Fear of the Lord Brings Healing (100 Benefits to those who fear the Lord)

Fear of the Lord Brings Healing

Today’s message is regarding the connection between healing and fearing the Lord. The fear of the Lord is in reference to showing Him reverence, respect, honor and awe.

God tells us in His Word that fearing the Lord prevents sickness and promises healing. Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.”

The fear of the Lord prolongs our life. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.”

When we fear God, things will go well for us and we will see and enjoy many good days upon the earth.

The Hebrew word for “fear”, as it relates to fearing God, is the word yare’. It implies reverence and showing God the utmost respect and honor. It’s having awe for Him, holding Him in high esteem and obeying His commands. It is loving Him.

The Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words defines yare’ as:

Yare connotes standing in awe. This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect. In this sense, the word may imply submission to a proper ethical relationship to God; the angel of the Lord told Abraham: “I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me” Genesis 22:12.

The verb can be used absolutely to refer to the heavenly and holy attributes of something or someone. So Jacob said of Bethel: “How [awesome] is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” Genesis 28:17. The people who were delivered from Egypt saw God’s great power, “feared the Lord, and believed the Lord, and his servant Moses” Exodus 14:31.

There is more involved here than mere psychological fear. The people also showed proper “honor” (“reverence”) for God and “stood in awe” of Him and of His servant, as their song demonstrates in Exodus 15. After experiencing the thunder, lightning flashes, sound of the trumpet, and smoking mountain, they were “afraid” and drew back; but Moses told them not to be afraid, “for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not” Exodus 20:20. In this passage, the word represents fear or dread of the Lord. This sense is also found when God says, “fear not” Genesis 15:1.

In the Unger’s Bible Dictionary, the fear of the Lord is defined as:

“This kind of fear has its spring in love, and prompts to care not to offend God and to endeavor in all things to please Him. It has virtues of godly character. It is produced by the Holy Spirit, and great blessing is pronounced upon those who possess this Christian trait. This kind of fear dreads God’s displeasure, desires His favor, reveres His Holiness, willingly submits to His will, is grateful for His benefits, sincerely worships Him, and conscientiously obeys His commandments.”

Fearing the Lord does not mean that you have to be frightened by God’s Presence (with the thinking that God is mean and harsh, ready to strike you if you make a mistake). The Lord is very tender, gracious and kind. He is more loving and gentle than a mother who has compassion for her nursing child.

There is an element of feeling the terror of God in the Hebrew definition of the word “yare”. If He appeared to any of us in person and revealed His Holiness to a greater degree than our earthly minds can comprehend, we may fall down in terror and trembling at His mighty Presence. However, terror of God’s Presence is usually referring to those who rise up against God, those who are His enemies and do evil and do not have a repentant heart even after a long period of grace. The judgment of God is a terrifying thing. However, the judgment of God is a last resort after a person has been given every opportunity to repent.

I wanted to clarify the meaning of the “fear of the Lord”, because many people have a wrong view of Father God. Many see God as being an angry dictator, ready to punish them for the least little thing. This kind of thinking creates a distance between them and God, as well as a lack of complete trust in God. They live under a dark cloud of guilt and condemnation (except that the condemnation is both self-inflicted and devil-influenced). Or in other words, they believe the deception of the enemy who tries to make them believe that God is cruel.

A distorted view of the Father could occur because of an upbringing in a legalistic religious atmosphere, or if they were fatherless or their father (and/or other male authority figures) were abusive. God is not like man. Often times, His reputation gets marred when people try to compare Him to their earthly relationships. God is a loving Father, and He wants the best for us.

Jesus, who is God, walked in the fear of the Lord toward His Father (reverencing Him, obeying what the Father said, showing Him honor and respect, in awe of God, loving Him, and wanting to please His Father in every way).

Isaiah 11:1-3 is a Messianic prophecy that speaks of Jesus saying, ”And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him (Jesus), the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD.”

Jesus is our example of how to fear Father God.

HEALING PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD

God promises in His Word healing and health to those who fear Him.

Malachi 4:2 states: “But to you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings (“wings” being defined as the hem of the garment, edge of the cloak).”

Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes. Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.”

Proverbs 14:27 tells us that the fear of the LORD is a fountain of life.

