God is still going to be your Father
God is still going to love you
God is still going to care for you
God is still going to provide for you
God is still going to give good gifts to you!
God is still going to be your Father
God is still going to love you
God is still going to care for you
God is still going to provide for you
God is still going to give good gifts to you!
(For not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
This is a verse that without paying careful attention to context and to systematic theology is one that you could easily take to mean the exact opposite of what Paul actually means.
Paul is talking to religious people. He has essentially just told that God has no favourites and that they will be judged by the law. They think because they know the law they will escape condemnation and be welcomed into heaven. There are still people like that in the world today – I go to church, I will therefore go to heaven.
Nothing could be further from the truth. You cannot be justified by hearing the law. You cannot be just (righteous) by hearing the law. It does not matter how many times I stand up in the pulpit and tell people “Do not lie”, that will NEVER make them right with God.
So many preachers seem to have no idea of this Biblical truth: you cannot be made righteous by hearing the law. I could get in the pulpit and go to people “Do not lie”, “Do not commit adultery”, “Do not steal” and it would not make anyone right with God. It might make someone feel guilty or condemned, it might make someone feel out of sorts, depressed and sad, but it will never make someone right with God.
Yet today there are whole sections of the church where if you go to their churches and conferences, you will be a hearer of the law. They will tell you what to do, what the law says, what holiness is all about. I was in discussion with someone about one of these preachers once and they say “I love that preacher, when he preaches it is like a kick in the kidneys”. Who wants a kick in the kidneys? Who goes to church to be told how vile and horrible they are and how much they have broken the law?
Yet some people want to get involved with sermons that tear them to pieces. Some people venerate sermons that are hard-hitting and condemning. One example is a sermon once preached called Sinners in the Hands of Angry God. We are not sinners in the hands of an angry God. God’s not an angry God – He is a loving Father. Sending Jesus to redeem us was HIS IDEA! The man who preached that we were sinners in the hands of an angry God depressed people in his church so much people went and killed themselves! When he was told, he said that God made them kill themselves. That’s not Biblical – and no matter how much law you hear, it will never make you right with God.
But religious people think because they have heard the law, they are right with God. Because they went to church heard the sermon and now feel like dirt, they think they are right with God. Everyone else who has not heard the legalistic message of the law is not right with God, and being religious they then judge everyone else. Especially if you know about grace and love and you have some joy and some contentment and some security in your walk with God. They want to drag you down to their level and have you meditate on how evil you are. There is one guy even calls his radio ministry “Wretched” to emphasis that we are wretches. That is true without God’s grace and goodness, but we are never without God’s grace and goodness.
But then Paul says this: you are made righteous by obeying the law. Now, in several places in Romans Paul makes it more than clear that we are not made righteous by obeying the law. But here Paul says: doers of the law will be made righteous (justified).
How can this make sense? It makes sense when you realize the point Paul is trying to make: if you want to use the law to be made righteous, you need to do it. Yes, all of it. Every single bit. Just hearing a message on the law is not enough, you need to put it perfectly into practise. Paul is trying to take the sails out of the wind of the religious people by saying just hearing a condemning message is not enough – you need to put it entirely into practise!
If you cannot obey God perfectly and obey the entire law of Moses perfectly, then you are never going to be made righteous listening to the law. So, go and listen to the gospel instead. The word gospel means good news – find a preacher preaching good news. Find someone preaching life and faith, find someone preaching repentance and the kingdom. Stay clear from people who punch you in the kidneys and find someone who places a hand on your shoulder and tells you: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
by C.H. Spurgeon
“WE ARE COME TO THE blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”-Hebrews 12:24.
Reader, have you come to the blood of sprinkling? The question is not whether you have come to a knowledge of doctrine, or an observance of ceremonies, or to a certain form of experience, but have you come to the blood of Jesus? The blood of Jesus is the life of all vital godliness. If you have truly come to Jesus, we know how you came-the Holy Spirit sweetly brought you there. You came to the blood of sprinkling with no merits of your own. Guilty, lost, and helpless, you came to take that blood, and that blood alone, as your everlasting hope. You came to the cross of Christ, with a trembling and an aching heart; and oh! what a precious sound it was to you to hear the voice of the blood of Jesus!
The dropping of His blood is as the music of heaven to the penitent sons of earth.
