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April 16, 2014
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Christians have been given what is called "the Great Commission" (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:46-49, Acts 1:4,5,8). It is important that we study what Jesus said in these verses.
In Matthew 28:18-20, it says, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth...Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost...Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
In Mark 16:15-18, it says, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned...And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues...They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
In Luke 24:46-49, it says, "And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day...And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem...And ye are witnesses of these things...And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
In Acts 1:4,5,8, it says, "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me...For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence...But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
If we study these verses of Scripture carefully, we can learn a lot that will help us do what Jesus commissioned His disciples to do. Then, if we understand them, Christians are commissioned to do the same things. It was not just for those disciples that were there when Jesus spoke those words to them.
In Matthew 28:19, Jesus said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." At that time, those disciples did not even know that North and South America existed. But, Jesus was including North and South America. It was not possible in the natural for those disciples to go to North and South America at that time. Yet, someone was to go to the nations that the disciples did not even know existed at that time.
Who was to go to North and South America and preach the Gospel to the nations on these two continents? It was to be Jesus' disciples. Who is a disciple of Jesus? A disciple is "a learner, a follower, etc." That means, "a follower of Jesus," not a follower of anyone else.
Jesus said to some of those whom He called disciples, "follow Me" (Matt. 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, Mark 2:14, Luke 5:27, John 1:43). It is important that we understand that everyone who is born again is called to follow Jesus.
To follow Jesus, includes doing what Jesus said to do. In Luke 9:23, it says, "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." How do we follow Jesus today? We follow Jesus by following His instructions from our spirit within us. Therefore, what Jesus tells us to do from our spirit, that we should do.
Let us not stop here, but go on to see what else Jesus said to His disciples. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." We are to include teaching all that Jesus taught His first twelve disciples, and the other seventy disciples in Luke, Chapter Ten. What Jesus taught them, we should also observe to do. Jesus did not teach anyone to do anything other than what He taught His first eighty-two disciples.
What is written in the four Gospels includes much of what Jesus taught His first eighty-two disciples. As we look at the last words Jesus spoke to His disciples before He was taken up into heaven to be with His Father, we should study them carefully. They contain some very important information, which can help us to understand, what Jesus is telling us to do today.
Starting with Matthew 28:18,19, it says, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth...Go ye therefore..." Then in Matthew 28:20, Jesus ended by saying, "...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen."
Why did Jesus include the last part with the first part? If we are truly born again, then Jesus is with us wherever we go. When we became truly born again, we received Jesus and the Father in our new birth. In Ephesians 4:6, it says, "One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." It says, God the Father is in all born again Christians. When we receive Jesus as LORD into our lives, we also received God the Father. We cannot have Jesus without having God the Father also. You cannot separate Jesus from God the Father. Jesus said in John 10:30, "I and my Father are one." That does not mean that Jesus is the Father, for Jesus said in John 14:28, "...If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I."
Therefore, wherever a Born Again Christian goes God goes (all three are there, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). In 1 John 5:7, it says, "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." All three of these are One God, and you cannot have one without having the other two. In Colossians 2:8-10, it says, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ...For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily...And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."
Therefore, when Jesus said, "...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen," that includes the Father and the Holy Spirit. These three are all with us until the end of the world. In Hebrews 13:5, it says, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
When we go into all the world, God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit go with us. They dwell in us, in our Spirit. They will not leave us. In Mark 16:20, it says, "And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen." Jesus will confirm His Word with signs following. Jesus dwells in us to confirm His Word when we go "in His Name."
Jesus gave us His Word, when He told us what to do and how to do it. Jesus is "the Way, the Truth, and the life" (John 14:6). Jesus is God with the Father, and the Holy Spirit. In Titus 1:2, it says, "In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began." Jesus is the Truth. Therefore, Jesus cannot lie. God is God and God cannot lie.
Christians must get to know God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit so well that they believe whatsoever they say. Believe, and never doubt what God says.
When we add together what Jesus said in Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:46-49, John 20:21-23 and Acts 1:4,5,8, we should see that Jesus was saying. "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth...Go ye therefore...In My Name, and do whatsoever I have taught you...In my name shall they (you) cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, etc." Therefore, whatsoever we do, do it "in Jesus' Name." Or better yet, "in Jesus' Name," do the same works that Jesus did.
In John 14:12, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." Once Jesus went to be with the Father, He sent the Holy Spirit, to help, guide, comfort, lead, and teach us all things.
The Holy Spirit is the power of God that brings into manifestation the Word of God that destroys the works of the Devil. What was the purpose for the Son of God coming into this world in the likeness of man, born of the seed of the woman and the Spirit of God (Gen. 3:15, Luke 1:35)? Jesus came to destroy the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8).
In Luke 1:35, it says, "And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." That is how the Son of God, became the Son of Man, and came into this world to destroy the works of the Devil. Therefore, in 1 John 3:8, it says, "...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil."
