Joel 2:23 The Latter Rain

I believe a part of the latter rain mentioned in Joel 2:23 is the gospel of pure GRACE being restored to the Body of Christ. The predominant teaching in most churches today is a “mixture” of GRACE (based on the finished work of Christ) and WORKS (based on the Old Covenant law).  However, the Bible clearly tells us that anyone who is under the law is cursed (Galatians 3:10); that no one is justified by the law (Galatians 3:11); the law is not of faith (Galatians 3:12); and that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). We are now dead to the law and married to Christ (Romans 7:4)

For by GRACE are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). There is absolutely no way anyone can be saved by their own merits. God gave the law to show man the futility of trying to earn his own salvation through keeping the law (works). We’re told that if you offend in one point of the law, then you are guilty of ALL the law (James 2:10). Paul states that the letter (law) kills (2 Corinthians 3:6); and the ten commandments, the only part of the law written on stone, are called the ministration of death (2 Corinthians 3:7)…. but, the Spirit gives life! We have whole movements trying to get the Ten Commandments back into our schools and work places, but they are part of the LAW and the strength of sin is the LAW (1 Corinthians 15:56). We should be trying to get John 3:16 back into our schools and work environments instead.

Jesus said in Mark 2, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; if he does, the wine will burst the skins, and the wine is lost and the bottles destroyed; but new wine is to be put in new (fresh) wineskins.” The “old wine” is the law (works) which Jesus came to fulfil (Mark 5:17) and the “new wine” is GRACE! He is telling us that you cannot mix GRACE and LAW!

If someone believes God will love them more, be more pleased with them, bless them more, or be more righteous in His eyes by praying a certain amount of time each day, reading a certain number of chapters in the Bible, or performing more good works, then they are believing in their own merits and what THEY can do and not in the GRACE of God. In other words, they have come back under the law.  The LAW says, You Shall….You Shall….You Shall.   Under GRACE God says, I Will….I Will….I Will.

Romans 3:20, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. ” We are justified by faith in Jesus Christ alone (Romans 3:22). “Therefore, it is of faith that it might be by GRACE……. (Romans 4:16).

We are saved by faith alone in Christ….He has become our righteousness, our holiness, our sanctification, and our redemption.  That is GRACE!

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The I AM Factor

When God instructed Moses that He had chosen him to be the one  to lead the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt, Moses responded, “When I tell them the God of their fathers has sent me, and they ask me what is His name, what shall I say unto them?” God told Moses, “I AM THAT I AM; you shall say unto them that I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13-14)

The Hebrew word for I AM is “hayah” and means: exist, to be, come to pass, remain. God was telling Moses that He has always been… is now… and will always be.  What He is telling us today is…. whatever you need Me to be…….I AM!  The name I AM is a memorial to ALL generations!

Jesus also referred to Himself as I AM and He  told His disciples on one occasion, “…he that has seen Me has seen the Father.”  (John 14:9).   The Greek word for AM is “eimi” and means: to be, to exist, to be present:      I AM the bread of life (John 6:35)  <>  I AM the light of the world (John 8:12) <>  I AM the door (John 10:9)  <>  I AM the good shepherd (John 10:11)  <>  I AM the resurrection and the life (John 11:25)  <>  I AM the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)  <>  I AM the vine (John 15:5)  <>  I AM Alpha and Omega, the first and last (Revelation 1:11; 22:13)  <>  I AM alive forevermore (Revelation 1:18). Hallelujah!

We are told in the Bible that we have been made in the image of God and in His likeness (Genesis 1:26).  God is a living, breathing, creative Spirit and  He creates by His words, i.e., “And God SAID….. and God SAID….. and God SAID”  (Genesis 1). We also know that whatever God says comes to pass.  Isaiah 55:11, “So is My word that goeth out of My mouth, It turneth not back unto Me empty, But hath done that which I desired, And prosperously effected that [for] which I sent it.” (Young’s Literal Translation)

Romans 4:17 tells us that God calls things that be not as though they were.  God made Abraham the father of many nations before Abraham even had his first child (Genesis 17:5).  In essence, whatever God wants to be He brings into existence by His words.

Since we were made in His likeness, then we too are living, breathing, creative spirits, and we create our environment and order our lives by the words we say.  “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he SAYS shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he SAYS (Mark 11:23).  <><><>  “ Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”  (Proverbs 18:21).  <><><> “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled(Proverbs 18:20).  We can also call things that be not as though they were….. this is acting like our Father!

The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering……”   The Greek word for profession is “homologia” and means: profession [confession] i.e. what one professes [confesses].

<> Confession is a statement of truth based on Scripture.

The greatest confession any of us will ever make is found in Romans 10:9, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”  Once we are born again, then we have the right and authority, based on the Word of God, to begin to confess WHO and WHAT we are in Christ Jesus.

We can begin to confess I AM!

