Archive for August, 2010

The Renewal

Posted: August 31, 2010 in Renewed Mind

I am beginning to realize just how much our minds can be renewed. I am interested in seeing how far I can go in only believing the truth about Jesus and who God made me to be. The natural world can be a huge enemy to our minds being renewed. Every time we see something that conflicts with what we think is truth a battle takes place in our minds. Do we stand or do we crumble? Take this quote from Jason’s blog.

“If you’ve seen the Matrix, you remember the scene near the end where Neo realizes who he is. He becomes aware that he has the power to choose to follow the system of rules in the matrix or supersede them. In fact, he just relaxes, hardly makes an effort and puts one arm behind his back while deflecting EVERY strike his enemy can make! Then he realizes he can supersede it further! He jumps inside of his enemy and blasts him apart…something they NEVER saw coming! Then they RUN!”

That my friends is a renewing of the mind! When we realize that what we have been given through Jesus supersedes the rules of this world, then His Kingdom will come and earth will be like Heaven. When believers know that Mark 16:15-18, Mark 11:23-24, and John 14:12-14 are for them AND they live it out, things will be different. The enemy will run because he will realize he can’t win, not if any of those who really believe are around.

Here are a few more good quotes from The Matrix (not in any particular order):

Morpheus: “You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind.”
Morpheus: “Don’t think you are, know you are.”
Morpheus: “I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.”
Morpheus: “The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.”
Morpheus: “There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.”
Trinity: “The Matrix cannot tell you who you are.”
Morpheus: “He’s beginning to believe.”

Tire, Lube Express

Posted: August 26, 2010 in Testimony

For a while now I have not wanted to shared testimonies out of the fear of people thinking I am out to get their praise. I am not out to do that and I know I am not. I do desire to encourage people and to be honest nobody will be encouraged by the testimony that they don’t hear. I didn’t want to share testimonies on sites like Healing Herald because I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. Well, I have decided that I will start posting testimonies as often as I get them and will be honest in what happens and what doesn’t happen. Here is what happened this morning…

I went back to Wal-Mart today to get my oil changed and tires rotated after yesterday the worker told me that I would have to wait an hour for them to unload a tire truck before they got to my car. I didn’t want to wait that long, so I drove around to the front of the store to get my groceries and leave. By the way, I was annoyed that they wouldn’t work on my car and hoped I would run into the manager to tell him. Upon entering from the front I saw a cashier with a brace on her elbow who was helping someone. I got my groceries and then checked out at another cash register even though nobody was in her line. I came up with a “great” excuse in my mind that I realized was stupid as soon as I left.

So today, no tire truck, but there was one car that was in front of me in line. The older couple walked in ahead of me, the woman walking very slowly. We got inside and after letting the worker know what needed to be done, we all sat down. Soon after they got up and went into the store. A little later the woman came back and sat down, so I placed my bookmark in The 166 Lifestyle and went over to talk to her. Turns out she had a pinched nerve so I prayed for her. Thirty seconds later she noticed no change. We kept talking about it when I felt she had a problem with her tailbone. She had injured it in April and it aggravated the pinched nerve. I asked to pray again and this time she felt better afterward. I encouraged her a bit that God wanted her completely healed. I went back over to my bench and they walked away again. Coming back to pay for their car she had a big smile thanking me saying that she felt so much better. That made it totally worth having to spend almost two hours making the second trip to Wal-Mart.

Then the manager walked right by me and I was able to calmly tell him what had happened yesterday to which he apologized and said that it shouldn’t have happened. So all is right. My relationship with Wal-Mart’s Tire, Lube Express is restored. 🙂

Faith in God

Posted: August 26, 2010 in Faith, Healing

Last night I was reading The 166 Lifestyle by Marc Lawson when something just clicked for me. For as long as I have pursued seeing people get healed I have either thought that I have faith for a condition to be healed or I don’t. My focus has been on the mountain/sickness/problem. The only problem is that if you haven’t seen a condition healed then you typically don’t have faith for it. One “giant” for me has been developmental disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, etc… Although I strongly desire to see people with them healed, I have said that I don’t have faith for it, so I don’t pursue after people with those conditions in public, but will pray for them if they come to me. That should be a red flag right there because if we are afraid to do something we dream of doing, we are believing a lie.

What I realized is that while I have been focused on having faith for this to be healed or that to be healed, I need to just have faith in God (Mark 11:23)! I have experienced bits of this in the past, but kind of like a training wheels version of it. One example is for a few weeks around when I started my 2nd year of BSSM every time I got a word of knowledge for a person they got healed. Why, I believed so strongly that God wanted to heal them. Another example is that during a few different seasons whenever God would give me a word of knowledge for the ear I knew the person would get healed. The funny thing with this was I only had faith to pray for the person when God showed it to me, but NOT when someone just brought a deaf person up to me. You may notice the pattern here. I had faith in God when He pointed it out to me. In those occasions I had faith in His desire, character, and power to do it. However, when God didn’t point it out to me, I didn’t have nearly as much faith that my prayers would work. It sounds stupid now, but that’s how it was for a few years.

Having faith in God for one thing doesn’t work for another. Having faith in God means you know that “by his wounds you have been healed,” (1 Peter 2:24). It means you know that believers “will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover,” (Mark 16:15-18). You know that Jesus healed every person who came to Him even people who weren’t the lost sheep of Israel (see yesterday’s post). It means you know God’s character, His goodness, and His love. It means you know that because healing is in the atonement it is already done and you don’t need to convince God to heal someone. It means you have faith in God’s word because He doesn’t contradict His word. When you read Mark 16:15-18 and Matthew 10:7-8 do you believe it and act accordingly? The issue isn’t a matter of having faith for healing, it is really a matter of whether we believe God or not.