We are full of sin, but the Saviour bids us lift our eyes to Him, and as we gaze upon His streaming wounds, each drop of blood, as it falls, cries, “It is finished; I have made an end of sin; I have brought in everlasting righteousness.”
Oh! sweet language of the precious blood of Jesus! If you have come to that blood once, you will come to it constantly. Your life will be “Looking unto Jesus.” Your whole conduct will be epitomized in this-”To whom coming.” Not to whom I have come, but to whom I am always coming. If thou hast ever come to the blood of sprinkling, thou wilt feel thy need of coming to it every day. He who does not desire to wash in it every day, has never washed in it at all. The believer ever feels it to be his joy and privilege that there is still a fountain opened. Past experiences are doubtful food for Christians; a present coming to Christ alone can give us joy and comfort.
This day let us sprinkle our door-post fresh with blood, and then feast upon the Lamb, assured that the destroying angel must pass us by.
Joy Becomes Mine The Moment I Pursue God’s Presence.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Psalm 16:11 (NKJV)
What can be more satisfying or superbly fulfilling than setting aside time to be alone in God’s presence? Satan knows that if he can keep us from spending time with God, he can eventually starve us of spiritual strength. One of the greatest benefits we receive from the continual pursuit of God’s presence is true joy. This joy is a result of realizing God’s guiding and protecting hand on our lives. The Scripture tells us, “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” If Satan can keep us from spending time in God’s presence, joy will cease to exist, and our strength will be vanquished. Furthermore, the times we do not set aside for God become opportune times for Satan to attack. As we broaden our knowledge of the subtle tactics and deceptive schemes of Satan, I believe we will better understand how to combat them. The devil only needs to keep us from God’s presence long enough to diminish our strength so that he can take us to our knees in defeat.
In ancient Israel, it was customary to plant a tree at a child’s joyous birth. At another moment of great joy (his or her wedding), branches from that very tree planted at his or her birth were used to support the marriage canopy. Joy is a wondrous gift from the right hand of God, and we must be serious about pursuing His presence. In His presence is where we belong. His presence is where we grow and where God’s Word comes alive within us. Similar to the branches used to uphold the canopy at the joyous Hebrew wedding ceremony, allow His presence to uphold you. This will cause that same joy to swell within you, empowering you to relentlessly defeat the enemy.
Father, I thank You for showing me the path of life. In Your presence is fullness of joy and at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
The following prophecy was given by Kenneth E. Hagin on February 17, 1975:
And knew ye this, that the Lord has an army. Yea, He is preparing His own. No! The
church will not grow weaker and weaker and weaker and lie down and expire.
But she shall grow stronger and stronger and stronger for a fresh visitation of heaven is at hand. Yea, a new revelation of truth shall burst forth in all of its glory unto those who are called by His Name.
And they shall realize that in their grasp, in their hand all the while, was that mighty Name that is above every name. And they, with that Name upon their lips and with faith in their hearts, will speak forth unto the enemy and say, “Thus far shall ye go and no further.” And he shall desist in his maneuvers, and stop in his operations.
And the hand of the enemy shall be stayed. And the harvest that is to be reaped shall be reaped. For the harvest is plenteous, and the laborers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the Harvest to send forth laborers into His harvest.
And so men, yea, if you please. Some would call them a “NEW BREED,” shall rise up and go forth. They shall not be afraid of the devil. They shall have no fear of men but with boldness shall they speak and shall challenge the very strongholds of the devil.
And there shall be a great shaking. But those who are settled in upon the Rock of Ages, shall stand and shout above the storm. And see above the darkness the might of God breaking on the horizon of time and they shall be reflectors of that Light that shall shine forth into the darkness.
And the blinded eyes of Satan’s kin shall be opened by men. Men inspired by God,
equipped by the Spirit, called by the Lord. Set in the Body of Christ to shine, to testify, to preach, to minister.
And so like a giant that Body shall rise, shall shake off those things which would hinder and break asunder the bonds of tradition and religion that has them bound.
And go forth with the pure revelation of truth that’ll cause the lame to leap for joy. And the Blind to see both spiritually and physically. And there shall sound throughout the land the cry and the hue of “Hosanna to the Lord! Hallelujah! Great is His Name and greatly to be praised.”
And the last soul shall have been won. And the last spirit shall have been saved. And that Body shall have been completed. And then the cry shall come forth, “Behold the Bridegroom cometh. Go ye out to meet Him.”
