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Daily Renewal – Part Two

We continue addressing the vitally important, life-altering practice of speaking God’s Word and His Truth into our days -spiritual realities transforming the physical world. We renew our minds and our situations with the words we resolve to speak.

Keith Moore, pastor and teacher to the Body of Christ shared two powerful stories along these lines. Always remember that when you hear such testimonies- this is the will of God concerning you as well. for He is no respecter of persons and what the Truth of His Word has accomplished in one life it will accomplish for all through faith in His stated Word, His revealed will. (Ephesians 6:9)

A man came to Pastor Moore actually quite hopeless concerning his addiction to nicotine. He said that he had been prayed for many times to be able to stop smoking with no success. He had often thrown away packages of cigarettes only to go in search of them again. Pastor Moore counseled him to say, every time he bought a package of cigarettes, “I don’t need or want to smoke.” Every time he took out a cigarette and lit it up he was to say, “I don’t require nicotine any longer.” In between puffs he was to speak out, “I don’t need cigarettes.” With some surprise the man warily agreed to these instructions. After a few weeks he came up to Pastor Moore amazed and joyful, testifying that one day he went to have a cigarette and simply did not want it anymore. He was free! The words of his mouth changed his outcome.

Pastor Moore also tells of a daughter of God who was extremely ill with stomach cancer. She had been a missionary, teaching and preaching the Word of God in Central America, but was now “bedfast”, reduced to skin and bones. How disease robs us of our vitality and our work and witness for the Lord! This sister in the Lord could keep no food in her stomach; whatever she ate came right back up again. She was so weak she could barely be heard when she spoke. Pastor Moore leaned in close to hear her whisper, “I am so weak I can’t keep any food down.” He heard in his spirit, “Let the weak say I am strong.” (Joel 3:10) He told her to repeat after him, “I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might”. Slowly at first, very slowly and almost inaudibly she spoke those words. For forty-five minutes he and she spoke those words until her voice could be heard outside by all who passed by, praising God and speaking in faith. Pastor Moore instructed her to say when she tried to eat and couldn’t keep it down, “I have a ravenous appetite. I eat in health and my body receives in health.” He further instructed her never again to say, “I am so weak and I can’t keep any food in my stomach.” Every time she threw up (in other words when visible physical symptoms still seemed to prevail) she was to wipe off her mouth and say, “I eat in health and my body receives in health.” Two or three months later she was up and about the work of the Lord, gaining weight and walking in health.

I too, along with so many others, have experienced a season of physical attack. For truly, that is how we must view such encounters. One brother in Christ has said, “I consider a splinter in my finger as an assassination attempt.” Smith Wigglesworth has said:

If it is only a finger or a tooth that aches, if it is only a corn on your foot that pinches you or anything in the body that detracts from the higher spiritual attainment, the kingdom of Heaven is dethroned to a degree. Disease or weakness or any distraction in you is a power of violence that can take the kingdom of Heaven in you by force. The same spiritual power that will reveal this to you will relieve you. On the authority of the Word of God, I maintain that “greater is He that is in you” (1 John 4:4) than any power of Satan that is around you. How much more would be done if you would inwardly claim your rights and deliver yourselves.” {Smith Wigglesworth Devotional}

For many months an infection requiring surgery kept me unable to walk. I was at first wheel chair bound and spent a month in hospital and at a rehabilitation facility, followed by months at home seated on the couch. During this process I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. From the very outset of this physical attack I knew two things – God is my Healer and I needed to speak that Truth every day, all day. I listened to healing tapes concerning healing. I read Keith Moore’s book on Healing. Gloria Copeland’s books on healing promises and God’s Will for You, and Bosworth’s Christ the Healer. I fed on God’s Truth concerning healing. I spoke God’s Truth concerning healing. I called my body strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. I spoke to my pancreas – spirit taking authority over flesh – and said, “My pancreas is strong and healthy and it produces just the right amount of insulin for the nutrition I give my body.” I said, “Diabetes is a disease under the curse of the law (Deuteronomy 28:15, 61), but Jesus has redeemed me from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). I called my circulatory system strong and healthy and my blood pressure normal. I called my immune system strong in the Lord and healthy. In fact, for many weeks I daily went through an inventory of all my body parts and systems- brain, heart, lungs, digestive system, etc. – calling them healthy and exhorting them to perform their functions and to fulfill their purpose the way the Creator God made them to perform.

