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10 Scriptures that Can be used in nearly every mess

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We often learn lists of healing Scriptures, finance Scriptures, family Scriptures, etc. so that in specific crises we know what the Word says.  But if you are a new Christian or if you don’t know the Word as well as you should, or if you are facing multiple battles at once it is great to know that there are some Scriptures that will apply to EVERY situation.  These Scriptures should be learned, considered, meditated and declared in every mess you find yourself in.

10.  Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world. (1 John 4.4)

9.  My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory (Php. 4.19)

8. If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8.31)

7. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? (Romans 8.32)

6. We are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8.37)

5. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (Gal. 3.9)

4.  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Gal. 3.13)

3. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (1 John 3.1)

2. Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  (Romans 5.1-2)

1. Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. (2 Cor. 2.14)

6 Ways to Successfully Build and Pastor a Multi-Ethnic Church

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1.  Celebrate food!  People will accept you if you love their food and eat it with enthusiasm.  It’s amazing what a pot luck will turn into with food from several nations.  It’s a lot more fun than just quiche and mini-sausages, I can promise you!  And eating together breaks down all barriers.

2. Do not appoint leaders just because of their ethnicity or gender.  Appoint the best leaders for the task.  

3. Always be sensitive to any group that is a significant minority.  It’s not easy being the odd man out.  Show that sensitivity by listening to people.  People from a new culture who come to the church are often gateway people who bring a number of people from the same culture, help them feel at home and disciple them.  Awesome.  If people are doing that job, make them part of your leadership team and encourage them to keep discipling.

4. (This is a controversial one) Never divide your small groups on the basis of ethnicity.  People need to get to know – and trust – people from every culture.  We are preparing people for heaven, which will be every tongue, every tribe and every nation.  I know some church growth strategists disagree with this, but sometimes growing people is more important than growing numerically.

5. Have a couple of people you know and trust from the different cultures and run any big ideas through them.  They may see things you haven’t seen, and they can advice you on the impact that decision would have on people who have been raised in a different culture from yourself.

6.  Remember at the end of the day, there are no white people, black people, Asian people: there are just people.  We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and we are all made righteous freely through the redemption of Jesus Christ.  Our similarities as Christians far, far, far outweigh our differences.  We have the same faith, the same God, the same peace, the same Bible, the same struggles, the same temptations, the same Holy Spirit.  

Romans 1.32

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Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The first remarkable thing that Paul closes his commentary on an individual or society that rejects God is that he says that such a person or such a group of people KNOW THE JUDGMENT OF GOD.

In other words, even though they deny God, reject God, hate God, and ignore God: they still know that God is a judge. They are aware deep down inside that living the way they live means that when they die. Even someone with a completely reprobate mind, someone without natural affection, someone completely merciless knows that God will judge them when they die. They know that unless they run to a Saviour that they will die and end up in a Christless eternity of hellfire. That is why we need to preach grace and reconciliation to the world.

They still remember God is a judge and they hate that, but they do not know the message of reconciliation and redemption.

If you preach to someone in the street: you are going to hell, that message will be rejected and ignored. We need to do what Paul said and be ambassadors of Christ with a message of reconciliation and a message of hope and destiny for the world. A message that their sins have been paid for, that there is a book better than the book of their life to be judged by and that is the Lamb’s book of Life. As soon as you are in this book, your book of life is ignored and never used to judge you again.

You must know this if you are to be an effective witness of Christ: every single individual knows that God is their judge. They might supress, ignore and hate that knowledge. They might say – and scream – that they do not have this knowledge. But they do!

So go and tell them boldly that Jesus has paid the price for them.

This verse concludes Paul’s assessment of individuals and societies that completely reject God. After letting us see the 22 characteristics of a society without God, Paul tells us that these people still know God is a judge.

Paul also tells us a second piece of information about these people. Not only do they do the things wrong that they do, but they have pleasure in them that do them.

