It’s time for you to make something good happen in His church. Many of you are waiting around for someone else to make something good happen in the church you attend. It’s time to stop looking around for someone else to do what God called and ordained you to do, and get busy. It’s time to lay aside every weight and the sin that easily throws you off and run with patience the race that is set before you.
It’s not all bad out there in many of our churches. I know that for the most part, you have been reading the bad stuff. Not every church is caught up in the realm of sin and wickedness.
My point is that we do not need to allow ourselves to turn a blind eye to the obvious sinful actions in our local churches and spiritual leadership.
It is important that we take Paul’s admonition.
“lest satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.”
The New Living Translation says this,
“so that satan will not outsmart us. For we are very familiar with his evil schemes.”
This, of course, is 2 Corinthians 2:11.
Paul takes time to share his heart about the repentance of the brother that committed a sexual sin, so gross that the world expressed it’s displeasure.
Having his father’s wife.
The severe judgment imposed upon him got his attention. It also got the attention of the church at Corinth. The church became so sorrowful that they didn’t take action until Paul stepped in.
The outcome, by far, was better than expected.
To preserve the reputation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, they repented.
I believe that there are bad things happening in the church but there are also good things that is happening in the church. All over the world we are hearing tremendous stories of believers standing for the faith in conditions that far exceeds what the United States is going through.
While the economics and social ills of this nation is appalling, we still have a chance to see God turn it around. However, it must first turn around in the church. The churches that are examples of walking to please God need to put the Word out as to how they are doing it.
I mean, it is obvious how they are doing it. Strictly obeying the Word of God, but they also need to communicate to the other churches their level of staying above the fray of the activities of sin.
From martyrdom to poverty, Christians are stepping up to the plate and gloriously glorifying our heavenly Father. There are pastors in other countries that are making their stand for Jesus regardless of the cost to their lives.
Christianity is always at its best is when we love the brethren and we willingly sacrifice our lives so that others would benefit.
Selflessness is emerging on the level of Jesus.
Hosea chapter 4 is a disturbing mirror picture of the church in the United States.
We are seeing people that profess to know Jesus abandon the true teachings of the Word of God. It is a reminder of what Peter told us in 2 Peter chapter 3. There are many saints that transformed into ain’ts. In other words, they aren’t saints anymore or they are in an extreme backslidden condition.
Out of the backslidden bunch emerged apostates. In other words, they walked away from their salvation.
This is according to Hebrews chapter 6. They failed to produce fruit for the kingdom according to John chapter 15:1-10.
Why do they fail to produce fruit?
Luke 8:11-15 has the answer.
There are three types of grounds that will never produce fruit.
You will also note that these grounds are no where near the good ground which is in the middle of the field. Good things that happen in the church always happens when you are in the good or middle ground of the church.
If you are just hanging around, there is no way that you will be fruitful.
Do not get me wrong. Hanging around is bad but there is a better place.
Many of you do not want to plunge into the good ground because of the fear of giving something up in return. Yes, you will lose something. You are exchanging what displeases God with what pleases Him.
Yes, there is danger.
It will cost you more than what you are willing to pay.
The good that happens in church is according to the plans and purposes of God. When you are ready to get deeper in the Lord, you must realize that it is exactly what the devil doesn’t want you to do.
IF you decide to go deeper. IF you decide to get to the good ground, something good is going to happen in your church, in your family, and in your life.
You’ve been waiting for your moment.
Here it is.
It’s time to take the initiative and it’s time to take advantage of the season you are in. You’ve been waiting for a favorable, convenient moment. When it comes to making something good happen in your church, the opportunity comes and goes.
Lenard Ravenhill once said,
“Opportunities of a lifetime must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity.”
Too many good things fail to happen, or at the least, they are delayed, or postponed due to human speed bumps and detours.
Sometimes, church hurt prevents a lot of people from stepping back out to do what God called them to do. Church hurt can come from pastors, their leaders, and church folk that do not know any better. Sometimes there are “well intentioned” believers that have only one intention.
To intentionally or unintentionally hurt others.
