Read this prayer aloud and let your heart agree with it: Heavenly Father, thank You because You’re my Father and I’m your child. I have been born again. I am born of You. You are my very own Father, and I am Your very own child. Hallelujah! It is written in Your Word that “my God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” [Phil. 4:19]. I believe that in my heart. You supply my physical needs – that is, healing for my body – for it is written in Matthew 8:17, “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” Jesus took my infirmities. He bore my sicknesses. What He bore, I need not bear. Because He bore them. I’m free; I’m healed. I believe that in my heart. I say it with my mouth. It’s mine. I have it now. He meets all my needs. My spiritual need is met. My financial need is met. Every material need is met. All my needs are met. I believe it in my heart. Because I believe it in my heart, I say it with my mouth. It is done. Confession: I’m not a doubter. I’m a believer. I am a child of God. God is my very own Father. I am His very own child. I am born of God. Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications
Category: the power of the Holy Spirit
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
We continue today with more power of praise. Praise turns darkness to light. Praise switches the role of being a victim to that of a victor! Praise places believers of Jesus to the head position and not the tail. Why does God honor them? Because they honor God. God builds His throne on our praises.
The time was darkest, at midnight. The two faithful disciples obeyed the Holy Spirit, went to evangelize this city and were falsely accused, thrown into prison with cruelty and treated as the worst criminals by the authority. Could the two be wrong in hearing God? Anyone would wonder. What a terrible fate. someone would remark. But these two were sure of their calling and their destiny. They did something that was just the opposite of despair. They sang powerful and hopeful praises to God at midnight, and miracles happened! As they sang praises and worshipped God, supernatural events took place: great earthquake, prison shaken, doors opened, chains unfastened, prisoners and jailor converted to Christ, jailor’s family also saved and converted. None of the prisoners ran away after conversion. Paul and Silas too were enjoying the presence of God so much they did not take the opportunity to run away. Instead, Paul (the former prisoner) took charge in an authoritative way, continued to bring the jailor and his family to Christ. The next day the table turned as the local officials had to apologize to them, and escorted them out of prison as very important honorary guests. Paul and Silas did not hear God wrongly. They were right to respond to their calling and they succeeded in their mission to evangelize the people who were crying out for help in a vision. THEY WERE FEARLESS. WHY? BECAUSE THEY KNEW GOD THROUGH THEIR REGULAR PRAISES TO GOD.
Let us read what happened on that fateful midnight.
ACTS 16:6-10; 22-40 AMP
PAUL SAW A VISION
6 Now they passed through the territory of Phrygia and Galatia, after being forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in [the west coast province of] Asia [Minor]; 7 and after they came to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; 8 so passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. 9 Then a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man from [the Roman province of] [a]Macedonia was standing and pleading with him, saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 And when he had seen the vision, [b]we (including Luke) tried to go on into Macedonia at once, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
PAUL AND SILAS IMPRISONED
16:22 The crowd also joined in the attack against them, and the chief magistrates tore their robes off them and ordered that Paul and Silas be beaten with rods. 23 After striking them many times [with the rods], they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to guard them securely. 24 He, having received such a [strict] command, threw them into the inner prison (dungeon) and fastened their feet in the stocks [in an agonizing position].
MIDNIGHT PRAISES AND THE POWER OF PRAISES: MIRACLES!
25 But about midnight when Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; 26 suddenly there was a great earthquake, so [powerful] that the very foundations of the prison were shaken and at once all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27 When the jailer, shaken out of sleep, saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, saying, “Do not hurt yourself, we are all here!” 29 Then the jailer called for torches and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 and after he brought them out [of the inner prison], he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
SALVATION TO ALL WHO BELIEVE
31 And they answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus [as your personal Savior and entrust yourself to Him] and you will be saved, you and your household [if they also believe].” 32 And they spoke the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their bloody wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. 34 Then he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, since he had believed in God with his entire family [accepting with joy what had been made known to them about the Christ].
HONOR RESTORED TO PAUL AND SILAS
35 Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their officers, saying, “Release those men.” 36 And the jailer repeated the words to Paul, saying, “The chief magistrates have sent word to release you; so come out now and go in peace.” 37 But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us in public without a trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison; and now they are sending us out secretly? No! Let them come here themselves and bring us out!” 38 The officers reported this message to the chief magistrates, and [g]when they heard that the prisoners were Romans, they were frightened; 39 so they came [to the prison] and appealed to them [with apologies], and when they brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city. 40 So they left the prison and went to Lydia’s house; and when they had seen the brothers and sisters, they encouraged and comforted them, and left.
Acts 16:9 Northern Greece.
Acts 16:10 At this point Luke (the writer) apparently joined the journey and includes himself in the narrative, speaking in the first person.
Acts 16:13 Apparently there were not enough Jews living in Philippi to establish a synagogue.
Acts 16:14 The first recorded believer in Europe.
Acts 16:14 This was an important and valuable fabric, having great demand, being used on the official toga in Rome and its colonies.
Acts 16:16 Lit a python spirit. In Greek mythology, Python the earth-dragon (serpent goddess), was associated with the oracle at Delphi.