In Acts 10:38, it says, "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." It is by the anointing of the Holy Spirit, and the power of the Holy Spirit, that Christians can do the same works that Jesus did (John 14:12).
It is because "the Name of Jesus" is above every name, in heaven, in earth, and beneath the earth, that Christians, having the fullness of God dwelling in them can go, "in the Name of Jesus," and do the same works Jesus did.
In John 6:45, Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." In 1 John 2:27, it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."
Notice that in 1 John 2:27, it begins by saying, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you..." Then it ends by saying, "...ye shall abide in him." The anointing is not an it. It is the Holy Spirit, Himself. The Holy Spirit has been sent to teach us all things.
The Holy Spirit is our teacher, sent from the Father and Jesus, to teach us all things. Many times, we learn by experience. When we experience the power of God working through us, we learn things that we did not know, and did not understand concerning the Name of Jesus.
Shortly after I received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I was together with a number of Christian brothers and sisters in the LORD. We were watching a video tape on "How to heal the sick." In the teaching, it was mentioned on how to grow out short arms. Two people watching the video tape had one arm shorter than the other. They asked me to pray with them to bring their arms out to the same length. I wanted them to ask another person there to pray for them instead of me. For, I had read in Mark 16:17, where it says, "And these signs shall follow them that believe..." In my mind, I did not believe that if I did the praying, their arms would come out to the right length. I was one-hundred percent positive that they would not come out if I did the praying.
Because they insisted that I do the praying for them, I had no choice but to pray for their arms to come out to the right length. Because I was one-hundred percent positive in my mind that they would not come out, I started by praying in the Spirit first, hoping to receive some information from the Holy Spirit as to what I should do? After praying in the Spirit for a short time, I thought, I better do something, or they will think I don't know what to do. So, I said, "In the name of Jesus, I command these arms to come out to the same length, in Jesus' name." It wasn't easy to say those words especially when in my mind I knew it wasn't going to work. When I spoke those words out of my mouth, their arms came out to the right length. First it was a sister in the LORD. Then I did the same thing for a brother in the LORD, still one-hundred percent positive that it would not work for him.
I did the same thing I did for the sister in the LORD and his arms came out to the right length also. The Name of Jesus works, not because of who we are in the natural, not because of what we think in our mind. But because, if we do what Jesus said to do it will work just like Jesus said it will work. Jesus cannot lie.
Jesus said "in My Name," heal the sick, cast out devils, even raise the dead. Jesus did not say, "try it to see if it will work." Jesus simply said, "Go in My Name and do the same works that He did."
When we do what Jesus said to do, and do not let the thoughts that come into our minds from the enemy stop us, Jesus will confirm His Word with signs following. The devil wants to stop us from doing what Jesus told us to do. The devil puts thoughts in our minds to get us to stop doing what Jesus said we should do. We must not let the thoughts in our mind stop us from doing what Jesus told us to do.
Around that same time, my oldest daughter was driving on a street in town with her left arm resting on the door, with the window down. A steel cover came up from the street, and slid along the side of her car, and hit her left arm. They took her to the hospital, to have it checked, to see how much damage there was done to her arm.
They called me from the hospital, to come down, telling me that my daughter was in the emergency room waiting to be seen by a doctor. In short, what happened, was that I delayed going down, thinking it will be some time before they get to checking her out, and I wanted to keep doing what I was doing for a while. (The complete testimony of this is in a number of books on the web sites).
When I drove down to the hospital and was there near the emergency door in the parking lot, my daughter came out, with her arm in a sling, packed with ice, and medication in her hand. I asked her to come over to my house. When she came over, I asked her what the doctors told her. She said, they told her there were no bones broken, but all the ligaments and tendons were damaged. She would not be able to use her left arm and left hand for about two weeks. She was a keypunch operator at the time and needed the use of her left hand to work.
Before I prayed for her, I said to her, "The LORD wants to heal you right here, right now, is that ok with you?" She said, "Sure." I laid my hand on her shoulder and said, "In the Name of Jesus, I command complete healing in her arm from the shoulder to the tips of her fingers in Jesus Name." I had a knowing in my spirit that she was healed.
She said to me, "It feels kinda funny." I said, "Take your arm out of the sling and bend it up." She did. Then I said, "Now straighten it out," and she did. Then I said, "Now bend it all the way to the right," and she did. Then I said, "Now bend it all the way to the left" and as she did a smile came on her face and she said, "Dad, it doesn't even hurt." I said, "I know, the Lord just healed it for you!" Her face lit up, she was so happy, we just praised the LORD for healing her.
I included these two testimonies because I learned what to do by experience, not by what someone else taught me. It is sad that Christians do not just go and do what Jesus told them to do, and not let someone else tell them it must be done some other way. Then they come up with a lot of different ideas, of why it must be done according to their idea, not simply the way Jesus said to do it.