People that are hurt in church sometimes operate in such a way that they block others from succeeding. It is a demonic ploy of the enemy to infect others with being disgruntled according to Galatians chapter 5.
That’s why it is important to walk in the Spirit and walk in love. We must discern the motives of people. We must also be prepared to stop what we are doing to see what we are doing that may negatively affect others according to James 3:13-18.
But you have to fight through the indirect attack of the enemy just to get what God has within you out to others.
Because their victory over bitterness and their redemption, restoration, and salvation depends upon your decision to never let the enemy side track you with evil.
The devil knows that if you ever get connected and completely ignore those that trouble you, that God will use you to bring tremendous deliverance to someone in need.
What’s at stake.
At the intersection of life, people are waiting for the product of purpose that God placed within you. No one else is capable of putting that product out but you. No one else can do what you do so well. God is depending upon you to take a risk and put out that product.
Lives are depending upon it.
You do not have to have a calling to the ministry to get the product out. Unless, however, you were called to the ministry and you are reneging on your obligation to be used by God on this level. You’d be surprise as to how many undercover Christians stay under the radar when the Lord has need of them.
Failure is not an option.
You cannot be afraid to fail. You cannot be afraid of “small beginnings” (see Zechariah 4:10).
You cannot be afraid of the “day of adversity” (see Proverbs 24:10).
Failure is a stepping stone to success. Failure does occur but what are you going to do when failure happens? Failure is waiting on your decision to try again, discontinue, and or quit.
Failure is an imperative fact that speaks only two things to the pursuers of success.
“QUIT!” or “Keep trying until you get it.”
Pursuers of success are in pursuit of success. They know that failure will happen but they keep moving until there is a pay off.
As my uncle in law, Bishop Tom Johnson would preach…
“Pay day is coming, it will pay off after while!”
Nothing good happens when you decide to quit when one or two doors close. Sometimes you have to break down a door to get a break.
When you decide to come to prayer meeting, something good is happening in your church. When you decide to financially support your church, something good is happening in your church. When you decide to wholeheartedly support effective ministries, something good is happening in your church. When you give yourself selflessly to support the vision of your local church through effective evangelism, something good is happening in your church.
You must never wait for someone else to do what you should already be doing. If you procrastinate it is already too late. God created you with something to bless and benefit the church and you do not have a right to be selfish with a gift that God gave to you.
That gift within you is destined to be shared because someone was waiting for you.
Stop looking around. God is looking at you to get it done.
It’s time to step up and step out before someone steps away from Jesus.
Yes, it is that serious.
All good churches have initiators and risk takers. People that want to see the church blossom and bloom are always looking for ways to make something good happen in their church.
When the church is focused on making something good happen in their church, there will be no time for Secret Sexual Sins, or any other sins for that matter.
Is something good happening in your life and in your local church?
As the 10th anniversary of a dark day approach, once again, the families that were left behind will mourn their loss on this day of infamy. It was an interracial tragedy. No one race of people suffered alone.
It was a bright, sunny, cloudless day when two airplanes struck the north and south towers.
Two more aircrafts, destined for another deadly assault were racing to hit their targets. One crashed, in what was called utter confusion, into the Pentagon. Sheer fortune on the terrorist driver of the craft. I refuse to call him a pilot because it would put him in a class of the skilled pilots that were killed that day before the planes crashed.
The other aircraft crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania but not by the will of the terrorist driver by choice. There were selfless heros on that plane. All were heros because they knew that one way or another, their precious lives would end, and they didn’t want the terrorists to succeed.
I was on the roof of my father’s apartment building after the first plane struck the north tower. Just before the first attack, my wife drove our daughter to school. I ran to our usual voting district to vote, I came home, and went to bed. But for some strange reason, I turned on the TV.
It was just after 9 AM when the most horrible pictures flashed on the screen.
Smoke was billowing from the north tower of the World Trade Center.
I had put on some clothes and went to the roof to get a bird’s eye view of the “accident.”
If you’ve been inside the World Trade Center, it was awesome.
