Remember that verse that says something like, “Foolish Galatians, who bewitched you to not obey the truth?” Well, that’s about it. Most of the church today has been bewitched to believe a whole lot of nonsense and needs to get back to believing what the Bible actually says. We need to look at those old familiar passages and see what they really say. That’s what I’ve been introduced to and want to share with you.
It really isn’t anything new, in fact, it’s a return to what we all yearn for in our spirit. I mean, really, you know that God has all power to answer your prayer, but then you don’t always get the answer you want, or expect. Don’t you wonder why? I bet sometimes you wonder why he allows bad things to happen, and then, something in your spirit just knows that isn’t right. It just doesn’t seem right that a good, loving God would allow bad things to happen. Yet, you can’t put your finger on the problem or make sense of it.
Most of us are the same way. We try to use our cognitive reasoning to figure out how the Scriptures can be right when we don’t see the evidence. With no logical explanation, and an uncertain, uneasy sense that won’t settle, we come up with a theology that is usually a half truth.
Now, since we know that God’s word is “always” true, and it says there is no unrighteousness in him, no darkness at all, he cannot “cause” bad things. He came to seek and to “save” that which was lost. And, if you and I can look around and see these bad things are bad, and if we were in charge, we would not allow them, how can we believe that God would allow them?
Now, I must define what allow means here. Because we know there are plenty of bad things in this world that go on and God knows about them, and he allows them in the sense that he does not interfere in the free will of men. But, this is not to say that it is his plan or desire for the bad to happen. This is the misconception. We think that because God allow it, that he planned the bad thing for some greater good. The fact that God himself came to earth in the form of man, the man Jesus Christ, to put an end to sin and death is evidence that his desire is to put an end to bad things, which in it’s basic form is sin.
If he came to put an end to sin and death, why is there so much of it around us, you might be asking? Because when he left he put us in charge of putting an end to it. That was why he said “we” would do greater works than he did because he was going to the Father, and that if we ask anything in his name, he will do it. The other reason is that great deceiver and enemy of God is still prowling around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He hasn’t changed, he is still in the killing business, but we have changed. We are new creatures, new creations, created in Christ Jesus. So why are our prayers not answered? James said because we don’t ask, and when we ask we ask amiss because we ask to have things that satisfy our comfort and for our own pleasure, instead of what God intended. Which was and is to spread the gospel, relieve suffering and prove his word by the works. We are to do what Jesus did and for the same reason. Jesus said the works themselves demonstrated that he was sent from God, and our works are to demonstrate that we are sent by Jesus.
But I think it is even simpler than that. I believe we don’t understand the nature of the law of the Spirit of God that dwells in us, which Jesus initiated when he died on the cross. We are simply not “doing” what he said according to the law of the Spirit of “life” in Christ Jesus. We’ve moved from action, to an emphasis on more of God and have internalized our relationship with God. We search for a deeper knowledge of God, rather than acting like God in the person of Jesus Christ. We go around waiting for God to impart his Spirit in us, or give us a “word” by the Spirit before we will pray for someone or go do a good deed.
It’s kind of like the idea of being more saved or less saved. There is no such thing. You are either a child of God, or you are not. You are either saved, or you are lost. You either have the Spirit of God in you, or you do not. You cannot get more of the Spirit in you, it is either in you or it is not. So, if the Spirit is in us, we don’t have to wait for him to tell us what to do. We should know what to do based on what he plainly already told us. If he told us in the Bible, he doesn’t need to tell us anything more. Somehow we have moved from doing what the Bible says we have the power to do by the Spirit in us, to receiving some other kind of “gift”. But the Word says we have “everything” we need for life and godliness. What does that mean? We have everything we need to have life, and act like Jesus.
Along with this search and longing for the Spirit that we already have, is a search for a deeper understanding of who God is that requires our intellect. But, the Bible does not say that our intellect will teach us the things of God, it says the Spirit teaches us all things and will bring to our remembrance everything that Jesus said, and will search the deep things of God and reveal them to us through the Spirit that is in us. In fact, it says we should not lean on our own understanding, i.e., intellect, reasoning, and acquired knowledge. I wonder if we have moved too close to the worship of knowledge; of learning more about God, rather than experiencing the power of God in our lives. I’m reminded of this Scripture:
Revelation 2:5 (KJV)
 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
The first works were the works Jesus told the disciples to do, and subsequently, us to do. Most of us have no problem believing that the great commission was not only meant for the disciples, but for all that would believe on Jesus.
Mark 16:15-18 (KJV)
 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
If we look closely at what this says, and who he is speaking to, we will see clearly that it is a directive to us as well as them. He is speaking to the eleven apostles that were gathered together after he rose from the grave. And he said to them go and preach to “all” the world… He that believes shall be saved… and these signs shall follow those that believe….
Did you catch that? This is clearly stating that these signs will follow those who believe in the message of the apostles. They will cast out devils, speak with new tongues, eat any deadly thing and it will not hurt them, and lay hands on the sick and they will recover.
Then Matthew records the same scene with just a bit more detail.
Matthew 28:16-20 (KJV)
 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.
 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.
 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Again he says to go teach “all” nations. But here he ads that he has been given all power and he tells them to teach all these, to baptize them “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, to observe whatever he commanded them.
Now, we know that the power is in the name of Jesus because all power was given to him. So, what was it that he commanded them? Is he talking about the thing he just commanded them or whatever he has ever commanded them to do? It’s more like, whatever I have ever commanded you to do, teach these to do also. At one point it was to go out and heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons. This mandate does not give exception to the things he commanded. So what he commanded them to do, he has also commanded those who will believe to do. But, the believers, for the most part, are not doing it.
