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Testimony Time

At the beginning of this year, on the 3rd January to be exact, I wrote a prophetic post about 2016 being the year of the testimonies. I encouraged people to bring their testimonies and share them. No one has shared any on the post, but now I have one to share, and it is a rather big one.

Here it is, I decided to do a video for this one.

To God be all the glory!

Richard & Wendy.

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How Would You Answer Jesus?

I heard a very refreshing sermon today, so I thought that I would share the key points with you. It was about the lame man, who was waiting at the pool, trying to get healed. Here is the passage, take a look.

John 5 v 6-8. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”

“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”

Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

Here we have a classic response to Jesus, which sadly most of us have today. It is a dangerous response because it shows unbelief, which we find in other scripture caused Jesus not to be able to do miracles. Why do we do this? Put yourself in this man’s place. You have been sitting there for years, you have seen people get healed, but only those who get into the pool first when the water is stirred. You can’t get into the pool because you are paralysed. That is the only way you know to get healed, and it is unobtainable.

Then Jesus comes along. He asks a simple question. “Would you like to get well?” You reply to Jesus in the natural, the only way you understand. You start telling Him why you cant achieve it, you start telling him your problems. He is not asking about your problems, He’s asking you if you want the solution. In this case, Jesus heals the man. What about your case? When you read scripture about healing, what is your response? When someone approaches you and wants to minister to you, what is your response?

I have actually had people come up to me and ask for prayer, and then they go on to tell me why my prayer won’t work. They ask for healing, then they tell my why they won’t actually get healed. They tell me what the doctors said, how they feel, what they have read on the internet, and what others have said. I am not concerned about that, I believe that God wants them healed, and I believe they can receive that healing. They often don’t think that though, sometimes I have to convince them.

So I am not going to drag this out any longer, I just want to ask you some questions. What is your response to Jesus’ question? Do you believe that you will receive your healing, or are you giving God all of the excuses as to why you won’t?

Think about it and make the change if you need to.

Richard

Who Does What?

Today I would like to discuss something rather simple, yet something which will no doubt rock many people’s understanding of the Bible. Who does what? Yes, what is God’s job to do, what is our job, and what has God already set in place (like natural or spiritual laws)? I know that there is much to discuss here, so I will try and let you know my thoughts as quickly and as thoroughly as I can.

One of the biggest issues amongst Believers now days (in my opinion) is that we think that God can do what He wants, when He wants. Dare I say a ‘reformed’ view that God’s sovereignty means that He can do anything. Truth is, He can’t. (Shock!). Before you get all angry and start sending me emails, can God lie? Can God forsake us? No. Now I know what you’re thinking. It is not that God CAN’T do it, it is that He said He WOULDN’T do it. That is my point. God can do anything, but there are certain things that He won’t do, because He said He wouldn’t. Those are the bad things though (lying and forsaking). What about some ‘good’ things? Healing the sick, preaching the Gospel, casting out demons. You see God told us to do this, so He won’t. You may say that this doesn’t make a difference, but it does. Why do we pray to God and ask Him to heal? Why do we pray and ask God to get the demons away from us? Why do we pray and ask God to bring people to Him? This is what He told us to do.

If you’re a director of a company, and you delegate some responsibilities to your managers, would you then go and do the exact thing you asked them to do? No, not if you were any good at being a director. Once you delegate, you let them do it. Yes, you may help. Yes, you may want to be part of the plan. Yes, it is your authority that carries weight. Yes, they couldn’t do it without your backing and permission. But you don’t do it. This is the same with God. We need to do what He has called us to to. Yes, the power comes from Him. Yes, we couldn’t do it without God. Yes, we do it in the name of Jesus. But we have to do it.

Stop praying for Jesus to heal the sick. Jesus told us to talk to the mountain, and He gave us authority over sickness. Talk to the sickness and tell the person to be healed in the name of Jesus. Now I know that there is more to healing than the way we say it, but this will change our attitude. It is relatively easy to have faith, when we know we have the authority, and Jesus has already done the healing (by His stripes we are healed). The healing is done, we have the authority to administer it. If you believe this, it is easier to have faith than if we think that we’re trying to ‘twist God’s arm’ to heal someone. Like we care about them more than God. Are you praying for God to give you release from the demonic? Why? God told us to resist the devil, and he will flee. Do you pray that God will lead people to Himself? He told us to preach the Gospel. It is our job to tell people about Jesus. Yes, the Holy Spirit plays a part in calling people, but we have a responsibility.