I AM a child of God…..  (Romans 8:16) <><> I AM an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ…. (Romans 8:17)  <><> I AM a partaker of the Divine nature… (2 Peter 1:4)  <><> I AM free from the law of sin and death… (Romans 8:2)  <><> I AM healed… (1 Peter 2:24  <><> I AM the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus… (Romans 3:22 ) <><> I AM redeemed from the curse of the law… (Galatians 3:13)  <><> I AM strong in the Lord and in the power of His might…  (Ephesians 6:10) <><>  I AM seated with Christ in heavenly places… (Ephesians 2:6) <><>  I AM blessed in the city and blessed in the field… (Deuteronomy 28:3) <>  I AM prosperous… (Psalm 112:2)  <>  I AM at peace… (Philippians 4:7) <>  I AM crucified with Christ… (Galatians 2:20)

Luke 6:45 tells us, “…out of the abundance of your heart your mouth speaks.”  Whatever you say after “I AM” begins to frame and create your environment.  This works both positively and negatively, so it is vitally important that we speak only what the Word says about us…. who and what we are in Christ Jesus.

I AM what the Bible says I am!

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The Church In The End Times

The Bible teaches that everyone who has made Jesus the Lord of their life is part of His Body…the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27).  The Church is not a building with four walls…… it is the body of believers (Body of Christ), with Jesus as their Head, who are carrying out the Great Commission of preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to the whole world and establishing His Kingdom in the earth.

The Word tells us in Ephesians 5:25-27, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That he might present it to himself a GLORIOUS CHURCH, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be HOLY and WITHOUT BLEMISH.”

The word glorious means, ” Held in great esteem and of high repute; illustrious, honorable, splendid, and notable.” The word spot means, ” A fault or moral blemish.” Finally, the words without blemish mean, ” Faultless and unblameable.”

Ephesians 1:20-23 states, 20Which he wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, 21Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22And hath put all things under His feet, and gave HIM TO BE HEAD over all things to the CHURCH, 23Which is HIS BODY, the FULNESS of HIM that filleth all in all.

Lately, I’ve been seeing “prophecies” about the end times in which believers, i.e., the Church, are seen basically as weak and powerless….. “prophecies” which tend to instill FEAR and uncertainty as to what’s going to be happening in the last days (Fear is to have no place in the Body of Christ)….. “prophecies” that talk of “surviving”…… that describe believers  reacting like those who don’t know Christ as Lord and Savior and who have no HOPE in this world…. this is NOT how the Bible portrays us in these last days!

Jesus is not coming back for a Church that is broke, busted, and disgusted…. barely surviving and limping along!  NO!  He’s coming back for His Body, His Bride, which is operating as He did on the earth, in DOMINION and AUTHORITY….. full of GLORY…. without spot or wrinkle!  We are His disciples… we are His army….. we are HIS FULNESS….. ministering the Love of God and the Anointing to the whole world!

Below is a stunning vision given to American preacher Tommy Hicks (who was a major figure in the powerful 1954 Argentina Revival). (Emphasis mine)

It accurately describes the picture we are given in the Word of God of the end time Church.  I pray that, as you read this vision, you will allow the Holy Spirit to minister the Truth of God’s Word to your heart, and that you will begin to understand the place we, as the Body of Christ, are to take in these last days.



My message begins July 25, about 2:30 in the morning at Winnipeg,
Canada. I had hardly fallen asleep when the vision and the
revelation  that  God  gave  me came before me. The vision came three
times, exactly in detail, the morning of July 25, 1961. I was  so
stirred  and  so moved by the revelation that this has changed my
complete outlook upon the body of Christ, and upon  the  end-time

The greatest thing that the church of Jesus Christ has ever  been
given lies straight ahead.  It is so hard to help men and women to
realize  and  understand the thing that God is trying to give his
people in the end times.

I received a letter several weeks ago  from  one  of  our  native
evangelists  down  in  Africa,  down in Nairobi. This man and his
wife were on their way to Tanganyika. They could neither read nor
could  they  write,  but we had been supporting them for over two
years. As they entered into the  territory  of  Tanganyika,  they
came  across  a  small village. The entire village was evacuating
because of a plague that had hit the village. He came across
natives that were weeping, and he asked them what was wrong.

They  told  him of their mother and father who had suddenly died,
and they had been dead for three days. They had  to  leave.  They
were  afraid  to go in; they were leaving them in the cottage. He
turned and asked them where they were. They pointed  to  the  hut
and  he  asked  them  to go with him, but they refused. They were
afraid to go.

The native and his wife went to this little cottage  and  entered
in  where the man and woman had been dead for three days. He
simply stretched forth his hand  in  the  name  of  the  Lord  Jesus
Christ,  and  spoke the man's name and the woman's name and said,
"In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I  command  life  to  come
back  to  your bodies."  Instantaneously these two heathen people
who had never known Jesus Christ as their Savior sat up and
immediately began to praise God. The spirit and the power of God came
into the life of those people.

To us that may seem strange and a phenomenon, but that is the be-
ginning  of  these  end-time ministries. God is going to take the
do-nothings, the nobodies, the unheard-of, the no-accounts. He is
going  to  take every man and every woman and he is going to give
to them this outpouring of the Spirit of God.

