“It is a great privilege, as well as our responsibility, to pray for our government leaders.” — Billy Graham
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” —1 Timothy 2:1–3, NIV
Petition means to ask. God urges us to ask, and He is pleased when we do.
Prayer is talking to God, anywhere, anytime, in any way.
Intercession is praying for someone else. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ constantly intercedes for us (see Romans 8:34. Hebrews 7:25), so it pleases God when we intercede for someone else—including heads of state and others in authority—because we are doing what Christ does.
Thanksgiving always pleases God, and the Bible specifically tells us to include thanksgiving when praying for those in authority.
We are to pray respectfully for leaders. “Show proper respect to everyone, … fear God, honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17). We are to pray with the clear understanding that government authority is established by God. “Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God” (Romans 13:1). We also pray knowing that God’s Word says, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1, NASB).
WHAT TO PRAY
You can pray using words and thoughts from Scripture.
Open the heart [name of any leader] to hear and respond to the Gospel message if he/she does not know you. Acts 16:14, Luke 24:45
Help [name] to accept wise counsel. Proverbs 11:14; 15:22
Teach [name] to trust in You. Psalm 21:7
Protect [name] from the influence of the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Give [name] discretion, foresight, and understanding in making decisions. 1 Chronicles 22:12
Generously answer his/her prayer for wisdom. James 1:5
Pour out Your Spirit on his/her leadership. Proverbs 1:23
Deliver [name] from opinions contrary to Your Word. Psalm 119:105
Guard [name] from harm, and bless and protect his/her family. Psalm 21:11; Ezra 6:10
Enable [name] to carry out his/her duties with humility talking to God about those in authority, toward You and toward others. 1 Peter 5:5
Give [name] the courage to do the right thing even when urged to do the wrong thing. Proverbs 2:11–15
Grant [name] a tender heart of compassion toward those he/she leads and serves. Colossians 3:12
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11 KJV)
Suppose a person in your neighborhood gets drunk on Friday nights, then beats his wife and children. Everybody knows about it, but no one knows what to do with it. One hundred people already agreed that he is a drunkard and a violent person.
“Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Mat 18:19 KJV)
When one hundred people agreed, there a lot of those two who agreed. They retain sins of this person against him and consequently he cannot change. It is necessary that someone would remit his sins off of him so that he will be able to change.
“Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained” (John 20:23 KJV)
When people meet you for the first time, they start a file on you, and then they enter in that file your character traits and retain them, they remember them. People easier remember your bad things in your character, than good things, and keep it against you. What if it is not a guy who beats his wife but you? You lost your temper, did something stupid, and now a number of people retain those sins against you. How to be released from it? The sins have to be remitted off from you.
No one really owes you an apology, because Jesus already paid the price. It is good to come up to someone and say, “I am sorry”. It is necessary, but the revelation is that they don’t owe you an apology because God already paid for the sin they committed.
Doing nothing is not really a sin, but when you become good at it, it is sin.
If you do not manage a certain area, it will manage you.
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Monday, April 13, 2015
Remitting and Retaining. #2
You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: 22 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. (John 20:22-23 KJV)
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Remitting and Retaining. #3
Remitting and retaining have a lot to do with death and life. If you retain what people did wrong to you, you are the one that suffers. You should have remitted it. Remit is to release, to forgive.
Binding and Loosing are the keys. They are either right or wrong keys.
Why are people mad? Why are you mad? Why do you get mad? It is a choice. It’s all in the keys. You may use a wrong key to start your day. Bible talks about binding and loosing, good and bad, blessing and cursing. You are either binding yourself to life or you are binding yourself to death.
Marriage is a s sweet as you make it. It depends on how much sugar you have.
April 29, 2015
Truth, Light and Life Mission
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (Jam 3:1-18 KJV)
Binding and loosing are the keys. People won’t drive you crazy if you do not give them the keys. It is all in choice and decisions what you are going to bind yourself to and what you are going to loose yourself from. There are things we have to be bound to and things we have to be loosed from.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Truth, Light and Life Mission
Testimony Related to Kevin Campbell’s message “Your Character Remitted. #1”
When I was a teenager, I started using index cards with names of my schoolmates. There I entered their character traits, mostly flaws. When Pastor Kevin Campbell said that we keep files on people in our minds, I kept them not only in my mind, but on paper also.
In 1987 I met a person who spoke only good things about people, he judged or condemned nobody. I felt a desire to be like him. I had not met a person whom I would like to imitate prior to that. I began to imitate him, and there came an amazing liberation. I began to love most people, stopped fearing them, when I communicate with them, there was a confidence that the good will win.
God says, “I am looking for a group of people who have love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, self-control.”
