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Love and Marriage, Lesson 6 of "The Love Walk," a video teaching series by Bishop Derrick Day
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The following is an excerpt from the book, "satan, Let Me Refresh Your Memory," by Derrick and Angela Day.
Who’s backing you?
Before we get puffed up and wise in our own conceits to think we can take on satan on our own power, we have to remember that true warfare require fighting forces. Every standing army is backed by the government it is sworn to defend. And every standing army has a commander-in-chief; in the Kingdom of God, the Commander-in-Chief is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Citizens of the Kingdom of God serve two roles, ambassador and soldier.
First and foremost, we are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God:
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us; we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20)
It is our duty to represent our King. As part of the new birth, we are commissioned to spread the good news of our God and His glorious Kingdom. When our citizenship changes, we remain in the world but we are not of the world. Therefore, we are ambassadors in a foreign land and, as such have the responsibility to speak the words of his home government, lest we be subject to recall!
Next we are called to be soldiers. This is why the Apostle Paul gave the illustration of combat apparel:
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God…(Ephesians 6:13-17)
We have to understand that, in our capacity as soldiers, we are to be an occupying force of a victorious power. We are to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), not aggressors. We are to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12).
In our charge as ambassador and soldier, we are backed by the power and glory of Almighty God, creator of all things, the King of kings, Lord of lords, and the savior of mankind, Jesus Christ, and the Governor of all Creation, the Holy Spirit.
Just like U.S. dollars are backed by “the full faith and credit of the United States Government,” we must be fully persuaded we have the backing of the Lord of Hosts when resisting the devil. What is the guarantee we have this backing? The Word of God! It is the believer’s assurance that God will do what he says.
The devil is not the opposite of God. If this were true, satan would be God’s equal and would possess God’s creative ability. The fact is God has no equal! Evil is not the opposite of Good, it is merely the absence of it. Just like darkness is not the opposite of light, it is simply the absence of it!
© 2009 - Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com) and Angela Day (www.angeladay.com)
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God Wants You Healed - God Wants You Well!
In a previous posting, I wrote that God is not the author of sickness. God will not smite His children with sickness, plague, or pain for any reason. Yes, believers get sick; after all, we live in a fallen, sin-stained world. But we need to learn to discern between what is the chastisement of God and what is an attack of the enemy. Often times what saints ascribe to chastisement (e.g., "God made me sick to teach me a lesson...") is really an attack of the enemy.
I took the liberty of pulling a number of scriptures regarding healing:
Now, if you look at this forensically, you will conclude the preponderance of evidence points to the fact that God wants us to be healed if we are sick and to remain healthy. If you conclude that if God is the architect of sickness, then Jesus acted against the will of the Father. Heaven forbid!
Chastening, as I stated in my article COMES FROM THE WORD OF GOD for the believer. And If we do not endure the chastening of the Word of God, then we are, indeed, bastards. I wholeheartedly agree with that premise.
Sickness and affliction comes from the devil. When we veer off the path of righteousness, the Word of God chastens and puts us on the right path.
Understand, that if sickness is from God and Jesus healed them all (which means it is His desire to heal all today) then Jesus was operating outside the will of God. HEAVEN FORBID!!! No sir, Jesus said He only did what he saw the Father do (John 5:19); how many people did Jesus make sick or afflict with disease during His earthly ministry? None.
What the Holy Spirit has prompted me to teach is for the saints of God to stop saying things like, "God gave me this cancer to teach me a lesson," or "God took my baby to draw me closer to Him." God does not need to hurt His children to catch their attention. When I caught this revelation, it changed my life. Indeed, I have seen people healed from all manner of diseases once they experienced this liberty.
In fact, because of the fallen world we live in, I still catch the occasional symptoms of a cold but I'm able to reduce the severity and duration of the symptoms by speaking the Word of God to the root of the symptoms, thereby destroying the work of the devil!
My heart's desire is to see
What Jairus Knew (and Every Parent Should Know)
And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. (Mark 5:22-23)
Jairus was a ruler or priest of a synagogue. And he was a priest with a problem; his daughter lie at home, sick to the point of death. But he heard of a man, a man called Jesus, who had the power to heal the sick. And he heard this Jesus was passing through town and was compelled to seek Him on behalf of his daughter.
