If You’re Waiting For God To Heal You, You’re Wasting Your Time!

I image there have been some double takes from those who have read the title of this message and hopefully you are reading this because I have peeked your interest on some level. Let me just tell it like it is right from the start, ‘God is not going to heal you! He’s not going to bless you and He’s not going to save you! Now before you get too overwrought and upset and write me a letter or comment you may regret later, read the entire article!

Why do I say God is not going to do these things? Because He has (past tense) already healed us (1 Peter 2:24) and saved us (Ephesians 28 & John 3:16) and blessed us (Ephesians 1:3) over 2000 years ago. Yet, I still hear believers today praying and asking God to heal them or to heal a loved one. I hear ministers proclaim with a loud voice as they lay hands on the sick say, “we just ask you, Father, in Jesus’ name to please send your healing power now.” It makes me sad and angry all at the same time. Why? Because it sends a confused message to the body of Christ and a confused message to the world. When believers are continually waiting on God to heal or to bless in some way or other, continually waiting on a deeper revelation or greater understanding so that they might obtain their healing they completely miss the simple truth of the gospel of Christ, and try to get Jesus to do something that has he has already done and said was finished.

What does that mean? It is finished! That means God has completed His part or done His part.  When Jesus cried out in (John 19:30), “It is finished’, He really meant what he said. His work on earth was done. The Atonement for sin, sickness and disease was complete. He provided everything we could ever need. We aren’t waiting on Him to give, He is waiting on us to receive. People are always trying to find out what their part is. Well your part is to R-E-C-E-I-V-E. Receive what? To receive the healing that belongs to you, to receive the blessings that belong to you, and to receive the salvation that is yours.

Let’s look at some scripture starting with the Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” do you know what the word “spiritual” here means? In the original Greek text, it is pneumatikos, which in this context means having properties and characteristics belonging to the Spirit of God.(emphasis mine). Paul in writing the book of Ephesians he wrote it by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit from the perspective that all things are ours in Christ. Any blessing you or I have or need is not something we must strive and fight to get. It is something we already have! Listen, God provided for us before we had the need. It is just a matter of receiving what has already been provided or what has already been done.

Nothing Yet To Be Done

This is so important! I cannot emphasize it enough! The understanding that any blessing you could ever need or desire from the Lord is done, and when this is understood it brings an assurance that is enormous. It completely destroys legalism and the performance mentality, and takes all the pressure off. Why? Because how are you going to doubt that God our Father will do something for you if He’s already done it!

Let me illustrate it this way:  When I was going to Bible school, before I started I found out I had to pay $1100 on the day of orientation, and I did not have any of the money. So I did the only thing I could do, I went to the Lord about it. On the night before school was to start I still did not have the money needed. I had ask already and had it settled in my heart that God wanted me to go to this Bible school and I figured if He wanted me to go then He would have to supply what was needed.

Now, if you think I did not have any opposition from the devil, oh boy, it was intense or if you think I had no doubts about it, you would be wrong. The devil fought me saying ,“you’re never going to get the money” and  “what kind of a man are you, you brought your whole family out here to go to Bible school and you will not even get to go”… on and on Satan harassed me. That night I was at a friend’s house and his roommate, who I had never met, came home. He had been visiting family. He was also a student and was to start his second year. As we talked and got to know each other he happened to ask, “so are you all ready to start in the morning?” I said, Yes, I was ready. Then he asked, “Do you have all your money for orientation?” I said not all. Well, how much do you lack yet? He asked. I said, “Well, all of it.” At that point he kind of laughed and said, “I have enough to cover it, and will give it to you if you can pay me back in a few weeks” and he did and I did.

So the next morning I paid the $1100 to the school for my tuition and the moment I did every doubt, every harassing thought, and every negative thing disappeared from me. You’re probably saying, “Well, of course they did! You had it, no need to wonder if you are going to get it now! That would be dumb” and you would be 100% right and that is my point. Have you ever prayed to be healed and then in your next thought wondered if you would really get healed? If you said yes, I can tell you why. Because you don’t view healing as something that has already been done but as something that has yet to be done or accomplished in you or for you.

If You Were, Then You Are

Now quickly let’s look at 1 Peter 2:24 and see how it applies to our life today.

1 Peter 2:24 (KJV): Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. First, we must understand that when Jesus died for our sin, it was not a token gesture. He did not take a sample of sin and use it as an example. No, when He died the Bible teaches us that Jesus became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21). He took every sin for every person (the entire human race) for all time into His own body on the cross. You know the scripture teaches us that His face was so disfigured, more than any man and He didn’t even look human. You would scarcely recognize Him as a man. (Isaiah 52:14). Sin and all the toll it takes on mankind (sickness, disease, age, and pain) came into the sinless body of Jesus, who had never ever sinned or had His body ever know the effects of sin and corrupted it. Jesus knew this was going to happen and that’s why He ask His Father to, ‘let this cup of suffering pass from Him’. It was not only what was to happen to Him physically but He did not want to become sin. But Jesus, our Pure Holy Savior, knew this was what He came to do. Truly the religious leaders who fought to have Jesus crucified said when they were taunting Him “He saved others; himself he cannot save….” (Matthew 27:42). If he would have saved himself, we would be forever lost.

This is a very interesting verse and so packed with truth we could teach on this one verse for weeks, about righteousness and what it means to be “dead to sin” and much more. But that is for another time. But this verse does put the healing that Jesus obtained for us in a very special place. It puts it in the past tense. What does that mean to you and me? It means it’s a done deal, a completed fact of the agreement, it’s in the will and it belongs to me! It means if we were healed then we are healed and we are not waiting for it to happen or for God to heal us. That’s why it is really incorrect to pray for healing. Instead, we are supposed to just receive the healing that the Lord has already provided. We are not waiting on God to heal us. He’s already done His part. He is simply waiting on us take what He has provided for us and command His healing power to manifest in our bodies. I am here to witness I have done this so many times and it works. You and I must understand there is a fight but there is a difference between fighting to get our healing and fighting because we have already been healed. And that is the difference between success and failure.

How are we saved? Did it just fall on us like ripe cherries off a tree? No, Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:8: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves.” We are saved by grace, but not by grace alone, we are saved by faith but not faith alone, it is the combination of both. Faith is not true biblical faith unless it’s used in receiving what God has already fully provided for us by grace. Grace is the unearned, unmerited favor of God that He has provided to us, independent of any worth or work or value on our part. If it is in any way attached to some goodness of ours, then it is not true grace. God, on His own or by grace, has already provided all the things we will ever need.

