Believe and Receive


If you’ve followed my blog, then you know that I am a believer and follower of Christ. I believe that God wants to see His children live prosperous lives. I do believe that it’s more than “name it and claim it”. Followers of that style of teaching will miss the true blessings of God. He’s not a genie in a bottle, waiting to give us whatever our minds can imagine, even if it’s contrary to His Word. Nope. But He does want us to prosper and live healthy, wealthy, and abundant lives.

The Hebrew word for “prosperity” is shalown or shalom, and it’s meaning includes safety, welfare, health, prosperity, peace, and rest.

Proverbs 10:22 – The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.(KJV)

Psalms 35:27 – Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. (KJV)

It is with this understanding that I share the message of this particular blog. I have been believing God for manifested healing in my body and in a particularly trying moment, I told God I didn’t have the strength to believe anymore. I asked him to help my unbelief. And I could ask Him to help my unbelief, because the Bible says I can.

Mark 9:21-24 –
21 – Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.
22 – “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
23 – “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 – Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

I wanted Him to believe for me and just take the pain away. He didn’t. But He gave me something better. He sent me to YouTube teachings on faith and healing by Kenneth Hagin. Kenneth Hagin dealt with a life threatening illness when he was a teenager. The doctors didn’t think he’d make it. But he got his grandmother’s Bible and was led by the Spirit to read Mark 11:22-24. He stood on these scriptures and his body was healed. When he finally closed his eyes for the last time, he was 86 and lived a long and full life. What fascinated me about the scriptures he stood on for healing were that they didn’t expressly mention healing. They are scriptures of faith. In the preceding scriptures, we learn that Jesus had walked over to a fig tree, expecting to eat figs, but the tree had none. Jesus cursed the tree. The next morning, as Jesus and His disciples walked past the tree, they saw that it had dried up from the roots and was dead. Peter mentioned it and Jesus said, “have faith in God.” He goes on to say that whoever speaks to their mountains and tells their mountains to be cast into the sea and not doubt but believe that was he says will happen, then he will have whatever he says. Verse 24 says, “… whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you and you will [get it].” Of course , we can’t expect things that are against God’s Word, so it’s important for us to know His Word. But His Word is very clear about healing. God wants us well. So, back to my issue, I latched onto these scriptures. I noticed that the fig tree was dead immediately, but the manifestation didn’t happen until the following morning. Sometimes our healing will take time. We Don’t see it immediately. But that doesn’t mean we weren’t immediately healed. Don’t lose faith while your eyes are telling you one thing and God’s Word has told you something else. Don’t speak against what you desire, just because you can’t see it yet. We walk by faith and not by sight. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. once you see it, you’re into manifestation. If you’re having trouble holding onto the promises of God, the ask Him to help your unbelief. He will. Because He loves you. Personalize Mark 11:23-24. Understand that it applies to any mountain in your life. Our job is to believe the Word. God’s job is to make it happen so we can receive what we’re believing. Pray. Ask Him to shed your own revelation on these scriptures. He’ll do it because He loves you.

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

– I am not a preacher, teacher, or evangelist. I am just a woman who has a heart for God.

Seek Wisdom First

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Proverbs 8 is a beautiful passage of scripture that extols the value of wisdom. It’s most exquisite when read in the amplified version.

Many of us spend our daily lives doing things to earn a living. We work. We hustle. We grind. Whether for ourselves or for a company. And we should work. Hustle. Grind. Whatever label you want to give it. We should do what we need to do to make a living and provide for ourselves and for our families.

But Proverbs 8 gave me pause. I had to ask myself if I was barreling forward in my endeavors based on what I thought was best for me, or if I was moving in the Will of God. I invite you to read the entire chapter, but I’m going to share some of the highlights for me as I did my personal study.

v. 10 – Receive my (Wisdom) instruction in preference to [striving for] silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold.
v. 11 – For skillful and godly Wisdom is better than rubies or pearls, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.
v. 17 – I (Wisdom) love those who love me and those who seek me early and diligently shall find me.
v. 18 – Riches and honor are with me (Wisdom), enduring wealth and righteousness (uprightness in every area and relation, and right standing with God).
v. 19 – My (Wisdom) fruit is better than gold, yes, than refined gold, and my increase than choice silver.

v. 34 – Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who listens to me (Wisdom), watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
v. 35 – For whoever finds me (Wisdom) finds life and draws forth and obtains favor from the Lord.
v. 36 – But he who misses me (Wisdom) or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.