The law was our school master to bring us to Christ. If the law is not agains you. You are free to be a child of God. And when people see the Father in you, it means you graduated.
Hebrews 7:1-16. What made Jesus in the order of Melchizedek? Verse 16 tell us it is a power of Indestructible Life. We are here for it. It makes you sons, kings and priests. This power of endless life that you know possess though Jesus after the order of Melchizedek. If you don’t have manifestations of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness in your life, you are carnal, you need saved. The Spirit has power, flesh is a problem. You can please men, but it won’t help you. Can you please God?
If you have this power of Indestructible Life, rivers of water of life will flow out of you, unless something is as a dam.
Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness are weapons of our warfare. If you have it,. You will make it. If you don’t have it, your boat will sink. You’ll be as good as a rock thrown into the ocean. If you do not have a life preserver you are no better than a rock with water before you.
15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless [indestructible] life. (Heb 7:15-16 KJV)
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Saturday, January 17, 2015
Truth, Light and Life Mission, Penn Laird, Virginia
In May we had frosts two nights in a row, temperature was 27 degrees. Our apple-trees and strawberries were in bloom. The day after the frost two apple-trees, strawberries and their blossoms were in a fine condition (see photo).
And leaves on the third apple-tree and the blossoms of the magnolia were frozen (see on photo). What was the difference?
I remembered how our apostle Daniel Rodes heard about approach of a frost and told his daughter to pray for their strawberries in bloom. When he came home after work, he decided to pray over the strawberry, and understood that somebody already prayed for it. He asked who prayed. It turned out, his daughter did it as he told her.
Their strawberries survived the frost perfectly. This example inspired me. I prayed in faith over our two apple trees on which there were blossoms, and over the strawberries, and all was good. For the third apple-tree I did not pray, because on it there were no bloom. And I had simply forgotten about the magnolia, and its bloom was lost.
My husband began to sprinkle apple-trees in the middle of day (he had heard that this way gardeners keep orange trees from frost), but I asked him to rely on God’s power and protection, he agreed, repented in not believing God, and switched off the water. We saw God’s power at work. I also photographed what became from a frost with the hosta leaves.
Glory to our wonderful and faithful Lord! He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Mat 7:7-8 KJV)
The best way to grow your faith is to get to know the Promiser better – Heb 11:11. “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.” (Heb 11:11 KJV)
Tree of knowledge of good and evil is just religion, it is to know what to do. Tree of life represents relationships.
If we understand what Heavenly Father has for us, we would not have to go through the half what we go through. It is because we are ignorant in the area we have to be educated in.
“13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?” (Mat 16:13-15 KJV)
It does not matter what other people think of the Lord, it is what you think of Him. A person once told, that power to bind and loose was given only to Peter. Let’s check in the Bible. “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18). Who is the “ye” – Peter? People sometimes take part of the Bible and become confused.
Binding and loosing was done by words. It is not a minor, it is a major operation. It is God given. Casting all cares upon the Lord has to do with loosing. We don’t go by feeling, but by the fact of the Word of God.
And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19)
Until I made a study on Binding and Loosing, I didn’t realize how powerful this subject could be when used in connection with speaking the blood. Almost every verse in the Bible can be associated with binding and loosing. Some are more obvious than others. Jesus told the disciples to go into the city and they would find a colt tied. He said, “loose him and bring him to me” (Mark 11:2). Under the circumstances, Jesus could not use the colt until His disciples loosed him. Before Jesus raised Lazarus, He instructed those with Him: “take ye away the stone” (John 11:39). In other words, “Loose the stone.” After He raised Lazarus from the dead, He said, “Loose him [Lazarus] and let him go” (verse 44). The Lord uses us to bind and to loose. Jesus didn’t say binding and loosing is one of the keys to the Kingdom, He said they ARE the keys. This became more clear to me when I was staying in a hotel room not far from where I was on a preaching assignment. I had just unlocked the door and walked inside when the Lord spoke to me. “The keys you are holding to this hotel room give you the authority to bind and loose, to lock and unlock these doors, although you do not own this hotel. I have given the keys to the Kingdom to My children to bind and loose as needed.” Then He added, “Go, teach My faithful children that I have given them authority to use the keys to the Kingdom to bind and to loose as needed.” Without an understanding of the power of speaking the blood in connection with binding and loosing, we would not be as successful as the Lord would want us to be. We first of all have to understand what we have the authority to bind and loose. Jesus used the word “whatsoever.”