Acts 16:38 Paul was a Roman citizen because he was born in Tarsus (22:28), capitol of Cilicia and a city that the emperor Augustus had pronounced “free” because of its support of Rome. Nothing is known of Silas’ family background, but if his name is short for “Silvanus,” it is a Roman name (taken from the god of the forest) and it could be that Silas was also born a Roman citizen. Details on Roman citizenship at that time are sketchy at best, but it is clear from Acts that punishing a citizen without a trial and guilty verdict was illegal, probably involving severe penalties for the magistrates in charge. Also, a Roman citizen charged with a crime had the right to go to Rome and be tried in the emperor’s court (25:9-12).
I am led today to share some quotes from an evangelist of our time. Recently I have been interceding using the word “fire”. Today I suddenly thought of this evangelist’s autobiography, but I forgot its title. After I searched the internet I found that it’s aptly called, “Living a Life of Fire: An Autobiography” by Reinhard Bonnke. Indeed, it’s a time to call down supernatural fire. Many are suffering, oppressed, persecuted and lost. Some are forever lost without Jesus. Is this a time to build our own bigger and more luxurious houses with fancier ceilings? Good reminder from the old prophet Haggai. What is your call? That is the crux of the matter.
“It is said that resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for your enemy to die. There is no room for such a waste of energy in the service of God.”
“You have faith stories, too. No matter how small, remember them, recite them, count them, and celebrate them. They build your faith for what is coming next in your life.”
“When people decide not to take risks, this is why. They fear they might suffer unexpected consequences. And, as my ulcers and depression proved, the risk is real. But is that reason to hang onto the past? To cling to mediocrity? No. Doing that is the first step along the path of seeing a living faith become a dead one. The old place, the old building, the old method, the old success, is comforting. The new step is frightening. We must place our trust completely in God to move beyond these comfort zones in life.”
“Divine healings were signs and wonders to confirm the preaching of the gospel. He took the sick man by the hand and commanded that”
“When you pull up roots in order to fulfill a divine destiny, there is not a sense of pain or loss. Rather, there is a great expectation for things to come.”
“The need is not the call. This piece of wisdom has saved the lives of many a missionary, especially in Africa, where the needs are so great that they can pull you to pieces. A missionary can put out so many fires trying to meet needs around him that he suffers burnout. I have known missionary friends who said, “I hear the cry of lost souls calling me into the mission field.” These workers are headed for the missionary bone yard. They have responded to the call of the need rather than the call of God. We must go where God sends us, speak what He gives us to speak, hear His voice and obey it – this is our best protection from burnout. It will also guide us to the very best strategy for accomplishing His mission. For everything a man does to follow the call of God, there are ten things he does not do. We cannot do everything. We must focus on the call and not simply the needs.”
Faith: The Link with God’s Power by Reinhard Bonnke
“We do not first acquire the faith that we bring to Scripture. Scripture encourages faith. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).”
“Commitment Now, nobody can have unity on his or her own. You cannot be married on your own. There is no such thing as an independent believer. You cannot have unity by belonging nowhere.”
“Jesus did not call them—or you and me—to ditch their smiles and to wear sackcloth. His mission was not to turn people into “stick-in-the-muds.” Jesus Himself was not very conventional! The disciples caught His infectious spirit, one that would challenge the stuffy establishment. He showed them new things, especially faith and love, by which, they would conquer the world.”
“God the Deliverer The primary truth about God is that He is the Deliverer, the Emancipator, and the Savior. He is God only to the free. Faith is a venture that turns life into an adventure.”
“The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of unity. He is the bonding element. This bonding is a wonderful effect of faith in Christ. It is creative. It brings about a new kind of oneness not even known in the closest of earthly families.”
“Faith…needs to be matched with action. Belief is not just brain cells in motion. It demands a response. Do we do what we believe? If we believe in a seed, we plant it.”
The following write-up is quoted from : http://www.cfan.org.sg/about-reinhard-bonnke.html
Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke is principally known for his Great Gospel Crusades throughout the Continent of Africa. The son of a pastor, Reinhard gave his life to the Lord at age nine, and heard the call to the African mission field before he was even a teenager. After attending Bible College in Wales, and his ordination in Germany he pastored a church and then went on to start missionary work in Africa. It was there, in the small mountain kingdom of Lesotho, that God placed upon his heart the vision of ‘the continent of Africa, being washed in the precious Blood of Jesus’ — an entire continent, from Cape Town to Cairo and from Dakar to Djibouti that needed to be reached and to hear the proclamation of the signs-following Gospel.
He began holding meetings in a tent that accommodated just 800 people, but, as attendance steadily increased, larger and larger tents had to be purchased, until finally, in 1984, he commissioned the construction of the world’s largest mobile structure — a tent capable of seating 34,000 people! Soon, attendance at his meetings even exceeded the capacity of this huge structure, and he began open-air Gospel Campaigns with an initial gathering of over 150,000 people per service! Since then, he has conducted city-wide meetings across the continent with as many as 1,600,000 people attending a single meeting using towering sound systems that can be heard for miles.
It has now been some thirty-five years since Reinhard Bonnke founded the international ministry of Christ for all Nations (CfaN), which currently has offices in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong.
