How God Miraculously Provides

God is so faithful! As scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame (Romans 10:11, NIV). Do you have a need? Rest assured that nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37, NLT).  Let’s examine three (3) supernatural means that God utilizes to provide for us during challenging times. 

God shows up to provide for His people. In fact, He often utilizes a wealth transfer, a miraculous transformation or multiplication

In my own life, there have been many, many instances of God using a wealth transfer to meet my needs.  How many times have you cried out to God for assistance and miraculously someone called, showed up or gave you exactly what you prayed for! 

A WEALTH TRANSFER – One of God’s primary means of providing for us is through a wealth transfer. If you recall, when the Nation of Israel was released from slavery, God instructed them to ask their Egyptian neighbors for clothes and gold. God does not allow his children to leave empty-handed. 

Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they had asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. – Exodus 12:35-36, NKJV

A TRANSFORMATION – A second means that God uses to provide is through transformation. During the wedding at Cana, Jesus turned water into wine.  

The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” 

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”
But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” 

When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. 

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” John 2:3-10, NLT

THROUGH MULTIPLICATION – Finally, God often provides through multiplication. Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed over 5,000 people! 

“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves. When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” – John 6:10-14, NLT

What is our part? How can we have faith that His provision is ours? 

1)    If we’ve repented of our sins and given our lives to Jesus, we are children of God, heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17, NIV). 

2)    Jesus told us, “You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it so that the Son can bring glory to the Father (John 14:13, NLT). 

3)    When we have not broken fellowship with God through unconfessed sin, we come boldly before the throne of God to seek help. Even in the presence of sin, God’s mercy endures forever (Psalm 136:1, EHV). We must never feel condemned; instead, we run to God, trusting in His love and compassion for forgiveness and deliverance.  

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9, NIV 

God responds to us just as Boaz responded to Ruth’s request that he provide for her by exercising his rights as her family redeemer. Her mother in law was confident of Boaz’s integrity as she assured Ruth. 

Naomi replied, “Just be patient and don’t worry about what will happen. He won’t rest until everything is settled today!”  – Ruth 3:18, CEV 

We must heed the advice that Naomi gave Ruth. We must be patient and not worry about what will happen! The prayers of the righteous are powerful (James 5:16). When God hears faith-filled prayer from one of His children, He won’t rest until He settles the matter, even the same day! 

Obviously, our Lord has innumerable ways to comfort, rescue, and provide for us.  

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:9, NLT 

Let’s try to think “out of the box” and leave God room to answer our prayers in His timing and in His way. Our requests are safe in His hands. We can relax.

Do Not Tolerate Sickness!

The Word of God tells us plainly that believers are redeemed (set free) from the curse of sickness!  Why then are millions of us sick? Why have we been ill for years, why have we endured operations, why have we become addicted to drugs to get through the day?  Why aren’t the Promises of God working for us? 

The Lord led me to investigate why we claim to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” of God, but we live like mere men,completely powerless. Saints, there is something wrong with that! How on earth can we be “filled with Holy Spirit” and suffering just like the world? Where is the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives?  How have we disabled the force of God in our lives, in our bodies, and our circumstances?

The LORD said this, “I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you” (Luke 10:19, NLT).

We are God’s disciples and apostles. The Bible says, “Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil spirits and to heal every kind of disease and illness” (Matthew 10:1).  It is not as widespread as it should be, but churches all over the world have ordinary pastors, men, and women who are healing the sick, just as Christ’s first disciples and apostles did. 

Christ healed the sick, and his followers healed the sick.  We are carrying on Christ’s mandate. Why should any of us tolerate sickness in her body?

God said, “My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. Since you priests refuse to know me, I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children (Hosea 4:6, NLT).  Also translated, “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6, NLT).

When I got saved, I asked God, “Why are so many people in the church sick?” He said, “They don’t know Me.” He was telling me that most of us know of Him as our Savior, but we don’t know Him as our Healer!

If you reread Hosea 4:6 above, God is saying His priests (pastors and teachers) don’t know Him!  Yes, we are holy, yes, we read the Bible, and yes, we teach the Bible. But does that mean that we knowJehovah-Rapha (The God Who Heals)? No, it doesn’t.

What specific knowledge of God is lacking?  Why are we allowing sickness, disease, and premature death to run rampant in our churches?

For the past four years, I have been asking God to help me understand this dilemma.  I will use my struggle and my failings to share with you how the Holy Spirit began to answer these questions for me and how he healed me.

I asked God outright, “Why am I sick?” I knew the natural reasons such as family history, diet, and overwork, but I wanted to know the spiritual reason.  The spiritual reason for sickness is the root of the problem. His response was quick. He said, “You are deceived.” I understood that to mean that I had allowed the lies of Satan to dominate (stamp out) the Word of God in my heart.

Satan has convinced many of us that –

1) There is nothing we can do about chronic illness.
2) We’ve done our best, but we’re just stuck with this condition.
3) That we (personally) are not holy enough to receive divine healing or a miracle.
4) Divine healing is too difficult to understand, so there’s no use trying.

ALL FOUR OF THESE ASSUMPTIONS ARE BALD FACED LIES! 

The truth is –
1) To be cured, there is more we can do.
2) We haven’t always done our best to defeat our illnesses.
3) We are not all destined to die sick! We can peacefully go to sleep and wake up in the glorious presence of Jesus. Some people die in their sleep without ever suffering illness.
4) Divine healing isn’t mysterious, it’s as simple as steadfastly using and acting on our faith.

A man of God told a story about a wonderful Christian woman who was very old and very sick. The woman was genuinely suffering. An anointed man of God came to her home to pray for her to receive divine healing.

However, the woman was tired.  She told him, “I’m ready to go. I don’t want to live.”

Knowing her family was worried, the man of God said, “Will you allow Jesus to heal you right now so that He will get glory from your life? Then if you want to, you can go to sleep and leave (let go and die). What do you think?” She replied, “OK.” After he prayed, she received her healing. Her family was delighted.  They praised God that she was relieved of her suffering. A short time afterward, she said goodbye to the family and died peacefully instead of dying in agony.

The moral of this story is this. We don’t have to suffer for years and die sick.  We can walk in divine health with joy and energy as we serve God’s people. Then, when we are ready, we can peacefully transition. S

ATAN CANNOT SNATCH OUR HEALTH AND OUR LIFE! The devil was defeated at Calvary; he no longer has any power unless we (innocently) relinquish our control.  Jesus has the power, not Satan, not sickness, and not death.  The Lord Jesus has given us power to overcome the devil and disease to us (Luke 10:19).