And in the ages to come, eons upon eons, that Body of believers shall show forth His glory and majesty forever and forever.
One of the foundational truths we must assimilate into our minds if we are to prosper is that poverty is a curse.
Poverty is not a teaching tool of God, it is not a vow we should take, it is not a blessing-in-disguise. It is a curse. It is a negative thing, it is evil, it causes grief and pain. Poverty is not and never will be a good thing.
Let’s look at a few Bible verses on poverty, starting with Proverbs 6.10-11:
10Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep:
11So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Here the Word of God likens poverty to an armed man (an armed robber according to the NLT). This is how Scripture sees poverty: like a thief. Does that remind you of another Scripture perhaps: The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy (John 10.10, AMP). Poverty and the devil are parallelled in these two Scriptures. Get this into your spirit by thinking about it and meditating on it: poverty aligned with the devil. Poverty is not good. Taking a vow of poverty is not a good idea, it is a foolish idea!
Proverbs 10.15 says the destruction of the poor is their poverty. Poverty is a destroyer. Remind you of anyone? Poverty is from the devil! If you look through Deut. 28.15-68 you will find a list of curses. In there is never having enough, being hungry, being thirsty, not having a home, being naked. Poverty is always on the curse side. Look at Deut. 28.1-14 and you will find a list of blessings: having overflow, having more than enough, having choices you can make in life about what to wear and what to eat.
This is how you can know that Jesus Christ wants you wealthy: Galatians 3.13 says that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. Do you realize this: God, in Jesus Christ, has completely redeemed you from poverty, from hunger, from thirst, from nakedness. You are blessed. You are able to live a great life. You need to start thinking this way.
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. (2 Cor. 8.9)
I will pen some more on how to live in wealth next month,
Read: John 21:15-19
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. ” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Rewards are some of the highest forms of motivation in existence. Learn to reward people. Even Jesus expected His reward. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:3
Jesus was motivated by the thought of His reward. Why do you think an athlete runs around for hours everyday? Why do you think boxers subject themselves to severe, dangerous and life-threatening knocks on the head? It is because of the joy of a million dollars or more that will come after the knocking is over.
The joy that is set before people will make them do almost anything.
When Jesus spoke to Peter He told him about His death. He predicted that Peter would die in a way that he might not like.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdest thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.” John 21:18,19
He told Peter to follow Him even to that end. Peter was willing and obedient. Perhaps, the key that made Peter willing to die was the fact that Jesus Himself had set the example.
Jesus had shown that there was a great reward in following. Rewards can make people do almost anything!
People who have died for the cause of Christ, died willingly, thinking of the reward that lay ahead.
It’s time we begin to pursue all that God has set in store for us. Psalm 108:13 declares, “Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.”
The people that place their trust in God and then act on faith, can accomplish great things for the Kingdom. Daniel 11:32 says that you will be strong and “do exploits.”
Whatever enemy and obstacle has held you back, stolen from you, and cause you sorrow must flee away in the name of Jesus. But you must put your faith into action.
“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5).
The believer gains victory! The fearful say, “This job, circumstance, or thing is too big, I cannot do it.” But the bold say, “With God on my side, I will overcome!”
The best soldiers in all of Israel thought Goliath was too big for David to defeat, but David obviously thought, “Goliath is so big, I can’t miss!”
God promises to help you overcome whatever you face, as you seek His direction.
What do you need from God today?
Stop and think about that for a moment. It’s a serious question. Picture yourself the way you want to be, healthy and whole in every area of your life. That is the will of God for you, you know. First Thessalonians 5:23 says, He desires you to be “preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)” (The Amplified Bible).
God wants you to be sound and complete. It’s His perfect will for you to be whole, undamaged and intact—spirit, soul, and body—before Jesus returns. In light of that fact, let me ask you again: What changes would you need God to make for His will to be fulfilled in your life? What would it take for you to be whole?
It would take a miracle.
That may well be what you’re thinking right now. If so, I am here to tell you God has one for you. He has as many miracles as you need. He is the God of the miraculous.
What’s more, He is thinking about you today. That’s amazing, isn’t it? The fact that the Almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth has you and me on His mind is almost more than we can comprehend. Yet we know it’s true because the Psalmist says, “How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me. And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!” (Psalm 139:17-18, The Living Bible).
Just imagine that! When you woke up this morning, God was thinking about you. He was aware of your needs. He was mindful of the blessings He has laid up for you and He was making plans to get them to you.