In the Greek, this word “have pleasure in” is one word: syneudokeō. It comes from three Greek words syn-, eu- and dokeo. Syn means together, eu means good, and dokeo means opinion.

Together these words mean: to have a good opinion with someone. In other words, someone does something that is sinful and evil. Let’s use a very real example: abortion. In today’s society, not only do many people have abortions, but they celebrate and exalt people who do. They fight and agree for the rights of people to sin and rebel against God. Being bitter, getting revenge, all sorts of sexual behaviour – even if people are not involved in the behaviour – they do not want to judge people, they do not want to say it is wrong. Instead they say loudly that it is good and they have pleasure that people do these things.

People take pleasure in sin. Look at the entertainment industry: based entirely around sexual immorality. We now have television programmes in the UK where they lock people up in a house and hope they strip naked and have sex on camera. We are one step away from gladiators and lions in our entertainment!

One of the translations of syneudokeō is applaud or to clap. There are talk shows in the UK (and all over the world, I know) where people go on these shows, describe the most outrageous sins, and are applauded. If someone went on these shows and said they were a virgin or they forgave someone who hurt them they would not be applauded! The audience reserves their applause for the sinners!

One of the hallmarks of a reprobate society is that it applauds and approves the wrong things. It is even worse that some churches are involved in this as well – accepting and applauding homosexuality, ordaining and promoting homosexuals, seeker-friendly no-offense no-truth services, and so on.

Let us not be like this. Let us never applaud evil. Let us not watch TV programmes that promote evil lifestyles and hatred and malice. Let us not find sin entertaining.

Glory and freedom,
Benjamin

Some Mighty Facts (E W Kenyon)

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Some Mighty Facts

by E.W. Kenyon

There are some things Eternal Life has given us. If we realized what we were in Christ and knew that we had the ability to be what God says we are, our lives would be transformed in a week.
    We do not understand what Redemption and the New Creation have made us.
    We do not realize what we are to the Father’s heart and what He is to us.
    Most of us are theological Christians instead of Bible Christians.
    We have theological experiences and are ever attempting to square the Word with those experiences.

 
         We have been taught there is no truth beyond our creed. We lock our people in a creed, making them prisoners of the theories of men born a hundred years ago. The Creed Christian is not a Bible Christian.
    Each creed must have the Bible translated to fit it.
    We have discovered a Christ who is greater than the creeds, a Redemption that is greater than the creeds, a New Birth that bursts the bonds of creedal Christianity and sets the prisoners free.
    We are discovering a type of Christianity that is better than the creeds, better than anything to which the creeds have given birth.
    The creeds, beautiful though they may be, are largely born of Sense Knowledge.

