miracles and healing testimonies

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Rev. E. Anderson

HEALING MIRACLES DURING MEETINGS

MIRACULOUS healings that have taken place during a series of meetings in a church in Wales are being reported.

Thousands have visited Victory Church in Cwmbran since regular meetings started in April.

The event has been dubbed the ‘Welsh Outpouring’ as people have told how they have been healed of various health problems

One of those is Lisa Hall, who had struggled with hip pain for nearly ten years and was unable to work.

She used a walking stick and had to take morphine every two hours.

VANISHED

Lsa attended the Outpouring in May and claims the pain vanished that night.

She recalled the night she believes she was heated when one of the church’s pastors, Clyde Thomas, asked her why she was there.

“I came so that Jesus would heal my hip,” Lisa told New Life. “I didn’t know what was coming out of my mouth, I wasn’t expecting to say that!

Pastor Clyde prayed for her and she says the pain instant vanished. “It took me until Wednesday – two days later – to call my best friend. I told her, ‘God healed my hip!’ My little boy, Josh, has got his mum back.

We were going up and down the stairs, which I hadn’t been able to do. It’s awesome. I’m in awe of what God has done.”

Vicky Jenkins also believes God healed her at Victory Church. She suffered from pain in her left wrist.

She said: “Last year, I had tendon problems with my nerves and my hand in my left wrist. I couldn’t use the hand, so it got weaker and weaker. I was off the worship team for ten months, and the hospital said it would be permanent.

“Pastor Clyde prayed for me and the next day I picked up a knife and cut a cheese sand­wich! I’m grateful. It has an impact on everything I do. From not being able to do anything, it makes a huge difference to me. I can do everything I’m meant to do.”

The Outpouring is being led by criminal turned pastor Richard Taylor.

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Rev. E. Anderson

EVERYBODY DOES ‘IT

by Jack Griffin

A boy knows what-he’s been taught. When Johnny was six years old, he was with his father when they were caught speeding. His father handed the officer his driver’s licence. ‘It’s okay, son,’ his father said as they drove off. ‘Everybody does it.’

When he was eight, he was permitted at a family council, presided over by Uncle George, on the surest means to shave points off the income tax return. ‘It’s okay, kid,’ his uncle said. ‘Everybody does it.’

When he was nine, his mother took him to his first concert. The ticket agency man couldn’t find any seats until his mother discovered an extra ten pounds in her purse. ‘It’s okay, son,’ she said. ‘Everybody does it.’

When he was twelve, he broke his glasses on the way to school. His Aunt Francine persuaded the insurance company that they had been stolen and they collected £27. ‘It’s okay, kid,’ she said. ‘Everybody does it.’

When he was fifteen, he became right defence on the school football team. His coach showed him how to block and at the same time grab the opposing end by the shirt so the official couldn’t see it. ‘It’s okay, kid,’ the coach said. ‘Everybody does it.’

When he was sixteen, he took his first summer job at the big market. His assignment was to put the over-ripe tomatoes in the bottom of the boxes and the good ones on top where they would show. ‘It’s okay, kid,’ the manager said. “Everybody does it.’

When he was eighteen, Johnny and a neighbour applied for a college scholarship. Johnny was a marginal student. His neighbour was in the upper three per cent of his class, but he couldn’t play right defence. Johnny got the position. ‘It’s okay,’ they told him. ‘Everybody does it.’

When he was nineteen, he was approached by an upper class-mate who offered the exam answers for three pounds. ‘It’s okay, kid,’ he said. ‘Everybody does it.’

Johnny was caught and sent home in disgrace. ‘How could you do this to your mother and me?’ his father said. ‘You never learned anything like this at home.’ His aunt and uncle also were shocked. If there’s one thing the adult world can’t stand, it’s a kid who cheats.

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Rev. E. Anderson

A GIFT FROM GOD

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“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” – Ephesians 2: 8.

