Week 1 - God and His Usage of Words
God and His Usage of Words
Week 1 Charting Your Course – Murray Limmer
Charting Your Course for 2016
Ps 68:19 “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation” (KJV)
The Lord has personally loaded us with 365 days of benefits.
Gen 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (NKJV)
How did God create the earth? With His Words
God framed the world with His words. We are made in the image of God. We are to copy what He does just as Jesus copied the Father.
John 5:19 “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (KJV)
Jesus had an effective life. We need to be as effective in our use of words so we can frame what we want for 2016.
Genesis ch 1 shows us that God is the creator of all that exists. He is a master creator. Verse 1 tells us He created; the rest of the chapter shows us how He did it:
v3, v6, v9, v11, v14, v20, v24, v26 – “And God said …”
We could say: “that God saw everything that He had said…”. Nothing was apparent until after God had spoken. He framed what He wanted to see by the words that He spoke. He is a God of order. He wanted things in a specific way. He created that order with His words.
Heb 1:3 “… and upholding all things by the word of his power “(KJV)
By the same words of creation the world is held together even today. Our own world is held together by our words as well.
Prov 6:2 “You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth” (NKJV)
Ps 33:6 “The Lord created the heavens by his command, the sun, moon, and stars by his spoken word” (NKJV)
God creates by His spoken word. What He wants, He sees in His mind then He speaks it into existence. There is power in the spoken word.
Heb 11:3 “By faith we understand that the universe was framed by the word of God, so that things that are seen were not made out of things which are visible” (MEV)
Heb 11:3 “By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible” (NET)
The Word of God will set order in our lives. When we speak the Word of God over our lives, it will set order.
Ps 19:1-2 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech and night unto night reveals knowledge” (NKJV)
God had a course for creation; and the last thing He created was: man. The rest of creation was specifically designed for man.
2 Pet 3:9-10 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” (NKJV)
The Lord is waiting for all to come to Him. The Heavens will pass away with a great noise. When the window of time closes whereby man can be saved, then God will wind up creation as well. Creation has a course that is linked to man.
We have a course
Ps 139:16 “You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your book!” (TLB)
There is a thinking that says that man is an insignificant speck in the universe. But – God put so much detail into the creation. He put more detail into designing and thinking about us than anything else.
Ps 139:17-18 “How precious it is, Lord, to realize that you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn toward me.[a] And when I waken in the morning, you are still thinking of me!” (TLB)
Even when we feel so small, He is still thinking about us. God’s mind is always thinking about us.
Eph 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (NKJV)
He is not just thinking random thoughts; but, He is purposely planning out our lives. He planned them long ago. He has planned many things for us to do. We want to hit the mark of those things that He has planned.
Phil 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (NKJV)
God’s Word is powerful. God believes in each of us. He believes in you – even when you are at your least, your smallest. He will complete that which He started. He is in the business of ‘starting’ and ‘completing’. We are intrinsically linked to the plans He has for us – the use of our words are important as to whether we succeed or fail.
Heb 12:1-2 “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (NKJV)
The key as to whether we succeed or not is v2 – keeping our eyes on Jesus. The book of Revelation calls Jesus ‘the Word of God’. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, we will complete our course. If we look at the time that Peter walked on the water we can see that, as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, Peter walked on the water – he pleased God. But, when he took his eyes off Jesus he began to sink.
But, even in our failures, God’s mercies will uphold us. We can walk on the water based on our faith; but, we can continue walking when we fall based upon His mercy.
Week 2 - God Said We Could Chart Our Course
God said We could Chart our Course
Week 2 Charting Your Course – Ps Jenny Eddison
James 3:4-5 “A small rudder on a huge ship in the hands of a skilled captain sets a course in the face of the strongest winds. A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything – or destroy it!” (MSG)
Our Tongue has Great Power
Prov 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it (for death or life)”
Deut 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live” (NKJV)
What the Bible says about the Power of our Words
Gen 1:2 “…the Earth was without form and void…” (NKJV)
The Hebrew expression is ‘tohu wa-bohu’ – a total mess. The Holy Spirit was hovering over the mess.
God set the example: God said … then God saw!
