The Girdled Tree

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1 I have never had to have a tree removed. I don’t need to because I have a puppy who has destroyed three already. The trees were young, and she was young, and I hoped they would outgrow her—but that wasn’t the case. I am no expert, but even I could tell that the tree was dead. The leaves were gone and the branches chewed off. I have heard of a method for killing off invasive or unwanted trees called girdling. Girdling is done by stripping off … Continue reading The Girdled Tree

Let Them Rule

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26 We were made to rule over the earth. I don’t know about you but ruling over anything right now seems way beyond my grasp. Powerless is a word that more effectively describes my present state of mind. So when this verse says I was made to rule over … Continue reading Let Them Rule

A New Address

For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Colossians 1: 13 When we begin our new life with God through Christ Jesus, we are not only relationally changed, we are positionally changed.  Our old address is the domain of darkness and our new address is the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Things operate differently in this kingdom than they do at our old address.  In this kingdom we are told that the way to life is to die to ourselves, that giving is better than receiving, that miracles are the … Continue reading A New Address

Rock Solid Truth or Not

Spirit lead me where my trust is without bordersLet me walk upon the watersWherever You would call meTake me deeper than my feet could ever wanderAnd my faith will be made strongerIn the presence of my Savior These lyrics from a song by Hillsong United got stuck in my head. Day and night, I was singing this, only sometimes out loud. I changed a word in it inadvertently. I sang “where my faith is without borders”—over and over and over again.  One day I heard the song on the radio and heard them sing “my trust is without borders” and my … Continue reading Rock Solid Truth or Not

If Only God Would

Moses responded, “Then show me Your glorious presence.” Exodus 33:18 Moses had been given the unenviable task of leading God’s people to the Promised Land. God assured Moses that he would not be going alone, God would be with him and would look favorably upon him. But Moses wanted more. Maybe he was thinking something like, “Maybe I could do this if God would only __________.” Moses filled in that blank with “show me Your glorious presence.” When called to go through something difficult or stretching, what would you fill in that blank with? Heal me, make my path straight, make my … Continue reading If Only God Would

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

They Will Recover

These signs will accompany those who have believed: … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 6:17-18 Jesus is talking here, commissioning His disciples and commissioning those of us who follow Him.  We will lay hands on the sick and when we do, the sick will recover. I don’t see any qualifiers in this verse. It doesn’t say, those who went to seminary will lay hands on, or those with a special anointing will lay hands on, or those who are “prayed up” will lay hands on and they will recover. No, He just says, those … Continue reading They Will Recover