Many Christians follow the teachings of men, who have reasoned out in their minds, what the Bible says, and then they make up excuses for why it doesn't work just like Jesus said it would. There are many doctrines and theologies taught in Churches today that do not agree with what Jesus said. We need to get back to what Jesus said, and do what Jesus said to do.
We should do it the same way Jesus said to do it. Not, someone else's idea of why it will not work just like Jesus said it will work. Jesus actually said, "Go in My Name" and do the same works that He did. There are many excuses made up among Christians, of why we cannot do things the same way Jesus did things. Many Churches today hardly ever see someone get healed. They come to Church on Sunday morning in pain, and sickly, and leave Church the same way they came, in pain, and sickly. Is that pleasing to God? Is God pleased with Christians who draw back when it comes to "Faith in the Word of God?"
We are all guilty of not doing what Jesus said we should do. Then, coming up with some excuse for not having faith, and not using "the Name of Jesus," to destroy the works of the Devil in the lives of others.
In James 5:14,15, it says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord...And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
Many say, well, they didn't ask for us to pray for them! Well, neither did the man in the Synagogue with the withered hand in Mark 3:1-5, ask Jesus to heal him. Neither did the woman in the Synagogue, that Satan had bound for eighteen years in Luke 13:10-13, ask Jesus to heal her.
Neither did the man at the pool of Bethesda in John 5:1-9 ask Jesus to heal him. Jesus saw the man there and knew he had been in that condition for a long time. Jesus went to the man and said to him, "Wilt thou be made whole?" (John 5:6). In John 5:7, it says, "The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me." Jesus did not pay any attention to the man's reasons. In John 5:8,9, it says, "Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk...And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath." Many Christians today do not read everything it says, when they read certain Scriptures.
Jesus is the Word of God that God sent into this world to destroy the works of the devil. Therefore, Jesus did not need to say to the man, "in my name, Rise, take up thy bed and walk." All Jesus needed to do was speak the Word, and the man was healed. In all of the above cases, Jesus knew who He was, and why God the Father sent him into the world. Jesus went about doing the will of God the Father by destroying the works of the devil in the lives of many people He came into contact with. Sometimes, Jesus healed multitudes of people in a short time.
Because Christians are not "Jesus Christ Himself," they need to operate "in the authority" of "the Name of Jesus" that they are given by Jesus Himself. Jesus gave Christians authority to use "His Name" to destroy the works of the devil. Jesus told us in the Gospels what to do, and how to do it, saying, "Go in My Name" and do the same works He did. When we do, it will not be us doing the works by our ability, but it will be God working in us and through us doing the works.
God is not limited when it comes to destroying the works of the Devil. Christians limit God by not knowing the will of God and the authority they have been given in Christ Jesus as members of His Body, which is called the Church. Being in Christ Jesus, all the fullness of the Godhead dwells in us. We have the authority "in Jesus Name" to destroy the works of the Devil.
If the person we see, or talk to, does not want to be healed, then we cannot go against their free will. That can be the case in some. Therefore, it is best to first ask them, or make some statement that will prompt them to reply, as to, if they want to be healed? If they indicate they do, then the Name of Jesus will work to heal them. Keep in mind, we should have faith "in the Name of Jesus," for God works through our faith.
Following the healing of the lame man in Acts 3:1-10, Peter said in Acts 3:16, "And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all." Christians do need to build up their faith in the Name of Jesus. Through "faith in the Name of Jesus," Christians can destroy the works of the Devil.
Many times in my years, I used the Name of Jesus against symptoms, and evidence of the works of the Devil in my own life. I do not know how many times, I had pain in my lower back, and I would command my back to be healed in "the Name of Jesus." Sometimes it took only a few hours, and some times it took up to three days for complete healing. But, it worked every time I used the Name of Jesus to command healing in my back.
I used the Name of Jesus to command growths upon my body to die and leave my body. One time in February of 2012, it took about two and a half weeks for a growth to disappear from the bridge of my nose, after commanding it to die and leave my body in the Name of Jesus.
A number of times I had bleeding on my left ear from a small growth. Every time I used the Name of Jesus, and commanded the bleeding to stop, it stopped within hours. The growth would almost disappear, and then a few years later it would come back. Every time it came back and started to bleed, I used the Name of Jesus, and commanded the bleeding to stop and growth to leave my body. It has been many years now, since the last time I came against that bleeding on my ear. Christians need to be using the Name of Jesus against all of the works of the Devil in their lives and the lives of others.
In James 5:14,15, it is not talking about Christians in Church on Sunday mornings. When it says, "...let him call for the elders of the church," it is not talking about when a sick person is in Church where the elders are on Sunday. It is talking about Christians who are not in Church at the time, but at home or somewhere else and sick. Let them call for the elders, that the elders can come to them and anoint them with oil and pray the prayer of faith for them.