Because the word saved or salvation has been called the great inclusive word of the Gospel (see my article “The Ultimate Word) (The Hebrew, and Greek, “sōtēria”, meaning “safety”, “preservation”, “healing”, and “soundness”), it gathers to itself all the redemptive acts, such as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. We could say:

 

  • For by grace are ye healed through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  • For by grace are ye justified through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  • For by grace are ye redeemed through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  • For by grace are ye sanctified through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  • For by grace are ye glorified through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  • For by grace are ye safe through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  • For by grace are ye sound of mind through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  • For by grace are ye preserved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So you see my point here! God has a master plan and it is all of His doing for us whom He loves with an eternal love. What I am saying is this, if God has not already moved or supplied by His grace, then we can’t make Him or force Him by our faith. (After all, where do we get the faith from in the first place?) No, faith simply appropriates what God has already provided for us by His grace. So if He’s already provided all these things for your needs and my needs by His grace, then as one man has so aptly said, “faith is just our positive response to what He has already done and not something we do to get God to respond to us.

These things have become more and more real to me of late, and I am seeing more of the manifold blessings of God not because of something I have done to deserve or earn them. These come by revelation from the Holy Spirit.  He makes these truths come to life on the inside of us. One thing that has helped me tremendously, though, is the study of Spirit, Soul and Body. As I understand more that I am a spirit, that one third of me is full of the Holy Spirit of God, wall to wall and tree top tall,  the more I understand and meditate on these truths of who I really am in Christ ,the more the Holy Spirit, our teacher, brings revelation.  My prayer is that you will bathe yourself in His word and let the washing of the water of His word (John 15:3) overtake you and be thoroughly furnished unto every good work (II Timothy 3:16-17).

 

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone

 

Reference works include

Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

Strong’s Concordance

Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon of New Testament Words

King James Bible

Alexander Photos

What Does His Blood Deserve

Often people judge their ability to receive from God based on their worthiness or their behavior of the preceding days. Another way of saying it is, they expect from God based on how spiritual or good they have been. And in that frame of mind they tend to think they either deserve or don’t deserve a thing. Perhaps a couple on the way to church on a Sunday morning engages in a dispute and by the time they reach the church they are quite angry with one another and entering into the service one or both of them are thinking, “Well, I am not going to get anything from God today!” Their reasoning for this is because they are or were in an argument and may still be upset so therefore how could God bless them this morning because they don’t DESERVE it based on their performance.

People sometimes get sick and often think they are in that condition because of something they have or have not done and God is disappointed with them. They somehow feel that they deserve what they are having to deal with, sort of an ‘I made my bed hard so I will just have to lie in it” mindset, judging themselves to be unfit or unworthy or undeserving of the blessings of the promises of God. They apply this way of thinking to every area of their life.

Questions will start to arise: How do I receive healing? …..How do I receive prosperity? …..How do I receive the things I need so badly? …..What am I not understanding? …..What am I doing or not doing that is causing me to not be on the blessing side of things? And what is really being said here is, “I judge myself as unworthy.” This is a mentality called Sin Consciousness and is prevalent in Christianity today throughout the body of Christ, I am sad to say. This kind of thinking leads to depression, steals ambition and causes sickness and will even break apart good families and friends…. Sin Consciousness is a killer.

With this type of thinking what we are really doing is judging Jesus as unworthy. Now I know this is a bit of a shocker but none the less it is true.  Look at Acts 13:46 – Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. You see, they (the Jews) judged themselves as unworthy to receive God’s grace and blessing and mercy and benefit. Because they judged Him and His sacrifice as unworthy or unacceptable for them on their behalf they judged his sacrifice as unable to redeem them. This type of thinking is keeping many, many believers in the body of Christ today away from the goodness of God and His great love and the benefits he has already provided for them. I firmly believe many stop going to church, not because they don’t love God, but because they feel they cannot live up to the rules and standards placed before them that say, “This is what a good Christian looks like and acts like, and if you don’t look like this and act this way you aren’t a good Christian…and on and on and on” and they leave because they judge themselves as unworthy and refuse to be a part of something they feel they cannot attain to.

This verse makes it clear that these people passed sentence on themselves. It wasn’t God’s will for them to perish (2 Peter 3:9), but God only provided one way of salvation (John 14:6). No one will ever be able to stand before God and point the finger at Him and accuse Him of being unfair. Those who reject God’s Word send themselves to hell. (Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary)

We can also add that those who reject Christ and what He has done are keeping the blessings of God from being active in their lives. Why? Because, by not recognizing that Jesus is our supreme sacrifice and substitute, we negate in our lives all that was finished on the cross. You see we are not worthy in and of ourselves! Our OWN righteousness is as a filthy rag. But we are not receiving and operating based on our own righteousness. We are receiving and operating based on HIS righteousness and His obedience and His worthiness.

What Does Jesus’ Blood Deserve?

When we begin to look at every aspect of our life in the light of what Jesus’ blood has done for us and what His blood has secured for us we begin to understand that it is not a matter of what the standards and rules we impose on ourselves and others can do for us based on our performance of those rules. When we finally look at the great salvation in the light of what He has done and what His blood deserves, we can then begin to be truly free and live an abundant life in Christ. That’s when we understand that Jesus’ Blood Deserves:

Miracles

Healings (1 Peter 2:24)

Captives set free

Family members brought into the body

Devils defeated

Blind eyes opened

Dead raised

Financial breakthroughs

Abundant life lived

Promotions

Freedom from condemnation

Released from guilt

Judgment satisfied

Because all of God’s judgment was poured out on Jesus (John 12:31 – Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 – And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.) Notice that the word men is italicized. This means it was added by the translators. The context of the verse is talking about judgment. What Jesus was saying here is, if He is lifted up then He will draw all judgment to Himself, not necessarily drawing all men. Although this is a scriptural truth, it may not be what is meant here. Jesus was saying that when He is crucified, He would draw all of God’s judgment upon sin unto Himself. And yes, He did bear our judgment so we would never have to be judged. Jesus was judged and punished for us. So by accepting Him we are accepting that we are not the recipients of God’s punishment for sin but Jesus was.

His Blood Deserves…… It is not what we deserve but it is all about JESUS …….

We Receive From His Hands

I heard a great illustration from Pastor Franklin:

A little boy came into a candy shop and walked over to a big jar of candies and stood looking at it. The boy’s clothes were worn and he was a bit unkempt and it seemed obvious he could not buy what he desired. So the shop owner said to him, “Go ahead and reach your hand into the jar and get what you want and I will not charge you for it.” But the little boy just stood there looking at the jar of candy. So again the shop owner said, “Go ahead, son, put your hand in and get as much as you can grab and you can have it for “free!” But again the boy just stood staring at the candy jar. Finally, a little frustrated, the shop owner reached in with his own hand and pulled out a big handful of the candy. When he did the little boy smiled and held out both hands, then looking up at the shop owner and said, “Thanks, your hands are much bigger than mine are!”