The message here is simple, and yet, extremely powerful. Seek. Wisdom. First.
– Before applying for a job. Seek Wisdom first.
– Before accepting a new opportunity. Seek Wisdom first.
– Before accepting that marriage proposal. Seek Wisdom first.
– Before deciding which home to buy or apartment to rent. Seek Wisdom first.
– Before deciding which school to attend. Seek Wisdom first.
– If you want to be blessed beyond measure. Seek Wisdom first.
– If you want to make wise and thoughtful choices. Seek Wisdom first.
– If you want riches and honor. Seek Wisdom first.
– If you want enduring (and not fleeting) wealth & righteousness. Seek Wisdom first.

I pray that the words in the Word resonate with you as they did with me. And that, as you go about your daily living, you are seeking wisdom in all your decisions and choices.

 

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

I am not a paster, minister, teacher, evangelist, etc. I am just a woman who has a heart for God.

Throw Off Your Identity…and Be Healed

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I spend a lot of time studying healing these days. It’s something that weighs heavily on my heart. I look around me and see so many people suffering. Diabetes. High Cholesterol. High Blood Pressure. Vitamin Deficiencies. Wounded Marriages. Sexual Diseases. Back Pain. Stomach Pain. And the list goes on….. And it’s heart wrenching.

Many of the people living with one or more situations are believers. They’ve read that God heals the sick. Shoot, Jesus raised the dead! So it’s not that they don’t believe that God can, but usually they question whether God WILL. Will God do it for them?

Here’s what I’ve discovered.  There is a difference between what I term “head faith” and “heart faith” Head faith is when you read what you’re believing for in the Word and you know it’s possible. Heart faith, is when you believe without a doubt, and you know, that you know, that you know, that what you are believing for is happening. Even if you do not see it. For example, the Word of God tells us that by Jesus’ stripes we are healed. We read it. We believe that God’s word is true. And, so, in our heads we have the faith to believe that. But when we have a situation, if our belief has not been rooted in our hearts, we will find that we may think God won’t do it for us.

The only way, to make sure that this is not your situation, is to stay in the word of God until you know without a doubt that what you’ve read applies to you as well as everyone else who reads it. And you have to know that in spite of what you may be feeling. You have to know that your marriage is healed in spite of how ridiculous your spouse maybe acting. You have to know that you can be cured from diabetes, even if the medical professionals say it’s impossible. You have to know that you don’t have to accept a sexually transmitted disease, just because you slept around and the doctors say you’ll have it for life. You have to know that you don’t have to suffer from baldness because it’s in your genes.

I encourage you to read the story of Bartimaeus. You find him in the Gospels, Matthew 20-29-34, Luke 18:35-43; and Mark 10:46-52

46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; He calleth thee.

50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

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.

There’s a lot here! Bartimaeus was blind, but his ears still worked! And when he heard that Jesus was there, he started crying out to Him. He referenced Jesus as the Son of David. He knew that Jesus was the Messiah. Which means he knew Jesus was the answer to his need.

The crowd told him to be quiet. The same way people may tell you to be quiet. “Girl, hush, that’s just old age.” “Pssh, everyone loses their site as they get old.” “Why are you stayin’ with that man? After how he treated you? I’d be out.” “Diabetes runs in our family. Everybody will get it.” “Sorry you have herpes. That’s what you get for sleeping around.” Ever have that kind of noise playing in your background? Take a page out of Bartimaeus’ book. When the crowd told him to be hold his peace, the Word of God says he cried out even louder! He asked for mercy.