Then it goes on to say, "And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:15). If they are sick, there is sometimes sin connected with that sickness. If there is sin in their particular case and it is related to the sickness, they will be forgiven. Every Christian has some sin in their lives. It tells us that in 1 John 1:8,10, where it says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us...If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." The answer to sin and sickness is in the atonement according 1 John 2:1,2, where it says, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous...And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world."
The writer of the book of James knew that sins and sickness and diseases were all paid for in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, the Holy Spirit inspired James to inform us, that the healing is in the atonement right along with the forgiveness of sins. Some call this the twofold Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
Praise God for the Gospel! Jesus already paid the price for our sins with His Blood. Jesus paid the price for our healing with the stripes He bore in His body on the Cross at Calvary (Isa. 53:4,5, Matt. 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24).
Christians need to believe the Gospel, and receive forgiveness of sins and healing for their bodies. Many Christians today do not know how to receive what is theirs by what Jesus already did for them. Therefore, Christians need "elders" in the churches that know what the Scripture says, and can pray the prayer of faith for those who need healing and forgiveness of sins.
Some have added to James 5:14,15, that the person calling for prayer must also have faith. It doesn't truly say that in James 5:14,15, but it does indicate that "they should believe" that through the prayer of faith by the elders, they will be healed.
James 5:16, seems to be another subject, another way of receiving healing. This time, James is speaking of two individuals praying for each other, whereby "...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
While Jesus was preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, the Children of Israel were still under the Law of Moses. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." The Law of Moses was not fulfilled until Jesus rose again from the dead. Therefore, some of the things that happened were because the Jews only understood the Law of Moses according to their understanding. Many times, Jesus had to correct their understanding of the Law of Moses.
Jesus was preparing to fulfill the Law of Moses at the same time He was preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. None of the Jews at that time actually understood the death and resurrection of Jesus that brought in the New Covenant of Grace and Truth that came by Jesus Christ. In John 1:17, it says, "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Therefore, there was opposition to what Jesus was teaching and doing, that caused many to not understand the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.
One of the major oppositions that Jesus had was healing on the Sabbath day. Wherever Jesus went, the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees came against Jesus healing on the Sabbath day. Healing and the forgiveness of sins is a major part of the New Covenant. Love and Grace takes the place of the Law of Moses. What the Law of Moses could not do, Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection. Not that the Law was not good. But, the Law of Moses could not justify anyone. Jesus was teaching the Kingdom of God, whereby, righteousness comes by what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection from the dead.
We must be careful in studying the four Gospels, and separate the Law of Moses, which Jesus was preparing to fulfil, from Grace and Truth that Jesus was teaching.
One example of this is in John 9:1-5, where it says, "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth...And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?...Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him...I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work...As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."
Following that, Jesus healed the blind man, and it was on the Sabbath day. Therefore, the Pharisees came against Jesus for healing on the Sabbath day.
Many Christians may have miss-taken what Jesus said to His disciples when they asked Jesus, "Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" The disciples that asked Jesus that question knew the Law of Moses. Therefore, they wanted Jesus to tell them, whose sin caused this man to become born blind?
The answer Jesus gave them is simply, "Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents." Jesus dropped that subject right there, and went on to proclaim "why He came into the world?"
There needs to be a better understanding among Christians of the difference between the Law of Moses, and Grace and Truth in the New Covenant. Under the Law of Moses, they were required to judge those who did not live according to the Law of Moses. Take an example from John 8:1-20. If you read those verses in context, you will notice that under the Law of Moses, Jesus said they were "judging according to the flesh" (John 8:15). In the New Covenant we are not to judge according to the flesh, but according to the spirit (John 8:16; 1 John 4:1).
In John 8:3,4, they brought to Jesus a woman caught in the act of adultery. According to the Law of Moses, if anyone was caught in the act of adultery, they were to bring both the man and the woman. By the witness of two or three they were both to be stoned to death (Lev. 20:10, Deu. 22:22, Deu. 17:6). That was the Law of Moses at the time Jesus was going about preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, while still living under the Law of Moses.
In the New Covenant of the Kingdom of God, we are not to judge according to the flesh, but according to the spirits that are causing the person to go against the will of God. What is the will of God? The will of God is that everyone would come to Jesus Christ, and walk in the "image" of God, which is Love (agape), and use "the Name of Jesus" to destroy the works of the Devil. The works of the Devil are caused by the spirits of this world that deceive people into living contrary to the will of God. God is not for death, but for life (zoe), which is everlasting life in Christ Jesus. The "likeness of God," is "living by faith in the Word of God."
Jesus was teaching the New Covenant while living under the Old Covenant of the Law of Moses. Therefore, in John 8:7-9, Jesus put the Pharisees to the test according to "their conscience," which was the only way a person who is not born again can know if they are going against God's will. Their conscience, caused them to walk away, and Jesus was left with the woman and no accusers. Then Jesus said to the woman, "...Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more" (John 8:11).
