God Sent His Word

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospels there are many references of Jesus healing people, and what gave him the ability and the power to heal was the healing Word that he spoke, applied, and believed. When we receive God’s healing Word and discover Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior ─ our believing will rise to the standards that God’s Word sets forth, and genuine spiritual healing can become a reality.

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

The healing Word and will of God is given to us with a purpose, a reason, and that is for healing, for mental healing, for physical healing, and for spiritual healing with a view to deliver us from destruction. Man on his own is a master of destruction in his own ways, because man 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 can 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 naval {meaning that healing can begin at the center of our lives}, and marrow {moisture} to thy bones.

The word “fear” in verse 7 means to have respect, awe, and reverence of our heavenly Father, which we learn from the Scriptures. The “world” usually teaches us that we need to fear God, and that He will only care for those who are genuinely afraid of His power and judgments. However, this is simply not true, God loves us and His desire is for us to respect Him, for He has total admiration and respect for us who believe in Him. The word “marrow” means moisture that nurtures the human structure of life.

In the Gospel of John 1:14 it says “And the Word was made flesh.” This is in reference to the birth and life of Jesus Christ, for he lived and spoke the Word of God: “I have given them thy word” (John 17:14). Jesus spoke God’s healing Word and as people believed on him, healing followed.

When God becomes clearly understood from the Scriptures, then His healing Word becomes a reality. Just as God sent His Word and healed them, so God sent Jesus Christ and he healed them, because Christ is inseparable from the wonderful Word of God. In the Gospel of Matthew, we will see that when Jesus spoke the Word of God, healing became a reality before Jesus’ 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 lunatic, and those that had palsy; and he healed them.

Today the Word of God still reveals Jesus Christ, who reveals God, and when we truly find God in our lives, “the more abundant life” (John 10:10) becomes a daily reality. As God’s healing Word 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.”

He Is Our Maker!

“God deserves our respect, honor, and yes, our loving worship because He is our Maker ― if one were to recoil at this idea and cannot go there, one should not. You see, God only wants and only deserves and only accepts the free will worshiper, and ― God deserves our respect, honor, and yes, our loving worship because He is our Maker!” ~LMJ~

God Is No Respecter of Persons

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Acts 10:34:  Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:

Before Peter actually spoke the words in the verse above, he thought that God was only the God of the people of Israel. God literally had to prove to Peter that his thinking was wrong, and finally Peter himself began to understand that God was not a respecter of people. Peter began to realize what God was trying to teach him all along (Acts 10:9-16), and this is why Peter confessed, “Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons.”

Today God is still the same — He has not changed, as we read in Malachi 3:6, “For I am the LORD, I change not.” Since God never changes, then He must still be no respecter of persons, no, not even at this moment in time. God never looks at the appearance of anyone, and He does not favor one group of people above another. God always looks at the heart, and He always blesses people who will simply believe in Him. Social standing in society may use boundaries or group classifications, but our God never does. The LORD our God said to Samuel, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (I Samuel 16:7).

Romans 2:11:  For there is no respect of persons with God.

God never looks at your bank account or your clothes or your shoes or the car you drive before deciding whether or not you are worthy of His kingdom and glory, and He never looks at your friends or the clubs and organizations you belong to before deciding whether or not you are worthy to enter into His glory.

I Peter 1:17:  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here {on earth} in fear {in respect for God}:

God looks at every man’s work. The work always represents our believing of the Scriptures, not the jobs we currently have or whether or not we are a good worker, although being a good worker is always a good way to pass the day. God is always concerned about our believing, for this He can and will honor, and this is the only criterion that God ever notices. Do we believe the Scriptures or do we not? This is God’s concern, because when and where we believe, we will receive from Him, and it is His pleasure to reward us according to our believing.

Colossians 1:10:   That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.

I Thessalonians 1:3:   Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father.

When we increase in the knowledge of God, we increase in the WORK of believing-faith, labor of love, and patience of hope which will inspire us to remember and consider that we are ever in the sight of God. We can learn of God’s respect that He holds for His children, and that you, my friend, are a child of God, and this Scripture enforces the comforting knowledge that He is truly our Father!

