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April 02, 2020

Luke 6:17-19 AMPC [17] And Jesus came down with them and took His stand on a level spot, with a great crowd of His disciples and a vast throng of people from all over Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to listen to Him and to be cured of their diseases-- [18] Even those who were disturbed and troubled with unclean spirits, and they were being healed also. [19] And all the multitude were seeking to touch Him, for healing power was all the while going forth from Him and curing them all saving them from severe illnesses or calamities.

 

 

It is important to get God's Word, which is His will, IN you concerning healing.

 

Hear ye, hear ye was used in days past as a call for silence and attention before an im-portant announcement. The town crier, who was an officer of the court, traditionally used this phrase. Seven times in the book of Revelation chapters 2 & 3 Jesus says, "He that hath an ear, let him hear..." One way to look at what Jesus said in the book of Revelation is who-ever will be silent and pay attention, let him hear. In other words something very im-portant is being announced, something of which every detail is vital and has the potential to change your story.

 

Paying attention is an attitude that makes known the importance that you place on the speaker. In Luke 6 it says a great crowd of His disciples and a vast throng of people came to listen ('hear' in KJV). By giving full attention to Jesus they declared that what He says has great value with respect to curing diseases as well as curing those disturbed or troubled by unclean spirits. Jesus is the living word of God and though we were not there on the sea coast that day, if we will pay attention to His word the same touch of power flows which cures severe illnesses and calamities is available to us today! Lk.6:18 AMPC says even those who were disturbed which literally means to interfere with normal arrangement or functioning of; to cause to feel anxious, interrupt sleep, relaxation or privacy were healed. So “those who were disturbed” could be translated, “those who’s normal functioning was in-terfered with, which caused them to feel anxious, their sleep being interrupted and as a re-sult they were publicly humiliated.” Today is the day of restoration of normal functioning, relaxation, peace and sweet sleep for those listening carefully. Notice the power went out from Him activated only by the touch of faith. The free flow of the power is a sure indica-tion of His approval. ALL who approach Him with their whole hearts, hearing Him are healed.

 

 

For further reading: Rev.2:1-3:22

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By Word of Faith Grand Rapids
April 01, 2020

Psalm 115:16 TPT [16] The heavens belong to our God; they are his alone, but he has given us the earth and put us in charge.

 

In the previous devotion we looked at God’s perfect will in heaven; where there is neither sickness, nor death, nor pain. We said that sickness was never a part of God’s original plan, purpose or will. Therefore when God has restored all things to His original design sickness will be gone once and for all. If it was never a part of God’s plan, where exactly did sickness come from?

 

Romans 5:12 TPT [12] When Adam sinned, the entire world was affected. Sin entered human experience, and death was the result. And so death followed this sin, casting its shadow over all humanity, because all have sinned.

 

The entire world was affected by sin and death was the result. The entrance of sin, through Adam and Eve, brought with it thorns, thistles, storms, aging, and vicious death. This is all we have ever known. Most people think it’s normal, but “survival of the fittest is not normal to God.

 

Isaiah 11:6-9 TPT [6] Then the wolf will be subdued and live with the gentle lamb, and the leopard will lie down with the gentle lamb. The young calf and the ferocious lion will be together, and as a shepherd drives his flock, a small child will guide them along! [7] The cow and the bear will graze alongside each other; cubs and calves will lie down together. The lion, like the ox, will eat straw. [8] The nursing child will play safely near the rattlesnake's den, and the toddler will stretch out his hand and shine light over the serpent. [9] On all my holy mountain of Zion, nothing evil or harmful will be found. For the earth will be filled with the intimate knowledge of the Lord Yahweh just as water swells the sea!

 

When everything is restored the prophet Isaiah clearly outlines how, unlike today, all living creatures, humans and animals alike, will safely and peacefully cohabitate. All of the violence of animals tearing each other apart was never meant to be. It is not God’s will and neither is men killing each other. How did we get here? Sin. When you look at what sin has done to us, what it took to get sin off of us, the price that had to be paid, you recognize sin is serious business. Did you know that it pays to sin? No one wants the wages but sin pays.