And his call to Jesus, stopped Jesus in His tracks (v.49) It says Jesus stood still. And He commanded that Bartimaeus be brought to Him. Which is so interesting, because it sounds like the same people who told him to be quiet, were now telling him to be comforted and go to Jesus. Those who once weren’t on his side are now on his side. Hmmm…

Now, check this out. Before Bartimaeus walks to Jesus, He does something HUGE. He cast away his garment. In those days, people were defined by their garments. It was part of their identity. His garment identified him as a blind beggar. Notice that he threw away the identity he no longer wanted BEFORE he went to Jesus. He knew beyond any doubt, that he was in the midst of the Healer. And he had the faith to believe that he was healed. 

Jesus asked him what he wanted and he asked for his eyesight. And Jesus told him that because of his faith, he was now whole. And immediately, he received his sight and followed Jesus.

This is how we should be. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). Check out my blog post on Now Faith Is…  Bartimaeus is an example to us. We need to believe with unshakable faith, that the thing we cannot see, is the exact thing we can have. (As long as what we’re asking for is in God’s Will. And when we spend time in His Word, we learn His Will.)

 

Be Blessed And Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

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

Manifestation: Waiting or Enjoying?

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For years, I’ve been aware of the power of words and I’m very cognizant of the words I speak. For example, when it comes to healing. I do my best to only speak what I desire, and not what I feel. I’ll be honest and say that I sometimes fail in this area. Which is why staying in the Word is so important. I’ve recently had my fair share of doctor’s visits and I’ll share what I discovered about me. Maybe you can relate to some part of my experience. The things the doctor said that I felt I could handle, like taking an iron supplement daily, I accepted without question. I didn’t ask God to regulate my blood so the iron pills weren’t necessary. BUT, when a scan showed something with my heart… well, now that was something I wanted to talk to God about. (Cry to God was more like it.) But in the midst of what I was going through, I always remembered to be mindful of my words.

This brings me to the point of this blog. I was mindful of my words, but I didn’t know what to say. How do you explain what’s going on with you in the natural to a loved one who’s concerned about you? Or to a doctor who needs to know your history? How do you bring them up to speed without speaking life into the very thing you don’t want to acknowledge? My way of speaking was to say, “I know God has healed me. And I’m waiting on the manifestation of that healing.” But that declaration felt “off”. If the Bible says I’m healed then what am I waiting on? I still experienced symptoms and I wasn’t denying what I saw or heard or felt. What I was denying was it’s right over me. There is no sickness or disease or illness, that is more powerful than my God.

Recently, I was listening to a sermon and the minister gave me my answer. He said it always bothered him when people said they were waiting on the manifestation of (fill in the blank). Because to him, it sounded like people were really hoping that God was going to do what they believed God was going to do, but there was a smidgen of doubt. He said he would much rather hear them say a word other than waiting. This really resonated within me and I talked to God about it, and the word that came to me was “enjoying”. Instead of saying I was waiting on the manifestation of healing, I began to say I am enjoying the manifestation of healing. This may seem like a small thing. But when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

If you are waiting on manifestation then you are saying that you believe this is something that will happen later on. That currently you are not experiencing manifestation. However, when you say that you are enjoying manifestation, what you are really saying is that you are enjoying manifestation in that moment. So, even if you cannot see what you are believing is manifesting, you are still believing that it is happening rather than believing that it will one day happen.

I encourage you to really think about this. Think about the promises that God gives us in His Word.

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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Good Lawd, They Fired Me!… Thank YOU!!

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Monica in Honduras

Have you ever been fired, laid off, terminated, let go, downsized, right sized?  Pick a term.  It all means that same thing and places us in the same place.  Without a paycheck and in the unemployment line. There may be some of us out there who can see the blessing immediately and never look back.  But for a lot of us, you’ll go through what I went through.  I remember the day so well.  It was November 5, 2012.  And I was blindsided. But was I really?  Any of us who have at least a remote connection with God can sense when something isn’t right and we can feel that a change is a comin’  LOL!

I had 3 significant lay off notices.  One from the Father, one from the Son, and one from the Holy Spirit 🙂 .

