Sunday, January 27, 2013

Did U Know

Isaiah 53:5 - ..The chastisement 4 our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

You know, one of the biggest outcries against Mel Gibson’s movie, The Passion Of The Christ, was that it was too violent, especially the part where Jesus was scourged. 

Let me tell u this: It was not violent enough! The Bible says that at the cross, Jesus’ visage was marred beyond that of any man. (Isaiah 52:14) In the movie, even after all the beatings, the actor James Caviezel, who played Jesus, still looked quite handsome. 

But the reality is that when Jesus hung on the cross, He had “no form or comeliness… there is no beauty that we should desire Him”. (Isaiah 53:2) He was beaten 2 a pulp until His face looked like jelly hanging out!

In the movie, when they scourged Him, only a small portion of His bones was exposed, so it was still quite tidy. But the messianic psalms say, “The plowers plowed on my back; they made their furrows long” (Psalm 129:3), and “I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me”. (Psalm 22:17) All His bones were exposed!

My friend, He was thinking of u when the soldiers tied Him 2 the scourging post. As they raised their whips, He said, “Let it all come on Me!”  But what came on Him was not just the whip stripping the flesh off His bare back, but your sicknesses and diseases. Each time He was whipped, every form of sickness and disease, including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, bird flu and dengue fever, came upon Him. “The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” 

Today, healing is your right bcoz Jesus has paid the price 4 your healing. So if the devil says, “You cannot be healed,” just declare, “Jesus has paid 4 my healing. Disease has no right 2b in my body. I am healed in Jesus’ name!” 

Every curse of sickness that was supposed 2 fall on u fell on Jesus instead. He bore every one of those stripes, so that u can walk in divine health all the days of your life. The price has been paid so that u can rise up and get out of your bed of affliction!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Facts Change But God’s Word Remains

John 8:32 - And U shall know the truth, and the truth [U understand] shall make u free.”

Consider the cold, hard facts that these three people faced: The aunt of a lady in our church saw her X-ray which showed that one of her two kidneys was cancerous. A couple in our church read their medical reports which said that they would never be able 2 produce a child. A lady in our church who acted as a guarantor ended up being asked by the finance company to pay $34 million.

When such situations hit us and we allow the facts 2 settle in our hearts, we end up feeling greatly troubled. But when we let the truths of God’s Word settle them all, we will sense the Holy Spirit bearing witness 2 the truths that we are believing. He is the Spirit of truth. (John 16:13) He is not the Spirit of facts and does not bear witness 2 facts.

It may be a fact that u are sick. The doctors say that u are sick. The X-ray film shows that u are sick. But God’s Word says that by Jesus’ stripes u are healed! (Isaiah 53:5) That is the truth about your situation. What is the difference between fact and truth? Facts change, but truth — God’s Word — remains!

When God’s people choose 2 defy the facts and walk instead in His truths regarding their situations, the Holy Spirit in them will bear witness 2 the truths that they are believing.

The lady with the cancerous kidney underwent an operation 2 remove the organ. But praise God, she received supernatural restoration as later X-rays showed two healthy kidneys instead of one! God had formed a new kidney for her!

The childless couple received their miracle bundle of joy after seven years. Today, they are proud parents of not one, but four children!

The church member with the $34 million debt told the finance company that it was not being fair 2 her and that God would protect her. The company’s management miraculously decided to cancel her debt!

The next time u are hit by disturbing facts, let God’s Word settle the truth about your situation. And as the Holy Spirit bears witness 2 the truths that u are believing, the facts will change and u will receive your miracle!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Jesus Understands Your Struggles

Hebrews 4:15 - For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

Imagine meeting the new politician who is 2 represent your district or neighborhood only 2 discover that he is not familiar with your neighborhood’s needs and problems. You will wonder, “Can this guy really represent us? Does he know anything about our living conditions? Is he familiar with the various challenges that families here are facing? Can he help me get my child into one of the schools here?” I am sure that u would prefer someone who truly understands your challenges 2 represent u!

In the same way, I am so glad that right now at the Father’s right hand, we have someone who came as a Man 2 redeem us, and who fully understands what man goes through. When Jesus walked on earth, He went through every human emotion so that He could identify with us in all points. Jesus is God, but He is in the Father’s presence as a Man, representing us.

My friend, u may feel that no one understands your struggles. Listen, while this may be true of man, it is not true of Jesus. He knows exactly what u are going through and He can sympathize with your weaknesses bcoz He was “in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin”.

None of us have been tempted in all points. But God allowed Jesus 2b tempted in all points so that He can understand and identify with the struggles of every single person on this earth. He can be touched by our humanity — our weaknesses, tears, disappointments, griefs... all points!

There is no trial, difficulty, challenge or temptation that u face that Jesus cannot identify with. My friend, the moment u go through it, right there and then, He feels it too. That is the kind of representative u have in Jesus! That is the love of God so that u will draw near 2 His throne of grace (not judgment) 2 find mercy and grace in time of need! (Hebrews 4:15–16)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Be Numbered Among The Undevourable

1 Peter 5:8 - Be sober, be vigilant; bcoz your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

 The devil cannot just walk right up 2 u and rob u of your health, peace or family. He cannot just come into your life 2 enforce disease and destruction.

If the devil can do that, then he does not have 2 walk about “seeking whom he may devour”. He only has 2 walk straight up 2 anyone he wants 2 devour and devour him! But since the Bible says that he goes about seeking whom he may devour, the truth then is that there are people whom he "cannot" devour.

You see, the devil goes about like a roaring lion trying 2 stir up fear in people with his roars. But the people who are not devourable are those who refuse 2b intimidated by his roars bcoz they know that the true Lion of Judah, Jesus Christ (Revelation 5:5), has already come and rendered powerless him who had the power of death. (Hebrews 2:14, NASB) They know that the devil cannot just do anything 2 them bcoz the Lion of Judah resides IN them, and that He is greater than the devil who is in the world. (1 John 4:4) My friend, the Lion of Judah is IN u. He has given u rights, privileges, authority and power. He redeemed u with His blood. Therefore, everything about u and your life is redeemed by His blood. So if u are fearful about losing your job, cover your job with the blood of Jesus. If u are worried about your children’s safety in these days of terrorist attacks, plead the blood of Jesus over them. If u have received a bad report from the doctor, speak the blood over yourself.

Whatever u have covered with the blood of Jesus, God declares, “Protected! Redeemed!” And the devil flees when he sees the blood. And when he flees, he takes with him sicknesses, diseases, pains, sufferings, destruction and loss.

Once the devil knows that u know who u are in Christ and what u have in Him, his days of intimidating u are over, and u are numbered among the undevourable!