Category Archives: Revelation

The Nature of God: Jesus the Healer

 The Son

God has always been a healer.  It is His heart to heal.  In Exodus 15:26, He revealed one of His names to Israel: Jehovah-Raphah:  I am the LORD who heals you.  David speaks of him in Psalm 103:3 as  the God “who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases.”  

Jesus, in His life on earth as the God-man, fully demonstrated God as Healer.  We are told that “Jesus went about … healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people” (Matthew 4:23).  Matthew 12:15 informs us that “great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.”

But He went further, in providing for people in the ages to come to be healed through His atonement at the cross and in His scourging before the cross.  Isaiah 53:5 prophesies, ” 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.”  He gave all of His followers who would come after Him the authority to heal in His Name: “And these signs shall follow them who believe: In my name they shall cast out devils; … they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”  (Mark 16:17, 18).

There are misguided people who teach that God no longer heals today.  However, the Bible reveals God as Healer by His very nature, and when something is His nature, it does not cease to be manifested, but continues onward.  Psalm 103:3 and Isaiah 53:5 both link together God’s forgiveness of our sins and His healing of our bodies — “who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases”  and “wounded for our transgressions … with his stripes we are healed.”  If we reason that He no longer heals, logically we would have to reason that He no longer forgives either.  Thank God that He still does both, and He does them to the fullest.

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Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.


The Nature of God: Father Loves Us

 The Father

As a child growing up in a liturgical church, I somehow absorbed the notion that God the Father was the austere, angry God of the Old Testament, while Jesus was the gentler, kinder God of the New Testament.  You may laugh, but sadly, many adult believers have the same concept of God, although they might not realize it.  In addition, in today’s culture, so many people have grown up in broken or dysfunctional homes that the concept of “father” is not a warm and fuzzy thought.

God wants to restore to His Church a true image of Who He is as Father, and in the process, also restore to the family unit an image of godly fatherhood.  He is the best of fathers, and even those who have not had a good earthly father can be healed by His love and enjoy their relationship with God as their Father.

The light bulb came on for me about God the Father’s true nature as I read Hebrews 1:3: [Jesus] being the brightness of his [God’s] glory and the express image of his person….”  That term “express image” means an exact stamp, and when I got hold of the revelation that Jesus is a carbon copy of His Father, my whole perspective on Who God the Father is changed.

Jesus said the same thing.  In John 14:8-11, Philip asked Jesus to reveal the Father to the disciples.  Jesus responded, “Have I been such a long time with you, and yet you have not known me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father. … Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak of myself, but the Father who dwells in me, he does the works.”  At an earlier time, Jesus had said, “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30).  We have to get this somehow: everything good that we know about Jesus — His mercy, kindness, patience, love — is equally true of the Father.  He is not a vindictive God sitting up in heaven, waiting for us to do something wrong so that He can clobber us.  Father loves us.

 There are some who have a hard time with the idea that a loving heavenly Father would actually send His own dear Son to such a cruel death as the cross.  What they have missed is that Jesus willingly “for the joy set before him endured the cross”  (Hebrews 12:2).  What joy?  The joy of having us forever with Him and the joy of the greater glory such an unthinkable sacrifice would accomplish.

The plan of salvation was mutually agreed upon between Father and Son before the worlds were created (Ephesians 1:4, 5 and 1 Peter 1:19, 20).  We must understand that a higher love than we humans are capable of was demonstrated by both the Father and the Son — a love that caused Them both to make the ultimate sacrifice so that man, the undeserving creation, could be redeemed into everlasting fellowship with God once again.  John 3:16 has become so familiar that we gloss over the profound depths of what it is saying.  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son.” 

The Father is love, beyond all that we are capable of fathoming.

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Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.


He Must Build It

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they who build it labor in vain….”Psalm 127:1

Recently, God spoke to me through this familiar verse about the place I am in.  It’s a place many of you are in, too.  We’ve been faithful to the Lord and to the people around us.  We’ve done the best we could, we’ve taken the high road when no one else knew, and we’ve weathered many storms.  And still we wait to see the desired results.

At first glance, it may look as though the verse is speaking negatively: “Well, you’ve sweated your way through, but if God doesn’t lift a finger to help, it’s all for nothing.”  But what the Lord was whispering to me went something like this:

“You know what I’ve spoken to you.  And you’ve always known it couldn’t be accomplished unless I did it for you anyway.  The success of it has never rested on your ability.  When the Lord is the architect and project manager of your dreams, He will see to it that they happen.  You can rest in the security of knowing I will build it for you.”

The place of waiting on Him, helpless in His hands, yet knowing He is completely faithful and that He will act on our behalf, is the most secure place of all to be.  He has promised numerous times in His Word to never let us down.

