Category Archives: healing

Don’t be afraid of God’s Will

One of the things I hear most often when I suggest that someone pray about something of concern to them is “What if it isn’t God’s Will?”  What they are really saying is that they are afraid that God will not answer their prayer and then they will lose some of their faith.  They don’t want to take a chance of being turned down or at least being disappointed by the results of their prayer.

It is a tough problem to overcome.   A child afraid to ask their parent for some little thing because they are afraid their mom or dad will say “No.”   Now as an adult that won’t ask their Father God for some major thing that affects their lives because they are afraid of the answer.  Perhaps they have seen a few too many “No” answers in their lives already – either to themselves, to friends or other family members.    A single disappointment can override a lifetime of “Yes” answers they did not pay a lot of attention to.  There are some truths that this person needs to know.

Truths You Need to Know 

Here are the truths you need to know:

Jesus told us how to pray

Pray in God’s revealed will

God loves you

God cares for you

God hears you

Don’t make statements of unbelief

Wait

Be Persistant

Don’t blame yourself

Don’t blame God

What about predestination?

Jesus told us how to pray. Matthew 6:9,10 This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Pray in God’s revealed will.  In my previous post, I gave 10 specific things that the Bible tells us is in God’s Will.   Since the most often prayed for thing is healing, I’ll tell you that Jesus gave the gift of healing to all believers (Mark 16:17-18). He also said we could move our mountains (Mark 11:23-25). These are in God’s revealed will. You can safely pray for anything in God’s revealed will, including healing, and not be afraid!

God loves you. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God cares for you, so don’t worry. God is actually and truly your Father in Heaven (Matthew 6:9-13) who loves and cares for you. Matthew 6:25-34 Therefore do not worry about your life…Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?…and your heavenly Father knows that you need them (certain necessities). But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

God hears you. God has good hearing! 1 John 5:14,15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.

Don’t make statements of unbelief. “If it is God’s will, I will be healed” is a statement of unbelief because he has already said that it is in his will. Believe him, God does not lie. (The “if” word is a no-no.) You can safely pray that “your will, not mine be done”, and expect that God’s will for your healing will be done because he loves and cares for you, his earthly child.

Wait – What if healing doesn’t happen (immediately)? Above all, don’t lose faith! Healing has begun, but you don’t see it yet, and you don’t understand God’s plan for your healing! Don’t expect an instantaneous cure, even though we acknowledge that with God, all things are possible.  Remember I said that God seems to like “quiet miracles“.

You must understand that some problems take time to resolve because even diseases are required to work within the rules set up by God for both living and dying. Various diseases do work within God’s will, but fortunately diseases do not have our privilege to pray and to praise God, and, in addition, God has given us dominion over all creatures (Genesis 1:28). His promise to heal is in agreement with his gift to us of dominion over all creatures (including disease). Healing does begin when you pray in faith.

Be Persistant.  God’s plan and timetable are not always our plan and timetable, and are not always within our understanding. Be persistent (Luke 11:8 , also 18:1-8) and always be faithful to God. He heard you the first time, but don’t be discouraged! Be persistent, be remindful, be thankful, and know that without prayer, your condition at this moment might well have been much worse!

What if God’s final answer is “No”?

Don’t blame yourself  Don’t blame yourself if the answer is No.   You have done nothing wrong by praying.  It was not a selfish act to ask for God’s will to be done or to make promises He knows you can’t keep or to ask for personal or family healing – He expects you to.  Nothing you did or didn’t do could affect the outcome if God’s final answer is no. 

Dont blame God either.  Although I always assert that “God is in Control,” I don’t ever blame God.  I accept His will.  Always.  Time will come soon enough for all of us to reach the understanding as to Why God’s will was not the same as ours.  God is in Control, but it does not mean that He chose to hurt you or chose to allow a family member to die without some underlying reason.   I like to think of it this way:   Our life on earth is very very short compared to the infinity that lies ahead.   Christians went to their deaths willingly in those early days with the full faith that they would be joining God soon.   We all die and the few years, as we see them cut short, is nothing – zero, compared to infinity.   There is another comforting factor that came from my visions – we are already with God in a timeless heaven.  Not just us but our ancestors and our descendants as well.

