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50,000 New HIV Infections Per Year

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While climate change (ANOTHER BIG LIE) is making the news, the SCOTUS “law of the land” ruling on same sex marriage (ANOTHER BIG LIE-NO SUCH LAW) has contributed to the myth that homosexuality is no longer wrong, taboo, or, in their wildest imagination, a sin.

Get “married,” force the states to recognize same sex marriage, and it’s all nationally legal.

Just because it is legal, it doesn’t make it moral.

The Bible condemns the sin of homosexuality and ALL sexual immorality.

Well, it’s called “cause and affect.” 

When you do something, someone is affected.

According to the CDC, and sometimes you have to look at this and other concurring statistics, 50,000 new cases will manifest this year. They say that this has been consistent, year after year of these new cases.

Yet, because of the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life,” men and women will continue to be infected and afflicted with this and other STDs.

I’ve watched a commercial that stated this same fact. In this commercial, they also said that “there is no cure of HIV…”

If there is no cure, then why do people continue to be affected?

Lust. The desire to have that which is forbidden.

The desires of the flesh and the mind consistently demand to overrule God and His Word to have sex with the same sex. The contraction of this and other diseases is proof that God forbids this disgusting activity.

Here is the consequence of performing the sin of homosexuality.

You commit this sin and the consequence of this sin is STD’s. HIV is a sexually transmitted disease. Meaning that if you do have MSM, you can get the disease.

The number also suggests under reporting because there are many people that refuse to get tested because of the fear of discovering that they are HIV positive.

The opposite is true. If you do not have MSM, you cannot get infected unless it’s by intravenous drug use by contaminated needles, or blood transfusions, should there be a mistake in detection or by child birth.

And recently, we’ve heard that they are allowing HIV positive people to donate blood.

Now how silly is this?

As some of you are reading this article, you may have already been diagnosed and is going through some form of treatment. Some of you have full blown AIDS. Usually when an HIV person has been diagnosed, should they acquire some form of cancer, it is an indication that you have full blown AIDS.

And even with taking drugs to combat the affects of the disease, time is not on your side.

This should compel any individual to see the Lord to be saved but it doesn’t. Most people just accept the verdict and depart into hell to be tormented forever needlessly.

I realize that this is not the thing that most people facing death want to hear, but the Bible that prohibited this and other sexual immoral acts has the answer to get into God’s kingdom.

We will either meet the Lord as our Savior or we will meet Him as our Eternal Judge. Most people faced with death are very hesitant when it comes to ascertaining their salvation.

Many people with a terminal illness refuse to repent, hoping that their “good works” would suffice. Romans 3 tells us that “all have sinned….”

In that same chapter, Paul quoted from the OT by saying that “There is none that is good.”

Sinners want to change the rules of the Word of God so as to make God to be in the wrong and to make Him change.

It doesn’t work that way.

Many think and believe that the Lord is wrong and He has to get right.

God was not the One that sinned. He created us and anyone that makes anything has a right to make the rules. According to Galatians 3:22 “But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”

God did not create or made men to be homosexuals. God did not create you in sin. When Adam sinned against God, everything that was contrary or opposed to God manifested. It wasn’t that way before or in the beginning according to Jesus in Matthew 19:4-5.

Psalm 100:3 says “The Lord, He is God. It is He that has made us and not we ourselves.”

And when He made us, He made us in His image.

God is holy. Not unholy. Not perverted. Not sinful.

When Adam sinned against God, man became perverted, unholy, and sinful. We are the ones that need the Savior. God doesn’t need to be saved.

God demonstrated His love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (see Romans 5:8).

But here is verse 9……“Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”

That’s right……“saved from wrath through Him (Jesus).”

As long as you remain unrepentant, you are under the wrath of God.

John 3:36 says………“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

As long as you do not trust in Jesus alone for salvation and departing forever the works of darkness and sin, “the wrath of God abides on you.”

To get the wrath of God off of you, you must repent or change your mind.

Then you must put your total faith on Jesus for salvation, never to return to sin against Him again.

You have but a short time in this life. You are like a flower, quickly fading, a wave tossed in the ocean, a vapor. Here today and gone tomorrow. You know that time is slipping away. Tomorrow is not promised to anyone but eternity is promised to everyone.

Where you choose to spend eternity is up to you. For the Lord gave you His Son so that you can “….flee from the wrath that is to come.”

This great love that the Lord is offering you is but for a limited time.

The coming of the Lord or your death…which ever comes first.