I came home from the hospital with medication for every physical issue the medical community had discovered. I checked my blood sugar four times each day as instructed and gave myself insulin shots, all the while saying that this was a short lived phenomenon. I checked my blood pressure every day, as instructed (there was a pill for that too). I was given sleeping pills and stomach acid pills and pills for nausea. I had no appetite (all the while calling my appetite strong and healthy) and often gagged and threw up due to the regimen of pills and the toll the infection had exacted from my physical well-being. I called my digestive system a healthy receiver of good food.

When I truly just wanted to share with others how awful I was feeling – weak, nauseous, and yes, sometimes discouraged –I spoke only what the Word says about me instead. I remembered a similar testimony from Barbara Arbo, a sister in Christ whose prayer ministry at The Sanctuary – a New England place of prayer in New Hampshire that is such a blessing to the Body of Christ. Barbara says that when well-meaning friends asked her how she was feeling after a serious and painful injury, her answer was always “I am getting better and better and stronger and stronger every day.” That became my mantra as well. Every day I spoke praises to God for His love and goodness to me and for the reality of and the manifestation of my full healing. When I weakened in this – and I did – my wonderful faith-filled daughter encouraged and exhorted me to stand on His promises only.

One by one, every issue and the associated medication for that issue was gone. My appetite is no longer compromised, no blood pressure medication is needed; no insulin is needed for my blood sugar levels are within normal range. I am the healed of the Lord!

Jesus said, “Take no thought” about physical issues. (Matthew 6:25). Consider not (Romans 4:19) the concerns and limitations and hindrances of the flesh. Speak only what God speaks about you.

When the church does not teach these Truths, the Body of Christ suffers and is weakened. We must encourage each other into mountain moving faith. We must exhort each other to “have faith in God constantly”. We must give each other firm footing in all of the promises of God. Take great care with what you are hearing and speaking.

And He said to them, “Be careful what you are hearing. The measure {of thought and study} you give {to the truth you hear} will be the measure {of virtue and knowledge} that comes back to you – and more {besides} will be given to you who hear. (Mark 4:24)

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Feeling, Reason, and Faith

Success in the area of healing ultimately has nothing to do with your feelings or your reasoning.  Faith looks beyond both to receive what is promised.  In fact, both feeling and reasoning are often inhibitors of the blessing.  When we permit our flesh to be the spokesman for our day-to-day lives we are undermining our walk in the Spirit.  When we focus on our reasoning ability, attending to our lives through our rational thought process, we overlook the Truth that God’s thoughts and ways are not ours (Isaiah 55:8).  Why elevate our own human reasoning to a position of prominence when we can walk in God’s ways and with God’s thoughts?  Training our flesh and our reasoning to submit to Scripture realities is a continuous work.  However, as in so many human endeavors, success begets success!

Do we always feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit within us?  As we travel through our life, occupied with whatever the day throws at us, it is not a feeling of the Holy Spirit’s Presence that encourages and comforts us, it is knowledge of what the Word tells us about His Presence within.   Do we always automatically wake with joy and expectations of a blessed day ahead of us?  Most of us just need faith to believe we’re awake in the first few moments of wakefulness! It is not necessarily our feeling of being blessed, it’s our knowledge of what the Word says about our blessed status. And eventually our knowledge of that Truth is a more frequently recurring thought than our attention to trouble, concern, worry, or fear. Reason might try to attend to concerns to ponder and strategize about, or fears and worries that we should attend to, but our assumption of the blessings filters through and colors our day and effectively erases negative influences.

And so it is with our healing and health.  Despite evidence to the contrary, we are healed!  Because that healing was already accomplished, we walk in the full revelation of its past tense promise.  It is already done!  (1 Peter 2:24)  Faith embraces that Truth and teaches flesh and reason to submit.  Speak out healing Scriptures to your complaining flesh and in faith expect God’s Truth to prevail.  Let your mouth proclaim God’s Word to your mind and thoughts and teach them to line up with God’s thoughts toward you.  Our God, His Word, and His Spirit reign!

 For we walk by faith [we regulate our lives and conduct ourselves by our conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, with trust and holy fervor; thus we walk] not by sight or appearance. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Isaiah 55:8            2 Corinthians 5:7                1Peter 2:24

Righteous Indignation

Smith Wigglesworth has said:

“But if I can get you enraged against the powers of darkness and the powers of disease, if I can wake you up, you won’t go to bed unless you can prove that there is a Master in you Who is greater than the power that is hanging around you.  In your home… you will have audacity of determination, along with a righteous indignation, against the power of disease, to cast it out.”

