How Do We Respond to the World’s Chaos?

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

1. Be Steadfast in Love:

Be steadfast in Love. Love is not just about feelings or an emotion that we have but rather a choice. Choice is very powerful. Making a choice to love is the most powerful weapon God has given man. 1 Corinthians 13:8 says love “never fails”. There is no weapon that can conquer love. Verse 7 of the same chapter says “love endures all things”. Did you ever feel like you just couldn’t go on? Well love says “I can do it”. Learn to love and you can get through it. 1 Corinthians 13: 7 also says love hopes all things and believes all things. Galatians 5:6 says faith works by love. Are you feeling down and defeated? Are you feeling like you will never have breakthrough? Learn to love and your faith will grow. Instead of looking at people and saying “you’re the problem”, start smiling at them and say “today is going to be a great day”.

Believers that love are not out there always trying to prove their point or make their voices heard. They are finding out how they can help others and improve others situations. The enemy hates this, he wants everyone down and depressed. But the enemy is powerless against it he can’t stop a Believer who has chosen to love others no matter what.

2. Have Mercy:

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Jesus is speaking here about the last days. We all have many opportunities to be angry at someone or “go-off” on someone. Maybe getting cut off on the highway or someone is giving you a bad attitude at the store. I know for me sometimes I watch the news and you see all the injustice in the world and you just get mad and want someone to pay. God needs us to have mercy. Not just out spoken mercy but in our minds and hearts. We need to think along the lines of mercy.

Yes there are many evil things happening out there but we are still called to take a deep breath and see the world through God’s eyes. God’s mercies never come to an end. God’s mercies are new every day. That means you can mess up and mess up and mess up and God will forgive and forgive and forgive.

Of course we should pursue justice and allow the law to take its course. But Romans 12:21 says “we overcome evil with good.” Find ways to overlook all the small petty stuff and the big stuff kick into prayer and let God handle it. Don’t dwell on it; don’t get caught up in anger. Remember what Jesus said while hanging on the cross? He said “Father forgive them…” Let’s live a life where mercy is our attitude and not condemnation.

3. Be Faithful:

Luke 16:10 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much

Be faithful with what God has given you and where God has put you. God is looking for faithfulness. When the Holy Spirit speak to you don’t say “yes I will get to that one day”. Get to it now, be faithful to him now. Lamentations 3:23 says great is God’s faithfulness to us. We need to have great faith towards Him. We need to major on faith and being faithful. Luke 18:8 says that God is looking for faith on the earth. Hebrews 11:6 says without faith its “impossible” to please God. Our faithfulness means that we trust Him, but it also show that He can trust us.

1 John 5:4 says that “faith is the victory that overcomes the world”. Is this world dragging you down and causing you to feel defeated? Put your trust in Him. Put your faith in God and let Him help you overcome.

Lamentations 3:22-23 speaks about God’s steadfast love, His unending mercy and His great faithfulness. We need to be imitators of our Father. Let’s not just sit back and reap the benefits of how good God is to us. Let’s become like Him. God knows the way to victory and he wants us to follow in his footsteps so that we can be victorious and have the same success.


Transformation and the Mind of God

Romans 12:2 New Living Translation (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

-We are changed by letting God change the way we think. We must let God change us. God does not force change, we become like Him because we will it. You can look around the world right now and see whole societies of people who are forced to become something. How well is that working out? God is smart; forcing someone to become something He wants is a bad idea. We must be able to choose. If we are able to choose, we are free and our choice is authentic. The love we have for God is manifested in our hearts decision.
-The World wants to force you. The world wants to conform you to its image whether you want to or not. The world is like this because Satan is the God of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) and it’s in his nature to force and push you. He does not ask, he does not care. Satan has one goal in mind, to make you think like him. That’s why the world is full of societies who want to force its citizen to be what its “rulers” desire, instead of finding out what its people want.
 Romans 12:2 (NKJV) 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

-Our thoughts are not meaningless, they are where everything we see and touch started. Thoughts have substance. Thoughts are the framing of what is to come. Our thought life is a big part of what makes us who we are.

 Psalm 10:4 (NKJV) The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.

– A Godless thought life produces a Godless life. A Godless life means you are void of His love, power and peace; you have removed God far from you.
-Switch your thoughts to God’s word. Let his word lead you and settle the issues you are facing now.

