BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED!

 

“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Is 53:3-5)

 

This is the description of our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit revealed it to the Prophet Isaiah long before the first Christmas. Isaiah saw Him as a suffering servant set to do the will of God. He also saw Him in His glory that followed His sufferings. This is a word for all who are sick at heart, in their mind on in their body. ‘By His stripes we are healed!’ Please meditate upon these words! It is not saying that ‘we shall be healed’ in the future. We are healed now! If you believe that Jesus was punished and died on the Cross for your sins and that He carried away your sicknesses then you are healed NOW! The word ‘stripes’ means permanent marks on the body following severe beating with the whip or with the rod. It is a raised mark on the surface of the body produced by a grievous blow. The Lord acquired these stripes on the Cross. He took the punishment for our sins. In heaven He has a new body but the stripes are still there as a reminder. His hands are still punctured by the nails on earth. Oh, what a Savior…

 

This is my testimony: When I am sick, I pray and trust God for healing. I repeat these holy words with faith and courage: ‘By Your stripes I am healed!’ I repeat these words again and again; when I am in the kitchen and cooking; when I climb the stairs… I say these words when I take my shower… By the time my mouth is tired of saying them, the sickness is gone! The Word of God is a holy seed. Let it enter into your spirit! It will produce roots and fruits. One of the fruits is called faith! May your faith increase!  May your testimony be established! Glory to God!

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GO AND WASH SEVEN TIMES AND YOU SHALL BE HEALED

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The prayer meeting was very good. We chose to worship God, not because He answers our prayers, but just because of who He is. God is worthy of our highest praise. We brought down our crowns and placed them at the feet of Jesus. The Holy Spirit moved in our midst, reviving our hearts. The anointing brought a word: ‘Your labor was long and difficult… But this labor has a beginning and an end. It is not forever. It started with ‘why, God?’ and it will end with ‘Halleluiah’. This pain must become worship! God has given you a new beginning… Old things have passed away and everything becomes new…new…new’. People believed the word and confessed it to be true. We humbled ourselves under the mighty hand of God. We continued to worship God for who He is and not only for His miracles. Suddenly, God lifted us up, according to His promise. Our hearts were flooded with peace and joy. The truth is that if you are not born again, you will not understand these words. But if you are, the Holy Spirit will witness to your spirit that these words are true and powerful. Faith produces works of wonder.  The testimonies shall follow.

 

We have entered a season of peace (shalom). The word was taken from 2 Kings 5. It is the story of a rich and famous general called Naaman. His name means ‘pleasant’. People (his servants, soldiers and friends) like him. His wife loves him. But the same people cannot help him. His god and king cannot help him. He is a lonely sad man. Behind his army uniform, there is the stench of leprosy. The stinking general… In the midst of this tragedy, a Jewish servant girl brings a word of faith and hope: “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy” (2Kg 5:3). Listen to the sound of faith! May your faith increase and bless somebody in need!

 

A big man like Naaman can never listen to a slave girl. But leprosy does not discriminate: the rich and the pauper have it! The smell is the same… If Naaman was well, he will never listen to a slave girl. But this big man has no other hope and he has to cling to the only ray of sunshine available to him.  From the day the girl gives him hope, Naaman starts seeking Jehovah God, who alone can heal him. He carries silver, gold and ‘designer’ clothes to be given as a gift to whosoever will heal him. The total amount in today’s money is about $2, 6 million dollars. Why so much money? This is because the pagans believe that if you need something you must be able to buy it. But grace is not for sale, as Naaman will soon discover. Eventually, Naaman is healed. Not because he is a good man. Not because he merits to be healed. After all he is the general of the Syrian army who conquered the people of God. Then why is he healed? So that the world at that time knows that there is a true prophet in Israel. Syria could defeat Israel as a country but could not defeat the spirit of Prophet Elisha, whose allegiance is to God alone.

 

The command was a simple one. Even an ordinary soldier can understand. But the general has difficulties with this simple command. Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you, and you shall be healed.” (2 Kg 5:10). That is all. No other explanation. No bill to be paid.  Naaman was furious. May anger and pride not make you lose your miracle! River Jordan was a dirty slow moving river. It stands for the Cross. Seven dips in the Jordan and he was healed! Oh, the simplicity of the Gospel. Obedience leads to healing, to the miracle you need. The grace of God is greater than any sin! May your faith increase! The reason you read the Bible is so that you apply the Word of God to yourself and believe! The same power that healed Naaman, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to you today! Be filled with the Holy Spirit! In Jesus’ name, amen!