Our Lord is our example of what our attitude toward sickness ought to be.  In our  “God’s Word on the subject” Scriptures today we are told that He healed all – “every disease and every weakness among the people” – and that we now have that same ministry (1 John 4:17).  Wigglesworth’s admonition to us is quite revealing in terms of the attitude we are to walk in.  In fact, Wigglesworth was known for his vigor in approaching symptoms of sickness.  He often punched out at the body of those requesting prayer for illness claiming that he was not attacking the person, but the disease (and the demon bringing the disease).

We’ve spoken often throughout these entries about honoring our Father through our attitude toward illness, about the witness that we display to others as we accommodate or defeat illness in our lives.  I suggest to you here that a healthy dose of righteous indignation will go a long way toward the establishment of healthy days for you and your family.  “Punching out”, at least figuratively, against the onset of symptoms of any kind establishes that “line in the sand” kind of stance that wards off and warns away this device of the enemy.  Armed with God’s Word on the subject (and we have looked at many together under the category of healing), and Jesus’ example and demonstration of God’s intention towards us in the area of health and healing, we indicate through our words and our stand in the Spirit that He has the final, the only, say.

I can guarantee you will be tested in this.  The enemy is not pleased when God and the authority of His Word make positive inroads into a believer’s life.  He sets out to disprove the Truth.   And when, through the presence of unbelief, he can disprove it, he establishes a lesser truth in your life; a lesser truth that unfortunately informs your response to future attacks. When you receive illness at his hands you have returned to him a power he has already lost. You have diminished a piece of your inheritance achieved for you through the saving work of Jesus.  You have established precedent that will be even harder to overcome next time.

“Audacity of determination”, “righteous indignation”, and proving that the Master in you is far greater than the power of  disease and the enemy’s attempts to defeat the Word in you, this is to be your stand in the Spirit.

God’s Word on the subject:

Matthew 4:23-24              1 John 4:17

Be Healed – Part Two

   When you first begin to understand what the Word has to say about health and healing, the process of walking in that Truth can be challenging.  After all, we’ve had years of practice in the acceptance of bodily ailments.  As children, we have, most likely, been pampered and gently nursed through times of illness, and we feel so inclined to treat our own children in the same loving manner – TLC through the “rough spots”.  We have “learned” to accept the progress of illness – that it must run its course – and the treatment of illness – medicine, bed rest, etc.  We have learned the accommodation of, the saying, “Yes” to, the welcoming in of sickness.

   Saying, “NO!” to sickness is the result of a well-fortified faith walk.  You build yourself up in your most holy faith – sitting under Gospel teaching that fully holds to and preaches the Truth and reliability of the Word of God, reading books written by men and women who do not compromise God’s intention towards us, listening to CD’s of the same character, practicing your faith in big and little ways – viewing God’s Word as your final authority.  It is God’s Word that will change you and enable you to stand for your health. 

   I always ponder the incredible length of prayer lines at churches where teaching and preaching along the lines of divine healing has gone on for years.  Sometimes half of the congregation – hundreds of people – go forward for prayers for healing.  Yes, we certainly are told to pray one for the other (James 5:26), and to call for the elders of the church to anoint us with oil “and the prayer [that is] of faith will save him who is sick” (James 5:14-15).  And the prayer of agreement is a powerful scriptural principle with the promise of certain success:

Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything} they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in Heaven.  For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My Name, there I AM in the midst of them.(Matthew 18:19-20)  [Emphasis mine]

   Interestingly, the James 5:14-15 Scripture begins with the question, “Is anyone among you sick?” suggesting that it might be an unusual occurrence!And James 5:16 continues with:

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

   God intends for His children to mature in faith, growing up in and evidencing the reaped benefits of taking Him at His Word.   For it is that assumption of the manifestation in a life of all that God has accomplished on our behalf that preaches the Gospel more powerfully than a hundred sermons.

 

God’s Word on the subject: 

James 5:14-16 

Be Healed – Part One

When you give more credence to the complaints of the flesh rather than the developing understanding of your maturing spirit steeping itself in God’s Word, you need to be aware of who and what is being glorified.  We don’t often take that next commonsense step into thoughtful, Spirit led pondering, being too distracted with our symptoms to look away long enough to recognize the correct response, and to realize who we are submitting to – our own flesh and the enemy.

