Fasting – 101

fasting-101

Fasting One: In that Day

Fasting Two: God’s Method

Fasting Three: What Fasting is Not

Fasting Four: We Preach Healing (fast)

Fasting Five: Foolishness of God

Fasting Six: Cleaning up the Temple

Audio Series – Youth Renewal

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3 Message Series by Hemstrought
1. Forget not all His Benefits

2. Turning Back Time


3. Youth Renewal

What About Jesus?

What about Jesus? Oftentimes when we talk about the Holy Ghost so much people think we forgot about Jesus, don’t believe in him, or that we don’t consider him important. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus’ life and ministry brought us to this logical conclusion of Holy Ghost Worship, the “Holy Ghost Only” faith, and walking with the Holy Ghost as God in the earth today. Nothing pleases him more.

6 Reasons for Healing and Health

Here are six reasons why every Society person should expect the Holy Ghost to heal their sicknesses and diseases.

(1) Because God used to heal the sick as “Jehovah-rapha” (the Lord our Healer), and He is “the same yesterday and today and forever.”

(2) Because Christ died on the cross to atone for our sicknesses just as He died to atone for our sins.

(3) Because all sickness is the result of Satan’s work, when he introduced sin into this world, and “Christ was manifested to destroy the work of the Devil.”

(4) Because the very same Holy Ghost is in the Society today who did all of Christ’s miracles, and all of Paul’s miracles; and the very same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead. Since this is true, why should we not expect Him to still heal the sick?

(5) Because of Christ’s last great commission in Mark 16: 17,18, and because of His direct command in James 5: 14, 15 to pray in faith for the sick.

(6) Because of His marvelous promises, the fulfillment of which depends altogether upon the exercise of our own faith.

If you will continue to feed on these six scriptural reasons and let them go down deep into your heart, you will be able to act on them and you will receive deliverance and healing from any and every sickness and disease past present and future. Healing belongs to us.

Each of these reasons, as well as many others, are covered in greater detail elsewhere on this blog. Enjoy.

Reason 6 – the Promises of God and our faith

REASON VI

The sixth reason why we should expect God to heal our sicknesses today is because of His marvelous promises, the fulfillment of which depends altogether upon the exercise of our own faith.

Here are just some of these promises:

Matthew 18:19, “Again I (Christ) say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in heaven.”

Does “anything that they shall ask” include bodily sickness ? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.

Matthew 21:22 (Christ says), “And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Does “all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.

Mark 11:22, “And Jesus answering saith unto them. Have faith in God. (2) For verily I say unto you. That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. (24) Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive (have received) them, and ye shall have them.” Does “what things soever ye desire, when ye pray” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.

John 14-: 13, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do; that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.” Does “whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name,” and “If ye shall ask anything in My Name” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.

John 15: 7, “If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto “you.” Do these words, “Ye shall ask what ye will” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer.

1 John 3:22, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him (God), because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” Does “whatsoever we ask” include bodily sickness? Yes. Then take Christ as your Healer, for He is no “respecter of persons.” What He did for John, who made a practice of keeping all His commandments and doing only what was right in His sight. He will also do for you.

James 5:14, “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” Do you believe the book of James is inspired of God ? Yes, Then obey James 5:14, and take Christ as your Healer.

If bodily Healing was not in the Atonement—as we have clearly proven it is—we would still have a perfect right to pray for the sick and expect Christ to heal on the authority of these wonderful promises just quoted.

The very same faith that saves the soul will also heal the body.

In Matthew 9: 22 Jesus said to the woman with the issue of blood, “Daughter, , . . thy faith hath made thee whole.” This expression, “thy faith hath made thee whole,” reads in the Greek, “He pistis sou sesóken se,” and literally reads, “the faith of thee has saved thee.” The verb “sesóken” is the perfect tense, 3d person singular of “sözö”—I save.

Now examine Luke 7: 50. Here Christ says to that poor sinful woman of the street, who had anointed His feet with oil and wiped them with the hairs of her head, “Thy faith hath saved thee.” This reads in the Greek, “Hê pistis sou sesöken se,” and literally reads, “The faith of thee has saved thee.” These are the very same words exactly which Christ spoke when He healed the woman with the issue of blood.