You see, Jesus’s hands are much bigger than ours. His reach is much greater than our reach and His ability is beyond what we can do. When we receive from His hand, of what He has obtained for us, then we will have more than what we could have asked or thought (Eph. 3:20) The only problem is we can limit what God can do, because of our unbelief or by counting ourselves unworthy to receive what Jesus has procured for us.

We Must Get Out Of This Performance Based Religious Thinking

So what is the answer to the question, “What does His blood deserve?” His blood deserves every good and perfect gift, every benefit, every victory. Why? In Revelation 5:12 it says, ‘Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.’  You are worthy to receive because Jesus Christ was and is worthy. Not by works of righteous which we have done, but by grace through faith we are saved. Trust not in your performance and your standards and your abilities but solely in Christ Alone. Understanding redemption, the complete forgiveness of your sins, is foundational to understanding the New Covenant and how God deals with us today. He deals with us in light of what Jesus has done, and the work completed on the cross, all the debt has been paid.

 

Maybe you could have raised your kids better. Maybe you did mess up with adultery and went through a bad divorce or had a child when you were unmarried and still in high school. Perhaps you see where your children are just like you and this keeps you from praying and believing that God’s favor is on your life. But all these things combined and more are not enough to negate what Jesus has done for you and all who will accept Him as Lord and Savior! You see, I once belonged to a group that was sensitive to sin, had high “standards” to attain to and placed a lot of emphasis on how we dressed, where we went and many other things. We feared God. Not in a wrong way, but with a reverential respect of God and who He is. But what happens many times is those who are sensitive to sin to stay away from it (and that’s a good thing), find themselves being manipulated by the devil because the very standards and sensitivity that can and should be an attribute and asset can also be used as a liability working against you. Because you did not keep that standard one day or you sin, you count yourself as unworthy because your performance was not up to par. We begin to look at others with our standards and because they are not living according to our expectation we disqualify them and look down our sanctified noses as if we walk on a higher plane. Then one day we find ourselves unable to live up to our own standards and our performance is not what it should be and we think we can no longer go to God boldly because we have judged ourselves “unworthy” and we then negate what has been done for us through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

Every false religion—even religious Christianity—puts the burden of salvation back upon the individual. “Salvation” is then based upon your performance. If you live holy enough, do enough good things, observe all of these rituals and rules, your own standards of what makes a “good” Christian then you might be able to be saved. The problem is—and the book of Romans makes this very clear—that none of us can live up to those standards. We can’t save ourselves!

Only Jesus is worthy and because He is we are…………

 

Reff:

Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

Jentzen Franklin Ministries

KJV Bible

Message Bible

 

Since When Did Grace Become Not So ‘Sweet The Sound’

When did the word grace become a battle cry for Christians to choose which side to be on? When did grace become a dividing mark, in the place of a point, to bring the hurting comfort and cause the blind to see? When did the mere mention of the word grace cause believers to begin to size up one another as an opponent. Why is it wrong for me or any other brother or sister to say I am a preacher of grace or a preacher of righteousness standing firmly on the foundation of Christ, the Solid Rock, and placing all other ground that is not built on Christ and His righteousness as sinking sand? Where would we be without the grace of God and His great love? It seems to me that we have allowed the enemy to take something so amazing and awesome and make it into a battlefield of contention and a detraction from what it really is.

Without the grace of God there is no hope and the world would be lost. It has become ‘I am of Paul and I am of Apollos (1 Cor. 3:4). It has gotten to the point that we are even apprehensive of writing anything with the word grace in it or to say the “G” word from most pulpits without an elaborated explanation of what we really mean. As long as things like this prevail, it shows that the body of Christ is still carnal, and all the while the devil laughs and the lost remain so.

A Word About Covenants (Agreements)

Today we live under a New Covenant, a better covenant or, we might say, a new dispensation. The Jewish people had a covenant with God before the Law of Moses and He was totally faithful to His agreement with them as He is with us. That agreement was a foreshadowing of the New Covenant (or dispensation of grace) that we live under today.  Before the Law was given by God the children of God depended on God and His faithfulness. His grace was sufficient for them. (Psalm 105:37) (2 Cor. 12:9)

Let’s look at two key words and their definitions to see just what they mean to us as believers today. (Words are very important and if you have been a follower of this ministry very long, you know that I have written and spoken about the words that come out of your mouth framing your world.)

Covenant: The term “covenant” is of Latin origin (con venire), meaning ‘a coming together’. It presupposes two or more parties who come together to make a contract agreeing on promises, stipulations, privileges, and responsibilities. (Smith’s Bible Dictionary)

Dispensation: A Dispensation is a period of time.  Dispensationalism is an approach to biblical interpretation which states that God uses different means of working with people (Israel and the Church) during different periods of history, usually seven chronologically successive periods.  Views vary from three periods to four, seven, and eight dispensations.  But seven is the most common perspective. The Scriptures divide time (by which is meant the entire period from the creation of Adam to the “new heaven and a new earth” of Rev. 21: 1) into seven unequal periods, usually called dispensations (Eph. 3:2), although these periods are also called ages (Eph. 2:7) and days, as in “day of the Lord.” Five of these dispensations, or periods of time, have been fulfilled; we are living in the sixth, and the seventh and last is before us.

The dispensations are as follows. (I will give only some scripture reference about these as it is not the point of this message and we will be focusing on where we are now and what this dispensation means to us and how we are to be living in it.)

  1. Innocence (Gen. 1:26; Gen. 2:16, 17; Gen. 3:6; Gen. 3:22-24.)
  2. Conscience (Gen. 3:7, 22; Gen. 6:5, 11-12; Gen. 7:11-12, 23.)
  3. Human government (Gen. 9: 1, 2; Gen. 11: 1-4; Gen. 11:5-8.)
  4. Promise (Gen. 12:1-3; Gen. 13:14-17; Gen. 15:5; Gen. 26:3; Gen. 28:12-13; Exod. 1: 13-14.)
  5. Law (Exod. 19:1-8; 2 Kings 17:1-18; 2 Kings 25: 1 -11; Acts 2:22-23; Acts 7:5152; Rom. 3:19-20; Rom. 10:5; Gal. 3: 10.)
  6. Grace – The age in which we live now (Hebrews 8:6 -13, John 6:29, 47, John 10:27-28, Eph. 2:8-9) The entire New Testament letters
  7. Millennium (Isa. 2:1-4; Isa. 11; Acts 15:14-17; Rev. 19:11-21; Rev. 20:1-6)

The thing we must be careful of is not to apply the truth of one agreement (dispensation) and the truth of another agreement (or dispensation) and try to mix them. (That would be like trying to apply the rules of football and the rules of soccer together. If you mix them it does not work and just causes confusion.) There was over 2500 years of mercy but we must be careful not to do what others did and still do and mistake God’s mercy and lack of judgment as approval. Also note that there are different housekeeping rules during the different dispensations (we will look at these in the next lesson).

