Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jesus Is Willing and Able to Heal!

Acts 10:38: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went along doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

The days of God manifesting His power and glory to heal is not over! It is only over when we fail to accept and believe that God can heal today. I was reading some of the testimonies from my friend Tom Shanklin who has ministered healing to people for many years. Tom has learned to live in dependence upon the power of God by walking in the sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

He writes of witnessing healings from arthritis, injuries, and cancers. There have been miraculous conceptions, deafness healed, paralysis, and many other miracles. Recently he prayed for a woman diagnosed with an incurable Hepatitis C in her body. After prayer, the doctors cannot find a trace of Hepatitis C in her body!

Jesus would ask people, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” (Matthew 9:28) When they said “yes” He would then successfully minister healing to them. Some people think that Jesus performed miracles only because of His great power as the Son of God. But the Holy Scriptures illustrate that He worked with people’s faith. In Mark 5:34 Jesus said, “Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole. Go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.”

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people receiving healing is that of not knowing what God’s will is concerning healing. We hear people often pray something like, “Dear Lord, if it be your will, please heal this sick dear one.” This is probably the reason that many people do not receive healing from the Lord. It is very hard to have faith for something that you are unsure of, or do not believe or know to be the will of God.

A leper came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” The scripture in Matthew 8:2, 3 says “Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him saying “I am willing: be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. Jesus said “I am willing!” That settles it for me!

Not only is Jesus able to heal, He is also willing to heal!

POWER IN AGREEMENT!

Matthew 18:19 says “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” There is a point of agreement we must come to when we pray for healing. To the extent of that agreement is where we pray for God to answer, whether believing for a doctor’s right diagnosis and treatment to be successful or for a complete miraculous healing. God answers prayer! You are anointed for healing!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Holy Spirit Power!

Acts 1:8 says “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”

In acts 2 there were 120 of Jesus’ followers who waited for the “promise of the Father” which would come to them in the city of Jerusalem. This promise came from Jesus in Luke 24:49 “Behold, I send the Promise of my Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”  The word for power is “dunamis” which is a divine enablement or ability that is not natural, but supernatural. The plural of this word is “dunameis” which means powers, miracles coming out of that mighty power of God inherent in Christ and which power is lent to His witnesses and ambassadors.

After the Acts 2:4 empowerment of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the Apostles received a supernatural enablement that turned their fear into faith and opened a new boldness that put them out onto the streets preaching Jesus in the face of arrest, imprisonment and even martyrdom. “And as they spoke unto the people, the priests and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, and they put them in jail until the next day….and they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all or teach in the name of Jesus.”  Acts 4:1, 3, 18

What did the Apostles do? They preached! “And with great power the Apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.” Acts 4:33 “And many signs and wonders were done through the Apostles.” Acts 2:43

Pentecost is for those who hunger and thirst for God’s presence and power, those willing to be made bold so they can proclaim Christ - even if it means prison or death.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit is described as The Gift promised by the Father. (Acts 1:4; 2:38) A gift is defined as “an offer and an acceptance (act of receiving) without consideration.” A gift is not completed until someone receives that which is freely offered.

The Holy Spirit has already been offered. It is incumbent upon each of us to receive His Spirit.
             Receive ye the Holy Spirit.” - John 20:22
             “And ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” - Acts 2:38
             “The Holy Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive.” - John 7:39
             “He said unto them, ‘Have ye received the Holy Spirit since you believed?’” - Acts 19:2

Being baptized in the Spirit means to be “thoroughly immersed” or “submerged” into. It’s like a garment being submerged into a dye which radically transforms the garment. Baptism in the Spirit is to be immersed, submerged, and completely surrounded by, and enveloped wholly by the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baptized With The Holy Spirit

One of my favorite topics of discussion from the Bible is the subject of the “baptism with the Holy Spirit.”