You Are Redeemed

    Romans 3:24: Through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus whom God set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to show His righteousness.
    Our Redemption, our Redeemer, is Christ. No one can rob you of your Redemption.
    If you take Christ as your Savior, He becomes your Redemption. You become independent of man.
    Your Redemption was God’s own work, and He Himself is satisfied with what He did in Christ.
    Eph. 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.
    Eph. 1:7: In whom we have our redemption through his blood, the redemption of our trespasses.
    If you have your Redemption, you are Redeemed.
    Your Redemption was through the blood of Jesus Christ
    You have the remission of your trespasses.
    Notice first, you have your Redemption in Christ. It is through the blood of the Son of God.
    You have remission from all that you ever did before you became a Christian.
    This Redemption is according to the riches of His grace.
    It is a perfect, a complete Redemption. It is not a beggarly Redemption, but a vast God-sized Redemption that glorifies God and glorifies Christ and honors every man who embraces it.
    Col. 1:13 14: “Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness.” That is Satan’s authority. If we are delivered out of his authority, he can no longer reign over us.
    Yet the great body of the Church is living under the dominion of the adversary as though it had never been Born Again. What is the matter?
    The creed to which we have subscribed has no actual Redemption in it. It has robbed the Church of its own Redemption by setting stakes of limitation.
    Col. 1:13: “Who delivered us out of the authority of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the son of his love!” He delivered us out of the authority of Satan, and He translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His Love.
    Put it in the first person. You are the one who has been delivered. You are the one who has been translated into God’s kingdom and family. In Christ you have your Redemption, the remission of everything that you ever did.
    It gives you the Nature of God and takes out of you the nature of the adversary.
    The New Birth settles the problem of your sin nature. All you ever did is wiped out. All you ever were has been destroyed.
    You are now an actual child of God just as Jesus was in His earth walk. You have the same standing that Jesus had, because Jesus is your standing. He has become your righteousness. God Himself becomes your standing.
    Romans 3:26: “That he might himself be righteous, and the righteousness of him that hath faith in Jesus!” (Lit. trans.)
    You have faith in Jesus as your Substitute. So God has become your righteousness.
    When you believe this, you will come out of bondage and weakness and failure into the fulness of this new Life in Christ.
    You are the sons of God. You are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. You are redeemed.
    I Cor. 6:20: “For ye were bought with a price.” Why do we become the slaves of wrong teaching, the slaves of Sense Knowledge? That price was the blood of Christ.
    There is no joint ownership between Christ and the world. You either belong to the devil or you belong to Christ. Christ purchased you with His own blood. I Pet. 1:18, 19: “Knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; but with precious blood as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ.”
    It is the blood of the lamb without spot. You stand before the Father now a redeemed one, without condemnation. The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, redeemed you.
    Every claim of justice has been paid. Jesus met the demands of justice and satisfied them. You are free.
    I Cor. 7:23: “Become not the bondservants of men!” That means that we are not to become the bondservants of the theories of men or the creeds of men. “Men” here means the man who walks in the senses. You crown Jesus as the Lord of your life. There is no other bondage but the bondage of love.
    John 8:36: “If therefore the son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” You are free from Satan’s dominion. You are a New Creation, a child of God. You have been redeemed from the hand of your enemy. You are to take this fact seriously. You are to order your life accordingly.
    Romans 6:14: “Sin shall not have dominion over you.” Satan was defeated by your Master. That defeat stripped him of his ability to take you captive without your cooperation.
    The two phases of Christ’s ministry in Redemption are: Jesus paying the price of your Redemption, and defeating your enemy and setting you free.
    Col. 2:15: “Having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it!” He triumphed over the adversary. He defeated the enemy. His triumph was your triumph. That battle was your battle. He was not fighting for Himself.
    Hebrews 2:14: “Since then the children are sharers in flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner partook of the same; that through death he might bring to nought him that had the power of death, that is the devil.” He set you free. You are free. You are redeemed by God Himself.

