‘Waking Up & Shaking Up God’s Word in Your Life’ – Pastor Sandra Kennedy

Let this message encourage your faith in receiving the blessings God has already provided for you in Jesus.

 

 

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Healing Book: New Look, New Edition, Lower Price

 

HEALING AMAZON BOOK COVER - FRONT ONLY w. shadowHey, I just want to let you all know that my book Healing Is For You! is now available in paperback from Amazon. It’s been on the market in paperback for years, selling in independent bookstores, at seminars, Bible schools, and through churches. And it went onto Amazon in digital format last year. But the only online retailer for the paperback was the publisher’s website, St. Ellen Press.

However, this week the book has come out in its fourth paperback edition, with a new look, new format, and lower price ($6.99) — and now it’s easy to order from Amazon.

It still offers a thorough study from God’s Word about healing for body and mind, and it still answers scores of the most troubling questions on the subject. Such as —-

Is it always God’s will to heal?

If it is God’s will to heal everyone, then why doesn’t everyone receive healing?

What part does medical science play in God’s healing plan?

Is it God who decides when each person dies?

How can I ever die if I keep getting healed?

If I don’t have faith for healing, can I get it somehow?

The book doesn’t promote any church doctrine. Rather it looks closely and carefully at God’s Word — especially the life and ministry of Jesus — who, according to the Word, is the only exact, perfect representation of God. It looks at God’s personal and perfectly-executed plan to get His people well and keep them well. It covers 9 separate means that God Himself has provided to get His healing power into us, and it looks carefully at 7 of the most common hindrances to our receiving that healing fully. It also offers a final chapter with more than 100 healing scriptures to use as medicine, just the way the Lord instructs us to do.

The Lord has graciously anointed and blessed Healing Is For You! to strengthen and encourage faith and help people receive healing from Jesus Christ. If you need healing, or you would like to better understand God’s healing plan so that you can help others get well, it will be a wonderful tool to help you move more fully into God’s loving, merciful plan to bless His people.

 

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My First Venture Into YouTube Posts

Well, this week, I finally took the plunge to learn how to set up a YouTube account and channel — and then start posting videos. I began with the audio of healing scriptures read by my father. Of course, I had to add still pictures and convert them into what YouTube calls a “movie.” It took a while, but I finally jumped through all the hoops successfully.

Unfortunately, on my old operating system and browser, some of the YouTube videos sound scratchy, and this one does as well. However, on my laptop, with a newer operating system and browser, it sounds great. So if any of you do hop over and listen to it, let me know what you found as far as sound quality.

Thanks a lot. I’m believing the Lord to use it to minister to many people.

 

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A Harvest of Health

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For My thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: so shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  (Isaiah 55:8-11).

Did you catch the main point here? The Lord is telling us that the rain and the snow water the earth and MAKE it bring forth fruit, and that His Word will do exactly the same thing in us. That is – The Word of God, when it is received into the ground for which it is intended – our spirit, soul, and body – will MAKE that ground – our spirit, soul, and body – bring forth the fruit of the Word. It’s because of this truth that God can say His Word will not return to Him void, without accomplishing that which He wills.

We know for sure that God’s Word is His Will. He has told us repeatedly throughout scripture, both Old and New Covenants, that He created all that is natural by and through His Word – and that His Word will never fade away nor fail. He tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scripture is “God-breathed.” (Original Greek). So His Word has creative power in it, just as it did on the first day of creation, and has been sent to create the things of God – all that is of life, health, and holiness – in us.

Now, let’s look at one specific set of His words that have been sent to accomplish a very specific and exact work. Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, give attention to My words. Incline thine ear to My sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes. Keep them in thine heart. For they (My Words) are life unto you that find them and health (medicine) to all your flesh.” The word translated health in this passage is actually a Hebrew word that is correctly translated “health” and “medicine.” So God tells us here clearly that His Word is medicine for all of our flesh. There’s nothing left out in the words “all of our flesh.” There is no disease or physical affliction for which God’s Word is not medicine. But it’s even better than mere medicine. It’s medicine with a guarantee that it will restore health.

When we couple that information with the information He gives us in Isaiah 55:10-11, we find that His Word, when we apply it in faith as medicine to our physical bodies, will MAKE our bodies bring forth the fruit of health. “But,” you may say, “it’s not happening in my life or the lives of many people I know.” That is true. But just how many people do you know who will search God’s Word until they know exactly what it says about healing and until they are saturated in God’s healing Words? I don’t know many, but the ones I do know – including myself – have found that Word every bit as effective in fruit-bearing as those passages indicate.

I have failed to apply it faithfully at times in my life and had to live with the results. BUT – every time that I HAVE applied it – to my own body and to those of loved ones — to serious problems and minor problems alike – it has worked a healing and a cure – even when doctors said the body had been damaged too much to recover or that surgery was the only option. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of believers all over the world have found this same effectiveness for their bodies and have testified of it for generations.

But, dear one, you must not make the decision to believe God’s Word as your medicine based on the experiences of other people. You must make the decision to believe based only on whether you trust the Word of God. He tells us, in absolutely certain terms, that His Word is His medicine for our bodies. And then in Hebrews 4:11, He also tell us that His Word is “alive and powerful, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and the joints and marrow of the bones.”

