Archive for November, 2008

Give God something to work with!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

A lot of us love to receive Rhema from God concerning a passage in His Word. But did you know that if you don’t know that scripture in the first place, that God doesn’t have anything to give you Rhema about? A sermon could be written just on how important it is for us to be rooted and grounded in the Word of God. When we know the Word, and then a situation arises in our life, the Holy Spirit can then bring to our remembrance a passage in scripture, and give us revelation on how it applies to our situation. That’s Rhema, and it is so powerful when the Holy Spirit does that!

God is a GOOD God, and He desires to give us words, revelations, and Rhema based on His Word. But if we aren’t knowledgeable of His Word, then He has nothing to work with. This is yet another very good reason why we need to be spending time each day in the Word. I recommend reading at least a few chapters in your Bible every day!

I pray that as you dig into His Word, a spirit of revelation (the Holy Ghost!) opens your eyes that you may receive and understand, and receive Rhema from the Holy Spirit concerning the relevance of that scripture to your life today.

May God bless you!

A closer look at the term faith healer

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

Why does the phrase “faith healer” take such a beating by many Christians today? Does not God’s Word repeatedly tell us that healing DEPENDS upon person’s faith?

Mark 10:52, “And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

If that person (and many more in the Bible) had not the faith needed to receive, would have they been healed? After Jesus told them that it was their faith which saved them?

Now if that same person sought healing in today’s church and just happen to not have the faith needed to receive, I’ll bet the people would start saying that it wasn’t God’s will to heal them because nothing happened. What a crying shame! Does not a person’s faith have anything to do with their healing anymore? Such a belief is 100% unscriptural!

Matthew 13:58, “And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.”

If the people’s unbelief hindered Jesus Himself from doing miracles in their midst, then how much more is the same fact true today?

The reason why I tend to be very fond of many of the Word of Faith teachings from Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, etc. is because they are so solidly based on the Word of God. They eat up the arguments of the church today, especially when the signs and wonders are following them, confirming the Word of God that they are preaching!

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

Most of the church today doesn’t have signs and wonders following them. I believe it’s because they are teaching the raw Word of God like they ought to. If they would preach healing as the Bible tells it, they would start seeing people healed in their midst!

In defense of Bob Larson

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

We get people coming to us on a regular bases who have an axe to grind with Bob Larson’s ministry. Now I’m not trying to say that everything he does is perfect, but I want to put things into perspective here on a couple of points. My life has been greatly blessed because of Bob’s ministry, and I know that his DWJD teams are helping people all over the world who desperately needing help and relief from spiritual bondage! I want to copy a couple of posts that I made recently in defense of Bob’s ministry:

Putting Bob Larson’s ministry into perspective

I just want to say that I am SO grateful for the ministry of Bob Larson. He is a leader in this area of ministry, and we owe him a lot of respect. He may not be perfect, but can that be said about anybody? I thank God that He doesn’t wait until we’re perfect before He uses us… or else we would have nobody qualified to stand up and minister! Requiring a minister to be perfect would eliminate even the best of us from the ministry!

God uses our brother Bob in awesome ways, and as a result, many hurting, bound, and tormented people have found help and deliverance. He has broken up ground that needed to be broken up… the American church NEEDS to realize that there really are demons, and that Christians need to have them cast out!

And I can assure you that Bob undergoes much persecution, and likely receives SCORES of death threats. Just ask Jay Bartlett what kind of attacks he receives because he’s busy doing what God has called him to do!

Not only does Bob operate in the deliverance ministry, but he also has worked very hard to rise up a whole network of DWJD team of trained deliverance ministers around the world. Deliverance ministers who have went through Bob’s DJWD training program are prized members of our network. They are able to work through cases that many other ministers cannot touch.

In Christ,

As far as Bob charging for his DWJD training program, here’s my response:

What about all those Christians who write books and “sell them”? Or all of those Christian artists who “sell” their music on CD for a whopping $15 per CD? Or those Christian artists who charge you if you want to attend their concerts? Shouldn’t they be giving it all away since God gifted them in those areas of ministry?

I just paid to enroll in a class on inner healing. The people who are putting on the class have invested a TON of time and resource into these classes, and I feel the price they charged was below-cost for them. I was overwhelmed at what they put into their program.

So what is the difference if Bob sells a book which is meant to train people, or if he takes time out of his busy day to train them? Is it alright to earn money off of selling a book, but it’s not okay for him to charge when he has to spend a lot more of his time to train them personally?

I think why Bob charges, is to cover his costs and keep the training program afloat.

I want to point out that when Bob has public conventions, which I KNOW costs him to put on, he does not charge a DIME for it! If he was so money-hungry as some people make him out to be, then why would he be putting on public educational seminars and not charging for them?

It’s like with Benny Hinn. He writes books, makes CD’s, just like any other minister today does. But then he puts on public crusades, where thousands of people come and are blessed and fed by God, and they are not charged a DIME! I assure you that those crusades are EXPENSIVE to put on too… we’re talking tens of thousands of dollars easily!

If ministers shouldn’t be able to charge for training programs, then colleges and seminaries shouldn’t be charging either when it costs them thousands and thousands of dollars to people for the ministry.

What’s the difference if I were to pay Bob Larson to train me, or if I went away to seminary (which would cost a LOT more than what Bob’s charging)?

It doesn’t make much sense to me.

In Christ,

I am forever grateful for Bob’s ministry, and I know that scores of others have been very grateful for it as well. There is such hostility towards Bob because he charges for his training. I myself, offer my materials on my site FREE of charge, but just the same, if Bob is wrong for charging for his training, then so are all the Christian seminaries wrong as well. They should be giving it away for free, and so should all Christian artists and book authors. They shouldn’t be selling God’s work.

So carrying that same train of thought, if you are against Bob’s charging for training, then you need to burn all of your favorite Christian CD’s, books (except the Bible!), and have nothing to do with those other forms of ministry as well. And you also shouldn’t support your pastor, who paid good money to go away to seminary!

If you think I’m being irrational, then I want you to stop and think about what you’re really doing here. Bob labors hard in the kingdom, and faces many terrible threats and persecution, but he presses forward because he wants to see people liberated in Jesus’ name. I just watched a recent exorcism that he did, and afterwards the man was leaping for joy, and Bob made it crystal clear that it was JESUS who freed the man! Bob took no credit, but gave all the glory to Jesus for what happened.