THIS WAS NOT A BODY FIXATION, it was passion for the weak that
drove him. Maybe hed rather wanted to preach holiness, but
when he saw suffering people around him all the time, he let them
have advantage to his grace.
Nothing is to hard for God, he can heal any sickness or any weakness.
And his people can too, his servants and followers.
The Assembly of believers is His body and it embodies all the
glory and fullness that Jesus himself embodied. And all we have
to do to see this happen, is to stop resisting it, and
start believing it is true.
JESUS is really interested in healing
you, if you have a pain. He hasnt forgot you, but you maybe
have forgotten him, and his power. The religious misery-preachers
have made you expect sickness and misfortune, instead of health
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper
and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. So John
the Apostle wrote in his Third Epistle. Was John a prophet of
prosperity? No, he was a prophet of God. And even if he saw much
sorrow and tribulation awaiting Gods people, it didnt
take away his faith in personal joy and health.
He didnt make it his daily tradition to mourn and groan
about the prevailing misery, or about the even worse misery that
was to come.
Have you experienced sorrows and griefs? So had Jesus and the
Apostles. Have you been betrayed by near ones, forsaken by those
you trusted, and met the Adversary where you expected the Comforter?
So had Jesus and the Apostles, far more than others.
Are we the children of God or not? Havent we got an armour
which exceeds that of any soldier?
What is the one thing that can destroy this armour? Only YOUR
doubts and your disbelief! Your doubts that the plans of God will
be fulfilled, that your prayers are heard, and that his chosen
ones shall be saved.
Are we privileged more than others? Yes, indeed we are, in every
way. Not just regarding life after death, but also regarding life
before death, here and now.
But these blessings will not come automatically just because we
call ourselves Christians. Nor will holiness or anything else
of that which belongs to us. And it will not come by our own works.
It will come through FAITH, faith in the completed work of Jesus.
All things are ours, and all things we can do, through faith.
Faith can move mountains, and it can also move you.
But faith fails if you doubt, because faith and doubts cannot
exist together. Who is most trustworthy, you or God? If the answer
is God, than his promises are more trustworthy than your doubts
and all of what you have heard about how impossible everything
Doubts arent just thoughts, they create structures in your
life and your lifestyle. You may have to break out of your habitual
thoughts and traditions, and let yourself be corrected in accordance
to the truth in Gods word.
Are you expecting wonders or are you expecting everything to go
on as before? Both God and the devil watches how concrete your
faith is, and they will act accordingly, in their opposite parts.
Somewhere goes the line between faith and disbelief, and that
line you shall cross. And when you have crossed it, you no longer
doubt. Then you are convinced, and if one is convinced, one acts
accordingly. The conviction manifests, in speech as well as body
And when body and soul senses your conviction, they react to it
and starts receiving the health and strength you prayed for.
There actually is a force in existence
which is superior to matter, and that is faith. Faith looks at
things from above, and knows that God has everything in his hand.
Faith knows that everything were framed by the word of God, and
therefore all that is needed is just another word, of God.
And this word he already has spoken for us. It happened at the
Cross, when Jesus said: It is finished (John 19:30).
He speaks today too, but those words shook heaven and earth, and
totally destroyed the devil. And those words can also destroy
your problems and difficulties, sicknesses and doubts. It is finished
for you, too.
He that is of God heareth Gods words (John 8:47).
He lets the Word sink into his mind, so that the mind adjusts
to what the Word says. He so to speak consumes the Word, so that
it becomes a part of him.
There is power in the word of God! There is healing in the word
of God, and glory. Health is flowing from his wounds,
and yes, his strength is made perfect in weakness
(II Cor. 12:9).
In what weakness is Gods strength made perfect? Not in weakness
of faith, and not necessarily in body weakness. It is the weakness
of SELF-RELIANCE Paul is referring to, that is, the conviction
that all which is good comes from God.
The flesh profiteth nothing (John 6:63), and the flesh
thats you. You are one spirit as well, but only as
much as you are joined unto the Lord (I Cor. 6:17). And the interface
is faith. Faith is the life-preserving link between us and God,
and between us and the heavenly world.
So when you have faith, you have all that which is promised unto
us in the word of God. So let it flow unto you, let the channel
be open day and night.
Through faith we stand, and through faith we understand. We understand
that the worlds were framed by the word of God (Hebr.
11:3), and that this word is the same word that he has put in
our tongue, and in our hearts.