Does this mean that God won’t help? No, obviously He does. We can pray that God helps us, that is what the Holy Spirit does. We can pray that God gives us the opportunity, or the wisdom, but we still need to do what He has told us to. The things that God has told us to do is in line with His spiritual laws, things that He has set into place. One that we all accept is salvation. If you believe in your heart, and confess with your mouth, you will be saved. That is the law, and if we do it as God has instructed, we will be saved. There is no other way. It is similar with other things too, although our default is to ask God to do everything.

Have a think about this. Do you ask God to do things that He has told you to do? Do you know how to do what God has called you to? Maybe this is the time to rethink how you do things, maybe it is time for change. Stop asking God to do what He has asked you to do, learn how He wants you to do it, and then get out and do it in faith. When we do what God has asked us to do, in the name of Jesus, just see what happens!

Richard

Make Your Mark – Part 5

Every week I think that there will be a relaxing passage to write about, but that has not been the case over the last 4 weeks, and is not the case today. Today the passage has 2 stories, one about Jesus’ authority over demons, and the other about healing. Now I have taught on both, but today I want to talk about the healing and faith. I often get into disagreement with other Christians over this, so here I will tell you what I believe, which is based on this scripture passage. If you would like to know about our authority over demons, please read my post on that, ‘Authority Over Demons‘. That post actually deals with this passage, so there is no point writing it again.

Healing. A very contentious issue in churches today, as most Christians are divided into one of two groups. The first group believes that Jesus heals those who He wishes to be healed, if you ask God (in prayer) to heal you or someone, He may do so. Sometimes He may be using that sickness in your life, maybe to reach someone with the gospel, so He doesn’t heal you. This group believes that healing only happens when it is part of God’s plan, and it isn’t always. I don’t agree with this, I fall 100% into the second group. I believe that illness is not from God, ever. It is part of the fall, and is not part of God’s plan. I believe that we as believers have authority over illness, and it is actually not really up to God as to whether we are healed or not, but up to us. Shock! Before you start picking up stones, just read on. Get out your Bible and take a look through all of the healing stories, find me one story where someone asks Jesus to heal them, and Jesus says that it isn’t God’s will. You won’t find any. Jesus heals EVERYONE who asks Him. Simple as that. Surely if it were God’s ‘choice’ as to who gets healed, there would have been at least one person who wanted it and didn’t receive it.

So why don’t we see healing today? You can read more in my post – ‘Why We Don’t get Healed‘ (5 part series), but here are the 3 main reasons. Look at the woman who reached out and touched Jesus. She was unclean, she was bleeding. If you were caught in public in those days in that situation, you would have been stoned. She literally risked death to get to Jesus, because she knew that she would be healed if she only touched him. When you go for healing, do you KNOW that you will be healed, do you even expect to be healed? I often hear people who are surprised when someone is healed. If Jesus were here now, I’d be more surprised if someone wasn’t healed. The Spirit of Jesus is here now, why are we surprised to see healing? We don’t expect them, not like the woman did. We have a serious lack of faith. Maybe it is because we are taught not to have faith, or maybe we have been corrupted by failed attempts, but we lack faith.

The second reason is that we don’t understand how to minister healing. Jesus came across someone with an illness, he told them to be healed, and they were. Peter watched this, he came across illness, told the people to be healed, and they were. We don’t bother with what Jesus taught, we just run to Jesus and ask Him to heal the person. “Jesus, if it is your will, please heal my friend..”. No, that is not what Jesus taught. He even came here to demonstrate it for us. We are not doing it in our strength, we do it firmly by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus. Why do we not tell the person to be healed in the name of Jesus, why do we beg and plead God? It makes no sense to me.

Lastly, we are surrounded by unbelief. Jesus sent all of the people away, why? They were laughing at Him, and filled with unbelief. Jesus couldn’t perform miracles when there was unbelief. If He couldn’t, we don’t stand a chance. Unbelief is probably the biggest ‘miracle killer’, so take a look at my post ‘Unbelief: What The Bible Says About It‘, and the posts that follow.

