Archive for September, 2008

A labor of guilt and shame

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
Mark 2:3-12

Why did Jesus look at the man sick with palsy, “Thy sins be forgiven”? Many say that this man’s sin was caused by sin, and I believe that may have been true, but today I began to think about this passage in a way that I never saw before. Let me cover some ground first on faith:

We know that faith comes by hearing (referring to receiving) the Word of God (see Romans 10:17). We see the disciples asking Jesus to increase their faith, and His way of doing that was to give them something to receive; He told them that if they will believe, then they can exercise their authority over a mountain and command it to be cast into the sea (see Luke 17:5-6). It’s when we receive the Word of God, that our faith increases. Jesus simply gave them something to receive. We see Jesus telling people, “Your faith has made you whole.”

With that said, I believe that Jesus was simply giving the sick man something to receive when He said, “Thy sins be forgiven.” This man who was sick, was likely laboring under a heavy load of guilt and shame (as many are today, who are in need of a healing!). Jesus’ words telling him that his sins were forgiven, was all that was necessary to bring enormous healing to the man, not only mentally, but also physically. Many times, a person’s load of guilt and shame can serve as a wall to keep the person from receiving the healing (both mentally and physically) that they need.

The religious spirit and self-image

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

It would shock many Christians today to find out how many religious spirits and strongholds are at work in the everyday believer’s life. This is something that affects almost everybody! Many also have a tainted perception of who they are, and an inaccurate self-image.

Religious spirits often work to belittle and “humble” people falsely. A religious spirit says, “You shouldn’t feel good about yourself; you’re just an old sinner barely making it to heaven!” but if we look into God’s Word, we find that our heavenly Father says, “You’re the work of my hands; you are my child and a member of the royal family; you were created in my image, and purchased (redeemed) with the Blood of My Son; you are a masterpiece because you’re my creation! You are my artwork, and I am your painter!”

Religion opposes God’s Word on so many levels, it’s not funny! Paul speaks against the religious mindset (and other ungodly mindsets) and tells us that is why we must take every thought captive which rises itself against the knowledge of God. Religious mindsets do just that - rise them self against the knowledge of the truth in God’s Word!

2 Corinthians 10:3-5, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”

Are you a receiver of God’s Word?

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

True Christian faith comes by knowing and receiving the Word of God. So what are you receiving in His word right now? Have you received His Word about the forgiveness of your sins and your justification (being made innocent by His Blood)? Or are you still carrying a load of guilt and shame, wondering if you were to die, if your sins are truly forgiven? It is vital that we receive what God’s Word tells us about the forgiveness of sins, and so many other things that are important to our victorious life here on earth.

Do you really believe what God’s Word has to say about you, and the person that you are in Christ? If not, then you will always live below the level that God has called you to live. Your faith will never be where it should be, and evil spirits will enjoy the leverage that the strongholds in your mind are giving them.

We need to boldly receive what God’s Word has to say, so that we can have the faith necessary to receive the good things that God has for us, and live out the victorious life that God planned for us before we were conceived!

Deliverance and prophetic clarity

Sunday, September 21st, 2008

One of the most beneficial things about deliverance ministry is to clean a person out from all the garbage and religious bondage and strongholds that they have accumulated over the years. Such mental and spiritual darkness actively works diligently to distort and cloud out the voice of God in their spirits. The more you listen to it, the less you will be able to hear God’s voice when He speaks to you. One of the important things for prophetic ministry is to be able to hear God, and hear Him clearly. If we have a prophetic gifting, but at the same time, carry spiritual and emotional garbage in our minds, then there will be times when we’re right on in prophecy, but other times we are likely to misunderstand or even have our flesh twist or distort the message that God is trying to give us. Having a sound clear mind, as God’s Word speaks of, is therefore vital to anybody who wishes to move in the area of the prophetic.

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

I find that God can give me incredible revelation and prophecy, but only when my mind is clean and clear to accept it, I have such boldness and confidence to move forward and proclaim what God has given me without asking myself, “Was that just me, or was that really from God?” When your mind is clear and sound as God speaks, I believe you will know it without any doubt in your mind. Only when there is unnecessary mental and emotional traffic does God’s voice become less clear and recognizable.

We need to have that kind of clarity so that when God gives us something, we stand on it with confidence and are assured that what He said was indeed from Him and is given to us for an important mission in our lives or those around us.

Our perception of our relationship with God

Monday, September 8th, 2008

It seems that a nearly endless flow of problems can be found when a person does not truly feel loved and accepted by God. It creates jealousy against other brothers and sisters in Christ. It causes a person to find it hard to spend time with God, in His Word, and they cannot really get into worshipping Him. Feeling distant from God makes it hard to trust Him for anything, because we feel so unworthy. We may be able to believe His Word when it tells us that we can heal the sick, but we feel like we’re not in a position to walk in that kind of power. Feeling distant from God also discourages us from giving God our burdens and trusting Him to heal our wounds. It therefore, hinders the inner healing process from emotional wounds of our past.

It’s no wonder that Satan and evil spirits try so diligently to cause a person to feel like God is somehow disappointed or even angry with them!

If Satan wants us to feel like God is angry with us, then how does God want us to feel?

So how do we change our perception of our relationship with God? Begin to take God’s Word seriously; you need to begin accepting what God’s Word says concerning your relationship with Him. If it says that you’ve been justified, then you need to begin seeing yourself as having been made innocent, just as if you’ve never sinned, because of the Blood of Jesus. After all, that is what it means to be justified!

When we begin to see ourselves in light of what God’s Word has to say, our perception begins to change and our faith soars. If God’s Word tells us that you’ve been forgiven and clothed in the righteousness of Christ, but you continue to wonder if your sins have been forgiven, then you’re not taking God’s Word seriously, and it’s allowing a devastating stronghold to remain in your mind.

Jesus tells us that if we continue in His Word, we will know the truth, and the truth will make us free (see John 8:31-32). Free from what? The bondage which the lies of Satan have held us in!

Doing the MIRACLES of Jesus!

Monday, September 8th, 2008

John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

I recently felt impressed by the Holy Spirit to change the word “works” into “miracles” in the above verse. After all, that is what is being talked about here - the miracles that only Jesus could do! If we look at the previous verse, we find that Jesus is telling the Pharisees to believe upon Him, if it was only because of the works (or unique, undeniable miracles) that He was able to do:

John 14:10-11, “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.”

Some might say, “But the works that He was doing, was preaching the gospel!” If that were the case, then Jesus wouldn’t be the only one capable of doing such things. Anybody can preach the gospel. What Jesus was referring to, was what set Him apart as the Son of God. God’s Word tells us that, “Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs.” (Acts 2:22)

God confirmed Jesus was the Son of God by showing forth great signs, wonders, and miracles! God’s Word also tells us that He would confirm the disciples’ preaching with signs following as well:

Mark 16:20, “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

So is it absurd to say that we are to be doing the same miracles that Jesus did? I don’t think it’s aburd at all, given that Jesus spells it out in plain English here:

Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

I want you to read John 14:12 in this way, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the [miracles] that I do shall he do also; and greater [miracles] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

This is just a short brief… I’ve been putting together a teaching on this, which is PACKED with Biblical facts about how we ought to be flowing in the power of God, performing mighty miracles in Jesus’ name!

Praise be to God!!!