The first was when a colleague told me that if something happened that it wasn’t me. They were just going to go in a different direction.

The second notice was a month or so later when I visited my bestie in Italy.  As we drove along the countryside, I felt a lightheartedness that I hadn’t felt in a very long time.  I remember God placing me in a deep sleep for about 13 hours and I believe He was rewiring me.  I could feel her standing over me and shaking me (probably trying to see if I was still alive), but I was out cold.  When I finally awoke, God told me to stay in Philippians Chapter 4 until He released me.  And I read it almost daily for close to 2 months.   During that time, I wrote in my journal that they didn’t have the power to remove me and that I was never going to leave on my own.  I was very attached to my “golden handcuffs” and I was never going to give them up willingly.  So I told God that if He wanted me to go in a different direction, He was going to have to push me.

My third notice came on November 4, 2012, when I was talking to my mother and asking her about her dreams and she asked me about mine.  I thought about it and realized I’d been so busy living, that I’d forgotten how to dream.

Well, November 5th came, and I got my opportunity to pursue my dreams.  I’m sure the company notice went something like this, “Monica has left the company to pursue other opportunities.”   That is corporate code for “She got fired, y’all.”  LOL

But thank God for November 5th because I really was released by HIM, not THEM, to pursue my dreams.  Although, I’ll be honest, in the immediate days that followed, I didn’t have the outer appearance of a blessed woman.  My eyes stayed red and puffy. My nose continually dripped.  My head pounded incessantly.  I was best friends with Frito Lay.  I had forgotten the purpose of a comb and brush.  And water was not my friend (if you get my meaning). I was in great pain emotionally, and that pain was evident physically.

I talked to my bestie while she was still in Italy and she said since I like to journal, I should journal my journey of life after Corporate and how I was going to get back on my feet.   So I did.  And God had me turn that journal into an inspirational book, Today Is Your Last Day…Say Wha?! (The First 24 Months After Your Lose Your Job).

Today, here’s what I know to be true:

  • Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, He will send you lay off notices before the big day arrives. 🙂
  • The process of change can hurt.  But you have to ride it out. You have to find the strength (and He gives you all the strength you need if you just ask for it) to push through.  Push through your fears, negative self talk, worries, anxieties, pride, embarrassment, anger, self doubt. Everything.  Immerse yourself in Him and He will sustain you while He’s rewiring you.
  • Your future direction may not always look like your past.  So be open. If you want to live a fulfilling life, you must be open to change.
  • It’s dangerous to remain complacent in your past blessings.  It can stagnate your future.  Sometimes our lives are actually pretty darn good.  No major issues anywhere. Bills are paid on time. Disposable resources exist.  Health is good.  Nothing about our lives makes us want to mop the floor with our bodies as we beg God to help us.  (Anybody done that before?)  The danger in that is we sometimes stop seeking Him as diligently as we should.  And the key to living the ultimate successful life is abiding in Him.  Continually seeking His will and wisdom for your life. What you have may be wonderful, but what He actually desires for you may actually be so much more!
  • If you submit yourself to God’s will for your life, you will be victorious.  You may not always look victorious, but you still are victorious.  Remember this.  HE loves you. He LOVES you.  He loves YOU.

God is our Source!  He picks and chooses the resources He provides at His will.  Not ours.  Knowing this, will help you see that it is completely within the realm of possibility for you to lose your current job (source) and say “Thank You, God!”   🙂

 

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

 

 

I am not a minister, preacher, or evangelist, etc.  I’m just a woman with a heart for God.

 

 

 

What God Wants For Us…

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Monica in Honduras

I have a new favorite scripture and I’m sharing it with you. I love it so much, that I’ve committed it to memory. It’s Ephesians 2:10.

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus (born anew) that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us, taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them (living the good life that He prearranged and made ready for us to live.) (AMP)

This Scripture, especially in the Amplified version is so beautiful and powerful, I ask you to please read it again and this time, soak in the words. And when you read it, add “Selah”, which means to pause and calmly think of that.

