He Healed Them

February 1st, 2015

The synagogue leader appealed to Jesus and received life for his dying daughter. A woman infirmed for twelve years touched His garment and was instantly delivered from the infirmity and its deteriorating effects. Two blind men asked Jesus for mercy and four blind eyes opened! Another man, mute from birth, received his miracle when Jesus cast out the demon cause, a public event observed by religious men looking to accuse Jesus.

Healing deliverances express God’s love lavished upon people, a force religion can never stop – not then, not now! In context, where many kinds of healings took place over a period of time, Jesus taught the need for healing-laborers at a time of healing-harvests; the harvest he referred to was of all kinds of healings.

Jesus said concerning such a time that His disciples should ask God for laborers . . . for plenty of laborers to pray for those who are sick and proclaim the authority of God’s Word for healing . . . to every generation, despite religious objection.

The healing harvest Jesus described is consistent with the message He lived. People came with all kinds of affliction so the corresponding harvest would have been healing for each kind of affliction; and, even with too few workers to teach them and not many who really knew God’s power, Jesus healed them anyway.

Today God heals, regardless of religious dictates to the contrary. There is no lack in God’s desire to heal – healing is a covenant provision. We just need more people-laborers who believe the message to go in the power of the message.

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity. When He saw the throngs, He was moved with pity and sympathy for them, because they were bewildered (harassed and distressed and dejected and helpless), like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to His disciples, the harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to [a]force out and thrust laborers into His harvest. (Matt 9:35-38, AMP)

Amen.

Matthew 9:18-34 | Mark 16:17-18 | Matthew 9:35-38, AMP | Verses@Once

This Year

January 31st, 2015

This year, believers and people of Christian principle will display core values with grace and special wisdom. Possessing obvious skill to speak in the Spirit of truth, their words will convey substance, their countenance confidence, and their lives an example to imitate.

You and I, together with non-Christians who share a basic and common-sense regard for life, will stand in opposition to upside-down philosophies that can not prosper a people or civilization. In 2015, our words will be sound – strengthened in prayer, tempered with humility, attractive, persuasive and compelling.

When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. She arrived with a large group of attendants and a great caravan of camels loaded with spices, large quantities of gold, and precious jewels. When she met with Solomon, she talked with him about everything she had on her mind. Solomon had answers for all her questions; nothing was too hard for him to explain to her. (2Chron 9:1-2, NLT)

Amen, so be it!

2 Chronicles 9 

Your Investment

January 30th, 2015

This year believe God regarding your stewardship of everything entrusted to you. Actively believe Him. Release faith. Speak words that expect rewards for your stewardship.

In the parable of the talents, the master returns and asks about the portions left with his servants, where they invested and amount of increase gained for the master’s account? When the master had his answer, the reward he gave to the wise servants was portions of his authority to rule over much – authority, jurisdiction, governance and leadership!

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.

  • “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
  • “He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
  • “Then he who had received the one talent came and said . . . I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant . . . you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” (Matthew 25:14-29, NKJV)

Like the parable, in the Kingdom of God, to everyone who has, more will be given until the accumulation of portions totals abundance!

Amen.

Matthew 12:14-30, NKJV
Matthew 12:14-30, NLT 

In The New Year

January 29th, 2015

This year our lives will change . . . from glory to glory . . . by the Spirit of the Lord. Changes today uproot embedded habits, uncover flawed behavior, bring to expression the thing we thought we’d never do, and generally disturb the peace in an otherwise normal routine. Hallelujah! Thank God!

Change helps to rock the boat just enough to uncover mistakes and wrong attitudes that have taken root. Without change, we do not grow and without growth we cannot mature. Look around you – anywhere there’s a point of weakness, lack, or negative preferences, an element of truth is missing.

Truth results in honesty and honesty is gained as we see the person in the mirror and respond according to the Spirit of Truth . . . this year!

Amen.

2Corinthians 3:18 

A Journal

January 28th, 2015

By now you’re launched into the New Year and, as with any new beginning, you believe this year will be the best ever—more success, stronger family, greater spiritually, more answered prayer. Don’t forget, the catalyst you need to remain aligned with God in those areas is to keep a daily journal.

Effective discipleship includes writing down (journal-ing) things that matter most. Writing is a form of confession – anything you take time to write is more consistent with what you really believe than words spoken casually or carelessly, or musings in the privacy of your thought life. Once written, your words can be judged when read for conviction in favor of, or opposition to, what you’ve written.

Writing adds perspective and is a powerful tool for clarity as you record experiences and things gleaned from the Lord’s presence. You will need those revelations in the days ahead!

It’s not too late to begin.

Amen.

