- The bible tells us in many places to “fear not” or a variant such as “do not be afraid”. God is in control in every area of life He is leading us and guiding us.
- The words “fear not” appear in the KJV of the bible in 74 instances.
- Christ said, “Do not worry.” (Read Matthew 6:25 – 34)
This is a great post related to healing on “Grace thru faith.”
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son
46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. And there was a [b]certain royal official whose son was sick in Capernaum. 47 Having heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he [c]went to meet Him and began asking Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. 48 Then Jesus said to him, “Unless you [people] see [miraculous] signs and wonders, you [simply] will not believe.” 49 The royal official pleaded with Him, “Sir, do come down [at once] before my child dies!” 50 Jesus said to him, “Go; your son lives!” The man believed what Jesus said to him and started home. 51 As he was already going down [the road], his servants met him and reported that his son was living [and was healthy]. 52 So he asked them at what time he began to get better. They said, “Yesterday during the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53 Then the father realized that it was at that very hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son lives”; and he and his entire household believed and confidently trusted [in Him as Savior]. 54 This is the second sign (attesting miracle) that Jesus performed [in Cana] after He had come from Judea to Galilee [revealing that He is the Messiah].
Healing the possessed man in Capernaum
Mark 1:21 – 27
21 They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 They were completely amazed at His teaching; because He was teaching them as one having [God-given] authority, and not as the scribes. 23 Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out [terribly from the depths of his throat], 24 saying, “[m]What business do You have with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 25 Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet (muzzled, silenced), and come out of him!” 26 The unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions, and screeching with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 They were all so amazed that they debated and questioned each other, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits (demons), and they obey Him.”28 Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere throughout the district surrounding Galilee.
31 Then He came down [from the hills of Nazareth] to Capernaum, a city of Galilee [on the shore of the sea], and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; 32 and they were surprised [almost overwhelmed] at His teaching, because His message was [given] with authority and power and great ability. 33 There was a man in the synagogue who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud and terrible voice, 34 “Let us alone! [a]What business do we have [in common] with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent (muzzled, gagged) and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown the man down among them, he came out of him without injuring him in any way. 36 They were all astonished and in awe, and began saying to one another, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out!”
Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-law
When Jesus went into Peter’s house [in Capernaum], He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying sick in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her; and she got up and served Him.
29 And immediately they left the synagogue and went into the house of Simon [Peter] and Andrew, accompanied by James and John. 30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying sick with a fever; and immediately they told Him about her. 31 Jesus went to her, and taking her by the hand, raised her up; and the fever left her, and she began to serve them [as her guests].
39 Standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she got up and began serving them [as her guests].
Jesus Heals Many Sick at Evening
Matthew 8:16-17 Amplified Bible (AMP)
16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons; and He cast out the evil spirits with a word, and restored to health all who were sick [exhibiting His authority as Messiah], 17 so that He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He Himself took our infirmities [upon Himself] and carried away our diseases.”
Mark 1:32-34 Amplified Bible (AMP)
32 Now when evening came, after the sun had set [and the Sabbath Day had ended, in a steady stream] they were bringing to Him all who were sick and those who were under the power of demons, 33 until [it seemed as though] the whole city had gathered together at the door. 34 And Jesus healed many who were suffering with various diseases; and He drove out many demons, but would not allow the demons to speak, because they knew Him [recognizing Him as the Son of God].
Luke 4:40-41 Amplified Bible (AMP)
40 While the sun was setting [marking the end of the Sabbath day], all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them [exhibiting His authority as Messiah]. 41 Demons also were coming out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).
Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Matthew 8:1-4Amplified Bible (AMP)
When Jesus came down from the mountain, large crowds [a]followed Him. 2 And a leper came up to Him and bowed down before Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You are able to make me clean (well).” 3 Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 4 And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one [about this]; but go, show yourself to the priest [for inspection] and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony (evidence) to them [of your healing].”
Mark 1:40-45 Amplified Bible (AMP)
And a leper came to Him, begging Him and falling on his knees before Him, saying, “If You are willing, You are able to make me [a]clean.”41 Moved with compassion [for his suffering], Jesus reached out with His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.”42 The leprosy left him immediately and he was cleansed [completely healed and restored to health]. 43 And Jesus [deeply moved] admonished him sternly and sent him away immediately, 44 saying to him, “See that you tell no one anything [about this]; but go, show yourself to the priest and offer for your purification what Moses commanded, as proof to them [that you are really healed].” 45 But he went out and began to proclaim it freely and to spread the news [of his healing], to such an extent that Jesus could no longer openly enter a city [where He was known], but stayed out in the unpopulated places; yet people were still coming to Him from everywhere.
