“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? Isaiah 53:1”
Personally, I believe what you experience as regards your health i.e. either sickness or perfect health depends basically on the report you choose to believe. Either that of the world or that of the word.
Many people have not been able to enjoy all of God’s provision for their health basically because they choose to believe the medical reports that they have received as truth replaced by the word of truth itself.
The World’s report has been highly publicised in our world today, we keep hearing of the dangers of many health challenges and doctors keep branding new ones, without having solved the earlier ones. We keep hearing of millions dying by the day as a result of diseases and sicknesses. While I do not try to brand doctors as wicked people, I try to show us that God has an adequate plan for us to be in good health, if we will only believe Him. This article however, endeavours to amplify God’s say about our health.
Taking a closer look at God’s original intent for the earth, we will discover that God’s will was that the earth and its inhabitant should live a sickness and disease free life.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day (Gen 1:31)”
Clearly from the above scripture, at creation God looked at the earth and saw that everything he had created was very good. One cannot argue that sicknesses and diseases were in this earth and such a Loving God still declared that it was very good. Man was born to rest, not to live life under the pressure of sickness and diseases. The atmosphere in Eden was an atmosphere so blessed, that even when man didn’t wear any clothes, his health did just well. Adam never had any high-blood pressure, no headache once, not to talk of migraine, Cancer was not known to him, he was a free man. His Body-temperature never went too high or neither too cold even without clothes. No Blood-Group or Blood-type knowledge, yet he was free from the menace of blood transfusion, or any related issue. He was a free man. The earth was without sickness. God never wanted any man sick neither does he delight in seeing any weak or feeble man in pains. In-fact, herbs and trees in which many of our drugs are made of today were not created for medicinal purposes but for food as seen below;
“And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food (Gen 1:29)”
Notice God specifically saying, it shall be for food not drugs. So God never wanted man to fall sick in the first place so there wasn’t any need to plan for healing him. All God created with the earth was perfect health without sickness or weakness.
At the fall, man permitted the devil to take charge of the earth. And after that we notice a serious disorder from God’s original intent. Man started dying physically, a long-term result of him dying spiritually. We notice diseases take a toll on man and hereby terminating abruptly man’s life. So it is clear that the originator of sicknesses and diseases is the Devil (Man’s enemy also known as the thief). He stole man’s health.
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10)”
As true at the statement above is, the world rather has shied away from this truth and has kept on trying to explain other mentally acceptable reasons for the cause of sicknesses. But according to God’s report, the sole cause of Sicknesses is the Devil. So the next time, you feel a pain in your body, don’t think twice, remember it’s the devil that stole your health and rebuke him for it.
But actually the choice is yours, whose report you believe;
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. (Deut. 30:19)”
God never wants any man sick. Even at the fall, which was man’s fault He didn’t leave man to his own problem because man was helpless. Man couldn’t save him-self from the mess he had got into. And that is why for any man who has not accepted God’s salvation i.e. Jesus, such a man is helpless.
“And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee. (Deut. 7:15)”
All through the old-testament God proved him-self in many ways to be Man’s healer. Finally, to give a death-dealing blow to sicknesses, He sent Jesus. The Bible records that during His earth walk he healed the sick.
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy-ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him (Acts 10:38)”
The bible calls healing the sick good, it therefore means being sick was bad. And God was displeased with man’s sickness. Finally, Jesus paid the ultimate price for man’s redemption and man’s debt to sin and sickness was fully and permanently paid at the cross. If you are paying another, it’s because of your ignorance.
“He his despised and rejected by men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him (Isaiah 53:3)”
“Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteem Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted (Isaiah 53:4)”
“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5)”
“Who his own self bare our sins in his body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed (1 pet 2:9)”
And by whose stripes we were healed. Notice the use of the word “were”. We were ever healed before we were sick. Jesus has restored back to the earth, God’s original purpose concerning man’s health. The only way to enjoy this now, is simply to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life. Jesus paid the price for all diseases that is ever was and will still be when he died at the cross. All we need do is to believe Him.
God doesn’t afflict or tempt any-one with sickness. He will never punish you for your sins by making you sick. He punished Jesus on the cross already for your sake. Punishing you again will mean He is not a Just God and God forbid! The Debt is Paid, The devil’s reign over your life is over.
At Resurrection, when Jesus was raised from the dead and we who believe was raised with him also, our bodies received new strength.