Hebrews 9:27 tells us…..“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, after that the judgment.”

Death is coming and there is nothing that any man can do about it, for the Scriptures tells us in Ecclesiastes 8:8 that “No one has power over the spirit to retain the spirit, and no one has power in the day of death. There is no release from that war, and wickedness will not deliver those who are given to it.”

So what’s it going to be?

Bypass a golden opportunity to escape the wrath to come or be plunged into hell?

The statistics on HIV could be read here.

President Obama Announces Eradicating AIDS

It is very hard to believe that we continue to throw money into a solvable problem that could be accomplished without money.

Don’t misunderstand me. Funding for HIV/AIDS is needed for those that are currently ill, but also look at the fact that all sickness and disease comes from the devil. Look at the fact that by now, we’ve probably would have had the cure for some of the diseases on this planet if we would stop killing children (abortion) that probably were destined to become doctors, chemists, technicians purposed to find a cure.

In an NBC News writeup, the president says the the US will keep fighting to eradicate AIDS, or find a cure.

I did a double take because how could you eradicate a disease while supporting the means by which this disease manifested?

How can you eradicate AIDS while advocating homosexuality?

Does it make any sense to anyone?

With the combination of aborting children that may have been sent by the Lord with the cure, and advocating the sin of homosexuality, we are reduced to just spending money.

Sarcastically, Ecclesiastes tells us that “Money answers all things.”

It is a sarcastic statement which alludes to the fact that the only way to solve a problem other than the way God intended is by throwing tons of money into the problem.

The CDC has stated that the primary way in which HIV/AIDS is contracted continues to be MSM or men having sex or acting out sexually with men.

These knowingly hypocritical statements only slightly appears to give some hope to those that are laden with this terrible disease. The sad thing is that we fool ourselves into thinking that a cure to an incurable disease will be the answer. We mustn’t fool ourselves because a cure will only embolden the lascivious.

The other side of this unfortunate coin is the collateral damage of people that never engaged in homosexuality. Sadly, they are stricken with this disease.

Romans 5:12 says, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

Sin is the cause of death. Sin is the deliberate act of defiance against the known will of God. When a person deliberately sins against God, death is the result.

Look at what Paul said in Romans 1:26-27. “For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Note “receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”

Sadly, LGBT and sympathizers of the sin of homosexuality do not believe that the sin of homosexuality exacts a penalty.

The word “penalty” is the Greek word from Strong’s Concordance….“g0489. ἀντιμισθία antimisthia; from a compound of 473 and 3408; requital, correspondence:— recompense. AV (Authorized Version) (2)- recompense 2; a reward given in compensation, requital, recompense.”

The reward for the sin of homosexuality is STDs, in particular HIV/AIDS.

Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Metaphorically, “wages” means “Hire or pay for sin.”

Many people believe that this is cruel. That we should not be judged because of the sins committed. However, God is holy, just, and righteous. He created us and not we ourselves. He is Lord of heaven and earth. He has every right to judge mankind for rebelling against Him.

Too often, we try to make God to be in the wrong and not only is this wild, mind boggling thought crazy, it is the very thing that satan himself has tried to sell. And people bought it without a thought. That God is wrong and that sin is right.

Getting back to what president Obama said.

He announced that $100 million in funding would be redirected to a National Institute of Health program to seek a cure for AIDS.

As noble a cause this is, we all know the real cure for AIDS is…………drum roll………cymbal crash……..Abstinence.

You can eradicate AIDS if humans would discipline themselves and repent of sin. Return to the plan and purpose of God established in marriage between one man and one woman. When a person gives themselves over to controvert the Word of God, then the consequences associated with sin is in play.

These consequences are avoidable.

Why do we seek to get into trouble and then look for extraordinary means and methods to get us out when all we need to do is avoid it altogether?

Why do we take the hard way when the easy way is before us?

Why do we look to do the opposite of what the Word of God tells us to do?

It’s called rebellion.

Again, it just seems like when a statement to eradicate AIDS is made, all it takes is a simple look at what started this in the first place and make progress towards stopping the behavior.

That’s why the Lord Jesus said, “You must be born again.”

The person must change within so that the behavior changes. And we must be mindful that it’s not just a behavioral change but our attitudinal response to a loving God, to please Him.

The Lord satisfies our longings and deepest desires for true intimacy. The Lord gives us the love that we need so that we do not search for anything or anybody else to satisfy that need. We were created to worship the Lord. He alone can satisfy us with good things. Not evil things that destroy.