Luke 5:12-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
While Jesus was in one of the cities, there came a man covered with [an advanced case of] leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean and well.” 13 And Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14 Jesus ordered him to tell no one [that he might happen to meet], “But go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your purification, just as Moses commanded, as a testimony (witness) to them [that this is a work of Messiah].”
Jesus Heals a Centurion’s Servant
Matthew 8:5-13 Amplified Bible (AMP)
As Jesus went into Capernaum, a [a]centurion came up to Him, begging Him [for help], 6 and saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, with intense and terrible, tormenting pain.” 7 Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” 8 But the centurion replied to Him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have You come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I also am a man subject to authority [of a higher rank], with soldiers subject to me; and I say to one, ‘Go!’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, He was amazed and said to those who were following Him, “I tell you truthfully, I have not found such great faith [as this] with anyone in Israel. 11 I say to you that many [Gentiles] will come from east and west, and will sit down [to feast at the table, and enjoy God’s promises] with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven [because they accepted Me as Savior], 12 while the sons and heirs of the kingdom [the descendants of Abraham who will not recognize Me as Messiah] will be thrown out into the outer darkness; in that place [which is farthest removed from the kingdom] there will be weeping [in sorrow and pain] and grinding of teeth [in distress and anger].” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go; it will be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was restored to health at that very hour.
Luke 7:1-10 Amplified Bible (AMP)
After He had finished all that He had to say in the hearing of the people, He went to Capernaum.
2 Now a [Roman] [a]centurion’s slave, who was highly regarded by him, was sick and on the verge of death. 3 When the centurion heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to Him, asking Him to come and save the life of his slave. 4 When they reached Jesus, they pleaded with Him earnestly [to come], saying, “He is worthy for You to do this for him,5 because he loves our nation and he built us our synagogue [at his own expense].” 6 And Jesus went with them. But when He was near the house, the centurion sent friends to Him, saying, “Lord, do not trouble Yourself further, for I am not worthy for You to come under my roof.7 Therefore I did not even consider myself worthy to come to You. But just speak a word, and my slave will be healed. 8 For I also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 9 Now when Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him, and turned and said to the crowd that was following Him, “I say to you, not even in Israel have I found such great faith [as this man’s].”10 When the messengers who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
A Paralytic Healed
Matthew 9:1-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
And Jesus, getting into a boat, crossed over the Sea of Galilee and came to [Capernaum] His own city. 2 They brought to Him a man who was paralyzed, lying on a stretcher. Seeing their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], Jesus said to the paralytic, “Do not be afraid, son; your sins are forgiven [the penalty is paid, the guilt removed, and you are declared to be in right standing with God].” 3 And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This man blasphemes [by claiming the rights and prerogatives of God]!” 4 But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? 5 For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven and the penalty paid,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? [Both are possible for God; both are impossible for man.] 6 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority and the power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your stretcher and go home.”7 And he got up and went home [healed and forgiven]. 8 When the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God and praised Him, who had given such authority and power to men.
Mark 2:1-12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
Jesus returned to Capernaum, and a few days later the news went out that He was at home. 2 So many people gathered together that there was no longer room [for them], not even near the door; and Jesus was discussing with them the word [of God]. 3 Then they came, bringing to Him a paralyzed man, who was being carried by four men. 4 When they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd, they [a]removed the roof above Jesus; and when they had dug out an opening, they let down the mat on which the paralyzed man was lying. 5 When Jesus saw their [active] faith [springing from confidence in Him], He said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 But some of the [b]scribes were sitting there debating in their hearts [the implication of what He had said], 7 “Why does this man talk that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins [remove guilt, nullify sin’s penalty, and assign righteousness] except God alone?” 8 Immediately Jesus, being fully aware [of their hostility] and knowing in His spirit that they were thinking this, said to them, “Why are you debating and arguing about these things in your hearts? 9 Which is easier, to say to the paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven’; or to say, ‘Get up, and pick up your mat and walk’? 10 But so that you may know that the [c]Son of Man has the authority and power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralyzed man, 11 “I say to you, get up, pick up your mat and go home.” 12 And he got up and immediately picked up the mat and went out before them all, so that they all were astonished and they glorified and praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
To Be Continued
I hope that these verses, these promises of God over us all, encourage you like they do me. Please feel free to add additional verses in the comment section.
