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Encouragement for Parents with Chronically Ill Children

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“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world (I John 4:1).”

 

One of many issues with having a chronically ill child is feeling bad about questioning their diagnosis and/or prognosis. I have questioned every single doctor at some point in time. Many people struggle with this because they feel as though, because the physician has the education, they can never be incorrect in their analysis. I say to you, “Always question everything!” No one is perfect and no doctor knows everything. I accept nothing at face value because the Word of God demands we test every spirit, bar none.

I am a firm believer in being proactive. Some of the confidently stated diagnoses in the world were 100% inaccurate. People across the globe have received death sentences and lived to tell the story of their miraculous recovery proving their doctor’s prognosis incorrect. God always has the final say. Do your research. Leave no table unturned. The person who takes the best care of a child is the one who loves them the most; more often than not, it’s their parents. We who are in Christ must place our faith in God, conduct spiritual warfare and do our homework. You are the one paying the doctor’s salary; hence, you have the right as well as the responsibility to ask pertinent questions.

Personally, I deem it irresponsible to blindly take a doctors word because that renders their word as gospel. If I had not questioned Sophia’s pediatrician, she’s be in a much worse situation today. I had to get her to the right people who would acknowledge what is seen as well as what I know as a mother. No one knows your child better than you because you live with and care for them day in and day out. No one else witnesses all you encounter daily. If a doctor attempts to intimidate you when you inquire, do not back down. Doctors who are worth their crust don’t mind questions and, in fact, welcome them.

Additionally, even if you recognize what the doctor is saying is accurate, speak the promises of God over them instead of the problem at hand. Just because the diagnosis may be right in the moment, God can turn it around. Speak life over your child and not death; speak wellness over them and not illness. For example, I can be in conversation with someone and respond to their questions, “Currently, Sophia has a condition of _____________.” But I will continue with confidently speaking, “But I know it isn’t forever. I know God has a perfect plan and purpose for her life and I fully expect it to manifest in the days to come. What Satan has devised for evil, God will turn for her good.” Now, I may not say those exact words, but you get my meaning. Always speak life, never death because words are potent, they are fiercely powerful. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Test the spirit from which you are speaking. If it’s negative, full of doubt, depression, or anything of the like, it is not of Holy Spirit.

In fact, I purpose, though I falter occasionally, never to vocalize how arduous this is lest I find myself drifting into depression, sorrow and self-pity. I cannot stress enough that our words matter. The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you if you have surrendered your life to Christ. Allow your focus to be on God instead of the circumstances and your words will follow suit.  

 

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).”

Know Your Authority, part III

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“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12, NAS).”

When you daily pull down the nature of the fleshly, soulish man, through Holy Spirit you are capable of seeing through the Spirit’s eye. Then and only then are you equipped to handle the things that life throws. With God’s vision coming from within, you begin to recognize when an evil force is in operation. Satan, the ruler of this earth, controls all that is not born of the Spirit.

We all need desperately to stop fighting with one another: denomination against denomination, race against race, social status against social status, etc. and learn how to war in the spiritual realm in unity with the Creator. We need to focus on His will instead of our own. Even if a person is allowing their flesh to override the spirit and there is no specific demon involved it is still, ultimately, demonically driven. All evil is of Satan, directly or indirectly.

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you (Romans 8:11, NAS).”

If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, there is nothing you cannot do that God desires – nothing is impossible! You need to know who is in charge and how He takes charge. Jesus takes charge through the believer who walks in obedience. His blood that covers every believer has power and the authority to put that power to use.

The Body of Christ is being ripped apart because so few seem to know or understand who they are in Christ. Ignorance is not bliss. It is deceptive. When you don’t know what is going on in the spirit realm, it is like being in a building with a bomb ticking preparing to explode. Doom is imminent, you are just oblivious. Not knowing does not mean it does not exist.

 

We’ll pick up here next time as we continue with, Know Your Authority, from my first book, What was God Thinking? Why Adam had to Die. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books!

 

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Know Your Authority, part II

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Authoritative Prayer:

 

Prayer has been so diminished within the Body of Christ that it has become the last thing we do after all else has failed. Even if you recommend that someone pray, it sounds frivolous and worthless. Prayer, as God intends, is an act of war against Satan and his army! You need to begin to pick up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God and pray right from the Word according to your situation.

 For example: let’s say that you have a spouse or child that is not walking with God. You can pray Psalm 1 over them: “Father, I claim in the name of Jesus that (whoever) no longer walks in the way of the wicked, or stands in the way of the sinner, nor sits in the seat of the mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by the streams of waters and in due season bears good fruit. His leaf does not wither, and everything he touches prospers.”

