Posted by: tucsonjefe | May 13, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Happy Mother’s Day, Just A!

We have arrived again at Mother’s Day. It seems a good thing that we take one day a year just to honor the person who carried us around in her abdomen until we could breathe on our own. For most of us, she cared for us when we were helpless and made great sacrifices to guarantee our well-being. If it wasn’t our birth mother who did this, it was someone, and either way we can be grateful. In our fractured culture, there are many exceptions to the ideal scenario, but still, the bible tells us to honor our father and our mother so it will go well with us. Honor means to attribute value. I want to think about the value I received from my mom.

Mama went to be with the Lord nearly ten years ago. She was 89. We didn’t always see eye to eye, but she taught me some really good stuff just from watching her. For this, I am grateful. Mama taught me that:

· Love shows up. She was there at school events volunteering for the field trips and the parties.

· Success comes from working hard and learning new skills. She progressed from a part-time clerk to an officer at the bank by just being willing.

· You make friends by participating. She made friends everywhere she went by volunteering to do stuff. (Then staying up half the night trying to learn how to do it.)

· Bad stuff doesn’t have to destroy you. She survived breast cancer and somehow managed to make being bald into a lot of fun.

· You take care of family even if it’s hard. She took care of my dad and my grandmother in their final years, and they were both a bit contrary.

· Old age really is just a number. She was active in church and community service until the very end. She said she was so busy in her retirement she couldn’t figure out how she ever made time for a job.

Thanks, Mama.

Somebody Said: God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. Rudyard Kipling

Scripture Reading: “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 NLT)

No matter what your relationship with your mother, I pray you find a way to value something she gave you. If you’re a mom, I pray you feel appreciated for your sacrifice and hopeful for the future of your children. Thank you.

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Our Tuesday Evening services are focused on faith and healing. Check us out at www.fcftucson.org

Posted by: tucsonjefe | May 6, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Don’t leave home without Him, amigo.

I recently had the opportunity to chat with a gentleman who was struggling with some life issues. He was a Christian, an intelligent and successful man, but he was battling temptation. This was no novice. He was a seasoned veteran who had served in church for years. He had talked to pastors, to friends, and to professional counselors, yet he still struggled daily. As we talked, I casually asked him about his personal devotional life. He answered, “I try to remember to do it.” Bingo!

So often, we look to all kinds of esoteric answers as to why we struggle. As a rule, the answer lies in something much more basic. We forget the things that are foundational to a disciplined, successful Christian life. That leaves us to fight spiritual battles with intellectual or physical tools. We are first frustrated, then exhausted, and ultimately defeated. And the cycle begins again. Whether we like it or not, there are some things we are supposed to do daily. If we don’t, we are ill-equipped to face the world:

· We need the daily bread of His Word. Read your Bible! Matthew 6:11 / Acts 17:11

· We need a fresh consecration to His will and way every day. Luke 9:23 / Luke 22:42 / Proverbs 3:5-6

· We need the daily refreshing of contact with other believers. Acts 2:46 / Hebrews 3:13

When I first embarked on a spiritual life, my mentor told me to put something in front of the door to remind me to pray and meditate before I left the house. (One suggestion was to hang my pants from the doorknob. I would sooner go out without my pants than without my prayer). I thank God for someone who helped me form a habit that has sustained me.

Somebody Said: Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. Jim Rohn

Scripture Reading: Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah Psalm 68:19 NKJV

If life seems more difficult and complicated than you think it out to be, get simple. Get back to basics. Open your Bible, hit your knees, and plug in to the Power before you charge powerless out into the world. He will honor you if you will honor Him.

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

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Posted by: tucsonjefe | April 28, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Take a minute, amigo.

I was in Walmart the other day getting some stuff for Judy. My mind was filled with all the data and debris from the morning, the week, and the future: North Korea is nuts, the Middle East is on fire, people no longer know what bathroom to use, etc. As I walked along, a little lady using a walker smiled broadly and said, “Boomer!” Realizing she was reacting to my University of Oklahoma T-shirt, I replied brightly, “Sooner!” She laughed, I laughed, and we went on our way, both of us with a spring in our step and a smile on our face. From there I went to the checkout where I heard one cashier saying, “Have a blessed day” to a customer who was obviously cheered by the encouragement. The lady who helped me was named Sima (It was on her name tag). She was from Liberia, and had a lovely accent and an appreciation for being called by her name. We waved and exchanged blessings as I took my bags and left. I forgot all about Kim Jung whoever, the mysteries of bathroom choice, and all my other global concerns, because I had made personal contact with real human beings.