6 For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
7 The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. 10 But
those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction;
he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.
11 Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.
12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors. 13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 14 You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young. 15 The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.
6 For the Lord your God will bless you just as He promised you; you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow; you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God: 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 4 “Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 8 “The Lord will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you. 9 “The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. 11 And the Lord will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 14 So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
23 If you return to the Almighty, you will be built up; You will remove iniquity far from your tents. 24 Then you will lay your gold in the dust, And the gold of Ophir among the stones of the brooks. 25 Yes, the Almighty will be your gold[a] And your precious silver; 26 For then you will have your delight in the Almighty, And lift up your face to God. 27 You will make your prayer to Him, He will hear you, And you will pay your vows. 28 You will also declare a thing, And it will be established for you; So light will shine on your ways.
29 When they cast you down, and you say, ‘Exaltation will come!’ Then He will save the humble person. 30 He will even deliver one who is not innocent; Yes, he will be delivered by the purity of your hands.”
7 “I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.
3 O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.[a] 4 Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.[b]
5 For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! 9 Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. 10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; But those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. 15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry. 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles. 18 The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. 20 He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.
7 Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
10 Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me.
33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely,
And will be secure, without fear of evil.”
He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” 4 And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations. 5 Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, And the sons of the foreigner Shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers. 7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.
8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear[a] when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
2 Esdras 2:20-32
Do right to the widow, judge for the fatherless, give to the poor, defend the orphan, clothe the naked, Heal the broken and the weak, laugh not a lame man to scorn, defend the maimed, and let the blind man come into the sight of my clearness. Keep the old and young within thy walls.
Wheresoever thou findest the dead, take them and bury them, and I will give thee the first place in my resurrection. Abide still, O my people, and take thy rest, for thy quietness still come. Nourish thy children, O thou good nurse; stablish their feet. As for the servants whom I have given thee, there shall not one of them perish; for I will require them from among thy number. Be not weary: for when the day of trouble and heaviness cometh, others shall weep and be sorrowful, but thou shalt be merry and have abundance. The heathen shall envy thee, but they shall be able to do nothing against thee, saith the Lord. My hands shall cover thee, so that thy children shall not see hell. Be joyful, O thou mother, with thy children; for I will deliver thee, saith the Lord. Remember thy children that sleep, for I shall bring them out of the sides of the earth, and shew mercy unto them: for I am merciful, saith the Lord Almighty. Embrace thy children until I come and shew mercy unto them: for my wells run over, and my grace shall not fail.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
2 Corinthians 9:6-12
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written:
“He has dispersed abroad,
He has given to the poor;
His righteousness endures forever.”[a]
10 Now may[b] He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. 12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
26But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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;
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.
2 Peter 1:4
4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
- God is a good God, He is a generous God and wants to see your life prosper in every way
- Prosperity is not popular to hear in some circles. Despite that, the bible is full of it, such as in 3 John 2, “ Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”
- Imagine 3 John 2 is God’s heart. The Apostle would not write this if it wasn’t God’s heart
- What I share will bless you, sometimes medicine is not good to take, but it will help you
- 1st give a faith picture
- Look to the substance of the bible and we see that the bible is photo album – faith pictures
- Psalm 1:27 is a faith picture for the family, children in the hand of God hitting the mark.
- Happy will your wife be she will be like an olive tree planted around your house – picture of prosperity also in Psalm. Olive is so needed, means that your wife is full of anointing.
- Psalm 1, “you are like a tree planted.” Someone cared enough to plant you (God), by the waters – continued supply; you will bring forth fruit in season, fruit for every season. Don’t confuse works with fruit. Works are your self-effort; fruit is produced from God’s life in you. Moses, his eyes were not dimmed nor his natural force was not abated (Deuteronomy 34:7).
- Psalm 1 – whatsoever he does shall prosper. Don’t get the wrong idea. Does not mean that you won’t make mistakes, but you will be launched off from that mistake. However, that does not justify sin. God will use sin when we fail however. God used David’s sin to bring forth Solomon. God can take your mess and create good.