What do you believe about healing, does it line up with scripture? I for one would really like to see more people set free from illness and disease.

Richard

Make Your Mark – Part 3

I was recently discussing with a friend of mine, who also has a Christian blog, as to how much abuse we take from fellow believers, because of the fact that we teach the truth. I actually almost feel that if I don’t get any abuse, I haven’t spoken the truth. Now I am not saying that we should intentionally upset people, but the truth will upset someone… As it does in the next chapter of Mark. Take a look at Mark 3, and then read my thoughts below.

Jesus is going about His ministry, when he meets a man with a deformed hand. It is a Sabbath, and Jesus knows that it will upset His critics if He heals the man. Now if this were me at this point, I would be thinking twice. You see I am all for healing, but I am also concerned with what people think of me, and sometimes these contradict each other. I live in the UK, but I was born and raised in South Africa, where we say what we mean and we mean what we say. In England, most people are way too polite, and say what they think others wish to hear, rather than what they truly believe. This has already got me into trouble a few times, and it now tries to hinder me from doing what I know is right. Is this something you struggle with? Jesus was faced with this exact predicament, in fact worse, they wanted to kill Him for what he was doing. What does Jesus do? He calls the man in front of everyone. Not only does He not hide it, He shows EVERYONE what He is about to do. Oh man, I could do a series on this, will we ever be that brave? Jesus then throws a spanner in their works, by asking them a question. “Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?

What a question. You see they can’t say that it is a day for doing evil, but saying that it is a day for doing good, gives Jesus ‘permission’ to heal. This is why they kept quiet and didn’t say a word. Here is the interesting part: why is leaving a man with a deformed hand ‘evil’? Here is my theory. People think that Jesus just came to bring us salvation, that is not true, let me explain. He came here to bring the Kingdom of God into the kingdom of darkness. He came here to defeat satan once and for all and to bring us back into fellowship with God. Does this include salvation? Yes, most definitely, but it includes other things too – healing and deliverance to name a couple. Now yes, we can argue that salvation is possibly the ‘most important’ as it is for eternity, and illness only lasts during this life time. That may be so, but if all of these things are included in the gift from God, why would you not want all of them? All of these things break into the kingdom of darkness with the Kingdom of God. If Jesus had left the man as he was, the Kingdom of God would have left the kingdom of darkness to prevail in that situation. If we don’t actively bring the Kingdom of God into a situation, the kingdom of darkness prevails. There is no neutral ground here, it is one or the other. Is this the day to save life or destroy it? Was Jesus saving a life, or merely healing a hand? I have already discussed Sodzo, so I believe that they are one and the same, read this post for more on that.

Jesus then goes on to heal some more people, so many in fact, they had to hire a boat so that Jesus would not get crushed by all the people coming for healing. Imagine if your church was overrun by crowds of people because they were all coming to be healed. That would be a sign of things going well. We settle for a few people each Sunday giving their lives to Jesus while all heads are bowed. Now I am not saying that this is not good, we all rejoice that someone else has now been saved, I am just saying that there is more. More of God’s power, more grace, more for us to do if we only had faith. Jesus chooses His 12, and gives them authority over demons (which we still have by the way, demons and the authority over them), so that we can also do what Jesus did. Do we even come close today? I don’t think so. Why? Probably because we are scared of what others may think. As we read the end of this chapter, Jesus was even accused of being ‘possessed by satan’. I have been accused of doing the ‘work of the devil’ because of my blog posts, to which I took a certain amount of comfort to know that Jesus has been accused of worse. You only get accused of such things by stepping out, not by going with the flow and being ‘vanilla’. That is not what the world needs, the world needs more people to bring the Kingdom of God into the kingdom of darkness. Your will on earth as it is in heaven.
Do I do this enough? No. Can I improve? Yes. Let’s do it then, let’s step out in faith, let’s be more concerned with doing what is right, rather than what people may think of us. Let’s be more like Jesus.

I’m all fired up now.

Richard.

Hebrews & Us – Part 4

Hebrews chapter 4 is an interesting read, and quite relevant for me right now. I would like to look at this chapter from 2 points of view. Firstly from the point of view of someone who is not saved, and then from someone who is. I think that there are two lessons here, one for each group of people.