Binding Ourselves to the Word
The Lord began to teach me the importance of binding myself to the Word of God. At first, I questioned if this was scriptural because it was all new to me. I discovered in Proverbs 6:20-22 that we are instructed to bind the commandments continually upon our hearts: “My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee.” He said, “tie them about thy neck.“ This means to bind them to your neck. The Lord spoke of the children of Israel on a number of occasions as being stiffnecked. This symbol of tying them about your neck would eliminate the “sin-drome” of becoming stiffnecked. You will notice Proverbs 3:3 emphasizes the same teaching: “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.”Also in Proverbs 7:1-3 we read, “My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee. Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye. Bind them upon thy fingers, [something to seize with]write them upon the table of thine heart.” God wanted to make sure His children would always obey His Word and do all that He commanded.
In the New Testament, Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). We can’t keep the commandments unless we are bound to them. By binding the Word upon us, we become so attached to the Word of God that we will speak the Word and do according to all that is written in the Word. When we are bound to the Word, we are bound to truth, and we are bound to God. God and His Word cannot be separated. In Deuteronomy 11:18-20, the children of Israel were instructed to bind His book of the Law upon them: “Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates.” They were to have God’s Word become a daily part of them.
When we bind the Word of God upon us, we are binding ourselves to the blood covenant that Jesus bought for us on Calvary. When we bind ourselves to the Word of God and the blood covenant, it has an effect on the whole family, just as it did in the Old Testament…
Loosing the Bands of Wickedness
Now, let’s turn our attention to loosing the bands of wickedness as recorded in Isaiah 58:6: “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?” If we could not have the power within us to loose the bands of wickedness, the Lord would never have commanded us to do so, would He? Can we completely control all the wickedness in the world by loosing the bands of wickedness? Certainly not. We cannot control the world, but we can hinder the works of wickedness when we take the time to fast and intercede and then take the keys of binding and loosing and do the job God has called us to do.
All across the world, people are being controlled by wickedness. The uncontrollable evil of this generation is ripping through our land like a mighty tornado, destroying everyone in its path. It is time for the blood-washed, blood-bought saints of God to arise and let the devil and his hosts know that through the power of the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, we will start loosing the bands of wickedness. We will undo those heavy burdens cast upon God’s people. We will let the oppressed go free. We will break every yoke, not by our power or our might, but by the mighty spirit of the living God. We have had some astounding things happen through the power of speaking the blood. One of the ways we can break these bands off and do the work outlined in Isaiah 58 is by making statements similar to this, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the blood of the Lamb and by the mind, body and Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ that I am a part of, I loose myself and my family from the evil influence of this nation. I loose the burdens from off the people of this nation according to the authority given to me in Isaiah 58:6.” This needs to be done in faith, knowing that you have the authority to do so because you are protected by the blood and are a part of the blood covenant. It must be understood that we cannot control the whole world, nor change nations on our authority. We can only hinder the work of evil. Although we have the responsibility and duty through the Lord Jesus Christ to bind and loose, it is the Lord that does the work. We are only instruments in the work…
Can We Bind the Devil?
For years, I have heard Christians trying to bind the devil with little or no success. Yet, for some reason, they felt they were keeping him bound. I have even heard little children say, “I bind you devil.” The more I was around the devil-binding crowd, the more I noticed they were getting deeper into trouble and often ended up calling me for counseling.
Years ago, I heard a well-known teacher teaching on the subject of binding the strong man, whom he said was the devil. He explained how to bind him in the name of Jesus. He used such Scriptures as Matthew 12:29: “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house,” and Mark 3:27: “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.” His message was quite convincing and appeared to be backed by the Scriptures. The only problem was I was unable to see the necessary results that one would expect in binding the devil. He seemed to be as free in his operation as he was before he was supposed to be bound. I need to be more bold, I thought, Maybe this will help.
Soon after that, I had an unusual experience while I was endeavoring to bind the power of the devil as this teacher taught. I was speaking boldly, “I bind you devil in the name of Jesus,” when the Lord spoke to me.
“What are you binding the devil with?” He asked.
I was startled and didn’t know what to say. Finally I answered, “I am binding him in the name of Jesus.”
“No,” He answered, “You can cast out demons in the name of Jesus, but you can’t bind the devil in the name of Jesus.”
“Well then,” I said, “I guess I must bind him with the blood of Jesus.”
“You can’t bind him with the blood either,” the Lord replied. “You overcome the devil by the blood, but you can’t bind him with the blood.” Then He began to reveal something to me that changed my life. He said, “You cannot bind the devil. All you can do is hinder, restrain or resist his operation by using the Word of God like Jesus did in the wilderness. Satan cannot be bound until the angel is given the authority to bind him (as recorded in Revelation 20:1-3), because his time has not come to be bound.”
