Tag: Healing

I AM

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Just suppose you’re out for a little exercise. You know, just a little walk around the block. You’re minding your own business, when something catches your eye.

Across the street is a burning bush. No, I’m not referring to a winged euonymus, a bush that turns bright red each fall. I’m talking about one like Moses saw; a bush on fire but not consumed.

You are curious, to say the least. You approach the bush, and as you draw near, you hear someone speak to you, calling you by name. You are reminded of Adam, using a bush to hide behind, so God couldn’t find him. Only, here’s someone acting a lot like God, hiding behind a bush, looking for you.

You finally catch your breath and ask him his name. He replies: “I AM!”

His Name is I AM.

Which literally means: “I exist, I be, I become, I come to pass.”

The Name, I AM, wasn’t only for Moses’ day and Israel’s deliverance!

He also says to you and I: “I AM what you really need Me to be!”

I AM the Guarantee for all you need!”

I AM salvation, deliverance, provision and hope.”

I AM the miraculous, restoration, comfort and grace.”

I AM the promise fulfilled, springs of refreshing, the desire of all nations, and rich to all who will call.”

I AM every good and perfect gift, your defender and confidant, and your breath of life.”

“Do you need healing? I AM your healer.”

“Do you need peace? I AM your peace.”

“Are you hungry? I AM the bread of life.”

“Are you lost? I AM the way.”

“Are you confused? I AM the truth.”

“Do you lack wisdom? I AM your wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.”

“Everywhere you go, I AM present. I AM there.”

“All you could ever become, I AM your creator.”

“What do YOU need? I AM!

You know what? After encountering I AM, you will discover life just isn’t the same without Him.

Jesus is the Father’s I AM.

Deep Calls To Deep

20130827-212738.jpgEvery disaster, every death, every void and place of emptiness, every storm, every heartache, every example of wickedness, all call for the same thing; the “Deep”. The depth, the resources, of God’s power.

Every time God’s will is done in Heaven BUT NOT on earth – the cry goes forth, “where is the power of God?!” ALL creation groans in travail…calling to the Deep…”where is God’s power?” (Romans 8:18-26) “with groans too deep for words…” Why? Because everything God created is “wired” to the Deep power of God. Creation knows Who made it and from where its source of life flows. It knows Who to “cry out” to when life doesn’t flow as it should.

“Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the earth and all living things join in.
Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
before the Lord.” (Psalm 98:7-9 NLT)

“The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
and the hillsides blossom with joy.
The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
They all shout and sing for joy.” (Psalm 65:12-13 NLT)

“But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”
He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers .” (Luke 19:39-40 NLT)

Deep calls to Deep.

When God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26), He wasn’t referring to His physical form, or ours. He was speaking of an entire package; mankind created in the image of God. So He created man as a triune being; spirit, soul, and body.

Jesus spoke of man on 3 dimensions, as well as did Paul.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24 ESV)

Note Jesus said, “…the true worshipers WILL worship…” True worshipers CHOOSE, an act of their will, mind, and even emotions, to worship God with all they have; spirit, soul, and body.

Paul said, “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV)

Spirit, soul, and body. Man IS A SPIRIT, he HAS A SOUL, and he LIVES IN A BODY. And created as we were, God “wired” our hearts, the depth of our being, to cry out to Him, call to Him, when there is a void or need in our life. Whether we realize the “call” is going out, or not, He knows.

“…for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:8 NLT)

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.” (Matthew 6:31-32 NLT)

Deep calls to Deep.

King David, the Prophet/Psalmist, spoke of the deep calling to deep: “My soul is cast down within me; therefore I remember You from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls.” (Psalm 42:6-7 ESV) He said he’d remember God from the land of Jordan (low places), Hermon (highest places), and Mount Mizar (just your average size mound, nothing spectacular). In other words, “God, I will remember You, my soul will cry out to You, my Deep calls to Your Deep, in my lowest, highest, or just plain ordinary moments. I am connected to You!”

When God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was without form and void. The Spirit of God hovered over the Deep, brooding, incubating God’s new creation. God knew the cry of the Deep and responded with His Word; “Light be!”, and light was.

When Adam was alone, with no helper suitable for him, his Deep, the void in his life he didn’t even know he had, called to God’s Deep, His power, and God created again.

Abel’s blood cried out to God’s Deep from the ground. God heard, and responded.

Deep calls to Deep.

Throughout God’s word there are examples of this principle: Deep calls to Deep. God’s Deep calls to our Deep, and our Deep calls to His.