We serve such a generous and loving God. He loves you so much that there isn’t anything He wouldn’t do in order to have a relationship with you. The Bible tells us that sin separates man from God, but God doesn’t want to be separated from any of us. That’s why He sent Jesus into the world — to pay the penalty for sin so that we could live in eternity with Him

So many people today think they have to earn their way to heaven. They think they have to be “good enough” or “do the right thing” in order to be accepted by God. They want to “clean up” before they come to Him. But notice what today’s verse says — salvation is a gift from God. You can’t earn a gift. You don’t pay for it. You can only receive it by faith and say thank You. If you’ve never received Jesus as the Lord of your life, there’s no better time to receive this free gift. Let Him fill you with His peace and joy both now and throughout history.

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a time to laugh

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Rev. E. Anderson

A CHILD’S FUNNY

While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, “Are you a cop?” “Yes,” I answered and continued writing the report. “My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?” “Yes, that’s right,” I told her. “Well, then,” she said as she extended her foot toward me, “would you tie my shoe?”

A TYPE-WRITER FUNNY

The boys had been up in the attic together helping with some cleaning. The kids uncovered an old manual typewriter and asked her, “Hey Mom, what’s this?” “Oh, that’s an old typewriter,” she answered, thinking that would satisfy their curiosity. “Well, what does it do?” they queried. “I’ll show you,” she said and returned with a blank piece of paper. She rolled the paper into the typewriter and began striking the keys, leaving black letters of print on the page. “WOW!” they exclaimed, “That’s really cool. But how does it work like that? Where do you plug it in?” “There is no plug,” she answered. “It doesn’t need a plug.” “Then where do you put the batteries?” they persisted. “It doesn’t need batteries either,” she continued. “Wow! This is so cool!” they exclaimed. “Someone should have invented this a long time ago!”

A FISHING FUNNY

A couple air-heads from warmer climes loved to fish, so they wanted to try ice fishing. They’d took off up to Canada and found a nice, big frozen lake with a little bait shop nearby where they got all their tackle – including a sturdy ice pick. About an hour later, one of them was back at the shop and bought another ice pick. In another hour the air-head was back, and said, “We’re going to need all the ice picks you got.” The bait man said, “Well, OK — How are you doing out there?” “Not very well at all,” said the air-head. “We don’t even have the boat in the water yet.”

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Rev. E. Anderson

QUEEN OF ORGANIZATION

“She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. . . . She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness” – Proverbs 31:15,27

When you read about the woman in Proverbs 31, the one often described as die “wife of noble character” or the “virtuous woman,” you get the distinct impression that she was the epitome of the word organized.

There is absolutely no way in the world diat she could have taken care of every­thing in her life—her husband, her business, her investments, her employees, her children, her philanthropic interests, her health, and her community responsibilities—if she did not possess the ability to juggle numerous balls in a highly efficient manner.

We may not have as many responsibilities as she did, and it may not even be realistic to expect us to handle the ones we do have with such grace. We can, however, learn a couple of very valuable lessons from these verses that will help us juggle all the balls in our lives a little better.

First, she did not waste time. She got up early, stayed up late, and she didn’t par­ticipate in any non-productive, brainless activities. This was not a woman who spent several hours—or even one hour—a day watching soap operas. She didn’t flip on the TV at night and spend the evening watching mindless sitcoms with her children.

Second, she anticipated the needs of the people in her life. As a result, she didn’t have to spend her days rushing around, frantically trying to get things done at the last minute. She watched over the affairs of her household closely enough to know when supplies were running low and when tensions were beginning to escalate, and she was able to take steps to fix problems before they escalated into full-blown crises.

You may not have the organizational gifts that the Proverbs 31 woman had. But you will be much more effective—both at home and at work—if you intentionally stopped engaging in non-productive activities and started anticipating the needs of the people around you a little better. Try it—the results might surprise you!

