The secret of victory is the Word!
What is the life-giving flow that gives life from God?–It’s the Word (God’s Word in the Bible and from His prophets)! It’s His Word that gives us life and food and nourishment and strength and spiritual health. Jesus Himself said, “The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are Life!” (Jn.6:63)
Some people become “alienated from the life of God.” (Eph.4:18) How is this possible?–It’s when they become separated from the Word, because Jesus is the Word! (Jn.1:1,14) The minute you start crowding the Word out of your life, you are getting too busy!–Or when you lose confidence in the Word because of your own double-mindedness and double-heartedness! If you’re not faithfully feeding from the Word, absorbing the Word, living in the Word and preaching and practising the Word, beware!–Because when you neglect the Word, you neglect the Lord!–And the minute you do that, you are programmed to spiritually self-destruct!
There’s nothing more powerful than the Word! The Word is the secret of power and victory and overcoming and fruitfulness and fire and life and warmth and light and leadership!–The secret of everything good is the Word!
Have you been filled with the Spirit of God’s love?
Before the time of Christ, God only anointed certain leaders, kings and prophets with His Spirit, but now His Holy Spirit is for all who receive the Lord! “And it shall come to pass that in the Last Days, saith God, I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh.” (Joel 2:28)
Ever since the Day of Pentecost, when the first disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit, the Lord has made every single individual Christian responsible, directly, to the Holy Spirit. Now everybody can have the Holy Spirit and be led individually by the Lord. Now we can all enjoy Him together anywhere, everywhere, any time, all the time, in all His power and fullness, and we can all be reached equally, fairly and simultaneously through the communication of the Holy Spirit.
Everyone who receives Jesus as their Saviour is given a certain amount of the Spirit, but receiving a complete infilling, or “baptism” of the Holy Spirit is usually a subsequent experience to that of Salvation. This is why the Apostle Paul inquired of certain disciples that he met, “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?” (Acts 19:2) If you are saved, this power from God is yours for the asking! (Lk.11:13)
Healing is a reward contingent on obedience.
It’s true that “many are the afflictions of the righteous, and the Lord delivereth him out of them all” (Psa.34:19), but sometimes you have to meet certain conditions before the Lord will deliver you.
Whenever He doesn’t deliver you and He allows the Devil to still plague you and to leave a thorn in your flesh, it’s for a purpose, and He won’t deliver you until you obey. If you’re not willing to pay the price God requires for healing, He won’t heal you! Only the obedient get healing. Health is a special blessing of God. You can only demand and expect it in prayer if you’re obedient to the Lord. But if you’re disobedient you can’t demand anything!
Once God’s forgiven you and healed you, then you’d better be sure you stick to the limits and the regulations and the rules and His Will and whatever conditions He has laid down, knowing that your health and well-being depends utterly on Him!
When you’re healed, just remember it’s a special blessing, a priceless privilege, which He can take away if you don’t keep trusting Him for it and giving Him all the glory! So stay close to the Lord and do the things that He healed you for!–Use that strength that God gives you for His glory!