Endued with Power

And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luke 24:49, KJV)

But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you… (Acts 1:8, ASV)

Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matthew 20:26-28, NLT)

We have been empowered and through that power we have been enabled to serve. To serve God? No. He didn’t come to be served. We are His body in the earth. We are empowered and through that power we are enabled to serve others on His behalf, in His Name.

I like that if you continue to read in Matthew 20 after Jesus makes this statement, that the very next thing you see Him do is heal the blind men. He stops when He hears them and says to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He was empowered to serve these men and they were healed.

…God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38, NKJV)

Selah.

Known

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:34-35, KJV)

I’m known for many things. I’m known for being a little lady who likes little things. I’ve been lovingly teased about my tiny purses, tiny shoes, tiny notebooks, my tiny Bible and my new hobby of growing tiny Bonsai trees. Oh, and did I mention I have a tiny dog too.

I’m known for my curly hair and for always having a smile on my face.

I’m known for ministering God’s healing power to the sick through His Word and through prayer. Some even refer to me as the “healing lady”.

But the scripture above is what I want to be known for. He said that all would know that we are His disciples by our love for one another.

I endeavor to be known as one who loves like He loves. The legacy I want to leave is that I loved God and that I loved people. I want to be known by my love.

Father, teach me to love.

I love you.

He Sent His Word

A few scriptures about the Word of God…

He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction. (Psalm 107:20, KJV)

For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power… it is sharper than any two-edged sword… (Hebrews 4:12, Amplified)

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. (Isaiah 55:11, KJV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1, KJV)

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us… (John 1:14, KJV)

He sent His word and because He rode in a donkey; because He ate with sinners; because He grew up among them and they “knew” Him; because He healed on the Sabbath; many who had spent their lives looking for Him missed Him.

We find His promises to us today in His word. We pray and we believe. But sometimes we don’t receive because the answer comes in a package we didn’t expect. Maybe even in a package we don’t particularly like.

I’m reminded of a testimony given by a preacher who is known around the world. He shared about a time, in the midst of worldwide ministry, that he found himself in bondage to sin and unable to get free. God sent a plumber to pray for him and he was set free. Praise God he didn’t reject the Word of God sent to heal him by rejecting the package it came in. Selah.

Because I Love You

Recently I have been taking a stand against a minor ailment in my body. While the ailment has been minor, one of the effects has been major. I haven’t been able to sing  for two months. This is a major thing in my life.

I’ve been whispering my worship to God for two months now. Not fun. I haven’t been able to sing around the house which brings me great joy. And during my times of ministering to the sick, singing is often a very important part of the ministry. I have only attempted singing in ministry once in two months, and it was not pretty. Worked out okay, but not pretty.

I don’t particularly like singing for others, but when it comes up in my heart to sing during ministry, the results are always so precious. When I sing the songs He asks me to sing it feels like a blanket of His Presence, His love, and His healing power just wraps around the person being ministered to bringing them to a place of faith, hope and love!

So yesterday I was thinking about how this ailment is affecting my ability to minister to others and I finally thought to ask the Lord for wisdom. I’ve been standing for my healing, but I’d forgotten to ask for wisdom. I thought to myself, “I really need to get wisdom on this, because I need to be able to sing in my ministry to others.”

In just a moment, God dropped a thought into my heart that so blessed me. He said, “Even if you never minister to another person, even if you never sing another song, I still want you healed, because I love you.”

I teach this very concept to others in regards to His love and His healing. I always say, “He healed you because He loves you.” And here I was thinking about how important it was for my ministry. He was thinking about how important it was simply because He loves me.

I think about parents and their children. What parent thinks, “I want my child healed for what they can do for me” ? No, parents want their children healed simply because they love them.

He loves me. He loves you. He heals because He loves.

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised  for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, KJV)\

Healing was a work of the cross. And what was the motivation for the work of the cross?

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…

The same way we received another work of the cross, forgiveness of sins; it’s by faith that it might be by grace; believe in your heart and confess with your mouth; this same way we receive healing. Have faith in His love. Have faith in His word that by His stripes ye were healed (1 Peter 2:24). Declare His love and His healing and by faith receive the grace to be healed. Simply because He loves you.

HIV Healing

I know the title of this blog post may seem a little odd, but as I have monitored the hits on my blog for almost two years now, this is the search term that shows up almost daily. People looking for answers, looking for healing from a deadly disease. I’d like to address those people in need of healing, no matter what the disease, in today’s post and in future posts to come.

Let’s take a look at the Gospel (the Good News) found in the book of John chapter five beginning in verse two.

