And behold, a leper came up to Him and, prostrating himself, worshiped Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cleanse me by curing me. And He reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed by being cured. And instantly his leprosy was cured and cleansed. (Matthew 8:2-3, Amplified)

Then Jesus called His disciples to Him and said, I have pity and sympathy and am deeply moved for the crowd, because they have been with Me now three days and they have nothing [at all left] to eat; and I am not willing to send them away hungry, lest they faint or become exhausted on the way. (Matthew 15:32, Amplified)

And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. (Luke 22:41-43, KJV)

Willing = wishing, longing, desiring (from Rick Renner’s Sparkling Gems from the Greek)

Jesus was willing and able to heal. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

He had compassion and was not willing to send the people away hungry. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

God was not willing that you or I should perish. He was not willing for that cup to pass from Jesus’ hand, because of you and me.

Jesus struggled under the pressure of what lay before Him… torture, crucifixion, death on that cross, separation from God. Not My will but Your’s be done. He was willing to do it for the Father and for the joy that was set before Him, you and me set free and born again. He’s the same yesterday, today and forever.

He is a willing God. Willing to love you. Willing to bless you. Willing to heal you. Willing to save you. Not willing that you should perish or come to destruction, but have everlasting life. He is willing.

And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and said unto him, I am willing… (Mark 1:41, KJV & Amplified)

Faith Works By Love

I have been ministering to people in need of healing for almost 12 years now. I’ve seen people at many different stages in their walk with God. Some who didn’t know Him yet, to those who had known Him all their lives. Some who simply knew His acts, and others that knew His ways.

The other day I made a statement that summed up the relationship of many of those who found it difficult to receive their healing. I said it concerning one person, and then realized how true it was for many. “She knew the law, but she didn’t know the love.”

Let’s take a look at two scriptures that will help us see the importance of this statement.

For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect; because the law worketh wrath; for where no law is, there is no transgression. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace… (Romans 4:14-16, KJV)

Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace… (Romans 4:16, Amplified)

For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Galatians 5:6, KJV)

In Romans 4 we are told that when we think we have to earn His promises by keeping the law, our “faith is made void”, the promise is “made of none effect”.

I have seen so many try to ‘earn’ their healing by being very legalistic. We could never earn our salvation. It was a free gift. We will never ‘earn’ healing. It too is a free gift.

In the Amplified Bible it said receiving God’s promise “depends entirely on faith… that it might be given as an act of grace.” In James 4:6 in the Amplified Bible we are told what grace is. It is the “power of the Holy Spirit”. Isn’t that how you were born again? With your heart you believed. With your mouth you confessed. And by the power of the Holy Spirit you became a new creation.

That’s how you receive healing. By faith so that it might be by grace.

Galatians 5:6 tells us that faith works by love. If we go after the things of God by becoming harsh and legalistic, our faith won’t work. And we won’t access the grace to receive the promise. But if we realize Our Heavenly Father loves us, and that out of that love He sent His Son to take our sins and take our sicknesses (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24, Psalm 103:3) we will trust Him, believe Him, rely on Him to heal us. That’s called faith and it will access the grace to be healed.

He Who Hears and Sees

I received a comment on the post from July 3rd from a friend of mine. She mentioned that when she read a particular phrase in the scriptures referenced in the blog that day, that it brought a smile to her face. It had done the same for me. Often as I am reading the scriptures I come across a word or a phrase that brings a smile to my face. Usually ends up in the next blog post 🙂

Why do I smile?

Usually the reason I smile, is because something I just read, told me something about my God that is precious, beautiful, lovely. Something that makes me smile when I think about God saying this or doing this.

Today the phrase that made me smile came from 2 Kings 20. King Hezekiah had just been told by the prophet Isaiah that he would die due to the illness he had contracted. It tells us in verse two, that when he heard this King Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, then prayed and cried unto God.

Before he even makes it out of the courtyard, Isaiah is told to return to the king and give him another message from God.

This is what the LORD, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears…” (2 Kings 2:6, NLT)

This brought a smile to my face. The King of the Universe turned His ear towards earth, looked and saw a man, praying and crying unto Him.

It goes on to say that the LORD said He would heal Hezekiah and add fifteen years to his life. Through the prophet He also gave the king’s servants some instruction on how to make an ointment for his ailment. God also said He would rescue and defend Hezekiah and the city from their enemies.

