Month: July 2015

Believe Only

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There was a man with an infirmity for 38 years. He heard about the angel who would come down to the pool of Bethesda at a certain season to trouble the water. Whosoever  stepped in first after the water was troubled would be made whole of whatever disease he had. Now this man was so close. He was right there. He hadn’t been able to get into the pool, but he was at the right place for deliverance. The angel of God was there. The power of God was there. There was no need to look for another pool.

Jesus knew how long this man had been in his condition so He asked him, ‘Wilt thou be made whole’? Simply put, Do you really want to be healed?  The man never said yes or no, but his response was sort of confusing. It was almost as if he was contradicting himself. First, he told Jesus, I have no one to put me in the pool.  It sounded like he needed help, but no one was willing to help him. Then he says, But while I was coming, another stepped down before me.  So now it sounds like he could move, but he just wasn’t moving fast enough. Well, the problem wasn’t that he couldn’t move fast enough. The problem was he stopped moving. He stopped pressing. He stopped trying. He stopped doing what the Lord told him to do. Why did he stop? Why did you stop? What excuses do you have? I know you’ve said in your heart, This is too hard. Lord, I’m doing the best I can and nothing has happened yet. Just forget it. I quit!

I know we always want it to be easy, but there are some things you have to fight for. The devil doesn’t fight for something he already has so if he’s fighting you, he is fighting what belongs to you. What do you have that is worth fighting for? Are your children worth fighting for? Is your marriage worth fighting for? Is your deliverance, healing and breakthrough worth fighting for? Do you really want what God has given you?

The woman with the issue of blood waited twelve years to be healed. When she heard about Jesus (Mark 5:27), she believed  what she heard and moved based upon what she heard. She understood that healing belonged to her so she went and got her healing. We read in the scriptures about the blood issue, but we don’t know what this woman was going through in her body. The day she went to meet Jesus, it was probably a painful and difficult walk, but she didn’t allow how she felt to keep her at home. She didn’t say, I don’t feel like going to church today.  No, she pressed and she didn’t stop until she got what she needed.

Jesus was walking to Jairus’ house to heal his daughter. They were getting close, but when the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus’ clothes, they stopped. As He was speaking with the woman, someone came to Jairus to let him know that there was no need to bother Jesus any longer. Your daughter is dead  (Luke 8:49). Jairus was probably disappointed. It’s too late. If this woman hadn’t come, Jesus would have been there by now.  Jesus didn’t forget about Jairus, but when Jairus received a bad report, he forgot about Jesus. He forgot the Word that God gave Him. Someone told Jairus that his situation was dead, but that was a lie. The Truth said it was only sleeping.

We are in a ‘whosoever’ situation. Whosoever can be anyone. No one is exempt. This is not the time to be lazy. This is not the time to give up. Some of us are on time for work, but late for church.  Be on time for church because you don’t know what time the angel will trouble the water. The man at the pool had to wait for a certain season. You don’t have to wait. Your season is the moment you believe what God said.

Jesus didn’t let the man at the pool give up. He commanded the thing that kept him impotent, powerless and unable to walk in what God called him to be. Rise, pick up your bed, and walk. He didn’t let Jairus give up either. He didn’t leave him alone, sad and disappointed. After he was told his daughter was dead, Jesus said, “Fear not, believe only and she shall be made whole”. Jesus cares for you and He is not giving up on you. Jesus didn’t want them to remain in the condition they were in and He doesn’t want you remain in the condition you’re in. God really loves us. He told me earlier this week, You can never say I didn’t give you a chance, you can never say that I love others more than I love you and you can never say I treat others better than you. There is no respect of persons with God (Romans 2:11). He wants all of us to prosper, He wants all of us to be in good health, and He wants our souls to prosper.

Don’t panic about that situation. Only believe what God has said and you shall be made whole.

Let It Go

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Lot never asked God to deliver him and his family. His uncle did. God answered Abraham’s prayers and delivered them, but not everyone wanted to be delivered. When Lot told his sons-in-law to get out because God was going to destroy the city, they didn’t leave because they didn’t believe. Even when the angels told Lot to leave, he lingered. He hesitated. The angels had to take him, his wife and two daughters by the hand and bring them out (Gen 19:16).

Many were destroyed that day, but God spared Lot’s wife. We don’t even know her name, but she was important enough to God for Him to save her – yet she wasn’t grateful for what He had done. Just because people leave, doesn’t mean that they want to cleave – to God. Sometimes people just want to get out of a mess. They don’t want God right now. They just want what He can do for them right now.

The angels told them to run for their lives, don’t look back, don’t stop in the valley and run to the mountains or they would be destroyed (Gen 19:17). The scriptures didn’t tell us that she went back. All she did was look back, but to look back may cause you to go back. There were many in the bible that were delivered from something so we know that God can deliver you, but can you stay delivered? Whatever you had to do to get out, you have to do to stay out. God delivered Lot’s wife just as He promised Abraham, but her disobedience kept her from staying delivered.

When she looked back, she became a pillar of salt. She could no longer move. You must make up in your mind to serve God and Him only. If you don’t, you will become like one who straddles the fence. You’re not sure what you want and you’re not sure who you want. When you’re indecisive, you are unable to move into your calling, into your future, and into what God has called you to be.

Why are you always looking at your past? Why are you always trying to remember what you once had? Why are you always thinking about what they did to you? God wants you to move forward, but you can’t go until you let it go. The thing that keeps you looking back is the very thing that is keeping you from reaching for those things which are ahead. When God delivers you, He is not delivering you to go back. He is delivering you to go forth. What’s ahead of you is better than what is behind you. Lot’s wife was looking at something that was over, destroyed and done away with. God wasn’t going to repair it neither was He going to resurrect it. God loves His people too much and before He allows it to destroy you, He will destroy it.