So often, we hear God speak a plan or a promise into us, and then we start grunting and groaning to make it happen.  Sure, He expects us to take whatever steps are needed to cooperate with or to prepare for what He has said.   But most of us tend to go far beyond preparing or cooperating.  We strive, and we climb, and we fret.  We look for “progress” and when we don’t see it, we plummet into discouragement.

All the while, He wants us to come to such a place of fearlessness and trust in Him that we can look squarely at the difficulties and say, “Ha! God, You’re the only way I will ever be able to see my dreams come true anyway!  I can’t do much about it without You.  Here, You build it for me.”

And then we rest, knowing with unshakable faith that He will do what He has said — because of Who He is.

(Originally written for An Encouraging Word, the devotional outreach of The River Church in Appleton, Wisconsin.)

The Master Is Calling (Book Review)

LynneDo you believe there is an elite group of intercessors who have a gift for praying prophetically — but you’re sure you aren’t one of them — and you’re also quite sure you will never be invited to join the club?  Have you ever sat down to pray and then thought, “Now what do I do?  I don’t have a clue what comes next.”

The Master Is Calling, by Lynne Hammond, is just the book for you.  The subtitle is Discovering the Wonders of Spirit-Led Prayer, and that is exactly what Lynne leads us into, with her simple explanation of how to tap into the Spirit and her comforting assurance that if she could learn how to do it, we can too.

I like books that explain things without a lot of complexity, yet are full of solid teaching, and this is one of those books.  The way Lynne talks about prayer fired me with renewed ardor to wait upon the Lord to hear His heart.  I needed to be reminded, once again, that it is time to slow down and be in His Presence just for His sake — and that it is out of such times that mighty, answer-receiving prayer  flows.  And she talks about the dearness of the Word — always a big deal for me!

She uses Isaiah 56:7“… My house will be called a house of prayer ….” to teach a concept I particularly like: back in the OT, the temple was God’s house, and it was to be a place of prayer.  But since the Holy Spirit has been given to believers, we are the temple, and therefore we are His house of prayer!

I was sorry to have come to the end of this book.  Every moment in it was a refreshing time, and I felt like the Lord was already bending near to me even while I was reading it.  I no more than finished it and I started reading it through again.

If you’ve not yet done so, do read The Master Is Calling.  And if you already have, but it’s been awhile, do yourself a favor and read it again.

The Master Is Calling at Amazon.

The Intercessor Manual Now in eBook Form

I am pleased to announce that for those of you who prefer e-books, The Intercessor Manual is now available for Kindle at AmazonYou can also purchase it in a variety of formats at Smashwords.

IntercessorManualbiggerThe Intercessor Manual provides answers to many of the questions God’s prayer warriors struggle with and wonder about.  In this book, I share with you from a prophetic perspective what I have learned over many years as an intercessor and intercessor leader.  Whether you are seasoned in your call to intercession or whether you are just now beginning your prayer adventure, this book is sure to bring valuable information your way — some of which you may not encounter anywhere else.   As with all my materials, you can expect solid biblical support for the concepts presented, along with an honest, no-nonsense approach that is practical to the max.

Topics covered:

  • Your Call to Intercession
  • What Intercessors Do
  • The Bible Helps Our Intercession
  • The Power of Your Prayer Language
  • Prayer that Counts
  • Breakthrough Intercession: Receiving Our Answers
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Our Spiritual Armor
  • Worship and the Intercessor
  • The Prophetic Connection
  • Maturing in Prophecy
  • Intimacy with God
  • Avoiding Deception
  • You Don’t Have to Be Weird
  • Pastors and Intercessors
  • The Pastor Specialty
  • What Can You Expect as an Intercessor?

In addition, my booklet, Hotline to Heaven: Hearing the Voice of God is included as an appendix, along with my article,  Hearing from God Through Dreams.

The Intercessor Manual in printed or e-book format can be purchased directly from us at Full Gospel Family Publications.

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King of the Kingdom

I love the church family I am a part of.  We are passionate about building the Kingdom of God with Jesus.  We love His prophetic revelation.  We diligently press in to see the miraculous – the healings and signs and wonders that Jesus promised His Church.  We have a great desire to see those who do not yet know Jesus come to Him.  We want to see our city, state, and nation transformed into the holy habitation of the Lord.

But more than loving the Kingdom, we love the King.  Jesus is first; in fact, He is all.  Without Him being all-in-all, there is no purpose in establishing the Kingdom.  The manifestations of God’s power and presence are wonderful, but they are just outward signs of what is most important – Jesus.  And if we focus on what God does more than Who He is, it is easy to get off in weird places.