Why are Christians dying suddenly and in agony? In truth, every man has his own account with God. We don’t know why people died suddenly or why our prayers sometimes fail. Jesus healed all who came to him, but he didn’t heal in areas steeped in unbelief.

The Holy Spirit, the Bible, and respected Christian books cite twenty or more common reasons why Christians no longer walk in divine healing. Some of the major reasons people manifest lingering sickness include unbelief, unforgiveness and idolatry. Many people are in unbelief concerning the miracles of Christ because they have not heard this message preached.

In this brief writing, I will deal with obstacles that blocked my healing for four years. 

One main reason that mature believers and Christian leaders are suffering debilitating illnesses is that we’ve embraced lies that directly contradict the Word of God. This is idolatry. Unfortunately, in the Christian community, it has become socially acceptable to believe these lies and to defend them!

The Bible says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).  When I was sick, I asked myself and I asked God, “What is the truth that I need to know to be set free of this sickness?” I didn’t care if my medical advisors didn’t know the answer.  Jesus Christ is The Great Physician (Luke 4:23), and He knew the answer! 

I believe in miracles. What about you?

My Story

As mentioned above, just recently, I suffered from a chronic illness that lasted for four years. I went to many doctors and tried many treatments. Like the woman in Luke chapter eight, I often grew worse

In spite of this, I love my doctors. God has used them to save my life. For a time, they helped me to manage illnesses that they could not cure.  God has anointed doctors and partnered with them to comfort us and to heal some conditions.

However, there are conditions that medical science cannot cure.  Many of us will only be healed if we humble ourselves and diligently seek the power of Almighty God.

The disciples of Jesus were not able to heal a boy because they could not cast out the demon that troubled the child.

Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” (Matthew 17:19, NLT). So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:10, NKJV).

Even today, Jesus can heal any hopeless case.  He cures the lame, He replaces limbs, and He restores both sight and hearing. He has not changed. Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8, NIV).

A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all (Matthew 15:30, NLT).

I was healed. It was the Holy Spirit who healed me. My Father God started the process by telling me that deception was the root of my illness. In other words, I needed the spiritual truth to set me free (John 8:32). Step by step, the Holy Spirit guided my progressive healing. Without Holy Spirit guidance and revelation knowledge, I would never have known what to do. 

As long as I relied on my own intellect, I remained ill. As long as I did what I thought was prudent, I remained ill.  I was trapped – until I turned my whole heart to Jesus Christ and the Word of God.

My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” (Isaiah 55:8, NLT).

DIVINE HEALING WORKS!

However, divine healing is a spiritual process that defies the senses, it challenges the reasoning mind, it defies logic, and it defies the wisdom of men. Divine healing overshadows every false idol that sought to exalt itself over the knowledge of God in our lives.

While I was sick, I said I believed God’s healing promises, but if I had believed, understood, and acted on them, I would have been healed.

Here’s why I struggled with sickness for four long years.

1) UNBELIEF – I was reciting healing scriptures (mentally accenting) without truly believing it would work for me.
2) I COULD NOT SEE – I made no effort to see ( or visualize) myself healthy and well.  After being hospitalized and rushed to the ER many times, I saw myself ill instead of seeing myself well.  I accepted the illness, and I was tolerating it. I had consented to live with it. I believed in the power of the illness more than the power of Almighty God.
3) WRONG CONFESSION – Instead of consistently speaking the promises of God, I was repeating my medical diagnosis. I told doctors, family, and close friends that I had this condition. I lived in fear of getting ill, and I often complained about my aches and pains.
4) NO ACTION – The Word says, “Faith without action is dead” (James 2:17). All my actions were consistent with my unbelief. I accepted the illness and I stated my diagnosis to others with great confidence.  Since I believed I was sick, symptoms showed up faithfully to confirm my belief. I felt ill and behaved like a sick person.

What was the “deception” that kept me ill? In a nutshell, it was unbelief. What caused the unbelief? My unbelief was created by three factors.

1) LIES / DECEPTION
2) FEAR
3) PHYSICAL PAIN

As a result of exalting medical science over the Word of God, a door was opened in my life for deception and fear to take root. Soon, I realized that the spirit of fear is a lying and tormenting spirit. The evil spirit of fear is supported by physical pain and other verifiable symptoms. 

WHEN THE SPIRIT OF FEAR IS CAST OUT, SYMPTOMS AND PAIN OFTEN VANISH IMMEDIATELY!

Summary

In my humble opinion, thousands of mature Christians are living with chronic illness because of LIES, FEAR, and PAIN. This trio demolishes faith.  Divine healing relies on faith in Jesus – not trust in our feelings and intellect.

DO NOT TOLERATE SICKNESS.

Jesus approached a man who had been lame for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] (John 5:6, AMPC, bold added).

This man had been tolerating sickness for thirty-eight years! 

Afterward, when Jesus found him in the temple, He said to him, See, you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you (John 5:14, AMPC).

If you have been tolerating sickness for years, I want to encourage you. “For nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37, NLT).  God heals by miracles and by progressive healings.  As Jesus asked the lame man, “Are you really in earnest about getting well?” If so, here are a few tips that will help you.

3 Steps To Begin Divine Healing

Unshakable Faith – We must know that God can and will heal us, even though natural treatments have failed.

Prayer – We should ask God’s Holy Spirit to reveal to us the reason we are sick.  We are forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus.  Knowing the specific reason a sickness manifested helps us to stay well in the future.

Mind Renewal – We should study the healing ministry of Jesus in the Gospels.  Additionally, there are many excellent teachings on divine healing.  They are readily available in books and on audio and video.

If you find yourself in a medical crisis, one of the finest books ever written on divine healing is Christ the Healer by F.F. Bosworth. In the very least, read, listen to and recite healing scriptures. The healing scriptures alone have miraculous healing power for those who believe. In terms of independent study, read the life (and healing ministry) of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Divine healing is ignited by faith in Jesus Christ and the Word of God.  It is accomplished through submission to the Holy Spirit.

It’s never too late!