Under the Old Testament the people were working for God but under the New Testament God is working for us. We could say it this way, ‘the sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ brought in the dispensation of grace (undeserved favor) and now God is giving righteousness, instead of God requiring righteousness, as under law’. Salvation, perfect and eternal, is now freely offered to Jew and Gentile alike by faith through grace in Christ.” We can see in Hebrews 8:9 that God is saying, “I am not going to make another agreement where I have to do what I don’t want to do.”

Hebrews 8:6-13 (KJV)

6  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

7  For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

8  For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

9  Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

12  For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

 

You see, Jesus did not come to give more law (Gal 4:2-7) (Gal.3:22-24) Why? Because you do not need the law when you are being led by the Spirit of God (Titus 2). As long as you are under a law you are looking for a rule to tell you what you should do. Many Christians today still want the 10 commandments to be used as there moral guide and that is because they do not understand that the Holy Spirit is much more capable of guiding than a written code of do’s and don’ts.

Our New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant in every way. If not, then we should go back under the Old Covenant and adhere to the killing of animals to atone for sin because at least under that agreement the sins of the people were cleared for an entire year before the blood had to be reapplied. But under this NEW AGREEMENT Jesus’ blood was applied once and for all. The greatest difference in the New Covenant is that it is based on Jesus’ holiness, while the Old Covenant was based on the individual’s holiness. The Old Covenant would be broken, because no man was (or is) capable of keeping it completely. But the New Covenant cannot be broken! Why? Because this covenant is between God the Father and God the Son (Jesus) and we get all the benefits of Jesus’ covenant with His Father.

 

In our next teaching we will look at what changed and how those changes affect us, the New Testament believer, today and for all eternity. (I have placed some scripture so that if you are interested in this topic you can do some studying on your own.

 

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone

When Did God Start Using The Devil As His Messenger Boy?

James 1:2–4 says:

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

When did God start using the devil as His messenger boy to do His dirty work? Seems like an odd question I know just looking at like this, but the sad truth of the matter is many people, Christian’s included and preachers think this! They think this way when trouble, hardships or sickness comes. As a matter of fact there are whole denominations that believe God sends sickness or calamity to teach us something.

Ever heard this quote, “Well, if you don’t pay your tithes, God will get what belongs to Him one way or another”? This is a normal conversation between two believers about the need to tithe. Sort of reminds me of another quote I have heard, “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” This statement was made by Don Corleone to Johnny Fontane about Woltz in the movie “The Godfather”. Now don’t get me wrong I believe in tithing but God is not a gangster.

If you do not understand what God is doing and what the devil is doing, then you won’t know how to resist the things you need to resist or how to yield to the things you need to yield to. I see it and read it from people who are believers and many that are ministers. If you don’t understand the truth of God’s word about this then you will most likely not see the power of God brought forth in your life or in the life of others through you.

If you are thinking that God is the one that has allowed or even caused tragedies in your life, and if you are teaching people that the things they are going through like sickness, disease, death of a loved one or some other hardship is for the purpose of God teaching them or correcting them, then you are teaching people and believing that we should embrace our enemy. There is a problem with that! When you think bad things in life are coming from God then instead of resisting them you will embrace them, because if you resist then you would be resisting the will of God.

The above verse has been twisted and misapplied and misinterpreted so much that even someone that does not attend church thinks they know this verse and will quote it. People use this verse to try and teach that God is in control of everything in your life, and that is simply not the case. If someone hadn’t already been prejudiced with the thought that this is what this scripture was teaching, I am convinced they wouldn’t see this verse in that light. James 1:2–4 does not say that God puts troubles in your life to give you patience, or to teach you some kind of a lesson. Yet much of the Church world spreads this from pulpits across the world, “if you don’t want trouble or tribulation then don’t ask God for patience because tribulation works patience… hahaha.” That is about as funny as a train wreck.

Some will ask, “Ok, so how do we get patience then”? And “I have learned some things out of these hardships. I mean doesn’t the good book say that God will chasten his children?”

The scripture says, For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (Heb 12:6-7)

And how does He correct and discipline? With His word! Just like everything else He does, He does it by His Word. What does the scripture teach us about where patience comes from? Look with me at this word in the book of Romans:

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

It is plain to me that patience comes from the word of God. One man said it like this “Patience is simply faith applied over a prolonged period of time. Instead of a momentary faith, patience is prolonged, enduring faith. Patience is when you just believe and keep believing.” We as believers freely quote Romans 10:17 which says, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” So then if faith comes by the word of God than patience according to Romans 15:4 also comes by the word of God, and both of them are the Fruit of the Spirit. But the fruit of the Spirit is…long-suffering [patience], …faith. Galatians 5:22

Intellectual Knowledge vs. Experiential knowledge

Problems are not given by God to make a person better or to make them more holy or more patient. If we think they are then we will welcome those things as being from God and we will embrace things like cancer or poverty and other hardships as being from the Lord and won’t resist them. Then Satan will use them to kill you and others who have confidence in you.

I have family members in the military and they have been trained for conflict. They know there is an enemy that wants to kill them. They have had training to fight and resist the enemy. They have intellectual knowledge about how to shoot and fight and use the weapons they were given. They learned this in basic training but they had no experience with actually being in combat. But they know enough to not go and find the enemy and embrace them or get into a battle so they could gain experiential knowledge. If they embraced the enemy it would not make them a better soldier.  Doing that would get them killed!

When the enemy did come they used the training and knowledge they have to resist and fight, not embrace, the enemy. True, they then gained experiential knowledge, which helps them, but no soldier goes looking for the enemy to gain experiential knowledge. You become a better soldier when you are attacked and have to put your training into practice. Likewise you became a better soldier in the army of the Lord when you resist the devil and put into practice what you have learned from God’s word. But if you don’t recognize that the problem is from the enemy and you think it is being sent from God to teach you, then you will embrace it and when you do it will destroy you.

So when the enemy is attacking you say, ‘I am going to fight this’, and when you win and overcome it does make you stronger because you put what you knew into practice and that is the whole point of what James is saying. Problems don’t come from God to make you a better Christian, they come from the enemy to destroy and kill you. That is how you know they are not from God because John 10:10 teaches us that God came to give us life, and the devil, Satan, comes to kill and destroy.

God Does Not Send The Devil To Do His Dirty Work For Him.

 

Years ago one of my favorite artists wrote and performed a song called, “The Package.” I have added the words below. Not really any comment needed as it speaks for itself. If you would like the link to hear this song, I have added it here.

