Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Passive Fight

I recently wrote a post about the authority that we, as Christians, have over demons. What I wrote in the post is absolutely true, but not everyone is comfortable taking demons on directly. I would go as far as to say that we are all capable of rebuking demons, but they are rather clever, and I wouldn’t recommend that you go into this as a ministry unless you are called by God. If God hasn’t called you to fight the demonic (as a ministry), you probably don’t come across it too often, so you may not feel up to taking on something of this magnitude. I would say that this is fair enough, however that doesn’t mean that you should be out of the fight completely. So what can you do to join the fight, without actually taking demons on directly? Glad you asked, here are some suggestions.

Choose your words wisely. This is such a simple thing to do (in theory) but yet it can have such a huge effect on your life. Proverbs 21:23 says, “Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” Need I say more? Have a look at a previous post of mine entitled Mind Your Tongue and it will explain about this in more detail. What you say has a direct effect on your life, I have learned this the hard way. My wife and I are so careful what we say now. God SPOKE the world into being, Jesus SPOKE and people were healed, Peter SPOKE and people were raised from the dead. What will happen if you were to SPEAK the right things into your life, instead of all the wrong things? Think about it.

Think about what you think about. Let’s not beat about the bush here, the number one way that the devil attacks us in in our mind. You don’t have to try too hard to find something by Joyce Meyer that talks about the battle in our minds. The reason why she teaches so much on this is because it is so extremely important. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realise that what goes on in your head will eventually come out in your words and your action. We’ve covered your words, so we also need to cover your thoughts. I have been through such a battle of late, and I can honestly say that getting my mind in order was a huge step in the right direction. Colossians 3:2 says, “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” This doesn’t mean that we should sit day dreaming about heaven, it means that we should have ‘Kingdom thinking’ instead of ‘earthly thinking’ while we are here on earth. Read Think About It for more about this.

Base your actions on scripture. God has given us a whole book, explaining how we should live our lives. We don’t like that because we don’t want to be told what to do. God gives us instructions in the Bible, and that is not to control us or get us to do what He wants, it is to protect us. Protect us from the attacks from the devil. When Jesus tells us to forgive, is it so that we will be the ‘weak link’ or is it so that we can be set free as we forgive? Seriously, try and find one ‘rule’ that God has put in place (which is still relevant in the new covenant) that is not there to protect us. You’ll struggle. Our actions will have a massive bearing on our lives, even a simple comment like ‘if you don’t want to do the time, don’t do the crime’ is relevant. Have a look at Actions Speak Louder Than Words to see some more about this.

There you go, three simple things that you can do which will drastically decrease your vulnerability against satan and his helpers. Please note that this doesn’t mean that he won’t try, it just means that he is less likely to succeed. Think about what you are thinking about. Run all of your thoughts through scripture, and when they are found wanting, throw them out. Make sure that you only speak positive words over yourself and others, make sure that your words are lined up with scripture. Act according to scripture, do what is Godly and right. You do this, you are well on your way, and that means that you are on a much stronger footing against the devil. When I have delivered people from strongholds before, this was the advice that I gave them, why not start doing it before you get to the point where you need deliverance.

Don’t let them get a foothold.
Richard

Selfishness

After the last post about or authority over demons, I thought I’d chat about something else in this post. Selfishness. This, in my opinion is the biggest issue in the world today. I know that you’re probably busy thinking of another ‘bigger’ issue, but let’s just do a quick test. Think of any problem in the world today that doesn’t have selfishness in it somewhere. People starving? There is plenty of food, we just don’t distribute it properly. People in some countries eating themselves to death with obesity, while others starve. Poverty? I’m not even going to give an answer there as it is obvious. War? Genocide? Hatred? Murders? Rape? Theft? It all comes down to someone being selfish.

Let’s have a look at what the Bible says about it. Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” So here is the cracker. Are you selfish? You may not have done any of the things mentioned in the opening paragraph, but are you selfish? I think that we all have to put our hand up to a certain extent. We may not be a particularly selfish person, but everyone is selfish at some point or another.