I remember watching a youth group, given the opportunity to present the Gospel message at a Sunday morning church service. As they danced around the stage, “preaching” through hip-hop moves and rap music, loudly rhyming and energetically bouncing about, I endeavored to hear the Gospel message through their chosen medium.  But the significance of the message was outweighed and over-ruled by their emulation of worldly strategies and their unintentional (I truly believe) but inevitable upstaging of the Gospel.  And I heard the Holy Spirit clearly ask me, “Who is being glorified here?”  They were the stars of their own show.

We must regard symptoms of illness and disease in this very same way.  “Who is being glorified?”  Because this is our purpose –“To do all for the honor and glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31) and because we “have been destined and appointed for the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12), to permit our flesh to accommodate sickness does not honor His Word or reflect Him accurately.  It becomes more than just putting up with a cold or the flu; it is more than just personal inconvenience and a few uncomfortable days. It’s your witness to the world of who you are in Christ.

If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.  When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine. (John 15:7-8)

If the Word of God dwells in you richly, whatever you ask (according to His Word) will be done for you, and the production of that fruit will honor and glorify God and prove to the world that you are a follower of Jesus.  Fruit is the production in a life of the promises of God.  Fruit is godly children raised in a godly home. Fruit is the positive results of effective, Spirit led evangelizing.  Fruit is the direct result of a strong “vine life”.  Fruit is the result of a life walking daily in the knowledge and love of God.  Be always healed!  For that testimony will honor and glorify our Father.

 

God’s Word on the subject:

1 Corinthians 10:31                Ephesians 1:12

Healing Relationships

In my role as headmaster of a Christian school I often accepted students whose self esteem had been greatly wounded by the cruel taunts of others in another school’s setting.  Their sense of self-worth was so diminished, that they would not be able to look me in the eye; they walked through the halls with eyes downcast, timidly and painfully making their way through the school day.  Years of bullying and mocking and scoffing had certainly taken a toll.  These students, made in the image of God, felt worthless.   Their view of their life and their world held no sense of value; their negative judgment of their worth and self-condemnation a clear response to how the world had treated them. And this, of course, profoundly affected their studies.

Years later, coming across these same students walking through the school halls, I observed confidence, a sense of humor, camaraderie with others, and, as they initiated conversation with me, their eyes making confident contact with mine, I saw the result of several years of consistent love and encouragement.

In 1 Corinthians 8:1, we are told:

love (affection and goodwill and benevolence) edifies and builds up and encourages one to grow [to his full stature]. [Emphasis mine]

Look, too, at Ephesians 4:16:

…when each part [with power adapted to its need] is working properly [in all its functions], grows to full maturity, building itself up in love. [Emphasis mine]

Those dramatic instances were examples of, first, years of negative input, and, then, years of that which God calls us to – encouragement of one another, love, compassion, goodwill, and benevolence; that growth to full, godly maturity founded on being loved and therefore loving oneself.  But what of our daily interactions with others; family members, friends and acquaintances? God’s expectations remain the same and the results are equally life- giving.

In Philippians 2:3 we are told to look upon others with a degree of high value; to esteem them and even to consider them as better than ourselves.  Harsh words, unresolved disagreements, hurtful memories that still pierce our peace, contentiousness, envy, arguments (1 Corinthians 3:3) do not in any way reflect the God of love that we serve.  Our job to reconcile the world to God is seriously hindered and made of no effect through any lingering remnant of these actions in our lives and relationships with others.

Love, encouragement, and compassion open up the door, smooth the way, and anoint your words and testimony.  Ask the Holy Spirit today to show you any relationships that need this healing touch or any hurtful feelings in your own heart that prevent peace from being fully established there. His purpose in your life is to enhance your ministry of reconciliation so that God can effectively make His appeal through your life to others (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).   His desire is that you grow to your full stature in Christ, in love.

God’s Word on the subject:

1 Corinthians 8:1         Ephesians 4:15-16            Philippians 2:1-4

1 Thessalonians 5:11

In the Face of Unbelief – Part Two

In His earthly ministry Jesus demonstrated the power of unbelief in quenching the promised outcomes of faith; once as a limit to His own abilities, once as a lesson in establishing an environment for success, and once as an assessment of faith in the one requesting healing.

