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Many Christians go into ministry and stand on a principle of  what they call “the authority of the believer”. What this means is that they apply certain New Testament scriptures that gives them authority to lay hands on the sick, cast out demons etc. What I want to show here is that believers who simply put scripture in action, are missing one big component to their ministry, relationship with the Lord.

In the days of Adam, God was determining everything that was good for Adam. Furthermore, throughout the old testament, every true prophet of the Lord  received instruction from the Lord before doing something. The bible says in John 1:1-3 and in Colossians 1:16-17 that all things were created by Jesus and for the Glory of Jesus. On the contrary, things that are done without the Glory of Christ in mind, or without the premeditation of the Lord will are not done to the Glory of Christ, but to the glory of another. In John 15:5-6 the bible goes so far as to say any work outside of Christ is a dead work and shall be unfruitful.

Believers who pray for the sick will often quote scriptures like “Matthew 10:8, or Mark 16:17-18” to validate that there actions are in accordance with scripture. They’ll say things like “I’ve been given authority to pray for the sick in Jesus name”. While this is true, and acting upon The Word of God produces fruit ( Luke 6:47-48) relationship cannot be neglected. In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus said “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord”. The question becomes, why didn’t Jesus quote this verse when praying for the sick or while being questioned by the Pharisees? We see here that Jesus was given a similar mandate to us (Matthew 10:8, Mark 16:17-18) yet His approach to ministry was not “I’ve been given authority to do this, or this is what I was called to do”. We’ll see that Jesus had a very different approach to the way He both acted in ministry and the way He justified what He was doing.

 

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2 Chronicles 20 describes a battle about to take place during the reign of Jehoshaphat. During this time the children of Moab the children of Ammon and the Ammonites, sought to fight against Jehoshaphat. This attack struck fear in the heart of Jehoshaphat so he sought the Lord and directed all of Judah to fast and seek the Lord. In verses 6-9 Jehoshaphat recalls who the Lord is and how He has delivered Israel in the past. During verses 11-12 Jehoshaphat begins to remind God of His promises to Israel and of their (the Israelis) powerlessness against such a great army. After acknowledging his powerlessness, he says to the Lord, “but our eyes are upon thee”.

Then the word of the Lord came to Jahaziel has he reminded the people, that the battle is not theirs but the Lords. The Lord told them that they would not have to fight this battle, but to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. The next day Jehoshaphat tells the people to believe in the Lord and in his prophets and they shall be established and prosper. Then Jehoshaphat appointed singers to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness, and as they sing praises to the Lord, the Lord set ambushes against their enemies. 

Whats important to take away from this story is the following: 1) Whenever you are face with an attack, or seek the Lord first, everything happens out of relationship. Jesus said in John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise”. 2) Realize who the Lord is, what He has done, and His promises to you. The new testament is full of promises that God has given to His people. In Mark 6:50-52 Jesus expressed His displeasure with his disciples for their fear of their boat sinking instead of remembering how Jesus multiplied the loaves and the fishes (demonstration His power over the laws of nature). 3) Understanding that the battle does not belong to you, but to the Lord. Paul tells us that our weapons are not carnal, but mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds. Jesus says in John 15 that without Him we can do nothing. Obviously we cannot fight the devil alone, flesh cannot fight spirit, so yielding the Lord and allowing Him to fight the battle is our only solution. 

What is worship:

Before we expore the benefits of worship. It is important that we have an understading of what worship is, and what is not. What is worship? The Hebrew word for worship is shachah which means to prostrate (in homage to God); to humbly beseech. True worship is an intimate and deep awe for God from the heart.

What worship is not:

The bible talks about ignorant worship, in Acts 17:23 where Paul confronts the Greeks for worshiping an unknown deity. Knowledge of who God is is important when worshiping Him Psalm 47:7

The bible talks about vain worship, in Matthew 15:7-9. The problem Jesus had with the Pharisees form of worship was 1) They would worship God with their lips, but their heart was not dedicated to God and 2) The commandments of God were not as important (i.e honoring father and mother) as their traditions (i.e. washing hands). Jesus called this vain worship because it was not from the heart and the law of God which is far more important was held below traditions of men.