- Joseph in Genesis 39. Joseph sold by brothers who were on way to Egypt. In Egypt he was sold as a slave like a cow. The beloved and favored son that had a coat of many colors (destined to be a ruler), now he is likely stripped naked. All sense of special favor stripped from him. Genesis 39:2 tells us that the Lord was with Joseph. When you have nothing, not even the cloths on your back but the Lord is with you, you will get it all back. When the Lord is with you, you have everything and will be successful. The Hebrew bible says, “…the Lord caused him to be successful…” The Lord can cause you to be successful. He had no connections, he was a slave, the Lord caused his success. Genesis 39:3 “…his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did…
- Joseph had favor from God
- It is not looks, works or anything else that success comes from, it is God’s undeserved and unearned favor.
- Genesis 39:5 …the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph…”
- Potiphar’s wife wanted to sleep with him – some say if I have God’s favor, why do I get into trouble?
- The trouble is designed by God as a stepping stone and led to him standing in the presence of the Pharaoh, Led him to be second in command of Egypt.
- When God causes you to prosper there will be trouble, but the trouble will be a stepping-stone.
- Bad things turn for good.
- Joseph couldn’t commit this evil act, so he resisted and ran away. He was able to resist since he had a sense of God’s divine favor on him. Are you willing to do things right and expect God’s favor to make up the difference? If you compromise than you cannot say God prospers you. God doesn’t want you depending on your works. If you want to be like Joseph do not compromise.
- Look to the substance of the bible and we see that the bible is photo album – faith pictures
- One thing that will stop grace from flowing.
- In early church there was great grace (Acts 4:32-34)
- Raisings from the dead
- No one lacked
- Great grace is great power!
- Great grace produces the wisdom that you need – Solomon understood grace and the favor of God and asked for wisdom
- Favor empowers you to go and sin no more
- By grace you are saved through faith
- Healing is by grace – unmerited and undeserved
- You do not have to do anything, no works, nothing. It is unmerited, undeserved, unearned. Give Jesus the glory – we just need to receive.
- When we receive it should inspire us to go and sin no more. The grace comes before.
- What stops the grace from flowing?
- Not sin – revival happens in the midst of sin
- Self-righteousness stops it!
- Devil doesn’t mind if you prosper when you do the works – that is not God’s favor.
- We need to rely on the favor of God to prosper not works.
- Don’t think it is you – e.g. I have always been good in this subject, etc.
- Devil says “do your best.” 10 commandments are for today, do your best to keep it, knowing that if they do their best people will end up doing the very thing that the commandments say don’t do. However, following the spirit (Holy) you end up fulfilling the righteousness of the law without even trying to.
- When we sin declare that we are the righteousness of God in Christ. This is where the power is, not in wallowing in the sin and condemning ourselves.
- All of us have secret roots waiting to burst.
- We have all broken the 10 commandments if not in deed in thought.
- People often feel that they are ½ bad.
- If you feel this way, you are in for a fall.
- You don’t think you are all that bad – this is a problem, this is self-righteousness.
- God wants us to learn that our flesh is really bad
- We are a new creation we are not our flesh. However the flesh is in you and it will hurt you.
- Apostle Paul said in my flesh is no good thing (Romans 7:18). Don’t trust your flesh. Don’t have confidence in the flesh.
- We cannot have confidence in the flesh; think we are ½ bad, etc. We are not a criminal, not a drug addict, murder, etc. and we rely on the flesh and this stops grace (Galatians 5:4). The moment we are self-righteous we have fallen from grace.
- Grace is a supplier, but we cannot receive grace when we are self-righteous.
- Moment we are trying to be justified by the law we are fallen from grace – grace is higher than the law.
- All sinners were healed when they came to Jesus. The only ones unable to receive were the Pharisees and Scribes who knew the bible. They boasted in their capacity to keep the law and follow it.
- Receive righteousness as a gift don’t do things to receive
- 2 Corinthians 6:1 – Don’t receive the grace of God in vain. How do we receive the grace of God in vain? Look at the preceding verse.
- 2 Corinthians 5:21, we don’t accept that we are righteous through Christ. We do not declare this with our whole heart, because we aren’t ½ bad. We need to recognize we are all sinners and receive the righteousness.
- Greatest thing we can do is to take the place that God has given you.
