Friday, December 24, 2021

The Bible Promises Healing

 In Luke 9:2, Jesus sent forth the twelve to preach the Kingdom of God and heal the sick. 

Cross reference that with Hebrews 8:6 which says the New Covenant is a better covenant built on better promises than the Old Covenant.

 The Old Covenant had some awesome promises concerning health and healing!

Just to name a few:

  • I am the God that healeth thee
  • ...and take all sickness from the midst of thee
  • ...life to you and health to all your flesh 

Healing is also for New Covenant believers. We know this, because the New Covenant ministry and spiritual gifts include gifts of healing. We know this because Jesus listed healing the sick as one of the signs following those who believe. We know this because James, the brother of Jesus, instructed believers who are sick to seek God's supernatural healing by calling the elders of the church to come and anoint them with oil and pray for them (caveat: notice the elders should be going to sick and rather than the other way around?). 

James made an unqualified claim that the prayer of faith would raise up the sick, and if the sick had committed any sins they would be forgiven them. Jesus said, "What's the difference, to say rise up and walk or your sins be forgiven?" Selah.

Healing will be a prominent feature of Christ's Kingdom which will initially be inhabited by mortals, many of whom will need healing as they enter into Life, into the Kingdom prepared for them. Matthew 18:8 and 25:34 are post tribulation Judgement of the Nations passages and not Heaven passages. 

The good news is that for those of us who are saved, the Kingdom of God is within us now. We have awesome promises of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing in the here and now. 

In every era, under every covenant, our merciful Creator includes a healing provision for his people. To as many as receive Jesus, to them he gives power to become the children of God, and Jesus said healing is the children's bread.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Recover Me: Biblical Recovery Program

 

It is solidly grounded in scripture with seven steps to freedom and three guiding principles. The Bible promises freedom from any sin or stronghold we may struggle with. 

Hungry Hearts Xtreme Discipleship is not for the weak-hearted. It is challenging and sometimes painful. It is not easy to recognize and let go of the miserable comforts and often deeply ingrained coping mechanisms that can accompany a lifetime of default reactions to disappointment or abuse. But it is so worth it.  

Are you ready?

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Bible Promises and Spiritual Warfare

 Jesus had much to say about spiritual warfare, and in Luke 11:20-22, he gave incredible insight into the nature of it.

Jesus compares our persons to homes that must be guarded. And he compares our health and well-being to spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical property, that needs to be protected from powerful spiritual beings who are hell-bent on stealing all our “stuff.”

He said the “courtyards,” the perimeters, the outer entrances to our “homes” must be carefully guarded. In other passages, Jesus tells us the courtyards/outer entrances to our persons are the eyes and ears of our understanding. He said to keep our spiritual eyes clear, so our physical bodies could be full of light. He admonished us to open our ears of understanding to receive a love of the truth. He said it isn’t physical food or washing/neglecting to wash hands that corrupt or make a person unclean, but rather it is what we feed our spirits that corrupts or cleans.

The Word of God, cautions, warns, and commands us to carefully guard our hearts—our innermost beings. We are admonished to carefully choose the influences we allow ourselves to be exposed to. There is a direct connection between the spiritual and the physical. And this works both ways. What we participate in physically influences our spiritual conditions, just as Our spiritual conditions influence our physical conditions--both in physical health and the activities we choose to engage in.

Jesus said the enemy of our souls is powerful, and he incessantly plots against us. He spoke of spiritual beings who will form alliances against us. They will come against us with overwhelming force, if possible, or with a prolonged siege—whatever it takes.

Since that is the case, how far are we willing to go in order to serve the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, and strength? Are we willing to do whatever it takes to protect ourselves and our loved ones from spiritual enemies intent on destroying us, in any way they can? The Bible says the righteous are blessed...and their children. Think about that. The very best gift we can give our children and grandchildren, is to be a righteous parent. The seed of the righteous is blessed.

Our eternal victory begins and ends with having a saving knowledge of Jesus. Have you been born again since you believed? Remember, even the devils believe, and as powerful as the Bible says they are, they tremble. 

If we only grab hold of only one promise and spend a lifetime learning how to walk in it, then we will experience victory after victory, both in the spirit and in the natural. That promise is found in Proverbs 3:6, where it says, "In all your ways acknowledge him And he SHALL direct thy paths."

When God directs our paths, his perfect will always unfold in our lives. Do we always find his perfect will a pleasant experience? Not always. What about when we stray from God's perfect will? The Bible says, "All things work together for good to those who love the LORD and are called according to his purpose. So, whether we are please at the moment with God's will or whether we have strayed from it, we are assured that God will make it work for good if we commit our all to him and allow him to.