Human beings are prone to getting caught up in side issues, and even God’s people fall into that trap.  We tend to focus on the how-to of where we are going and sometimes lose track of the destination.  The destination is Jesus.  The Ephesian Church in Revelation 2:2-4 were doing all the right things.  They were laboring for souls, living holy lives, advancing God’s Kingdom.  But somewhere along the line they got caught up in “doing the stuff” for Him and shifted their love from Jesus to the stuff they were doing.  The Lord had to tell them to repent; they had left their first love – Jesus.

The Lord has been speaking to me about His desire to bring His Church back into focusing on Himself.  One of the Scriptures that keeps running through my mind is 1 Corinthians 2:2: “For I determined not to know anything among you, except for Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”  It’s got to be all about Him and His complete triumph at the cross, or it isn’t worth a straw.

Wherever and whoever you are, put Jesus before everything else.  If you have inadvertently gotten your focus onto anything other than Him, come on back into having Him central.  “Your Kingdom come; Your will be done” – yes!  But remember that the King is the whole reason for the Kingdom.  Be consumed with Him above everything else.

2010: The Year of Measurement (Part 2)

Yesterday I talked about the season we have endured in 2010 — “The Year of Measurement.”  I sense that we may continue in this season for a while yet.  But God has some things to say about how to make it through successfully.

The temptation to run from our relational alignments, God-given assignments, and even geographical locations is common to many of us right now.  Sometimes knowing that others are going through the same thing — knowing that we are not alone — is all that we need to help us hold steady.

“Stand firm and hold fast” is what I feel God is saying in this hour.  How do we do that?  How do we come through into better times?

Strengthening our God-given relationships and committing to them — through thick or thin, no matter what — is a key strategy to get us through.  Those relationships are going to be important in the days ahead.  If God is the One Who connected us into these relationships in the first place, He has purpose in them.  The spiritual battle to retain them is very real; the enemy will provide all sorts of plausible reasons for why the bond is no longer valid.  Don’t listen to that stuff!

What kind of relationships am I talking about?  Family, friends, and even work associations, yes.  But one of the key relationships to protect is your alignment with your spiritual covering, whether this is an apostle, pastor, or other spiritual mentor.  Don’t let yourself become offended with him or her.  Dividing us from our spiritual leadership is one of Satan’s most effective tactics to render us ineffective.  In God’s order, anointings and authority flow downward through His designated leadership into the church body.  Without healthy connection to that leadership, we cut ourselves off from God’s flow.  Staying aligned with God is not possible for those who refuse to stay aligned with the leadership He has placed them under.

It is also important to keep our horizontal (peer-level) relationships in the Body of Christ in good working order.  There is no place for offense among us, if we are to be the Church of power and light that we are meant by God to be.

Above all, stay aligned with God by persevering in what He has already spoken to you, both in His Word and by personal revelation.  Here are five ways to hold yourself steady:

1.)  Wait and trust.  You’ve heard the expression, “The darkest hour is right before the dawn.”  It’s true!  Just about the time you decide to give up and do something that takes you in a direction away from what God has spoken to you, He’ll show up, just as He said.  King Saul found this out, much to his undoing (1 Samuel 13:5-15).

2.)  Stand firm in the original vision — what God has said from the beginning.  You may not have interpreted every detail right along the way, but if you look back over a period of time, usually you will find a theme or thread in what God has been speaking to you, and it has stayed the same over time.  God is not fickle in what He speaks.  Stick with what He has spoken.

3.)  Don’t second-guess what God has clearly said.  From the Garden of Eden to the present, Satan’s ploy to derail God’s plan for our lives has been to ask the question, “Did God really say … ?”  He does that primarily by throwing circumstances in the way that do not seem to line up with the promise God has given, and then injecting doubts into our mind that the circumstances seem to confirm.

4.)  Speak the same things God has spoken — in your thoughts and aloud.  Don’t align your mind and mouth with how the situation currently looks; align yourself with God’s word to you.  Speaking things that do not line up with what God has promised causes unnecessary fear, doubt, and discouragement for you and for those who hear you.   If you have already done this, it is not the end of the world, however.  Repent and realign yourself with the Lord’s word.  He can still bring you into all that He has said.

5.)  Believe in God’s suddenlies.  Many times we become discouraged because we can’t see a steady progression toward a promise’s fulfillment.  We may even feel, at times, that life is moving us away from where God has said we are supposed to be going.  We humans tend to think in terms of moving forward at a uniform rate of speed.  God doesn’t work that way.  He is the God of Suddenlies.  He is constantly working toward His goal for us, but most of the time it cannot be seen on the surface.  When the hour is darkest, know that God can, and most likely will, turn everything around suddenly and unexpectedly.

As we enter into this new year, let me encourage you to stand firm and hold fast.  The season of measurement will not last forever.  It is merely a time of preparation for the glorious future God has in store.  Ahead is an explosion of His miraculous goodness upon the earth, with an influx of millions of souls into His Kingdom.

May Jesus be honored and glorified in us, as we await the unfolding of His plan. 

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