Bible Believers' Newsletter 478
"We focus on the present Truth – what Jesus is doing now. . ."
Christian greetings in the precious Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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David warned, "Today if you will hear His Voice, harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as Israel did in the day of temptation in the wilderness" causing the names of all unbelievers twenty years of age and over to be blotted from the Book of Life. Brother Branham warned us the world is going insane because it has rejected God and His unchanging Word.
He warned us of fascist government in the United States. Enabling legislation has been enacted and a time line set for the United States, Canada and Mexico to form one totalitarian Judaeo-communist government or North American Union. Jesus promised He would keep the saints of the Philadelphian Age from "the hour of temptation." He kept His Word as they have all passed on to glory (Revelation 3:10). He also promised that not only those over twenty, but "all whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life will serve the beast" and be blotted from the Book of Life, or die as martyrs of the Cross in "the hour of temptation" we know as the great tribulation (Revelation 13:8-18; 17:8).
Judas is entrenched within the circle of this end-time Message. Jesus called Judas "friend"so did Brother Branham. And in case you blinked, George II declared May "Jewish Heritage Month".
"He has warned us against these last days and these kind of people, that they'd be so much like the real thing that they would, absolutely would, deceive the very elected ones. What is that? That's the Judases. . . Ministers sometimes claiming to be servants of Christ, and when the Word is thoroughly identified to be vindicated for that day, that it is the Message of the hour, and they'll sell out their popularity to their denomination just exactly like Judas did, betray Jesus to the Pharisees and the Sadducees. That spirit don't die" (Three Kinds of Believers, p. 29:219-220, 238).
On October 2, 2006, the US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by evangelical Christian students challenging a California seventh grade history course requirement. Students had to adopt rules as Muslims for three weeks using Muslim names, reciting Muslim prayers in class, and memorizing and reciting a passage from the Koran. What do you think would have happened if Muslim students had been required to become Christians and recite Christian prayers?
Brother Branham said, "Now, if Russia had accepted the Pentecostal blessing seventy-five years ago when the Holy Ghost fell in Russia, they wouldn't have been Communists today. Now, seventy-five years ago they had a great revival in Russia. God come among them, and they had great revivals way into Siberia. And what did they do? They rejected it, and today the country is gone and the churches can't have church only under permission. And they are doomed into judgment and is gone off on this wild tantrum of Communism, sold out to the Devil."
(God is withdrawing His grace from our apostate once Christian nations, raising His protective hand and allowing us to fall subject to law. Not the righteousness of His Law of sin and death, to which He submitted Israel for chastisement and their higher benefit, but the unrighteousness of the man-made law of Israel's persecutor, Esau, unto perdition).
"Fifty years ago the Holy Ghost fell in England. Just after that come George Jefferies, and F. F. Bosworth, and Dr. Charles Price, Smith Wigglesworth, those great warriors of the faith, fifty years ago, and offered England the Holy Ghost revival. But what did they do? They laughed at them, put them in jail, called them crazy, thought they'd lost their minds. The churches refused the people to come hear them. And they healed the sick, and cast out devils, and done great works. And because of that England as a nation rejected the Gospel, her sins is knowed throughout all the world. There's hardly a more of an apostate nation in all the world, even including Rome and France, than England. She's a mother of apostasy. Right where Finney and many of the great men preached in the Haymarket, and Charles G. Finney and Wesley, and on down. . . And she turned it down" (Is Your Life Worthy of the Gospel? p. 10:45-46).
"I'm thinking tonight of an old man laying yonder, in his last hours of this life, called the other day and wants me to preach his funeral. . . That's my good friend F. F. Bosworth, a godly saint going to meet his Maker. And he said, "This is the happiest time of my life, Brother Branham. I'm so happy to know that I'm going to meet Him; I can't hardly sleep at night". . . not one mark did I ever hear anyone say about F. F. Bosworth. God, let my end be like that: a memorial of the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ" (Time Tested Memorials of God, p. 13:86-87).
Our guest contributor Brother Bosworth is in the sixth dimension with the New Testament saints in their theophany bodies, waiting for the last member of Christ's end-time Bride to be sealed into the Body, for without us they cannot be glorified. I trust he would be pleased his ministry is yet speaking to the saints of this Capstone Age. His subject, "The Christian Confession: How to obtain all Redemptive Blessings" is a timely reminder and instruction to those who have heard His Voice today to maintain tender hearts free from guile.
