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.

I Trust You

When He was reviled and insulted, He did not revile or offer insult in return; [when] He was abused and suffered, He made no threats [of vengeance]; but trusted [Himself and everything] to Him Who judges fairly. He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. (1 Peter 2:23-24, Amplified)

I read this scripture yesterday to a family member in need of healing. I usually only read verse 24, but this time I read the preceding verse as well. I stopped for a moment after reading the words “He… trusted Himself…to Him”.

I thought about Jesus being arrested. I thought about Jesus being scourged. I thought about Jesus being nailed to the cross. I thought about Jesus descending into hell in our place. And through it all He trusted Himself to His Father in heaven. Selah.

This world is full of good. This world is full of evil. In the midst of it all we can trust ourselves to Him. Jesus did not expect His heavenly Father to forsake Him, neither should we.

…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] (Hebrews 13:5, Amplified)

A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. (Psalm 91:7, Amplified)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never]. (Psalm 91:14, Amplified)

Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. (1 Peter 5:7, Amplified)

Cast your cares on Him. Trust yourself to Him. He cares for you and He will never forsake you.

Strength

…let the weak say, I am strong. (Joel 3:10, KJV)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9, KJV)

…be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him… (Ephesians 6:10, Amplified)

I remember a time when I was sitting in church and the person speaking to the congregation asked, “Who here feels weak?”

Without a moments hesitation my hand shot straight up along with just a handful of others in that congregation of hundreds or maybe even a thousand.

Was I feeling downtrodden? Was I feeling defeated? Was I under the pressures of life? No. I was just thinking compared to Him I am weak. Without Him, I can do nothing.

The Bible tells us that God is love in 1 John 4:18. It also says in 1 Corinthians 13:2 (Amplified) that without “…love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).”

Without Him I am weak and useless, but I am not without Him and I never will be. He said He would never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). So when I face those times of weakness, when I face those times of infirmity (which literally means want of strength), I have nothing to fear, His strength will be made perfect in me in those times.

The power of Christ (which literally means the Anointed One and His Anointing) will rest upon me in those times. That same burden-removing, yoke-destroying power that Jesus walked this earth with will be resting upon me. I would rather glory in those times I am most in want of strength, because that’s when I stop trying to do it in my own strength and His strength and His power are manifested in my life.

Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. (Hebrews 11:11, KJV)

Because of faith also Sarah herself received physical power to conceive a child, even when she was long past the age for it, because she considered [God] Who had give her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word. (Hebrews 11:11, Amplified)

Sarah came to the end of her own strength. By her faith in Him, God’s strength came upon her and produced what she had not been able to produce on her own. Nothing is impossible with God and thank God that He is with us! Emmanuel – God with us! (Matthew 1:23)

I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me. (Philippians 4:13, KJV)

…be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him… (Ephesians 6:10, Amplified)

I can do all things through His strength as I draw my strength from Him. I am empowered through my union with Him. What are you facing today? Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.

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.

Sitting with the King

And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:10-13, KJV)

But 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, Amplified)

While you were still separated in your heart from Him, while you were still lost in your deepest sins, He wanted to sit with you because He loves you.

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42, KJV)

And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. (John 6:3, KJV)

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. (John 8:2, KJV)

I tell the things which I have seen and learned at My Father’s side… (John 8:38, Amplified)

Even now, He wants to sit with you and fellowship with you and teach you. He wants you to learn at His side as He learned as His Father’s side.

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19, KJV)

But God – so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace…that you are saved… and He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (Ephesians 2:4-6, Amplified)

For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one, much more surely will those who receive [God’s] overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free gift of righteousness [putting them into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (Romans 5:17, Amplified)

Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, resting in the finished work of the cross. Ruling from the place of ultimate authority and you have been seated with Him in heavenly places. He wanted to sit with you from the beginning of time and He wants to sit with you for all of eternity. Selah.

