Monday, October 1, 2018

Faith for Salvation—Faith for Healing

October 1

But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise… But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. —Romans 10:6-9

This passage of Scripture tells you not only how to be saved, but also how to be healed. Notice what Paul says in verse 6: "But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh…." Faith always speaks. What you say is your faith speaking. I don't mean just what you say once, but what you say over a period of time. Then in verse 8, Paul asks, "But what saith it?" What does the righteousness which is of faith say? "The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart." Faith has to be in two places: in your heart and in your mouth. Verse 9 goes on to say, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth…." You may say, "I don't believe in Bible confessions." If you don't, you have to throw out the whole book of Romans. You may argue, "But that verse is talking about salvation." Yes, I know, but the same faith that got you saved will get you healed. You just have to take your faith and point it in a different direction. Remember, Jesus said, "All things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9:23.)

Confession: God's Word in my heart and in my mouth says Jesus is my healer. I speak healing to my body, and according to my faith, it will be done unto me.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

HEADWATERS

September 26

Then the men of the city said to Elisha, "Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad and the land is unfruitful." He said, "Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it." So they brought it to him. He went out to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, "Thus says the LORD, 'I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.'


-2 KINGS 2:19-21

The heart is the headwaters of the whole person and what happens in the heart determines the well-being of the rest. You can still see Elisha's Stream across from the mound where ancient Jericho is buried. I have been there several times and remember the crisis once caused when the headwaters became polluted. They carried poison downstream and made the land barren. Elisha purified the headwaters with salt and the stream was restored to fruitfulness.
 
The purifying of a whole life begins when the heart is cleansed, and pumps wholeness throughout the entire being. 
This is true physically. Weak legs and wheezing lungs are the result of a bad heart.
 
But it is especially true spiritually. When the spiritual heart is bad, strength for good works is sapped, zest is gone and the person is unfruitful. The salt symbolizes the word of God in its purifying work. The more it penetrates to the heart, the headwaters of your life, the purer and more productive your whole life! 
 
TODAY'S FOCUS
Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal points at which your life is unfruitful. Find Scriptures relating to that issue and use them as a guide for prayer.


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Keep Your Confidence Toward God

July 25

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. —1 John 3:21-23


God said if our hearts don't condemn us, we have confidence toward Him and we receive what we ask for. So if we've been asking for something and haven't received our answer, we need to examine our love walk with others. We receive what we ask for because we obey His commandments and do that which is pleasing in His sight. And these are His commandments: that we believe on the Lord Jesus, and that we love one another. Walking in love keeps us out of trouble and in the blessings of God. Sure, it's work. It's not easy to put the body under. Most of us have been accustomed to letting the flesh dominate us in certain areas. For instance, the flesh thinks it's fun to criticize and talk about people because it makes the talker feel bigger. But if we walk the love walk, we put ourselves in a position to walk in God's blessings. And I guarantee you, nothing the flesh offers comes close to the blessings of God.

Confession: I walk in love; therefore, I'm confident God hears and answers my prayers.

Keep Your Confidence Toward God

July 25

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. —1 John 3:21-23


God said if our hearts don't condemn us, we have confidence toward Him and we receive what we ask for. So if we've been asking for something and haven't received our answer, we need to examine our love walk with others. We receive what we ask for because we obey His commandments and do that which is pleasing in His sight. And these are His commandments: that we believe on the Lord Jesus, and that we love one another. Walking in love keeps us out of trouble and in the blessings of God. Sure, it's work. It's not easy to put the body under. Most of us have been accustomed to letting the flesh dominate us in certain areas. For instance, the flesh thinks it's fun to criticize and talk about people because it makes the talker feel bigger. But if we walk the love walk, we put ourselves in a position to walk in God's blessings. And I guarantee you, nothing the flesh offers comes close to the blessings of God.

Confession: I walk in love; therefore, I'm confident God hears and answers my prayers.

Keep Your Confidence Toward God

July 25

Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. —1 John 3:21-23


God said if our hearts don't condemn us, we have confidence toward Him and we receive what we ask for. So if we've been asking for something and haven't received our answer, we need to examine our love walk with others. We receive what we ask for because we obey His commandments and do that which is pleasing in His sight. And these are His commandments: that we believe on the Lord Jesus, and that we love one another. Walking in love keeps us out of trouble and in the blessings of God. Sure, it's work. It's not easy to put the body under. Most of us have been accustomed to letting the flesh dominate us in certain areas. For instance, the flesh thinks it's fun to criticize and talk about people because it makes the talker feel bigger. But if we walk the love walk, we put ourselves in a position to walk in God's blessings. And I guarantee you, nothing the flesh offers comes close to the blessings of God.

Confession: I walk in love; therefore, I'm confident God hears and answers my prayers.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

BIBLE BOOKS SUMMARY

Genesis


 

Many of our modern words like genes, genetics, generations, and genealory, come from the same root word as Genesis, meaning origin or creation. The book of Genesis reveals our beginnings. Here we have the beginnings of the universe, of the human race, of sin; the beginning of God's program of redemption and of the Jewish people, who were the ones through whom God would bring the Messiah into the world.

 

The first eleven chapters of Genesis focus on primeval history, while the rest of the book gives patriarchal history-the story of Abraham and his descendants. Genesis 1 through 11 describes four great events: The Creation, the Fall, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel, while Genesis 12 through 50 tell of four great persons-Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph.

 

The book of Genesis sets the stage for the entire biblical story and provides foundational lessons for us. As we read Genesis, we're reminded that no matter what life brings or how evil intrudes. God has a plan, and His ultimate plan cannot be frustrated. Many of the events recorded in Genesis permanently affected life on earth. Yet in spite of those epic events, God's plan remained on schedule. We can trust His ability to make sense of our lives even if our world appears to be upside down. When we read the book of Genesis, we're reminded that our Creator-God is sovereign and He is always in control-from beginning to end, from Genesis to Revelation.

 

Key Thought:

God is the origin of all things-the universe, the earth, life, humanity, the Jewish people, and the plan of redemption.

 

Key Verse:

"But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them." Genesis 50:20-21

 

Key Action:

Remember that no matter what life brings or how evil intrudes, our Creator has a plan, His sovereignty cannot be thwarted, and His plan is right on schedule.

 

Key Prayer:

Lord, help me to remember that You are in control of my life, from beginning to the end.

HEALING

July 24

Walking in the God-Kind of Love

[Love] rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth…. 1 Corinthians 13:6-8

The Amplified Bible helps us see what it really means to walk in the God-kind of love: [Love] does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. First, this Scripture says that love "rejoiceth not in iniquity." Love is never glad when others go the wrong way in life. On the other hand, your flesh is glad when someone else stumbles because that elevates you in your own mind. Love is always glad when truth prevails. It overlooks faults. It's always slow to expose faults or sins and is always eager to believe the best. Love will go a long way to believe the best. It doesn't look for something wrong, but always looks for the good in every person. So how do you measure up to this definition of love? If you find areas where you're lacking in your love walk, ask the Holy Spirit to help you make the necessary adjustments. Remember, your faith only works when love is operating in your life.

Confession: I walk in love because I'm a child of a loving God. I don't rejoice at injustice or iniquity, but I rejoice in the truth. I believe the best about people and endure everything without weakening. God's love in me never fails.

Prayer Time

Prayer Time
Praying for Peace