In 3 John, verse :3, is God’s expressed will that we prosper and be in health, even as our souls prosper.

Developing the habit of reading our Bibles every day, always picking up today where we left off yesterday, will help us to understand and walk in the Proverbs 3:6 promise and 3rd John blessing. Believing that promise and walking in it, is vital to living victorious lives in Christ, waging successful spiritual warfare, and experiencing the peaceful assurance that we can indeed be in the center of God’s will.


 Author and speaker, Jocelyn Andersen, is an eclectic Christian writer. She is a Bible teacher who writes about many subjects including Bible prophecy and equality of the sexes. She is best known for her advocacy in domestic violence awareness. Her book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence
, has been a staple in the library of resources on that subject 

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

How to get a working knowledge of the Bible

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. If we read our Bibles every day always picking up today where we left off yesterday—never skipping any parts--over time, we will cultivate for ourselves an understanding of what God is saying to us through his Word. Not only that, but if we are doers of the Word and not hearers only, our relationship with our Creator will become deeper and richer than ever before.
 


 Author and speaker, Jocelyn Andersen, is an eclectic Christian writer. She is a Bible teacher who writes about many subjects including Bible prophecy and equality of the sexes. She is best known for her advocacy in domestic violence awareness. Her book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence, has been a staple in the library of resources on that subject.  

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Monday, October 26, 2020

Peace that surpasses all understanding

 Our Savior experienced everything we do, yet he did not allow the burdens of the world to crush him. He fully understood--firsthand--our frailty and fears. Yet he walked in perfect rest and peace.  

He fully understood that the fate he chose for himself [at his first coming] was going to be horrific (Luke 9:22-26). But he chose to endure it for our sakes, for the glory, victory, and LIFE that would follow. 

He knew his agony would overcome evil and death. He embraced the pain and suffering of crucifixion with a mind-boggling peace and joy, thinking of others to the last moment (Father forgive them....). 

Jesus passed his victory to his followers when he said, "My peace I give thee...," when he called us to himself, saying, "Come unto me all ye that labor...Learn of me...and I will give you rest."


 Author and speaker, Jocelyn Andersen, is an eclectic Christian writer. She is a Bible teacher who writes about many subjects including Bible prophecy and equality of the sexes. She is best known for her advocacy in domestic violence awareness. Her book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence
, has been a staple in the library of resources on that subject 

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Monday, September 28, 2020

Torah Observant Believers and Non-Observant Believers: Can we talk?

All Christians do not look alike. Nor do all Christians interpret the Bible in the same way. It is normal that our foundational premises will flavor the way we incorporate our understanding of the Bible into everyday life. 

But, if we are heirs of Eternal Life through faith in the Risen Son of God, then we are not only Saved but we are BLOOD relatives of every other Born Again Christian. 

As in virtually every family, there is never a 100% consensus on everything. So it is with the Body of Christ.  

In this post, we address the subject of how Christians can handle theological differences in general, and more specifically will deal with issues between, non-Jewish Christians who choose to become Torah observant and those who do not.

This is not an argument against Torah groups nor is it a refutation of the doctrine. Rather, an observation of some disturbing trends seen within such groups. We encourage all true Believers towards edifying theological discussion without rejecting our familial [in Christ] relationship. 

As touching Bible study, one scholar astutely observed, "Without disagreement, there would be no teaching ministry in the Body of Christ."

What an encouragement to use our differing views, not as sticking points, or points of contention, but rather as springboards into broader study and discussion of the many facets of the many topics found in scripture. This can only sharpen understanding of our fathomless, incomprehensible, and awe-inspiring Creator! 

Every group tends to feel their group has it more right than other groups. This is simply human nature, albeit, fallen nature. There are disturbing trends in all groups, but following are a few found in many observant groups. These are found in other groups as well, and, without compromising faith or obedience to the Word of God, we feel they can be rejected by any who hold to them. 

COMMON TRENDS

Intolerance of Christians who are not Torah observant: Some Christian Judaism groups [not all] reject non-observant members of the Body of Christ to some degree or other and sometimes altogether. 

Anti-Semitism: It seems oxymoronic that antisemitism would rear its ugly head in a Torah Observant group, but it is a common trend. We do not see overt antisemitism in the form of Jew hatred like the Nazi's but rather what is called replacement theology. This is common in reformed Christian groups, but it was the Vatican that invented replacement theology, which is the teaching that many of God's as yet unfulfilled promises to physical Israel--"Jacob," applied exclusively to the Roman Catholic Church. Some protestant Christians [those of Reformed Calvinists groups and groups who teach Dominion theology] also espouse the doctrine that The Church has replaced physical Israel and Jacob is no longer featured in God's plan or promises. 