Brother Bosworth believed Brother Branham was "a man sent from God." In fact, he became a member of the Branham team. His was a commanding presence; he was brilliant in the pulpit, and his messages were clear and full of revelation.
F. F. Bosworth learned to preach under the late Alexander Dowie of Zion, Illinois. Here his famous book, "Christ the Healer" was hammered out on the anvil of experience and Bible instruction. In the 1920's and 30's great crowds attended his Healing Crusades. He was also a pioneer preacher in radio ministry. Evangelist Bosworth had one of the most powerful ministries of the 20th century. Let us embrace the godly wisdom of our sainted elder Brother and be encouraged in training for the 'third pull' and the manifestation of the Sons of God, for the time is short.
This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
What Congress really approved: Benchmark No. 1: Privatizing Iraq's Oil for US Companies
May 26, 2007 Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright says the supplemental bill Congress passed to continue funding the Iraq war is really about "stealing Iraq's oilthe second largest reserves in the world. The "benchmark," or goal, the Bush administration has been working on furiously since the US invaded Iraq is privatization of Iraq's oil. Now they have Congress blackmailing the Iraqi Parliament and the Iraqi people: no privatization of Iraqi oil, no reconstruction funds."
Full story: truthout.org
Has Newt finally read this Newsletter?
July 15, 2006 Former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich says America is in World War III and President Bush should say so. In an interview in Bellevue this morning Gingrich said Bush should call a joint session of Congress the first week of September and talk about global military conflicts in much starker terms than have been heard from the president. . ."
Full story: seattletimes.nwsource.com
Bilderberg Conference 2007, 31st May to 3rd June 2007, Istanbul
As a pivotal point in spiritual history, command centre of the Holy Roman Empire and a major objective of the crusades, Istanbul (Constantinople) is a most significant place to meet. Particularly in a time in the epic East/West War on Terror battle when the Western military adventures in the Middle East have hit the buffersa fact that will be in the forefront of Bilderbergers' minds.
As the so-called war on terror, so favoured by Bilderberg, teeters on the brink of disaster and credibility, their task this year, should they choose to accept it, is to bolster the expansion of the US Empire and bring about 'regime change' in Iran by whatever means necessary.
How fitting then that those royalty, bankers, media moguls and politicians who believe they are destined to rule the world chose this city for their dark plans to establish the corporate elite global empire. Think big, think Bilderberg! . . .
Full story: bilderberg.org Dennis Cuddy
Blair's Protection of Elite Paedophile Rings spells the End for His Career
The controversy is certain to topple the Blair government, which has already issued a D-Notice to gag the press from revealing the names of known paedophiles within the British executive, including at least two senior ministers. . . Some commentators, mindful that one of Tony Blair's closest confidante's is a practicing paedophile, are even suggesting that this particular scandal, and not Blair's repeated lies and fabricated reports in regard to Iraq, may well prove the downfall of a government mired in sleaze and corruption. . .
The rumours and allegations concerning Lord Robertson's ties to Hamilton, and the possibility that the American intelligence services may be blackmailing Tony Blair into continued support for a US invasion of Iraq, have been given fire by internet investigator and intelligence expert Michael Keaney. . . An additional, and potentially explosive, aspect of US leverage over Blair is the FBI's investigation of users of child porn websites which has already claimed a number of high profile scalps. . . Full story: redwatch.org.uk
Comment: "As it was in the days of Lot. . ." (Luke 17:28-30).