- Often we sin and we say, “God I promise to never do that again.” We mean it; but it is the wrong thing to say. We can confess our sin, go ahead, but than declare that you are righteous in Christ, you are forgiven in Christ, take your place and rest. When you do this, you honor Jesus the one who became sin. Do not feel sinful feel loved, feel favored, feel forgiven, because of Jesus. Treasure what Jesus did for you. The place you take is that you are righteous. Not because of what you have done or who you are, it is a gift.
- Grace can only reign through righteousness (Romans 5:21)
- If you feel sin conscience that is a form of self-righteousness, trying to atone for your sins.
- Grace cannot reign through shame or sin conciseness, or I will do my best. When we declare that we are the righteousness of God through Christ, grace and favor will reign especially when we sin (2 Corinthians 4:13). We believe so we speak.
- Philippians 3:1-5 “Rejoice in the Lord.” Rejoice in the Lord not your flesh. “…we are the circumcision…and have no confidence in the flesh…”
- Confidence in the flesh is being confidant in your accomplishments.
- Have to kill the part that says “I am only 30% bad.”
- Favor only reigns through the gift of righteousness of Christ.
- “I am pretty, I smile and God does things for me.” This may be true but you don’t get the things you do from the favor of God. “My father is rich I can get things done.” Maybe, but again rely on your spiritual father not your natural father.
- Your trust, your boast has no part. You worry and are concerned tells you that you trust in other things other than God.
- Abraham had a secret root in his life; he didn’t trust God for his wife. He was afraid regarding this and it caused all sorts of problems for him.
- Flesh can also manifest in shame, condemnation, defensiveness, or an inferiority complex.
- When we sin there should be Godly sorrow, but not shame, we should not be occupied with our shortcomings and ourselves. We need to be occupied with God. We can be sorry horizontally (we disappointed someone or we are exposed in our failing) without being sorrowful vertically, to God.
- We have no righteousness on our own it is all about Jesus.
- The grace of God swallows up all shame
- The flesh is preventing the favor of God in your life
- If a sin is committed and no one sees it, is that okay? No we have sinned against God.
- Isaiah 61:7 in place of your shame you will have double honor
- The double honor swallows up the shame
- Don’t worry about how you will face this one or that one because of what happened. Shame is self-occupation. Stop it and be Christ occupied.
- You will be saved from the consequences if you return to the Lord and rest (Isaiah 30:15).
- Maybe the devil tripped you up, but receive the righteousness of Christ and you will have quietness and confidence.
- Self-confidence is born of self, we need to be Christ-confident. How did David react to Goliath verses what his brother said.
- Did David have pride or confidence in the Lord?
- People will say that we are proud, but that is not pride that is confidence in the Lord.
- Joshua and Caleb wanted to go into the Promised Land but the people didn’t want to. Joshua and Caleb had confidence.
- Adam said the woman you gave me
- The serpent
- It is the government, my wife, my brother, etc.
- We will blame everyone, but it is hard to say that we are sorry.
- When our loved one says something negative about us, we hit back. When someone else says something negative about us, we hit back. The more we defend ourselves the uglier we look.
- When we respond correctly the result is peace.
- There is always a secret root – this is our flesh.
- When shame and condemnation comes upon you, if you respond correctly, you are entitled to 120% restoration and double honor.
- When we see other people and want to look down on them, understand that it is only by the grace of God that we are not like that.
- Peter, he loved the Lord. Can the devil use that? When the Lord explained his fate, Peter said even if all these deny you I will never deny you (Matthew 26:35). The devil saw a root, and the root was he loved the Lord. Lord said, Satan has asked for you. Satan saw the root in Peter. Satan has asked for you to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail. He did not pray that Peter would not fail, but that his faith would not fail (Luke 22:31). John’s boast is the Lord loves him, Peters boast was that he loved the Lord. Only John was at the cross serving until the end. In this Peter equates to the law and John equates to grace.
- (Luke 22:60–61) Peter denied Christ.
- Peters root is exposed. The first of the 12 (Luke 24, 1 Corinthians 15) that the Lord appeared to was Peter to restore him.
- John 21, Jesus rose from the dead at two weeks, when the Lord said to go to the mountain. However, Peter said let’s go fishing.
- If you understand your righteousness you will find whatever you are looking for.
- People that boast of the Lord’s love for them and depend on His righteousness.
- What is the object of your heart? Are you occupied with something other than Jesus, is anything higher than Jesus?
- The world will say a bird with a broken wing will never fly again. God says I made the bird, I made the heights and you will fly again.