Gen 2:7 “Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being” (NKJV)
Man was created a ‘speaking spirit’. The Hebrew word for ‘a living being’ is: ?????? Nephesh – soul, being
The individual characters are:
?? Shin – peace, perfection, eternal truth
?? Peh – mouth, word, vocalization
?? Nun – inner most, inner dimension
So, when God created us as a living being, He actually made us as a ‘deep eternal mouth’.
Earth was given to Man
Ps 115:16 “The heaven of heavens is for GOD, but he put us in charge of the earth” (MSG)
Ps 115:16 “The heavens are the Lord’s heavens, but the earth has He given to the children of men” (AMP)
Creation still responds to the Word of God
Pidgin English gives a vivid description of creation.
“Orait, I kamap!”
Creation responded and came up.
Na, God i tok olsem, “Lait i mas kamap!” Orait, lait i kamap!
Again, God said, ‘light, come up’ and light responded and came up.
… ples drai i kamap … Orait, ples drai I kamap!
(God said) ‘dry places, come up’ and the dry places responded and came up.
Light to the earth (long graun) I mas kamap … oriat, ol lait I kamap
God said, ‘sun and moon, come up’ and the sun and moon responded and came up.
Rom 8:19 “For (even the whole) creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known (waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship). “ (AMP)
What Jesus said about our words
Jesus said ‘say to this mountain’.
Matt 17:20 “He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you” (AMP)
Matt 21:21 “And Jesus answered them, Truly I say to you, if you have faith (a firm relying trust) and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will be done. And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing you will receive.” (AMP)
We can have whatever we say (and believe in our heart)
Mark 11:23-24 “Truly I tell you, whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! and does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].” (AMP)
Jesus called the centurion’s faith great when he said ‘Just speak the word’
Luke 7:6-9 “And Jesus went with them. But when He was not far from the house, the centurion sent [some] friends to Him, saying, Lord, do not trouble [Yourself], for I am not sufficiently worthy to have You come under my roof; neither did I consider myself worthy to come to You. But [just] speak a word, and my servant boy will be healed; for I also am a man [daily] subject to authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my bond servant, Do this, and he does it. Now when Jesus heard this, He marvelled at him, and He turned and said to the crowd that followed Him, I tell you, not even in [all] Israel have I found such great faith [as this].” (AMP)
What do we say?
We take God’s thoughts (eg Jeremiah 29:11) … by saying
Matt 6:31 “Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’” (AMP)
A thought is taken when it is put in to our mouth.
Heb 11:3 “By faith we understand that the worlds (during the successive ages) were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.” (AMP)
How do we chart our course?
We do just as God did. Genesis states that the Earth was without form and void (tohu wa-bohu) and the Holy Spirit was hovering over the mess. God set the example: God said … then God saw!
There are two components
1. The work of the Holy Spirit
Rom 8:26 “Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. It doesn’t matter if we don’t know how or what to pray. He does our praying in us and for us – making prayer out of our wordless sighs and our aching groans.”
2. The action of the Word
2 Cor 4:13 “Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We, too, believe, and therefore we speak.”
Week 3 - The Blueprint of Beliefs
The Blueprint of Beliefs
Week 3 Charting Your Course – Grant Peterson
Ps 27:13 “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” (ESV)
David was musing on what would have happened to him if he had not believed to see God’s goodness while he was on this earth. He knew that what he believed had an effect on what happened to him in this life.
When we believe what Jesus says, it changes our eternity.
Can our beliefs alter the things that happen in our lives? Beliefs can get us in to trouble, or make us laugh (one religion believes that they can wear secret underwear that protects them).
An article in Newsweek stated that facts, empirical facts and beliefs are all processed by our brain in the same way; and that beliefs and faith are stored in the same place as memories. That means that we process faith and beliefs in the same way that we do our memories.
Newsweek also stated that emotions act in the same way as beliefs. We, as Christians, need to be aware of our feelings. Emotional beliefs rise before our brains have time to access what we actually believe. When we act upon our beliefs, neurones in our brain fire faster and stronger. The Bible says we are to act upon our beliefs. Acting on them reinforces these beliefs in our lives. We act on them by either speaking or physically doing something.
