How To HEAL PEOPLE, for REAL!

First Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”


"Instead of teaching the sick to depend upon human beings for the cure of soul and body, he should direct them to the One who can save to the uttermost all who come unto Him. He who made man's mind knows what the mind needs. God alone is the One who can heal. Those whose minds and bodies are diseased are to behold in Christ the restorer. "Because I live, He says, "ye shall live also." John 14:19. This is the life we are to present to the sick, telling them that if they have faith in Christ as the restorer, if they co-operate with Him, obeying the laws of health, and striving to perfect holiness in His fear, He will impart to them His life. When we present Christ to them in this way, we are imparting a power, a strength, that is of value; for it comes from above. This is the true science of healing for body and soul." http://www.whiteestate.org/books/mh/mh18.html

If physicians could put themselves in the place of the one whose spirit is humbled and whose will is weakened by suffering, and who longs for words of sympathy and assurance, they would be better prepared to appreciate his feelings. When the love and sympathy that Christ manifested for the sick is combined with the physician's knowledge, his very presence will be a blessing.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

WORDS ARE SPIRIT JOHN 6:63. SEE JAMES 3:2 "For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." 

James 1:26
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

Psalm 39:1
For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David. I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth while in the presence of the wicked."

Proverbs 10:19
Sin is not ended by multiplying words, but the prudent hold their tongues.

Proverbs 13:3
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

Proverbs 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.

HOW TO HEAL PEOPLE? FIRST YOU MUST KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHERE THE TRUE SOURCE OF YOUR POWER COMES FROM - SEE John 17:3 and Jer 9:24. YOU MUST BE OBEDIENT TO THE GOVERNMENT YOU CLAIM YOUR POWER FROM: GOD HAS LAWS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE HAPPY THAT WE MUST OBEY CHEERFULLY BECAUSE WE KNOW THEY ARE FOR OUR OWN GOOD. WE MUST OBEY THE TEN COMMANDMENTS IF WE WANT THE GIFTS PROMISES FOR OBEDIENCE. ONE GIFT IS THE GIFT OF HEALING.

"A merry [rejoicing] heart doeth good like a medicine." Proverbs 17:22.

CLAIM BIBLE VERSE PROMISES OVER YOUR PROBLEMS LIKE LUKE 21:15 and thousands of others - see 2 Peter 1:4. THANK AND PRAISE GOD CONTINUALLY. 1 PETER 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers (share) of the divine nature (character/mind of God/thoughts=feelings=words), having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

TRUE LOVE TO GOD IS CHEERFUL OBEDIENCE TO HIS COMMANDMENTS WHICH ARE THE THOUGHTS OF GOD MADE AUDIBLE TO US THROUGH HIS SON, HIS WORD! JESUS IS THE "WORD" OF GOD! JESUS THOUGHTS (GOALS) ARE LIKE HIS FATHERS THOUGHTS, WE ARE TO MAKE AUDIBLE TO OTHERS THE WORDS CHRIST'S FATHER GAVE HIM TO SPEAK TO US. WE CANNOT SPEAK THE WORDS OF CHRIST POWERFULLY UNTIL WE LIVE THEM IN OUR DAILY CHOICES WHICH BECOMES OUR HABITS, OUR DESTINY. THE FAITH (WORDS) OF CHRIST IS CLAIMING THE PROMISES OF GOD (BIBLE VERSE PROMISES LIKE LUKE 21:15/JOHN 6:37) OVER OUR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS.


Romans 8: 38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”


First John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”


Second Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" John 15:7.

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63.

It is the spirit (WORDS) that vivifies; the flesh profits nothing: the words that I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life.

"Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep (OBEY) my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him" John 14:23.

Ephesians 3:17
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

"Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life" John 6:68.

John 8:51
Very truly I tell you, whoever obeys my word will never see death."

John 8:52
At this they exclaimed, "Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that whoever obeys your word will never taste death.

John 14:15
"If you love me, keep my commands.

John 14:21
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them."

John 14:24
Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

John 15:10
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.

John 16:27
No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

Romans 8:9
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit (WORDS), if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit (WORDS=obedience to the teachings=law) of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

2 Corinthians 6:16
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."



1 John 2:5
But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:

1 John 2:24
As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father.

1 John 5:3
In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

2 John 1:6
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

Revelation 3:20
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

Revelation 21:3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.


Proverbs 4:13
Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

John 6:63
The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life.

John 12:49
For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.

John 12:50
I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."

John 17:8
For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.

Many Disciples Turn Away
62"What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? 63"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 64"But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who it was that would betray Him.…

Mark 10:52 "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.

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

Jeremiah 44:26
But hear the word of the LORD, all you (spiritual) Jews (Those who obey all Ten Commandments and have the faith OF Jesus) living in Egypt: 'I swear by my great name,' says the LORD, 'that no one from Judah living anywhere in Egypt will ever again invoke my name or swear, "As surely as the Sovereign LORD lives."


In Ephesians, Chapter 6, the Bible talks about our "putting on the full armor of God".....a lot of folk have not been taught these things. Some of us know a little about it, but it is important for all of us to be aware of the devil's tactics that he uses against us, and then to be able to combat him with that "full armor of God".

I have found out through my walk with the Lord that if I Praise His Name, the devil cannot come in and get between me and God. God inhabits the praises of His people. That means that He is right there with us and is living and dwelling right in the middle of our Praise.

Even when things are going wrong and it doesn't look like you are going to make it, don't give up......keep on Praising the Lord.....Thank Him for the bad as well as the good. Romans 8:28 tells us that "all things work together for good for those who love God, and who are the called according to His purpose". He is God on the mountain and He is God in the valley.....and if we will trust Him in all things, He is faithful to always come through for us.
If He brings us to a thing, He will take us "through" it.


Isaiah 49:24
Can plunder be taken from warriors, or captives be rescued from the fierce?

Isaiah 49:25
But this is what the LORD says: "Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.

Matthew 12:29
"Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can plunder his house.

Binding the Strongman

It is really amazing how some people can see things so differently than others, and can twist things to sound just the way that they want it to sound. And, these days, if we are not really careful, the enemy can come in and convince us that a particular situation or an event or circumstance is one way, when in all actuality, it is not. 

We see this happening more and more, and I guess, as well we should expect it, as the Bible says that it will be that way in the last days. In 2 Timothy, Chapter 3, vss 5, 7, and 8 it tells us that there will be people that have a form of godliness, but deny the power thereof, and that they are ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth--and that they will actually resist the truth. Then it goes on in vs. 13 to say: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived". 

Further, in vs 14, it says: "But continue thou in the things which thou has learned and has been assured of, knowing of whom thou has learned them." You see, Scriptures were written as the inspired Word of God. In other words, the Holy Spirit has actually led these men, such as Paul, to write these words. They were not written to just fill up the Bible, but to teach us, and so that we could learn more about how the enemy fights us, and for those of us in the Ministry, to teach others how to fight these kinds of things. 

Now, the enemy has always been here to taunt and tempt and tear up people's lives, but there has never been a battle such as there is raging now, in these last days. There is only one War--the one between God and satan, but there are many, many battles in that war, just as in any war that we see fought out here on this earth between the natural man and his enemies. God, in His Word, teaches us through the Scriptures in the Bible how to defend ourselves, and He is constantly showing us in the Word just how the enemy (satan) attacks and what he uses to pull us away from God and His Promises. 

Now, we can go on down in 2 Timothy 4:2-4, and see exactly what we can watch for as there are warnings, and there are commandments which we must follow in order to win the battles that we fight on a daily basis in our walk with the Lord. I have to tell you that satan will use anything that he can--it just does not matter how he does it, as long as he gets the job done, and he pulls you down, and or away from God. 

You need to know right now that if something just doesn't sound quite right, that it probably is not. If it doesn't lift you up, and if you don't feel quite right about it in your spirit man, down deep inside, it is not of God, and you need to get away from it, and you need to pray that God keeps you away from it, and if you have engaged in some part of it, you also need to repent of it, and keep away from it and don't let it back in the next time!!!! It is a daily battle that is raging, and it is not only affecting our lives for today, but it is also planning our life for all eternity and once we get there, there is no turning back--no re-doing anything, no repenting, just pain, torture, and torment, and burning, and biting, and pinching and all imaginable bad things, and more!!! We can't even begin to imagine how bad Hell is, but I can tell you one thing, there is nothing that we have gone through here on earth that can even compare to how bad it is there, and it is an instant thing--when we take our last breath here, we take the next one somewhere--it is our choice--Heaven or Hell!! Make no mistake about it--Hell is real, satan is real, his tormentors are real, and we will go there for real if we don't pick up our cross and follow Jesus!! We must accept Him in our hearts, and accept Him as our own personal Saviour--we must serve Him--only Him--the Bible tells us that we either serve God or mamman, and that we can't serve two masters--either we will love the one and hate the other, or hate the one and love the other. That is found in Matthew 6-24. 

People will say that they are not serving satan--they say "I don't love him, or I don't serve him"--Oh, really!!!?? Well, let me tell you one thing--if you are not walking daily with the Lord, and following His Commandments, and you are out here doing your own thing, and if you think that you can do anything you want to because God will forgive you if you just repent and pray it away, you are not walking where God wants you to walk. Yes, He did make a way of escape for us if we sometimes fail, and fall short, but He did not make that provision for us so that we could just live any old way, and then expect Him to come to our rescue when we slip!!! That is ludicrous(which means ridiculous and laughable). God has a lot of mercy and a lot of grace, but He expects us to study His Word, and thereby grow and mature to the point that we think of Him before we think the way we used to. We need to quit lookig to the world for all the things we have, and for all the so-called necessities of this life. Honey, let me tell you the next life is far more important than this life. 

Let me ask you something. Is there any of you that could look Jesus right straight in the eye if He actaully walked up to you at any given moment? Can any of you look Him straight in the eye if He physically walked up to you right now? Have you got everything, I mean everything, cleaned up inside? We, as people, all see the outside--Jesus sees the inside--He doesn't care anything about what color our hair is, how our make-up is applied, what color our clothes are--He cares about our hearts, and our very souls. Our spirit man is what walks with God, not our fleshly bodies. I wish I could get that down inside of all of you--I am talking to somebody here!!! 