You may be reading this and thinking that you are not too selfish, and you may even be comparing yourself to someone who is more selfish than you. If you’re doing this, be careful. It is not about comparing yourself to someone else, it is about rooting all of the rubbish out of your life. I’m reading this as I am typing it and it is making me feel a little uncomfortable. I am also selfish. I usually look out for me first, and then others. I could pat myself on the back and say that at least I look out for others, but that is not good enough. It was not good enough for Jesus, it shouldn’t be good enough for us. What if Jesus had thought of himself, and taken satan’s offer in the desert (to rule the kingdoms)? Where would that have left us? I’d rather not even think about it, I’m forever grateful that Jesus thought of us first.

I must also use one of my favourite verses here (Romans 8:1) and say that there is no condemnation for believers. I am not trying to lay a guilt trip on myself or anyone else, I am merely encouraging everyone to think of others before themselves. Imagine a world where everyone thought of others before themselves. Imagine how much better that would be than what we have now. I know that we can’t necessarily change the world, but we can change our lives. You may even find that you’re blessed more abundantly by putting others first, crazy idea, but that is often how the kingdom of God works.

The Bible says that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, some people quote it as saying that money is a root of all evil, which is just not true. What is the love of money if not selfishness? Could we re-word it to read ‘selfishness is the root of all evil’? It makes sense. Think about it. Let’s think about how we can be less selfish. You never know, we may even encourage others to do the same. I leave you with James 3:16-17, which says, “For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere.”

Change the world, one unselfish act at a time.

Richard

Authority Over Demons

This is a follow on from Our Authority in Christ, and it came about as I read a passage of scripture, which at first confused me. I then turned to the internet for some possible answers for my questions. That confused me even more. I eventually found an explanation by a pastor, which made sense, so I read the passage again and this time it made much more sense. A combination of what this pastor said and what I believe the Holy Spirit said to me has lead me to a conclusion which I will share with you here. The passage was the one where Jesus casts out the demons into the pigs. Here it is from Matthew 8:28-34.

Jesus Heals Two Demon-Possessed Men
When Jesus arrived on the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gadarenes, two men who were possessed by demons met him. They lived in a cemetery and were so violent that no one could go through that area.
They began screaming at him, “Why are you interfering with us, Son of God? Have you come here to torture us before God’s appointed time?”
There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding in the distance. So the demons begged, “If you cast us out, send us into that herd of pigs.”
“All right, go!” Jesus commanded them. So the demons came out of the men and entered the pigs, and the whole herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.
The herdsmen fled to the nearby town, telling everyone what happened to the demon-possessed men. Then the entire town came out to meet Jesus, but they begged him to go away and leave them alone.

So many questions. Why were they scared and why did they react? Why did Jesus let them go into the pigs? Why did the pigs drown? Why wouldn’t the people accept Jesus? Let me start at the beginning. These men were known to be there, people avoided this spot because they were so dangerous. These men were dangerous, but it was actually the demons that were dangerous, not the men. In fact one of the men ask to follow Jesus at a later stage, but Jesus says that he would do more good in his own village. So if the demons were so dangerous, why did they react to Jesus in that way? Because He was (and is) God. The demons recognised the authority that He had and they were scared. Manifestations are very often just because the demons are cornered and they are scared. They would much rather fly under the radar, so they only really have an outburst like that when they feel threatened. The other thing that fills me with hope, is that they are so powerful, yet they are terrified of Jesus. Jesus hasn’t even said anything to them yet, but they are already trying to get away. Demons are no match for Jesus, not even close.

The next part of the story is interesting, why the pigs? I’m not sure why the demons wanted to go into the pigs, maybe they prefer to inhabit some ‘earthly being’, I don’t know. I’m more concerned about why Jesus ‘gave into them’. Jesus showed everyone compassion, demons are not anyone. I don’t believe this was an act of compassion. You can’t have compassion for people and then have compassion on the very evil that is trying to destroy those people. Don’t think for a second that we have to show them compassion. I believe that Jesus sent the demons into the pigs to show the severity of the situation. The bible mentions that there were about 2000 pigs (Mark 5:13), which would give an indication as to how many demons there were. I believe that Jesus wanted the people, disciples, and us to see how many demons fled. All he did was tell them to go. That was the severity of the situation, and that was the ‘simplicity’ of Jesus’ response. That shows the authority that Jesus had (and has).