(This morning I became aware that Brandon has also been writing on this subject. Although I read his post “Simple Faith” before writing this, I did not write this in response or reaction to his post. If you read this post and “Simple Faith” you will notice we use different language which seem to contradict, but I think the overall point is the same. After writing this I also found his post, “How to have great faith”. I recommend reading both to hear further perspective about the subject. I have added Brandon’s site “I am a Spirit” to my links on the left side of your screen.)

Great faith

Posted: August 25, 2010 in Faith, Healing

The following two verses are often thrown into one of two categories. On one end of the spectrum is people who believe that absolutely everything that happens has to be God’s will (God must have wanted that mountain in the sea. Meaning that if they prayed and someone didn’t get healed, that it just wasn’t God’s will to heal because they obviously had faith.) and on the other side is people who believe that these are examples of great faith.

“I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:23-24

“Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

However, the two people who Jesus said had great faith were the Roman centurion (Matthew 8:5-13) and the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:22-28). Neither of them had a covenant with God, yet they asked Jesus anyway even though they had no right to ask. Both of these non-Christians and non-Jews sought Jesus for the healing of a loved one and He healed them. Interestingly, Jesus ignored the Canaanite woman at first, bringing up the fact that she didn’t have a covenant with God.

As Jesus responds to Peter in Mark 11:22, “Have faith in God.” We don’t need great faith as believers, we just need to have faith in God. We need to know His promises and have faith in Him. I don’t know of anyone who didn’t believe God for healing and who didn’t get prayed for that has ever been healed. So, when nobody believes God for healing, nobody gets healed! Therefore faith must be part of it! I find it sad that for some Christians God’s will for healing is based on medical breakthrough. If the doctors can save you, it was God’s will for you to live, but if they can’t, it was God’s timing for you to go. We need to break free of these traditions and get back to what Jesus said and did.

Shielding Unbelief

Posted: August 23, 2010 in Faith, Healing

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. ” – Romans 12:2

Last night at church my pastor was talking about the benefits of praying in tongues and mentioned one thing in particular that stood out to me. Hopefully I am saying this right, but he said that it is beneficial to pray in tongues when you wouldn’t believe what you would have been praying in English. Why? Because the only “closed heavens” that exist for the believer is in the five letter word between the ears.

Think about it. What good is it for us to pray something with no faith other than that we had the “faith” to say it? I can definitely relate to this, can you? A few years ago I started to notice that if I prayed for someone and I didn’t notice breakthrough the first time I prayed I would begin to believe that the person wouldn’t get healed. I would start to believe a lie that either they didn’t have enough faith to get healed or perhaps their condition was too “hard” for me to see them healed. I say that I was believing a lie because I was not believing the Bible. As soon as that unbelief crept in I was done. I might as well have not prayed again because I was actually expecting them to NOT get healed.

So what did I do? I stopped praying in English until I had faith! I would pray in tongues and focus on the truth of what Jesus paid for until I had faith again. It was like the tongues acted as a shield! Then, I would proceed to pray in English and the results were astonishing! People would get healed of all sorts of things because rather than focusing on the impossibility, I had faith in God. People who say faith has nothing to do with someone getting healed are either lying, have hardly ever prayed for the sick, or want to say that it just wasn’t God’s will for someone to be healed. We have developed such a strong culture of praying with little or no results that it is assumed everyone who prays has faith. They say we need to cry out to God more so that He will wake up because He just hasn’t moved yet. God already moved! The only problem is that we don’t believe what He said!

Praying in tongues builds me up and changing my thoughts allows me to have faith for the impossible. Unfortunately, I am still in process and there are times that what I see in the natural causes me to have unbelief. It reminds me when the disciples tried to heal a boy with seizures and couldn’t do it (Matthew 17:15-16). More on that tomorrow.

Faith works

Posted: August 19, 2010 in Uncategorized

“If in fact Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about – but not before God. What does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work, but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” – Romans 4:2-5

This is such a great picture that we can’t earn our right standing with God. Why? Unlike what we have seen in movies or in real life, you don’t do things to earn a gift because then it isn’t a gift. Basically you worked for something. However if we have to work in order to gain something that would also mean that if we don’t work, we don’t gain it. Anyone who is an hourly worker can tell you that if they don’t work, they don’t get paid. However, when we trust God instead of trying to earn our salvation, our faith is credited as righteousness. Truly, what David said in regards to this is something to never forget…

“Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” – Romans 4:8

Find a way

Posted: August 18, 2010 in Healing

“Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on.” – Mark 2:3-4

A few weeks ago I heard one of the youth at our church say how he does his homework while he brushes his teeth. It made me think about how I could probably memorize Bible verses while I brush my teeth. Similarly, I found that I could easily memorize verses while I got ready because all it takes is reading it a time or two and then repeating it. However, I found it is difficult to use my Bible because it is difficult to hold while getting ready and it is a challenge to keep it dry in the bathroom.

Amazingly the few verses I memorized a few weeks ago I still remember! So, I can see that it is worth my effort to find a way to memorize scripture while I get ready even though it isn’t as simple as just having my Bible there. I need to find a way, however unorthodox it may be, that will allow me to make the most of the opportunity. What opportunities are you passing on because they are inconvenient or present obstacles to you? Find a way to make it work and you’ll be happy with the results!

“When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven’…’I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.’ He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.” – Mark 2:5,10-11