Here’s the point. The world around us is a mess. There are genuine mega-problems at every turn. These things deserve thought and prayer. They don’t deserve worry and distraction. The life we are living day to day gives us constant opportunities to be a blessing to individual people, eye-to-eye, one at a time. It is why we are here, and it is incredibly simple.

· Remember that the “idiot” in line searching his pockets for two pennies to make right change is probably just as frustrated as you are. Don’t curse him, encourage him.

· Smile and greet people. Make eye contact. Jesus died for them. The least you can do is grin at them.

· Look for common experience. A hot day, a beautiful sunset, even impatience at the DMV can be an opening to connection.

· Read name tags and t-shirt logos. Use the information you find. Researchers tell us that nearly everyone loves to hear their own name.

Above all, value people. They are more important than your worries. Understanding is more effective than criticism. Winning people is much more likely to spring from connection than contention.

Somebody Said: You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life. Zig Ziglar

Scripture Reading: Jesus sent his twelve harvest hands out with this charge: “Don’t begin by traveling to some far-off place to convert unbelievers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost, confused people right here in the neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick. Raise the dead. Touch the untouchables. Kick out the demons. You have been treated generously, so live generously. (Matthew 10:5-8 MSG)

Our lives have become remarkably isolated, even in a crowd. We stare at a screen, plug buds in our ears, and withdraw into the seclusion of our own minds. Maybe self-centeredness has become the norm, and self-absorption an acceptable pastime. But, I think folks long for the days when we waved at neighbors instead of fearing them. For those who never experienced it, try it, you might like it.

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Faith Ministry Training Institute offers classes to help you become more effective in your life of faith . Check it out at www.fmtionline.com.

Posted by: tucsonjefe | April 22, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

You are righteous, amigo

Many years ago I was called to the ICU to pray for a friend of a friend. He was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and was very ill. Though He was a Christian, he was laboring under terrible guilt from an adulterous affair. I ministered to him from 1 John 1:9. He seemed relieved, but when I prayed for his healing I knew he did not receive. He died that night. As I walked out of his room, a lady approached me. She said, “Are you a minister?” When I responded in the affirmative, she asked me to come pray for her dad. He was in ICU after having a serious heart attack while having surgery for a hernia. He was in grave condition. He was a long-lapsed Catholic, and had never heard the simple Gospel. When I read him Romans 10:9, he beamed, “I believe that!” We prayed, he received. Then I read James 5:14-15. He smiled and said, “Do it!” I anointed him and we prayed. He turned to his daughter and said, “I like this guy. He’s positive!” He went home the next day, totally well.

Two different men, two different outcomes. This is not an uncommon scenario. People who know God and believe in healing fail to receive, while newer believers with less experience in church receive immediately. The number one reason for this is a sense of unworthiness or condemnation. They feel they don’t deserve it. In other words, they believe they have to earn their healing in some way. For the Christian, healing comes by the same faith that brought them forgiveness of sin. Healing and righteousness go together. They require exactly the same works: none. None of us deserve any of God’s gifts. He gives them by grace, we take them by faith. An abiding sense of unworthiness, or condemnation impedes the ability to take hold of healing. The only way to help folks get past this “condemnation hurdle” is to take them to the Word of God until truth dawns on their heart:

· Right standing with God is a gift. Romans 5:17

· Righteousness comes when I place my faith in Christ. My past failures are gone, carried by Jesus. I now have the same standing with God as Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21

· My part is to “put on” the new man, changing how I think and believe about myself. Ephesians 4:24 / Romans 12:2

· When we sin as Christians, we simply confess it, and Jesus personally stands in for us. We are cleansed immediately. Romans 8:33 / 1 John 1:9-2:2.

For many, faith for healing can only come after revelation of righteousness. It can’t be simply doctrinal. It must be a personal heart-felt, even visceral, conviction that the work of Christ was more than enough to deal with my sin. Anything less diminishes the greatness of Christ’s work, and condemns me to only what I deserve. Remember: Repetition leads to revelation. Stay in the Word regarding righteousness until faith arises.

Somebody Said: “What does “righteousness” mean? First of all, it means right standing with God. Nobody has any better standing with God than you do.” Kenneth E. Hagin

Scripture Reading: And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin. For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins. (Romans 5:16 NLT)

Every step into works is a step away from faith. If I let my personal position before God be determined by my performance, I will never receive my healing. It is not about me and what I have done. It is entirely about Jesus and what He has done. Keep it straight!

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Our Tuesday Evening services are focused on faith and healing. Check us out at www.fcftucson.org

Posted by: tucsonjefe | April 15, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Jesus is Alive, amigo!

Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. 2Timothy 2:8

It has always been striking to me that Paul had to remind Pastor Timothy to remember that God had raised Jesus from the dead. It is so easy to get bogged down in everyday life, providing for a family, running a church, just doing all the stuff we have to do, that we forget the point. The one thing that all Christians can agree on is that Jesus has been raised from the dead. Let’s put aside all our other debates for one glorious weekend and celebrate! Jesus is Alive!

Because of the resurrection, I know:

· He is the Son of God. Romans 1:4

· I have been born again to a new hope.1 Peter 1:3

· I am in Him and He is in me. John 14:20

· I am right with God. Romans 4:25

· I can live a new life. Romans 6:4

· His life infuses my body. Romans 8:11

· I am not condemned. Romans 8:34

· I am alive and seated with Him. Ephesians 2:5-6

· He is coming to judge the world. Acts 17:31

· He’s coming back to get us. 1 Thessalonians 4:14

Somebody Said: To a Christian, Easter Sunday means everything, when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Bernhard Langer

Scripture Reading: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 NLT)

Without the resurrection, there is no Christian faith. Without faith in the resurrection, no one can become a Christian. It took a miracle to raise Him. It takes the same miracle power to raise us. It’s a good day to rejoice and tell somebody: Jesus is Alive!
Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Posted by: tucsonjefe | April 8, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

We’re going from faith to faith, amigo.

It has been my privilege to talk with and pray for many people in need of healing over the last 40 years. I have discovered that folks who “believe in healing,” are generally someplace along a spectrum of faith. Maybe it’s more of a progression of faith. They believe something, but they may not be at the place of receiving their healing. My job is to move them along in the progression. The first step is to get them located. To do this I ask questions, share insight, and listen to what comes out of their mouth. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth tells me what they really believe. The progression of faith for healing goes something like this:

1. I believe in God, who saved me through faith in the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. This is saving faith and is “enough” to receive. Many folks doubt that they have “enough.” Romans 10:9-10 / Luke 17:6-7 / Romans 12:3.

2. I believe God can heal. He is powerful enough to do anything. There is no particular disease or condition that is too tough for Him. Jeremiah 32:27

3. I believe God does heal today. He did not stop healing people after the apostolic era. Many have been taught that God only healed until the Bible was compiled. God heals because that is who He is. Exodus 15:26 / Malachi 3:6 / Hebrews 13:8

4. I believe it is the will of God to heal. Many believe He heals some, but not others, and the reasons are a mystery we cannot know. We can see the will of God in the Person of Jesus Christ. He never refused to heal. Mark 1:40-42 / John 14:9 / Acts 10:38

5. I believe it is the will of God to heal me. The transition from the general to the personal is a difficult one for some. Condemnation and feelings of unworthiness impede many from receiving what is already theirs by grace. Luke 1:38 / Romans 5:19-21

6. I believe I am healed. I am not hoping to get healed. I don’t believe He is going to heal me someday. Healing is an accomplished fact, and I have it now. Isaiah 53:4-5 / 1 Peter 2:24 / Mark 11:24

Somebody Said: Feed your faith and starve your doubts. Kenneth E. Hagin

Scripture Reading: We are confident that God listens to us if we ask for anything that has his approval. We know that he listens to our requests. So we know that we already have what we ask him for. (1 John 5:14-15 GW)

Helping people move from a general faith in God to a specific belief in the will of God to heal is the first phase. Helping them to grasp that healing is theirs because of what Jesus accomplished in redemption is the next. The end game is helping them believe that they have it now. What a joy when we get to see the lights come on and faith become sight!

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Our Tuesday Evening services are focused on faith and healing. Check us out at www.fcftucson.org

Posted by: tucsonjefe | March 31, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

A little help may be necessary, Just A.

We are people of faith. We are saved from sin by faith in the work of Jesus Christ. We also believe that God has provided healing for us in that same redemptive work. Many of us have had startling and profound experiences with divine healing. In some circles, it is considered just a bit “unspiritual” to turn to physicians for help. For many of us, however, it has been necessary from time to time to get some natural help. I have personally experienced healing from God with and without the help of medicine. I stood for twenty years for 20/20 vision. Then God spoke to someone to pay for a surgical procedure that brought the promise to fruition. Thank God, He gets the credit either way. I want to say this as emphatically as possible: It is OK to go to the doctor. Don’t let pride or condemnation or fear cause you to sit around in misery.