Habakkuk 2:2, Jeremiah 30:1-2, Psalm 45:1, Verses@Once 

Driven By Guilt

January 26th, 2015

Guilt is a spiritual force that begins with something that’s going on in the heart, the soul. And guilt does not come God. His Holy Spirit appeal, the opposite of guilt, is the agent of divine rescue and encouragement, not condemnation; so don’t allow guilt to dictate. You want to hear the Lord, not guilt, speaking clearly to your heart.

Guilt is a survivor, returning again and again to influence motives. Guilt is a death arrow to relationships. Guilt finds its base in unbelief – refuse to align with it! Faith in God refuses guilt and right standing with God is exactly the strength needed to stand against guilt and its connection to evil.

Guilt is not of God; the Lord appeals to the human spirit, through His Spirit, not through guilt. Never compromise with guilt and never require someone else to carry guilt-blame for your sin or someone else’s. Disconnect with guilt in every detail of your situation and the evil force of guilt, responsible for trapping you again and again, will leave.

Inquire of the Lord what is right. If you’ve done anything besides that, ask forgiveness and move on. Make up your mind; guilt has “no place” from here on. Don’t allow guilt to affect you or your decisions—ever!

Amen.

John 16:8-11, John 16, Verses@Once 

Willing To Hear

January 25th, 2015

The standard of Bible truth is muddied for those who, for convenience sake, choose surface truth only. When this happens, a distinction is made: The Lord doesn’t conform to our preferences or whim; rather we are to conform to His standard – to represent Him correctly, to draw from His Word.

Foolishness is associated with those who are un-teachable. Their words reveal ignorance; without ears to hear they do not—cannot—understand. Unfortunately, those agitated by Bible truths may not (even) read the Bible. Knowledge for them consists of a few verses with some documentary-style theology and philosophical thought mixed in.

False information represented as true, again and again, produces belief in those things. Add to that repetition of misinformation an absence of relationship with God, and the result is offense – offended for truth’s sake . . . for the Word’s sake.

Jesus understood that miracles like the blind receiving sight, handicapped and infirmed being made whole, the dead raised to life would offend those with earth-bound hearts; He knew any congregation, distanced from the Lord to the point of unbelief would attack any message greater than their experience.

Jesus told them, “Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen— the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, `God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’ ” And from the time John the Baptist began preaching until now, the Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing, and violent people are attacking it. For before John came, all the prophets and the law of Moses looked forward to this present time. And if you are willing to accept what I say, he is Elijah, the one the prophets said would come. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand! (Matthew 11:4-6, 12-15

Amen.

Matthew 11: 4-6, 12-15, Matthew 10:26-27, Verses@Once

When You Know You Have It

January 23rd, 2015

Confidence is transferrable. Your confidence for success affects everyone around you; even those normally weak in confidence become strong when they can participate with you.

The reverse is also true. Hesitation combined with double-speak spoils the atmosphere in a way that counters confidence and makes faith’s operation iffy at best. Indecision based in a lack of confidence is not a leadership characteristic.

Leadership today advances on those with shoulders not so much broad or physically decorated as those strengthened by confidence in God’s Word and supported by a heart-condition that believes. Period.

Mark 11:24 teaches confidence for the impossible. For the impossible petition you have before God today, step out . . . release your most developed faith and say to the mountain – Move! It will obey you.

You have it. You know it and the mountain knows it.

Amen.

Mark 11:24

The Arm of the Lord

January 22nd, 2015

The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, submitted to His Father’s plan and today we are delivered from darkness, plague and every impossibility, receiving instead the strong arm of the Lord—the strength of the LORD working through us to make all things possible. “Who has believed our report and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?” (Is 53:1)

  • arm – arm, especially a forearm; arm, power, shoulder, holpen (help), mighty, strength
  • revealed – to uncover, remove, to discover or show oneself, to be uncovered, be disclosed, nakedness, make known, show, reveal

Isaiah’s prophecy and its fulfillment affirm God’s redemptive plan. The Son glorified the Father. He obeyed even unto the death of the cross. God extended His arm to make a way for man and Isaiah prophesied Messiah’s suffering that would deliver humanity from suffering.

Amen.

Isaiah 53:1, NKJV, Isaiah 53:1, NASB, Philippians 2:8, Verses@Once  

Prophetic Believers

January 21st, 2015

Prophetically. . . we partner with the Lord. We see ahead and envision the future, declaring Thy Kingdom come, Lord; and thy will be done on earth as it is (just like it is) in heaven. We declare the Kingdom from our present (now) perspective and also with a prophetic, future perspective.

Avoid anything that denies the importance of prophecy. Keep your own vision high—stay above the chatter. Preserve those deep roots in God, always going deeper. Depth calls for more depth, depth leads to more truth and truth is a separator.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ proclaims God’s plan for His creation; the power of that plan is made known in the message and its demonstration, separating the hearer to it. Prophetic ministry declares something beyond—separating us to something better and greater.

Amen.

Psalm 42