Now what happened to the farmer afterwards is unclear, but Jesus saw fit to use the pigs as an illustration. What concerns me more is the people’s response to Jesus. They ask Him to leave. Here is someone who has just rid them of thousands of demons and made the area safe again, and they ask Him to leave. I’m not sure why they did this, but it serves as a warning for us today. Firstly, let’s not reject the Word of God just because we may not understand it all. Maybe they asked Jesus to leave because they felt sorry for the farmer, I don’t know. If they did, then they threw away an amazing experience which would have changed their lives forever, over a misunderstanding. Let us not do the same. The other idea is that they were scared. Maybe all of this ‘supernatural’ stuff scared them. This is also a warning to us. We now have the authority that Jesus had in this story, yes, He gave it to us. He gave us the authority to cast out demons and heal the sick in Mark 16:17-18. This is now our responsibility, we too have the authority over demons. We too just have to say the word and they will flee. Don’t be scared of it, welcome Jesus in and take up the challenge. By the way, it says that we have the authority to heal people, not to pray that God heals them. Think about it.

Fight the good fight.

Richard

Our Authority in Christ

The last post was about the times when you’re spiritually in the desert. God will lead you out of that desert, and if we follow Jesus’ example, this should lead us into our ministry. This is when we need the authority that we have in Jesus. This is one of my favourite topics, although I don’t fully understand (or appreciate) the authority that I have, I think this is a common area of misunderstanding in the church today. I’m going to bring two passages of scripture to your attention today. I want to show you the authority that Jesus had, and then show you how we have it now.

The Faith of a Roman Officer
When Jesus returned to Capernaum, a Roman officer came and pleaded with him, “Lord, my young servant lies in bed, paralysed and in terrible pain.” Jesus said, “I will come and heal him.” But the officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed. I know this because I am under the authority of my superior officers, and I have authority over my soldiers. I only need to say, ‘Go,’ and they go, or ‘Come,’ and they come. And if I say to my slaves, ‘Do this,’ they do it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. Turning to those who were following him, he said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t seen faith like this in all Israel! And I tell you this, that many Gentiles will come from all over the world—from east and west—and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob at the feast in the Kingdom of Heaven. But many Israelites—those for whom the Kingdom was prepared—will be thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the Roman officer, “Go back home. Because you believed, it has happened.” And the young servant was healed that same hour. – Matthew 8:5-13.

There is so much to take from this passage, but I just want to highlight a few things. Jesus was amazed at the man’s faith. Jesus had the authority, He didn’t even have to be in the same place. He just said the word and the person was healed. Jesus also commented that the man’s belief played a part in the healing. So what does this mean for us? Well, if we have the authority that Jesus had (which I am about to argue that we do), then we need to follow His example. What are the ‘ingredients’ in the story. Words and faith. Faith to believe that what scripture says is true and that we really do have the authority. Words to call it into being. Even God used words to create the earth, remember, let there be light. Words are important. If we could only get our words and faith to line up with scripture, we will have no limits! Jesus didn’t form a prayer committee, he didn’t wait for a Wednesday prayer meeting or a Sunday service. He said the words and the man believed. Job done. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not knocking Sunday services or prayer meetings, I’m just making a statement as to what we should be doing.

Just in case any of you are saying that we don’t have this authority, this is for you. I know that Jesus was (and is) God, but it was the Holy Spirit that was leading Christ. The Holy Spirit is also God, and He dwells in us as He dwelled in Christ. If you’re still not convinced, and you think that maybe there is a difference between what the Son of God did, and what we as children of God can do, take a look at Matthew 28:18 which says, “Jesus came and told his disciples,“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.” Then Luke 9:1-2 says, “One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”

We (as Christians) have the authority. We have been given the authority and responsibility. Keep believing, have faith in what God has promised, and speak it into being. Using this authority against the powers of darkness to help other people to see the glory of God, is what ministry is all about. Whether we use it to help our fellow Christians overcome strongholds in their life, or whether we use it to enable others to enter the Kingdom, it is all ministry. Don’t underestimate the Holy Spirit living inside of you. You are no longer yourself but a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), and this new creation has the Holy Spirit. This new creation has the authority in Christ Jesus!

