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Healing People Is Doing Good

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38  How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

39  And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: –  Acts 10:38-39 (KJV)

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.

13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.John 14:12-14 (KJV)

Jesus was anointed by His Father with the Holy Ghost and with power. And He went about doing good and healing people who were sick because of the devil.  There are ten recordings in the Gospels of Jesus casting out demons in people and healing them. What does this tell us? It tells us that healing is good. It’s Godly. And sickness (or oppression) is bad. It’s from the devil.

And Jesus wants us healed. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He wanted us healed of sickness in Biblical days, then He wants us healed today. Now, that Jesus has returned to Heaven with His Father, He’s given us the same power He had. And that power is activated when we use His Name. In John 14, He says that those of us who believe on Him, “the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” How cool is that! He showed by example what He wants us to do, which is heal those who are oppressed of the devil. And then He gave us the authority to use His Name to do it too! And He seals it with a promise in John 14:14 “If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” That goes for more than just healing. It goes for anything that’s in His Will for us. So, if what we’re asking lines up with the Word, then John 14:14 applies.

I hope you find this as enlightening as I do. Meditate on it. Get it into your spirit so that you know, that you know, that you know, that you know, without any doubt, that God wants each and everyone of us healed!

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

  • I am not a preacher, minister, evangelist, etc. I’m just a woman who has a heart for God.

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The Prayer Of Faith Saves The Sick

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13  Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14  Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15  and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him. 16  Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working. –  James 5:13-16 (ASV)

This passage of Scripture is speaking to believers in Christ. God’s Word says that if any of us are sick, we can call for the elders of the church and the elders can pray over us. I believe that there are times where what you’re dealing with could be a little too much for you to handle on your own. Maybe satan is attacking your mind and causing you to doubt that healing is possible. In that case, reach out to an elder, someone who can pray for you. It may not be someone who is actually in your church. I see “church” as being the church universal. The body of believers. And let that person pray over you. When you are anointed with oil, there isn’t actually power in the oil. It’s symbolic. The power is in the prayer of faith (v.15). And it’s not just any prayer. It’s a prayer of faith. A prayer that believes that you are healed. And the response to that prayer of faith is “the Lord shall raise him up”. Shall is defined by Webster as “used to give a command or say that you will or will not allow something to happen. Used to say that something is expected to happen in the future.”  When the Word says the Lord shall raise him up, the Word is giving a command that it will happen. You can believe what is written because God tells us in Numbers 23:19-20:

19  God is not a man, that he should lie, Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and will he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and will he not make it good? 20  Behold, I have received commandment to bless: And he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it. – Numbers 23:19-20 (ASV)

That’s a huge statement! And a blessing! The only way the blessing in His Word isn’t manifested in your life is if you don’t believe it. If you believe the curse more than the blessing. If you believe the pain you’re experiencing, more than you believe that you’ve been healed.  Do yourself a favor, and by faith, accept that His Word is true.

James 5 also discusses the relationship of sin and sickness. Not every sickness is a result of sin. But clearly, based on James 5:15, we see that there are times where sin is at the root. In these cases, we are told that our sins are forgiven. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to each other. Not because we have the power to forgive each other. Only God can forgive us of our sins. I believe this is teaching us two things. 1) don’t be held captive to our sin and allow the guilt of our sin to stall our healing and 2) humble ourselves, be honest about our sin, and stop doing it. If we live in guilt and condemnation, we may feel we deserve the sickness and speak contrary to the healing God is ready to give us. And if we persist in our sin, then we may stand in the way of our own healing because we’re blocking our healing.

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

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Know The Difference Between Healing And Miracles… It Will Strengthen Your Faith

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6  And there are diversities of workings, but the same God, who worketh all things in all. 7  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit to profit withal. 8  For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom; and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit: 9  to another faith, in the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, in the one Spirit; 10  and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discernings of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues: 11  but all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each one severally even as he will. – 1 Corinthians 12:6-11 (ASV)

There are many things to share in this passage of Scripture, but I’m going to talk about healing and miracles. And I hope that this will be beneficial to you. Everyone has the ability to have faith to believe in healing and miracles. However, God gives some the gift of healing or the gift of miracles. These gifts, as all gifts, are for the one who possesses the gift to use to help and strengthen others. Let’s say a person is a new believer, with a terminal illness, and they desire to be healed, but their faith isn’t mature enough to believe for complete and total healing from that illness. The person with the gift of healing can intercede for that new believer. If that person had to wait for their own faith to be mature enough they’d probably die. It’s not God’s desire for us to only rely on the person who has the gift. He wants us to study His Word and become strengthened ourselves.

As for the difference between Healing and Miracles. When you are healed, your body will recover naturally.  When you experience a Miracle, God is using His Power to supernaturally intervene above and beyond natural law. For example, you have the flu. You command the flu to leave your body and you command your body to recover. If you’re healed, it may be a few days before your body recovers.  If you receive a miracle, you’ll see evidence of the healing immediately. This should be a great encouragement to you and a booster to your faith. Because many times, if we don’t see the evidence right away, we think “it didn’t work”.  We question or doubt our faith. But the moment you prayed and received your healing by faith, the flu was killed at the root. Think about the fig tree. The moment Jesus cursed it, the root of the tree died. But the evidence wasn’t seen until the following day. Don’t lose your faith while waiting for the manifestation. Maintain your confession. The enemy is going to try and make you doubt your healing. But if you understand the difference between a healing and a miracle, your faith will not waiver. You may have to speak to yourself. Remind yourself that you’re healed. Re-read the passage of scripture concerning the fig tree. Encourage yourself. And know that you are healed.