Prolonged years is promised to those who fear the Lord. Proverbs 10:27 says, “The fear of the LORD prolongs days.” xref Deuteronomy 6:2.

Proverbs 9:10-11 tells us that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.

Proverbs 19:23 declares that the fear of the LORD tendeth to life. And he that hath it shall abide satisfied. He shall not be visited with evil.

100 BENEFITS TO FEARING THE LORD

Benefit #1 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Job 28:28; Proverbs 2; Proverbs 9:10; Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #2 of fearing the Lord: Beginning of knowledge (Proverbs 1:7)

Benefit #3 of fearing the Lord: Deliverance from your enemies (Exodus 23:27, 2 Kings 17:39)

Benefit #4 of fearing the Lord: Dwelling in safety and not oppressing anyone (Leviticus 25:17-18)

Benefit #5 of fearing the Lord: The land will yield its increase and you will eat its fill (Lev 25:17-19)

Benefit #6 of fearing the Lord: Live upon the earth and teach your children and grandchildren (Deuteronomy 4:9-10)

Benefit #7 of fearing the Lord: That it might be well with you and your children forever (Deuteronomy 5:29)

Benefit #8 of fearing the Lord: Preservation of life (Deuteronomy 6:24)

Benefit #9 of fearing the Lord: Declared righteous (Deuteronomy 6:25)

Benefit #10 of fearing the Lord: Enter into your promised land (Deuteronomy 8:6-10)

Benefit #11 of fearing the Lord: God will do great and awesome things for you (Deuteronomy 10:20-21)

Benefit #12 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from thinking they are better than others (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #13 of fearing the Lord: Prevent one from turning aside from God’s laws (Deuteronomy 17:19-20)

Benefit #14 of fearing the Lord: Prevention of sicknesses and plagues (Deuteronomy 28:58-61)

Benefit #15 of fearing the Lord: Healing of diseases and sicknesses (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #16 of fearing the Lord: Living in Divine Health (Proverbs 3:7-8)

Benefit #17 of fearing the Lord: Your offspring learn to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 31:12-13)

Benefit #18 of fearing the Lord: God will hear the cry of the afflicted (Psalms 22:23-24)

Benefit #19 of fearing the Lord: God will hear your cry, and save you, and preserve you (Psalms 145:19-20).

Benefit #20 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #21 of fearing the Lord: Eye of the Lord is upon those who fear Him (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #22 of fearing the Lord: “The friendship of Jehovah is with them that fear Him” (Psalms 25:14, ASV).

Benefit #23 of fearing the Lord: God makes His covenant known to them who fear Him (Psalms 25:14b)

Benefit #24 of fearing the Lord: God will release your feet from the snare (Psalms 25:14-15)

Benefit #25 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will instruct us in the way chosen for us (Psalms 25:12)

Benefit #26 of fearing the Lord: God’s great goodness is laid up for those who fear Him (Psalms 31:19)

Benefit #27 of fearing the Lord: God will hide you in the shelter of His Presence from the plots (KJV says “conspiracies”) of man (Psalms 31:19-20a)

Benefit #28 of fearing the Lord: God will keep you safe in His pavilion from accusing tongues (Psalms 31:19-20)

Benefit #29 of fearing the Lord: Secret of the Lord revealed (Psalms 25:14, KJV). God confides in those who fear Him (Psalms 25:14, NIV).

Benefit #30 of fearing the Lord: He will deliver you from death (Psalms 33:18)

Benefit #31 of fearing the Lord: He will keep you alive in famine (Psalms 33:18). Miraculous supply!

Benefit #32 of fearing the Lord: The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them (Psalms 34:7)

Benefit #33 of fearing the Lord: You will lack nothing (Psalms 34:9-10)

Benefit #34 of fearing the Lord: You will see many good days (Psalms 34:11-14). Life will go much better for you.