Let Me Hear Your Voice

Do you remember a time when you were separated by a great distance from someone you loved? Your parents. Your spouse. Your child. Do you remember those phone calls you waited for. You picked up the phone and said, “It’s so good to hear your voice.”

We love to hear the voice of the ones we love. God loves you and He loves to hear your voice.

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. [So I went with him, and when we were climbing the rocky steps up the hillside, my beloved shepherd said to me] O my dove, [while you are here] in the seclusion of the clefts in the solid rock, in the sheltered and secret place of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. (Song of Solomon 2:13-14, Amplified)

He wants to see your face. He wants to hear your voice.

This morning I was up before my husband. By the time he woke up, I had discovered a problem that needed attending to. As he entered the room I was about to tell him and I had this thought, “I don’t want the first thing I say to him, the first thing he hears from me to be about some problem.”

As I sat with Daddy (God) this morning, there were things on my heart that needed attending to, but I just spent the morning telling Daddy thank You for loving me and telling Him how much I loved Him.

As I sat and let Him see my face and let Him hear my voice, I began to see His ‘face’ and hear His voice.

And the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. (Exodus 33:11, Amplified)

As I simply sat with God and talked to Him, I began to see answers to my questions, provision for my needs and I hadn’t even expressed them to Him. I was just letting Him tell me of His love for me as I was loving Him.

In the morning You hear my voice, O Lord; in the morning I prepare [a prayer, a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart]. (Psalm 5:3, Amplified)

…When you pray, say: Father… (Luke 11:2, NIV)

Let your Father hear your voice today.

Small Stuff

A few weeks ago I received a call from a family member. She was upset. She was a little frantic. She asked for prayer. Why? She had lost her husband’s very nice camera and was leaving for a trip with him the next morning.

She said she remembered using the camera the day before to take pictures of the wildflowers on their property. She said she remembers bringing the camera in and putting it in a ‘safe’ place. Sound familiar?

She had spent all morning searching the house and all her safe places, but still no camera.

I told her that I loved her and that if I knew where the camera was, I would tell her. Then I told her that God did know where the camera was and that He loves her more than I do.

I told her we were going to ask God to show her where the camera was and that was exactly what He was going to do. Ask anything in My Name and the Father will give it to you (Jn 16:23).

I also told her that God is love and to let His love drive all that fear out of her heart over this situation. Fear has a very loud voice that puts pressure on us. I told her God’s voice, Love’s voice, is a still small voice, and to hear it you must get quiet on the inside.

So we prayed and I told her to stop trying to find the camera, go finish her packing, and that when she heard that still, small voice in the form of a peaceful voice in her heart, to then follow it.

We hung up. She called me about 3 minutes later and said, “Guess what.” I said, “You found the camera.” She said, “I found the camera.”

After we got off the phone she headed out through the garage to her yard in order to move her sprinkler. As she walked through the garage she had a thought about a place she had been in the garage with the camera. She looked and there it was. It wasn’t in the house in a safe place. It was in the garage and she hadn’t even considered looking there. But her heavenly Father loves her. She asked for help and he helped her.

Today, I realized I had misplaced my favorite Bible highlighter. I began searching for it in all the places I keep it or use it regularly. I looked and looked. I began to get a little frustrated. Then I remembered what I had shared with my family member. So I asked Daddy God to help me find the highlighter. I stopped looking for it and headed into the kitchen to make breakfast. As I stepped into the kitchen I had this question cross my mind, “Did it accidentally get put in the kitchen drawer?”

I’ve never put it there before, but decided to check. There it was. I found it less than a minute after asking for His help.

So why did I tell you all this? Because this doesn’t happen every day? No, He’d like to help us this way every day.

I told you all of this, because it amazes me and blesses me that the King of the Universe, the Creator of all life and all things, God Almighty cares about helping one of His children find a camera or a highlighter. He cares about this, because He cares for us and He cares about the things we care about.

When I take note of these little ‘miracles’, it helps me to trust Him more and more with the big stuff. But in reality it’s all small stuff to Him. Nothing is impossible with God.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)