You have the authority. Use it!

Richard

In the Desert

The message in church last week was particularly good, partly because I believe it is what the church needs to hear right now, but also because it is what’s on my heart. In fact I have spoken about it before and I’ll talk about it more in the next post – this post is the starter. Some of us may not be in the best place, and we may not feel like the next post applies to us, so this will set the scene and hopefully help you feel that you’re included. This post is about Jesus in the desert. I won’t compare what I have been going through with what Jesus went through, but I have been in the ‘desert place’. Let’s take a look at how Jesus dealt with it.

The Temptation of Jesus
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’” Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.” “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’” Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.- Matthew 4:1-11.

The speaker drew our attention to a few things that I had never noticed before. Firstly, the Spirit was with Jesus when He went into the desert, and when He came out. After this He went on to start His ministry. We often forget that we have the Spirit when we go through such times. It was a good reminder that, even though we may not feel all warm and fuzzy inside, the Spirit is still there. The second point that was raised, was satan’s final temptation to Jesus. The devil promised Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth if He bowed to him. Jesus told the devil that we should only bow to God. Jesus didn’t even address the first part of that temptation. The kingdoms of the earth were satan’s to give, but Jesus knew why He came… to defeat satan and get the kingdoms back. Satan was offering Jesus an easy way out. Jesus came to defeat Him, and he was offering Jesus the spoils of victory without having to die. Jesus was having none of it, so much so that He didn’t even offer the devil an answer. Are you in a situation where the devil is offering you an alternative that seems easier? Take Jesus’ advice and have nothing to do with it.

I have been through a tricky patch, and my wife will attest to the fact that I haven’t always dealt with it from a position of faith and authority as Jesus did, so I too need to learn from this. The amazing thing here is that we have the Spirit with us the whole time, and we don’t need to give in to the temptations. What did Jesus do? He rebuked the devil using scripture, the right verses. The devil was using scripture, but out of context. Jesus never took His eyes off of God and what He was called to do. He saw the future, He saw what He believed to be the truth (which was Spirit-led) and He refused to be lead astray by the circumstance that He was in, or the devil’s lies. This is what we need to do (myself included) – we need to pray, spend time with God, and hear His voice. Then we need to believe what He has said and tell our circumstances that they are temporary. We need to believe in what scripture says, above what we may see.

In the words of Andrew Wommack, “Don’t tell God about your problems, tell your problems about God.” I hope that this has encouraged you to have faith, whatever your circumstances. More about this and what we can do about it next time.

Richard

Turning the Tide

Let’s start with Romans 8 v 27-28 which says, “And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”

Sometimes I feel like I have a banjo with only one string. I feel that I am constantly having to say the same thing over and over again and, although people may agree with me, they don’t realise the implications. They don’t realise what it actually means. Let me try and clear this up once and for all. The verse says, God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God, it does not say that God causes everything to happen, nor does it say everything that happens is according to God’s will. What is the difference? Let’s look at a few examples below. These are actual statements that I have heard from people.

“God has made me ill so that He can heal me to bring my friends to Him”. “God wanted me to have a baby out of wedlock because He knew that a child would be good for me”. “God made me have a car accident so that I can witness to so many people from a wheel-chair”. I don’t believe these to be true. Did God MAKE you ill so that He could heal you and lead His friends to you, or did He USE the fact that you were ill to do a miracle and bring your friends to Him? You see, there is a huge difference between the two. The same is true for the other two statements. The verse says that God causes everything to work for our good. He has this amazing knack for turning things in our lives around for His glory. Whether we get ourselves into a mess, or if we have a mess thrust upon us (by the devil, not God), God still seems to turn it around, if we allow Him. If God makes people ill, then we really shouldn’t pray for them, in fact they shouldn’t even go to the doctor. Why would we want to work against the will of God? Fortunately, it isn’t the will of God.