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a message by the late rev david wilkerson

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David Wilkerson

THE BLESSINGS OF GOODNESS

“Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head” (Psalm 21:3). At first glance, this verse by David is a bit puzzling. The word “prevent” is usually associated with hindrance, not with blessing. A modern translation here would be, “The Lord hindered David with the blessings of goodness.” The biblical word for “prevent” signifies a completely different meaning. It means “to anticipate, to precede, to foresee and fulfill in advance, to pay a debt before it is due.”

Furthermore, in almost every instance, it implies something of pleasure. Isaiah gives us a glimpse of this kind of pleasure when he explains that God anticipates our need and fulfills it ahead of time. “It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). This verse provides us with an incredible picture of our Lord’s love for us.

Evidently He is so anxious to bless us, so ready to fulfill His lovingkindness in our lives, that He cannot wait for us to tell Him our needs. He jumps in and performs acts of mercy, grace and love toward us before we even ask—and that is a supreme pleasure to Him.

So this is just what David was saying in Psalm 21: “Lord, You pour out blessings and lovingkindness on me before I can even ask. And You offer more than I could ever conceive of asking.” David was referring to some awesome work that God performed for him in the spiritual realm. It was something that gave David answers to prayer, overcoming power, victory over his enemies, and unspeakable joy. And God did it all before David could go to prayer to unburden his heart or present his request.

Once David finally did pour out his heart, he discovered that God had already made provision to defeat his enemies. David’s victory was assured before he could even get near the battlefield!

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christian testimony

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IN THE NAME LOVE

He might be one of the biggest stars the music industry has ever produced, but Bono is also a man of faith, as

Matthew Murray discovered. ..

Rock star Bono has opened up about his Christian faith, declaring: “I pray to the risen Jesus.” The U2 frontman, also famous for his humanitarian and philanthropic work, revealed how he holds family prayer meetings and gets his inner strength from God.

Speaking to Irish TV station RTE One, Bono ~ real name Paul Hewson — says, “[l pray to] the risen Jesus. Jesus went aroundsaying he was the Messiah. That’s why he was crucified. He was crucified because he said he was the Son of God.

“So, in my view, he either was the Son of God, or he was nuts. And i find it hard to accept that millions and millions of lives, half the earth, for 2,000 years, have been touched, have felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter. I just don’t believe it.”

The singer, 53, said his wife

Ali and their four children ~ Eve, Jordan, Elijah and John — share his Christian beliefs. “l pray to get to know the will of God, because then the prayers have more chance of coming true,” he says. “I mean, that’s the thing about – prayer.

”We don’t do it in a very lofty way in our family. It’s just a bunch of us on the

bed, usually ~ we’ve a very big bed in our house. We pray with all our kids, we read the Scriptures, we pray. We sometimes just slip into church and find

some peace and quiet and say our own prayers.”

Aside from his prolific music career, Bono is an avid social entrepreneur.

In 2002, he co-founded DATA, an AIDS and poverty awareness organisation that went on to form ‘ONE: The Campaign To Make Poverty History’.

His faith has been an ongoing factor in his advocacy work, and it even cropped up in the lyrics of some of his most famous U2 hits including ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’, ‘Tomorrow’ and ‘The Wanderer’.

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pastor’s weekly thought

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Rev. Ian Williams

TURNING POINTS

Robin Hart

Operation Overlord had been months in the planning. Thousands of mens’ lives, the liberation of one country, the potential liberation of many more, the defeat of Nazi Germany and the axis powers in Europe, the timing of the sweep across Western Europe to link with the Russian army coming in from the East, the hope and expectation of the Allies, all the months of preparations including troop movements, training, supplies, armaments, hardware, intelligence gathering and sending, I could go on … all depended on the decision of one man, Eisenhower.

The weather forecast had been iffy and the landings has already been postponed once already but Eisenhower knew now that the combination of tides, weather conditions, troop readiness and the confusion of the enemy meant one thing …it was time to go.   Seventy years ago, June 6th 1944 was a pivotal turning point of the Second World War. D-Day was the start of a campaign that was to gain momentum and push the enemy back, ultimately culminating in victory.  