When the children of Israel were about to be delivered from Egypt, Deep called to Deep. “Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.” (Exodus 3:7-9 ESV)

The Spirit of God was resting, brooding over the nation as a result of the call of the Deep. And God’s word, His answer to the call, brought deliverance.

The woman with the flow of blood was in desparate need of a miracle. “And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:25-34 ESV)

Her need, her Deep, responded to God’s Deep when she heard about Jesus! Faith came alive and God created again!

God is rich to all who call upon Him (Romans 10:12). He never runs out, His supply is inexhaustible! He hears our cry, He knows our needs, He loves us so!

Where is the power of God? Has it diminished through the ages? Is Heaven broke? Did God have to break up the streets of gold, and sell the gold to make the house payment?

NO!

He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! He still hears our Deep call to Him. Our heart, our Deep still hears His answer call to us.

Our response needs to be like that of the woman in Mark 5: “all I need to do is touch Jesus… I only need Him. I only need to believe.”

God is. And He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him; who answer the call from His Deep.

Deep calls to Deep.

Do you hear the call? God hears you!

He Did It For Us!

20130819-184843.jpg“WHO HAS believed (trusted in, relied upon, and clung to) our message [of that which was revealed to us]? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been disclosed? For [the Servant of God] grew up before Him like a tender plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He has no form or comeliness [royal, kingly pomp], that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.

Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole. All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has made to light upon Him the guilt and iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:1-6 AMP)

Why, why, why, do we read this passage and still wonder if God really cares for us? Isaiah saw prophetically Jesus as mankind’s Redeemer; the One Who took our place on the cross.

You see, we were the ones who deserved to bear all the Father laid on Him. It should have been us! We should have carried the griefs and sorrows. It should’ve been you and I that were bruised. But we were not strong enough to bear them, because we had earned each and every stripe; we could not pay for them, our account was empty. Yet He who was guiltless set us aside, took our place, and payed our debt. Completely!

He did it! He bore, carried, all our guilt, all our iniquity. Wounded for us, bruised for us, stricken and smitten by God for us!

For our complete wholeness. To undo all the enemy’s work. Spirit, soul, and body. And then He rose from the dead. He did it for us!

“The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8 ESV)

“He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” (Romans 4:25 NLT)

Snake On A Stick

20130818-220644.jpgWell, the 2013 edition of the Iowa State Fair is just about wrapped up. I didn’t go this year, in fact I seldom do. Not enough interest to justify spending the money or coping with the crowds.

However, whenever I talk with someone who’s been to the fair, I have to ask them one question: “What did you eat?”

For the next 10 minutes I hear about all of the food one can get “on a stick”. In case you didn’t go either, here is a list of all the “stick” food you and I missed:

2013 Iowa State Fair Food On-a-Stick
(over 60 food options available on-a-stick)

1. Shrimp Corndog
2. Smoothie On-a-stick
3. Bacon Wrapped Riblet On-a-stick
4. Deep Fried Brownie On-a-stick
5. Coconut Mountain On-a-stick
6. Soft Salted Chocolate Dipped Almond Pretzel On-a-stick
7. Deep Fried Sweet Corn Corndog
8. Rib Shack Cowboy
9. Jalapeño Corndog
10. Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Chip Cannoli
11. Chocolate-Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pop
12. Fruit (with yogurt dipping sauce)
13. Double Bacon Corn Dog
14. Chocolate-Covered Frozen S’more
15. Peanut Butter & Jelly
16. Chocolate-Covered Deep Fried Cheesecake
17. Griddle Stick (turkey sausage wrapped in a pancake)
18. Cake Pops
19. Fair Square (Original,Peanut Butter & Graham Champion flavors)
20. Chocolate-Covered Tiramisu
21. Chocolate-Covered Turtle Mousse Bar
22. Twinkie Log (frozen Twinkie dipped in white chocolate & rolled in cashews)
23. Octodog (hotdog in the shape of an octopus)
24. Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Bar
25. Chocolate-Covered Key Lime Dream Bar
26. Carmellows
27. Pickle
28. Pork Chop
29. Corn Dog
30. Cheese
31. Cajun Chicken
32. Sesame Chicken
33. Carmel Apple
34. German Sausage
35. Teriyaki Beef
36. Corn on the Cob
37. Cotton Candy
38. Veggie Corndog
39. Turkey Drumstick
40. Nutty Bar
41. Hot Bologna
42. Chicken
43. Monkey Tail (chocolate-covered banana)
44. Honey
45. Ice Cream Wonder Bar
46. Deep-Fried Snickers
47. Deep-Fried Milky Way
48. Deep-Fried Twinkie
49. Breakfast Lamb Sausage (brat)
50. Deep-Fried Ho-Ho
51. Deep-Fried Cupcake
52. Dutch Letter
53. Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake
54. Pineapple (Fresh pineapple dipped in funnel cake batter & deep fried)
55. Hot Lips (breaded chicken breast smothered with hot sauce, served with blue cheese dressing)
56. Cornbrat (bratwurst dipped in corndog batter)
57. Chocolate-Covered Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich
58. Rock Candy
59. Salad
60. Hard-Boiled Egg
61. Unicorn Lolipops
62. Rainbow Popsicle
63. Push-ups
64. Turkey Tenderloin

