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December 26, 2009
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What's finished? All things are finished, whatsoever God has declared in His Word. Everything that was written in the Scriptures concerning eternal life in Christ Jesus. It was all finished on the Cross of Calvary (John 19:28-30).
It was necessary that Jesus should come in the flesh, born of a woman, live and die on the Cross for our sins, iniquities, sickness, diseases, and all our infirmities. Everything God had declared from the foundation of the world, was finished when Jesus died and arose again from the dead.
There are some important facts that should be known to those who are children of God through the new birth. These facts, if we know them and apply them to our lives can bring completeness and fulness to our lives, here on earth and hereafter in eternity.
Some important facts that should be known by all who are born again of the Word of God and the Spirit are as follows:
(1) All things were declared finished from the foundation of the world (Isa. 44:6,7).
(2) Satan was defeated before man was created (Rev. 13:8b).
(3) All who are in Christ were chosen in Him from the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4).
(4) Everyone is saved by grace through faith, including Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, etc. (Eph. 2:8,9, Heb. 11).
(5) The Holy Spirit is given that we may know all things (John 16:13).
Christians need to know what the Holy Spirit is revealing to them every day of their lives. God is for us, not against us.
Truth Verses Lies
In the world, people who are under "the curse of the law of sin and death" (which came upon mankind in the garden of Eden), believe that if they do not feel good, or if they feel pain, they would be telling a lie if they said, "I am healed." That is one of the biggest lies the Devil has ever told people living today.
The truth is, "healing was completed on the Cross of Calvary" when Jesus bore all our sins, iniquities, infirmities, sicknesses, and diseases in His own body, that by His stripes we are healed. If we study the Scriptures in Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 8:16,17; 1 Peter 2:24, it is clear what Jesus did for all of us on the Cross of Calvary.
Therefore, God being willing to make a show of Satan and all his demons, declared "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev. 13:8). Throughout the Scriptures, God revealed the lies of the Devil, such as in Isaiah 43:25,26, where it says, "I even I am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins...Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified." In Isaiah 33:24 it says, "And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity."
When Christians learn the difference between the Devil's lies and the truth of God's Word from the foundation of the world, they can be free of all the works of the Devil (1 John 3:8).
Christians must learn how to be imitators of God. What God does, we should also do. In Romans 4:17 it says, "(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were." If God calls "...those things which be not as though they were," surely Christians should do the same. As some say, "like Father, like son." What God the Father does, His children should do also.
In Mark 11:23,24 Jesus said, "For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith...Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." If we truly believe something, we should openly confess what we believe, even if the world does not believe us. Even if the Devil does not like hearing us say, "By Jesus' stripes we are already healed." God says, that by "By Jesus' stripes we are already healed." We need to be speaking the same words that God speaks. Sometimes, we should do like Jesus did to the Devil in Matthew 4:4, saying, "It is written....." then quote the Word of God exactly what it says, By Jesus' "stripes we are healed."
When it says "we are healed," that means it is already done and complete. It is not something that will happen in the future, it is already done (even if in the natural there seems to be a lot of pain, and other effects showing up). God's Word always works when we do exactly what God tells us to do, call "...those things which be not as though they were" (Rom. 4:17).
Christians: Do not let the world or the Devil tell you, you are sick, or you are not healed. Isaiah 33:24 says, "And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity." Do what God says in His Word, "...when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24). Say, "By Jesus' stripes we are already healed." The Devil and the circumstances are lies that the world believes.
Christians are not of the world. Jesus said in John 17:16, "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." We are born again from above (John 3:6). We do not belong to the Devil or the world.
Therefore, do not let the Devil or the world tell you that saying "By Jesus' stripes we are already healed," is a lie. It is "the Truth," and never let anyone tell you any differently.
Do not ever say, "The LORD is going to heal me." Do not ever say, "I know I will be healed." That is the flesh. That is not of God.
The Word of God declares, "By Jesus' stripes we are already healed." It is not because there are still symptoms of sickness or disease in your body. They will remain there until you get your confession right with the Word of God.
It is not a matter of when the LORD healed you. The LORD healed you all ready before you were born into this world. It is a matter of "when will you receive your healing?" Healing is your inheritance, by what Jesus did for you on the Cross of Calvary. It was already "declared done and complete" from the foundation of the world. So, it is not "when Jesus is going to heal you?" He already did heal you almost two thousand years ago.