When I was training to be a teller for Manufacturers Hanover (I know, this is going back in time), we had to ride the elevator to get to the training floor. Riding in these elevators is like riding an airplane. If you are not used to it, your brains along with your heart, falls into your belly. The “G” or gravity force going up nailed you to the floor. Going down was like riding in an airplane with almost zero “G’s.” Your ears would “pop” in either direction.
When you go to the 79th or 80th something floor (I don’t recall which floor), you transferred to a local elevator. As you looked out the window, the sky is the limit. You could see for miles. On days that it would rain, you were in the rain clouds or above it. On windy days, both towers would take turns swaying.
My sister went to the towers one day. On that particular day, she observed a bird flying towards the building. It hit the window. Beak first and slid down like in the cartoons.
On occasion, there would be “gospel concerts” on the grounds of the WTC. Yeah, God was there using His people to get people saved from their sins.
I wondered who listened and who refused the gospel of Jesus Christ?
As a young teenager in Junior High, we would look out the window and see the cranes assemble the towers. It was magnificent. Sometimes we forget that one day, people would work in these buildings because the structures tend to overshadow the fact that humans would one day occupy these buildings.
As I was taking pictures on the roof on that fateful day, I looked up and two planes flew over where I was standing. They were flying unusually close. At that time, the FAA had not given the order for all aircraft to land.
I mentioned the word “accident” because a few years before 9/11, a plane flew around to go up the Hudson River to land in LaGuardia Airport. This airplane was under 1,500 feet and was turning towards the south tower when the air traffic controller ordered the pilot to turn right and climb to 3,000 feet. 3,000 feet is the holding pattern altitude for certain situations at that time.
The plane barely missed the tower.
For a plane to hit the north tower, I thought at first, that this was definitely an accident. Pilot error or instrument error.
As an Operations Specialist in the Navy over 30 years ago, we are not air traffic controllers, however, depending upon ship assignments we are to know the rules. On board the ship that I last served, the USS Savannah AOR4, we had CH-46’s onboard, and we had to qualify on “vectoring” the helicopters towards the ship in low visibility situations to land on the flight deck astern.
There is IFR and VFR rules. IFR is “Instrument Flying Rules” and VFR is “Visual Flying Rules.” With the north tower struck by an airplane, how could it be a malfunction with instruments when you can see as clear as day out the cockpit window?
Anyway, I thought that this was definitely an accident until out of the corner of my eye, an ominous sight. It was a United Airlines plane that rapidly descended and struct the south tower. I counted the seconds because sound travels at 1,100 feet per second. It took 2 and a half seconds for me to feel the blast and the heat.
It was then that I knew that we were under attack and that lives were lost in an apparent coordinated terrorist attack on US soil.
The first thing on my mind was, it’s an attack. It’s time to re-up. It’s time to go to war with whoever attacked the US. My wife and daughter didn’t want me to go and cried.
Obviously, I didn’t go but others did.
Some to never make it back.
In a nut shell, here’s what we have yet to learn.
Everything about America isn’t as what it seems. Since the idea of democracy was born, humans without God can be prideful, arrogant, greedy or covetous, lascivious, and destructive. Just that evening after the attacks, both sides of the government stood on the steps to sing “God Bless America.”
At every Yankee game, during the seventh inning, they sing “God Bless America.”
America, God cannot bless us when we live in sin. God cannot bless us when we blatantly snub God by legislating sin called same sex unions. God cannot bless us when pastors are living extravagant lives that poor people dream of having while we preach to them. God cannot bless us when we pastors live secret lives of sexual immorality and permit music ministers to play while they live homosexual or bisexual lifestyles. God cannot bless us if singers that claim to be singing for the Lord watch porn and gratify themselves. God cannot bless us if we are doing all these things.
God cannot bless us while we live any old kind of way.
Church attendance is down because the sinning hypocrites of the world calls the church a bunch of hypocrites and they are mostly right. NO church is perfect, but there is someone out there that is living right, telling the truth, and helping the desperately poor folks in their neighborhoods. Some church is doing the right thing.