“It is sown in dis-honour, it is raised in glory, it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power (1 Cor. 15:43) NKJV”
“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body (1 Cor. 15:44) NKJV”
So as a believer, your body is a spiritual body. A no go area for sicknesses. Your body is a temple of God meant for God alone and not for sickness. God and sickness can’t co-exist in your body. Light and darkness can live together. Your knowledge of this, is where your solution lie.
Many Christians suffer diseases today because they are ignorant of God’s provision concerning their health or they simply are not persuaded of them. They rather prefer an explanation more appealing to their senses. They do not know that the best way to understand God and His ways is through faith. Faith brings understanding.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible (Hebrews 11:3)”
We understand God by faith. Divine health is connected to by faith. You need to acknowledge God’s provision for your health. Believe what he says concerning your health and say what he says concerning your health. And take any other report contrary to this as false. God created you, so he knows you more than you know your-self and He says I didn’t create you to be sick, won’t you simply believe him and enjoy life like a free man?
If you are reading this, and you are sick already, accept Jesus as your lord and saviour, believe his report concerning your health, confess it, take a step of faith, and see God supplying you strength from your inner man and do what you couldn’t do before. Don’t try to do it, do it.
In the book of Acts 3: 1 -9, the story of the ugly man at the beautiful gate whom the holy-ghost healed through peter and John. You will notice Peter and John pulled up the man in the name of Jesus. He simply believed Jesus and peter and john made him do what he couldn’t do before. It was in doing that, that he got his healing.
Believe Jesus and his provision for your health and start doing what you couldn’t do before. Here-in lies your healing. So don’t try to do it, Just do it and you discover you are healed.
Take charge of your health today, activate God’s provision for your health and live life to the fullest.
Christ Reigns! We Win!
I CALL YOU BLESSED
Written by Afolabi Samson
I left others behind, and followed him as he led. I had to wait and watch with him, as he moved ahead to pray. He fell upon his face and began to pray. The way he prayed surprised me. “Is he not the son of God?” I reasoned. “How is it that he’s praying in this manner? Groaning in prayer? Why exert so much energy” Those were questions I tried to answer within myself. I tried to watch him for some minutes, but it didn’t take long for me to sleep off. Suddenly I woke up from my sleep. It was him tapping me. I checked my time, and discovered that one hour had passed already. “One hour?” I reasoned! “What’s he praying about? Has he forgotten that he’s the son of God? And now he’s even sweating profusely. Is God no longer his father?” I thought he came to wake me so we can start leaving, but I was wrong. He came to wake me to join him in prayer as he went to pray the same way two more times. I couldn’t just stand it and had to fall asleep again and again.
As we left that place, I kept thinking about the prayer scenario. And really, I shouldn’t have been so surprised. That has been his attitude from the onset. He had always kept times of prayers. I remember after one meeting we had, where there were so much miracles, he still went somewhere to pray till midnight. I had thought he would just go somewhere to relax, but I was wrong. At another time, he prayed from evening till morning; which was around 12 hours. “Why that long?” I asked in my heart. At some other times, he rose so early to a very quiet place to pray. I had been wrong in my thoughts that he wouldn’t have to pray if he was the son of God. I came to understand many of these things later.
When Jesus left us with the ministry and we had to continue preaching the gospel, we had to devote ourselves also to prayer and the word. It was as if there was something in us that just pushed us to pray. Same way he did during his time, we made prayer a priority; we had daily times of prayers, even though we pray without ceasing. We didn’t miss our prayer times for anything. And we saw so much healing and miracles just as when he was with us. We devoted ourselves fully to prayer. I remember praying somewhere one day, and even when I became so hungry, I still continued to pray. It was already the sixth hour and food was being prepared for me, but I continued in prayer. Even when we faced problems with the governing authority, that didn’t stop us from praying; it was like breathing to us. It is just our nature to pray.
Now I know why our master would always pray. That was his nature. As he was always in constant communion with the heavenly father, we were also in constant communion with the father. Some from among us even while they were remanded in prison couldn’t resist the urge to pray. They prayed, they sang praises to God. No situation was too big to stop prayers. At a time when I was also arrested and put in the prison, what the other brethren did was to pray. It was as if what God would do is dependent on our prayers. We cooperated with God in prayer to see his will established here on earth. Every one of us in the group was a man and woman of prayer. Prayer was not left for some certain group; everybody prayed. What was He praying for? He prayed that God’s will be done and His Kingdom Come.
He taught His disciples the same in what we call the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6: 9 – 13).