I would also like to address the last part of the passage, “ … and are called according to His purpose for them”. People love to use this verse to exclude people. They say that this is only for people who have been ‘called’, like pastors and missionaries. I’m sorry to burst your bubble but, if you consider yourself to be a Christian, then you are called. So then, what does this mean? It means that God has called us all for specific purposes, He has given us all unique jobs, and He will provide according to those jobs. Those plans that He has for us do not include sickness and sin. He would not call us to sin and then tell us not to, nor would he call us to be ill (or injured) once He died for us to be whole.

I know that this is a pet irritation of mine, and I know that there will be many views on this. I am also aware that I haven’t gone into too much detail here, as I merely want to show the difference between the two statements. I urge you to keep this in mind next time you see someone accredit God for their bad situation.

Having said this, please don’t confuse this with being called into a difficult situation. God may well call people into situations that are not easy, sometimes dangerous, even seemingly impossible. Yes, God does stretch us, as that forces us to have faith in Him. Often we start something which He has called us into and it is not easy, and we don’t see the victory straight away. This is different to what I mentioned above. This doesn’t involve sickness and sin.

I hope that this makes sense.

Richard

The Armour of God

The Whole Armour of God
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armour so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armour so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armour of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. – Ephesians 6 v 10-18.

A few years ago, I didn’t understand this passage. I thought I did, but I didn’t. I saw it almost as a superstitious act. If I stood in front of the mirror, and ‘put on the armour’, I’d be protected. I also thought that it was about what I did. If I knew the Truth and the Good News, if I had faith, had said the ‘sinner’s prayer’ and read my bible, I would be protected. If I was righteous, I’d be protected. I made it all about me and what I had to do to be protected. I thought that if I did these things, God would honour His promise to protect me. I had misunderstood this passage. It is the Armour of God, not the armour of Richard. A few years later, I have changed considerably. I have aligned my beliefs with scripture as opposed to twisting scripture to suit my beliefs.

I had not heard a sermon preached about this since changing my mind, and I didn’t really think about how my views about this would have changed, until I heard this sermon. Fortunately the preach was spot on and made so much sense.

It is the Armour of God, it is about what He has done. This is what gives us the protection. We are here to fight the devil and his works. This is very real, and the only way that we will survive (and thrive) is by knowing who we are in Christ. In order to do this, we need to look at what He has done for us. This is what Ephesians is all about, our identity in Christ, and this passage wraps it up nicely. The truth is the truth of what Christ has done, the Truth is Christ, this is the belt of truth. The body armour of GOD’S righteousness, it even says it there. We have that breast-plate because of God’s righteousness, which is now our righteousness, thanks to what Christ did. The peace that we have from the Good News is because of what Christ did for us, if we truly understand what He has done, we will have peace. The shield of faith. This sounds like works, but the only work is holding up the shield. The faith we have is in God, not us. The helmet of salvation is about protecting our mind. When the devil tries to convince you that you’re not good enough, this is when you realise who you are (and what you can achieve) in Christ and ignore satan’s empty threats. Lastly, the sword. Reading the bible is only part of the job, knowing and using it is the other. Having a sword at home is not going to help. You need it with you in battle, you need it sharp, and you need to use it.

I hope that this has giving you some things to think about, read the rest of Ephesians, this will give you a good idea of what this passage is all about. Just remember, we need the WHOLE armour of God.
Now get into battle!

Richard

Put Your Actions Where Your Faith Is

My last post was about a book that I had read, and I encouraged everyone to read it, so this is one of the stories that were covered in the book. Now I won’t say as much about it here as was written in the book, but this one resonated with me, and set me some goals for my own life. Have a look at this passage (Mark 10:46-52) and then you can see my thoughts about it.

