Rebuke The Enemy

April 26th, 2017

To rebuke means to speak angrily to someone because you disapprove of what they have said or done, it implies strong disapproval.  Luke wrote in chapter 4 by THE SPIRIT:

38 Now He (Jesus) arose from the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. But Simon’s wife’s mother was sick with a high fever, and they made request of Him concerning her.

39 So He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. And immediately she arose and served them.

Jesus rebuked a spirit of affliction which presented itself as a fever and the spirit responded by departing Peter’s mother.  By the use of the word “rebuke” we know that Jesus showed strong disapproval of the fever which plagued Peter’s mother.  We are also told that she was immediately restored to health with energy enabling her to serve them.  She needed no time to recover!  Jesus recognized the source of the fever and spoke to it demonstrating His operating in the discerning of spirits.

Has FATHER called us to suffer with sickness?  If so then why would Jesus rebuke the fever rather than to let it run its course?  Sickness is an enemy to Christ, an enemy to FATHER, and should be an enemy to the Sons and Daughters being raised up in this hour.  We should no longer set aside the study and understanding of this enemy which plagues much of mankind today.  Billions of dollars are spent on man’s attempt to relieve the symptoms of this enemy with no end in sight.  Why?  The believers have deferred to the current medical system to deal with this enemy rather than actively seek FATHER in this matter.

If sickness is from Our Heavenly Father then we should not attempt to recover by using medical means.  We should not attempt to seek pain relief but accept it as being from Above.  Of course that is not the case for Jesus was called to heal the sick and set the captives free.  We must focus on the Truth about sickness rather than man’s perverted opinions.

When did sickness, disease, and death come on the scene?  When Adam and Eve were deceived by the devil in the garden and cast out, the god of this world began to have an effect on their bodies.  Once separated from FATHER their bodies were no longer glorified but now naked and subject to sickness, disease, and death.  It took many years for this to take effect and the life spans continued to decrease accordingly.  Jesus, the second Adam, has paid the price for Adam’s sin and now FATHER has declared us free from sin and sickness.  We must accept this payment for sin and sickness in order to partake of it.  Jesus offered the perfect sacrifice thus opening the door for us to take command over the enemy.  Our salvation, our healing, and our deliverance has been fully paid and satisfied through Jesus Christ.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Corinthians chapter 6:

20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are GOD’S.

How can we fully glorify FATHER in our body if we don’t take command over the enemy who would attack us at our weakest points?  Let us lead a balanced life which addresses both spirit and body.  Satan and his demons are lawless thus even though they have been legally defeated, there are times we must confront their lawlessness by rebuking them.  The Blood of Jesus as well as the “stripes” He took on must be at the forefront of our confronting the enemy.  We must understand first hand the importance of The Blood and the stripes as we deal with spirits of affliction.  We must have a direct relationship with FATHER in order to operate under HIS power and authority.  In Acts chapter 19, we find an example of men lacking in their understanding:

13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”

14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.

15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

This passage makes it clear that those who do not have a personal, direct relationship with Jesus Christ and FATHER will have no power over evil spirits.  James wrote by THE SPIRIT in chapter 4:

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

The simple Truth holds the key to dealing with the devil for it is all about our relationship with FATHER.  With the proper power and authority we should expect to rebuke the fever and expect the same results.

Other Healings

April 25th, 2017

By THE SPIRIT Matthew wrote in chapter 12:

22 Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw.

In Chapter 9:

32 As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed.

33 And when the demon was cast out, the mute spoke. And the multitudes marveled, saying, “It was never seen like this in Israel!”

Mark wrote by THE SPIRT in chapter 9:

21 So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?”  And he said, “From childhood.

22 And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”

26 Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.”

27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.

28 And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”

29 So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer.”

Were these issues only specific to the time Jesus walked the earth?  Absolutely not!  FATHER would not have included all these examples if we were not to learn from them.  Demons were not eradicated from the earth in 33 A.D. but the disciples dealt with them as well.  The demons knew their time would eventually come with their final demise was at hand.  The legion of demons revealed that Truth before they were cast into the swine.

