Thursday, November 29, 2007
I want to cover one last thought, for now, concerning health and healing. Our attitude is so very important while we are making a stand of faith on God's Word concerning any of His promises. The verse we will look at first is found in the book of Proverbs:
Prov 17:22 (KJV)
22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
The word "merry" is the Hebrew word, sameach, which means: blithe (happy & lighthearted) and gleeful, glad, joyful and rejoicing. "Doeth good" is the Hebrew word, yatab, that we have covered before on this blog. It means: to do well, to make a thing good or right or beautiful. The Amplified bible says this:
Proverbs 17:22 (Amplified)
22A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
Maintaining a joyful, happy heart (our spirit, soul combination) will keep us in a faith frame of mind. You cannot discourage a joyful heart. It is impossible to do. Remember this verse:
Neh 8:10 (KJV)
10 Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
The Amplified Bible says this:
Nehemiah 8:10 (Amplified)
10Then [Ezra] told them, Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
The joy of the Lord (Jehovah) is our "strength", the Hebrew word, ma'owz, which means: a fortified place, a defence, a fortress, a place of safety, refuge and protection. Keeping a joyful heart will keep us in a place of refuge and protection while we wait for the manifestation of the Word of God in our lives. Remember that the Bible says this:
Prov 23:7 (KJV)
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
The attitude of our heart is vitally important to walking in all the fullness of what God has promised. The last two days in our Bible Plan we read Psalms 149 & 150:
Ps 149:1-6 (KJV)
1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
Ps 150:1-6 (KJV) 1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
So DO it! Praise Him and keep on praising Him! He alone is worthy of ALL glory and honor and praise! In so doing, you will keep your heart in a right attitude for your faith to produce and you will not grow weary standing!
Shalom in Him!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
We've shown from the Word of God that it is God's will for us to be healed. We've also shown that our healing was provided for us at the cross. That Jesus was not only made sin with OUR sin, but also sick with OUR sickness and disease. By His stripes, we WERE healed. That's past tense. It's a done deal! Then we showed different ways to receive healing for our bodies. We talked about calling for the elders of the church to anoint us with oil. We talked about receiving healing with the remembrance of our covenant through communion. We saw in yesterday's post that health and life are found in His Word. Today I want to share the best way to receive healing for your physical body.
John 15:7 (KJV)
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
The Amplified bible says:
John 15:7 (Amplified)
7If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you.
The Word of God tells us here that when His Word "lives" in us, we speak and it is done! How do we get the Word to "live" in us? We covered that yesterday when we discussed meditating on the Word. When we spend time in and with the Word, the Holy Spirit, our teacher, will make the Word come "alive" to us! It will begin to "live" in us, and then we can be doers of John 15:7. But it does take time. How much time? As long as it takes! Are you willing to pay the price? Then you will be able to walk in divine health. Another Scripture we want to look at is this:
Mark 11:23 (KJV)
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
The Amplified Bible says:
Mark 11:23 (Amplified)
23Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him.
When we really believe that what WE say will happen, then it WILL happen! Remember that this is Jesus speaking here! When we have the same faith in our own words that Jesus does, then we WILL speak and it WILL happen! Of course faith in our own words will only come as His Word becomes our word! That happens through meditation! So get busy reminding yourself of these and any other healing Scriptures you can find. Get them inside and let the Holy Spirit make them real to you. Then begin to speak to your own mountains of sickness, disease, weakness, infimity, poverty, lack or any other work of darkness and expect them to MOVE! They HAVE to! Jesus says so!!!
Shalom in Him!
Monday, November 26, 2007
We haven't added to this blog for a while because of other pressing priorities. I hope that you have been going over all of the posts and that you have been meditating on the Scriptures we've already covered in order to get them "in" you! We're told in Joshua:
Joshua 1:8 (Amplified)
8This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success.