In other words, when you awoke this morning God had your miracle on His mind.
Every Part Precious
I preach about healing a lot and healing is wonderful. But sometimes you need more than healing, you need a miracle. A miracle is different. A miracle is something that is absolutely impossible apart from the supernatural working of God. It’s something that cannot happen by natural means.
If you have a disease, you need healing. But if you have a part missing—if you were born without fingers or toes, for example, you need a miracle. For years, it’s been prophesied that we will see those kinds of miracles again in the Body of Christ. It’s been prophesied that we’ll see all the miracles the early church saw and even greater miracles than those. I sense in my heart we’re there!
I truly believe it. They might say, “Surely, you don’t expect to see somebody grow a part on their body where there was no part before!”
Yes, I do. God has parts for people! The Bible says He made all of our parts before we were born and we can easily believe that. Why is it so unthinkable that He could add another part at a later time if it’s needed?
Just before the verses we read that tell of God’s thoughts about us, Psalm 139 says:
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect [or unformed]; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them” (verses 14-16).
According to those verses, God wrote down all your members (every part of you) in His book. And because God does all things well, He didn’t write them down as broken or missing. He wrote them down as whole and intact.
My friend Billye Brim has revelation of that so she speaks to her body according to those scriptures. She says, “My parts are written in God’s book. So, parts I command you to be the way God designed you to be. I command you to be whole and complete in agreement with God’s book. All my parts are intact with nothing missing, nothing broken. All the parts of my body function and work as they’re designed. I receive what the Book says about me!”
You may not have thought God cared about your parts but He does. Your parts are as important to Him as they are to you. He made them for you and He wants you to have them the way He made them. We need to get that revelation because God is ready to restore some parts. He wants to work miracles!
Expect the Impossible
I am fully expecting to see those miracles in the days and months to come. In times past, we’ve had people who were very small in stature because of disease or abnormality come to Healing School and ask us to pray for them that they might grow. Naturally, their DNA had patterned their body to be very small. But that’s not their heavenly DNA. That’s not how God designed them to be. That’s just something that happened as a result of the devil’s work in this world. Through thousands of years of getting people to sin, he’s been able to mess up God’s perfect plan for people-not only spiritually but physically.
Well, what do you think God did when He saw that the devil’s work had perverted His divine plan and made that person abnormally small? Do you think He said, “Oh, my. I guess the devil won this time. I’d better go back to My book, scratch out My perfect physical plan for this person and write in ‘midget-size,’ instead.”
Certainly not. God never changes. He just kept the original entry in His book which says that person’s DNA is perfect. Now He’s waiting for somebody to agree with Him and believe for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
If faith in the Word of God is spoken and released without wavering, I believe we can see that small person G-R-O-W up and become normal right before our eyes.
You might think that would be impossible and, naturally speaking you’d be right. “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). “All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23) so we need to start believing.
We need to start expecting the impossible!
It’s Never Too Late
Of course, people with physical abnormalities or missing parts aren’t the only ones who need miracles. Miracles are also needed when natural circumstances have gone on so long that it looks like it’s too late for a turn around. Abraham and Sarah needed that kind of miracle, for example. They needed a child for their lives to be whole and intact. Yet they were well past childbearing age when God told them He was going to give them one. They were about 100 years old.
No doubt, their natural thought was, Even if God did heal our barrenness, it’s too late for us now. We’re too old. That kind of thing can’t happen this late in the game.
But God did it for them, didn’t He? He proved that it’s never too late for a miracle.
A friend of ours experienced a “never too late” kind of miracle in his family. His name was Justus Du Plessis and although he went home to be with the Lord a couple of years ago, he experienced some amazing things during his lifetime as a Pentecostal minister in South Africa. On one occasion his father was desperately ill. In fact his father’s death was so imminent that the doctor who came to see him went ahead and filled out his death certificate.
After the doctor left, the church members gathered around to pray and while they were praying, he was healed. Do you know what he did? He got up, took a shower, milked the cows and then walked to the doctor’s house to return his death certificate.
Talk about a miracle coming late in the game! You know it’s late when you have to take back your own death certificate!
Clearly with God, it’s never too late for a miracle.
The Definitive Factor
Okay now, you may be thinking, if God wants to give me a miracle and I want to receive one-what’s the problem? Why hasn’t a miracle already taken place in my life?