That brings me to the crux of what I really wanted to speak about tonight. You know, there is a Scripture in the Bible--it is found in Matt. 12:29--It says : "Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house". You need to remember, now, that this is Jesus talking!! For this message, I am going to use the words "tie up" in exchange or in place of the word "bind". I can remember when I was first starting out in my walk that when someone talked about "binding and loosing", I got really confused, and I had no idea what was being said, and so much so that I would sit there worrying about what they were talking about when they said it, that I couldn't even hear what the rest of the message was. I really think a lot of times that that is what a lot of people do, and they miss the rest of the message. 

It is not appropriate to interrupt a Minister in the middle of a message to explain a specific word or terminology, but it absolutely imperative that you ask AFTER the service is over and to have the person that was presenting the message to explain to you what it means. That is the only way a person can grow. If you don't understand the message, then you are not learning, and you are getting nowhere. Not everyone learns at the same pace, and the Holy Spirit reveals things to each of us in His time, and He never puts on us more than we can comprehend. So, ask if you do not understand--but wait until AFTER the service. 

Now, to go on--I want to back up to Matt. 12:25--Jesus speaks about how a kingdom divided against itself shall not stand and all through Vss 25-30, teaches us all about how a house cannot stand if it is divided. Now, we talk about the spiritual warfare and how satan sets up strong holds in our minds. Well, he also sends strongmen into our homes and workplaces, etc., to interrupt our walk, and to destroy all that we have so diligently worked hard to build up in our spiritual walk with God. We see from these Scriptures that it is up to us to keep the strong man in our house tied up in order to be able to live in peace and to keep our houses cleaned up spiritually. 

So, by this we learn, that for us to keep the devil away from not only our minds, but also in our house, and away from our lives, we first have to tie up the strongman that has been sent so that we can tear up what he was sent to do. By the same token, if the devil can find a legal door to enter into your house, or your domain, he will send a strongman, and he will tie you up, and then he will tear up your goods. Now, your "goods" can mean your mind, can mean your household, it can mean your marriage, it can mean your finances. Anything that he can find an avenue to come in on , he will. 

Now, it is up to us to "tie up" the strongman that the enemy sends, and stop what he intended to do. If we don't then he will send his strongman, and he will interrupt, destroy, manipulate, dominate, and absolutely make your life miserable. 

Now, it is not a personal thing, always, that is happening--it is simply put, the devil using all the resources he has that YOU will ALLOW him to use to get the job done. Let me tell you someting, the Bible tells us to keep thee away from the very appearance of evil, and if we are allowing it to go on in our own home we are going totally against all that God has taught us, and commanded us to do. If you know sometyhing is wrong, and you don't do anything about it, it is SIN--it's WRONG!! 

It is time that we take back what is ours, and to proclaim the victory that Jesus has already won for us on the cross. Satan has already been defeated--he knows what his outcome is--he knows already where he is going, but it is his intention to take as many of us with him that he possibly can. He creeps in, in such subtle ways, that we don't even realize it--we see more and more divorces, more and more immorality, more and more people caught up in pornography, more and more abortions, more and more babies being born out of wedlock, more and more bankruptcies--the list goes on and on. The reason for all of these things stems from what we are "allowing" to go on in our homes, and with and around our families and children. 

You have to remember that anything that disturbs your peace is not from God--I don't care what color or how it appears to you--the devil himself will appear to you as an "angel of light". We just have to be wise as serpents--remember that the devil is also referred to as a serpent. He is experienced--we have to be smart, and we have to be in tune with what God wants for us, and we need to try the spirits, and if they are not of God, we need to get away from them, and get them away from us. 

The Bible says that we have power over ALL power of the enemy!! That is just what it means!!! We have power over ALL power! 

It is all about choices--we cannot totally remove ourselves from all the wickedness of this world, but we don't have to associate with it and allow it to go on around us and/or in our own homes. We certainly need to witness to people who are not walking with God, but we must keep our slates wiped clean, and our garments washed, and walk where God wants us to walk. People out there watch what is going on in our lives--we are to set the example for others to walk, and we are constantly being watched and being judged by the world--and if we are doing things that are wrong, or if we are associating ourselves with people whose lives are not lining up, or if we are allowing things to go on in our own homes that is against God and His principles, then we are not what God wants us to be. He cannot use us--He said that we are to come out from among them, and be separate. 

Yes, witness to those who are lost, and pray for their souls, but be very cautious who you "run with". That is all a part of being wise as serpents. The part about being harmless as doves is also very important. We don't want to hurt someone's feeling, but we are responsible for our own spiritual well-being, and that of our children. The enemy is very good at causing us to feel like we are not a good Christian if we "shun" people. The Bible tells us that satan is the very accuser of the brethren, and he is the one telling you that you are not a good Christian--he is a LIAR!! Always a LIAR! The Bible tells us specifically to shun the very appearance of evil. 

It is time we take back what is rightfully ours--Jesus paid a terrible price for our salvation, and we have been redeemed by His blood, and it is time that we latch onto what is rightfully ours, and tell satan to get away from us and ours, and that he has no right to us, and he is not welcome in our lives--nowhere around us--not in our minds, not in our finances, not in our thoughts, not in our homes, not in our church, not in our families!!! It's time to tell him to get out, and to mean it, and if your life is lining up totally with the Word of God, he has to answer your rebuke and God is faithful to answer our prayers. 

We need to each of us pray for God to help us by revealing to us what is going on in and about us that needs cleaned up, and ask Him to reveal to you what He wants you to do about it. He will help us to alleviate some of the problems that are besetting each and every one of us. It is all about US--it is all about how we want to live, and how we want to walk. We have to stop blaming it on someone else--it is time we take a stand--stand up for what is right, and for what you KNOW is right. If you don't, then you are going to be the one held accountable. Not only CAN He not use you--He WILL NOT use you until you learn how to defeat satan!!! 

Pray about all these things--I know that I know that I know that God will take care of all the things that you want gone out of your life--you just have to give it to Him--We have to keep all other things in our life lined up with His Commandments, and then we can stand back and watch how He does it. 

We’ll begin by referring over to the Book of Matthew, Chapter 18 :18 & 19—Jesus said: 18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again, I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 

For us to understand what Jesus said in those passages, we must understand what He was talking about. Therefore, we have already learned that when we bind something, we are tying it up, and that when we loose something, we are releasing it or letting it go. A good example of this is: I bind confusion off this person, and I loose freedom and clear-thinking to this person. Now we must state right here and now that we CANNOT and MUST NOT try to bind or loose in our name (or on our own accord). We MUST do so “in the name of Jesus”. Remember the Scripture in Acts 19:20, that says: And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? (You see, God had done some mighty works and performed miracles by the hands of Paul, and of course, Jesus. So, when the 7 sons of Sceva decided they would like to go and be able to do that, they found out really quick that the evil spirits did not have to obey them—We can only bind them in the name of Jesus. Suffice it to say, right here, that one must be born again and blood-washed in order to bind anything spiritually in the name of Jesus.) 



Those of us who have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and have the gifts of the Spirit in operation many times will feel led to bind a particular spirit, and/or to loose a particular spirit. These are discerned by the Spirit of God and it becomes necessary sometimes to pray for a release of the bondage that a certain spirit or spirits has that person bound in. 



You see, when we talk about a person being in bondage, that means that a person is bound (or tied up, restricted) by something—usually by something that comes from the spiritual realm. Anything that comes FROM the spiritual realm has to be dealt with IN the spiritual realm. 



In 1 Corinthians 2:14 Paul tells us – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them because they are spiritually discerned. 



When Jesus was here on earth, he performed many, many miracles, laid hands upon many, cast out demons, etc. from people. Jesus had two parts—He had the “man” side, and the “Spirit” side. The spirits knew Him and would cry out—Jesus cast them out by His Spirit, healed them by His Spirit, and in order for us to be able to do that, we MUST be born again Christians. That is why He said that whatsoever we bind on earth, will be bound in heaven, etc. 



He told us in John 14:12, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. Folks, this was not just for His disciples . . .it was for all of us! In Luke 10:19, He said, Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 



This is where a lot of people get stumped . . . they have sometimes been taught that that was only for His disciples, but it says right there in HIS WORDS, that “he that believeth on me”. Folks, He was talking to US. 



To emphasize our point here, we must stress that this was Jesus talking here, and that while He was still here on earth, He was teaching the way in which we MUST come against the evil ones of the spiritual realm. OH, YES!!! The spiritual realm DOES exist! There are those of you who would rather not believe that there is, but we must ask you right now. . . What is God? (Spirit) Where is heaven (in the Spiritual realm) What is satan? (spirit) Where is he? (in the Spiritual realm) All of satan’s evil ones (spirits, demons—whatever you prefer to call them) are in the Spiritual realm. They are very real in our lives today. . . yes, in each and every one of our lives today. 



God has been revealing a lot to us lately, and He is really impressing upon us the fact that whatever happens in the natural realm happens in the Spiritual realm first. That is where the battles (the ones we don’t see) are fought out—in the spiritual realm. Satan has his workers (evil spirits) and God uses His angels to fight out the battles in the heavenlies. The outcome of those battles, are what actually manifests itself in our lives, here, in the natural realm. Our prayers are what moves God’s hand in our situations, and as we pray, He releases more of His angels to war for us. In order for us to be able to pray effectively, we must understand how God set it all up for us to be able to bind (tie up) the forces of the enemy, and how to loose (release) the good forces of God. This is where the binding and loosing come in. 



We need to all understand that once we have been saved, and we are living righteously we have the authority through the shed blood of Jesus to bind the evil ones that are sent to buffet, control, or harm us. We also have the authority to loose freedom, peace, and joy into our lives. Remember that Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:7, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 



We can bind ANY spirit that tries to interrupt, tear up, disturb, terrorize, control, or destroy us, and we have the authority through Jesus to loose mass confusion in the enemy’s camp, and loose total peace and contentment in our lives. 