7 Uncanny Ways the Coronavirus Has Transformed Our Lives

Gail KIng - 7 Uncanny Ways the Coronavirus Has Transformed Our Lives

The Bible says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20, NIV). In other words, the evil that comes into our lives, God transforms into a blessing. While God did not send the Coronavirus, here’s how He is making it serve millions of people that He loves. 

1)    FEAR AND PANIC ARE BEING CRUSHED
Every citizen must evaluate how she will react to the fear and panic that bombards us. As we observe Wall Street and political forums, we know that fear and panic have an enormous price tag.

On a more subtle note, shouldn’t we develop our spiritual life and renew our dialog with God? Where will we draw the line between fact and fiction? Which message will shape our behavior? Will our values and behavior improve or decline? Will we be remembered as a hero or a villain?

Of course, we use prudence in our everyday affairs (such as hand-washing), but most importantly, each of us has assumed a moral position. Will we be fearful or faith-filled? Will we cower or will we conquer these threats? 

2)    LEARNING TOOLS ARE MORE IN DEMAND & RECEIVE GREATER DISTRIBUTION
We know that underprivileged families have not had access to the home-based technology that is required to compete in our global economy. To excel in school, these tools are required. The rest of society takes for granted the use of high-speed internet, high-end smartphones, laptops, and home computers.

Due to the Coronavirus, this gaping injustice has received more attention. New channels of distributing technology on a more equitable basis will create vast wealth for the visionaries who begin to close this gap. 

3)    VIRTUAL COMMUNICATION IS EXPLODING
The world will never be the same. For over a decade, we’ve had the technology to work remotely. However, big business has been slow to embrace this work model within the industries that are able to work from home.  For some time, we have known that remote work can significantly enhance work-life balance by allowing dads and moms to work from home one or more days a week. Remote work is a tremendous recruiting tool for businesses. 

During the Coronavirus, worldwide companies were forced to allow workers to work from home. Millions of workers are self-starters and are more efficient working from home while some workers thrive on community and quick access to guidance. This test-drive of individual contributors will provide a wealth of market research that will significantly drive advancement. 

Additionally, smaller faith organizations have dived into the creation or expansion of their virtual platform. Other unique populations, such as senior citizens, will receive training in technology as they partner with government, church, and caretakers. 

4)    STREAMS OF INCOME EXPAND FOR EVERYONE
Today, more than ever, individual thought leaders and creators can reach the global marketplace. The Coronavirus is forcing employees to rethink the investment of their time and energy. No doubt, many employees will never return to the job they held before Coronavirus. The virus has opened a door for thousands to return to school or become self-employed. 

5)    SMALL BUSINESSES DRIVE INNOVATION MORE THAN EVER
Small businesses that aren’t nimble could face extinction. On the face, this seems daunting, but in the long haul, our desire to survive drives innovation. We know that small businesses without adequate cash flow cannot always rely on the government for a bailout. Therefore, entrepreneurs must become leaner, operate more efficiently, and develop innovative avenues of reaching new customers.    

6)    CENTERS OF WEALTH AND POWER ARE MORE ACCOUNTABLE
During this crisis, each citizen has become painfully aware of the names and faces who are driving our economies. The media, politicians, owners of distribution centers, and energy sources have captured our attention. As millions of citizens search for relief, honorable leaders have an opportunity to advance. 

7)    STANDARDS OF SANITATION HAVE BEEN ELEVATED
For decades we have ignored, and disregarded deaths caused by viruses. In our past, both individuals and businesses have failed to practice sanitation consistently. Following the media attention that the Coronavirus has received, the world population has become more acutely aware of the importance of fighting the spread of disease.

Social pressure has been applied to everyone to be considerate of others and businesses now have a heightened responsibility to protect the safety of patrons.  We can’t unknow what we know.  Going forward, all of us have received an informal education that will help us be more respectful, vigilant and considerate. In

Summary 
We share thoughts of sadness when we consider the lives that have been lost. We will never truly understand the layered events that contribute to untimely deaths. We may uncover those mysteries when we too, join our loved ones in eternity. 

Currently, an avalanche of fear, panic, and negativity seeks to immerse this planet.  Let us remember that Jesus Christ was the greatest optimist that ever lived. He said, “Anything is possible if a person believes” (Mark 9:23, NLT). That means that we can recover and thrive, no matter what happens.   

Napoleon Hill said, “Every negative event contains within it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” That is what we are experiencing now. Globally, Christians will become more dedicated to their faith and trust in God. Our economies are not failing; we are feeling the birthing pains of our thrust into a momentous future.

God bless you, have faith and stay safe!

The Fountain of Health Is In Words!

The Fountain of Health

A fountain of health truly exists. There is a limitless reservoir of life that we can freely tap into. It was discovered thousands of years ago, and it continues to operate today.   

Years ago, I faced a severe health challenge. I visited top medical centers, doctors, and specialists and got second, third, and fourth opinions. While medicine and procedures brought some relief, it did not cure me. I wanted my health, joy, and strength back.   

In desperation, I continued my search for relief. At this time, I was a born-again Christian. By God’s grace, I began to reflect on what I had previously read in the New Testament. Jesus healed them all (Matthew 12:15). No one was left out. I reasoned that if Jesus healed them all, He could heal me.   

But when Jesus knew it, He withdrew from there. And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all. – Matthew 12:15, NKJV 

It was then and there that I made a conscious decision that I would roll up my sleeves and begin to study divine healing. I realized that millions of people remain sick today, but that did not deter me. The Bible says, “God doesn’t have any favorites” (Romans 2:11, CEV), and “Jesus Christ never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8, CEV). 

Therefore, if Jesus healed multitudes of people then and now, He would heal me. Of course, I had no idea what the qualifications for divine healing were. Nevertheless, I was determined to find out what principals released God’s divine healing into individuals and apply them to my life. 

During this time, I was bedridden and getting about in a wheelchair. In my new quest, I found audio teachings on divine healing, and I had a copy of the Bible on audio. As I lay in bed, I listened to the Bible, listened to modern-day healing testimonials, and gradually learned the principals of divine healing. It didn’t take long to realize that Jesus Christ is the only real fountain of healing. He didn’t impart partial healing – he cured and restored people to perfect health

A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all. – Matthew 15:30, NLT 

During my illness, I prayed and asked God outright how to get well. This is what He said to me, “Marinate in My Word.” He led me to understand that He meant, “Soak up the Word of God in the Bible, particularly the Word of God that promises divine healing.” I obeyed and I began to heal.   