Benefit #35 of fearing the Lord: God will raise a banner for you (Psalms 60:4)

Benefit #36 of fearing the Lord: Salvation is near to them that fear Him (Psalms 85:9; Acts 13:26)

Benefit #37 of fearing the Lord: Your soul is delivered from the lowest hell (Psalms 86:11-13)

Benefit #38 of fearing the Lord: God will regard the prayer of the destitute (Psalms 102:15-17)

Benefit #39 of fearing the Lord: Longevity of life; years added; days multiplied (Deuteronomy 6:2; Proverbs 9:10-11, 10:27)

Benefit #40 of fearing the Lord: Abundant mercy (Psalms 103:11)

Benefit #41 of fearing the Lord: God forever separates our sins from us (Psalms 103:11-12)

Benefit #42 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s great compassion is on those who fear Him (Psalms 103:13-14)

Benefit #43 of fearing the Lord: Lovingkindness and mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him (Psalms 103:17)

Benefit #44 of fearing the Lord: The Lord’s righteousness is unto your children and grandchildren (Psalms 103:17-18)

Benefit #45 of fearing the Lord: Generational mercy (Luke 1:50)

Benefit #46 of fearing the Lord: Your descendants shall be mighty upon the earth (Psalms 112:1-2)

Benefit #47 of fearing the Lord: You shall increase more and more, you and your children (Psalms 115:13-14)

Benefit #48 of fearing the Lord: Qualified and God-appointed to be a leader (Exodus 18:21-22, 2 Samuel 23:3-4)

Benefit #49 of fearing the Lord: God gives food and provision to those who fear Him (Psalms 111:5)

Benefit #50 of fearing the Lord: Wealth and riches (Psalms 112:1-3).

Benefit #51 of fearing the Lord: Riches and honor and life (Proverbs 22:4)

Benefit #52 of fearing the Lord: You shall dwell in prosperity and your seed shall inherit the earth (Psalms 25:12-13)

Benefit #53 of fearing the Lord: To the upright, light arises in darkness (Psalms 112:1-4)

Benefit #54 of fearing the Lord: God is your help and shield (Psalms 115:11)

Benefit #55 of fearing the Lord: Blessing for both small and great (Psalms 115:13)

Benefit #56 of fearing the Lord: A woman who fears the Lord shall be praised (Proverbs 31:30)

Benefit #57 of fearing the Lord: Hate evil, pride, arrogance and perverse mouth (Proverbs 8:13)

Benefit #58 of fearing the Lord: The Lord will answer you in distress, and set you in a large place (Psalms 118:4-5)

Benefit #59 of fearing the Lord: The Lord establishes His Word to His servant (Psalms 119:38)

Benefit #60 of fearing the Lord: God will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him (Psalms 145:19)

Benefit #61 of fearing the Lord: The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him (Psalms 147:11)

Benefit #62 of fearing the Lord: Be secure, without fear of evil (Proverbs 1:29-33)

Benefit #63 of fearing the Lord: The upright shall dwell in the land (Proverbs 2:21)

Benefit #64 of fearing the Lord: Strong confidence (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #65 of fearing the Lord: That you would sin not (Exodus 20:20)

Benefit #66 of fearing the Lord: You will not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #67 of fearing the Lord: When you walk through darkness and can’t see your way, your trust is in the Lord (Isaiah 50:10)

Benefit #68 of fearing the Lord: Your children shall have a place of refuge (Proverbs 14:26)

Benefit #69 of fearing the Lord: There is hope for you, and your expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:17-18)

Benefit #70 of fearing the Lord: Things will be well with them who fear the Lord (Ecclesiastes 8:12-13)

Benefit #71 of fearing the Lord: When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of God shall raise up a standard against him (Isaiah 59:19)

Benefit #72 of fearing the Lord: For the good of you and your children (Jeremiah 32:39-41)

Benefit #73 of fearing the Lord: Multiplication (Acts 9:31)

Benefit #74 of fearing the Lord: Perfecting holiness (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Benefit #75 of fearing the Lord: Submission to one another in the fear of God (Ephesians 5:21)

Benefit #76 of fearing the Lord: Noted as a man or woman of faith (Hebrews 11:7)

Benefit #77 of fearing the Lord: Offering to God pleasing service and acceptable worship (Hebrews 12:28)

Benefit #78 of fearing the Lord: Depart from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

Benefit #79 of fearing the Lord: Entering into God’s rest (Hebrews 4:1)

Benefit #80 of fearing the Lord: Judgment avoided (1 Peter 1:17)

Benefit #81 of fearing the Lord: Great reward (Proverbs 13:13; Revelation 11:18)

Benefit #82 of fearing the Lord: As a witness to the unbeliever (1 Peter 3:2)

Benefit #83 of fearing the Lord: When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you (Psalms 128:1-2)