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WE NEED MORE ENCOURAGERS

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1Thess 5:11)

There are too many men and women around who discourage the true believers. They find (little) fault with everything. They grumble about life but they do not want to die. If you become successful, they make you feel guilty. If you do the right thing, they make you feel ashamed. If you want to move on in life, they remind you of your past and tie a rope at your back. They spread spiritual poison everywhere they go. Their greetings are warnings in disguise. They puncture your joy and quench your zeal. They minimize your peace and maximize your anxieties. They say that marriage is good but it can end in divorce… They say that work is good but the payment is too small… They say that church is nice but the music is too loud… They say that the sun shines, but it is not bright enough… Dear friend, look around yourself and see, who are your ‘friends’? Do not sponsor discouragement! It grieves the Holy Spirit and makes people sad when God has not made them sad. Look unto Jesus this morning! Rejoice without regret! May your joy be full and never ending! Child of God, from your heart, please encourage others with the encouragement you have freely received! In Jesus’ name, amen!

Let’s pray: “Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for sending Your only Beloved Son, Jesus Christ to die for our sins; to bring salvation and eternal life to us who believe! We thank You Father for sending the Holy Spirit, the Heavenly Encourager to us here on earth. We receive everything You have given to us. We come against every evil spirit of discouragement, religion, fear, grumbling and backsliding. We command you to leave us and go away, in the name of Jesus! We destroy every evil covenant done against our spirits, souls and bodies! We separate from any man or woman who practices occult, doubt, spreads discouragement and has a constant negative attitude! Abba Father, please make us to be holy encouragers to others, by the power of the Holy Spirit! Thank You Father for answering this morning prayer! To You alone be all the glory! In Jesus’ name we pray, amen!”

RESIST THE DEVIL!!!

 

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (Jam 4:7)

This is a command for the believers in Christ: you must be engaged in spiritual warfare. You cannot gain new territories (for Christ) and new blessings (for you) without warfare against the devil. Fear not! The devil is a spiritual (therefore invisible) person. He works thru the flesh. He deceives and tempts you. But in Christ, the victory is sure!

 

The works of the flesh as described in a new translation of the Bible called ‘The Message’ are as follows:

“It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on… (Gal 5:19-21; TM)

 

The Lord Jesus Christ said that ‘the flesh profits nothing’ (Jn 6:63). The flesh is that part of the human body that it is not under the sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit. In Greek, the word ‘profit’ means something that is useful, helpful, gives you an advantage so that you prevail against your opponents. The spiritual ‘profit’ makes your life better. The flesh is the opposite of this. Therefore, a man who lives in the flesh is a failure and a tragedy.  The unbeliever or the fleshly backslider is a useless spouse or friend. He (she) cannot help you, cannot impact your life for better, cannot pray or counsel you. No matter his level of education or the wealth he has, a man who lives only to please his flesh is an enemy to God and a liability to any relationship. Avoid such a man!

 

Read the command again! Memorize it! Your spirit must digest it! You are commanded to resist the devil as a person. This is a personal battle, as ‘man to man’. You cannot hide among the other soldiers. You have to do it yourself! You cannot delegate it to another person. Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit you must prepare and fight the good fight of faith yourself! The word ‘resist’ is a positional command given to a soldier. Your Officer in charge (the Lord Jesus Christ) commands you to stand in a clear, fearless and open resistance against the devil. This is a standing and not a falling. Practically it means that you should expose and reject all lies and all deceptions that ‘come to you’. You cannot reject all lies that ‘fly’ over your head, but it is your duty to instantly ‘kill’ any lie that comes to you directly thru people, being them friends or enemies. You need to be alert and strong! God will help you!

 

For you to be able to resist the Devil who is the Liar, the Deceiver, the Slanderer or the False Prophet, you must be in the right position, spiritually speaking. You must be born again, Spirit filled and walking in the Spirit.  You must be totally submitted to God, to His Word and to His Spirit. The word ‘submit’ means that you abide, that you dwell un-interrupted in Christ alone. You habitually obey the Word of God. You have repented of all known sin and you are ready and willing to repent of any other sin as revealed by the Holy Spirit. It means that you have found your identity and purpose in Christ alone. God’s perfect will is manifesting in your life with fruit to prove your identity as a child of God. You are a strong Christian, established in the doctrines of the faith. You chose to submit to God and to all the authorities God has given you as spiritual covering, to which you chose to be accountable. It means that you reject all forms of empty religion, rebellion and selfishness.  From this established in the faith position, you now detect and instantly resist your enemy, the devil. This resisting is done thru the power of the Holy Spirit, thru the proclamation of the Word of God, thru prayer and pleading the Blood of Jesus over you.