 Ephesians 5:26 (NKJV) that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

-Today many Christians are stuck in tough situations because they have removed God from their thoughts. They are not allowing his word to change the landscape of their minds. They believe in God, are saved and going to heaven when they die but God has no part in their decision making.

-Another issue may be that what they think about God is not correct.

 Psalm 50:21(NKJV) These things you have done, and I kept silent; you thought that I was altogether like you; but I will rebuke you, and set them in order before your eyes.

-We are changed as we pull our thinking up to Gods level; as we think like Him. If we get saved and just keep thinking the way we have always thought we will continue down the same roads we were on before we got saved.

-Lots of people think wrongly about God. People think things about God that are not true but they are so stuck in what they believe. They were taught one way maybe by their parents or a denomination, and they firmly believe it, but is it scriptural? Is this really God? They heard so and so say this so that’s what they think. They assume things. We need our minds renewed.
-We need to have a willing heart and immures ourselves in His word night and day. Then we will become like minded with God. This is what will transform us into another person.
 Meditating Gods thoughts has the power to transform our thinking so we think like Him.

 Luke 8:35 (NKJV) Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid.

-How does a person get out of their mind? Thoughts, wrong, perverted, distorted thoughts. What happens if you think on perverted or evil things night and day? You will conform to what you imagine all day.

-When you get in your right mind you get close to Jesus and you have peace. Don’t try to change so much on the outside. Renew your mind, get your thoughts in order and you will change.
 Romans 12:2 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) Don’t become like the people of this world. Instead, change the way you think. Then you will always be able to determine what God really wants—what is good, pleasing, and perfect.

-If anyone is changing, it will be you and I, not God. We come up to His way of thinking; He does not come down to our way. His way is the right way. Our understanding of Him is very limited so we must learn of Him.

 1 Corinthians 13:9 (NKJV) For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

 1 Corinthians 13:10 (NKJV) But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NKJV) When I was a child, I spoke as a child; I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

-We should not just take what we hear and what we think sounds good and build our life on them as truth. We should examine every thought with the word (Eph. 5:26).
 Proverbs 14:12 (NKJV) There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

-There are things that seem right to us but can be deadly. Satan presents us with things that seem right so we receive them but they are actually holding us captive in our minds. Satan has been around a long time, he knows every trick in the book and he waits and is patient (1 Pet. 5:8). He is waiting for us to take the bait; in this case he is waiting for us to take the thought. When we take a thought that is wrong and begin to ponder it and meditate on it, it starts to shape our opinions and helps us make our decisions.
 Proverbs 14:15 (NKJV) The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well his steps.

o Proverbs 14:15 New International Version (NIV) The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.

-Don’t always believe the first thing you hear. If it rubs you the wrong way stop and evaluate it. Talk to God about it. Don’t go off on a tangent and get bent out of shape. Believe the best in people. Don’t let the enemy build evil thoughts or judgmental thoughts about others. Remember, we only know in part.
 You can always find something to be upset and grumpy about or instead you can find things to be happy and excited about, it’s our choice what thoughts we take and what we think on.

 Proverbs 18:17(NKJV) The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him.

-Don’t be so quick to believe something bad about someone; it may not be the truth. Don’t always be so quick to believe the report on the news; the media is full of “one-sided” reporting.
 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NKJV) 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

-Don’t be so quick to believe bad things about God; the enemy is crafty and is constantly spreading lies to get you to believe wrongly (John 8:44).  Proverbs 19:2-3 (NKJV) 2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, and he sins who hastens with his feet. 3 The foolishness of a man twists his way, and his heart frets against the LORD.

-Satan is working overtime trying to feed you wrong thoughts especially about God. He will even provoke feelings to back them up.

 Acts 14:1-2 (NKJV) 1 Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.

Talking about Paul:  Acts 28:4-6 (NKJV) 4 So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” 5 But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. 6 However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.

-How you think determines how you treat others. If we think badly about someone we will treat them that way. We see this all over the place. People are treated differently based on race, gender, financial class, you name it and there is some type of division in our society and in the church, over it. People’s minds have been poisoned against one another. We are held responsible for how we think about each other in the Body of Christ. We should think Gods thoughts about and toward one another.
 Proverbs 16:3 (NKJV) Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established.

