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Healing Scriptures (49)

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If God never intended healing for us, He spoke many words which He did not mean. Here are many promises of the Father – direct and indirect – regarding Healing. May they encourage you as they did me.

  1. (Exo 15:26 NIV) He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

  2. (Exo 23:25-26 NIV) Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, {26} and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

  3. (Deu 7:15 NIV) The LORD will keep you free from every disease.

  4. (‭‭Psalm 6:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬) “Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.”

  5. (‭‭Psalm ‭30:2 NIV) “Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.”

  6. (Psalm 41:1-3 NIV) For the director of music. A psalm of David. Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. {2} The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. {3} The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.

  7. (Psa 91:14-16 NIV) “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. {15} He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. {16} With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

  8. (Psa 103:1-5 NIV) Of David. Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. {2} Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits– {3} who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, {4} who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, {5} who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

  9. (Psa 107:19-20 NIV) Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. {20} He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

  10. (Psa 118:17 NIV) I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

  11. (Prov 4:20-22 NIV) My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. {21} Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; {22} for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.

  12. (Isa 53:4-5 NIV) Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. {5} But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

  13. (Isa 54:17 NIV) no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD.

  14. (Jer 1:12 NIV) The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”

  15. (Jer 30:17 NIV) But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.’

  16. (Jer 33:6 NIV) “‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.

  17. (Mal 4:2 NIV) But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

  18. (Mat 8:17 NIV) This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and carried our diseases.”

  19. (Mat 15:30-31 NIV) Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. {31} The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.

  20. (Mat 18:18-20 NIV) “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. {19} “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. {20} For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”

  21. (Mat 21:22 NIV) If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

  22. (Mark 1:40-42 NIV) A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” {41} Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” {42} Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.

  23. (Mark 9:22-23 NIV) “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” {23} “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”

  24. (Mark 11:23 NIV) “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.

  25. (Mark 11:24 NIV) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

  26. (Mark 16:17-18 NIV) And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; {18} they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

  27. (Luke 13:16 NIV) Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”

  28. (Luke 18:1 NIV) Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

  29. (John 14:12-13 NIV) I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. {13} And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.

  30. (John 14:14 KJV) If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

  31. (John 15:7-8 NIV) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. {8} This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

  32. (John 16:23-24 NIV) In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. {24} Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

  33. (Acts 3:16 NIV) By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

  34. (Acts 5:16 NIV) Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.

  35. (Acts 10:38 NIV) how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

  36. (Rom 4:17 NIV) As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

  37. (Rom 8:11 NIV) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.

  38. (Rom 10:17 NIV) Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

  39. (Gal 3:13-14 NIV) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law (this includes ALL sickness- Deut. 28:61) by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” {14} He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

  40. (Phil 4:6-7 NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. {7} And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

  41. (Heb 4:16 NIV) Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

  42. (Heb 13:8 NIV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

  43. (James 4:7 NIV) Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  44. (James 5:14-16 NIV) Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. {15} And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. {16} Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

  45. (1 Pet 2:24 NIV) He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

  46. (1 John 3:8 NIV) … The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

  47. (1 John 4:4 NIV) You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

  48. (1 John 5:14-15 NIV) This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. {15} And if we know that he hears us–whatever we ask–we know that we have what we asked of him.

  49. (3 John 1:2 NIV) Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

Faith Brings a Calm

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Mark 4:39-40 – He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

I have seen many people who’ve allowed life to wear them down. They once were joyful and walked with a spring in their steps. But over time, they’ve allowed their happiness to give way to heaviness and depression.  The Scripture tells us that as soon as Jesus spoke, all was quiet. Having a calm in the middle of the storms of life takes faith. If you believe, have faith in God and his word, you will find rest.  The other night I was meditating on God’s word, when I found in my own heart a sense of perfect peace. We often talk, most of the times to much about our storms of life.  So why shouldn’t we talk about our calms?  We cannot create a calm until we are calm ourselves.

