Faith

We Must Possess the Word for Ourselves by Renewing our Minds and by Faith (it’s NOT automatic)

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“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you,” (John 15:7).

Have you ever read John 15:7 and said to the Lord, “Why does it then seem the prayers of many go unanswered when every born again one has met these conditions?”

If you abide in Me.” CHECK.

Through salvation in Jesus Christ, we instantly become a part of His body.

“and my words abide in you…” CHECK

The Word, Jesus, comes to live inside us when we are saved.

So, Father God, what gives? Why do many not receive what they desire?

I heard this yesterday from Pastor Thompson and believe it is Spirit-led and filled with Spirit revelation:

“From the time Jesus was resurrected from the dead and the Holy Spirit came until His return we, are in the dispensation of grace, and all things have been given unto us.

His Word, His name, the Spirit have been given. So, we have already obtained all things doctrinally and the impartation of it into our spirit.

In Romans 12:1-2, the Word tells us to renew our minds, that the renewing of the mind, that you’ve been saved, but that’s only one part of you. That salvation has occurred in your spirit because you’ve accepted the Holy Spirit into your life. And on the inside, He has transformed you to the image of God’s dear Son.

You’re a new creation in Christ Jesus. But because you’ve become a new creation in Christ Jesus, doesn’t mean that it’s all done. He said, “Now, present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, and renew your mind because you are spirit, soul (mind, will, emotions), and body. And the renewing of the mind by the Word of God is when we begin to transform our outer man according to what has already happened to the inner man.

So with the inner man, once you are born again, you have it all. The Holy Spirit lives inside of you. The third person of the trinity. That means your spirit man on the inside holds the capacity of God.

Sometimes, we are so limited in our own thinking and what we esteem to be what we can accomplish or do because we look at it purely from a natural vantage point. And what we have attained by natural knowledge.

You have the Holy Spirit inside. That means your human spirit, the spiritual aspect of who you are, contains not only the nature of the new creation in Christ Jesus but the indwelling presence of the Spirit who is all things, knows all things, does all things. This is resident of the inside of us.

And when we renew our minds and present our bodies unto the Lord Jesus Christ for the rest of our lives, we are learning by the renewing of our mind what has already occurred on the inside of us, and we are drawing from those wells of salvation, knowledge, etc.

We are supernatural beings. We are not human beings have a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pastor Mike Thompson, 3/14/2021

Also felt led to add some verses to expand upon his teaching as a reminder that promises are often conditional based on whether we believe God, whether we take Him for His Word, walking by faith and not by sight as every faith hall of famer did in His Word. That unbelief can be a “receiver killer.”

We must each possess the Word of God for ourselves in order to have it and for it to come to pass. It’s all not automatic.

Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Present. Do not be conformed. Be transformed. Prove. These words convey that we must exercise our free will for this these verses to come to pass for us.

Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Without doing Romans 12:1-2 which you’ve just read, how can we have the faith to believe and take Him for His Word in order to receive?

John 16:24, “Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

I believe there’s a faith aspect to this verse. He IS the Word, and we must take Him for it, fully persuaded that He is able to perform it. Which leads me to the next verses.

Romans 4:20-22, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

We must be convinced, by the renewing of our minds through His Word, that our God who cannot lie, who is Almighty, is able to perform His promises for us.

Matthew 13:58, “Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

Unbelief is a “receiver killer.”

But with our minds TRULY renewed by the Word of God, unbelief dies instead, making way for us to ask and receive that our joy may be full.

And yes, we are also in a spiritual battle, and there’s most often resistance from the powers of darkness, but this is what faith is all about – we continue to take Him for His Word and YES and AMEN promises no matter what it looks like.

Healing

Healing in Jesus’ name with a Word: A Look at John 4:46-54

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There are many stumbling blocks to the faith of believers today regarding divine healing in Jesus’ name. But the Word of God is clear: Jesus’ death and resurrection gave US, His children, the authority to heal the sick.

We are not indwelt by a diluted Holy Spirit but the full power of God living inside us to, “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give,” (Matthew 10:8).

The blood of Jesus Christ doesn’t pick and choose. It’s available to anyone who chooses to appropriate its power by faith. And that blood atoned for sin, the very root of sickness, therefore paid for healing in full for ALL (as well as any and all things that were birthed into the earth because of it).

Destroy the root – sin – then ALL that grows out of it is also destroyed: sin, sickess, demonic afflictions and infirmities, death. Only believe!

The Lord is His goodness not only applied His blood to sin – the root of all sickness, death, and destruction – to ensure we understood that physical healing is IN FACT included in the atonement, He gave His physical body over to be beaten and striped. Why? So we could be assured that the His death and resurrection and the purpose of His shed blood was NOT only for the remission of sins but for physcially healing of ALL manner of sickness and disease.

1 John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Sin and everything that grew out of sin – sickness, etc. – is of the devil. The VERY reason Jesus came in the flesh was to destroy the works of the devil – including sickness.

“When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses,” (Matthew 8:16-17). A cross-reference to the physical healing prophecy, Isaiah 53:4, and confirmation of 1 Peter 2:24.

The atonment includes physical healing. Be not deceived by rejecting His blood and truth for yourself through unbelief.

Let’s read John 4:46-54

“So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”

The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”

Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man BELIEVED the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”

Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.

This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.”

One stumbling block to receiving healing for some may be that they believe someone must lay hands on them for them to be healed. Thus, they are putting their faith into the formula of laying of hands to receive healing, but the Word teaches that spiritual authority in Jesus’ name trumps the physical or natural realm.

We too can pray IN BELIEVING FAITH for someone in another city, state, or country in Jesus’ name to be healed, and see them healed. Don’t allow formulaic thinkigk to keep you or a loved one sick: “Oh no, woe is we. Unless we can get to that healing conference, our loved one will never be healed.” If that’s what they are putting their faith in, then it could work out for them that way. But, they don’t have to.