Jesus did not come into this world to condemn the world, but that through Jesus the world may be saved from the works of the Devil (John 3:14-18). When a person is truly born again, God dwells in them, and by God working in them, they can resist the devil and submit themselves to God, and the devil will flee from them (James 4:7).
Therefore Jesus was teaching "Judge not, that ye be not judged...For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again" (Matt. 7:1,2). The Law of Moses was according to the flesh. The New Covenant is to walk after the Spirit, according to "the Spirit, the Word, and the Blood" (1 John 5:8). We are to love the people and hate the works of the Devil (Psalm 97:10). We are to take the Name of Jesus and destroy the works of the Devil.
The issue in the New Covenant is not "who sinned," but "why did Jesus come into this world," and establish His Kingdom, which is based upon what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection from the dead. Who sinned, was a question according to the Law of Moses. For the Law of Moses required judging those who sinned "by the knowledge of good and evil." In Romans 3:20, it says, "Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." The Law of Moses was the revelation of "the knowledge of good and evil."
The Old Testament people were living by the knowledge of good and evil that came upon mankind when Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17, 3:6). Jesus came to fulfill the Law of Moses for those who would receive Him as their LORD and Savior, and obey Him. In Hebrews 5:8,9, it says, "Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered...And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." Therefore, Salvation comes by what Jesus did for us, not by obeying the Law of Moses.
What Jesus was teaching and saying to His disciples in John 9:1-5, is that this man was born blind by a work of the devil. The devil sinned from the beginning (1 John 3:8). The sin of Adam and Eve, brought sickness and disease and infirmities of the flesh to all mankind. In Romans 5:12, it says, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (sin)."
Therefore, Jesus went about destroying the works of the devil by healing the man that was born blind. It seems that Peter and John learned from what Jesus taught them by Word and example. Therefore, in Acts 3:1-8, it tells us what Peter and John did when they went into the temple and saw a man who was born lame from his mother's womb.
Peter did not say, "who sinned, this man or his parents?" Peter knew why Jesus called him to follow Him and become one of Jesus' disciples. Peter knew what to do for the man that was born lame from his mother's womb. In Acts 3:6, it says, "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." Peter knew it was not a matter of who sinned, but rather that He was given authority in "the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth" to destroy the works of the devil in that man's life. Therefore, Peter knew that it was not a matter of who sinned? It was a matter of setting that man free of the works of the devil.
If we would follow on through Acts, Chapters Three through Five, we will see that the Devil was working in the minds of the Pharisees, and the rulers of the Jewish people, trying to stop the Apostles from using "the Name of Jesus" to set people free.
There is power in "the Name of Jesus." The Name of Jesus is above all other names in heaven, in earth, and under the earth (Phil. 2:10). Satan will do everything he can to stop Christians from using the Name of Jesus to destroy the works of the devil. If there is any way to get Christians to stop using the Name of Jesus against the works of the Devil, the devil will take advantage of it.
It could be that too many Christians are using their natural minds to "reason out" why Jesus did things differently than what they think in their natural minds. There could be too much "reasoning in the minds of Christians," rather than going by what it actually says, and then receiving "revelation knowledge" of what it says, rather than intellectual knowledge.
It should be our desire to be taught by God, not by men. We need the teaching of the Holy Spirit to know the Truth. Only the Holy Spirit knows the Truth, for He is God with Jesus Christ, Who is the Truth (John 14:6). Let us forever seek to know the Truth, and receive our information from the Holy Spirit Himself.
Using the Name of Jesus
To use the Name of Jesus effectively, we need to understand the authority we have in the Name of Jesus. In Luke 10:17-19, it says, "And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name...And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven...Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you."
Already, before Jesus was crucified and risen again from the dead, Jesus' disciples were using the Name of Jesus against evil spirits. The evil spirits were subject to the Name of Jesus.
The spiritual realm is not the same as the natural realm. In the spiritual realm, the spirits know who has authority over them. The evil spirits knew who Jesus was (Matt. 8:29; Mark 1:24). In Acts 19:15, the evil spirits knew who Paul was. Christians need to know who they are in Christ Jesus.
The Devil and the evil spirits knew that Jesus was the Son of God before He came into this world, born of the Holy Spirit and a virgin woman by the name of Mary. Knowing who Jesus was, the spirits of this world used King Herod to try to kill Jesus when He was still a small child in Bethlehem. An angel revealed to Joseph that King Herod would try to kill Jesus. Therefore, Joseph did as the angel told him and took Mary and Jesus and fled into Egypt until Herod was dead (Matt. 2:1-23).
By Jesus being in the flesh of man, He was called "the Son of Man." As the Son of Man, Jesus grew up as a man in the flesh, and lived as a man in the flesh. Jesus never stopped being the Son of Man.