You Are A New Creation

Next I want you to notice that you are a New Creation. This truth has never been given its place.
    All we have been taught was that God forgave us our sins and that by a second work of grace, sin was eradicated from us. But if we did wrong ignorantly or knowingly we had to be justified again. That justification permitted us to be justified with the devil’s nature in us.
    Another view is that God was unable to take out Satan’s nature when He gave us His Nature; so that when we were Born Again we had God’s Nature and the devil’s nature in us. We warred against the old nature in us. They said that we would be free when we died. Satan is the author of death. That would make Satan your savior. Far be the thought!
    All this teaching belongs to Sense Knowledge’s interpretation of the Word.
    Spiritual things are spiritually understood. I Cor. 2:12: “That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.”
    The first thing that is given to you after Redemption is a New Nature. II Cor. 5:17 must ever stand as the key to this wonderful truth: “Wherefore, if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all these things are of God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ, and gave unto us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.”
    You are a New Creation. The devil’s nature has been taken out of you. God’s Nature has taken its place.
    You are reconciled to the Father. You are brought into fellowship with the Father. Everything you were before, stopped being. All you were in Satan stopped being.
    The old things of weakness and failure are passed. This New Creation has no memory of the past creation. You are newly born. You are a new species. You are a New Creation in Christ Jesus.
    The Jew was blood-covered because his nature was antagonistic toward God. We are not blood-covered. We are made New Creations. We are cleansed by the blood. We need not be covered. We can stand free of sin-consciousness in His presence. just as Jesus did in His earth walk.
    The Holy Spirit has given birth to us. We are born of God. James 1:18: “Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.” I John 4:4: “Ye are of God, my little children.” Eph.2:10: “We are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus.”
    All this drives us to this conclusion: that this New Creation is something that God Himself has wrought, and that we are just what He says we are-the very sons of God.
    Romans 6:6 tells us that the man of sin is done away in the New Creation: “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him. that the body of sin might be done away that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin.” The sin nature is gone. So many of us have tried to get rid of this old nature. We did not know that it was put away.
    The thing called the Adamic nature is spiritual death which has possession of our spirits. When we are made alive, made New Creations, that nature is done away.
    We are tempted, and in our babyhood state do foolish things. That is because our bodies have never yet been brought into subjection to our spirits. Desire may dwell in your physical body, but it is not sin until you have consented to an act that is forbidden in the Word. There is nothing wrong in your body. Sin lived in your spirit and in your mind. It does not abide in your body.
    When it says “sin in the flesh” it means sin in the senses. It is when your senses have gained the dominion over your spirit and mind.
    Romans 12:1, 2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your spiritual service. And be not fashioned according to this age; but be ye transfigured by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
    He desires that these senses shall be dedicated to Him after we are Born Again. It is an unseemly thing for your senses to rule your mind and your spirit. You know that if you have a sore foot that that foot rules all the rest of your body. That disease has gained the mastery so that your spirit and your mind become absolute slaves to the pain in the foot. The same thing is true if you have an unclean appetite, a habit. That habit gains the mastery over your whole being, if you do not hold it in subjection.
    The thing you should say to that foot is, “By His stripes, you are healed. In the Name of Jesus become well!” (from Isaiah 53). You say to the habit that has gained the mastery over your body and mind, “You have no right to hold dominion over me any longer. In the Name of Jesus Christ, depart!”
    You will be free.
    There is only one place for sin to actually reside, and that is in our spirits. Our spirits have been recreated. The sin nature has been taken out. I John 3:14: “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren!” Satan’s nature is gone. God’s Nature is in us. This New Creation is of God. We know that we are His own.
    Nothing will cripple one so quickly as to deny this truth. Nothing will establish you and build your faith as quickly as to confess it. Confess it in your heart first. Confess it out loud in your room. Say it over and over again: “I am a child of God. I have God’s Nature. I am the righteousness of God in Christ!” Say it until the words become familiar to your spirit. Say it until your spirit and your words agree, until your whole being swings into harmony and into line with the Word of God.
    That miraculous passage in Hebrews 5:13 says, “For everyone that partaketh of milk is without experience of the word of righteousness; for he is a babe!” They have never sounded the depths of righteousness. They do not know what it means to have God justify them and to have a standing with the Father just like Jesus’ standing. They do not seem to grasp the significance of the reality of the New Creation.
    That New Creation is a part of God. It has partaken of God’s Nature. It has been made out of righteousness and holiness of truth. The New Creation is not a man-made thing. It is not a mental thing. It is a thing of God. Just as the angel said in Luke 1:35: “That holy thing that shall be born shall be the Son of God.” The Holy Spirit has given birth to you and you are one of the holy ones of God.
    You are that separated thing that belongs absolutely to the Father. You are now His very child. You can say, “My Father!” He whispers, “My child!”
    Romans 8:15: “For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” This is your continual confession of your relationship to Him and His to you. That will build faith into you.
    Romans 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus!” God is your Father, your Protector, your Caretaker, and your Lord. You are in His family. Take your place. Play the part of a son.
    Let the world hear your confession. Every time you confess your sonship rights and your sonship place, you defeat the adversary. Sickness has no dominion over you. Disease has no dominion over you. Want and hunger and need have no dominion over you. You are now in the family of plenty.
    You are in the family where you lie down in green pastures and you are led by streams of sweet water. Your soul is restored from calamity, fear, and doubt; and fellowship and communion with Him is quiet and beautiful. You are walking, now in the paths of righteousness, taking advantage of your righteousness. You are doing the works of a righteous man. You are praying the prayers of a righteous man. James 5:16: “The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working.”
    You are praying for the sick. You are casting out demons. Mark 16:17,18.
    You are living a life of victory because you are the righteousness of God in Christ.
    This in part is what Eternal Life gives us in Christ.