We experience our own turning points in our own Christian walk. Jon listed a number of turning points – I only have space for one, but you can listen to the rest on the RLC Podcast.   Turning Point Number One: The decision to speak up   King Jehoshaphat was intimidated and understandably so. The armies of Moab, Ammon and Mount Seir had combined to declare war on him and were marching towards him. Jehoshaphat knew he had to look to the Lord for help, he had come to the end of himself and had no other choice. The Lord spoke to Jahaziel, son of Zechariah and he brought a prophetic word of direction, guidance and encouragement. They only needed to stand strong and the Lord would bring a great victory. It came to pass that the armies of Moab, Ammon and Seir turned on each other and managed to wipe each army out completely.  

We need the prophetic word of God when we are facing our own great battles. We need to hear from God and speak out His word in critical times of our lives, when we are under attack. Then we will find that our discouragement turns to encouragement, negativity to positivity, intimidation to confidence. Speak the truths of the Word of God into dismal situations and see them turned around.   How we need to hear the prophetic word to enable the Lord to give us victory over our enemy.

The good news is that the victory has already been won! By Jesus paying the price for our sin and disarming the principalities and powers He made a public spectacle of them. Jesus humiliated the devil in defeating him and forced him to stand in front of his own army and that of the heavenly realms whilst his powers were stripped.  

Win your victory by fasting, by prayer, by worship and by the Word just as King Jehoshaphat did. Learn to rely on God’s word more and more. Respect the Holy Spirit by listening to Him. And the Lord will give you an amazing victory. Maybe today can be your significant turning point.  

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Joyce Meyer

WE NEED TO TAKE

AT GOD HIS WORD!

The most important message I can ever share with people is that God loves them and has good plans for them through life in Christ. We all need to have a revelation about God’s love for us, because until we do, we’ll struggle to have true, lasting love, joy and peace in our everyday lives.

The world is full of wounded, heartbroken people, who have been mistreated or abused in some way. And they’re pretending to be OK, desperately hope in other people will think they’ve got it all together.

The truth is, none of us is perfect, and we all go through hard times and get hurt by someone or something. It’s amazing the things people can do to others, but it has helped me to understand that hurting people hurt people. And many times when people abuse others, they are acting out of their own pain, so it goes on from generation to generation.

But I have good news: if you’ve been hurt in the past, you don’t have to spend your life being miserable, angry, bitter, resentful or full of self-pity, hurting others. Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, you can receive complete healing in your soul, your mind, will and emotions. God can restore your life and make you just as if it never happened.

I know what it’s like to hurt so much you don’t think you can stand it anymore and you don’t have hope for a better future. For most of my childhood, my father abused me and growing up I never knew what it was like to feel safe, secure and loved. As a result, I became an angry, suspicious, critical, judgmental adult. When I left home at 18, I thought I was leaving my problems behind me, but I came to realise there were many problems in my soul that were left over from the abuse in my childhood. I desperately needed the healing love of God to restore my life!

Isaiah 61:1-3 says Jesus came ‘to preach good tidings to the poor… to heal the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn… to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness’.

Thank God for his Word and his promise to heal the broken-hearted, comfort those who mourn and set the captives free! Now, I’m not going to tell you it’s easy to go through the healing process; it takes time, diligence in studying the Word, and lots of prayer to walk out the healing that is yours by virtue of the blood of Christ.

But as believers in Jesus, we have the authority of his name to overcome sin and access the power of God in our lives. And the promises of God belong to anyone who is born again!

When we come into a relationship with Christ, a divine exchange happens. He takes our sin and the messes in our lives and gives us his righteousness, peace and joy. All we have to do is give up our ashes and receive God’s beauty. A good place to start is admitting you need God’s help. It’s OK to not be OK —God helps the humble! We need to let God take us apart before we fall apart and then put us back together again. We need to pray, “l love

you, Lord, and I appreciate my salvation, but I am a mess! I want the truth in your Word to set me free from deception and the bondage of sin and pain in my soul. Please help me… open my eyes in any area where I am deceived and teach me your truth.”

