“Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you SAY to the mountain, “Be taken up and cast into the sea, it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21-22.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17.
Today our LORD (יהוה) God says:
When you think of Jesus, do you think of My love for you? That is who He is. My gift of My love to you. He came to serve you and give His life for you that you and I could have close and eternal fellowship with no division between us. My love for you, My mercy towards you, and My grace for you is manifested in Jesus. This is the time for you to shine with the Light of the world.
In seeing Jesus you see Me in the flesh. Jesus went about doing good and healing all those oppressed by the devil. Remember the woman bent over so she could not straighten her back? Jesus identified the problem immediately. She had a spirit of infirmity that had gained access to her body and she had been bound by Satan for eighteen years. All infirmity, deformity, sickness, disease, and every form of evil is not from Me. It is Satan binding you. But I have good news for you, I sent Jesus to undo (untie, luo in Greek) the works of the devil. I sent Jesus to set the captives free.
Now, I know what you are thinking. You are thinking if Jesus set you free and untied you, why is it that you or a loved one who believes in My Son still all bound up? In other words, how to you het set free from every evil work and benefit from what Jesus did for you?
Now listen and really apply this to your life and you will see. I send My Word to heal you and deliver you from all your destructions. There is a spiritual law here I cannot violate. You must take and say that Word into you life. It is by your words you are acquitted (set free) and by your words you are condemned (imprisoned). And another law here, the Word has to be mixed with faith for it to come to pass in your life. For indeed, you have had good news preached to you, just as the Israelites did with Moses, but the Word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united with faith in those who heard. Hebrews 4:2. They failed to enter the abundant land I promised them because of unbelief. Hebrews 3:19. Jesus could not work any mighty miracles in Nazareth because of their unbelief. Mark 6:5-6. The power was in Him to set them free, but He was unable to set the people of Nazareth loose from the devil because of unbelief. And He gave you the power of binding and loosing also. Matthew 18:18.
Faith united with My Word connects you to the power in My Word (dunamis) and then you release it by boldly speaking it out. You know what I mean by boldly. That is when you put your foot down and dig in.
When Jesus spoke, the people notice He spoke with authority and not like their scribes. And a lot of you speak with no authority though you have it. Instead of boldly declaring, like David in the face of Goliath, your victory, you back off for fear of failure and your prayer for healing is NOT a prayer of faith. Instead it like, “In the Name of Jesus, I beg you Father to heal me, but your will be done and I will accept whatever happens.” That is unbelief. I have told you I am your healer, I have told you that sickness does not come from Me, it is a curse and that comes from the evil one, I have told you that by the stripes of Jesus you were healed and that He bore all you diseases and pains just as He did your sins. And Jesus healed all that were oppressed by the devil. Did He ever refuse to heal anyone who came to Him with faith? NEVER. And in seeing Him you see Me in action and I call sickness and deformity Satanic bondage. Is that clear? Why would you call good evil and evil good? I told YOU to lay your hands on the sick in the Name of Jesus and they will recover. Just do what I tell you and let Me do the rest. If the result does not turn out as you want, it is not your fault, there is some reason that the recipient is blocking it. So what you have to do first is like Jesus did before He healed. Do you remember? He would ask the person, if there was any doubt there, “Do you believe that I can do this?” When they answered in the affirmative, He knew they would receive. But remember the people in Nazareth? He wanted to heal them but their unbelief blocked the healing. And they would have said what many of you believe, and admit it, some of you have said, “Some people He heals and some He doesn’t, we can’t figure out why but some day we will know.” Yes, someday you will know it was not My fault they were not healed. I put all that on Jesus and His back took many bloody scourges to heal you of the scourge of sickness.
Just like is not My fault that all men are not saved and many do not come to know the truth, though that is My Will for every person and My heart’s desire. That is why I sent Jesus. But it depends on YOU whether you persist in doubt and unbelief or you believe.
And Jesus told you how to do it. Remember when He had spoken to the fruitless fig tree and it withered up? The disciples were amazed. You see, man descended from Adam lost all knowledge of how to exercise dominion authority because Satan steals My Word out of you whenever you allow it. So the disciples asked Him to explain how it happened. Inquiring minds like to know, and you should want to know too. Jesus answered, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you SAY to the mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:21-22.