Some spirits of infirmity are more difficult to deal with than others.  The disciples asked Jesus why they were unable to cast this deaf and dumb spirit out.  Jesus revealed a key for us to consider- intimate prayer or communication with FATHER  prepares us for dealing with the spirits of this type.  HE is the Originator of the power required to cast our these spirits thus we must receive direction from HIM.

Would the local physician, specialist, or hospital been able to cure the above deaf mutes?  They would have referred to their training and used whatever protocols were approved by the Medical Association and only treated the symptoms at best.  They might have considered a cochlear implant, an electronic medical device that replaces the function of the damaged inner ear.  That person would have to rely on the technology performance rather than FATHER’S perfect design.

Is it going to be easy for the Sons to be anointed to heal the above cases?  We must trust FATHER to bring forth HIS anointing and power at the appropriate time.  In the meantime we must not be ignorant of ministry in this area and shy away from dealing with spirits of infirmity.  Fear not as FATHER prepares us for all situations HE expects us to confront.  The multitudes will marvel just like they did when Jesus healed the one who was demon-possessed, blind and mute.  The Sons will give FATHER the full credit for the healing and not build an institution, following, or doctrine for self-exaltation. 

Oppressed, Not Possessed

April 24th, 2017

By THE SPIRIT in Acts chapter 10 Peter spoke:

36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all—

37 that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John preached:

38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

When many think of demons harassing men and women, they tend to think of them being “possessed” by a demon.  However, Peter explicitly says different.  You can be oppressed rather than possessed and many whom Jesus healed were simply oppressed by the devil.  The key to ministering healing as Jesus did is to be anointed with The Holy Spirit and with power.  Further, “GOD was with Him” would indicate that Jesus received specific instructions, discernment, and Words from FATHER WHOM He was one with.  I believe this Truth has not changed and the requirements remain the same.  There are those who were used by FATHER to heal but many departed from the pure calling and allowed their ego to get in the way.  Their ministries subsided over time.

In Luke 13 it is recorded by THE SPIRIT:

10 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.

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.

12 But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”

13 And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

These spirits of infirmity are persistent in their attempt to restrain us from normal activity.  Can you imagine having a spirit oppress you for eighteen years?  Jesus with His anointing and power laid hands on the woman and loosed her immediately from this persistent spirit.  We must not assume anything when we see people with infirmities but intently listen to FATHER concerning them.  We must defer to FATHER how we minister rather than conjure up our own diagnosis of the situation.  In one case Jesus simply said “Go” and the person was healed by faith whereas He laid hands on this woman.  We must not look for formulas for healing.

14 But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.”

15 The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it?

16 So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?

17 And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.

Jesus clearly associated the spirit of infirmity with Satan.  FATHER did not bind this woman but Satan did.  Jesus simply explained the relationship with sickness and disease and its source.  The ruler of the synagogue missed the whole point of the purpose of worshipping FATHER.  He tried to defend tradition over the work of Christ in the area of healing.  FATHER is not restricted by tradition or custom when it comes to ministering Love to HIS children.

Spiritual Over The Physical

April 23rd, 2017

A germ is a a microorganism (as a bacterium) that causes disease.  These germs do not come from FATHER but originate from the wicked one because they kill and destroy human life.  The spirit of infirmity gives life to the disease just as our spirits give life to the body.  As my friend Dr. Vincent Speckhart would say- The body is designed to heal itself and it is designed to live forever.  When these germs attempt to invade our bodies, some will successfully fight off the germ whereas others are unable to deal with the intruder.  Years of toxins may have compromised our body’s design thus we must cleanse it according to FATHER’S direction.

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Luke chapter 8:

43 Now a woman, having a flow of blood for twelve years, who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any,

44 came from behind and touched the border of His garment. And immediately her flow of blood stopped.

The woman’s faith in the healing power of Jesus was sufficient to remove all that had been plaguing her for twelve years.  The physicians could not heal her yet the connection with Jesus and her faith resolved the problem in a moment.  There was no complicated ritual, only the simplicity of Christ.  Those affected tissues were no longer subject to the spirit of infirmity that originally attacked her body but were immediately restored to their normal function.