All Hell breaks out as Pagans given Go-Ahead for University Gathering
May 27, 2007 The University of Edinburgh has granted permission to the Pagan Society to hold its annual conferenceinvolving talks on witchcraft, pagan weddings and tribal dancingon campus next month. Druids, heathens, shamans and witches are expected to attend what is a major event in the pagan calendar. But the move has enraged the Christian Union, which accuses the University of double standards after banning one of its events on the 'dangers' of homosexuality. Full story: scotsman.com
Road to the Driverless Car
"The fourth of seven consecutive visions God revealed to Brother Branham in 1933 showed the great advances in science that would come after the Second World War. It was headed up in the vision of a plastic bubble-topped car that was running down beautiful highways under remote control so that people appeared seated in this car without a steering wheel and they were playing some sort of a game to amuse themselves. . . They got it now, a magnetic power, radar control. Just set your radar to where you're going, it takes you yourself; you don't have to steer it". Full story: cnn.com
The Holy Alphabet
A lthough things are not perfect
B ecause of trial or pain
C ontinue in thanksgiving
D o not begin to blame
E ven when the times are hard
F ierce winds are bound to blow
G od is forever able
H old on to what you know
I magine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
K eep thanking Him for all the things
L ove imparts to thee
M ove out of "Camp Complaining"
N o weapon that is known
O n earth can yield the power
P raise can do alone
Q uit looking at the future
R edeem the time at hand
S tart every day with worship
T o "thank" is a command
U 've see His parousia coming
V ictorious in the sky
W e'll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there will be good times and yes some will be bad, but...
Z ion waits in glory. . . where none are ever sad!
"I am too blessed to be stressed!" The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor. The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything. Love and peace be with you forever.
The Christian Confession: How to obtain all Redemptive Blessings
By F. F. Bosworth
Many people fail to receive what they pray for because of the lack of understanding about confession.
In Hebrews 3:1, Christianity is called a "confession." The Greek word here translated "profession" is the same as the one usually translated "confession".
What Confession Means
In the Greek language this word means "saying the same thing." It means to believe and say what God says about our sins, our sicknesses, and everything else included in our redemption.
Confession is an affirmation of a Bible truth that we have embraced. Confession is simply believing with our heart and repeating with our lips God's own declaration of what we are and have in Christ.
In I Peter 2:24, the Holy Spirit says: "By His stripes ye were healed." We are to believe and say the same thing. When our affirmation is the Word of God, He watches over it to make it good (Jeremiah 1:12).
Confession is faith's way of expressing itself.
"The High Priest of Our Confession"
In Hebrews 3:1 we are commanded to "consider Christ Jesus the Apostle and High Priest of our confession." As our High Priest Jesus acts in our behalf according to what we confess, when it is in accordance with God's Word.
Paul tells us that he preached "The Word of Faith," that "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth, Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation" (Romans 10:8).
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The Relation of Confession to Manifestation
Notice that the confessionsaying the same thing that God saysis by faith, that is, believing and confessing before experiencing the result. The confession comes first, and then Jesus our High Priest responds with the New Birth. It is not salvation unto confession, but confession unto salvationconfession before possession.
There is no such thing as salvation without confession.
Faith is acting upon God's Word; and this always puts God to work fulfilling His promise.
What are We to Confess?
Few Christians today have recognized the place confession holds in God's plan for our appropriation of His blessings. Whenever the word "confession" is used, many instinctively think of confessing sin, weakness, and failure. This is only the negative side of this great question. Our negative confession of sin was only to open the way for the positive confession "Unto salvation"of a whole life-time of believing with our heart and saying with our lips everything God says to us in His promises.
Confessing unto salvation in its initial form, and then in each of its successive forms. First in the form of the new birth, then in the form of every blessing promised us in the Word of God. The Christian is to act on every phase of his salvation that he knows about. We are to believe with the heart and confess with our mouth to the extent of "The Word of Faith" which Paul preached. He preached "all the counsel of God." He preached "the unsearchable riches of Christ." He said that he "kept back nothing that was profitable" unto them.
All that Jesus did in His substitutionary work is the private property of the individual for whom He did it. So throughout our Christian life God wants us to believe with our heart and say with our lips all He says that we are in Christ. We are not to ignore or neglect our legal standing in Christ, for it is the basis for the acts of faith which puts God to work fulfilling His Word to us. We are to confess or whisper to our own heart, "In Him I am complete." When we know that God in His Word says, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," we are to believe it and confess it with our lips, and then Christ will act as our High Priest and make it good.
We are to confess that Calvary was our "Emancipation Proclamation" from everything outside the will of God, and act accordingly. We are to confess that our sicknesses were laid on Christ, and that we are redeemed from the curse of disease. "Let him that is weak say, I am strong".
Our confession includes:
The whole of Scripture truth;
All that Christ's sacrifice provided.