Now, medical science tells us that all blood cell production takes place in the bone marrow. And the Word tells us that the life of the flesh is in the blood. If that is the case, just think what can happen if we saturate ourselves with the Word of God enough to fill our bone marrow with it. Since God promises that the Word –like the rain and snow – will MAKE the ground bear fruit, then that Word in our bone marrow will MAKE our body bear a harvest as well. When you get enough Word in the blood cells flowing into every cell of your body, it can go to work destroying the unhealthy cells and energizing the creation of healthy ones. Then, in a matter of time, that sick body becomes a healthy body.

Consider taking God’s Word seriously. Consider believing what He tells us. And consider sitting down with the Word and reading it into your own body – especially the portions that speak healing and health – absorbing it regularly, faithfully – at least as regularly and faithfully as you would take the pills or the medical treatments a human doctor prescribes. Give God’s medicine the same honor and attention that you give man-made medicine, and see if it doesn’t MAKE your body bear a wonderful harvest of God’s health and life.
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You may be interested in these related articles, which tell you more about how  to apply God’s healing Word to your physical body:
God’s Word Is Real Medicine.”
“Acting On God’s Word”

 

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Receiving Physical Healing from a Spirit God

HEALING HAND - DARK SEPIA - FEATHEREDWhen healing is needed, some people tend to think that it’s easier to trust medical science and physical medicines and treatments from the natural realm than it is to trust the Lord to work supernaturally to deliver them.  Evidently that feeling is due to the fact that they believe the sickness or infirmity is primarily a physical problem — with a physical root — so, of course, physical remedies and treatments would best serve their need.

However, exactly the opposite is true. According to the Word of God, all sickness and disease has a spiritual root, and came into this physical world as a result of man’s sin — and the resulting curse on the sin and everything it contaminated. Now, every single bout of sickness is not necessarily the result of some particular or specific sin on the part of the sufferer. That is not what the Word says. Rather, all sickness came into the world as part of the curse resulting from rebellion and sin in the Garden of Eden, and that curse has continued to function and bear fruit in the world ever since. Sometimes sickness in an individual’s body has nothing to do with that person’s own sin. Often it is simply that the sickness (infection, infirmity, malfunctioning) currently at work in the world has managed to attach itself to that particular person.

But since sickness came as the result of sin — which is a spiritual thing — then the root of all sickness is spiritual — not physical. And the Lord has provided a spiritual remedy for all sickness: Jesus Christ and His finished work, along with His Word, which applies that finished work to our bodies and our lives.

In the Word of God, Deuteronomy, chapter 28, the Lord tells us explicitly that sickness and disease is part of the curse of the broken law. He specifies several diseases and maladies by name, but then, just so there won’t be any question, He also says, in verse 61, that every sickness and plague “not written” in the book is also included in the curse. The book of Romans, chapter 8, refers to the “law of sin and death.” That law causes sin to result in death, and death in process in the human body tends to manifest itself in the form of various sicknesses, pains, and malfunctioning.

But we must make special note of the fact the Galatians, chapter 3 tells us clearly that Jesus Christ, by His death and resurrection, has totally redeemed us from the curse of the broken law. So we have a legal right to be free from sickness and disease as long as we are in right covenant with Jesus. However, we must know that truth — from God’s Word. Then we must believe that truth. And then we must apply that truth in faith by praying and believing for God’s healing — and by commanding sickness to leave our bodies and confessing with our own mouths what the Word of God says about our healing and health.

So you see, no matter what physical ailment you may be suffering from, the actual root of it is in the spirit realm, and once you can comprehend that fact, believing God for healing becomes much easier — and makes sense even to the human intellect. God is a Spirit, yet He created everything that is material. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God ….” He had no raw materials with which to work. He had only Himself, and He created all that we see, hear, taste, smell, and feel out of spirit. Since spirit created all that is physical, everything physical must — and will — obey the pressure of spirit upon it.

That’s why the Lord said that if we exercised God’s kind of faith, we could speak to the mountain, and it would move. That physical mountain was created by the Spirit God, and when the voice of God — through believing men speaking God’s Word — commands that mountain to do something, it has no choice but to obey the command of its creator.

A person may have a malignant tumor on his arm. That tumor is a physical thing, but it came about as the result of the curse and the law of sin and death — so it has a spiritual root. When we feed on God’s Word and His promises of healing until we truly believe them, then we speak those words to that tumor and command it in the name of Jesus Christ to be destroyed and dissolved from our bodies, it must obey.

It is important to note, however, that “trying” this “method” is not going to work. This truth we are talking about here is NOT A ‘METHOD.’ Nor is it a formula. And “trying” something is not an act of faith. We must get so much of God’s Word inside of us that it creates real faith. There must be a “knowing,” not an “experimenting,” for God’s Word and His power to be set free to work.