Then we need to commit ourselves to study the Word and grow in our faith in Christ. As we renew our minds according to the Word, we will trust God more completely and believe what he says more than what others say about us or to us, more than our feelings, and more than our circumstances. That’s when we live in his beauty…filled with his love, free from the prison of our past, and healed in our soul.

I want to encourage you today to humble yourself before God and take him at his Word. He loves you more than you can comprehend, and he wants you to be free to walk in his good plans for your life.

Take time every day to study his Word, pray and cast your cares on him because he cares about you and wants what is best for you. When you do, you’ll find that life becomes a beautiful, wonderful, amazing journey!

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sermons of note

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Rev E. Anderson

FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD    

Reading   Galatians 2  

Text   v20

Introduction

Paul brings forth a rather dynamic declaration as he states where he now stands in the outworking of his Christian life and faith –v20, and it strongly indicates and gives the lead as to the position that each subsequent Christian should also take and express.

Paul underscores in this verse the secret of dynamic living. He points out, in a definite way, the source and mainspring of powerful, inspired and triumphant Christian life and experience. There was a deep burden and concern on his part for the Christian believers situated in the province of Galatia because of their shift from the truth. There was a subtle departure from the dynamic life and power that was to be found in the gospel of Je­sus Christ. They were beginning to miss out on the great thrust and throb and thrill of Christian living.

The letter is directed at the fact that they were falling to a legal way of living. The believers were allow­ing themselves to become subject to a bond­age to the law that only spelled defeat and disaster. Such could and would take all blessing, drive and success out of life. The Christian message stands supremely for a new law of life and for a new way of living and is divorced completely from a legalistic way of life.

He shows from his own life and exper­ience that he had been set free from this kind of existence, and his free­dom came through Jesus Christ and His gos­pel. There is a living under a fresh reve­lation, inspiration and motivation. He had been a very strict legalist prior to Christian conversion, but since that con­version, everything had dynamically changed. He thinks lives and moves under a different understanding and propulsion. The old life and the old life-style have gone because he is on to that which is infinitely better and su­perior in Jesus Christ. He is completely dead to the former way of living, according to the law by the strength of the old self. It was a powerless way of living, anyhow.

He makes known a paradoxical truth – “I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me… “. What he is saying is that there has been a death to the old nature and life through association with Jesus Christ in crucifixion, and there is the emergence of a new self under the inspiration of the dynam­ic life of Christ. The life of Christ within him has the power and ability to produce a be­tter and greater life and a way of life. The old has been written off and out and there is the writing in of something superior. It is not an improvement or development upon the old; it is a brand new life with a brand new way of living.

“Christianity is the revelation of the dyna­mism of Jesus Christ within the life. There can be no substitute for Him. Nothing and no-one can take His place.”

The life of Christ in the believer is manifested by the faith of Christ. It is not only living under the resi­dency and presidency of a new Person, Jesus Christ, it means living and acting under a new principle of life… ‘the faith of the Son of God…’. Here we are informed of the secret of the successful life of Christ. What was it that made His life altogether dominant and triumphant? Relationship with Christ in the truest sense produces this all essential dynamic in the Christian believer. One cannot be fully identified with Him without receiving this all-important asset for effective living. There is a new-found conviction, confidence and compulsion that rules, dictates and leads, into a life of fullness and fulfillment. What the law could not do; Christ does!

What was the faith of the Son of God? In asking and answering the question one discovers the attitude and activity of Jesus Christ and we see how we are to live. By what assurance and confidence did He live and work? His life-style was one of simple yet incredible faith.