As I placed my faith in the healing promises of God, I was able to sit up. I returned the wheelchair to the medical supply center. I didn’t need a dangerous operation that had been recommended, and I was off medication. I regained my strength and was able to resume work. Jesus (through the Word of God) did for me what no man was able to accomplish.  

My only task was to believe Jesus and step out in faith. 

  • Faith – I was confident that Jesus could and would heal me. I fully expected to be healed.
  • Action – I had to meditate on the healing scriptures, repeat them aloud, and see myself well. I knew I had to take a step of faith so I returned my wheelchair, choosing to be confident that I would not need it again. I released the homemaker who was caring for me, believing that “I can do all things through Christ who is strengthening me” (Philippians 4:13).   

Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. – Psalm 103:2-3, NLT

What good does it do, my brothers, if someone claims to have faith but does not prove it with actions? This kind of faith cannot save him, can it? – James 2:14, ISV 

The New Testament in the Bible revealed that those who heard of Jesus and came to Him confident that they too would be healed and they received healing. One man had been an invalid for thirty-eight years (John 5:5). The Bible says, “And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself” (Luke 13:11, ESV). The length of the illness does not matter to Jesus, He is willing to heal us. 

No case is too difficult. Jesus restores limbs and heals all manner of sicknesses and diseases. 

So Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and he cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who he was, he did not allow them to speak. – Mark 1:34, NLT 

What was the common denominator that produced healing? The common denominator was faith that Jesus would do what no one else could do.   

Jesus said to the woman, “You are now well because of your faith. May God give you peace! You are healed, and you will no longer be in pain.” – Mark 5:34, CEV 

Another important revelation is the fact that God and His Word are one. This is how He spoke the world into existence.

In the beginning, the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1, NLT

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. – Genesis 1:3, NLT 

What is most astounding is that although Jesus walked the earth two thousand years ago, He still lives in the Word of God (in the Bible).  As you read the New Testament, you can see Jesus clearly and walk with Him. The faith required to receive divine healing is engrafted into us as we read or listen to the Bible and/or healing scriptures. 

So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ. – Romans 10:17, NLT 

All healing requires is for us to SEE Jesus and HEAR His Word, which is easily achievable through the Word of God. Multitudes of books, lists, and audio materials have been published that contain the healing scriptures and the healing promises of God.   

Here are three favorite healing scriptures. For those who truly believe the Word of God, these scriptures impart divine healing into our spirit, body, and soul. This scripture confirms that when Jesus was whipped and killed, He accepted this punishment to pay for our sins and to remove our sicknesses. In this atonement, He became a scapegoat for us. He has already taken away our infirmities or pain, and any punishments we deserved for sin. As we place our faith in Him and His healing words, both sin and sickness depart from our mortal bodies.   

But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. – Isaiah 53:5, NLT 

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. But his wounds, you are healed. – 1 Peter 2:24, NLT

“Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his Word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. – Psalm 107:19-20, NLT 

For some, sickness and pain depart instantly, and this is called a miracle. For others like me, the illness left gradually, which is called healing. Both miracles and healings have their advantages. The advantage of healing progressively is that we can develop great faith and the ability to overcome counterattacks. Additionally, we have an opportunity to learn to effectively pray for the healing of others. 

It was through a counterattack that I learned an essential principle of divine healing. After being healed of the initial health scare, about a year later, symptoms of illness returned suddenly. Unprepared, I underwent a medical procedure to avert a health crisis. Over time, I learned that the enemy often returns to test us. If we have remained connected to Jesus and His Word, the devil has no point of reentry. However, if we have stopped meditating on the Word of God and allowed our faith to grow cold, we may be unable to instantly avert a sudden health challenge. We may need to rebuild our faith through meditation on the Word of God. 

In God’s graciousness, He healed me again. However, He taught me that I must continue to study His Word and confess His Word aloud to retain my spiritual armor

He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. – Psalm 91:4, NLT 

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5, NKJV 

When faith in the Word of God is applied, Jesus heals. Our confidence in the Word of God is the fountain that provides healing. 

Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I watch over my Word to perform it. – Jeremiah 1:2, ERV

For no word from God will ever fail.” – Luke 1:37, NIV 

If you are seeking physical or emotional healing, the Word of God says to “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12).  During my prayer time, I once asked God this question. “What is blocking my healing?” He replied, “Deception.”  He wanted me to know that what I believed (about this illness) was a lie.  What I believed did not line up with the Word of God.   

Why Faith is Called A Fight

  • Sickness is demonic oppression (Acts 10:38).
  • Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44). His only weapon against us is deception.
  • Sickness cannot attach itself to anyone who meditates on The Truth in God’s Word (John 8:31-32). This is a miraculous fact.
  • Satan uses thoughts of fear, doubt, worry, offense, reports, and even pains and aches to keep us bound to sickness. Do not allow any idea or human opinion to create fear, doubt, or unbelief in your mind!
  • Doubting Jesus and His healing words can prolong illness or prevent it altogether. Even Jesus did not heal people who clung to their unbelief (Matthew 13:58).

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; – 2 Corinthians 10:5, NKJV 

Divine healing has not been a cakewalk for me, but God’s Holy Spirit gives the victory to anyone willing to put all her trust in the integrity of the Word of God and persevere. As we stand on God’s Word, His Word will prevail

If you are not satisfied with your present physical or emotional health, know that it’s never too late to receive healing. It is more challenging to remain ill than it is to believe God for healing. 

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions. – Proverbs 28:1, NLT

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ – Isaiah 41:10, NKJV

Begin Your Divine Healing

  • Give your life to Christ through the born-again experience. Visit a church that is able to baptize you and pray for you to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. You do not need to pray in tongues to be healed, but it will boost your faith, help you persevere and, hear God’s directions more clearly. See Mark 16:17-18 below.
  • Invest in a study Bible and (in faith) read the New Testament gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John).
  • Meditate on healing scriptures. There are lists online, audio recordings, and books. Make sure all the material is Christ-centered.
  • Key: Understand that God and His Word are one. As you read and recite healing scriptures in faith, your body is being transformed as you think, meditate or speak. 
  • Picture Jesus in your mind’s eye. It is Him and Him alone who heals us. God and His Word become life and health as we experience them (Proverbs 4:20-22).
  • Take His Word (like medicine). Recite a scripture each time you think of illness or feel any discomfort.
  • Memorize one or two scriptures than you can run through your mind all day or at a moment’s notice to chase away fear, doubt, or discomfort.  One powerful scripture to memorize is, “By His stripes, I was healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18, NKJV). 

