June 22: Hindrances To Healing part 1

It is always God’s will that his people be healed.

When we pray for someone’s healing Jesus has promised that the healing would be there for them.

However, even Jesus could do no mighty work in his own home town; except heal a few minor ailments. Yet, in Acts 10:38 we are reminded that “God annointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil. For God was with him.”

So, in this simple phrase we are given both the source of all sickness and we are also given insight to God’s will regarding sickness and disease; because we know that Jesus was the complete expression of the will of God.

Yet, there are those who do not receive the healing as promised. Or, worse still, are those who receive their healing, but lose it soon after receiving it. Why?

The favoured position of the religious, not dissimilar to the position of the pharisees in Jesus day; is to say that: “Healing has passed away. It was needed for the early church. But, God wants to teach his people and uses sickness and disease.”

Well, that sounds more like an excuse to me than anything else. A reason dressed up in a lie, is still a lie. Because, if that were so, then Jesus is a liar, God is a liar and all of the writers of the New Testament are liars. To say that God is an unchangeable God, yet he doesn’t heal today is a contradiction.

HurdlesWell, the truth is that God hasn’t changed, Jesus is the same today and the Holy Spirit is no liar. God heals and desires good health for all his children today. But, that doesn’t answer the question as to why some get healed and others don’t.

As we study the Word of God we start to get a better understanding of how and why healing comes in the same way as any other gift from God comes to us; by faith.

So, like everything else we receive from God, we need to be aware that there are things that can block our ability to receive from God. In this teaching we consider some of the more common hindrances to healing and also ways to overcome and defeat them; so that we can live the abundant life that Jesus said he had come to bring us in John 10:10

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Hindrances To Healing Part 1

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June 15: They Came, Saying….

Throughout the Old and New Testament we are reminded that the very words of our mouth frame our expectations and create the world around us; the world we live in. God spoke to Moses and laid the issue out before him that he needed to let the people know: that, death and life are before you to choose.

Your free will provides you with the right to determine how you will exist. In Proverbs 18:21 we are reminded that  our very mouths govern us. That we will eat the fruit of our mouths to good or to evil. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue……” God even gives us the right answer in case we can’t make up out minds: “choose Life.” Simple really.

Zig Ziglar, one of the worlds better known motivational speakers summarised it by saying: “The man who says he can and the man who says he can’t are both right.” they will eat the fruit of their labours.

Likewise, we are reminded by James,  the Lord’s brother, in chapter 3, that the tongue, like the rudder of a ship, though it is a very small part, it has the ability to steer the ship this way, or that. Also that the tongue has the ability to set a matter alight with the fires of Hell itself. Such is the power of our words.

When it comes to healing we need to be aware that our words can bring health and healing or they can bring poison and sickness into our lives. With the exception of maybe one case, in the ministry of Jesus, we find that those who received their healing did so as a direct result of releasing their faith through their words.

the Woman with the issue of Blood, the lepers who came crying out to Jesus, the Syrophoenician woman who begged for the crumbs beneath the table, Jairus pleading for his daughter and the Centurion asking Jesus to heal his Lover. In all WOMANWITHISSUEOFBLOOD.jpg~originalof these cases they came to Jesus saying something; declaring their expectations. Their faith came out of their mouths and Christ responded to their faith.

Jesus even said that “it is not what goes into the belly that defiles. But, what comes out of the mouth. and “that men would have to account for every idle word.”

Don’t panic just yet. God, who is merciful, is very aware that it takes time and effort to tame the tongue. He also provided a way for us to be able to ask and receive forgiveness when we do fall. However, we are told we need to ‘grow up, in him.’ So, although we need not become paranoid and obsessed with our words, perhaps we need to take the time to think, before we speak them.

It is not as simple as “name it and claim it” as critics of the people of faith would have you believe. Yes Jesus said in Mark 11:23-24: “You shall have whatever you say.” It’s true. But, there are a number of conditions applied to this operation of Faith.

One of those conditions is revealed in the next 2 verses; Mark 11: 25 -26: “AND if you have anything against anyone FORGIVE….” and it doesn’t just stop there. “Because, if  YOU DO NOT FORGIVE…….Then your Father in hHeaven WILL NOT FORGIVE YOU.”

The precondition for you to receive ANYTHING from God , particularly healing, requires YOU to ACT first. Notwithstanding the FACT that God has already done all he has to do and has provided ALL you need by his Grace. But, YOU have the ability to block the blessings of God flowing in your life.

