Wherever Jesus is, in the presence of the disciples and believers, where the Word of God is being faithfully and fearlessly preached, where faith in Jesus is, where the believers are walking by faith and in the power of the Holy Spirit in them, two things happen:
People recognize Jesus. More and more believe and are converted to Jesus.
They bring out their sick. And all of them are healed.
Mark 6:53-56 New International Version (NIV)
53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus.55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was.56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak,and all who touched it were healed.
Acts 5:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
Staying Full Of God By Andrew Wommack (quoted in excerpts)
Do you ever feel like you and God have drifted apart and that the love and joy you once experienced with Him has faded? If you do, you’re not alone. Most Christians feel like the experiences they have with God diminish over time and that they need another touch. But that is not what the Bible teaches.
The Bible says God will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). If that is true—and it is—who moved? As born-again believers, we are all capable of living in the fullness of God every day of our lives. God is continually pouring out His love, joy, peace, revelation knowledge, and every other blessing. But we can get to a point where we’re not receiving and “feel” like He has drifted away.
Romans 1:21 says,
“When they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
This scripture contains four separate elements, or keys, that can lead us into and keep us operating in the fullness of God. Expressed positively, they are glorify God, be thankful, recognize the power of imagination, and have a good heart. We have the power to control each of these in our lives.
In many places throughout the Bible, the word magnify is the same word translated glorify. Therefore, magnify and glorify can be used interchangeably. And magnify means “to make bigger.”
Did you know that you can make God bigger? Technically speaking, God is who He is, regardless of what you think, but in terms of your perception, He can be big or small. You have the power to make Him one or the other in your life.
Most of us have become masters at enlarging the problem and minimizing God and His Word. I remember a lady who thought she was pregnant but found out she had cancer instead. The doctors said she needed a hysterectomy immediately. They said she only had a 50 percent chance of living, and she wouldn’t live more than two weeks without surgery.
She came to me, crying, “Andrew, have you heard what they said?” Now, I don’t always respond this way, but I believe God led me to say what I did. I started laughing and declared, “Cancer’s no problem with God. The lights in heaven won’t dim from the power drain if the Lord heals you! It’s not any harder to be healed of cancer than it is to be healed of a cold.”
I started magnifying and glorifying God. It’s now been almost twenty years. I made the Lord bigger and the cancer smaller. … You can magnify the Lord and make Him and His Word bigger than any problem. ..
“All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).
Paul listed un-thankfulness as one of the signs of the end times and put it in the same verse as covetousness, pride, blasphemy, and unholiness (2 Tim. 3:1-2). Not many would argue that we live in a society full of unthankful people, even in spite of the fact that we have more prosperity and opportunity than any people who have ever lived.
The second key to staying full of God is a thankful heart. Glorifying, magnifying, and thanking Him are all interrelated, but to glorify God, you must be thankful. As you are thanking Him, you’re reminding yourself of what He has said and done, which magnifies Him.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”(Ps. 103:2)….
Imagination is much more important than most people realize. The Hebrew word that was translated “imagination” in the Old Testament literally means “conception.” Imagination is how new ideas are conceived. Without it, people become spiritually and creatively sterile.
A few years ago, I took a trip to Israel. I remember stopping in the valley of Elah. I got out of the bus and walked down to that little stream. I picked up five smooth stones just the way David once did. I began to imagine what it must have been like for David when he faced Goliath. The story came alive.
The Word of God comes alive when you can picture what it’s talking about. ..We need to use our imaginations to agree with God’s Word and see ourselves the way God sees us: happy, healthy, and prosperous.
A Good Heart
The Scripture makes it very clear that the attitude of your heart is far more important than your actions.
Jesus said it this way in Matthew 23:25-26,
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.”
The Lord is more concerned about your heart than He is your actions.
Matthew 12:35, Mark 7:21-23, and Proverbs 23:7 make it even clearer:..
Our hearts control what we say, and they also control what we do. All of the above are products of our hearts.
So, what do most people do when they realize their actions are being controlled by their hearts and are causing problems for themselves and others? They resort to behavior modification. ,,If people want their behavior to change, they must change their hearts. They must make sure that the Word of God is the dominant influence.
