Pt. 6 – The Christmas Story (He Shall Prepare the Way of the Lord)

He Shall Prepare the Way of the Lord

As Zacharias stood before the Altar burning incense and offering up to God prayers and worship, a throng of people were praying in the outer court.

Out of the corner of his eye and through the heavy smoke of Glory in the Holy Place, Zacharias suddenly noticed some movement to the right side of the Altar.  He was gripped with fear at the appearance of the angel of the Lord.

The angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.  And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth.

“For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.  And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.  He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord” (Luke 1:13-17, Malachi 4:5-6 NKJV).

The name John, in Hebrew origin, means “Yahweh has favored or Yahweh has graced”.

Zacharias replied, “By what shall I know and be sure of this?  (Zacharias was basically saying “What you say is impossible!”)  I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years!” (Luke 1:18 AMP)

Then the angel replied, “I am Gabriel!  I stand in the very presence of God and I have been sent to talk to you and to bring you this good news.  Now behold, you will be and will continue to be silent and not able to speak till the day when these things take place, because you have not believed what I told you; but my words are of a kind which will be fulfilled in the appointed and proper time” (Luke 1:19-20 AMP).  Then Gabriel departed from him.

Zacharias was made mute because of his unbelief and the Lord had to close his mouth so that he would not cancel out, with his own negative and doubt-filled words, what God wanted to do.

Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life are in the power of the tongue.  The words we speak contain creative power for good or bad.  We shall have what we continually say.

Sometimes God has to shut our mouths, so that when we are tempted to say something negative and doubtful concerning promises God has spoken to us, that we just cannot say it.

It is our tongue that gets us into the most trouble in life, and especially in relationships.  A tongue of continual complaining and unbelief can cancel out, or delay, many of the good things God wants to do in our lives.

Another reason Zacharias was struck mute is because he doubted Gabriel, thus doubting Yahweh too.  The word from the Lord was not delivered in person by a human being (as even the most seasoned of prophets only “see through a glass darkly” and may miss it at times).  Gabriel ministers in God’s very Throne Room, face to face with Yahweh.

There are ranks, or levels of authority, among the angelic hosts of Heaven.  Gabriel is one of the highest ranking chief archangels in Heaven who serves around God’s Throne taking his orders directly from the Most High God.  There is no possibility that he could have made a mistake in hearing from the Lord.

Zacharias had the faith to pray and believe for a child for many years.  However, hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12).  Too much time had gone by.  His heart became hardened and closed off to receiving.

He had lost all hope many years prior, and now he and Elisabeth were too old to have children.  He had come to a place of acceptance—that he and Elisabeth would never have a child.  Gabriel’s message stirred up old desires and hopes in Zacharias’ heart, and disappointments, which was painful, because he had already accepted the fact that it would never happen.

Zacharias is a prophetic picture to us.  When God first drops a promise in our heart, or gives us a prophetic word, we are filled with joy.  But after years of delay, hope deferred makes the heart sick.  The temptation is to give up and relinquish the word.

While many have strong faith to believe for a long time for their promise, due to delays, when the promise finally comes they think they have no strength to give birth to the promise.  Isaiah 66:9 (NKJV) says, “Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord.  “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God.

Birthing prophetic promises is likened to giving birth in the natural.  When the time comes for the promises to be fulfilled, then the labor pains and travail begins.  Once the labor begins, the birthing is imminent.

Travail represents intercession.  When you intercede, it leads to desires and promises being birthed.  Often when a promise comes to pass, it first begins as a seed and then it grows until it is complete.  Therefore, when prophetic words come to pass, often it happens over a process in stages.

Often a prophetic word or promise fails to come to pass because of passivity.  I used to think that when a word was spoken that if it was truly God, that it would automatically come to pass.

However, I’ve been learning that we have a part to play in prophetic promises coming to pass in our lives.  We have to birth the promise in prayer, confess the promise and sow towards whatever it is that we are believing God for.

We have to learn to wait patiently on the Lord.  Hebrews 6:12 (NKJV) says, “That you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

We have to cooperate with God by taking appropriate steps of action to bring the promise to pass.  James 2:20 says that faith without works is dead.

Zacharias was in the Holy Place much longer than usual.  The priests outside in the Outer Court waited a long time for Zacharias to come out and began to wonder why he was delayed.

Thoughts raced through their minds.  “Why is he taking so long?  Is everything okay?”  Finally, Zacharias walked out of the Holy Place and remained speechless, unable to talk.  Zacharias beckoned to them in gestures and then the priests realized that he must have seen a vision.