We are told in Acts 10:38  that our Lord “went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him” [Emphasis mine]. However, when preaching in His own hometown of Nazareth, the familiarity of the townspeople (“Is not this the carpenter’s son? [Matthew 13:55]), and their resulting disdain for His teaching (“And they took offense at Him [that is they were repelled and hindered from acknowledging His authority, and caused to stumble]” –Matthew 13:57) created an atmosphere of unbelief.

And He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in the divine mission of Jesus) (Matthew 13:58)

In the account of the healing of the daughter of Jairus, the Lord first had to remove the mockers and the scoffers before the girl could be restored to life:

But when the crowd had been ordered to go outside, He went in and took her by the hand and the girl arose. (Matthew 9:25) [Emphasis mine]

Had the negative energy of unbelief remained in the room, the results would surely have been quite different, for otherwise our Lord would not have removed the doubters.

In the account in John 5 of the invalid at the pool named Bethesda, Jesus demonstrated the importance of faith cooperation in the process of healing when He asks, “Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?]” (Verse 6)

Here’s food for thought; a weighty concept to ponder; a condition of the spirit to inventory and evaluate. If mustard seed sized faith moves mountains, if“It shall be done for you as you have believed”, if “all things are possible for him who believes” – and you are not healed yet, or if the promises of God in Christ are not evident in your life yet – is your level of unbelief outweighing or compromising your level of faith in that area?

God does not lie.  He does not make empty promises. He would be a poor and unfair Father if His expectation of faith from His children yielded no results, or inconsistent results.  We must look to our hearts, to our spirits, to our thought life.  It is unbelief that keeps us from the full manifestation of the promises of God. We have faith in God.  We love Him.  We trust in His Word.  Then how do we reconcile the presence of unbelief?  In a faith-filled life, how do we recognize unbelief?  When we are not fully receiving what God has promised is ours in Christ.

Numbers 23:19 – God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man that He should feel repentance of compunction [for what He has promised].  Has He said and shall He not do it?  Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?

God’s Word on the subject:

Matthew 8:13          Matthew 9:25               Matthew13:58

Watch Your Words

When I was in the classroom, many times students would come to me for prayer for particular symptoms.  “Would you pray for my headache,” they might say.  My response was always, “If you have already claimed it as yours, there is not much I can do about it!”  Usually I got puzzled looks in response.  And, of course we prayed, but not until I expounded a bit on my first statement.  Sickness is not ours.  Jesus has redeemed us from that curse.  Every sickness and every disease is under the curse of the law. (Deuteronomy 28) and Jesus has redeemed us from that curse by being made a curse for us. (Galatians 3:13So to call a sickness or symptoms yours is to deny the truth of Scripture.  This is not “picking at straws” or “majoring on minors”. It is at the very heart of the matter.  Your words demonstrate where you are in your faith walk and in your understanding of what Scripture teaches us of who we are in Christ.  God has gone to such great lengths to bless us, and yet with our mouths we deny the blessings.

What a world of difference between “Pray for my headache” and “There is the symptom of a headache trying to sit on my body.  Please agree with me in prayer.”  What a demonstration of faith and understanding is “These symptoms of a cold are not mine and they cannot stay” rather than, “I think I’m getting a cold”. What a decreer of God’s blessings is, “Diabetes runs in my family but that curse will not come near me” rather than “I’m bound to end up with diabetes since it is so prevalent in my family.” By your words you either receive the blessing or usher in the curse.  When you believe God’s Word to be true in the area of the health of your body that belief informs the words you use.  Out of your heart your mouth speaks.

There are so many phrases that we have heard and have used that we must censor.  “My feet are killing me”, “I always get the flu”, “I’m dying to tell you”, “This disease runs in my family”, “I’m sick and tired”, “I’ll never get over this”.  As you begin to speak the life-giving Word of God over your days (and the days of your children) you will see the reward of the diligently faithful!  Don’t own sickness.  It doesn’t belong to you.