The word "meditate", remember, is the Greek word, hagah, which means: to murmur, to ponder, to imagine, to speak, to study, to talk, to utter and to muse. We are to continually think about the Word we've studied, to allow the Holy Spirit to paint pictures on the inside of us so that the Word becomes "real" to us! Remember, John tells us:
John 8:31-32 (KJV)
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
If we are continually meditating on the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, Who is our Teacher, will be able to bring understanding of the Word. We will begin to "know" the Word and the Word we "know" will set us free, and, if we "continue" in that Word, it will also keep us free! The word "continue" is the Greek word, meno, which means: to stay, to abide, to dwell, to remain. The word "know" is the Greek word, ginosko, which means: to learn to know, to come to know, to understand, to perceive, to become acquainted with. It is definitely a progressive, daily process! The more time that we spend in the Word of God, the more knowledge and understanding of that Word we will develop. That knowledge will set us free and will enable us to remain free!
A good gauge of whether or not the Word is real to you is your attitude toward hearing something you have already heard before. If you are excited to hear it again, chances are very good that you are understanding and obeying that Word. If you don't really want to see or hear it again, then chances are pretty good that you haven't really meditated on that Word until you know it so you can obey it. The Bible warns us about that:
2 Tim 4:2-42 (KJV)
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Don't allow your ears to "itch"! Hear the Word, love the Word, know the Word and obey the Word. His Word is:
Proverbs 4:20-22 (KJV)
20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.(KJV)
There you are, another way to receive healing from the Lord! Happy meditating!
Shalom in Him!
Monday, November 19, 2007
We want to look at another way that a believer in Jesus Christ can receive healing for their physical bodies. We will be looking at 1 Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 11:23-30 (KJV)
23For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
27Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
30For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
This is the Apostle Paul speaking. He says that what he is teaching came directly from Jesus! Paul was not there in the Upper Room to know what happened, Jesus Himself revealed to Paul what happened there! He took the bread and the cup and told the disciples what it represented, His shed blood and broken body! Then He said something that we need to be aware of and obedient to today. He said: "this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me." The phrase "do ye" is the Greek word, poieo, which means: to make or to do, to act rightly, to carry out, to execute, to perform, to celebrate, to keep, to institute. Jesus was saying to do this, and as many times or as often as you do it REMEMBER! What are we to remember? We are to remember, always, what He accomplished for us in His death, burial and resurrection! He went on to say that whenever we do this, we "shew the Lord's death till He come". The phrase "ye do shew" is the Greek word, katagello which means: to proclaim, to declare, to preach, to speak of and to teach. Every time we partake of what we call "communion", we are proclaiming and preaching what Jesus accomplished for us. See the earlier blog talking about Isaiah chapter 53 and Psalm 103 and 1 Peter 2:24. He dealt with our physical healing at the very same time that He provided for our eternal salvation from the kingdom of darkness! If we don't remember why we are taking part in "communion" then the Bible says here that we are taking it "unworthily". That is the Greek word, anaxios, which means irreverently. Irreverently means: lacking proper respect or seriousness. These verses tell us that not having proper respect or seriousness about what Jesus accomplished for us is why many believers are weak and sickly (feeble, diseased, weak and sick).
What we should realize from this teaching is that we can and should receive healing for our physical bodies EVERY TIME we partake of "communion" because we are reminding ourselves, again, of all that Jesus accomplished for us. He bought us back from death to life, from satan's dominion into the family of God. And AT THE SAME TIME, He bore our sicknesses, diseases, pains and physical weaknesses on His own body so that we could receive His divine health, wholeness, wellness and fitness. So the next time you partake of the elements of communion, (and you can and should partake often, in your own home and not just at church) REMEMBER His shed blood and broken body provided health and healing for you, and receive it as your own, the same way you received eternal salvation. It is your blood-bought, covenant right as a member of the Body of Christ!
Keep meditating, you'll be walking in divine health before you know it!