Notice here that Jairus was a ruler. He had responsibilities in the house of worship. But he understood his first ministry was to his household. Now, being a priest was a full-time responsibility, but he dropped what he was doing to get what his daughter needed.
Jairus knew that he could not get his daughter to come to Jesus, so he besought Jesus to come to his daughter! Praise God! Catch the revelation here: he invited Jesus to enter into his daughter’s presence. He knew that if he could just get Jesus to enter the room, to touch his daughter, her situation would change.
How many parents today experience difficulty in getting their children to come to Christ? Jairus understood CLEARLY that if he couldn’t get Jesus to come to his daughter, she would DIE! How many children are at risk of spiritual death because they lack a simple touch from God?
But the story gets more interesting, Jesus gets detoured by the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34). This consumed precious minutes — minutes that Jesus could have been using to heal Jairus’ daughter.
Mind you, a miracle occurred here — the woman who interrupted Jesus was healed of her sickness! Glory to God! But it’s hard to see past someone else’s miracle when you are in dire need, yourself. How many times have you thought God was simply too busy with other things to pay attention to your little problem?
What happened next was someone came from Jairus’ household and informed him that his daughter was dead (Mark 5:35). At this point, Jairus could have given up and Jesus could have gone about His merry way, but watch what Jesus said:
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue,Be not afraid, only believe. (Mark 5:36)
In the face of a bad report, we must maintain — no, increase — our trust in God. Without saying so, the Scripture implies that Jesus and Jairus continued on their way to his daughter.
And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. (Mark 5:37)
Jesus had twelve anointed disciples in His inner circle. Yet he only permitted three, Peter, James, and John to go with Him. In other words, you cannot take everyone with you into a faith fight! Even some of the most anointed folks may falter or faint when confronted with real spiritual adversity. To be blunt about it, not everyone in your inner circle can go into the fight with you. God will reveal who you can take. And this is absolutely critical when it comes to your children!
When Jesus, Jairus, and the three Apostles went into Jairus’ home, they found the trappings of death — mourners and wailers. A pall was cast over the household. The child was dead and the relatives were grieving. Listen, without Jesus, the trappings of death are all about you. You grieve because your child is spirirtually unresponsive to you.
Your child is dead apart from God!
Jesus told everyone that the child was not dead but sleeping (Mark 5:39). I stand in awe at how God can look at a dead thing yet speak life to it. And the funny thing is that folks standing around can only see the death in the situation and grieve — that is, throw up their
The 3 Kinds of Love, Lesson 5 of "The Love Walk," a video teaching series by Bishop Derrick Day
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Concerning the Office of the Apostle
Romans 11:29 declares, "For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance." That said, man cannot deem the office of the Apostle is no more. Ephesians 4:11 says the Lord "...GAVE some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;" Please note that He GAVE -- that means these offices are GIFTS from God!
These gifts also have a purpose, illustrated in Ephesians 4:12, "for the perfecting (or equipping) of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" We must therefore ask the question, have the saints been fully equipped?
And they have a time limit, shown in Ephesians 4:13, "Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:"
1 Corinthians 12:28 tells us "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." Note, here, the Apostle Paul says "in the church." Since we are in the church era, this pertains to the "here-and-now."
Now each office is unique -- interdependent in the body yet independent in function. Neither is any greater than the other. You need not first become a Bishop before becoming an Apostle, no more than one need be an Evangelist before becoming a Pastor.
Concerning the office of the Bishop, Strong’s renders it thusly:
G1984 — Strong
From G1980; inspection (for relief); by implication superintendence; specifically the Christian "episcopate": - the office of a "bishop", bishoprick, visitation.
In other words, the Bishop is a superintendant or overseer. In modern parlance, the Bishop is what might be referred to as a “Pastor to pastors.” A Bishop is, therefore, a Pastor but not all Pastors are Bishops.
While these matters are, indeed, important to Church governance, I think they pale compared to the weightier matters of soul-winning and discipling. We must understand the offices of leadership are gifts to the Body of Christ but know that these gifts are not for the benefit of those who operate within them but for the Church and its edification. We must be faithful to that which makes disciples, matures believers and multiplies ministries.