If you think about it, what would be the purpose of trying to bind a devil that Jesus has already defeated when he can be resisted? The Bible says, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). According to Hebrews 2:14 and I John 3:8, Jesus destroyed the works of the devil. Then in Colossians 2:15, we are told Jesus spoiled all the powers that come against us: “Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”If we study these two words, “destroyed”and “spoiled,”we find that Jesus abolished the works of the devil. He caused his operation to be hindered. He disarmed him. He brought his kingdom to ruin. He caused his kingdom to fail. He brought his powers to naught and made void the works of the devil. Only in the lives of those who are cleansed by the blood, redeemed by the blood and protected by the blood is the devil defeated and weakened, because he has one hundred percent power in the world. When we are engaged in slander, talebearing, strife, rebellion and division, we step out from under the blood protection and the devil is no longer a powerless force. The world does not have a defeated devil, but one who is able to kill, steal and destroy.
The night the children of Israel left Egypt out of the land of bondage and slavery, God gave them some specific directions to follow. They were to kill a lamb, apply the blood to the doors, roast its flesh, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. God told them how, when, and where to apply the blood of the sacrificial lamb. God’s instructions were, “And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat itAnd they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it”(Exodus 12:7-8).
They were also informed, “…none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning” (Exodus 12:22). If they had gone out of the house when the destroyer came through, they would not have been protected by the blood. They knew the life of a family member was in danger if they didn’t do according to ALL the Lord commanded. The blood was their protection from the destroyer that was to pass through that night and destroy the firstborn. In verse 13, the Lord said, “And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” Notice, when the blood was applied correctly, the people were safe from the destroyer.
The Lord called this night, “the LORD’S Passover” (Exodus 12:11), when they were to come out of the land of Egypt and from the house of bondage.
The Old Testament saints had a tangible lamb and blood. God has given us the bread and wine as a symbol of the broken body and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ when we partake of communion. In the New Testament, the Lord refers to the commemoration of communion as “Christ our Passover” (I Corinthians 5:7). As the children of Israel were given instructions concerning how to prepare the Passover, God has also given us some specific instructions to examine ourselves in preparation for this very important Passover ordinance. We are to make certain our lives are in agreement with God’s Word and that we have peace with God and man before partaking of communion (Passover): “…let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup” (I Corinthians 11:28). The Bible plainly tells us that it is not our responsibility to judge our fellowmen, but to judge ourselves: “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged” (I Corinthians 11:31).
Preparing for the Passover
Now let’s look at I Corinthians 11:27: “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” This word “unworthily” means “to be irreverent” or “not worthy” to take communion under the present conditions. We may ask the question, “What makes us unworthy?” In the earlier part of I Corinthians 11, Paul informed the people that there were divisions, heresies, and, in some cases, drunkenness among them which had brought them to a dangerous position. Some sins may seem small, but they could disqualify us to take communion. Habitual strife, envy, contention, slander, talebearing, lying, division, unforgiveness, disobedience or hypocrisy could cause us to be unworthy. It is important that we judge ourselves honestly and repent of any sin and renounce it. Just to say “I was wrong” or “I’m sorry” is like trying to wash a dirt floor with a wet mop. We must renounce and forsake sin.
The Consequences of Taking Communion Unworthily
As the Israelites were aware that they were not safe from the destroyer if they disobeyed God’s instructions, it is just as important for us to partake of the communion service reverently and in godly fear, or we will not be protected from the destroyer. Perhaps many Christians do not realize what could happen to them if they take communion in a state of unworthiness. The last part of I Corinthians 11:27 says, “…[he] shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” Then verses 29 and 30 read,“For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.” Let’s analyze the words “damnation,” “weak,” “sickly,” and “sleep.” The word “damnation” means “being sentenced, judged, or damned.” “Weak” means “to be impotent, feeble, or weak.” “Sickly” means “to be infirmed or sick.” And the word “sleep” means “to be dead or deceased.”
Taking communion unworthily could cause a person to experience one or more of the following:
1. They will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
2. They will be condemned.
3. They may become weak.
4. They may become sickly.
5. They could die prematurely.
It is doubtful if the Corinthians who were sick, weak or dying were aware that their problem could be traced back to the communion table. Maybe they didn’t know why so many of them were sick or dying.
In my travels across nations of the world over the years preaching the Gospel, training church leaders, speaking in conferences and conventions and holding healing crusades, I often pray for people who have been suffering guilt and condemnation in their lives for no apparent reason. Some of these people are suffering guilt and condemnation because they have taken communion unworthily. They may not even be aware that they have done this. Someone asked me, “If you took communion ignorantly and were not aware of the danger involved, wouldn’t God overlook that?” The answer to that question is found in Acts 17:30: “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” The word “winked” in this verse means “to overlook” or “not punish,” but the Lord said clearly that He commands all men in the New Testament dispensation to repent of any wrongdoing or to suffer chastisement (disciplinary correction) from His hand. “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (I Corinthians 11:32). Why would God be so harsh with people who partake of His communion service unworthily? I believe the answer is found in the fact that the body and blood of Christ are spiritual, sacred and precious. Because of this, we must partake of His body and blood reverently and in godly fear. The Lord brings chastisement upon us by means of correction that we should not be condemned with the world.