 

How long will you resist? Until the promise of God manifests: until the same devil that attacked you flees from you. The word ‘flee’ means to vanish, to disappear or to melt away. This is very important: you do not stop resisting the deceiver until he completely disappears from your spiritual radar, until the lies have been totally silenced and affect you no more. The resisting may be long. But the fleeing comes in an instant. The victory is always very clear and very sweet to your spirit. It manifests as sudden destruction of old standing bondages, as healing of the body, peace and joy in your soul. The victory brings a higher level of spiritual authority and confidence in your ministry. The Holy Spirit will witness to that. You shall see it and others shall see it. This victory cannot be hidden! The vision shall surely speak at last! Glory to God!  Glory to God!! Glory to God!!!

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IF ONLY MY MASTER WERE WITH THE PROPHET

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The evening prayer meeting was very good. We prayed against the evil spirit of religion who uses minor hindrances like ‘mosquitoes’ to block the progress of the might ‘caterpillar’ of the Holy Ghost. We rejected any excuse to stop praying and stop believing. We prayed until we entered a place of victory. Then the word came:
“Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and had brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” (2 Kg 5:1-3)
 
Man’s primary longing is for love and success. General Naaman was a very successful man. His wife loved him. He had it all… or so you think… The story of Naaman is a proof that it is possible to be successful in this world and dead in the same time. It shows the failure of worldly success. The name of Naaman means ‘pleasant’. He was a good pagan man. At that time, the King of Syria was the highest monarch in the world. Naaman was in charge of his army. He was one of the greatest most decorated generals in the Syrian army. Naaman was a mighty man of valor ‘but a leper’. Oh… this little word ‘but’… how it spoils the success of this world, how it kills the dreams of the flesh… Naaman was sick and dying. He had leprosy. His fingers were probably falling; his skin was peeling and his body was smelly like a corpse. He was dying little by little. He was isolated socially and religiously. He was forced to avoid people. He became a very lonely man. He was successful but because of his leprosy, in reality, he was a failure. If money could save, he could have bought salvation. If rank could heal, he could have promoted himself to health. If peace and joy were for sale, he could have purchased the factory where these were manufactured. He served the Syrian idol, Rimmon, the god of storm and thunder. Everybody at that time believed that if the juju likes you, he will give you money and success. His god gave him that. But the same juju could not heal him from this terrifying disease. Who can help? Where to go? What to do?
 
The leprosy humiliated the general. In the past he hated to talk to lowly people. But this time, anyone who had a word of hope for him, he will be welcomed and rewarded. Out of all people, God chose a girl he captured as a slave from Israel. A teenager was to be the messenger of good news for Naaman. She was a slave captured from war. Naaman possible killed her parents and carried her as a slave. He gave her to his wife to be a ‘house girl’. Against all odds, the girl obeys God’s word: love your enemies! From the day she gave him hope, Naaman started seeking the living God, who alone could heal him. He clings to her word of faith and hope. The salve her become the master! This is the power of grace! She said that he should go to Elisha, the prophet who lives in Samaria. She said that the prophet will heal him. This is faith! How did she know about the power of healing? It means that her parents trained her well, in the ways of the Lord! Her parents were dead but she kept the faith! She was an arrow in the hand of the Lord!
 
This girl has no name. In the natural she was a ‘low class’ girl. But in the Spirit she was royalty! This girl was a daughter of Jehovah; a child of the covenant! She could have been bitter against her ‘master’. She could have hated him for what he did to her. She could have rejoiced in his suffering thinking that God has punished him for the wrong done against her family. Her future in Syria (the country of ISIS of today) was dark. She is a slave. Once she becomes an adult, she will not see a Jewish man to marry there. She herself had no hope for herself. But this girl shines like a star in the darkness. She is a servant of God! She is an evangelist! She did not look to herself or to her circumstances. She looked unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of her faith! She had God in her heart. His grace was sufficient for her to change tragedy into triumph! She drew strength from the Holy Spirit, her Comforter! From the supernatural hope deposited in her heart she gave hope to her enemy. Her word of faith triggers a series of events that will eventually end in her master’s healing and salvation, to the praise of the Living God of Israel.
 
