Saturday, January 13 2018
The Testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy...Rev 19:10
Why is it so easy to accept the testimony of those that have died before us. When faced with a death sentence it is so easy to relate to those that have died of the same disease as if..."well if they were such good people and died then it must be something we just need to accept". All the while there are so many that have been healed and delivered. I believe it is because of not knowing our identity in Christ; we don't walk in the forgiveness of what the cross did for us so we think we deserve it and that somehow we can't control what happens to us but we can go out with dignity.
When a Pastor who stands up before his congregation and with COURAGE is facing death because of cancer begins to talk about how it is an honor to carry this cross he has to bear, my heart is so grieved because he does not understand what Jesus paid for him. Jesus carried that cross, Jesus paid that penalty so we don't have to. There is a misconception that suffering for Jesus is partaking of his suffering in death, but that is a lie. The suffering we endure for Christ is as a result of preaching the gospel that leads to persecution not dying of a debiilitating disease. It took no courage for that Pastor to face dying. If he had known who he was in Christ he would have stood up before his congregation and declared he was the healed of the Lord because of what Jesus did on the cross.
The lie is that we somehow deserve it. I believe people can't receive the fact that Jesus died for our sins and that the blood covers us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Therefore, we stand before God sinless, righteous and the word says the prayer of a righteous man availath much (James 5:16). We somehow relate more to the sin than the cross. Jesus is not telling us to bear this cross and suffer for him by dying. The word clearly says it is the enemy that comes to steal, kill, and destroy but that HE came to give us life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). Where is the suffering in that? When we receive what the blood paid for us we no longer have to have that sin consciousness that somehow we deserve this.
James 5:15,16 says - And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. The Wade translation says - And the prayer offered in faith will restore the sufferer to health, and the Lord will raise him from the sick bed.
It is possible that we are so ignorant of the word that we simply don't undestand the power we carry. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit...Proverbs 18:21. This indicates that what we say is what we have. If you are talking death...then death you will have. If you are talking healing...then healing you will have. What you say will produce the fruit of what you are saying.