Dealing with Deep Grief

This is the reality of deep grief. Even when you love God and believe in His promises. Even when you know without a doubt that some day you will see your loved one again. Even when you know hope is still there. Even when you know He is near.

It takes time.

It takes wading through an ocean of tears.

It takes finding a possession of your loved one you thought was lost and realizing God did that just to comfort you. It takes discovering one day that the sun still shines. It takes being caught off guard when you catch yourself smiling, only to realize it’s okay.

It takes prayer. It takes making the decision to stop asking for answers and start asking for perspective. It takes telling people to please not avoid saying her name — you want to hear it, over and over and over again.

Then one day you take off the blanket of deep grief. You fold it neatly and tuck it away. You no longer hate it or resist it. For underneath it, wondrous things have happened over time. Things that could only have come about when Divine Hope intersects with a broken world.

And finally you can see years stretching before you once again. You look up, blow a kiss, wipe a tear and find it’s still possible to dance.
Lysa TerKeurst

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Methods to Receive God’s Healing Power

God wants you whole. He has made many options available for you to receive His Healing Power.

PRIMARY WAY

The primary way a believer receives God’s healing power is through faith. God’s healing power is available to the believer through the grace of Jesus Christ. Grace is anything that Jesus atoned for a Calvary to provide for the believer [John 19:30, Romans 5:11]. Grace and truth is by Jesus Christ [John 1:17]. The scriptures states, “of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace [John 1:16].

A believer accesses the grace of Jesus Christ by faith [Romans 5:2]. The believer receives God’s healing power through confidence in the grace provided by Jesus Christ [Matthew 9:28].

Jesus bore my sins in his body on the tree. He bore my sickness [nosos/diseases]. He took my infirmities [astheneia], my weakness, my symptoms caused by disease. I being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, and with his stripes, I was healed at Calvary [1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:4, John 19:30]. Jesus Christ, was wounded [chalal] profaned, defiled, polluted, desecrated, for my transgression and rebellion. He was bruised [daka’], crushed, for my iniquities, perverseness, depravity, and guilt. He took my chastisement. My chastisement [muwcar], discipline, chastening, correction needful to obtain my peace and well-being was upon Him. This peace [shä·lome’] has given me completeness in number, soundness in body, welfare, health, safety, and prosperity. And with the stripes that wounded Him, I am healed and made whole [Isaiah 53:5, AMP, Acts 3:16].

But believers shouldn’t require a sign or wonder to believe in Jesus’ healing grace. Jesus got upset when people required signs and wonders to believe in his healing grace [John 4:48]. He praised people who received his healing grace by faith [Matthew 8:10, Luke 17:18-19, Matthew 9:27-30].

Too many believers can only be healed through the faith of someone else. They require “workers of miracles” or “gifts of healing” [1 Corinthians 12:29, 1 Corinthians 12:9]. They make excuses such as “I have no one to help me” or “someone gets down ahead of me” [John 5:6-7]. They are not Children of God who eat the healing bread of Jesus Christ off the Master’s Table [Matthew 15:26-27, 1 Corinthians 11:23-24, Galatians 3:26-29]. They need someone else to drop them some crumbs of grace under the Master’s Table [Mark 7:27-28].

Many persons are like Naaman in the Old Testament;

I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, wave his hand over the spot and cure me of my leprosy [2 Kings 5:11].

The prophet commanded Naaman to go wash seven times in the Jordon. Like Naaman, many believers will not do what they are commanded to do in the Word of God. We will not confess what God says about our situation. We will not believe God’s Word and confess God’s Word over our sickness or disease till we are healed. We get furious and walk away like Naaman. We can’t believe that simple obedience to God’s Word is all that is required. But listen to what Naaman’s servants said to him.

Sir, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, wouldn’t you have done it? So you should certainly obey him when he says simply to go and wash and be cured!” [2 Kings 5:13].

Let’s look at the difference between the woman with the issue of blood and Naaman. Jesus said to this woman your faith has healed you or made you whole [Mark 5:34, Luke 8:48]. Jesus didn’t say to this woman, my miraculous dispensational healing power has made you whole. Jesus didn’t say my “Gifts of the Spirit” has made you whole. But he said her faith, her confidence in his healing grace made her whole. We have to come to Jesus believing in his healing grace like this woman did in the fifth chapter of Mark. We have to believe that God is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. [Hebrews 11:6].

Humans have so much trouble just doing the simple things commanded by God. Believing and confessing God’s Word is a commanded thing [Romans 10:9-10]. Faith is a fight [2 Timothy 4:7]. We want someone else to fight the “good fight of faith” for us [1 Timothy 6:12]. We begin to do the right thing with God’s Word. We believe, we confess God’s Word, but then we quit. We just don’t do it long enough. We get discouraged, depressed, and quit too soon. If our symptoms come back, we get in doubt or unbelief and stop the fight of faith. We are not faithful. We are not fighting the “good fight of faith”.

