The Power of Asking (2)

  • Look at this next set of scriptures. You want to know what the will of God is. Well, it’s in these verses. Of course, there’s more to the will of God than just Matt 10:7,8, but we can’t even seem to get these right. Look.

    Matt 10:7,8 “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

    Once again He told them to preach the kingdom. He didn’t tell them to preach about sin and going to hell. He said preach the kingdom. Then he told them to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely you have received, freely give. Why don’t Christian just start focusing on and doing what Jesus said. Quit trying to act so spiritual with your long, King Jameth type prayers. Jesus just said, heal the sick not pray some long, repetitive, squalling, religious sounding prayer. Just heal the sick.

    Now what I’m saying here are some radical statements! They’ll probably get you kicked out of most churches today. Nevertheless, these are the exact words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and precisely why more people don’t see the miraculous results they’re praying for.

    I understand Jesus was speaking to the disciples, but we find in the Pauline Epistles that we have the much more. Much more than what He gave to His disciples. Much more than all He provided them. The problem is that people today aren’t taking their authority and commanding God’s power. They’re passively asking God to do what He told them to do.

    In these scriptures in Matthew and Luke, Jesus was preaching under the dispensation of the law to people who understood the law. Yet when He ministered to the disciples and told them go out and preach the kingdom, He was introducing the freedom that would be found in grace.

    Preaching legalism, as is done in the majority of churches today, only serves to restrict, limit, and bind the listeners. Preaching grace will make them free from that bondage. Grace will never cause you to do less than legalism will.

    Prayer is not designed to convince God to change your circumstances. It’s designed to prepare you to be involved in God’s activity. Faith is seeing the finished work of Christ and resting there. I know this goes contrary to popular Christian doctrine. We are constantly told that it’s not us but God who is the Healer. I totally agree with that. But, I take that one step further and say, “yes God is the healer, but He’s already provided the healing through the stripes of His Son”. Again, it’s finished.

    Also, God has placed His healing power under our authority. It’s up to us to release it. If we don’t take our authority and become commanders instead of beggars God’s power will not be released.

    Look at an amazing passage of Scripture in Isaiah 45:11.

    “Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”

    What a powerful scripture! What does the Lord mean when He tells us to command Him? He certainly doesn’t mean we are mightier and more powerful than Him, or that we can order Him around. He means, concerning the things He has already done. He wants us to take our authority and command His power.

    It’s like electricity. The power company generates the power and delivers it to your house. It’s not your power, but it’s under your control. You don’t call the power company and ask them to turn the lights on. No! They won’t do that. They generate the power, but it’s under your command. You simply flip the switch on the wall, and command the power to work. Does this mean you are the power source? Certainly not!

    You can put a light bulb in your mouth, and it will never come on. You aren’t the power source, but you are the one in control of what that power does. You can plead with the power company all you want, but they won’t flip the switch for you. You have to assume your authority, and acknowledge the power is under your command.

    It is the same way with God. He has provided all the power and authority we need. He is not going to heal anyone. He has already provided for that. It is up to us to command release of that power, because He put us in control of it. This is another good example of where God is not in control of everything. He certainly is in charge of everything, but He has put us in control.

    That’s what the Lord was speaking. He has already healed everyone who will ever be healed. He did it two thousand years ago when He bore those stripes on His back, shed His blood on the cross, and said It Is Finished. Then He deposited His resurrection power inside every believer (Ephesians 1:19,20)

    19 I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power 20 that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.

    He’s done His part. Now it is up to us to do ours. We need to take the authority He has given us, and become commanders instead of beggars. This is a powerful truth that works, and it’s the catalyst to seeing many miraculous healings. It’s not just praying for the sick. It’s healing them in Jesus name.

    Finally, did you notice anywhere in any of the passages where it said you had to obey a set of rules or else this wouldn’t work? Or that you had to make sure that you had no sin in your life. Another wrong teaching from the “church”. At that same cross where He took care of all our healing, He took care of sin, once for all time.

    We have been given the keys to the kingdom. We are His ambassadors here on earth. We have all power and authority in heaven and in earth. (John 17:18 and Matt 28:18). Now just step into that which is yours through inheritance “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

    Since we do not ask God to heal, we also do not ask God to forgive our sins. Now surely that caused someone to choke. We don’t repent to be forgiven, we repent because we are forgiven. I won’t go into the definition of repent except to say it’s not saying to God you’re sorry and you won’t do it again. Yes you will. Look up any number of my teachings and you’ll find the definition of repent.

    Just look at this scripture. Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace”.

    Do you see what it says? It says WE HAVE, not that we can have. Through his blood we have forgiveness of sins. So where do we get the idea we need to beg God to forgive us of our sins. I have several studies on this on the website. Go and study them.

    In closing let me repeat. Every promise of God in the scriptures belongs to you and me. All we have to do is receive all of them. Find out who you are in Christ and who He is in you. Focus in on His promises and put a demand on them to be released to you. Said another way, declare their manifestation into the natural realm since they already exist in the supernatural realm.

    The easiest way to realize the truth of the gospel of grace versus the lie of law of works is whether what is being taught or said drives you into performance. When you hear someone say you “have to” or “need to”, those are statements that should immediately trigger you to be on alert for some form of legalistic, performance based, works oriented effort that you must perform to be right with God. Don’t even entertain anything that’s said beyond you “have to” or “need to”. YOU DON’T and you can’t because Jesus did it all and IT IS FINISHED.

    I like this statement. The best thing you can do for Jesus is embrace all that He has done for you. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Grace and Peace.

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  • Crystal Roden
    Crystal Roden To me, repentance is a foundation: 6 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
    2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of...  more
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  • Crystal Roden
    Crystal Roden So for me, repentance is a state of mind. I never forget that I'm a sinner saved by grace. I never come to a place in my mind where I think I've done one thing to deserve my salvation. If you tear up the foundation, you tear up the whole house.
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  • Mark Kunerth
    Mark Kunerth Absolutely. Hebrews 6:1-3 is telling those who have been enlightened to move past the basic instructions and teachings of Christ onto increasing mature matters. Basically, get off the milk and unto the meat. I may have said this in one of my posts, but...  more