Since the start of the new millennium, through a host of major events in Africa and other parts of the world, the ministry has recorded 55 million documented decisions for Jesus Christ.
As part of the discipleship-training program, 185 million copies of CfaN follow-up literature have been published in 103 languages and printed in 55 countries. Millions of books have been printed and freely ‘seeded’ in nations around the world. All this is in addition to the ‘Reinhard Bonnke School of Fire,’ an online, self-study course, aimed at inspiring others to Holy Spirit Evangelism and leading to either a certificate or university credits.
Reinhard Bonnke is also recognized for hosting ‘Fire Conferences’ in many different countries of the world, events that are aimed at equipping church leaders and workers for evangelism; for distributing over 95,500,000 copies of Minus to Plus, a profound salvation message, to homes around the world; and for seeking every opportunity to reach and to save the lost.
More recently, Bonnke has spent several years developing the ‘Full Flame Film Series,’ a series of eight inspirational films aimed at inspiring and challenging the church to Holy Spirit evangelism.
Evangelist Bonnke is married to Anni, father to Kai-Uwe, Gabrielle, and Susie, and grandfather to eight grandchildren.
Poenix Gospel Truth Seminar December 31st, 2015 – January 2nd, 2016 on “Humility vs Pride”
God’s Best is always the Best. Can we become His best? Someone brought back this little book from USA. When I searched online I found a pdf excerpted book. The principles are simple and clear. I recommend for everyone who likes to know more about what it means to be God’s Best for yourself and your loved ones.
Here are some pages from the excerpts:
God’s Plan For You Is All Good
My father has written this book to help you discover that YOU ARE GOD’S BEST. There is a sense of destiny in your life because you are God’s idea, His dream.
This book will help you discover your roots in God, the value He places on you, the limitless potential within you, the vital principles of peace, prosperity, success and fulfillment.
This book is based on the Good News of the Bible. God’s plan for you is all GOOD. He is not mad at you. He loves you like you are and has already paid for every wrong you ever committed.
Knowing that God invested so much to create humanity, then paid such a price to redeem each human being, we realize how much He values each person.
Through this book, my father will help you to make the greatest discovery you can ever make—your identity with God. — LaDonna C. Osborn
YOU ARE GOD’S BEST
What You Talk Is What You Produce Whether your words are positive or negative, they are seeds. They will produce. Whatever you sow you will personally reap. It is impossible to negate that law.
The New Confession
I am created in God’s likeness. I am somebody important in God’s eyes. He believes in me. He loves me and needs me. I am part of His plan.
God loves me as much as He loves anyone else. It is God who caused me to write this book for you, so you can discover that YOU ARE GOD’S BEST.
Start Your Miracle
THE BASIC PRINCIPLE to be discovered in this book is so powerful that it will actually start the miracle you need in life. God’s power will begin working in you as you go through the pages. You will discover this great principle if you are alert to it in your heart.
You can grasp any principle you are ready for. The seeds that will be planted in you through this book will produce God’s best in your life. They will work like a miracle.
Destiny Is Now at Work in You
Why were you chosen for this information which has lifted tens of thousands of people around the world? It is God’s way of saying: “I love you. I created my best when I created you. I paid a price for you and you are worth all I ever paid for you. I have destined my best for you.”
God is first class all the way. He created you unique. You are exceptional, one of a kind.
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jn.3:16
All that is required of us to receive total justification before God, is that we simply believe with all of our hearts that Jesus Christ died in our place, and respond to such love by willingly confessing to others what we believe. Rom.10:9-10
Once we comprehend this and respond, an incredible miracle takes place: God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in exchange, he poured God’s goodness into us. 2Cor.5:21LB
Jesus Christ became the way back to God for you and for me. Through His sacrifice, He removed forever the condemnation of our sins and dissolved the barrier between us and God, so that we are now welcome to return to His presence where we can once again share His lifestyle. He.10:18-22 We have been restored to the dignity and righteousness of God for which He originally created us. We have been justified—as though we had never turned away from Him and had never sinned. When this miracle has come to pass, we are new creatures in Christ Jesus, and we must never again condemn, discredit or slander what God has paid so much to redeem and to justify.
Who You Are in Christ
Six facts of the new Christ life:
1.God is what He says He is.
2.I am what He says I am.
3.God has what He says He has.
4.I have what He says I have.
5.God will do what He says He will do.
6.I can do what He says I can do.
Start Your Own Miracle Now
Say: “I accept the value that God has put on me.”
Valued in God’s Plan
Jesus welcomes you and loves you, like you are. Let God become, in and through you, all that He is. Learn to say: It was love’s idea to not let me die in my sins. Jesus proved how much God values me. He paid for me by giving His life in my place. I am worth what God paid for me. I shall never again condemn what God has paid so much to redeem. I shall never put down what cost God so much to raise up. God planned that whatever could be said about Him, could be said about you.
God’s Value System
God wants you to discover the essential fact that every human person is created by Him, for His lifestyle, to fulfill His purpose on this earth— and every person includes you.
To discover that principle puts your own life into perspective. It gives dignity, purpose and value to living. The greatest possible achievement in life is to be the terrific person God created you to be.