Jesus Heals Blind Bartimaeus

Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.
But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”
So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!” Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.
“My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”
And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

There are a few things that I notice in this passage. Firstly, the blind man was told to keep quiet but he didn’t. How many times do we start to ask God for something, or start to believe that God is going to do something, only to be shouted down by people. Now don’t get me wrong, we’re not here to fight against people. The fact that they are trying to stop you from believing in what God has said, that comes from a demonic source, and we are here to fight that. Don’t let them stop you from doing what you believe that God has called you to do. The blind guy didn’t have the benefit of scripture (at least the New Testament) but he knew that Jesus had the authority to heal him. He would not be silenced. Secondly, Jesus tells the blind man to come to Him. This shows a sign of faith. Jesus didn’t go to him and heal him, He called the man over, as if to say, “If you really want it, come and get it”. The man goes one step further, he throws his robe off. Now I believe that the robes that blind people wore, identified to others that they were blind, so that people would give them money. Now the blind man threw it off, as if to show that he wouldn’t be needing it anymore. He knew that once Jesus had dealt with him, he would be leaving there with his sight. Thirdly, Jesus asks him what he wants. Surely Jesus knew what he wanted. He wanted the man to identify the problem and bring it to Him, He wanted him to bring his problem to Jesus. Lastly, Jesus said that the man’s faith had healed him. Jesus could have said, “there you go, I did another miracle”, but He didn’t.

Here is where the rubber hits the road. Next time you’re in need of a miracle in your life, how will you react? Will you call on Jesus regardless of what you’re told to do? Will you believe that you will receive your healing, to the point of taking (possibly detrimental) action? (Make sure that any action you take is still responsible). Will you identify your problem to God and believe that He has taken care of it? Faith is where your actions meet your beliefs, join me in stepping out in faith when we believe that God is working in our lives.

For more about this, I recommend that you read God Wants You Well (despite of what you may have heard).

Keep the faith!

Richard

God Wants You Well

I have never done this before, but I would like to endorse a book that I have read. The book is called God Wants You Well (despite what you may have heard) which you can find on Amazon by clicking the link. I read this book partly because it was written by a friend of mine, and partly because I had an idea of what he would write about, and I needed to hear it. If any of you need healing, think that you may have a healing ministry, want to see people healed or want to raise your faith, I strongly recommend that you read this book. It may be about healing, but it is actually about faith, and how important it is. I have applied concepts from this book to various areas of my life and have not been disappointed.

Here is the review that I wrote for Amazon. This book is primarily about healing, although it covers so much more. It is about life, about faith and believing in what Christ has done for us. Roarke writes in a very easy to understand, conversational type of way, which is really refreshing. I do not read many books, but I am glad that I read this one. I share many of the same views as the author, so it was not a complete life-changer for me, but it was good to help get all of my thoughts and ideas in order. I think that most Christians will find this to be a major game-changer, as it does go against many ideas that have crept into Christian practices. This takes us back to scripture and explains what Jesus intended us to know. It is easy to understand, yet contains plenty of scripture references and original words used, which makes it suitable for all readers.

You probably know about some of the issues that I have been facing of late, and this book really helped me to put things into context. It helped me to put my faith in God, and not just my faith but my actions. Actions speak louder than words. You may have heard the saying, put your money where your mouth is, well what about, put your actions where your faith is? We as Christians often say things, declare things or even command things, but do our actions back them up? If we go to a prayer meeting to pray for rain during a drought, do we take an umbrella? Do we actually expect something to happen when we say that we believe that it will? These are some of the topics that the book discusses.

This book is written as if the author is having a conversation with you, it is very simple to understand, but still has original Greek words and other ‘theological’ references. Whether you are a theologian, a new Christian or even someone who wants to know about Christianity but hasn’t made any decisions as of yet, you will be able to understand this book and you will get something out of it. I do have to warn you though, it could well go against theology that you may have heard in church. I believe it to be totally biblical, and I would be hesitant to disagree with anything said, however it does go against the grain of some fairly popular ‘Christian theologies’. All I (and the author) as is that you read it with an open mind, see what he has to say, and then make up your mind. What this book has to say makes more sense to me than what I believed before. A belief that was born out of a lack of understanding, rather than an understanding of the scriptures.

As I said, I know the author, and he has agreed to answer some questions (if you have any). I have arranged to have a ‘questions and answers’ blog post in the near future. Please go ahead and purchase the book, read it, and then send me any questions or comments that you may have for the author. You can message me on Google + or send me an email with you questions, and I will select some of my favourite and send them to Roarke to get his answers. I really hope that you are as blessed by this book as I have been.

Step out in faith.

Richard