One of the most pronounced transformations Dr. Speckhart recorded was a young lady who had advanced breast cancer.  She became his patient and FATHER revealed to him that she had a root of bitterness toward her grandmother for words spoken over her when she was young.  After he sought approval from the patient, they prayed concerning this spiritual issue and removed it from her through forgiveness for her grandmother.  Her body began to respond and all the cancer began to shrivel up and die.  The spiritual will overpower the physical body… make no mistake.  Soon afterward she was normal and cancer free.

In Hebrews chapter 12 it is written by THE SPIRIT:

14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord:

15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled (polluted, contaminated);

We must look to the source of our physical issues and remain grateful in our walk with FATHER.   We must not let any unforgiveness open the door for the wicked one to plant contaminated seed in us.  Jesus made it a point to deal with spirits of infirmity (demons) when He gave the disciples the directive in Mark chapter 16:

15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Let us not leave an integral part of the Great Commission out of our maturing process but instead embrace every Word Jesus spoke for His Words reveal the Divine Intent of FATHER which is based on Love.

Purpose of Deliverance

April 22nd, 2017

By THE SPIRIT Luke wrote in chapter 8:

1 Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him,

2 and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,

3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance.

Clearly healing the sick includes the removal of both evil spirits and infirmities.  On one side people want to operate in the spiritual but on the other they do not want to deal with the reality of evil spirits.  We must mature beyond the issue associated with evil spirits for Jesus dealt with them throughout the Gospels.  Just consider Mary Magdalene’s impact on the ministry.  She and other women became financial contributors to Jesus Christ’s earthy ministry.  It is also reported that she went on and greatly impacted Christianity.  Some saw Mary as the special disciple of Jesus who had a deeper understanding of his teachings and was asked to impart this to the other disciples.  At any rate after being delivered from seven demons she had a notable impact on the ministry of Christ.

Whether it is one demon, seven demons, or a legion of demons, they all came out of the people they possessed at the command of Jesus.  It should be no different with us as it was with our elder Brother.

In Acts chapter 19 by THE SPIRIT it is written:

11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul,

12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.

13 Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”

14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.

15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

18 And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds.

19 Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.

20 So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

In the above passage, Jewish exorcists attempted to use a formula to cast out demons.  They had no personal relationship with FATHER through Our Lord Jesus Christ and as a result they failed miserably.  The demons are not unaware of our relationship with Christ and they will generally attempt to stay away from those who are truly mature in Christ.  FATHER will have us confront them at the appropriate time with the appropriate anointing for deliverance.  We must not be anxious about our next confrontation with them.

FATHER worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul.  We should expect no less than what FATHER did through HIS vessel Paul.  Paul was delivered from a walk headed for certain death and destruction but Jesus delivered him.  Mary Magdalene had seven demons one day then became one of the few mentioned contributors of Christ’s ministry in the Gospels.  We must look beyond the issue of infirmities and evil spirits and realized that the person can become a willing vessel once delivered.  That is what Love does.

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 4:

25 Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another.

26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,

27 nor give place to the devil.

We must develop zero tolerance for the devil and his demons to operate in our midst.  We must not let compromise be found among us as we purpose to become fully mature in Christ.  Let us no longer be intimidated by the enemy but instead trust in FATHER to bring forth the power and authority for each and every situation we find ourselves in… including deliverance.  Let us purpose to set the captives free no matter what form of captivity they are dealing with.

Setting The Captives Free

April 21st, 2017

Most ministries are reluctant to approach the topic of demons or unclean spirits but Jesus did not shy away from this ministry for it is one aspect of “setting the captives free”.  Hollywood has attempted to glorify the devil and demons by portraying them as supernaturally powerful.  Jesus could cast them out with as little as one word- “GO!”.  We must not be intimidated by the Hollywood’s portrayal but instead focus on the facts provided us in Scripture.  Casting our demons was just one part of Jesus’ ministry but we should not omit it in our pursuit to prepare for a ministry similar to His example.

