Month: March 2015

THE GRAVE ROBBER- I want my miracle NOW!!!

grave robber

THE GRAVE ROBBER- I want my miracle NOW!!!

My last blog on this topic was named Where’s my miracle?

We’re at the point in our study where Jesus
has already performed HIS first miracle.  This is
where Mary “nudged” Jesus to provide more
wine for the wedding feast.  And HE did just that.

Lots of it!

Let’s move on to the second miracle performed by
Jesus in the Gospel of John.

In the book Grave Robber, Mark Batterson calls this
Supernatural Synchronicity.

Are you “where you are RIGHT NOW” based on
Coincidence or providence?

“Does God order our footsteps? Even the ones that
seem like missteps?  Or are we blazing our own trail?”-
Mark Batterson.

Here’s another “strange (to me)” quote from the book.

“But if you believe in a Choreographer who sequences
every step, there are no coincidences.  Only providences.
No accidents. Only divine appointments. Every twist of
fate is a part of the dance originally designed by God Himself.”

Does that mean when what we call a “bad thing” an act of GOD
are we saying God ordained and arranged this?

Absolutely NOT!!!

God has given us a FREE WILL and the FREE WILL is,
for better or worse, like a ravaging FREE RADICAL.

What do we do to overcome free radicals in our bodies?

We take antioxidants!

So….. how do we take antioxidants for FREE WILL – Free
Radicals?

We READ the WORD….

I like what the Message Bible says about this in Psalm 119:11:
” How can a young person live a clean life?
    By carefully reading the map of your Word.
I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;
    don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.
I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart
    so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.

I really like this verse…. However I would change it
now based on Nuero Linguistic Programming(NLP).

I would say, “…help me to see the road signs you’ve
posted…..so I’ll stay sinless before YOU.”

Not that we can stay “sinless” but we strive to
live that way.

Why would I changed that to a more positive statement?

Because NLP has proven that we don’t respond well to
the NEGATIVE of an idea.

The example most used to prove this is:
“DON’T THINK ABOUT A 6 FOOT TALL WHITE
RABBIT WITH FLOPPY PINK EARS!”

Now what did you first do…. If you’re like me and
most other people, you immediately saw that
6 foot tall white rabbit with floppy pink ears.

Stepping back a moment and closing the point about
free wills and free radicals, the WORD of God hidden
in our hearts (and minds) so we can use this knowledge
to make right (good) decisions about where to go,
which way to turn, which plane to take, which car to
drive, etc.

It’s all about listening to the Holy Spirit, our
Comforter/Counselor/Advocate, the Spirit of Truth,
The Spirit of God, The Life-Giver, Our Helper
(in a time of need), Our Guide, etc.

So we can tell by the names given the Holy Spirit,
that we should depend upon this part of the Trinity
to help us with our decisions, (so we can always be
in the RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME).

We shouldn’t be in such a hurry to get someplace
that we miss the miracles along the way (or out
of the way).

Now back to the Supernatural Synchronicity Miracle
and what exactly does this mean?

The second Miracle in the Gospel of John was both
physiological and geographical.  So what happened?

John 4:48-52New International Version (NIV)

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

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

50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”

The man took Jesus at his word (BELIEVED) and departed. 51
While he was still on the way, his servants
met him with the news that his boy was living. 52
When he inquired as to the time when his son
got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one
in the afternoon, the fever left him.”

As we dig into this, we see the Royal Official’s
son was sick…. So being Politically Correct, the
Official could have told Jesus to heal his son, BUT
the Official treated Jesus with respect calling him
“SIR”.

Jesus responded to the man’s request and simply
said, “GO, YOUR SON WILL LIVE”.

Further in the chapter we seen the son was healed
at about 1pm in the afternoon, the same time Jesus
said “your son will live”.

This miracle is called a Supernatural Synchronicity
Miracle because Jesus was a good 20 miles from the
son but the healing took place at the time Jesus said
the words.

Supernatural Synchronicity or purely coincidental?

One more thing before I close this out.  Well maybe
two.

As we read the WORD of GOD and study it, we find
that there are only a couple of times where people
were NOT healed.

1.  Matthew 17:19-20King James Version (KJV)

19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart,
and said, Why could not we cast him out?