Here are seven statements about you which I hope you will engrave in your mind, by rehearing them until they become a part of you:
1. I am created in God’s likeness.
2. I am unique-one of a kind.
3. I am of infinite value-to God and to others.
4. I am loved, in spite of my faults.
5. I am redeemed and accepted by the Lord.
6. I am empowered for His divine service to others.
7. I am commissioned as an ambassador in his royal kingdom.
http://www.ekklesia.lt/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/YOU-ARE-GODS-BEST.pdf (excerpts book)
http://www.christianbook.com/are-gods-best-classic-human-value/t-l-osborn/9780879431341/pd/431341 (buy the complete book here)
Editorial Reviews from Amazon (excerpts)
The ministries of T. L. and Daisy Osborn have made an unprecedented impact on the world in our time. They are valued among the great soul winners of this century. Their life commitment: To express and to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ to people throughout the world.
Their guiding principle: the top priority of the church is the evangelization of the world. The Osborns have conducted mass crusades in over 70 nations, preaching to audiences ranging from 20,000 to 250,000 nightly and more.
The Osborns have probably reached and led more unreached souls to Jesus Christ in non-Christian lands, and may have witnessed more great healing miracles, than any other couple who has ever yet lived. Their team efforts in world evangelism are truly pace-setting as they proclaim the good news to the world: that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8).
Be connected to the JESUS. Be connected to the Holy Spirit. Very good teaching. Anointed and powerful. Transforming even at a distance over the internet.
Parenting does not come naturally. Adam and Eve did not do a good job and their eldest son murdered the second son. Adam knew all the right things in sacrifice and Abel learned and obeyed. Cain was taught but did not obey. In the end he chose to be overcome by sin: be jealous and covetous, vented his anger on God and on his brother, be a killer, would rather be banished from God’s presence than to reconcile with God by asking for forgiveness, would rather be condemned than to be saved, would rather walk by flesh rather than walk by the Spirit. Two sons. Abel turned out well and godly. Cain turned out evil. Why? Adam and Eve taught them the same living kills, the same moral principles, the same godly examples. One was the son of God. The other the son of the devil. Adam and Eve could not do anything about the choice made by their son. Why? today’s parents ask the same question too.
Why? I have seen many examples of good and evil living side by side in the same family. I recall the teaching of Jesus about God sowing good seeds for grains. But the devil come at night and sow bad seeds for weeds. On harvest the Lord will send His angels to burn the weeds first and then reap the good harvest of the produce of His good seeds. It means there will always be good and bad outcome in the same family among the siblings born of the same parents. Quite a frightening and sad thought. Is there anything the parents can do about it?
My observation is that often it is the parents who are the bad seeds. The parent(s) set an evil example in disobedience of their own parents. The parent(s) tell lies and says evil things of others. The parent(s) block the child from going to God and His words. The parent(s) choosing to live by flesh and giving all sorts of excuses for their own sins. The parent(s) choose to follow the world and not God’s way. Many more of such examples of parental failure.
Jesus and the apostles have clearly taught that what we sow will be what we reap. Why do Christian parents ignore God’s words? I ask. My conclusion is that they do not really believe in God. The reality of God. The reality of the Holy Spirit. The reality of God’s words. Whenever I offer God’s words to them after listening to their complaints about their children or parents they look impatient and turn their heart away. They do not want a permanent solution by healing the root cause of the sickness. They only want a bandaid. frightening and sad when I see the pattern of Adam and Eve repeating. Cain and Abel appearing. The blessed and the cursed. The innocent one being murdered. The evil one choosing a destiny to be condemned. The worst is that the parent(s) too becomes the condemned as they continue to ignore God’s way.
It is hard to remain silent. I pray for them. But I get older and more tired. I now appreciate how my own mother had prayed for her children, her siblings, her neighbors, her church members too. Was she ever sad? Was she ever tired? What about the early church disciples? Were they ever tired and sad as they prayed? Reading the Scripture we see that the disciples encountered the same problems. They merely pressed on always upward toward the goals that Jesus had called them. Was Jesus Himself ever tired and sad as He knew all about the heart of the ones He prayed for? Did He give up? He prayed until His last breath.
If you want your life to change or if you just want to increase your understanding about this phenomenon of praying in tongues, read ‘The Walk of the Spirit – The Walk of Power.’
The Walk of the Spirit-The Walk of Power Are you hungry for a closer walk with God? If you are, then get ready to explore some new territory that can help lead you to your destination!
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How To: Flow In The Gifts Of The Holy Spirit
By Andrew Wommack
Free audio download of complete teachings here at: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/flow_gifts
(Excerpts with highlight, boldness and italics added) I believe that one of the biggest reasons that the body of Christ hasn’t made a greater impact on our generation today is because of our failure to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Without a doubt, Jesus and the first apostles used the gifts like a bell, calling men to their message and confirming that God was truly the One speaking through them.
Hebrews 2:3-4 says, “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; … God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?” The Lord bore witness to the accuracy of their message through miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit.
In Mark 16:17-18, Jesus said all true believers would flow in the miraculous: “And these signs will follow them that believe; …” If a Christian’s life isn’t supernatural, it’s superficial.