All that Christ's High Priesthood covers.
The whole of God's revealed will.
We are to confess that our redemption is complete. Satan's dominion is ended; for Calvary has freed us. Like the slaves of the south, we are to believe that we are free on the basis of our Emancipation Proclamation, never on the basis of our feelings, or on the evidences of our senses.
Remission is the wiping out of everything connected with the old life. We are a "new creation." The old things have passed away, and all things are become new.
Of course we are not to say to others that our healing is manifested before it is. God does not say that. But you can say to those who ask you, "I am standing on the Word of God".
We never rise above our confession. A negative confession will lower us to the level of that confession. It is what we confess with our lips that really controls us. Our confession imprisons us if it is negative; it sets us free if it is positive. Many tell of their failings and their lack of faith. Invariably they go to the level of their confession. Confessing lack of faith increases doubt. Every time you confess doubts and fears, you confess your faith in Satan and deny the ability and grace of God. When you confess doubt, you are imprisoned by your own words. "Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth; thou art taken captive with the words of thy lips" (Proverbs 6:2). When we doubt God's Word it is because we believe something that is contrary to that Word. Wrong confession shuts the Father out and lets Satan in.
We are to refuse to have anything to do with wrong confession. When we realize that we will never rise above our confession, we are getting to the place where God can use us.
Disease gains the ascendancy when you confess the testimony of your senses. Feelings and appearances have no place in the realm of faith. Confessing disease is like signing for a package that the Express Company has delivered. Satan then has the receipt from you showing that you have accepted it. Don't accept anything that Satan brings. "Give no place to the devil." "If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God" (I Peter 4:11). In Ephesians 4: 29, we are commanded to speak only "that which is good to the use of edifying." We are not to testify for the adversary. We are to act faith, speak faith, and think faith.
A spiritual law that few recognize is that our confession rules us. It is what we confess with our lips that really dominates our inner being. Make your lips do their duty. Refuse to allow them to destroy the effectiveness of God's Word in your case. Some confess with their lips but deny in their heart. They say, "Yes, the Word is true," but in their heart they say, "It is not true in my case." The confession of your lips has no value as long as your heart repudiates it.
The Right Mental Attitude
In Philippians 4:8 the Holy Spirit says, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true [the Word is true], whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things".
The Holy Spirit says in Proverbs, "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he".
In II Corinthians 5:5, the Holy Spirit says, "The weapons of our warfare are mighty . . . bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." We are to "cast down reasonings" and give the Word of God its place in our minds and on our lips. We are to have "the mind of Christ".
Jesus remembers when He bore our sicknesses, and the Holy Spirit commands, "Forget not all His benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases".
God's spiritual and physical transformations are to come to us "by the renewing of our minds . . . present your bodies [the home or laboratory of the five senses] a living sacrifice . . . and be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God" (Romans 12: 1).
"Casting down Reasonings"
In II Corinthians 10:3-5, the Holy Spirit tells us that "We do not war according to the flesh [or senses]: (for the weapons of our warfare are . . . mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds)".
What are the strong holds? "Casting down reasonings, and everything that is exalted against the knowledge of God [or Word of God], and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ".
Faith is not based upon sense-governed reason, nor upon things men can see, unless the thing they see is the Word of God. Faith deals with facts. The Word of God has no speculations, no theories, just declarations of facts. The Word is a present tense living Voice from heaven. We can act on the Word as we would if God had just spoken to us. The Word is the Father speakingit is a part of Himself.
Sense-governed reason is a stronghold which we must pull down if we are to be men and women of faith. The battle of faith is with the sense-governed reasonings of the unrenewed mind. Sense-knowledge is faith's worst enemy, because it will not give the Word of God first place. It admires the Word but does not practice it. It is a battle, and a difficult one, to give sense-knowledge a second place and the Word of God first place.
In "the fight of faith" there is but one weapon, the sword of the Spiritthe Word of God. Reason must give place to the Word. Faith leads us where sense-governed reason cannot walk. Self-governed reason has never been a mountain climber.