According to one statistic, 65% of people view church on the Internet. They never come out to church for 3 basic reasons.
3. Church Hurt.
The terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and economic turmoil that America and the other nations is experiencing is consequential judgment.
Luke 13:1-5 is like reading the Daily News.
The issue is clear. Unless you repent, you shall all likewise perish.
The issue is not just attending church for attendance’ sake. The issue is getting into and developing a relationship with the Father, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the bottom line of the church. To live lives apart from the way the world lives it and to show that we have been changed by the power of God.
To extend and teach by example faith, hope, love, and forgiveness from a non condemning and non compromising position.
The church is not just a “charitable organization.”
The church is an organized organism. We live to please the Lord. We live to worship the Lord. We live to honor the Lord. We live the life of Jesus Christ unapologetically. We tolerate the person, not the sins a person commit.
In Him we live and move and have our being (see Acts 17:28).
God attached consequential judgment as a penalty for the sins man intentionally commits. For instance, when you see a sign that says “Danger 600 Volts. Do Not Touch,” it is there for a reason. Yet, people foolishly touch it. It’s the same with sin. No one escapes the deadly penalty.
End time judgment is God’s direct hand on every man. End time judgment will come later according to the book of Revelation from chapters 4 to 20.
We see evidence of consequential judgment in the OT (Old Testament).
When Israel obeyed the Lord’s commands, they were spared consequential judgment. When they sinned, they would receive judgment. The ultimate judgment was when Israel was exiled to Babylon.
Every year before the death of Christ, the Jews would celebrate the Passover to “atone” or cover their sins.
However, after the death of Christ, there is no longer a need to “atone” for sin (see Hebrews 9:6-15). When we come to Christ and believe that His sacrifice or propitiation forever took away our sins, we have eternal life (see John 3:15-16).
However, because man insist on disobeying the Lord, judgment is meted out as a consequence for sin.
The people of this nation continues to sin before God.
We haven’t learned a thing.
We, as a nation, both inside and outside the church, continue in sin.
All this can turn around if we find a reputable place of worship where the gospel is neither watered down or compromised. Where consecration, dedication, and sanctification to the Lord is the byword of our lives. When sin is no longer excused but washed away by the blood of the Lamb.
Where people can go and hear the unadulterated Word of God. Where a passion for Jesus and a yearning to be close to God is borne. Where true believers incorporate the Word of God into every day living to please God, and with His help and grace, change our immoral ways to live holy before God. Where believers come together to live victoriously over sin and the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.
When the nations turn back to God in repentance with godly sorrow for sin, we could potentially add years to the life of a nation before a definite turn for the worse occurs.
We still have time, but, if we don’t repent, then we haven’t learned a thing.
By Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
Since Harold Camping’s, consistent failure to pinpoint the exact date of the end of time, there is no mistake about the finality of this planet. It would be error to applaud his error but he did spark interest in the end times. Many were counting on his prediction to be right.
And for good reason.
People have had enough of this out of control world. But something more ominous is on the horizon.
You should be equally concerned of your own mortality.
It is important to pay attention to the natural disasters that are happening at a more frequent pace. Each earthquake is intense or less intense. The glaciers are melting. Each storm is destructive and devastating.
The Bible tells us of the first earthquake in Genesis chapter 10 and verse 25.
“…for in his days the earth was divided…”
When the Lord set the nations up, it was clear that God would govern the times, seasons, and course of all the nations. As the earth separated, there is no question that there was quite a shaking.
But notice what Acts 17 tells us.
Paul was in Greece. Athens to be specific and observed that the entire city was turned over to idolatry. The ineffectiveness of the Jewish synagogue to articulate to these philosophers who God is, has given these Gentiles reason enough to turn themselves over to idolatry.
Sounds like the modern day church today.
So Paul saw that it was an opportunity to preach Jesus to them.
Paul starts out by letting the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers know who the “UNKNOWN GOD” is.
“…God made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands…He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings…”
The definitive answer to the Lordship of Jesus is found in John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:15-17. You go back to the question, “Who made all of this?” It all goes back to Genesis chapter 1.