 Proverbs 3:5 (NKJV) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

 Proverbs 3:6 (NKJV) In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths


We Are Healed By His Stripes 3

-Many oppose divine healing and feel they have scriptures to back up their
disbelief. I heard a man say once “scripture language frequently attributes
directly to God what He merely permits”. The enemy has spent centuries
hiding the truth of the gospel. He has covered and recovered and recovered
until what is accepted in today’s Christian “traditions” are in many ways the
opposite of the actual gospel. Don’t take my word for it, study for yourself,
take current Christian tradition and line it up with what the scriptures
actually teach and you will begin to see what many accept as actual
Christian truths are merely men’s opinions or assumptions rooted in
unbelief and fear. Men have created beliefs about God and His word based
off of their own experiences and mental calculations which has led to millions
and millions throughout the centuries of powerless believers. Men and
women who have received salvation and forgiveness of sins but have
stopped short and lived out their lives here on this planet under the grip of
Satan; consumed by poverty and disease, dominated by fear and unbelief.
 “Scripture language frequently attributes directly to God what He
merely permits”.
-Here are some of the scriptures references that men have used to justify
the belief that “God made me sick to teach me something”: Due. 32:39, 1
sam. 2:6, Hos. 6:1, Job 5:18.
 Exodus 12:12 (NKJV) 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt on
that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both
man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute
judgment: I am the LORD.
 Exodus 12:13 (NKJV) 13 Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the
houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you;
and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the
land of Egypt.
-The Lord said “I will strike” and “I will execute judgment”. This manifested
as a plague in the natural. What is happening is God is passing judgment
which allows the destroyer access. Other translations refer to the plague as
the “Destroyer”.

 Judges 2:14 (NKJV) And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel.
So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who
despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all
around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.
 Psalm 78:61 (NKJV) And delivered His strength into captivity, and His
glory into the enemy’s hand.
-Many times it says the Lord “destroyed this” or He “smote that”, what he is
actually doing is passing judgment that allows the enemy access. Passing
judgment that allows the destroyer access does not please God. When
individuals are judged they are turned over to Satan.
 1 Corinthians 5:5 (NKJV) Deliver such a one to Satan for the
destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the
Lord Jesus.
 1 Timothy 1:20 (NKJV) Of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander,
whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
 Lamentations 3:22-23(NKJV) 22 Through the LORD’s mercies we are
not consumed, because His compassions fail not. 23 They are new
every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
 Lamentations 3:31-33 (NKJV) 31 For the Lord will not cast off forever.
32 Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to
the multitude of His mercies. 33 For He does not afflict willingly,
nor grieve the children of men.
 Judgment that allows the destroyer access does not please God
 Hosea 11:8 (NKJV) “How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand
you over, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I set you
like Zeboiim? My heart churns within Me;
My sympathy is stirred.
-In Hosea 11:8 God is referring to towns that were judged and destroyed. It
grieves God. He does it because He is the righteous judge of all the earth.
This is not to “teach you a lesson” if anything, judgment comes because you

did not listen to God’s warnings ahead of time. You remained stubborn and
rebellious and now judgment has taken place.
-When things don’t turn out the way we want them to, the enemy comes
quickly and says “God let you down; He did not do this or that”. He gets a
seed in your thinking that God is not fare or just or right. We need to
remember the devil is a liar; God has never let anyone down. People may
have let you down or you may have let yourself down, God has not. If we
stay on God’s side and trust Him, we will find there were things happening
we just did not understand at the time. Always stay on God’s side and
everything will eventually come to light.
-There was a point in time when for years God sent messenger after
messenger to try to get the Israelites to change their course. If you read 2
Kings 17 it tells of some of the things that were happening. They went as far
as burning their children in the fire. God is merciful but he must judge sin
and wickedness, there must be justice. He will judge even His own. The
Bible says several times throughout their history that the Israelites kept
killing God’s messengers and would not listen and turn. God had to judge
 1 Corinthians 11:29-32 (NKJV) 29 For he who eats and drinks in an
unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning
the Lord’s body. 30 For this reason many are weak and sick among
you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would
not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the
Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.
-God does not pass judgment willingly. We keep from being judged by
judging ourselves. When you get judged you get turned over into the hand
of the enemy.
 Matthew 5:25-26 (NKJV) 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while
you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the
judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into
prison. 25 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of
there till you have paid the last penny