There are plenty of documented case of people who were dying of Cancer who when they began to deal with the unforgiveness in their hearts and their lives that have enjoyed a healthy recovery; both Christian and Secular.

Unforgiveness, at a spiritual level eats away at your heart like a cancer anyway, clouding and interfering in all aspects of life. It is not worth the heartache and the pain that it causes. Remember that the target of your unforgiveness may not have any clue about what you harbour against them. Simply because unforgiveness affects and ties YOU up in knots; no-one else.

It comes back to that simple statement, requiring a decision, from Deuteronomy 30: 19

“CHOOSE LIFE.”

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 They Came Saying

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June 8: Healing Belongs to Us

A great big thank you to all of those who visited with us today at Sunday’s worship service. We had Praise and Worship, Cake and most importantly the Word.

 

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This is the wonderful group who joined us to day for Our First anniversary celebration

The true church will stand up and emerge from amongst the religious denominations, groups and sects that are across the globe.

 

They will be the people that you will see and know that they are a part of the Body of Christ because they will be, as Paul puts it in Ephesians 5: 1, imitators of Jesus  in the manner of children who hold a member of family up as their model to achieve.

Like our mentor, Jesus, in Acts 10:38, we need to be aware of our role to:

1. be anointed with the Holy Spirit and with His Power.

2. To do good; to act on that anointing.

3. Heal all of those oppressed of the devil.

Galations 3: 13 -29 reminds us of the Grace provided to ALL believer’s through Calvary. This inheritance including the blessing of physical healing. As well as God’s personal protection from any and all the diseases include in the book and well as those not recorded there.

Healing is often referred to as “God’s calling card.” This is a nice sentiment. But, unless the church starts to stand up and take its place in sharing the grace of God; the real message of the death, resurrection and ascension of Christ. Then, the harvest of people crying out for their needs to be met, will be met by those counterfeit forces that will distract and eventually rob, kill and destroy its pundits.

The whole world is waiting for the Body of Christ to stand up so that they can see the truth of what God has to offer and be drawn to him.Healing_the_Sick031

Healing belongs to us, the body of Christ. By inheritance. By promise, By the redemptive work of Jesus. To not turn to God in your time of need, even while using modern medicine is to neglect the true source of ALL healing. Jesus himself said that “Healing is the children’s bread.” Anyone who came to Jesus looking to be healed received their healing. Some even returned to say thank you.

Why live under the curse when you are entitled to the blessing?

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Healing Belongs To Us

CELEBRATION SUNDAY: June 8 will be our first Anniversary Celebration

Sunday June 8 marks the first anniversary of the start of Open Arms Fellowship.

It has been a wonderful year ministering to and sharing the Word of God here in Perth.

Many people have come through the doors at 24 View St North Perth over thatheart_311369 time and I would like to take the opportunity to invite them, their friends and family members to join us on Sunday for a thanksgiving and healing service.

The message will continue the teaching on God’s desire to Heal. It would be wonderful if those who have helped to pray and encourage this ministry over the past year could join us.

Come one come all.

Pastor Graham

June 1: “And Jesus Healed Them ALL”

Sadly the recording of this message did not work. However, we will be continuing on the theme of Healing, and God’s will for his people to be well over the coming weeks.

 

This is a brief synopsis of today’s message.

Anyone who ever came to Jesus and asked for healing, or approached him with their heart filled with and a corresponding action of faith that he could heal them received the healing they sought.  Jesus himself said to them “be it done to you according to your faith.”

In his own home town it seems that he was unable to do any mighty work except to heal a few minor ailments. It would appear that their their familiarity with that boy, Jesus; Mary and Joseph, the carpenter’s son, had bred an inability to receive anything from God that Jesus had to offer them. I caused them to miss out on all that God had to offer to them.

Autumn-LeavesThis week we began looking at the subject of healing. We will continue over the coming weeks to look at this greatly misunderstood subject. Too many of the family of God live with sickness and disease that diminishes their witness, to the world, regarding the wonderful gift of salvation that includes bodily healing.

As in Jesus own day the religious authorities had watered the promises of God, to his children, to the point where the very diseases that were covered under the old covenant and the atonement that was made year after year, were no longer being healed, but were rampant in their midst.

As in that time the religious leaders have even had the audacity to stand in the pulpits of churches across the globe and preach an indictable message suggesting that it is God who has made the people sick.