What about predestination? Predestination is a theology that says that God finished His creation in one week and every wheel and every atom and every thought was conceived and planned out to the most infinate detail during that time, forever into the future.  My own church, Presbyterian, believes in predestination, and will bring up double and triple predestianation if necessary to explain things.  To say that is to say that God is an absentee from our current world and is incapable of making changes that He has already predetermined.   Hogwash.  God can do whatever He chooses at any time.    Rewrite history, rewrite present, rewrite future – easy for the creator of the entire universe.  If He chose the future, He can certainly change it.  God is always in control.

I can certify that through my own experience that predestination is a Theology invented by theologians, not God.  The theologian’s job is to build a belief system. God sent the Holy Spirit to help us overcome that burden in our life.   God can change His mind whenever He wants to.  It is the reason that prayer works.

Thank you, God. 

Oldtimer

Advertisements

What to Pray for in God’s Will

Key to Successful Prayer

What is the key to successful prayer? You must understand that when you pray and believe, then your prayer and belief must be scriptural (2 Peter 1:20,21). Ask and believe and receive what God has clearly promised in his word!  Those who have faith can have whatever they ask for without doubting, when it is in agreement with God’s will and plan for them.

What is God’s will? To discover God’s will in prayer, accept his revealed will through scripture! Where God has made his will clear through His Word, you can accept it. Where he has not made his will clear, then pray like Christ: “Not my will but thine be done.”

Nine things you can pray for that are scripturally in God’s will:

1) Pray to receive the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
2) Pray for believers to spread the Gospel (Luke 10:2)
3) Pray for other believers (Luke 22:32, John 17:20)
4) Pray for church officials (Acts 12:5)
5) Pray for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:2)
6) Pray for forgiveness of others (Matthew 5:44)
7) Pray that you will be judged worthy (Luke 21:36)
8 ) Pray for unity of all believers (John 17:21)
9) Pray for sick to be healed (James 5:16, Mark 16:15-18)

These are a few of the scriptural messages that are clearly in God’s will. There are many others. God promised you power to move mountains (Mark 11:23-25), but you must be sure to move the ones he wants moved. You will know what he wants moved if scriptural or if God’s words abide in you (John 15:7). God doesn’t give demonstrations just for our special entertainment!

1 John 5:14,15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.

Vision of The Holy Spirit?

The Anointing

 

Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 

2 Cor 1:21-22 (NIV) 

 

It was early Sunday, May 18, 1997.  It was shortly after midnight when I finished my goodnight prayer.   Later  today would be our church=s day which we celebrate as Pentecost Sunday.   

I was praying for the healing service and for several people on my prayer list.  I had started down our church=s prayer covenant which covers the objectives of the church, the pastors, other leaders and their families.   It was a prayer covenant that we had developed for the church.  A member in our healing group had suggested that we needed one to combat spiritual warfare.  He was concerned that our rapid growth would draw the attention of Satan and we would begin to be harassed by him.  The vision started with Jesus.

 

Jesus had been standing there, but now He reached forward with both hands with his arms outstretched and with palms down but with the fingers tipped upward so that I could see his palms.  There were two people kneeling before him with their backs to me.

 

He placed his hands on the two heads.  I could only see their heads from the back and slightly from their right side.  His fingers were together as he rested them on the heads, but cupped slightly over the heads.

 

I then began to see several other people, one at a time, but only from just below the mouth downward, and only as low as the lower part of the neck.   I don’t know who they were or why I only saw part of them, but I have the remembrance of more detail and also of flesh tones so this portion was in color. 

 

One was a woman, who appeared to be older, and another I decided was a man.  I decided these were people that were being healed.   The vision ended after several people came forward for healing.

 

I took this vision as a very positive sign.   Now we were going into a healing service with the very power of Jesus blessing us! 


Tongues from the Holy Spirit 

The vision was very short and I began to pray again.  Suddenly, I began to pray out loud and I no longer knew what I was saying!  It started as only a new syllable and then a word, and a few seconds later there was a stream of words that were in an unknown language!

 

As I continued to pray, I noticed a slightly blue silhouette of a figure clearly outlined in front of me, facing the same way that I was.  This figure was like a representation you see in a medical encyclopedia – a depiction of the nervous system.  No clothes, no hair, no apparent skin, but a man anyway outlined by ribbons of blue fire along the lines of the nervous system.