For someone who is making really bad decisions, you can pray Ephesians 1:17-18: “Father, in the name of Jesus, I claim that you are giving (whomever) the spirit of wisdom and revelation so that they may know You better. I decree that the eyes of their heart may be enlightened in order that they may know the hope to which they have been called and the riches of Your glorious inheritance.”

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12, NAS).”

 I’ll be speaking tonight on my book, Understanding Kingdom Prayer from 8pm-9:30pm, EST if you’d like to tune in:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/kdmadvancematt2414

We’ll pick up here next time as we continue with, Know Your Authority, from my first book, What was God Thinking? Why Adam had to Die. If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books!

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Dead Flesh, Living Spirit, part II

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What Went Wrong?

 

“For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please (Galatians 5:17, NAS).”

 

“What happened?” you may ask and the answer is simple. I was led by my mind (that said “go ahead, this once won’t matter. You deserve some fun”), my will (which didn’t care one wit about God’s Word), and my emotions (telling me how good it would feel physically). There in play was my soul: mind, will and emotions I’ve already touched on throughout the chapters. Remember, this is what happened to Adam. At one point, I still did not understand the strategy of war or how to battle. I didn’t understand the Kingdom of God, how to fight the soul, or how Satan operated in me through my lack of knowledge of my identity in Christ.

The flesh is at enmity with the spirit. The natural man’s fleshly desire (death) wanted what it wanted. My spirit (life) wanted to please God but was overridden by my soul. Any enemy, natural or spiritual, will always overtake you if you don’t know who they are and how they operate. This is why we must learn how to die to everything that is not from Holy Spirit leading. The enemy works through any means possible to trick and trip you.

To recap the first few chapters, the only way to escape the curse of eternal death is to die to the flesh while living in a mortal temple. The only way to live again is to be born a second time into the Spirit of the Living God. When a follower of The Way is saved they are called out of the earthly nature and brought into the spiritual nature of God. Not only did Jesus literally give up His physical flesh on the cross, He denied or died to His flesh while living on the earth.

Surely He, before Satan came against Him on the mountain, was tempted while growing up with all the temptation of a normal human being; yet, He never sinned. The Word says so. Why is there so little understanding? This act of sinlessness throughout Jesus’ life shows you how to die to the flesh while living in this earthen vessel. He never took into consideration Himself or His own desires of the flesh. He denied Himself the pleasures of this world. He gave no leeway to the flesh though temptation was ever present.

To die to the flesh is to be selfless or no self involvement. No part of you is involved in any decision making; only Holy Spirit leading is allowed. You no longer take the old, dead earthly nature and it’s wants into consideration. As I have already stated, the absolute purpose of the physical body is to bring honor and glory to Yahweh, always and in everything. Your relationship is not a part time job, it’s your life.

This does not mean you cannot golf, fish, watch some television, read the paper, wear make-up or jewelry, work a job, etc. It does, however, mean that God is to be supreme ruler over all these things and you are not to allow anything to stand in the way of your Kingdom destiny. He wants you to enjoy the things of this earth as long as they do not interfere with His kingdom purpose. Everything must be in balance – something for which the world in unfamiliar. God’s perspective is the only perspective you are to recognize as valid.

 

We’ll pick up here next week as we continue with, Dead Flesh, Living Spirit, subtitle “Abstinence from the Flesh.” If you are interested in reading more, check out my website to order my books, or go to my Facebook ministry page where I post regularly. This writing is from chapter 6 of the revised version of, What Was God Thinking? Why Adam Had To Die.” Blessings!

 

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Understanding Rest

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“My people perish for lack of knowledge,” the Lord makes clear in Hosea 4:6.

Knowledge is the tool to learn the process of dying in the spiritual sense. God calls every Christ-follower to “die to the flesh” which, simply stated, is recognizing the mankind was crucified with Christ and buried with Him. Crucifying the sin nature or rather, giving up self-will for God’s will in all things, is a matter of rendering the lusts of the flesh inactive, immobile, irrelevant. We are not called to harm the physical body as many would believe. The “flesh” is the nature of Adam that draws one to act sinfully; to act outside the perfect will of God.

Dying to the nature of the fleshly man ushers rest to the believer. Dying is the epitome of true rest; death is the deepest level of rest. Where many Christ-followers are about more work, what God calls us to is the opposite. Christ calls us to more rest. In such rest, Christ is allowed permission to manifest His completed work through our mortal bodies. We are to turn all over to the life of Christ. In this, “working hard” to be Christ-like is no longer an issue. We have given Him access to our mortal bodies so as to bring the Kingdom of heaven down to the earth. The burden of work is removed because Christ already fulfilled the Law with His life, death, burial, and resurrection. Having established this, our “six days of work” are over and we can now enter into the “seventh day of rest.” Christ our Sovereign is the Rest. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.

