Know the Savior

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The greatest experience in this life is to come to a personal knowledge and understanding of our Savior. Many people think that Jesus Christ was a man who walked on this earth nearly two thousand years ago, and now he is somewhere, but they have no understanding of his actual whereabouts. The Angel said “Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him” (Mark 16:6). Jesus gave his life for all the people on this earth and he is personally excited and blessed when people actually look for him and actually find him to be alive and well. In the Book of Revelation, we have one of my favorite verses of Scripture in the whole of the Word of God that Jesus spoke after his resurrection.

Revelation 3:20:
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

One thing that makes this verse so exciting to me is that in the Bible lands, in the culture that Jesus was raised in, whenever they would have a close personal friend over to dinner, the host always served and waited on his welcome guest, not sitting at the table. In Revelation 3:20, we have a dinner invitation that is even more personal than a close friend is, because Jesus says that he actually eats with you, and you with him.

Jesus has always been standing at our door knocking. The knocking is another custom meaning that one would actually stand outside the gate of the house and call out the owner’s name (Acts 10:17-18). This is why the verse says, “if any man hear my voice.” In the Gospel of John, Jesus further discusses that there were to be other people besides those of the first century who would hear his voice.

John 10:16:
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

We today are those to whom Jesus was referring. Reading the words of Christ is easy, yet it is an entirely different experience to hear his sweet voice. Christ’s calling is pleasant and speaks directly to our heart and inner soul with inspiration that will always strengthen our believing with a heavenly serenity, for our Savior’s voice encourages, exhorts, and edifies men and women who answer him.

When you answer the call of Jesus today, you allow him into your heart. When you hear His wonderful voice, you may recall how he has been calling you all along, even since your childhood! It certainly will bless his life to bless your life for allowing him into your heart as you begin dining together on the bread of life (God’s Word), and enjoying your close personal relationship with him who gave his utmost for you.

Ask and It Shall Be Given

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Matthew 7:7:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

This is a wonderful section of Scripture. Yet how often do we simply ask? In the Book of James 4:2 it says “. . . ye have not, because ye ask not.” Sometimes asking may be a difficult thing for us to do because we normally earn the things that we have, and for some unknown reason asking almost seems wrong. Yet, in Matthew, Jesus was teaching that it is perfectly all right to ask when we have a need in our lives.

James 1:5-6a:
-5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him {beg, cry, and whine: no, it does not say that, it says} ask of God, that {Who} giveth to all men liberally {in simplicity, with a readiness of heart}, and upbraideth not {without faultfinding}; and it shall be given him.
-6a: But let him ask in faith {believing faith}. . .

When we pray what do we do? We ask! But is an answer to prayer honesty that simple to receive from God? Yes, it most definitely is! God’s Word says repeatedly to ask, and when we do, “it shall be given.”

Matthew 7:8:
For every one {including you and me} that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Often receiving things that are greater than our means appears to be either too difficult or downright impossible to acquire (Matthew 19:26). Inadvertently people can project this same kind of difficulty into their believing when hoping or desiring to receive blessings from God, so when they do ask, they will ask in a cloud of doubt. Nevertheless, it is always God’s will and good pleasure to take care of us. God always wants us to be happy and to have what we need to live abundantly.

There are times that we may ask and not receive, and without understanding God’s Word, we can suspect that God really does not answer prayer. However, James 4:3 says “Ye ask, and receive not {and this is the reason they “receive not”}, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.” God not only supplies our needs when we ask, He usually goes beyond what we ask just to bless us; however, God will never supply greed (greed is something that men thirst after and acquire on their own), and in the Book of James it says this is asking “amiss.”

The Bible encourages the children of God to ask, seek, and knock, and to believe that He is not only willing, but He is also able to give (Romans 4:21). Then the Word of God says you will receive, find, and the door will be opened into the abundance that God truly awards to His children.

Jesus’ Birth Certificate

“From a strictly forensic point of view, the Scriptures are the bona fide declaration of Jesus; his fingerprints, footprints, and DNA are found on every page, certified by God Himself. The Bible is the inscribed birth certificate of Jesus Christ (with centuries of noncontradictory writings and testimonials), and the stories within are linked documentations of his complete biography, attesting to his authenticity, which structures his entire life perfectly with the written Word of God.” ~LMJ~

He Sent His Word (The Expanded Version of He Sent His Word and Healed Them)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospels, there are many references to Jesus healing people. What empowered his ability to heal was his believing faith that released the power of God. When we receive God’s healing Word and discover Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then unequivocally the vim of our believing faith will also aspire us up to the standards that God’s Word sets forth, as spiritual healing becomes ever more realized, administered, and enjoyed.