In the book of Acts we read that  "In the last days,"  God  said,
"I  will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh." I wonder if we
realized what he meant when God said, "I will pour out my Spirit upon
all flesh." I do not think I fully realized nor  could  I
understand the fullness of it, and then I read from the book of Joel:
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord  your
God: for he hath given you the former  rain  moderately,  and  he
will cause to come down for you the rain, the  former  rain,  and
the latter  rain -" (Joel 2:23). It is not only going to  be  the
rain, the former rain and the latter rain, but  he  is  going  to
give  to  his  people  in these last days a double portion of the
power of God!

As the vision appeared to me  after  I  was  asleep,  I  suddenly
found  myself  in  a  great  high distance. Where I was, I do not
know. But I was looking down upon the earth. Suddenly  the  whole
earth  came  into  my  view.  Every  nation, every kindred, every
tongue came before my sight from the east and the west, the north
and  the south. I recognized every country and many cities that I
had been in, and I was almost in fear and trembling  as  I  beheld
the great sight before me: and at that moment when the world came
into view, it began to lightning and thunder.

As the lightning flashed over the face  of  the  earth,  my  eyes
went  downward and I was facing the north. Suddenly I beheld what
looked like a great giant, and as I stared and looked  at  it,  I
was  almost  bewildered  by  the sight. It was so gigantic and so
great. His feet seemed to reach to the north pole and his head to
the  south.  Its arms were stretched from sea to sea. I could not
even begin to understand whether this be a mountain or this be  a
giant, but as I watched, I suddenly beheld a great giant. I could
see his head was struggling for life. He wanted to live, but  his
body was covered with debris from head to foot, and at times this
great giant would move his body and act as though it  would  even
raise up at times. And when it did, thousands of little creatures
seemed to run away. Hideous creatures would run  away  from  this
giant, and when he would become calm, they would come back.

All  of a sudden this great giant lifted his hand towards heaven,
and then it lifted its other hand, and when it  did  these
creatures by the thousands seemed to flee away from this giant and go
into the darkness of the night.

Slowly this great giant began to rise and as he did, his head and
hands  went  into the clouds. As he rose to his feet he seemed to
have cleansed himself from the debris and  filth  that  was  upon
him,  and  he began to raise his hands into the heavens as though
praising the Lord, and as he raised his hands, they went even
unto the clouds.

Suddenly,  every cloud became silver, the most beautiful silver I
have ever known. As I watched this phenomenon it was so  great  I
could  not  even  begin to understand what it all meant. I was so
stirred as I watched it, and I cried unto the Lord  and  I  said,
"Oh  Lord,  what  is the meaning of this." and I felt as if I was
actually in the Spirit and I could feel the presence of the  Lord
even as I was asleep.

And  from  those clouds suddenly there came great drops of liquid
light raining down upon this mighty giant,  and  slowly,  slowly,
this  giant began to melt, began to sink itself in the very earth
itself, and as he melted,  his whole form seemed to  have  melted
upon  the  face  of  the earth, and this great rain began to come
down. Liquid drops of light began to flood the very earth  itself
and  as I watched this giant that seemed to melt, suddenly it be-
came millions of people over the face of the earth. As  I  beheld
the sight before me, people stood up all  over  the  world!  They
were lifting their hands and they were praising the Lord.

At that very moment there came a great  thunder  that  seemed  to
roar  from  the  heavens. I turned my eyes toward the heavens and
suddenly I saw a figure in white, in glistening white - the  most
glorious thing that I have ever seen in my entire life. I did not
see the face, but somehow I knew it was the  Lord  Jesus  Christ,
and  he stretched forth his hand, and as he did, he would stretch
it forth to one, and to  another,  and  to  another.  And  as  he
stretched  forth  his hand upon the nations and the people of the
world - men and women - as he pointed toward  them,  this  liquid
light seemed to flow from his hands into them, and a  mighty
anointing of God came upon them, and those people began to go forth
in the name of the Lord.

I  do not know how long I watched it. It seemed it went into days
and weeks and months. And I beheld this Christ as he continued to
stretch  forth his hand; but there was a tragedy. There were many
people as he stretched forth his hand that refused the  anointing
of God and the call of God. I saw men and women that I knew.
People that I felt would certainly receive the call of God.  But  as
he  stretched forth his hand toward this one and toward that one,
they simply bowed their head and began to back away. And each  of
those that seemed to bow down and back away, seemed  to  go  into
darkness. Blackness seemed to swallow them everywhere.

I  was  bewildered  as I watched it, but these people that he had
anointed, hundreds of thousands of people all over the world,  in
Africa,  England, Russia, China, America, all over the world, the
anointing of God was upon these people as they  went  forward  in
the  name  of  the  Lord.  I saw these men and women as they went
forth. They were ditch diggers, they were washerwomen, they  were
rich  men,  they  were poor men. I saw people who were bound with
paralysis and sickness and blindness and deafness.  As  the  Lord
stretched  forth  to give them this anointing, they became  well,
they became healed, and they went forth!

And this is the miracle of it - this is the glorious  miracle  of
it  - those people would stretch forth their hands exactly as the
Lord did, and it seemed as if there was this same liquid fire  in
their  hands. As they stretched forth their hands they said, "Ac-
cording to my word, be thou made whole."