Over the coming weeks we will look at what people have thought was a conflict between the Old and the New Testament in relation to God and Sickness as a start of the process of helping the people of God develop the faith required to receive their healing.

We will look at all that the promises of God provides for his children, the body of Christ today. We will pray for the sick to be healed. We will lay hands on the sick in accordance with the instruction of Christ himself and we will,l where needed, anoint with oil. But, most importantly we will approach this subject from the perspective that faith must be fed and developed in the truth that it is both God’s desire and his will for you to be healed.

 

Image: “Autumn Leaves” from Beautiful Morning Nature Free Photos

May 25: Prayer School: Intercessory Prayer

In this final teaching of the Prayer School series we bring together all of the kinds of prayer we’ve studied so far.

Intercessory Prayer is not something to be taken lightly. It is an important business. However, all of the members of the Body of Christ are called to be involved in intercession in one form or another. In fact in ITim 2:1 Paul instructs Timothy, a young pastor he ordained that the FIRST thing he needed to do and therefore WE likewise need to do is pray for our leaders.

This prayer is an apolitical action; it does not require you to be a supporter of the particular group holding the power. It is also a very good way to learn how to keep your flesh under control; especially if you do not like what the government are doing. Instead, it is the way that you can enable God to have the changes made that are required for you to live peaceful and successful lives in this world.

A key to success in this form of prayer is the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in “Other Tongues.” This is because when you come to the point where you have exhausted your personal knowledge about how to pray for an issue the Holy Spirit provides the ability and the language of perfect prayer to continue to  “Ever liveth to make Intercession on our behalf.” Heb 7:25 

Image: “Intercession Through Worship” by Kathy Brusnighan, Greensboro, NC – United States

Additionally, as Praying in the spirit is the gateway to experiencing the other gifts of the Spirit, the use of this ability provides a way for God, by his Holy Spirit, to show you, or inform you about what you have been praying for and also giving you the unction to either continue or to inform you of success.

One of the most important principles behind Intercession is an understanding that the things that we perceive with our senses; that which we see and feel were given birth, originating in the spirit realm and brought to fruition by the Force of Faith. Heb 11:3 

Throughout the Old and especially the New Testament we learn that it is the responsibility of human intercessors to provide the access that God needs to be able to make the changes necessary for his people in this world. Anyone who has been born again, any revival that has occurred, any miracle that happens does not ‘just’ happen. All have been given birth to in the spirit first.

Intercessory prayer changes lives, helps us to grow in spiritual matters and enables us to mature as believers as we are forced to take our eyes off of ourselves and what is happening in our own lives and to concentrate on what is happening for others.

Everyone can and should be an Intercessor. But, not all are called to the ministry of the Intercessor. It is a high calling that requires a great deal of faith and a deeply intimate relationship with God. The ministry is done in private and out of public view. But, every public endeavour that gives glory to God has an intercessor, or team of intercessors to thank for the hours and days of prayer they have put into the birthing of that endeavour.

As I’ve said previously in this series, it is important for prayer to be successful that the desired outcome is thought about and based on the word of God. This is to ensure that there can be agreement, that everyone can be praying for the same outcome and not simply be spraying the heavens with un-targetted prayer bullets.

Since faith is the result of hearing and meditating on the Word of God by ensuring you have the word backing you, then you can be confident that you are praying in line with the will of God and can appropriately apply and see your faith as it is applied and put to work.

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 Intercessory Prayer

To assist you to pray effectively, with your understanding, in line with the Word of God, for the leaders of the nation I have provided a copy of the Prayer Sheet: “Prayer for the Leaders of Our Country” I would advise printing a copy of this 2 sided A5 prayer sheet, possibly laminating it and keeping it with your bible and your note book for your prayer time. To download the Prayer sheet click on the following link.

Prayer For The Leaders Of Our Country

 

May 18: Prayer School: Quiet Prayer, Silent Prayer and Not So Silent Prayer

If you gain nothing else from this message the listener should come away with the understanding that God, Our Father, is not into guilt and condemnation. That this Grace applies to the believer’s prayer life as much as any other aspect of their life.

Through reading the word we can discover the purpose and operation of order in the believer’s public and private prayer life. As well as a deeper understanding of Paul’s classic teaching about prayer in 1 Corinthians.