THE PACKAGE – by Don Francisco

I was wakened in the morning’ by a knockin’ on the door
So I got up and went to see what all the knockin’ was for
There stood the Devil with a box addressed to me
He said “Boy, I’ve got something here I think you oughta see

I said, I know that I don’t want it if it’s anything from you
‘Cause I hate everything you say and don’t like anything you do
But then he pointed with his finger and he smiled kinda sly
‘Cause the package said “from God” there in the corner, way up high

So I said, “if it’s from God, then why’d He send it here by you”
He said, “He always sends me when there’s dirty work to do”
And this box is full of misery, poverty and shame
To perfect you thru your suffering ’till you’re worthy of His name

Well, I’d been pretty patient, but that last line took the cake
I just couldn’t take no more, I’d taken all that I could take
So I told him what I thought of him and all his filthy lies
Then I fired a shot that got him right between the eyes

I told him “Jesus took my sickness and my poverty away
You nailed Him to the cross yourself when you murdered Him that day
The suf’ring that I do will be for love and not for shame
I’m already worthy by His blood, to wear His name

And I know my Father loves me and has only good in store
So you just take that jive and get away from my front door
You can write my name on packages until I’m ninety two
But every single one I’m sending back to Hell with you”
Go on get out of here

If we being a natural father would not abuse our children or sicken them them to teach them a lesson, then why would we believe that our loving Father our “Abba” would? The term “Abba” is an affectionate term that a young child calls his father, we would say “daddy.” It is a word used to express intimacy and shows the kind, gentle and loving nature of our God, a word that express affection and fondness. It removes the idea of God as a strict hard law and order judge and carries the image of Him as a loving Father who cares, understands, and is our best friend.

So much more I would like to write, about this topic and actually did but deleted it. Many today would be shocked to find out that they have become as religious as those they talked about being religious years ago.

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone

 

Works Cited

AV, K. J. (1611). King James Version .

Francisco, D. (n.d.). The Package [Recorded by D. Francisco]. On The Package.

Strong, J. ((1996, 1997)). The New Strong’s Dictionary of Hebrew and Greek Words. Nashville: Thomas Nelson. Retrieved from www.geverett.org

Wommack, A. (1997-2012). The Living Commentary. Andrew Wommack Ministries. Retrieved from www.awmi.net

 

 

Forgiving the Right Way

When I was younger I saw a TV commercial about forgiveness. It was animated and had a story of two ranchers one rich and one poor. As the story unfolded the poor rancher stole one of the rich ranchers cows and was caught by the cow hands and when they brought him to the owner they all said “string him up it will teach him a lesson” but the owner said “Forgive him it will teach him a lesson” We must learn to forgive and to forgive and forgive the right way.

One of if not the most destructive things a person can have is condemnation. When in condemnation one will suffer from all kinds of things like depression, sickness, fear, strife the effects of condemnation are very damaging. And if a person uses condemnation to try to correct or punish then they are operating in witchcraft (manipulation for intimidation to bring domination) it is really the ministry of the devil. Because the devil will try to condemn you about EVERYTHING and ANYTHING he can, it is his greatest tool.

If you work hard and get some overtime on the job then he will say you don’t spend enough  time with your family, if you stay home then he will condemn you for being lazy. No matter what you do it will never satisfy the devil, I know people who are the same way.

But when you are free from condemnation then it is a victorious life to live indeed, not a life of sin or licentiousness as some would want you to believe. Many Christians stay in condemnation all the time because they don’t understand what Jesus has done for them through his death, burial and resurrection. When you are covered by the blood of Jesus you are free from condemnation (Romans 8:1). How? Because you are dead to sin, and live no longer in it.

Romans 6:1-2
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

The question is this “How shall we, who are dead to sin, live in it any longer in it” many  misinterpret this as saying that they are dead to the power and influence of sin or in other words some believe that when they are born again that sin no longer has any influence on them. But the divine reasoning of Jesus and the Apostles is this, that when a person is free from condemnation then sin loses its power. The problem is condemnation.

Remember John 8: 1-2 the story of the woman caught in adultery, they (legal, religious folk) you can always pick them out they have no joy, always judging somebody else and pointing at the person who they feel is wrong in some way and will try to get as many other people involved with them as they can so they can feel justified in themselves.

Jesus dealt with the sin and did not side step the sin issue he did not say “don’t stone her show some mercy, no he said “if you are without sin throw the first stone” no one there could do that, except for Jesus and he would not do it, so one by one they all left.

Jesus ask this woman a question “where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” It seems here that Jesus was more concerned with her condemnation than the sin. He is wanting to know about her accusers, he is wanting to know if she is still feeling shame, and feeling condemnation. You can see Jesus is wanting her to say something, he wants to hear certain words come out of her mouth. So what does she say “No one Lord”. And Jesus said to her “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” What are we seeing here? When you are free from condemnation you are empowered to go and sin no more. Why? Because you are able to use your faith without a sense of guilt and shame, you are enabled to have confidence and be bold.

I like a definition by E.W. Kenyon

“Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of a Holy God without any sense of guilt, inferiority, condemnation or shame of any kind.”

You see the work of Jesus is to remove darkness of every kind from your life, because his light that shines on you shows and points to his perfect work in you and not your own works. His light shows how clean you are by his blood, how perfect his righteousness is in you, how clean your conscience is by removing all your sins. Many of the problems Christians are having today are because of condemnation, they are in bondage and are often helped to stay that way by other people who try to bring condemnation all the time.

Back to Romans.

Rom 6:9-11 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus died for our sins, and the Bible teaches not only did he die for our sins but he died to sin at the cross, “once for all”. How did Jesus die to sin? You see we must understand verses 9 & 10 if we are to understand how “we who are dead to sin should live any longer therein”  Verse 11 starts with a key word “Likewise” (in the same manner) you also, reckon (take into account, calculate, count over, meditate) yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. So this being dead to sin question must be answered, if we are to reckon ourselves or take into account what is in our spiritual bank then we must answer a questions about Jesus.

Did the Lord Jesus die to….

  1. a) The power and influence of sin. No, Jesus came in flesh and blood but he had no sin nature, no lusts to be tempted by, (Hebrews 4:15)  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. In us we have the flesh a sin nature but Jesus had no such thing in him. Jesus had nothing for sin to attach itself to but we have. So was Jesus ever under the power and influence of sin….. No! So how did he die to sin on the cross, well for one thing for us as our substitute?
  2. b) The imputation (ascribed, or attributed.) guilt (condemnation) and penalty of sin? God took our sins and put them on Jesus. Is this how he died to sin? YES for us as our substitute!! Glory to God forever! So LIKEWISE you RECKON yourself dead to the imputation the guilt or condemnation and penalty of sin because you are in Christ.