When Adam sinned, all of creation was placed on a clock.
The title of this blog could be misunderstood because this planet is not the world that I am talking about.
The end of your world is you.
God determined before hand everyone’s time. Everything is pre-appointed. This pre-appointment is not based on God forcing you to do what you do. It is based on what God already knew what you would do as a free moral agent. He created you with an independent will. At any time you could make a decision and it will either mean your life or your death.
Every decision you make is a decision God knew ahead of time that you would make. At anytime, you could have change your mind. God already knows who would be saved and who would reject His salvation. Just because He knows this, it doesn’t mean that you couldn’t get into the kingdom.
When it comes to sickness and disease, you know that if you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, you know that the clock is really ticking. Most of the times when I watch certain medical shows like ER Trauma or Dr. G., Medical Examiner, we see death up front.
What I’ve also observed in these and similar shows is that while people are faced with the end of their world, the Person they need most is not even thought of sometimes. They use abstract thinking or reasoning that sounds religious but you could see that there is no real connection to God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
A person’s world is passing before their eyes and faster than they could think. Very few realize that when earthly life is over, eternity is next. Or they do know that death is about to take them but they play it off like it’s not really happening to them.
Because of Adam’s transgression, all of us received the death penalty but through Jesus, we, through His death can receive eternal life. If we reject God’s provision for salvation, we must be eternally separated forever (see John 3:15-21).
The answer is found in the Scripture quoted directly above.
Very few have made the decision to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and they are not ready to pass into eternity into heaven. Very many pass into eternity without knowing the Savior.
In one particular show other than the ones I mentioned above, she explained to me that a person died of a heart attack. When they revived him, they asked him a question. “Did you see anything?” He answered, “It was dark. I didn’t see a blanking thing.”
Just because you didn’t see anything it doesn’t mean that you saw everything.
Millions that have pass away are brought back to this life. Not realizing that it was somebody, either in heaven, or in earth, or both that prayed to the Father to spare your life so that you could get a chance to receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.
So the next time death is about to fully take you, you will not go the way of all the earth into a dark eternity apart from God.
Hebrews 9:27 says,
“It is appointed unto men once to die, after this the judgment.”
Everyone knows that the appointment of death is coming. But after death, the judgment is coming. You will be judge according to what you’ve done and primarily what you have done with Jesus.
Did you accept Him or reject Him.
We see death as a reminder when the hearse goes by. We see it when we watch wars or murders. We see it when we watch our relatives or our loved ones pass through the doors of death. We know that the end of our world is soon coming.
The point is, will you pass through into eternity with Christ or without Him.
“God, I come to You, a sinner. I desire salvation. I repent of all my sins. I believe that Jesus is Lord. I believe that Jesus is the Son of the living God. I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. I believe that right now, I am saved. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
If you prayed that prayer for the very first time, Welcome into the Kingdom of our risen Savior. Now click the link below, click the “Sinner’s Prayer” and you will find out more about what you did to become a child of the King.
by Fred C. Rochester. The Fastest Way To Grow Your Church, Part Two. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
In Part One we covered two out of seven things that is essential for church growth.
1. Worship and
2. Prayer and Evangelism
Without these two important things, your church cannot grow.
Church growth begins when there is a pursuit to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost. True church growth is never a shift in numbers. Transfer growth is when people that are already believers stop going to one church just to attend another church.
That’s church hopping.
They are pursuing membership, not discipleship.
When church hopping happens, this is an indication of immaturity on the part of the believer unless they are arriving at churches that are faltering or failing to provide true stability. Granted, there are some churches that do not provide genuine discipleship but God never called His people to uproot at random based on feelings.
You must have a solid discipleship plan to bring them along and help stabilize them in their relationship with the Lord Jesus.
If you are only counting numbers of people in a chair and not ministering to them so they can grow in the Lord, you will have a church full of babies that will never reach their full potential in Christ. The Lord wants you to be fruitful and multiply, however, maturation is a long term investment process.