For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship). Selah

Think about something you’ve created. Whether it’s a poem you’ve written, a sweater you crocheted, the financial report that you finally finished after months of hard work and late nights. These are things where you feel a sense of pride in your accomplishment. And these are just things. The poem may remain in the notebook. The sweater may one day find itself at the bottom of the drawer. The data in your financial report may become obsolete and you’ll have to do it all over again next month. All these things are temporary.

Now think about this. We are God’s own handiwork. We are products of His workmanship. And He has a sense of pride and accomplishment when He looks at us (even though we are extremely flawed and disappoint Him often). He loves us. So much so that He continues with the verse and says:

Recreated in Christ Jesus (born anew). Selah

God knows that because we’re imperfect, it is impossible to be righteous in His sight. So He blessed us with a gift. Jesus Christ. Through Jesus, we are made righteous. God can enjoy His handiwork in us because of His Son.

That we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us. Selah

Before we were even born, God had a plan for us. Our birthdays just mark our time on earth. But God knew us before we were here, so really all of us are much older than we look. 🙂

God has good works planned for us. And we should be doing them. In the Bible, there are times when He says “shall” and those times give us assurance that if we believe, what He says “shall” occur, is 100% certain to occur.  Like when He says in Isaiah 55:11 “so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”.

But in this scripture, He says “that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us.” He has things for us to do. He obviously wants us to do them because He set it up ahead of time. But whether or not we do them, has a lot to do with us and how we walk out our lives.

Taking paths which He prepared ahead of time, that we should walk in them (living the good life that He prearranged and made ready for us to live.) Selah

He has prepared a way for us!! A way that’s right and righteous. A way of salvation. And salvation means: wholeness, deliverance, victory, prosperity, health, and welfare. He says we should walk in the paths that He’s set for us. He gives us free will to choose, so He’s not going to force us. But He tells us that if we walk in the paths that He set up for us, we will live the good life (and “good life” means something different for each of us). And He says He made the good life ready for us to live!

It’s like when you’re hosting a dinner party. You plan the meal, you make sure you have refreshments, you give thought to how the day is going to play out. And you’d be disappointed, if after all of your planning and running around, your guests were a no-show. That’s what this is like. God is waiting to greet you on the path that He took time to prepare and He’ll be disappointed if you’re a no-show. 🙂

Don’t let this go to waste. If you’re not living the good life, your best life, then you are living beneath where God wants you. You’re living on a path that He didn’t set for you. Get off whatever path you’re on and ask Him how to get where you belong. He’ll show you.

Live so that you, Make Your Dreams Your Life!

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

– I am not a preacher, evangelist, minister, etc. I am just a woman who has a heart for God…

God’s Word Doesn’t Return To HIM Void…But It May Return To US Void

Monica Foster
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Isaiah 55:11 “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

Are you familiar with that passage of Scripture? It’s one of my favorites! (And if you follow my blog you’ll know that I have a lot of favorite scriptures! LOL)  But the reason I love it, is because it’s a promise to us. God watches over His Word to perform it in our lives.

So why is it that there are times when we don’t see His Word come to pass?

Many of us will rationalize it and say, “Well, it must not be His will…” And there may be times when that is true. Like say, we put in an offer for a house that we wanted and we didn’t get it. Okay, maybe in this case it wasn’t His will.

But what about the promises God shares with us in His Word? How do we rationalize that away when we’re believing for something that doesn’t happen?  Like healing. There are several scriptures that talk about healing. How Jesus died for our healing. And yet, when we don’t experience that healing we say it wasn’t His will.

But wouldn’t that make God a liar? And God says in Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent: Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

So, why is it that if we’re believing for healing, or any other promise, and don’t receive it that we say it wasn’t God’s Will?

The problem is we don’t believe God’s Word as much as He does. 🙂

When we establish within ourselves that God cannot lie and take Him at His Word, then I believe we’ll see the prosperity of His Word in our lives. And His Word won’t return to Him or us void.

Just think about it. 🙂

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

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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

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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

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

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