Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is Death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ Our Lord".
The Gospel is Good News, yet it is often carried as the news not to sin! Indeed, we do not even understand or listen to Jesus' own words. John 10:14 I am the Good Sheperd, I know my sheep, and am known by Mine." What does a shepherd do? 1) Protects his sheep 2) Guides His Sheep 3) Provides Safety and Security for them. 4) Lies down his life for his sheep In Jesus we are protected and given the strength to easily set sin aside. Without stress.
We often talk of sin as something we must fight ourselves and by ourself. We must (according to some) focus on sin and fight with every part of ourselves not to sin. If we lay a sin aside then we still fight that sin for the rest of our lives. For instance, alcoholism, the way of man is to tell the alcoholic that they must always be on guard and will always be an alcoholic. So in a man's soul they will fight the temptation for the rest of their life, whether they drink or not, they are still under alcohol's control.
I have in the past been labeled an alcoholic. Yet, cannot even tell you how long it's been since my last drink. It no longer is even a thought. How? It is simple yet made complex by man. I'm not fighting it, God's Grace (His Power and Ability) has conquered it.
I now ask you to follow this link to Dr. Jim Richards http://jimrichards.tv/ , who explains it far better than I.
The doctor's jaw dropped, he was speechless. After a few minutes He said "Thank You Jesus". Where is your wheelchair, he asked? God through Jesus' finished work, healed me, I answered. There was another doctor with him and he told her, how bad my condition had been. This wasn't my doctor it was my wife's doctor. He had seen my stages of the disease and was amazed at my recovery. This happened yesterday, there's more.........The student doctor examined my wife first.......My wife has diabetes, lung issues, and in need of a knee replacement. The student doctor listened to my wife's lungs and said "your lungs sound perfect.........hold on let me listen again. Perfect she said, she was amazed. My wife's doctor came in again and examined her.............your lungs sound perfect..........he was amazed, as we were! Once again for The Fathers' Glory, I praise and thank My Lord Jesus.
Where Our Father is involved circumstances change quickly. Will my wife's other conditions be healed..........yes and it will be another changed circumstance and God's Glory will shine through! Our we a blessed family.......yes. Is it something we deserve, earned, or an act we performed? NO! We don't deserve or earn the blessings. It is only through Jesus that we have been blessed.
I cannot stress enough, that if your body is in need of healing it has already been bought and paid for. Accept and Believe then look for the healing, Give Thanks for it now. Yes, it is that simple. Jesus did the work. Mark 11:23 "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. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Period end of Story.............Be Healed for God's Glory..........Through God's Grace Our Lord Jesus!
Today, while praising and thanking God, my thoughts went to God's Love for us. God is Love! Even while I was dying from the disease, and doubting he would heal me! Still He loved me! Even with my evil past, when hatred was in my heart. He still loved me! My sisters may never forgive or forget my transgressions.........Yet, The Father does not see them, since I have accepted Jesus into my Heart. Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:"
I have done nothing to deserve Righteousness through Christ; nor will I ever earn it! Yet, God loves me still. I have done nothing to deserve HIS Grace, through which is the only way that I changed. Not through trying to do it of my will, for I could not. Only through and in Christ have I changed. So should I look at my past and beat myself up continually for it............NO! I have and do experience God's Love Through Christs' finished work!
I walk down the street and meet one who does not believe, should I brow-beat him and say Sinner turn from your ways, you are going to Hell! NO, I shouldn't for I have committed his sins and probably more, I have done nothing to EARN SALVATION! What I do is to look into the Sinners eye and say God Loves You, as you are right now. Many times that is all I say, everytime I pray that God will prepare his heart. Proverbs 16:1 The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord." Proverbs 3:3 "Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:"
We reach others by showing them God's Love, not by condemnation...........for we were all condemned. God is merciful, should not those who believe, be just as merciful. Revelation tells us that even in the last hour God offers mercy: Revelation 14:7 "Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory." They repented not to give him glory...........evidently they were given another chance. Even during God's wrath he gives a chance to the wicked.