Are you beginning to see something of spiritual law? Let Me fill this in from the same scene in the Gospel of Mark. There, in the same incident of a withered fig tree by word only, at inquiry of how it was done, Jesus began with the true crux of the matter: “Have faith in God.” And what is faith in Me about? What is faith in anyone based on? Faith in their word. Faith in their word because their actions in the past have matched up with their words. If you read the Bible, I have a perfect track record on that. My Word is eternal, is established in Heaven, the eternal Kingdom, and never changes. The heavens and earth as they are now will pass away, but My Word will not. And let Me tell you the definition of faith from My Word to you in Hebrews 11:1: “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence (title deed) to things not seen.” Even if you have not seen the piece of property you inherit from a distant relative, the deed in your name is enough for you to know it is yours to take. Faith is assurance that no matter what your circumstances are at the moment that you are going to have a good result.
And then in the Gospel of Mark, once you have found your Word in faith that addresses your situation and brings the result you want (My promise), you must speak it and thank Me in advance. “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be you.” Mark 11:24.
And again, “Truly I say to you, whoever SAYS to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he SAYS is going to happen, he will have what he SAYS.” Mark 11:23.
Faith in My Word is the victory that overcomes the world. It turns everything right side up when it has all gone upside down. All My promises are “yes” to you in Jesus, so say “amen” to that.
Jesus became a man like you, though He is God, but He emptied Himself and was limited by what limits you, so He could be like you in all respects but sin. He never sinned. He was not born of Adam’s corrupted seed as all of you are. He was My Word made flesh. Incorruptible seed. But when you are born again by believing My Word you are from incorruptible seed as far as your spirit goes, and when the redemption of your body comes then it will catch up. And I will catch you up.
But Jesus shows you how what I just shared with you from the gospels of Matthew and Mark is done. So take a look. Go back to when the messengers came from Martha and Mary to tell Jesus that their brother Lazarus, the one Jesus loved, was deathly sick. Now first words are very important whenever you hear an evil report, that is, a report of the devil’s activity. So note the first response of Jesus here. It was not fear. He stayed calm and spoke to the mountain just how it was going to turn out, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God so the Son of God may be glorified by it.” John 11:4. I make all things work together for good for those who love Me and are called according to My purpose. The devil was not going to win in this one. And I tell you that Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but He stayed on two more days to finish the work I had sent Him to do in the place He was when they sent word to Him. John 11:5-6. He had already spoken the result to the sickness that had attacked Lazarus. The devil figured he better work quick.
Jesus then told the disciples they were going back to Judea. But the disciples did not like that idea because they were afraid the Jews there would stone Jesus, as they had tried to do the last time He was there. But Jesus knew that it was time that I wanted Him to go and that was enough for Him. You have to learn to feel the tug of the Holy Spirit. Remember in the book of Acts? Paul was always sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit and would not go where the Spirit did not lead but went immediately where He did.
And Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus had fallen asleep so He would go wake him. The disciples figured sleeping was good if you were sick, meaning he would recover. But Jesus explained that Lazarus was dead, but He was glad He had not been there, because what was going to happen would help them believe.
Martha met Jesus when she heard He was coming. But her first words were grumbling words with faith mixed in, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give you.” John 11:21. And again Jesus spoke the result that He desired by faith, “Your brother will rise again.” John 11:23. Jesus was not changing His declaration even when it looked like it was all over.
So Jesus went to the tomb.
Before I go on, please note. Jesus has spoken to the problem, the illness, and declared it will NOT end in death. Now He comes to the challenge that it looks like it did end in death. But He responds with the impossible. He had a Scripture. Do you recall what I told Ezekiel in the field of dry dead bones? “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.’” Ezekiel 37:4. And what was My Word to the dead bones? “Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life. I will put sinews on you, make flesh grow back on you, cover you with skin and put breath in you that you may come alive; and you will know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 37:5-6. And I will let Ezekiel tell you what happened, “So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, sinews were on them, and flesh grew and skin covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then the LORD said to me, “Prophesy to the Spirit, prophesy, son of man, and say to the Spirit, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Come from the four winds, O Spirit, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.’ So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” Ezekiel 37:7-10. And Ezekiel continues the story, “Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people. I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.’” Ezekiel 37:11-25.