Jesus defeated satan at the cross, yes, but that doesn’t prevent satan from sending forth his evil spirits to try to steal, kill, and destroy all of mankind. That is what he does—the battle starts in the mind and he convinces us that he has power. 



Remember, Jesus gave us power over ALL power of the enemy. Its time we stand up and use our power—greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4 

The Bible teaches spiritual truth through physical acts. Our actions spring from our beliefs, Romans 12:2. As we ourselves learn of His ways, we become prepared to teach others.


Romans 12:2 Version (KJV) 'And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind
, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

The purpose of this life is to learn of His ways to be worthy of the Kingdom by our actions, Luke 20:35.

To follow the truth promises to be a trial, 1 Peter 1:6-7. By overcoming obstacles we show Jehovah/GOD our true hearts and prove our willingness to forsake all for Him.

The keys of prayer, praise, worship, intercession, travail and fasting will bring us to the same place that Paul attained through Jesus. We can have a similar anointing in our lives, and be used as Paul was to achieve God's victories in the name of Jesus. We can enter into the Lord's authority so that the demons and devils obey us. We can expose Satan's devices and learn the ways by which we overcome him. These important keys will unlock many from the chains of darkness. Let us use all the keys to the kingdom so that the kingdom of God might be formed in us.

Yes, Christians pray that God will heal and often He does, but they ignore what Jesus actually taught about healing. Neither Jesus nor his apostles/disciples prayed that someone be healed: they commanded that people be healed in the Name of Jesus! They exercised faith: they put their faith on the line.

James is the only one in the new Testament to advise the sick to get the church elders to pray for them. He speaks of the prayer of faith, but what does that mean?

What is not the prayer of faith?

1 “If you can......” How did Jesus respond to that? With indignation.

2 Unbelieving prayer – recognizable for its minor key, mournful sound like a lament.

3 What about the people who always want prayer for healing because they crave the attention and would miss it if they were healed? Why did Jesus ask people who were obviously sick, what they wanted him to do for them?

The people who were healed in the Bible did not pray vaguely that God would heal, without any strong belief that He would. Jesus always responded to Trust / Faith.

What is the prayer of faith like?

1 It should sound more like a vigorous, optimistic march than a mournful lament.

2 It should quote scripture to convince oneself and God that He will heal.

3 It should give praise and glory to God that what is being claimed has been granted and will come to pass.

The sad truth is that people have not appropriated the Bible's healing message and been healed, because nobody taught them they could. Also, man made traditions and doctrines destroy trust for Healing. One such is "...if it be thy will." If you are not convinced that it is God's will to heal anyone and everyone who trusts him, you have already failed to pray in faith!


Healing Case Studies

Various characters in the Bible can teach us things about healing in God's kingdom and how we should take the lessons to heart for a time when we will need them.

Starting appropriately, with Abraham. Not a healing from a sickness as such, but God overriding the normal rules of nature; specifically the ageing process.

Abraham – trusted God to do what was medically impossible for him and Sarah.

By faith Abraham, even though he was past age--and Sarah herself was barren--was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.

Hebrews 11:

Job – Iyov (Hebrew name means persecuted or oppressed) - Teaches us that it is not God who sends sickness on us but the adversary. (ha satan in Hebrew) However, God allowed Satan limited permission to afflict Job.

Job/Iyov 1

 

Asa - the righteous king who consulted the physicians when he became sick but did not consult God. And he died, not because God didn't love him but because he didn't trust God and seek His help..

2 Chronicles 16:12

 

Naaman (a Gentile) had to humbly accept the advice of a Hebrew slave girl and then humbly follow the instructions of the Hebrew prophet to immerse himself in the Jordan. (Not grand actions for an important man) Naaman was not a man of faith, as far as we can tell, but he became one after his healing.

2 Kings 5

 

Peter – found he could walk on water as long as he kept his eyes (trust) focussed on Jesus/Yeshua. (He did not stop to put on a life-jacket or an emergency line - neither should we)

Matthew 14:28

Later proved that disciples have the authority (in the name of Jesus/Yeshua) to command healing.

Acts 3

He later quoted Isaiah 53 as having been fulfilled - “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”

 

Centurion – who understood authority and recognised what Jesus/Yeshua could do with his authority. Also, he understood delegated authority.

Matt 8:8

 

Lepers (10) – set off before being healed but received their healing on the way. Setting off was their act of faith – they would not have been healed if they had not done as Jesus said, and set off.

Luke 17:12

 

Lazarus – died before Jesus/Yeshua got to him to heal him, but this proved Jesus can do the impossible. Jesus/Yeshua delayed and only arrived after Lazarus had been dead for three days. The belief in first century Israel was that the spirit hovered around for three days and might return to the body. After this it was impossible. (this is why it was important that Jesus/Yeshua was in the tomb for three days and three nights) Is your case impossible enough for God?

John 11:1

 

Woman who had suffered a haemorrhage for years – trusted in the power of Jesus/Yeshua to heal, thought of a way to appropriate that power and went for it. Previously, she had been like King Asa; above.

Matt 9:20

 

Father of demon possessed boy - came to Jesus/Yeshua in his limited trust/faith and asked for it to be increased. Jesus did not reject him for his limited faith.

Mark 9:23

 

Cananite woman – demonstrated her faith by persevering in arguing that Jesus/Yeshua should heal her demon possessed son

Matt 15:21

 

Cripple by the Beautiful Gate – possibly the first man healed “in the name of Jesus/Yeshua” by the disciples.

Acts 3:1

His healing reinforced the gospel message to all in Jerusalem because it became widely known. See Importance of Healing.

 

The cripple in Lystra – didn't even say anything but Paul, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, "Stand up on your feet!" - and he did. He responded to the opportunity in faith.

Acts 14:9

 

Who did not get healed?

Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith. ( Mark 6 v4-6 )

It is only lack of faith that prevents people being healed. But how can they have faith/trust for healing if they have never heard that they should, and that healing is on offer along with salvation?

 

The importance of Healing

( beyond merely preventing Satan oppressing us or killing us to take us out of God's purposes)

If you go through the Gospels (including Acts) and note every account of healing, you will probably be amazed how many there are. If you highlighted them all you would probably be surprised how many column inches concern healing. But more than that, see how many link healing with preaching the Kingdom and validating the authority of Jesus.

Healing and Preaching the Kingdom of Heaven

Here is a list of healing narratives, with emphasis added to show the association between healing and preaching the gospel – preaching the Kingdom of Heaven.

Looking through the New Testament you find these incidents. (at least)

 

Matthew 4:23 - Yeshua preaching and healing

8:1 - man with leprosy - "Lord if you are willing...." Jesus said, "I am willing...Be clean"

8:5 - the centurion - faith for healing associated with authority and place in kingdom (v11)

8:14 - Peter's mother in law healed - got up and waited on them.

8:16 – demon posessed - quote fulfilling Isaiah 53:4

8:28 – 2 demon possessed men healed

9:6– paralytic man healed - “but that you may know that son of man has authority”

9:18 – Jairus' daughter raised and woman healed - News of this spread through all the region

9:27 – Two blind men receive sight - but they spread the news

9:32 – demon dumb man healed - crowd said nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel

9:35 - Jesus preaching the Kingdom and healing every disease

10:1 & 7 – disciples called - to preach the Kingdom & heal the sick

11:4 - "tell John what you see happening" – people healed and good news preached

11:21 - Jesus condemns towns for not believing on account of his miracles (healings)

12:9 - man with shriveled hand - lawful to heal on shabbat? - the issue of authority

13:14-15 - quote Isaiah 6 on hearing and believing and thus healed.

15:21 - canaanite woman argues her case

17:14 - demon posessed boy disciples couldn't heal - if only we had faith like a mustard seed.

20:29 - 2 blind men healed - "What do you want me to do for you?"

21:14 - healings in the temple - draws praise and upsets leaders

 

Mark 1:21 and 29 - Jesus in the synagogue - healed many

1:38 - he travelled throughout Galilee preaching and driving out demons

1:40 - Man with leprosy - “I am willing” - went out & talked freely

2:1-12 - Paralytic through roof - healing validated Jesus authority to forgive sins

3:1-6 - Healing on Shabbat - the religious significance of healing

3:10 - He had healed many so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.

3:14 - Disciples appointed - sent to preach and given authority to drive out demons

5:12- - Legion healed - go home and tell

5:21 - Jairus' daughter and woman with haemorrhage - daughter your faith has healed you, go in peace

6:5 - Yeshua unable to do miracles in his home town"except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them"because of their lack of faith. People did not believe so they did not bring many sick people to him.

6:12 - went out, preached, and healed them - " They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.” (predates James' letter)

6:56 - and all who touched him were healed – Jesus has the power and people believed.

7:24 - syrphonecian mother of demon possessed girl - "for such a reply....."

7:31 - healing deaf & mute man - people overwhelmed with amazement

8:22 - blind man at Bethsaida healed - begged Jesus to touch him.

9:14-27 - boy with evil spirit - “I do trust - help my lack of trust ” cries father.

9:38 - not one of us performing miracles in Jesus' name

10:46 - blind BarTimaeus - “faith has healed you”

11:22 - faith for miracles - does not doubt

16:17-18 - Jesus' last words before his ascension - "And these signs will accompany those who believe....... place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

 

Luke 4:18 - Jesus quotes Isaiah on his ministry - preach and recovery of sight for the blind

4:31 -37 - drives out evil spirit - what is this teaching – with authority

4:39 - Peter's mother in law healed - then people brought the sick to Jesus and he healed them.

5:12 - man with leprosy healed - news spread

5:23 - Paralytic lowered through the roof - easier to say sins forgiven or get up and walk?

6:6 - right to heal on shabbat?

6:18 - to hear him and be healed

7:1 - healing in relation to authority - centurion

7:14-17 - raises dead man – this news spread throughout.....