If you will put these four keys into practice in your life, you will never be the same. It will change the way you think about everyone and everything around you. It will give you a God perspective.
The keys to staying full of God are not a secret and they are not mysterious, they are simple. For that very reason few people recognize their value and even less practice them! In this amazingly practical message, Andrew Wommack reveals the essentials to a strong, close relationship with God. Learn what they are and how to put them into practice. It will keep your heart sensitive toward God and your relationship will grow like never before!
The Sword of the Spirit – the word of God, slashes through and divides between truth and lies, spirit (born of God) and soul (human mind and emotion, born of flesh). In the end days the Sword of the Spirit is the weapon that Jesus will use to defeat His enemies. We too must use this powerful weapon to snatch some from the fire, just as Jude had urged.
When do we wield this supernatural sword? When we see and hear false teachings being taught in the church. Wield your sword. use the words of God. (definition of wielding: If you wield a weapon, tool, or piece of equipment, you carry and use it.)
Today we slash and destroy the false teaching that Christians are human and cannot be expected to attain perfection. (The false implication is that we can safely sin just as if we do not have Jesus Christ – His Holy Spirit in us)
Prayer: Dear Abba Father, “In Jesus name I pray that now as we read these words of truth, let the sword of the Spirit manifest, let your Son manifest in each of us, and destroy the work of the devil. Let the mind of Christ take over our mind, just as your word has said. Let the veil on our eyes melt and the Spirit of Christ sets us free.” Thank You Father. (1 John 3:8; Ephesians 6:17; 1 Corinthians 2:16; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18)
Proclaim this truth: Christians are the children of God. God is perfect and has made provision for His children to be perfect.
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.
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.
5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
5:2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
5:3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;
5:4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
5:6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
5:9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
5:10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
5:11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned
5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
5:15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
5:16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
5:17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
5:18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
5:19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
5:20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,
5:21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Know and receive The Good News today: FREE GIFT. Why do those healed still relapse from remission of diseases (physical, mental, emotional)? The solution: know God’s free gift. Free means free. The price is too high for anyone to pay. But it’s all paid for! Just mix this hearing of truth with faith. Is faith your effort? The good news is: faith is also a free gift from God!
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in JesusChrist, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through thefaithofChrist, the righteousness which is of God byfaith:
Romans 5 King James Version (KJV)
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach His Good News.2 God promised this Good News long ago through His prophets in the holy Scriptures.3 The Good News is about His Son. In His earthly life He was born into King David’s family line,4 and He was shown to be the Son of God when He was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit. He is Jesus Christ our Lord.5 Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority as apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name.
6 And you are included among those Gentiles who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ.7 I am writing to all of you in Rome who are loved by God and are called to be His own holy people.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
God’s Good News
8 Let me say first that I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith in Him is being talked about all over the world.9 God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about His Son...
13 I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to visit you, …5So I am eager to come to you in Rome, too, to preach the Good News.
16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile.17 This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
( quoted from Romans 1 New Living Translation (NLT) boldness of verses added)
MESSAGE TO THE HEALED: HOW TO PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD? The third piece of the full armor of God : “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15)
GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST (MESSIAH) SAVES THE PERISHING, SETS FREE THE CAPTIVES, HEALS THE SICK, DELIVERS THE POOR AND OPPRESSED AND SUFFERING.
