Philippians 2:13 "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
Healing begins in your spirit. Even physical healing for your body begins in your spirit. God doesn't start on the outside and work to the inside. No, He starts on the inside and works to the outside.
So don't look on the outside for physical healing. Look on the inside because that's where He'll begin working. And if you will look on the inside--if you will yield to that something on the inside of you and not pay so much attention to your outward symptoms--you'll eventually look around for those symptoms and find that they're gone.
Learn to laugh in the face of sickness and death.
Learn to laugh at the devil, because he has to leave! I am not going to stay sick, I'm not dying now. God's not through with me. I want the devil to know that.
The devil will leave. He will flee from you.
The Lord always begins working on the inside. You need to be praying in the Spirit and reading the word to build up your spirit man. You can know things on the inside that you don't see on the outside. You can know things in your spirit that your head can't comprehend. But because you know it in your spirit and believe it, you begin to say it. And because you say it, it will surely come to pass.
Confession: It is God who is at work within me, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is His will that I walk in health and be well. And He is working in my spirit, soul, and body.
John 17:17 "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
The crises of life come to all of us. If you do not know how to act on God's Word when a crisis comes, you will be at a disadvantage.
No matter what the problem is, God's Word has something to say about it. God's Word has the answer. Find out what the Word says, and act like it's true!
When someone asks the question, "What in the world are we going to do now?" Just smile and answer, "We're going to act like the Bible is true!"
Many people mentally agree that the Bible is true, but that's not enough. You must act like the Bible is true! If you know God's Word is true, and you act like it is, then it will become real in your life. You will bring God on the scene in your life!
Confession: God's Word is truth. I act like God's Word is true. I act like First John 4:4 is true. I act like Matthew 6:25-34 is true. I act like Hebrews 13:5-6 is true. I act like Philippians 4:19 is true. I act like Matthew 8:17 and First Peter 2:24 are true. I act like all the "in Him" scriptures are true. I act like it, and they are a reality in my life!
James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only
Some people have such a struggle.They say they are trying to get faith, or else they are trying to believe.
But all that is necessary is just to act on what Gods says. Acting on God's word like it has happened, and talking like it has already happened.
If you're sick, don't lay around—move around act like you are well. If you need a job start praising and acting like you already have it. If you need money, sow a seed and a harvest will come. And act like you have all that you need. If you are unhappy start smiling and acting like you are happy. The Bible talks about thinking on good things, not bad things. Faith is an act.
Confession: I am a doer of the Word. I gain knowledge of God's Word. I hear His Word. Then I act accordingly. I act on God's Word!
Mark 16:15,17-18 "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Jesus delegated the power and authority in His Name to "them that believe." Some have relegated spiritual authority exclusively to preachers mightily used of God. But this passage of Scripture isn't just talking about evangelists, pastors, or others in the ministry; it's talking about the entire Body of Christ—the believing ones.
Authority is vested in the Name of Jesus. And authority is vested in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the earth. Some of us have touched that authority now and then, but none of us have been able to abide in it like God wants.
However, I am thoroughly convinced that in these last days, just before Jesus comes, there will be a body of believers who will learn how to take advantage of all that belongs to them in the Name of Jesus, that Name which is above every Name!
Confession: I am a believing one. And these signs in Mark 16:17 and 18 follow me. I will learn and know how to take advantage of the Name which belongs to me—the Name which is above every Name.
Philippians 2:7 "But Christ Jesus made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men."
The truth of this verse hasn't really dawned on most people. They mistakenly think that Jesus was able to work wonders, to perform miracles, and to live above sin because He had divine powers that we don't have. Thus, they have never really aspired to live like He lived.
Oh my," they say with great humility, "I could never live like Jesus did. After all, He had an advantage. He was God!"
They don't realize that when Jesus came to earth, He voluntarily gave up that advantage, living His life here not as God but as a man. He had no supernatural powers. He had no ability to perform miracles until after He was anointed by the Holy Spirit, as recorded in Luke 3:22. He worked wonders, not by His own power, but by the power of the Father, saying, "The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works" (John 14:10).
And when He prayed, He prayed not as a divine One Who had authority as God, but as a man Who walked obediently with God. And, as Hebrews 5:7 says, "His prayers were heard not because of His deity, but because of His reverence toward God.
Jesus, the divine Son of God, set aside the privileges and powers of deity for a time and lived as a man on earth. Once you grasp that, it will absolutely thrill your soul! It means that you, as a Born-Again child of God, filled with the same Holy Spirit as Jesus was, have the same opportunity to live as He lived on earth.
In fact, that is exactly what He intends. For in John 17:18 He said to the Father, "Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world."
Jesus has sent you into the world to live as He lived. Through the new birth, He's enabled you to exchange the sinful nature of Adam for the sinless nature of God.
He's given you the ability and the command to live above sin, to live in fellowship with the Father, to preach the gospel, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, to cast out demons and to make disciples.
Once you realize that, you'll throw off the shackles of doubt that have held you back. You'll begin to live as Jesus meant for you to live—not as a sin-ridden son of fallen man—but as a Born-Again child of the Most High God. Then those around you will actually begin to see Jesus in you.
Confession: I am a child of God, I walk the earth as Christ walked the earth, I have the Same Holy Ghost in me that was in Jesus. As I pray in the Holy Ghost, I build myself up in power, so I can cast out devils, lay hands on the sick. I bless other people. In Jesus Name.