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever diseases he had.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked…

Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

This is one of the most beautiful accounts in the Bible. Why do I say that? Oh, just let me tell you what all is in this passage.

In verse two we are introduced to a Hebrew word Bethesda. Bethesda is made up of two Hebrew words bet, which means house, and hesda, which means mercy. The place where the sick came to be healed was at the house of mercy. This man was healed at the house of mercy. What is mercy for? It’s for when you didn’t do it all right. You made mistakes. You did some things maybe you shouldn’t have then mercy comes along to make it all right.

The Hebrew word hesda (mercy) comes from the root word hesed. What is hesed? God’s unfailing love. He has mercy on us, because He loves us. He wants to have mercy on you, because He loves you, no matter what you’ve done or haven’t done.

After the man is healed he runs into Jesus again. Jesus tells him at this time to sin no more, so that nothing worse comes on him. This man had sin in his life, but it didn’t stop him from getting healed. What is that? Mercy.

Jesus didn’t address the man’s sin until after he was healed. He then addresses it later. Why? Because He loves the man and he doesn’t want him to have anything worse to come upon Him. Was He saying, “I’ll make you worse if you mess up again”? NO, NO, NO, NO, NO! He was saying, “Sin has natural consequences and I don’t want that for you, because I love you.”

One part of the passage I didn’t share was where he was asked who healed him. The man didn’t know. He didn’t even know Jesus and he was healed. What’s that? That’s mercy. That’s God’s unfailing love at work.

Throughout the Gospel accounts men and women in need of healing came to Him and said, “Son of David have mercy on me.” Every person who uttered those words was healed. Their faith was not in their own faith, in their own abilities, or in their own works, their faith was in His mercy. Do you believe He is merciful?

O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. (Psalm 136:1, Amplified)

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV)

…He delights in mercy… (Micah 7:18, Amplified)

He is merciful and He always will be, because He is love (1 Jn 4:8) and He always will be. He delights in mercy. He’s not put out with you because He has to show His mercy to you yet again. He delights in showing mercy.

His mercies are new every morning. The mercy you need today was waiting for you when you woke up this morning. It’s a free gift. Just say, “Lord, have mercy on me and heal me.” Then rest in the fact that He is faithful. He has heard you. He loves you and He delights in showing you mercy. Be healed in Jesus’ Name.

My Only Hope

…but Hannah had no children. (1 Samuel 1:2, KJV)

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. (1 Samuel 1:10, KJV)

Hannah became pregnant and in due time bore a son and named him Samuel [heard of God]… (1 Samuel 1:20, Amplified)

After years of barrenness, God was Hannah’s only hope. Without God she had no hope. Without God she had no son. But with God all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).

And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stripped Joseph out of his coat… And they took him, and cast him into a pit… (Genesis 37:23-24, KJV)

…and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites… (Genesis 37:28, KJV)

And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison… But the LORD was with Joseph… (Genesis 39:20-21, KJV)

And Pharaoh said to Joseph… You shall have charge over my house, and all my people shall be governed according to your word… (Genesis 1:40-41, Amplified)

Joseph had a dream, but he ended up in prison. There would have been no hope of fulfilling his dream now. No hope for getting out of that prison. But God was with Him. God was Joseph’s only hope and Joseph went from prison to second in command of the nation of Egypt and fulfilled his dream.

And, behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. (Matthew 7:2-3, KJV)

He had an incurable disease. He had no hope until he saw Jesus. And with a touch and a word he was healed!

What impossible situation are you facing today? Let Him be your only hope and see the impossible become your reality!

[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations… (Romans 4:18, Amplified)

For in You, O Lord, do I hope… (Psalm 38:15, Amplified)

Always Ready to Love

And one of them struck the bond servant of the high priest and cut off his ear, the right one. But Jesus said, Permit them to go so far [as to seize Me]. And He touched the little (insignificant) ear and healed him. (Luke 22:50-51, Amplified)

So here’s the scene, Jesus and His disciples are surrounded by men with swords and clubs. They have come to arrest Him. For what? For doing good and healing all.

A mob had come. It was a riotous scene. It was a chaotic scene. In the midst of it all a bond servant’s ear is cut off. The bible calls it an insignificant ear.

Jesus is about to be arrested, but He stops for a moment and heals a man who is among those who have come to take Him away. And He heals this man of something that is referred to as insignificant.

But it wasn’t insignificant to Jesus. He didn’t care that it was someone among the mob that has come to lead Him to His death.

At this most crucial time in the Messiah’s life, He stops, He heals, He loves.