Isaiah 26:3  – You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

To get into the calm and remain in it until we come to that place where there is no more raging sea.  Genuine, authentic faith must be definite and free of doubt. It is not general in character or a mere belief in the being, goodness, and power of God.  It is a faith which believes that the things which God’s word says will come to pass in our life.  Faith brings us into the kingdom of God, out of the natural order and into a divine order with divine power. This order and power brings us into a place of calm for daily living. Then we will have rest, peace and safety so that we can sleep knowing all is well!

Greater Works

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John 14:12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

Jesus was not saying that his disciples would do more amazing miracles.  Rather the disciple would care the gospel of the kingdom to all the world.  If you think about it, what is greater than what Jesus did?  What is greater than raising the dead, commanding the wind and sea to be still, casting out demons, and healing the sick.

There is one thing Jesus could not do and still cannot do.  What is it? He cannot stand before people and say, once I was lost, but now I am found, once I was blind, now I see, once I was bound, but now I am free. He cannot testify of his own salvation. But we can say I was lost now I’m found, was blind but now I see, was bound but now I’m free.

Jesus of course was not lost. The eternal Word came from heaven to seek and to save the lost. What are the works Jesus did? He preach the gospel, he healed the sick, cast out demons, ministered to the poor, gave hope to those who have a sense hopelessness.

We have been given the privilege of continuing the works of Jesus with the help of the Holy Spirit and sharing our testimony of the greatest miracle in the world, God’s salvation with people every day.  When lives are transformed, this tells the world that Jesus is alive and that he saves, heals, delivers and rescues.  When men and women who believe and call on the name of the Lord, he’ll hear and answer.  Then they will experience the greatest miracle – new life in Christ.

In The Master’s Service

Many blessings, Pastor Robert

Victory Through Faith

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1 John 5:4-5 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

In order to have victory through faith, we need to ask a couple of questions to first understand our faith.  What motivates our faith, fear of the future, or a desire to be a better person?  Is our faith motivated by a desire for a changed life, or an insurance policy against possible disasters?

Faith involves three elements. The perception of truth, an interest in it, and having a mind that is controlled by the truths faith reveals.  We need to have an understanding of truth, because if we don’t we cannot believe.  The focusing of the mind is very important, without a voluntary commitment the mind cannot be controlled by the truth of the gospel.

Faith receives Christ and is willing to be governed entirety by His will.  When there is commitment and belief to the truth we become energized living people for Christ.  When Christ is living in and energizing our hearts the truth of the gospel is played out in our lives.  Living for and obeying Him is no burden to those who love Him.

Matthew 11:20-30 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

Through faith in Jesus and His finished work, frees us from all the burdens of life.  When we carry our worries, stresses, and daily struggles by ourselves, shows that we are not trusting our life to God fully. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and peace with God, but not the end of all labor.  Faith is an action word, God calls us to be active in our obedience.

We need to have a relationship with Him.  This relationship changes meaningless, wearisome toil into purpose for our lives and we become productive for the kingdom of God. To be productive for God, we should obey His teachings, resist temptation, actively serve and help others, and share our faith.

In the Master’s service

Many blessings, Pastor Robert.

The Importance of Faith

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2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Faith is the foundation of Christian character and the security of our mind,will and emotions. When faith breaks down, the foundations of our spiritual life give way, and our belief system or structure falls.  In this addition process, faith was the starting point, the basis of the other graces of the Spirit.  

Faith is the foundation on which other things are built.  Peter does not suggest that the readers add to works or gifts or goodness but to faith.  When growing in Grace, you need to start out right.  You could say that there is a divine order.  By adding to faith which is done by constant, earnest prayer and the studying of the Word of God.  Faith is kept alive, strong and healthy by a steady diet of the Word and prayer.

Faith must be more than belief in facts, it must result in actions.  Several things are listed, learning to know God better, doing the will of God, loving others. Faith actions do not come automatically, they require hard work and perseverance.  Adding to our faith is not optional, all of them must be apart of the Christian life. Our faith must go beyond what we believe.  Faith must become a dynamic part of all we do, and in return will bring fruit and spiritual maturity.