Your life is hidden with Christ in God. The reason why you can’t move on is because you’re still trying to live a life that has passed. It is behind you. Forget those things that are behind. You would be amazed at how many people are mad with God right now because He didn’t give them something or He didn’t do something that they wanted Him to do.  Do you want Him or do you want what He can give you? When Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw Daniel and his friends in the fiery furnace because they wouldn’t worship the image He made, he asked them if their God would deliver them out of his hands. Daniel said, ‘If our God is able to deliver us, He will deliver us out of your hand, BUT if not, let it be known to you, O King, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image you have set up’. In other words, God is able to do anything, but even if He doesn’t do this one thing, He is still God. This doesn’t change who He is. I will still love Him. I will still obey Him. I will still trust Him.

God spared you. He brought you out of some things. Yes, some of those things may have hurt you, but thank God it didn’t destroy you. Be grateful for what the Lord allowed and be grateful for what He didn’t allow. What I love about Lot was that he was grateful. He knew that the Lord had been merciful to him (Gen 19:16). I found grace in your sight and you have magnified your mercy, which you have showed unto me in saving my life  (Gen 19:19). I know you thought it was bad, but it could have been worse. God allowed you to live so that you may testify of what He has done in your life. One of the reasons why some people can’t talk about certain things from the pulpit is because they are not free from it (yet), but God wants you to talk from a place of freedom so that those who come to hear will be healed.

Not everything we went through was the devil’s fault or people’s fault.  Some of it was our fault, but no matter what they caused or what we caused, God can cause all things to work together for good – but let it go. Let the pain go, let the hurt go, let that relationship go and let God heal you.

It Is Working

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One night, I was attacked in my sleep. I could not move and I could not speak, but I had the ability to think. So I thought  the name, Jesus , three times. It didn’t stop, but the moment I thought, The blood of Jesus , it immediately stopped. This is proof that God is not only able to do exceeding abundantly above what we ask, but also above what we think. Now I didn’t say that speaking or thinking the name of Jesus doesn’t work. The name of Jesus is just as powerful as the blood of Jesus, but God will teach you which weapon works for which situation.

The weapons of our warfare are mighty and powerful. They do work. What we have is different than the what the world has because what we have has power. Their weapons will form, but they will not prosper (Isaiah 54:17). Our weapons are able to pull down the enemy’s strongholds. It has power to break down every wall that the strong man uses to hide behind.

God told the Israelites that their enemies would be destroyed little by little. The Lord wasn’t delivering them just to deliver them, but He was teaching them how to wrestle against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places. God didn’t say this was going to take place in a day, but in a year (Exodus 23:29). Why was it going to take so long?

Well, to expose, tear down and destroy the enemy’s “hiding” place was going to take time. It’s a process. When we read the Old Testament scriptures, we thought the nations were people, but what the Israelites were really up against were spirits. Every spirit isn’t the same so you can’t use the same strategy and plan for each one. For example, the Jebusites may have been greater in number than the Amorites. It probably took a day to drive out the Amorites, but it was going to take longer to drive out the Jebusites because they were many. Or maybe the Girgashites inhabited the land much longer than the Perizzites, which means the Girgashites were more stubborn and resistant so the weapons used to uproot the Perizzites wouldn’t work for the Girgashites, but it doesn’t matter how long they had been there. Their time in that land was about to expire. The land didn’t belong to them. It belonged to God and God was giving it to His people, but the Israelites couldn’t defeat what they didn’t know. If they had to learn their enemy, then we have to learn our enemy.

Don’t be discouraged in the process. There is nothing in you so deeply rooted that God can’t uproot. What you are up against may be great, but the One who came to set captives free is Greater. Your God whom you serve continually will deliver you (Daniel 6:16) and when He delivers you, you will be like them that dream (Psalm 126:1). You haven’t laughed in a long time, but the Lord is going to fill your mouth with laughter and your tongue with singing.

You have been bought with a price so you don’t belong to the enemy anymore. You belong to God. Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. If someone comes along to corrupt, vandalize or destroy the temple of God, you can be sure that God will see to it that he meets destruction because the temple of God is sacred (1 Corinthians 3:17). God will punish those who spoils His house because He is not going to allow you, His temple, to be destroyed. Just as Jesus drove out the moneychangers because they made His Father’s house a den of thieves, He will drive out every thief in your house. Unclean spirits are thieves. They will steal your marriage, your children, your joy, your finances, and whatever else God says is yours.

Sometimes you ask yourself, Will I always be this way? Will I always be deceived in this area of my life? Will I ever overcome what defeats me?  Yes, you will overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of your testimony. At one time, the works of the flesh manifested in you (Galatians 5:19-21), but now the works of God are going to manifest in you (John 9:3). God is going to deliver you so that He may be glorified and He will be glorified through Jesus Christ in ALL things.

The weapons God has given you for this spiritual battle does work. Let Him teach your hands to war and your fingers to fight. It is sad when the enemy is more convinced that our weapons work against him more than we are.  He knows that what you have is able to defeat him, but when you don’t know what you have, you will give up. You will doubt God.  Did God really say (Genesis 3:1)?

Learn who you are. Learn what you have. Learn your enemy. Ask for wisdom and ask for understanding and then apply it to your life. You will never know what works if you refuse to put to work what God has given you.