At about the age of thirty, Jesus received the Holy Spirit following His baptism in water by John the Baptist. When Jesus received the Holy Spirit, He became anointed with the Holy Spirit and power over the works of the Devil. Jesus was still the Son of Man as long as He remained alive in the flesh. Jesus never stopped being Jesus, even after He died on the Cross of Calvary. Jesus defeated the Devil in His death and resurrection from the dead. Upon Jesus' resurrection from the dead, He became Christ, "the Head of the Body of Christ."
The Name of Jesus identifies the Son of Man in the flesh that defeated the Devil and all his demons. In defeating the Devil and all of his demons, Jesus paid the price for our deliverance from all the powers of the devil.
The Devil and his demons do have the power to inflect sickness, and diseases upon the physical bodies of people. They do it by deception, deceiving people into thinking sicknesses, diseases, and infirmities are normal. The world believes that sickness, disease and other types of infirmities are normal. Many people are born with deformities in their bodies and mental problems in their minds. To the world that is normal, and the world has many different ways to deal with these conditions.
In the spiritual realm, there are spirits that operate under the control of Satan, the Devil, that do all they can to deceive people into thinking that these things are normal, and they must accept them as a part of life here on earth.
When Jesus defeated the Devil and his demons in His death and resurrection, He continued to be Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Man. As the Son of Man, Jesus became Christ, the Head of the Body of Christ here on earth. Everyone who is a member of the Body of Christ, through the New Birth, have inherited the Name of Jesus.
Christians are heirs and joint-heirs with Christ, in all that Jesus had when He died and rose again from the dead. As joint-heirs with Christ, and members of the Body of Christ, We have legal rights in the spiritual realm to use the Name of Jesus against all the works of the Devil.
The Devil and his demons know the authority Christians have to use the Name of Jesus against the works of the Devil. They also know that the power is not in the person, but in the Name of Jesus. They also know that the person using the Name of Jesus must believe in the authority they have to use the Name of Jesus.
It is not the person using the Name of Jesus that makes the difference. It is "believing and faith" in the Name of Jesus that releases the power of the Name of Jesus to destroy the works of the Devil.
The believing is not according to "intellectual knowledge," but rather what a person believes in their heart. Therefore, even when we do not believe "in our mind" that the Name of Jesus will destroy the works of the Devil, it still does work.
It is a lack of "wisdom and revelation knowledge" that causes many to not believe that the Name of Jesus does work against the works of the Devil. It is a lack of knowledge of the spiritual realm, and what is happening in the spiritual realm that hinders Christians from using the Name of Jesus to destroy the works of the Devil.
One of the areas that Christians do not have understanding in is, "what spirits are involved, and how many spirits are involved?" As an example, the demon-possessed person in Mark 5:1-13, had a whole legion of demons in him. That is a lot of demons in one person. Because the demons knew who Jesus was and the authority Jesus had over them, when Jesus told them to leave, they all left the man and went into the swine.
What about people today? How many demons are causing one symptom of sickness or disease to manifest in one person? There could be multitudes of demons causing the manifestation that is recognized in a person. Not only that, but many times the manifestation is only a symptom, not an actual condition. Most Christians do not understand the difference between an actual condition and a symptom.
For example, pain is not the condition of whatsoever is manifesting. Pain is a spirit. Pain is not what the world believes as a condition. Once the spirit of pain gets the attention of the person, other spirits can manifest if the person accepts the spirit of pain.
Many Christians do not understand the difference between a spirit of pain, and a condition in the body of a person who has pain. Some Christians do understand the difference, but very few do.
I was taught the difference by an experience I had in 1989, when I had all my teeth removed by a dentist. From a child, I always had problems with my teeth breaking off. Then the dentist would put a pin in the tooth and build it up with some other element. In my case the dentist used a plastic type substance that hardened quickly. This only lasted for a year or so, and then it would need to be replaced with a new pin and new plastic.
In 1989, I had many teeth that were broken off below the gum line, with pins and plastic above the gum line. I decided to have all my teeth removed and have false teeth made.
I went into a hospital on a Thursday morning. At 7:00am I was given anesthesia, then twice more I was given anesthesia. It took three hours for the dentist to remove all of the teeth. He was unable to pull any of then normally. He had to take them out piece by piece. After the surgery, I was taken to the recovery room. When I came out from the anesthesia the nurse asked if I wanted a pill for pain. I told her that I did not have any pain. A number of times, the nurse asked if I wanted something for pain. I never did have any pain that day, or on Friday, or on Saturday morning when I went back to the dentists office for another checkup and removal of stitches.
On Saturday morning, the dentist asked me if I wanted a prescription for pain pills? I told him I did not have any pain. Three times he asked me if he could write me a prescription for pain pills? He said, "Just in case that I had pain over the weekend."
The third time the Dentist asked me if he could write me a prescription for pain pills, "Just in case that I had pain over the weekend," I agreed to let him write a prescription that I could take along, "just in case I needed pain pills."