Keys for going to the doctor successfully:

1. The doctor is on your side. He wants you to be well, and if he doesn’t think he can make you well, he will try to do what he can to make you comfortable or to prolong your life. Many health care professionals see their job as a calling, and have devoted years to preparation. James 1:17

2. Find a doctor you trust. If you don’t have a doctor who you know has your best interest at heart, then you need a different doctor. Talk to other believers and get a name from someone in whom you have confidence. Proverbs 11:14

3. Go to the doctor in faith. Pray and ask the Lord to give him wisdom to give you good information. When you are there, listen to him and to your own heart. You are still led by the Spirit, not your doctor. Romans 8:14

4. Don’t argue with your doctor. It doesn’t matter if he believes you are healed. He is not who you have to convince. He is simply relaying his best understanding of the natural facts. James 3:16-18

5. Be kind and respectful. You are under no obligation to do what he suggests, but you are under a biblical mandate to be kind. If the doctor gives you some news you don’t like, don’t yell at him. It is fine to say, “Thank you. I am going to take some time and consult my family, my Pastor, and the Lord, then make a decision.” Proverbs 29:22-23

6. Be prepared. If you are in great pain, groggy form lack of sleep, or under the influence of medications of some kind, take someone with you to help you listen accurately. Make a written list of questions before you go and refer to it in your appointment. Don’t trust your memory under the stress of the physician’s presence. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

7. Talk to the spiritual authorities in your life. This is a big decision, and you are under the stress of physical symptoms. Allow the pastoral gift to speak into your life. If you are married, include your spouse in this conversation. (If you don’t have a pastor, find one.) Hebrews 13:17

8. Lean on the power of agreement. Once you are settled on a course of action, get in agreement with your church family and let them help you carry the faith load. If you choose treatment such as medications, surgeries or physical therapies, believe that the technicians are anointed and that God moves through them to help your body recover. Matthew 18:19

Scripture Reading: When Jesus heard this, He said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” (Matthew 9:12 NLT)

God is the Healer. Medical science is available to help us when we have symptoms that make us uncomfortable, or when our faith is stretched as far as it will go. There is no condemnation in using it. Jesus said sick people need a doctor. The key is to be wise, hear God, and believe God no matter what course you choose. Let’s quit arguing and start getting healed!

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Our Tuesday Evening services are focused on faith and healing. Check us out at www.fcftucson.org

Posted by: tucsonjefe | March 18, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

We’re getting better at helping people, amigo.

“You just need to believe.” “Listen to these tapes over and over.” “Oh, don’t say that!” “Turn off the secular TV and watch Brother So-and-so.” “You need more faith.” These and a hundred others are common phrases I hear from faith folks who are trying to help someone get healed. There may be a grain of truth in each of them. The people who say them are probably genuinely concerned for their friends. The problem is that this approach, preaching sermonettes to sick people, is rarely effective. We are often answering our own questions, not theirs, and in the process adding to the burden of guilt and inadequacy they are already carrying. Amazingly, God, in His infinite mercy, often manages to get people healed anyway. A couple of thoughts if you really want to help people:

1. You can’t “try to believe.” I don’t even know what that means. It implies that there is some emotional or mental effort that I am not exercising. Faced with unbelief, Jesus responded by teaching. (Mark 6:5-6) The only remedy for unbelief is to feed the heart on the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) For the person struggling with sickness, a sermon on how they should work harder at believing is not generally useful. The implication is that they are not “doing it” properly. Don’t let your frustration become their condemnation. The truth can become law, and thus bring death. (2 Corinthians 3:6)

2. If a person is a Christian, he already has faith. Learning to use it is a place to begin. When the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith (they had been hearing the Word teach the Word every day), He told them to use the faith they had. The amount of faith could be as small as the mustard seed. No matter how small your faith, you can use it by speaking to the problem. (Luke 17:5-6) Faith is exercised by speaking, not about the problem, but to the problem. “I believe I am healed, therefore, pain (or nausea, or fear, or whatever), go!” If you want to help, give them Bible assurance that they have faith, then ask if you can help them learn to use it.

3. Jesus came to take our sin and sickness upon Himself, then rose again to dwell with us forever. Healing ministry springs from relationship. Begin by listening to people long enough to hear what is in their heart, and what questions and doubts they are dealing with. (Luke 6:45) Find out where they are and meet them there. The Holy Spirit is referred to as the Comforter. The Greek concordance says the word means “one called alongside to help.” If we want to join in the healing ministry with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, we can begin to walk with people rather than preach at people.