The bible also talks about will worship, in Colossians 2:23 where Paul is referring to doctrines of men (refraining from such things that God says is okay to touch/eat) that this type of worship appears as if it one has devotion to God through the act of false humility even though they do not edify the flesh in any way. An example of this is people who wont take a job because they think they should live off of “faith” for their finances even though there is nothing wrong with working for a living (2 Thessalonians 3:17-20).

What worship is:

True worship is also God-centered. It ascribes worth and appreciation to God out of a heart of gratitude (Psalm 100: 1-5) and is reinforced with godly living. Jesus said in John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. Worshiping God in spirit means walking in the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). David said this in Psalm 96:9. Worshipping God in truth means worshipping God in purity, not selfishly, not religiously, not bound by temples or times or dates, but worshiping God anywhere, at any time, because He is God (John 4:20-21, Acts 17:24-25, 1 Peter 2:5).

 

 

The following are 34 scriptures that promise physical, emotional, mental and even material healing.  The parentheses provided indicate wording added by the author.  A personalized reading that affirms these scriptures to each individual follows each scripture.  Just put in your name or say “me, my, mine,” in the blanks provided, and you have Biblical affirmations of God’s truth against all the lies and circumstances from the pit of hell.  It is our prayer that you use the POWER that is provided here.

EXODUS 15: 1-2

 Then Moses and the children of Israel sang to the Lord, saying: “I will sing unto the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously (over sin, sickness and poverty.  He has become my victory over sin, sickness and poverty).”

I_____________ will sing unto the Lord, for He has become my victory over __________________________________________________________________ (add everything that you currently are struggling with.)

EXODUS 15:26

I will not put any disease upon you� For I am the Lord who heals you.

I ____________________ am healed of _______________ according to the promises of God that He will not put any disease upon me, and He declares He is the One who heals me.

EXODUS 23:25

You shall serve the Lord your God�and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.

I _______________am a servant of the Lord, my God, He takes the sickness of ____________________ away from me.

DEUTERONOMY 7:15

The Lord will take away from you all sickness�

My Lord takes away all sickness from me, including _____________________________.

2ND KINGS 20:5

Thus says the Lord: “I have heard your prayers, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you.”

The Lord HAS heard my prayers and seen my tears.  He will surely heal me of ___________________________.

2ND CHRONICLES 30: 18-20

The Lord heard Hezekiah, and healed the people.

The Lord has heard me and has healed me of _________________, and those I pray for of ________________________, _____________________, _____________________.

PSALMS 30:2

O’ Lord my God, I cried to Thee for help, and You have healed me.

O’ Lord I ____________, have cried to you and you have healed me of ________________.
Thank You, Lord for healing me.

PSALMS 103: 1-3

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, Bless His holy name!  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His precious benefits and promises.  Who forgives all your sins and iniquities.  Who heals all your diseases and afflictions.

Praise You, Lord, for You have forgiven all my sins and healed all my diseases and afflictions, including ________________, ________________, _______________.

PSALMS 107:2

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy.

I ________________, now declare that I am redeemed from the hand of my enemy.  I am redeemed from _____________, ______________, _____________, ________________, etc., which are all the works of the enemy of my soul, the devil.

PSALMS 107:19 – 20

They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses.  He sent His Word and healed them.  He delivered them from their afflictions.

I________________ praise God for having heard my cries in this trouble.  He has saved me out of ___________________________, and He has delivered me from _________________.

PSALMS 147:3

He heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.

I ______________, declare that the Lord has healed my broken heart over __________________, and has bound up my wounds about _________________________.

