Thursday, August 27, 2015

Miracles Are God's Idea by Nina Keegan

MIRACLES ARE GODS IDEA ...
 
GOD IS CALLING US TO A NEW LEVEL OF FAITH! 

There is so much hatred, scandal, and war over religion, it's as old as time...but God did not make religion... It was never God's intention...
Jesus is the perfect theology, only Jesus himself can be the cornerstone of our theology..build your faith on the rock, Jesus is the foundation!
Let God express His love for you through the supernatural..
BELIEVE!

The same yesterday, today and forever,  Jesus is unchanging...He is the only answer ... Jesus is all we should ever build our faith on ...we should never be moved by what we see we ...we should only be moved by what we believe ...the man who believes that the Bible has not changed, the one who believes in the miraculous, never wavering..
will see the manifested power of God here and now in the land of the living...
I believe God is shaking things up ...He wants to bring us back to the truth, He wants us to know who He really is ..we simply cannot compromise the truth!!!

The Word of God is emphatic about miracles ..The Bible is full of miracle laden stories that teach us over and over again that Jesus lived, loved, and worked in the supernatural gifts from His Father.. The Word says we too shall heal the sick, cast out demons,  raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, give freely...( Matt 10:8)
God has always expected us to do greater works and we will perform these amazing signs and wonders if we believe that we have the authority of Jesus Christ and all that that encompasses backing us up......God has not changed.. He did not just decide one day that he was tired of doing miracles and that He was just going to retire and leave us floundering.. never believing in what we pray for... Never believing that He will  in fact answer us in our time of need...Do we actually wholeheartedly believe in what we pray?  Are we just saying words? Are we simply filling up a time quota of prayers on our hurried Christian checklist..? Is there doubt behind what we speak...? Do you actually believe that every word of the Bible is true....? 
Are we too sinful, unworthy, or do we just think that blessings belong to everyone else? Perhaps you are one who picks and chooses the scriptures your mind can believe and  you leave the rest to historical fiction... But , isn't all faith in what we cannot see? Or then... Why would it be faith at all if you could see miracles..?

I am here to tell you... MIRACLES happen everyday!! I have witnessed miraculous events..  Crippled People standing from wheel chairs and walking, healings and deliverances... My list is huge.. God is still God!!! 

Faith is in first believing it will happen ... That God will  most assuredly do what His word says.. He watches over His word to perform it..

A powerless gospel was never Gods intention!

We can have all the power and authority and live in absolute expectation that we can do greater works because God himself...as written in the pages of our Bibles,  expects us to... ! 

We should never lower our expectations of what God can do ...somewhere along the line it became safer to not believe in miracles because we don't believe in our abilities to perform them...but it's never about us, it is all about Jesus!!

God uses us to perform miracles ...it's about us being the instrument, the mouthpiece,the hands, the feet... The groundwork and the foundation have already been laid.. miracles can happen when we set our expectations on the Bible truths and take the authority that's been given to us and go be the image of Jesus! 
 We are to live, move and have our being in Christ. We shouldn't classify healing as being too hard...
A miracle is a miracle.. it's all small to God!  do not put God in a box... do not back down to safer areas of ministry... God wants to shake things up and bring out the truth...

 God is emphatic about miracles!

 Ask Him, keep on asking, believe wholeheartedly and keep on knocking on the door of bold and deliberate faith!


God's promises are true... we only need to believe in what He has done for us, then we will be qualified to receive every single promise that He has given us ..we should search out the privileges and the power that comes from being a child of the most high God , we are VIPs to the throne room of heaven, when we approach The Father in Jesus name..

The red rope is pulled aside and we are brought to the front of the line when we come in Jesus name ... We get the privilege of accessing God and his mighty throne room of grace ..we humbly can approach him and seek him for all we need! God is our unending source, our unlimited supply of blessings, mercy, goodness and ALL THINGS MIRACULOUS.

We just simply need to trust God ...miracles have always  been God's idea in the first place ..not ours !

We couldn't come up with these things.. we couldn't begin to even think about healing a person,  these were all God's response to the compassion and love he feels towards us, his children...and he has not stopped loving us today...

Spend time getting to know the Lord.. spend time in his presence and seek his faithfulness,  seek intimacy with Him, it is the key to all things..
 God will give you power if you only believe,  He will give you a fresh impartation to be his remnant, his working vessel, here on earth..

Whatever we focus our lives on, whatever we set our minds to do, will develop in our lives and become a part of us ...
The truth is if we don't truly know the Father.. the One we put our faith in ...if we don't truly spend time with Him and understand his omniscient character and his love for us ... Then how can we believe in his miracles?