For a miracle to get from heaven to earth, a divine connection has to be made. Miracles aren’t magic. They don’t just happen—poof!—because God decides to wave His miracle wand one day. No, miracles primarily occur when people put themselves in position to receive them.
To find out how to position yourself for a miracle, you can study the miracles in the New Testament. As you do you’ll see patterns emerge. You will find certain elements were most always involved when miracles happen.
The first of those elements is faith. Whenever a miracle takes place someone on earth is believing. It might be the person who needs the miracle. It might be the person who is ministering. It might be someone praying for the one who is in need. The situations may vary, but the fact remains that it is faith in God which connects the power of heaven with the need on earth. For a miracle to happen someone has to believe that God is willing and able to do it—and do it now.
Galatians 3:5 confirms that. There the Apostle Paul, rebuking the Galatians for their legalism, asks this question: “Does He Who supplies you with His marvelous [Holy] Spirit and works powerfully and miraculously among you do so on [the grounds of your doing] what the Law demands, or because of your believing…?” (The Amplified Bible).
The answer is obvious. God works miracles because we believe! We could look at one miracle after another and see that truth in action.
It’s interesting to notice that the power of God isn’t mentioned in most of those instances, just the faith of the people. I think that’s because God’s power and His willingness to heal and work miracles never changes. The variable is people’s faith. Faith is the definitive factor.
Just Do It
As important as faith is, however, that alone won’t get the whole job done. You can’t just sit around believing on the inside and doing nothing on the outside. For faith to come alive you have to take action. As James 2:26 says, “faith without works is dead.”
You can see the connection between “doing” and receiving in the very first miracle Jesus ever performed. I especially like to think about this miracle because it was clearly not a miracle Jesus planned to do. It was one that was drawn out of Him by the person who most wanted that miracle—His own mother Mary. John 2 tells us that she and Jesus were attending a wedding in Cana of Galilee and the host ran out of wine. Mary looked to Jesus to do something about it. He told her His time to do such things had not yet come but her faith was unshaken. She continued to expect a miracle and she turned to the servants and said:
Whatever He says to you, do it. Now there were six waterpots of stone standing there, as the Jewish custom of purification (ceremonial washing) demanded, holding twenty to thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, Fill the waterpots with water. So they filled them up to the brim. Then He said to them, Draw some out now and take it to the manager of the feast [to the one presiding, the superintendent of the banquet] (verses 5-8, The Amplified Bible).
What happened when the servants did what Jesus said?
They saw a miracle. The water was turned into wine!
It would serve us well to always remember what Mary told the servants that day. She said, “Whatever He tells you to do, do it.” That’s one of the major keys to receiving a miracle.
Whatever the Lord says to you—do it.
If the Lord tells you to get up and run, get up and run. If He tells you to dance and shout, then dance and shout. One time a man attended Healing School and during the meeting the Lord told him to run. He didn’t want to run in the meeting so he ran out the door, ran outside and ran around the block. If you think that’s silly, think again because he came back in healed!
Whatever the Lord tells you to do, do it!
If he tells you to repent of something, you repent. If he tells you to forgive someone, forgive them. He knows what you can do that will bring you into position to receive. So listen for His instructions, then obey!
Kick Doubt Out
Once you’ve believed and acted on your faith, refuse to doubt or fear. When the devil comes to you and says, You’re not going to get that miracle. You don’t deserve it. Remember how many times you’ve failed God. Refuse to entertain those doubt-producing thoughts. Instead, just answer him and say, “Bless the Lord, I don’t get what I deserve. I get what Jesus bought for me. I get the mercy of God. I get a miracle!”
Every time I think about refusing doubt and fear, I think about the story of Jairus. Initially, when he came to Jesus his daughter needed a healing. She was very sick and Jairus believed if Jesus came and laid His hands on her she would be healed. But before that healing could take place, Jairus’ daughter died. Suddenly the girl didn’t just need a healing, she needed a miracle.
Do you know that Jesus wasn’t disturbed by that? He knew that God could work a miracle just as easily as He could perform a healing. So he said to Jairus, “Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing” (Mark 5:36, The Amplified Bible). We know that this worked because the little girl was raised up whole.
That’s a good word for all of us who are positioning ourselves for a miracle. No matter what the devil says, no matter what circumstances may say, no matter what our natural senses might try to tell us, if we’ll refuse to doubt, refuse to fear and keep on believing God, our miracle will surely come!