God’s rest. What does that mean? Well after reading the passage, a few notes in my study bible, and finding a few related websites, I believe it comes down to two related things. Firstly it comes down to salvation. This is where you need to start if you are not yet saved. God promised the Israelites rest, yet they disobeyed Him and never actually made it to the promised land. People today are in the same situation. We have the promise of God to find rest, and that rest is in Jesus. It sounds really cheesy I know, that Jesus is our rest, but it is true. If you don’t know this love of Jesus, I suggest that you talk to someone about it. There is something missing in your life, and the more you try to find it, the more you desire it. We are made to have a relationship with God, and without Jesus, we can’t do that. You will never fill that emptiness without Jesus.

The second rest that I believe this is talking about is for believers. It is the same rest as the first one, but we don’t always feel this rest just because we have given our lives to Jesus. Why not? Well, to sum it up in one word. Faith. Take a look at verse 2. For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God. Let me tell you a brief story to illustrate my point. There was a man at my church, whose wife had a stroke. The pastor shared about it and asked the man if he was alright to come up and share what had happened, and let us know what we should pray for. I will never forget his response. He said that he was fine to come and share, because the stroke was from the enemy, not from God. He said that she would receive complete healing as Jesus had died for our sins, and by His stripes we were healed. He said that we could stand with him in believing for complete healing. Needless to say, his wife was released from hospital early, after the doctors were confused as to how she made such a quick and complete recovery. Now you may argue with this guy’s theology (in which case you disagree with me too as I share his beliefs), but you can’t argue with his faith. Faith comes from hearing the Word of God. It comes from knowing what the Bible says, and believing that over and above what your circumstances dictate.

My pastor said that God was making me into a man of faith. At first I was excited, but then I realised what that meant. I needed to stand in the Word of God, removing unbelief, and ignoring my circumstances. Let me tell you, this is not easy. The chances of us coming up against some kind of hardship or trial is pretty much guaranteed. The question is how do we deal with it. Do we believe what the world tells us? Do we give up and believe that things will go the same way that our circumstances dictate? Or do we stubbornly believe the Word of God? The man that I told you about, he experienced a time of rest. The whole time his wife was ill, he was in a time of rest. Why? He knew the Word of God, he trusted in it, and he saw the outcome that he was believing for. If he didn’t know God’s Word, he would probably have panicked. He may have broken down at the thought of losing his wife. Would that have been a time of rest? Certainly not!

So often, myself included, we look to our circumstances changing in order to count as rest. I now believe that it is our faith in these times that determine our rest, more so than the times themselves. Read the Word, build your faith, remove all unbelief. This is what we need to do to believe in the Word of God, only then will we find the rest that we so desire. I’m not saying that we won’t see the troubles go away, I hope that we do, I’m just saying that we can have rest even in the troubles. Besides, we have more chance of seeing the troubles go away with faith than without.

Until next time.

Richard

When in Rome (a Look at Romans) – Part 12

After some quite heavy theological passages, Romans 12 is an easy to read, but less easy to put into action, kind of passage. This time I would like to do something different. Seeing as this chapter is pretty much a list of suggestions on how to live as a living sacrifice to God, I am going to put the scripture here, and let you read it for yourself. Before I do that, I do want to point out a few things.

In verse 2, it says that God’s will for us is good, pleasing and perfect. Bad stuff does not come from God, nor is it His will for us. He may use it for our good (Romans 8:28), but illness, suffering, and the like is not God’s will for us. I’ll leave it at that. The other point is in verse 6. We all have spiritual gifts, but it says that we have different gifts for doing things well. I would like to say that just because we have certain gifts for doing things well, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t use the other gifts that we may not be able to do so well. Let me give you an example. If I have the gift of prophesy, I must speak out and prophesy with as much faith as God has given me. If someone comes to me for healing, but I don’t have that gift, what should I do? Well, if you’re with someone who has that gift, then ask them to join you. If you’re by yourself, there is no reason why you can’t command healing. Let me put it this way, just because you haven’t recognised a gift in you, doesn’t mean that you can’t do it at all. You may just not be as good as others. I believe that God can manifest any gift in any of us. If He calls you to do something, don’t use the ‘I don’t have that gift’ excuse.

Anyhow, here is most of the chapter for you. This passage is pretty much like an instruction manual from God. Read it, meditate on it, and then put it into action.

