The Baby with the Bathwater

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Matthew 24:35 I believe in divine healing even though I still have pain in my body. I first learned about divine healing experientially. Members of my family were healed because someone prayed.  But experience isn’t the same as biblical doctrine. While living in Tulsa, I encountered the Word of Faith teachings of Kenneth Hagin, Bob Yandian, Billy Joe Daugherty, Richard Roberts and more. It was new to me; I had never in all my years of attending church, heard this message of healing. Since I needed healing, I … Continue reading The Baby with the Bathwater

Freedom!

Since then the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.   Hebrews 2: 14-15 Jesus took on flesh and blood because of His desire to share in our humanity.  He took on the yucky things about being human – sin, sickness, disease, lack and even death, so that we could be set free from them. And free from the fear … Continue reading Freedom!

God Will Supply

And this same God who takes of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19 God, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift, never stops giving.  He is aware of our needs even before we are.  What are your needs today?  Not your wants, your needs?  I tend to think that all I need is healing.  If I were healed everything would be just fine.  I need healing, I want healing, but only God knows my greatest point of need.  Only God can fully … Continue reading God Will Supply

The Kingdom of God

… and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, “The kingdom of God has come near to you.”  Luke 10:9 When Jesus sent disciples out to minister to people, He made it clear that the kingdom of God and healing are inseparable.  Healing in His kingdom is a given.  I am a child of the kingdom – the kingdom where there is no pain, no sickness, no disease, no cancer, no arthritis, no immune system disorders, none. Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”.  One of the purposes of sending Jesus … Continue reading The Kingdom of God

The Finish Line

… and as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him. II Chronicles 26:5 This verse is referencing Uzziah, a sixteen-year-old who became king and reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem. He started off on the right foot. He did right in the eyes of the Lord, he continued to seek God. And this verse tells us that as long as he sought the Lord, God prospered him. But something went horribly wrong because in verse 21 we are told that Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death and cut off from the house of the … Continue reading The Finish Line

Facing the Fear

… Fear not … Genesis 15:1 When my two loved one’s diagnoses of cancer came and the ramifications of it started setting in, I found myself wallowing in fear. To my credit, I did bring to my remembrance scriptures that addressed fear such as “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” and “fear not.” How many times is “fear not” written in the Bible? Actually, I just looked that up and the answer is 365. I guess God knew fear would be an issue for us. To my discredit, I have … Continue reading Facing the Fear

Foregone Conclusion

And you shall again obey the Lord, and observe all His commandments which I command you today. Then the Lord your God will prosper you abundantly in all the work of your hand. Deuteronomy 30:8 Some time ago, puppies were born, nine of them. Puppy number six was different from the beginning. He was tiny, about 1/3 the size of the others and clearly underdeveloped. Dogs can conceive puppies several days apart and this is what apparently had happened. His litter mates were ready to be born, but he was not. Ready or not, he arrived. I looked him over … Continue reading Foregone Conclusion

You Filthy Worm

Words kill and words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose. Proverbs 18:21 At work the other day, some kids were playing. I don’t know what the game was, but a little girl was pretending to be very, very sick. She was laying on the floor, curled up in a ball and the “doctors” were deciding what was wrong. They were saying things that sounded like death to me, things like, “I don’t think she’s gonna make it” and “We’d better call an ambulance.”  I came over and suggested that maybe they could speak words of life over her … … Continue reading You Filthy Worm

Taste and See

Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 Recently, in an effort to be more organized, I went through a large stack of cooking magazines. I glanced at the recipes and, if they looked good to me, I tore out the pages and filed them in a recipe binder. I threw away more recipes than I collected, but still I had more than I would probably ever make. Recipes are good to have and fun to peruse but looking at them doesn’t tell the story. The story comes in … Continue reading Taste and See

God’s Prescription for Healing

…and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14 I realize in this passage that God is talking to an entire people group and not an individual.  However, I believe there are some things we can take from this and apply personally.  I see this as God’s prescription for healing and it has four steps. First, recognize that we are called by His name, we are His. Second, … Continue reading God’s Prescription for Healing