Thursday, September 18, 2014

Being filled with all the fullness of God

Ephesians 3:18-19 (NKJV): ... that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height - to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The word 'passes' here is 'huperballo' in Greek, which means 'to throw beyond the usual mark, to surpass, to exceed'. See the word 'all' here? God wants you to be filled with all the fullness of Him, not 'some' or 'part'.

'Fullness' here is 'pleroma' in Greek, which means 'completion, filled up (to the full)', from the word 'pleroo' meaning 'to satisfy, to complete, to supply, to fulfil'. In other words, to be filled with all the fullness of God is to be satisfied, completed, supplied, and fulfilled with all the fullness of God!

God has satisfied every 'thirst' (or 'lack') of yours at the cross some 2,000 years ago, and therefore as a believer, your 'cup' runs over (Psalm 23:5). David understood this fullness of God very well, and that's why he wrote "I shall not be in want" (Psalm 23:1). This fullness of God is the fullness of heaven - where there's no lack, no sickness, and no pain. In Matthew 6:10, Jesus taught us to pray, "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." You see, heaven on earth! And the good news is you don't have to reach heaven (yet) to live in heaven! You can have heaven even right now on earth!

"Sounds too good to be true!"

But this is what the Word of God says!

Let me explain further. John 19:28-31 says, 'After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I thirst!" Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop (a kind of bitter herb), and put it to His mouth. So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit'.

By the way, 'sour wine' here is like acid, and imagine this acid 'burning' through Jesus' dry lips, tongue, throat, esophagus, lung, and through all the internal organs of His body! As you can see, it wasn't just outwardly that He was disfigured and wounded, but also inwardly! It was a whole, complete sacrifice! This acid 'burning' through is like fire burning through, a 'picture' of God's holy anger against sin being fully satisfied on Jesus' body at the cross.

And that's how Jesus became the 'burnt offering' for you. God's holy judgement and punishment against your sins consumed like fire on (and in) Jesus' body at the cross! Let Scripture interpret Scripture. In cross-reference, Exodus 12:7-9 says, 'And they shall take some of the blood (of the lamb) and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night (of Passover); roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire - its head with its leg and its entrails (i.e. internal organs)'. See the word 'entrails' here? The lamb was to be roasted in fire not just outwardly, but also inwardly!

Today, as a believer in the New Covenant, see all your sins, diseases, or problems 'burnt' with this fire on Jesus' body as well! He got 'dried up' so you'll never 'thirst' or lack any good thing from heaven!

Ephesians 2:18-22 says, 'For through Him (Christ) we have access by One Spirit to the Father. Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit'. See the word 'access' here? Through Him, you have access to the Father who gives you every good thing! (see Matthew 7:11)

Let's go to the Old Testament now for cross-reference. Genesis 28:11-12 says, 'So he (Jacob) came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God ascending and descending on it'. 

Genesis 28:16-17 then says, 'Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it." And he was afraid and said, "How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!"'

'House of God' here is 'Beyth El' or 'Bethel', which also means 'habitation of God, dwelling place of God'. The word 'gate' here is 'sha ar' in Hebrew, meaning 'an opening, access'. Therefore, the term 'gate of heaven' here means 'access to and from heaven'! See the word 'access' again?

As a believer, know that you too are the 'house of God' (where He dwells), and the 'gate of heaven' (where you have access to every good thing that heaven supplies)! 

And because there's no lack, no sickness, no pain, no work of darkness in heaven, so should you be on earth!

Genesis 28:18-19 says further, 'Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. And he (Jacob) called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously'. 

Notice 'stone' here is actually a 'picture' of you and I, the living stones (see 1 Peter 2:5), and 'oil' here speaks of the Holy SpiritIn the New Covenant, you and I are that living stones filled with the Holy Spirit!

Interestingly, one meaning of 'Luz' in Hebrew is 'be perverse, be turned aside from the truth'. As you behold Him as in a mirror (see 2 Corinthians 3:18), allow Him to transform you from 'Luz' to 'Bethel', and of course, from glory to glory!

Romans 12:2 says, 'And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God'. By the way, the word 'prove' here is 'dokimazo' in Greek, which can be translated as 'to allow it to happen'. 

People of God, this is the time to allow God to renew and transform your mind, so that 'His kingdom come, His will be done (in your life) on earth as it is in heaven'. Start seeing yourself as the 'house of God' and the 'gate of heaven' from now on, where angels are ascending and descending - ministering for you (Hebrews 1:14) and bringing all the 'goodies' of heaven on earth to you and through you. Amen!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The power of God is now present to heal you!

Luke 5:17 (NKJV): Now it happened on a certain day, as Jesus was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.

The word 'power' here is 'dunamis' in Greek, which means 'miraculous power, or mighty work', from the word 'dunamai', meaning 'to be able or possible'. Yes, indeed, He is the Lord who is able, and all things are possible to Him!

In a time of worship and prayer, I heard these words from the Lord for this time and season:
"These coming four months are months of recovery. Many of you have been asking for more of Me and the manifestation of My power, and I have heard it. Know that My power is present, not absent. There's an anointing flowing and coming very strongly beginning this month, especially in the areas of restoration and healing. Take it with you and be blessed. I will bless your hands. Yes, I will put My hand upon your hands. I will put My anointing upon your hands. There's power for healing. There's power for miracles. There's power to prosper. And there's so much more that I want to put upon your hands. Receive it with your hands."