To say that we could eradicate a deadly incurable disease without stopping the behavior that caused it, is not giving anyone hope.

It is flat out deception.

How can you not get pregnant? By not having sex. How can you not get HIV/AIDS? By not having sex with an infected person.

Who is authorized to have sex? One male, and one female that are already married.

This is the plan of God according to Genesis 2:24. This means that by following the plan of God, we could see a significant reduction towards eradication of HIV/AIDS, reduce the strain that is upon the medical industry, and save countless lives. This means that resources could be sent to other areas of critical need.

Our job as preachers is to preach the Word of truth. It is up to people to either accept the truth or reject the truth.

IF they accept the truth, they are on safe ground.

IF they reject the truth and continue in a deadly direction, then Romans 1:26-27 and 6:23a needlessly applies.

Let’s continue to tell the truth about this. Additionally, the church and preachers in particular play a vital role in ministering to the community the Word of God. By living holy lives and preaching the Word of God, and by establishing community outreach to people who are caught in this whirlpool of HIV/AIDS, perhaps we can make a meaningful difference in informing the community of the perfect solution to this perfect storm of HIV/AIDS.

Lying about it will not get the job done.

When A Loved One Has AIDS, What Do You Do?

Back in the 1980’s, a large quilt was made to remember those who passed away from AIDS. It seemed like it became a symbol of sympathy, pain, heartache, and memorial. The names and words to remember them by, tied people together. For it is there that the pain of their suffering is there and, perhaps, it may even serve as a place of trying to heal, obtain some sense of closure, or just to freeze a moment in time where that person remains alive.

It is very easy to be emotional about a quilt and the people that died to make this quilt possible. Sometimes, our emotions can cloud the true meaning behind their deaths.

The sin of homosexuality leading to acquire AIDS.

But the quilt of memorial also serves as a reflection of how tragic, and how deadly a disease could be.

Every 39 minutes, a person is diagnosed having contracted the HIV/AIDS virus. It is no longer an isolated incident. It is a worldwide pandemic that shows no sympathy to those contracting the disease by sexual immorality or women passing the disease to their child through pregnancy. Intravenous needles by drug use and transfusions. Accidental needle pricks, and other means.

This makes this disease a very unforgiving disease should acquisition takes place.

Several years ago, I ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation to my cousin. He contracted AIDS. I didn’t know what were the circumstances that brought about how he contracted the disease but there is always a God connection with every human story.

As a side issue, but important to note. I didn’t know this until after my mom passed on a bright sunny Sunday afternoon on August 23, 1998. Several years before her passing, she never went to church. But one day, the Lord saved me and my backslidden mother (please do not assume that this a disrespect when I mention my mother’s spiritual condition but until you read a situation correctly and call it what it is, you will never be truthful), returned to the Lord.

Incidentally, while my mother was recovering in the hospital after giving birth to me, her first son born out of wedlock, I was told by my mother that a preacher came into the room and he told her that I was going to be a preacher. This prophetic word came to pass on Saturday, September 7, 1979 at 7:30 PM in the lower level of Zion Baptist Church, in Brooklyn, NY. during a divine prayer encounter with the Lord during our Young Adult Evelyn Lowry Choir rehearsal.

For years during and after her backslidden condition, my mother was in search for her long loss sister. Earlier in her search, my mother didn’t know how close she was to ending her search because the lived in close proximity in Brooklyn and they didn’t even know it.

But God knew and that’s all you need to know sometimes.

A little background about my mother. She, Aunt Millie, and my late Aunt Leona were a church singing group that went around Blacksburg, VA, singing in various churches.

Anyway, Aunt Millie eventually moved to Wyandanch, New York and my mother Shirley, remained in Brooklyn, NY. Aunt Millie served the Lord and was either a Missionary or a Deaconess, but more importunely, she knew Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Anyway, after years of searching, the long lost sisters finally met. 

Aunt Millie told my mother about her son in the AIDS ward and my mom asked me to go see him, so, I went.

The one thing about the Lord is that intersections of life always lead to an encounter ordained by God for one specific purpose. To win them to the Lord and to make sure their name is written in heaven.

I led him to the Lord and he is in heaven, with Jesus.

What do you do when a loved one has HIV. It turns into AIDS, and other complications come. What do you do?

The first thing that you have to do is be true to Jesus.

In Matthew 10:34-39, Jesus said……

“ Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to “set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter- in- law against her mother- in- law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. ’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

You cannot love your siblings, parents, or anyone else more than Jesus. It doesn’t mean that we be cold, callous, distant, or disrespectful. It means that you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind (see Luke 10:27).