 

 

PROVERBS 3:7-8

Be not wise in your own eyes.  Fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.  It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

I__________________ repent of being wise in my own eyes.  I revere the Lord with awesome reverence.  I turn away from ___________________________________________,
That I agree is evil.  And I now expect that it will be healing to my flesh and refreshment to my bones.

PROVERBS 4:20-22

My children, give attention to my Words.  Incline your ear to my sayings.  Do not let them depart from your eyes.  Keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh.

I ________________, am a child of God.  I devote myself to His word.  I commit His words to memory.  They are my life and my health.

PROVERBS 10:27

The awe and wonder of the Lord prolongs life.

O God You are so awesome to me�so wonderful!  You prolong my life with Your delight.

PROVERBS 12:18

The tongue of the wise brings healing.

I ____________________ have the wisdom of the Lord.  Therefore, I am wise.  The words of my tongue command healing.  Be healed of ____________________!

PROVERBS 13:17

A faithful envoy brings healing.

I _____________ am a faithful messenger of my God.  I bring healing with me wherever I go.

PROVERBS 16: 24

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

I _____________ speak only pleasant words to and about myself and all others.  My pleasant words heal my own body and soul, and those of others as well.

 

PROVERBS 17:22

A cheerful heart is a good medicine.  A merry heart does good like a medicine.

I am always cheerful and positive.  I am like a medicine to myself and my friends.

ISAIAH 53:4-5

Surely Jesus has borne our griefs and sicknesses and carried our sorrows and pain.  He was wounded for our transgressions.  He was bruised for our iniquities.  Upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole.  By His stripes we are healed!

I ________________ belong to Jesus!  He took all my illnesses, injuries and troubles on Himself on the cross.  I am now made whole, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially.

ISAIAH 57:17-19

In spite of the iniquity of his covetousness and his backsliding in the way of his own heart, I have seen his ways, Nevertheless, I will heal him!  I will lead him and repay him with comfort, creating for him the fruit of his lips.  And I will heal him.

I ________________ declare I was like the man described above.  But, in spite of my sins, God has forgiven me and restored me to His favor through the sacrifices of Jesus.  I am now whole, and He will create for me whatever I speak, including, ________________. ___________________, __________________, ________________ and _________________.

ISAIAH 58:8-9

Your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily.

I declare that light shall shine in the darkness of my current confusion and that my complete healing will spring up immediately!

JEREMIAH 17:14

Heal me, O Lord and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for You are my praise.

I praise You, Lord, for I am saved and healed according to Your great promises.

JEREMIAH 30:17

For I will restore health to you, and to your wounds.  I will heal you, says the Lord.

The Lord has said He will restore me to health and heal my wounds.  Therefore, I declare I am healed from _______________, ______________, _____________, __________________.

JEREMIAH 33: 6

Behold, I will bring to you health and healing; I will heal you; and I will reveal to you the abundance of prosperity and security.

I am God’s.  Therefore, He will bring me healing from all my infirmities and restore me to health.  He will reveal to me what I need to have prosperity and security, and I will have it!

JOEL 3:10

Let the weak say, ‘ I am strong.’  And let the sick say, ‘I am healed!’

I AM strong!!  I AM healed!!

MALACHI 4:2-3

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall arise, with healing in its wings.  You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall.

I rejoice with all joy!  I awesomely revere God’s name!  I am healed and renewed!!  I am at peace!!

MATTHEW 8:8 & 13

The centurion answered, saying, ‘Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof.  But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.’  Then, Jesus said to the centurion, ‘Go your way, As you have believed, so let it be done for you.’  And his servant was healed that same hour.

I am God’s servant.  Therefore, I declare I am healed of _________________ this same hour!

MATTHEW 8:16-17

When evening had come, He healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah, the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sickness.’

Jesus took all my infirmities, including _____________, _______________, ______________, etc.  He bore all my sicknesses.  Therefore, I command healing upon my body.  (Also us for command healing for someone else.)