 We must walk with Him in power and that comes through absolutely knowing how He feels about us and what He says about us... 

We seem to have no problem believing that we can have salvation through prayer, that we can be forgiven through repentance,  but we seem to have a problem with the miracles ...yet they're all really the same things ...they're all miraculous events ...whether it be a physical change, an emotional change, healing, forgiveness or becoming a new creation in Christ; isn't it all miraculous? Is not salvation a miracle...?  Are they not all gifts from heaven?  Why then should we ever have a problem believing in physical healing and the power of miracles?

Let's begin to renew our minds and believe in God's perfect love for us ..let Him reveal it to you.. let's ask for revelation of the Father's heart towards us!

Let's be bold and let's let the Bible dictate how we as God's chosen, his called, his remnant, believe in the miraculous again!
Lets believe for supernatural manifestations and in creative miracles, let's believe in the cornerstone ...the perfect theology ..JESUS CHRIST!


Acts 19:11 - And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul

Mark 16:17 - And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Matthew 10:7-8
7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Acts 4:30 - By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

John 4:48 - Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

Acts 3:16 - And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Luke 16:10 “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. 

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Living Water.. By Nina Keegan

 There are so many amazing messages to be learned from a simple Samaritan woman that showed up for a divine appointment with Jesus at a small well in her village...

Today I was reading in John 4 about this woman at the well,

 There are so many wonderful things we can learn from this remarkable story. ... 

It was no accident that Jesus would be there that day.. It was planned.. It was all part of her( the Samaritan woman's story.. ) that Jesus would meet her at the village well to teach us all lessons ... thousands of years later we read of this encounter... She would become  part of biblical history... This simple woman...

 We see Jesus's patience, His character, and love for all people no matter their race, no matter their history,  no matter their sins, no matter what they have done...He was right there..so gentle, so kind... So ready with open arms to receive her...

Jesus was tired from a long walk and sat wearily beside  a well and a woman came near to draw water ...Jesus said to her "please give me a drink"...he was alone at this time which was kind of rare because  he usually traveled with his disciples...


The Scripture says that the 'woman was surprised'..

Jesus always wants to surprise us...He wants to surprise us with all the goodness of heaven.. sometimes we just need to look around... He was right in front of this woman, He was speaking to her.. So close and yet she did not know...

How often do we feel that Jesus is too far away that he's too busy or that we've done too much wrong for Him to stay close to us... We deem ourselves to be unworthy of His love...we need to be reminded that as believers we are filled with the Holy Spirit and God will never leave us or forsake us ...ever!

The woman was quite shocked that Jesus being a Jew would ask a Samaritan woman for a drink, this was not a common practice.. They did not associate together...

  She asked him why...His reply was quite remarkable, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me and I would give you living water.."

Jesus wants to give us everything.. He wants to give us the world..his love for us is unconditional.. It's pure .. He wants us to be filled with His living water ..He wants to bless us beyond our imaginations..

The Bible goes on to tell us about this woman, she had quite a past..  Jesus spoke to her and told her that she had been married five times and was presently living in sin with a man to whom she was not married..
 We are no surprise to Jesus.. he knew everything about her and yet he was so kind, he was so patient with her... Before this, she had not yet been humbled....
 Jesus is not surprised by us either, He wants to take all of our burdens ...we must humble ourselves before Him and cast it all on to Him...He painfully took our shame at the cross.. He loves us more than we could ever know...

 As Jesus began to speak to her, He began to tell her all the sinful things that she had done in a loving and patient manor...but what He was doing was telling her that even though she had been a sinner,  He was right there for her .. He was loving her with open arms...Jesus wanted to give her something.. He always wants to give us all something.. but first, He asks for us to give him something...

Our hearts.... Give our whole hearts to Him.. He asks for our burdens to be cast upon Him..

He longs for us to have our yokes be made easy in Him as He already took the burdens for us on the cross...

He began to tell her about this living water ...He began to tell her that she will soon become thirsty again if she drinks of the water from the well...but those who drink of the water Jesus gives, "the living water"will never be thirsty again... it becomes a fresh bubbling spring within us giving us eternal life...He says that we  will never have to go back to that well again...

Jesus was saying give it all to me ...give me your heart.. give me your old ways, give me your burdens, your sins,  I will take them away ..you will never have to return to them again..

 She would not have to return to her old way of life, her old insecurities,  her old sins, her checkered past ...she would begin to
become that new creation in Christ being filled to the overflow with the living waters of Jesus ...again when we are filled with His Water, letting  it cleanse us to be made new and whole in Him...then there is no longer room for anything else..