Replacement theology takes Bible statements out of their broad explicit and implied contexts to extrapolate them into such a narrow context, that the only possible interpretation would be to allegorize the plain text while obscuring all subtext. To be sure, there are allegories in scripture along with subtext. When rightly discerned, neither negates the other. And a single passage can contain the literal, figurative, symbolic, allegorical, plain text, and subtext; all without contradiction.

This is one of the joys of Bible study. It is the glory of kings to seek out a matter...Selah

The Body of Christ, the Ekklesia, is the Israel of God, but there is no verse or passage in the Bible that supports the Church replacing physical Israel--only being grafted into the root and enjoying the common wealth of Jacob. Many scriptural commands and promises were made to physical Israel only.

Denying the Old and New Covenants: In some observant groups the two Covenants appear to be a stumbling block, to the point where some deny two covenants exist. And this despite the fact that Jesus said they do. 

At the last Passover before his crucifixion, Jesus declared the New Covenant [Testament]:  

"And he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them saying Drink ye all of it For this is my blood of the NEW testament [covenant] which is shed for many for the remission of sins"  Matthew 26:27-28

Galatians 4:21-24 distinguishes between the two covenants.

"For it is written that Abraham had two sons the one by a bondmaid the other by a freewoman But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh but he of the freewoman was by promise Which things are an allegory For these are the two covenants The one from the mount Sinai which gendereth to bondage which is Agar"

There will never be theological uniformity among Believers. Nor should there be, else the practice of our faith would be rote and all our works dead. But among us, there should be genuine love and unity. Jesus said they will know us by our fruits. He also said we would be known for our love for one another.

How can widely diverse Believers practice love and unity?  Individual Believers can recognize each other as being part of the same body. We can acknowledge that we are all living stones in God's building. God's building is built without hands, and Jesus is the Capstone (the Chief Angle) of that building. 

As part of God's building, all the rest of us are connected to one another through HIM. Jesus' building has been in continuous construction since he called his first disciple...Selah

God's Building:

The Spirit of the LORD [YHWH], speaking through the prophets, used a building metaphor, “corner,” in reference to the headship of Christ the Head [kephale] of the Corner [Chief Cornerstone]. Jesus himself also spoke of this.

   No one doubts that Messiah is the kephale of the corner, but how many understand what the corner itself is? What does it mean to be the kephale of the corner?

   It behooves all Believers to understand this, as it is the Christian Savior, the Jewish Messiah, who is the kephale of the corner.

   The Middle Eastern believers of the early church understood perfectly the meaning of the word cornerstone. It is the contemporary English reader who usually does not.

   When a building metaphor is used explaining that Messiah is the kephale of the corner, it means that Christ is the Chief Cornerstone in a building.

   The word “corner” (in this case) means angle. The Strong’s Greek Lexicon defines the word translated as corner (G1137) as, “an external or internal angle or corner…” 

 Most buildings have corners (angles), but there is only one structure on earth that can lay claim to having a primary angle (which the Bible calls the head [kephale] of the corner). And within that singular and unique structure, there can be only one primary angle.

   The primary angle (head of the corner) is an angle that links directly with every other angle within the structure. That means every angle within said structure must originate and flow from a single angle.That single angle is the chief angle--the chief cornerstone. This is not a concept. It is a structural fact of engineering that is critical to every believer in understanding the relationship between Christ and every other member of His Body. 

The Church [Ekklesia] is the Body of Christ. And the Church of the Living God is scripturally described [among other things] as being a building.

   1 Corinthians 3:9 says, “For we are laborers together with God you are God's field, God's building.”  

   The Church of Christ is built of living stones[1] with Jesus Himself being the primary angle--The Chief Cornerstone.[2]

   There are angles (cornerstones) in most modern buildings. But no modern building has a place for a chief cornerstone (primary angle). That is why most modern Christians though familiar with the term, have no concept of what a chief cornerstone really is.

   The ancient Egyptians, however—along with their Hebrew slaves—knew exactly what a chief cornerstone was. In Egypt, there are four-square structures in which, from the the foundation up, every angle (cornerstone) flows upward in continuous connection with with every other angle until it reached the a final angle placed at the uppermost tip. This primary angle is known to in most English Bibles as a chief cornerstone.

   A primary angle is a capstone, and there is only one structure in the world that has a place and need for a capstone; that is a pyramid.