MARK 16:18

They will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.

I am a follower of Jesus.  By faith I lay may hands on anyone who is sick and they recover! 

ACTS 3: 6-8
“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but I give you what I have; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth; walk!'”

I_________________don’t have any money to give you, but what I do have I give to you
In the mighty name of Jesus of Nazareth.  Walk!! _(or whatever else they need.)_________________________________.

GALATIANS 5: 1 AND 13
“For freedom Christ has set us free from bondage.  Stand fast therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of bondage.  For you were called to freedom�”

I am a child of God in Jesus Christ who is my Lord.  Therefore I have been set free from the bondage of (sickness, or whatever you are experiencing)_____________________.  I am commanded by God’s word to “Stand Fast” in that freedom.  Therefore, I stand fast and refuse to submit to (name the sickness or problem)_____________________________, because I have been called to freedom from _______________________________________.

1ST PETER 2:24
“He bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness.  By His stripes you have been healed.”

Jesus already bore my sins on the cross.  Therefore, I have died to sin and now I live in Jesus’ righteousness.  And by His stripes, I AM HEALED from ______________________
And DELIVERED from ____________________________________.

2 PETER 1:1-4
“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and to godliness�who has called us and�given to us His exceedingly great and precious promises�that through these you may be partakers of His divine nature.”

I ____________________________ have been granted every bit of the same power that Jesus possesses.  I HAVE all I need to live and to serve God just like Jesus did.  He called me to serve God as a joint heir with Him, and I have ALL the exceedingly great and precious promises that He has said I have, Including absolute healing from __________________ and deliverance from ____________________________________, because I am a PARTAKER (I have all) of His divine nature!

3RD JOHN 1:2
“Beloved, I desire above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul is prospering.”

I______________________am dearly loved by Jesus.  He wants me to prosper and be in health, not sickness nor bondage!  Therefore I declare my freedom from __________________________, right now in Jesus’ mighty name.  Hear me now ________________________.  I command you to loose me now by Matthew 18:18 and I command that you be bound from me from here forward by Matthew 18:18, in Jesus’ mighty name!

 

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God is starting to show me more and more of His wonderful love revealed through His power. There are two miracle stories that recently happened to me that I wanted to blog about.The first story is about a disabled lady I saw while driving to a coffee shop. I was praying and God moved upon me to go pray for her so I obeyed. I walked up to the lady at the bus stop and as soon as I got there and asked her ” I pray for people and I saw you needed healing …”. The lady was kind of rude to me at first and shunned me off as her bus approached. I quickly said “ok” and just walked away as I heard her complaining saying “my bus left me, sir, sir, my bus left me”. Apparently her bus just didn’t pick her up and left. It was already pretty late too and she was clearly disabled. So I walked up to her again and offered to pray for her but all she did was complain about how her bus had left her. She then got what I was saying to her and allowed me to pray for her. I prayed for her then the power of God came upon her and she was moved to tears. She was in a lot of pain for a lot of years and was set free at that moment. I spoke to her about the Kingdom of God and relationship then left her as she thanked me greatly for what I had done. She was glad that she had missed her bus after all. After I returned from what I was doing, it was already very late and I was on my way home. For some reason, I asked God which way I should turn and He told me “left”. I was about to go straight. I turned left and there was that lady still at the bus stop waiting on her bus. I approached her and asked her if her bus had come she said “no” and so I offered to drive her home. God used me again to minister to her as her pain had come back the left again after I ministered to her again. She was so over joyed and thankful to God. I drove her home and gave her instructions for claiming healing over herself. God is good. 

People often ask God for more faith. They want to have the type of faith Jesus had. In order for us to walk in that type of faith first of all it takes relationship. Spending time with Jesus (in His Word, Prayer, Worship). Also, walking the way He walked (in Love, Holiness). But I don’t want to talk about that part of it today, I want to talk about what your faith must endure in order to become more perfect. 