-He is not saying agree with the devil here. If you back up and read the
preceding couple of verses you will see he is referring to someone you have
wronged and you need to get things right with. Also if you are at odds with
God agree with Him quickly. Judge yourself. Adversary is the one you are at
odds with. God is not looking to dish out judgment. Acknowledge the guilt
and receive mercy. Fix the problem, don’t be stubborn or prideful or
rebellious and continue in the sin. If you continue in what is wrong judgment
will hit.
 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the
devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
-Here he is referring to Satan. Satan cannot just devour who he wants. He
has to get permission. Satan is the Destroyer. Adversary is a legal term.
Satan brings a case against you, he accuses you before God and gains
access your life.
Many read the book of Job as though God was dangling Job out in front of
the devil like a carrot.
 Job 1:7 (NKJV) 7 And the LORD said to Satan, “From where do you
come?” So Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro
on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
 Job 1:8 (NKJV) 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered
My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless
and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
-Read the Young’s Literal, it will give a better picture as to what was
o Job 1:8 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) 8 And Jehovah saith
unto the Adversary, `Hast thou set thy heart against My servant
Job because there is none like him in the land, a man perfect
and upright, fearing God, and turning aside from evil?’

-Perfect here means “whole hearted”. God was already calling out the reason
the Adversary was there. God as always was a step ahead of him, he was
not dangling job, he was saying “I’ve noticed you are out to get him and that
you have set your eye on him”. This gives a clear picture of what “the
Adversary” does. He goes around the earth seeking who he may devour. He
accuses us before God. John 14:30, Rev. 12:10, 1 Pet. 5:8.
-The word Satan means Adversary. Satan comes before God with a case
against you.
 Job 9:32-35 (NKJV) 32 “For He is not a man, as I am,
That I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together. 33
nor is there any mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us
both. 34 Let Him take His rod away from me, and do not let dread of
Him terrify me. 35 Then I would speak and not fear Him, But it is not
so with me.
 Job 16:21 (NKJV) 21 Oh, that one might plead for a man with
God, As a man pleads for his neighbor!
-Job was aware he had gotten judged. Satan had brought a case against him
and Job knew it. He knew he needed a mediator, someone that could plead
his case before God.
 1 John 2:1-2(NKJV) 2 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.
2 And He Himself is the
propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole
-Jesus is our go between and he is our intercessor. Intercession is a legal
term. God is a righteous judge, the righteous judge of all the earth and he
passes judgments that don’t please Him and some that do please Him. But
he does what is right and he will not pervert justice for any one.
-If you have a judge that is just and loves his son.
Revelation 12:9-11 (NKJV) 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent
of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was
cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a

loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom
of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our
brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast
down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word
of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
-Satan is before God all day accusing us, building cases against us. We
cannot say what Job said “I need an attorney”. We have the best of the best.
He has many that will not work with him. He is constantly interceding on our
behalf. God has counseled us to only say his word. Only say what God told
us to say. Satan is constantly showing videos and is pressuring us, he trying
to get us to cave. We must do what our Advocate tells us. Keep cool, only
says what he tells us.
-We are washed by the blood. We are innocent. If the Adversary can’t get a
judgment against you he has no legal right to bring things in your life that
can destroy you. For a believer sickness is illegal, poverty is illegal all the
things under the curse are illegal. We have been made innocent by the blood
of Christ.
-This is why we resist sickness, because it does not have a right to be in our
 1 John 3:7-9 (NKJV) 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who
practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who
sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might
destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God
does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because
he has been born of God.

We Are Healed By His Stripes 2

Isaiah 53:4-5 (NKJV) 4 Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 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.

-Jesus carried our sicknesses and pains so we would not have to. Satan wants to load us up with all kinds of sicknesses and pains and sorrows. He will load you up so it will destroy you. Jesus already bore that, we do not have to carry any of it. If the devil says “here, you carry this”, say “no, I’m not going to carry it”. You may see symptoms but that does not mean you receive it. You resist it.
 Look back at verses 4 and 5. Notice it says stricken, smitten, afflicted, wounded, bruised.