This page Copyright © 2001 Peter Wade. The Bible text in this publication, except where otherwise indicated, is from the King James Version. This article appears on the site: http://www.peterwade.com/.

Prophecy: The Flawless Perfection of Calvary

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Beautiful hymn followed by a beautiful prophetic word. Enjoy!

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Do You Realize How Valuable You Are? (Derek Prince)

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Dear Friend
For more than fifty years, I have tried to help people with innumerable different problems
in their lives. Eventually, I have come to a surprising conclusion: our basic problem as
human beings is that we do not realise how valuable we are.
Consequently, we make the most tragic mistakes. We are like a person who is legally
heir to a vast fortune, but we sell off our entire inheritance for something incomparably
less valuable: a night of sex, a joint of marijuana, a drunken party, a crooked financial
scheme.

Or we may value ourselves a little higher, perhaps seeking some prestigious position
in politics or the entertainment world, or even some high ecclesiastical office. Yet for all
its prestige, it does not compare with the value of our inheritance – which we give in
exchange for it.

If we are to appreciate our real value as human beings, we must consider the unique
and wonderful way in which Adam – the ancestor of our race – was created.
The Miracle of Adam’s Creation

In John 1:1-2 we discover that the actual agent in creation was not God the Father, but
the divine Word, who was with God from eternity – the Person who was later manifested
in human history as Jesus of Nazareth: “All things were made through Him [the Word],
and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

Creation, as a whole, was brought about by the spoken word of God: “By faith we
understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God.” 1 “For He spoke and it was
done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” 2 But the creation of Adam, as described in
Genesis 2:7, was uniquely different: “And the Lord God formed [moulded] man of the
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living being [literally, a living soul].”

Picture the scene! The Lord kneeled down, took dust in His hands, mixed it with water
and moulded it into the body of a man. So there it was – the most perfect piece of sculpture
ever fashioned – more perfect than any masterpiece of Michelangelo. But it was lifeless!

Then something marvellous happened. The Creator leaned forward, put His divine lips
against the lips of clay, His divine nostrils against the nostrils of clay and breathed into
them. His breath penetrated the form of clay, and transformed it into a living human
being with every organ of its body functioning perfectly, and with all the marvellous

spiritual, intellectual and emotional responses of which a human being is capable. No
other being has ever been created in such a way.

The words used to describe this miracle are particularly vivid. Hebrew is one of those
languages in which the sound of certain words is directly related to the action which
they describe. The sound of the Hebrew word translated breathed can be rendered
yipakh. It consists of a tiny internal “explosion,” followed by a forceful, on-going release
of air from the throat. Thus it vividly represents the action which it describes. As the
Lord stooped down over those lips and nostrils of clay, He did not let out a languid sigh
– He forcefully breathed Himself into that body of clay, which thus received a miraculous
impartation of the very life of God!

Immediately, man became a triune being, composed of spirit, soul and body. The spirit
came from the inbreathed breath of God; his body was clay, transformed into living,
pulsating flesh; his soul, produced by the uniting of spirit and body, became a unique,
individual personality, capable of making decisions – I will or I will not.

Together with his God-given mate, Adam was appointed to rule the earth as God’s
representative. The triunity of his inner nature represented the likeness of the triune
God. His outward form mirrored the image of the Lord who created him. 3 Both in his
inward nature and his outward form, he uniquely represented God to the rest of earth’s
creatures.