 

Romans 6:23 KJV [23] For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

The payment of sin is death and sickness is a part of death. In other words, sickness unchecked, when it runs it’s course results in death. John Alexander Dowie said “Sickness is the foul offspring of its father Satan and its mother sin.” For some to say sickness is the will of God is akin to saying sin is the will of God, because sickness is the product of sin. Now since disease entered the world by sin, if there is a cure for sin then there is no reason that there wouldn’t be a cure for disease also. You have just as much right to receive healing as you have to receive forgiveness; it is based on the same salvation work of Jesus Christ.

 

James 5:14-15 TPT [14] Are there any sick among you? Then ask the elders of the church to come and pray over the sick and anoint them with oil in the name of our Lord. [15] And the prayer of faith will heal the sick and the Lord will raise them up, and if they have committed sins they will be forgiven.

 

James, the Lord’s brother, wrote they would be forgiven and healed in the same prayer! Glory to God there is a cure for sin and it is the cross of Jesus Christ; that same cross is also the cure for sickness, disease, poverty, and all oppression of the devil!

 

 

For further reading: Acts 10:38 & Mark 2:1-12

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By Word of Faith Grand Rapids
March 31, 2020

Revelation 21:1-4 KJV [1] And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. [2] And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. [3] And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. [4] And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

The Apostle John saw into the future by the Spirit of God.  What he saw is still ahead of us.  God is creating a new heaven and a new earth and they will be perfect just as the originals were before man fell.  This new creation will feature a lot more real estate since there will be no more seas and most of the planet is covered with water.  God will live with us and we will be His people and He will be supreme in everything to us.  What is most striking is what will not be there.  Things like death, sorrow, crying, and pain will pass away.  Now pain particularly covers everything from a toothache to a terminal disease.  This glimpse of what heaven will be offers revelation of what the will of God has always been for mankind. 

It would be very difficult to find anyone who believes in heaven who would also say that there would be blind people in heaven, or sick people, or lame people.  That concept is foreign to us.  Heaven is recognized, as God’s restoration of paradise and paradise does not include sickness and disease.  Well, it should also follow that; it is the will of God for men to be healed.  Some would argue, “It must be His will for people to be sick and there be suffering in the earth.”  Yet others would say, “Obvious, sometimes it is His will and other times it is not.”  But holding either of these opinions would be saying that God has a different will for heaven than He does for earth.  However, we all learned better than that in Sunday school:

Matthew 6:9-10 KJV [9] After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. [10] Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Jesus instructed His disciples to pray that the Heavenly Father’s will be done in earth, the same way it was in heaven.  If, as is believed, it is God’s will for some to be sick to teach them something or to glorify himself here on earth through sickness, then the residents in heaven, where His will is perfected, are in big trouble!

No, God doesn’t change and His will doesn’t change.  In the beginning His will was wholeness, health, life and no death.  At the end His will is wholeness, health, life and no death.  What happened in the middle?  Did He change?  Not at all, it’s impossible for God to change.  His will now is the same as it always has been, and always will be.  There are many things going on in the earth that are not His will and Jesus revealed what our response should be.  Pray.  Our primary purpose in prayer is to call for God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, where His will is unchallenged and perfected.  

For further reading: Rev. 21 & 22  


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By Word of Faith Grand Rapids
March 30, 2020

1 Kings 17:1-9 KJV [1] And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

 

Elijah, the greatest prophet called to the kingdom of Israel in history, appears, according to scripture, during the most depraved period to date. Under the rule of Ahab, who the Bible records as “doing evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him.” Along with his wicked wife, Jezebel, they intimidated the prophets of that day as well as the worshipers with threats of death, and being seen as out of touch bigots, irrelevant and oppressive. The social stigma for many is a fate worse than death. (Is it just me or is any of this relatable to the current political climate.)