You can tell in this story that her whole demeanor starts to change as she becomes more filled with divine joy.. it says that she ran to the town to tell everyone about this man who knew everything about her ...

The towns people would indeed listen to her and follow her back to meet with Jesus ...this shows us that no matter what she had done, no matter where she was, she was now being changed and being used to spread the good news of Jesus...
Jesus was using her to glorify Him..she was quite impactful..  The people of the town believed her and followed her no matter who she had been or how imperfect she was..
Jesus uses us all no matter what we've done, no matter how broken we have been.. God can use us through our brokenness...

Nothing is ever wasted...

God is the fountain of life...He can bring that living water that quenches our thirst forever.. we can stop looking to the world, we can stop searching for the next latest and greatest ..the things that we feel will fix the holes in our hearts.. let the water, the living water of Jesus Christ fill you to the overflow!

Let us not go back to our old wells let us not go back to that hollow, empty place... Jesus is right here.. He is omnipresent, He is everywhere.. He is waiting for us ..He doesn't care what you have been doing, the sins you've committed.. Jesus died and His blood shed on the cross came in and swept those sins away forever more....
He will never embarrass you, He is not going to shame you... He is coming to save you.. Drink deeply from His well of peace joy, mercy, and love...

He is the Messiah.. He is calling you to Him ..don't believe the voice of the enemy saying you've done too much wrong to ever be saved, your sins are too grand..
 Jesus is bigger than them all... let the fountains of living water wash over your sins today, let this water cleanse you and give you peace and clarity.. change your life through Jesus ...let your nourishment come from doing the will of God ..what joy awaits you as God uses you to glorify his kingdom ...
God doesn't waste a thing and what the enemy has meant for harm in your life will only cause your promotion.. drink deeply from His living water today.

John 4:10
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

John 4:13
13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:42
42 They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”


Friday, August 14, 2015

Do You Have True Salvation? By Nina Keegan

BEWARE... DO NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN THE SNARES OF THIS WORLD...Gods plan is always for good.. Follow Him and Him alone...

Do you have pure heart salvation ...? Or head salvation? 

Sometimes we need a check up for our hearts and souls..!

Knowing the Bible and quoting scripture does not automatically  mean you are a Christian.. The enemy himself believes in God and knows scripture... Loving only those that love you is easy even sinners do that..  Have you forgiven the very ones who have hurt you the most..? 
Do you repeatedly walk in sin, anger, bitterness? Do you lie and bring division..? Are you controlling ? 

If your salvation has not made you want to become a new creation in Christ.., perhaps you need to repent  to God and those you have hurt and rededicate yourself and your WHOLE HEART to Jesus.. Become that new creation in Him....

Philippians 2:12 
..and now that I am away it is even more important work hard to show the results of your salvation by obeying God with deep reverence and fear for God is working in you giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him...

We should do everything without fault finding complaining and arguing, we should live clean, innocent lives and be exemplary children of God. We should shine bright in this world of crooked and perverse people.. we are to bring hope to the hopeless..

God wants everyone to share in the joy of salvation.. He desires a relationship with each and every one of us ..we need to work together and rid ourselves of division and discord... we just need to love each other.. love our neighbors as Christ has loved us..

 We must be very careful of what we believe and how we live...
We need to be careful to follow God's Word and only His Word..  We should live Holy lives and be weary and mindful of false prophets and false teachings that we would never be tricked..but know that each of us has a common goal and that is to be end time harvesters for the kingdom of heaven.. to share the joy of our salvation with those
who do not yet know of the goodness of the Lord!

Know the Word for yourself.. rejoice in the Lord, always seek a relationship with Him, spend time with Him in his presence and in the Word.. He will tell you things and teach you through his word how to safeguard your faith ..do not be deceived in these final days even people who preach the Word of God can bring deception if we are not careful..

 Trust God ..seek Him first in all things and pray against evil and deception when you know the Word for yourself you cannot be swayed or tricked..

Pray that God gives us the desire and the power to do what is solely pleasing to him.

The secret to a changed life is to repent and submit to God's control and let Him do a work in you ...surrender your life to Jesus..ask The Lord to help you desire to do his will and his will only..

Through the guidance of the Holy Spirit believers can have insight into God's plans for their life.. we in fact can have the mind of Christ through the Holy Spirit. We can begin to understand and know God's thoughts for our lives ..we can talk to Him and expect his glorious ,well planned deliberate, answers to our prayers.. 