Benefit #84 of fearing the Lord: Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, your children like olive plants around your table (Psalms 128:1-4)

Benefit #85 of fearing the Lord: You shall see your children’s children (Psalms 128:6)

Benefit #86 of fearing the Lord: One who fears the Lord will avoid all extremes (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV)

Benefit #87 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is clean (pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated, holy, morally innocent, sound), enduring forever (Psalms 19:9)

Benefit #88 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is a Fountain of Life (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #89 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is to depart from the snares of death (Proverbs 14:27)

Benefit #90 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord tends to life (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #91 of fearing the Lord: He that fears the Lord shall abide satisfied (Proverbs 19:23)

Benefit #92 of fearing the Lord: God will teach you how to choose the best (Psalms 25:12, Living Bible)

Benefit #93 of fearing the Lord: Following Jesus’ example—He feared the Lord (Isaiah 11:1-4)

Benefit #94 of fearing the Lord: Happy is the man who fears God (Proverbs 28:14)

Benefit #95 of fearing the Lord: The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humility (Proverbs 15:33)

Benefit #96 of fearing the Lord: Identity in His Name (Deuteronomy 6:13)

Benefit #97 of fearing the Lord: Visitation from God (Acts 10:22)

Benefit #98 of fearing the Lord: Habitation from God because he/she has set his/her love on Me (Psalms 91)

Benefit #99 of fearing God: The Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings—wings defined as hem of a garment (Malachi 4:2)

Benefit #100 of fearing the Lord: Health to your flesh, and strength to your bones (Proverbs 3:7-8)

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NOW Faith … Substance … Hope

NOW FAITH … is the SUBSTANCE of things HOPED for (Hebrews 11:1).  This verse brings out three points:

 

  1. Faith contains substance.

 

Substance refers to matter or something material.  Although you can’t see faith, you can see the actions and results of faith (which is always something of matter or substance, such as healing, provision, marriage and children you prayed for, blessings from God, material things like houses, cars, food and clothing, new employment, etc.).

 

 

  1. Faith is “right now”, whereas hope is always for the future.

 

This means that when we pray in faith, we believe we have “already received” whatever it is we have asked for, and then we shall have it (this is what Jesus said in Mark 11:24).  You may ask, “If we receive the answer “right now” then where is it?  Why don’t I immediately have it?”

 

Whatever you are believing for, God firsts answers your prayer in the “Spirit realm”.  In God’s perspective, He has already answered your prayer.  It is a done deal.

 

Usually it takes a period of time, according to earthly standards of time (the ticking away of the clock), for the answer to become manifest in the physical realm.  The physical realm always has to catch up with what has already been accomplished in the Spirit realm.  Often intercessors see the answers to their prayers weeks or months after they began praying for it.

 

Sometimes healings or miracles happen instantaneously when Heaven invades earth.  When the Glory of God invades the place of worship or a person’s life, anything is possible.  During Jesus’ ministry, He performed healings and miracles, most of which were instantaneous.  Jesus said that we (the Body of Christ) would do even greater works and exploits than He did.  Do we really believe this?  The world is groaning and waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God who understand their authority in Christ.

 

Miracles usually take place during a time of crisis.  Miracles are great, but it’s better to have faith for a lifestyle of divine health, provision, good relationships, etc, rather than waiting until there is a crisis to have faith for a miracle.

 

In 2003 I was instantly healed of arthritis in my back when some people commanded the affliction to leave my body.  I have remained healed since that time.  However, there are other health conditions I had that took anywhere from weeks to years to heal.

 

Sometimes prayers are answered instantly.  However, most of the time prayers are completely answered over a process of time. That’s where patience comes into play.  Faith and patience work together.  God promised Abraham a son, but it took 25 years before Isaac was born.  That is a more extreme, and rare, example.  Most answers to prayer don’t take that long.

 

 

  1. Faith is the substance of things HOPED for.

 

You must first have hope before you have faith.  Hope is more than just wishing for something. The Greek definition of hope is: “expectation, confidence, to anticipate (usually with pleasure), to trust, to have faith.”

 

Hope is desire, but notice that the desire is accompanied by positive EXPECTATION. It means I am expecting something specific to happen.  Often things never arrive because you have no expectation of it showing up.  You must have anticipation that what you are hoping for, that hope will bring it to the door.