 

Ahab and Jezebel not only worshiped Baal, erecting idols, elaborate outdoor groves of depraved sensual activity but also established an ungodly priesthood to be the spiritual voice of the monarchy to the people. In the midst of this sweeping apostasy, a man of unknown origin appears before a wicked king to deliver a word from the Lord Jehovah. The nation certainly desperately needed to hear from their God whose voice to them had become inaudible. But, before Elijah shares with the king exactly what he had been dispatched to declare, he first reminds him that there is a living God in Israel and he had been dispatched from the presence of that very self-same God! This reminded the king that there is a supreme authority that is almighty and he (Ahab) wasn’t Him.

 

This very same assurance, confidence, certainty, conviction and boldness, is what we all pursue. The surety of not only God being alive, and powerful, and sensitive, and loving, and full of wisdom but also the satisfaction of knowing that the One who is all that and so much more, is who I’ve come to know as I stand before Him. The extreme intensity and force of His power inspires reverential fear in me. I crumble in a heap before Him as I get a taste of His unconditional love. I lay prostrate as I conceive the beauty of His holiness. And in addition to all these qualities He is tender and kind. Because of all this His presence is secure and restful. So I wait, wait on the Lord…expecting Him to speak, to move, to give revelation in a vision or a dream, I wait. In anticipation of purpose and meaning for my life, I look to Him. Awaiting the next nugget of truth, kernel of wisdom, or sneak peak at what is to come. There is a living God in America! There is a living God in the church! There is a living God in our home! There is a living God in my heart!

 

 

For further reading: John 8:28-29; John 8:38; 1 Sam.3:19

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March 27, 2020

Exodus 33:12-16 KJV [12] And Moses said unto the Lord, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. [13] Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. [14] And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. [15] And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence. [16] For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.

 

Moses is one of the most compelling characters in the Bible. He went from orphan to being raised as a prince in the palace of pharaoh, to a murderer on the run to a lowly shepherd. It was then, at what could be considered the low point of his life that Moses encountered what would be his legacy, the presence of God. It was God’s presence that made Moses distinct, separate, and distinguished. It was also God’s presence that passed over the homes of the children of Israel when the destroyer took the lives of all the firstborn of Egypt. When pharaoh’s army pursued the children of Israel to kill them, again the presence of God kept a safe distance between them and pharaoh…at the appropriate time the presence of God released the Red sea, drowning pharaoh and his army. After all this Moses had just one question for the Lord. “This grace I have with you which has resulted in your presence being with us, your presence protecting us, your presence providing for us, your presence making us distinguished among all the people of the earth…will we continue to enjoy this grace?” If not, Moses basically said, “I would rather spend the rest of my life in the desert with your presence than to spend one day in the land of milk and honey without it.” Moses recognized that without the presence of God in his life it was useless for him to pursue anything.

 

As New Testament believers we have learned much about grace and I thank God for all the revelation on the subject however I believe we have neglected the one aspect of grace that we should be unwilling to live without…the presence of God!

 

It was no accident that God favored Moses with His presence. Look at their encounter in Exodus chapter 3:

 

Exodus 3:3-4 KJV [3] And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. [4] And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

 

The key to Moses enjoying the guidance, divine order, provision, protection, rest, and direction of God’s presence is that he turned aside. Moses did not allow anything to distract him, but rather fixed his heart on responding to God in the moment. There are opportunities for us all to experience this grace if we seek Him with all our hearts. This “hunger” and “thirst” for God always puts God’s integrity on the line. Begin to pursue the grace of His presence daily and you will enjoy His path for your life and pleasures forevermore!

 

 

For further reading: Ps.16:9, 11; Ps.27:8, Gen.21:22; Joshua 1:5-6; Jer.29:13

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