Even if we don’t feel like it, if we praise Him and speak praise, it reinforces the belief that He is worthy to be praised and we begin to experience joy. Beliefs allow us to account for things we cannot see and they become the blueprint for our lives.
Jesus had 2 purposes while on Earth
- Forming beliefs in people and teaching people to act on these beliefs. (This is the basis of discipleship.)
- Join His own beliefs with other people and alter the path of their life.
Mark 10:46 “And they came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind beggar, the son of Timaeus, was sitting by the roadside.” (ESV)
Bartimaeus had a general blueprint: people, have mercy on me and give me money. But, with Jesus, his blueprint became: have mercy on me and heal me. He must have heard that Jesus heals people and that this healing was available to him. A new blueprint was forming within him for him to act upon. When he acted upon this new blueprint, a new way of life was given to him. Bartimaeus had the blueprint that his life didn’t have to stay the way it was.
Beliefs are VERY precious to God. It is more important to God that you follow your beliefs than that your beliefs are strictly correct.
Mark 7:15 “There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him those are the things that defile a man.” (NKJV)
This belief should govern our lives.
1 Cor 8-10 Food offered to idols
If it is wrong in our conscience, then it is wrong for us to do. We need to act upon our beliefs.
1 Tim 1:19 “… holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith” (ESV)
Some people have seared their consciences by not following the blueprint of their consciences. When we follow our blueprints we are open to hearing more from God. Our beliefs are important to God. If we don’t obey the blueprint of our life, our conscience is seared.
Gideon and the Midianits who raided the crops
God’s blueprint for Gideon’s life was different from Gideon’s beliefs. Gideon’s view was that he was the weakest person of the weakest family. Prophets were sent before Gideon to remind the people about His commandment concerning other gods. That was the blueprint of their lives. If we don’t follow our own blueprint, we become deluded.
Rom 4:17 “… even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” (KJV)
God acts on His beliefs – and calls in to being those things which be not. We are to act on our beliefs and, likewise, call into being things that be not.
As Gideon acted on the new blueprint in his life, he learned that God could deliver using only 300 people (and not 20,000). Deliverance does not come by our own hand.
2 Cor 4:7-9 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (NKJV)
Paul wanted other people to act on these same beliefs. The blueprint is:
I won’t be crushed
I won’t be driven to despair
God never forsakes me
I will never be destroyed
Like David (Ps 27:13) we are to have a different blueprint from the world.
2 Cor 4:13 “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak” (NKJV)
Our blueprint is not the same as the world or satan.
James 2:26 “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (NKJV)
James 3:4 “Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires” (NKJV)
Our tongue is the most powerful instrument we have for turning our lives. Without the rudder of confession, nothing will change in our lives. If we don’t put confession to our beliefs, the blueprint will never come to pass in our lives.
What was David’s confession when he knew psalm 27:13 – they stumble (v2). David knew his beliefs were different from those around him and that they affected his life.
Gideon and Bartimaeus had different blueprints that changed the course of their lives.
When we call Him Lord it sets our blueprint for eternity.
What we confess now sets the blueprint for our daily lives.
Week 4 - Our Words Influence Our Life
Our Words Influence Our Life
Week 4 Charting Your Course – David Sweet
God started everything with words and He will finish everything by words.
Rev 19:21 “… and the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth …” (KJV)
The Lord will slay His enemies with His words. The Bible has a lot to say about how our words affect our lives. The word of God can undo the cursings and evil words that are spoken over us. His word sets free and brings life.
John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (NKJV)
Prov 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (NKJV)
We can prophesy bad fruit into our future. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ‘you cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result.’ We need to ‘check up from the neck up’. The world’s default position is death. Unless God can change our tongues, death will operate. Words are the building blocks of our lives; and yet we can have a negative side to our confession:
‘I’m dying for a cup of tea’
‘my back is killing me’
‘trouble always comes in threes’
‘nothing good ever happens to me’
‘I’m always the first to get the flu’
We can speak life over our appliances, our marriages, the church, our pastors, people. God wants us to be abundantly blessed in 2016. He has provided good things for us.
John 10:10 “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” (NKJV)
Jesus wanted to contrast the very real difference He makes in our lives. However, just because God has provided good things doesn’t mean that we automatically receive them. We need to choose them.