To eat unleavened bread and to drink grape juice is not dangerous in itself, when taken in the natural. Communion is not a natural ordinance, but a spiritual ordinance. When we take communion, we are commemorating the broken body and the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ who is our Passover. There is great power in the body and blood of Jesus, and I believe that we have yet to learn the true value of them.
I believe there is deliverance and pardon for those who may have taken communion in a state of unworthiness. I’m not suggesting that everyone has taken communion with the wrong motive or with sin in their life, nor am I suggesting that you, the reader, take a guilt trip if you may have taken communion unworthily. Certainly not all weakness, sickness or death comes because of misuse of communion or because of sin. If there is a question, however, I believe it would be wise to examine ourselves to see if somewhere along the way we may have taken communion unworthily. If so, thank God, there is a way to be restored.
“Heal me, O LORD, and I SHALL BE HEALED; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise” (Jeremiah 17:14).
The Bible tells us that everything should be confirmed by two or three witnesses before it can be established. In this series of lessons, we want to emphasize that we have more than two or three witnesses for our belief in divine healing. “…In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established” (II Corinthians 13:1; see also Matthew 18:16). In this study, we have used more verses than necessary for confirmation.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
We need to understand the truth about healing before we can enjoy it’s full benefits. Tradition claims God doesn’t heal today, but the Truth confirms He does. The traditional way replaces miracle healing with doctors; but the Truth declares, “He sent His word and healed them…” (Psalm 107:20). There are people who claim that the Lord wants them to be sick to bring Him glory according to John 9:3. They say the Lord sent them to the hospital to have an operation so they could witness to a doctor or nurse. They argue that God wants them to suffer for His sake, yet at the same time are taking pain medication. They quickly remind us that it is not always God’s will to heal, yet they rush to the doctor or hospital without praying to see if it is God’s will or not. They get very upset when someone comes against their traditional training and manmade beliefs. Even those who believe it is God’s will to heal have fallen into confusion when their “Masters” were hospitalized because of major health problems or they died.
Traditions have a very strong hold on people. So much so that they may even resist the Word of God in favor of their traditional upbringing. Some denominations have bound their people to tradition to the extent that the Word of God is ineffective. Jesus told us in Mark 7:9, “…Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.“
People who resist the truth often wrest the Scriptures unto their own destruction (II Peter 3:16). God’s Word will never change or submit to anyone’s authority, therefore, in order to deliver people from traditional bondage, we must use the Biblical method to do so. Only those with an honest heart will understand God’s great healing power for today. Jesus spoke of those who accept the truth as having an honest heart. “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15).
Does God Mean What He Says?
The big question that we have subconsciously entertained is, “Does God mean what He says in the Word?” This question was asked years ago in the Garden of Eden by the devil to disarm the child of God and destroy his faith. If the devil can succeed in making you believe God doesn’t mean what He says, He can remove the Word out of your heart (see Luke 8:12-14) and replace it with the traditions of men. “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices” (II Corinthians 2:11).
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
“…let God be true, but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).
“… thy word is truth” (John 17:17).
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…” (John 16:13).
Sickness Is a Bondage
Since we studied that the knowledge of the truth is capable of making us free, we can be set free from sickness and disease by acknowledging the truth. Notice the expression, “loosed” (set free), in the two following scriptures.
“And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God …And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (Luke 13:11-13, 16)
“And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain” (Mark 7:35).
This study is to help you see yourself healed. Keep your desired miracle before your eyes at all times. “Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes” (I Samuel 12:16). As you study this lesson, keep in mind those with an honest heart receive the Word of Truth in their hearts.
This is a testimony about God’s miracle working power in the heart and the body of one of His children, Brother Mikhail. We are providing actual text of our recent correspondence with this Brother.
March 1, 2013.
Hello sister Tatyana!
Sorry for the long silence, it was difficult to write.
This is my 3d month of going through an ordeal that the Lord allowed for my correction.
Honestly, I don’t know how to pass this trial, I am praying and fasting, but the problem gets worse.
I’m seriously afraid of ending up in a wheelchair… At night I spend hours in prayer…
Because of my carelessness I ruptured, herniated spinal disc, I am having a disability, almost all the time I spend in bed… I am avoiding a surgery as much as I can, but today got up briefly and suddenly my legs began to numb, no strength… I fainted…
I scared my children, they dragged me to bed…. Not fun…. I came to my senses – again prayed for healing with tears…
Again, thanks for the link, I’m going to watch the program!