Mark goes on to say that messages based in God’s Word would be confirmed by signs following: “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them … And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”
Jesus even said, “If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not” (John 10:37). That’s a strong statement. If we were to apply that standard to ministers today, most wouldn’t be believed.
The vast majority of preaching done in the name of the Lord today is without the power of the Holy Spirit manifest through the gifts of the Holy Spirit…However, regardless of the rationale, it’s absurd to think that we can be effective without the power of the Holy Spirit confirming the preaching of God’s Word. If Jesus and the early apostles needed their preaching validated, how can we do any less?…The Lord has used the gifts of the Holy Spirit mightily in my life and ministry to confirm His Word. There are countless times when people were still skeptical after hearing me teach, but the demonstration of God’s power through the gifts turned them into believers…Hallelujah!
One of the most important steps to flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit is to earnestly desire them. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:31, “But covet earnestly the best gifts.” He repeated that thought in 1 Corinthians 14:1…“Desire spiritual gifts.” … You have to seek these gifts with all your heart (Jer. 29:13).
It’s also very important to understand that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are always flowing. God doesn’t turn them “on” and “off.” We are the ones who are “on” or “off.” …The Lord is always ready to flow through us in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
It’s just like praying in tongues. We don’t have to wait for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to come on us to speak in tongues. We can pray in tongues at any time. It’s not us turning on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is always on and giving us the ability to speak in tongues. Therefore, whenever we turn ourselves on, the gift of tongues is there to allow us to communicate with our heavenly Father. Praise the Lord! That’s the way it is with all the gifts.
I remember one time that I was teaching along these lines in our Charis Bible College…I was telling them things that had to be coming from the Holy Spirit…Whenever we put ourselves in a mode to be His channel, His gifts will flow.
First John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you.”
Another great truth about flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit is …”the divine flow.” This is based on, “God is love” (1 John 4:8)…All we have to do is follow that flow through faith.
Once when I was pastoring a little church in Pritchett, Colorado, my heart just went out to a woman in the back of the room. I’d never seen her before…but I knew God’s love was flowing; and therefore, God and His gifts were flowing to her. I just started by saying, “God loves you.” God then flooded my mind with things to minister to her…They were set free.
This was the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom in operation. God gave the knowledge of what had happened and then gave words of wisdom to instruct them on how to deal with it. This all came because I followed the love that I felt in my heart.
This has happened to us all, but most of the time we don’t understand this is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and we miss an opportunity. I’ve learned this the hard way…
It is imperative that we learn to recognize and flow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. It’s not only a blessing to us, but the lives of other people may depend on it. You are carrying someone’s miracle. Don’t let it stay inside. You have to learn how to release it.
There is much more that the Lord has shown me about flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit…My new three-part album is laced with personal examples of how the Lord has used me in the gifts. I share how I learned to recognize and respond to God’s gifts in such a practical way that I know it will help you to do the same. This is very practical teaching about a very supernatural lifestyle. It’s awesome!
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This blogger has witnessed the flow in the Gifts of the Holy Spirit building up believers in various different communities: The Lord has confirmed His purposed words as they are being preached or taught. Jesus has repeatedly taught this truth. He has declared, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you – they are full of the Spirit and life.” (John 6:63)
This health blogger traveler has traveled more geographically in recent years and encountered more physical and mental needs for healing than any other needs among both the poor and the rich, less-developed and developed, rural and urban societies. Here are my personal sharing of how divines healing from God have manifested.
- In all cases there were felt and humbly admitted needs from the persons who received the divine healing. (Isaiah 57:15; Matthew 23:12; James 4:6)
- The power of the Holy Spirit manifested and could often be felt by the ones seeking to be healed. (Acts 1:8)
- My prayers for their healing consisted three essential parts: belief in the words of God (that by Jesus stripes they were healed), by faith and not by sight (Hebrews 11:1-2, 6), by the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 15:19).
- I read the relevant words of God (Bible verses) with the ones to be prayed for. I then asked them whether they believed. When they believed and agreed that they needed the power of the Holy Spirit I prayed for the power from above to enable them to receive what the words of God had already declared and they had already believed. (Psalm 107:20; Romans 10:17; Galatians 3:2)
- I then spoke to the ‘mountain’ (whatever they suffered from) in the name of Jesus to command it to leave the inflicted person and go. (Matthew 17:20; Mark 11:23; Luke 17:6)
Notes 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)
3 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. 5 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.
I find that after many years and many ways many are still bound by addictions. Addictions in all forms. You name it they have it. Some of the addicts are Christians or children of Christian families. There are no short-cuts to becoming an overcomer. One way I have found effective to many is the word of God. The word of God is always readily available in many media. Pride often prevents people from taking full benefit from this free gift of God. Today I am led to post the following taken from Andrew Wommack. I have discovered that when I merely post a link many do not bother to click. So here are both the links and the contents. I pray that you will read or listen to the teachings which have helped many. Do not believe anymore the enemy’s lies that you know it all and that you no longer need to listen to anyone’s teaching. Please. My own brothers and sisters. I love you and know you are hurting. Please listen.
http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1049 (you can download the whole series at this original website)
How To Deal With Temptation by Andrew Wommack
Everyone faces temptation. The question is, how do we deal with it? Judging from our results, most of us would have to admit that we need to learn more. There’s a right way and there’s a wrong way to respond when tempted; there is even a way to avoid temptation. Listen to this series and learn how.