Deut 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live” (NKJV)
2 Peter 1:3-4 “… His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises …” (NKJV)
God has provided all things that pertain to life – has already provided – past tense. He has given us exceeding great and preciouspromises. Whatever the problem – God has the answer already in His word. He is never caught out. He was not caught out in the Garden of Eden. He already had the plan of salvation in place to redeem us.
We Need 2 Things
- To know what the promises are
- How to appropriate them
Knowledge is power. God has provided for us. Faith will bring them into our lives. God’s blessings do not just drop into our lives like ripe cherries from a tree (Br Hagin); and He will not make us do things.
2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (NKJV)
God is not slack concerning His promises. It is worth noting that the Greek word for ‘all’ means …. all.
1 Tim 2:4 “… who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (NKJV)
Titus 2:11 “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men” (NKJV)
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people” (NET)
God has provided salvation, deliverance and healing for all – but not all have them. We have a part to play as well.
There are 2 Parts
God’s part and our part: God’s part is ‘grace’; our part is ‘faith’.
Grace – we don’t have to pay anything but it cost God everything. But, all that He has provided is accessed only by faith.
Rom 5:2 “… through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand …” (NKJV)
Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible” (NKJV) God’s part
Mark 9:23 “… If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (NKJV) our part
Eph 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (NKJV)
Grace alone is not sufficient to save us – we need to receive His grace by faith. Grace and faith need to work together: grace through faith. God’s grace is independent of us – faith is our response. As Ps Tony has said ‘God has done all the heavy lifting to provide all that we need’. Grace is available for everything. It has nothing to do with us.
We need balance and not get into either of the ditches on the sides of the road.
1 Cor 15:10 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (NKJV)
We don’t want God’s grace to be in vain in our lives. If we aren’t receiving, the blockage is with us. We need to change and make adjustments.
Overemphasis on Grace
Creates a ‘que sera, sera’ doctrine where everything is God’s responsibility and we wait patiently on Him. It becomes a ‘not my fault’ religion. We are not to just lie around like a bump on a log and ‘wait on God’. He has had His turn 2000 years ago on Calvary. Now, it’s our turn.
The Scripture, John 10:10, is the ‘spinning wheel’ of the Bible. Jesus is saying ‘don’t get mixed up with the devil’. In this life we need to know ‘do we resist it or assist it?’
James 4:7 “Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (NKJV)
Assist – God Resist – the devil
A wrong belief that some hold is that faith is what we do to get a response from God. We can misapply faith in this way in our confession by thinking ‘my faith will move God’. We do not confess to get God to move. If this is our thinking, there is no peace, no rest, no joy; it is religion (and religion never has an answer because it is never in receiving mode).
Yes. Confess the Word; but not in order to get God to move; but in order to build faith in our hearts so we can then believe and receive. We confess to get rid of our hard hearts of unbelief. Confessions of faith may take time to build faith in our hearts. Our confessions need to be always in the present continuous tense – continually seeking God, continually confessing faith.
We need to maintain a lifestyle of believing and speaking God’s word. Christianity is not a short sprint but a marathon.
Faith Accesses The Grace
Faith can only access what God’s grace has already supplied.
Mark 11:22-23 “So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says” (NKJV)
NB We are told to believe once, and confess 3 times.
If our confession is not in line with God’s word there is no basis for faith. For example, I cannot know that God wants me to prosper so decide to rob a bank and confess ‘I will not get caught, in Jesus’ name’. Stealing is against God’s precepts. Our confession must follow His word.
God only says what He wants to come to pass. Confession precedes possession. See the example of the woman with the issue of blood (Mark 5:25-34).
Heb 3:1 “Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus” (NKJV)
“… Apostle and High Priest of our profession …” (KJV)
A profession is something that we do for a living. Therefore, what we do for a lifestyle is ‘believing and speaking’ – God’s word. Christianity is referred to as ‘The Great Confession’.
Faith doesn’t move God; faith is a receiver.
James 2:19 “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble” (NKJV)
People can believe in God but not be connected to Him.
John 12:42 “Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue” (NKJV)
Some of the rulers believed in Jesus but they did not confess Him.
Rom 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (NKJV)
We need to confess the Lordship of Christ. It is the most important confession of our lives.