When we have a revelation of God’s healing grace through Jesus Christ or a manifestation of healing through the gifts of the Spirit; we can’t retain what we receive because we do not have the word planted deeply in our hearts [Matthew 13:21, Luke 8:13]. The NLT reads, “But like young plants in such soil, their roots don’t go very deep” [Luke 8:13]. We do not have root in ourselves and only endure for awhile [Mark 4:17]. We have a superficial relationship with the Word of God. We are unwillingly or unable to open our mouth and use the “Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” [Ephesians 6:17].

Jesus Christ wants you whole spiritually, mentally, and physically [1 Corinthians 1:18, Luke 6:9-10, Mark 10:53, Luke 7:47-50, Luke 9:56]. Jesus Christ suffered a horrible death to provide the atonement, propitiation, reconciliation, ransom, Redemption for our sins. Jesus Christ was bruised, wounded, and the to chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed [Isaiah 53:5].

Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands” [Matthew 26:67, Matthew 27:28]. “So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him, by whose stripes you were healed” [John 19:1, Mark 15:15, 1 Peter 2:24]. For the preaching of the cross is to them them perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved [sōzō] it is the power of God [1 Corinthians 1:18].

God has made many options available for you to receive the finished work of Jesus Christ [John 19:30]. The believer is encouraged to use any biblical method to receive their healing [see BIBLICAL METHODS].


SECONDARY WAY

The secondary way is to receive God’s healing power through the faith of some other believer [Acts 19:11]. The other believer ministers the healing grace of Jesus Christ through God’s Word or the Gifts of the Spirit. The secondary way is an easier way to receive. The believer only has to be receptive to receive.

Gifts of the Spirit and special ministries are wonderful and valuable. The believers should take advantage and promote the Gifts of the Spirit and special ministries of healing and miracles when they are available to the believer [1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 1 Corinthians 12:27-31]. The spiritual gifts or charisma, are part of the grace or charis of Jesus Christ [1 Corinthians 12:1, Romans 12:6, ]. The Apostle Paul states, “But the free gift (charisma) is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace (charis) of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many [Romans 5:15].

However there are several disadvantages. The believer is dependent on another believer’s faith and special gifts. The Gifts of the Spirit and Special Ministries have to be available and in operation for the recipient to receive their healing [1 Corinthians 12:11].

But healing through faith or confidence in God’s Word is always available to the believer. But it requires the believer to use active faith not passive faith. The believer must ask and continue to “believe that you receive” [Mark 11:24], until the physical manifestation of the healing is received.


BIBLICAL METHODS

When ever a believer publishes and proclaims the Word of God, signs will follow to confirm God’s message. “They went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following” [Mark 16:20]. The scripture says, “the Lord working with them”. God works with the believer by providing confirming signs of His Word.

“God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will” [Hebrews 2:4]. “It is the one and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have” [1 Corinthians 12:11].

Paul told the church at Corinth that he didn’t want their faith to rest or stand on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. “My speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” [1 Corinthians 2:4-5]. “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” [1 Corinthians 4:20].


Laying on of Hands

“Laying on of Hands” is one of the routine methods that Jesus used to heal people. The scripture reads, “He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them” [Mark 6:5]. The scripture implies in Mark 6:5, that “laying on of hands” to heal the sick is not considered a might work [compare Luke 10:13, Matthew 11:23].

Jesus touched people to minister His Healing Power [Luke 4:40, Matthew 8:3, Matthew 8:15, Matthew 9:18, Matthew 9:29, Matthew 20:34, Mark 7:33, Luke 7:14, Luke 8:23, Luke 13:13, Luke 22:51, and Matthew 17:7]. People sought Jesus to come and “lay hands” on sick people or bless children [Matthew 9:18, Mark 5:23, Mark 7:32, Mark 8:22, Luke 18:15, Mark 10:13].

The recovery of the sick through the “Laying on of Hands” is one of the signs that will follow any believer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” [Mark 16:18]. The recovery of the sick through the “Laying on of Hands” is one of the signs that the Lord uses to work with the believer and confirm the Word of God. “And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following” [Mark 16:20].

The truth is, any believer who believes in Jesus may do the same works Jesus did. Jesus laid hands on the sick, any believer may lay hands on the sick. Jesus healed the sick, any believer may heal the sick. In fact, Jesus said we would do greater works than he did, because he was going to the Father [John 14:12].

Brother Ananias, “laid hands” on Paul for healing in Acts 9:17. Paul on the Island of Melita prayed and laid his hands on the father of Publius and healed him [Acts 28:8]. Paul also ministered healing to all that were sick on the island [Acts 28:9].


Anointing with Oil and The Prayer of Faith

In James 5:14-15, the sick believer is instructed to call for the Elders.

“Is anyone among you sick? 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. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven”.

This method requires the sick believer to call for the elders of the Church. It also requires the spiritual leadership of the church to have the ability to pray the “Prayer of Faith” [James 1:6 and James 5:15].

Anointing with oil is not a magical ritual. The oil is a point of contact with the power of God.

The disciples used this method in the area of healing and deliverance. “And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them” [Mark 6:13].