7:22 - report to John what they see (including healing and good news preached)

8:26-39 - demon possessed man – return home and tell

8:40-56 - Jairus' daughter and woman - never too late or too difficult

9:1 - disciples called to preach and heal

9:37-43 - rebukes evil spirit - all amazed at greatness of God

9:49 - not one of us - healing in the name of Jesus

10:1-9 - 72 sent out - heal the sick and tell them the Kingdom of God is near you.

13:10 - heals on Shabbat - asserts authority to the upset of opponents

17:11 - ten lepers - healed as they went - one returns and praises God

18:35 - blind beggar - your faith has healed you

 

John 2:23 - "there were many people who "believed in his name" when they saw the miracles he [Jesus] performed

3:2 - to Nicodemus - "No one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him."

4:43 - official's son healed - he and all his household believed (53)

5:1 - Healing at the pool - "pick up your mat."

5:36 - testimony weightier than that of John - “work I am doing”

6:2 - "and a large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miracles he performed on the sick."

9:1 - man born blind - “that the work of God might be displayed in his life

9:13 - pharisees investigate - is he from God? (Shabbat healing) healing is part of ministry

"if he was not from God he could do nothing"

10:10 - "The thief comes to kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

11:1 - Lazarus - v15 “so that you may believe”

20:30 - Jesus did many other miraculous signs - and that by believing you may have life in his name.

 

Acts 2:22 - Jesus of Nazareth … accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs

3:1-10 - Peter & John heal in name of Jesus - filled with wonder and amazement ..

3:16 - It is in Jesus' name and faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him

4:13 - took note men had been with Jesus with healed man standing there .. people praising God

5:17 - Apostles performed many miraculous signs .. 5:14 - men and women believed

6:8 - Stephen .. full of grace and power .. great wonders and signs

8:5 - Philip proclaiming Messiah and doing signs of healing

9:32 - healing - all who lived in Lydda and Sharon believed and turned to the Lord.

9:42 - became known over Joppa and many people believed

10:38 - Peter preaching Jesus - went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him

14:1-3 - Paul & Barnabas . confirming the message of his grace by enabling them to do miraculous signs and wonders

14:9 - Paul heals man having percieved he had faith

16:16 - slave girl delivered of demon posession - commanded "in the name of Jesus the Messiah"

19:11 - God did extraordinary miracles through Paul - aprons he touched healed people 19:17name of Jesus held in high honour

20:7 - Eutychus raised from the dead

22:12 - Saul's sight restored – validates his call

28:5 - Paul shakes off poisonous snake – people thought him a god

28:7 - Publius' father healed - then the rest of the sick on the island.

 

Romans 8:11 - "...will also give life to your mortal bodies"

1 Peter 2:24 - explaining gospel – quotes Isaiah 53 as accomplished - “you have been healed” - - Isaiah 53 - The Suffering Servant prophecy of Messiah - prophesies both salvation and healing in his sufferings.

Many of the above specifically link healing with preaching, although not all do.

The healing verified the authority of the message and caused people to believe. John makes this link for all the incidents that he records in his gospel account. John 20:30

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

So why does the mainstream / denominational church generally not uphold this truth and teach it?

See Unbelief.

 

Then there is the "Old Testament" or Hebrew Bible.

Exodus 15:26

He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you." (Ani YHVH rofekh)

Exodus 23:25,26

Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span.

Deuteronomy 7:14,15

You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young. The LORD will keep you free from every disease. Hewill not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.

Deuteronomy 30:19

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

Joshua 21:45

Not one of all the LORD's good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled

 

Psalm 103:1-5

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits--

who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Psalm 107:20

He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

Psalm 118:17 – a messianic psalm

I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

Psalm 91:14-16

Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation."

Proverbs 12:18

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 15:4

The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

(Be careful how you talk about illness)

Proverbs 4:20-22

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.

Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body.

Isaiah 53:5

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Jeremiah 30:17

But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the LORD,

Nahum 1:9

Whatever they plot against the LORD he will bring to an end; trouble will not come a second time.

Joel 3:10

Let the weakling say, "I am strong!"

Zechariah 3:2

"The Lord said to Satan, 'The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!'"

(encouragement for those who love Jerusalem)

Malachi 4:2

But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.

 

These are all useful scriptures for those pursuing Healing from the LORD. Like the New Testament scriptures above, they emphasize God's desire that his people be healthy.


We should also remember that casting out demons is part of the healing ministry.


Casting out Demons

Having tackled healing, what about casting out demons?

It is part of Jesus' Great Commission! Mark 16 v15-18

He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."

The author has to confess to having no experience of this and is indebted to Christine Darg for permission to reproduce this teaching. Are we up for a challenge?

The author now has some personal experience!


It is possible for Christians to be afflicted by demons. But, praise God, it is also possible to cast them out in the Name of Jesus!


There are two aspects of ministry: demolition and building. The church builds up the kingdom of God, but at the same time, we are in a war against the gates of Hell. God set Jeremiah over nations to pluck up and destroy but also to build and plant.

Some people are too demon-conscious, and that's very annoying. However, I've learned from being involved in Gospel campaigns with Reinhard Bonnke and with my own meetings that it's not enough to build God's kingdom. We must also be involved in the demolition of the kingdom of Satan.

A person of spiritual stature brings joy to Heaven by soul winning. But we must also cause havoc to the kingdom of darkness. We know from studying the Book of Ephesians that Satan's army is a well-ordered hierarchy: principalities, powers, world rulers of this present darkness, spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places and demons.

Demons take residence in people and places and must be cast out. You don't have to be a priest to cast out devils. Casting out demons is a sign that is supposed to follow every believer, according to the Great Commission in Mark Chapter 16.

As one who is called to fast and pray for the release of multitudes in the End-time harvest, I must consider seriously the work of demons against unbelievers to prevent them from receiving Jesus. Please take time to ponder these points:

Demons can blind people spiritually. Paul observed this in 2 Corinthians 4: 3-4.

"And even if our Gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God." Therefore Satan, whom Paul calls "the god of this world," blinds people from seeing the Gospel.

My own Father and other mentors awakened me to the many ways that Satan blinds people:

By causing them to accept Jesus as just one of "many prophets" or as a "good moral teacher" rather than receiving Him as Lord

By propagating the tolerant, "religiously correct" view that there are multiple paths to God

By blinding people to the consequences of sin: They are deceived into thinking, "I am not a sinner - I am a good person" when, in fact, the Bible says there is not one who is good.... all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

By drugging people with apathy and carelessness to the urgency of salvation, deceiving them into thinking that they have loads of time, and it's not necessary to repent now. They are lulled into a deadly stupor, assuming they can put off receiving the Lord to another day. Yet "today is the day of salvation"... tomorrow is not guaranteed.

By deceiving people into thinking God is too good and too merciful to punish sinners

By propagating the lie that Hell is a party place for old friends and Hell-raisers

By spreading a lie that Heaven is a crashing bore.... when the Bible testifies there are pleasures forever at the right hand of God

By slandering preachers, and evangelists, inciting prejudice and hate against us

By depression and insanity so that people cannot comprehend and respond to the Lord

By blind, deaf and dumb spirits so that the ability to see, hear and perceive is diminished

How shall we combat these things?

God seeks intercessors who will stand in the gap and decree the Word into situations

God seeks serious believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit and who know how to cast out demons and to bind and overthrow strongholds by fasting and corporate prayer

God seeks believers who are willing to take up the armor of God and to withstand demons, wielding the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God

It is our duty to bind demons and to loose people to the truth.

In Mark 3: 27 Jesus teaches us a practicality to rob the strongman of goods (souls) by first binding him and then plundering his goods. Obviously, more goods can be plundered when a strongman is bound; if he is not bound, we are fugitives on the run!

Evangelism is aggression against the kingdom of Satan.

Therefore each evangelistic meeting must be protected by prayer and fasting. As Jesus and the apostles clearly demonstrated in many New Testament episodes, intercessory prayer is also commanding demons to depart! Intercessory prayer and casting out demons are best accompanied with fasting.

Furthermore, may God strengthen us today to take up the challenge to walk in a holy manner so that there will be no foothold of Satan in our lives to weaken our testimony and effectiveness! Otherwise, Satan just laughs. When a demon sneers, "Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you?" ....................... you are in trouble!

May it not be so in our lives!

The Windows of Heaven Open !

Our Privileges in Christ Jesus

      “To whom He said, This is the Rest wherewith ye shall cause the weary to rest; and this is the Refreshing; yet they would not hear . . . !” Isaiah 28:12-13 & ref: Hebrews 3:18-19 & 4:1-12 & Exodus 31:12-17

      Full and free the invitation comes to us: “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you Rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I Am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:25-30

What an invitation! It was this invitation that Christ gave to Enoch before the world was destroyed by a flood. That time was no more favorable to the development of Christian character than is the present time, yet we read that Enoch walked with God. Christ was as verily Enoch's Saviour as He is our Saviour, and in His power, notwithstanding the corruption of that degenerate age, Enoch perfected a Christian character.

      The Voice saying to us, “He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness,” said the same Words to Enoch, assuring him that if he followed the Saviour, he would not walk in the darkness of ignorance nor unbelief. The Lord instructed Enoch, and made him His watchman. He was a faithful witness for God, warning the inhabit-ants of the old world not to follow the example of the Cain-worshipers, but to serve the Living God. “Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints (holy ones), to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude 1:14-15

It is our privilege to walk as did Enoch . . . “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony (witness), that he pleased God . . . .And without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is ( I AM THAT I AM), and that He is a rewarder of all those that diligently seek Him . . . !”
Hebrews 11:5-6

      Christ has assured us that those who walk in His steps are His disciples, His true representatives. He says, “I Am the Light of the world; he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.” Is not this sufficient assurance? Should not these Words fill us with holy peace and joy?

      “Herein is My Father glorified,” Christ said, “that ye bear much fruit . . . and the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (self-control) ! . . . so shall ye be My disciples. As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you; continue ye in My love. If ye keep My Commandments, ye shall abide in My love; even as I have kept My Father's Commandments, and abide in His love. These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
John 15:7-11 & Nehemiah 8:10

The greatest sin we can cherish is the sin of unbelief (ref: Romans 14:23). Many say, I do not know how to be a Bible Christian. It is because you do not receive Christ personally as a sin-pardoning Savi-our. Therefore your experience is full of inconsistency and unbelief. No one can have joy and peace who does not receive and obey Christ's Words.

