The true test of our faith and trust in God comes when we are faced with situations and circumstances that are beyond our ability to control. They may be health issues, financial anxiety, the inability to be social or work within relationships, emotional depression and stress, or the death of a loved one. While some of these issues begin as little problems and grow into overwhelming challenges, others can be unexpected attacks that come out of left field and knock us down. Regardless, many Christians impulsively turn to the world for help and run from God. Continue reading
Christians know that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth to be the savior of mankind – and even the world is familiar with His name even though they don’t reverence it. The Bible makes endless references to the many names of Jesus and each one is a powerful illustration of the authority and love of God. Yet, there are many Christians who don’t really know who Jesus is and who don’t realize that the entire Bible is inspired by Him and is written about Him.
Who is Jesus? Why does He deserve our love, our respect and our life? Why is our hope in Him and not in our own accomplishments? The answer can be found in the many names and titles that have been given to Him. Hopefully after reading some of them, we’ll all have a better understanding of who Jesus is.
The Alpha and Omega – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” … Revelations 22:13
The Word of God – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” … John 1:14
The Son of God – “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” … John 20:30-31
Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace – “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” … Isaiah 9:6
The Beloved – “And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. … Matthew 3:17
The Bread of Life – “And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” … John 6:35
The Door – “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” … John 10:9
The Good Shepherd – “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” … John 10:11
The Way that leads home – “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” … John 14:6
The Lamb of God – “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29
The Great High Priest – “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” … Hebrews 4:14
King of kings, Lord of lords – “That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” 1 Timothy 6:14,15
The King of Glory – “Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. … Psalm 24:8
The King of all the earth – “For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding.” … Psalm 47:7
The Great Prophet – “And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying that a great prophet is risen up among us; and, that God hath visited his people.” … Luke 7:16
The Judge of the living and the dead – “And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.” … Acts 10:42
The Resurrection and the Life – “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” … John 11:25
The Great I AM – “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” … Exodus 3:14
The Rock – “Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.” … Psalm 95:1
The Bright and Morning Star – “’I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” … Revelations 22:16
The Lion of tribe of Judah – “…Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” … Revelations 5:5
God’s gift to us – “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” … Ephesians 2:4-8
The Light of the World – “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” … John 8:12
Our Healer – “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” … Isaiah 53:5
The Name above every name – “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” … Philippians 2:9-11
Our Advocate – “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” – 1 John 2:1
Worthy of our praise – “’Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!’” … Revelation 5:12
There was a video put out a few years ago by a very humble and yet very talented Christian artist who paints a picture of Jesus from the many names that are listed in the Bible. Please take a few minutes to watch and be blessed as the anointed music and the picture of Jesus come alive in you! Click here to go to the video.
I have lost many friends to cancer in the last few years, and I know so many more who are currently stricken with this horrendous disease and who are battling it with their very lives. It grieves me beyond words that so many people – so many Christians – will turn to the world of chemotherapy for their healing rather than simply accept that GOD is their healer.
Isaiah 53:5 says it very clearly – “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
And our salvation is made clear in Isaiah 53:10 – “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see his seed, He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.”
If we can believe that Jesus is our Saviour and that through His shed blood we were redeemed back to our Father, forgiven for our sins and saved from His coming wrath, then WHY can’t we believe that He has also healed our bodies? Why do we insist on turning to the world to heal us?
When Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden of Eden after they’d sinned against God, they lost favour with Him. Oh, He still loved them, but there was “sin” between Him and them and He couldn’t be with them like He was before because God is Holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. He couldn’t bless them like He did before; He was no longer the Lord over their lives like He was before. They were exiled into the government of the devil who had tricked them into sinning against God, and whose law still controls this world. The freedom, wholeness and blessings of God no longer belonged to Adam and Eve.
“Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth?” … Romans 7:1
And that is the state of majority of the people in our world today; they don’t belong to God and so their only hope for healing is in the world. They’re lost and separated from God just like Adam and Eve were separated from God and His outpoured love.
But we DO belong to God. His promises belong to US, and we CAN stand on them and expect to see them materialize in our lives. God has removed the curse from us through Jesus’ death because He became the curse for us on the cross.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” … Galatians 3:13
And Jesus redeemed us back to God our Father through His resurrection, Romans 8:34.
That means that Isaiah 53:5 isn’t just a nice verse, but it’s a powerful statement of our life in Christ.
“…by His stripes we ARE healed.”
So, if we are healed, then why do we get sick? How can cancer kill and destroy so many lives?
We need to understand that our bodies are not just for our own pleasure, but they are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” … 1 Corinthians 3:16
Therefore, we have a responsibility to care for our body and to keep it healthy. And when we get to a point where our body becomes ill, we need to make some changes to bring it back into a healthy state – and that does NOT mean pumping it full of poisons like the ones that are in cancer treatments. We get our body healthy by changing our lifestyle, cutting out all the impure foods such as packaged, canned and fast foods, and sugars and meat products and by products that are infested with chemicals and toxins because these are the culprits that cause the illnesses in the first place.
We need to return to eating food that God gave us to eat, to foods that are free of all toxins because these foods will build up the weak immune system, and a healthy immune system will fight off all disease. God healed us and gave us back the right to a healthy body, but we have to maintain the body and feed it good, wholesome food. We cannot just accept the healing and then treat our body poorly.