It says in 1 Corinthians 3:10 because of God's grace, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder...

 let your foundation be on solid rock that is in Christ and Christ alone..know the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God's plan that was previously hidden ..even though he made it for ultimate glory before the world began, 1 Corinthians 26:7

God will restore us and redeem us for time we have wasted by going down the wrong path.. He's always ready to forgive us as far as the east is from the west when we repent ..  Trust in Him... 

Thank you Father that you have written the glorious plan for our lives.. you are the Author and the Finisher of our stories, our bios, and you're turning the pages on our anointed stories as they unfold ..thank you that you have begun a good work in us and you will finish it until the day of completion.
This is just a moment in time, you are turning the page..this is not the end... for there is always a fresh new hope and a future for us ..let us just wait, pause, and trust that the next page you turn will reveal more of your glorious plan for our lives... We love you and praise you, for  you are always good in Jesus name amen



Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How's Your Spiritual Eyesight? By Nina Keegan

How is your Spiritual eyesight?

Are you trapped in your own limited ability to only see your circumstances in the natural.. Is the impossible staring you down in a contest of wills? Are you physically incapable of seeing the bigger picture? Do you focus on your problems and your own lack of abilities to overcome them ...or do you focus on how big, how enormous God is and his ability to overcome anything ?

 What do you see with the eyes of your heart?  We must open our eyes to all things Jesus ...We must open our eyes to our spiritual life.. 

In 2 Kings 6 when Elisha was staring down the face of a huge army.. many troops surrounding him, he prayed! He turned first to God.. even though Elisha's  servant was very afraid of what he saw and he tried to warn Elisha .. Crying out to him in panic" "oh sir, what will we do?"

How many times have we gasped that very question? 

Elisha prayed!

Not worried in the least, He Prayed for his servants eyes to be opened, he was referring to his servants "spiritual eyes" so that he could see that the supernatural army, Gods army,  the one he couldn't see with his physical eyes was so much bigger than any army of enemy men..

After Elisha prayed his prayer the servant looked out and saw ( this time) a vast army of chariots and horses of fire that vastly outnumbered that of the enemies army... What would we see if we could open our eyes and glimpse into the spiritual realm..?

God's magnificent supernatural army was there to rescue them, to fight for them even though no one could physically see them ..that's how God works , He is always fighting for us, he's always there in our times of trouble, he's always prepared and ready for battle! He's always closer than our breath...


The Bible says God will fight our battles for us without us even lifting a finger in our own defense...
We simply must trust God..our faith is always in what we cannot see..

Through our faith we can realize that God is doing so much more for all of us, for his people than we could ever imagine or see through just our physical eyesight alone... we all face difficulties that seem insurmountable.. we often wonder how we will even get through the day..

But God's heavenly spiritual resources, his endless supply of mercy and his enabling grace and his unlimited supply of warring angels are always there for us even if we can't physically see them.. THEY ARE THERE!

We must continually search for God and look at things through our eyes of faith..  Trust God and all of Heaven to show up ready and armed with all of his supernatural resources.

"If you cannot see God working in your life ....the problem may be your spiritual eyesight ...not God's power or His willingness to rescue you!"

Elisha prayed again.. This time not for  spiritual eyes to be opened but for physical eyes to be closed...he asked God to blind his enemies...

Elisha did not even have to fight the troops that day,  he was able to lead them instead "blindly" away from his camp and deliver them into the hands of their enemy..

This Story  of 2 kinds of "sight"
Is quite a juxtaposition of our faith..
Are you being lead blindly
(can't see the truth) into the hands of your enemy through your own self-doubt, through your own lack of faith,through your own frustration and reluctance to pray? 

 Or will you open your spiritual eyes, open the eyes of your heart and let faith see the victory for you..let faith see the chariots of fire fighting for you at the very utterance of a prayer...
 Let Jesus marvel at your faith today and let him fight your battles with your eyes wide open.. Both physically and spiritually..!

2 Kings 6:16-19

16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

18 And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the Lord, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

19 And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria.


Psalm 119:18 
Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Be A Sharpened Tool For The Lord.. By Nina Keegan

BE A SHARPENED TOOL IN THE HAND OF THE LORD

Can an AX boast of a greater power than the person who swings it?....Is a saw greater than the person who's doing the sawing?

We must always remember that we are just the instruments, we are just the tools in God's  hands ..God wants to use us in amazing ways but we need to recognize that we are only the empty vessels that God alone can fill.. We are nothing without him, but (we can do all things through Christ who gives us our strength..Philippians 4:13)

We are only useful to the extent that we allow God to use us ..

If we are indeed an ax in the hands of God, if we are indeed the tools God uses, then let's metaphorically take a look at an ax,  it's blade needs to be sharpened to be effective.. ( we are iron sharpeners for one another through the Word of God.. in order to be effective, we need to stay sharpened in our minds and in our knowledge of the Word.