It is important for the pastor and the people working with the pastor to establish an atmosphere of worship, prayer and evangelism.
Too often, many pastors look for natural means to do a supernatural work. In other words, when they see that nothing is happening, they look to do natural means alone to get the job done without inquiring the Lord.
What kind of natural means?
Marketing. Mailings. Attraction gimmicks.
I am not saying that we are not to do these things (except gimmicks) but we are not to be totally reliant on these things.
I encourage you to do like David. Before you make a move, inquire of the Lord. Get God’s counsel on what you need to do. When you get God’s counsel, anointing, and grace, you must be prepared for twists and turns.
You cannot rush God.
As a side note, when you are with working with people, there will be some that will not agree with what the Lord placed in your heart.
There is two kinds of opposition in the church.
All opposition comes from the devil, however, the opposition originates in the realm of the spirit and enters into the heart of the unsuspecting.
Demonic opposition is when the devil is fighting everything you do in the realm of the spirit. This is where the “Daniel kind of praying” is warranted. You go into prayer and fasting against what is against you, or against what is preventing you from receiving what God has in store for the local church. And you take a stand until there is a definitive release from the Lord.
People opposition is Galatians 5:7-26 in operation in the local church.
When the people inside the church is fighting one another, it is a clear indication that the devil has found someone to work through to stop the momentum. When people intentionally become unwilling to do certain things to help you facilitate growth in the church, it is people opposition.
When people disappear at the right moment or quit when they are most needed, it is people opposition. I should point out that not all disappearances and quits is a person’s fault.
There are other factors that do occur that makes disappearances and quitting easy. Sometimes, difficult pastoral leadership or difficult leaders alleged to be working with the pastor can make doing the work of the ministry difficult.
When people willingly agree to disagree, and it is their right to do so, it is still people opposition. If they disagree just over trivial things, they are being difficult and they want to control the pastor.
As a pastor, you cannot make people agree with you. You cannot stop people from opposing you when they’ve made up their mind to stand against you. You cannot stop people from disappearing when you need what they have.
What you can do is pray for those that are in opposition to come into agreement with you. Or, pray for new people to come and replace them.
Pray, as Pastor Robyn Gool would say, “for the right kind of help.” Don’t just pray for help because the wrong kind of help will show up.
Pray that God would send people that is agreeable with the will of God, the vision, and mission for the local church. Pray that they can receive pastoral authority and Biblical leadership. Pray that they are teachable and have a humble spirit. Pray that they have the wisdom of God.
Pray that they can work with little to no supervision to get the task done. Pray that they can discern the will of God for the house and work with each other, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
And when the Lord sends them to you, you must teach them that they are necessary for the body to function according to 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. Teach them to operate in the fruit of the Spirit according to Galatians 5:22. Teach them that their measure is required of them according to Romans 12:1-13.
You teach them that they cannot hold the church back by withholding what God gave them. You teach them that they do not have the right to withhold the gift of God. God gave us life, health, and strength. He has blessed us and we feel that we have the right to tell God that we are not going to give Him what is His all along.
All of a sudden, we assume the right to tell God how we are going to be used.
“In Him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28.
In the same way He gives us breath, in an instant, we can stop breathing. In an instant, because we were obedient, the abundant blessings of the Lord comes. In an instant, because of willful disobedience against the known will of God, the abundance could be dried up.
Sometimes, only a few people will grasp what you see and join in with you to get the job done. Sometimes people are not patient and will exhibit frustration and anger. This is not the time to join in their frustration and anger. It is the time to be patient and teach them what the Lord told you to do.
As a pastor, you must be faithful with what is in your hands.
by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.
From the time the Lord ministered healing in the earth to the present time, the healing power of God was always present. However, we have seen a waning of faith of the NT believers of today.
A general or gradual decline of teaching and participating in the work of God in the earth to minister God’s healing power occurred. Sometimes we lose our focus on believing what the Word of God said in order to believe more in the advances of medical science.