Doesn’t the list make you hungry?!? I really like those giant turkey legs! Now, it’s not easy lugging that thing around all day, going in and out of exhibits while brandishing a 10 pound hunk of meat; but one does what one must do. Right?

What if we could get other things, other than food, on a stick? Things like, oh, money, or mail, or, I know, MEDICINE! How about getting our medicine on a stick?

You walk into your local pharmacy, up to the counter, and ask to pick up the prescription you called in earlier. The pharmacist hands you a skinny, hollow stick, about two feet long, filled with your medicine. Not very easy to carry in your pocket or purse, but it’s what the doctor prescribed, it’s what you need, so you hand over the cash and walk out with your “stick”.

The medicine or the stick need not be fancy, tasty, or even widely accepted by everyone in your neighborhood. No, it only has to work. So you deal with it.

Years ago, even before the first Iowa State Fair, in the middle of a desert, there was such a thing as “Snake on a Stick”. The children of Israel were traveling from Egypt to the Promised Land under the leadership of Moses and his brother Aaron. Now the Israelites weren’t known for their congeniality, nor for the way they supported their leaders. In fact, they were downright nasty!

“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” (Numbers 21:4-5 NKJV)

“Worthless bread”, if you didn’t already know, was the “Manna” God had been supernaturally providing for the nation. And they called it “worthless”. How’s that for gratitude?

But guess what? We are no different and can be just as ungrateful!

Look what happened next: “So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” (Numbers 21:6-9 NKJV)

Imagine what that must have looked like! A big “stick” with a bronze snake attached to it! Nothing fancy, actually rather hideous, but it was the “MEDICINE” God prescribed. Medicine on a stick.

When God told them to “look and live”, He wasn’t referring to a ‘casual glance, then go about your day’ kind of look. His instruction, His prescription, was: “if you are dying, forget about everything else and gaze, fix your focus, your attention, on the snake on the stick.”

What would you do if snakes were crawling all around your feet, some slithering up your pant leg, touching your skin with their cold, forked, red tongue? Would you be able to stand still, gazing only at the stick, until you were healed? It would be hard, but that’s what they were told to do.

Because that’s how it is with faith! They got into their mess because they wouldn’t believe God or His leaders. And faith in God’s word would be how they were healed and restored.

The first couple, Adam and Eve, got us all into our predicament, where we were all “bitten by the snake”, due to their lack of faith in God’s word (Genesis 1-3). And faith is how we are healed of spiritual death, return to fellowship with God, and live eternally with Him. Jesus said it like this:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, “that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:14-17 NKJV)

As the bronze snake represented the Israelites sin, so Jesus on the cross represents ours. He became our sin (2 Corinthians 5:21) so we could become righteous. And like the Israelites, in order for our situation to be remedied, we must look at the “snake on the stick”; steadfastly, in spite of distractions, look at Jesus on the cross. We must believe!

It’s nothing fancy, but it is freeing!

It’s not easy, but it affects our eternity!

Who would have guessed it; God was the first One to put something of real value “on a stick”.

Blessed!

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“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel.

Say to them, “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” ’

“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”(Numbers 6:24-27 NKJV)

Blessed!

The Hebrew word, barak, means to kneel, to bless God (as an act of adoration), and man (as a benefit).

It has always been God’s will for His creation to be blessed; to enjoy all the benefits He prepared for them. Yes, there was the rebellion which took place, but The Lord still had a passion and a plan to bless His people.

He told Moses to instruct Aaron to bless the people, impart the will of God to them, by SAYING. Aaron would speak to the children of Israel the word of God, His revealed will, and God equated that with putting His Name on them.