Somebody Said: “Christians do not take advantage of what belongs to them. Either they do not know how to take advantage of what belongs to them, or they do not know what belongs to them.” Kenneth E. Hagin

Scripture Reading: The apostles said to the Lord, “Show us how to increase our faith.” The Lord answered, “If you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea,’ and it would obey you!” (Luke 17:5-6 NLT)

I believe we are on the cusp of a great revival. Healing the sick will be a key aspect of this move of God. I want to be really good at helping people receive. Let’s do this!

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Our Tuesday Evening services are focused on faith and healing. Check us out at www.fcftucson.org

Posted by: tucsonjefe | March 15, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Time to pray, Just A.

If perchance, you are setting your watch by the regularity of these weekly notes, you should know that I may be a bit off for the next week or two. I leave very early tomorrow (Wednesday) for a two-week mission adventure to Jamaica and Haiti. In both places, I will be doing FCF Leadership Summits, bringing ideas and inspiration on the nature of the Gospel, and the equipping of believers to fulfill their ministry. Those are subjects very close to my heart. I truly believe that the success of a ministry is gauged by how many folks do something with what they hear.

I will do my best to keep you posted on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as I find spots with Wi-Fi along the way. Your part is to pray for me and the folks to whom I minister: My body will be strong, the Holy Ghost will guide my words, and those who hear will have open hearts. Thanking God for His angels that He has given charge over me to keep me in all my ways.

Somebody Said: “”As long as I see any thing to be done for God, life is worth having; but O how vain and unworthy it is to live for any lower end!”” David Brainerd

Scripture Reading: Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it. It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NLT)

See you on the flipside. (Hope the young folks know what a flipside is)

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

Looking for a church that teaches the Bible, loves the Holy Spirit, and reaches the lost? Check us out at www.fcftucson.org

Posted by: tucsonjefe | March 10, 2017

Out of the Abundance of the Heart

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Building People of Substance for Works of Power

Here’s something you need to know, amigo

What you don’t know can hurt you, or at least keep you from getting healed. Sometimes we have been taught wrong things that keep us from getting healed. Ronald Reagan said, “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” The same is true of many Christians. Since 1980 I have prayed for thousands of people. Thank God, many receive and walk away whole. But there are those who don’t. I cry for them. Often, I can tell right away who will and who won’t be healed. Their words and their attitude give them away. They say things like, “If it’s His will,” or “I sure hope He heals me,” or “I believe God is going to heal me.” Others say “Oh, yes, I’m healed!” But there is a whine in their voice that gives away their masquerade. Through the years, I have identified three specific bits of knowledge that are vital to grabbing hold of God’s healing promise:

1. It is God’s will to heal you. I am reminded of the leper who came to Jesus in Mark Chapter one. He questioned Jesus’s willingness to heal him. Jesus responded, “I am willing.” (Mark 1:41) He healed a leper, the outcast of outcasts, the very image of uncleanness. He is willing to heal you, too. (See last week’s OOTA for more on the subject of God’s will to heal)

2. You are righteous. You have been forgiven of all your sins, but more than that, you have been changed into a new person. The new you is righteous by nature. You have the privilege to stand before

God without shame or fear. You can come boldly to the throne and ask for what you want. Hebrews 4:14-16 / Romans 5:19 / Ephesians 4:24

3. Faith is always now. When God spoke to Moses from the burning bush, He introduced Himself as “I AM.” We often relegate Him to the past, “God used to heal,” or the future, “I hope He is going to heal me,” but we shudder to say “I am healed.” Faith receives the promise of God right now. Hope is tomorrow, regret is yesterday, faith is now because that is where God is. Mark 11:24 / 2 Corinthians 4:13

Somebody Said: “There is no sickness problem. There is simply a problem of the believer’s coming to know his inheritance in Christ.” E. W. Kenyon

Scripture Reading: A leper came to him, begging on his knees, “If you want to, you can cleanse me.” Deeply moved, Jesus put out his hand, touched him, and said, “I want to. Be clean.” Then and there the leprosy was gone, his skin smooth and healthy. (Mark 1:40-42 MSG)

It’s a good day to quit lamenting past faith failures or looking longingly to a nebulous fantasy of future deliverance. Begin laying foundations for the next victory. Begin by meditating on the healing scriptures until you are convinced of His will to heal you. Next, move on to righteousness verses. Look for every blessing promised to the just or the righteous. That is who you are. Finally, begin to meditate on Mark 11:24 and 2 Corinthians 4:13. When you see something in the Word that belongs to you, believe it, then say it out loud, “It’s mine I have it now!” Let’s do this!

Pastor Virgil L. Stokes
Faith Christian Fellowship of Tucson
3141 W. Ironwood Hill Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85745
www.fcftucson.org
Office: 520-792-3238

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