Or, we can be so preoccupied and mesmerized with the power of the storm that fear takes the place of faith, and we are found to be perishing. Storms are never designed just to distract. They are designed to steal, to kill, and to destroy. But Jesus is come to give life, and that you might have life more abundantly (see John 10:10).
The challenge to fight for your healing and receive divine health is upon us as never before. Years ago, the Holy Spirit gave me one of many reasons why God’s healing power and divine health was important to Him.
It is important to us because we need to be strong and healthy to do the work and will of God in the earth. It is difficult when we are subpar with our health, attempting to do the will of God.
Another thing that we need to do is stop calling the doctors the enemy. Do not get me wrong. Sometimes a misdiagnosis does occur or a pronouncement of death may be premature because the Lord always has the last say. But doctors are fighting against the same enemy we are fighting. They are only using natural means. Do not misunderstand me. There are some doctors that keep getting it wrong and you go back to them to get better, but nothing happens. That’s when you need to be a little more discerning and go to a reputable doctor.
Or, go to the Creator.
SENSIBLE EATING AND EXERCISE
There are many Christians that refuse to discipline themselves in this area. however, there are many Christians that have begun to take control of their eating and they exercise. There is a twofold benefit that if you remain active, longevity and an increase of the quality of life is achieved as we age.
Once the decline of health begins, and it will begin, the more active you become, the more you retain your independence.
While being active is not the “magic bullet,” it is essential that we do the right things to maintain our health. Regular exercise and eating the correct foods, and portions will go a long way to preserving our health for years to come.
There are certain natural vegetables that carry natural properties that attack some forms of cancer. Stop smoking. As a pun, you are burning the wrong kind of incense in the physical temple.
As long as we do the right thing, we will add years to our lives. Case in point. Rigorous exercise (3 to 5 times a week- cardio 30 to 45 minutes – running, walking) and upper and lower body strength or resistance training with weights may add two to three years to your life.
When you know that your physical life should have ended at 89, you lived to 91 or 92. That’s two or three more years to give the devil some trouble in Jesus’ name!
Before re-establishing an exercise routine, you should consult with your physician. Moderate to fast paced exercise routine over the course of time is beneficial. Rome wasn’t built in a day. So plan for the long haul.
HEALING: GOD’S MARKETING
Healing is the grace work of God to bring relief to physical maladies of man.
The healing power of God was used in conjunction with evangelism. In a way, it was the Lord’s “marketing” or “advertisement” that God was present and His power was present. When Jesus came, He healed those that had diseases, sickness, and He cast out demons.
As secular humanism of medicinal healing progressed, man’s dependence upon God decreased.
However, even with all of man’s medical technological advances and knowledge, they still are limited, whereas, God is limitless.
The only limit that is imposed upon us is called “our inability to produce results.” Prayer or our ability to entreat God in faith is our means of expressing our faith in God to request that He do what we are unable to do (see Mark 11:22-24, John 16:23-24, and Philippians 4:6-7).
Only God is able and willing to produce results. We can only believe that He is willing and able to produce results. That’s as far as it goes.
The limit is “according to your faith, be it unto you.” The limit is, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.”
If a person declines to believe, then, sadly, that person’s fate is usually sealed.
We must also conclude that as long as Jesus tarries, death is inevitable. Healing is the postponement of an eventuality. This is not a bad confession. Life includes death. We live in faith and we die in faith.
Some will ask, “What’s the use, then?” The use is getting your allotted time in according to Psalm 91:14-16 (NET).
“The LORD says, “Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he is loyal to me. When he calls out to me, I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life, and will let him see my salvation.”
It is not the will of the Lord for man to suffer with sickness and disease. It is the will of God to relieve all people of sickness and disease connected to sin (see John chapter 5:1-15).
What also happened was that many “ministers” have fraudulently used the Bible for their own personal means. Sadly, they take advantage of people seeking God’s healing power. They take their money and the people leave with the same condition. These false ministers want you to believe that they have the power of God but their character and motives were wrong.
These charlatans brought a bad name to the genuine power of God. If you were to talk to most people and try to teach them about the power of God, they would not listen, let alone get healed because they were deceived and left hanging by these charlatans.