For example, if I take a hammer and begin to hit my finger with it, my finger will break, bleed and be in tremendous pain. If I cry out to God and accept His healing then I AM healed and with some attention my finger will be restored. But if I continue to hit the hammer on my finger, I will never see that healing and eventually I could lose my finger.
Many of us have become lazy and we want God to do everything for us, but we have to grow up sometime and begin to take care of ourselves – and that begins with knowing that we are healed and then becoming responsible for how we treat our body so it stays that way.
I know what I’m talking about because I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to have cancer and suffer from pain and distress, to subject myself to surgery and then learn that they “didn’t get it all”, and “sorry, but you only have a few months to live unless you do immediate chemo and then we might only be able to give you another year or so.” I’ve experienced the anguish and the torment. I’ve also experienced the peace when I accepted beyond a shadow of a doubt that God had healed me, and that all I had to do was get my body to line up. It wasn’t easy, and in fact, at times it was very challenging – but I did it!
I am now cancer-free because I turned to God’s ways and not the world’s ways. I pray that everyone reading this will realize that with God all things are possible, and that by His stripes we ARE healed. But we have to choose where our healing will come from because that source will be the Lord over our life.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” … John 10:10
The world bases its judgements and opinions on facts and physical evidence that manifests in every possible situation and circumstance. It cannot accept that Christians will stand in faith and trust God over their obvious knowledge, and so the world cannot accept our faith.
We are fools in theer eyes.
The Bible tells us to walk by faith and not by sight, and yet our senses too often take control. We read the negative reports from the doctors and we know how we feel because we experience the pain and agony of an illness. It’s all there in the natural, and our senses experience the physical condition and accept the physical prognosis. Our senses cannot know the spiritual world and cannot stand in faith over what they know because they are governed by this natural world.
It’s difficult for many believers to stand and remain standing in faith because the natural world is real, it’s louder and it’s more obvious than the spiritual world that they learn about in the Bible. Too many Christians will ignorantly choose to go the world’s way for their healing because the world brags of drugs and techniques that can heal. Doctors promote it as much as the media and so it becomes the only reasonable answer.
“You need chemotherapy. It will make you very ill and there are hideous side effects and the survival rate is very low but it’s your only chance of surviving this disease.”
We’re scared, in pain and at the mercy of the world because it’s the only known answer, so we surrender to it. And sadly, too many Christians still can’t see the irony in this.
If we purchase a toy truck from a Toy Maker and it breaks, would we take it to the dentist to be repaired? Or to the landscaper? No, we wouldn’t. Why? Because our knowledge tells us to take it back to the Toy Maker to be repaired because he’s the one who designed the toy and knows everything about it. The Toy Maker is the only person who knows how to repair it and make it whole again.
In the same light, since God is our creator and His spirit lives in us making us His own child, why would we go to the world for healing? The world is still learning about the human body and does NOT have all the answers. In fact, many of its solutions are estimated guesses at best of what should be, but they don’t heal or fix most problems.
Pharmaceutical meds are man-made chemicals that deal with the symptoms but many of them never get rid of the problem. They delay the problem, help us cope with the problem and create new problems, but these meds rarely destroy the problem we’re taking them for. Although chemotherapy is known for destroying the cancer, it’s also known for killing the rest of the body.
When we are ill we need to go back to our creator, to our Father in Heaven, and get our healing from Him. But God is a spirit and so we need to seek Him in the spirit and that is what we do when we stand in faith. We no longer walk by sight – by what we see, feel, are told by doctors or experience with our senses. We walk by faith – looking into the spirit and to God. We put our trust in God and believe Him for our healing.
God says in Exodus 15:26, “I am the God that healeth thee.” It’s so clear that we should look to Him for healing and not to the world, and yet many of us can’t see beyond this world.
The challenge to standing in faith is that the world – in all it’s assumed wisdom – will come after us, reprimand us and do everything in its power to lure us back to its way of doing things. Why? Because the devil is the god of this world and he doesn’t want us to know or love or trust the God of Heaven, so he’ll do everything to distract us from standing in faith.
The world cannot accept our faith because the world is controlled by the same devil who hates God and he wants us to hate God, too. So standing in faith requires commitment, trust, thanksgiving and praise to the God of Heaven as we submit our mind, body and soul to Him. We have to take our eyes off of our circumstances and put them on God’s promises, and we need to remind ourselves of them constantly.
We need to be sure of who we are and of what Christ accomplished on the cross, and we should not stand down in our faith and deny ourselves healing just because the world cannot accept our faith.
“The thief (the devil of this world) does not come except to steal, and to kill and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have life more abundantly.” … John 10:10
When we are standing in faith and believing Him for healing, we should be confessing His words of healing over our bodies.
We need to read His Word out loud so we can hear ourselves saying His words. We need to do this repeatedly and get His truth deep into our own spirits.
And when we sing songs of praise, not only do we get His Word into our own hearts, but the worship brings us into His mighty presence and we feel a closeness to Him.
His Word becomes real and our faith becomes stronger.
Songs of praise are powerful!
Listen to this song and be blessed. It will draw you into His presence and you will feel His healing power over your body.
“I am the Lord that healeth thee“…..Exodus 15:26