Praying WomanQuiet Prayer and Silent prayer have often been criticised in Charismatic, Pentecostal and Evangelical circles in the past. But, there is a time for Quiet Prayer and Silent Prayer. As well as a proper place for  “Not So Silent Prayer.”

In preparation for learning about Intercessory Prayer these three kinds of prayer need to be considered to equip the pray-er’s arsenal.

Neither God, nor the devil are deaf and as a tool to defeat Satan, silent prayer can certainly be effective. However, how can others ad their “Amen!” of agreement if they haven’t heard what has been prayed.

Striving will not bring results and spiritual warfare doesn’t always have to be loud. However, to have the greatest effect in our prayer life we need to allow ourselves to appreciate the ‘Rest’ that God has to offer to anyone who will accept it.

John 3:16 has so much more to offer than we have ever allowed ourselves to understand. For a pray-er’s prayer life to develop, a period of return to this precious message is not only essential. But, it will provide a deeper revelation about the whole reason we need to pray in the first place. Great Grace is on offer, so that we can then become instruments of that same Grace to others.

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 Quiet Prayer Silent Prayer and Not So Quiet Prayer

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May 11: United Prayer

United prayer is often misunderstood because, as human beings we like to pin things down; to pigeonhole them; so that we can look like we know what we are talking about.

However, united prayer draws upon one of the very important and difficult to demonstrate mysteries of God. The concept of a loving God who can be everywhere, know everything and exhibit authority in more than one place at a time is the kind of stuff that causes pour human minds to do a double-flip.

This mystery becomes much more plausible in our God given imaginations.

United Prayer

Particularly in this age where science has developed to the place where the concept of Time and Space and its related dimensions; the realm that we human beings inhabit; does not constrain our omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent God.

This is one of the places where Faith and science interact to demonstrate how amazing God really is.We look at the power that is made available through our united voices; the concept of practising the presence of God and we blow apart some of the  mythology that hides the true nature of prayer; making it appear inaccessible, yet so important for our success in this life.

How important is the Praise and Worship service? When you consider the importance of this part of the meeting you may find you look at “all that singing and clapping” in a very different light.

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United Prayer

May 4: The Prayer of Worship

This week we examine the role and purpose of worship in the life of the believer.

It is important to understand the distinction between Praise and Worship. Although these are not meant to be a set of legalistic rules that constrain. Rather, the intention is provide a clearer understanding of the different phases we can move through in both our personal and our corporate prayer life.

Worship provides a distinct opportunity to minister to the Lord himself; to come into his presence for no other reason than to simply honour and thank him for all Worship 1that he has done in our lives. We do not enter into worship looking at what we can get. It is in fact centred around an attitude of being attentive to and spending quality time with our father.

Sometimes worship can be more about the stillness than what is said. It is about simply basking in the presence of God; soaking; being immersed in the opportunity to spend time in the peace of God.

In the Old testament one of our best examples of the changes that can occur, even physically is the story of Moses. After spending 40 days in the presence of God on the mountain and coming down with the tablets bearing the commandments Moses face was so transfigured that the people could not look at it.

Now, under the New and Better covenant we have become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and are transformed outwardly in our actions and our words by virtue of the time we spend in God’s presence.

Be renewed, strengthened and learn to be effective as a believer by spending that time practising the presence of God in Worship. You won’t regret it.

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 The Prayer Of Worship

April 27: Prayer School Part 2 – Effective Prayer

In this week’s teaching we continue our look a the different kinds of prayer and the rules that apply to increase their effectiveness.

Spontaneous prayer is, of itself, a good thing. But, prayer should not just be treated as a slapdash affair. It actually requires thought, effort and study, as James puts it, to be: “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working.” Jam 5:16(b)Explosion

Jesus himself demonstrated a clear thought out process when the disciples came asking him to teach them “How to Pray.”

The reasons that many people don’t pray are usually: 1 they don’t get answers to their prayers. So, as a result 2 they get despondent and see no purpose in prayer.Or, they 3 feel confused by not knowing whether or not what they are asking for, in prayer, is in line with God’s will.

To be effective in prayer we need to know 1 What our motive is. 2 What God may have already had to say about the subject of our prayer. 3 Can we apply the Love test to the prayer. Then, 4 are we confident and applying Faith to the prayer.

As James says: “you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss,”

If this was happening in the early church, it is more likely to be happening in the church today.

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Effective Prayer

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The Love Confession