Everyone faces temptation. But the truth is, very few people deal with it effectively. That shouldn’t be the case, and it doesn’t have to be the case for believers. There are some very simple and effective ways of dealing with temptation that you should know, and if you’ll put them into practice, I guarantee, you’ll come out the winner.
It has been said, “Fail to plan and you’re planning to fail.” That statement could not be truer when it’s applied to temptation. I don’t know anyone who gets up in the morning and prays to fail when faced with temptation, but I know many people who get up each morning and fail to plan for what the Bible says we will all certainly face. So, first and most important, you must be prepared. That’s so simple, you have to have someone’s help to misunderstand. But, we must have had a lot of help because very few people have taken the time or made the effort to prepare.
Second Chronicles 12:14 says it this way,
“And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.”
This was speaking of Rehoboam, the king of Judah and the son of Solomon. He started off as a good king who was seeking the Lord. But just like many people today, he wasn’t prepared for what would inevitably come his way. When Satan throws temptation your way, if you’re not already prepared, it’s too late. You’ll probably lose the fight.
Jesus prepared Himself. He spent thirty years getting ready for His encounter with the devil, and He started preparing early. At the age of twelve, He was asking questions of the doctors of the Law and astounding them with His answers. He had obviously spent many hours reading and studying the Scriptures. I’m sure that study continued all His life, but even Jesus needed more.
Before He was tempted by Satan face to face, He was anointed with the Holy Spirit at His baptism by John in the Jordan River. Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil, full of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is an absolute necessity for overcoming temptation. There are many Christians who received the Holy Spirit years ago and haven’t been full of the Holy Spirit a day since. It’s not about what happened to us long ago; we have to stay full of the Holy Spirit. One way of doing that is to speak in tongues on a regular basis. Jude 1:20-21 says,
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”
Praying in tongues builds us up on our most holy faith. How many times have you needed your most holy faith to take you through a certain trial, and yet you haven’t used this gift of the Holy Spirit? Verse 21 also says we keep ourselves in the love of God when we speak in tongues. Have you ever asked the Lord to pour out His love on you? I imagine you have, but this doesn’t say to pray that way; it says we are to keep ourselves in the love of God. We do that by speaking in tongues. We don’t ask God for that which He’s already given, we simply stir up the love that has already been commended toward us, by speaking in tongues. This is a powerful gift. Isaiah 28:11-12 says,
“For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
Do you ever need rest or refreshing? I guarantee that you do, and this verse says speaking in tongues is the way to get it. We have a tremendously powerful gift available to us through the Holy Spirit, but few people take advantage of it. Instead, we ask God to do what He told us to do. We need to use this gift of speaking in tongues to stir ourselves up, or we risk sinking to the bottom.
You must also know who you are. Matthew 4 and Luke 4 record the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. One of the most amazing aspects of those temptations was that Satan began two of the three temptations with the words, “If thou be the Son of God.” Many people have missed this point. The real temptation was Satan’s attempt to get Jesus to doubt who He was. That’s the same way he attacked Adam and Eve. The serpent told Eve that if she would eat the forbidden fruit, she would be like God (Gen. 3:5). The truth was that she was already like God, but she didn’t know it. The first Adam sinned, because he didn’t know who he really was. The second Adam, Jesus, didn’t sin, because He did know who he was. Knowing your true identity in Christ is one of the greatest defenses you can possibly have against temptation.
Jesus had just heard His Father speak to Him in an audible voice saying,
“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17).
There was also a visible sign from God when the Holy Spirit descended on Jesus in the shape of a dove. Jesus had to anchor His faith in who His Father said He was. But immediately, Satan came to Him saying,
“If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread” (Matt. 4:3).
The real temptation was never about turning stones into bread. It was Satan’s attempt to manipulate Jesus into doubting His Father’s Word and doing something to prove who He was. Satan was trying to find and exploit any insecurity in Jesus.
When you were a kid, I’m sure someone at some time dared you to do something stupid. The real issue wasn’t whether or not you could do it but whether you were “afraid” to do it. And sad to say, many of us took the dare and did something that hurt us or shamed us just to prove that we weren’t. All we really succeeded in proving was that we feared their disapproval so much that we weren’t willing to do what was right. The truly fearless response would have been to walk away, secure in who we were, earning their respect through character rather than performance.
Satan was daring Jesus—”If You’re really the Son of God, if what You heard from the Father in an audible voice is really true, then prove it, and turn this stone into bread.” Turning a stone into bread would not have been sin. It would have been sin if Jesus had doubted the words of His heavenly Father declaring who He was by placing more faith in what a miracle could say about Him. You must know who you are if you want to overcome temptation. No matter what form Satan’s temptations may take, they are all directed at causing us to doubt who we are.