In Mark chapter 3 it is written by THE SPIRIT:

10 For He healed many, so that as many as had afflictions pressed about Him to touch Him.

11 And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.”

12 But He sternly warned them that they should not make Him known.

In order for demon spirits to communicate, they must use the vocal chords of a human.  They are well aware and recognize those who are used of THE FATHER.  In this passage they recognized Jesus for who He is and proclaimed it.  In response Jesus sternly warned them to be quiet.  This short passage reveals the power and authority over demon spirits thus we should not be afraid when confronting them. 

In Luke chapter 4 it is written by THE SPIRIT:

40 When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.

41 And demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” And He, rebuking them, did not allow them to speak, for they knew that He was the Christ.

Both of these passages reveal the demons will speak through the person whom they possess and talk to the person casting them out.  They know who is of The Kingdom and who isn’t.  They know Scripture as well for the devil used various Scriptures in an attempt to convince Jesus to compromise His calling.   

In Matthew chapter 8 it is written by THE SPIRIT:

28 When He had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way.

29 And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?”

30 Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding.

31 So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”

32 And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.

Jesus was recognized by the legion of demons in the two men and they addressed Him appropriately.  They knew of His power and did not try to confront it but instead because of their fear they were ready to strike a deal with Him.  They yearn to possess some life form and they knew Jesus would not allow them to enter another person so they chose a herd of swine close by.  Immediately the swine were led to their death.  The demons were true to form when they carried out the mandate of satan to kill, steal, and destroy. 

By THE SPIRIT it is written in Mark 7:

24 From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon.  And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden.

25 For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.

26 The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.

27 But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.”

28 And she answered and said to Him, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs.”

29 Then He said to her, “For this saying go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.”

30 And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.

In this case Jesus did not lay hands on the girl or directly address the demon.  In THE SPIRIT He simply spoke The Word and the demon submitted to His power and authority.  We need not attempt to create “deliverance” formulas or methods but instead we need to hear FATHER’S Voice and respond appropriately.  Neither the devil nor his demons have any true spiritual power when confronted with the anointing given by FATHER.  As we mature to the point of desiring to set the captives free, FATHER will impart the necessary anointing for whatever issue we confront.

Be Not Ignorant

April 20th, 2017

We are spirit man and express ourselves through our human bodies.  Demons also have personalities in which they seek to express themselves in human bodies.  Our spirits are from Our Heavenly FATHER whereas demon spirits are from satan, the father of lies.

I am spirit and I dwell in a body.  I express myself through my body but others cannot see me but they can only see my body because the real “me” is a spirit living inside this body for my body is simply the house my spirit lives in.  At some point my body will return to dust but I shall never die for I shall return to FATHER in a state similar to that before entering the womb.  FATHER spoke to Jeremiah in chapter 1:

4 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

​5 ​​“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;

​​Before you were born I sanctified you;

​​I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

This Truth is not unique to Jeremiah but includes each and every one of us before we were formed in the womb.  Each of us has a unique calling as well as a unique personality which is expressed through our bodies.

Demons are evils spirits without bodies in which to express themselves in this world.  They desire to find expression but cannot until they are in a body.  In Luke 11 Jesus spoke concerning unclean spirits:

24 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’

25 And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.

26 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”

As we are filled with The Holy Spirit, there is no place for the unclean spirits to dwell.  Jesus made it quite clear that unclean spirits not only exist but will plague men and women who are ill-equipped to deal with these spirits.  We must not be ignorant of the devil’s devices.  Given the fact that the thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. we must prepare ourselves by understanding the devices of the enemy of Christ.  Demons seek to defile through use of the human body.

FATHER uses people to bless, inspire, encourage and minister to those who need HIS Divine help.  We are those vessels.  The LORD’S Prayer includes the passage spoken by Jesus in Matthew chapter 6: 

10 ​​Your kingdom come.

​​Your will be done

​​On earth as it is in heaven.

Who is called to bring forth HIS Will on earth?  You and I are called.  The message of the Gospel must be reported by human lips to minister to those in need.  Satan likewise will use human lips to promote his message of darkness.  He will use some man or woman to defile an innocent child.  He will promote perversity among those who are weak and/or confused.  The god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not in the Gospel of Christ.

The devil is described in multiple ways.  In Matthew chapter 4 when Jesus went into the wilderness, He called the devil the tempter:

3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

In Matthew chapter 12:24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler (prince) of the demons.”