That evening I received a spirit of pain, and the pain was so tremendous that I got the prescription filled and started taken pain pills. From Saturday evening until Wednesday evening, I had pain, and the pain pills did not do any good.
I had a friend come over on Wednesday evening after Church, and pray with me. After an hour or more of praying, I picked up in my spirit that the spirit of pain was leaving. It still took until Friday morning before all the pain was gone.
Had I not taken a prescription for pain pills, I would not have had any pain. When we give into the evil spirits and let them have a place in our lives that is when we experience pain. If we refuse to accept the spirit of pain, we will not have any pain.
I am not the only person who has knowledge of spirits of pain. I know of one woman who has learned about the spirit of pain in child birth. After her first child, she has had two or three other children, with no pain in child birth.
Christians do not have to give in to the spirit of pain. We can use the Name of Jesus against all evil spirits, including the spirit of pain, and not have pain.
Fear is also a spirit. In 2 Timothy 1:7, it says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." The spirit of fear does not come from God. It is an evil spirit, which comes from the Devil.
Fear is not a normal operation of a person. The spirit of fear gets the attention of the person, and when they accept the spirit of fear, that allows other spirits to enter and cause other conditions.
It is not necessary to always know which spirits are involved? For, all evil spirits are subject to the authority of the Name of Jesus, when it is used against the works of the Devil. It is not necessary to always know how many evil spirits are involved.
It is only necessary to know what to do when a symptom comes upon a person and how to use the Name of Jesus against the spirits that are causing the condition? Whether it is one spirit or a thousand spirits, the Name of Jesus still works when it is spoken in faith. Every time a Christian uses the Name of Jesus in faith against the evil spirits, the Name of Jesus is effective.
What causes many to fail to receive the evidence of their deliverance after using the Name of Jesus, is not knowing what is all involved when they do use the Name of Jesus against the works of the Devil. Too many Christians have taught that if you pray more than once, you are praying in doubt and unbelief. That is a teaching that is not true. Even Jesus prayed more than once for a blind man to receive his sight (Mark 8:22-25).
Jesus taught that we should continue to pray in certain situations (Luke 18:1-8). Every time we use the Name of Jesus in faith, something happens in the spiritual realm. But, that does not mean, just one prayer is all that is necessary in using the Name of Jesus.
I have learned by experience that continuing to use the Name of Jesus more than once for the same condition works. Look at what Jesus said in Mark 16:16-18? Jesus said, "In my name shall they cast out devils..." Then Jesus also said "...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Jesus did not say "how many devils" would need to be cast out, before they are all gone? Jesus did not say how long before they will recover? Jesus did not say, only one prayer, one time, using His Name only once
We are living in the world that has many evil spirits. There is no indication just how many evil spirits are involved in any one condition. There is no guarantee that using the Name of Jesus only once will accomplish the results we are expecting. There is no guarantee that the same condition will not reoccur again at another time.
By experience, I found that the same condition can occur time and time again during our lives. I found that using the Name of Jesus more than once works. Jesus did not tell us to limit the number of times we use His Name, as though we would not be using it in faith if we did not see immediate results.
At least five or six times I used the Name of Jesus against growths on my body. A number of times, I did not see any results for a month or more. But, I continued to use the Name of Jesus against the growths until they left my body. Never did the Holy Spirit tell me to stop using the Name of Jesus more than once. Only those Christians who think you cannot use the Name of Jesus more than once will tell you that.
Christians need to understand that if using the Name of Jesus more than once gets the results we are looking for, then just keep using the Name of Jesus until you have peace in your spirit. It is peace in our spirit that we go by, not thoughts in our mind. But, if we do not use the Name of Jesus, according to Mark 16:17,18, it will not do us any good.
There seems to be too little known among Christians concerning the use of the Name of Jesus. Many Christians are not receiving healing because of a lack of understanding of the use of the Name of Jesus. Without knowledge of the use of the Name of Jesus, multitudes of Christians still suffer from the works of the Devil.
Many times since 1979 when I was born again, I had symptoms of arthritis in my arms, and legs. It could have been as many as eight or ten times in the past thirty some years. Every time I used the Name of Jesus against the spirit of arthritis, and commanded the symptoms to leave my body.
Sometimes, I would use the Name of Jesus the first time I had a symptom of arthritis come upon me. When I came against that spirit the first time it came at me, it usually left within a day or so. If I waited too long before using the Name of Jesus against the spirit of arthritis, it seems to take a little longer to get rid of that spirit. That seems to be the case with many spirits. If we use the Name of Jesus against them, the first time they manifest, they are usually gone within a day or so. But, if we let them stay around for any length time, it takes longer for them to leave.
I would like to suggest that Christians keep using the Name of Jesus against all evil spirits, every time they manifest. Christians have been given the Name of Jesus to destroy all the works of the Devil, no matter what spirit it is or how they manifest.
