It’s an illusion

I’m a realist. I believe in things that are real. This could also cause me to believe only in what I see. I’ve had a hard life. I’ve experienced loss in proportions that most people wouldn’t be able to take. I am most likely the one to say that God doesn’t exist and that miracles don’t happen, especially in the hands of God.

That was me 19 years ago. Today, I cannot and will not say that God does not exist, because saying it would make me a lier. Today, I cannot and will not say that God is not active in our lives and does not perform miracles, because then I would be a lier. I hate lies.

I’m still a realist, but I’m also telling you that God is real. This is why I can say it. I’m talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. A realist only believes in what they can prove.

I hate lies. Lies tear people down, ruin relationships, especially marriages, and, honestly, lies let the devil take what he wants.

I like the truth, because it is the opposite of lies. I am willing to face the truth. So many people don’t want to. If they knew the truth, they would have to face what they don’t want to hear. It can be hard and sometimes more difficult than they think they can handle. Think – is what you think actually a lie. Any idea, thought, or any other belief has to be able to prove itself to be one or the other; it is either a truth or a lie.

The truth is what is real. The truth is not fake. It is never wrong; it is the truth. One might say, well, that is your truth. I disagree. The truth is same yesterday, today, and forever. The truth is the same for everyone, except your truth might look a little different because of a different context. But the truth is the truth no matter who you are.

We are all humans living on Earth, but your truth is that you are a human living on Earth in a small town in the middle of the countryside in a place I’ve never heard. You’re still human, but you live in a place different that the rest of the world with your own differences. Nothing changes your humanity just ad nothing changes the truth.

But even though you may live in a place  that many people don’t know, it doesn’t mean that the place doesn’t exist and that you’re not human. You are just as human as the rest, and you still have the same kind of truth to face. As humans, we all will face the same truth. You don’t get to make truth up. If you try, what you get is an illusion.

No matter what, we all will have to face the truth. Some might be fearful of the truth, but I am here to tell you that the opposite of truth is a lie.

A lie is deception. A lie is nothing but an illusion set up to deceive you into believing something that someone else wants you to believe. That someone has an agenda to cause you to do something  that you should not do. A lie is set up to cause you to harm yourself. A lie will make you believe that you are in control. A lie is everything but the truth. Lies come from Satan but performed through those who serve him.

As a realist, I cannot believe in something that isn’t real. So, if I only believe in something that is real, how can I believe in a God that I cannot see. And, also, how can I believe that an evil exists.

Evil is in control when you believe in nothing. Evil is deceptive and has no mercy. Evil will try to keep you from believing in the One True God. God will let you believe whatever you want; it is your choice to believe whatever you want.

But God still offers mercy. God will not kill you so you can’t make a decision anymore, but Satan will. Once Satan believes that you can’t be used for his schemes, he will get rid of you.

With God, there is always an open door as long as you are still alive. If Satan taks you out, he has taken your choice.

God is mercy, but Satan will control you. God forgives, but Satan takes revenge. Satan will take everything you have, but God will give it back, and more. God will bless you with more than you ask for, but Satan will take more than you want to give.

You can find a lie in many places, but one thing will stand the test of time that will help you test any lie – the Bible. You may be a skeptic, but the Bible can be tested if you have an open mind to prove it wrong. But this is not about the Bible; this is about Jesus. The Bible tells us about Jesus. Jesus is truth.

I can honestly tell you without reservation or doubt that God is active in our lives every minute of our days. He knows everything we are dealing with. The question is this: in what places will you allow him to actually do something? God doesn’t force himself on us like Satan does. As long as you block God from working in your life, you are letting Satan get in those areas, even if you are a Christian. How can you expect God to touch you with healing if you won’t let him in that place? (See Matthew 9) Don’t forget that wherever you won’t let God do his work, you open the door for Satan to do what he wants. Satan is like a cancer; when you let him in one place, he will find a way to get to other areas, unless you close the door to him before he can.

You see, God is about mercy, and he knows what is good for us and what is not. God is not about control. God is about choice. But know this, not every choice is good for us. Satan will let you make a choice too….as long as it serves his agenda. The idea that God does not perform miracles is an illusion; it is a lie. This is an illusion that has been set up by Satan to keep you from believing in God.