In the area of healing, the oil is symbolic of the power of God to remove burdens and destroy the yoke of the oppressor. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” [Isaiah 10:27]. The disciples used this method in the area of healing and deliverance. “And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them” [Mark 6:13].


The Anointing

God’s anointing is God’s special tangible power to get a job or task done. Anointing with oil is symbolic of God’s power and ability through the Holy Spirit to accomplish something. Priest [Exodus 28:41], Kings [1 Samuel 16:13], and Prophets [1 Kings 19:16] were anointed with oil to fulfill God’s call on their life.

Jesus the Son of God, is the Christ [Χριστος Christos]. Jesus was the “anointed one” or the Christ. Jesus was anointed with [δύναμις dynamis] to complete the work which the Father had given him to do [John 17:4, John 4:34]. The Greek word dunamis is translated in English as mighty work, strength, miracle, might, or virtue. Zodhiates in Lexical Aids to the New Testament, defines dunamis as “power, especially inherent power. All the words derived from the stem duna-have the basic meaning of being able, and capable.” Jesus was anointed with power to heal all sickness and disease [Matthew 4:23]. There has never been a claim made by any individual, group, or religion in history that they healed all sickness, disease, or infirmity. In the Gospels there are many scriptures that state that Jesus healed all [See Mass Healing].

Jesus was anointed with miracle working power [John 12:37, Miracles of Jesus Christ].

Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know [Acts 2:22].

People touched Jesus for a point of contact with the healing power of God [Matthew 14:36, Mark 3:10, Mark 6:55-66].

And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue [δύναμις dynamis] out of him, and healed them all [Luke 6:19].

Jesus was aware when someone put a demand on his healing power or healing virtue [Mark 5:30, luke 8:46]. The woman with the issue of blood was tenacious in making a point of contact with the anointing, “For she said, If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well” [Mark 5:27-30, Matthew 9:20-22, Luke 8:44].

Peter’s shadow was a point of contact for God’s healing power. “So that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them” [Acts 5:15]. Even the bones of the Prophet Elisha were a reservoir for the anointing. Elisha also used his staff as a point of contact [2 King 13:21, 2 Kings 4:32]. Both Elijah and Elisha used their bodies to raise the dead [2 Kings 4:34, 1 King 17:21].

Jesus quoted Isaiah 61:1-3, to announce his ministry to his home town of Nazareth;

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” [Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1-3].

  • The anointing is given to preach the gospel to the poor
  • The anointing is given to heal and restore people
  • The anointing is given to proclaim freedom to the captives
  • The anointing is given to open blind eyes
  • The anointing is given to set people free who are oppressed
  • The anointing is given to proclaim the time of the Lord’s favor

Jesus was anointed by the Holy Spirit to heal all that the were oppressed by the devil. We read in Acts 10:38 that, “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 [Acts 10:38]. We see that Jesus is the Healer and the devil is the oppressor. The devil uses sickness and disease to oppress people. But God’s anointing power destroys Satan’s oppression.

Jesus gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world and destroy the works of the devil [Galatians 1:4, 1 John 3:8]. In some cases demonic spirits may be responsible for some infirmities [Demonic Healings].If the believer doesn’t see a manifestation of healing after a period of time, then the believer must consider that demonic resistance and oppression is at work.

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? [Matthew 17:18-19, Mark 9:25].

In cases of demonic oppression that produces sickness or disease a believer must understand the authority given to us by Jesus Christ [see “Name of Jesus].

Reference:  http://stronginfaith.org/article.php?page=50

 

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Speak and Believe

Speak and Step Into God’s Supply

Speak and Step Into God's SupplyIt was a morning like any other morning. Michael, one of my congregation members, had just dropped his younger son off at kindergarten after planting a big kiss on the boy’s cheek, and was carefully maneuvering the rush-hour traffic on his way to work. The tarmac was packed with a teeming hive of motorists eager to get to their destinations. Michael was tuned in to his favourite radio station as usual, when he suddenly felt prompted to speak God’s favor and protection over his family. He recalled the sermon* I had preached the previous Sunday on speaking faith-filled, positive confessions, so he turned the radio off and began declaring aloud, “No weapon formed against us shall prosper. No evil shall come near our dwelling. We are blessed in our coming-in and going-out because God’s favor surrounds us as a shield!”

*Speak Out What You Believe In Christ, 17 October 2010

Right about that time, Michael’s wife, Mavis, was driving their older son, six-year-old Matthew, to school. He was seated beside her in the front passenger seat, quietly listening to one of my CD sermons. Suddenly, Mavis felt her body whip forward as the sickening sound of metal smashing into metal ripped through the air. A speeding car had hurtled into the rear of their vehicle with such great force that the car flipped over and spun uncontrollably on the busy road. With her world literally turned upside down, Mavis held on to just one name and screamed it over and over again­—“Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”

When the car finally stilled, they climbed gingerly out of its smashed remains—completely unharmed. Amid the wreckage and chaos of a terrible accident that involved two more vehicles, Mavis and little Matthew stood by the side of the road, enveloped in the peace of their Savior. They had literally walked away from a potentially fatal accident without so much as a scratch! The passers-by who had rushed to their aid were amazed that they were miraculously unhurt. With my preaching about the Lord’s grace still blasting from the overturned vehicle in the background, Mavis instinctively began to testify to concerned strangers about the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord.