We need the riches of faith and self-sacrificing love. But we can obtain these only by surrendering the will to Christ ! 

      When we take the Saviour at His Word, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight, complete unity will prevail. We shall constantly grow more like our Leader. His character has been clearly revealed, and we have been plainly told that we are to be like Him.

Our watchword is, “Go forward ! Pressing onward to the Light of Life means victory. We see in our hearts much that is dark and forbidding, and there is much we do not see at all, but God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things. Do not deplore the crookedness of your past life; for this does not bring strength, but weaknessAll unbelief is moral deformityIn bemoaning our past, there is no healing balm, but only sorrow and sin, that makes the heart sick and faint. Thus we become more and more discour-aged. Might we not better look to the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world?


     “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up . . . and I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto Me . . . That whosoever believeth on Me should not perish, but have ever-lasting Life . . . .and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten,when he looketh upon Me, shall Live . . . !” John 3:14-15,12:32 & Numbers 21:8

      Unbelief greatly dishonors God. Our lack of faith is withholding from usprecious Blessings which are hanging over us, and which God would have us receive and appreciate (appropriate as our very own). When we pra-ctise the Word, we shall be perfect in Him Who is our righteousness Jeremiah 23:5-6. If the Word is believed by us, soberly, meekly, if it is received and appropriated, it will give us a precious experience, that will make us wise unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom & healing). But, like the children of Israel, we are in danger of indulging a spirit of unbelief and murmuring.

The fruit of Righteousness is “quietness (rest) and assurance forever !” Isaiah 32:-17

     If we had exercised more faith, if we had trusted less to our own wisdomGod would have manifested His power on human hearts. “For these signs shall follow them that believe: In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up (loose, remove the hold of) serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover!” Mark 16:15-18.

It is faith, an active (working) faith, that makes the gracious Promise of any avail (ref: James 2:14-26). We have been losing faith, in the place of increasing it.Our lack of faith is the reason why we have not seen more of the power of God. We exercise more faith in our own working than in God's working for us.

      A great Teacher from heaven visited our world. Jesus Christ is His name. He is the Lord our Righteousness. He was visited by the prince of darkness, and was tempted in all points like as we are. He reached to the very depths of human woe, and all who carry their sorrows to Him, as to One Who can be touched with the feelings of their infirmities (weaknesses), will receive the oil and wine of consolation.

      They will know from experience that Christ is their personal Saviour (deliverer, healer), One Who comfor-teth those who are cast down, Who bindeth up the broken-hearted. This experience grows as they in turn impart that which they have received (Words of Life, Living Waters to others). Christ is formed within, the hope of glory. He is made unto them Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption. They can say, “I know in Whom I have believed !”

      “For this is Life eternal, that they might know Thee, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent . . . !” “For He sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from all of their destructions . . . !”     John 17:3 & Psalm 107:20

What think ye of Christ ?” What is He to you personally? Is your faith centered in Him as your Redeemer? Do you believe that He saves you from sin,and that He imputes to you His righteousness?

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things we are not seen !” Hebrews 11:1 “For faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . . . And the Words that I speak unto you Today if you will hear My Voice . . . theyare Spirit and they are Life !” Romans 10:17, Hebrews 3:7 & John 6:63

Faith results in spiritual knowledge. By faith we are encouraged to grasp still more; for we behold God in the Promise, and are armed with stability. The true Christian knows in Whom he believes! He has the evidence of things unseen; and a knowledge that is regenerating, overpowering, follows this.

This may not be believed by skeptics, but it is to the receiver no speculation,no mere theory. The Gospel (Glad Tidings) offers to him a remedy for the moral disorders which sin has caused. He does not merely read the Bible, but experiences the Bible. He has not merely heard of the righteousness of Christ; by faith he has opened the windows of his soul to the Sun of Righteousness.

Skeptics may stand back and argue the impossibility of the remedy he has taken, but their words are nothing to him against experience. “O taste and see that the LORD is good . . . . for Blessed is that man that trusteth in Him !” Psalm 34:8 & Galatians 3:14

It is a matter of knowledge (knowing by experience) with him . . . “For this is Life eternal, that we might know Thee, the Only True God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent !” John 17:3. The believing man, even tho he be unlearned, has a knowledge that can not be wrested from him. The one who trusts his Saviour implicitly finds the gate of heaven ajar (opened), and flooded with glory from the throne of God !”

Behold, I have set before thee an open door, which no man can shut . . . !” Revelation 3:8

- Signs of the Times - October 4, 1899
Mrs. E. G. White.


FAITH IS AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE!

 

Faith is an action in yielding obedience to whatever God commands. In the individual experiences listed by Paul inHebrews Chapter 11 the expression “by faith” is followed by a verb – an action of obedience on the part of the individual involved.

 

Hebrews 11:1: -   “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

 

Paul illustrates this definition of faith by the many Scriptural examples he lists from the Old Testament writings.  Many of the godly patriarchs and prophets were not able to see the heavenly things that God had promised them with the natural eye; they could only behold them with the eye of faith.

 

By faith the Hebrew elders received a good witness with God.

Hebrews 11:2: -    “For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

           

 

Hebrews 11:3: -   “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

 

God spoke and it was so, because his Word is living and powerful.

Psalm 33:6 & 9: - “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. … For he spake, and it was [done]; he commanded, and it stood fast.

 

Hebrews 4:12: - “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

 

By faith Abel offered (a verb of action on Abel’s part) a better sacrifice than Cain. Abel by his obedience in offering an animal sacrifice received the witness that he was righteous. Abel saw by faith the bleeding Lamb of God in his animal sacrifice. 

Hebrews 11:4: - “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” 

 

Genesis 4:3 - 7: - “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” 

 

John 1:29: - “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

Enoch was translated to heaven so that he would not taste of death, because he had pleased God during his lifetime. He pleased God by walking with him. Enoch’s walk with God was by faith.

Hebrews 11:5: -   “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” 

 

Genesis 5:21 - 24: - “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.

 

The prophet Micah records what the Lord requires of us to please him: - to do justly or righteously; to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. Enoch would have fulfilled all these requirements for him to have pleased God.

Micah 6:8: - “He hath showed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”   

 

The Testimony of Jesus has recorded the truth, that Enoch’s character represents the character of the saints who will be alive to be translated without seeing death, at the 2nd Coming of Jesus.

Gospel Workers, 1892 Edition, p. 383: - “Enoch was a marked character. Many look upon his life as above what the generality of mortals can ever reach. But Enoch's life and character, which were so holy that he was translated to heaven without seeing death, represent what the lives and characters of all must be, if, like Enoch, they are subjects to be translated when Christ shall come. His life was what the life of every one may be who closely connects with God.” {GW92 383.1}

 

Hebrews 11:6: - “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

 

Paul brings this point in here, because of his use of the example of Enoch in VS. 5. Faith is essential to pleasing God. It must be a faith that God exists, in WHO HE IS, and that he will reward those who diligently seek him. We must ask in faith without any doubt or wavering.

Mark 11:22 - 24: - “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you,What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].

 

Noah by faith prepared the ark (a verb of action on Noah’s part) in obedience to all that the Lord had commanded him, and thus saved himself and his family from the floodwaters.

Hebrews 11:7: -   “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

 

Genesis 6:13 - 22: - “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this [is the fashion] which thou shalt make it [of]: The length of the ark [shall be] three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; [with] lower, second, and third [stories] shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every [sort] shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep [them] alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every [sort] shall come unto thee, to keep [them] alive.  And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather [it] to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

NOTE: - If Noah had possessed the “dead faith” of James 2:14 - 26 which is so popular among many professed Christians today, and had believed that God would bring a flood upon the world, but did not obey God’s command to build the ark, he would have perished with the rest of the wicked world. And because he was a righteous man in doing righteousness, he was chosen by the Lord to enter into the ark with his household. Righteousness by faith was the saving message in Noah’s day; it was righteousness performed by faith!

 

By faith Abraham obeyed (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) God’s call to leave his idolatrous family and go to a land unseen and unknown to him, which the Lord promised to him and his descendants would be an eternal inheritance. By faith he sojourned (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) in the Promised Land in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise. He obeyed God because he by faith looked for the Heavenly City – the New Jerusalem as his homeland. He understood by faith that he was to inherit the world made new with the New Jerusalem as its capital.

Hebrews 11:8 - 10: - “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God.” 

 

Genesis 12:1 - 4 & 7: - “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram [was] seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.”

 

Genesis 17:8: - “And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

 

Romans 4:13: - “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

 

By faith Sarah received strength to conceive a son in her old age (a verb of action on Sarah’s part), because she judged God to be faithful who had promised an heir to Abraham. From this old man Abraham (who was about 100 years old), came so many descendants as many as the stars in the sky and as the sand that is upon the sea shore.

Hebrews 11:11 & 12: - “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.”

 

Romans 4:17 - 22: - “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” 

 

All these godly patriarchs died in faith not having received the promise of an eternal inheritance yet, but they saw the fulfillment of this promise by faith, confessing that they were only strangers and pilgrims upon the earth, because they were looking for a Heavenly Country and a City, which God has prepared for them, the Heavenly City – the New Jerusalem. They were seeking for the place of “many mansions” that Jesus has gone to heaven to prepare for the righteous.

Hebrews 11:13 - 16: -  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

 

John 14:2 & 3: - “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.” 

 

Hebrews 12:22: - “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.” 

 

By faith when Abraham was tested, he offered up (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) his only promised son Isaac upon the altar. God had promised Abraham “That in Isaac shall thy seed be called”  that is, all God’s promises to Abraham and his seed were through Isaac. Yet Abraham had faith that if he obeyed God’s voice and sacrificed Isaac, God was able to raise him up from the dead.