© 2010 - Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
Faith, the Fix For Frustration
Frustration is a fact of the life of every person – even the child of God. What’s important is how we react. The frequent response of the world is fear but, for the believer, the fix for frustration is faith!
Eve was frustrated with what she thought she didn’t know (Genesis 3:5-6).
4And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 6And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Cain was frustrated with Abel (Genesis 4:5-7)
5But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. 6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
Abraham and Sarah were frustrated with waiting (Genesis 16:1-5)
1Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. 3And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. 4And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
Lot’s wife was frustrates with leaving Sodom (Genesis 19:26)
26But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
The children of Israel were frustrated in the desert (Exodus 14:11-12)
11And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.
2And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: 3And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger. 4Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. 5And it shall come to pass, that on the sixth day they shall prepare that which they bring in; and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily. 6And Moses and Aaron said unto all the children of Israel, At even, then ye shall know that the LORD hath brought you out from the land of Egypt: 7And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the LORD; for that he heareth your murmurings against the LORD: and what are we, that ye murmur against us? 8And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.
11And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? 12I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they. 13And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;) 14And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. 15Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, 16Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness. 17And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, 18The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. 19Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. 20And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word: 21But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. 22Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 23Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: 24But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
Moses was frustrated with the children of Israel
8Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink. 9And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him. 10And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? 11And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also. 12And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.
Israel got frustrated and asked for a King (1 Samuel 8:5-18)
5And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 6But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 7And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them. 10And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people that asked of him a king. 11And he said, This will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you: He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 12And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots. 13And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers. 14And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants. 16And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants. 18And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.
8And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. 9And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. 10And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. 11And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; 12Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. 13And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. 14But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
Gehazi got frustrated with Elisha (2 Kings 5:20-27)
20But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him. 21So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? 22And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments. 23And Naaman said, Be content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two talents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid them upon two of his servants; and they bare them before him. 24And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand, and bestowed them in the house: and he let the men go, and they departed. 25But he went in, and stood before his master. And Elisha said unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi? And he said, Thy servant went no whither. 26And he said unto him, Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and maidservants? 27The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.
But those who are at peace inherit the promises. How do you get peace? By faith!
By his faith, Abraham became the father of many before he was the father of any! (Genesis 17:4-5)
4As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.
By faith, the widow poured out oil until she had enough to sell that would take care of her family for life. (2 Kings 4:1-7)
1Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen. 2And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. 3Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. 4And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.5So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. 6And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. 7Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.
By faith, the Shunamite woman provided for the man of God and, by faith, when her son fell dead, held on to Gods promises until he was restored to life! (2 Kings 4:26-28)
26Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well:27And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 28Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me?
By faith, Simeon believed he would not die until he saw his Redeemer in the flesh. (Luke 2:25-26)
25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, 28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Trust in God relieves frustration. When you trust in Him, He directs your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
When you trust in Him, you cease being a beast of burden (1 Peter 5:7)
7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
When you trust in Him, you give the battle over to Him (1 Samuel 1:47)
47And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hands.
When you trust in Him, you can be confident that you’ll not only run your race and finish your course, but you will also emerge victorious!
© 2010 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
The Chastening of God
I recently posted on Facebook that WILL NOT make you sick to chasten you and that anyone who teaches that is repeating a lie straight from the pit of hell.
Yep, I said it.
Indeed, I am rather surprised that this statement did not get more traction than it did. I believe this is a revelation that will cause religious shackles to fall of the hearts and minds of all who receive it!
Strong words, for sure, but words of necessity. You see the church has been bound by a doctrine that suggests that God is the architect of illness and that He afflicts His children to chasten them. There are many scriptures proffered in support of that theory, chief of which is the following:
7And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Corinthians 12:7-1)
Now, we must first understand that Paul referred to himself as a Pharisee (Acts 26:5, Philippians 3:5). He was well schooled in the law, having studied at the feet of Gamaliel. Before his encounter with the risen Jesus, I posit that the former Saul of Tarsus was quite proud of his educational accomplishments. Perhaps God dealt with Paul to keep him from being puffed-up in the knowledge of the Kingdom of God as He was in his knowledge of the law.