Hallelujah, all glory to Jesus for His favor and protection over this family! Nothing could have prepared mother and child for those terrifying moments. And nothing could have been more powerful or timely in activating the Lord’s protection over the precious pair than the name of Jesus cried out in faith, as well as those powerful God-breathed words of protection spoken by Michael, who was in another part of the city and had no idea of what had just happened.

DON’T JUST BELIEVE GOD’S WORD, SPEAK IT!

I thank God that the precious lives of Mavis and Matthew were preserved. They could have been killed or seriously injured, but Jesus saved them. And I have no doubt that Michael’s Spirit-led speaking played a part in activating the Lord’s timely protection over his family.

My friend, I share this testimony with you to highlight the importance of speaking or declaring the blessings we already have in Christ. In my previous two articles, I talked about and showed how God is constantly supplying grace, health, protection, deliverance and whatever you need in life because of the finished work of Jesus. Here, I want to share with you how you can tap into the supply that is already available to you, so that you can experience these blessings in your life in a greater measure.

Over the years, as I have preached and taught on the subject of faith, the Lord has shown me that many believers are not experiencing the breakthroughs they want because they are not speaking out what they believe about the Word, but are speaking out what they see, feel and experience in their circumstances. For example, while many Christians believe that by Jesus’ stripes they are healed, they are not speaking in line with this truth. Often, they speak about their symptoms and what they feel—“This headache is killing me!” “I feel awful today. I just knew that I would catch this flu bug from my colleague.” Others just suffer in silence—literally. They don’t say anything—good or bad—because they have resigned themselves to their negative situation.

My friend, God doesn’t want you to suffer in silence or to put up with any sickness or lack. His will is for you to be healthy, prosperous and full of joy and peace. That’s why He gave you the power to change your circumstances, and that power lies in your mouth. As God’s child, you can speak positively into your negative situation and see it change for the better, just like how Michael and Mavis spoke in line with God’s promises and turned a potentially tragic accident into a glorious testimony of His goodness. So don’t just believe God’s promises, speak them out too!

Perhaps you are suffering a sickness that doctors say you have to be on long-term medication for and your heart’s desire is to be healed. Or maybe you have a debt that you need to pay off. These are needs that God has taken care of through Jesus’ perfect work at the cross. So instead of talking about how bad the situation is, start speaking life into your situation. Say, “Sickness, be plucked out by your roots and be gone from my body in Jesus’ name! By Jesus’ stripes I am healed!” Instead of worrying about your debt, say, “I call my debt supernaturally cancelled in Jesus’ name. My God supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory!” If you want to see good days, then keep your tongue from speaking unbelief, and release the power and life of the Lord through your mouth into your situation!

Now, I’m not talking about suppressing our feelings or pretending that sicknesses don’t exist. But God wants us to walk by faith and not by sight. Stating the obvious doesn’t change anything and will only make us more fearful. Speaking the good that we want to see, on the other hand, gives us hope, builds faith and changes things for the better as God’s power is released. In the creation account in the Book of Genesis, God created good things by speaking. For example, He said, “Light be”, and light was. (Genesis 1:3) God saw the darkness, but He called forth what He wanted to see. Similarly, if you want to start seeing good things happen in your life, start speaking and declaring the promises in God’s Word!

You see, to lay hold of all that God is freely supplying to you, to have Him save you from whatever you need saving from, you need to operate the way He does­­—open your mouth and speak what you believe about His Word. Romans 10:10 says that “with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”. Salvation from eternal death, destruction, sickness, poverty and depression comes when you say what God says about your situation.

My friend, if you want to see the power of God come into your circumstances, you need to realise that it’s not what the doctor, your friends or even your enemies say about you that matters. It’s what you say about your circumstances, your future and your life that matters. Life and death is in the power of your tongue, so say what the powerful, life-producing Word of God says about you, your future and your life!

USE YOUR AUTHORITY—SPEAK TO YOUR MOUNTAIN!

When we are faced with a huge problem, such as a chronic illness or heavy financial debt, our natural tendency is to talk about the problem or “mountain”. God, however, wants us to speak to the mountain and not about the mountain. So instead of complaining about your problem to others and even to God, speak to your mountain! Use your God-given authority in Christ and command the problem to go!

When Moses cried out to God because of the advancing Egyptian army­—the Israelites were about to be slaughtered—God said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.” (Exodus 14:15­–16) God was telling Moses to use His God-given authority, which the rod was a symbol of. That’s how Moses parted the Red Sea and made a way of escape for the Israelites when there was none.