In Hebrews 11:1 we are told that faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.  Two words describe faith, confidence and certainty.  Faith has a starting point and an ending point. The starting point begins with believing in God that He is who He says He is.  The ending point is believing in His promises that He will do what He says He will do.  

When we believe that God will manifest his promises even when we do not see them materialize in our life, we are demonstrating true faith.  When we stand and don’t give up we will receive, according to 1Peter 1:9 the end of our faith.  Meaning we will see the promise of God materialize in our life.

 

In the Master’s service

Many blessings, Pastor Robert.

Prayer Gives Us Ears to Hear

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1 Samuel 3:10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, Samuel! Samuel!Then Samuel said, speak, for your servant is listening.

Quote from EM Bounds:

Praying Samuels come from praying Hannah’s. Praying priests come from the house of prayer. Praying leaders come from praying homes.

Prayer puts us in a favorable place to hear God when he speaks. Just like Samuel who was in an atmosphere of prayer made it easy for him to hear and discern the voice of God.  The longer we spend time in prayer, not at one sitting by over a period of time, hearing His voice becomes a natural thing.  

Matthew 21:22 You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.

When we pray we need to have faith in our heart, especially if we want to communicate with God.  This verse is not a guarantee that we can have anything we want.  God does not grant requests that would hurt us or someone else.  He will not violate his own nature or will.  In other words, Jesus statement is not a blank check.  The more our prayers are based on the Word of God, the stronger our belief (faith) will be.  When these two are mixed together the greater our clarity of hearing will be.  

To maintain the spirit of prayer and the lines of communication between us and God, we need the empowerment that is received in prayer.  Not only for the maintenance of our spiritual life, but also for those around us, and to continually receive instructions.  

If you plan to pray effectively, you must pray a lot. It was said of the apostle James that after his death, people noticed his knees were callous, like a camel’s, from praying so much.

 

In The Master’s Service

Many blessings, Pastor Robert

Why Strong Men Fall?

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I would like to call your attention to the baddest boy in the bible, Samson. He was a strong man who God use to accomplish heroic feats. Many strong men have tremendous potential, that is one reason they disregard boundaries and ignore, nor seek good advice in there life. Strong men who have great confidence in their ability often disregard boundaries. But they do so at great risk. Let’s face it, boundaries are a fact of life, we all have boundaries within every area of our life, in some form or another. However, men are always trying to stretch them as far as possible, but boundaries are designed to keep us on track and out of trouble.

Samson thought so highly of himself, like many strong men, he had a big ego and overestimated his own ability. He thought his strength, and accomplishments could change any circumstance or trial that he faced. Strength and success in one or more areas of your life will not make you immune to temptation in other areas of life. Strong men tend to repeat the same mistakes and take foolish risks. Like Samson many men don’t realize the danger of not dealing with lust and breaking of the rules. Delilah had tempted to betray him three times to the Philistines. When men become so entangled with lust, breaking of the rules, pushing the limits and being self confident, they become blinded to the plans of the enemy and they lose sight of the big picture that God has for them. Just like Samson lost his vision to see things clearly.

Every person seeks from birth intimacy and connectedness with other people. Strong men tend to struggle with intimacy. In the marriage relationship when spiritual, emotional and intellectual Intimacy is lacking, it usually leads to the lack of physical intimacy. What is intimacy? It is when there is total engagement spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically in a relationship, It is not just physical.

To truly stay strong we need to put our confidence in God, and be intimate with Him on a daily bases. When intimacy is daily we will not be blinded and lose vision of the big picture that God has for our life.

You can read the story of Samson in Judges chapter 14-16.

Blessings,
Pastor Robert

The Importance of Faith

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2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Faith is the foundation of Christian character and the security of our mind,will and emotions. When faith breaks down, the foundations of our spiritual life give way, and our belief system or structure falls.  In this addition process, faith was the starting point, the basis of the other graces of the Spirit.  