One of the doctrines of baptisms in Hebrews 6 and another “tenet” of faith for Full Gospel Church is the teaching of Holy Spirit baptism. This should be in the doctrines and practice of all New Testament Churches in the 21st century.  Just the mention of the term “Holy Spirit” stirs the spiritual desires of the human heart because we know that the Holy Spirit is really almighty God who comes upon us and is in us doing His work through us.

There are many who teach that we can only know about the Holy Spirit through studying the Bible but shy away from encountering the Holy Spirit in an experiential supernatural way. But the Bible also teaches that the Holy Spirit is a baptizer with supernatural power coming upon believers who ask to be filled!

Jesus’ instructions to His followers in Luke 11:13 was to “ask” for the Holy Spirit and to wait until they receive power. He promised His followers power when the Holy Spirit has come upon them in Acts 1:8.

Then in Acts 2:4 on the day of Pentecost while waiting in the upper room, the Holy Spirit came into the room and “filled all who were there, and they began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave utterance.” These people had a definite experience in baptism with the Holy Spirit.

There are 3 things we must understand about the Holy Spirit.

1. The Holy Spirit is God. Peter said to Ananias in Acts 5:3, 4: “How is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit? You have not lied to men, but to God.”

2. The Gift of the Holy Spirit - When a person believes in Jesus and receives the salvation He offers, the Holy Spirit comes to live in the believer, imparting spiritual life. Acts 2:38 “Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

3. The Work of the Holy Spirit - He testifies of our relationship with God that we are God’s children - Romans 8:16

*He teaches us - John 14:26
*He guides us - Romans 8:14
*He helps us to live pleasing to God - Galatians 5:16 and 17-25
*He helps us in prayer - Romans 8:26
*He gives life to our bodies - Romans 8:11
*He gives us power and boldness to witness - Acts 1:8
*He gives ability to speak a supernatural language - Acts 19:6/2 Cor. 14:5, 18
*He introduces the supernatural realm - 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8-10
*He fills our spirit with true worship to God - Ephesians 5:18, 19
*He brings fresh understanding of the Word - 1 Corinthians 2:9, 10

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Ancient Paths

The Holy Spirit has been drawing me to this topic of “holding fast” to the “landmark” truths that solidify our faith and walk with God. Timeless and eternal truths that do not change with cultural changes nor with the changing of the times.

I have been brought back to an old testament scripture found in Jeremiah 6:16. “Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths. Where the good way is, and walk in it; and you shall find rest for you souls.’ But they said, ‘we will not walk in it.’”

I wondered what the Lord meant by “the ancient paths”. When I looked up the Hebrew word for “ancient”, I found that the word is “Olam”. Some of the meanings of this Hebrew word are: old, concealed, hidden, perpetual, eternal, timeless, from eternity. When I thought of the words “from eternity”, I remembered how much the scriptures reveal that everything on earth is patterned after things in heaven. The things on earth are really just types and shadows of things in heaven. God’s ways are heavenly, eternal, and timeless.

When God created Adam and Eve, He made them in his own image and established within them His ways: supernatural, timeless, from eternity. These were ways of thinking, ways of speaking, ways of behaving and relating to one another. Since man chose to sin he has departed farther and farther from these ways. Today we don’t even recognize what “these ways” are anymore, so we couldn't return to them if we wanted to do so.

God’s ways are “good ways”, which means that they are pleasant, agreeable, happy, well-off, prosperous, great, excellent, cheerful, merry, distinguished. These are characteristics as a result of walking in the ancient paths of God. This scripture also says that when you walk in these paths, you will find rest for your soul.
Why do so many people have such little rest and peace on the inside? Why is life such a constant struggle for so many? Why is there such continual torment on the inside for so many people? God never intended for us to live this way.

When God made man in His own image He programmed him with His own ways. But man has departed farther and farther from the original ways of God. Even after sin entered the world, man still lived 900 years. By the time of Noah the life span declined to about 600 years, while in Moses day men lived only 120 years. Today the average life span is only about 80 years. The farther away from the original ways of God man has departed, the shorter the life span has become, and the more complicated he has made his own life. It’s time we ask, “what are the ancient paths?”