- David of all the sons and wives he chose the one from Bathsheba. Was the relationship right? No, was there sin, yes.
- Have no confidence in your flesh, have confidence in God. Learn to hate the flesh.
- Sin has a cost. It will take you further than you want to go and cost you more than you want to pay. The reason people fall is that they put confidence in the flesh. Don’t believe in determination, willpower, your efforts, but believe in the favor of your God.
- Don’t beat yourself, don’t condemn yourself, but receive the righteousness of God. We put all confidence in Christ alone.
This is moving and will bless you! I also found what Isaac Wimberley says toward the end and include below. God bless!
If there are words for Him then I don’t have them.
You see, my brain has not yet reached the point where it could form a thought that could adequately describe the greatness of my God,
and my lungs have not yet developed the ability to release a breath with enough agility to breathe out the greatness of his love,
and my voice, you see, my voice, is so inhibited, restrained by human limits that it’s hard to even sing the praise of… You see,
if there are words for Him then I don’t have them.
My God, his grace is remarkable,
mercies are enumerable,
strength is impenetrable.
He is honorable, accountable, favorable.
He is unsearchable yet knowable,
indefinable yet approachable,
indescribable yet personal.
He is beyond comprehension,
further than imagination,
constant thru generations,
king of every nation.
But if there are words for Him then I don’t have them.
You see, my words are few,
and to try to capture the one true God, using my vocabulary will never do,
but I use words as an expression,
an expression of worship to a savior,
a savior who is both worthy and deserving of my praise, so I use words.
My heart extols the Lord, blesses his name forever.
He has won, my heart captured my mind and has bound them both together.
He has defeated me in my rebellion, conquered me in my sin.
He has welcomed me into his presence, completely invited me in.
He has made himself the object of my sight,
flooding me with mercies in the morning,
drowning me with grace in the night.
But if there are words for Him then I don’t have them.
But what I do have is good news,
for my God knew that man-made words would never do.
For words are just tools that we use to point to the truth.
So he sent his son Jesus Christ as “The Word”, living proof.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation.
For by him all things are created,
giving nothingness formation,
and by his words he sustains, in the power of his name, for He is before all things and over all things he reigns, holy is his name, so praise him for his life…
The way, he persevered in strife, the humble son of God becoming the perfect sacrifice.
Praise him for his death…
that He willingly stood in our place,
that he lovingly endured the grave,
that he battled our enemy and on the third day rose in victory.
He is everything that was promised,
praise him as your risen king,
lift your voice and sing,
for one day he will return for us and we will finally be united with our savior for eternity, eternity.
So it’s not just words that I proclaim,
for my words point to “The Word” and “The Word” has a name,
hope has a name,
joy has a name,
peace has a name,
love has a name and that name is Jesus Christ.
Praise his name forever!
1 John 4:10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
It is overwhelming when we realize how much we are loved. In the story of Abraham and Isaac, when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son, the son of promise, as the bible says. We are filled with compassion for Abraham over how difficult this must have been for him. Isaac carried the wood up the mountain for his sacrifice, just as Christ carried His cross up the mountain for His sacrifice. God spared Isaac, but did not spare His only son. Heaven’s best the unblemished, perfect sacrifice was given for us! So yes, we are loved greatly and the purchase of our sins was an over payment. God is aware of all that we face and has compassion for us in all we face. He is with us always and the moment we turn to Him he is there. The key is to more and more have a revelation of His love for us and how great and indescribable it is. We receive a revelation of His love through the word. We get this when we read and hear about our Lord and Savior. This in turn increases our faith and produces greater love in us.
Then we turn to another word out of John.
John 16:33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
Our perfect lamb and Bridegroom Jesus overcame the world. We have the same power to overcome that He has through the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we become tired by circumstances. In these times let us take heart and see the greatness of our God and Jesus which words could never describe. We then no longer see the difficulty but our loving savior. See that Jesus is greater, our God is greater than anything we face and know that our God hears us when we cry out to him. The bible says that the Israelite’s when they were in Egypt groaned and God heard and answered their cry and delivered them. So even a groan reached the throne of God. In the same way when we see Jesus and his greatness and call He will answer and provide the strength, peace and the means out of our situation, the solution. It also says in the bible that Jesus has all things under His feet, including whatever we are facing right now.
So take heart and rest in the finished work of Jesus.