Faith is the foundation on which other things are built.  Peter does not suggest that the readers add to works or gifts or goodness but to faith.  When growing in Grace, you need to start out right.  You could say that there is a divine order.  By adding to faith which is done by constant, earnest prayer and the studying of the Word of God.  Faith is kept alive, strong and healthy by a steady diet of the Word and prayer.

Faith must be more than belief in facts, it must result in actions.  Several things are listed, learning to know God better, doing the will of God, loving others. Faith actions do not come automatically, they require hard work and perseverance.  Adding to our faith is not optional, all of them must be apart of the Christian life. Our faith must go beyond what we believe.  Faith must become a dynamic part of all we do, and in return will bring fruit and spiritual maturity.

In Hebrews 11:1 we are told that faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.  Two words describe faith, confidence and certainty.  Faith has a starting point and an ending point. The starting point begins with believing in God that He is who He says He is.  The ending point is believing in His promises that He will do what He says He will do.  

When we believe that God will manifest his promises even when we do not see them materialize in our life, we are demonstrating true faith.  When we stand and don’t give up we will receive, according to 1Peter 1:9 the end of our faith.  Meaning we will see the promise of God materialize in our life.

 

In the Master’s service. Many blessings.

– Pastor Robert.

 

Words of Life

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Proverbs 4:20-22 – “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.”

Please take notice here that the Words of God are life for those who find them. If you want to receive life, healing, pretty much anything from the Lord, you will need to take time to find the words of Scripture that promise these results. We have given attention to the Word, when received and acted on, will produce the desired result. In this comprehensive passage, God tells us exactly how to attend to His Words. He says do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. In other words, instead of having your eyes on your symptoms and being occupied with them, let God’s Words not depart from your eyes. Look at them continually and then like Abraham, you will grow strong in faith by looking at the promises of God and nothing else. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 2:13 that it is the Word which effectively works in those who believe. When we receive and obey the Word of God, we can say with Paul, “The Word of God works in me mightily”. When we attend to God’s Words and by keeping them in the midst of our hearts, the seed of the Word is in good ground, and according to the words of Jesus it will bring forth fruit. The Word of God becomes the power of God. It is spirit and life.

In the Master’s service. Many blessings.

– Pastor Robert.

The Time to Pray

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“Pray without ceasing” – I Thessalonians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV

  God is calling His children to pray.  I would suspect you’ve heard Him say something to you about prayer.  He’s been calling you to spend more time in it, to make it a higher priority in your life.  

  How do I know? Because He’s been telling me the same thing.  God is ready to move through us in magnificent and supernatural ways.  But He can’t do that if we’re not walking in the spirit.  He can’t work through people who are so busy with the affairs of the flesh that they can’t hear His voice.  He needs people who will pray, not just when they happen to think about it, but every day.  He needs people who will build their whole life around prayer and make it their number one priority.

  Have you ever noticed how Jesus operated when He was on earth?  He placed great importance on prayer. His prayer life was amazing.  The night before He chose the 12 disciples, He was in prayer all night long!  

  Jesus didn’t do things one way and tell us to do things a different way.  He expects us to follow His example.  We cannot spend all our time in prayer, but it is possible to have a prayerful attitude at all times.  This attitude is built upon acknowledging our dependence on God, and determining to obey Him fully.  A prayerful attitude is not a substitute for regular times in prayer but should be an outgrowth of those times.

  Our natural human reaction to that call for prayer may be to say, “Hey, I hardly have time enough to handle all the crisis in my life as it is now.  But, the truth is, we can’t afford not to. We need to tap into what time spent with the Father can do for us.  That’s what I did. Some time ago, God spoke to me that if I would give Him a tithe of my time in the word and prayer all would be well with me.

  Think about the fact that God is waiting on you. That He has some things He wants to show you.  Things you’ve been having trouble trying to figure out.  He’s just waiting to counsel you, and to show you the answer.

  The eternal, all powerful Creator of heaven and earth, the Almighty God, is ready right now to meet with you in prayer.  He’s made your prayers His priority.  The question is have you? 

– Pastor Robert.

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