As these people continued in this  mighty  end-time  ministry,  I
did  not  fully realize what it was, and I looked to the Lord and
said, "What is the meaning of this?" And he said, "This  is  that
which  I  will  do  in the last days. I will restore all that the
cankerworm, the palmerworm, the caterpiller - I will restore  all
that  they have destroyed. This, my people, in the end times will
go forth. As a mighty army shall they sweep over the face of  the

As  I was at this great height, I could behold the whole world. I
watched these people as they were going to and fro over the  face
of  the earth. Suddenly there was a man in Africa and in a moment
he was transported by the Spirit of God, and perhaps  he  was  in
Russia,  or China or America or some other place, and vice-versa.
All over the world these people went, and they came through fire,
and through pestilence, and through famine. Neither fire nor
persecution, nothing seemed to stop them.

Angry mobs came to them with swords and with guns. And  like
Jesus,  they  passed through the multitudes and they could not find
them, but they went forth in the name of the Lord, and everywhere
they stretched forth their hands, the sick were healed, the blind eyes were opened.
There was not a long prayer, and  after  I  had reviewed the vision
many times in my mind, and I thought about it many times, I realized
that I never saw a church, and I never saw or heard a denomination,
but these people were going in the  name of the Lord of Hosts. Hallelujah!

As  they  marched forth in everything they did as the ministry of
Christ in the end times, these people  were  ministering  to  the
multitudes  over  the  face of the earth. Tens of thousands, even
millions seemed to come to the Lord Jesus Christ as these  people
stood  forth  and  gave the message of the kingdom, of the coming
kingdom, in this last hour. It was so glorious, but it  seems  as
though there were those that rebelled, and they would become
angry and they tried to  attack  those  workers  that  were  giving
the message.

God is going to give the world a demonstration in this last  hour
as the world has never known. These men  and  women  are  of  all
walks  of life, degrees will mean nothing. I saw these workers as
they were going over the face of the earth. When one would
stumble  and  fall, another would come and pick him up. There were no
"big I" and "little you," but every mountain was brought low  and
every  valley  was  exalted, and they seemed to have one thing in
common - there was a divine love, a divine love  that  seemed  to
flow forth from these people as they worked together, and as they
lived together. It was the most glorious sight that I  have  ever
known.  Jesus  Christ was the theme of their life. They continued
and it seemed the days went by as I stood and beheld this  sight.
I  could  only  cry, and sometimes I laughed. It was so wonderful
as these people went throughout the  face  of  the  whole  earth,
bringing forth in this last end time.

As  I  watched from the very heaven itself, there were times when
great deluges of this liquid light seemed to fall upon great
congregations,  and  that congregation would lift up their hands and
seemingly praise God for hours and even days as the Spirit of God
came upon them. God said, "I will pour my Spirit upon all flesh,"
and that is exactly this thing. And to every man and every  woman
that  received this power, and the anointing of God, the miracles
of God, there was no ending to it.

We have talked about miracles. We have  talked  about  signs  and
wonders, but I could not help but weep as I read again this
morning, at 4 o'clock this morning the letter from our  native
workers.  This  is  only the evidence of the beginning for one man, a
"do-nothing, an unheard-of," who would go and stretch  forth  his
hand  and  say,  "In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I command
life to flow into your body." I dropped to my knees and began  to
pray  again,  and  I said, "Lord, I know that this time is coming

And  then again, as these people were going about the face of the
earth, a great persecution seemed to come from every angle.

Suddenly there was another great clap of thunder, that seemed  to
resound around the world, and I heard again the voice, the  voice
that  seemed to speak, "Now this is my people. This is my beloved
bride." And when the voice spoke, I looked upon the earth  and  I
could see the lakes and the mountains. The graves were opened and
people from all over the world, the saints of all ages, seemed to
be  rising.  And  as they rose from the grave, suddenly all these
people came from every direction. From the  east  and  the  west,
from the north and the south, and they seemed to be forming again
this gigantic body. As the dead in Christ  seemed  to  be  rising
first, I could hardly comprehend it. It was so marvelous. It was
so far beyond anything I could ever dream or think of.

But as this body suddenly began to form, and  take  shape  again,
it  took  shape  again in the form of this mighty giant, but this
time it was different. It was arrayed in the most beautiful
gorgeous  white.  Its  garments  were without spot or wrinkle as its
body began to form, and the people of all ages seemed to be
gathered  into  this body, and slowly, slowly, as it began to form up
into the very heavens, suddenly from the heavens above, the  Lord
Jesus  came,  and  became  the  head, and I heard another clap of
thunder that said, "This is my beloved  bride  for  whom  I  have
waited. She will  come forth even tried by fire. This is she that
I have loved from the beginning of time."

As I watched, my eyes suddenly turned to the  far  north,  and  I
saw  seemingly  destruction:  men and women in anguish and crying
out, and buildings in destruction. Then I heard again, the fourth
voice that said, "Now is My wrath being poured out upon the  face
of the earth." From the ends of the whole world, the wrath of God
seemed to be poured out and it seemed that there were great vials
of God's wrath being poured out upon the face of the earth. I can
remember  it  as  though  it  happened  a moment ago. I shook and
trembled as I beheld the awful sight of seeing  the  cities,  and
whole nations going down into destruction.

