While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).
God doesn’t want you to see or observe situations from the ordinary standpoint; that is, with your physical eyes. He wants you to see the invisible, with the eyes of faith, through His Word. When you trust God for something, others may not see it, but you must maintain the picture of what you see in your heart.
Your life is for the glory of God. You weren’t born for nothing; you were born for a reason! But can you see the glory on your life? Can you see that you’re not ordinary? Can you see that the mighty hand of God is upon you? See it, recognize it, and say, "Yes, Lord! Your glory is on my life! I can see you working in me, and through me; therefore, I’ll always be a success."
It doesn’t matter if you’ve found yourself in some kind of "wilderness experience" right now; shift your focus to the Word. Look away from that distressing situation unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). 2 Corinthians 4:17 says, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."
In other words, that pain, that unpleasant situation, that challenging circumstance, may have been for five or ten years, but it’s for a moment; it came to pass! It’ll work for you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. How? By learning to behold the invisible: "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Corinthians 4:18).
Stop looking at your present physical condition. Stop looking at and relying on how much you have in your bank account. Stop looking at what people are saying about you! See God doing great things in your life with the eyes of faith. Imagine yourself in health, prosperity, and victory at all times.
Dear Father, I look away from all distracting situations, and I fix my gaze upon Jesus, the Living Word. I walk by faith and not by sensory perception. I thank you for the Holy Spirit who dwells in me, and causes me to see the mysteries and secrets of the Kingdom, and apprehend my inheritance in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: 2 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews 12:2
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : 3 John 1: 1-14, Ezekiel 22-23
2 Year Reading Plan : John 18:10-18, 2 Chronicles 13-14
Step 6B – The Reality of Our Righteousness in Christ
Romans 5:17 says, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”
Most people have thought that righteousness is something that one attains by right living. Righteousness does mean rightness or right standing. But this scripture says that it is a gift – not something which we can earn by good deeds and clean living. A gift is something which we receive instantly; a stage of spiritual development is fruit. If righteousness were fruit, the scripture would read, “and the fruit of righteousness.” However, it says, “the gift of righteousness.”
Every one of God’s dear children has the same righteousness and the same standing with God. He doesn’t love one more than another. He won’t listen to one’s prayers more than to another’s. When this truth fully sinks in, your praying will work. Your prayers will get answers.
So many people struggle along in the realm of self-condemnation, letting the enemy rob them of the inheritance that is theirs in Christ Jesus. They think that their prayers won’t work and that God won’t hear them. They think that if they could just find a righteous man to pray for them, his prayers would work. They have read James 5:16, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,” but they feel they have not attained the place of spiritual growth to qualify as “righteous” and therefore look for someone else’s prayers to reach heaven for them.
How sad that they have not seen the truth in the scriptures we have just read in Romans 3:23-26 that God is our righteousness. He became our righteousness when He imparted to us His nature, eternal life, and when we were born again in the new creation. He became our righteousness the moment we accepted Jesus as our Saviour and confessed Him as our Lord.As I studied about Elijah in James 5:17-18, I thought that he surely was not my idea of a righteous man. I knew he had his high moments, as most of us do; but he had his low moments too. When the hand of the Lord was upon him, he could outrun the king’s chariot. But when he learned that Queen Jezebel wanted to kill him, he ran and hid under a juniper tree and begged the Lord to let him die. Of course, he didn’t really want to die. If he did, Jezebel would have taken care of that for him. Then he whined to the Lord, “Everybody has backslidden but me. I’m the only one who is serving you, Lord.” Such inconsistency was hardly the mark of a righteous man, I thought. How could James have given him as an example of a righteous man praying? He was no more righteous than I!
Then I remembered that James said Elijah was a “man subject to like passions as we are.” And not only was he subject to these passions, but he also gave in to them. He allowed discouragement to dominate his actions. Yet he was called a righteous man.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them and
walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Reading the above scripture, many people see in it only teaching of separation from the world. And they immediately practice segregation, thinking it is separation. They feel that they cannot have anything to do with the world or anyone in the world. They even segregate themselves from other Christians, if they don’t completely agree with them. However, Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth … Ye are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13, 14). And in order to be the “salt” in the world, in order to be the “light” in the world, we must remain in the world, doing our job for the Lord.
A man once said to me, “I am the only Christian where I work. Pray that God will move me out. “Oh, no,” I told him, “the place would really be corrupt without your influence. You stay right there. You’re the salt of the earth; you stay right there and salt it.” We are in the world, but not of the world. I want you to notice something else in this scripture, something equally important. Notice that believers are called believers and unbelievers are call unbelievers. Then it says, “For what fellowship bath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion bath light with darkness?” Notice that the believer is called “righteousness” and the unbeliever is referred to as “unrighteousness.” The scripture also refers to the believer as “light” and the unbeliever as “darkness.”
Have you ever thought of yourself as “righteousness”? To many, the idea of calling oneself “righteousness” sounds egotistical. Yet these same persons do not object to calling themselves “believers” or “light.” This scripture uses all three terms to refer to believers.Continuing with verse 15 we read, “And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” In this verse we see the church, or believers, referred to as Christ, for He is the Head and we are the Body. And of course, our head doesn’t go by one name and our body another. The church is Christ, and we are the body of Christ. Holding these thoughts in mind, let us took at some more scriptures in the Book of Romans.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are
past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
In this passage of scripture the Greek word that is translated “righteousness” or “righteous” is translated “just” and “justifier” here. In other words, verse 26 could just as easily read, “that he might be righteous, and the righteousness of him which believeth in Jesus.” The words used here for “righteous” and “just” are interchangeable. What does all this mean? What is God teaching us through this scripture? That God through Jesus declared His righteousness. That God Himself is righteous, and that God is my righteousness. He is the “righteousness of him which believeth in Jesus.”