So today recall from time to time while you are spending your day down here that God the Almighty looks up to you as His child, and He endows you with His own honor and respect (Psalms 91:14-16). This same respect you may also learn to have for your fellow man; this is a God-like character that can set the believing Christian apart, and perhaps inspire a lost soul into returning back home to his Creator and the respect of God.

Hebrews 6:10:   For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

 

Ecclesiastes – Revealing Our Duty

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Book of Ecclesiastes is really written to men and women who think with their hearts, who have had the deepest desire to understand and walk with God. David’s tenth son, Solomon, the second child born to Bath-sheba wrote Ecclesiastes.  He was the richest man in the Bible.  Solomon was also someone whom God greatly loved.

In I Chronicles chapter 1, God asked Solomon what he wanted, and God would give it to him. Solomon only asked for wisdom and knowledge, and because he didn’t ask for riches God gave to him both riches in extraordinary amounts of abundance, and wisdom with the knowledge to apply the wisdom of God.

There were many times that Solomon disobeyed God’s Word and did what he felt like doing, yet towards the end of his days he again began searching and finding his God because he found his Savior Christ in the Scriptures.

In Ecclesiastes, as Solomon looks back upon his life and reflects on all that he knew, all that he did, and all that he had, he finally came to the conclusion that without Christ and God in his life ─ life itself was just not exciting.

In Ecclesiastes he writes of the heart of the matter, finding reason and purpose to life itself, and today we will see the conclusion of all that Solomon’s wisdom had discovered:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

“Fear God” is a term that some people use to imply that without being genuinely fearful of God, His wrath and vengeance, then they say that God cannot and will not bless the believer’s life. Yet this is totally untrue, God always loves us.  The word “fear” means to have respect, to give reverence with honor to God. Never does God want His children to be afraid of Him for any reason whatsoever!

When we look to Jesus Christ as the way to the Father, he can teach us how to genuinely love God without fear. He said in John 14:31, “But that the world may know that I love the Father.” Jesus wanted us to know by his example that he also loved, and he knows how to not only love, but also he knows how to teach us how to love and respect our heavenly Father.

Then verse 13 says, “and keep his commandments.” Again as we look to Jesus we see that in Matthew 22:37-38, Jesus combines all the Laws and commandments into two and the two are to love God and our neighbor as ourselves, and without knowing Christ we would become totally burnt out trying to keep all of God’s commandments. However, when we walk in love toward God and our fellow man, then we can only be pleasing to God.

Thirdly the verse says “for this is the whole duty of man,” this is not some of the duty, not the best part of our duty, but our only duty is to love and respect God, and walk in love.

There was a time in Solomon’s life that he refused God’s instruction, and misinterpreted the Word of God, and as a result of that he lost his duty to God.  Solomon spent years contemplating the essence of life without God, yet when he again began looking to Christ, he found his way and finally recognized his duty and began enjoying life again.

Ecclesiastes 3:11 – He {God} hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world {the ages} in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning {of the ages} to the end {of the ages}.

God gave man the heart to quest and realize that there is a spiritual force and power behind life (Romans 1:20), yet that force (Who is God) is just out of man’s reach until he comes to know his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. John 1:17 teaches us that “the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he {the Son} hath declared him.

Jesus Christ’s mission has always been to make known God (to know Him Who was in the beginning of the ages) and he assures us that (in the end of the ages), our final resting place will be eternally with our heavenly Father.

Romans 11:33-36 teaches us that man of his own abilities cannot discover God’s judgments, nor His true ways, nor can he fully know God’s thoughts or be His counsellor. But when Jesus Christ comes into our hearts and lives, we can put on in our minds the thoughts of Christ who in turn reveals the Father. I Corinthians 2:16 reads, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? {The answer is no one can.} But we have the mind of Christ.”

When we put on the mind of Christ by putting on God’s Word, then we will receive the “mind of Christ,” and his mind gives understanding to us so that we may discover our true duty before God.

To honor, respect, and love Him and to love our fellow man. This is the only heartfelt conclusion to life that we have in Jesus Christ and this is what will satisfy the believer’s inner quest for true spirituality.