 

Hope is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “a feeling that what is wanted is likely to happen”.

 

Hope is like having a dream that you believe will come to pass.

 

To have hope is to know that things are going to get better no matter how they look right now.

 

Your future and your hope are gifts from God that no one can take away!  Hope is a gift! All you have to do is receive it and you can walk in divine hope every day.

 

When you look around at your circumstances and limitations, it can often be discouraging and disappointing. When you look UP and look to Jesus, at His possibilities, hope comes.

 

Keep expecting God’s favor and blessing.

 

Look at Joseph in the Bible—there was no hope left for him, except what God had promised him.  As Joseph looked to God, he went from the pit to Potiphar’s house; from the prison to the Palace. And so will you!

 

The Lord will turn your Valley of Achor (valley of trouble) into a door of hope and you’ll be able to help others (Hosea 2:15).

 

Hope brings rejoicing (Romans 12:12).  Hope is joy and peace in believing (Romans 15:13).

 

Hope deferred or delayed makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes it is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12).

 

Often hope is deferred because we are wavering, doubting and questioning if God can do it and we stop waiting on God and try to help God.  God does not need our help. Our role is to praise Him and thank Him for the desired answer. This displays confidence and firm relying trust with expectation.

 

Hope sets the goal. Faith obtains it.

 

Hope is a spiritual force that keeps you holding on until the answer comes. Hope and patience work together.

 

If we hope for what we do not see or have, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance, patience and composure (Romans 8:25).

 

Hope and faith differ, in that faith CHANGES things. Hope’s job is to keep you moving forward until the manifestation comes.

 

Hebrews 6:19 says that hope is an anchor to the soul. When the storms come and the winds blow, hope will keep us firmly secured so that we are not tossed to and fro.

 

Hope sees the future as better and brighter. When you have hope you believe (have faith) that things will change, renew and improve.

 

Hope in God and in His promises does not disappoint us, delude us or shame us (Romans 5:5 Amplified).

 

For surely there is a latter end [a future and a reward], and your hope and expectation shall not be cut off (Proverbs 23:18).

 

Give yourself permission to dream big dreams, because God put those dreams in your heart and He is a BIG God!  He can do anything!  It just takes faith in God’s Word and His promises.

 

Faith comes by “hearing”, and hearing by the Word of God.  It helps greatly to listen to faith building messages every day.

 

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

 

 