Have you ever known a Christian who is all about, do, do, do and go, go, go and don’t, don’t, don’t? We have to do this, and we have to do that, and we can’t do this or that. If we don’t follow certain denominational rules, we aren’t a faithful follower. The problem with this is that this activity wears one out very quickly and easily. When we sacrifice our flesh and allow Holy Spirit to move through us, Holy Spirit flows freely and with great ease out of His people as would water from a waterfall. Witnessing is then no longer a grueling chore – we are the witness because the True Witness is doing the witnessing, so to speak. People in the world, and in the church, will begin to be drawn to the power and authority with which we now think, speak and walk.

The message of Christ doesn’t change, but the ease and method of presentation does. Either we force God’s Word out of ourselves due to obligation and law, or we allow Christ the liberty to transform us into a heavenly being so as to allow Him to do the convicting in those around us. It is the difference between “Jesus lives in my heart” and “Jesus is my heart and life breath.”

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Kingdom Authority and Power, Part II

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Kingdom Authority and Power, Part II

“But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly…not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:10-13, NAS).”

“But if I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you (Matthew 12:28, NAS).”

What Paul is saying in Philippians four is pure power! Through choosing to recognize that his flesh was dead and daily consign it as such, he was allowing the Spirit of God within himself to be fine-tuned; sharpened. Though the fleshly part of all people is to want “more” of whatever turns us on, Holy Spirit seeks only His kingdom. When led exclusively by Holy Spirit, the only desire we will have is Kingdom expansion and all that goes along with that because that is God’s desire. In this condition, Paul was equipped to have supernatural power over fleshly desires, be it “desiring more in his poverty” or “becoming prideful in his abundance.” Basically speaking, Paul operated in neither shame of lack nor pride of abundance – Christ was his all-in-all – he was grounded in Christ regardless of circumstance. Paul, despite the flesh in which he resided, he was Kingdom-minded in everything.

Paul became the epitome of the unshakable Kingdom of God spoken of in Hebrews 12:28-29: “Therefore, since we receive a Kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” Paul was not shaken by hunger, for his trust and confidence was in The King. He was not moved by his bounty, for his praises to the Giver never ceased. He had single vision; Kingdom vision; God’s vision.

“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the POWER and the KINGDOM OF GOD and the AUTHORITY of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night (Revelation 12:10, NAS).”

“But of the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and the righteous scepter is the scepter of His Kingdom (Hebrews 1:8, NAS).”
Satan is a defeated foe though for a season he is allowed to torment, kill, steal and destroy we who are created in the image of God. We must keep in mind at all times and in every season, although Satan throws fiery darts and sets road blocks before us, he must contend with the King who sent The Ambassador (Jesus) to earth, not the ambassadors (Jesus-filled people). We are merely the messengers of the High King. Knowing this, God has given us every tool necessary to defend ourselves; not with warring with one another, but with the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

We are never to war in the flesh. Satan will send his demons to coerce the unsuspecting to lash out against you. Resist temptation to verbally or physically defend [your] honor: for it is not [your] honor at stake, but God’s. With this mindset which is grounded in the kingdom of heaven, you will be more self-disciplined when confronted with insults hurled at you. God will contend with those who contend with Him ambassadors – every time, but only in His timing, not ours.

We must be patient to wait upon Yahweh. Knowing this and the wrath that will be unleashed toward the unrepentant, we will more quickly intercede in prayer for mercy for our human foe. We should never wish destruction for mankind; God loves us and expects His people to intercede for others whether we want to or not. Again, as an ambassador, [our personal opinion and desire] is irrelevant. God and His directive exclusively are our motivating factor.

So Pilate said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?” Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over me, unless it had been given you from above…(John 19:10-11, NAS).”

Here in John 19, we see where, without being prideful in His words, Jesus spoke plainly and with Kingdom confidence that Pilate had no authority to do anything with Him lest God the Father granted him authority. Jesus, even in the face of death, did not waver, but stood firmly in the knowledge, power and authority of God. He knew who He was, His Kingdom purpose, and did not allow emotions or circumstance to lead Him astray from the plan at hand. Let us all begin to stand and, when all else fails, stand without wavering in the love, power, authority, obedience, humility and Kingdom purpose of Jesus Christ Himself.