Now, I’ll admit, that’s speculation and can be considered eisegesis. However, we can glean something concrete from the text – that Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was a “messenger of satan to buffet” him. A disease or an infirmity is not a messenger. This passage is referring to a sprit being that satan unleashed to impede Paul’s progress in spreading the Gospel. Furthermore, when Paul spoke of infirmities in verse 10, he was simply saying that whatever he had to endure for the Gospel’s sake, he was willing to take.
This is Paul’s testimony, saint, not yours! But I digress.
John 10:10 states that, “the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.” Who is the thief? Why, the devil, of course; that is his job. When something comes about that steals from you or tries to kill you or tries to destroy your life, you can be sure that this is the devil and that God is far from it. Indeed, Jesus identifies his role in the life of the believer in the same passage of scripture, stating that, “I am come that they may have life more abundantly.”
Now, my first question to the reader is, “Is there anything abundant about sickness or bodily affliction?”
I’ll help you out: NO!
If you are a born again, washed in the Blood believer, you are an heir to the promises of Abraham and have an earnest expectation of long, healthy life.
7And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. 8Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. (Genesis 25:7-8)
Let’s face it, pain and suffering is stressful and certainly not conducive to long life. Further, it is not the will of God that His children, the saints, go through life this way. I’ve posed this question many times but it begs to be asked again in this context, would you, a parent, afflict your child with so much as a tummy-ache to get them to behave properly? I believe the answer to that is “NO!” And if God is a better parent than any of us could aspire to be, why would He do such a thing? The answer is, He will not!
Psalm 103:3 Puts it thusly:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.
What part of ALL is unclear, here? God heals…period!
For the icing on the cake, let’s take a look at Jesus. Matthew 4:24 and 8:15, and Luke 6:19, all clearly state that Jesus healed all who come to them. It is interesting to note that these people whom He healed were Old Covenant saints – they had neither the risen Christ nor the Holy Spirit! BUT YOU DO!
Another good question is, how many people did Jesus make sick during His earthly ministry? Again, the answer is clearly “NONE!” According to John 5:19,
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
Then, If Jesus only healed folks and made none sick (and certainly didn’t kill anyone), and He only did what He saw the Father do, this means God makes no one sick! But let’s take it a step further, If God did, indeed, make some sick and Jesus healed them, that would make Jesus’ actions contrary to the will of God, right?
When will the Body of Christ acknowledge that bodily healing is available for all believers? I'm tired of this weak-kneed, so-called "Christianity" that teaches that sickness somehow emanates from God. What part of "Jesus healed them all" (Matthew 12:15) are we missing?
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, “ALL means ALL, y'all!”
I like how God revealed this to Isaiah:
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Note two things:
First, God said the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, that is, Jesus. This means the punishment we deserved was laid squarely on Jesus. Once we are saved and in Christ, the affliction we deserved is no longer reserved for us. Glory to God! Now this chastisement actually extends beyond the believer in that God is no longer making corporate judgments as He did with Sodom and Gomorrah. The plagues, weather phenomena, and acts of terrorism emanate from satan – not God! Yes, God did these sorts of things in the Old Testament, but they are conspicuously absent from the New Testament! Why? Because Jesus satisfied the anger and wrath of God once and for all!
Second, the stripes (the beating, scourging, and scorning) laid upon Jesus were the payment for the health and healing of the believer! Again, those who are in Christ have the earnest expectation that the God who saved them from eternal death can save them from earthy disease, plague, and disability!
God chastens His children with His Word. This is explained in 2 Timothy 3:16:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
And again in 2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
Correction for the believer is from the Word of God, not sickness! Man, this is a revelation!
The difference between capability and manifestation is potential. God has given us awesome capability but we have to get a revelation from Him for our potential to be revealed. The Body of Christ frequently operates beneath privilege because purpose is unknown to most of us.
I stand firmly behind my original premise. Any teaching that discounts healing or, worse, supposes that God is the architect of sickness is a perverted Gospel. I will teach this faithfully until the Holy Spirit releases me from it. Be healed. Be set free. In Jesus’ name!
© 2010 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)
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