Ephesians 6:15 (AMP)|In Context|Whole Chapter15 And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
GOOD NEWS AS PROCLAIMED, TAUGHT AND DEMONSTRATED BY JESUS (teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the goodnews (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity)
Luke 4:18The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach thegoodnews (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity], In Context | Full Chapter |
Matthew 4:23 And He went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the goodnews (Gospel) of the kingdom, and healingevery disease and every weakness and infirmity among the people. In Context | Full Chapter |
Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the goodnews (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity. In Context | Full Chapter |
Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed (by healing) and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have goodnews (the Gospel) preached to them. In Context | Full Chapter |
Matthew 24:14 And this goodnews of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end. In Context | Full Chapter |
Matthew 26:13 Truly I tell you, wherever this goodnews (the Gospel) is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will be told also, in memory of her. In Context | Full Chapter |
GOOD NEWS AS PREACHED AND WITNESSED BY THE APOSTLES AND DISCIPLES
Acts 5:42 Yet [in spite of the threats] they never ceased for a single day, both in the temple area and at home, to teach and to proclaim the goodnews (Gospel) of Jesus [as] the Christ (the Messiah). In Context | Full Chapter |
ACTS 8:5-8 PHILIP THE DEACON’S WITNESSING GOOD NEWS(proclaimed Jesus the Messiah, performed miracles and wonders, healing and delivering people from sickness and oppression and demonization. Result: great rejoicing ! )
8:5 Philip [the deacon, not the apostle] went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ (the Messiah) to them [the people]; 6 And great crowds of people with one accord listened to and heeded what was said by Philip, as they heard him and watched the miracles and wonders which he kept performing [from time to time]. 7 For foul spirits came out of many who were possessed by them, screaming and shouting with a loud voice, and many who were suffering from palsy or were crippled were restored to health. 8 And there was great rejoicing in that city.
Acts 8:12 But when they believed the goodnews (the Gospel) about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ (the Messiah) as Philip preached it, they were baptized, both men and women. In Context | Full Chapter |
Acts 8:40 But Philip was found at Azotus, and passing on he preached the goodnews (Gospel) to all the towns until he reached Caesarea. In Context |
Acts 10:36 You know the contents of the message which He sent to Israel, announcing the goodnews (Gospel) of peace by Jesus Christ, Who is Lord of all— In Context | Full Chapter |
Acts 11:20 But there were some of them, men of Cyprus and Cyrene, who on returning to Antioch spoke to the Greeks also, proclaiming [to them] the goodnews (the Gospel) about the Lord Jesus. In Context | Full Chapter |
Acts 14:15 Men, why are you doing this? We also are [only] human beings, of nature like your own, and we bring you the goodnews (Gospel) that you should turn away from these foolish and vain things to the living God, Who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything that they contain. In Context | Full Chapter |
Acts 14:21 When they had preached the goodnews (Gospel) to that town and made disciples of many of the people, they went back to Lystra and Iconium and Antioch, In Context | Full Chapter |
Acts 15:35 But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch and with many others also continued teaching and proclaiming the goodnews, the Word of the Lord [concerning the attainment through Christ of eternal salvation in God’s kingdom]. In Context | Full Chapter |
ACTS 20 20 How I did not shrink from telling you anything that was for your benefit and teaching you in public meetings and from house to house,
21 But constantly and earnestly I bore testimony both to Jews and Greeks, urging them to turn in repentance [that is due] to God and to have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ [that is due Him].
24 But none of these things move me; neither do I esteem my life dear to myself, if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have obtained from [which was entrusted to me by] the Lord Jesus, faithfully to attest to the goodnews (Gospel) of God’s grace (His unmerited favor, spiritual blessing, and mercy). In Context | Full Chapter |
ACTS 13:37-39 THE GOOD NEWS TO JEWS
37 But He Whom God raised up [to life] saw no corruption [did not experience putrefaction and dissolution of the grave]. 38 So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you; 39 And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.
THE GOOD NEWS TO ALL
Romans 1:16For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believeswith a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, In Context | Full Chapter | Romans 15:19 [Even as my preaching has been accompanied] with the power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] by the power of the Holy Spirit. [The result is] that starting from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel [faithfully executing, accomplishing, carrying out to the full the good news] of Christ (the Messiah) in its entirety. In Context | Full Chapter |
HOW TO USE THIS ARMOR ? CONSTANTLY EQUIP AND RENEW YOUR THOUGHT LIFE AND HELP OTHERS TO DO THE SAME!