I (Tatyana) shared my testimony with Mikhail how the Lord healed me from back injury
On March 3, 2013, Mikhail wrote:
I started watching the video on your link, & 5 minutes was enough for me to lay hands on myself and to declare myself healed through the sacrifice of Christ (Isaiah 53). My heart began resisting it, but I strongly kept telling it that according to God’s Truth my spine has been healed already. 20 minutes went by and I fell asleep.
In the morning I felt very good, even took a shower without anyone’s help, and several times I got up on my own. But in the afternoon my condition began to deteriorate rapidly.
I spent the night without sleep, prayed and asked Jesus to reveal to me how the power of God works.
In the morning my family stirred in my heart thanks to God. However, a heavy stone laid on my heart. I talked with my sons and then verses from Job came to my mind. I grabbed my Bible and it opened up to Chapter 32 of Job! I was reading as drinking the living water. “Whom I love I punish, in order to turn away from pride” – Job 36:7-9. Great God in His mercy – He helped me to see my sin! Repentance brought untold relief, even pain let me go, thanks to our Heavenly Father!
It was so easy on my heart, again I laid hands on myself and declared myself healed by the stripes of Christ. This time my heart did not resist, it was delighted. But full recovery has not happened. I will try not to give up, because trials strengthen our faith.
“…whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace“
(Gal 5:4 KJV).
In this teaching we will consider the danger that traps born again Christians when they lose their first love to the Lord and start serving Him, but do it without Him. This thing happened with the entire Galatian church. Instead of walking with the Lord, they moved away to fulfilling of the law. Thus they were left without Christ, have fallen away from grace. We see this same thing in the church of Ephesus, and the Apostle John recorded the Lord’s warning:
“1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Rev 2:1-5 KJV).
The church of Ephesus worked for the Lord very diligently, to the point of exhaustion, but the Lord declared a strict warning. If she does not recall where she has fallen from to lose her first love, and will not repent, her candlestick will be removed.
After accepting the power to become the child of the Lord, I joined a Baptist church and with pleasure started serving my Lord and King Jesus Christ. From wonderful personal communion with the Lord came true pleasure. Here is a small testimony.
I caught a cold and laid at home in the dark in my bed. However, in my heart I felt joy. I heard in my heart a hymn to the glory of the Lord. At first I thought that I am myself was singing in my mind. But something was not so: I heard a choir. This hymn was familiar to me, and I joined this choir. A real choir was singing, I was convinced of it; I could participate or not participate in the singing. I tried it for several times and noticed that when I did not sing, the choir continued singing praises to the Lord anyway. Then I noticed one more detail: I could lead this choir. When I sang slowly, the choir sang with me also slowly. When I sang faster, the choir obediently followed me. I was glad and thanked the Lord for this wonderful and magnificent phenomenon in my life.
What happened afterwards was even more interesting. I was not sleeping, just lying in bed in the dark. Suddenly in a vision I saw as if the door to other room was opened a little and through the crack of the opened door a bright light shined. From the light a chain of shining balls were rolling. In perplexity I thought: perhaps, they are angels? But why are they so small? I wanted to find it out and asked the Lord to give me a sign: if they are angels let them heal me from the congestion I felt in my chest. In a moment the congestion of cold disappeared, and I was healed instantly.
The next day I was able tell to my brothers in Christ about my wonderful personal communion with the Lord and how I had been cured from cold in a flash. This testimony remains in my memory as one most tender and precious. In my life there have been many similar cases of wonderful communication with the Lord.
These wonderful experiences continued for three more years. However, I started noticing that the love and joy from the wonderful presence of the Lord started gradually evaporating from my life. Frequent irritations returned, delightful infillings of the Holy Spirit stopped along with the miracles from the presence of the Lord. Something was wrong with my salvation. I began watching older brothers and observed that they were in the same position because they loved those who loved them, but could not love their opponents. In conflict situations brothers quarreled and could not quickly forgive their offenders. It was the same as with people in the world who are not born again.