 Isaiah 53:4 (NKJV) Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

 Isaiah 53:5New King James Version (NKJV) 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. -we don’t have to know how healing works to in order to get healed, Just like we don’t have to know how an engine works to drive a car. However, the more you understand the operation of healing and how it works the deeper rooted you will be in it and it will work faster for you.
-Sickness is always referred to in the word of God as a curse, never a blessing. A curse is something bad, a blessing is something good. You could say the curse is punishment for breaking Gods laws, or the curse was the consequence of disobedience. Thus if poverty and sickness are part of the curse, poverty and sickness are punishments for breaking God’s law.

 Genesis 3:17-19 (NKJV) 17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. 19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

-The curse came because man sinned. God is a righteous and just God and issued punishment for the sin. When Adam and Eve broke the law, God still loved them but they were punished which was the cure. God had to punish even though he loved them, because if there was no punishment for breaking the law God could be accused of being unfair. Satan could say God was unfair. God is fair and just and all things are upheld by the word of His power. What God says, becomes. What God declares is, and we can trust Him. Justice requires there to be punishment. When Adam broke the law he was not deceived. Adam eating the fruit was an act of rebellion.
-Plagues and sickness was used like a striking or a smack:  Deuteronomy 28:27-28(NKJV) 27 The LORD will strike you with the boils of Egypt, with tumors, with the scab, and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. 28 The LORD will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart.

 The Lord Strikes Nabal (Nabal means fool) 1 Sam. 25:38; Uzzah 2 Sam. 6:6-7; Jeroboam 1 Kings 14:10-11; Herod Acts 12:21-24;  Micah 6:13(NKJV) 13 “Therefore I will also make you sick by striking you, by making you desolate because of your sins.”

 Hosea 6:1 (NKJV) 6 Come, and let us return to the LORD; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.

-Isaiah saw in the spirit and he said “it please the Lord to bruise him”. As some were watching the soldiers whip Jesus and beat Him, Isaiah saw in the spirit that God was smiting Him. He saw punishment being poured out upon Him. The source of all sickness and disease was poured out on Jesus’s spirit.

 Isaiah 53:7 (KJV) 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

– Jesus opened not his mouth. Jesus was righteous and yet he took the beating. We were the guilty and he was righteous. The devil only has a legal right to oppress the guilty, the unrighteous, the sinner. He has no legal right to beat the innocent. Satan had no legal right to scourge Jesus that’s why Jesus did not open his mouth. Satan fell right into God’s trap. Jesus did not open His mouth like He did in John 18:5 when He forced the soldiers to the ground. Jesus kept His mouth closed so that we could open our mouths.  Acts 22:22-29 (NKJV) 22 And they listened to him until this word, and then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth, for he is not fit to live!” 23 Then, as they cried out and tore off their clothes and threw dust into the air, 24 the commander ordered him to be brought into the barracks, and said that he should be examined under scourging, so that he might know why they shouted so against him. 25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said to the centurion who stood by, “Is it lawful for you to scourge a man who is a Roman, and uncondemned?” 26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the commander, saying, “Take care what you do, for this man is a Roman.” 27 Then the commander came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman?”He said, “Yes.” 28 The commander answered, “With a large sum I obtained this citizenship.” And Paul said, “But I was born a citizen.” 29 Then immediately those who were about to examine him withdrew from him; and the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.

-We are not to just sit back and take it. When sickness comes upon your body remember Jesus kept his mouth closed so that we could open our mouths and resist. When the enemy try’s to tie you to the whipping post you need to open your mouth and say “hay is this lawful?” No it’s not lawful. Satan is always trying to convince people that they deserve sickness and disease. Satan may have the ability, but he does not have the legal right to put that on you. You have to challenge him and Heaven will back you up. Know what you believe and challenge him.


