hasn’t changed. You find yourself acting the same and yielding to those same old temptations – that didn’t seem to change either. So you wonder, Has anything really changed?

The correct answer to that question is foundational for receiving from God. If you lack this basic understanding, you’ll forever ask yourself doubt-filled questions like: “How could God love somebody like me?” and “How can I possibly expect to receive anything from the Lord? I don’t deserve it, I’m not good enough!”

Spirit, Soul & Body will help you to eliminate those and other doubt-filled questions that destroy your faith. If you have trouble receiving from God, this is a must-read!
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Sample Chapters

Table of Contents Introduction

Chapter 1 God’s Mirror

Chapter 2 Release What You’ve Already Got!

Chapter 3 Renew, Acknowledge & Experience

Healed testimony continued (revised 6/16/15)

born_again-howNotes on 6/16/15: Further to what I have written below, I am reminded this morning that in God’s perfect love there is no fear (1 John). I am also reminded that there are really many things I do not know about God and His healing way. I have recently been led to assure an elderly missionary who has served God faithfully for nearly 20 years in the mission field, and had to take medication to stop the severe incapacitating symptoms that had caused immense suffering to himself and his loved ones, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1 NKJV) I am reminded of 1 John 4 about the love the followers of Jesus must have for one another. I am also reminded of the important teaching of love through Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:1-10.

Indeed, no one has the perfect ten in knowing how divine healing works. Apostle Paul himself admitted this fact: “8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.” (1Corinthians 13:8-10)

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A common thought that dominates the human mind is the fear of being sick, ranging from the fear of inconveniences and discomfort to life threatening suffering and losses in many aspects of lives.

Mankind has developed many ways of coping and treating illness. Expensive and sophisticated equipments had been manufactured for the healthcare industry. However, many people continue to fear the uncertainty of diseases and the death caused by painful diseases. Churches have increasingly prayed for the healing of diseases. The Bible recorded divine healing by Jesus, Paul, Peter and others, including prophets like Elijah and Elisha. Some Christians believe that God heals people through the power of the Holy Spirit, often involving the laying of hands. Famous earlier Christians of faith in the 20th Century like John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, William Branham, Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Kenneth Hagin and many others practiced divine healing by faith through the power of the Holy Spirit, on the basis of the words of God.

This blogger has witnessed dramatically healed testimonies as well as incidents of failures to get healed. Why did some receive total divine wellness and live a long and fulfilled life while others seemed to have failed to appropriate the divine healing promised in the Bible? There seems no answer to this blogger’s question.

The spiritual God’s way is not for a mortal physical man to fully comprehend in the mind. Divine healing is spiritual. There is no physical medicine to be taken at regular intervals. There is no physical equipment to be used to cut and remove unwanted physical lumps. The only guide to each Christian is the words of God, the Bible. Can everyone be a faith healer? Again I have no answer. I can only read the words of God and believe as I am led by the Holy Spirit, after personally knowing God, that He is real and He has announced Himself as the Lord who heals. In my previous healed testimony I have already testified how I have believed in God’s words by faith and how God has healed me. I admit that I did try to rationalize things with my mind. But I have soon realized how limited my human mind is. When I decided to choose the spiritual way to understand God, I started to experience breakthrough in divine healing.

Jesus has spoken clearly that God is Spirit and He looks for those who worship (including relate to) Him in spirit and in truth. I take the word ‘truth’ means the words of God. The Holy Spirit and the words of God work hand in hand. Jesus Himself is the way, the truth and the life. The Holy Spirit gives life to our mortal body. I believe fully in the following key verses on what it means to be born again. It does make a crucial difference in my receiving divine healing.

John 3:3,5 King James Version (KJV)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 1:22a-23 King James Version (KJV)

22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit …

23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

a letter to junior: when not to say “IDK”

2Co1.20

Dear junior: I would like to discuss the use of modern communication today.

Much as your peers like the term “idk” (“I don’t know” in short), I believe you do know a lot of stuff. There is no need to say ‘idk’ to your elders, especially those of ancient ages. It is actually more ‘in’ to say, “I know.” Many people say “idk” as they really do not know. Why should you be like them?