Furthermore, Adam and Eve enjoyed regular personal fellowship with the Lord. At the
close of each day He came to spend time with them. 4 Who knows what revelations of
Himself He shared with them? We do know, however, that God granted Adam the privilege
of choosing names for all the other living creatures. 5

The greatest tragedy of human history followed. Tricked by Satan, Adam and Eve traded
their God-given inheritance for a piece of fruit! This disobedience affected every part
of Adam’s triune nature. His spirit – cut off from God – died. In his soul he became a
rebel henceforth at war with his Creator. His body became subject to sickness, ageing
and, ultimately, death.

God had warned Adam concerning the tree of knowledge, “In the day that you eat of it
you shall surely die.” 6 It was Adam’s spirit that died instantly; his body did not die for
more than 900 years.

The Miracle of Christ’s Redemption

Adam’s disobedience was terrible in its consequences, yet it brought to light an aspect
of God’s nature that would otherwise never have been fully revealed: the unfathomable
depth of His love. God has never given up on Adam and his descendants. He longs to
bring us back to Himself.

This is beautifully expressed in James 4:5 (NAS): “He jealously desires the Spirit which
He has made to dwell in us” – the spirit that was breathed into Adam at his creation.
Incredible though it may seem, God continues to long for the personal fellowship which
He once enjoyed with Adam, but which was broken by Adam’s rebellion – a rebellion

that has been perpetuated in every one of Adam’s descendants.

Furthermore, at infinite cost, God has made a way for us to be restored to Himself. He
sent Jesus “to seek and to save that which was lost.” 7 By His substitutionary sacrifice on
the cross, Jesus has made it possible for each of us to be forgiven and cleansed from sin
and to become members of God’s own family.

In Matthew 13:45-46 Jesus told a parable which – for me, personally – most beautifully
describes the wonder of our redemption: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold
all that he had and bought it.”

For me this depicts the redemption of a human soul. Jesus is the merchant – not a tourist
or a sightseer – but a man who has dealt in pearls all his life, and knows the exact value
of every pearl. The pearl that He has purchased is just one human soul – yours or mine.
It cost Him all He had – everything He owned.

Updated to our contemporary culture, I picture to myself the scene when that merchant
broke the news to his wife.
“Honey, I’ve sold our car.”
“You sold our car! Well, at least we still have a roof over our heads.”
“No, I sold our house, too!”
“Whatever made you do all that?”
“I found the most beautiful pearl I’ve ever seen. I’ve been looking all my life for
such a pearl. It cost me everything I had – wait till you see it!”

So what does this mean to you and me? Each of us may picture ourselves as that one
priceless pearl.

Remember, it cost Jesus everything He had to buy you back to Himself. Though He was
Lord of the entire universe, He laid it all aside and died in absolute poverty. He owned
nothing. The robe and the tomb in which He was buried were both borrowed. “Though
He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become
rich.” 8

Perhaps you have never seen yourself as important. You have a poor self-image. You
may look back on a life of pain and disappointment: a deprived and unhappy childhood,
a marriage that ended in divorce, or a career that never materialised, or years wasted
on drugs and alcohol. Your past and your future both convey the same message: FAILURE!
Not to Jesus! He loved you so much that He gave up everything to redeem you for Himself.
Repeat the beautiful words of the Apostle Paul, make them your own: “He loved me and
gave Himself for me.” Say it again, “He loved me and gave Himself for me.” And again, “He
loved me and gave Himself for me.” 9

Now see yourself as that pearl held in the nail-scarred hand of Jesus. Hear Him saying to
you, “You’re so beautiful! You cost Me everything I had, but I don’t regret it. Now you’re
Mine forever!”

You cannot do anything to earn this. You can never change yourself or make yourself
good. All that you can do is to accept what Jesus has done for you and thank Him!
You belong to Him forever!