Hebrews 11:17 - 19: - “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten [son]. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God [was] able to raise [him] up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” 

 

Abraham’s faith had to be tried or tested by the Lord with this final test relating to God’s command for Abraham to sacrifice his only promised son Isaac to the Lord. Abraham’s faith produced obedience to God’s command, and thus by his works his faith was made perfect or complete. And because of his obedience by faith he was called the “Friend of God”.

James 2:21 - 23: - “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

 

By faith Isaac blessed (a verb of action on Isaac’s part) his two sons concerning their respective futures – things that they could at that point of time only hope for – things not yet seen.

Hebrews 11:20: -   “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.” 

 

Jacob’s blessing: -

Genesis 27:26 - 29: - “And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son [is] as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed [be] every one that curseth thee, and blessed [be] he that blesseth thee.” 

 

Esau’s blessing: -

Genesis 27:38 - 40: - “And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, [even] me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

 

By faith Jacob as he lay dying blessed (that is a verb of action on Jacob’s part) Joseph’s two sons concerning their respective futures – things that were yet unseen.

Hebrews 11:21: - “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff.”

 

By faith Joseph as he was dying gave commandment (a verb of action on Joseph’s part) concerning his bones to be taken into the land that God had promised to the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He had faith in God’s promise.

Hebrews 11:22: - “By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.”

 

Genesis 50:24 & 25: - “And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.” 

 

By faith Moses’ parents hid him (a verb of action on their part) for three months, not being afraid of the king’s commandment, concerning the Hebrew children.

Hebrews 11:23: -   “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 

 

Exodus 1:22: - “And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”

 

Exodus 2:1 & 2: - “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took [to wife] a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he [was a] goodly [child], she hid him three months.

 

By faith Moses when he was of age refused (a verb of action and of choice on Moses’ part) to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing (a verb of choice on Moses’ part) to suffer affliction with God’s people, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short lifetime. Moses had respect (a verb of action on Moses’ part) to the reward of the righteous, esteeming (a verb of action on Moses’ part) the reproach of Christ greater riches than the temporal treasures in Egypt.

Hebrews 11:24 - 26: - “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”

 

By faith Moses forsook or left[1] Egypt (a verb of action on Moses’ part) at the time of the exodus of the children of Israel, not fearing the wrath of the king’s commandment to put him to death, if the king saw his face again, because Moses saw by faith the Invisible God.

Hebrews 11:27: - “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

 

Exodus 10:27 - 29: - “But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. And Pharaoh said unto him,Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in [that] day thou seest my face thou shalt die. And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.”

 

Exodus 11:4 - 8: - “And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that [is] behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

 

By faith Moses kept (a verb of action on Moses’ part) the Passover and the sprinkling of blood that spared the children of Israel from the Destroying Angel.

Hebrews 11:28: - “Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” 

 

Exodus 12:21 - 23: - “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip [it] in the blood that [is] in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that [is] in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite [you].” 

 

By faith the children of Israel passed through the Red Sea (a verb of action on their part), while the Egyptians who attempted to follow in their path were drowned. They obeyed God’s command to “go forward”.

Hebrews 11:29: - “By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry [land]: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.”

 

By faith the walls of Jericho came tumbling down, after the children of Israel had compassed (a verb of action on their part) the walls of the doomed city for seven days

Hebrews 11:30: - “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.”

 

By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with the rest of Jericho – those  “that believed not”, when she received (a verb of action on her part) the spies in peace. She had faith that Israel’s God was the God of heaven and earth, and that he would conquer the city of Jericho.

Hebrews 11:31: - “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them *that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”

NOTE: - The margin has “Or, that were disobedient.

 

 

Joshua 2:1 - 14: - “And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.  And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they [were]:  And it came to pass [about the time] of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.  And before they were laid down, she came up unto them upon the roof; And she said unto the men, I know that the LORD hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that [were] on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard [these things], our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the LORD your God, he [is] God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have showed you kindness, that ye will also show kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And [that] ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

 

Hebrews 11:32: - “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and [of] Barak, and [of] Samson, and [of] Jephthae; [of] David also, and Samuel, and [of] the prophets.”

 

Hebrews 11:33 - 38: - “Who through faith subdued kingdoms,”

“wrought righteousness,”  - they worked or performed righteousness BY faith - that IS righteousness by faith.

“obtained promises,”

“stopped the mouths of lions,”  - the prophet Daniel – Daniel 6:19 - 23. He would not violate the 10 Commandments, and was delivered from the lions’ mouths because he believed in his God.

“quenched the violence of fire,” - the 3 Hebrew worthies – Daniel 3:16 - 18 & 28. They would not violate the 10 Commandments, and they were delivered from the fire because they trusted in their God.

“escaped the edge of the sword,”

“out of weakness were made strong,”

“waxed valiant in fight,”

“turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” 

“Women received their dead raised to life again:” - See 1 Kings 17:17 - 23; 2 Kings 4:31 - 37.

“and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.” - they looked forward by faith  to the time of the resurrection of the just.

And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:” – Joseph -  Genesis 39:20 & 21; Jeremiah – Jeremiah 20:2 & 38:6.

“They were stoned,” – Naboth – 1 Kings 21:13.

“they were sawn asunder,”

“were tempted,”

“were slain with the sword:”

“they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;  (Of whom the world was not worthy:)” – Elijah -  2 Kings 1:8.

“they wandered in deserts, and [in] mountains, and [in] dens and caves of the earth.”  The faithful Obadiah hid the prophets of the Lord in caves – 1 Kings 18:4. David and Elijah also had to wander in the desolate places of the earth to escape their persecutors.

 

Hebrews 11:39 & 40: - “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” 



[1] This verse does NOT apply to Moses’ fleeing Egypt at 40 years of age when he killed an Egyptian, because he did  fear the king’s wrath – see Exodus 2:12 - 15.


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT...

FASTING?

The "key" of fasting to receive God's authority in His kingdom, will be covered in this teaching. The Lord said He would give us the "keys to the kingdom." What did He mean by that statement? Keys to the kingdom are actually keys of authority.

Matthew 16:19, "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven..."

KEYS OF AUTHORITY

When Jesus becomes our Lord, we are automatically transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:12-13 says, "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son." Now that we have a new king and live in a new kingdom, we must understand "kingdom principles" if we are to be victorious Christians. We cannot overcome until we have the keys that unlock the kingdom of heaven. The Lord never meant for us to wait until we die to experience heaven but purposed for us to bring heaven to the earth through the power of His Spirit. "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). We are unable to receive God's healing, provision and blessing if we do not know the keys the Lord has given us to accomplish kingdom living. Keys represent authority in the Kingdom of God, and authority is gained by using them. Fasting is only one of the keys to the kingdom; others are prayer, praise, worship, intercession and travail (a prayer burden from the Lord).

The key of fasting has nearly been lost to the modern church. It is also one that some say was only for early day Christians. Looking closely at the Word of God, we find that the Lord never did away with the principle of fasting, but it has been man who has attempted to make it obsolete. Fasting is still a valid key that can be used today to bring us into kingdom living. What is fasting? It is another means by which we can suffer for the Lord, through the voluntary abstinence from eating. Biblical fasting is done to bring spiritual results and is not simply for physical purposes. Doctors today are discovering the physical benefits of this practice and have found that abstaining from food (not water) for several days has a wonderful cleansing effect upon the body. Many impurities are burned up within the body as it is denied food, thus clearing the mind, and cleansing and healing the body. Even nature shows us that fasting is good medicine as we automatically lose our appetites when sickness strikes. Many people in the world are practicing fasting and finding it not only healthful, but even a wonderful way to lose weight quickly. However, even though we may enjoy these benefits while fasting, the Christian primarily fasts for spiritual purposes and not for health reasons. Obeying spiritual principles can produce positive physical results, but they are added blessings. Even people that are underweight who fast for spiritual purposes have been known to gain weight after completing their fasts.

The Lord tells us in Matthew 6:16-18 that when we fast, we are to do it unto the Lord. He doesn't say if we fast.

"Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." We can see that our motives in fasting must be pure. We are not to do it in order to broadcast it, but we are to do it as quietly and simply as possible so as not to attract attention to ourselves. We are to appear to others as though we are not fasting. There are exceptions, such as when we are fasting as a group for a specific thing. Then it must be announced so that others can take part. We find this in Joel 1:14, "Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord." The main thing the Lord desires is that it be done unto Him and not as a show unto men. Our heart attitude must be right to produce spiritual results.

Jesus, by fasting, set an example that we might follow in His steps. Matthew 4:1-4, "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

This Scripture shows us that the Lord drank water but did not eat food, for it says that after forty days he was hungry. The normal fast is without food, drinking water only.

There are also absolute fasts recorded in the Bible. Upon Saul's conversion in Acts 9:9, he immediately went on an absolute fast for three days, having neither food nor water. ("And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.") The body can go for a number of days without food, but cannot go for long periods without water. Therefore, the Bible does not record any absolute fasts that go beyond three days, except the account of Moses spending forty days and nights on top of Mount Sinai (Horeb) without food or water. This was a supernatural encounter with God and he was sustained during that time, because otherwise he would have died, as the human body cannot go without water that long.  

Exodus 34:28-29, "And he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments. And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses' hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shown while he talked with him."

We can see that because Moses was in the literal presence of the Lord, it was that presence that sustained him so he neither needed food nor water. This, of course, is an exceptional fast.

The Lord did not set up any specific duration that we are to fast, but from His teachings, we see that he did expect us to fast.

Luke 5:34-35, "And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days."

Fasting can be done for one meal, one day, one month or for however long God leads. It depends on how the Holy Spirit speaks to us. Shorter fasts are easier to endure until we have built up our "spiritual muscles". A helpful book we recommend is Arthur Wallis', God's Chosen Fast. It is a spiritual and practical guide to fasting. A three day fast is most beneficial as a spiritual cleansing. An example of this is Paul's being thrust into his fast upon conversion. After the three days of cleansing, he received the Holy Spirit and his eyesight when Ananias laid hands on him (Acts 9:17-18). We also can be spiritually cleansed by fasting so that we receive more of the Lord's Spirit and have our spiritual eyes opened to new dimensions. A three day fast is also especially helpful in breaking any addictive habits.