2 Peter 1:5 says “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.  For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” We see here that faith is a living thing that has certain attributes like self-control and brotherly kindness, after all, you cant be considered a man or woman of great faith if you lack self-control, or you dont walk in love. For example, say your faith lacks self-control, then the moment you pray for something and it doesn’t go your way when you expect it and you get upset, doubtful etc then right then you are out of faith. 

Romans 5:3-5 says ” And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed”. To the mature believer, its obvious that faith must glory in tribulation, since the things of this world change and the word of God are forever settled in heaven. But this is not always easy since many of us get sad or discouraged through tribulation. But how can we call our faith great if we fall back at the slightest bit of tribulation? It is for this reason or faith must be tried!!! But once we have a few testimonies under our belt, then we know that all it takes is patience, and our experience through tribulation gives us hope that we’ll get through it. James 1:2-4 reinforces this point. 

 

THIS IS A LIFE CHANGING SERMON BY T.B JOSHUA:

“When you believe HIS Word you possess the thing that HIS Word has guaranteed. When you believe His Word, you pray and you know it is HIS will. When you pray in that name (Jesus) Jesus takes over it; then it is His care, Your word, then in, Jesus name makes things come into being. I mean, come to pass. Its no longer you burden as long as you don’t repudiate it by wrong confession. My heart know that the case is settled. No matter the sign, no matter the situation I m experiencing, my heart knows that the case is settled. You ask for healing, so get out of bed and walk. You ask for money, so make provision to pay the bills. You ask for rain, so put on you raincoat. You read when the rain comes. Prayer should be followed by an attitude of absolute trust in Christ that He is working out the answer. Your prayer is based upon His Word. My prayer is based upon His Word. Scriptural prayer releases the power of God. Fill your prayers with the Scriptures. Because Scriptural prayer releases the power of God. Prayer and reading your bible should always God hand and hand. One is not complete without the other. The heart must be rooted and grounded in the Word so that what God says is final with you. When we pray according to His will, we are assured that He heard us and if He hears us, that is as good as an answer”

The bible says that faith comes by hearing and hearing of the word of God (Romans 10:17). So first comes the word, then comes faith. However if the word is not mixed with faith, is not profitable Hebrews 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 13. Furthermore, if faith is not mixed with works, it is not profitable Luke 6:49, James 2:14-26.

Understanding this principles will help you understand how healing, salvation, and walking in victory works.

The bible does not deny that we will not have problems, tribulations, or attacks (John 16:13) but what it does promise is that WE (true believers) will overcome (2 Corinthians 2:14) by faith in Christ and His word.

In Matthew chapter 3:16-17; 4:1-11 it tells us how Jesus was baptized and then tempted in the wilderness. In the chapter 3:16-17 God  it tells us how Jesus was baptized then the Holy Spirit descended upon Him and He was told by God that He was His son and God was well pleased in him. I believe that this signifies what happens to us when we become born again. We become sons through faith in the death and resurrection (baptism) of Christ and we receive the Holy Spirit and God is well please with us.

The first temptation the devil tempts Jesus with is His identity. The devil asked Jesus to prove whether he was the son of God by turning stone into bread. So the devil used Jesus situation (hunger) to question his identity, that is, what God told him, namely he is God beloved son whom God is well please.This is how the devil operates. He tempts us according to our situation (financial, emotional, spiritual etc) and uses our situation to get us to doubt the word of God. It is our responsibility to prove what we believe by standing on the word of God. Remember Jesus simply responded every time, ‘IT IS WRITTEN’.

Joshua writes in the book of Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”. So mediating on the word and being careful to follow what it says prospers the doer. This is reiterated in Psalm 1:2-3 “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does shall prosper.” Paul also says the same thing in 1 Timothy 4:15 where he writes “Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all”.

If you’re not prospering ( not referring to the teachings of prosperity gospel) in your life, finances, health, emotions etc then its probably because you need to meditate and obey the word of God.