Yours in the Master’s service

Derek Prince

1 Hebrews 11:3
2 Psalm 33:9
3 Genesis 1:26-27
4 Genesis 3:8
5 Genesis 2:19
6 Genesis 2:17
7 Luke 19:10
8 2 Corinthians 8:9
9 Galatians 2:20

A Response to a video about terminal cancer.

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I was on a Christian forum today when someone posted a link to a video of the testimony to a girl dying of cancer.  The girl thinks that it is God’s will she dies of cancer, and that the cancer will bring about much good.

The poster posting the link I assume agrees with this line of thinking.  I watched most of the video and decided to give a Biblical response to it.  I wanted to share what I said as I have covered most of the main objections to the truth that God will heal anyone at anytime if they would just receive it.  I do not recommend that anyone watches the video as it is not founded on the Word of God and will not build your faith.  However I have left the link for completeness’ sake.

May the Lord open this young lady’s eyes to the truth that she is already healed due to the redemptive work of Christ.  Amen!
Blessings,

Benjamin


This fellow sister in Christ has terminal cancer. Watch the video and think about (and possibly even respond) to the questions:

Death is Not Dying Event Video

(1) Does she lack faith?

Well it was obvious to anyone watching the video that she does not believe at all that Jesus Christ bore her sicknesses and carried her diseases, that He heals all our diseases, that you can have anything you ask in prayer, that by His stripes she was healed, that God’s Word is health to all her flesh, that she is completely redeemed from the curse of the law.

So if your question about faith is about the faith that Jesus asked the blind men if they had when He said “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”, the faith that when Jesus healed the blind men said “According to your faith be it done unto you” (Matthew 9), then the answer is no.

She said so clearly in the video that she does NOT believe that God would heal her, and that to believe that God would heal her would be sin to her.  So to then say she clearly has faith for healing would be to contradict her testimony.  She has traditions that make the Word of God to no effect which is why she is not healed.

(2) Has she done something wrong that brought this cancer on her?

No.  Well I guess not, I don’t know about her diet or whether she was a chain smoker or drug user.  I don’t know if the thing that she greatly feared came upon her because I don’t know the thoughts and intents of her heart.  I am giving her the benefit of the doubt – most people get sick because we live in a sin-cursed world.

Unless of course you count the fact that she failed to fellowship with a group of people who would have taught her that Jesus Christ is the LORD our Healer, and that we can receive the healing that He purchased for us with His stripes freely by faith in His Word something wrong.  I would call it ignorant, I wouldn’t call it something wrong in a moral sense.

(3) Is God using her terminal cancer to teach her and others

Absolutely not.  God uses His Word to teach people.  He uses the five fold ministry to teach people.  God does NOT use sickness to teach people.

There is no recording of Jesus teaching people with sickness in the Bible.  As we have talked about Matthew 9, let’s keep talking about it.  Jesus asked the men if they had faith, they said yes, and He said they were healed because of their faith.

Now Jesus didn’t ask if they were born again, if they spoke in tongues, if they were nice people.  He didn’t even ask if they have faith in Him as Messiah, if they believed in the Trinity, if they believed in substitionary penal atonement.  No – He asked: “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”  The girl in this video has faith that Jesus is Lord, faith that the Trinity is correct, faith in a lot of things.

Does she believe that Jesus can heal her completely and totally because of His love and mercy?  Not at all.  Jesus is saying the same thing to her that He said to the blind men: “According to your faith, be it done unto you.”  Her faith that God will comfort her in her last days means that she will be comforted.  If at any point she changes her faith to believe that He heals all our diseases, then she can walk in divine health.

Jesus did not put the cancer on her.  God is NOT the source of cancer and cancer is not educative.  People do not learn from cancer.  It is not an instructor it is a destroyer. Jesus never said to the blind men: hey, God wants you blind, and come here let me put some cancer on you as well there is still stuff you need to know.  If you believe cancer is an instructor, go and strap some plutoninium to your chest, go and start smoking 60 a day, stop eating green leaf vegetables.  If you believe blindness is didactic, go and gouge your eyes out with a spoon.

Or get with the programme, and believe and receive your healing!