If we retain our confidence in Jesus Christ and the Word of God, we can see our health and emotional wellness turn around. The Fountain of Health is the Word of God, and we turn on the spigot through our faith.    

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32, NKJV

Divine Healing In A Nutshell

Years ago, as I faced a severe health challenge, my most valuable asset was the Word of God. It was the Word of God (in the Bible) that caused me to fully recover. I went from feeling hopeless and being pushed around in a wheelchair to finishing a twenty-six-mile marathon. Through meditation on the Word of God, the Holy Spirit accomplished what I could hardly imagine doing by encouraging me to “just believe.” 

The two keys to divine healing are these. 

1) The Word of God (In the Bible)
2) Our Unwavering Faith in God’s Word 

Divine healing is available for anyone willing to turn her entire heart to God, trusting Him above all else. This has been what I have experienced in my own life and the lives of others. 

In the Book of Second Peter, it says that God has already given us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This means that whatever we need for divine healing, we have it at our fingertips right now. We lack nothing. 

How can we know that God will heal us? Some of us are mature and have been suffering for years. Others have been told by prestigious doctors and devoted family that nothing more can be done. Most of us don’t even know anyone who believes in divine healing.  

Here’s how the Lord introduced me to divine healing. As a young woman, my mother was saved, but I wasn’t. I didn’t go to church, but I was vexed by all the violence, heartbreak, and devastation in the world. It was at this point that the Holy Spirit inspired me to study the entire Bible to gain wisdom. At this point in my life, I only sought to understand how to escape the heartbreak that seems to engulf humanity. 

As I studied the New Testament, I could not help but notice how loving and compassionate Jesus was. Everywhere Christ went, He healed people. Anyone who came to Him in faith, He healed them. In fact, Jesus stated that He only did what His Father God wanted Him to do (John 5:18-20).   In other words, God the Father wanted all these people (the saved and the unsaved) to be healed!

Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick (Matthew 14:14, NLT).
A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all (Matthew 15:30, NLT).

Years later, when I encountered the severe health threat, the Holy Spirit reminded me that Jesus healed them all. I heard of miracles of healing all over the earth today, so I knew that Jesus had not stopped healing.  

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8, NLT). 

I had confidence that if Jesus was willing to heal anyone, He would heal me. Why not? My wonderful doctors did all they could, but still, I was weak, suffering medicine side effects and facing a life of ongoing medical care. As I laid in bed too weak to sit up for more than twenty minutes at a time, I decided that I would do whatever I needed to do to receive divine healing.  

I knew that I might be considered odd or even crazy to believe in God for a miracle of healing. As I considered my options, they were two. I could remain sick and dependent on others to help me around, or I could believe God for a miracle. I decided to believe God for a miracle.  

I began to re-read the Bible, and I ordered a large number of audio teachings on divine healing. I watched, read, and listened to healing testimonials. As I studied the Word of God, my faith, confidence, and physical strength increased. This trend continued.

Within the next year, I was out of the wheelchair and was able to resume normal activities of work and self-care. God took me off all medication, paid off thirty thousand dollars in medical bills, kept me financially afloat, and strengthened me to enter and finish a marathon. In addition, I completed ministry school. It was God’s Holy Spirit that accomplished the healing and restoration in my life. 

I noticed that some people receive an instant miracle from God, while others receive progressive healing. Progressive healing has the advantage of teaching us to totally rely on God while increasing our faith and our knowledge of God’s ways. Since that time, I have witnessed and received instances of healing miracles as I have applied God’s Word.  

I praise God for His faithfulness, and I’ve become very passionate about His ability to surpass all expectations in the realm of divine healing for our physical bodies. I know that “Nothing is impossible for God” (Luke 1:37, NLT).  

The Bible tells us that God has no favorites. What He did for the multitudes that put their faith in Jesus, He will do for you. It doesn’t matter how many years you’ve been sick. It doesn’t matter how devastating your condition is. It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter how sinful your life may have been.  

Jesus healed the blind, he cured all manner of sicknesses and diseases, he cast out demons, and he raised the dead. Christ died on the cross so that we would be saved, healed, and freed from all forms of bondage, which includes illness. God heals us because of His loving compassion for us and because of His Biblical Covenant promises to us. Christ has already paid for our healing, but we must take possession of it through faith

If you have pain in your body or your doctors have done all they can, but you are still being treated for a disease,I would like to ask you three important questions. 

  1. Will you believe God for complete healing and wholeness? I didn’t say “can you,” I asked, will you?
  2. Are you willing to trust in the Word of God more than you believe in any human authority and more than you trust your own five senses?
  3. Are you satisfied with your Christian walk, or will you dare to believe God for more?

 The Bible says, “He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions” (Psalm 107:20, NASB).  God’s healing Word is available now to accomplish what no man can accomplish. We are not waiting on God to heal us, He is waiting on us to take possession of what He has already given us.

Extinguish Anxiety Naturally – 10 Proven Interventions

Gail-King-Extinguish-Anxiety-Naturally-10-Proven-Interventions

Anxiety and stress attack most of us. Here are ten strategies that will help keep the blues off your doorstep! Unbeknownst to many, there are proven drug-free and biblical approaches to obtain and maintain mental health.  

Here are tested strategies that I use to alleviate attacks of anxiety, worry, and stress. When I feel overwhelmed, I know that I must take immediate control over my thought life. Satanic attacks begin on the battlefield of the mind – through deception.   

Jesus gave us the power to drive out every demonic influence that seeks to over-power us. We are not victims. The Bible says, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:2). Scripture also says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). The spiritual forces of knowledge and truth will obliterate feelings ofoverwhelm, fear, anxiety, stress, and panic.   

It does not take weeks, months, or years to gain control of our minds – naturally. It takes trust in Jesus, faith in the Word of God, and the willingness to use the Word of God as consistently as we would take a medical prescription. 

The below practices may sound too easy. Yet, these are the very tools that God used to turn my entire life around, to heal my mind, my broken heart, and my physical body. I could never experience the priceless benefit of daily peace of mind if I had been unwilling to listen to God or to obey. 

The enemy may say to you, “You don’t have time, or it won’t work for you,” but that is a lie – don’t fall for it! Have you ever got up earlier to prepare for a necessary appointment? Have you ever stayed up later talking on the phone, dating, or watching TV? We make time for everything we truly want to do. 