One Common act practised by our Patriarchs of Old is Prayer. Yes, they prayed. Elisha prayed earnestly, Elijah Prayed, the prophets prayed, Paul Prayed in Ephesians, Colossians, Thessalonians, Peter Prayed, the Apostles Prayed they prayed and prayed until they were able to reveal and establish the kingdom of God on earth. The 120 people who gathered in the upper room prayed until God’s Promise of the Holy-Spirit was released to the Church. Paul encouraged us to Pray without ceasing (1 Thess. 5:17). Pray without STOPING. The Apostles said we “would give ourselves to the ministry of the word and Prayer (Acts 6:4). Prayer get things done. The Holy-Spirit came on the wings of Prayer. Our Father in Heaven is ready to hear us,
“And this is the Confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14)
“If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14).
Now the Baton has been passed unto us, the Church. It is time for the Church to rise-up to pray and not just pray, but Pray for God’s will to be done and His kingdom Come. Prayer aligns us with God’s will for corporate turning that can activate our journey towards God. Prayer opens the eyes of our understanding just as Paul prayed in Ephesians, Colossians etc. for the Church. Prayer can create in our spirit a Hunger for the Lord. Prayers is Praying the Scriptures. God’s will is specifically declared in the Bible. That is a very safe way to pray the will of God.
The whole region knew us. We were accused of turning the world upside down. We did it through the word and prayer. As for the sick people, it didn’t matter if we touched them, or used handkerchief from our bodies, or our shadows, or just our words, they always got healed. Dead people were raised back to life too. There was no room for laziness. We were so fervent in prayer. And it was glaring that we took over the whole world, filling it with the wonderful name of the savior Jesus. Prayer to us is like breathing.
And yes we are the new creature; created in Christ Jesus for every good work. Yes we are! We pray because that is who we are. Our call was not to irresponsibility and laziness; it is a call to take over the world with his name. We are taking over. Not just by mouth; we will yet pray, and pray more, and pray. We will act too. Yes we will! Pray! Men that took over prayed, so pray now. Pray! Pray now! Have you started praying already? What are you waiting for? When you are weak, pray. When you are strong, pray.
Our Generation may never witness the Power and wonderful acts of God as we see in the bible, if we don’t learn to Pray. The effective and fervent prayer of the righteous makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working.
The church will keep being insensitive, and Babes if we don’t Pray. We must arise. This is a wake-up Call, Pray. Pray for your Family, Pray for your country, Pray for the Church, Pray for yourself. Pray and Pray and Pray. Pray until something Happens.
Don’t waste time, pray. Pray and Pray and Pray. Shut down the Television, Shut down the Radio, Shut down that Laptop instead PRAY. Yes, I said PRAY.
Written by Ajayi Samuel and Afolabi Samson
“…Then pour out [the oil you have] into all those vessels…(2 Kings 4:4)”
Our Covenant fathers seemed to understand some ancient paths and secrets which granted them access to operate in the supernatural without stress. One of such mysteries is the secret of multiplication. It is important to note that the bible is basically a book of principles, if u know the right keys that opens a door and you operate them accordingly, no matter who you are, the doors will open to your instruction.
So if you operate the right keys in any area of your life say marriage, finances, career, ministry then success is guaranteed. And that is why a Pagan may have a peaceful marriage because he knows how to handle marriage and a spirit-filled Christian may not have one. Same also applies in business. What makes the difference is Wisdom.
“The labour of fools wearies them, for they do not know how to get into the city! (Ecc. 10:15) ”
Without a good knowledge of the keys and using them appropriately one may pray and pray and even fast for 100 years and there won’t be any result. Am not in any way speaking less of praying and fasting, but am putting emphasis on the place of wisdom. For-example, without the knowledge of kingdom prosperity one may pray and fast and still remain poor.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding (proverbs 4:7)”
The book of 2nd kings 4: 1 -7 talks about a particular woman whose husband was a prophet yet died a poor man having debt (prosperity answers to knowledge not ministerial office). After his death, his creditors came wanting to take his two sons to be slave. At this, the wife of the late prophet cried to Elisha for help. It’s interesting the way Elisha answered, and said “what do you have?” Isn’t it interesting that God finds it easy to multiply what we have, than we having nothing? Even mathematics teaches us that zero (nothing) multiplied any number in the world is zero (nothing).
Remember at the feeding of the 5000 people (John 6: 1 -14), the disciples told Jesus, we have 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Also in Matthew 15:34, Jesus asked
“How many loaves do you have? And they said “seven loaves and a few fishes”.