In Matthew chapter 13 Jesus identified the devil as He explained the parable of the sower:

19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.

Later in the chapter Jesus explains the parable of the tares:

38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.

39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil (accuser, defamer, slanderer), the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.

In John chapter 8 Jesus further speaks of the devil:

44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

In John chapter 14 Jesus spoke:

30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.

In the Revelation of Jesus Christ chapter 12:

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

And in Revelation chapter 20:

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

By THE SPIRIT Peter wrote in 1 Peter chapter 5:

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

In Ephesians chapter 2, Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT:

1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

In 2 Corinthians chapter 3, Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT and describe the devil as the “corruptor of minds”:

3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Jesus openly described and exposed the works of the devil thus we are not to be ignorant of who he is or his intent.  We must not fear the devil or demons for they have no power over those who are believers and filled with The Holy Spirit.  Demons will attempt to draw us away from our focus but as we mature in the area of discerning of spirits then we will know when their influence is challenging us.  Remember that the simplicity of Christ is for all to understand and let us not be deceived when the opposition attempts to challenge this simplicity with complexity of reasoning and logic.

It is better to know who the enemy is and what their goal is when you minister to those whom FATHER sends across your path.  Be not ignorant or afraid.

Ministering Healing

April 19th, 2017

In Luke chapter 10, Jesus instructed the seventy:

1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go

2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

8 Whatever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you.

9 And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

18 And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.

19 Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions (devils), and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

20 Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”

The first priority is for the lost to be saved.  Next, heal the sick to physically restore people.  Lastly, cast out demons from the people who were oppressed by them so there would be no hindrance in their walk.  The seventy were most impressed with the third priority but Jesus corrected them and reiterated that salvation was the highest priority.  The main objective of ministry is to preach the Gospel to the lost.  In order for us to be fully effective in ministry, it is vital we understand and exercise our authority over the works of the devil.

Jesus explained this great struggle in John chapter 10:

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

This should provide an easy comparison when dealing with people and where they are at.  If they are being hindered by the darkness then there is a great need for Jesus to be expressed in their lives.  Each of us is a spirit man and we express ourselves through our body.  The devil would attempt to express himself in our bodies as well and one outworking is sickness and disease.  Does that mean you are devil possessed if you are sick?  No!  It means there are forces fighting you in order to subject you to the one who kills, steals, and destroys.

Jesus came that we might have an abundant life.  It is not His will that any be sick or afflicted by the devil or his demons.  FATHER does not put sickness on us.  HE may permit it due to the lawlessness of the people but HE does not put it on the people HIMSELF.  Jesus being the full expression of FATHER was consistently healing and delivering people thus He confirmed FATHER’S Divine Intent time and time again.

Peter wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 Peter chapter 5:

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

There should be no question who the adversary is and we need not read anything into these statements but simply take them at face value.  The Beloved Disciple wrote by THE SPIRIT in 1 John chapter 3:

8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

As we grow into full maturity, we should expect to also destroy the works of the devil.  We must not leave out this important aspect of ministry.  In these times, there is such an influx of alternatives to healing that we must not allow the world’s methods to become our methods.  We must “undo” all that the world has infiltrated our thinking with and return to the pure Word for the true solution to healing the sick.  The solution is rather simple but may be a challenge in that the world’s methods provide great resistance to us when we promote Love, faith, and hope for those who are dealing with sickness and disease.  We must press in and allow the anointing to come forth for The Word will be confirmed to those who have ears to hear.  This is the only true solution to the healthcare crisis.  Jesus alerted us to the need to be in prayer and fasting to deal with the more advanced issues we will confront.  Direct and consistent communication with FATHER is an absolute necessity to walk in this area of ministry.

Commandment

April 18th, 2017

The word “commandment” means a Divine rule to be strictly observed.  FATHER gave the children of Israel Ten Commandments to live by and they had trouble keeping those Commandments for any period of time.  In addition, they were given other commandments and statutes to guide them in their daily affairs in order to promote life as they grew into a nation.  Those in the religious order started adding to the commandments with their own interpretations, customs, and traditions until the Divine Intent was compromised and you needed an expert to follow the various rules and regulations.  The simple was compromised by the complex.