Wipeout fear, worry, stress, and anxiety by incorporating the following practices into your daily routine. If you do these things, I promise you that anxiety will lose its grip on your life. You can live a life that is characterized by peace and joy. Make these practices habitual. Memorize them, absorb this list and be able to turn to these spiritual tools at a moment’s notice. 

1)    LEAN ON JESUS.  1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” This means that we must give all our worries to Jesus and leave them there – once and for all. The human body was not designed to carry negative emotions. Worry is a sin of unbelief (in God), but we can decide to put it down and use our faith to trust in Christ. When I’m tempted to worry, I will say out loud, “Jesus, I love you, and I trust you.” 

2)    DAILY BIBLE STUDY IS OUR MOST POWERFUL WEAPON AGAINST ANXIETY. We don’t understand the power of daily Bible study until we begin to practice it. The Lord said, “Meditate on my Word day and night, and you will be successful in everything you do” (Joshua 1:8). The expanded verse is promising us that if we keep the Word of God foremost in our minds, we will know what to do in every situation. Of course, the Word must be mixed with faith. Through Bible study, we gain the wisdom of God to conquer and master every challenge. Even if we take fifteen minutes to read one chapter, studying the Bible has enormous benefits to dispel anxiety and protect our day. Journaling strengthens our learning experience. 

3)    PRAISING GOD KICKS THE DEVIL OUT! God joins us as we worship Him (Psalm 22:3), and His Word tells us that He has given us the garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:3). Praise is a powerful spiritual weapon. When we begin to praise and thank God out loud for all our blessings, we regain our sanity. Playing praise music and singing to God has a similar effect. 

4)    GUARD YOUR MIND CAREFULLY. “We take every thought captive and make it obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Negative emotions are connected to negative thought patterns. We must train ourselves to stop (cut off) negative defeating thoughts immediately! The Bible says, “Cast them down!” God is never negative.  Negative thoughts and emotions are from Satan. They are demonic. Just say, no! The Bible says, do this instead, “Think about good things” (Philippians 4:8). Even in times of adversity, we must dare to have faith, which means we choose to trust in Christ for peace and a perfect outcome. 

5)    STAND ON A SCRIPTURE. God’s Word is true. Find one scripture that you can memorize, stand on and say out loud in times of adversity. Repeat it over and over. Once, when I was facing financial challenges, I taped this scripture on the wall to my home office. “Anyone who trusts in Jesus will never be put to shame” ( ). I would sit at my desk and glance at it during the day. Sometimes I would say it out loud so that all of creation could be my witness. Over time, I was delivered miraculously delivered from that trial! God honored my faith. 

6)    USE SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY. Jesus said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name, they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues” (Mark 16:17). As a believer, we can cast out any demon that is seeking to oppress us. If we feel overwhelmed, we can say with authority, “In the Name of Jesus, I command fear, doubt, worry, anxiety, and depression to leave – right now!” Then expect it to leave. Then turn on your praise and worship music and go on with your day. 

7)    PRAY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT. Praying in tongues allows the Holy Spirit to intercede in prayer on our behalf (Romans 8:26). The Bible says we should “Earnestly desire and cultivate the spiritual gifts” (1 Corinthians 10:5), and “Your Father in heaven will give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him “(1 Corinthians 14:1). In Mark 16:17 above, it says that praying in tongues follows them that believe. This underscores the fact that praying in the Holy Spirit was given to the entire church for edification. If you have not been filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues, seek someone who does pray in tongues. They can lay hands on you for the impartation of this gift. Praying in tongues is a powerful weapon in our arsenal against the demonic attack of anxiety and depression. We will get to heaven without praying in tongues. We can walk in a higher level of spiritual authority if we allow the Holy Spirit to pray on our behalf (in His own spiritual language). 

8)    AVOID NEGATIVE STRIFE-FILLED CONVERSATIONS AND WORDS. In the New Testament, we are commanded to walk in love with everyone. God’s commandment to love others as we love ourselves fulfills all ten commandments at once. Additionally, we know that the tongue can bring death and life (Proverbs 18:21). Words can bring healing; additionally, they can kill a person or destroy a marriage. This means that we cannot speak negatively about others or ourselves and expect joy or blessings to follow.  

9)    PARTICIPATE IN ONGOING CHRISTIAN COUNSELING AND/OR OTHER CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP. One of the most prevalent attributes I’ve observed in depressed people is isolation. The enemy convinces people who are hurting that they should avoid the group fellowship of attending church, attending Bible studies, or even therapy. When we resist the desire to isolate ourselves, we begin to overthrow every force that seeks to oppress us. God never intended for any of His children to be lonely and depressed. Isolation is a trick of the devil. When we decide to fight anxiety and depression, we mustn’t be too proud to seek help. The Bible reminds us, “And let us not neglect meeting together and encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:25). 

10) INCORPORATE AUDIO TECHNOLOGY INTO YOUR DAY. One of my primary weapons against satanic attacks and against anxiety is listening to the Bible on audio. I listen to the Bible on audio as I fall asleep at night, and when I awake in the morning. I listen as I’m getting dressed in the morning. While traveling or washing dishes, I listen to Christian sermons, teachings and consume scores of Christian digital books via audio. Audio is a game-changer if you want to bombard your mind with knowledge and the truth of God’s Word. When we are listening to the Word of God in faith, there is no entryway for the defeating lies of the devil. 

When I’m attacked by overwhelm or anxiety, I turn to Jesus. I give all my concerns to Him. I force myself to stop worrying and release my faith knowing that He is taking over. I begin to listen to my audio Bible non-stop. I praise God for His presence in my life, and I confess the truth out loud, which is, “Nothing is impossible for God” (Luke 1:37). The Bible says, “Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). When it comes to anxiety and depression, God has given us faith as our most potent weapon. 

You may say, “Wow, that’s a lot to do!” Actually, it isn’t.  As we practice a few of these suggestions, we gradually incorporate more. One of the most surprising outcomes is that we are being healed emotionally and learning to solve challenges that once seemed impossible. 

In the first book of Joshua, the Lord tells Joshua, “Be strong and courageous.” When we do this, God releases our ability to walk in the power, love, and sound judgment that He has freely given us (2 Timothy 1:7).