You see, people of ancient time are not concerned with “idk”. When it is time to say “yes”, they say “yes”. Otherwise they just say “no”. It is a simple way of communication. All they need to do is to know what to say, to whom, and at what time. Unlike today’s people, the ancients are wise and yet not complicated. Most of their wisdom comes from the Bible. They read their Bible and believe the words of God as truth. They live contented uncomplicated unpolluted lives. Jesus says, let your yes be yes. The ancients follow closely this golden advice.

You may want to know why it is important to say what we mean. One good reason is many people do not say what they mean and Jesus calls them hypocrites. When Jesus calls someone hypocrite it means bad news for that person. No, it is not cool to be a hypocrite. Many people could not stand Jesus because He tells the truth. His yes is amen.

You can of course say you don’t know when you really don’t know. When you know just speak out. We need young people to speak out today. No more a vague “idk”. To be honest, “idk” is the only “modern” communication terminology I know. Well, I shall learn another one when we next meet…

love in Christ, the Ancient.

Matthew 5:37 [Full Chapter]

But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes.
And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”
She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Jesus teaches to guard this door!

guard our mouthOur lips have door. Jesus has taught us to guard our door. In Matthew 12, here is what Jesus has warned about our mouth (and lips): what is outside, that is your words, reflect what is inside. How do words become what they are? Through our thoughts and the emotions generated by our thoughts. Guard our mouth means guard our thoughts. Who put thoughts into our mind? Our own flesh (the old person who loves the world and all the ways of the world), the devil (Jesus calls him the thief, who comes in to steal, kill, and destroy) and the natural consequences of this world. Its culture, social behavior, economic values, philosophies and pattern of lives.

Matthew 12

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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David also knows this well. When he does not guard his mouth, bad things happen. So in this poem he prays the prayer of guarding his door, against all evil. Strange it may seem, talking is like eating. Some bad words can taste like delicacies but they hurt. The enemy comes in through the opening to steal, kill, and destroy.David suffers because of the consequences of his love for the world. So do his children suffer. Remember, words can become traps and snares.

Psalm 141 New International Version (NIV) (boldness added)

A psalm of David.

I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
    hear me when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
    may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
    keep watch over the door of my lips.
Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil
    so that I take part in wicked deeds
along with those who are evildoers;
    do not let me eat their delicacies.

Let a righteous man strike me—that is a kindness;
    let him rebuke me—that is oil on my head.
My head will not refuse it,
    for my prayer will still be against the deeds of evildoers.

Their rulers will be thrown down from the cliffs,
    and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
They will say, “As one plows and breaks up the earth,
    so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave.”

But my eyes are fixed on you, Sovereign Lord;
    in you I take refuge—do not give me over to death.
Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers,
    from the snares they have laid for me.
10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
    while I pass by in safety.

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Here is a good audio teaching on how to watch our tongue from Andrew Wommack:

Watch Your Tongue Real MP3

Luke 9:57-62 Jesus warns of double-mindedness in mind-healing

Jesus speaks of how double-mindedness can obstruct the full benefits of following Him. This is a common problem with healing the mind. When we hear of some ‘new’ ways of healing by man we tend to want to go after it. We then forget that Jesus has healed us by His crucifixion on the cross more than two thousands years ago!

Healing (physical and mental) is forever settled by Jesus. When we believe we are like His followers who told Him they wanted to follow Him.

But not all followed wholeheartedly. Jesus has noted and advised as follows:

  1. Don’t expect from Jesus a fixed pattern or a fixed place for you to receive your healing. Receiving healing is through believing His words by faith. It is exactly the same as receiving salvation.
  2. Just follow Jesus.
  3. don’t give excuses.
  4. separate yourself from the common belief and practice of those who don’t know of Jesus’ healing.
  5. after you have followed God’s way of healing, don’t look back or turn back.

Luke 9:57-62 Amplified Bible (AMP)

57 And it occurred that as they were going along the road, a man said to Him, Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.

58 And Jesus told him, Foxes have lurking holes and the birds of the air have roosts and nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.