According to God, they were blessed with benefits and protection, fellowship and favor, deliverance, healing, and wholeness of spirit, soul, and body. This is what God desired for them and delivered to them, through the words of Aaron.

That was the Old Covenant. The New Covenant, established upon greater promises, has not diminished the blessings of God. Rather, He has secured, guaranteed the blessings through Jesus Christ.

“God sent Jesus to bless you, by turning each of you from your sins.” Acts 3:26, paraphrased.

But do the blessings and benefits really pertain to this present life, or the one to come?

Both!

Ephesians 1:3, “He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings, in Christ Jesus…” Spiritual blessings aren’t just those that touch the spirit of a man. They are blessings originating from, and distributed by the Spirit. They affect every area of our life, for He has given us ALL THINGS that pertain to life and godliness. Blessed in Jesus!

“Beloved, I pray of above things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2

Under the Old Covenant, David blessed The Lord because He “daily loaded him with benefits.”

The New is better.

Under the Old, the psalmist declared, “I will say of The Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress…” and ,”He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases…”

The New is better!

The Old Covenant kept the plan of God intact, until The New Covenant was established in Christ.

The New is better!

Blessed going out and coming in. Blessed in giving and receiving, planting and harvesting. Blessed because He sent His Word to heal us and deliver us from all our afflictions. http://clicktotweet.com/t3SO4

Just as the High Priest, Aaron, spoke the Word of blessing over the children of Israel, so the High Priest of the New Covenant, Jesus, God’s Living Word, speaks over (and into) us.

Our response, our amen, our part is to receive the Blessing of God. Jesus, THE Blessing of God!

We are blessed in Jesus because He says so! We agree so by believing God raised Jesus from the dead, and by declaring Jesus the Lord of our life.

“And let the redeemed of The Lord say so!”

BLESSED! It is so!

Nothing But A Name

Got Jesus

Before the church had disciples – it had converts

Before the church had converts – it had evangelism

Before the church had evangelism – it had power

Before the church had power – it had its commission

Before the church had its commission – it had relationship

Before the church had relationship – it had nothing but a name.

Nothing but a Name, but what a Name!

The Name that means salvation to any people group, any social status, any age.

The Name the wicked mock, the righteous bless, the angels praise, and demons curse.

The Name that heals the sick, raises the dead, restores broken homes, unites parents with their children, gives peace throughout any storm, and breaks all addictions.

The Name beyond comprehension, above all powers and principalities, seated on the Highest Throne in the universe.

The Name Father God used to express Himself and His Word.

The Name that is the exact representation of His likeness.

The Name – Jesus!

Nothing but a Name, but what else could anyone ever need?

“Go and do the same”

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“One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?” The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’ And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.

Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!”

The man wanted to justify his actions, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

Jesus replied with a story: “A Jewish man was traveling from Jerusalem down to Jericho, and he was attacked by bandits. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

“By chance a priest came along. But when he saw the man lying there, he crossed to the other side of the road and passed him by. A Temple assistant walked over and looked at him lying there, but he also passed by on the other side. “Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins, telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.

The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”

Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.””(Luke 10:25-37 NLT)

The “Good Samaritan”, a story of hope, restoration, encouragement, healing, and compassion. It’s ALSO a story of people who COULD help, but for some reason, chose not to.

It illustrates the truth revealed in 1 Corinthians 4:20 – “For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.”(NLT)

I ask you, what greater power is there than love?

I think everyone in the world can quote John 3:16, “for God so loved the world…”, but there is a verse in First John 3:16 and 18 that is a Word from the loving God to us, and one we need to know as well- “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters…Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”(NLT)

The Good Samaritan had the opportunity to help because at least three others chose not to! The robbers left the Jew naked and dying, the lead pastor (by the way,not responsible for the Jew’s predicament) chose to cross the road and walk on by, and the associate pastor did the same.

Each person COULD have and SHOULD have helped. I suppose the lead pastor and the associate pastor could have given the dying man some cash and some booklets on healing and prosperity before they crossed the road. They may have even given the guy a copy of my book, The Power Of Encouragement.

Regardless of the fact those two weren’t responsible for the condition they FOUND the dying man in, they WERE responsible for the condition they LEFT him in.

Maybe the preachers thought someone else would come along with more time, more resources, and better trained. “After all”, they thought, “there are people a lot more suited for this type of work than I am. Besides, he has lots of friends throughout this area who can help.”