Now we’ve given the sixth reason why all God’s saints today should expect Him to heal their sicknesses, let us here remind you of the five reasons already given:

(1) Because God used to heal the sick as “Jehovah-rapha” (the Lord our Healer), and He is “the same yesterday and today and forever.”

(2) Because Christ died on the cross to atone for our sicknesses just as He died to atone for our sins.

(3) Because all sickness is the result of Satan’s work, when he introduced sin into this world, and “Christ was manifested to destroy the work of the Devil.”

(4) Because the very same Holy Ghost is in the Society today who did all of Christ’s miracles, and

all of Paul’s miracles; and the very same Holy Spirit who raised Christ from the dead. Since this is true, why should we not expect Him to still heal the sick?

(5) Because of Christ’s last great commission in Mark 16: 17,18, and because of His direct command in James 5: 14, 15 to pray in faith for the sick.

(9) Because of His marvelous promises, the fulfillment of which depends altogether upon the exercise of our own faith.

If you will continue to feed on these six scriptural reasons and let them go down deep into your heart, you will be able to act on them and you will receive deliverance and healing from any and every sickness and disease past present and future. Healing belongs to us.

As adapted from the work of…

T. J. McCrossan, B.A., B.D.

Reason #5 the Great Commission

REASON V

Society people should believe in “Divine Healing” today, (a) because of Christ’s last great commission, and (b) because of God’s direct command in James 5: 14.

(a) Examine here Christ’s last commission to His disciples in Mark 16: 17: “And these signs shall follow them that believe (literally, ‘to those believing’) ; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents (as Paul did, Ac. 28: 3-5) ; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” Here then is a direct command from Christ that His followers should pray for the sick, and expect Him to heal them.

(b) Here listen to James 5: H: “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: (15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.” The word “call” here is “proskalesasthó,” the 1st Aorist, imperative, middle, 3d singular of “proskaleö”—I call or summon. It is therefore a direct command from God, a command that most saints have never yet obeyed. But look at God’s promise, if only we will obey this command. James 5:15, “The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” Is this a part of God’s word? Yes. Then, let us obey it and see how marvelously God fulfills His promises.

Now we know James was here speaking of physical sickness: (1) Because the word for “save” here is “sösei,” the future, 3d singular of “sözö,” the very word used by Christ every time He said to a sick person, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.” See Mathew 9: 22; Mark 6: 56; Mark 10:52; Luke 8:48; Luke 17: 19, etc. (2) Because of the word James uses for “the sick”—”the prayer of faith shall save the sick” (ton kamnonta). “Kamnonta” is the present participle, masculine accusative of “kamno,” to be tired, exhausted, sick or ill, and literally reads, “the one being sick or exhausted. This is the word used to express Job’s physical sickness (Job 17:2).

Again the word “raise” (egerei) here speaks of physical illness. It is the future of “egeiro” (I raise or lift up), the very word used in Mark 1: 31 where Christ “lifted up” Simon’s wife’s mother who was sick of a fever. (4) Again we are absolutely sure that this sickness of James 5:14 refers to physical sickness and not spiritual, because this Epistle was luritten to church saints. James 1: 19 speaks of “My beloved brethren,” words which always and only refer to church saints. See pp. 79 to 87, where we prove most conclusively that James wrote his Epistle to church saints. This being so, then their sins were already forgiven. But if he (the sick one) may have committed (the subjunctive mood with the perfect participle) sins, they shall be forgiven him, James declares. If James had been here writing to a people who were spiritually sick or unsaved, would he have used the subjunctive mood, and said, “And if he may have committed sins?” Never. If they had been spiritually sick or unsaved there would have been no “if” about it: they would all have needed forgiveness.

For these four reasons we are absolutely sure James 5: 14 and 15 is God’s command to His physically sick saints, a command, however, which comparatively few obey.

But what is here meant by “the prayer of faith shall save the sick (Jas. 5: 15)”? Many say it refers only to the faith of the elders who offer the prayer, and not to the faith of the sick persons. This is not correct for Mark 9: 17-27 tells us of a

poor father, who brought his demon-possessed son to the Lord, and said, “If Thou canst do anything have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus replied, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (to him believing).” Christ says in effect to this father, Man, the “if” does not lie with me at all; of course I can heal your son, but you must exercise an expectant faith.

