Knowing the Truth

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                                          Rev. A. Hocking

I LOVE YOU

 

Recently we celebrated Valentine’s day.  The day when lovers of all ages send each other Valentine Cards to say, “I love you”.  Of course, generally the card is left unsigned, and the recipient has to try and guess who the sometimes unknown admirer is.   Strange to say, I got one once that wasn’t from my wife!   She was very good about it, but she did give me an odd look now and again.   We later discovered it was a joke from my daughter.

 

But since love is in the air, let me give you a poem about the greatest love ever known.

 

“The Love of God is greater far than tongue or pen can ever tell. It goes beyond the highest star and reaches to the lowest hell. Could we with ink the ocean fill, and were the skies of parchment made, were every stalk on earth a quill and every man a scribe by trade, to write the Love of God above, would drain the ocean dry, nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky.”

 

My friend, God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross the pay the penalty for your sin.  Have you ever thought just how much God loves you?  Have you ever thought of saying “Thank you” to Him?  

 

Why not do it today. Say, “Thank you Lord that Jesus came to this earth to pay the price for my sin. Please forgive me and come into my heart and life today and help me live for you from now on.”

 

I prayed that prayer 60 years ago.   I have never for one moment regretted it and life has been full of joy and peace ever since. 

 

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Healing Testimony

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                                     Suzette Hattinghe

South African evangelist Suzette Hattingh explains some key elements of the healing ministry of Christ

 

JESUS PAID FOR OUR HEALING . . . .

IT IS OUR INHERITANCE!

 

As Christians, we must remember that healing is a lifestyle. It should be as natural as breathing and worship. It is not just about a healing line in an evangelistic meeting or a word of knowledge, but rather the Spirit of God being upon us to heal the broken-hearted and set the captives free.

 

I find that most people don’t mind if you pray for them when they are sick. But we don’t have to shake and prove that we are so spiritual; rather, we need to be natural and watch God bless us. Christ is in us and Christ is the one who heals. Healing is part of Christ’s character. Christ is the source of the miraculous, the author of the miraculous. In fact, he is the miraculous!

 

When it comes to healing, we can never box in and predict what is going to happen. Healing is not a denominational issue, but it’s the character of Jesus Christ, It’s not about how or what God is doing, it’s about who God is.

 

God uses many different ways to heal people. I have realised that I must totally trust the Holy Spirit and trust in God, Let God do what God wants to do. We can do a lot in our charismatic ways and bright personalities, but one thing we can’t do is bring supernatural healing.

 

Words of knowledge are spoken out, and of course I’ve made mistakes. I’ve offended and hurt people. I am not the healer. Only God can do what God is supposed to do. He needs the combination of us acting and him healing. God will work with us.

 

Then, it’s imperative to be real, and not judge those who aren’t healed. We don’t have to walk around saying pain is gone when it isn’t. You can admit pain is not gone and still say you believe Jesus will heal you. What’s wrong with that? Jesus said we only need faith like a mustard seed. You can’t even see that faith. Our faith doesn’t have to be big, because God can work with such little faith. God has put faith in every one of us.

 

Remember, healing is our inheritance. I am convinced that the lost get healed by grace but the people of God are healed by covenant, We belong in healing and it is our inheritance to be healed. It’s time for Christians to arise and take backseat belongs to us. The God of Pentecost lives inside us and works with us. We are covenant children. God is inside you! He’s there when you feel him and he’s there when you don’t. You can’t shake off the Holy Spirit; he’s inside you!

 

Healing is our inheritance – Jesus paid for it! When he declared ‘It is finished’ he meant it.

Why down put up with the spirit of infirmity when the God of creation has already sealed it?

 

Healing is not always physical. I’ve often realised that God wants not only to heal our physical conditions, but also our body, mind and spirit. The healing power of Jesus Christ is about wholeness.

 

He wants to heal your marriage, family, church and land. God never told us that we would be perfect, but the Bible does say that he makes us whole. Healing is what God had planned for us. Wherever there is damage in your life, whether emotional or sexual abuse, whether pain in your marriage or pain from your past, God is longing to come and restore and heal that situation.

 

Finally, healing isn’t always instant. Very often, healing can be a process. Sometimes Jesus heals instantly, like the woman with the issue of blood, but sometimes it’s a process – like the lepers who were on their way. I am a living testimony, as I was sexually abused as a child and grew up with these wounds. I became a child of God but still no one explained how to get away from this hurt.

 

I was a preacher and a missionary seeing signs and wonders, but nobody saw that my soul was wounded. When I came to Jesus, I did not understand that Jesus was the healer who wants us to be restored. My situation took time to heal, but now I area totally free, for whom the Son sets free is flee indeed!

 

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Points to Ponder

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                                     Rev. E. Anderson

23RD PSALM FOR THE WORKPLACE

 

The Lord is my real boss and I shall not want.

He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.

He gently reminds me to pray before I speak and to do all things without murmuring

and complaining.

He reminds me that He is my Source and not my job.

He restores my sanity every day and guides my decisions that I might honour Him in

everything I do.

 

Even though I face absurd amounts of emails, system crashes, unrealistic deadlines,

budget cutbacks, gossiping co-workers, discriminating supervisors, and an aging body

that doesn’t cooperate every morning, I will not stop–for He is with me!

 

His presence, His peace, and His power will see me through.

He raises me up, even when they fail to promote me.

He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens to let me go.

 

His faithfulness and love are better than any bonus check.

His retirement plan beats every 401K there is.

When it’s all said and done, I’ll be working for Him a whole lot longer and for

that, I bless His Name.

 

today’s thought:

 

Do you brighten a room just by entering or just by leaving?

 

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