Jesus was approached by a lawyer in Matthew chapter 22:

34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

If there is any passage we should place continued emphasis on, it is the following reply of Jesus:

37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If we don’t fully embrace these Words of Jesus, how can we expect to embrace any other revelation in Scripture?  Jesus is providing us the key to all Scripture which will unlock greater revelation than most can fathom.  FATHER first Loved us and as we Love HIM we become trustworthy to receive greater revelation.  Why?  As we Love HIM we become like HIM and take on HIS Divine Intent and then we begin to Love our neighbor with the same Love.  No longer are we envious of anything our neighbor has for Love overshadows worldly possessions and we genuinely want the best for our neighbor.  We become content with whatever FATHER has in store for us and do not look elsewhere for satisfaction.

Often we consider these two Great Commandments fulfilling the Law but they also fulfill “the Prophets” as well.  Prophets are those who by Divine Inspiration are moved by the Holy Spirit to speak, having power to instruct, comfort, encourage, rebuke, convict, and stimulate, their hearers.  Every pure Word coming from a Prophet should have the Divine Intent of Love behind it.  A true prophet communicates with FATHER and should express only what he or she hears FATHER say.  False prophets can be observed when their word and/or timing fails to materialize or does not line up with FATHER’S Word.

We must be cautious when we claim to speak on FATHER’S behalf for HE will not be misrepresented without some sort of repercussion falling upon the one who speaks.  As we continue our walk in Love we become trustworthy to deliver HIS Word to those who need to hear.  Walking in the Commandment of Love keeps us from missing the mark in whatever area of ministry HE directs us in and as we walk in this manner we bless our neighbor.

In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus warns us about the risk of our Love growing cold in the end times:

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.

10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.

11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Do not become discouraged or weary in walking the Love walk.  FATHER would not give us the commandment if we were unable to keep it.  Now is the time to increase in maturity so when the lawlessness reaches its peak, we are able to stand and not be moved by the spread of lawlessness.  FATHER has a way of correcting large numbers of people in short order.  The phrase “and suddenly” comes to mind.  Stay the course and keep the Commandments of Love no matter what the world does.

Eternally Defeated Foe

April 17th, 2017

The result of Jesus dying on the cross and being resurrected from the dead was to forever defeat the god of this world once and for all.  Annual sacrifices were no longer required in the Temple for Jesus forever satisfied that requirement.  Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in Ephesians chapter 2:

1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,

2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,

5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

We must no longer accept the lies of the devil who would convince us we are not worthy to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.  It would be like inheriting a large fortune and living in apparent poverty while your inheritance awaits your access and usage.  Why do we continue living in a substandard manner relative to our inheritance in Christ Jesus?

7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,

9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The ego would try to tell you that you must earn your way but by grace we have been saved for it is the gift of FATHER to us.  Simply accept it and begin walking in it!  Will there be challenges during the transition of renewing our mind?  Absolutely!  Why?  We have been subjected to the world’s beliefs, half-truths, and biases which we have based many of our beliefs.  We must cast down all vain imaginations and replace them with the pure Truth which only comes from Our Heavenly Father.

Sometimes it is simply better to start reading the Gospels without any prior intent or bias and let the Word be planted into fertile ground.  You will find passages which were meaningless to you in the past but are now bursting forth in life.  You are now overcoming man’s interpretations based on their own biases and you are now allowing the Holy Spirit to minister life more abundantly to you.

Paul wrote 2 Corinthians chapter 5 by THE SPIRIT:

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

We must let the old things pass away and fully accept ourselves as a new creation.  We are no longer subject to the wicked one who would promote the lie that we are that old man.  That man is gone so don’t try to resurrect the old man for we are a new creation in Christ Jesus.  Paul further states in Ephesians chapter 5:

30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.

Here we have the pure Word telling us who we are.  Are we to challenge these emphatic statements given to us by FATHER through HIS SPIRIT?  Let us embrace these Truths and fully acknowledge that the foe is truly defeated… eternally.  Let us take on our rightful position with Christ and walk accordingly.