I will say that again. We all get the part about going out and preaching the gospel, but we skip the part about raising the dead, casting out demons and laying hands on the sick.
Somewhere along the line we have allowed questions and doubt to come in so that we are not 100% convinced that this is for us today as it was for the apostles and disciples back then. The doubt causes us to consider and analyze if it is true. That is not faith. Faith afirms that God said it, I believe it and I will rest my life on it.
Was it James that said faith without works is dead? That means we can sit in our prayer closet all day believing, but until we do the works, the faith is useless. What is the point of having faith in miracles if they are not being done? Jesus didn’t tell us to pray to God to do the works, he said we are to do them. It’s the way he planned it. God the Father gave us the very Spirit that raised Christ from the dead to dwell in us and to work his power through us, just like he did in Jesus. We are now joined in the Spirit with the very Spirit that worked the miracles and that overcame death and the grave. We are now the hands and feet, the voice and life of Christ. We are his body.
It is very simple, yet very profound. Philippians 2:5-9 (KJV) We are told to let this mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and taking on the form of a servant, came in the likeness of men, and became obedient unto death.
So what does that mean for us? Are we to think it not robbery to be equal with Christ? That sounds like heresy when you say it like that. But is it? We are joint heirs with him. We are seated with him in heavenly places, we are one with him and the Father. We are not slaves, but friends and brothers. But to say we are “equal” to Christ almost sounds like we are saying we are Gods. And that is what Satan would like us to think to keep us from actualizing the power in us in our position in the royal family of God.
Wasn’t this the very thing that Satan used to get the religious leaders to crusify Christ? His claim that he was God in the flesh? No wonder we can’t say, I’m equal with Christ in power, authority and position. So, we are to let this thinking be in us that was in Jesus who did not think it was stealing to be equal with God. But, for what purpose? To serve others. That is what we are to do, just as he did. Not to Lord over them, but to serve them with our lives – being a living sacrifice, giving up our wants and desires, ambitions and dreams, to do the work he called us to do. This truth is confirmed a few verses after we are told to let this mind be in you.
Philippians 2:13 (KJV)  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
So then, it should be a lifestyle of going about doing good just as Jesus did. In our daily walk as we see those in need of healing, of salvation, of whatever need they have, we should have compassion on them. We know that God’s desire is that they always be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth. Did you know that the word “saved” means; Greek 4982 – “sos” to save, that is, deliver or protect (literally or figuratively). –heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. And the word salvation means; Greek 4991 to rescue or safety, (physically or morally). –deliver, health, salvation, save, saving.
Did you catch that? Healing is a part of salvation! So if it’s God’s desire that all should be saved, then it is his desire that all should be healed, rescued, delivered, protected and preserved. For whatever reason we have discounted the healing part and concluded that God sometimes wants us sick to teach us something. But that idea is not Scriptural. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, not sickness. Sickness comes from living in this fallen world and came to us after the fall of man. But Jesus said, I have overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. We are no longer under the law of sin and death, but if the Spirit of God lives in you, you are under the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. Notice, it’s the law “of” life in Christ Jesus. We have the very ‘life” of Christ Jesus living in us by the very same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. Check this out.
Romans 8:2, 10, 11 (KJV)
 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
The death of the body is not talking about actual physical death, or so it may seem. If we do not have the Spirit in us, we will die, both body and spirit and be cast into hell. But, because the Spirit is in us, the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead (without sickness and disease, I might add) will also quicken, (bring to life) our physical bodies by the same Spirit that lives in us. And let us not forget that by his stripes we are and were healed.
Let’s take a good look at this familiar passage.
Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV)
 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
 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.
This says that we esteemed (which means to fabricate or contrive) that God afflicted him, much the same way we have fabricated and contrived that God afflicts us. But, that was not the case. He choose to bear our grief and sorrow, and with his stripes we are healed. Take a look at the tense of the verb “are”. That is present, not will be when we die, but present. And in another place, we see clearly that he chose of his own self to bear our sins, God did not make him bear them.
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV)
 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
So now, let’s look at this word healed. What does it really mean here and in Isaiah 53? It’s the Greek word 2390 to cure, –heal or make whole, literally or figuratively. In Hebrew 7495, to mend as in stitching, figuratively to cure, cause to heal, —-physician, repair thoroughly, make whole.
So here we see he did not come just to forgive our sin and give us eternal life. But to save us from the law of sin and death – to literally rescue, to protect, to deliver, to preserve, to heal, to make us whole physically, and morally.
John 3:15-17 (KJV)
 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
We know he came to seek and to save that which was lost. And he sends us out to do the same. To seek them and to save them through the laying on of hands, casting out demons and raising them from the dead literally, physically. While on the earth he healed everyone who came to him, by these signs they believed he was who he said. This signified that the Kingdom of God was near. He died on the cross to complete “his” work. He said he had to go away, so that he could give us the comforter, his very Spirit living in us.
Now, reading Scripture with this mind-set makes all the uneasy, unanswered questions fit. Because now, they are answered. The answer has just not been believed and acknowledged as truth. It is our job to protect against the evil devices of the enemy in the world. In the name, and in the power of Jesus’ name we are to command it to stop.
This is not a new revelation, it is the original revelation. God said it, I believe it and I will walk in it. How about you? Read the words of Christ anew, and do what it says. Don’t wait for a new revelation when you have not completed the first task. Just do it!
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God Bless your day,