What is the lesson for us? God can use you any place you find yourself! You are not too poor, too young or too sick to be a blessing to another. But if you are bound in the chains of bitter angry feelings against some injustice of the past, God cannot use you to bless others. You cannot enter into the blessed land of ‘Shalom’. You cannot lead others to partake from the promised peace. Right now, forget about your pain, lack and suffering! By the power of the Holy Spirit, stand up and speak words of faith! May God use you to bless someone today, be him a friend or an enemy! In Jesus name, amen! Glory to God!
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LEANING UPON HER BELOVED

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The women’ Fellowship was very good. In other words it was ‘spiritually sweet’. The sisters were attentive, cooperating with the leading of the Holy Spirit. We praised God with songs and dancing. There was an overflow of testimonies, the greatest we had since we started the church. Praise the Lord! Then the Word came! According to the last chapter of the Song of Songs the following are the main ingredients that make a marriage happy and successful: Trust, love, spirituality, working together for the common good, having godly friends and stirring each other to greater heights, to become like Jesus!

 

*TRUST

“Who is she coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? (SS 8:5)

Trust to a relationship is like oxygen to the body. Without trust the relationship will suffocate and die. Here we see this couple coming out from the wilderness. The wilderness is a place of death. There is no water, no flowers and no colors. It stands for the world which is full of trials and temptations. This couple has endured many things in the desert. But they stayed together and they are coming out of it together. The Bride is ‘leaning’ upon her Beloved! This is a position of trust. The Lover is stronger than her. She needs his help. She trusts him to help her. They walk together, trusting each other. The wilderness experience was difficult and painful but it failed to separate the two of them. Divorce died in the heat of the desert of life. They are still together carrying a testimony of loving trust and resurrection power. Trust is a fighter and a survivor! Trust in God and in one another is not easy to achieve. But it is vital for the success of any relationship. Trust is defined as the unquestioning reliance on the character and strength of another. It is the confident expectation of hope; the assurance that the future of the relationship will be better than the present. Trust gives a feeling of security. Trust is built having faith in the Word of God and from past experiences you had together. When you trust your husband you believe that he will be sexually faithful in the marriage, understand your deepest needs and help you fulfil them. That is why mature trust is always connected with deep understanding and with total satisfaction at all levels, spiritual and physical. Trust is a royal crown to a successful marriage.

 

Once trust is broken, it is very hard, but not impossible, to regain. Trust must be earned. It takes hard work and patience to re-build trust. The first reason for broken trust is money. You both need to build trust in the way you handle finances. If you cannot trust your spouse with your money, you will not be able to trust him (or her) with other things. The second reason is adultery. The opposite of trust is anxiety and doubt. These feelings appear when you think that your spouse exploits you and does not have your best interests at heart.  How do you build trust? By first of all putting all your trust in God and His Word! Out of that faith you can invest your trust in one another. To build trust you need good communication and understanding. Learn how to say ‘yes’ and how to say ‘no’. Do not always say ‘yes’ just to avoid arguments. Be true to your conscience, your feelings and desires. Share your vision for life with your husband. Do not sacrifice your dreams for the sake of ‘peace’. You need to listen to the other’s perspective. Put yourself in ‘his shoes’. Try to understand his fears and pains. Help the other in his weaknesses. The desire to help will build trust. Pray that your marriage will grow, spiritually and emotionally. A stagnant relationship becomes a place where the weeds of doubt will grow. Building your marriage together creates excitement and trust. Try to do something new together, travel together; serve God together! Make new memories together. Have new things to talk about. Don’t overstretch the relationship. Do not provoke one another to jealousy. Don’t keep secrets. Be open and vulnerable with each other. Keeping secrets takes a lot of energy and destroys trust. If you are secretive you will become tired and sad. Be gentle and wise with each other. Each one has a different level of maturity. There are seasons in each relationship. Keep your eyes on Jesus as you grow together! Finally, remember that these are just guidelines. Building loving trust takes a life time.  Trust is risky but very rewarding! May God help you to build a happy home! In Jesus’ name, amen!

‘I WILL HEAL YOU’ – SAYS JEHOVAH GOD! 

“This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you” (2Kg 20:5)

Have faith, not in yourself, but in God! Trust the Word of God! This sickness is not here to stay. It must go away! I join my faith with yours to pray for you today! Our eyes are on the Lord Jesus, waiting for the healing to come. We have no other God and no other hope than the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not matter how big your sickness is. It does not matter what the doctors say (I am a doctor and I remember how many times, God disappointed me in the past, by healing my dying patients…)

Jesus is greater than the doctors! Remember, He has helped you in the past. He is forever faithful. God never changes! He will help you now. He will help you AGAIN! Jesus can never fail. This trial will end in tears, not of sorrow but of sudden rushing joy! You will have a great testimony to share, to encourage others, to the glory of God! At the hearing of the name of Jesus, all things, in heaven, on earth and under the earth, will bow! Even your sickness bows right now! Be healed! In Jesus name, amen!