To love the Lord means that you love truth. Truth comes from God, not from man. So to love God, you must love truth from God. Sinful man will always attempt to separate truth from God.

Why?

If man could make up his own version and call it “truth,” there would be no need for God. Therefore, whatever a man does, apart from God, is his own version of truth. But when you are not true to God, there can never be any truth in you. Just like the devil (see John 8:44).

When making up your own version of what you think is truth, you deny the Word of Truth. It’s the only way people can continue in sin or attempt to “make sense” of their condition senselessly.

Therefore, there must be absolute truth that comes from the Absolute God, which puts man either absolutely correct by grace, or absolutely incorrect and without grace.

Grace is unmerited favor or unearned favor that God lovingly grants to everyone that accepts the terms of salvation through Jesus Christ.

If a man refuses to come to this conclusion, no matter how emotionally attached to your version of “truth” you are, and, quite honestly, no matter how emotionally attached to the loss of your loved one or others, in the face of the Absolute God and His Word, there is no hope unless you accept the provision of salvation, made possible by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul said this in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14…..

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.”

Those that have no hope will sorrow forever. But if you do not remove yourself from such sorrowing, and look to Jesus for the expectation of salvation, you are squandering any chance for eternal life.

As with many people that wonder why people die of this disease, few will conclude that it’s because of sin that this disease is contracted. We are not talking about collateral contraction. We are talking about a direct, deliberate, intentional act of sexual immorality that resulted in the contraction.

What few people understand is that the devil lied to you, your free moral will to do as you please worked against you, and as a result or consequence, the acquiring of a deadly virus is the body judging you for committing sin. When you insist on your way, apart from the ways of the Lord. When you engage in sexual immorality, your body will open up to STDs.

Why?

Because you were not made for sexual immorality (see 1 Corinthians 6:13b). You were made for the Lord.

Sin is a willful act of departure from the Lord and the body is now open to the price of sin. Just like when a burglar is caught robbing a store, when caught, not if, the judge sends you to jail as punishment. When a person commits a crime in the natural, it’s no different when a spiritual crime takes place.

What tends to happen is that a person becomes so emotionally distraught about a person contracting and dying of a disease that they lose sight as to how a person contracted that disease. The emotional state of people is what is behind their stance against the truth of God’s Word.

When there is no clear acceptance of the fact as to how a person contracted HIV?AIDS, it is easy to never assume responsibility for sin.

So what happens is that a person denies the sin part, looks only at the disease and death of a person, and disassociate themselves from anything that has to do with God and His Word. And they directly attack those that speak the truth in love. They are so emotionally attached to the person or persons that died, that no amount of truth is acceptable.

Such denials blinds a person and they are found fighting against any truth no matter how you put it over to emotionally driven people.

We are not talking about collateral contraction of the disease. The collateral argument is a real issue, but we must never let what may have happened as a collateral, deflect from the truth of the matter. Neither should we let collateral become the main topic or issue.

Such distractions or switch and bait kind of substitutions is a overt attempt to deflect from the truth.

Because it is an attempt to reverse the truth and develop your own version of truth.

Why?

They refuse to let the person that died go. As long as this “connection” to the person exists in some way, they may never accept the fact that sin is the true cause of the contraction.

And as cold as you think this may be, the Bible, in hot truth, says…. “The wages of sin is death…”

But it is a cold hard fact. Otherwise, the graveyard is unjust. Death is unjust. And God is unjust. But why did death come about in the first place? Because two individuals decided to disobey God. And Paul said….

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

That’s the truth of the matter. Now, should you remain attached to those that have passed away of the AIDS virus, there is nothing that I, or anyone else will be able to do to persuade you. Online and in most book stores, the Bible is available. The Absolute God, and His Absolute Word is there as plain as day for all to see what God intended and what man intended to do in disobedience. But there is a solution and the solution is yours to accept or reject.

We are all saddened when a love one passes away. In particular, those that have passed away of the AIDS virus. But if we fail to look at the reason why they passed away, and accept the Bible as the only solution to death, if we reject the conclusion of the matter, no amount of human emotionalism, and emotional attachment will change the inevitable outcome.

As a sinner, Luke 13:1-5 comes to mind….

“There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, “ Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

As a saint, the best and highest form of compassion is to minister the gospel of Jesus Christ. To get their names written in heaven.