Make the choice to close the door to Satan, and ask God to come in and heal. I know He is willing. It may not be exactly as you expect, but God will do his work in you if you let him. The real question is this: Are you willing?

Go forth and be blessed, my friends.

Get up and walk

This morning, I have been faced with the question, “Do you want to get well?”

This morning I am reading John 5. It is the account of when Jesus went to the pool near the Sheep Gate called Bethsada. There is a man there who was an “invalid” and had been there for 38 years. 

On this day, Jesus walked up to him and asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (vs 6). Here is the passage in John 5:6-9a NIV:

When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

I find this account very interesting just after reading John 5:48 NIV where Jesus is quoted in saying to “a certain royal official,

“Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders”, Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

Then this is where the conversation goes in verses 49-50:

The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”

Jesus replied, “You may go. Your son will live.”

On the way back home, the father realizes that his son is not only alive but that he became well at the very moment that Jesus told him, “You may go. Your son will live.”

Do you want to know why we don’t see miracles? We don’t see miracles, because we aren’t looking. Just imagine what would have taken place if the invalid had told Jesus (a man he didn’t know) that his condition could not be healed. What if this man told Jesus to let him be as a result of bitterness from no one helping him into the pool – the pool that was known as a place where healings took place when stirred.

Listen to me very carefully. You do not need a man, a woman, a church, a pastor, or any other human being for you to receive the healing touch of Jesus. You can receive healing where you are right now. Are you a born again believer in need of nourishment for your soul and even for your body? If you are, you can ask Jesus directly for healing.

Some things to think about

How many times have we been healed, but then we refuse to pick up our mat and walk? As a result, our healing never was completed as a lack of faith on our part. That man would never walk unless he actually got up. This would take effort, not only to believe, but also to just get up. I imagine he might have felt unbalanced. I imagine he might think he would fall and hurt himself if he tried.

Why do you think Jesus told him to get up, take his mat, and walk? Why didn’t Jesus just tell him to relax? After all, it must have been traumatic for so many people to deny him access to healing. People in his condition were often looked down upon somewhat in the same way some look down upon the homeless.

Do you believe that miracles don’t happen simply because you haven’t seen one? I’m going to give you some insight into this. Often times, a miracle takes place in our lives, and because we don’t believe, we unconsciously refuse the healing all because we haven’t seen it before. The Israelites were taught about healing in the synagogues. They know from all the accounts of Moses, especially when they were delivered from Egypt, that God does miraculous things. It had been told throughout the generations of what God did while their people fled the slavery of Pharoah.

Matthew 18:2-4 NIV tells us:

He (Jesus) called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

The trouble is that our lives become so focused on the things of the world that not only do we fail to believe that God allows miracles, we also shut Jesus out in this department. We end up blocking our own blessings.

There are quite a few accounts of Jesus talking about belief. In the account mentioned in John 5, this man sat there on his mat for 38 years waiting for someone to come and let him get into the stirred waters of a healing pool.

My question for you

So, my question for you is this:

Do you want to be healed?

Some like their current situation, even though, to some of us, this might not make sense. Getting healed means that you might have to get up and walk. And what Jesus has said to some that were healed, “and sin no more”.

What would you be willing to do? What would you do when Jesus tells you to get up, walk, and follow him?

Let me encourage you to read more about the healing accounts of Jesus. You will find them in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John of the New Testament.

Healing is available to us every day, and it comes in many forms. For me this morning, my healing came for my broken heart. My heart was experiencing alot of brokenness as I watch what is taking place in my country.

To my countrymen, please know that you are being prayed for, and I know that Jesus hears the yearns of the broken hearted. You may be going through alot, but you must deny Satan access into these situations. Close the door to each one, and ask Jesus to heal those areas.

Rise up, my people, and defeat the schemes of the devil in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan has no power over anything except what you allow. Tell him that no longer is he welcome, and take our country back, in Jesus name. Lean on Jesus, and in our child-like faith, we will move mountains. And remember to proclaim this: JESUS IS KING!

Go forth and be blessed my friends. My prayers abound in the Lord Jesus Christ for you. You are more than conquerors in the Lord Jesus!