I  could  hear  the weeping and wailing. I could hear people
crying. They seemed to cry as they went into caves, but the caves in
the mountains opened up.

They  leaped  into  water,  but  the  water would not drown them.
There was nothing that could destroy them. They were  wanting  to
take their lives, but they could not.

Then  again  I  turned  my eyes to this glorious sight, this body
arrayed in beautiful white, shining garments. Slowly, slowly,  it
began  to  lift  from  the  earth, and as it did, I awoke. What a
sight I had beheld! I had seen the end-time ministries - the last
hour.  Again on July 27, at 2:30 in the morning, the same
revelation, the same vision came again exactly as it did before.

My life has been changed as I realized  that  we  are  living  in
that  end  time,  for all over the world God is anointing men and
women with this ministry. It will not be doctrine. It will not be
a  "churchianity".  It is going to be Jesus Christ. They will give
forth the word of the Lord, and are going to say, "I heard it  so
many  times  in  the  vision and according to my word it shall be
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Healing Is For Today

The power of God to heal has been a hotly debated subject for many years by well-meaning Christians on both sides of the issue. It’s only been in the last 50 years or so that healing has come to be accepted by a large number of believers and denominations as a fundamental truth in the Bible, and as a benefit of God’s mercy and grace available to everyone who makes Jesus the Lord of their life.  It is a right of every born-again child of God, a right bought and paid for by the precious Blood of Jesus!

The Old Testament book of Isaiah tells us, when Isaiah was prophesying about the death of Jesus, “Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows.” (Isaiah 53:4). Some argue that this scripture does not refer to our physical bodies. However, the Hebrew word for ‘griefs’ means: malady, sickness, and disease. The Hebrew word for ‘sorrows’ means: anguish, pain, and grief. So we see that Jesus not only bore the sins of the world, but He actually bore our physical diseases, sicknesses, and pains, as well so we wouldn’t have to. Isaiah goes on to say, “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). Glory to God! Jesus became a curse for us (Galatians 3:13), and that curse included sin, sickness and disease, poverty, and death, so that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).

In order for us to experience physical healing we must believe and accept it by faith. But first, we have to have assurance that healing is God’s will.  3 John 1:2 states, “Beloved, I wish (or pray) above all things that thou mayest prosper and BE IN HEALTH, even as thy soul prospers.” The Apostle John was speaking under Divine inspiration when he wrote those words. Throughout the Gospels, and the book of Acts, we see Jesus and His disciples constantly healing all those who came to them in faith. Matthew 4:23 tells us, “And Jesus went about all Galilee teaching in their synagogues and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and HEALING ALL SICKNESS AND ALL DISEASE AMONG THE PEOPLE.” When a leper came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean, Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I WILL; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed”. (Matthew 8:2-3).  Just as the Bible teaches that it is God’s will that ALL men be saved, we can be assured that it is also God’s WILL that ALL be healed.  God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).  God is LOVE and love desires the very best for people.

Many say, yes, but that was Jesus. He was the Son of God. Of course He could heal people.  Well, it was Jesus Himself who was speaking when He made the astounding statement in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you. He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do because I go to My Father.” What was one of the ‘works’ of Jesus mentioned over and over in the Bible? HEALING!

You see, Jesus did not operate as God here on the earth, but as a man anointed of God.  Philippians 2:7 tells us this about Jesus, “But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a Servant, and was made in the likeness of men.” That word “reputation” means, to make empty… a) of Christ, he laid aside equality with or the form of God. Jesus laid aside His Deity and became as we are.  I know there are some who will recoil at this truth, but if Jesus operated as God while here on earth, then why does the Bible tell us that “Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man“? If Jesus was omniscient He would not have had to grow in knowledge or wisdom. He could have just healed everyone He came into contact with, but we know that wasn’t the case.  No, Jesus operated as a man under the anointing of God, in order to show us how we can, and should, live.

The disciples, and the Church as a whole, were to be in the healing business. Jesus said so (Luke 9:1-2).  However, whenever Jesus came across a group of people who did not believe that He was anointed to heal, then healing was not manifested in their presence. This happened even in His home town, “And He could there do no mighty works, save that he laid His hands upon a few sick folk and healed them: And He marvelled because of their unbelief.” (Mark 6:5-6). There were a few who believed and they received their healing, but the others received nothing because they became offended and did not believe. Just as in that time, there are many Christians today who do not believe in Divine healing.

Some people say, healing was for the “early Church” and has passed away. First of all, there was no “early Church”. It was the same Church as today, only in its early years of formation. The Church has always been, and always will be, the body of believers that have put their trust and faith in Jesus Christ. Furthermore, God never changes. ” For I AM the Lord, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6). He is the same yesterday, today, and for ever! (Hebrews 13:8). Because God never changes, we can have full assurance that healing is His will for us today as it has always been from the foundation of the world.