2 Timothy 2: 7 Think over these things I am saying [understand them and grasp their application], for the Lord will grant you full insight and understanding in everything. 8 Constantly keep in mind Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] risen from the dead, [as the prophesied King] descended from David, according to the good news (the Gospel) that I preach…5 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
1 Thessalonians 3:2And we sent Timothy, our brother and God’s servant in [spreading] the goodnews (the Gospel) of Christ, to strengthen and establish and to exhort and comfort and encourage you in your faith,
The redeemed and healed Christians must put on the whole armor of God. The second piece of the armor is: breastplate of righteousness. One essential key to this piece of armor is that it does not originate from us. it comes from God and God alone. We merely believe and receive by faith, through Christ Jesus! Our in Christ position gives us this assurance. The redeemed Christians wearing the breastplate of righteousness, should change their course of life. which past was under the bondage and slavery of sin. Present: they were freed from that bondage, and become the servants of righteousness.
We read some verses from the scriptures to understand how to put to it on at all times. (Boldness and notes in italics in brackets are added by this blogger)
What Jesus said of righteousness?
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Romans 3:22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
(Jesus’ blood has atoned for our sin and given the righteousness of God to all and on all who have faith in Christ Jesus and believe that Jesus sacrificed His life and shed His blood.)
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, ..21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(God has initiated and reconciled us to Him in Christ and in Him we become the righteousness of God)
Romans 8:9-11 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
(Righteousness is a spiritual position. It is made physically real by the power of the Holy Spirit. Having the breast plate of righteousness means we have overcome the power of sin and its consequences in Christ)
Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith;
(Breastplate of righteousness and shield of faith work together.By faith in Jesus we are made righteous. )
(Breastplate of Righteousness is worked through shield of faith which together achieve great supernatural outcome! ) Hebrews: 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. …33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes untorighteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(We receive righteousness by putting faith in action: believe with our heart -spirit and soul- and confess our belief by our mouth! )
Roman 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
(Putting on Righteousness means living our lives in the kingdom of God. It is a Holy Spirit-filled lifestyle, being led by the Spirit and not by flesh, being mindful of the things of God and not of men. Only a transformed new creation with a renewed mind can live this powerfully secured way). (ref: Matthew 16:23; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17)
This post continues the previous one on why do I fast. I shall explain further on the principles with examples.
To minister in the Holy Spirit requires the minister to set apart in purity and holiness.
It means he or she does not spend time on any man issues. The apostles focused on prayer n teaching the words of God.
Sin is not necessarily our own. Others’ sin also crouches at the door waiting to gain a foothold into our chambers too.
For example, a brother or sister may keep complaining about the symptoms they are suffering and repeatedly demanding your ready ears and showering them with agreement just to show they are right and not lying.
But what really happens in the spiritual ? The devil gains a foothold into your inner chamber of peace that comes through being in Christ Jesus .
The disciples of Jesus encountered this problem when they were involved in argument with the religious authority, the relatives of the patient, and even the onlookers. The unbelief that came out of the pit of hell succeeded in obstructing the disciples healing the epileptic boy.
The sin of unbelief from others entangled, obstructed and stumbled them from running the race of faith in Jesus !
Loss of peace leads to fear of men . Fear of men leads to loss of the effectual use of Jesus name and authority.
We must always be in focus. Our focus is Jesus and Jesus Christ alone .
Fast and pray and reading the words of God keep us focused correctly. All the resources we need for a more than conqueror life are already given to us in the spiritual realm in Christ. Ephesians 1:3.
We do not war against flesh and blood. Those who allow their bodies or their minds and emotions to control them , they are mere men. No match for the spiritual enemies. They will let sin conquer them no matter how much they know in their mind and how hard they work in their body. The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God . 1Co 2:14. To be carnally minded is death . Carnal mind is enmity against God. Romans 8:6-7.
Jesus said this plainly : It is the Spirit who gives life . The flesh (body , mind , emotion , five senses , natural laws , desires and efforts derived from these ) profits nothing. The words I speak to you , they are spirit, and they are life . John 6:63
We need to join to the Lord and be one spirit with Him. For we are members of His body , of His flesh , of His bone. Jesus is the vine and branches disconnected from Him are useless in the spiritual realm. All these refer to joining in our spirit to the Spirit of Christ . (1Co6:17;Ephesians 5:30; John 15:5 )
Fast and pray and reading the words of God keep us focused on Jesus and let the mind of Christ take charge over our mind, and indeed replace ours. The supernatural takes over. God with us and in us and for us. Who can be against us ? Romans 8:31.