Once we provided a temporary residence in our family for two missionaries from America, a married couple. They were in the Lord for 30 years, according to their own testimony. For us, newborn babies, they were as angels of God. Both of them knew the Bible very well, they were respectful and polite. The wife perfectly played piano, and in both sonorous and pleasant voice eulogized the Lord by singing psalms. It seemed to us that they has reached perfection in the knowledge of love to God and to people. But it turned out that the achievement of love is demonstrated not in a quiet setting but in a conflict. We were witnesses of a fight between the spouses in which they behaved no better than enraged women at a market place. It was the first time in my life when I started pondering about our correctness in the way of salvation because the Holy Scripture says, without love to the Lord we are not needed in eternity (1 Cor 13,1-3). I remember that at those moments I thought to myself: “If I also will be the same in a conflict situation after thirty years of serving the Lord, then everything these teachers taught me, is a lie and hypocrisy.” Later these assumptions proved to be true, when the Lord gave back to us our lost love and taught us to distinguish the curse of the law from the Lord’s grace. We will talk about it in the following short testimony.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CURSE OF THE LAW AND GOD’S GRACE
“…whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” (Gal 5:4 KJV).
A brother in Christ came to me and started being indignant about his wife not submitting to him, as to the Lord1. She grumbles and opposes him all the time. It is a so-called “curse of the law” – to demand submission to the law from another person. Continue reading To Know God and to Know About God
We’re going to continue with study of developing the right use of the mind.
Tonight we’re going to keep on the subject pretty close how to keep your thoughts from destroying you. If our thoughts are God led and God directed we’re safe and secure with that mind. If that mind is corrupted or defiled or misled or mis-trained we have trouble.
In Matthew chapter 6 verse 9 Jesus is teaching us how to pray. I want you to notice a few but very important principles about praying. I don’t know how many people have taken the instructions of the Lord in this area. But, if you follow that for exactly what it says, that doesn’t mean to pray exactly like that prayer. Jesus didn’t pray every prayer exactly like that. He presented a normal way of praying that has a very deep meaning to it.
After this manner therefore pray ye (Matt 6:9 KJV) This is where it goes,
Mat 6:9-13 KJV Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Notice this prayer begins with acknowledging and honoring our Heavenly Father’s name and ends with Praise, Honor and Glory to the Giver of life and breath and all things.
If you center your prayers around that type of praying, recognizing the almighty God as you begin your prayer realizing that your hands are in His hand, your heart is in His heart, your thoughts are in His thoughts, everything you are going to pray about is centered in one thing. Your will and God’s will be the same, if you want to pray something and you have a heart that is right with God. If you start to pray something that is not exactly the way the Lord would want it, He will signal to you and you will know about it. A lot of prayers are missed because we feel condemnation, etc.
In Mark 11:24 Jesus gives a promise. This promise is forever settled in Heaven. It will never be changed. It cannot be changed. It must carry on to the end of the world till there are no more people on the face of the earth. That promise will still be there no matter how bad the world is. If there is one righteous person on earth he can go to Mark 11:24 and read this
KJV Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
That’s pretty strong. Did you ever pray a prayer that didn’t get answered? Did you ever have a prayer that goes like this – the way I was taught God may say yes, He may say no, He may say wait, or He may say a lot of other things? That is not the Scripture.
Just because your prayer is not answered it is not God’s fault. There are a lot of reasons which I am going to tell about this evening. This mind of ours can really give us problems. There are things the Lord told us (I will come back to this later).
When we run into a problem and we start praying that problem… Let’s see if you are praying that problem like, “Dear Lord, we are really having trouble here. The people are is coming against us, doing this and that.” You can guarantee that prayer will get you into trouble. That is not a prayer. That is unscriptural prayer. Now I’ll get to that in just a little bit later..
Whether you are facing temptations, relationships, anything that brings you negative results and you start pondering about that negative results, you start meditating about it and think negative thoughts, you are guaranteed to get a negative answer. It’s just as sure as the sun comes up in the morning. Any time a person thinks about their problems they are bound to receive these problems even more than they had them before.
The secret of prayer is NEVER pray about the mountain. You’ve heard me say this many times, “Do not speak to God about the mountain. You speak to the mountain about God.” Now, you’ve heard me say that a lot of times. It probably goes in one ear and out the other. Really think about that. Don’t speak to God about your mountain. Speak to the mountain about God. If you have that principle in mind you will have success. But what we are apt to do is pray about the problem. Your prayers can drive you deeper and deeper and deeper into the miry pit of despair. If you pray against someone or pray how someone has hurt you like, “Lord these people have been mistreating me and I am hurting, they did me wrong”, you can guarantee no answer. That’s not the way to pray.
Prayer (may I use an expression that may seem a little strange to you?) is a very sacred thing. Handle it with prayer. Handle your prayer with prayer. Not just with care, but handle your prayer with prayer. Lord teach us to pray. That’s what the disciples said. Then how am I going to pray?