3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function,5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God.

Easier read than done, but well worth doing

Richard

Why We Don’t Get Healed – Part 5

If you didn’t see the introduction to this post, you can view it here. Once you’ve seen it, let’s get started on listing some more ‘clouds’.

10. Wavering

This is probably quite a large ‘cloud’. Why should this healing happen if the last one didn’t? Are you sure this will work? He is a devoted Christian and he wasn’t healed? All of these sorts of questions enter our minds when we are healing or being healed. I believe this to be a huge cloud, probably one of the biggest in my life. Common sense is good, but when you’re believing for a miracle, it can be a huge hindrance. Romans 12:2 – Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Let’s start doing this, forget what the world has to tell us and start listening to what God is saying, and the Bible is a good place to start. 3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. God wants you well, start believing that and not what the world keeps telling you. I believe that you may find this fairly easy to say, but do you believe it? Do you act accordingly? How much unbelief is floating around in there? Yes, speaking to myself there again. I’ll leave you with James 1:5-8, which says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”. You can’t really argue with that.

11. Pride

James 4:6 – But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Pride is a huge issue. I know that because I have to deal with it in my life. I get proud, I try and do it on my own, it falls apart, I turn back to God and promise to rely on Him, things start going well, I get proud.. It is like a vicious circle. The scripture says that God resists the proud, yet gives grace to the humble. Our healing is grace. I’m not sure what the solution is here, as if I did I would have done it by now, but I know that pride is the enemy.

12. Submission

The very next verse after the verse in the last point, James 4:7 – Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. We need to submit to God. Do we always want to? No. Is it always best for us? Yes. 9 times out of 10 a good parent knows better than the child. With God as our parent it is 10 out of 10. Why do we find it so difficult to submit? It is not just submitting to God, but all of those that God has put in a position of authority over us. Parents, governments, bosses. Do we submit to them? Now this may not be a directly linked to healing, but it is a good thing to do, even Jesus submitted to people in authority over Him. Luke 2:51-52 – Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and men. Look at verse 52, He grew in favour with God. Now we can argue whether or not that will help you receive healing, but either way, I want to grow in favour with God. How about you?

So there you have it, 12 ‘clouds’ that can prevent you from receiving your healing. Let me make a few things clear just in case there is any confusion. These are not reasons why God doesn’t heal, He has ALREADY healed, these are possible reasons why we don’t receive. There is a huge difference there. There is also no condemnation here, I wrote this to help, not condemn. Lastly, these are not hard and fast rules, merely possible reasons. Even if they are not preventing you from being healed, it wouldn’t hurt to address them.

I hope that this teaching has helped you as much as it helped me when I first heard it.

I’ll leave you with some instructions from Jesus – Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. – Matthew 10:8

Richard

Why We Don’t Get Healed – Part 4

If you didn’t see the introduction to this post, you can view it here. Once you’ve seen it, let’s get started on listing some more ‘clouds’.

7. Unbelief

Please note that I am not talking about faith. When people hear my views on healing, they often attack with “so you think that I lack faith, that is why I am not healed?”. No, and even if I did, it would not be a condemnation. I only teach this because I want people healed, not because I want to condemn, because I don’t. Hebrews 3:19 – So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. Well, that doesn’t talk about healing! I think the principals are the same, besides, what about Mark 9:24? Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Now I’m not going to teach on this again, but the disciples were casting out demons left right and centre, they had no shortage of faith whatsoever. They did have too much unbelief. What is the difference? Faith is when you go up to someone and tell the illness to leave their bodies, unbelief is what you brain starts telling you once you have done it. Are you sure this will work? Do you really have this authority? Last time the person wasn’t healed, why should this time be any different? Unbelief. This is the passage where Jesus says that the demon will only come out with prayer and fasting. I have heard people say that you have to pray and fast to get rid of demons. With all due respect, I don’t believe that. Jesus rebuked this demon and it left, no prayer, no fasting. So what did Jesus mean then? I believe that Jesus meant that we needed to pray and fast in order to get ourselves so familiar with the Word of God, that we realise the authority that we have, in order to eliminate the unbelief. Then we can remove these kinds of demons. I believe that this applies to some illnesses too. Let’s soak ourselves in the Word so that this unbelief fades in comparison! Unbelief could also be the fact that some people just don’t believe that we can be healed anymore. Either that or the fact that we don’t fully understand what the Bible teaches about healing. Before you get upset by this, go and read Acts 14:8-10. Paul was preaching and then realised that someone had the faith to be healed (I presume because of what he was teaching, maybe on healing), so he healed him. Faith, lack of unbelief and knowledge.