Mark 12:31 "Love your neighbor as you love yourself. There are no commands more important than these." Judgement is for Our Father and Jesus not for us. Fear of punishment has changed only a very few.........look at our court system and see how well it works. God's Love is what changes us.
I had believed in my heart, that through Jesus' Finished Work that God would heal me. As the disease progressed I took My focus off of Jesus and instead focused on my worsening condition! My focus became my death. The disease gained strength in my body and my thoughts continued to focus on my circumstances. Yes, doom and gloom thoughts.
A bright light burst through, this was my wife's faith. Early in my disease and even as it worsened, The Holy Spirit revealed to her, that I would live. She was focused on Jesus' Finished Work, even though her thought was that I would continue to be sick, The Father had other plans! Recently she told me everytime she was preparing to go into town, she feared I would kill myself and she would arrive home to find my lifeless body. She told me the thought would cross her mind, then The Holy Spirit would convey to her, that I wouldn't die. This faith enabled her to go to town and accomplish what needed to be done, in town. No matter the circumstance, the impossibility of the situation, she believed The Holy Spirit....... that I wouldn't die. This is faith from the heart..............immoveable!
There were other situations, where she had to make difficult decisions. She based those decisions on the Promptings of the Holy Spirit as well. One such decision was a handicapped van: she would try desperatelly to find someone to help us purchase one........there was no help for us, every door was closed. The only course would've been to trade-in a 2010 vehicle in perfect shape, for a 2007 handicapp van, with payments that would financially ruin us. Keep in mind, I was homebound because we had no way to transport me. I couldn't transfer from my manual wheelchair to the vehicle. So a handicap vehicle was critical............she knew this. Yet, once again the Holy Spirit guided her not to purchase the vehicle. Once again her faith was from the heart...... immoveable! She could've easily dismissed the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and we would've been stuck with a lower quality vehicle, that we don't need, now.
My point is: this faith from the heart................is recognizing and following the Holy Spirits' guidance in all situations no matter the impossibility of it or where human logic would dismiss the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Father knew the outcome.........we didn't.
Day to day there is a struggle to impose our will into our lives. We must have control over our life or we will not succeed (or so we think). So many of us focus on laws, religous commandments and the fear of committing a sin that we may lose our salvation. Our focus is way off.
An example of how my focus was distorted, while suffering from the disease: One day I fell out of my wheelchair, I struggled trying to get back in it. My emotions and my focus was of anger at myself, the disease and how hopeless the situation was. My wife came in the living room and said she was going to get our neighbors' help (her niece's husband). I forbade her to go get help; she left the room, yet was peeking around the corner, crying and must have felt so helpless herself. The weaker I became the more furious my emotional state was. The anger was at myself and my bodys' weakness. At times, my wife would come into the living room to see, if I had given up and would except help. Finally, after 3 hours I managed somehow to get back in the chair........physically and emotionally exhausted. My wife was emotionally drained, so my actions affected her as well.
My focus was off target, I drained my body of what strength it had left, just to do MY will. I could have just as easily, let help arrive and have the situation corrected. In fact, if I had even just entrusted my situation to God's hands, then the situation would have ended as well. How does this play out in a believers' life? It is simple when we allow God through Jesus' finished work, to touch our Hearts there is no struggle that He cannot handle. When we truly accept Jesus in our heart, we don't sin, break laws, feel conquered, or fail. The Father works from our heart and we automatically change, without effort. It's not through our own work, but HIS. We can strive to not sin and will fail. We can strive to keep all laws and will fail. When I quit trying to do my will, and focus on Jesus' and allow him to change my heart beliefs, it is effortless. When we focus on not sinning then that is where our focus is. Focus instead on Jesus's finished work and God's Love. The Father doesn't see our sin (when we accept Jesus into our heart). Instead, he changes us. Focus on Sin and that's what we get........more sin. Focus on God's Love and that's what we feel.........God's Love.