They had something. So they qualified for multiplication. Moses had a rod, he parted the red sea, the woman in 2nd kings 4:1 – 7 had a jar of oil, she also qualified for multiplication, the woman in (Judges 9:50 – 57) also used her effort to cast a millstone, and God multiplied her effort to save a whole town, now let me ask what do you have? Or what are you doing?
Many people are not doing anything, yet they cry that God should bless them and I ask what should God bless? Imagine if God opens all the windows of heaven and it were to rain heavily, if you don’t have anything to collect water even if it is a small bucket, you still may never have water, yet there was rain.
Am not advocating for hard-work over God’s grace but am saying at least start doing something. Stop sitting down and complaining. Find something doing.
Now let’s continue with our story, then Elisha told her “go borrow vessels from everywhere from all your neighbours-empty vessels, do not gather a few (2 kings 4:3)”. You will agree with me that the number of vessels this woman will borrow will depend on how much she believed Elisha to be Gods prophet. If she believed God in Elisha a little she might just have borrowed say may be 3 or 4 to just give it a try. But if she seriously believed Elisha to be Gods mouth-piece then she could borrow as much as 25 to 30. Many people have not succeeded in life because they have refused to believe the prophet God has placed over them.
“And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved (Hosea 12:13)”
As much as one has to be very careful of fake prophets who profess to agents of light and are actually otherwise one still needs to be careful not to neglect God sent servants who have come to give one light. Arrogance and disobedience kills, don’t engage in it.
Then Elisha gave the woman the instruction “then pour it into all these vessels”. Now let’s hold that there and consider 2nd kings 4:42 – 44.
“vs 42. And there came a man from Baal – shalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat”.
“vs. 43 but his servant said, ‘What? Shall I set this before one hundred men?’ He said again, Give it to the people that they may eat; for thus says the Lord: ‘They shall eat and have some left-over’”.
“vs. 44 so he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord”.
Notice the instruction Elisha gave in vs. 42 “Give unto the people that they may eat”.This same instruction is similar to the instruction to the woman “then pour it into all these vessels”. Now let’s look at our lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in John 6:1 -14.
“vs. 11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as they would”
Notice Jesus “distributed to the disciples” and “the disciples (distributed) to them that were set down”. This was the same instruction in the account of Matt. 15:32 – 39. From this three different stories we see just one trend in the way this heroes of faith operated the mystery of multiplication. What they did was to give out (pour, set before, distributed) the little they had and in a way nobody could explain the things they gave out multiplied as they desired.
The Mystery of multiplication is about giving. Releasing that thing that seems not enough, is bringing it before the almighty for multiplication.
“He that gives unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse (Prov. 28:27)”
“Cast your bread upon the waters: for you shall find it after many days (Ecc 11:1)”
It is important to note that this mystery doesn’t just work for finances. This mystery operates in all areas of life. As a minister of the gospel, know that the more you preach (let out) the revelations God give you, the more the revelations are multiplied to you. As a business-man the more ideas you get and you share, the more you open yourself to receive more.
Many times our eyes are on the big, whilst we do not know that the pathway to the big, is the small. If you ever desire that God should use you on a large-scale know that, it is being faithful in the little assignments that brings the big ones. The secret to praying one hour, is starting to pray 10 minutes. Whatever area you desire multiplication, just spend that little you have, and God will multiply it.
Many people have refused to increase because they are stingy. They have continued to hoard God resources in their life, and that’s why they don’t have more. In all aspects of life, the principle is let go that little and you see God multiply it. Learn to start sharing today, and see God’s abundant grace multiplying your little efforts in all areas.
Read Also (2 kings 4:1 -7, 42 – 44, John 6:1 – 14, Matthew 15:32-39)
I CALL YOU BLESSED.
…and thy God my God. (Ruth 1:16)
The above statement was the confession of a lady in the bible. I find this statement very insightful and key to walking with Jesus. As believers we must come to know that God’s attention is on ME. We must know that though God is the God of the Universe, containing billions of People, He is personally my God. He knows me personally and has a direct relationship with ME. He so knows me up to the extent that He says
But the very hairs of your head are all numbered (Matt. 10:30)
Wow! He even numbered the hairs of my head. What else? We must learn that the promises of the scriptures are written for ME.
Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours; (1 Cor. 3:21)
He says HE knows only you. God knows only ME. Haven’t you wondered why the bible (especially the Old Testament) talks so much about the children of Israel? One would be tempted to think there weren’t other people on the face of the earth or God wasn’t concerned about them. But truly He was. He was concerned about the World, through Israel. Through His focus on Israel, He was able to produce the Messiah to save the world. So like-wise He is concerned about the world through me. He knows if He has ME, He can through ME, have the World.