The Son of God manifests in us to destroy that works of the devil . Victory ensured. 1 John 3:8.
In summary : Fast to subdue the flesh. Pray in the Spirit to join to the Lord’s Spirit . Read the words of God to wash and cleanse (John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26), proclaim faith in the unseen God , know the will of God , as a sword of the Spirit, indeed , as full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13)
Further notes : when I personally obeyed and followed the leading of the Holy Spirit recently , I saw evidences of spiritual breakthroughs in those for whom I interceded. It’s worth the fast ! The Pentecost Sunday witnessed a mini revival in the spirit of slumbering men.
Unbelief hinders signs, wonders , and miracles among the people of Jesus’ hometown. They were too familiar with his human family living there and so took offence that he could be so different from them.
Matthew 13:58 [Full Chapter]
Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Unbelief among the disciples hindered their work of faith. They had more than enough faith, even moving a mountain , but unbelief caused by looking at the physical and natural instead of the spiritual, had blocked them from using Jesus’ supernatural authority and power to heal and deliver the epileptic boy. The disciples still could not understand that they were dealing with the supernatural.
Matthew 17:20 [Full Chapter]
So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Unbelief in the spiritual is not normal. Jesus marveled at how come people could be so perversed when they persisted in looking at the physical world and treated it as all there was.
Mark 6:6 [Full Chapter]
And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
How to overcome unbelief ? Be honest. Admit it. Cry out to God to help.
Mark 9:24 [Full Chapter]
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”
Unbelief is caused by hardness of heart. Yet Jesus was not detered by the unbelief of some disciples. He told them off. Then He also told them God’s good plan for them.
Mark 16:14 [Full Chapter]
[ The Great Commission ] Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
Unbelief of man cannot change God’s plan.
Romans 3:3 [Full Chapter]
For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect?
Abraham’s positive example of walking by faith : he didn’t allow human natural unbelief to overcome him. He continued his faith walk that gave glory to God thereby having his faith strengthened.
Romans 4:20 [Full Chapter]
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
Others’ negative example : the Israelites couldn’t enter the promised land because of unbelief. Unbelief means unbelief in God. What a sin ! What a price they paid !
Hebrews 3:19 [Full Chapter]
So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
———after posting the above , I received this following link which is most relevant and confirms the message today !
November 10, 2013 http://view.earthchannel.com/PlayerController.aspx?&PGD=wholelife&eID=329 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Dear _______________: ( a depressed Christian teen/child) You must know this important good news – Father God loves you! Knowing this will set you well and happy and successful. God answers your prayers. Don’t stop praying! You can pray a lot in the Spirit (in tongue) so the Holy Spirit can help you to pray. The Holy Spirit can pray for you and your prayers will get answered. (Read Jude 20)
READ the following sentences (which are all verses) ALOUD EVERYDAY!