Sin is still sin and the power of sin comes in when we forget to reckon the truth. The truth is you have been redeemed and condemnation is not imputed to you because of the blood of Jesus. Now the next verse, verse 12 becomes something you can do if you understand verse 11 and verse 10 of Romans.

Romans 6:12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. Many Christians try to practice verse 12 without understanding the power of the previous verses and what Jesus has done for us by his death, burial and resurrection. Sins power is no more over you, you are no longer under condemnation but are now under justification.

If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption. – Josh McDowell

So then what does all this have to do with forgiveness and forgiving the right way? I will tell you. One man I know handled his children like this when they did something wrong and got into trouble. They would come to him and would say “dad I’m sorry forgive me” and he would always forgive them and afterword it would never be brought up again because that was the end of it. Where did he learn how to do that? He learned it from Jesus, because our Father is that way. His children then did not have to walk around in condemnation and guilt afterword wondering if it were over or if he was going to start fussing at them again. No they knew it was finished.

Likewise Jesus has forgiven you the same way, he is not holding your sin against you he is not accusing you or remembering the sin any longer. Well then when someone, perhaps your wife or husband or mother, your children or friends come to you and say “forgive me” don’t say ah don’t worry about it or forget it I am your husband……no when they say forgive me, they need to hear you say “I forgive you, completely” look your child in the face and say “daddy forgives you, completely” and what does that mean? That means do your best to never, ever bring it up again.

Why that is so important because when we understand that is the way God is with us then we can rest in his forgiveness and not have condemnation. That puts you in a position to be well to be free to know that God wants you to be dead to condemnation and sin means you are alive to the joy and strength of the Lord.

 

(1 Corinthians 15:34)  Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

It means we can go to God in confidence and in faith knowing we are clean we are righteous in Him and he is not mad with us. When we have this understanding then we can receive our healing and all the other benefits that come to us through Jesus Christ.

Until next time remember look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone.

Out For The Kill But Blinded By The Light

There was a man who was out for the kill. With the papers in hand he was hunting down anyone who belonged to the Way, man or woman, it made no difference to him because he had a job to do, a contract had been made and he was just the one to carry it out to the fullest and he enjoyed his work. As a matter of fact, it had not been too many days before that he had taken great pleasure in the murder of a man named Stephen and afterwards had gone wild in the city and started going from house to house dragging people out of their homes and putting them in jail.

Who was this wild man, you may ask, and whatever became of him? Well, he was a preacher and he was highly educated. As a matter of fact he was the best of the best. They called him Saul. You can read the whole story in the Book of Acts it’s very exciting. As far as what became of him? Well, he went blind on the outskirts of Damascus and was dazed by a blinding flash of light and the very ones he was killing and putting in jail came to his rescue…. and that is what I want to talk to you about today.

 

Blind on Straight Street

So here is Saul, blind, hearing a voice talking to him that those with him did not hear, sitting in a house in Damascus for three days! What would you be doing? Probably the same thing Saul was doing, praying. For those three days he didn’t eat or drink anything. He was focused on one thing. This man’s entire life and attention had been arrested by the One who spoke that day when the light flashed around him and he fell to the ground. I’m sure Saul had those words going over and over again in his mind, “I am Jesus, the One you’ve been hunting down. So get up and enter the city and you’ll be told what to do next…that was three days ago. And now all of his attention was on the Lord, waiting for the next part of His directions.

 

Suddenly there was knocking at the door. He heard Judas get up and go to answer, he could hear men talking, now footsteps. Is this the person he had dreamed about (really more of a vision), could this be the man named Ananias? Let me stop here and tell you a little about this man Saul. You must understand that Saul was the most doctrinally correct, legalistic preacher you could find, by his own testimony. This is what he wrote of himself in Philippians 3:5-6: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

So why was he struck blind? I mean he was doing everything right! I’m sure if you were to ask him how he was living in the eyes of God he would have responded “Hey, I’m living right, Brother!” But God on the road to Damascus struck Saul blind, why? Well, I have an opinion about that. You see, I think we have a word picture here: I believe Saul was struck with the natural effects of his spiritual blindness. Up to that time all he could see was the law, the do’s and the don’ts, the rules and he could not see the love of God or the grace of God or the compassion, only the letter of the law and you know the letter kills… but the spirit gives life.

 

What’s In A Name

But God, who always provides a way out of darkness, had a man who had been waiting in the presence of the Lord. His name was, “Ananias” and as far as we know his one great quality when the Lord called for him was, he was there when he was needed. No other mention of him in the scripture is made. There is no indication that the Lord appeared to him again or sent him to do anything else. It’s possible, but there is no mention of it.

But he was in his place on that day and was waiting in the presence of the Lord, (That is a whole other message) Evidently this was something he spent a lot of time doing.

Saul, whose name became Paul, was as I said, the most doctrinally correct, legalistic preacher you could find, but God on the road to Damascus struck Paul with the natural effects of his spiritual blindness brought on by the letter of the Law. Then God sent Ananias. Here is the word picture: Ananias is the Greek form of the Hebrew name *CHANANYAH (khaw-nawn’) “Hananyah.” Ananias means ‘the grace of God’.  “Hanan of Yah“, “Jah has favored” or graciousness of God, a gift.

 

Acts 9:17 (MSG) –  So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” God sent the grace of God to open Saul’s eyes. So the very first thing Saul saw upon his eyes being opened was the grace of God in action and from that point Paul went on to write 2/3 of the New Testament proclaiming the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ – that by grace are you saved through faith – and this is the message that is still going forth today.

 

Romans 5:15-17 (KJV)
15  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)

 

*Strong’s Concordance #2605

Chanan: “gracious,” the name of several Israelites

Original Word: חָנָן

Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine

Transliteration: Chanan

Phonetic Spelling: (khaw-nawn’)

Short Definition: Hanan

 

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone.

Bibliography

Bible, K. J. (1611). The Word . Harrison House.

Peterson, E. H. (2002). The Message (Bible). NavPress.

Strong, D. J. (201). Strong’s Concordance. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham.

Wommack, A. (2015). Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary. Denver: Andrew Wommack Ministries.

 

Sour Grapes and Generational Curses

I like to read; therefore, I am always reading something. I read several articles every day, mostly of a biblical nature but I also read many secular articles as well. Over the last several months I have read from some Christian magazines and other articles about the topic of Generational Curses. I was amazed to discover that many people, Christians, still believe that they can suffer from a generational curse, even though the Bible says “anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, old things are passed away, all things have become new”

So where does this General Curses teaching come from? Well, the idea comes from what was expressed in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:5: “I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me” (see also Exodus 34:7; Numbers 14:18; and Deuteronomy 5:9).