When the days of Zacharias’ service in the Temple were complete, he returned home.  Shortly thereafter, Elisabeth conceived just as God had said.

They kept the pregnancy quiet for five months before telling their relatives and neighbors the joyful news.  Then Elisabeth declared, “The Lord has done this for me!  In these days He has shown me His favor and taken away my disgrace among the people” (Luke 1:25 NIV).

Our God is a good and faithful God who fulfills His promises!

About Faith #151-176

#151 Faith in the Word will fix anything. You can experience turnaround by standing in faith.

#152 Jairus received exactly what he had spoken in faith—When Jesus lays His hands on his daughter, she shall be healed and live (Mk 5:22-24).

#153 Woman with issue of blood received exactly what she said in faith—when she touches Jesus’ clothes, she shall be made whole (Mk 5:25-29).

#154 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (it will not be late). Habakkuk 2:3

#155 The just shall live by “HIS” faith (Habakkuk 2:4). You can be carried for a while by the faith of others, but eventually you need to develop your own faith to receive from God whatever you need.

#156 Six “I”s of faith: 1) I believe 2) I will 3) I take it 4) I have it 5) I thank You 6) I forgive. Kenneth Copeland

#157 Faith … In consistency, lies the power. Gloria Copeland

#158 Faith … Whatever you say consistently will come to pass, whether good or bad. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21).

#159 Faith … Patience keeps you steady until the answer comes.

#160 Faith … Faith does not work in an unforgiving heart. Unforgiveness shuts the door to the blessings of God.

#161 Faith … Faith is activated, energized, expressed and works through love (Galations 5:6 Amplified).

#162 Faith … Faith is a spiritual force which comes by hearing the preaching of the Word of God.

#163 Faith … Faith hears, sees, speaks, believes, receives (takes, possesses), fights (the good fight of faith).

#164 Faith … Mark 11:23 says “Whosoever”—from the top to the lowest spectrum of the scale. Faith will work for anyone.

#165 Faith … Faith obtains your victory.

#166 Faith … Faith is walking out the plan of God as God reveals it to us, step by step, and it takes steadfast endurance.

#167 Faith … Faith and hope differ, in that faith changes things. Hope’s job is to keep you moving forward until the manifestation comes.

#168 Faith … Faith makes it so there is no separation between Heaven and earth. Faith connects Heaven with earth.

#169 Caleb was a mighty man of faith (Num 13:26-30). He declared that they (the Israelites) were well able to take the land of Canaan.

#170 Faith … You have to contend for what you’re believing for, because the devil will try to steal your dream or talk you out of it.

#171 Faith recovers things that are lost, faith takes new ground, faith creates if necessary. Gloria Copeland

#172 Faith … Engage (battle) with your faith, knowing Heaven will back you up! Gloria Copeland

#173 Faith … Engaging your faith brings wholeness and healing. Gloria Copeland

#174 Faith … The woman with the issue of blood came in the press. We have to press in to receive our miracle or answer.

#175 The woman with the issue of blood did 4 things and received her answer: 1) Before she got to Jesus, she already believed in her heart that she had received her healing 2) She said within herself, “If I just touch His clothes I shall be made whole” 3) She took action, and pressed through the crowds to get to Jesus, and she touched the hem of His garment 4) She testified about her miracle when Jesus asked who touched Him.

#176 Jairus did 4 things and received his miracle. 1) He heard about Jesus and believed that He would heal his daughter 2) Jairus said to Jesus that if He came to his house, laid His hands on his daughter, that his daughter would be healed and live 3) Jairus took action by seeking Jesus out and imploring Jesus to come to his house 4) Jairus was a public figure, so his daughter’s rising from the dead was a testimony to everyone in the area of the power of God.

Are You Ready To Receive Your Promise?

Are You Ready To Receive Your Promise?

Today’s message is about us being ready to receive from God those things which He has promised us.

God has promised us many things in His Word. Also, many of us have prophetic promises that were spoken over our lives of what God desires to do. We want to receive our promise or healing. We KNOW that God will do it. But for some reason or another, many are not completely ready to receive their promise at this moment, right now.

For example, many people who are believing God for physical healing are delayed from receiving because they haven’t been ready to make the necessary changes in their lifestyle and nutritional habits. They may have to be willing to give up certain addictions that contribute to illness. Many people are miraculously healed, but then the sickness returns if they have not maintained their healing (i.e., if they go back to old bad nutritional and lifestyle habits, or allow doubt and unbelief to come in).

Many are in need of emotional healing. Complete healing comes when they are ready to forgive, ready to let go of their past, and ready to refuse to no longer be a victim.