As a child of God, I cannot be careful about this and should we fail to tell the truth, we are negligent in our responsibility. Such negligence is intolerable to the Lord and God would not be pleased.

Does The Lord Heal Today? Part One

by Fred C. Rochester, Pastor. Copyright 2011. All Rights Reserved.

From the time the Lord ministered healing in the earth to the present time, the healing power of God was always present. However, we have seen a waning of faith of the NT believers of today.

A general or gradual decline of teaching and participating in the work of God in the earth to minister God’s healing power occurred. Sometimes we lose our focus on believing what the Word of God said in order to believe more in the advances of medical science.

Or, we can be so preoccupied and mesmerized with the power of the storm that fear takes the place of faith, and we are found to be perishing. Storms are never designed just to distract. They are designed to steal, to kill, and to destroy. But Jesus is come to give life, and that you might have life more abundantly (see John 10:10).

The challenge to fight for your healing and receive divine health is upon us as never before. Years ago, the Holy Spirit gave me one of many reasons why God’s healing power and divine health was important to Him.

It is important to us because we need to be strong and healthy to do the work and will of God in the earth. It is difficult when we are subpar with our health, attempting to do the will of God.

Another thing that we need to do is stop calling the doctors the enemy. Do not get me wrong. Sometimes a misdiagnosis does occur or a pronouncement of death may be premature because the Lord always has the last say. But doctors are fighting against the same enemy we are fighting. They are only using natural means. Do not misunderstand me. There are some doctors that keep getting it wrong and you go back to them to get better, but nothing happens. That’s when you need to be a little more discerning and go to a reputable doctor.

Or, go to the Creator.

SENSIBLE EATING AND EXERCISE

There are many Christians that refuse to discipline themselves in this area. however, there are many Christians that have begun to take control of their eating and they exercise. There is a twofold benefit that if you remain active, longevity and an increase of the quality of life is achieved as we age.

Once the decline of health begins, and it will begin, the more active you become, the more you retain your independence.

While being active is not the “magic bullet,” it is essential that we do the right things to maintain our health. Regular exercise and eating the correct foods, and portions will go a long way to preserving our health for years to come.

There are certain natural vegetables that carry natural properties that attack some forms of cancer. Stop smoking. As a pun, you are burning the wrong kind of incense in the physical temple.

As long as we do the right thing, we will add years to our lives. Case in point. Rigorous exercise (3 to 5 times a week- cardio 30 to 45 minutes – running, walking) and upper and lower body strength or resistance training with weights may add two to three years to your life.

When you know that your physical life should have ended at 89, you lived to 91 or 92. That’s two or three more years to give the devil some trouble in Jesus’ name!

Before re-establishing an exercise routine, you should consult with your physician. Moderate to fast paced exercise routine over the course of time is beneficial. Rome wasn’t built in a day. So plan for the long haul.

HEALING: GOD’S MARKETING

Healing is the grace work of God to bring relief to physical maladies of man.

The healing power of God was used in conjunction with evangelism. In a way, it was the Lord’s “marketing” or “advertisement” that God was present and His power was present. When Jesus came, He healed those that had diseases, sickness, and He cast out demons.

As secular humanism of medicinal healing progressed, man’s dependence upon God decreased.

However, even with all of man’s medical technological advances and knowledge, they still are limited, whereas, God is limitless.

The only limit that is imposed upon us is called “our inability to produce results.” Prayer or our ability to entreat God in faith is our means of expressing our faith in God to request that He do what we are unable to do (see Mark 11:22-24, John 16:23-24, and Philippians 4:6-7).

Only God is able and willing to produce results. We can only believe that He is willing and able to produce results. That’s as far as it goes.

The limit is “according to your faith, be it unto you.” The limit is, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes.”

If a person declines to believe, then, sadly, that person’s fate is usually sealed.
We must also conclude that as long as Jesus tarries, death is inevitable. Healing is the postponement of an eventuality. This is not a bad confession. Life includes death. We live in faith and we die in faith.

Some will ask, “What’s the use, then?” The use is getting your allotted time in according to Psalm 91:14-16 (NET).

“The LORD says, “Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he is loyal to me. When he calls out to me, I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble; I will rescue him and bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life, and will let him see my salvation.”

It is not the will of the Lord for man to suffer with sickness and disease. It is the will of God to relieve all people of sickness and disease connected to sin (see John chapter 5:1-15).