The Word is Spirit and power and life and travels faster than the speed of light – it’s instant – it’s “let there be light” SUDDENLY when spoken in Jesus’ ALL powerful name.

Addressing religious, pharisaical critics whom the devil will get to hyperfocus on exactly ONE verse above in order to kill their faith THEN use them to attack divine healing, attempting to kill the faith of others

“Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe,'” (John 4:48).

I have seen cruel, venomous attacks spewed by other Christians onto their brothers and sisters. These attackers take verses like John 4:48 out of context, falsely accusing believers of being “sign chasers” simply because they take God for His Word regarding healing and miracles being for today.

Jesus already knew what it would take for people to believe in Him. Why would He go about doing COUNTLESS signs and wonders to demonstrate the kingdom of God had come near them of He was anti-signs? He wouldn’t.

Jesus promised us in Mark 16:17, “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.” The devil is a liar. God’s people who simply take Him for His Word are not sign chasers.The Holy Spirit causes signs to follow those who BELIEVE.

Those who deny the power of the Holy Spirit and the atoning blood of Jesus Christ to heal, do not believe. AKA unbelief – the healing and miracle blocker as per Jesus. Therefore, signs will not follow them. Because they choose to base faith on personal experience and sight, and not the Word of God, they give place to the devil, allowing satan to use them to attack others who do believe.

Mark 16:20 says, “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the Word through the accompanying signs. Amen.” Signs, miracles, healings, and wonders, do what? Confirm the Word of God. No wonder the devil has worked so hard to use even God’s own to attack divine healing.

John 20:30-31 says, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

Why would signs cause people to believe? Because Jesus said this, not man, Jesus: “And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you,’” (Luke 10:9). Divine healing is proof the Kingdom of God has come near someone as we are carriers of His Kingdom because of the Holy Spirit.

“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen,” (John 21:25).

Matthew 24:24 says, “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” The devil is an imitator of everything God does – his version a twisted, evil lie of course. But the Lord is not going to allow the enemy to outshine Him. His people are called to make His glory shine in the earth. Come on! Let’s go!

It’s time to take God for His Word, church, and heal the sick in His name. To show the world that His kingdom as come near them through us, His walkig, living, breathing church.

God wants people well and loosed from the captivity of sickness. Not bound with the works of the devil in their bodies. “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give,” (Matthew 10:8).

Healing, Sword Inked Hearts

Healing is God’s will and for ALL (something so simple and powerful the Lord spoke to me)

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Some of the most profound things the Lord has spoken to me have been simple, pure, beautiful and utterly powerful.

“Surely He has borne our griefs [sicknesses, Hebrew]
And carried our sorrows [pains, Hebrew];
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;

The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed,”
(Isaiah 53:4-5).

We read in Isaiah 54 that Jesus bore every type of affliction FOR us. Nowhere do the atonement verses state that it’s a random, pick and choose healing for a mysterious select group of people. The language of these verses make is clear – “we” and “our”.

But just like salvation which is received by faith, so is healing received by faith. And sadly, many are the doctrines in the church that deny the blood of Jesus Christ’s full power.

These are the simple yet powerful words the Lord spoke to me that should forever settle for any New Covenant child of God healing was paid for in FULL by Jesus for ALL: “Any interpretation of scripture that denies the atonement and what the atoning blood of Jesus Christ paid for is an incorrect interpretation and must be rejected.”

Wow, Lord! Thank You!

The atonement is the litmus test against all other interpretations of scripture regarding healing for New Covenant believers. Childlike faith simple, right?

For example, when a church leader or follower of Jesus prays, If it be God’s,” will regarding healing.” The atonement survey says – WRONG!!! Those words deny the part of the atonement which says, “By His stripes WE are healed; And He has borne our sicknesses and carried our pains.”

See how simple the Lord made what His atonement covers, yet how terribly His children complicate it with their minds and walk by sight and NOT by faith ways?

Another false doctrine example, “Paul’s thorn in the flesh is a sickness the Lord refused to heal him from.” Nope to the nope! This extremely wrong interpretation of scripture clearly denies the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and its already paid in full power to heal ALL. Why would God the Father deny the blood of His own Son and the incredible sacrifice He made for ALL to be healed for Paul? He wouldn’t.

A deep dive study into that pesky thorn in context of ALL of scripture shows us the thorn in the flesh actually had NOTHING to do with sickness but some pretty annoying people being stirred up by a demonic spirit to persecute Paul and repeatedly hinder the gospel which was so beloved to him.

So any interpretation of scripture you may hear out there that denies healing is for today or healing is not for all is absolutely wrong for it denies the blood of Jesus Christ and its power to heal. Healing paid for in full for whosoever will receive it as a gift.

His precious blood which is more than strong enough to stretch forward 2000 years and heal us today because He already did, heal us that is.

Just as it’s God’s will that all be saved. It’s His will that all be healed, but the Word is clear that we “get to” reject His will for ourselves through unbelief – free will. Or that by creating our own doctrines and interpretations of scripture based on what is seen, we get what we believe (which is also unbelief).

For who are we to exalt our opinions and manmade doctrines above the atoning blood of Jesus Christ and its power to heal?

If healing doesn’t manifest with the first prayer, you keep praying until it does because it’s His will. Walk by faith and not by sight and never allow anyone to get you to deny His precious blood for yourself and its power to heal you or a loved one.

It is possible to make, “the Word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down,” (Matthew 7:13). And who wants that? No one, of course. Well accept those Pharisees types.

But we declare: We desire to walk by Your Word and not by sight. Not by the opinions and unbelief of man. Hallelujah!