I came back from a couple of trips overseas just recently as most of you have heard. I just came back from India. We just had a wonderful time over there. I took a team over there from the States. There has been a number of people who said, I just want to go with you overseas. I wasn’t sure how that would work out because when I go it’s usually not to do work, its usually to preach the Gospel. Usually we don’t need more than one or two preachers, so I never saw a good opportunity for that until this trip to India. So, I said, we’ll take a few of these people who’ve been asking me to go along. And, this ministry that I work with over there, formed some evangelistic teams that would go out into the villages, while I was holding a pastor’s conference. We really had a good time. India is so unusual, so unlike any other place on the face of the earth. You have to be there to grasp how odd, how weird and how different this place really is. It is so different from American culture, it is hard to fathom.
“And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:19 KJV)
When we pray we have to rely on promises written in God’s Word. Here are some of the promises about salvation of the children of believing parents.
Isaiah 49:24-25 24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered? 25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
Isaiah 54:13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
Isaiah 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
Isaiah 44:3-5 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel.
Proverbs 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered [saved].
A quiet, zealous 46-year-old businessman in New York was appointed on July 1, 1857, as a missionary in downtown New York at the Dutch Church. Jeremiah Lamphier had been converted in 1842 in Broadway Tabernacle, Finney’s church that was built in 1836.
Lamphier felt led by God to start a noon-time weekly prayer meeting in which business people could meet for prayer. Anyone could attend, for a few minutes or for the entire hour. Prayers were to be comparatively brief. Lamphier’s group met on the third floor of the old North Dutch Reformed Church on Fulton Street in New York.
Lamphier printed some handbills announcing the prayer meetings with the title, “How Often Should I Pray?”
The first day, September 23, 1857, Lamphier prayed alone for half an hour. But by the end of the hour, six men from at least four denominational backgrounds joined him. The next Wednesday there were twenty. On October 7 there were nearly forty. The meeting was so blessed that they decided to meet daily. One week later there were over one hundred present, including many unsaved who were convicted by the Holy Spirit of their sin.
Within one month pastors who had attended the noon prayer meetings in Fulton Street started morning prayer meetings in their own churches. Soon the places where the meetings were held were overcrowded. Men and women, young and old of all denominations met and prayed together without distinctions. The meetings abounded with love for Christ, love for fellow Christians, love for prayer, and love of witnessing. Those in attendance felt an awesome sense of God’s presence. They prayed for specific people, expected answers, and obtained answers.
Newspapers began to report on the meetings and the unusual spirit of prayer that was evident. Within three months similar meetings had sprung up across America. Thousands began praying in these services and in their own homes…. By the end of March over six thousand people met daily in prayer gatherings in New York City.
You’ve heard of the U.S. Army’s Special Forces-a highly trained army-within-an-army, an elite unit of dedicated soldiers. Special Forces are made up completely of volunteers, fighters who have been noticed and called out by their superiors. Before the war in Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden had said American soldiers were weak, cowardly, not trained for mountain warfare. He predicted the Taliban would send U.S. troops home in shame, but he hadn’t counted on America’s Special Forces. This fearless unit invaded Afghanistan with a mere 2,000 soldiers. Within days, it had located all the enemy’s strongholds.
I believe God is doing something similar in the spiritual realm. While in prayer, I was impressed by the Holy Spirit with the concept-God has been at work in the heavenlies on a covert operation. He’s raising up an army-within-an-army, searching his regular troops to form an elite unit of volunteers. This special force is made up of warriors he can touch and stir, to do battle with the enemy. We see a picture of this in the Bible, with Saul’s special militia. The Word tells us, “There went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched” (I Samuel 10:26).
How many of you have loved ones that are lost and want nothing to do with God?
I know many of you are that way because I have talked to many who have asked me, “Why can’t i lead my loved one to Christ? Can they not see the wonderful things Jesus has done for us on the cross? Do they not want to go to heaven when they die? Why would anyone want to live in the devil’s way here on earth and then go to hell when they die?”
These are all very good questions, and it took me many years and hundreds of hours of study in the Word of God to find the answers. I finally found them, and since then, I have used what I found to get many people saved.
If you will pay very close attention you will learn how to get your lost ones saved. Please take note . . .
First you must be a born again, baptized believer.Then you must know your position in Christ. You must know you are seated in the heavens in Christ.
Eph 2:4-7, Tlb
4 But God is so rich in mercy; he loved us so much
5 that even though we were spiritually dead and doomed by our sins, he gave us back our lives again when he raised Christ from the dead–only by his undeserved favor have we ever been saved–6 and lifted us up from the grave into glory along with Christ, where we sit with him in the heavenly realms–all because of what Christ Jesus did.
7 And now God can always point to us as examples of how very, very rich his kindness is, as shown in all he has done for us through Jesus Christ.
You must know you are a joint heir with Christ. (ROM 8:15-18 TLB)