Healing comes when they are ready to give their pain to the Lord. Healing comes when they refuse to no longer believe the devil’s lies that they are unlovable and unworthy. They have to be willing to refuse to no longer wallow in a spirit of rejection.

Some need deliverance from sexual addictions, but have to get to the place where they are totally ready to forsake it. Then God can bring about healing and freedom.

For some, God has promised to bless them financially, and He put business ideas into their spirit. But fear and uncertainty keep them from venturing out and entering into God’s promise. “What if I fail?” is the thought that plagues the mind.

For others, the Lord wants to bring healthy relationships that are God-ordained into their life. They want to receive but are having a struggle. There is a battle with feelings of fear, possible rejection, possible betrayal, and issues of trust and opening up to others. Perhaps painful experiences in relationships from the past, such as divorce, abuse, abandonment, disappointments, etc. causes one to be closed or have a very difficult time receiving.

Fear blocks faith from operating. Fear closes the door to receiving. Some are delayed from receiving their healing or promise because they have been a captive to the pain of their past, and living with a victim mentality for so long.

In John 5:5-9, Jesus came by the pool of Bethesda and found a lame man who had suffered with an infirmity for 38 years. Jesus said to him, “Do you want to be made whole?” Rather than the man instantly saying “yes”, he gave Jesus the reasons why he hadn’t been healed in the past. And the man was also stuck in the mode of blaming others for his condition. When the man decided to take responsibility for his own life and stop blaming others and making excuses, then he was able to receive his healing.

Often times we do the same thing as this man. Often times we justify our actions by blaming others or blaming our past for our problems. Even though others may HAVE done us harm and we were victims, God doesn’t want us to remain in a victim mentality for the rest of our lives.

Pastor Paula White often says, “A victim says: ‘I cannot get out unless you let me out’”. That’s too much power to give to a mortal man or woman.

Another reason why some are blocked from receiving their healing is because they are looking more to man to be healed, than to Jesus. Man can’t do much for you. Man is only the vessel, the instrument, in which the healing power of God flows through. Only Jesus can heal. The focus must be on Him.

What is keeping you from receiving God’s promises right now? Fear? Doubt? Past hurts? Unforgiveness? Bitterness? Unresolved past issues? Blaming others? Not ready to let go of something that is blocking you from receiving? Focusing too much on your past? Your past doesn’t have to dictate your present or future. God is doing a new thing. Now it springs forth.

Another thing that keeps us from being totally ready to receive is because we are familiar with the old, as unhappy as it may be. It’s predictable and we know what to expect. The new is uncertain. We have not traveled on the path of new before. There are so many “what ifs?”.

Also, many times feelings of unworthiness get in the way of us receiving. “I am unworthy to receive ______ because ______.” Those unworthiness thoughts are not of God. The author of those thoughts is the devil (whose character is that of lying, deceiving, undermining, cheating, killing, robbing and destroying). Unworthiness thoughts remain when we view ourselves lower than how the Lord sees us. We need to come up higher and see ourselves the way God does. We are royal heirs and heiresses of God.

Feelings of shame also block us from receiving what God has promised. Whether feelings of shame are the result of something we did in the past, or a result of dishonor and disgrace brought upon us by the actions of someone else—we must give it over to the Lord and receive His cleansing and grace. Believe what God’s written Word says and receive it for your life.

If prophetic words were spoken over you and it bore witness with your spirit and is in agreement with the Bible, then trust God to perform His Word. If God spoke some rhema words into your spirit of things He’s promised He’s going to do in your life, then believe God to bring it to pass. When I say “rhema words”, I’m talking about when the Lord speaks to you a fresh, “right now”, word directly through Scriptures that seem to be highlighted and grab your attention.

Your part to acquiring God’s promises for your life is to cooperate with God by doing whatever He tells you to do and by opening up your heart to receive.

May we prepare our hearts to receive all God has for us. May we make whatever changes God tells us to make, so that we are ready to receive.

It’s time to cross over into our promised land and receive what we’ve been believing God for. May we not let fear, doubt and other issues get in the way of receiving our promise. May we be ready to receive. Amen.

Healing Scriptures – New Testament

Matthew 4:23-24  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people. Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them.

Matthew 8:7  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

Matthew 8:14-15  When Jesus came into Peter’s house, He saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on Him.

Matthew 8:16-17  When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”

Matthew 9:20-22  And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind Him, and touched the hem of His garment. For she said within herself, “If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole.” Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.

Matthew 9:29  According to your faith be it unto you.

