Archive for December, 2017

This is a quick recount of revelation that hit me a couple days ago.  First let’s start with the base, then I’ll explain.

Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once. – Matthew 15:21-28

I had heard speakers speak of this passage.  I’m not sure who I picked it up from, but a quick search put Andrew Wommack up near the top.  He is a well known for this healing ministry, and mainly the divine health he walks under.  One of the phrases I know from his talks is “You’ve already got it”.  Basically at salvation we received the full “salvation” of payment of sins, healing, deliverance, etc.  Basically the full definition of the Greek word Sozo ( if I remember right ).   In light of this passage, the truth that healing was the “children’s bread” has sparked a number of healing ministries.  The thought being that this is something that is expected, basically a right of the believer.

Again, I had heard this, but haven’t walked in it myself.  I had actually had a conversation on this topic with some family just a couple days back.  During the occasion, I was around a number of family members that had been passing around a cold.  Sure enough, about 2 or 3 days  into this, I noticed I was feeling achy, a little sore, and strangely cold inside a house where others seemed to be warm.  I know the feelings.  It’s that first stage of the cold where it’s starting to take hold and things are about to go downhill.

At a certain instance, I needed to step outside to go grab something from the care.  During this, I was thinking about walking in divine health and God’s healing.  If this is something we have available, I feel like I should be fighting for it.  I’m tired of watching so many close to me struggle with sickness and disease.  On the way to the car, I begin thinking through verses about healing.  That’s when the passage above pops into my heal.  “Children’s bread”.  Hmm, as I pondered that, another verse popped into my head as bread struck some memory.

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! – Matthew 7:9-11

And the revelation fell with an almost audible thump.  I jerked to a thought with the shock of it.  Could it really be that simple, could it match up just like that?  But the truth in my spirit cried out with .. joy.

You see, if healing is part of God’s “bread” to His children, and we know that a good father is happy to provide bread to his child when asked, how can we doubt his desire for us.  How can we not expect such a good God to heal us?  I know these verses speak of more than just healing, and more than just gifts, but I cannot argue the intersection.

When I need healing, I ask God.  God, being a good father, and healing being part of the bread He has for His children, will happily give it forth.  So I should ask and expect it.

So I did.  As we continued through the day, I got a chance to just look to the Lord and ask for Him to heal this cold.  The feelings were still there.  So as we talked and did things, I kept trying to look to the Lord, picture Jesus.  Each time I was able to focus upon Him with feeling, the feelings would decrease.  I think that was just my method of faith.  As I focused upon the Lord and felt His presence, I knew His goodness would take care of me.  Over the next 15 minutes or so, I felt fine.  Several days later, I’m still fine.  A little tired out, but then again, I’ve been around a lot of family for the holiday.

So… to be picky… I know there are some times where healing might not come.  I can think of some instances from ministers I know to walk closely with the Lord where they prayed for someone and God would not heal them.  Those cases were pretty rare and had a very specific reason.  Usually a problem on the part of the person.  The way I see it ( my “theology for now” ), is that it is expected for God to heal.  So I trust Him.  If it doesn’t seem to be happening, then I also trust Him to reveal to me what is wrong.  He is a good God.  If I am not receiving what He told me, then there is a better reason and I will wait upon Him to tell me.

I suspect, just like any revelation, this will be tested a lot and soon.  I’m not looking forward to that.  Any attempt at drawing closer to the Lord almost always leads me to a period of wilderness, and I’m not always successful there.  Lord help me.


Sometimes all it takes is just 10 minutes during your workout where you set your eyes upon the Lord, still your heart, and be open, and you get a “download” as Paul Keith Davis likes to say.  That’s what happened last night.  I get the impression that the Lord is just bubbling over with things to tell me, only waiting that I’m still and humble enough to receive them.

I carry burdens, lots of them.  I suspect we all do.  It takes so little.

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Job
  • Mortgage
  • Friends
  • Parents

Expectations are placed upon us by things around us.  Usually people, sometimes just ourselves.  There’s actually a Marriage devotional we went through called iMarriage that I’m reminded of.  According to them, the expectations we bring into the marriage are often the things that drives it apart.  Your spouse will most likely not live up to your expectations.  It’s ok to dream, but to expect is to place a burden.  When I expect my wife to make dinner sometimes and I continue to find myself making dinner, where do I go.  I go into my expectation, wondering why she can’t handle such a small thing.  What did I do that I have to do this.  Whine, whine whine.  Now I’m bitter.  That bitterness will just spread until it finds other reasons to reinforce itself.

Back to the point.  I can focus on the expectations.  My work expects me to keep everything going(that was super bad for a while), my wife expects me to do all sorts of things and remember stuff(oh boy), my child expects me to play all the time, I expect myself to work on my writing, and fix the house, and rake the leaves, and so on.  God expects me to do my quiet time and find time to wait quietly, and pray, and intercession.  Don’t forget worship.

In the end, I fail it all.

But Jesus…. my beloved Jesus.

Come to me, all who are weary and heavy ladened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30

We need to change how we live.  I need to, so I don’t get buried under the pressure.  What was Jesus yoke?  Easy.

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ – Matthew 22:36-39

Love God, love others.

I can do it, sometimes.  When I am able to set myself aside.  I have to drop all my expectations, my fleshly desires, and my priorities.  Then I come to God empty.  Live small.  Make yourself small before the Lord.  Some days it took me a few minutes in the shower, another day a minute on my knees, another day 30 minutes of worship in the car.  Whatever way.  Come to God and bow before Him.  Get everything of yourself out of the way and Know Him.  When you get that mindset right, all the other stuff becomes so easy.  You come home and immediately clean up the dishes, clear the mess, and start some laundry because it’ll bless your wife to do it.  When you find a moment in the car, you praise the Lord because it’s pleasing to Him.  When sin comes, you answer as Joseph “How can I do such a thing and sin against my God!”

Set yourself aside.  Live small, so that He may be big.