Acts 10:38 says, '... how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power ('dunamis'), who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him'. 

And this same power is now here to break every yoke in your life! By the way, a 'yoke' is anything that oppresses or hinders you from living (or moving) effectively in life. For example, 'sickness' is a form of 'yoke', because 'sickness' oppresses and hinders you from living (or moving) effectively in life! You can't do many things, or enjoy God's blessings to the fullest when you are sick!

In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus said, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

As a Spirit-filled believer, this very same power has already come upon you, because Acts 1:8 says, 'But you shall receive power ('dunamis') when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth'.

"How do I activate this power that's in me?"

By believing and agreeing with Him!

Hebrews 11:6 says, 'But without faith (i.e. believing) it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to Him must believe that He is (i.e. present now), and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him'. 

Notice the word 'please' here is 'euaresteo' in Greek, from the word 'euarestos', which means 'to be fully agreeable with'. Therefore, 'to please Him' here is 'to be fully agreeable with Him'! 

The Bible says Jesus is the Word! (John 1:1-2, John 1:14). 'To be fully agreeable with Him' is 'to obey and to act on His Word'! 

When Peter believed that He is and agreed with Jesus' one word for him "Come", he began walking on water! (see Matthew 14:28-29) 'Walking on water' here speaks of you triumphing over your natural condition, situation, or circumstance. 

When the group of men believed and agreed that the power of the Lord was present to heal (make whole) their paralyzed friend, they did not allow the crowd (or even the roof!) to stop them from bringing this man into the midst before Jesus. They eventually saw their reward! (see Luke 5:17-26)

When the woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years believed and agreed that if she could touch Jesus' garment in the midst of the crowd, she would be healed of her affliction. And of course, she too saw her reward! (see Mark 5:25-34)

Indeed, He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 'To diligently seek Him' is 'to keep and keep on looking to Him, no matter what'.

Declare upon any area of your body (or your situation) that needs healing or miracle right now:
"The power of God is now present in my .............. , and is now working mightily to heal me. In Jesus' name. Amen."

People of God, keep believing, keep agreeing with what God says (not what the 'crowd' says), and you'll be on your way to your complete healing and wholeness. Amen!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Receiving your restoration and forgiveness

Jeremiah 31:3-4 (NKJV): ... Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, and shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.

The word 'build' (or 'rebuilt) here comes from the Hebrew word 'banah', which means 'repair, restore'. Notice the word 'again' here? Yes, He can do a miracle and build you again. And if He can restore the glory of 'virginity' again in His people, there's nothing that He cannot do for your life, no matter what had happened, or what mistake (or mistakes) you have made recently.

Though this chapter (Jeremiah 31) speaks about the nation of Israel, it is also applicable to you, because you too are God's precious child. And if you will return to Him, there is forgiveness for you. Sorrows will be turned to joy, and mourning into dancing. 'Tambourines' here speaks of 'joy and celebration', and He wants you to be 'adorned' with such again.

The word 'virgin' here has spiritual meaning, not just literal (or physical) meaning. There are two Hebrew words for the word 'virgin' in the Bible, namely 'bethuwlah' (see Genesis 24:16) and 'almah' (see Genesis 24:43). In Jeremiah 31:4, this word 'virgin' is 'bethuwlah', from the root word meaning 'separated', and implies 'something so precious, like a treasure (or a rare, hidden gem)'.

In Christ, you too are separated unto God (i.e. made holy), 'precious, like a treasure (or a rare, hidden gem)' in His eyes. You may not think so (how precious and valuable you are), but the truth is this is how God sees you today - washed by the Blood of Jesus, made holy, precious, like a treasure (or a rare, hidden gem), and bought with the price of His own Son!

Jeremiah 31:16-18 then says, 'Refrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they (God's people) shall come back from the land of the enemy. There is hope in your future, says the Lord. That your children shall come back to their own border (i.e. where they are meant to belong or supposed to be). I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself; "You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained bull; Restore me, and I will return. For you are the Lord my God."'

The word 'restore' here speaks of  'returning to the starting (original) point (where one is supposed to be), or receiving back something that was lost'. The word 'Ephraim' here is from the word 'Ephrathah' in Hebrew, meaning 'fruitfulness'. As God's precious child, you too are supposed to be fruitful in all that you are (or do). This is His original plan for you!

Know also that no matter what mistake (or mistakes) you have made in life, He still loves you. And the Bible says He loves you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). In fact, He loves you so much that He's willing to carry them all just for you! All the sins, the cross, the shame! (Isaiah 53:3-5)

In Luke 5:17-26, a group of men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Jesus. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the roof (tiling) into the midst before Jesus. And when He saw their faith, He said to this paralyzed man, "Man, your sins are forgiven you." He then said to this man, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.", and immediately this man was being restored and made whole, to be who he was supposed to be.

As you can see above, God's restoration work flows easily when you know that in Christ, you are already forgiven (Ephesians 1:7). Forgiveness leads to healing and restoration. As you receive your forgiveness, may you also forgive yourself and forgive others, so that your prayers will not be hindered (Mark 11:23-25). And if you find it hard to forgive, trust that He will help you. Philippians 2:13 says, '... for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure'. Amen.