But the man was dying, already half dead. No guarantees more help would come. But the first two men chose to walk on by.

Think about this: if the lead pastor would have stopped to help, the associate pastor and the Samaritan would have been available to help others; and The Lord knows there’s plenty of needs to go around!

Let’s do good as we have the opportunity. Usually, hurting people aren’t real picky about who drives the ambulance.

Jesus described the Samaritan as, “Good”. How would He describe you?

Introduction to… A Story

A Story

Stories.

Everyone has one. Not everyone can or would even want to tell theirs, but everyone has one.

Some stories are so easy to hear, easy to believe, easy to relate to, easy to tell. Others are the complete opposite.

No one’s story should be left untold. No one’s. There is something to be learned from each. Something to help lift someone else out of despair and hopelessness. Something to bring understanding to a life of confusion. Something to identify with; to help someone else realize they are not alone. Even a story of “total failure” can be used to help someone else.

For A Story to be told, there must be three things.

First, the story. Truth. What really happened? Why did it happen? When it happened isn’t so important, because people really haven’t changed much down through the ages. The story’s main participant would be the “who”. How did it happen? The story will detail what’s really important.

Secondly, the storyteller. Possibly the subject of the story, but not necessarily. The storyteller must adhere to the story. Truth. For a story to connect with others, truth is paramount. Hope will not grasp fantasy for long. Fantasy will never bring about lasting change. Truth will. So the storyteller must stay with truth, which is the story.

Finally, the reader. Each reader is in the process of living their own story. One reader’s story may be full of darkness, hopelessness, confusion, perversion. Someone else may have a story of riches and beauty, a wonderful childhood, direction in life, faith in God. There may be any number of life situations in one story. But one thing is certain with every reader. Their final chapter hasn’t yet been written.

As I said, everyone has a story and everyone’s story should be told. This is my story; not my whole story but a segment of it that others, I believe, need to know. A Story others may relate to, draw hope from. A Story that may help others rewrite their own.

I chose to use this medium, my blog, to tell the story. I’ll write a number of chapters over the next several weeks. I pray each reader that is not satified with their story, may find the necessary courage to begin the rewrite process.

Look for truth. Truth makes the story. Truth connects the story with each reader. Truth helps the reader rewrite their own story. Truth is what changed mine.

Stories.

As I said, this one is mine, though it’s not just about me. It’s also A Story about a King named Manasseh, a Father with two prodigal sons, a few of God’s favorite people, and what He does with people gone bad. A Story about failure, family and friends. It’s about Encouragement, Hope and Restoration. It’s about Truth. It’s A Story about Jesus.

And, it’s about you.

Do You Need A Miracle?

Do You Need A Miracle?
words and music by Jan Grace

Do you need a miracle?
The miracle worker is here.
He’s cleansed the lepers
And made the lame to walk
Do you need a miracle
Jesus Christ is here.

Do you need a miracle?
The miracle worker is here.
The blind have received their sight
The dead have been raised up
Do you need a miracle
Jesus Christ is here

Jesus Christ, God’s anointed
Delivered from sin, sickness and shame
And all He’s done, He will do for you today
Cause He’s still the same, our God will never change

Do you need a miracle?
The miracle worker is here
He’s changed my life
He’s changed my life
He’s changed my life
He’ll change your life
He’ll change your life

Do you need a miracle?
The miracle worker is here
He’s taken your sin away
And offers eternal life
If you need a miracle
Your miracle is here
He’s taken your sin away
And offers eternal life
If you need a miracle
Your miracle is here
Jesus is here.

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Why I Believe Jesus Is The Healer

The Lord That HealsThere are many viewpoints regarding the subject of healing, specifically pertaining to these questions: “Does God heal?”, “Does He heal today?”, “Is healing a ‘new age’ subject?”, “Does God give people cancer?”, “Is there such a thing as ‘faith healing’?”. On and on the questions flow, accompanied by answers that sometime bring more confusion and doubt than anything else.

I understand my viewpoint is simply what it is; my opinion. While I like to think my study, background, experience, and faith give credibility to my opinion, I know that I can’t convince anyone of the truth. It will take Someone much greater than I to bring that about. Therefore, my intention for this post is not to convince anyone to embrace my opinion as the ultimate, complete truth on the matter. My aim is simply to explain why I believe Jesus is the same today as He was 2000 years ago; and because He’s the same, He is doing the same things He did then. Such as, healing the sick.