20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:
for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a
grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and
it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

2.  Matthew 13:57-58King James Version (KJV)

57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus
said unto them, A prophet is not without honour,
save in his own country, and in his own house.

58 And he did not many mighty works there
because of their unbelief.

I’m a firm believer in the Word of God and I’ve only
found the above two scriptures where people were
not healed… There may be more but I don’t know them.

So seeing this we KNOW it’s God’s WILL for us to be
healed.  In fact the word SAVED in the Greek means
to be made whole, delivered, healed, etc.

So why not believe that and live that.

I’ll tell you…. Unbelief that it’s still for today!

Mark Batterson calls it:

  1. Subliminal Skepticism: this is because we’re
    constantly bombarded with TV ads about medicines,
    doctors, hospitals, etc…being the best at solving
    joint issues, solving cardiac issues, solving stomach
    issues, etc… that or FAITH becomes strong in the
    doctors ability to get us well….
  2. Dormant Disappointment: this is because maybe
    we’ve prayed for a miracle and it feels like GOD
    just didn’t hear us. So we become disappointed
    with the results and lose FAITH.

Whatever the issue, look to the Scriptures!

WHAT DOES THE WORD SAY? Believe THAT, not MAN!
NOT what you see, not what you hear…only the WORD OF GOD!!

See what it says, then believe because:
“All things are possible to them that believe.”

That’s it for now…

Will continue later.  Off to a small group
leader’s meeting tonight.

B-Blessed!

Jerry and Diane

Let’s Talk About The Old Rugged Cross

old rugged cross

Let’s Talk About The Old Rugged Cross

On the second Sunday of each month we
provide a service to the folks at The Oaks
Senior living facility.

This is a pleasant time for us as well as a time
where we learn something—- every time we
participate!

This week I’ve especially been thinking about
THE OLD RUGGED CROSS. 

Yes,,,, the actual song AND the meaning that
this Old Rugged Cross has for me….

Let’s begin by saying the folks at THE OAKS
really love the song, IN THE GARDEN.

So, in the song the garden is a place of
solitude when JESUS Himself can be
heard…. THE VOICE I HEAR, FALLING
ON MY EAR, THE SON OF GOD DISCLOSES…

Since Sunday April 5th is Easter Sunday, this
month I’m leading up to the events of the
crucifixion.

From the Garden to the Old Rugged Cross!

So…

After the Passover supper with the disciples
Jesus and the disciples went to the garden for
Jesus to pray.

Remember, Jesus, Peter, James and John went
with Jesus to a more secluded place in the garden.

Jesus asked the three disciples to “stay awake”
and pray so they may overcome temptations.
But on three occasions, Jesus came back to
the disciples and on each occasion they were
asleep.

This is where we hear the phrase, “What, COULD YOU
NOT WATCH WITH ME ONE HOUR?”

See, even the disciples had a difficult time
staying awake for one whole hour. After all
they had just finished eating and were full.

I’m saying all this just to remind myself that
an hour in the Garden is a good way to commune
with God… and listen to “the voice you hear”…

Looking into the whole “In the Garden” scene
one of the most significant events is JESUS’
willingness to submit to the Will of God.
“O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass
from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as
You will.

SUBMISSION TO HIS HEAVENLY FATHER!

Now moving on to the Old Rugged Cross.

In the song, “The Old Rugged Cross” written
by George Bennard, we see each of his
verses show a reflection of JESUS.

He uses terms like:
Dearest and Best
(for a world of lost sinners was slain)
Lamb of God
(left HIS glory above to bear it to dark Calvary.)
Jesus suffered and died
(to pardon and sanctify me.)
Then He’ll call me some day
(to my home far away,
where His glory forever I’ll share.)

He also describes the cross as:
emblem of suffering and shame
so despised by the world
stained with blood so devine
it’s shame and reproach

Then George Bennard adds a refrain which
really describes how he feels about that
“Old Rugged Cross”.

In the refrain, he says:
“So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
and exchange it someday for a crown.”

Meditate on this for awhile because
on April 5th, we’ll celebrate the

The Resurrection…..

HE’S ALIVE AND I’M FORGIVEN,
HEAVEN’S GATES ARE OPEN WIDE!
HE’S ALIVE!!!!!! HE’S ALIVE!!!!