The Word of God has always been given to heal and mend the hearts and souls of believers. The Word of God is the greatest thing that has ever been given, yet sometimes the Word has been one of the most scorned, neglected, and rejected gifts that God, in love, has ever presented to humanity.

Psalm 107:20:
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

I am reminded of the Centurion in the Gospel of Matthew 8:8 who said to Jesus, “speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed,” and his servant was indeed healed. If the Word of God was that powerful when the Psalms were written and still as powerful when Jesus was here, it only stands to reason that the Word of God sent to us through Christ is still as powerful as it ever was. Not only is the Word of God currently profitable for healing, but it also can “deliver us from all of our destructions.”

When we believe God’s Word, then the Word itself will begin producing positive results of deliverance. Whenever men and women decide to put their trust in God’s Word with a believing heart of expectation, he or she will begin receiving His blessings!

I Thessalonians 2:13:
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that {do one thing, and one thing only,} believe.

When we receive the Word of God, believing that we are receiving the thoughts of His heart opened to us, then the Word itself begins working within us effectually i.e., energetically.

Psalm 107:21:
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

This is a great verse of Scripture; let us compare it with the context of verse 20 (above). For God’s wonderful works to the children of men is their own deliverance from destructions, and Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness is man being thankful because “God sent His Word and healed them.” God has sent His Word, and His Word does indeed heal, as swiftly as His Word delivers us from destructions, for His Word is Jesus Christ!

Man on his own is sometimes a master of self-destruction by impeding his own hopes and dreams because he is not perfect. However, God’s healing Word is perfect, and when we follow the instructions within God’s Word with a believing heart, then true spiritual deliverance must follow.

Proverbs 3:5–8:
-5: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
-6: In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
-7: Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear {respect} the LORD, and depart from evil.
-8: It shall be health {healing} to thy navel {meaning that healing can begin at the center of our lives}, and marrow {moisture} to thy bones.

The word marrow means moisture that nurtures the human structure of life. The word fear in verse 7 means to have respect, awe, and reverence for our heavenly Father, and acquiring this kind of respectful honor for God takes walking with Christ who is the Master Teacher and Physician of the spiritual heart and who heals the repentant sinner (Luke 5:31–32). We are often taught that we need to fear God, and that He will only care for those of us who are genuinely afraid of His power and judgments; however, this is simply a fallacy. God loves us and His desire for us is to respect and honor Him, as He has total admiration, honor, and respect for us in that He so loved the world that He gave (John 3:16)!

Psalms 91:15:
He {the believer} shall call upon me {our God}, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

In the Gospel of John 1:14 it reads, “And the Word was made flesh.” This refers to the birth and life of Jesus Christ, for he lived and spoke the Word of God. Jesus spoke God’s healing Word and as people believed on him, healing abounded. When God becomes clearly understood from the Scriptures, then His healing Word becomes a reality in our lives.

God sent His Word and healed them in the same manner that God sent Jesus Christ and healed them because Christ and God’s Word are inseparable. God sent His Son who said, “I have given them thy word” (John 17:14). Jesus gave of himself, giving his all in all even unto death. He is completely inseparable from the healing Word of God, in as much as the healing Word of God is inseparable from the true story of Jesus’ life.

In the Gospel of Matthew, as Jesus spoke the Word of God, healing became prevalent before his eyes, “For he taught them as one having authority” (Matthew 7:29), and his authority came from the healing Word of God.

Matthew 4:23–24:
-23: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching {the Word} in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
-24: And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy {paralyzed}; and he healed them.

Today the Word of God still reveals Jesus Christ who reveals God, and when we truly find God and His honor bestowed upon our lives, the more abundant life (John 10:10) becomes known and enjoyed. As the healing Word of God begins to permeate and uplift our believing and searching souls, we can say (and receive) with believing conviction: He sent his word and healed them, for our healing comes through Christ who is the healing Word and will of God.