Let me give you a few other examples of using the Name of Jesus against the works of the Devil. One day a sister in the LORD mentioned to me that she had pain in a tooth and had gone to a dentist. An x-ray was taken and she was told she had a hairline crack in one tooth. Her choice was, "have it pulled, or have a root canal done."
I asked her if I could pray for her tooth. She said, Yes, I should pray. I laid my hand on her face and commanded healing in that tooth "in Jesus' name." That was many years ago, and she has not had a toothache in that tooth since. I recall asking her again only about a year ago, when she mentioned that she went to a dentist to have her teeth cleaned. She told me she has never had pain in that tooth since I prayed for it years ago.
When we believe, the LORD answers our prayers, He does answer. It is not always immediate. But the LORD cannot lie. Therefore, when we pray we must believe that the Name of Jesus will work, and will not fail.
Along with Mark 16:17,18, Jesus said to a man with a deaf and dumb spirit, in Mark 9:23, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth." Even believing works. It does not say we must have faith. Even Mark 16:17,18, was speaking of believing. In Mark 16:17, it says, "And these signs shall follow them that believe..." It does not say, those who have faith. It simply says, "...them that believe."
On November 7, 2011, I was sitting in my swivel rocker chair in my living room. I was rocking a little, while meditating on the Word of God, when all of a sudden it felt like the chair had broken and I was falling against the wall. I quickly crawled out of the chair onto the floor. At that time I noticed that I was dizzy. I reached over to the chair and there was nothing wrong with the chair.
Immediately I began rebuking the Devil, and commanding the dizziness to leave. I used the name of Jesus against the spirits of dizziness, and continued to praise the LORD and thank Jesus that the dizziness was gone. I keep doing that for about fifteen or more minutes. When the dizziness left, I prayed in the spirit for about five or six hours. I did not have any more dizziness that day.
The next morning I had gotten up about 1:30am, and had spent a lot of time in the Word and prayer until about 5:30am. Then I laid down on my bed to rest a little. During that time I talked on the telephone to a sister in the LORD for a short time. Then a brother in the LORD called me while I was still lying down on the bed. I talked with this brother in the LORD a few minutes. After talking with him, I hung up the telephone.
As soon as I sat up, I was very dizzy. I began rebuking the Devil, and commanding the dizziness to leave in the Name of Jesus. I continued to command the dizziness to leave, and prayed in the spirit for a short time. When I stood up to walk, I was still a little dizzy. I continued to come against the dizziness, using the Name of Jesus, and praying in tongues. It took about five to fifteen minutes for the dizziness to leave.
I did not have any dizziness again until a week later. On a Friday, I was changing the oil and the oil filter on my vehicle. When I laid down on my back, looking up to change the oil filter the dizziness came back again. I knew I could change the oil filter without seeing what I was doing. Therefore, I did not stop doing what I was doing, but I came against the dizziness in the Name of Jesus and commanded it to leave.
On July 16, 2013, when I tried to get up in the morning, I was so dizzy that I could not stand up. I came against the dizziness in the Name of Jesus and prayed in the spirit for quite some time. Then I was able to make my way into my living room and sat on a chair and kept coming against the dizziness in the Name of Jesus and praying in the Spirit. After an hour or more, I went back and laid down again in the bed room. When I got up an hour or so later the dizziness was gone.
On November 23,24, 2013, the spirit of dizziness came upon me again. Late in the afternoon on that Saturday, I began to notice a slight dizziness. I came against it in the Name of Jesus, commanded it to leave me. I went to bed early in the evening, commanding the dizziness to leave me in the Name of Jesus. It seemed to go, and I went to sleep.
Early in the morning I awoke, not noticing any dizziness. When I sat up on the bed to get up, the dizziness came. I commanded it to go in the Name of Jesus and I prayed in the spirit for a short time. As it begin to leave, I put on my house coat and made my way into the livingroom, where I sat on my chair and kept praying in the Spirit and commanding the dizziness to leave. As it begin to leave, I went and took a shower, got dressed up to go to church, still coming against any dizziness.
Around 7:00am, a friend of mine called me and I mentioned to him that I was still coming against some dizziness. He prayed for me over the telephone.
By 8:00am, all dizziness was gone and I ate my breakfast and went to Church. All dizziness was gone. Praise the LORD!
We must understand that the spirits of this world will try to put sickness or disease upon us. They keep trying to get us to go to the worlds system of medical help to overcome the symptoms. If we accept the symptoms they try to put upon us, they will continue until the symptoms manifest into the sickness or disease they want to inflect us with. The first signs of any sickness or disease are only symptoms, with no true evidence of the sickness or disease. If we immediately rebuke the spirits and use "the Name of Jesus" against them (knowing and believing in our heart that they have no authority to stay), they will leave.
What we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth will come to pass (Mark 11:23,24, Rom. 10:9,10). Never confess that you are sick, or have any disease. What you confess will come to pass. Jesus said, "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned" (Matt. 12:37).
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