Matthew 9:35  Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Matthew 10:1, 8  And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Matthew 12:13  Then Jesus said to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

Matthew 12:15  And great multitudes followed Him, and He healed them all.

Matthew 14:14  And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

Matthew 14:35-36  And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent out into all that surrounding region, brought to Him all who were sick, and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.

Matthew 15:28  Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

Matthew 15:30  And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them.

Matthew 17:18  And Jesus rebuked the demon, and he departed out of the boy; and the child was cured from that very hour.

Matthew 17:20  For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Matthew 18:18-19  Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 19:2  And great multitudes followed him; and he healed them there.

Matthew 21:14  And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple; and He healed them.

Matthew 21:21-22  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

Mark 1:34  And Jesus healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew Him.

Mark 2:2-12  So many gathered [in a home in Capernaum] that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and Jesus preached the Word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” … Jesus said [to the teachers of the law who accused Him]: “Which is easier? To say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins, He said to the paralytic, ‘Get up, take your mat and go home.’” And he got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all.

Mark 5:34  And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be whole of your plague.”

Mark 6:54-56  And when Jesus and His disciples had come out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Jesus. And ran about that whole country and began to carry about on their pallets those who were sick, to the place they heard He was. And wherever He entered villages, or cities, or countryside, they were laying the sick in the market places, and entreating Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were being cured.

Mark 10:52  Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.”

Mark 11:23-24  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, Whatever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.

Mark 16:17-18  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Luke 4:18-19 (xref Isaiah 61:1-3)  The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised; to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Luke 4:40-41  Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto Jesus; and He laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And demons also were coming out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Son of God!” And rebuking them, He would not allow them (demons) to speak.

Luke 5:17  The power of the Lord was present to heal them.

Luke 6:19  And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, and He healed them all.

Luke 7:7, 10  [The centurion said to Jesus] “Just say the word, and my servant shall be healed.” And his servant was made whole from that very moment.

Luke 7:21-22  At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind.

Luke 8:48  And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.”

Luke 9:1-2  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Luke 9:11  Jesus received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who had need of healing.

Luke 10:9  And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

Luke 17:6  So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

Luke 17:19  And He said to him, “Arise, go your way. Your faith has made you well.”

John 4:46-53  Jesus came therefore again to Cana of Galilee where He had turned the water into wine. And there was a certain royal official, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him, and was requesting Him to come down and heal his son; for he was at the point of death. … Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he started off. … And as he was now going down, his slaves met him, saying that his son was living. So he inquired of them the hour when his son began to get better. They said therefore to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at that hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.

John 5:5-9  And a certain man was there who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years … Jesus said unto him, “Do you want to be made well?” … Jesus said unto him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” Immediately the man was made whole and took up his bed and walked.

John 10:10  The thief (devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) am come that they might have and enjoy life, and that they might have it more abundantly (till it overflows).

John 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.

Acts 3:6-8  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Acts 4:29-31  Grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak Thy Word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Acts 5:15-16  Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.

Acts 9:34  Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise [get up].

Acts 10:38  God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Acts 14:8-10  And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.

Acts 19:11-12  And God was performing extraordinary miracles through the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out.

Romans 4:20-21  He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what God had promised (a son), He was able also to perform.

Romans 8:11  But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [revitalize, make alive, make whole, give life, raise you up from sickness] your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwells in you.

Romans 10:8  “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach).

1 Corinthians 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the Blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the Body of Christ?

John 6:56  He that eateth my Flesh, and drinketh my Blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. [Life, strength, nourishment and health is imparted into our spirit, soul and body when partaking of Holy Communion in an attitude of reverence and discerning the Lord’s Body.]

1 Corinthians 12:7-11  The manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all. For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

1 Corinthians 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam (Jesus Christ) was made a quickening spirit. (There is quickening life in Jesus. He breathes fresh life into us and dwells on the inside of us through His Spirit. There is an impartation of life and healing that comes when the Name of Jesus is called upon. Being in an atmosphere of worship sets the stage for healing to take place, because worship invites God’s Presence. And God’s Presence is a quickening presence.)

Galations 3:13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law (sickness, poverty, etc) being made a curse for us.

Ephesians 3:20-21  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. Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 5:23  May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 4:12  For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.

Hebrews 10:23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised).

James 1:17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

James 5:14-15  Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

1 Peter 2:24  Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

1 John 3:21-22  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.

1 John 5:4  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.

3 John 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.

Revelation 22:1-2 And He pointed out to me a river of pure Water of Life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb, coursing down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew Trees of Life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month; the leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations (xref Ezekiel 47:12).