5 Biblical Steps To Overcome Adversity

Gail-King-5-Biblical-Steps-To-Overcome-Adversity

Each day, we face challenges. They may appear in our family, in personal relationships, or on the job. We must know the tools that God has freely given believers to remove every obstacle in our path.  

The Bible reminds us that we are never wrestling with flesh and blood people. That is a deception. We are wrestling with rulers of the darkness, which are demonic forces (Ephesians 6:12-13).  In other words, it is Satan that is our enemy, never any specific human being. The enemy does not have a body, he can only manifest his treachery (against us) through a human being. Often people who don’t have a personal relationship with God are totally unaware that their behavior is serving demons and not themselves.  Consider this truth, sin has consequences which can prove devastating to the sinner. 

God’s sons and daughters can recognize the work of the enemy and overturn it.  When facing threats of any kind (or issues and obstacles) here are five Biblical steps that overcome adversity. 

We must give the problem to God.  We can cast all (100%) of our worries on Christ, for He loves us deeply (1 Peter 5:7).  This means that we must stop worrying because worry extinguishes our faith.  It is impossible to please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).  We know we are successfully trusting God for our deliverance when we choose to stop worrying

Repent.  Often we worry because we feel responsible for a portion of what we are experiencing. For instance, we may have neglected a duty or said the wrong thing.  We don’t always know the cause of a challenge, but it’s excellent to pray, “Father God, I repent of anything I may have done or neglected to create this situation. I receive your forgiveness right now and I trust You completely, to deliver me.” 

Walk in love with everyone.  The Word of God says, “Conquer evil by doing good” (Romans 12:21, NLT). Satan loves to stir up strife and plant resentment in our hearts because he knows that unforgiveness creates long-term havoc in our lives, and it is a sin.  As challenging as it may seem, make a list of everyone who has offended you since birth and say out loud, “Father, the Bible says that I must forgive others if I want You to forgive me of all my sins. Therefore, I forgive everyone who has ever sinned against me, hurt me, or disappointed me.  Cleanse my heart of all unforgiveness and resentment.  Just as You have saved me, I pray that all these people will be saved too. Thank You, Father, for forgiving all of us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.” This simple prayer of love, humility and faith (when said sincerely) will greatly please God. 

Stand on the Word of God.  Find a scriptural promise of God to stand on. Keep repeating it out loud and to yourself all day, especially when you are tempted to worry.  By speaking the very Words of God out loud in faith, you are destroying (knocking down) unseen forces of evil. 

Here are some favorite scriptures. 

“Nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).
“My God supplies all my needs” (Philippians, 4:19).
“Nothing can harm me” (Luke 10:19).
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
“I have the victory” (1 Corinthians 15:57). 

Act in faith.  The Word of God says, “Faith without work is dead”(James 2:26).  God may tell us to wait for His further instructions. During this time, we should be praising and thanking God for his deliverance. Praise is a powerful form of action.  It is important to thank Him before the answer comes.  This releases amazing faith. Finally, acting in faith means that we proceed right now as if we already possessed what we have requested from God.  One of the best ways to receive a blessing is to prepare for it immediately. Praise and preparation confirm our faith. 

Be on guard.  Overcome temptations to share negative information and unbelief by complaining, gossiping, and slandering others.  Realize that God did not give us a spirit of fear, He gave us a spirit of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).  Fear, doubt and worry are completely evil.  At a spiritual level, these destructive habits actually strengthen the very challenges we are canceling. 

In summary, we can literally cut down the enemy through repentance, by walking in love with everyone, by standing on the Word of God and by speaking God’s Word instead of worrying or repeating the problem.  This seems simple, but it works. 

May God bless you abundantly as you trust in Christ and in the Word of God to overcome every adversity.

9 Tips to Hear God Clearly

Below are nine tips that help us to hear God more clearly.  As believers, we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and we enjoy access to communicate with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit day and night. 

Pray Consistently: Daily prayer allows God to communicate His special instructions to us regarding our life and circumstances. God told us that we could come boldly to His throne. We can ask Him specific questions. We can expect to be heard and helped. Set aside a few minutes of your prayer time to listen for God’s instructions. 

Acknowledge the Holy Spirit: The Spirit of God teaches us, comforts us and, gives us the power to do God’s will. We can talk to Him just as we speak to Jesus and our Father God. Talk directly to the Holy Spirit during your prayer time and ask Him questions. He is in you, and He yearns to tell you everything that God has planned for your day. 

Read the Bible: Those who read and believe the Bible can hear the voice of God through scripture. As they stand on His Word, they receive miracles through the (written) promises of God. One man of God said, “It matters very much how you approach the Bible.” It is vital (to success) that believers finish reading the entire Bible and independently study scripture regularly. The Bible is inexpensive and available in audio and e-book formats and within phone apps. There are many free electronic Bibles online. Reading the Holy Bible allows us to access the mind of Christ and to draw upon this wisdom (later) at a moment’s notice because we have it stored in our hearts.

Have Faith In Jesus & His Love: Trust in Christ’s love for us.

Expect an Answer: When believers pray to God in faith, and according to His will, we know that He’s heard us, and the answer is “Yes!” On some occasions, we must practice patience as we wait on God’s perfect solution. 

Attend A Local Church & Study Independently: As we hear the Word of God through sermons, it helps us to know the will of God. Faith comes from hearing the word of God (Romans, 10:17). 

Be Humble and Teachable: We are more receptive when we clear our minds to approach God (and His word) with an open mind. To hear God clearly, sometimes we must be willing to abandon preconceived notions.  

Know When to Wait: When we feel that we have not heard God clearly, sometimes that is a sign to wait. Many times, God is working things out behind the scenes. He changes hearts and circumstances. If we don’t have peace of mind concerning a situation, generally, we should not move forward. The Spirit of God may guide us through unrest (as a warning) or through peace as a signal to move forward. However, we must be careful to subjugate our own desires, making sure that our motives and actions line up with the written Word of God.  

Identify Procrastination: The Word of God encourages us to be both courageous and cautious. It says that we should not tell our neighbor to come back tomorrow if we can help him today (Proverbs 3:28, NLT). Trust the Spirit of God (through prayer and peace of mind) to warn us when to wait or to give us the joy to proceed.  

The good news is that God does not want us to feel guilty, inadequate, or overwhelmed in our loving service to Him. In fact, the purpose of this message is to help you relax. As we trust in God’s love, our faith increases, and it becomes much easier to hear God and receive His blessings. 