In other words, the sin is handed down and the guilt of it as well from the fathers to their children, there sin would pass from one generation to the next. This was a popular teaching in the time of Christ and apparently still is among Christians. This may shed a little light on the story of the blind man whom Jesus healed in John 9. Before He healed the man Jesus was asked “who sinned? him or his parents”?

The concept of generational curses has become popular among certain Christian groups teaching people that unless they say a special generational curse-breaking prayer or go through some type of deliverance or have their house cleaned by a specially anointed curse-breaking minister or prophet then they will continue to have an unusual amount of problems. We also now see some calling for ceremonies and asking forgiveness for the generational sins of a nation as was done under the Old Testament.

 

I read an article just a few days ago where certain ones were calling for the USA to repent of a whole list of things and then to fast for three days and after three days the curse would be broken from over the nation. This sounds very spiritual and to be sure is a lofty idea, but Saints, Jesus has already finished the work and the curse is broken in the life of the believer. The idea that we have to do all these things in order to get the curse broke goes to the heart of religious activity, religion is do,do,do but in Christ it’s already done.

 

Once you are a believer you are a new creation and no longer can you be under a generational curse. This curse on those who break the second commandment unto the third and fourth generation was repeated in Exodus 34:7 and Numbers 14:18. But both Ezekiel (Ezekiel 18:1-4) and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 31:29-30) prophesied an end to this curse. Jeremiah went on in the verses after his prophecy to speak of the New Covenant we now have in Christ (Jeremiah 31:31-34). Galatians said Jesus died to redeem us from the curse of the Law (Galatians 3:13). If the punishment has changed or been eliminated, then the Law has changed too.

 

Commentary from Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

When the Lord made a new covenant with us through Jesus, then the other covenant became old and should be retired, likewise with the commandments. The Greek word “APHANISMOS,” which was translated “to vanish away” in this verse, means “disappearance, i.e. (figuratively) abrogation” (Strong’s Concordance). The word “abrogate” means “to abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority” (American Heritage Dictionary). The Old Testament Law should disappear and be abolished. What a radical truth!

There is still much benefit in studying the Old Testament, but that benefit lies primarily in seeing what we have been redeemed from. If anyone tries to still relate to the Lord based on the principles of the O.T. Law, they are wrong.

As Paul stated in Galatians 3:11-12, “The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith.” Put that together with Romans 14:23, which says, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin,” and you will see that trying to serve God by the O.T. Law is sin. The Law itself isn’t sin (Romans 7:7-10), but trying to use the Law for something it was never intended to do is sin.

 

The intent of the Law was to condemn us (2 Corinthians 3:9) and make us guilty before God (Romans 3:19). The Law could never reconcile us to God. It only showed us our need to be reconciled, and condemned us so that we would never fall into the deception that we could do anything on our own that would solve the problem. The Law shut us up unto the faith in Christ’s atonement, which is the only thing that could save us (Galatians 3:23).

In order to be put under a generational curse you have to go back under the law of Moses, back to the OT. Now those who teach that there is still a generational curse that believers in Christ have to be delivered from have to quote scriptures like the ones in Deut. where it says “bring no cursed thing into your house, lest you be like it” Deut. 7:26. The problem with the teaching that says things like this: if you have this or that object in your house it is causing all your problems, therefore you must do a list of things. The people who are always being “delivered” have no rest in their life. They are always having to go back and do something else.

Listen, the plain truth is… You are not under a curse anymore!!

Now let me inject this: I don’t recommend having idol gods or things pertaining to pagan worship in your home. Why would you? But don’t live your life in fear of the devil.

In the New Testament the only way for you to be cursed is to go back under the law. In fact, believing that Old Testament law about curses causes you to go back under the curse. See Gal 3:9 – So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. (The Righteous Shall Live by Faith) and 10 – For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

The moment you trust in or take the position that blessings or healing or any of the things Jesus has freely provided come by the keeping of the law and that by doing it (law things, whatever those may be – reading so many Bible verses each day or praying for an hour a day and the list goes on) and of course praying, reading your Bible are good to do but if you believe you will be favored because of your doing then at that moment you’re under a curse. Believing the teaching of generational curses causes all the problems, not necessarily something laying around your house.

 

We are irreversibly blessed…..we cannot be cursed.

 

Photo Credit The Field is the World

Remember the prophet Balaam? He said, “I cannot curse what God has blessed” and that was under the blood of bulls and goats. We are blessed under the blood of Christ! The only way to be cursed today is to believe another gospel, or to preach another gospel or go back to the law.

This scripture did not say as many as break the law come under the curse but it says as many as are of the works of the law…..Jesus never pointed to a person who was sick and ask about the keeping of the law or if there was sin in their life and Jesus is the model for healing. (Look at the model in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. All who came to Him received.) And Isaiah 54 is as much about healing as it is forgiveness.

Many teach that we are not under the law but the works of the law and reference Gal. 3:10. This scripture is actually referring to the sacrifice of animals, dietary laws and feast days. But know these things are not referring to the curse of the law in the bible as the law is always in reference to the 10 commandments.

Why today are so many so called “Christian magazines” and so many others so obsessed with convincing Christians that they are or could be or need to get delivered from a curse on them? Have they never heard of Balaam or read Gal.3:13? We are not under the curse but are irreversibly blessed because of Jesus.

 

SOUR GRAPES

 

Jeremiah 31:30 (KJV)
30  But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

Jeremiah 31:30 (NLT)
30  All people will die for their own sins—those who eat the sour grapes will be the ones whose mouths will pucker.

Ezekiel 18:2-4 (NKJV)

2  “What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, And the children’s teeth are set on edge’?

3  “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel.

4  “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

 

See the part that says….’the one who eats the sour grapes HIS teeth shall be set on edge’. When Jesus was on the cross the scripture tells us in 

Matthew 27:34 (KJV)
34  They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with *gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. 

…but the next time vinegar was offered He drank it. Why did Jesus drink it that time? and then what happened next? This time it was not mixed with gall so there was no pain killer in it, but more importantly, Jesus received the vinegar for us because once He received He said, “It is finished.” (In the Greek language **“Tetelestai”) and one of the things that was finished was generational curses.

John 19:30 (KJV)  
30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

In other words, Jesus set his own teeth on edge…He took the guilt, the blame, the condemnation on Himself and bore it for us so that we will never be blamed or guilty or cursed, no matter what the fathers have done. So now you should understand the scripture that says (Exodus 34:7 NKJV)
7  keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” has been rescinded. Christ has (past tense) redeemed us from the curse of the Law.

Today, there is no such thing as generational curses.