In Matthew 13: 58 we read, “And He (Christ) did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” Unbelief then, either of the elder or of the sick person, will make it impossible for God to answer prayer. When unbelief kept Christ from healing the sick on earth, it will surely do so today.

In Mark 2:1-5 we have the story of the palsied man who was brought to Christ by four friends, and let down before Him through the roof. In Mark 2: 5 we read, “When Jesus saw their faith. He said unto the sick of the palsy. Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.” This reads literally, “Jesus, seeing the faith of them” (autön), meaning the faith of the sick man as well as the other four. But, you ask. How can we be sure that this pronoun “autön” (of them or their) includes the sick man as well as the four who carried him? Because of the pronoun “autön,” the genitive plural of “autos”—he or himself. If Christ had been here speaking of the faith of these four men only, and not of the sick man. He would have used the demonstrative pronoun “toutön,” the genitive plural of “houtos,” which would have told us that Christ was referring to the faith “of the persons” nearest to the sick man (the four), but not to the sick man himself.

There are two demonstrative pronouns in Greek, viz. “houtos” and “ekeinos.” “Houtos” (this one or these) would designate the person or persons nearest to us, while “ekeinos” (that one or those) would designate the person or persons farther away; but neither of these pronouns would include ourselves. The use of this personal pronoun “autön,” however, includes the sick man himself and the four others.

Yes, “All things are possible to him believing” (Mk. 9; 23) ; but without faith on our part our prayers cannot be answered. Dealing with this very subject of exercising faith, when we pray, James 1: 6 says: “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (7) For let not that man (who lacks expectant faith) think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.” Then both the elders and the sick persons should have an expectant faith.

Because it is impossible to have faith without the know will of God, and here we are required to have expectant faith for physical healing, it is without question that it is God’s will to heal.

 as adapted from the work of…. T. J. McCrossan, B.A., B.D.
“Bodily Healing and the Atonement”

Reason #4 – The Holy Ghost Quickens our Flesh

A fourth reason, why all Society People should expect God (the Holy Ghost) to heal our sick bodies today, is because He is the very same Holy Spirit who did all of Christ’s miracles, and raised Him from the dead, and is still in the earth, and has all His old time, life-giving power.

John 14: 16 declares emphatically that the Holy Ghost will abide with us forever. 1 Thessalonians 1: 5 asserts, “For our Gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power (dunamis) and in the Holy Ghost.” This word for power (dunamis) is the Holy Ghost power of Luke 24: 49 and Acts 1: 8.

Paul also declares (2 Tim. 1:7), “For God hath not given us (the Society) the Spirit of fear, but of power (dunamis—Holy-Ghost power).”

Then the Holy Ghost, who is now abiding in us, is the Holy Ghost with power (dunamis), the very same Holy Ghost who inspired all of Christ’s actions while he was on earth. Luke 4: 14, “And Jesus returned in the power (dunamis) of the Spirit into Galilee.” This same Holy Spirit, who is now in the Earth, is He who anointed Christ and gave Him the power to work all His miracles.

Acts 10: 38, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power (dunamis), who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the Devil.” Remember, Christ did all His miracles in the power of the Holy Ghost, and not in His own power as the Second Person of the blessed Trinity. Christ has assured us that this same Holy Ghost power, called “dunamis,” is for each of His saints today. Acts 1:8, “Ye shall receive power (dunamis) after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.”

Paul too has assured us in 2 Timothy 1: 7, and else where, that God has given to His church “the Holy Spirit of power” (dunamis), the very same Holy Spirit who controlled Christ’s life (Luke 4:14) and wrought all His miracles (Acts 10: 38), and the very same Holy Spirit who worked all of Paul’s miracles. Romans 15:18, “For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me . . ., (19) Through mighty signs and wonders by the power (du-namis) of the Spirit of God.”

Since then the very same Holy Spirit did all of Christ’s miracles and all of Paul’s miracles, is in the church today with all His old time power (dunamis), why should we not expect Him to heal the bodies of the sick today?

In (Rom. 8:26), “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities (astheneiais).” This Greek word “astheneiais” is the dative plural of “astheneia,” the commonest word in the Greek language for “sickness.” But note well the word here translated “helpeth” (sunantilambanetai). This is the present tense, 3d person singular, of the deponent verb “sunantilambanomai,” and comes from “sun”—together with, “anti”— against, and “lambano”—I take hold of. This word therefore means “to take hold against together with.” Then in Romans 8: 26 we are told that the Holy Ghost takes hold against our sicknesses together with some one. With whom? Why, with ourselves of course.