Jesus told us that His burden was light. God has already filled our hearts with peace, but we must trust in Him to experience it. The Bible admonishes us to cease from all our endless striving and worrying. Instead, we must allow Jesus to love us, speak to us through scripture, and empower us by His Holy Spirit. Instead of working harder, Jesus wants to change our circumstances and give us solutions supernaturally.

7 Priceless Blessings That Come from Having A Church Home

I often speak with young men and women who are working hard to live a good and upright life. In each believer’s life, there are specific challenges, but overall, we are confronted by only one deficit. That deficit is the ability to hear God clearly and know how to proceed. No matter what we are experiencing, God is not confused. He knows the immediate road to peace, provision, and success.  

Before I got saved, I refused to attend church. I wasn’t ready to change, and I didn’t want to confront my issues. I wasn’t sure I’d fit in. I was scared and concluded that attending church was an annoying waste of time. I told myself that it was full of hypocrites anyway. Today, I realize that Satan planted all of those lies in my mind to keep me miserable, isolated, confused, and deceived. 

Once I hit rock bottom and decided to be right and do right – I literally ran to a church to get help! I have been in church for almost twenty years now. I have never regretted having an intimate relationship with God, increasing my wisdom, and befriending genuinely loving people. All of this and much more has come from my church attendance. Through our local church, God restored my peace of mind, my hope, and my direction. Most importantly, I gained the dignity that comes from our knowing that we are in right standing with God and everyone else

In times of crisis, the Lord gave us His Word (in the Bible) for wisdom and His local church, where we receive practical support. The benefits of having a local church home are too numerous to mention! 

If you don’t currently have a church home, ask yourself, “Would growing in wisdom, understanding, knowledge, and discernment help me out here? Would I benefit from the peace of mind of belonging to a family of truly loving and generous people who are devoted to supporting our family and my life purpose?” 

Please join me in this prayer, “Father God, thank you for sending me help! I ask that your Holy Spirit direct me to a local church where my family and I can thrive. Remove all barriers from our lives and grant us peace of mind. Lord, please guide me and give me the ability to trust You in everything. Amen.” 

Seven Priceless Blessings From Having a Church Home

  • TO BE BORN AGAIN (saved) and baptized. To significantly enhance our knowledge of God and to please God through praise & worship.
  • TO DISCOVER OUR DIVINE PURPOSE in life by taking our predestined place in God’s family. To be discipled, developed, and to serve when we feel we can be a blessing.
  • TO CHANGE OUR LIFE COURSE and the direction of our marriage and family through Biblical wisdom and practical support from other believers.
  • TO DEVELOP NEW FRIENDS by fellowshipping with believers that are loving, caring, generous, and loyal. Some people meet spouses in various church ministries.
  • TO RECEIVE SUSTAINED HELP in times of need in the form of free counseling, prayer for healing and other concerns, direct financial assistance from member care, comfort, and spiritual guidance.
  • TO RECEIVE HEALING in our body, heart, and relationships through the application of wisdom from the Word of God. Access to the power of prayers of agreement.
  • TO ENABLE GOD’S DIVINE PROTECTION over our family, health, and finances as we learn to live by faith and to be directed by God’s wisdom.

If you don’t currently have a church home, ask God’s Holy Spirit to guide you and ask people in your community for referrals. Visit local church websites and see if you can stream their live services online. Perhaps you can preview the Pastor’s messages on YouTube. Most importantly, don’t put it off. Step out and actually visit churches on Sunday or weeknights. As stated before, having a loving church home is one of the best decisions you will ever make!

5 Questions to Unveil Divine Direction

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6, NKJV).

Below, I have shared five steps that help us receive divine direction in any matter. Of course, the Word of God is most prominent. This explains why all believers are admonished to read the Bible daily. Second, while we read the Bible, the Holy Spirit has an opportunity to speak to us and point out scriptures. Just recently, I started to study one topic in my Bible but found myself meditating a new scripture that was given to me (impromptu by God), in answer to my prayers. The scripture that was shown to me turned my life around!

A well-known pastor, the late George Muller, was known for keeping a prayer request journal. Most importantly, he was known for the fact that so many of his prayers were answered. He was truly a man of faith. When he explained his method for seeking direction, he stated that our reasoning must include the Word of God (as stated in the Bible) and what the Holy Spirit is telling us (in our hearts). The Word of God and the Spirit of God never contradicts themselves.

In addition to studying the Word, it is vital to know and associate with trusted men and women of God. God is our Father, but His Spirit often leads us to an earthly spiritual father, such as a pastor at a local church.

Too many young believers avoid church, not knowing that through church membership, they can directly connect with loving spiritual fathers (God Himself, pastors, ministers, elders). Additionally, most churches offer free counseling from a pastor or associate minister.

Here are the five questions we can ask ourselves to unveil divine direction.

  1. THE BIBLE – What does the Bible say? What actual scriptures apply?
  2. THE HOLY SPIRIT – Have I prayed and asked God directly what I should do? What is the Holy Spirit urging me to do?
  3. CIRCUMSTANCES – Have I considered all the options? Write down the options and the pros and cons of each.
  4. WISE COUNSEL – Do I have all the facts I need to make this decision? Would additional information be helpful? Without procrastinating, should I get more information before I decide? Should I seek counsel from a spiritual leader or professional that I trust? What information would help me decide? Write it down.
  5. STEPPING OUT IN FAITH – If I made a decision at this moment (based on the Bible, God’s leading, and the facts I have), what should I do? Is this solution entirely honorable?

Finally, we must be careful to avoid procrastination. Faith without action is no faith at all (James 2:17). Too many of us have asked God for something but have been waiting on Him for months or years. Or worst still, we may have given up all hope. What?

We must go back to the drawing board and ask God, “Lord, what did you tell me to do? Where did I miss it?” He may want us to work on our character or do something that makes no sense at all.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5, NLT).

God may tell us to stop, to go forth, to obtain more information, to change directions, to wait or give us other instructions. Through prayer though, we give Him an opportunity to speak.I

have often found that even if I’m not able to start today, God will give me an interim assignment like preparation, taking baby steps, prayer, fasting, or giving. The bottom line is hearing God, which is not difficult if we are willing to sit down (quietly) and listen.

“Call upon Me in the day of trouble: I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me” (Psalm 50:15, NASB).