About Love #96-146

  1. Love never fails. If things are failing in your life, then check your love level.
  1. Love is not just an attribute of God, God IS love. God is not faith, but He is full of faith. God is not mercy, but He is merciful. However, God IS love. That’s the essence of who He is.
  1. There are no limitations to those who walk in God’s love.
  1. The revelation of all possibilities is in the understanding of my love identity.
  1. The Church has been in the state of reason and emotion for a long time. They feel good, and may run around, yet don’t have the success or victory rate you should have if you got the revelation of His love. When you’re in a real fight, you have to know how to use the Sword of the Spirit and be led by the Spirit. The Church needs to go to the reality of who you really are in Christ and what you have on the inside of you and be able to use the Sword of the Spirit accurately and skillfully.
  1. Ephesians 3:14-21 – Love Identity. How do I access or activate this kind of love identity?
  1. Love is the highest you can go in the realm of the Spirit. Love is higher than faith, and even higher than the blood of Jesus. Love is God and God sent the Blood. Love is higher than the Gifts of the Spirit.
  1. Love is the most excellent way.
  1. God is love and love is God’s whole identity. When you love God, you got all the promises of God, from Genesis to Revelation. You have the fullness of God.
  1. Love makes you more than a conqueror. Romans 8:20. Anything defeating me is only temporary.
  1. Ephesians 3 (prayer Paul prayed for inner strength to be bold, strong, victorious, joyful).
  1. Romans 5 you can be in the greatest battle. We glory in tribulation also, knowing that tribulation worketh patience, and patience experience, and experience hope. And hope makes not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts. “Hearts” is referring to your soul. The love of God is shed abroad in my mind and emotions, and I am conscious of the fact that God will never leave me or forsake me.
  1. God’s love is shed abroad in your emotions. Say “touch me Lord Jesus”, and He will.
  1. God can shed abroad His love into your imagination. Can you imagine what would happen to your life?
  1. Romans 12:2 cannot work without love. You cannot fully renew the mind with just the Word, but you need the love of God to renew the mind. The perfect will of God means love.
  1. The love of God is shed abroad in our will.
  1. Perfect love casts out fear. 2 Timothy 1:7. The power, love and a sound mind cannot work without love.
  1. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee. I will help thee. I will uphold thee with My right hand.
  1. Ephesians 3:14, inner man is your soul.
  1. The root of the Spirit is love. Everything else is the fruit.
  1. When you get out of love, you get into the flesh and into pride.
  1. Your first works is love.
  1. Love is the master of the Spirit world.
  1. When you are all upset and walk out of love, you are not as powerful as you could be.
  1. The love walk is not an emotional love walk. It’s triumphant.
  1. Satan downplays love because he knows how powerful it is. This world demonstrates weak love.
  1. Be rooted and grounded in love.
  1. Love surpasses knowledge.
  1. Love surpasses facts. I’ve got something in me to stir up miracles.
  1. Love is supernatural.
  1. Your life will be transformed by God’s love inside of you.
  1. You have to be strengthened in your inner man by God’s love, before you qualify for the next verse. Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us …”
  1. The richest attribute of God’s Glory is love.
  1. Galations 5:6 says faith which works by love.
  1. Love is the ground wire.
  1. The stagnation and frustration you’ve been going through is over. Love makes grace show up.
  1. You will be stronger than you’ve ever been in your life, because of a deeper love relationship between you and God.
  1. Love will never let you down, even when you make a mistake.
  1. “The past won’t last.” Whatever you need wiped out can be wiped out by the power of love.
  1. Love gives. “For God so loved the world that He gave …”
  1. “God so loved the world” … that’s you and me. He loves us just the way we are. He just wants you to surrender yourself to Him and receive Him as Savior and Lord.
  1. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit involves tongues, but is a baptism of the love of God.
  1. Works don’t replace love.
  1. Return to your first love and first work (Revelation 2:1-7).
  1. All limitations can be crossed by love.
  1. We are called in Christ to make marks which cannot be erased, and love makes those marks.
  1. Because of love I will live and declare the glory of the Lord.
  1. Love brings results to our prayers and faith.
  1. “Lord, spread Your love through my imagination.”
  1. Love heals the broken heart.
  1. There is no greater love on earth than being a grandparent.

Pt. 5 – Mariah Beulah Woodworth-Etter (1844-1924)

Mariah wrote several books, some of which have been reprinted and are in circulation today.  Some of her book titles include:

  • Acts of the Holy Ghost, Life and Experience of Mrs. M.B. Woodworth-Etter, published in 1912
  • Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry, published in 1916.
  • A Diary of Signs and Wonders, reprint by Harrison House of the 1916 original book.
  • The Holy Spirit, reprint by Whitaker House of the original book.
  • Holy Ghost Sermons, extracted sermons from her original books printed by Harrison House.
  • Maria Woodworth-Etter on Miracles, editor’s devotional companion book based on the writings of M.B. Woodworth-Etter.

Mariah was very prophetic in her sermons.  In one sermon, it was entitled “Prepare for War”, in which she prophesied of a coming world war.  This came to pass with World War 1.

Mariah talked much about the importance of worship, prayer, the authority of the Word of God, fasting, and intimacy with the Holy Spirit.  She emphasized the necessity of holiness and dying to the carnal nature (Galations 5 and 6) in order to walk the narrow path that leads to eternal life.

In her writings, you feel a sense of the reverential fear of God (which needs to be restored to the Body of Christ today).  There is lack of respect and honor today in God’s house, and lack of respect towards God personally in day to day living.  There is also a lack of respect towards authority figures and those who are older.

Today people do what is right in their own eyes.  People can attend church and be religious, but then live for the devil the rest of the week.  God does not want mixture in our lives.  There should be a distinction between light and darkness, between saved and unsaved.  God is looking for holiness and consecration.  Holiness is not outward, as much as it begins inwardly.

Mariah did not shy away from talking about the reality of eternal judgment (which is unpopular today to talk about), and she had compassion for the lost and wanted to warn as many as possible.

Mariah was a woman, who through hardships and perils, whose faith remained strong.  She was noted for her perseverance.  She considered herself a pilgrim here on this earth, and heaven was her real home.  While she longed for heaven, she also wanted to remain on this earth to fulfill her destiny and lead as many to Christ as possible.