It’s also important to understand that all temptation is rooted in selfishness. In fact, our selfishness is really Satan’s beachhead. Jesus stripped him of his power two thousand years ago, so the only thing he can really do is deceive us through our own selfish desires. The Bible tells us exactly what they are in 1 John 2:16,
“For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
And in James 1:14 we read,
“But every many is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”
Satan is not limitless; deception is his only weapon. All he can do is try to deceive us into thinking that God really can’t or won’t fulfill our lives. Every single temptation of the enemy is packaged in the form of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life. But they’re all designed to entice us and cause us to doubt that God will meet our needs. Selfishness is always the favorite playground of the devil, and when selfishness rules in our lives, we open the door to his deceptive schemes.
You can’t be tempted unless you have first thought about it. All temptation is linked to what you think on. Therefore, control your thoughts, and you will control temptation. This is a simple but profound truth. It’s the reason most people fall into temptation. It’s like a woman who doesn’t want to get pregnant but continues to have sexual relations without any contraception. Sooner or later, she will get pregnant. Think on the wrong things long enough, and sooner or later you will fall into sin when tempted.
Philippians 4:8 says this,
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Temptation will come, but it’s hard for the devil to deceive you when your mind is stayed on those things. Satan can only work with what you give him, so don’t give him any space in your mind. You’ll be able to avoid many of the temptations you face if you will put this into practice.
The Word is powerful—use it. Jesus countered every temptation of the devil with the Word. Think about it, Jesus was the Word, and everything He said would have been Scripture and more than sufficient to rebuke the devil. Yet He would say, “It is written” then He quoted God’s Word. If it was important for Jesus to quote the Word, it’s even more important for us to do the same. We must know God’s Word to effectively overcome temptation. That goes back to being prepared; you can’t quote scripture you haven’t learned, and there isn’t any power in what you don’t know or understand.
Don’t wait till you’re in the middle of a huge temptation to start thinking about how to deal with it; it will be too late. Take the time now to prepare yourself for those temptations that will inevitably come your way. To help, I produced a five-part album entitled How To Deal With Temptation. In this album, I teach on: being prepared, knowing who you are, how selfishness is the beachhead of Satan, why speaking the Word is so important, and how temptation is tied to your thought life. These are all vital to understanding and overcoming temptation.
|Who Do You Think You Are?||Real||MP3|
|Selfishness, The Beachhead Of Satan||Real||MP3|
|It Is Written||Real||MP3|
|Temptation Is Tied To Thought||Real||MP3|
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“I want to personally invite you to partner with me in changing the world by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I truly believe that together we can take our Lord’s message of healing, hope and restoration to the world. God has been so faithful to His Word, and we have witnessed literally thousands of individuals healed through the mighty power of God. We have on record healing testimonies including cancer, stroke, diabetes; we have seen limbs straighten, tumors and lumps disappear…we have even seen the dead raised back to life! When you partner with this ministry, you are playing a vital role in enabling this ministry to go forth and reach the lost and broken through television, internet and radio. Your support helps make possible the wonderful healings experienced through The Healing Center, visits by our Healing Teams, at Healing Explosions and Conferences. Thank you for valuing the call of God and deciding today to join me in this awesome journey! I believe that for the Body of Christ, the wonderful people of God, this is our time, and I am so thankful that our heavenly Father has put us together for such a time as this.
Sandra, along with her ministry team, has committed to pray for you daily. Through prayer, we partner with God to bring about His will in the earth. It is during this time we lift you up before the throne of grace and pray for God’s protection and blessings upon you.
Every month you will receive a personal letter of encouragement from Sandra. In this letter, she shares what God has laid upon her heart and shares vital information about what God is doing in and through the ministry. As the Lord directs, you will also receive special gifts and teachings.
Flow of Anointing
The anointing that is on Sandra Kennedy Ministries flows to you and allows you to share in the same rewards for all the results the ministry produces.
About the Healing Center
The Healing Center is a lovely Christ-centered facility dedicated to ministering God’s healing power to those in need. The Center was founded and based upon a vision given to Dr. Kennedy by the Lord. It is our Father’s heart’s desire that we be healed, and He has made provision for healing in His Word. The purpose of the Healing Center is to teach what the Bible says about health, healing and wholeness, and to teach participants how to experience the healing power of God.
From John chapter four, we read about the will of God. Jesus has revealed the secret of His success in divine health: that is, He only does the will of God!
What is the will of God? Here are the answers given by Jesus.
10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” 13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 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.”
32 But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” 34 Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work.
35 You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe[e] for harvest. 36 The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!37 You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. 38 I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”
39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!”40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”
John 6:26-29 the only work God wants from you is to believe in Jesus!
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[a] 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.”
- 6:27 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.
The will of God is for everyone to believe in Jesus.
Fear and unbelief cripple and hold one’s mind in captivity, and can only be overcome and set free when we receive the power from above, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, that only Jesus can give. (Matthew 3:11). The Holy Spirit anointing breaks the yoke and bondage of the spiritual oppression. (Isaiah 10:27)
Luke 24 records the resurrected Jesus revealing himself as a physical as well as spiritual reality to His disciples. His crucifixion, death on the cross and burial deeply affected His followers, including His closest disciples (and apostles). He knew all about this. Note the words He uses to describe their feelings and responses at this time:
- unbelief: because they find it hard to believe in God’s words, including all the prophecies about Jesus.
- fear and doubt: because they did not believe in resurrection just as God has promised.