I stood before a tap. It was running and it would not stop. I did everything for it to stop, but it would not stop. I said "Dear Lord Jesus! I don't want to spend money to replace it. I want it to stop now". I put my hand on it; right away it stopped! God said to me: "So will every thing you don't want stop, and every thing you want will flow". Whatever it is you don't want in your life, if you want it to stop, He said: "Stand before it, and say: Stop in the Name of Jesus! It will obey you!".
For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 7:6 AMPLIFIED
For you are a holy and set- apart people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a special people to Himself out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.
Deuteronomy 7:13-15 KJV
13 And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
14 Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
15 And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began ( 2 Timothy 1:9).
There’re those who think that if their good works outweigh their bad works, God will accept them. That’s not the way God thinks. A little drop of impurity in a large volume of pure water corrupts the whole volume. In the same way, one "little sin" in a man’s life can never be outweighed by many "good works." Your acts of self-righteousness won’t answer for you before God.
Jesus paid the penalty for our sins. Ephesians 2:8-9 says "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." When He was crucified, your sins were laid on Him, and as a result, He took your place of punishment, and gave you His righteousness. He wasn’t crucified because He did something wrong, no. He was crucified in our place. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
This is the message the whole world needs to hear: God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died to save your soul, then the salvation He purchased with His blood, belongs to you! No matter how bad, wayward, or evil a man may have been, if he’d confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ, his spirit will be recreated; He’d at once become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for appointing me to a life of health, prosperity, victory, and righteousness, through the vicarious death of Jesus Christ, and His glorious resurrection. I reign and rule in life today and always, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: Isaiah 53:4-5; John 1:29
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : 2 John 1:1-13, Ezekiel 20-21
2 Year Reading Plan : John 18:1-9, 2 Chronicles 11-12
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).
The Gospel ministry of the Christian is to win the lost. As soon as you received the Holy Spirit, you received the power to witness. Don’t say, "I need more boldness to preach"; 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." You already have the Spirit of love, power, and a sound mind.
Peter became a dynamic preacher after he received the Holy Spirit! The same Peter who denied Jesus, even to a little girl, preached and led three thousand souls to Christ in one day (Acts 2:41). The Apostle Paul, upon receiving the Holy Spirit, immediately went about preaching in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God (Acts 9:20).
A very important evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit in anyone’s life is dynamic evangelism. Recall what Jesus said in our opening verse, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me…." The Holy Spirit makes you a witness or proof-producer; He makes you preach the Gospel with boldness. When anyone was filled with the Holy Spirit in the Bible, they spoke the Word of God with boldness (Acts 4:31), which often resulted in the conversion of sinners.
You can’t claim God saved you and not tell others about it! Don’t keep quiet; preach the Gospel in your world, and beyond; for therein is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes (Romans 1:16).
Dear heavenly Father, I’m so grateful for your boundless blessings in my life. Thank you for the power of the Spirit that’s at work in me mightily today, making me effective as a minister of reconciliation, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
F u r t h e r s t u d y: Acts 4:31; Ephesians 6:19; Ephesians 5:18-19
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : 1 John 5, Ezekiel 17-19
2 Year Reading Plan : John 17:22-26, 2 Chronicles 9-10
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The month of December is our month for Special Grace. This is the last month of the year 2013 and we are finishing strong by the power of God’s Spirit. This same month, also marks the beginning of our ministry year 2014.
The bible says in Zechariah 4:6–7(TLB), then he said, “This is God’s message to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty – you will succeed because of my Spirit, though you are few and weak.” Therefore, no mountain, however high, can stand before Zerubbabel! For it will flatten out before him and Zerubbabel will finish building this temple with mighty shouts of thanksgiving for God’s mercy; declaring that all was done by grace alone.” Hallelujah!
Congratulations to all our partners for your immerse contributions to the Healing School in the Year 2013. We impacted the world with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Year 2013. We had the following programs during the year 2013:
Two Healing School Sessions during the year 2013 in South Africa and Canada.
International School of Ministry 2013.
ISM Ministers’ Network Conference
The Easter Youth Camp.
Activities at the Trauma Care International Foundation
Group Visitation Program
Global impact through our satellite and internet ministry.
For the next few weeks, our focus in prayer is thanksgiving for the Year 2013. We will bless the Lord and praise him for the Healing ministry of Pastor Chris and the impact around the world.
Let’s thank the Lord Almighty for the impact of the Healing School throughout the year 2013. Thank God for the hundreds of thousands of lives who were touched through the Healing School activities.
Step 5 – The Reality of the Authority of Jesus’ Name
John 14:13, And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Suppose that a wealthy man were to give you a signed statement saying that you were entitled to use his name and thereby receive anything you might need in order to live comfortably. Suppose that this was a legal document, given before witnesses, whereby every one of your needs could be met for the rest of your life. Does this sound too good to be true? The wonderful part of it is that it is true!