   A pyramid is a foursquare structure[3] whose many angles (corners, cornerstones) flow upward to finally connect in a direct, unbroken, line to only one stone which has four corners that unite the entire structure into a one-of-a-kind unity found nowhere else on earth.

   In Christ’s building—His Church—the relationship of cornerstones to capstone is identical, but the sequence is reversed. The foundation of God’s Church is laid at the top, with the primary angle, the capstone (chief cornerstone)—who is Christ himself—being laid first.  

   God’s building is built from the top down, with each successive stone united directly with Christ,[4] who is the life of the entire building—which is His body.[5]

   The uniting factor between each member of Christ’s body and their God is Christ Himself who forms a living fellowship between himself and all believers in a personal, individual, way. This is made possible by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit—not by any man-made organization, theology, or hierarchy.

   Jesus Christ is the kephale (Head) of the Corner in the Church of the Living God. In Him we live and move and have our being.[6]    In Him, Believers are connected to God and to each other.

   The Church of Jesus Christ has many cornerstones, and we may not all agree theologically beyond the fact that for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes on Him will have everlasting life.

Beyond that, we must strive for the unity of the Spirit...which never includes uniformity of every nuance of doctrine.  So we'd better figure out how to accept as brethren true believers who hold to various theological perspectives we may not.


[1] 1 Peter 2:4-6, “To whom coming as unto a living stone rejected indeed of mortals but chosen of God and precious You also as living stones are built up a spiritual house a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture Behold I lay in Sion a chief corner stone elect precious and they that believe on him shall not be confounded.”

 [2] Isaiah 21:16 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone a tried stone a precious corner stone…”

[3] Revelation 21:16 “The city lies foursquare”

 [4] 1 Timothy 2:5 only one mediator between God and all people. Every stone in God’s building is connected directly to Christ himself—not to someone else who mediates for us by connecting us to Christ.

[5] Ephesians 1:22-23

[6] Acts 17:28


 Author and speaker, Jocelyn Andersen, is an eclectic Christian writer. She is a Bible teacher who writes about many subjects including Bible prophecy and equality of the sexes. She is best known for her advocacy in domestic violence awareness. Her book, Woman Submit! Christians & Domestic Violence
, has been a staple in the library of resources on that subject 

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

A God Make-Over

  
Submitted by Lane Roberts 
In Kyoto, Japan there is an interesting shrine.  It is called the Temple of the Thousand Buddhas.  Inside, worshipers see over 1000 images of Buddha, each with different characteristics.  Those who enter can pick and choose which they like the best.  They often try to find a Buddha whose likeness most resembles them.  They then bow before it in worship.  What is interesting is that Japan is not the only place that custom makes gods to the liking of worshipers.  Our land is now a place where people emphasize the characteristics of God that meet the “quick fix” need of the moment.
   Women in our culture like to get “make-overs”   A new wardrobe, new hair style, and new make-up, can help us with our self-image.  We age, and with age comes change that happens almost daily.  We do need to find ways to improve our appearance.  However, for some time now there has been a movement to make God look more glamorous and appealing to modern worshipers.  In an effort to give God a make-over humans have forgotten that God is ageless and changeless.  At the expense of reverence for His sovereignty, we have made God into a comfortable pal, a “user-friendly” God who resembles us in so many ways.  Our worship services resemble nights out at a club.  The music is infused with ancient pagan mysticism, not the least of which is chanting a few vapid phrases over and over, which the Bible has instructed against. 
   Modern worshipers want a God that can be understood.  They want the latest “designer” God that will be predictable and controllable.  People these days want a deity that is custom-made to suit individual needs and circumstances.   They want a God that will agree with their choices and desires, no matter what Scripture says about those choices and desires.  They want to pick and choose what they believe, instead of taking the whole counsel of God.   They want to make God in their own image. The modern worshipers have done what the great atheist Voltaire said, “God made man in His image, then man returned the favor.”
   God is no longer seen as He is: a God of mercy and love, but also a God of justice.  God is seen as a big grandfather in the sky, who loves everyone just like they are.  While He does love us like we are, He loves us enough to offer the means for us to be re-made according to His character and His likeness.   In our post-modern world, good is called evil and evil is called good.  The modern deity is one of chaos and not order, hatred and not love, blame and not repentance.   The “love” of the modern deity fails to warn of reckless behavior that leads to destruction.  The modern deity will leave one to their own devices.   The true God warns and corrects because it is the loving thing to do.   Let me remind you of this one central truth:  It is God that changes us—not the other way around.