Reason would have conquered had Abraham listened to it. But he believed God in the face of all the evidences of sense-knowledge. Our whole struggle in the faith-life is to take the Word of God instead of the word of man, and that we act upon it independent of any evidence that the eyes can see, or the ears can hear, or the body can feel. Your fear to act upon the Word is unbelief gaining the ascendency. When faith gets reason's place, Satan is defeated. Abraham could consider his body as good as dead without its weakening his faith (Romans 4:19). Reason must give place to the Word. We are to think God's thoughts instead of man's thoughts, so we will be inspired by the Word of God rather than by the word of man.
Ephesians 6:4-18 gives a picture of our spiritual warfare. Faith's armor is truthrighteousnesspeacefaith, and the Word. You cannot see or feel or hear or smell or taste righteousness or any of the things in our armor. The Christian confession has not one physical thing in it.
In Galatians 5:16-18 God says, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the desires of the flesh [senses], for the flesh [senses] war against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the senses; for these are contrary the one to the other".
"Hold Fast your Confession"
"Having then a great High Priest, Who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession" (Hebrews 4:14), the confession of our faith in the redemptive work that God wrought in Christ.
I am to hold fast to the absolute integrity of the Bible.
I am to hold fast to the confession of the work of Christ in all its phases.
I am to hold fast to the confession that "God is the strength of my life".
I am to hold fast to the confession that "Surely He hath borne my sicknesses and carried my diseases" and that "by His stripes I am healed".
God says this, and we are to believe and say the same thing.
We are to know what our rights are as revealed by the Word, and then hold fast to our confession of them.
When you know that Christ "took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses," hold fast to your confession of it.
When you read, "Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world," hold fast to this confession.
We are to hold fast our confession of what Christ has done for us, in order that it may be done in us. We are to hold fast to the confession of our redemption from Satan's dominion.
We are to hold fast to our confession in the face of all contrary evidence.
God declares that "by His stripes I am healed." I am to confess what God says about my sickness, and hold fast to this confession. I am to recognize the absolute truthfulness of these words in advance of any visible change. I am to act on these words and thank God for the fact that He laid my sicknesses on Christ, the same as He did my sins.
Healing is always in response to faith's testimony. Some fail when things get difficult because they lose their confession. Disease, like sin, is defeated by our confession of the Word. Make your lips do their duty; fill them with the Word. Make them say what God says about your sickness. Don't allow them to say anything to the contrary.
Believing God's Word with our heart implies our having "put off the old man" with his habit of judging by the evidence of the senses. Faith regards all contrary symptoms as "lying vanities," as Jonah did, and puts the Word in the place of the senses.
Our only problem is to keep in harmony with God's Word and not allow the senses to usurp the place of the Word. We cease to live with doubting Thomas who says, "Except I shall see. . . I will not believe." We are to prove Christ's Words, "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believe." The Word is lifeless until faith is breathed into it by your lips. Then it becomes a supernatural force. Make your lips harmonize with the Word of God.
Jesus' High Priestly Office
Jesus' High priestly ministry meets our every need from the moment of our new birth until we enter heaven.
Why are we to hold fast our confession? Because Christ is the High Priest of our Confession (Hebrews 4:4).
Because Christ is a "great High Priest".
Because Christ is a "merciful High Priest".
Because Christ is "touched with the feeling of our infirmities".
Because Christ "ever liveth to make intercession for us". He is always ready to give us "grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Our Success is Assured
Because Jesus is "the High Priest of our Confession." When you confess that "by His stripes I am healed" and hold on to your confession, no disease can stand before you. Just thank the Father and praise Him whenever a need confronts you that is covered by redemption, and it is yours. Faith is thanking God from the heart for healing that has not been manifested but that we are as sure of as if it were manifested.
The confession of your lips that has grown out of faith in your heart will absolutely defeat the adversary in every combat. Christ's Words broke the power of demons and healed the sick. The Word will heal you if you continually confess it. God will make your body obey your confession of His Word; for "no Word of God is void of power" (Luke 1:37).
If I dare say that Psalm 34:10 is true, "They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing," and stand by my confession, God will make good all I have confessed. Nothing will establish you and build your faith as quickly as confession.
Confess it in your heart first.
Confess it out loud in your room.
Say it over and over again. Say it until your spirit and your words agree.
Say it until your whole being swings into harmony and into line with the Word of God.
Christ's Words are filled with Himself, and as we act on them, they fill us with Christ. We are to obey as we would obey Jesus if He stood visibly in our presence.