Today was food pantry day, it is when our church feeds the poor and gives them a box of food staples. What a blessing to be able to reach out in a small way. There are days I'm asked to share with others the True Power and Glory of God, through my miracle healing. Today was one such day, there was a homeless lady that asked about my tatoos, so I shared my story. Then a man introduced me to his sister, aunt and mom, he knew my story and asked if I would share it, of course I did. As I share my story, I often start to cry out of the joy of the Holy Spirit and the pure awesome power of Christ's finished work. Matthew 28:18 "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." Our Father is active now and His promises are for now, we just need to reach out and believe...........from our heart. Mathew 21:22 "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."
Believers are to be victorious now; prosperity, healing and all good things shall be fulfilled now. Romans 12:3 "for I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith". In other words, I am no different than anyone else. When I knew in my heart that God would heal me (through the finished work of Jesus), He did! This is not a THOUGHT PROCESS, I cannot be healed through merely thinking it. Many, many times I would think that I would be healed and wasn't, because in my heart beliefs, I believed that I wasn't chosen to be healed, or had the attitude "I'll wait and see if God heals me". Each day we either choose life or death, healing or disease. It is where we focus our faith, in the doctor that tells us, our diagnosis and then we believe the dr, that it is incurable. We then go tell our family members that we're diagnosed with..........., we just claimed the disease. OR we can focus on the Promise of Our Father! Matthew 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." Then KNOW in your heart it is done.
We know by what comes out of our mouths and thoughts, what our heart beliefs really are. If fear and stress comes out of our mouths we know that our heart beliefs are off kilter. We all have the faith, it's just where the focus of our faith lies...........in ourselves (man) or the Finished Work of Jesus. Jesus has already accomplished the mission, we need only know that ............because I am in Jesus, I am qualified to be a heir in God's Kingdom and ALL of His Promises.
Since my healing I have learned a lot in a short period of time. The Holy Spirit has put within me a thirst to gain Supernatural Knowledge of the Father and the finished work of Jesus, to continually improve my relationship with Him. One of the most important things I have learned (this came from my pastor) Is that the Names of God says it all: Jehovah- Maccaddeshem/Rohi/Shammah/Rapha/Tsidkenu/Jireh/Nissi/Shalom/Sabbaoth/Gmolah
Sanctifier/Shepherd/Present/Healer/Righteousness/Provider/Banner/Peace/Lord of Hosts/ God of Recompense.
So what do I need? I know he will provide it.........because it's HIS very Essence!
Today the Holy Spirit guided me to recognize that Heart Beliefs, play out in small things and point to areas in my life, that need attention. It is now easy for me to have Faith from the Heart on major issues;what about the things that seemingly I do on my own? The issue is with my constant companion during the disease (besides my wife). Her name is Ariel (one of our dogs), she was a stray that we took in. A beautiful hound/lab mix with a tannish/red coat. After we had her for a few months she started to jump the fence, run around the property and then after a few hours come back. She got to a point that she stayed inside with us. When she would go outside unattended, she would promptly escape. This was a constant source of worry for both my wife and me. We added height to our fence, that didn't help.
After my healing I started to walk her on a public trail, that is close to us. Recently (two weeks ago), I decided to increase the size of the fenced in yard and improve it so she couldn't jump it. I should add that while building the fence I was in constant communication with the Lord. As I was building it, I could feel the presence of the Lord as the T-posts went in easily, even in our extremely rocky ground. I was constantly thankful, as my strength is still somewhat in lack. Ariel seemed to be content and I gained confidence that she wouldn't escape. I went into town and left her outside, upon my return she had escaped. This time she suffered a deep gash, that needed 12 staples. She had to be confined while healing, for ten days. During this time I closed every gap and continued to improve it. We now have a 7" high fotress we lovingly call Fort Ariel. Monday, our sweet Ariel got the staples out and the vet. told us to "releash" the hound........she can now play with the other dogs.