In closing, I must address what I consider a “heresy”, and it is a shameful thing that even some in the Body of Christ believe. Many say that God uses sickness and disease to teach His children a lesson, or that it brings glory to God and draws them closer to Him.  If sickness brings glory to God and draws one closer to Him, then WHY IN THE WORLD do they go to a doctor or take medicine to GET  WELL?  They should just stay as sick as possible for as long as possible!  That kind of thinking is ignorance gone to seed and it is a stench in the nostrils of our Heavenly Father to talk like that! You are treading on thin ice when you say that God is using something that came from the devil. 1 John 3:8 states, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” Not once in the Bible do you ever see Jesus putting sickness or disease on someone. NO! He was always HEALING them. “…and (Jesus) healed ALL that were sick” (Matthew 8:16).  THAT was what brought, and still brings, glory to God…their healing!  Doesn’t sound like Jesus was passing out sickness and disease to me. Would you as a parent, if you had the power to do so, put a terrible disease on one of your children to “teach them something?” No. You would do everything in your power to keep them from suffering. Why would we ever think that God, Who loves us so much, would be any different? Get that “stinking thinking” out of your mind!

Jesus made it possible through His death on the Cross for all to be healed who will believe. He redeemed us from the curse which includes sickness, disease, and death. It is God’s will for us to walk in Divine health and enjoy the abundant life. Next time you are attacked with sickness, or some terrible disease, look up all the healing Scriptures you can find and meditate on them. Let the truth of God’s Word flood your mind and spirit. Begin to praise God for your healing before you see the manifestation of it. Believe the Word…SPEAK what the Word says about your healing, not what you are feeling! Claim your healing in Jesus’ Name! Walk in victory! To God be all the glory! Blessings!

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“In” Christ

As I was reading the Bible today, I saw something in Galatians 1:16 that the Holy Spirit prompted me to read over again, “To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen…..” It was that simple word “in”.  I thought, why didn’t Paul say, “to reveal His Son to me?” Of course, I had to go study it out using Strong’s Concordance and other reference materials. Like me, most people today would probably think such a common little word such as “in” would not be that important, but what I found opened up to me greater depths of understanding of  Scriptures containing this “mighty” little word.

The word “in” is the Greek word ἐν.  The same Greek word is also translated “by”, “with”, “among” “at”, “on”, “through”.  It is used 2800 times in the KJV of the New Testament in these various forms with “in” being used some 1,902 times.  According to Strong’s, the root word ἐν is a primary preposition denoting a (fixed) position (in place, time or state).  Thayer’s Lexicon greatly expands how this word is often used…, “of the person or thing on whom or on which some power is operative; of that in which something is manifest; with, among, in the presence of;  of the instrument or means by or with which anything is accomplished; of the state or condition in which anything is done or anyone exists and acts; of that in which any person or thing is inherently fixed, implanted, or with which it is intimately connected; of a person to whom another is wholly joined and to whose power and influence he is subject, so that the former may be likened to the place in which the latter lives and moves (so used in the writings of Paul and of John, particularly of intimate relationship with God or with Christ, and for the most part involving contextually the idea of power and blessing resulting from that union.”

There’s much more that could be added, but I think this clearly describes Paul’s reasoning for using this particular word in Galatians 1:16.  He saw that he was “in Christ”…. that he was intimately connected to Him, that Christ was the force moving and working in him to accomplish all he was called to do, that Jesus was being manifested through him to the world, and that, “in Christ”, Paul lived, and moved, and had his being (Acts 17:28).  We see this throughout Paul’s writings where he uses the words “in Christ”, “in Him”, “by Him”, “through Him”,  etc… (Galatians 2:4; Ephesians 2:13; Colossians 1:16; Romans 6:11).

Just a side note… Christ is not Jesus’ last name.  The Greek word “christos” means “anointed”.  Acts 10:38 tells us, “How 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.” Jesus was, and is, the Messiah…the anointed of God.  So, when Paul writes about us being “in Christ”, he’s referring to being in Jesus, the Anointed One and His anointing!

Like Paul, we too should see ourselves “in Christ”.  Once we confess Jesus as Lord, from that moment, we are intimately connected, implanted, and fixed in Him.  Jesus should be the influence on everything we think, say, and do.  As Paul said, “In Him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28).  The word “being” means “we are”.  So, we could read the passage this way, “In Him we live, and move and we are!” That’s why Christianity is not just another religion… IT’S A RELATIONSHIP… with the King of kings and Lord of lords.  You’ve probably heard someone say, “The only Jesus some people will ever see is the Jesus in you.” Well, that’s more true than we might imagine, therefore, our lives should be so intimately connected with Christ that His life is manifested in us and through us for the whole world to see, and that’s what Paul knew….that’s why he could confidently say, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace; to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen…..” (Galatians 1:15-16)

The Bible speaks in many places of there being a “rest” (resting place) in God, and tells us to labour ( to hasten, make haste;  to exert one’s self, endeavour, give diligence) to enter into that rest (Hebrews 4:11).  We see in Hebrews 4:3 that, “For we which have believed do enter into rest.”

