Prayer

I want to share something I read in a partner letter I recently received from Billy Brim Ministries. This passage is in reference to theologian Jonathan Edwards who stirred a revival in Northampton that was followed by the Great Awakening in the 1700’s.

The power that accompanied Edward’s preaching was not the result of his topic alone… Neither was the power the fruit of oratorical skill, for Edwards normally read his sermons. His preaching derived its power from his prayer life. He would spend whole days and weeks in prayer, and it was not unusual for him to spend 18 hours in prayer prior to preaching a single sermon. The result was a revival that not only transformed the moral and spiritual character of his own community, but also that of the entire nation. (Eddie L. Hyatt, 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, Strang Publications, Lake Mary, FL, pp. 114-115)

I read this and repented for not spending more time in prayer. I pray a lot already, but not like this. So I endeavored to pray more before my next meeting. What happened? We saw the power of God in our meeting.

When I repented for not spending more time in prayer I heard the Lord say, “I’ve been waiting for you.” He wasn’t mad. He wasn’t put out. He wasn’t frustrated. He was just waiting.

My prayer life to me isn’t about getting things done, or making things happen. It has been about having a relationship with God. So at first it seemed kind of foreign to me to spend more time in prayer for the purpose of receiving more power.

I’m never one to be shy about prayer. I enter boldly, humbly, gratefully every time, but this time my time of prayer seemed hard and I was finding it difficult to enter into His Presence.

Then He said to me, “Just relax.” So I did. I stopped trying to pray a prayer that would produce power and I began loving on God and letting Him love on me.

In my last post I mentioned that the people that I have seen operate most in the power of God were people of great love. And that’s still true. But what I neglected to mention was they are also people who spend much time in prayer. And I saw the connection. People who love much, pray much and people who pray much, love much.

I often tell the healing team that to minister healing you have to yield to His love and let Him love people through you. Remember Jesus was moved with compassion and He healed the sick.

While my prayer life has always been about my relationship with God, I saw it in a most beautiful and powerful way this time. Prayer is about spending much time with God letting Him love on you and you loving on Him, loving others through our prayers and then from that place of love stepping out into the world in the power of His love.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. (Ephesians 3:17-19, KJV)

Amen.

Sons of God

Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1 John 3:2, KJV)

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. (Romans 8:18-19, KJV)

There are times when we see mighty men and women of God operating in the gifts of God with signs and wonders following, and we try to imitate what they did in an effort to get the same results. But it’s not the methods that matter. It’s not necessarily the exact path they walked. It is more a matter of the heart. What was going on inside of them? What was going on behind the scenes that we did not see? It’s really not a step one, step two, step three. It is about a relationship with God.

In the two passages above you will find in both the same English word, sons. However, in the Greek they are actually two different words both translated as sons. In 1 John 3:2 the word translated sons is the Greek word teknon. This word indicates a child that is a son simply by birth.

In the second passage, Romans 8:19, it speaks of the ‘manifestions of the sons’ of God. This word sons is the Greek word huios. It is a son that is mature. A son that was not simply born to the Father, but now looks like and acts like his Father so much so, that he represents the Father accurately.

Jesus said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” Jesus was not just born of the Father, but He grew to become a Son that accurately demonstrated His Father’s nature.

Before the miracles we see Jesus ‘moved with compassion’. Jesus demonstrated His Father, Love (God is Love), and went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the enemy.

I have known many powerful men and women of God and I can tell you the one attribute I noticed the most about each one, was the great love that they possessed and demonstrated. Even in my own ministry, love has always proceeded the miracles.

All of creation is awaiting the manifestation of the sons of God. What will they look like? Like God Who is Love. The will look like Love in action!

A Love Story to Be Remembered

Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:24, KJV)

…when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified. (Matthew 27:26, KJV)

Scourged as described in the Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words:

The “scourge” was made of leather thongs, weighted with sharp pieces of bone or lead, which tore the flesh of both the back and the breast.

…with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5, KJV)

By His wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:24, Amplified)

…this is my body, which is broken for you… (1 Corinthians 11:24, KJV)

Selah.

This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. (1 Corinthians 11:25, KJV)

…one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. (John 19:34, KJV)

it is  not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. (Hebrews 10:4, KJV)

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (Hebrews 9:12, KJV)

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7, KJV)

His blood that was shed for you.

So many things to think about today – meetings, lunch plans, paying bills, carpools, but our Savior made a request that we remember one thing, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”

With all the things we have to think about, one thing that we cannot allow to be pushed to the back of our minds, only to be remembered once a week, once a month or even less, is the fact that He died for us. And in His death and resurrection He bore “the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for” us (Isaiah 53:5, Amplified).

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases… (Psalm 103:2-3, KJV)

…God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. (Romans 5:8, KJV)

His death and resurrection is a love story to be remembered.

The Spirit of Love

I had a few discussions over the last week concerning tithing and 401K plans. I just wanted to make sure that I was tithing correctly. One of the people I discussed it with, a pastor, mentioned not getting into fear about it. I stopped and thought about that for a moment. I searched my heart and found that there was no fear in my heart about making a mistake in tithing. However, I did find that because of my love for God I wanted to make sure I was doing things right by Him.

It reminded me of this scripture.

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (2 Corinthians 3:6; KJV)

I thought about the spirit behind God’s instruction on tithing. It is God’s Spirit that is breathed into His Words to us and He is love. When we become legalistic about doing things and get into fear about doing the things of God we miss the Spirit of God behind the instruction. And He is the life in the Words. God loves us and His commands to us are for our good because He loves us. His commands lead to life.

This scripture was part of my daily reading this morning and I believe it gives us an insight into His words and His love.

“Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. Get wisdom; develop good judgement. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.” (Proverbs 4:4-6, NLT)

Follow my commands and you will live. The spirit behind that instruction is one of love. It is not saying, “Follow my instructions or else I’ll take you out.” God is saying, “Follow My instructions because they lead to life. I love you and I want you to live an abundant life.”

Here is a good example of the letter of the law killing.

And He entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him. And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth. and he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill? But they held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And the Pharisees went forth, and straight way took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. (Mark 3:1-6, KJV)

Just a few verses before this account, Jesus had said, “The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath” (Mark 2:27, KJV). The Pharisees had become so legalistic about the command to rest on the sabbath, that they lost sight of the spirit behind it. “I love My creation man and I have created a day of rest for him.”

The Pharisees were upset that someone was healed on the day of rest because they considered that work and work was prohibited on the sabbath. They were so upset that it drove them to plot to kill the One Whom they believed was breaking all the rules. I guess they forgot about “Thou shalt not kill”. But Jesus being led by the Spirit of God, demonstrated the heart of God.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17, KJV)

For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world… (John 3:17, Amplified)

God is not trying to find a reason to judge, reject or condemn you. He has given us commands because He loves us and wants us to live abundant lives. Read and meditate about how much He loves you. Follow His commands, not because you are afraid not too, but because you realize He loves you.  Obey Him because you love Him.

If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. (John 14:15, KJV)

Hear the Spirit behind the command. It is the Spirit of Love.

Loving God

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:37-38, KJV)

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8, KJV)

Double minded, those with “divided interests” (James 4:8, Amplified).

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. (Matthew 15:8, KJV)

The sower sows the Word… the Word sown [in their hearts]… then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and  false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless. (Mark 4:14, 15, 19; Amplified)

Love the Lord your God with your all. One of the pastors at my church, Pastor Terri Pearsons, made a statement this Sunday that so struck me that it’s been on my mind and on my heart every since. It is something I  have lived by, but never could put in just the right words. She said something to this extent. When you love God it draws the Presence. When you love people it releases the Presence. Selah.

I teach classes on ministering healing to the sick. I follow the Holy Spirit in what I do and sometimes find it difficult to express in words what it is I’m doing. I often feel like people want a 1,2,3 checklist for ministering healing and I didn’t know how to give it to them in that form. I asked God about it and He gave me a 1,2,3 list.

  1. Believe the Love.
  2. Receive the Love.
  3. Release the Love.

As we love Him we receive His love. As we love others we release His love. His love never fails. When Jesus released this mighty force called love (when He was moved with compassion) the blind received their sight, the lepers were cleansed, the sick were healed and made whole, the oppressed were set free, the multitudes were fed miraculously, and the dead were raised. Love led Him to the cross to die for us, for you and for me.

This is not something we can be casual about. This interaction with Love takes time. Just like the love between a husband and a wife or a child and a parent can not be expressed and received in just a moment here and a moment there, but in quality interaction over time, so too is our interaction with God. It’s a relationship. Where we sit with Him on a daily basis with His Word in worship, in prayer, in silence. Our hearts turned to Him in love. Where He is loving us and we are loving Him.  Interacting with Love in those quiet times and throughout the day. Then taking that Love to a desperate world, a world full of hungry, desperate, dying people.

We love him, because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19, KJV)

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8, KJV)

That which you have freely received, freely give.

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this Thanksgiving Day I want to take a look at the account of the ten lepers that were healed in Luke 17 (KJV).

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priest. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.

Now, I’d like to take a moment and look at three Greek words here. The first is ‘katharizo’ which is translated as the English word ‘cleansed’ twice in this passage. It means to make clean or to cleanse, to purge or purify.

The second word is the Greek word ‘iaomai’ translated as the word ‘healed’. It means to cure, heal, make whole.

And finally one of my favorite Greek words, ‘sozo’ which is translated here as the word ‘whole’. Recently I listened to Billye Brim teach on the Hebrew word ‘shalom’ which means peace. The definition she gives for this word is “completeness, wholeness, nothing missing and nothing broken; the peace that comes from being whole.” She said that the same concept is carried over into the New Testament in the Greek word ‘sozo’.

So why use three different words in this passage. It says that these leper were cleansed.Then it says one saw that he was healed. Then it said that the one who returned to give thanks was made whole.

While the ten were cleansed and healed, only the one that returned to give thanks was made whole. He alone walked away with the peace the comes from having nothing missing and nothing broken in his life. He alone walked away not just cleansed and healed, but with the peace, the wholeness, that Jesus alone can give.

I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for my nation and those fighting for her freedom. I am thankful for so many things in my life today. But let us not forget to be thankful for the one that died for us all. Let us be thankful for all that Jesus is to us and has done for us, because nothing in this world can give us peace, wholeness, completeness, healing, salvation, deliverance, and love like He can and like He has!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son… that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16,17 KJV)

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Now thanks be to God for His Gift, [precious] beyond telling [His indescribable, inexpressible, free Gift]! (2 Corinthians 9:15, Amplified)

Healing Testimony

*****Update #2. Did not locate another video yet, but it may help you to read my post entitled HIV Healing @ https://highwayoflove.com/2010/07/26/hiv-healing/ *****

*****I recently tried to view the video below and found that it had been removed from Youtube. In the video Dwayne gave his testimony of being healed of HIV. I will try to locate another video with his testimony and post it. Sorry about that.*****

Check this out. I love Dwayne Wood’s song “God Still Heals” and today as I searched the internet for the lyrics, I found this video of Dwayne giving his testimony. I hadn’t known what he was healed of prior to today. God is so good! (He’s singing a different song on this video).