59 And He said to another, [a]Become My disciple, side with My party, and accompany Me! But he replied, Lord, permit me first to go and bury ([b]await the death of) my father.

60 But Jesus said to him, Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and publish abroad [c]throughout all regions the kingdom of God.

61 Another also said, I will follow You, Lord, and become Your disciple and side with Your party; but let me first say good-bye to those at my home.

62 Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back [to the things behind] is fit for the kingdom of God.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 9:59 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.
  2. Luke 9:59 Many commentators interpret it thus.
  3. Luke 9:60 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.

James 1:5-8 New Living Translation (NLT)

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

raging-waves verse

what Jesus says about the Holy Spirit and mental health freedom

Today we read from John all about the Holy Spirit. What Jesus tells us about the Holy Spirit, so that we keep a reservoir of truth in us. Jesus says that His truth will set people free. When Jesus says we are free we are free indeed. Jesus has given us a salvation that sets us free from all forms of afflictions (mental and physical), but we focus on mental health today because it is not in the seen realm and many sufferers are often misunderstood, being neglected and left out in healing, and worse, in some places, discriminated against.

Jesus speaks of freedom from all forms of captivity: body, soul and spirit. When a believer of Jesus is born again, he or she receives a new spirit, perfectly born of the Holy Spirit and God’s incorruptible words. But he still has a soul (mental and emotional parts) and a body from his past. The afflictions are in these parts of the born again new creation. Jesus speaks of these parts as well. He heals and sets free all who are willing.

When a believer is born again, he is born of the Holy Spirit and is given the status of the children of God, and has a spirit that can communicate to God. He is given the nature and character of God (the Father), living a holy and godly life.

When he is baptized with the Holy Spirit by Jesus, the believer receives the ability to function like Jesus, doing the things that Jesus did and even greater things together with other believers, using the gifts of the Holy Spirit and ministering to others in the power of the Holy Spirit. The children of God are led by the Holy Spirit to live a more than conqueror’s life.

How do we take (and receive)?

The Holy Spirit helps us. So let’s continue to know about the Holy Spirit.

John 8:31-32, 36

31 Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. 32 And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 36 So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. 

Bible verse from John on the Hoy Spirit:

John 1:32

And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.

John 1:33

I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

John 3:5

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

John 3:6

That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:8

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3:34

For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure.

John 4:23

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

John 4:24

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

John 6:63

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

John 7:37

The Promise of the Holy Spirit ] On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

John 7:38

38 Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”[a]

John 7:39

But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 14:17

the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

John 14:26

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 15:26

The Coming Rejection ] “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.

John 16:13

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

John 20:22

And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Jesus’ followers received the baptism with the Holy Spirit:

Acts 1:4, 9 New Living Translation (NLT)

Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with[a] water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him.

2:1-4 On the day of Pentecost[e] all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages,[f] as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
boy leaping at dawn

praise power: sing in the spirit

In previous posts, we have looked at the verses on how the Holy Spirit is crucial to our healing  and how we may receive and use this supernatural power.

Today we do some practical on this wonderful power in us.

Briefly, we summarize what we have learned so far:

  1. the Holy Spirit gave us the new birth changes our nature to be like God, and the ability to function in those natures of God. We become new person. We shall be like Jesus, the Son of God. the new birth produces the fruit, the character. Who we are have changed to be like the Father in heaven.
  2. being baptized in the Spirit changes our ability. Jesus said that His believers shall receive His ability (power). He only does what His Father says and Does. He has the Father’s nature and ability to do so. We too. Jesus said that we shall do the things that Jesus has done and even greater things.

One of the first functions we are expected to do is to worship and praise God in spirit and in truth. We also have read in previous posts the power of praises. Praise is a key to triumph. Today we read how we may practice this essential function.

What Jesus has taught us about the kind of worship that God wants:

John 4:23-24 (NKJV) 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”

The power of praises: 

Psalm 106:47 Save us, O Lord our God, And gather us from among the Gentiles, To give thanks to Your holy name, To triumph in Your praise.