Confessing Christ as Lord
When coming to God for salvation in its initial form, and then in every other form afterwards, our confession of and surrender to Christ's Lordship is required. In Colossians 2:6, the Holy Spirit says, "As ye have therefore received Jesus as Lord, so walk ye in Him." "To this end Christ both died and arose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living" (Romans 14:9). Appropriating faith for the fulfillment of any promise implies our surrender to Christ's Lordship. It is while we are surrendered to Him as Lord over our lives that He is ready:
To heal us;
To baptize us with the Spirit;
To give us "zoe"God's own Life in abundance;
To be within us a fountain springing up unto everlasting Life;
To make our legal standing our experience;
To manifest His Person in the form of every blessing promised;
To be Himself our strength, our portion, our all;
To give us the unlimited use of His Name;
To enable us to cast out demons in His Name;
To anoint us for preaching;
To enable us to lay our hands on the sick for their recovery, etc.
Your success and usefulness in the world is going to be measured by your confession and by the tenacity with which you "hold fast" that confession under all circumstances.
God can be no bigger in you or to you than you confess Him to be.
In the face of every need, confess that the Lord is your Shepherd and that you do not want.
THE CHRISTIAN CONFESSION
The greatest of all secrets of getting God's promises fulfilled, is to confessto say what God says to us in each of His promises.
While Jesus was being tempted, He defeated Satan by saying, "It is written" and then by repeating His Father's Words. You can defeat Satan in the same way. When you persistently confess, or repeat God's Word, to Satan, as did Jesus, Satan must depart (Matthew 4:3-10).
Satan stands utterly helpless before the Word of God when it is "in our heart and on our lips," because then God is always watching "over His Word to perform it" (Jeremiah 1:12).
When Satan finds that we have discovered the secret of using God's Word against him, his defeat is certain, and he knows it. However, he does not want us to know it.
Romans 10:8-10 shows us that "The Word of Faith"The Promise of Godis to be in our mouth and in our heart before the promise is fulfilled to us. Then it is that Christ, "the High Priest of our Confession," manifests His faithfulness by fulfilling the promise. This establishes the fact that a promise of God in our heart and mouth is our Confession.
"CONFESSION (saying what God says in each of His promises) is made UNTO salvation"salvation in the form of every blessing for which we have "The Word of Faith".
It is while we are still sick or in pain that we are to get "The Word of Faith" (I am the Lord that healeth thee" or "With His stripes I am healed," etc.) "into our mouth and into our heart".
The appointed way to get rid of sin, sickness and pain, is first to get "The Word of Faith" (or what God says) into our heart and on our lips. This is faith, and this is Confession.
We are to keep on believing and saying, "With His stripes I am healed," as long as we believe Jesus is "The faithful High Priest of our CONFESSION".
It is not telling a lie to say what God says about your body. For instance, to quote, "With His stripes I am healed," while you still feel pain. You are to say what God says to get rid of the pain. To quote God's Word is not saying that you do not feel pain, but you are simply ignoring the pain you feel and confessing the Word of God to get rid of the pain. Keep on believing and repeating "The Word of Faith" until you are well. Then you can testify that the pain is gone.
The fact that Jesus "is the High Priest of your Confession" is proof that the Confession must come first. This is one of the most important messages regarding a life of health for soul or body that can be declared to you. You will treasure these truths for years, and will find that this secret of correct confession will assist you in obtaining and retaining the fulfillment of any Bible promise that you may find needful.
It is our Confession which causes "the High Priest of our Confession" to grant us what we believe with our heart. Believingly speaking God's Word regarding any promise He has made, is confessing it. We are always safe when we are confessing the truth. It then becomes the truth that sets us free. When you are sick you can boldly confess, "With His stripes I am healed" (I Peter 2:24) and God will always cause you to become what you confess.
In Romans 10:6-8 the Holy Spirit says, "Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (That is, to bring Christ down from above:) . . . The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and in thy heart: that is, the Word of faith, which we preach".
You do not have to ascend into heaven to be with Christ, for He is in His Word. He is not separated from His Word when it is "in your mouth and in your heart." He is "The Word." His Word in your mouth and in your heart is His Personal presence officiating in the work of redemptionfulfilling His Word.