In the final analysis, it all comes down to living in the Word of God. It is the Word that shows us the truth about sickness and disease. It is the Word that shows us the truth about healing and God’s will concerning it. And it is the Word that enters into our very marrow and affects the creation of the cells of our body so that we can be healthy. (Hebrews 4:11). It is also the Word that God has chosen as His own personal form of medicine for the human body. (Proverbs 4:20-22). And that seems only right. Jesus said His words were “spirit and life.” Since sickness and disease have a spiritual root, then God’s “spirit and life” words must have the cure.

Dr. Jehovah Rapha — a poem

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(Exodus 15:26, Mark 5:25-34)  

Her brow was wet with fever,
And her body wracked with pain.
She did not know just what was wrong,
But the symptoms would not change.
She knew she needed healing,
But she had no way to pay.

Who to turn to; who to trust;
Who to show the way?

A friend said to her, “Sister,
I know a doctor kind.
He cleanses lepers, makes lame walk,
And gives sight to the blind.
In fact, He’ll take on any case,
And cure it every time.” 

“Oh, would that I could go to Him,”
She then was heard to say.
“But since I do not know His name,
How can I know the way?
And even if He’d take my case,
I simply cannot pay.” 

“My dear, fear not,” her friend replied;
“There is no need to fear.
I’ll take you to Him right away;
He’s really very near.
His name’s Jehovah Rapha; He’s
‘The God that healeth thee.’
And because of His Son’s precious blood,
The healing – it is free!

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© 1998 Sandra Conner

 

Look and Live

WOMAN LOOKING UP SILH. SEPIADo you need healing?  Are you struggling in your efforts to receive it?  Do you feel surrounded and overwhelmed by the symptoms, the doctors reports, the unbelief of friends and family — crowding around you and choking off your faith?

The Psalmist in God’s Word felt exactly what you are feeling. He knew what it was like to be surrounded by so many enemies at once and hearing their taunting voices trying to convince him that God would not come through for him: “Lord, how are they increased that trouble me. Many there be that rise up against me.  Many there be that say of my soul, ‘There is no help for him in God.'” (Psalm 3:1-2).  But his response to that problem was to turn his attention to God. “But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter of my head.”

Another of our great forefathers in the faith, King Jehoshaphat, faced the same kind of situation: The kingdom of Judah was facing annihilation as the mighty armies of three nations came against it. Jehoshaphat called the people to a fast, and as they stood before the Lord, he prayed, reminding God of His faithfulness and saying, ” … We have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee.” God gave them a total victory the very next morning.

In both instances, these men of faith did exactly the same thing to find a solution to their problem: They took their eyes off the enemy and put them on God alone.

That action is exactly what the Lord instructs us to do in the midst of what looks like a hopeless situation and certain defeat.  In Isaiah 41:10, He says, “Feat not, for I am with you. DO NOT ANXIOUSLY LOOK ABOUT YOU, for I am your God. If we have a God whose capable of defeating any enemy — and who has promised to do so — then we don’t need to look at the enemy, the problems, the imminent destruction. Where do we look?  We look at our God.

There is a light from God — and from His Word — that will lighten you. It will burn through the thick fog of doubt and suffocating fear and infiltrate you with its illumination and warmth. It will lift your faith — enlarge your faith — increase your faith — strengthen your faith — and bring you the victory. 

There’s an old gospel song from the 1800’s by William A. Ogden entitled “Look and Live.”  The chorus of that song says, 

“Look and live, my brother, live;
Look to Jesus now and live,
It’s recorded in His Word, hallelujah
That you only have to look and live.”

Yes, looking is the key.  But looking the right direction is what makes the difference in whether that key works in the lock. We MUST look to Jesus and His Word. Hebrews 3:1 admonishes us to “consider Jesus, the High Priest of our profession.”  That word “consider” in the original Greek means “exercise your mind on.”  What a perfect picture of the meaning of meditation.  We are to “exercise our mind” on Jesus.  Think about Him — about how He never — never — never turned down any person who came to Him for healing. And then think about how He is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).

Hebrews 12:2 says, ” … Let us run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”  Jesus is the author of our faith, because He IS the Word of God. (John, chapter one). It is the Word that tells us of God and what He has done for us. Nothing but the Word can reveal to us the truth of God’s love, mercy, and healing, so nothing but the Word can create faith in us for those things. (Romans 10:17).  And that same Word continues to feed and strengthen our faith if we will keep our eyes on it. 

We keep our eyes on Jesus by keeping our eyes on His Word.   

So don’t look around you at the forest, dark with unbelief and fear. Look up to Jesus, your Healer — and keep looking up for as long as it takes. He isn’t going anywhere.  He’ll be right there when you look to Him, and He’ll stick with you until you have the full manifestation of your healing from Him.

Peace? What Is It?

The most often used Hebrew word for “peace” in the Old Testament is one that means “safe, well, happy, prosperous, whole, complete.” When God gives us His own peace, He’s not talking about just helping us to calm down in the midst of bad situations, so that our heart beats at a normal rate and our stomach isn’t tied into knots. He’s talking about providing for all of our needs, at every level of our being. Don’t believe the Lord for only part of what you need. Believe Him for everything you need. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” (Psalm 103:2).