Psalm 149:5-6 Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,

The joy of the Lord is our strength! Praise in the spirit brings joy in the spirit.

Nehemiah 8:10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
The power of praise brings peace in our mind and spirit!
Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT)

You will keep in perfect peace
    all who trust in you,
    all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Trust in the Lord always,
    for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

How to worship in spirit ? By praying and singing in the spirit. In tongues. In a heavenly language which the Holy Spirit gives us. Here are the verses to guide us.

1 Corinthians 14:14-15 (NLT) 14 For if I pray in tongues, my spirit is praying, but I don’t understand what I am saying. 15 Well then, what shall I do? I will pray in the spirit,[a] and I will also pray in words I understand. I will sing in the spirit, and I will also sing in words I understand.

Footnotes: 14:15 Or in the Spirit; also in 14:15b, 16.

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Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heaven!

~~~~Psalm 150:1~~~

Luke 10: 21-24 Jesus talks about eyes and ears

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my armor my shield

invisible wings cover

feathers from Abba

(Psalm 91:4)

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In the previous post I spoke of the harm we do to listen and repeat self-talks that attack our mind and emotion, leading to mental and physical symptoms which are hurtful to us and to others. The way to overcome the harmful self-talks is to keep our focus on God and the words of God. The Holy Spirit can help us to do that and give us the power to live the super-abundant life that Jesus has promised and given to every believer.

In this post I shall explore further what Jesus says about how our eyes and ears play an important role in getting the above mentioned super-abundant life through the Holy Spirit and His words. We can focus on God : see, hear, know Him. Living the super-abundant life means we live in the total presence of God in the Kingdom of God. No evil can befall us. Nor any diseases, infirmities, plagues, whether physical or mental, can come near our dwelling. (Psalm 91:10)

Self-talks are words. We focus on storing God’s words instead of our own words or the lies of the enemy.

  1. The lies of the enemy and our own words (influenced by the world) that hurt and torment us are not God’s words. The spiritual enemy and the world do not know God. Only Jesus knows God.
  2. Those who believe in Jesus can know God and see God (in their spirit).
  3. To know and see God and hear God requires the mind and attitude of a child. No preconceived ideas, agenda, or presumptions from the world and the so called ‘authority’ (on all worldly matters: socio-political, philosophical or religious).
  4. God has chosen to reveal Himself through Jesus.
  5. Jesus has revealed God to all whom He has chosen at the time when he was on earth.
  6. After that, God has sent the Holy Spirit to reveal God to everyonel who believes in Jesus. All who have the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) are children of God. The children of God are led by the Holy Spirit to know the things of God (as already mentioned in our previous post).

Luke 10:21-24 New Life Version (NLV) The Joy of the Holy Spirit

21 At this time Jesus was full of the joy of the Holy Spirit. He said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. You have kept these things hidden from the wise and from those who have much learning. You have shown them to little children. Yes, Father, it was what you wanted done.

22 “Everything has been given to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son but the Father. No one knows the Father but the Son and the Son makes the Father known to those He chooses.”

23 Then He turned to His followers and said without anyone else hearing, “Happy are those who see what you see! 24 I tell you, many early preachers and kings have wanted to see the things you are seeing, but they did not see them. They have wanted to hear the things you are hearing, but they did not hear them.”

Romans 8:14-17

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children[g] of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children.[h] Now we call him, “Abba, Father.”[i] 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

What does Jesus say about abundant life?

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Sometimes we go through a prolonged spell of heat and drought. It seems very difficult to carry on living even the routine living human beings are equipped to live. The mind simply tells us self-talks that discourage and depress us further.

Today we read what Jesus says instead. All these words have come true. What Jesus has promised has happened. Those who believe in Jesus have experienced the abundant life through the power of the Holy Spirit He has given to His believers. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty – freedom from bondages, oppressions, depressions, infirmities, and all hindrances that block us from taking and living the abundant, super-sufficient life that Jesus has promised.

John 10

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 7

37 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” 39 But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing[g] in Him would receive; for the Holy[h] Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

John 4

10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”

Luke 11

13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

2 Corinthians 3:14-18 New King James Version (NKJV)

14 But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. 15 But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16 Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Healing key: Don’t wait. Shout now.

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God's Way of Healing

When others were trying to shut him up, one blind man shouted louder to Jesus. he knew. He believed. He wanted the healing that Jesus has given to the multitudes. He trusted the mercy and compassion of God, in Jesus. He never saw with his own eyes. He was physically blind. He merely heard how great God’s work was through Jesus, but he believed and he was healed! The crucial verses: 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus. Mark 10:46-52)