Goodness – don’t you know God is LOVE.  Love does not give someone cancer to teach them a lesson.  It patiently instructs people.  God is our Father, not some maniacal despot who wants everything His own way or He wipes people out to get His own way.  God is a loving Father. If His son asks for bread, He will never give them a stone.  If we ask for healing, He will never give us cancer.

(4) Have people been strengthened in their faith because of this illness?

No.  Jim suggests that people who are not strengthened in faith don’t have ears to hear.  I would like to mention the Scripture at this point: faith comes by hearing and hearing the testimony of someone dying of cancer.

Or maybe it doesn’t say that.  Maybe it says faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD OF GOD. My faith is strengthened as I hear the Word of God, not by testimonies.  Your faith isn’t even strengthened by hearing testimonies of people healed of cancer – you cannot get healing faith from a testimony but from the Word of God.

Her testimony might give people goose bumps, it might make them decide to struggle on, it might make them decide to be a bit more grateful for their health but it will never, ever, ever produce faith.  Anyone who thinks this strengthens faith simply does not know what faith is.

(5) Does her suffering bring good?

No.  It is not the kind of suffering mentioned in the Bible that brings good.  Suffering in the New Covenant is about being persecuted for bringing and teaching the Word of the living God.  Being stoned, being beat with sticks, being mercilesses persecuted wherever you go preaching the Word.

Sickness does not bring about good.  The Word of God is clear on this: Jesus went about doing good healing the sick (Acts 10.38).  Healing is good, sickness is bad.  Look at Deuteronomy 28, sickness is a curse, healing is a blessing.

Sickness steals, kills and destroys.   It does not bring life in abundance (see John 10.10).  That and that alone should tell any serious student of the Word the source of sickness.  Sickness is satanic, sickness is a curse, sickness is captivity – when God healed Job, the Bible says God turned his captivity.  Sickness is a bondage.  Sickness is bad.  Healing is good.

Jesus Christ took every sickness on the cross so that by His stripes we were healed (Matthew 8.16-17, 1 Peter 2.24).

(6) Is God being glorified through her illness?

No, not in the slightest.  God is in His fullness of glory in heaven.  We are taught to pray “Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  There is no sickness in heaven, therefore it is obvious the will of God is healing.  If sickness brings God glory why is there no sickness in heaven?  Why was Adam not created with cancer: seen as you think cancer is so intructive, maybe a bit of cancer would have helped Adam make the right choice in the garden.

Maybe God should have ripped Adam’s arms off and stopped him eating the forbidden fruit.  I mean if God is going to give someone cancer to teach them a lesson, why not?  One of the reasons Eve sinned according to 1 John is that she SAW the fruit was good to eat.  Why didn’t God create her blind?  Would that not have brought Him glory?

Of course not.  God teaches through His Word.  When Adam and Eve lost paradise and perfect health due to their sin and rebellion, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for the healing of every human on the planet.  He died our death, He bore our sins and He bore our diseases.  So that we could be alive, righteous and healthy.

If sickness brings God’s glory, are there angels with broken wings and angels full of cancer?

You know the answer is no.  You know that man was created healthy.  You know that in heaven there is no more sickness and you know that God’s will should be done on earth as it is in heaven.  God is glorified in healing the sick and changing lives, not letting a satanic thief cut down and destroy someone’s life prematurely.

(7) Will she be physically healed?

The choice is hers.  God said that He sets before us life and death.  Jesus said “According to your faith, it will be done to you.”

If she stops believing the traditional lies that have kept the church powerless for years and believes the simple truth that By His Stripes She Was Healed, then I can guarantee she will shake that cancer off and live a long and productive and fruitful life, with a testimony that will glorify God and a ministry that will bring faith as she teaches people the Word of God and how she found out that it brings healing and health to all her flesh.

If she continues to believe that God is not there to heal her and that God cannot be relied upon, then I do not foresee her healing manifesting.

Blessings,
Benjamin

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