1 Corinthians 3:21,23 "For all things are yours...and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's."
Most people wouldn't think the Corinthians could get anything from God; they were so carnal. But Paul began this chapter by telling them they were carnal, yet he added, "...all things are yours."
When you were born into the family of God, the right and privilege to use the Name of Jesus became yours. Everything Jesus bought and paid for automatically became yours. But it's up to you to use what belongs to you.
Consider the story of the prodigal son. If the prodigal is a type of the sinner or backslider, and the father represents God. The elder brother is a type of the Christian who has not strayed. When the elder brother came in from the field, he heard music and dancing. A servant told him, "Your brother came home, and your father has killed the fatted calf."
The elder brother became angry, and wouldn't go in and join the festivities. So his father went outside and entreated him. "No, I'm not coming in," the elder brother said, "I've served you faithfully all these years. I never went away. I didn't go off and spend your money--and you never made a feast for me." "Son," the father said, "All that I have is thine" (Luke 15:31).
Does God have what you need? If He does, then it is already yours. But you'll have to appropriate it.
Confession: All things are mine. I am Christ's, and Christ is God's. The Name of Jesus belongs to me. I can use it. I will use it. All the Father has is mine!
Ephesians 1:19-23 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that fills all in all.
In every place where the Bible mentions the Name of Jesus, it also refers to His Body, the Church, because the Name was given to Jesus so that the Church might use it. The ones who need to use His Name are those who have become joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, those who are in contact with men and women in need of deliverance from Satan.
All that Jesus is by inheritance is in that Name! All Jesus has done through conquest is in that Name! And that Name belongs to the Body of Christ: It belongs to you and me! God has made this investment for the Church. The Church has a right to draw upon this deposit for her every need! That Name has within it the fullness of the Godhead.
Confession: I have a right to use the Name of Jesus against the enemy. I have a right to use that Name in prayer. I have a right to use that Name in praise and worship.
2 Chronicles 20:15 "Be not afraid nor dismayed...for the battle is not yours, but God's."
I believe the Greater One lives in us if we're born again (1 John 4:4). I believe Jesus is greater than the devil. I know the Word of God says that. Therefore, I must act like it's true. That's when it becomes a reality, and that's when the Greater One goes to work for us.
If I go to pieces and act like I'm trying to fight the battle, the Greater One is not fighting it. And then I'm not taking advantage of the Greater One and what He has done for me. So I don't try to figure out the situation or get on the internet to find out what someone's opinion is about something, At night, I just lie down and go to sleep, no matter what's going on.
We have to learn to roll our problems over on the Greater One.
You have to say to the people, "I'm not going to bother about that, meaning, I am not going to worry about anything."
If you are worried or concerned about something, then the Lord doesn't have it--you still do.
I walk by faith and not by what I see or hear. I quote the Word and go on as nothing was wrong.
I know it's hard, but that is what God says to do.
Confession: I refuse to battle. The battle is not mine, but God's. He is the Greater One, and I have put Him to work in my behalf by knowing His Word and by acting like it is true.
2 Corinthians 10:4 "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds"
Although we have been made new creatures and have been transferred out from under Satan’s authority, we still live in a world ruled by Satan. But our Father God, in His great provision and plan of redemption, has given us a weapon to use against Satan. That weapon is the Name of Jesus. When you don’t know what else to say, shout "Jesus!"
Confession: The weapons of my warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. The Name of Jesus is a mighty weapon given to me to use against the forces of the enemy.
Matthew 4:17 "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
When Jesus came preaching the good news of the gospel, He said to the people, "Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
What did Jesus mean by this? Change your mind and come My way. Turn around and go a different direction. Come into the kingdom of heaven.
He was offering life to the people of His day, but for them to receive it, they had to repent, or change their will. They had to choose God's way of doing and being right.
That's what repentance is. It's not just being sorry for something you've done, or sorrowful over a situation. It's changing your mind. It's changing your will. It's changing your direction. It's choosing God and His way. It is a return to obedience.
We sin and miss the mark, and to make things right, we have to repent. Jesus then forgives us of our sins and we are cleansed by His blood (1 John 1:7). He is our advocate with our Heavenly Father.
Romans 2:4 says, "...the goodness of God leads men to repentance." If you've never been born again, repent and ask Jesus to be your Savior. Make Jesus the Lord of your life right now and begin to move in God's direction.
If you are a believer, repentance includes choosing to obey God. It is turning back to God's ways when you realize you've sinned and missed the mark. As a Spirit-filled Christian, you know deep down inside what God wants you to do. Now, you may not want to do it, but that knowing is on the inside of you.
When you repent, you not only ask for forgiveness, but you put away from yourself that which displeases God. It includes submitting to doing something God has asked you to do. It's turning from the direction you've been going, and turning to the direction God's told you to go.
I don't care what you've done...or what you may do in the future...whether you are a believer or not, if you repent, God will forgive you and receive you cleansed and made new by the blood of Jesus. You can live a life of obedience to Him.
Don't condemn yourself, or live a life full of guilt. Repent! That's all you have to do. Just ask God for forgiveness, and change. Go the other way. Go toward God in that area of your life.
Confession: I repent and turn away from sin for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
The Daily Bread
A devotional to equip, exhort, motivate and feed your spirit.
Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.