These then are two reasons for fasting: We receive spiritual cleansing and our spiritual eyes are opened, and we also obtain victory over the devil. When Jesus encountered Satan, He was able to overcome Him because His fasting had given Him spiritual strength. Isaiah 58:6also gives us light on this purpose of fasting: "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?" Many people believe that fasting is to move the hand of God, when in actuality it is to make Satan turn loose of the things he is holding.

Fasting looses the bands of wickedness. When Jesus discussed the keys to the kingdom, He told us to bind and loose. When we fast, we loose the bands of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, set the oppressed free, and break every yoke of the enemy. Fasting is an important key to getting the victory over hard situations that do not seem to respond to normal prayer.

Fasting builds our faith. In fact, this is what Jesus meant when he spoke to the disciples inMatthew 17:21 in answer to why they were not able to cast a demon out of a child. He said,"Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." He was telling them if they wanted their faith to be at such a level as to be able to cast out demons, then they must fast and pray for their faith to increase.

Fasting also makes it easier for us to hear the voice of the Lord. We find an account of this inActs 13:2-3:

"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away."

While fasting, the Holy Spirit spoke to them and gave them direction. We too can be directed by the Lord if we seek Him through prayer and fasting.

Fasting and mourning are closely associated in the Bible. Two examples of this are found in Ezra and Nehemiah.

Ezra 10:6, "Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away." Nehemiah 1:4, "And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven."

From these Scriptures, we see that fasting and travail (a prayer burden from the Lord that brings crying and tears) were combined. Both of these men were fasting for the repentance of God's people. How we need this same kind of intercession today. Here were men so burdened for the sins of their people that they fasted, travailed and prayed.

Today, God is looking for people who are willing to take the same kind of burdens in the Spirit. After being filled with the Holy Spirit, so many are eager to do something for the Lord; however, due to a lack of proper teaching, they end up doing works in the flesh instead of works in the Spirit. Works that we do in our own strength profit nothing, but works that are inspired by the Spirit are profitable and bring results. Prayer is work in the Spirit. That is why it is not easy to pray. Travail and fasting are works in the Spirit. Witnessing under God's leadership is a spiritual work. God is looking for laborers who are ready to go to work for Him.(Matthew 9:37-38, "Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.") The Lord is looking for workers, people who will labor to produce eternal results. Laboring in the Spirit brings many into the kingdom of God and causes much growth in the church.

Fasting is also one of these labors. It is a form of afflicting our soul. (Isaiah 58:3, "Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge?...") By afflicting our soul, we say to our flesh, "Flesh, you are demanding to eat, but Christ is stronger than the desires of my soul. My spirit shall rule my soul, and my soul shall not have dominion over me." Numerous individuals today are in bondage to their appetites because they have never denied themselves anything. The Lord wants us to be ruled by the Spirit, not by the flesh. Fasting brings the flesh unto subjection of the Spirit. (Matthew 4:4, "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.")

Fasting is also a way we can minister unto the Lord. We read in Acts 13:2 that they ministered unto the Lord and fasted. It is a way we can offer the time we generally spend in eating as unto the Lord in prayer. As we spend this time with Him, it causes things to happen in the Spirit. We do not understand this principle any more than other mysteries in the Bible, but we find that by applying it we get results. There are many things I don't understand with my natural mind, but I receive them by faith because the Word of God says they are true. If God's Word says it, that settles it. I don't even understand why Jesus had to die on a cross to save us from our sins. However, because I believed that He did and received His forgiveness in my heart, I was "born again." Likewise, I do not understand all the principles of fasting, but I do know they work.

We have discussed the absolute and the normal fasts, but we need to also mention the partial fast. This is a fast where we restrict our intake of food, but do not totally abstain. We have a record of this in Daniel 10:2-3, "In those days I, Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled". Daniel went on a three-week partial fast, restricting his diet of all pleasant food, meat and wine. It was during this time that he had a visitation from an angel. Fasting always suppresses the flesh and heightens our spiritual sensitivity. Generally speaking, we hear the Lord's voice more easily while fasting.

We all can benefit by giving up our pleasant bread for a season. The Lord blesses us for whatever sacrifices we make for Him. Our country is suffering under a spirit of gluttony and it would be a great blessing for the United States to have a time of national fasting unto God. We sit down and eat many times when we are not even hungry, simply because it is a habit. We should not eat out of habit or tradition, but rather that we might glorify Christ in our bodies.(I Corinthians 10:31, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.")

Fasting sometimes comes spontaneously. Often if people are grieving they lose their appetites and unconsciously fast. That is why mourning and fasting are mentioned together in the Bible. Another type of spontaneous fasting occurs when we are so busy seeking God about a situation or a spiritual goal that we simply forget to eat. (We are moving too fast to take time to eat because we are concentrating on the things of the Spirit. We are moving in the spirit in a "fast" way. The fasting acts as spiritual dynamite to speed things up in the Spirit that would normally take a longer time to come to pass.) Some Christians are forced to fast due to a lack of food in their part of the world. They can dedicate this time to God and He will bless it as He would a voluntary fast.

Does fasting move the hand of God? No. If we believe that God withholds from us and we have to fight to get Him to bless us, then we have a wrong conception of the Lord. Isaiah 58:6 indicates that fasting is not to move the hand of the Lord, but it is to make Satan turn loose of what he is holding back that rightfully belongs to us. Jesus died so we could have the blessings. They belong to us as His children. However, we must press in and demand the enemy to release some things. This is our right as sons of God. Sometimes Satan still controls much territory in our lives and the lives of our loved ones. He has many in bondage. Fasting is a key that breaks loose the bands of wickedness. As we fast and pray, Satan must let our children who are bound by spirits of rebellion and drugs go free. He must take his hands off our loved ones, our friends and family. Some people are so bound that only fasting can loose them from the wicked chains of darkness.

We need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as to when fasting is needed. Sometimes it is not necessary because the problem has already been "prayed through." We need simply to rest in the Lord until His time for our answer to arrive. If we fast at those times, we will just be going hungry. We need also to seek the Lord as to whether He would have us go on a partial fast, normal fast or total fast. If we will ask, He will let us know. He will confirm His will to us. If we cannot hear His voice too clearly, He will send somebody to speak His counsel to us. We must trust Him.

We need also to check our motives when we fast. If they are selfish, our fast will not be accepted by the Lord. We see this in Jeremiah 14:10 and 12, "Thus saith the Lord unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the Lord doth not accept them; he will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence." We cannot fast and have evil, unrepented sin or selfishness in our lives and expect God to answer our prayers. Many times we don't even recognize selfish prayers. When we pray for our loved ones to be saved or delivered, and our motive is to only bring relief to ourselves instead of being concerned that they receive the peace and joy of Jesus, we are wrong. Let us examine our hearts when we seek God for anything.

Isaiah 58 is the great fasting chapter. Here we read how this key can break the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens and bring healing. It frees the oppressed and the depressed. It breaks every yoke. Some people are yoked to bad habits in this world, and fasting can break those yokes so they can be free to enter into the kingdom of God. A three-day fast will break most addictions.

Isaiah 58:7 also says, "Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?" Fasting makes it possible for us not only to give "spiritual bread" to those that are hungry, but also releases our finances so that we can give "natural bread" to the poor and needy. The Lord wants us to have an abundance so we can be a blessing to others. He will bring the poor to our houses to be fed. He wants us to be able to minister to others. He will give us a ministry and cause people to be drawn to our doorstep by the Holy Spirit for counsel and prayer.

Verse 7 continues, "when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him." We are to cover others' sin through fasting and prayers of mercy. We are to ask God to forgive them and give them another chance. If we were stripped naked right now and our lives were bared before the world, every one of us would be ashamed and embarrassed about our past sins. None of us could stand. All of us would fall down naked, exposed and humiliated. However, we do not have to suffer this because Jesus paid the price for our sins and washed those things away. Praise God! They are not there anymore; God does not remember them, and neither should we. (Hebrews 10:17, "And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.") We need to pray for others to be released from the burden of sin that is upon their lives.

Verse 7 also says, "...and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?" One trick of the enemy is to get us so busy ministering to others that we fail to minister to our own flesh. We must also ask the Lord to do a work of cleansing in our lives, and also make sure that we take time to let the Lord minister to us through His word, and in time spent alone with Him. Also, we are not to neglect our own flesh and blood. We must not get so busy with others' needs that we do not minister to our own families. We are to fast for them, pray for them and spend time with them.

In verse 8 we see the fruits of fasting, "Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward." Healing will come forth quickly through fasting. If we have a besetting sin that we cannot get the victory over, fasting will strengthen us spiritually and deliver us from that bondage so that our righteousness can go before us. What a beautiful promise that the glory of the Lord shall be our reward! We receive a reward during the time of fasting, but it does not stop there. We also will be rewarded by seeing things come forth in the future as answers to our prayers.

Verse 9 says, "Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity." By this we see there are conditions to our fast. We cannot point our fingers at others in condemnation if we expect our prayers to be answered. We must come humbly before the Lord if we desire to see our prayers answered.

The remainder of Isaiah 58 explains that the Lord will cause us to be lights to others, and that we shall not walk in darkness but have the Lord continually guiding us. He says we shall be taken care of in drought. No matter what is happening in the land, we shall have plenty. Waste places shall be rebuilt, and the Lord will restore and repair the damage that has been done to our lives. We shall ride upon the high places of the earth and shall inherit God's blessings. Fasting brings restoration not only in our individual lives but in the life of the church also.

To sum up the different kinds of fasts:

(1.) Normal Fast - No food, water only.

(2.) Absolute Fast - Absolutely no food or water (Caution: Should not be undertaken over 3 days and only then if you have a clear directive from the Lord and are in good health).

(3.) Partial Fast - Abstinence from certain kinds of foods (i.e.: No meat or sweets, soup only, fruit and vegetables only, etc. In Daniel 10:3, Daniel ate no pleasant bread).