“I AM LOVED BY MY FATHER GOD IN HEAVEN! ” 我被天父所爱
My heavenly Father always loves me. 天父从来没有不爱我。
Father God has loved me with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3 他用永恒的爱来爱我。耶31.3
My Father God loves me very much. 天父甚爱我
He even gave me Jesus so I can understand His love for me. John 3:16 甚至将耶稣赐给我叫我能认识他的爱。约3.16
My Father God loves me very much; He wants to show me His love. John 16:27 天父甚爱我，他要向我表达他对我的爱。约16.27
Nothing can separate me from Father God’s love. Even my sin cannot block Father God’s love for me. Romans 8:39 并无任何东西，包括我的过错，能隔绝他对我的爱。罗8.39
Father God loves me just as He loves Jesus (His Son) because I believe in Jesus. 天父甚爱我如同他爱耶稣一样，只因我信耶稣。
Although sometimes I am weak Father God still asks me to sit with Jesus in heaven. Ephesians 2:4-6 虽有时我软弱，天父叫我与耶稣同坐在天上。弗2.4-6
Father God fills me to the full with His overflowing love. Ephesians 3:19 天父用爱充满我使我福杯满溢。弗3.19
Father God likes me and delights in me 天父喜悦我
Even when I am hurt Father God still loves me and delights in me. Psalm 149:4 即使我受了创伤，天父任然爱我和喜悦我。诗149.4
Father God’s thoughts and plans for me are all good and give me a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 神对我的思念都是好的，都是充满盼望的。耶29.11
In Father God’s eyes I am beautiful and pleasing beyond words. Song of Songs 1:15-16 我在天父眼里是华美的，漂亮的， 美好的。雅歌1.15-16 Father God delights in my love for Him. Song of Songs 4:10 天父欢喜悦纳我对他的爱。雅歌4.10
Father God delights in me being His child; He will never leave me; He wants to provide everything I need. Luke 15:31 天父喜悦我成为他的孩子，他永不丢弃我，他要供应我一切所需。路15.31
Father God delights to be with me. He wants to make His home with me. John 14:23 天父喜悦与我在一起，他要住在我里面。约14.23
Father God has given me meaning in living my life 他使我活着有意义
I am the light and salt of the world. Matthew 5:13 我是世界的光和盐。太5.13-14
I am a witness for God (Jesus). Acts 1:8 我是见证神的人。徒1.8
I can reconcile people to God. 2 Corinthians 5:18 我可劝人与神和好。林后5.18
God has made me Christ’s (God’s) ambassador to represent the Kingdom of God. 2 Corinthians 5:20 神差我为他的大使，天国的代表。林后5.20
I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 在基督里我凡事都能做。腓4.13
Jesus is not ashamed to call me His brother or sister. Hebrews 2:11 神不因我感到羞耻。来2.11
He is pleased to be my God. I have faith in Him. Hebrews 11:6 他很荣欣做我的上帝。来11.6
Father God has forgiven all my sins 天父已经赦免了我
Father God has forgiven all my sins. He will never remember my sins. Jeremiah 31:34 天父已经赦免了我，完全忘记了我的过犯。耶31.34
He trampled my sins under His feet and threw them into the depths of the ocean. Micah 7:18-19 他把我众罪踩在他脚下，并把它们投在深海里去。弥迦7.18-19
Father God has purchased my freedom and forgiven my sins. Colossians 1:14 神买赎了我，赦免了我. 歌罗西1.14
When I confess my sins to Him he is faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to cleanse me from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9 他洗净我的罪。约一1:9
Father God has accepted me as His child 天父已经接受我
He called me His child (child of God) . John 1:12 他称我做他的儿女。约1.12 He called me friend of Jesus. John 15:15 他召我成为主的朋友。约15.15
In Jesus Christ I am totally righteous. Made right in God’s sight by faith because of what Jesus Christ has done for me. Romans 5:1 在主耶稣里我完全公义，好似我从来没有犯过罪一样。罗5.1
I belong to Father God. 1 Corinthians 6:19 我属于天父。林前6.19
in Christ I am complete. Colossians 2:10 在基督里我是完全的人。西2.10
I am safe in Father God 在天父里我很安全
No-one can condemn me now. The power of the Holy Spirit has freed me from the power of sin. Romans 8:1-2 我不被定罪了。罗8.1-2
Father God is on my side and no-one can be against me. Romans 8:31 天父为我，拥护我，并不敌对我。罗8.31
Trouble cannot separate me from God’s love. Romans 8:35 患难不能使我和神的爱隔绝。罗8.35
My real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3 我的生命与基督一同藏在神里面。西3.3
God has given me a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 我得着刚强、仁爱、谨守的心。提后1.7
I can come to God to obtain mercy and grace in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 当我伤痛时，我能找到神的安慰和恩典。来4.16
Father God’s perfect love casts out all my fears. 1 John 4:18 天父的爱把我的惧怕驱散了。约一4.18
The evil one cannot touch me because Jesus holds me securely. 1 John 5:18 恶者不能害我。约一5.18
When I am afraid Father God will carry me in His arms and hold me on His lap. Isaiah 66:12-13 当我惧怕时，天父要抱我在肋旁。赛66.12-13
Father God does not condemn me 天父不审判我
Father God sent Jesus to save me and not to judge me. John 3:16-18 神差耶稣来不是要审判我，乃是要救我。约3.16-18
Father God does not judge me. Jesus came to save me and not judge me. John 5:22; 12:47 天父并不审判我。因他要来拯救我。约5.22 约12.47
I am a child of Father God ! 我是天父的儿女！
Jesus loves you very much. He died to save you ! You are very precious to Father God.