According to Strong’s, the root word ἐν (in) also indicates a relation of rest between two other Greek words…  εἰς which means, into, unto, to, towards, for, among; and ἐκ which means, out of, from, by, away from. Looking at what Paul said, “To reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the heathen…..” I saw a spiritual process in action.  When a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, Jesus moves towards them spiritually and comes into their heart (εἰς)….. their spirit is reborn.  That person has then entered into the rest, or resting place, of God (ἐν)….. and as that person lives their life for Jesus, He flows out of and from that person to the world (ἐκ). In other words, Christ, the Anointed One and His anointing, is revealed in that person!  What an awesome God we serve!

I would encourage everyone to read through the writings of Paul and see how often He uses the words, in Christ, in Whom, through Him, by Him, etc….. I believe your understanding of the relationship we have with Jesus will be greatly increased and strengthened!


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Sin Consciousness

Sin Consciousness

There is something that affects many Christians and hinders them from developing a closer relationship with their Heavenly Father. In fact, it is one of the root causes for the lack of power in their lives and in the Church as a whole. I know because this one thing hindered my own Christian walk for a long time. This something is SIN CONSCIOUSNESS!

You may have heard someone say at one time or another, “I’m just an old sinner saved by grace.” Well, part of that is true. We are saved by grace. However, when a born-again believer says, “I’m just an old sinner”, it is in reality, an insult and a slap in the face of God and His work of grace. Romans 6:6-7 tell us, “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him (Christ), that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin; For he that is dead is freed from sin.” When Jesus died, He went to hell for us and triumphed over Satan and all his demons… He completely and utterly destroyed the power of sin, death, hell, and the grave. He marched out of hell as Lord of lords and King of kings!

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, everything He obtained for us becomes ours. Therefore, Paul tells us in Romans 5:11, 14. “Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. For sin SHALL NOT HAVE DOMINION OVER YOU; for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” According to Strong’s, the word reckon means  ‘to determine, purpose, decide’. It also means ‘to suppose, deem, judge’. What the Holy Spirit is telling us through Paul’s writing is that we are to purpose, deem, and judge that it is true…we are dead to sin. Since we are dead to sin we should not think of ourselves as unrighteous sinners any longer. We have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Let’s look a little further. Psalms 103:12 says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”  Think about it.  In Romans 10:17, Paul tells us that as part of the covenant God makes with us, “THEIR SINS AND INIQUITIES WILL I REMEMBER NO MORE.”  If God, our most Holy and Righteous Father, doesn’t even remember our sins when we confess them, then who are we to bring them up again? If we do, we are in essence telling God that we don’t believe His Word is true, and that Jesus’ sacrifice didn’t give us complete victory over sin. That is what the Bible calls blasphemy! There is no way we can ever develop the close, loving relationship with God that He desires if we don’t trust and believe what His Word says about us.

If we have a sin consciousness we will never be able to stand before God as His children with confidence and boldness. As a father myself, it hurt me if my children were timid and scared to talk with me or ask me for something because they might have done something wrong in the past….. and thought that I was still angry and upset with them. How much more does it grieve our Heavenly Father when we think and act the same way.  We have got to come to the place in our Christian walk where we believe, and KNOW, that our sins are forgiven and remembered no more. Hebrews 10:2 states, “That the worshippers (that’s us) once purged (from sin) SHOULD HAVE NO MORE CONSCIENCE OF SINS.” Can it be any plainer?  Once we settle this in our hearts we can do what Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us therefore COME BOLDLY UNTO THE THRONE OF GRACE, that we may obtain mercy and find grace in our time of need.”

One of my favorite chapters in the whole Bible is Romans 8. The first and second verses sum it all up, “There is therefore now NO CONDEMNATION to them in Christ Jesus….. for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus HAS MADE ME FREE from the law of sin and death.” We are not condemned, but that is exactly what the enemy tries to make us think.

I know from personal experience.  Growing up in a certain denomination, all I ever heard preached was sin this and sin that….it seemed like I was at the altar every other week bawling like a baby because I felt condemned and unworthy…how could God love someone like me?  There was no change or growth in my Christian walk. Thankfully, I began to hear teaching about the love of God and how we are the very righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and the Holy Spirit began a marvelous work in me.  My mind became renewed to the Word of God and that “sin consciousness” that had bound me for years was broken by the power of God.

Next time the enemy tries to tell you that you are unworthy, that you are a no good sinner, and that God can’t love you because of what you’ve done, get in his face and boldly declare, “WHO SAID?  Jesus is my Lord and Savior.  I have been made the Righteousness of Almighty God, Creator of Heaven and earth, and He doesn’t remember my sins, so who are you to try and tell me differently.”   And he will flee just as James 4:7 tells us, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Besides, the devil is a liar and the father of lies… he can’t tell the truth because there’s no truth in him (John 8:44), so if he’s telling you that you aren’t worthy, then guess what…the opposite has to be true!  Blessings!

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Faith Revealed

I have been listening to a series of messages by Keith Moore.  In one of his teachings today,  I saw something new in a parable Jesus taught His disciples and wanted to share it.  I am grateful to Brother Moore for his insight, and to the Holy Spirit for new revelation regarding this story.