Those who do not put their trust in Jesus are under the guilt of their own sin and will be condemned by these sins. But, for Christians, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

 

The last thing Jesus did on the cross was to redeem us from a Generational Curse

(Q) Did Jesus come to take the sin of the world?

(A) Yes. John 1:29, Heb. ch. 9 & 10

(Q) Through Christ have you been freed from all guilt and shame?

(A) Yes, Romans 6:18,22 Rom. 8:1

(Q) Did Jesus take the curse so we would not be cursed?

(A) Yes, Gal. 3:13, Col 2:14,

(Q) Did God promise through an Unconditional oath that He would never be angry or Rebuke us again? (A) Yes! Isaiah 54:9, Rom 4:8, 2 Corinthians 5:19 (this does not mean He approves of all we do, but it does mean He will no impute our sins to us)

 

Finally we can know without any doubt this to be true: Any person who is in Christ is Redeemed from Generational Curses because Jesus hanging on that tree (cross) is the Legal, Binding basis of the promise and it is forever settled in heaven and on earth…..

We are free from condemnation, guilt and shame, we can never be punished again and we have been made the Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. 2 Cor. 5:21

 

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone.

 

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*Wommack, A. (2015). Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary. Denver: Andrew Wommack Ministries.
Scholars differ on exactly what this gall was, but all agree that it had a narcotic effect that dulled the senses. Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary.

Be A Radio

Ever wonder why the finished works of Jesus are not manifesting themselves in our lives? Well, first we must understand the part our faith plays in laying hold of what grace has made available. First of all, let us start by accepting by faith that God has already given us everything we will ever need to live, through the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross.  Everything in the physical realm begins in the spiritual realm. That means in order to experience physical blessings, we must first receive spiritual blessings.  These spiritual blessings are in Christ, and when Christ is in us, we then should realize that God has already placed what we need inside of us. Believing this strengthens our faith. It’s like the old Prego spaghetti sauce ad that said, “It’s in There!”

I hear almost everyday believers talking about how to receive the things they are needing from God but somehow feel they are not attainable, at least not right away, when all the time Jesus has given all things freely to all who will receive them. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of books with titles consistent with the thinking that it is a formula we must follow, for example: “7 Steps to Prosperity” or “5 Steps to Healing” or “To Get Your Prayers Answered Do These 3 Things” and the list goes on. Yet we just keep buying them hoping that the next book or CD will have the key.

Many sincere Christians make statements such as “I’m going to put my faith on ____ and confess it and make it manifest” or “I’m believing for _____.” It’s kind of a push this button, pull that lever and if you don’t happen to do it all in the right order, well, then your faith didn’t work, better luck next time. It’s the idea we can make something happen with our faith even if God has not provided it through His grace.

Let me explain: On the grace side God has provided salvation, healing, deliverance, prosperity, joy, and much, much more. It’s all there for us to make a demand on for our benefit and it’s all freely given to us. But it seems many have the idea that even if His grace has not provided it we can simply use our faith and make it happen. I’ve heard people say “Well I’m just going to put my faith on it and make it happen!” No, you’re not! If God has not provided it by His grace, then you are not going to make it happen or materialize it with your faith. You are not going to make something appear because you have confessed it over and over again. I know to many who are reading this that this statement is a real blow to their doctrine.

It’s the same ideology that says I gave this or did that, so therefore God is obligated to me to do XYZ. It is the same thinking that says, “I have to be good and do good so I can maintain MY righteousness. I’ve heard people say this. But my friends I have something to share with you. God is not obligated to you because of your works and it’s not YOUR righteousness.

It’s that whole Titus 3:5-7 thing: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Our salvation is a grace gift. It’s not because of any goodness or good thing on our part! In other words you and I could not do enough good things to become righteous, it is a gift. All we have to do is receive it by faith. Oh, and here is how to use faith to receive in case you were about say, “Yeah, but this faith thing…” Here I am about to demonstrate faith for receiving…… I believe what you said Jesus! Thank you, Lord. (Romans 4:1-6)

So what’s the answer? How do we receive those things God says we can and should have? Well, as the title of this article says, I suggest that you “Be a Radio.” And what does that mean, you ask? What is the sole function of a radio, what does it do? I’ve asked this question to a lot of people and I get just about the same answer each time, people say “it sends out a signal” or it “broadcasts something” No, the station broadcasts. But the radio doesn’t do that at all. The radio does is one thing.

It Receives! That’s it! The signal comes from the station and a tower helps that signal reach long distances but all that radio sitting in your house or car or office does is receive that signal.

(In radio communications, a radio receiver (commonly also called a radio) is an electronic device that receives radio waves and converts the information carried by them to a usable form. It is used with an antenna)

So I tell Christians all the time to be a radio. When it comes to healing or finances or something God has provided by His grace, quit trying to work for it, pay for it or pledge and make promises for it. Simply learn to just tune in to Him and receive. Now a radio doesn’t care in the least what it plays, it will play any station that has a signal.

So how can we know that we are tuning to the right broadcast?

Easy! The Bible teaches us, in regards to a shepherd and his sheep, that the sheep know his voice. (John 10:4) So we know which voice to tune into. No problem there because if we are a son or daughter of God, then we know His voice.

Also remember: If it is not provided for by His grace then you can never make it manifest with Faith because you cannot make a demand on something that is not provided thru His finished work. By grace are you saved through faith……….

   Our faith takes what God’s grace has made available.                   

Grace Provided Through the Finished Work    |   Received Through the Faith of the Believer


Salvation
  • JOHN 3:16
  • ROMANS 10:9
 |  Ask
  • Provided by Grace through the finished work on the cross
  • I believe what you Jesus Thank You.
Healing
  • 1 PETER 2:24
  • ISAIAH 53
 |  Rest
  •  1 Cor. 1:20
  • Heb. 4:1
Prosperity
  • 3 JOHN 1:2
  • 2 COR 8:9
   
All Things That Pertain to Life and Godliness
  • ROM 8:32
  • PHP 4:19
 |  Receive
  •  1 JOHN 5:14-15
  • JOHN 14:14

All the promises contained in the Bible are based on the finished works of Jesus Christ: His redemptive work done on the cross and through His death, burial and resurrection.

  • God’s divine power has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him Who called us (2 Peter 1:3).
  • God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3).
  • Jesus bore our sins in His body on the cross so we could die to sin and live to righteousness. We were healed by His stripes (1 Peter 2:24).
  • We are saved through faith, by grace. This is a gift from God. By His unmerited favor we are delivered from judgment through our faith. This salvation is not of ourselves (Ephesians 2:8, AMP).

One man said it like this and I really like it he said, “Faith is the tunnel bringing what we cannot see into manifestations that we can see”

Remember…look to your future and not to the past, learn to live in the grace of God and love much, forgive always and hold no bitterness toward anyone.