1/. HE EXPECTED THE REVELATION OF GOD’S WILL IN HIS LIFE AND WORK

The Son of God sought to live out His life on earth in a positive and productive manner and this was to be as He acted in accord in relationship with His Father. He had to show implicit and explicit trust in Him from a human standpoint. He submitted Himself to the Father and from that place of submission lived and acted in accordance with the principle of faith. This meant looking to His Father for His mind, understanding, consent and will in all things. It meant living a day at a time and seeking for guidance with respect to every day. The prophetic word gives some insight here – Isaiah 50:4, 5.

He believed that the Father would communicate the things that He required to know so that he could fulfill His Father’s desire and design for life. He had to look with a sense of expectation to God the Father for His word and direction so that He might achieve heaven’s purposes. There was great grounds for assurance because of what is prophetically written – see Matthew’s Gospel. He was God’s human Servant on earth and it was the inspired word that had been spoken by the prophets and it was vital that He should be in the place of revelation and understanding so that He be properly and perfectly acquainted with what was required. His faith had to be expressed in this fundamental area.

He had to put Himself into the place where He could receive divine illumination to mind and heart. God the Father would reveal but it demanded that that the Son of Man be switched on and tuned in through faith if He was to receive clear inspiration and .direction. The emphasis on prayer in the life of Christ and its association with faith makes known that He gave Himself to seeking and possessing what the Father willed to convey. His protracted seasons of waiting on God the Father teach us that He was anxious to understand the Father’s mind at all times. Note what took place before the selection of the apostolic band – Luke 6:12, 13. Prayers of faith proceeded from Him to the highest throne and He received the essential information necessary.

He was sure of the divine knowledge that flowed into His mind. In His ministry He spoke with such conviction that made it obvious His words were not His own – John 17:8, 14; 7:15-17, 46. He had absolute faith in the words that He spoke because He was utterly assured of where the revelation and communication came from. Real living flows under the daily dynamic of the Father’s input of inspired revelation. One can speak as being in the know because one is ‘in the know’.

He acted in agreement with what was conveyed in the revelation. There was no escaping from the full demands of what was made known. His faith in God the Father and His word led Him to a state of obedience to it. The word of revelation outlined His life and its program and the ultimate of it, which was the Cross. He moved to accomplish the design of the Father in faith – Luke 9:51; 22:39-41; John 12:27; 13:1. Paul revealed that he could accept the path of suffering in faith because it was in total agreement with God’s plan.

“What’s on the other side of your obedience?” – Martin L. Steel

2/. HE EXPECTED THE REVELATION OF GOD’S POWER IN HIS LIFE AND WORK

The faith of the Son of Cod is also related to its attitude to power and to its exer­cise. There is a showing within His own words concerning His mind and action with regard to exertion and labour, thus setting the pattern for Christendom – c.f. Jn.5. l9, 30.

There is the rejection of all self ability and energy by Jesus Christ in His conviction and commitment of faith. All self-labour and exertion is renounced and turned from. He refused to look to self for a demonstration of work and works. There is a most staggering and humble confession on the part of Jesus Christ.   He admits that He will not look to any resources within Himself to live, act and work.

The problem with man is in this area. The idea and prevailing attitude of self-sufficiency and adequacy turns away from dependency upon a greater supply of strength and might. Self-reliance on one’s ability is a sinful feature of life in relation to man.

Christ would not be tempted and drawn into seeking to live under self-drive and power. He would not seek to please Himself in this direction. Though He, above all men that ever lived, looked to have justifiable reasons for doing so, He would not be led astray or deviated in the slightest.

There was sheer dependency upon the Father for a constant supply of His might, strength and energy. He desired to do not only the works of the Father but to do them under His power and dynamic. He turned and looked to the Father to perform and carry out the divine operations in the Father’s Name, giving credit and honour to Him.