God's way for our appropriation of salvation in all its various forms is to get His Word into our mouth and into our heart. In this way the Word always becomes "the power of God unto salvation [in the form of any promise fulfilled] to EVERY ONE that believeth." Then He always watches "over His Word to perform it" (Jeremiah 1:12).
God's Word in our mouth and in our heart is equivalent to His VOICE, and excludes all reason for doubt. It is then that the "seed" is in "good ground" where it ALWAYS brings forth fruit. There can never be failure when we thus get into harmony with God's Word. It is in this way that we prove Christ's Words to be "Spirit and Life," as He says they are. "I am the Lord that healeth thee," "in thy mouth and in thy heart" will do away with "all sickness".
When Mary said unto the angel Gabriel, "Be it unto me according to thy Word," that was "The Word of Faith" in her heart and in her mouth, and it turned the Words of the angel into creative power and gave the world a Saviour. All your blessings have been the result of "The Word of Faith" in your heart.
God's Word in our heart and in our lips is as effective as when God said, "Let there be light," and as when "the worlds were framed by the Word of God." Mary said, "Be it unto me according to Thy Word," with faith, in the face of the humanly impossible. This was "calling the things that be not as though they were," as Abraham had done.
Every promise is God speaking to us, so instead of neglecting them, let us say with Mary, of each promise, "Be it unto me according to Thy Word." We will thus prove that "No Word of God is void of power".
The Right Attitude
The right attitude toward any Divine promise will always bring about its fulfillment.
All that Moses had to do was to get the dying Israelites into the right attitude toward God's Word to them. The result was mass healing (Numbers 21:9).
The right attitude brought healing to "every one" of the sick brought into the streets of Jerusalem (Acts 5:15-16). The right attitude toward the Redemptive Name, JEHOVAH-RAPHA, brought mass healing to all the sick in the entire nation of Israel (Psalm 105:37).
The right attitude healed the souls of 3,000 sinners on the day of Pentecostall at the same time (Acts 2:41).
The right attitude toward the Word of God can save or heal a million peopleall at the same time.
Mass healing for both soul and body is what God has provided and what the Holy Spirit accomplished through an enlightened and Spirit-filled Church.
The wrong attitude made it impossible for Jesus Himself to work any miracles in Nazareth (Mark 6:5).
The right attitude toward any Divine promise or redemptive declaration is to have "the Word of faith . . . in thy mouth and in thy heart" (Romans10:8).
The right attitude switches you into the divine current from God's power house, which is always in operation. Every radio is dumb until it is connected with the electric current.
A promise of God in our heart and on our lips always becomes "the power of God unto salvation," in the form of each promise fulfilled.
Every blessing promised in the Bible is included in our salvation. Christianity is a series of divine promises fulfilled. We can all get the rest of God's promises fulfilled in the same way we got the first one fulfilled.
How You can start Your Healing Now
It is not after but before your healing of soul or body begins that "The Word of Faith," to be effective in your case, must be "in thy mouth and in thy heart".
God begins and continues our salvation, from the time of our new birth until we are full grown, by responding to "The Word of Faith" which He finds in our heart and on our lips. The Psalmist says, "All His work is done in faithfulness" (to His promises). The sure way to put God to work is to believe and say what He says to you in His Word.
Since Jesus "tasted death for every man," the Redemptive Name, JEHOVAH-RAPHA, translated, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," is God speaking to you personally. Therefore reverence for, courtesy to, and confidence in Him requires that you answer back to Him, "Yes, Lord; You are now healing me".
It is your privilege and duty to believe and say what you know God is saying to you in His promises.
God is always, JEHOVAH-RAPHA. That is, He is the Healer all the time, night and day. He is at this moment healing everyone who has His Word in their heart and on their lips. You can put Him to work on your case at once, by simply believing and steadfastly affirming with your lips what He is saying to you in His Word.
God takes every problem which is covered by a Divine promise as soon as it is definitely "committed unto Him." Jesus said, "He that cometh unto Me [for any blessing promised], I will in no wise cast out".
God's promises always become effective on our case, when we believe them and steadfastly affirm them with our lips.
And "NOW" is always "the accepted time"the time that God accepts.