The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart
(Rom. 10:8). Yes, the word of healing, the word of blessing, the
word of deliverance, the word of transformation, and the word
And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehended
it not. So even if there is darkness in the existence, the
Word shineth in darkness. In him was life, and the life
was the light of men (John 1:4-5).
Is it the light of your life? Does
it bring life to you? Life is glorious, when coming from God.
And it does, its coming from God, like mighty rivers, for
those who believe.
And it manifests, being made flesh, blessed flesh,
that is suitable to serve and please God, in every way.
Then youll be a light in the existence, spreading light
in the existence. Youll turn to flight the armies
of the aliens (Hebr. 11:34), and make way for the angels
They will make way for you in heaven, and you will make way for
them on earth. Thus Gods will be done, in earth, as
it is in heaven (Matt. 6:10).
And youll become a powerful spiritual factor. One cannot
neglect such a factor. Youll make deep impressions without
yourself noticing it.
You will set borders and you will break through borders. Your
words will be remembered and abiding, after youve gone,
where you have sown them.
And whether absent or present, we labor that we may be accepted
of the Lord. Just we dont forget that for us presence is
absence, and absence is presence. When we go away, we go home.
We are at home with the Lord, and absent from the body (II Cor.
5:6-9). (Some say we are absent from our minds too.)
The words of a man of God turns into fix points and pillars, whether
or not people wants it, whether or not they are received. Whatever
your conduct is to the word, youll be changed by it, and
your life will be.
So stick to the Bible and speak out the Word, trust, and
the battle leave to the Lord...
Let your light shine, dont hide it with your own works.
Because light shines, and life grows. Power works, and words speak.
We should keep mostly in the background. God is working in and
through us, and he doesnt need any directors or script writers.
We must practice in the art of not practicing at all. Thats
the highest of all arts. To fight the good fight of FAITH (I Tim.
6:12), and not the cheap fight of the flesh.
As long as youve got something to glory in, you are going
to miss the glory of God. Well done, thou good and faithful
servant: thou hast been faithful over a FEW things, I will make
thee ruler of many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord
And base things of the world, and things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not... (I Cor.
1:28). Men chooses big, but God chooses that which is nothing.
Lot did a bad choice, but Abraham did the right choice (Genesis
13:10-12). The Apostles selected the wrong man, but God selected
the right man (Acts 1:26, 9:15). And thats why God selected
you, because in some way or another, you had reached to the bottom.
When our assets have gone to nothing, our Father has only
began to give out...
Leave your face where you dropped it. The religious gloria, too.
Willingly join the ranks of the worlds miserable, out-casted
Instead, take up the CROSS, and carry it as a true follower of
Jesus. His yoke is easy, and his burden is light (Matt. 11:30).
He gives rest and healing to tired souls, and his rod and staff
is Beauty and Bands (Zechariah 11:7).
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory
of the Lord... (II Cor. 3:18). Paint and pretense hides
the light of God. He gives life to whoever he likes, whenever
And he likes. God... will have all men to be saved, and
to come unto the knowledge of the truth (I Tim. 2:3-4).
So what is stopping you from receiving his all-mighty power?
Disbelief. Jesus doesnt force himself unto you, hes
a gentleman. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock,
he says (Rev. 3:20). He isnt entering until you open. Thats
how gentle he is, and if he isnt getting any answer, he
hurries to the next door and next, and so on.
He could pass by you. See to that
no man take thy crown, that which was intended for you. Let
his habitation be desolate his bishopric let
another take (Acts 1:20).
God has limited himself, because he is love. But love isnt
laxity and lack of will-power. Love subdues, but with mild and
unselfish gestures. A look at Jesus hanging at the Cross should
be enough for us, to melt down the proudest of hearts. But
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).
The more we keep company with God and his Word, the brighter his
work will appear to us. From the Throne proceeds the river of
life. And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth,
which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live
And the trees by that river yields their fruit every month, that
is, always. God is the god of Eternity, and for him there are
no seasons. He is in full operation day and night, and the work
around the throne continues without ending.
There are myriads of angels, all busy with our salvation. There
is a fervent activity going on regarding prayers and different
missions, all with one sole purpose your salvation.
It is said that when a chosen one
is born, Gods angels stands around almost fighting to become
that child's guardian angel. So you can feel privileged more than
many, you who believe.
O, to be famous in heaven. Here you are an unknown, but up there
a star, a real star. An uprising star, not a descending star.
Here all stars descend sooner or later. But heaven has great expectations
on the human kind.