It is impressive to note that He waited for the right hour to be initiated into the ministry and to receive the great aid of the Holy Spirit – Matthew 3:13-17. He was led by the Spirit to contest the evil one by His wisdom and energy – Matthew 4 and His works afterwards among the people were under the vital energizing of the Spirit of God – Matthew 12: 24-28. Nothing was ever merely attempted; it was directed and propelled by this heavenly person. No service or ministry to any man or situation was under the impulse of self for self, but under the influence of this gracious Presence. As the Son of God He relied upon the Holy Spirit to do His work and achieve the things that needed to be wrought out. The Spirit of God was quite capable of accomplishing quietly and powerfully the supernatural things in and through Him as long as He relied in faith upon the divine leadings and workings. In principle and practice He would perform through divine strength alone.

The Christian life is intended to be lived under the dynamic of the Holy Spirit. We receive the presence, inspiration and dynamism through the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, input and ministry – Galatians 3:2, 3, and that through faith in His presence and operations we henceforth live and work. Paul was a man of the Spirit and whose life, ministry and mission were under this power that creates the faith of the son of God.

There is a difference between our faith and the faith of the Lord Jesus. The faith of the Lord Jesus is needed. We must change faith from time to time. Your faith may get to a place where it wavers. The faith of Christ never wavers. When you have His faith, the thing is finished. When you have that faith, you will never look at things as they are. You will see the things of nature give way to the things of the Spirit; you will see the temporal swal­lowed up in the eternal.

I was at a camp meeting in Cazadero, California, several years ago, and a remarkable thing happened. A man came who was stone deaf. I prayed for him, and I knew that God had healed him. Then came the test. He would always move his chair up to the platform, and every time I got up to speak, he would get up as close as he could and strain his ears to catch what I had to say.

The devil said, “It isn’t done.” I declared, “It is done.”

This went on for three weeks, and then the mani­festation came. He could hear distinctly from sixty yards away. When his ears were opened, he thought it was so great that he had to stop the meeting and tell everybody about it. I met him in Oakland recently, and he was hearing perfectly. Smith Wigglesworth

3/ HE EXPECTED THE REVELATION OF THE FATHER’S VINDICATION ON HIS LIFE AND WORK

The adoption of this principle of living, as far as Paul was concerned, had its great rewards and abiding results. He had good reason for believing and knowing such, because of the ‘faith of the Son of Cod ‘. In the case of Jesus Christ, such a life and way of life had produced permanent, eternal results. The vindication of God the Father rested upon Him. The faith of the Son of God looked simply and surely to Father’s ap­probation. He was not to be disappoint­ed

in life. Twice there came the voice of divine approval upon Him which signified the Father’s pleasure union in life and work – Matthew 3:17; 17:5. Publicly and amongst a private company the accolade of God the Father was given. It was an approval of the principle and attitude that had been evidenced by His Son. For Christ that was enough for Him in life. It was more im­portant to Him than all the approved sayings and opinions of men. The was to receive such appro­val not because He had lived according to the law, but because of complete love, trust and dependence on the Father.

 at death. The faith of the Son of God was rewarded in His time of dying be­cause creation itself bore witness and testimony to Him – Luke.23.44, 45, and with a significant act in the temple of God – Matthew .27.51. What attestation to the faith of God’s Son! His faith con­quered death and God the Father attested the faith of His Son by raising Him from the dead – Acts 2.32; Romans 1:4. God the Fa­ther in combined operation with the Holy Spi­rit gave a glorious attestation to Christ the Son of God by raising trim from among the dead. His faith was not disappointed regarding eternity. The vindication of the faith of the Son of God is to be noted in His eternal, exalted position – Ephesians l.19 – 2:3. His faith just let God do all the promoting and honouring and it paid off. Works of law and sheer self-labour and endeavour can never bring any worthwhile acceptance or divine promotion. The faith of the Son of God allowed the Father to do all the programming and promoting.

CONCLUSION

There are three major things that every Christian believer and worker must be absolutely sure of:

  • There has been and is a dying to self and sin in relationship with Christ.
  • There is a making sure that Christ is indwelling within and ruling both life and work as Lord.
  • There is the government of everything on the principle and procedure of the faith of Christ.
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