The word “kingdom” is made up of two words… “king” which is;  A sovereign; a prince; a ruler….and “dom” which denotes a jurisdiction.  We see it in the word “domain” which means; Dominion; empire; territory governed, or under the government of a sovereign. A king, therefore, is one who rules over a certain jurisdiction.  It would necessarily follow that, if a king has dominion over a certain realm, then his will would most certainly be manifested in that realm.  So, we could describe the Kingdom of God as the realm in which God rules and has dominion, and where His will is being manifested.

We know from the Scriptures that without Faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and the will of God is that His children live by Faith (Hebrews 10:38).  Therefore, in order to operate in the Kingdom of God, and to have the Kingdom manifest through us, Faith is required.

The parable Jesus taught that I want to look at is found in Matthew 20:1-16.  It is the parable of the owner of a vineyard who hired laborers for his vineyard at different times of the day.  The first group of laborers were hired early in the morning.  Verse 2 tells us, “And when he had agreed with the laborers for a penny a day…” Now, don’t let the word “penny” throw you off.  We don’t consider our penny today to be worth much, but according to Strong’s Concordance, the penny mentioned here was the principal silver coin (denarius) of the Roman empire. From the parable of the laborers in the vineyard, it would seem that a denarius was then the ordinary pay for a day’s wages.  The wording of this verse indicates that the owner of the vineyard and these laborers negotiated and finally agreed on a wage they would be paid, in other words, they had a contract…..remember this as it will be important later on.

The parable goes on to say that the vineyard owner went on to hire other workers at the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and even 11th hour of the day (vs. 3-7).  However, the story does not mention any negotiation of wages, or what they would be paid.  The only thing they were told by the owner was, “Whatsoever is right, I will give you.”

At the end of the day the owner told his foreman, “Call the laborers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.” So the men who were hired last, at the 11th hour, were paid first, and we are told they received a FULL DAY’S PAY for working only one hour.  I can only imagine how surprised these men were!  I’m sure most of us would be very happy to work one hour a day and receive a full day’s pay as well!  The parable doesn’t mention what the men who were hired at the 3rd, 6th, and 9th hours received, but based on what the men who were hired last were paid, we can rightly assume they received a full day’s pay as well…even though they too did not work all day.

Finally, when the men who were hired first, very early in the morning, came to receive their pay, the Bible tells us in Verse 10, “… they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny.” These men began to murmur against the owner saying, “These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.” I wonder how many of us, if we were in the same position, would feel the same way?   Too many people today feel like they are owed something.  Instead of being grateful, they become offended when they think they should receive something they aren’t necessarily entitled to receive.  The thing to remember, which I said would be important, is that these men had negotiated to work a certain length of time for an agreed upon wage….a contract!  Did they have any right to assume they would be paid more than those hired after them?  NO…they had agreed to the wage they were to be paid.  The vineyard owner answered one of the men, He replied to the one speaking for the rest, “Friend, I haven’t been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn’t we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?(The Message Translation)

Now, I have read this parable numerous times, but what I saw new today was that…. the men who were hired at the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 11th hours went out to labor BY FAITH! Remember, the first ones hired had a contract.  They were guaranteed they were going to get paid a certain wage for their labor.  There was no faith involved in their going out to work.  If the owner had not paid them according to their contract, then they would have had some recourse in the law system of the day.…. today it would be called a lawsuit.

However, the men hired later in the day were only told, Whatsoever is right, I will give you.” These men had no guarantee they would be paid at all!  If the owner decided not to pay them, there would be nothing they could do…they had no contract backing them up.  How many of us today would be willing to do what these men did?  Now, we can infer that these men may have known the kind of man the owner was…the Bible says he was a good (generous) man…or had heard something about his reputation, because they obviously had some faith that they would receive something in return for their labor.  The main point I want to make here is, these men acted by faith and THEIR FAITH WAS REWARDED!  The owner was not rewarding labor, he was rewarding faith.

In the first verse of Chapter 20, Jesus said, “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire laborers into his vineyard.” In the parable, the owner of the vineyard represents God, who needs laborers to go out and work his vineyard (the world) to help advance the Kingdom of Heaven.  It’s sad to say, but there are those who are “working for God” today who believe God is obligated to pay them a wage just because of the work they are doing….the more work they do, the more money they think they should receive.  If God called them to do something extra for the Kingdom, the first thing they would think is, “Am I going to get paid for this?” Only if there is a guarantee of reward will they go do what the Master calls them to do.  There is no faith involved in this kind of thinking!

However, what pleases the Father, and what He rewards is FAITH.  Faith is the great equalizer.  People who love God, who have faith that He will take care of them, will not hesitate to go, to move, and to do what the Father calls them to do for His Kingdom.  As we see in this parable, it’s not how much work one does…what matters is if the work that is done is done in faith.  God will honor those that honor Him (1 Samuel 2:30), and one of the greatest ways we can honor Him is by believing that what He has promised, He is faithful to perform.

As 2 Corinthians 9:8 states, “And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation].” (AMP)   This is one reward we receive from our Father when we please Him by stepping out in faith!

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