(4.) Juice Fast - Fruit and vegetable juices only.

(5.) Corporate Fast - A church or group of people who feel God has called them to fast together for a certain period of time.

(6.) Chain Fast - A church or group of people who commit to fasting for a long period of time and each individual commits to fast for a day or longer and signs up for so many days so that the entire period is covered for the designated fasting period. (Our church did this for an entire year at one time.)

(7.) Jewish Fasting Period - The Jewish fast began at 6:00 P.M. in the evening and ended the next day at 6:00 P.M. (Some people follow this time period to begin and end fasts.)

(8.) Fasting Plus Prayer -- Remember, fasting should be combined with prayer. God called us to fast and pray, not fast and preach, nor fast and work. God did not call us to fast and do hard physical work. Although some work and certain responsibilities cannot be avoided while fasting, accounts in the Bible reveal that they arranged times to fast and pray when they did not have to work so they could make seeking God the focal point during the fast, especially when the fasts exceeded 3 days. Giving up our free weekends and vacations to fast, is one way we can sacrifice to the Lord.

(9.) Fasting and Abstinence  -- Although the word "fast" is used as abstaining from food in the Bible and does not refer to giving up other things, during a fast one can practice abstinence from other pleasures as well, such as entertainment, T.V, hobbies and sex, as spoken about in 1 Corinthians 7:1-5.

If you are considering an extended fast, you should seek competent medical supervision of someone familiar with fasting. This is especially needed if you are taking any medications. (This article is informational and spiritually directive and is not intended to take the place of medical advice). We would also recommend you reading these books for detailed information on fasting: God's Chosen Fast by Arthur Wallis or The Coming Revival by Dr. Bill Bright.

RESTORATION OF THE CHURCH

We are living in the time of restoration of the church now. God has begun a work of restoration in us. The power of the Holy Spirit is being restored to the church. God is healing His people and giving back to them the things Satan has robbed. The Lord is restoring truth to the church again, so she can rise from obscurity and be seen in love and power, even as she was in New Testament days.

The world is looking for a church that has the power to heal and bless, a church that walks in victory. The world wants to see a church that is not hypocritical, a church that is holy and full of love. We are the individual members of that church if we are born again. The work must begin in us personally before it can manifest itself corporately. The Lord is returning for a bride without spot or blemish. God is preparing her. We must have the keys to the kingdom so that we can come to that place in God where the world can tell the difference between "us" and "them."

Fasting is a wonderful tool given to help bring us to that place. God's ultimate desire is that we live "fasted" lives, thus reducing the need for periodic fasting. However, until we come to the place where the kingdom of God means more to us than food, we need to set our wills to fast in order to bring our bodies under subjection to the Spirit of the Lord.

Paul was an overcomer and says in I Corinthians 9:27, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." For us to overcome we must do likewise. To grow in God we must follow the methods He mapped out in His Word. The Lord is encouraging us to walk in His footsteps so that we might attain the same victory that Paul did. It is not impossible; we just have not understood God's ultimate purpose for our lives; we have lived far below the level God intended. Even though we will walk through some hard places in this life, we will be able to say it was worth it all when we come into the same perfection that Paul did.

II Corinthians 11:27, "In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness." Philippians 3:8, "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ."

The keys of prayer, praise, worship, intercession, travail and fasting will bring us to the same place that Paul attained through Jesus. We can have a similar anointing in our lives, and be used as Paul was to achieve God's victories in the name of Jesus. We can enter into the Lord's authority so that the demons and devils obey us. We can expose Satan's devices and learn the ways by which we overcome him. These important keys will unlock many from the chains of darkness. Let us use all the keys to the kingdom so that the kingdom of God might be formed in us.

"Father, You know each one that is reading this today, and I ask You to reach out and meet their needs. Lord, minister to their need now through the power of the Holy Spirit. If there are those who have not been filled with Your Spirit, I pray that You would fill them now to overflowing. Lord, to those who need You as Savior, touch them and come into their hearts; may they be born again and placed into Your kingdom. For those who need healing in their bodies, touch them with Your creative power. Father, deliver and set free those who are suffering from depression and are bound by the things of this world. Bless Your people, Lord, as they seek Your will and way for their lives. Give them Your strength to use the keys of the kingdom to overcome the enemy. In Jesus' name, Amen."


WHY PRAY & FAST?

WHY FAST? Well, first of all, WHY NOT? There is something about prayer & fasting that rub the flesh the wrong way! First thing the flesh says is.. DO I GOTTA?

ANSWER: YES! ===> well, that is if you want to be successful in God! If you want to be a spiritual failure...No you don't have to Pray & Fast.

We will assume that since your here, you want to make it!

PRAYER & FASTING ARE NOT OPTIONAL FOR A CHILD OF GOD!

These are issues of Spiritual discipline... they are a must: HERE'S WHY:

#1. IT IS YOUR MOST POWERFUL WEAPON:

Mark 9:25- 29 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, [Thou] dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And [the spirit] cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. (we'll come back later)

Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. (AND HE WAS SET FREE)

James 5:15- 16 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Many battle you will face will be coming from Satanic forces & Devils. But by prayer & fasting you will overcome!

#2. WE ARE TOLD TO PRAY:

I Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Romans 12:11- 12 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Luke 18:1 And he spake a parable unto them [to this end], that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

I Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Note that Jesus said WHEN you pray... not IF you pray. Prayer was expected. But Jesus taught us to pray with sincerity... not for show like Pharisee.

ALSODON'T PIDDLE AROUND, PRAY MEANING BUSINESS ===> BELIEVE!

Mark 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].

AS A YOUNG CHRISTIAN, YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT A PRAYER LIFE IS WHAT BUILDS YOUR FOUNDATION: EVERYTHING RISES OR FALLS UPON YOUR ABILITY TO TOUCH HEAVEN.

*** You must have a relationship with Jesus Christ!

#3. WHAT SHOULD WE BE PRAYING FOR?

A> Leaders... both spiritual & secular...

I Timothy 2:1- 3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, [and] giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

Did you notice that you don't start by praying for self? Gimme Gimme... We should be praying for those in authority, not just bashing them verbally!

I Thessalonians 5:11- 13 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. [And] be at peace among yourselves.

B> That your counted worthy to escape...

Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

C> For the lost...

Matthew 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

D> To overcome Satan...

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. <<< Read story of Daniel chapter 10 briefly >>>

E> To be spiritually minded & overcome the flesh...

Romans 8:5- 9 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace. Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

II Corinthians 10:4- 5 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

F> To maintain a forgiving humble spirit...

Matthew 6:14- 15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD [is] to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

G> To keep from fainting...

II Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward [man] is renewed day by day.

Proverbs 24:10 [If] thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength [is] small.

START PRAYING & DON'T STOP FOR ANYTHING!

*** PEOPLE OF PRAYER ALWAYS HAVE THEIR REWARD!

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A FEW WORDS ABOUT FASTING:

Matthew 6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (NOT IF!)

Like prayer: fasting must not be done for show... mean business!

First of all, fasting is always linked with prayer... fasting with out prayer is a diet... Nothing wrong with that... but it won't have SPIRITUAL PUNCH! *** YOU CAN PRAY WITH OUT FASTING, BUT NOT VICE - VERSA

Matthew 9:14- 15 Then came to him the disciples of John, saying, Why do we and the Pharisee fast oft, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

Jesus said there will be plenty of time for spiritual battle & heaviness... But while I'm here, I want you to enjoy it! (OH WE NEED THOSE TIMES!)

*** FASTING'S GREATEST WORK: = To help us subdue our flesh & be sensitive to the holy Ghost... Notice God's direction came after fasting...

Acts 13:1- 4 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid [their] hands on them, they sent [them] away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

FASTING IS CONNECTED WITH MOURNING:

Esther 4:3 And in every province, whithersoever the king's commandment and his decree came, [there was] great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

Psalms 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

Psalms 69:10 When I wept, [and chastened] my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach.

FASTING MOVES GOD:

Ezra 8:21- 23 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. For I was ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy in the way: because we had spoken unto the king, saying, The hand of our God [is] upon all them for good that seek him; but his power and his wrath [is] against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this: and he was entreated of us.

Look at what Fasting will do:

Isaiah 58:5- 6 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? [is it] to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes [under him]? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? [Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

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SOME COMMON QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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A> HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FAST?

No set amount in Bible... But should be regularly. Paul gave a hint...

II Corinthians 11:27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

B> ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF FASTS? Many. Here are 3 basic types.

1. Partial: Fasting certain things of enjoyment but not total food.

Daniel 1:8- 12 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which [are] of your sort? then shall ye make [me] endanger my head to the king. Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

2. Normal: Jewish fast was water only... for 24 hour periods.

3. Absolute: No water or food. This is not recommended for long.

Even in the Bible, the longest fast of this type was 3 days... except for occasions when supernatural strength was given.

*** REMEMBER: you are not fasting for ego, or to appease God.

Your fasting to draw close to God. If you fail during a fast, and slip, don't let guilt destroy you... get back in it! If you come to a situation of complete weakness... eat some raisins or light fruit or honey. Then keep right back on it. You will notice how after 3 days fasting becomes simple after you get over the hump.

LET'S GET STARTED INTO SPIRITUAL VICTORY WITH FASTING & PRAYER!

I Corinthians 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except [it be] with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

We need to give ourselves to prayer & fasting...

It will kill out this old man, and open doors to the spirit for us.

*** IF THE FIRST CHURCH NEEDED IT, HOW MUCH MORE SHOULD THE LAST***

 

Daniel and his compatriots set a worthy example by refusing to drink of the king's wine (Daniel 1:5,8,10-16). When fasting later in life, Daniel abstained from "flesh" and "wine" (chapter 10:3).

Isaiah 58 (King James Version)

Isaiah 58

 1Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

 2Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.

 3Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.

 4Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.

 5Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD?

 6Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?

 7Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

 8Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy reward.

 9Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

 10And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:

 11And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

 12And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

 13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

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