As a result, His power to heal is only noticeable in places where the hearts of His minister are humble before Him. Does it mean that the healing power of God no longer exists?
Just because many boneheaded false ministers, false prophets, and “fake healers” is out there, it doesn’t mean that the genuine power of God isn’t out there working through a few humble servants.
NO MIGHTY WORKS THERE BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF
Mark 6:5-6 says, “Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.”
Remember what Mark said, “He could do no mighty work there.”
Notice the word “there.” Now, notice verse 6.
“And He marveled because of their unbelief.”
“There”, in His own country, was their unbelief. The reason was they couldn’t believe that God’s power was working through one of their own people, namely Jesus of Nazareth.
Therefore, unbelief stopped the power of God from flowing out of Jesus in that city.
So it is in the church today.
If you have people in the church that refuse to believe that Jesus can heal, then it is “there” that no mighty work can be done. No mighty work to heal AIDS, cancer, grow or replace lost limbs, heal organs, recover physical sight to the blind, the lame to walk, the infirm to receive strength, leprosy to be healed, mental illness, restore skin conditions, and so forth.
One of the things that I am also aware of is that just because nothing happened, it doesn’t mean that God is powerless. And it doesn’t mean that God is not God.
What does it mean?
It means that the healing didn’t take place. There is no sense in blaming God if healing doesn’t take place. What is important is that you stay in faith regardless of what happens and refrain from complaining and finding fault with the Lord.
GOD CANNOT CHANGE
Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”
God never changes. His purposes never changes (see Isaiah 46:10-11). His plans never changes because His plans stands forever (see Psalm 33:11). Just because there is a decline or even a temporary withholding of what He does (see Psalm 84:11), it doesn’t mean that God changed.
MEETING THE CONDITIONS
It only means that the conditions imposed upon man weren’t met, God couldn’t move.
It can’t rain if there is no water in the clouds. If there are clouds in the sky, and if no evaporation takes place, then water cannot be poured out of the clouds.
The conditions must be met for rain. If you do not believe, then your faith cannot draw the power of God out of God to heal.
GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT TO HEAL
Luke 5:17 says, “Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”
In most of your Bibles, you will see NU Text. In the Critical Texts published in the 27th edition of the The Nestle-Aland Greek NT and in the United Bible Societies, hence NU-Text says this of the latter portion of that verse,
And the power of the Lord was “present with Him to heal.”
This translation makes Biblical sense because of what Luke 4:18 and Acts 10:38 says.
We must remember that “the Word became flesh and dwelled among us…” or “fixed His tent of flesh” (see John 1:14 AMP).
After being baptized by John, the Holy Spirit came upon Him (see Luke 3:21). Jesus had the full measure of the Spirit upon Him (see John 3:34-35).
The Amplified Bible or AMP says this of verse 34,
“God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, but boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit.”
Therefore, the ministry of Jesus required that He have the fullness of the Spirit. This doesn’t mean that Jesus was to do things on His own (see John 8:28-29). The purpose of sharing all of this is to get you to understand that the ministry of the Lord Jesus is unique. Only in the sense that He had the Spirit of God “without measure” or “not…sparingly.”
Individual members of the Body of Christ, those that God called to minister in the area of healing (or any other area), will always have the Spirit of God by measure or sparingly.
Did you catch the contrast?
Believers can only minister healing grace within the limits or measure of Christ’s gift (see Ephesians 4:7). Otherwise, Paul probably would have said, “unlimited, limitless, measureless gift of Christ, instead of “according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
Did you get that?
Jesus had the Spirit without measure. Believers today, because of the ministry of Jesus, will only have the Spirit by measure. Therefore, the results will vary with us because we have the Holy Spirit by measure.
Having the Holy Spirit by measure is not a decrease in potency. It is a limit imposed by God because we are living in the dispensation of grace. We are not Jesus in the earth except that we are the Body of Christ. He is the Head of the Body (see Colossians 1:18). We are representatives of His ministry in the earth.
Therefore, we must always look to God for healing.