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Deuteronomy 28: 1-14; 58-61             Galatians 3:13

Perceiving That He Had Faith To Be Healed

Kenneth Hagin tells the story of a woman who attended healing services in which he was preaching. She was quite ill and seeking healing, but she had not developed her faith along those lines.  (The scriptural principle here is that faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing the Word of God [Acts 10:17])  She had gone forward for prayer early in the week but was not healed.  Hagin advised her to come to each and every meeting and hear the Word of God on the subject of healing. Later in the week, while preaching, Hagin observed her in the congregation and was able to discern that, through hearing the continuous preaching of the Word, she had faith to be healed.  “Sister,” he pointed at her, “It’s yours! Stand up and take it.”  She stood and was completely healed.

We see the same situation in Acts chapter 14.  Paul, discerning that the crippled man had faith to be healed, shouted, “Stand erect on your feet.”  And he did.

These two instances, centuries apart, are so similar.  What was observed – joy, enlightenment, wonder at the good news, acceptance of God’s Word?  What was it that Kenneth Hagin and Paul saw, or did they discern within their spirits that faith was there to be healed?

The lesson here for us is the significance of attending to the Word, to receive a much needed healing or to store up ammunition for future contingencies.  Faith for any challenge that you face is grown through time in the Word.  It is your insurance policy, your lifeline, your roadmap.  Ask my friend, Lisa, who had stored up the Word in her heart so that when an attack came against her son, she was ready, standing on the solid ground of faith in God’s Word, speaking forth God’s Word over her son, and experiencing victory. Ask my pastor, Verna, who stood on God’s Word and His goodness, during a season of physical attack, and experienced victory.

You must recognize the value, the all important preparation, of time spent in the Word.  If someone were to correctly tell you that you would experience a certain attack in your life three weeks from now, wouldn’t you dig into God’s Word to pull out all of the ammunition you could to withstand it?  Wouldn’t you fill up on God’s promises to preserve your life in that area?  The amount of attention and energy we give to the Word today is directly related to the degree of success and victory we walk in in future days, and the degree of blessing and encouragement we offer to others.

Psalm 9:9 – The Lord also will be a refuge and a high tower for the oppressed, a relief and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution and desperation).

Fill your heart and your mouth with God’s Word.  And you will walk in victory.  Allow God’s Word to be your standard.  Store up ammunition for future days!

Isaiah 59:19-21 – So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall reverently fear the Name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun.  When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight … As for Me, this is My covenant or league with them says the Lord:  my Spirit Who is upon you [and Who writes the law of God inwardly on the heart] and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart out of your mouth or out of the mouths of your [true, spiritual] children, or out of the mouths of your children’s children, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever.  [Emphasis mine]

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Psalm 9:9           Isaiah 59:19-21            Acts 14:8-10

Take Your Medicine

Proverbs 4:

Verse 20 – My Son, attend to My Words, consent and submit to My sayings

Verse 21Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.

Verse 22 -For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all of their flesh.

Verse 23Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.

Verse 24 -Put away from you false and dishonest speech, and willful and contrary talk put far from you.

[Emphasis mine]

Here, in Proverbs 4:20-24 we have God’s formula for walking in divine health.  It is so stunningly important to establish these verses at your very core.  They are a foundation upon which you firmly stand, and then build upon that with more and more of God’s Word on the subject.

Our Father tells us that not only are we to attend to His Words, and agree with them, we are not to let them out of our sight.  There is also that very important word “submit”.  Place yourself under the authority of the Word (Jesus – John 1:14).  Allow God’s Word to rule and reign sovereignly in your life.  When you view God’s Word as your lifeline, your standard of Truth, your incomparably great treasure, then you are submitted!

Further, we are to establish His Word in the center of our hearts.  His Word must be our reason for being – the center of our lives. For the Word of God then creates the person we are and the person we become.  It establishes our identity.

After all of this is done, His Word is life, healing and health to all of our flesh. The progression here, put in place by God, is instructive.  Attend, consent, and submit.  Look at His Word, agree with His Word and place yourself under its authority.  Look always to His Word as your Truth and make it the central influence in your life.  And it will follow that you will find the Godlife that you were meant to have and experience healing and health.

Two other points follow.  Once you have established God’s Word as the central focus of your life – guard that with all vigilance!  God tells us that the springs of life flow out of your heart and your choice to place His Word there.  And verse 24 makes it an act of your will to put “far” away from you anything – any thought, opinion, teaching, etc. – that does not agree with His Word.

Having given us free will (Deuteronomy 30:19), this is all on us!  God can instruct, but we must make it an act of our own will to obey.  Choose life!

God’s Word on the subject:

Proverbs 4:20-24         1 Thessalonians 2:13