Here is where the lesson lies: Monday afternoon I spent all of time outside......fearfully watching so she wouldn't escape and re-open the wound. Yesterday, I decided to leave her unattended for periods of time: every few minutes I would check on her, fearing that she had escaped.......she didn't. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart this morning...........Why do you fear? Did I not tend to your disease, yet such a small matter, your faith shows lack. Given Ariel's track record it would seem prudent to fear for her safety. Most people would agree and say you are wise for not trusting her. Yet, Fear has no place In Christ. Trust and Faith is in Christ. So during my meditating on God's Word, and when The Holy Spirit put this in my heart, the fear is gone..........In Christ, fear has no place inside me. Two hours later, she is safely within the yard. Am I still checking on her.........Yes, but not with fear. Now with the confidence In Christ that all is as should be. Trust Ariel..........no (lol). The difference is my focus I am now trusting The Father (without fear), that the outcome is safely in His Hands!
Today during my prayer/meditative time, my thoughts turned to the seconds after my healing. My fingers had just moved on their own, for the first time in years. My arms went over my head and God's Grace had just moved my legs and caused me to walk for the first time in years! Imagine the significance of that moment! The true power of God through Jesus' finished work! I must add that I felt such joy, that both my wife and I were in shock, and truly did not know how to act. We were so compelled to share this moment with others that we went to our church's worship service. The moment I got out of the car, there were church members rushing over to me, in amazement and shock! All to the Glory of God, there was such Praise and Worship to God, I will never forget. Cameras were flashing, cell phones recording the moment. One of the Deacon's of our church, who came on Sundays to my house and lifted me into the van to get me to service, was absent, someone called him and he came rushing over; to see for himself. What a powerful moment to edify the true Glory of God.
I am re-creating this scene for you; so that those who haven't experienced the truly awesome Power and Glory of The Father may believe and experience it. It is because of the finished work of Jesus, that I am able to experience it......daily. Two things can or could've happened: I could just look at it as a single experience and fail to recognize how active Our Father and Jesus is. Instead, I choose to recognize daily how, with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in me, active and powerful The Father is and acknowledge it constantly, through my thanksgiving and praise.
Here is my point: I recognize that without Jesus' Finished work and God's Grace I can do NOTHING. In fact: Without it, I would be back in my wheelchair.........dying! Just the simple movement of my arm is God's Grace working. Recognize The Father in all things and Jesus' finished work........in all things, that is when our heart beliefs change and all of God's Promises come true. My last thought on this is: Because I am in Jesus and Jesus is in me, I am made righteous and I am qualified for all of God's Promises. Not through ANY, ANY work I do; but through Jesus' Finished Work! For without HIM I can do NOTHING
This morning I started my day as usual, I sat up and moved my legs to the floor. That action alone causes me to Thank The Father and Jesus. I tended to our dogs and then read God's Word. After a period of meditating on His Word, I came to this site. Alex Mason had posted a wonderful testimony about her life and how God changed her. This for some reason brought to my memory, my second visit to my primary care VA doctor. My wife and I had just gotten married, I had just been baptized in my wheelchair and I had the letters TIG (Trust In God) tatooed on my right arm. The doctor had just given my wife and I the provisional diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease). I confidently told her that the Lord would heal me. Her reaction was comparable to "yea right". She sent in a social worker to inform us with all the help the VA would give us. I told the social worker the same thing, that God would heal me. The social workers response was to inform us of where to go on the internet to learn more of the disease and the hopeless situation I faced.
I had spoken from my heart and the moment I said it, I did truly believe it. The tatoo of the letters representing Trust in God, was placed upside down on my forearm, it was for me, so no matter how desperate the situation became I would be reminded in whom I should trust. The disease continued to steal the life out of my body and in time I would give up. Yet, the tatoo remained and the words that I stated had still came from my heart; even though I had given up and wanted nothing more than to die. Proverbs 16:1 "The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the Lord". The Lord had prepared my heart, even though consciencely I had given up, the beliefs of my heart, held true. The day of my healing I remember looking at my tatoo and thinking Trust in God. That's all I thought, it was not followed by any other thought. It was later that afternoon, that God healed me through the finished work of Jesus. God's timing is always his and always perfect. This is a lesson, Proverbs 4:23 "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues/stuff of life". It is also a lesson in that words: from the beliefs of our heart (good and bad), come back to us.