Shalom in Him!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
If you've been meditating on the health and healing Scriptures we've shared so far, then you are ready to learn about a couple of ways to receive healing. Remember now that we are speaking about healing for your physical body. We learned earlier on the blog that we are triune beings. We are spirit beings, who possess souls and live in physical bodies. Our spirits do not need healing and cannot be healed. John 3:3 says they "must be born again." Our souls (mind, emotions and will) do not NEED and cannot BE healed, they must be renewed with the Word of God. Romans 12:2 tells us to not be comformed to the world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. So it is our physical bodies only that require healing. We've seen through the Scriptures we've shared so far that it IS God's perfect will for us to be healed and whole. So how DO we receive healing? I'm glad you asked that! Let's look at one way that is found in the Epistle of James:
James 5:13-16 (KJV)
13Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
14Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
15And 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.
16Confess 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.
The word afflicted refers to tests, trials, troubles and hardships. Those who are in the midst of those things are instructed here to pray, to make supplication to God about their situation. A person who is glad and has a merry heart is instructed here to sing psalms or praises to God. Those who are "sick" (the Greek word: astheneo, which means to be feeble, diseased, sick or weak) are instructed to do something also. They are told "let him call for" (Greek: proskaleomai, which means to summon, call or invite) the elders of the church. They are to ask for the mature believers of their church, IF their church is one that believes and teaches what the Bible says about healing. Those elders will pray over them, anointing them with oil (as a point of contact and remembrance) in the Name of the Lord and the prayer of faith (confidence, trust and reliance in the Word of God) will save the sick. That word "save" is the Greek word: sozo, which means to save, deliver, heal, preserve, protect and make whole. The Lord is the One Who will raise them up and, at the same time, any current sins will be forgiven. The next verse tells us that the "effectual fervent" (Greek: energeo; active, efficient, effectual and operative) prayer of a righteous (a believer, one in right standing with God through the blood of Jesus) person has much power available! The Amplified Bible says this:
James 5:14-16 (Amplified)
13Is anyone among you afflicted (ill-treated, suffering evil)? He should pray. Is anyone glad at heart? He should sing praise [to God].
14Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord's name.
15And the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
16Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].
That tremendous power that is available is the same power Jesus operated in when He walked this earth and went about preaching, teaching and healing! That power is available for every beleiver to walk not just in healing, but in divine health, every day, and to minister that healing power to others to show forth the power of God!
Let's be about our Father's business, just like Jesus did. We'll talk more about how to walk in divine health in a future blog post. Until then, continue to meditate on all of the healing Scriptures we've covered. You can NEVER have enough of God's Word!
Shalom in Him!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
I want to share a couple more Scriptures on healing today:
Psalm 107:20 (KJV)
20He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
21Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
The Amplified Bible says:
Psalm 107:20-21 (Amplified)
20He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction.
21Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!
He (Jehovah!) sent His Word for the purpose of healing US and delivering US from any and all destruction! The Amplified Bible says "sends" and this is accurate. It is a present tense continuing action. God the Father sent His Word and His Word was, is and ever will be active and working on our behalf, IF we let that happen! Oh that all believers everywhere would continually praise Him for who He is and for ALL the GOOD things He has done for us! Hallelujah to the King of Kings forevermore!!!
Another Scripture I love to meditate on is this one:
John 10:10 (KJV)
10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
I absolutely LOVE the Amplified translation of this one:
John 10:10 (Amplified)
10The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
Our wonderful Heavenly Father wants us to have His life (Zoe!), which is total life with no death or lack involved in it! And He wants us to have SO much of it that it is in abundance, filled to the full and overflowing in our lives! That way it gets all over others to bless them, too. Then God is glorified and people WANT to know more about Him!
Here is another favorite health and healing verse:
3 John 2 (KJV)
2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth
The Amplified Bible says:
3 John 2 (Amplified)
2Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.
It is the Father's heart and desire that we would walk in prosperity in every area of our lives. Prosperity simply means being in control (in finances, our families and every area) and not being controlled by the world system. He wants us to prosper and to be well, to be in GOOD health! And we see that it will happen AS our souls prosper! Remember that our souls consist of our minds, our emotions and our wills. Those areas "prosper" when we meditate on God's Word until it becomes real to us and comes alive on the inside!
Continue to meditate on these and all the other healing Scriptures we've shared and you will be well on your way to walking in divine health and wholeness in every area!