The question is, when are you going to receive your healing? It belongs to you already. It is yours by inheritance. So, receive it now, and do not wait any longer.
Do not let the circumstances change your confession. Confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that the Word of God is true. God cannot lie.
It may take some time for you to get the Word of God into your heart from your head. You may believe in your head, and still need to wait to see the manifestation in your body. The Words that you speak with your mouth must get into your heart. Then it will manifest in your body.
Do not think God is not hearing your words that you speak out of your mouth. God hears "every word" you speak. God is waiting for you to get the Word of God down into your heart. For whatsoever you believe in your heart and confess with your mouth, God will cause it to manifest.
For some Christians it happens immediately, when they confess with their mouth. For others, sometimes it takes a while, even weeks, months, or years.
Why? Because some Christians spend more time in the Word and in prayer daily then others. Some Christians already have the Word in their heart. The only problem with many Christians is they have not been speaking it out of their mouth.
Christians need to start speaking the Word of God that is in their heart out of their mouth. Then they will see the manifestation of healing in their bodies.
Healing is included in Salvation. Salvation means, "delivered and protected." Therefore, healing is deliverance and protection from sickness, disease, or infirmities. This is explained in Romans 10:9,10, where it says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved...For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." This is how to receive the manifestation of your healing. Confess with your mouth what you believe in your heart.
Now, there are two other verses that go along with verses nine and ten. That is, for those who already have the Word of God in their heart, Romans 10:8 says, "But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach." For these Christians already have the Word in their heart. But, they have not been confessing it with their mouth.
Then there is Romans 10:11 which says, "For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Some Christians have the Word in their heart, but they are ashamed to confess the Word in front of others, especially those who do not believe.
Never be ashamed of the Word of God (for it is the power of God unto salvation). Do not let the thoughts in your mind stop you from confessing the Word of God to receive your healing, which is already done, complete, and finished, waiting for you to confess it with your mouth and receive what is yours by inheritance.
O how the Devil likes to put thoughts in your mind to stop you from confessing with your mouth, and receiving what is already yours by inheritance. The Devil does not like Christians who know what the Word of God says.
When you know the truth, the Devil cannot stop you from receiving your healing. It is not knowing the truth and not getting the Word of God into your heart that prevents you from walking in health all the days of your life.
Sometimes, it takes a lot of speaking of the Word of God out of your mouth before your healing manifests in your body. Just keep on speaking the Word, over and over, day and night until you receive your inheritance. Your inheritance was already yours before you were born into this world. It is just a matter of you knowing what is rightfully yours by inheritance. So, keep speaking the Word of God until you receive your inheritance, and the manifestation of your healing comes.
No matter how long it takes, never stop confessing the Word of God. This works, not only for healing, but for everything that belongs to you by inheritance.
Believe God, not the world, not the Devil, not the circumstances. Believe the Word of God only, and nothing but the Word of God.
Do not compromise with the Word of God to please other people. Just explain to them, you believe exactly what the Word of God says. When they understand and believe exactly what the Word of God says, they also will receive from God whatsoever God promises' them in His Word. Never, compromise with anyone concerning the Word of God.
This is what God said we should do. Do not do anything else other than what God said to do. Then God will give you the victory over the world, "by your faith in God and His Word." In 1 John 5:4 it says, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." Christians are born of God, therefore, they must overcome the world by their faith in what God said in His Word.
Speaking the Word of God and believing the Word of God works for all areas of our lives. Satan tries to stop us from believing when we pray. He knows if his spirits of doubt and unbelief can get a place in your mind, he can stop you before you receive whatsoever you are praying for.
As an example, in the world, when they discovered how to build jet airplanes they also discovered that there is a sound barrier that must be broken to fly at high speeds. When a jet airplane reaches a speed of about 700 miles per/hour the speed of the airplane catches up with the sound of the engines (which before that time traveled ahead of the airplane; or faster than the airplane was traveling). When this happens, the sound causes a vibration in the airplane and all surrounding objects. The airplane begins to shake and vibrate violently. At the point of breaking the sound barrier there is a tremendous violent force from both directions as the sound from the airplane comes against the sound in front of the airplane.
Once the airplane exceeds the speed of sound the vibration and violent shaking stops and the airplane travels at high speeds with ease. So it is in prayer and receiving an answer to your prayer. When you pray, asking the LORD for whatsoever you have need of, the praying is easy. It is like asking a close friend, or someone you know very well to help you in a minor task. But, as you then wait for the answer, standing in faith, there is a "fight of faith" (1 Tim. 6:12).