We read some verses quoted from Luke 24 to see the reactions of the disciples of Jesus:
Luke 24:25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?”
35 Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread. 36 And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 37 But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!
38 “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? 39 Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.” 40 As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.
41 Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he ate it as they watched.
What is the solution given by Jesus to bring them out of this defeated mental and emotional state? Note what Jesus says, He repeated the words about Him, the message of the Good News, they are to be His witnesses to the world. Lastly He told them one essential key to overcome their fear and unbelief: He will give them the Holy Spirit, the power from above! (In church history, this has come true. The disciples of Jesus were filled with supernatural power, preaching the Good News, bringing healing and salvation to many, accompanied with signs and wonders.)
44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures. 46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations,[f] beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ 48 You are witnesses of all these things.
49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
How To Find, Follow And Fulfill God’s Will? this is the whole process for a healed person. Not merely healed physically or mentally, but continues to retain divine health in all aspects of life. Jesus has given every believer abundant life. It is a gift of God. Know what He said. This health blogger strongly recommends to ever reader of this blog. You will find what you have been seeking.
Here is an excerpt of a testimony of a man who has sought and found God’s will.
“I graduated from high school and began college still with no clear direction. I was a math major because that was my best subject. However, I was still seeking the Lord with all my heart for His perfect will for my life. In the middle of my first year of college, I came across Romans 12:1-2, which says,
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
These verses changed my life. The last part of verse 2 promises that I would prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God if I would do as instructed. That’s what I wanted. I began a four-month study of what it meant to be a living sacrifice and to renew my mind. The results were more than I could have imagined.
Just four months after I got this promise from the Lord, God showed up. I had a life-altering encounter with the Lord on March 23, 1968, that I’ve never gotten over and never intend to get over. God did reveal His will to me. It didn’t come all at once, but it came. As Romans 12:2 says, you prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God. It comes in stages, or steps.
Within sixty days, I was led to make radical decisions that set my life on a course that has brought me to where I am today. Everything God has done in my life over the last forty-five years began with me seeking Him to know His will for my life. This is the starting line.
You will not fulfill God’s will for your life accidentally….The good news is that the Lord wants you to know His will for your life more than you want to know it. It’s not hard to know. But it does take effort. You aren’t going to discover God’s will until you search with all your heart (Jer. 29:13). As long as you can live without knowing God’s will, you will. But when you want to know and follow and fulfill God’s will more than anything else, then you will.
Knowing God’s will is a starting place, but that’s not the end…Some people have some revelation of what the Lord wants them to do, but very few are depending on God to accomplish it. ..
Our race should be supernatural, not just natural. It’s Christ living in us (Col. 1:27). We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13). There is a way to finish strong (2 Tim. 4:7).
It would be a shame to come to the end of our lives and not have a sense of knowing we accomplished what the Lord created us to do, yet this happens every day. People are rushing toward eternity while letting this precious time we have here on earth slip through their fingers. This isn’t a dress rehearsal. This is the real deal. We have to make our lives count.
I pray the Lord reveals His will to you and how to accomplish it in a greater way than He ever has before. Together, as each of us does what He instructs us to do, we will make a big difference in this world.” (http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/find_follow)
Here is the series of MP3 download of his audio teachings which I have found essential for every seeker of God’s will.
http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1066 How to find God’s will
http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1067 How to follow God’s will
http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1068 How to fulfill God’s will
1 Corinthians 9:23-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
How to know you are on the right track of life? Why do those already healed relapse in remission?
Here is my recommendation today. How to follow God’s will? A practical audio teaching series, which can be applied and carried out in all aspects of lives, including the healing you are looking for. http://www.awmi.net/extra/audio/1067
The contents cover: Following The Desires Of Your Heart; Moses Missed God’s Timing; The Rod Of God; Follow The Peace; The Wisdom Of God In A Mystery.
Here is the link to the Bible commentary on verses used in the teaching: http://www.awmi.net/bible/col_03_15 (e.g. how to “Let the peace of God act as umpire in your heart.” )
quote from his article: “Finding God’s will for your life is essential, but it’s just the beginning. Once you start moving in God’s direction, you have a big target painted on your back. Satan will do everything he can to stop you. If you don’t bump into the devil, it’s because you both are headed in the same direction. You’re going to have all kinds of problems trying to follow God’s will. You can definitely learn from hard knocks. I certainly have. But I don’t recommend it. There is a better way. You can learn from somebody else’s hard knocks. This is exactly what the Scripture has to say:
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come”….(read the full article at: http://www.awmi.net/extra/article/follow_will )
Here is the book for those of us who like reading at the same time we listen ! I find this a great at way to remember truth and truth changes lives. “One of the most important lessons of all is that you can’t fulfill God’s will any way you want. His strength and timing, and your obedience and patience are just a few of the things it takes. This book explains all this and much more, including how Andrew found, has followed, and is fulfilling God’s will for his life. This will help you on your way to doing just the same!” http://www.awmi.net/store/usa/books/335
|Table of Contents|
|Chapter 1 – God Create You For A Purpose|
|Chapter 2 – God Of Second Chances|
|Chapter 3 – A Living Sacrifice|