All very good news, but I like it so much when I come across a little something in the scriptures that paints a picture of God that puts a smile on my face and brings joy to my heart.

Why are you down in the dumps, dear soul? Why are you crying the blues? Fix my eyes on God – soon I’ll be praising again. He puts a smile on my face. He’s my God. (Psalm 42:5, The Message)

…In Your presence is fullness of joy… (Psalm 16:11, NKJV)

Rise, He Calleth Thee

And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David… And Jesus  stood still, and called them… So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. (Matthew 20:30, 32, 34; KJV)

…blind Bartimaeus… sat by the highway side begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me… And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee… And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith had made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. (Mark 10:46, 47, 49, 52; KJV)

As I read these two passages of scripture, two statements stood out to me, “Jesus stood still” and “rise He calleth thee”. I don’t know about you, but both those statements bless me. There were crowds every where Jesus went. There was all kinds of activity around Him. People pressing Him from all sides.

I’ve seen this before. When I used to accompany a healing minister to a federal prison hospital. He ministered to many and they received their healing. But when ministering in a prison, when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. As we would try to make our way out, the prisoners would press him from every side trying to touch him before he left. We literally had to press our way out of the meeting room.

So here is Jesus, crowds all around, and in the midst someone cried out to Him and He stopped at the sound of their cry. I think the key to what caused Him to stop is found in Mark 10:52, “thy faith had made thee whole”. He heard someone cry out to Him in faith and it stopped Him in His tracks.

Here was someone who trusted in Him to heal. He could do a mighty work here.

The second phrase “rise He calleth thee”. He called them out of the crowd. He called them to His side. The Healer heard their cry and called them to their Healer. And as they came to Him in faith, they were healed.

This is the Son of God. He hears. He calls. He heals. And He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Come unto me… (Matthew 11:28, KJV)

…for I am the LORD, your healer. (Exodus 15:26, ESV)

Earnestly Desire

But earnestly desire and zealously cultivate the greatest and best gifts and graces (the higher gifts and the choicest graces). And yet I will show you a still more excellent way [one that is better by far and the highest of them all — love]. (1 Corinthians 12:31, Amplified)

I think about this scripture often. I think about the gifts of the Spirit: the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, wonder-working faith, gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, tongues and interpretation. And I think a lot about love.

Now many of you are right there with me. Doing just what the scriptures tell us to do, earnestly desiring and zealously cultivating these gifts, these graces. Some on the other hand, may believe that these things have passed away. I can tell you from experience that these gifts are still alive and well, as can many others who have simply believed and obeyed God’s Word.

So, as this scripture has instructed, many of us have desired these gifts. But it says to do so earnestly. Let’s take a quick look at that word earnestly.

It means to burn with zeal, to be zealous in the pursuit of good, to desire earnestly, to pursue, to exert one’s self for one, to be zealously sought after (www.blueletterbible.org).

The other day as I read this scripture it struck me how to do what this passage says. How to pursue these gifts earnestly. And that is to desire them for no other reason, with no other motivation, but that of love.

I spend much of my week in hospitals and nursing homes. I teach classes where the sick come to be healed. I get calls from a friend of a friend who has a terminal disease who heard that I might be able to help them. I see and hear from a lot of sick and dying people and because of my overwhelming desire to see them healed, I have an overwhelming desire to operate in the gifts of the Spirit. I have no other motivation.

I don’t care to be seen or known. I care about seeing sick and dying people set free to the glory of God. And there are times that the only way that’s going to happen is by the operation of one or more of those gifts.

So it is His love in me for these people, His love alone, that drives me to my knees in prayer. It is His love that causes me to fast and pray. It is His love that causes me to study, search and meditate the scriptures earnestly looking for how to minister God and His healing power to these sick and dying people.

I truly believe that this is the only way, love is the only way, that we can ever really earnestly desire and zealously cultivate these gifts the way He intended.

For the love of Christ controls and urges and impels us… (2 Corinthians 5:14, Amplified)

Christ’s love has moved me to such extremes. His love has the first and last word in everything we do. (2 Corinthians 5:14, Message)

The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]. (James 5:16, Amplified)

The Heart

I had an interesting experience today as I ministered to a man who had just had heart surgery. As I visited him in the ICU he began to share some things with me that he had seen on the news that had upset him. As he spoke of these things I noticed on the monitor that his blood pressure began to rise. The monitor began to beep as his blood pressure rose. I shared some scriptures that brought him peace and as I shared the scriptures his blood pressure began to drop.