He is not just the God of Abraham, or the God of Elijah, He is MY God. He is the God of Samson.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. (Ps. 139:16)
Everyone who has a diary, writes things which are personal to them alone. The above verse tells us that God wrote the issues about US (ME) individually in his diary. Indeed, He may be the God of the Universe, He is personally my Lord. This understanding would help us know HE is always for us. We dwell continually in His presence. I must know the bible was written specifically to me. How blessed are we.
He doesn’t just want to be described by the name of your Pastor, or your General Overseer. He wants to be described as your God. God doesn’t want any-man to know him through another man. He wants to build a personal relationship with every man. Though God had always addressed the children of Israel through speaking to Moses, yet at some-point, he told Moses bring the people to meet me themselves, I want them to know me themselves and not just through you.
And the Lord said to Moses, Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, (Exodus 19:10)
And be ready against the third day: for on the third day the Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon Mount Sinai. (Exodus 19:11)
The Psalmist said, God’s mind is full of me. He is deeply in Love with me. I didn’t work to get it, I earned it as a gift and I can’t do anything to keep it. He just loves me. He is MY God. He wants to hear ME speak. He is MY God. He always has time for ME. He is MY God. He is MINE. Jesus, the only begotten of the father, also confirmed this.
….I ascend unto my Father, and your father; and to my God and your God. (John 20:17)
Wow! What an interesting possession. I can scream it loud…He is MY God. As we continue in fellowship with the spirit we will grow in this revelation.
This was the agony of Jesus on the cross…
“And at the Ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is being interpreted, MY GOD, MY GOD, why hast thou forsaken me? (Mark 15:34)” (emphasis mine)
Of all the pains at the cross, losing the sweetness of the possession of God was the most painful to Jesus. What a priceless possession! No wonder Jesus did all that he did during his earth walk for God was with Him.
My friend, today, God wants us to build a personal relationship with Him, He wants you to know He is yours. Walk in this revelation and enjoy all the sweetness of being connected to Heaven.
I CALL YOU BLESSED
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: (2 Pet 3:1)”
It interesting how we feel glad, when we stumble on the truth in the scriptures. We search the scriptures day and night for truths, we fast, we pray all this is good but I have discovered that we might tend to lose this truths easily, if we don’t give them a firm grip. I believe Peter knew this, and when he was writing his second epistle, his reason for writing this was basically to remind the Church of the truth, they had been taught and possibly had forgotten.
Paul, was also found doing the same thing, after planting a church in a certain location, he would go back to check them, and remind them of the things they believed in the initial. Paul writing to the Galatians (Gal. 3:1-3), rebuked them because they had forgotten the truth that told them they were saved by grace and not by works.
Today, we also fall victim of this, we find a truth, but due to many reasons, we let them slip-off our hands. When we listen to men of God, we put down notes, but the question is, do we go back to read them? Our minds needs to constantly keep this things in mind, so that our belief and faith in them may be strengthened. So when challenges come, we have a ready word in our heart, to present.
The holy-spirit speaking through Peter in 2 Pet. 1:12 – 13 says,
“For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things, though you know and are established in the present truth (vs. 12)”
“Yes. I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you (vs. 13)”
Have you wondered, if since you believed all the messages you have heard have been kept securely by you? I think for many of us, we will be far higher and better than we are!
We need to keep Reminders. The Holy-Spirit kept emphasizing through peter in 2 Pet. 1:12 – 13, and 2 Pet 3:1 the word “stir”. The holy-spirit compares remembrance to stirring. So when we remind ourselves of God’s truth, we are actually stirring the gift of God in us. This word particularly reminds me of the stirring of the waters as accounted in John 5:2 – 4. After this waters, was stirred any-one who steps in first was made whole. Have you ever asked “what if the waters were moved every hour?” then every hour people will be made healed.
“…And out of your belly shall flow rivers of living-waters” (John 7:38). This water, is for the healing of the nations.
So when we stir up the gift, we make our pools ready for the healing of the world and even for ourselves. Many of us are suffering now from things now, that the truth that will set us free have already been communicated to us, but we have forgotten them. It is time, to search our archives, to set reminders, it is time to read our sermon notes. It is time to listen to those tapes we have bought again and again and again.
The Holy-Spirit doesn’t just speak to us, for us to build sermon notes, He speaks to us to liberate us and help us liberate the world from darkness.
“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised ;)” (Heb. 10:23)
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21)
LASTLY, I SAY STIR UP THE GIFT!
I CALL YOU BLESSED.