My friend, are you bothered by a persistent or painful symptom in your body? Tell it to leave! You are simply reinforcing the victory and authority that Christ, by His finished work, has paid for you to have. So instead of allowing the symptom to control your life and begging God to do something about it, take charge and make it do what you want it to do! Say, “Symptom, be uprooted in Jesus’ name! You will no longer tell me what to do. I command you to leave this redeemed body and never return!” Say it and believe that what you say will come to pass, and it will!

Jesus Himself said, “…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.” (Mark 11:23) Notice how the word “says” appears three times whereas “believes” only appears once. Our Lord is telling us that while believing is important, speaking is even more important! So start speaking to your mountain!

“Pastor Prince, I’ve been speaking to my mountain, but it’s still there. What should I do?”

My friend, don’t give up. Be persistent. Let me share a personal testimony with you to encourage you. I used to have this rather huge mole on the left side of my neck. It was there for a number of years, but it didn’t really bother me until I started wearing shirts where the stiff collar would rub against it. So I finally decided to speak to this “mountain”. You could say that I was making a mountain out of a molehill!

I went to the mirror, looked at it and said, “I curse you to your roots in Jesus’ name. Wither, dry up and fall off!” Nothing happened. The next day, I looked in the mirror and it was still there. For the next few months, whenever I was conscious of the mole, I would just curse it—“I curse you to your roots. Wither, dry up and be removed in Jesus’ name.”

Then one day, as I was talking to my wife, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to look for the mole. I went to the mirror, looked at my neck and discovered that the mole was not there anymore! While it didn’t happen overnight, within a week or within a month, it eventually happened. And it happened because I finally decided to take authority over it and keep speaking to it. So don’t give up, my friend. Keep speaking to your mountain, believing that what you say will indeed happen. You may not see immediate or obvious changes, but keep at it. One day, you will realise that it isn’t there to bother you anymore!

SPEAKING ITSELF IS PUTTING ACTION TO YOUR FAITH

My friend, God has made it easy for you to receive your breakthrough. All you have to do is believe that His life is constantly available to you, speak what you believe about His Word and believe what you speak. There’s no need to put yourself through all kinds of “acts of faith” to receive the miracle you need. Speaking itself is putting action to your faith. In the new covenant, all that’s left for you to do is to believe and speak. All that’s needed is your confession made in faith. (Romans 10:6–10)

A case in point is a lady in my church who wanted to lose some weight. When one of my leaders met her and noticed that she had slimmed down, he asked her, “So what did you do? What kind of diet did you go on?” She replied, “No dieting, no exercising. I just spoke to my body—‘Body, you are slimming down.’” Every time she looked in the mirror, she would say, “I see you slim.” Isn’t that amazing? She only had to speak to see the result she wanted! (Now, if your doctor has prescribed you medication or a special diet or exercise regime, please adhere to it. Nevertheless, you can still release your faith by simply speaking to your body.)

So there’s no need to do a hundred other things and get all worn out. Just believe and speak. If you have a problem with your heart, say, “Heart, I call you strong and robust, every artery be clear and healthy in Jesus’ name!” Your whole being will respond to that. Not only that, because you are commanding in Jesus’ name, you are also speaking to the High Priest of your confession. He is listening and will bring to pass what you confess to Him in faith.

AMEN TO THAT!

Let me share with you a simple yet powerful secret about what you can say to see the blessings of God manifest in your life. Take the area of health and protection from diseases, for example. I have a key church leader who is in his fifties today and in the pink of health. He is one person I know who is just not worried about his health. Once, when we were eating together, he accidently dropped some food onto the floor. What he did next surprised me. He just picked up the food and popped it into his mouth like it was the most natural thing to do! Unlike most people I know who would be worried that that morsel of food was now contaminated, he wasn’t bothered about it harming his health in any way.

When I asked him what the key to his good health was, he said, “Pastor Prince, it’s very simple. I take two things VERY seriously in church on Sundays—the Holy Communion and the blessing you pronounce over the people at the end of each service.” For those of you not familiar with New Creation Church’s services, it is our practice to partake of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday. We have a powerful time of communion with the Lord as we remember and receive all that He has done for us at the cross. Also, at the end of each service, I pronounce the Aaronic blessing over the people before I dismiss them.

So this key leader in my church would receive wholeheartedly with an affirmative “Amen!” all that is declared during the Holy Communion and when I bless the congregation. For example, when the leader who is ministering the Holy Communion says, “By Jesus’ stripes you are healed. With long life, you will be satisfied. Your eyes will not grow dim nor will your natural force be abated,” he would say, “Amen!” which essentially means, “so be it in my life”. At the end of the service, when I stretch forth my hands and say, “The Lord bless you and keep you throughout this week. The Lord preserve you from sickness, from accidents and from all manner of evil. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace,” he would say, “Amen! Lord, I receive it!”

My friend, never underestimate the power of saying, “Amen!” when you hear blessings pronounced over you. Saying “Amen” to blessings spoken over you is speaking out your agreement with what has been pronounced and declaring by faith that they will come to pass in your life. So the next time you hear someone pronounce a blessing over you, especially in church when you are under a corporate anointing, say, “AMEN!” emphatically and expect to experience that blessing through this simple act of faith!