I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves. Jesus knew He had the Word He wanted, for My Spirit spoke it in His heart.
And He spoke it to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world.” John 11:25-27. She gave the right response; she had the faith to receive her miracle. She was agreeing with Jesus who had already spoken the result and the prayer. “Your brother will rise again.” And it started with His first words in answer to the report, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” John 11:4. Now you have two agreeing in faith.
Jesus approached the tomb and commanded to remove the stone. Martha waivered a bit here. She spoke by sight and not faith. She told Him the natural result, Lazarus had been dead four days and there would be a stench. But Jesus did not want to lose her agreement at this point, He reminded her of His Word, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” John 11:40. She understood and dared to go forward in faith, refusing to fear that the miracle would not happen. They removed the stone.
Now pay attention to how Jesus prayed at this point. Remember what He told the disciples? “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21: 22. Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” John 11:41. Remember what the disciple John who saw this take place wrote to you after I had raised Jesus from the dead? “This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1 John 5:14-15. And it is My Will to heal and raise you up to finish the work I give you before you head home.
When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” Jesus was speaking to the mountain of physical sickness and premature death. He had faith in My Word, knew I heard Him, and now He declared the result. The mountain moved. Lazarus who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go free.” John 11:43-44. Jesus came to unbind what Satan had bound. He came to undo (untie) the works of the devil. And it happened just as He spoke.
What am I telling you? Do you still not understand? It is by your words you are framing your world. So use Mine. The wise person builds his house, but the foolish one tears it down with his own hands. Life and death are in the hand of your tongue (yes, that is what it says in the original Hebrew).
In Jesus, you are in Covenant with Me. And this is My Covenant with you: My Spirit which is upon you, and My Words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring from now and forever. Isaiah 59:21. When we join in Covenant, we become united as one, and all I have becomes yours by the relationship. You cannot enter into Covenant with some one unless you have faith in their words and that they love you and will not harm you. When two join in Covenant they knit together because they agree. They have a meeting of the minds, so to speak, or they cannot stay united.
Be careful not to step out of your dominion into Mine. That is what Adam did and he could not handle it. So what happened was he went into the dominion of the devil, he made covenant with the devil. And all Adam had became the devil’s and all the devil had became Adam’s.
In covenant with Me, I give you the authority to use My Word as your own but you must unite My Word with faith. You must, as Jesus told you, “Have faith in God,” to move a mountain. When you have faith in Me, you have the authority to use My Word to order your world. And that is dominion authority over the earth that I gave Adam. I speak the Word for you to use and you use it by faith. You do not make the Word, I do, but you must receive it and make it your own by saying it with faith. Your part is to speak My Word with faith and My part is to perform it. You call the shots, so to speak in your lives, but unless you call it according to My Word it results in disaster. Order (command) your day aright that you may gain wisdom of heart. The determination of what is good and what is evil is Mine and you learn to discern that by Me, not vice versa. Though you Supreme Court and your society has gone to the “vice versa.” But it can only end in disaster for those who are foolish enough to follow it. They will tear down their own house. The wages of sin is death and I would rather you would avoid that. It is hard to kick against the goad.
Now, I want you to also consider My direction, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give constant thanks, this is My Will for you in Christ Jesus, your Lord.” You know what the devil’s direction is? “Fear and be upset always, worry without ceasing, and be bitter and ungrateful constantly.” Look at Adam after he gave his life over to the devil, he hid in fear, he worried he was naked, and he blamed Me and Eve in bitter resentment for what he had done. He was ungrateful and resentful. And it ruined the lives of his children too.
Now, may I ask you a question, which of those two directives does you life look like lately? There are many, even believers, who would have to say the devil’s direction. Isn’t it time you changed your direction then? And how do you do it? Your words. Your tongue. I told you that through My servant James, “For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.” James 3:2-5. You set the direction by your tongue. Whose words will you speak? Learn from Jesus and your souls will find rest.
I love you. Guard your heart and watch your words. “Be anxious for nothing (REJOICE ALWAYS), but in everything by prayer and supplication (PRAY WITHOUT CEASING) with thanksgiving (GIVE CONSTANT THANKS) let your requests be made known to God (“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”) And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7. Shalom.