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

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Jesus Tells Us To Speak To Our Mountain… Not To Him About Our Mountain

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13  And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find anything thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for it was not the season of figs. 14  And he answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit from thee henceforward for ever. And his disciples heard it. 20  And as they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away from the roots. 21  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Rabbi, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. 22  And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that what he saith cometh to pass; he shall have it. 24  Therefore I say unto you, All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. 25  And whensoever ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have aught against any one; that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. 26  But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses.- Mark 11:13-14; 20-26 (ASV)

18  Now in the morning as he returned to the city, he hungered. 19  And seeing a fig tree by the way side, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only; and he saith unto it, Let there be no fruit from thee henceforward for ever. And immediately the fig tree withered away. 20  And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How did the fig tree immediately wither away? 21  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do what is done to the fig tree, but even if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou taken up and cast into the sea, it shall be done. 22  And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. – Matthew 21:18-22 (ASV)

These two passages of scripture are a wonderful message about the power of words. You may wonder why I’ve included them in a book on healing. The answer is simple and will be clear to you in just a moment. But first, let’s examine the Word. Matthew and Mark recount the moment when Jesus saw a fig tree that had leaves, indicating it should also have figs, because the figs come before the leaves. But there were no figs. In Matthew 21:19, we learn that the fig tree immediately withered. But in Mark 11:20, we see that it’s morning and they pass by the fig tree and it’s withered away. So which is it? Was it immediate or did it take a day? The answer is both. When Jesus cursed the tree the root immediately died. If the root is dead, then the tree is dead. But the evidence of what had taken place underground wasn’t visible until the following day. The disciples were in awe at what Jesus had done. And Jesus told them they have the power to do the same thing. We all do. If we have faith and don’t doubt and believe what we are saying, then we can speak to our mountains. We can tell our mountains to be cast into the sea. To be removed. And it has to obey. His Word tells us that we will receive what we are praying.

A sickness or disease may be your mountain. Jesus is telling you what to do. Speak to it. He doesn’t say, come tell me about your mountain. I mean, if you want to talk to him about it, you can. He’ll listen. But He told you to talk to your mountain. He didn’t say call the prayer circle. Post it on Facebook. Tweet about what’s going on. He said He’s given you the authority to handle this mountain. It’s not just the words you’re speaking. It’s the faith behind the words. And be encouraged. Even if you don’t see it happen right away, know that the moment you spoke in faith to your mountain, it was removed.

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

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Jesus Heals The Man At The Pool Of Bethesda… Are You That Man?

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. – John 5: 1-9 (NKJV)

There is soooooo much good information about healing in this short passage of scripture. Here you have a man who has never walked in thirty-eight years. Imagine that. Waiting by a pool for thirty-eight years for an opportunity to be the first in a pool with a great multitude of other people, all waiting for the same thing. Their one chance to be the first person in the pool, so they can be healed. 

Notice that Jesus spots the man. The man didn’t spot Jesus. He wasn’t looking for Jesus. He was focused on the pool and waiting for the angel. But Jesus walks up to the man and asks him if he wants to be made well. Hmm. That seems like a silly question, right? Of course, he wants to be well. That’s why he’s been waiting by the pool for almost four decades! Surely, Jesus knows this. And knowing that Jesus doesn’t ask silly questions, we should examine this.

Sometimes, when people have been sick for a long time, they have learned to live with it. They accept their sickness as a part of life.  They say “it is what it is” and they take their medication. Keep their doctor’s appointments. Tell people about what they’re dealing with. Some like the attention and pity (whether they admit it or not). Keep in mind, I’m passing zero judgment here. I am just pointing out facts.  When you’re dealing with a sickness, it can affect more than just your body. It can affect you mind. Your spirit. You can become hopeless, despondent, depressed. So, when Jesus asks the man if he’s ready to be made well, He wants to know if the man is at a place where he can give up the sickness completely.

How does the man respond? Well, what he doesn’t say is, “Yes, I want to be made well.” Instead he says, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” He responds to Jesus with an excuse. He’s still focused on getting to the pool. He doesn’t realize that his Healer is standing right in front of him.

We can be the same way. Our Healer is right here. We have a Bible filled with promises of healing. And we turn our attention to our version of the pool. Jesus tells the man, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” He ignores the man’s excuses. And gives him a command. Jesus tells a man who hasn’t walked in thirty-eight years to not only walk, but to pick up his bed and walk. Think about his legs. They had to be atrophied, no muscles, weak. In the natural, his legs couldn’t have been strong enough to support his body.  But the man did as Jesus commanded. And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.  Wow. Thirteen words packed with revelation.

Jesus ignored the excuses. Jesus didn’t speak to the sickness. He didn’t command it out of his body. Though the man had given Jesus an excuse just seconds before, he did as Jesus instructed. The only way he could have walked was to trust Jesus. He walked by faith. Faith that Jesus wasn’t going to let him fall, even though the Bible doesn’t say that Jesus helped the man to his feet. It doesn’t say that Jesus held the man while he steadied himself and took a few tentative steps. No. It says IMMEDIATELY the man was made well. Jesus didn’t just heal his body. He healed the man’s body, mind, and spirit. It all had to be made well for the man to be able to have the faith to stand up, then bend down, grab his stuff, and WALK.

Jesus is imploring us to do the same. He wants us to be well. He wants us to look to Him for our healing. Not the pool. The doctors. The medication. The prayer circle. All of those things are fine. And needed if our faith needs to be developed to the point where we can trust Jesus one hundred percent. That kind of faith doesn’t happen overnight. It comes from spending time in God’s Word. Knowing, that we know, that we know, that we know we are healed. And until we get to that point, we should see the doctors. Take the medication. Pray with friends.  But never forget that there is One true source for our healing. And that source is Jesus.  If we have the faith to believe, we can walk in complete healing from this day forward.