MY HEALING TESTIMONY (2014)

I want to share a healing I received earlier this month.  God is is so very faithful!

Psalm 3:4 I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.

It was a Friday afternoon and I was drying dishes in the kitchen when I suddenly experienced unusual stomach pain.  I was thinking it was a side effect from the medicine I was taking.

I was having other issues too, which may or may not have been related to the stomach pain, so I called the doctor’s office and they told me to come in.  Exam results were normal, so the doctor told me to eat a “good” meal before taking the med.  He said maybe I had a weak stomach because med I was taking  was mild and most tolerated it well.  (Side effects in pamphlet do mention potential stomach issues.)  The pain subsided by the time I got home and I was able to eat a light supper.

A little later in the evening I began to experience pain again, only this time it was different and much worse. I would describe the pain as coming in spasms.  I never had this before, ever!  This went on for a while.  I don’t remember exactly how long, maybe a couple of hours.  I go upstairs thinking maybe if I lie down the pain will subside.  It didn’t.  I’m thinking this is going to be a long long night.  So I start praying, asking (begging) the Lord to take the pain away.  After a very short time, the pain stopped suddenly and completely.   I had no discomfort at all, not even a mild stomach ache.  In fact, my stomach felt great!  I went right to sleep, and I had a perfect night’s sleep. 

I felt it was ok to continue taking the med, and completed taking the medication without incident.  This happened earlier in the month.  I’m still amazed!

Psalm 118:28-29 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, … Oh, for grace to trust Him more!”

IF MY KINGDOM WERE OF THIS WORLD, THEN WOULD MY SERVANTS FIGHT

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Matthew Henry:

Art thou the King of the Jews? That King of the Jews who has been so long expected?Messiah the Prince; art thou he? Dost thou call thyself so, and wouldest thou be thought so?

Christ answered this question with another; not for evasion, but that Pilate might consider what he did. He never took upon him any earthly power, never were any traitorous principles or practices laid to him.

Christ gave an account of the nature of his kingdom. Its nature is not worldly; it is a kingdom within men, set up in their hearts and consciences; its riches spiritual, its power spiritual, and its glory within. Its supports are not worldly; its weapons are spiritual; it needed not, nor used, force to maintain and advance it, nor opposed any kingdom but that of sin and Satan. Its object and design are not worldly.

When Christ said, I am the Truth, he said, in effect, I am a King. He conquers by the convincing evidence of truth; he rules by the commanding power of truth. The subjects of this kingdom are those that are of the truth.

Pilate put a good question, he said, What is truth? When we search the Scriptures, and attend the ministry of the word, it must be with this inquiry, What is truth? and with this prayer, Lead me in thy truth; into all truth. But many put this question, who have not patience to preserve in their search after truth; or not humility enough to receive it.

Barnes:

My kingdom … – The charge on which Jesus was arraigned was that of laying claim to the office of a king. He here substantially admits that he did claim to be a king, but not in the sense in which the Jews understood it. They charged him with attempting to set up an earthly kingdom, and of exciting sedition against Caesar. In reply to this, Jesus says that his kingdom is not of this world – that is, it is not of the same nature as earthly kingdoms. It was not originated for the same purpose, or conducted on the same plan.

He immediately adds a circumstance in which they differ. The kingdoms of the world are defended by arms; they maintain armies and engage in wars. If the kingdom of Jesus had been of this kind, he would have excited the multitudes that followed him to prepare for battle. He would have armed the hosts that attended him to Jerusalem. He would not have been alone and unarmed in the garden of Gethsemane. But though he was a king, yet his dominion was over the heart, subduing evil passions and corrupt desires, and bringing the soul to the love of peace and unity.

Not from hence – That is, not from this world.

Matthew Poole:

My kingdom is not of this world; that is, I cannot deny but that I am the King of the Jews, but not in the sense they take it, not such a king as they look for in their Messiah; my kingdom is spiritual, over the hearts and minds of men, not earthly and worldly. And of this thou thyself mayest be convinced; for was there ever an earthly prince apprehended and bound for whom none of his subjects would take up arms? There is none of my disciples that takes up arms, or offereth to fight for me; which is a plain evidence, that I pretend to no kingly power in disturbance of the Roman government.

Pulpit Commentary:

In reply to this challenge, Jesus answered—obviously assuming the fact that he was a king in a sense entirely different from that which had been maliciously suggested to Pilate—My kingdom—the kingdom that is mine—is not of this world.

Neither now nor at any future period will it derive its origin from this world.

So far as Christ is King, his royal power and state are not furnished by earthly force, or fleshly ordinances, or physical energies, or material wealth, or imperial armies. The dominion that he will wield will be one over hearts and lives; the authority of the Lord Jesus cannot be arrested or overpowered by physical force.

 

DECEIVED

A very meaningful quote by Martin Luther.

Psalm 119:158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

Martin Luther:

Grieved, because they kept not thy law. “I never thought the world had been so wicked, when the Gospel began, as now I see it is; …

I rather hoped that every one would have leaped for joy to have found himself freed from the filth of the Pope, from his lamentable molestations of poor troubled consciences, and that through Christ they would by faith obtain the celestial treasure they sought after before with such vast cost and labour, though in vain. …

And especially I thought the bishops and universities would with joy of heart have received the true doctrines; but I have been lamentably deceived. Moses and Jeremiah, too, complained they had been deceived.”

What should we say when in our day we see so many famous “Preachers” extend the right hand of fellowship to the Pope?  We should say deceived.

I HAD A DREAM …

I had a dream last night.  

In the dream I was witnessing to someone about the error of thinking that a person is saved, born again, when they are baptized as an infant.

I told the person in my dream, that as the baby grew into a teen, they would be taught that they were saved, born again, when they were baptized as an infant.

Then I told them that as the person continued to age and became an adult in their 30’s, they would continue to believe that they were right with God because they were baptized as an infant.

I concluded by saying that if that person died in a fiery crash at that age, still believing the lie that they were born again because they were infant baptized, they would go to hell, because they were never truly born again.

(Jesus talks with Nicodemus about being born again.  Read about it here.)

The person I was witnessing to did not believe what I was saying.  They  told me not to talk about that.

Wow!

People are being taught the false doctrine of baptismal regeneration. Baptismal regeneration means that a person is born again by the actual act of being baptized.

Not true.

Sacraments, as they are called, do not save anyone.

Think of the consequences of someone thinking they’re right with God when they’re not.

Think of the consequences of deception.

Baptismal regeneration is only one of many soul damning doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church.

The bottom line is that Rome preaches “another gospel” which is really no gospel all.

Evangelism, not unity.  That is true love.

Post on Infant Baptism

JESUS TAUGHT IN THEIR SYNAGOGUES …

Luke 4:

Jesus begins ministry at Galilee:

14And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.

Jesus is rejected at Nazereth:

16And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. 

22And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

23And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

24And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

25But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 26But unto none of them was Elijah sent, save unto Zarephath, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

27And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

28And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 30But he passing through the midst of them went his way,