CHARLATANS

What also happened was that many “ministers” have fraudulently used the Bible for their own personal means. Sadly, they take advantage of people seeking God’s healing power. They take their money and the people leave with the same condition. These false ministers want you to believe that they have the power of God but their character and motives were wrong.

These charlatans brought a bad name to the genuine power of God. If you were to talk to most people and try to teach them about the power of God, they would not listen, let alone get healed because they were deceived and left hanging by these charlatans.

As a result, His power to heal is only noticeable in places where the hearts of His minister are humble before Him. Does it mean that the healing power of God no longer exists?

No.

Just because many boneheaded false ministers, false prophets, and “fake healers” is out there, it doesn’t mean that the genuine power of God isn’t out there working through a few humble servants.

NO MIGHTY WORKS THERE BECAUSE OF UNBELIEF

Mark 6:5-6 says, “Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.”

Remember what Mark said, “He could do no mighty work there.”

Notice the word “there.” Now, notice verse 6.

“And He marveled because of their unbelief.”

“There”, in His own country, was their unbelief. The reason was they couldn’t believe that God’s power was working through one of their own people, namely Jesus of Nazareth.

Therefore, unbelief stopped the power of God from flowing out of Jesus in that city.

So it is in the church today.

If you have people in the church that refuse to believe that Jesus can heal, then it is “there” that no mighty work can be done. No mighty work to heal AIDS, cancer, grow or replace lost limbs, heal organs, recover physical sight to the blind, the lame to walk, the infirm to receive strength, leprosy to be healed, mental illness, restore skin conditions, and so forth.

One of the things that I am also aware of is that just because nothing happened, it doesn’t mean that God is powerless. And it doesn’t mean that God is not God.

What does it mean?

It means that the healing didn’t take place. There is no sense in blaming God if healing doesn’t take place. What is important is that you stay in faith regardless of what happens and refrain from complaining and finding fault with the Lord.

GOD CANNOT CHANGE

Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not.”

God never changes. His purposes never changes (see Isaiah 46:10-11). His plans never changes because His plans stands forever (see Psalm 33:11). Just because there is a decline or even a temporary withholding of what He does (see Psalm 84:11), it doesn’t mean that God changed.

MEETING THE CONDITIONS

It only means that the conditions imposed upon man weren’t met, God couldn’t move.

It can’t rain if there is no water in the clouds. If there are clouds in the sky, and if no evaporation takes place, then water cannot be poured out of the clouds.

The conditions must be met for rain. If you do not believe, then your faith cannot draw the power of God out of God to heal.

GOD IS ALWAYS PRESENT TO HEAL

Luke 5:17 says, “Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.”

In most of your Bibles, you will see NU Text. In the Critical Texts published in the 27th edition of the The Nestle-Aland Greek NT and in the United Bible Societies, hence NU-Text says this of the latter portion of that verse,

And the power of the Lord was “present with Him to heal.”

This translation makes Biblical sense because of what Luke 4:18 and Acts 10:38 says.

We must remember that “the Word became flesh and dwelled among us…” or “fixed His tent of flesh” (see John 1:14 AMP).

After being baptized by John, the Holy Spirit came upon Him (see Luke 3:21). Jesus had the full measure of the Spirit upon Him (see John 3:34-35).

The Amplified Bible or AMP says this of verse 34,

“God does not give Him His Spirit sparingly or by measure, but boundless is the gift God makes of His Spirit.”

Therefore, the ministry of Jesus required that He have the fullness of the Spirit. This doesn’t mean that Jesus was to do things on His own (see John 8:28-29). The purpose of sharing all of this is to get you to understand that the ministry of the Lord Jesus is unique. Only in the sense that He had the Spirit of God “without measure” or “not…sparingly.”

Individual members of the Body of Christ, those that God called to minister in the area of healing (or any other area), will always have the Spirit of God by measure or sparingly.

Did you catch the contrast?

Believers can only minister healing grace within the limits or measure of Christ’s gift (see Ephesians 4:7). Otherwise, Paul probably would have said, “unlimited, limitless, measureless gift of Christ, instead of “according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”

Did you get that?

Jesus had the Spirit without measure. Believers today, because of the ministry of Jesus, will only have the Spirit by measure. Therefore, the results will vary with us because we have the Holy Spirit by measure.

Having the Holy Spirit by measure is not a decrease in potency. It is a limit imposed by God because we are living in the dispensation of grace. We are not Jesus in the earth except that we are the Body of Christ. He is the Head of the Body (see Colossians 1:18). We are representatives of His ministry in the earth.

Therefore, we must always look to God for healing.