When standing in faith, it is like all hell breaks loose in your mind. The spiritual forces attack your mind with all kinds of doubt and thoughts that God will not give you what you asked for. Thoughts come with all the alternative ways you could go if you do not get what you prayed for, etc. This battle in your mind will continue for hours, even for days, even longer at times. This is the battle of the breaking point. The spiritual forces will try to break your faith, to get you to give up, to not continue to stand fast and fight the good fight of faith. This is the time when you need to tell the devil "he is a liar; Jesus cannot lie!" Don't give in to the devils lies, and deceitful thoughts!
Oh how wonderful it is and the ease and joy that comes after you break the barrier in your mind, holding fast to what you prayed for. The battle will be over after the trying of your faith. In James 1:3,4, it says, "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience...But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing." Keep up your faith and the victory will be won. You will receive whatsoever you prayed for if you continue to press on for the answer, refusing to accept anything less than what you asked for in faith. O how wonderful it is after the battle is over. But what a battle, when all the forces of darkness come against your mind to destroy your faith! Don't give up and lose the victory, reap the great reward for your confidence and faith!
Whatsoever you ask the LORD in faith, He will do it, if you do not lose your confidence in the Word of God. In the early 1990's I was paying rent on a place to run my printing equipment. The work I needed to supply the income to pay the rent was not coming in.
After a few weeks, it came to me to ask the LORD to bring in the work. In John 14:13,14 it says, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son...If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."
I walked over into a corner of the room I was in and I prayed. "LORD, I need some work to bring in the income to pay the bills. I am now asking You to bring in some work. I thank You for answering my prayer. Amen."
From the time I prayed, the battle started in my mind. Thoughts kept coming to my mind "You are wasting your time. The LORD will not answer that prayer..." These thoughts kept coming day and night for three days.
On the third day, when the mail came there was a check in the mail for six-hundred dollars. The check was sent as a down payment for printing books for someone in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had printed a book for this brother in the LORD years before that. Now he was asking me to print some more books for him.
There were a few things that were interesting about that letter. First of all, it was mailed to the address where I had my printing equipment at that time. I had not been in contact with that brother in the LORD for a number of years. How did he know my new address?
Another thing about that letter is the check was written out the same day I prayed. The letter was postmarked the same day I prayed. It only took three days for the mail to get to me from Las Vegas, Nevada.
All during the time I was waiting for the answer to my prayer, the LORD already answered the pray. It was the mail system that took the time to get the check to me.
When we pray, the prayer is already answered. In Isaiah 65:24 it says, "And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear." God knew I was going to pray even before I prayed. God answered my prayer even before I prayed. God heard my prayer while I was speaking.
Why do Christians let the Devil tell them that God will not answer their prayer? The Bible already told us, our prayer will be answered even before we pray.
It Takes Faith
"...God is love" (1 John 4:8). God works by faith. God requires His children to live by faith. In Hebrews 10:38 it says, "Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him." If God is not pleased with our faith, He cannot answer our prayers. Therefore, we must use our faith when we pray.
God is a good God, and He does not ask us to do anything without giving us the ability to do it. Therefore, when we are born again of the Word and the Spirit, God gives us faith to believe. The faith God gives us is one of "the fruit of the Spirit" listed in Galatians 5:22.
Therefore, God is just in whatsoever He does and the way He does things. Christians cannot say they do not have faith. For God knows they have faith. God gave them faith when they were born again.
What Christians need to understand is, "they need to put their faith to work for them." They must activate their faith. They must come against the thoughts in their mind and release their faith from their spirit (where God dwells in them). Faith does not operate from our mind, it operates from our spirit. Therefore, we must cast down all thoughts that come against the Word of God and release our faith from within our spirit.
This is something that God will teach us how to do, if we will "study the Scriptures," and "be taught by God." It tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Jesus said in John 6:45, "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." The Holy Spirit is the anointing within us that does the teaching.
Then it also tells us in Mark 16:17, "...these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall...they shall speak with new tongues..." In 1 Corinthians 14:2 it says, "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries." Then in Jude 1:20 it says, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost."
In each one of these things it tells us, we must also do something. It is not all God doing things in our lives. It includes that we do what God told us to do.
Therefore, if Christians do not do what God told them to do in the Scriptures, how can they expect God to do His part? We must study the Scriptures and pray in the Spirit, if we want God to do His part. If God is going to teach us, we must get involved in studying the Scriptures and praying in the Spirit daily.