I just love to bless the people at the end of each service. It is such an honour and privilege to speak good things into the precious lives of God’s people. And you too can release the blessings of God into the lives of your loved ones by speaking God’s Word and His blessings over them. Every single week, around the world, Jewish fathers pronounce blessings over their children on the Sabbath. To his sons, a Jewish father would say, “May God make you as Ephraim and Manasseh­­—may you be most fruitful!” And to his daughters, he would say, “May God make you as Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah—the mothers of Israel, fruitful and blessed with the favor of God.” And then he would go on to bless all his children with the Aaronic blessing. Not surprisingly, many Jewish children grow up to become movers, shakers and winners in the fight of life.

So I encourage you to bless your children every night before they go to sleep or every morning before they leave for school (I love to bless my daughter Jessica every chance I get!) As a king-priest in Christ Jesus, your faith-filled words carry power that can build them up and cause them to walk in God’s protection, provision and prosperity. So before your teenager steps out of the house, say something encouraging like, “Son, you are blessed coming in and going out. No harm shall befall you. God will put you at the right place at the right time and His angels will watch over you. You will have favor with your friends and all whom you meet in Jesus’ name.” Your words of faith are powerful vehicles that carry God’s grace and mercy, and affect your children’s future positively!

START SPEAKING AND START SEEING GOOD

My friend, we can open our mouths today and speak the grace and power of God into our bodies, our situations and over loved ones because all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ, and through Him we can say “Amen” to every one of them. So are you ready to speak forth the blessings of God into your life? If you are not sure what to say, let me help you along:

If you need healing, you can say:

Sickness and pain, I command you in the name of Jesus to be plucked out by your roots and cast out of my body. By Jesus’ stripes I am healed. I will live and not die, and proclaim the goodness of God!

If you need provision, you can say:

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He took my poverty at the cross and gave me His prosperity. He supplies all my needs according to His riches in glory!

If you have children, you can speak this blessing over them:

The Lord bless you and the Lord keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and give you peace. No evil, no harm shall befall you and no weapon formed against you shall prosper. May you grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with man.

Beloved, as you begin to release your faith and speak in line with God’s promises, expect the mountains in your life to be removed. Expect to walk in divine health, prosperity and protection. In the days and weeks to come, I am confident that you and your loved ones will experience an increase of God’s favor, rest and fruitfulness! So keep believing and speaking. Good days are coming your way!

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Worship, Praise, and Thanksgiving

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Are you thankful?  Praise God and Worship Him to show Him your thankfulness.

Prayers of thanksgiving are prayers giving thanks, being grateful to God for all His blessings upon our lives. Just look around you, there is so much to be thankful for. We can thank the Lord using scripture or just in our own words.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT)

Even in times of trials and tribulation we should give thanks to God. I know that it’s difficult sometimes to thank God when we’re hurting but the Word tells us that what was meant for evil He will use for good.

As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result,…(Genesis 50:20 NAS)

So let’s give thanks to God today. Worship Him through prayer. Let Him know how much you love Him, and how much you appreciate everything He has done for you. Pray these scriptures and prayers out loud – remember there is power in our words.

Psalm 100 (NLT)
Shout with joy to the LORD, all the earth!
Worship the LORD with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the LORD is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the LORD is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Psalm 107:1 (NLT)
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 95:1-6 (NLT)
Come, let us sing to the LORD!
Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
For the LORD is a great God,
a great King above all gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the mightiest mountains.
The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
Come, let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before the LORD our maker,

1 Chronicles 29:11-13 (NLT)
Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O LORD, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!