Although she experienced tremendous success in her ministry, it wasn’t all rosy.  She also suffered setbacks and much persecution.  Her persecutors consisted of those who were not saved, as well as some Christians who were opposed to her ministry.

When she was 69 years old, she and two co-laborers were arrested and falsely charged with crimes they did not commit.  She was also accused of hypnotizing people.  God vindicated her and the charges were dropped.  But at the moment it was happening, she had to endure the lies spoken against her.

God used Mariah in her evangelistic ministry to gather together those of various denominations and religious backgrounds.  They came together in unity under one roof to worship Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and the power of God was poured out.  God also used her ministry to gather together people from various ethnic groups, as well as those from all walks of life and economic status.

She ministered to the saved and the unsaved.  She had an apostolic anointing.  She was a mentor to pastors and other ministers, she was a spiritual mother to many, she established various ministry works, and she paved the way for others as a pioneer.

Mariah’s ministry (and her contemporaries) were “John the Baptist’s” who prepared the way for the worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in which Pentecostal revival broke out in Topeka, Kansas and Azuza Street in Los Angeles, as well as other places around the world in the early 1900’s.

Mariah was a contemporary with preachers and leaders such as Smith Wigglesworth, William Seymour, Charles Parham, John G. Lake, and the Pentecostal outpouring on Azuza Street in 1906 and the subsequent years.  She was a forerunner of Kathryn Kulhman, used mightily of God to demonstrate that the power of the Holy Spirit is as real today as it was in the book of Acts.

In reading her writings, much of what she says is prophetic.  The Holy Spirit speaks, encourages, exhorts, comforts and even warns individuals through the messages He prompted Mariah to preach and record on paper.  Some of the anointing on her life is imparted into the readers who receive what the Spirit is saying to the Church today.

In reading Mariah’s sermons, prophesies, exhortations and other writings, there is a heavy anointing on it today even though it was written a hundred years ago.  The messages God spoke through her is still relevant to the Church today.  She really was born before her time.

She also spoke much about future events to come in the Body of Christ and the world, including the second return of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.  She exhorted the Bride of Christ to prepare herself to meet the Bridegroom.  Only those Christians who would walk in the Spirit, bear the fruit of the Spirit, and live in holiness would be able to ascend and enter into the Marriage Supper.

In the parable of the ten virgins (5 wise and 5 foolish in Matthew 25), when Jesus returns for His Church, will only half (50%) of those who claim to be Christians be ready to ascend to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb?  (Kat Kerr, who has been caught up to Heaven on many occasions and has seen and talked with Jesus said that right now only 20% of the Body of Christ is ready to ascend in the rapture. The other 80% are living carnal lives.) Mariah’s writings inspire the Christian to take a closer look at their walk with God, and to turn away from sin and those things which hinder.  She inspired people to love God with all their heart and to love their neighbor.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Acts of the Holy Ghost, Life and Experience of Mrs. M.B. Woodworth-Etter (Indianapolis:  M.B. Woodworth-Etter’s Ministry and printed by John F. Worley Printing in Dallas), 1912.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry (Indianapolis:  M.B. Woodworth-Etter’s Ministry and printed by Hammond Press in Chicago), 1916.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, A Diary of Signs and Wonders (Tulsa:  Reprint by Harrison House of the 1916 original book).

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, The Holy Spirit (Pennsylvania:  Reprint by Whitaker House of the original book), 1998.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Holy Ghost Sermons (Tulsa:  Extraction of sermons from her original books printed by Harrison House), 1997.

Maria Beulah Woodworth-Etter, Maria Woodworth-Etter Devotional (Florida:  Reprint by Creation House of the original devotional), 1997.

Larry Keefauver, Lessons of Maria Woodworth-Etter on Miracles (Florida:  Creation House), 1997.

NOTE:  My favorite biographies are her original writings which have not been edited, and contain more information, sermons and prophecies than the reprint editions.  The titles include:  Acts of the Holy Ghost published in 1912 and Signs and Wonders God Wrought in the Ministry published in 1916.  A limited supply of her original books are found in book stores that specialize in classics that are out of print.  I found her two original books at www.alibris.com.  Her original books may also be found in some theological libraries.