Faith Works by Love
In Galatians 5:6 it says, "...faith which worketh by love." If our faith is not working, we should check out our walk. Are we walking in love?
There are two major types of love spoken of in the New Testament, in the Greek. There is "agape," the very love of God that is poured out in our heart by the Holy Spirit when we are born again of the Word and the Spirit (Rom. 5:5). This love is the first of all "the fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22). This is the love that is talked about and defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, saying "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up...does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil...does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things" (NKJV). This love is "unconditional love," because it is "God's love, not human love."
The other major type of love spoken of in the New Testament, in the Greek is "phileo." This is human love, "which is conditional." This is the type of love most husbands have for their wives or most wives have for their husbands, or most mothers have for their children. This love operates only when there is a like response from the others in whom they love. If the husband does not receive love back from his wife, he no longer loves her. If the wife does not receive back her love from her husband, she no longer loves him. If this lack of response continues over a period of time, they may end up getting a divorce from each other. Why? Because human love "is conditional."
Some things of importance about this "agape" love is as it tells us in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, "Love suffers long and is kind..." and love "is not rude, nor selfish..." Therefore, God "suffers long and is kind..." "is not rude, nor selfish..." Many Christians think they know God, but do they truly know God by His love?
When we speak of God, that includes the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Who is sent to be our helper, guide, comforter, leader, and teacher). We must understand God, based upon the knowledge of "God is love"(1 John 4:8).
When we truly love someone, we are never "rude" in the way we do things concerning them. The word "rude" means "cruel, harsh, or rough in the way we do things." That means, God is never "cruel, harsh, or rough in the way He does things." In 1 Corinthians 13:4, it also tells us that love is "not selfish." The word "selfish" means, "too much concerned with one's own welfare or interests and having little or no concern for others." This is also a description of God. He is not selfish or self-centered.
This also means, Christians must not be "rude," which means, "cruel, harsh, or rough in the way we do things." This also means, Christians must not be "selfish." Which means, "too much concerned with one's own welfare or interests and having little or no concern for others."
God will never force Himself upon someone else. God will never do things against your will. God's Love does not operate by force and is never rude or selfish. God's Love also "...suffers long and is kind..." (1 Cor. 13:4, NKJV). Therefore God also "...suffers long and is kind..." Without the Holy Spirit leading, guiding, comforting, helping, and teaching us we cannot truly know God.
This also means, Christians must also "suffer long and be kind" one toward another. Christians must do as God does. Christians must walk in the same love God walks in.
Jesus said "...thou shalt love (agapao) the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment...And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love (agapao) thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:30,31).
In the Greek, "agapao" is the verb form of "agape," which is a noun. Therefore, depending upon the sentence structure, either a noun or a verb is used, yet they both are speaking of the love of God, which is "unconditional."
If our faith is not working, we should check out ourselves, are we walking in "agape" love? Being that the love of God is in every born again Christian, the first thing we should see is, how are we treating other Christians? If Christians are in Christ, and Christ is in us, then the love of God in us should show it.
How do we treat other Christians? Look at what the LORD said to Saul, now called Paul in Acts 9:4, "...Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?" Who was Saul persecuting, other Christians or the LORD?
The way we treat other Christians is the way we treat the LORD. This is a principle from the foundation of the world, which very few Christians understand. When the Devil used the serpent to deceive Eve, he was coming against the LORD himself, for man was created to be in the likeness and image of God. Satan came to destroy the likeness and image of God in man by getting man to sin against God.
The way we treat other Christians, who are in Christ (in whom Christ dwells), is the way we treat Jesus Christ Himself. When we understand that principle of God, we can understand what is happening in our lives?
We cannot treat other Christians the way we treat the LORD, unless we walk in the "agape" love of God. Walking in "phileo" love will not produce the manifestation of the love of God in our lives. We cannot walk in the "agape" love of God unless we trust in the LORD and love the LORD our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength (by loving God according to the two commandments given to us by our LORD Jesus Christ in Mark 12:30.31).
In Amos 3:3 it asks, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" How can Christians walk with God if they do not agree with what God has told us in His Word?
God has told us in His Word, "It Is Finished." What God has declared is finished, we must believe it is true. God cannot lie. Whenever we do not agree with God, we are listening to the wrong voice. We could get over into serving the Devil, rather than serving God by not agreeing with God.
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