We Are Healed By His Stripes

Isaiah 53:1 (NKJV) Who has believed our report? And to whom has the
arm of the LORD been revealed?
-This is a very powerful statement. The arm of the Lord is the manifest
power of God. This is one of the great mysteries hidden from the eyes of the
world. Many don’t believe because they don’t see. God says believe and you
will see. In other words the arm of the Lord is revealed to those that believe
the report. Faith is the key to seeing the manifest power of God. Romans
1:17, Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38 all declare “the just shall live by
faith”. Before in the old life we needed to see before we believed, now we
believe and then we see.
 Mark 4:24 (NKJV) Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear.
With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to
you who hear, more will be given.
– How is it that you can have two people sitting in the same room hearing
the same message and one is listening intently and the other board out of
their mind? How we hear is extremely important. This is not talking in terms
of volume; this is referring to how we receive the message. Do we value it
and esteem it or do we think it’s a waste of time? If we esteem the message
it will be measured
 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV)For this reason we also thank God without
ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard
from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in
truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who
 John 12:37-41 (NKJV) 37 But although He had done so many signs
before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Isaiah
the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has
believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the
LORD been revealed?” 39 Therefore they could not believe,
because Isaiah said again: 40 “He has blinded their eyes and
hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes, lest
they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should
heal them.” 41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and
spoke of Him.
-Preaching the gospel must be a directive from the Holy Spirit.
 Romans 10:13-17New King James Version (NKJV) 13 For “whoever
calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” 14 How then shall
they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall
they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall
they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach
unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet
of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of
good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For
Isaiah says, “LORD, who has believed our report?”17 So then
faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
-Paul was not sent by his parents or a school or a committee but under the
directive of the Holy Spirit. Everything we do pertaining to the gospel must
be conducted in this manner including the preaching or we can get off and
start preaching everything except what the Holy Spirit needs us to preach. It
is not the preaching of politics, news, personal opinion etc. that set’s men
free but the preaching of the gospel.
 Isaiah 53:2New King James Version (NKJV) 2 For He shall grow up
before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He
has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, There is no
beauty that we should desire Him.
-If you were to have met Jesus just walking down the street you would have
thought nothing of him other than he was just an ordinary man. There was
no glow about him or a halo. He appeared natural and ordinary to everyone.
 Isaiah 53:3-4 (NKJV) He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of
sorrows and acquainted with grief, and we hid, as it were, our faces
from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely
He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed
Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
-Death by crucifixion was for the worst criminals. When Jesus died on the
cross it was not a noble scene. Only the scum of society died on the cross, it
was a shame for your family if you died that way. The Pharisees mocked
him. Mostly everyone around the cross thought God had judged Him. The
cross was not a place of honor.
 Isaiah 53:5(NKJV) 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.
-Jesus is the Great Substitution. What they saw happening on the cross to
Jesus was the punishment that was reserved for us.
 Isaiah 53:6(NKJV) 6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
 Isaiah 53:7-9 (NKJV) 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the
slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He
opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from
judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off
from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people
He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked—But
with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence,
nor was any deceit in His mouth.
 Isaiah 53:10-12 (NKJV) 12 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief. When You 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. 11 He shall see the
labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous
Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall
divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul
unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He
bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
 Isaiah 52:13-14 (NKJV) 13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently;
He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. 14 Just as many
were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any
man, and His form more than the sons of men;
-Isaiah is seeing in the spirit. While many gathered around the cross and
watched they saw the physical sickness and wounds but in the spirit it was
much worse. God was pouring out the punishment for our sins. The spiritual
consequences of sin manifested as physical sickness and pain.
 Isaiah 53:4 (NKJV) 4 Surely He has borne our grief’s and carried our
sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and
 The same word for grief’s here in Isaiah 53:4 is also translated
20 different times in the KVJ as sickness.
 The same word for sorrows in Isaiah 53:4 is also translated as
pain in other parts of the bible.
-We are seeing Jesus here take on the sins of the world, and as the
punishment for sin comes it is manifesting as sickness, sorrow, pain and
separation from God.
o Isaiah 53:4 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) 4 Surely our
sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains — he hath carried them,
And we — we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and
o Isaiah 53:4 New English Translation (NET) 4 But he lifted up
our illnesses,he carried our pain; even though we thought he
was being punished, attacked by God, and afflicted for
something he had done.
-Start confessing and meditating on Isaiah 53:4, your faith will grow and the
arm of the Lord will be revealed to you. Refuse to be a carrier of what Jesus
has already carried for us.


TRANSFORMATION: What Are His Thoughts?

 Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be
conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and
perfect will of God.
o Romans 12:2 New Living Translation (NLT) Don’t copy the
behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you
into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will
learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and
-You change yourself by changing the way you think. So much time,
money and energy is spent in this world on all kinds of programs, therapy
sessions, and medications by people who are trying to change themselves.
God said changing ourselves is done by the renewing of the mind. There are
many Christians today who don’t even like the way they are. God says “be
transformed” not by prayer and fasting or by hanging around the right
people, but by “the renewing of the mind”.
-Knowing the will of God for your life is connected to renewing the
mind. How are we going to know Gods will for our lives? Not by asking other
believers or by prayer and fasting but by renewing the mind to the word of
God. If we learn to tune our thoughts into Gods thoughts, we can know and
understand His will for us.
-We are not to conform to this world. We are not to try and blend in and be
like everyone else. I hear many people say “they just want to be real” or
“down to earth” so others won’t think they are weird. That’s a trap of the
enemy. Our job is not to conform, but to be connected to God. We want to
pull people out of this world not keep them bound. The truth is people are
looking for a way out. We as Christians need to be connected to God so we
can help them up and out.

 Conform: To fashion alike; fashion to the same pattern
-Don’t conform and don’t make an apology for not conforming. The world is
being led down the wrong path. We are here to connect them to God. Also
we are not here to “Westernize” the world but to spread the Gospel.
Christians need to separate the word of God from Christian tradition or
Christian culture.
 Romans 8:10(NKJV)10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead
because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
-After we get saved our spirit is alive unto God, but the mind needs to be
renewed because it’s been learning the ways of the world for so long. It’s
been connected to thoughts of darkness and death. We have to retrain it.
We now need a continuous diet of the word of God, feeding Gods thoughts
into us. When a wrong thought shows up we are to reject the wrong way of
thinking and embrace Gods way of thinking. If we do this the word tells us
we will be changed into another person. We will be more like Christ.
-To be transformed is to be different, to change into another form. God
wants us transformed but He will not transform our minds for us. It’s our
mind and we have to make a decision to go His direction. God will not
control you. Satan wants to possess and control, but God will not. God gave
us a will and he honors that will. Also, the fact we have a will shows what
powerful beings we are. Our lives are in our hands. We can choose to fulfill
Gods will for us or not, it’s up to us.
-The same word transformed in Romans 12:2 is the same word used in
 Mark 9:2-3 (NKJV) 2 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and
John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and
He was transfigured before them. 3 His clothes became shining,
exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can
whiten them.

-Spiritually shallow Christians are Christians who know nothing about mind
renewal. How spiritual we are depends on how much we meditate on the
Word of God and think God’s thoughts. In other words, our spirituality is
dependent on how much we have renewed our mind to Gods word.
-One of the biggest problems in the church today is people not taking their
thought life seriously. The music, the movies and books we read, everything
we consume mentally we need to ask “where did the inspiration for this
come from?” What spirit is behind what you are consuming? Are these the
enemy’s thoughts or Gods thoughts? Is this demonically inspired or is this
God inspired? Remember one good way to tell, outside of the witness of the
Holy Spirit, is it killing, stealing or destroying something in me? Or is it
bringing life, joy and peace? Is it building my faith or is it making me more
fearful or worried? Satan came to kill steal and destroy, Jesus came that we
would have abundant life and peace.
-Satan is taking the world to hell with window-dressing. Let the spirit of God
lead you regarding art, movies and music. Don’t just consume it because it’s
popular or because someone said it was good. Watch what you are putting in
your mind. Find out where it came from and who or what is behind it.
Thoughts are obviously not physical. So what are they? Thoughts come from
the spirit, into the mind, then from the mind into this natural world. To think
is to form, shape or mold images in your mind. Everything starts with a
thought. Everything we use and have first existed as a thought in someone’s
mind. Cars, chairs, telephones, lamps, you name it; it existed in someone’s
thoughts first. This means it existed before we could see it with our natural
eyes. Where did it exist? It existed in the mind as a thought.
All of creation and nature existed in the mind of God first. The world
was a thought of God. Genesis 1 tells us God “said” and it came into being.
That means God spoke the world into existence. We have established in
prior teachings that words are mere thoughts expressed. When you speak,
you are expressing a thought. God spoke and the image of what He had in
His mind came to being.