Prayers of Thanksgiving

  1. Holy Father, I thank You for the blessings I receive every day. I thank You for everything You have done for me. Thank You for the beauty that surrounds me, thank You for Your provision, for my family and friends, for my health, but most of all, thank You for Your son, Jesus Christ.
  2. Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your son Jesus Christ to the cross to take away my sins, my diseases, my pain and my sorrow. Thank You Jesus for Your sacrifice. Thank You that You loved me enough to shed Your blood and die for me, and thank You for my salvation.
  3. Father, I come to You in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, entering into Your presence with thanksgiving and a worshipful heart. My soul will bless You for I know the reason behind my creation, and my heart desires to bring You pleasure. Praising You for Your mercy and goodness in my past, offering up to You the sacrifice of praise in my present, and thank You for what You are preparing for my future – it is the joy and purpose of my life. You have chosen me in this generation to show forth Your praise, expressing to all how You have called me out of my former darkness into a life filled with light. I know when I praise You I am given access to your very Presence. I know that heaven opens up to my life and supernaturally intervenes on my behalf. As I magnify You, my troubles are minimized; as I worship Your Name, help is on the way. I choose to praise You. I refuse to permit an unthankful heart to interfere with my inheritance. My mind will be filled with thoughts about how good You are. My emotions will release their joy. My body will express itself freely. You alone are God and worthy to be praised, and I will worship none other. Praise is going before me and dealing with every evil tactic and scheme of my enemies. Thank You that I am living under an open heaven, free to praise and worship the One who loves me with an everlasting love.
  4. Father, I thank You for every good and perfect gift that You have given to me in Jesus Christ. Thank You for your grace and the gift of salvation by faith. I thank You that Jesus Christ is in me, the Author and Finisher of faith. I have received the faith of God. I will not shrink back in fear, but I will grow in faith and confidence. I will walk by faith and not by sight. I know that faith pleases You. Nothing is impossible for those who choose to believe in You. I place my trust in You. I know that I will never be disappointed or put to shame for doing so. Thank You for the shield You have provided for my defense. Thank You for Your Word that builds my faith in You. I will walk and live by faith under an open heaven of Your possibilities.
  5. Lord, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to help me. The Spirit of God is falling into my situation with me; joining me as my Partner, collaborating with me in prayer; becoming a part of my team, and putting me on a right and stable path. I confess that the Holy Spirit is my companion. When I call out to Him in my moments of need, He quickly comes to my rescue. He opens my spiritual eyes and shows me what I cannot see for myself and opens my spiritual ears so that I may hear His voice, and He gives me the right words to say when I pray.
  6. Lord, thank you that I will stay focused on my calling and remain determined to do what you’ve called me to do. Your Spirit works mightily in me giving me all the power I need to resist every assault the enemy tries to bring against me. I boldly confess that I will not stop or give up until I have captured that for which Jesus Christ captured for me. I will successfully achieve all that You have called me to do, for I am determined that I will never stop until I have finished the task. Father, thank you for giving me the stamina and perseverance to get the job done. I can and will do exactly what You, Father, have asked me to do.

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Emotional Healing – Connect with Jesus – Receive What He took Stripes for You to Have

1 Peter 2:24

Isaiah 53

Acts 10:38

Jesus died not only for our eternal and physical healing but our emotional healing too.   He left us Peace.  He carried our grief and sorrow.  He took our bitterness, resentment, rejection, anger, hurt, oppression, unforgiveness, depression.

By His “stripes” (beatings; he took 39 of these) we are healed.  Stripes can cleanse the inner depths of the heart.

We are wounded by circumstances.  To enter into Peace, bless your circumstances.  Bless those who curse you.

THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN BLESSING.

Every time the Lord made anything, He blessed it.

When we have bad situations that take away our Peace, we can bless them:  Bad marriages, afflicted child, financial hardships, those who curse us.

LORD, BLESS THE CIRCUMSTANCE THAT BRINGS GRIEF AND SORROW TO MY HEART.  I BLESS IT.  I RECEIVE THE PEACE OF JESUS AND THE INHERITED BLESSING THAT IS COMING TO ME FROM BLESSING IT.  I BLESS THE PERSON WHO HAS WOUNDED ME.  I BLESS THE PERSONS WHO HAVE REJECTED ME.  THANK YOU, FATHER, FOR PEACE.  MY CHILDREN ARE BLESSED.  MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE BLESSED.  WHAT I BLESS, BLESSES ME.  WHAT I COMPLAIN ABOUT HARMS ME AND DOES NOT BLESS ME.   I AM FREE.  JESUS SETS THE CAPTIVE FREE.  JESUS CURES ME.  IF IT COMES BACK TO MY THOUGHTS, I JUST BLESS IT AGAIN.  BLESS YOU, IN JESUS NAME.  LORD, I BLESS YOU.  I AM BLESSED.  BLESS MY ENEMIES.  BLESS MY FINANCES.  THERE ARE BLESSINGS EVERY PLACE I LOOK.  THANK YOU, FATHER.  IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN.

Don’t miss Marilyn’s new teaching on the importance of God’s grace and peace in our lives.

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Living in the Shadow of His Wings

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Read 3 uplifting stories of living life under God’s faithful cover of protection.

The times we live in today seem rife with uncertainty, dangers, and fears. Yet, amid all the bad news you may hear, let your heart be strengthened by God’s promise of protection for you, His beloved child. He declares to you:

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 

(Psalm 91:5–6)

As you read the following stories of God’s protection for His people, know that as He did for the precious people in these stories, your heavenly Father is also watching over you and your loved ones today. Expect Him to hide you under His wings, be your refuge, and keep you safe.

When the Lord is your refuge, “surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (Psalm 91:3–4).

Let these stories show you how God is in the protection business today, and live with confidence that when it comes to your protection, He who watches over you neither slumbers not sleeps (see Psalm 121:4).

“All glory be to Jesus for His supernatural protection in the midst of this dangerous cyclone.”

October 12, 2014 was a day many living in Visakhapatam, India, would not soon forget. That day, Cyclone Hudhud, bringing with it winds of 127mph, hit this beautiful coastal city of Andhra Pradesh, leaving destruction and chaos in its wake.

As Nathan, along with the rest of the city, heard the news of the imminent arrival of Cyclone Hudhud—classified as a “very severe cyclonic storm” by the India Meteorological Department—he remembers how his heart plunged to the depths of his being.