 

He was on his knees with arms stretched up to the Heavens, as if pleading to God.   Could the Holy Spirit in me be the very wiring of my nervous system?   A vast array of electrical networks that fire up my body?  I suspect that it was not; this was simply how the Holy Spirit chose to show Himself to me.

 

I don=t know any more about this figure, as I never saw Him again, but my guess was that I was speaking in tongues with the help of the Holy Spirit.   I never spoke in tounges again, and I’ve never seen the Holy Spirit represented to me again.

 

As I prepare this text for this Extraordianary Visions article, I’ve decided to begin a small series on the Holy Spirit as depicted in God’s word, the  Bible.   Maybe we can find out a little more about Him.  As the third person of God, He deserves more respect than most of us have given to date.

 

Oldtimer

 

Where is God? Who What Where How?

The Answers Keep Coming From the Vision 

The vision, God Partially Revealed  answers so many questions for me that I can hardly list them all.   I made these entries to my journal on Monday, February 10, 1997.

       It explains to me how God can be everywhere at once. – We are living in God, and in fact, the entire universe is drifting through Him.    

       How God knows what we are doing and thinking – We are as transparent to God as we are transparent to X rays, yet He interacts with our being, our living X ray.

       It ties the Holy Spirit directly to God as one and the same thing – What we perceive as the Holy Spirit is actually God interacting with us as He passes through us and we tune in to Him and He tunes in to us.  It takes the magic out of it and makes it a natural, understandable, loving, mutual relationship.

When we are in tune with God, His Holy Spirit lingers and concentrates in power; we become filled with the Holy Spirit as described in Scripture. 

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  Acts 4:31 (NIV) 

       How healing can work at a distance and how prayers can work at a distance –  The same God touches us all at the same time – He is everywhere at once in the same sense that an ocean touches all fish in that ocean, except God is our living ocean and He is available to all, and what touches Him here can be felt anywhere.

       How God can be both in us and us in God – We are floating in God and God floats in us.  We are much like a sponge floating in water, except God is our water, our light, our life.  We are porous to his light, yet bask in it.  The sponge has water both within it and around it.    Squeeze it dry when things are bad and you seem far from God, but it fills back up again when we settle back into God’s living waters through attention to Him.  We need to stay immersed in God if we are to receive His full attention.

       How two or more people praying together multiply the effect of his works – His power is undiminished in each of us and the results are multiplied.  God is, after all, hearing the “noise” of our lives too.   He does have good ears, so it is fruitful to pray, even if alone, and even if silent, or within a car out on the highway!  Two people praying together help break through that noise.  Three or more seem to really get His attention, even if they are on opposite sides of the world. 

       It does away with the problem I had with God being “up there”, and does away with my problem with God just sitting on a throne, as if contemplating what He would do next – God is everywhere, because we exist in Him and God needs no real throne to exercise His enormous, living power.  His throne is our universe, including all that the Hubble telescope can see and far beyond!  

       It gives me a sense of the enormity of His majestic power – He powers the universe, and the universe is only a small part of his works, yet it rests entirely within Him.  His infinite power is still infinite when displayed and felt at our level – mere creatures of His creation.  In the same manner, His infinite love is available to all undiminished.  One trillionth of a trillionth of infinity is still infinity!  We may be detecting some of that power now as “dark energy”, meaning invisible energy – God?  Most of the universe is thought to consist of that energy.

       God is paying attention to us even as we ignore Him because God is drifting through us and we through Him and He is directly in touch with us at all times.   When we are not paying attention to God, He sometimes gets our attention the hard way.  For example, my Clear Warning from him.  I thank God every day that He loves us all and that I responded to His wake-up call!   God is so good!

       It gives me hope that I can learn to interact with Him and accept His help wherever I need it.   He wants love and attention, and He will shower it back.

       When we pray, we interact with God’s Spirit within us, and we begin to absorb more of Him.  God loves to be worshiped by His creation and His Holy Spirit lingers, and begins to concentrate in us and grows in power and attention through our worship, and He begins to consider our concerns as expressed through prayer.    

       We only need to believe in Him and trust Him, and know that He loves us and will help us.  The power available to us is unlimited and virtually untapped.

Next Up:  The Two Piece Puzzle.