So, whoever you are, just come to a meeting where many are not waiting at home or in hospital dying in despair. Many are walking by…

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What to do at a time of madness

King David suffered a time of madness. In order to survive in the enemy’s camp, he adopted insane behavior. As a result he was attacked in his mind, and developed shame, desperation, brokenheartedness,  helplessness, fears and depression. His spirit was crushed.
How did he overcome?
Psalm 34 is a beautiful poem that tells all, his feelings, his struggles, his turning of focus, his healing.
Key to victory: He knew the real battle was in the mind and the spiritual realm. God’s army battled there for him.
1 Focus on God and God’s goodness at all times. Focus on life and not death.
2 Praise and worship God in spirit and truth constantly. Stay in God’s presence. Hide in God’s secret place. Make God his dwelling.
3 Put on the whole armour of God.
4 Let God send His angels to guard and defend.
5 Keep his mouth shut. Teach his family to do the same. They were not to give the enemy an open door to come in to steal, kill, and destroy further.
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Psalm 34 New Living Translation (NLT)
A psalm of David regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away.
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1 I will praise the Lord at all times.   
 I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord;   
 let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;    
let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.    
He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;    
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
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6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;    
he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;  
  he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.   
 Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
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9 Fear the Lord, you his godly people,    
for those who fear him will have all they need.
10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,    
but those who trust in the Lord will lack no good thing.
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11 Come, my children, and listen to me,    
and I will teach you to fear the Lord.
12 Does anyone want to live a life    
that is long and prosperous?
13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies!
14 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;  his ears are open to their cries for help.
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16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.
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17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.    
He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;    
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
19 The righteous person faces many troubles,    
but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.
20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;    not one of them is broken!
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21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked,    
and those who hate the righteous will be punished. 22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.    
No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
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What does Jesus expect the healed ones do?

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Carefully preserved?
Vacuum packed labeled fragile?
None of the above.
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A healed person does not automatically know what to do. Some continue their former sickness behavior. Then they start doubting whether they have really been healed. This applies to both physical and mental health.
Let’s read what healed behavior Jesus expects.
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Luke 8:26-39 describes a demon-possessed man who had been homeless, naked, living in a cemetery for a long time, healed by Jesus on their first encounter.
His healed behavior: fully clothed, perfectly sane, sitting at Jesus’ feet.
He begged to go with Jesus. But Jesus sent him home, saying, “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.”
So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.
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Jesus allowed a group of former physical and mental ‘patients’ (including a very demonized woman called Mary Magdalene) follow Him as disciples and sponsors of His ministry.
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 Luke 8:1-3 Soon afterward Jesus began a tour of the nearby towns and villages, preaching and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom of God. He took his twelve disciples with him, 2 along with some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases. Among them were Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons; 3 Joanna, the wife of Chuza, Herod’s business manager; Susanna; and many others who were contributing from their own resources to support Jesus and his disciples.
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John 4:4-42 recorded an outcast woman of infamous reputation (married five times and then living with someone else’s husband) being set free from her emotional bondages.
She immediately turned into an evangelist and witnessed for Jesus and many of her countrymen believed in Jesus because of her testimony.
Jesus didn’t stop her.
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The formerly severely demonized man didn’t go back to live in the cemetery. The formerly physically ill, mental or demon possessed womend didn’t hide and rest at home as before. The outcast Samaritan woman didn’t quickly escape home and continued living an invisible life in the dark.
All came out into the light of Jesus and lived a full and dignified life as God has designed, planned and given.
This is their key to maintain their healing and the divine health that comes with the abundant life that Jesus has promised and given to all who believe.