God’s will for you is healing.

Matthew 8:7 (NKJV) And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”

Matthew 8:16 (NKJV) When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

Luke 6:19 (NKJV) And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

Luke 9:2 (NKJV) He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

Luke 9:37-45 (NKJV)

37 Now it happened on the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, that a great multitude met Him.

38 Suddenly a man from the multitude cried out, saying, “Teacher, I implore You, look on my son, for he is my only child.

39 And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out; it convulses him so that he foams at the mouth; and it departs from him with great difficulty, bruising him.

40 So I implored Your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.”

41 Then Jesus answered and said, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.”

42 And as he was still coming, the demon threw him down and convulsed him. Then Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child, and gave him back to his father.

God’s will for us has always been healing.  You find God healing throughout the Old Testament and when Jesus came He healed all who would receive.  You can’t find a place where Jesus would not heal someone.  He was always willing.  Even when He (Jesus) sent the disciples out a part of what they were to do was to heal the sick, whatever type of sickness they had.  He never said this is to teach you a lesson or draw someone closer to God the Father.  Healing takes faith though and we have to believe that healing is for us.  Make it personal.  Take it just like you would take medicine.  Jesus provided healing with His sacrifice on the cross.

Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

1 Peter 2:24(NKJV) who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

Choose healing.  Look up and study healing scriptures.  Confess them for yourself.  Believe and receive.  When you ask for healing, He has already said I WILL.  Don’t let yourself be discouraged if it doesn’t happen immediately, you may have to undo some old beliefs.  Keep your faith out there, keep confessing what the Word tells you and take your healing.  He wants to bless you.

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With God everything is Possible

Matthew 19:21-30 (NLT)

21 Jesus told him,“If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

25 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

27 Then Peter said to him, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”

28 Jesus replied,“I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

30 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Some of the messages from Jesus are hard for us to understand with the natural mind, they seem to be opposite of all we know.  That’s because they are.  We have to understand them through the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.

How can we give up everything and still have a hundred times more? By faith.  Jesus did not give this message (to sell all) to everyone, just to the one He was speaking to at the time.  A man who was so tied to his possessions that he could not follow the Lord.  We don’t usually have our possessions, they have us.  When this is the case the only way we can truly put our faith in God is to be willing to give them up. I don’t know that this means a person always has to give everything up but they do need to be willing to give everything. Some people start out serving the Lord with nothing, in that case what they have to give is themselves.  This is the most important sacrifice.

The disciples had already done this but did not realize that the sacrifices they had already made were what would bring them the greatest reward.

Matthew 19:27-29 (NLT)

27 Then Peter said to him, “We’ve (already) given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”

28 Jesus replied,“I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

We don’t give up (things) to get a reward but God does reward those who are willing to sacrifice to follow Him.  The key here is to follow Him.  Allow Him to guide you, instruct you and keep you.  Put your faith in Him and trust Him to take care of you.  Don’t get distracted by looking for a reward.

This passage begins with the man asking how to be saved.  If this is our goal we have to follow God’s plan.  Give yourself to Him, ask Him to be your Lord and Savior, follow Him and His plan for you, and give Him all you have: spirit, soul, body and possessions (as He leads you).

Matthew 19:26 (NLT) Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Let Him decide the reward.  It is sure to be more than we could ever ask or think. Be obedient and serve the Lord wherever you are.

Matthew 19:30 (NLT) But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Ephesians 3:18-20 (NLT)

18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Worship the Lord at All Times

Psalm 9 (NLT)

1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done.

2 I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

3 My enemies retreated;

they staggered and died when you appeared.

4 For you have judged in my favor; from your throne you have judged with fairness.

5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; you have erased their names forever.

6 The enemy is finished, in endless ruins; the cities you uprooted are now forgotten.

7 But the Lordreigns forever, executing judgment from his throne.

8 He will judge the world with justice and rule the nations with fairness.

9 The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, OLord, do not abandon those who search for you.

11 Sing praises to the Lordwho reigns in Jerusalem. Tell the world about his unforgettable deeds.

12 For he who avenges murder cares for the helpless. He does not ignore the cries of those who suffer.

13 Lord, have mercy on me. See how my enemies torment me. Snatch me back from the jaws of death.

14 Save me so I can praise you publicly at Jerusalem’s gates, so I can rejoice that you have rescued me

15 The nations have fallen into the pit they dug for others. Their own feet have been caught in the trap they set.

16 The Lord is known for his justice. The wicked are trapped by their own deeds. Quiet Interlude (Selah).

17 The wicked will go down to the grave. This is the fate of all the nations who ignore God.

18 But the needy will not be ignored forever; the hopes of the poor will not always be crushed.

19 Arise, O Lord! Do not let mere mortals defy you! Judge the nations!

20 Make them tremble in fear, O Lord. Let the nations know they are merely human.

No matter where you are in life or what is going on, make the conscious choice to WORSHIP THE LORD.  The heading for this passage is:

“A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune “Death of the Son.”

obviously David wrote this psalm at a hard time in his life, yet he chose to worship the Lord.  He didn’t ignore the bad things that were happening to him but even in the midst of them He saw that,”The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.”

We can do this also.  Not matter what is happening in your life, worship the Lord, trust Him and turn your cares over to Him.  As you worship, He will raise you up and at the very least you will feel better.  Put you hope and focus on Him.  The Lord is worthy of our praise.

 

Rest

Matthew 11:28-30 (AMP)

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet for your souls.

30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

Are you tired, stressed, worn out and anxious?  God doesn’t want us to be that way.  Part of what Jesus provided for us is rest.  The Lord wants us to give Him our cares and worries, those things that keep us awake and night and make us feel stressed and anxious during the day.  This is addressed several times throughout the New Testament.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV) 6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Rest.

SABBATHnoun

1. The day which God appointed to be observed by the Jews as a day of rest from all secular labor or employments, and to be kept holy and consecrated to his service and worship.

2. Intermission of pain or sorrow; time of rest.

The Lord planned the world so that we would get the rest we need.  He worked for 6 days and then rested on the 7th day.  We should do this also.  If you are feeling physically worn out.  It could be because you do not rest when you need to.  Make sure to take a Sabbath day of rest this week.

Getting NEW Revelation

Proverbs 29:18 (AMP) Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish; but he who keeps the law [of God, which includes that of man]—blessed (happy, fortunate, and enviable) is he.

REVELATIONnoun (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary).

1. The act of disclosing or discovering to others what was before unknown to them; appropriately, the disclosure or communication of truth to men by God himself, or by his authorized agents, the prophets and apostles.

2. That which is revealed; appropriately, the sacred truths which God has communicated to man for his instruction and direction. The revelations of God are contained in the Old and New Testament.

I have been hearing new revelation from a couple of different sources. Things I had never “heard” before and that have been hard for me to “wrap my mind around.” Today I was listening to someone teach about Jesus and the things he did and I realized I was having trouble because there was a conflict between my mind, body and spirit.

We need revelation from God or we perish.  We lose hope and stop following the Lord’s guidance.  Have you ever noticed that when you get “new” revelation from the Word it’s like your mind and even body want to reject it? Your spirit gets excited but the rest of you want to continue with what it has always believed.  Your mind and body will reject this “new life” but your spirit is made alive in Jesus and reaches for that new life.

If you notice in Proverbs it actually says that if there is no “redemptive revelation of God the people perish and then it goes on to say, “…he who keeps the law of God—blessed, happy, fortunate, and enviable is he”.  So we have a choice, we can accept the revelation God gives us and be blessed, happy, fortunate, and enviable or we can reject the revelation and perish.  I don’t believe this means we die right that second but that in that area of our believing we perish (die; to lose life in any manner).  To accept this revelation when your body and/or mind are resisting your spirit you need to “feed” your mind with the Word.  Continually keep that revelation before your eyes and coming out of your mouth.  Build your spirit man up so that your spirit is stronger than your mind or flesh.  What you feed is what gets the strongest so look at what you are feeding and what your are feeding on.

Where do we find revelation? Everywhere.  Psalms tells us that God is revealed in the heavens.  We can look around at nature and see God revealed.

Psalm 19:1(NLT) 1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.

In Luke 2 when Simeon saw Jesus, he had a revelation of God’s salvation.

Luke 2:28-32 (NKJV) 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Part of the reason we will reject revelation is that we don’t realize that it comes from God.

Galatians 1:12 (NLT) I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.

We don’t have to be afraid of new revelation because God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us in knowing what is from the Lord. Check it out with the Word.  What is your spirit telling you?

1 John 4:1 (NLT) Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

We should be continually seeking the Lord and looking for new revelation (Him revealed to us) in the Word of God.  You can pray for this for yourself and for others.  Paul wrote:

Ephesians 1:17 (AMP) [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him.

Trust God and the revelation He brings to you to enrich and bless your life in Him.