Accept God's Present Tense
When God speaks to us through His Word in the present tense, we have no right to change His statement into the future tense.
Coming to Him "today" for the healing of either soul or body, while not expecting the healing to begin until some time in the future, is the sin of unbelief. It is changing God's declaration from the present to the future tense.
You will thus tie God's hands and delay your healing by putting hope in the place of faith. Hope is future, faith is now.
God's present tense declarations are not to hope, but to faith. His promises are called "The Word of Faith;" and they are all prescribed for our heart and our lips as soon as we know what they are.
We are not regenerated or healed by hope, but by faith, which is always "NOW." It is wrong to procrastinate to the future what we should do today.
God is waiting for you to "gladly receive the Word" as a present tense fact in your case, just as you did in the matter of forgiveness. Nothing else is believing God in the Bible sense.
All the sick in an entire nation, by taking the right attitude, made God's declaration, "I am the Lord that healeth thee," a present tense fact. "There was not a feeble person among their tribes" (Psalm 105:37).
"The Word of Faith" in our heart and on our lips, is "seed" planted "in good ground," where it always produces.
By His Redemptive Names, God is speaking to us continually; therefore, until your healing is complete, continue the affirmation, "You are healing me now".
Jesus lays down the condition, "If My words abide [continue] in you." His Words here are the equivalent of the command in Hebrews 4:1-14, "Hold fast thy confession." The Holy Spirit also, in Proverbs 4:21-22, says to those needing healing, "Let God's Words not depart," but "keep them in the midst of thine heart; for they are health to all thy flesh".
After definitely committing the matter of your healing to God, you are not to accept any thought or utter any words contrary to your affirmation of what God is saying unto you by His Redemptive name, JEHOVAH-RAPHA.
God has been waiting for this to be your attitude toward Him as your Healer.
Have Your Own Faith Life
The sinner, who is spiritually dead, must believe "unto righteousness"the healing of the soulthe new birththe greatest miracle.
Christians expect sinners to do their own believing for this greater miracle. Then why should Christians, who are spiritually alive through their own faith, depend on someone else to do their believing for the lesser miraclethe healing of the body? Why should not Christians, who are spiritually alive, have as much faith for the healing of their body, as sinners must have for the healing of their soul?
Moses required each person to do their own looking at the type of Calvary. It was look or die.
God wants us to appropriate every other phase of our salvation, in the same way we appropriated the first phase.
After we have gotten the first promise fulfilled, which gave us God's Life, why shouldn't it be still easier, after being made spiritually alive, to get God's other promises fulfilled?
If, to get rid of sin, sinners must believe and say what God says, why shouldn't Christians believe and say what God says, to get rid of sickness?
No Christian should go through life depending upon the faith of others. In Hebrews 6:11-12 we are told that "EVERYONE" should be "followers of them who through faith and patience [steadfastness] inherit the promises".
In Romans 4:12 the Holy Spirit speaks of Christians as those "who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham." All Christians should learn to treat the promises which God has made to them, in the same way that Abraham treated God's promise to him. And we are told in Hebrews 6:15 (Moffat's translation), that it was "by steadfast faith Abraham obtained what he had been promised".
The Holy Spirit speaks of God's promises as "exceeding great and precious." And they were made for your heart and lips, as well as for those whom you ask to pray for you. By inspiring the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit has worded your affirmations for you. Learning how to use God's promises is a much greater blessing than you're healing. Living and walking in the Light of the Word is the most beautiful and thrilling experience known. And nothing is impossible when we give the Word the same place we would give Christ if He were physically in our presence.
In the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20), Jesus said: ". . . teaching them [all converts] to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you".
It is the purpose of God that every babe in Christ shall go on to spiritual manhood.
Jesus said, "He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also." He also declared that believers could cast out devils, and lay hands on the sick for their recovery.
By practicing the important truth discussed in this instruction, you will find yourself ever going forward in the glorious program of God for your Christian life.
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(Some of the thoughts expressed in the first part of this booklet were brought together by permission from the writings of Rev. E. W. Kenyon, Author of "The Father and His Family," "The Wonderful Name of Jesus," "In His Presence," "Two Kinds of Love," and other writings. Kenyon Gospel Publication Society. nl578.htm
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Brother Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister who has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations overseas. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to teach in your church.