Today’s healing word is be “Free”. Be free and be in divine health.
In John chapter eight, Jesus talks about how to be set free. Only Jesus can set free. Jesus is the Truth, the Son of God. The Truth sets a believer free from sins, free from sickness and disease,, free from oppressions and depressions, free from all bondages (body, soul, and spirit).
The Truth Shall Make You Free. Jesus is the Truth.
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Romans 8:1[ Free from Indwelling Sin ] There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
Colossians 3:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. 4 He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit…
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.
Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love
31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
New Living Translation (NLT)
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
New Living Translation (NLT)
8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
New Living Translation (NLT)
20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.
Rejoice! this is the word for all God’s Way followers! Be joined to the Lord Jesus, become one spirit with Him! We have the mind of Christ. Christ has become our wisdom, our righteousness, our justification, sanctification, redemption! Rejoice in the Lord always!
This is again the message on this eleventh hour, the issue of Jesus’ redemption, once and for all, for healing of our bodies, deliverance from oppressions and mind and emotional sufferings, and saving of our souls. The first key “No Condemnation” is of utmost importance. The reason why many healing rooms fail is because the ‘sick’ are made to feel condemned and had lapsed into using works and efforts to substitute the mighty work of the Holy Spirit. The healing gift of God is free as His Son had paid for all, by His own life. He shed His precious blood and had His body broken and pierced for us. There is nothing we can do to add even one bit more of the chances of healing. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. Grace means freely given undeserved favor from God. God has declared: there is none righteous before Him. Don’t be deceived to think that you need to deserve before you can be healed. The truth is, Jesus had healed you by His stripes (wounds) two thousand years ago! Receive now, by faith!
New King James Version (NKJV)
1. No condemnation – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
2. Know we have Sonship Through the Spirit – the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
3. Expect suffering as heirs with Christ, and know that Glory far exceeds suffering. The Spirit of God helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us. God has called us according to His purpose and He causes all things to work for our good, for we love God.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.
4. God’s Everlasting Love for us cannot be overridden. God is for us. Christ had died for us. Christ loves us. he makes intercession for us. Through His love, we are more than conquerors!
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
One Biblical way of celebrating this season is to read the whole Bible in one continuous sitting, from beginning to the end. Jesus said, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. Reading the whole Bible together as a church (a group of Christians taking turn) would take about 72 hours depending on the language proficiency of those who read. While waiting for their turns the participants can sit around or rest anywhere within hearing distance. Be awed by the presence of the spiritual God. The Word is God. The Word became man as Jesus. Be transformed while you abide in Him and His words abide in you during this season of waiting upon the Lord as the ultimate celebration of Jesus’ birth. Let the Holy Spirit breathe life on you.
For those who gather together as one family or a few families (as in house church), you may choose to read the New testament only. It will take about 17-19 hours in one sitting. The result will be great for each participant. This is the best present you can receive from your heavenly Father! This blogger has done this on my own and it took me about a week, resting in between reading. Something broke through.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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.Romans 16:20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. 1 Peter 2:24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
First verse of the Bible: Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Last 2 verses of the Bible: Revelation 22:20-2120 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
______________Luke 24:44-49 (highlight added by this watchman)
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, 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.”
Who gave (yielded) Himself up [to atone] for our sins [and to save and sanctify us], in order to rescue and deliver us from this present wicked age and world order, in accordance with the will and purpose and plan of our God and Father—
May blessing (praise, laudation, and eulogy) be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual (given by the Holy Spirit) blessing in the heavenly realm!
[For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
So that He may strengthen and confirm and establish your hearts faultlessly pure and unblamable in holiness in the sight of our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) with all His saints (the holy and glorified people of God)! Amen, (so be it)!
Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,