Week 5 - The Order of Importance
The Order of Importance
Week 5 Charting Your Course – Ps Tony Cameneti
Charting Your Course for 2016
Jan 3rd – God and His Usage of Words
Jan 10th – What God Said About Our Words
Jan 17th – Our Beliefs Influence Our Words
Jan 24th – Our Words Influence Our Life
For more about being led – How to be led by the Spirit of God (Kenneth E Hagin)
The Order of Importance
Definition of ‘order of importance’ – arranged according to degree of importance
Each of us should know the order of importance for successful Christianity.
1. Put The Word of God First Place
Psa. 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” (NLT)
It is His Word that lights our path. His Word is supernatural, but not necessarily spectacular.
Many miss the supernatural because they are looking for the spectacular.
The Word of God will never become – obsolete
In earlier times, banks had tellers who became very familiar with handling genuine bank notes. If someone handed them a counterfeit note, they would immediately recognize it – because they knew the feel of the genuine notes.
The best way to know what IS NOT true is to know what IS true.
Psa. 119:130 “Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people.” (CEV)
Knowing God’s Word helps us to identify anything that is false. Ordinary people become supernatural in their discerning – because they know and understand God’s Word.
Our Response to Any Situation
We ask, ‘What does God’s Word say about this?’ Not what anyone else says about it; but, firstly, what does God’s Word say? If we need a Scripture and don’t know of one – we can ask someone if they know one for our situation.
2 Pet. 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (NIV)
This verse tells us that God has provided everything we need. It means everything. If we have a problem – God’s Word has an answer; if we have a question – God’s Word has an answer.
2 Pet. 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (NIV)
It all comes through our knowledge of Him: knowing who He is; knowing what He has done; knowing what He can do.
2 Pet. 1:4 “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” (NIV)
The very great and precious promises are the way we participate in the divine nature.
God is divine. His Word is divine. His Spirit is divine.
God’s Word is the Standard for Every Area of Life and Godliness
No more ups and downs, back and forth.
Eph. 4:14 “So we are no longer to be children, tossed back and forth by waves and carried about by every wind of teaching by the trickery of people who craftily carry out their deceitful schemes.” (NET)
Please note the Scripture tells us that some people teach wrong things. But, we can rely on the written Word to reveal what is true.
2 Tim. 3:16 “Every Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for convincing, for correction of error, and for instruction in right doing” (Weymouth)
2. God’s Word Agrees with His Spirit
You will never receive a word from the Holy Spirit that disagrees with the written Word.
Story: In a meeting, the preacher became excited and said ‘I tell you the day is coming when God will by-pass preachers and ministers and healing will drop directly down from Heaven’.
While at times I have seen healing occur without having hands laid upon a person, the Scriptures teach that we are to lay hands upon a sick person and they will recover. God has given us His written Word – the Bible. No matter how close we get to Jesus’ returning, God’s order of things doesn’t change; the same principles will always be true.
John 16:13 “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” (NKJV)
John 16:13 “The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. The Spirit doesn’t speak on his own. He will tell you only what he has heard from me, and he will let you know what is going to happen” (CEV)
The Spirit of God Leads Us
Firstly, via the written Word. The Spirit of God will ALWAYS speak in accordance with the written Word; secondly – if God desires, He can give us truth concerning direction. For example, He directed Patsy and me to go to Italy, then to Singapore, then to Australia.
If God’s Word declares it, then it is already His will.
1 Pet. 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning and live for righteousness. By his wounds you were healed.” (NET)
Notice that the word ‘were’ is past tense. Because of the stripes Jesus took, we are already healed. There is no need to seek God’s will as to whether or not healing belongs to us. But, if we are struggling to receive, we can seek Him as to how to receive it.
Phil. 4:16, 19 “Even when I was in Thessalonica you sent help more than once … And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (NLT)
If we consistently give, we are to expect and receive our needs supplied. There is no need to pray about it. God already promised He would supply if we are givers. Then we have a choice to make – we can take all the credit for what we have or we can humble ourselves and give God thanks for prospering us.
3. God confirms His Word with signs
Mark 16:20 “Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.” (NIV)
God’s Word is His Will. If it is stated in His Word, it is already His Will.