Here our life is hid in God (Col. 3:3), not because it cant
be seen, but because the world is closing its eyes for it. But
he who closes his eyes gets a limited view of the world, and will
We are the lights of the world, and those who take us as landmarks
will see the right way. Its plainly a matter of discerning
the signs, a matter of seeing the obvious, the invisible (II Cor.
4:18, Hebr. 11:27).
All humans have got this spiritual gift, and its called
the conscience. The conscience is the best of all preachers, and,
amazingly enough it is Christian. The conscience confirms
the commandments of God and is affirmative to Jesus Christ and
all his sayings.
So for anyone not to be saved, he
or she must first silence the conscience. And sadly, most consciences
become martyrs, imprisoned behind thick walls of disbelief. But
ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to
be granted unto you (Acts 3:14). That is what most people
do, and would have done, confronted with Jesus and Barabbas.
They dont want to be exposed, fearing the day of reckoning.
But the sooner we render our accounts with God, the better it
is. And no matter how much depth there is on the account
you can have it all balanced in one moment, through the blood
Then one could speak about debt-clearing. But it will not relieve
you from the duty to put right what you can put right. If you
have stolen you shall return the stolen or pay for the loss, as
far as you can.
If you have hurt and injured people you must ask for their forgiveness.
And this even in minor details. He that is faithful in that
which is least is faithful also in much... (Luke 16:10).
Everything is recorded in our consciences and it has to come out
from there, before peace can reside there fully. And peace gives
health and health gives strength.
And strength we need to be able to serve God. Both heavenly and
earthly strength. When earth and heaven meets, a lightning usually
strikes down, and the heavenly power is loosened.
Expect a struck of lightning now and then, by the quickening power
of God. Listen to the voice of the Spirit, and be corrected, so
the contact wont be broken, or choked (Hebr. 12:5-6).
Be very radical, but not too radical. And be very free, but not
too free. Its enough to be as radical and free as Jesus
himself was. He could show great mercy towards humble sinners,
no matter how fallen they were.
And he could show great anger towards stubborn saints, no matter
how holy they were. The Way of Life is narrow, but
not so narrow that it becomes impossible to walk. One doesnt
have to trip on toes on the Way of Life, or crawl on ones
Rise and stand with booth feet on the earth. And see to that you
are grounded, so that the heavenly power runs through you, out
into the world.
Be like a windmill, which just doesnt receive the power, but
also does something with the power. See to that you get a mission,
a calling in the work of God. A spiritual calling, where the gifts
are working and are expected to work. Make yourself dependent
on God and his power, and as little as possible dependent on the
world and its powers.
A Christian brother prayed for years
to come out to the mission field, and today he is there, in a
fruit-bearing ministry. (He didnt just go there, but like
Paul abided fervently for Gods green light.) Such people
are worthy of all admiration and all the help they can get.
They have forsaken all luxuries and comforts of home for the sake
of Jesus, and has really taken his Commission seriously. And out
there is a hunger and thirst for the Gospel, while the rich world
mostly tramples it under its feet.
It must be our greatest sin, that we have neglected the great
mission fields of the world. If we are chosen, we are also called,
and called to be followers of the first Christians.
Consider that Northern Europe had to spend at least 15 centuries
in unnessesary darkness, because some disciples of the Apostles
neglected their calling for the North. We should have been reached
by the Gospel already in the days of the Apostles.
Perhaps its you who shall bring the blessings of Christ
to China, or Tibet? Or to the nearby village? No matter where
it is, just as long as its where God wants it to be.
There is a calling waiting for all who believes, and a mission
ministry, great or small. Your health and strength is part of
the mission equipment. Are you interested? Thats not enough,
you must be desperate, and totally unbreakable in your longing
You must pray as Rachel: Give me children, or else I die
For the eyes of the Lord run
to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong
in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him
(II Chron. 16:9). Can He see your heart differ from the common
herd? Or are you in spite of all your religion just as lukewarm
and uninvolved as all the others?
Can we even confess the minimum request for Jesus disciples?
We have done that which was our duty to do (Luke 16:10).
Have we even done that? Paul did far more than what was his duty
to do. He had laboured more abundantly than they all, he wrote,
referring to Jesus 12 apostles (I Cor. 15:10).
If you know you are coming short for in many things
we offend all (James 3:2) then you owe to yourself
and humanity to stop for a while and revise your merits. God probably
has more for you than you hitherto had considered.