This post may end up in your mind as just another one of many opinions. But to me, this is life! (Scriptures are listed at end of post for those desiring more research.)
So here goes:

Why I believe Jesus is the Healer

(and Father God still heals today):

1. God created us – every part of us. He knows how to fix us
2. He created everything by His Word and faith
3. His Word is Life and Health
4. He sent His Word to heal
5. His Word runs swiftly
6. When sickness touched the Israeli camp, the Lord showed them a tree
7. God Himself is the Tree of Life
8. He referred to Himself as The Lord That Heals
9. God has declared that He forgives all iniquity and heals all diseases
10. Under the Old Covenant there was provision for healing. New Covenant is better!
11. Even after sin and rebellion, The Lord made healing provision
12. When the children of Israel left Egypt, there was not one feeble among them
13. God has answered the prayers of multitudes and has promised to answer ours
14. The Lord promised to restore health and heal wounds
15. Jesus, the Suffering Servant, Savior, bore our sins and carried our diseases
16. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever
17. Jesus: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…”to preach, heal, proclaim and open
18. Multitudes sought to touch Him and He didn’t try to outrun them!
19. Whoever touched Him was made whole
20. He never denied healing to anyone who came to Him believing
21. Jesus receives all who come to Him…this includes coming to Him for healing
22. People came to Jesus desperately seeking His touch, and got it!
23. The early church was given the same mission as Jesus
24. Paul wrote that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation
25. When a crippled man heard Paul preach, he had faith to be healed and walked
26. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil
27. Jesus went about doing good, and healing
28. Jesus believed that sickness is of the devil; the devil is the author of disease
29. Jesus told the leper that healing was His will
30. Jesus told the Gentile woman that healing was the children’s bread
31. John prayed for the church to prosper and be in health
32. The peace of God that passes understanding is wholeness for the complete man
33. Paul prayed that our whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved…
34. James:Sick?Then call for the elders to pray the prayer of faith and heal the sick
35. Even sinners (so as to include ALL mankind) can find healing and forgiveness
36. Jesus doesn’t send sickness and disease to teach His people
37. Jesus said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.”
38. His grace (His willingness to use His ability) is sufficient for our every need
39. Whatever things you ask for in prayer, they shall be granted you
40. The law of the Spirit of life in Jesus set us free from the law of sin and death
41. The Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwells in me, giving life to my body
42. God loves me and delights in my prayers
43. His promises are Yes! and Amen! in Christ
44. If two or three will agree on earth…
45. “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done; as in Heaven, so on earth
46. Not one word has ever failed
47. Forever His Word is settled in Heaven
48. Jesus is the Word of God
49. Nothing is impossible with God
50. With God, ALL THINGS are possible
51. The only time Jesus didn’t heal much was when the people wouldn’t believe
52. Without faith it’s impossible to please God…but with it…
53. His Name is above every name, including that of sickness and disease
54. Jesus means salvation
55. No good thing will He withhold from them who walk uprightly
56. Every good and perfect gift… Healing is a gift, a good gift
57. Jesus is God Almighty

Just some reasons why I believe Jesus is the Healer and healing is God’s will. But don’t take my word for it. God’s Word is life to those who find it and health to all their flesh. And…

faith still comes, grows and changes things.

Healing Scriptures: Genesis 1:26-28; Psalm 139; Hebrews1:1-3; 11:1-6; Psalm 107:20; 103:3; 147:15; Numbers 21; Exodus 15:22-26; Psalm 105:37; Proverbs 15:9,29; Matthew 7:7; Mark 11:22-24; Jeremiah 17:14; 30:17; Isaiah 53:4-6; 61:1-3; Luke 4:18; Hebrews 13:8; Matthew 4:23-25; Luke 5:15; 6:17; Mark 5; 16:15-20; Romans 1:16; 10:9,10,17; Acts 14:7-10; 1 John 3:8; Acts 10:38; Luke 13; Matthew 8:1-3; 15:26; 3 John 2; Philippians 4:6-8; James 5:15-16; John 14-16; John 6; 2 Corinthians 9:8; 12:7-10; Romans 8:1,2,11-14; Luke 11:5-13; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Matthew 18:19; 1 Kings 8:56; Psalm 119:89; John 1:1-4; Luke 1:37; 18:27; Mark 3:1-6; 6:1-6; Psalm 84:11,12; Philippians 2:9-11; Matthew 1:21; James 1:17; John 10:30

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