None of us like broken promises. Have you ever seen an advertisement says something to the effect of, “80% off if you come in today only!” You take the coupon to the store only to find out that product is “sold out,” and consequently the employee suggests you buy the twice as expensive competitor. How about airports? I recently had a flight originally scheduled for 3:30 P.M. As I looked at the screen, the words of death, “delayed,” flashed. The flight was delayed multiple times and eventually cancelled. To put it nicely, the customers were not happy. Nobody likes broken promises.
Fortunately, as a believer, you serve a consistent God. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Unlike the ad that may be shady, God’s word is true. When you see a promise in His word you can believe with assurance that God will watch over it to perform it.
“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
-2 Corinthians 1:20
If God said it, you can believe for it. If you can believe for it, God will bring it to pass. God doesn’t break His promises.
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Don’t just deal with the symptoms of sickness and not the spirit.
“Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” -Mark 11:20-24
“Dried up from the roots.” When Jesus approached a problem he dealt with the roots. He went to the source of the problem. Too many times we deal with the fruit, and forget about the root. I spent many summers pulling weeds outside. Unfortunately, if you only pull off the top of the weed and fail to get the root, the menacing green weed will grow back. The same is true with problems we face in our lives.
People use creams, medicines, and concocted remedies to try to subdue the symptoms (fruit). Sure, use medicine, but speak to the sickness (root) in Jesus’ name and command it to leave. Sickness originated from the devil, make him leave. Your body is paid for and you don’t have to live with it any longer. Move out the spirit behind the sickness and the symptoms will have to follow.
God wants your life healed.
David did it, you should too.
“Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it.” “And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.” -1 Samuel 17:51 & 54
It is easy to forget past victories you have had. Somehow when bad news comes our minds can easily forget everything God has done for us in the past. The quick knee-jerk reaction in the flesh is to forget about God’s faithfulness and how He has provided, protected, and supplied in the past. When bad news comes you are going to have to visit your trophy room of breakthroughs, prayers answered, and miracles God has performed in your life.
David had already slew the giant, but to show added proof to Jerusalem, he kept the head. Go ahead, be like David. Rub it in the devil’s face and remind him of the giants God has already delivered you from.
When I was in high school I was a pitcher on the baseball team. After a serious injury, the orthopedic surgeon said I would have to have career ending surgery and would never pitch again. A minister prayed for me, and I was completely healed. I then went on my senior year to receive all-state awards as a pitcher. I have now decided whenever I play catch, it serves as reminder that God is a healer and restorer. That is showing off the giant’s head.
If you are up against a giant, remind yourself and the enemy of the problems you have already conquered.
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Healing can be a process. Results are not always physically evident right after, amen. The important thing is that you are lead by the Spirit of God because God wants you well! Whether medicinal or supernatural, what matters is that you experience healing. God may lead you to visit a doctor; God may lead you to visit a minister for prayer. Either way, faith is involved. If you feel led to visit a doctor go in faith believing for supernatural results. If you feel led to receive healing by prayer alone, pray in faith nothing wavering. If how you are feeling led lines up with the word of God, then follow by faith and remember, “no weapon formed against you shall prosper…”
“His mother said to the servants, ‘Whatever He says to you, do it.’” -John 2:5
Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. -Isaiah 53:4-5
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The memory of last night’s dinner never nourished anyone.
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” -Proverbs 4:20-22
Do not let the Word of God depart from your eyes. Unfortunately, it is easy to ignore this charge. It is much easier to quote scripture from memory or listen to a preacher than it is to get into the Word of God for yourself. Open the Bible up and stay fresh. You wouldn’t eat molded food from the kitchen, so don’t accept stale food spiritually. Thank God for both yesterday’s food physically and yesterday’s revelation spiritually, but you have to eat today. The truth is, faith from memory is actually malnutrition.
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The enemy loves to share a mixed truth. He will try to bend the Word of God in his favor and leave you in confusion. Check out his attempt on Jesus:
Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’” And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ” -Luke 4:9-12
Sounds scriptural, right….? Yet truth be told, the enemy left out one key verse:
“For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.” -Psalms 91:11-13
The enemy quoted verses 11 & 12 of the 91st Psalm pretty well, but conveniently left out the 13th verse. The serpent you shall trample underfoot! God spoke His Word about Jesus trampling over the enemy all the way back in Genesis 3. The enemy wants to take the Word of God and dilute its effect in your life. Rise up to trample and tread, and remind whatever you face that God has already spoken about the outcome. In Christ, your victory is predetermined!
Today’s thought: Knowing what “has been said” (Luke 4:12), allows you to trample and tread.
When tested in the wilderness Jesus came out undefeated. He swept the series 3-0, no contest. How was He able to perform such a trouncing? Simple, the Word was already settled in His heart before He got there.
“And Jesus answered and said to him, “It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God. Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” -Luke 4:12-13
What was Jesus response to the enemies lies? It has been said.
So what has been said?
The Word says…by Jesus’ stripes you were healed! (1 Peter 2:24)
The Word says…you should prosper and be in health! (3 John 2)
The Word says…all things are working together for your good! (Romans 8:28)
The Word says…God will never leave you! (Hebrews 13:5)
The Word says…your prayers will work! (James 5:16)
Many people only seek God when tragedy strikes. When there is a death in the family, when they get sick, when they need a prayer answered. God loves them dearly and will help them through the “wilderness” (hard time, test, trial), but there may be a struggle. Others have pre-sought the Word of God and know what the Bible says about their situation. They walk through the wilderness with ease. The difference between flourishing or famishing in the wilderness is matter of knowing and believing what “has been said.”