B-Blessed!

Jerry and Diane
www.NJoyFreedom.com
jerryNdiane@njoyfreedom.com

Where’s My Miracle?

grave robber

Since we’ve been talking about miracles
there seems to be irrefutable, Biblical evidence
that Miracles still happen today as they
did in Jesus’ time.

In fact, I have yet to find any indication that
miracles ceased with the apostles, but that’s
what we’ve been taught in many of our churches.

 

Soooo, that being said, I began to wonder….

 

I had knee replacement surgery four weeks ago
this very day.

 

Why didn’t I receive my miracle even with all the
prayer that went before.

 

In the book Grave Robber, Author Mark Batterson

Makes the comment, “Don’t seek miracles, seek
the Miracle Maker (Jesus)”

 

That being said, I see I was actually seeking the
Miracle, as many of us do when we’re asking
specifically for a healing (or whatever).

 

The Bible says, “All things are possible to him
who believes.”

 

Taking that scripture alone, means “ALL THINGS….”,

Yes,,,, even the miracle of healing my knees before
surgery.

 

But that didn’t happen.

 

Mark Batterson says in his book, “… let me identify
two trip wires that keep us from stepping into the
miraculous.”

 

In other words there are two things that primarily
keep us from receiving our miracle.

 

 

  1. SUBLIMINAL SKEPTICISM- a hidden or
    predisposition toward disbelief.
  2. DORMANT DISAPPOINTMENT- You’ve prayed

For a miracle, but it feels like God didn’t hear
a word you had to say.

 

So let’s get back to MY miracle quest.

 

I’ve studied and read the Bible for years and the
more I read and study, the more the reality that
Satan comes to STEAL, KILL, and DESTROY; but
JESUS came that we might have life and have it
more abundantly.  The Bible says that we should
be living and walking in DEVINE health.

 

So….what happened?

 As I was feeling sorry for myself for NOT receiving

my miracle, especially after getting prepared to teach
that miracles happen today just like they did in
JESUS’ time; I had the following thoughts:

 

  1. We’ve grown up in a time where pastors
    and Bible teachers, justify the lack of
    miracles today by saying miracles disappeared
    with the disciples. After years of hearing
    this, it’s no longer questionable that DORMANT
    DISAPPOINTMENT comes into play as well as
    SUBLIMINAL SKEPTICISM.
  2. We’ve also grown up in an environment where
    things (health issues) can most likely be “fixed”
    by doctors and hospitals. That being so we
    tend to have or develop “faith” in the
    doctors and hospitals, than to trust and
    develop faith in God/Jesus/Holy Spirit.

 

It was like God was speaking to me directly when
thought number 2 popped into my mind.

 

YES, I declared…. I’ve put my faith in the medical
profession rather than GOD…. The medical profession
can replace my knees. The medical profession can
fix my eye site with glasses.  The medical profession
can resolve the hearing loss in my right ear with
technology.

 

In fact, being a Computer Scientist and Mathematician
by trade, it’s easier to believe the medical
profession can solve my issues than to have
to believe in God giving me my miracle.

 

AND, besides that we see ads on TV about the best
joint surgeons, the best cardiac hospitals, the best
eye specialist, the best whatever is just around the
corner from me to solve my problem for me.

 

I hated to admit this even to myself, when I believe
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM (THEM) THAT
BELIEVES, and that we can say to this mountain
(problem), be plucked up and casts into the sea and
we can have what we say….

 

So, tomorrow night we go into our second teaching
about THE GRAVE ROBBER.  The ability to raise
Lazarus from the grave, the ability to change water
to wine, the ability to walk on water, the ability to
feed thousands with just a loaf of bread and two fish,
the ability to heal the lame, the ability to bring site
to the blind.  And even greater things shall WE do….

 

We have about six more lessons on this and I’ll blog
more about receiving miracles as we develop in
our study.

 

But remember and think on this one thing, “ALL
THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM THAT BELIEVES”.

 

I’ve even looked up “ALL THINGS” in the Greek
language and sure enough it means, “ALL THINGS”.

 

More later.

 

B-Blessed!

 

Jerry and Diane

http://www.NJoyFreedom.com