Shalom in Him!!!
Monday, November 5, 2007
Are you ready for some more healing Scriptures? Do you want to know what Jesus REALLY thinks about healing? Here is the WORD on it:
Matthew 4:23 (KJV)
23And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Matthew 9:35 (KJV)
35And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom and curing all kinds of disease and every weakness and infirmity.
Luke 9:6 (KJV)
11And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
Acts 10:38 (KJV)
38How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
The word "healing" in this verse in Acts is the same Greek word, iaomai, which we find in 1 Peter 2:24, which means to cure, to heal, to make whole. The word "oppressed" is the Greek word, katadunasteuo, which means to exercise control over or to use one's power against. It is a compound word the root of which is the same as the word "power" in the first part of the verse, dunamai, which means to be able, to have power, to be capable, strong and powerful. Jesus was anointed by God with power to heal the sick and deliver them from the ability of the enemy to oppress them! The Amplified Bible says:
Acts 10:38 (Amplified)
38How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him.
Do you understand that the devil has the "power" to deceive us into believing something contrary to God's Word. That means he has the ability to LIE to us and IF we believe his lies rather than the Truth of God's Word, then we give him the ability to devour us:
1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)
8Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
So don't BE one he may devour. Continue to find out what God's Word has to say about health and healing and the devil WILL NOT be able to devour you anymore!
Shalom in Him!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
We want to look at some more verses today that talk about health and healing. We will look at Proverbs today:
Proverbs 4:20-23 (KJV)
20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
The words, "my son", is the Hebrew word, ben, which means: a member of a group, children or a people or nation. The word "attend" is the Hebrew word, quashab, which means: to prick up the ears, to listen, to hear, to give or pay attention to. Our Father wants us to pay attention to His Word. He says here to "incline" our ears, which is the Hebrew word, natah, which means: to stretch out, to bend, to extend, to turn to. We need to direct our attention to His Word. We are told to "let them not depart" from our eyes. That is the Hebrew word, luwz, which means: to turn aside or be lost from view. Then He says to "keep" the word in our hearts. That's the Hebrew word, shamar, which means: to guard, to protect, to take care of. Why? Because His words are life to those that find them and "health", Hebrew, marpe', which means: healing, a cure, a remedy, deliverance, to ALL their flesh. Whose flesh? The ones who find His Word, pay attention to His Word, guard and protect His Word, keep it alive in their hearts, believe it, receive it and obey it!
Be one of those who does this and you will find yourself walking in health more than ever before! He IS the God who heals us!
Shalom in Him!
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I want to share some more healing verses today. We've covered these verses earlier, but not specifically concerning healing:
Psalm 103:1-5 (KJV)
1Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's
We are told here to bless (express adoration to) the Lord (Yehovah, the eternal, self-existing One) with our soul and with all that is within us. Part of our blessing Him is to remember, to take account of and to thank Him for ALL His benefits. For every good thing He has provided for us. Some of those are listed here for us. He forgives all of our sin (when we confess that sin:1 John 1:9) and heals (Hebrew rapha': mend, cure, thoroughly make whole) ALL our diseases (Hebrew tachaluw': malady, sickness, disease). He reedems (buys back) our lives from destruction and crowns us with His lovingkindness (Hebrew checed:kindness, goodness, faithfulness) and tender mercies (Hebrew racham:compassion and tender love).
Our Lord wants us to be blessed in every area and He has provided for that blessing. This includes health, healing, wellness, fitness and wholeness in our physical bodies. We need to establish that truth firmly in our hearts and minds so that we will not be deceived about where sickness and disease ultimately originates from! The Amplified Bible is very clear on this:
Psalm 103:1-5 (Amplified)
1BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name!
2Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits--
3Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases,
4Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy;
5Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good so that your youth, renewed, is like the eagle's [strong, overcoming, soaring]!
Say this with me: "God wants me well! He wants me healed and whole!" Now believe that! Continue to meditate on the Scriptures we have already shared on this blog concerning healing and you will be in position to receive your healing from the Lord!
Shalom in Him!