Yes, Romans 8:26 teaches us that it is just as much the work of the Holy Spirit today ‘to take hold against our sicknesses,” as it was before.

Romans 8:11, “But if the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead, will also quicken (zöopoiêsei) your mortal (thnëta) bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.”

“Thnêtos” (mortal) is an adjective derived from “thnêskö”—I die, and always means “liable to, or subject to death.” The Greek word for a dead human body is “nekros.” “Thnetos,” always refers to something “subject to death,” but never, never to a dead body. This is important because your body is now subject to sickness and death. It is now that He does his life-giving work, healing and delivering you from all sickness and disease.

The Greek word “thnetos” simply means mortal. Romans 6: 12, “Let not sin reign in your mortal (thnetos—same word as in Romans 8:11) body,” etc. If Paul said, “Let not sin reign in your dead body,” it would have been utter nonsense.

Again Paul gives us the true meaning of “thnetos” (mortal) in 2 Corinthians 4: 11, “For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.” We are now to manifest forth the life of Jesus Christ in these bodies which are subject to death, for the word mortal (thnetos) never, never, means a dead body, but always something which is subject to death, but not yet dead.

John Calvin, that superb Greek scholar, is therefore correct when he says of Romans 8:11, “The quickening of the mortal body here cannot refer to the resurrection of the saints, but must mean a giving of life to their bodies, while here upon earth, through the Spirit.”

So… Romans 8: 11, “If the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive, heal) your mortal bodies (these bodies subject to death, but not dead) by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” The word for quicken here is “zöopoiêsei.” This word comes from “zöê”—life and “poieó”—I make. Then it is the work of the Spirit “to make life.” 2 Corinthians 3:6 says, “. . .; for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life (zöopoiei).”

Since it is the work of the Holy Spirit, as Paul assures us, to keep making life in these mortal bodies of ours, no wonder this apostle asserts (Rom. 8: 26), “The Spirit takes hold against our sicknesses together with.” This verse proves that, while it is the work of the Spirit to keep making life in our mortal bodies (bodies subject to sickness and death), yet He will not do this blessed work unless we, God’s saints, do our part, and take hold together with Him, What is our part? Praying in the Spirit (other tongues) and holding fast to our confession of faith. Much teaching, on both of these important topics, can be found here on this site. MHGS.org

If we do our part He (the Holy Spirit) will do His “will take hold against our sicknesses together with” ourselves (literal reading of Rom, 8:26). The result will be that He will keep making life (the exact meaning of “zöopoieo”) in these mortal bodies of ours.

Yes, you as a Society Person should expect God to heal your physical body today, because the very same Holy Spirit who did all of Christ’s miracles (Ac. 10:38), and all of Paul’s miracles (Rom. 15: 19) is still in the Earth today as “the maker of life” (zöopoieo), and He is here “to take hold together with us against our sicknesses.”

As adapted from the work of… T. J. McCrossan, B.A., B.D.

Reason #3 Jesus destroyed Satan’s works

REASON III

We expect God to heal our sicknesses today, because all sickness is the (direct or indirect) result of Satan’s work (when he introduced sin into this world) and Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil.

Acts 10: 38 proves to us conclusively that all the diseases Christ cured while on earth had been caused by Satan. Acts 10: 38, “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.”

The word here for “oppressed” is “katadunasteuomenous,” the present participle, passive of “katadunasteuo”—I dominate or exercise lordship over.”

Then all whom Christ healed while on earth were diseased or afflicted because Satan had gotten the lordship, either over them, or their ancestors. Yes, every physical ill Christ cured was the result of Satan’s work.

But Jesus came, died on the cross, and rose again that He might destroy the work of the Devil.

Hebrews 2:14, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood. He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the Devil.” Then Christ died to destroy Satan’s power over death. Is not sickness one method by which Satan causes death? Then Christ died to destroy (annul the power of) sickness.”

John reveals this same truth in 1 John 3:8, “For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil.” Is sickness the result of the Devil’s work? Yes! Then Christ died and rose again to destroy (annul the power of) sickness.

As adapted from the work of… T. J. McCrossan, B.A., B.D.