 Hebrews 11:3 (NKJV) By faith we understand that the worlds were
framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not
made of things which are visible.
 Genesis 1:26 (NKJV) Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image,
according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the
sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth
and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
-God is The Creator; man is made in His image and likeness, thus mankind
creates. Mankind creates in the same way. We form thoughts and images in
the mind, apply faith and perseverance, and we bring those thoughts and
images into this natural world. We think up a chair, we crate the chair. We
think up a house, we crate the house.
 Genesis 11:3-4 (NKJV) 3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us
make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and
they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build
ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make
a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the
whole earth.”
 Genesis 11:5-6 (AMP) 5 Now the LORD came down to see the city and
the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 And the LORD said,
“Behold, they are one [unified] people, and they all have the same
language. This is only the beginning of what they will do [in rebellion
against Me], and now no evil thing they imagine they can do will be
impossible for them.
 Genesis 6:5 (KJV) And God saw that the wickedness of man was great
in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart
was only evil continually.
-What we think on, what we give our minds to we will manifest, we will bring
forth. Spiritual battles are fought in and over the mind. If Satan can get his
image in your mind, he can get you to manifest it in this natural world.

-If God can get His image in you, then he can manifest His will in you
and through you. If all we meditate on is death, darkness and sin what do
you think we will bring forth?
 Romans 8:5-6 (NKJV) 5 For those who live according to the flesh set
their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to
the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death,
but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
-We must take responsibility for the thoughts we think on. We are the ones
that “set” our minds. The phrase “set their mind” in Romans 8:5 means to
think on, ponder, observe; direct the mind to think about.
 The phrase “set their mind” in Romans 8:5 means to
direct the mind to think about
-We are held responsible because it’s our mind. Satan may be a tempter, he
may help introduce wrong thoughts to us, but we are the ones who make
the decision what we think about, ponder and meditate on. Therefore we are
held responsible. Our hearts can choose to reject evil thoughts and images
or we can receive them and ponder them and let them grow in us.
We all have bad thoughts
-Your mind belongs to you. Think very hard about what you let stay in your
thoughts. We may be a very good person, nice to everyone around us, but
inside we allow evil thoughts to exist.
 Bad thoughts come to everyone on the planet; it’s what we do
with the thoughts when they come. Do we let them stay, do we
think on them and meditate on them? Or do we get rid of them
and kick them out?
 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV)4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not
carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
every thought to the obedience of Christ;


The Reign Of God

But seek ye first the reign of God and His righteousness, and all these shall be added to you. -Matthew 6:33 (YLT)

You want to know how to get out of every problem you are in right now? Let God reign over your life. I’m not talking about just being a Christian; I’m talking about hearing from Him and doing what he says. I say that because there are so many people today who have the “Christian” title but when God speaks to them they disregard what he says to them and do what they want instead. Many regard the voice of God as insignificant. How many times do we hear God tell us “don’t complain at work” but we just can’t help it? Or “don’t talk bad about that person” but we can’t seem to justify saying anything good because that person is so mean. Or how about an argument with a spouse or family member and God says “go and apologize” and we don’t, and the argument gets bigger and bigger. 

This kind of thing happens constantly. God is always trying to lead us in the right way but usually our mind and flesh are going in the opposite direction. It is not until you learn to seek first the reign of God over your life that things will begin to work the way we know they should.

 When God is Lord we will obey even when we don’t fully understand everything. There were times in my life on my job when I felt like complaining. I was getting loads of work push on me and no help. I remember even working 2 hours after my shift to make sure the work was being done properly and God would tell me “Nathan, I don’t want you complaining to anyone about the work. In fact put a smile on your face and don’t even mention it”. When I complained to God about it He would say “I will take care of it”. I did not know at the time but there were people high up taking notice and eventually it help me walk into a promotion.

 I notice God does this type of thing constantly. If we will learn to hear and obey even when we don’t see why, I promise, eventually you will understand and you will be glad you did what God asked you to do.

 How do we apply this right now? Maybe you are in a tough situation and you are not sure what to do. Stop and acknowledge that God has all the answers. Ask Him to help you and listen on the inside. This may be done over time. Once you ask Him for the answer or to help, expect that the answer is on the way. A lot of times what I do is start thanking God that I have the answer I need. That’s faith. Determine that no matter what, you will do what He tells you or what he shows you to do. You can make this commitment because God has your best interest in mind. God is not going to tell you to do something that goes against His word or that is going to make your situation worse. But we have to be willing to trust Him, with everything.