8. Strife and Envy

James 3-16 – For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. No good comes from selfishness, strife and envy. That also applies to healing, besides, does evil of every kind include illness? I think so. Again, without condemnation, I think that we hold onto lots of our issues. Maybe it is because we like to have something to moan about or because we like the sympathy, I don’t know. I just know that jealousy and selfishness need to go, and as always, I am talking to myself here too.

9. Condemnation of the ‘Clouds’

I keep saying that there is no condemnation, and I mean it. One of the reasons that I believe that we don’t receive healing is because we are condemned by these ‘clouds’. If we get condemned, we start to speak that over our lives, and give the devil all of the power that he needs to destroy us. The Bible says that the power of life and death is in our tongues. If we feel condemned, we will condemn ourselves, and this will not lead to a breakthrough in out walk with God, I can assure you. These ‘clouds’ are merely mentioned so that we can identify and eliminate them, not so that we can beat ourselves up and feel condemned. In the military, you gather intelligence so that you can defeat the enemy, not so that you can feel sorry for yourself and give up. We need to take this information and use it to bring glory to God and for our good, not to defeat us.

Keep an eye out for more in the next post!

Richard

Why We Don’t Get Healed – Part 3

If you didn’t see the introduction to this post, you can view it here. Once you’ve seen it, let’s get started on listing some more ‘clouds’.

4. Discerning the Body

I wasn’t sure of what this meant at first, so I looked it up to see what I was dealing with. There are loads of ideas of what this means, but here is my understanding of 1 Corinthians 11:28-30 which says, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgement to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.”. I think that this is about the body, as in other Christians. How do we treat others? Now before you think that s means that we always have to do what others want, that is not the case. We always have to do what is right. I don’t always want to read my Bible, I never want to fast, I don’t always want to pray. I never want to exercise (just to put a non-spiritual one in there). Why do I do it? Because it is good for me. If we love others as we love ourselves, we should always do what is best for others. If that means confronting them in love, supporting them, teaching them or forgiving them, we need to do it. This is difficult, don’t get me wrong, my ego often gets in the way of this. This is something that I am trying to change. Could this be hindering your healing? How do we value others? Remember, God could use someone else to heal you, if you don’t respect people enough to receive prayer, you may never have the opportunity.

5. Living in Unrepentant, Habitual Sin

Firstly, let me make two things ridiculously clear, I am NOT condemning anyone, not am I passing judgement. I am merely teaching what the scriptures say. Where do they say this, you may be asking. John 5:14 says, “Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” What else can I say about that? I am not saying that God is punishing you for being sinful, that is old covenant theology, but this is Jesus speaking. Now yes, technically it was still the old covenant (until Jesus rose from the dead), but Jesus would have known that He was going to die and be raised, so why did He say this to the man? I’m not sure, but Jesus said it so I need to take it into consideration. Besides, even if it doesn’t help you get healed, not sinning is going to help you SO much anyway. I know that it is not the case in this Bible story, but there are practical cases where stopping something will help you keep your healing. If I command your lungs to be healed, and they are, should you then maybe stop smoking? I know it is a simple example, but there are times when this makes sense. I don’t fully understand why Jesus said what He said, but I am not about to ignore it just because it may be ‘old covenant’.

6. Demonic Attack

There are generally two camps when it comes to the demonic, those that warn us not to look under every rock for demons (because they are too scared to deal with them) and those that look under every rock fr demons. We need to be in the middle. We need to be focused on God, and doing what He has called us to do, but when the demons attack (like the devil did to Jesus) we need to fight them (with scripture). They are defeated, but they can still cause us to fall if we’re not vigilant. Luke 13:11 – And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. This was demonic, I don’t care what anyone else has to say. It is not unusual to have to deliver someone in order for them to receive healing, but please be aware that I am not saying that all illnesses are caused by demons. As long as we agree that they (illnesses) are not sent by God.

Keep an eye out for more in the next post!

Richard