Nathan and his family lived in an old house on the beachfront. How was it going to brave and withstand the merciless onslaught of the cyclone? It didn’t have a chance, unlike the newer and sturdier houses that lined the beachfront. Visions of his house destroyed to bits and blown away filled his mind.

As mass panic and frenzy gripped the city, Nathan chose not to give in to fear. At that moment, the Holy Spirit brought to memory Pastor Joseph Prince’s teaching about the power of the anointing oil. Quickly, Nathan found a bottle of anointing oil and applied the oil to all the doors and windows of his old house, an expression of his looking to Jesus’ finished work at the cross to keep his family, his house and all their possessions safe.

By the grace of God, Nathan and his family survived the cyclone. Amazingly, so did their house! All the doors and windows were still intact. Only one glass pane had shattered during the cyclone! Nothing else was lost in the cyclone. In contrast, the newer and sturdier houses that surrounded theirs were all destroyed, with parts washed away or strewn everywhere as debris.

As Nathan and his family gazed at the extensive destruction that characterized the aftermath of the cyclone, all they could do was to be grateful to the Lord Jesus for His protection and be on hand to help others ravaged by the storm.

“All glory be to Jesus for His supernatural protection in the midst of this dangerous cyclone,” a grateful Nathan wrote to say. “And thank you, Pastor Prince, for your teachings.”

“It then dawned on me that perhaps the driver of this car was an angel sent by God to protect me.”

While driving on the highway to Florida one day with her daughter, Stephanie found herself driving behind a big eighteen-wheeler truck.

As she was driving, she noticed a car trying to squeeze itself between her car and the massive vehicle. Annoyed at the insistence of the driver, she wondered, “Why are you trying to get in front of me? You have the whole left lane of the highway to yourself.”

Right then, Stephanie heard a voice inside her telling her to be quiet. The driver of the car seemed extremely adamant about driving between her car and the truck, so Stephanie decided to give way and allow the car to get in front of her.

Immediately after Stephanie let the car cut into her lane, a tire from the eighteen-wheeler exploded, sending scraps of rubber hurtling in her direction.

To her astonishment, the car continued to stay in front of her car, blocking and taking the greatest impact of the flying pieces of tire full on! Interestingly, the driver didn’t seem fazed by the blown tire bits that flew straight at his car—the car kept going at a steady, even pace without swerving. After all the tire pieces had ceased coming from the truck, the car returned to the left side of the road and drove off in a flash.

“It then dawned on me that perhaps the driver of this car was an angel sent by God,” Stephanie said. “I was so encouraged to know that God protects us in these days and times! I am so grateful for the much-needed message of grace.”

“I saw firsthand how the world could not harm my little grandson…He is now a walking testimony of the protection, power and love of God.”

Initial joy at hearing she would soon be a grandmother turned into cold fear when Koreen received news that her grandson, Joey, would be born three months premature.

Little Joey was born weighing 1lb 7oz. And when he was in the hospital for six months, he had to undergo three surgical procedures—harrowing ordeals for any preemie.

The family’s dreams of seeing their beautiful, healthy boy laugh, play, and grow up like other children were crushed when doctors told them that the baby’s survival rate was low. They were told that even if Joey survived, he would have significant development delays due to extreme prematurity. A sense of unbearable grief filled Koreen’s heart as she helplessly watched her grandson’s struggle for survival.

At the time of his hospitalization, medical staff asked Joey’s mother if she wanted a Bible verse to be placed above his incubator. Disheartened and at a complete loss, Joey’s mother gave them Psalm 91 as her scripture of choice. Little did Koreen or her daughter know how this psalm would reveal the miracle-working power of God in Joey’s life.

During his six months in hospital, Joey’s had a surgery on his heart and two more on his stomach. Amazingly, he fared so well during his surgeries that the doctor commented, “I don’t think he realizes that he is supposed to be sick.” Hope filled their family’s hearts as Joey continued to recover—and once more, Koreen found renewed strength to believe that God would continue to watch over and heal little Joey.

Koreen wrote to us to describe her story with her walking, talking—and growing—miracle from God: “My grandson is now six years old with no developmental delays. He is advanced in almost every area, not behind in any way or having delayed development in his mind, body, or spirit.”

After listening to Pastor Joseph Prince’s message about the power of Psalm 91, Koreen believes that God took her precious grandson into the secret place of the Most High, under His wings—an unshakable refuge where He kept Joey safe, and imparted His divine healing to this little boy’s body.

Bubbling over with thankfulness in her heart, Koreen declared at the end of her email: “I saw firsthand how the world could not harm my little grandson…He is now a walking testimony of the protection, power, and love of God.”

Live with confidence as you entrust your life and the lives of your loved ones to the protection, grace, and love of God today.

BY JOSEPH PRINCE

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Join Pastor Joseph Prince as he prays from the psalm of protection—Psalm 91—over the congregation. This video excerpt is from his sermon, The Promise Of Protection—Truths From Psalm 91.

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