A few minutes later he began to relate to me another thing he had seen on t.v. that had upset him. Once again his blood pressure began to rise, but then he shared how the Lord had helped him deal with what he had seen. As he shared about the goodness of God, his blood pressure began to drop once again.

Right there in the ICU the Lord brought this scripture to my remembrance.

David said to Saul, Let no man’s heart fail because of this Philistine… (1 Samuel 17:32, Amplified)

David was speaking here of Goliath who had come out for forty days and had intimidated the armies of Israel with his threats and taunts. It says in verse eleven that “When Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid” (KJV).

The news today is full of words that could cause a person to be dismayed and greatly afraid. However, just like David, we don’t have to be afraid. Just like David our hearts don’t have to fail us and we can help others who find themselves dismayed and greatly afraid.

What did David know that gave him such confidence when others feared?

He knew he had a covenant with God and that God was on his side (1 Samuel 17:26, David refers to this ‘uncircumcised’ Philistine; circumcision was the sign of the covenant).

The name David means ‘Beloved’. He knew he was loved. Perfected love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). Also God’s covenant is based on hesed which is His unfailing love and David knew this (Psalm 23:6, Amplified – “Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life…”; the words unfailing love in that translation come from the Hebrew word hesed which was simply translated mercy in the King James).

He knew God. He had a relationship with Him from all his time of fellowship with God as he tended the sheep in the fields and from his love and knowledge of God’s Word.

I shared these things with that man in ICU and his blood pressure continued to drop as he heard these truths. I also shared these two scriptures with him.

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:7, KJV)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8, KJV)

We too have a covenant with God through Jesus (Hebrews 8:6). We too are loved of God (1 John 4:19). We too now have fellowship with him by His Spirit and His Word (1 John 1:3). We too can have confidence and fear not!

And one last scripture to keep in mind.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine… (Proverbs 17:22, KJV)

A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. (Proverbs 17:22, Amplified)


Under His Wings

A friend and I visited a few people in area hospitals today and during our visits she read this verse.

But unto you who revere and worshipfully fear My name shall the Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings and His beams, and you shall go forth and gambol like calves [released] from the stall and leap for joy. (Malachi 4:2; Amplified)

It stirred in me some things I previously taught in my Love and Healing class. I want to share some of the things I found concerning His wings!

He Who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely and in Him I [confidently] trust! For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge… (Psalm 91:1-4, Amplified)

When He is your God and has your trust, your respect, your obedience you will find a refuge under His wings and He will cover you.

This is what Jesus said to Jerusalem.

…how often I have desired and yearned to gather your children together [around me], as a hen [gathers] her young under her wings… (Luke 13:34, Amplified)

He desired and yearned to cover them and to protect them. But He goes on to say, “…but you would not.” It wasn’t that He didn’t want to gather, cover and protect them. It was that they did not receive Him as from the Father and in turn rejected Him. But there were some in His time that received Him as from the Father and trusted in Him. One of those people was the woman with the issue of blood.

And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. (Matthew 9:20-21, KJV)

And a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years and had spent all her living upon physicians, and could not be healed by anyone, Came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment, and immediately her flow of blood ceased. (Luke 8:43-44, Amplified)

An interesting note concerning the prayer shawl that Jewish men wore, their prayer closet. The corners of the prayer shawl are often called ‘wings’.

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings… (Malachi 4:2, KJV)

And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent around into all the surrounding country and brought to Him all who were sick And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole. (Matthew 14:35-36, KJV)

Malachi 4:2 tells us that it was for those who fear His name. In the post from March 5, 2009 I discuss the fear of the Lord. It is really quite beautiful and I recommend you read Malachi 4:2 in light of the insight found in the post from March 5th.

I remember the Lord saying this to me once about a woman that passed away. “I was her Savior but never her Lord.” He said it with what almost sounded like sadness in His voice. Just as Jesus spoke to Jerusalem about wanting to gather, cover and protect her children.

Fear Him (have an awe, respect, reverence for Him). Obey His commands knowing that His commands were inspired by His love and His desire for your well-being. Let Him gather you to Himself and find protection and healing in His wings.

He Who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]… He will cover you with His pinions… under His wings shall you trust and find refuge… Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him… with long life will I satisfy him… (Psalm 91:1, 4, 14, 16; Amplified)