When a blade of an ax becomes dull, it is no longer effective and can no longer be used for the purpose in which it was made.. It must again go through a refining and a sharpening process ..

We must always remain sharp so that we can continue to be used by God ..keep your mind steadfast on Him... Stay focused on the Word.. Stay prayed up and on the path God has paved for you.

All tools are different and yet each one is uniquely designed for a specific purpose; like a hammer and a screwdriver for instance...they are very important tools but each do very different things..

Likewise, 
if God has given you special resources and special talents to minister, to help others, to be a blessing in any way, you must acknowledge and realize where these blessings have come from and give God the glory for your unique God given abilities.. You are anointed to do something very specific that God has purposefully planned for you to do...

We must never regard our gifts and talents as something of our own creation, instead we must know where our special blessings and anointings come from......we can do nothing without God ...just like an ax, it cannot chop wood without someone who's deliberately and skillfully swinging it..holding it and using the tool wisely..

Be the tool God can use.. be the someone that God's skilled hands and his supernatural wisdom can use to glorify His kingdom... Be the one who said "yes"to being used of God!


 Be all that you can be for God, be the light, be the vessel, be the instrument, be the word of encouragement, be the lifter of hope ...be the the remnant and become an end- time harvester for the kingdom of heaven...

Speak God's Word, declare your testimony, be victorious in Christ, be used by Him...do not let your talents be wasted, step out in faith...God created you for a higher purpose in Him!

Receive it in Jesus name!

Isaiah 10:15
But can the ax boast greater power than the person who uses it? is the saw greater than the person who saw's? Can a rod strike unless a hand moves it ? can the wooden cane walk by itself?

Isaiah 10:21
A remnant will return yes the remnant of Jacob will return to the mighty God

Romans 9:17
"I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dump Your Baggage Today... By Nina Keegan

DUMP YOUR BAGGAGE TODAY! 
Make today the last day you carry around baggage like a noose around your neck..

Are you living in shame, guilt and condemnation? Well these things are NOT from the Lord 

The enemy loves nothing more than to keep us wrapped up in our own shame, feeling guilty for past mistakes and sins!


It's bondage!  When we hear that people have so much baggage ..., it's their own decision to stay weighted down in the vast undercurrent of proverbial baggage ..

We drag around these heavy burdens.. these piles of luggage that are chaining us down
The luggage it would seem is filled with past mistakes, with guilt, with regrets , unforgiveness, strife, anger, condemnation, bitterness and the list goes on and on

We feel as though we need to unpack it every now and then and look it all over, re-examine it, and remind ourselves again and again for our sins and our past mistakes..  we judge ourselves and deem ourselves unworthy..
The enemy will never let us forget .. He traps us in our own strongholds of incessant guilt.

Then, and as if on cue, 
we pack it all back up.. Stuff it down..and drag it burdensomely around ... Making sure we forget nothing.. as we ready our steps for one more trip around the mountain of regret..until that is, we arrive at our next appointment with condemnation.. Then it will be time to unpack again! 

   This heavy laden luggage or"baggage " is linked to us through huge chains of torment that weight us down.. A powerful stronghold designed to steal our joy, and wreak havoc on our destiny in Christ..

  God is saying "No more!" 
God is saying "repent!" God is saying "come to me!" He is all you need! God can sever every chain ..He can cut away every rope, release every strap that's binding you!

God can and will set you free .. and what the enemy means for harm in your life , God can use for good.. Nothing wasted!  it's time to let these chains be disintegrated.. It's time for Freedom!! It's time for your own personal revival!

It's time to dump the baggage! 
It's time to forgive yourself.. It's time to move forward letting go of what lies behind.. keep your eyes steadfast on a Jesus and never look back!! 

It's time to take your life back and Jesus is the one who can do it ..Jesus died on the cross for you to be set free and whom the Son sets free is free indeed! 

Repent of your past mistakes your past sins , leave them to be covered completely and fully in the blood of Jesus ...leave them at the foot of the cross and walk away light as a feather and delivered ..no more bondage... FREE!! SET FREE!!

You are a new creation in Christ ...when God restores He always multiplies ..You are redeemed! 

Make today the first day of the rest of your life ..make today the day that God has come to set the captives free ...today is the day we never unpack our baggage again ..it is gone..cut loose and set free from us forever!!!

Hallelujah hallelujah praise and glory to God in Jesus name 
Amen! 

Romans 8:1
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

Romans 8:2
because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

Isaiah 37:20
Now, LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, LORD, are the only God."



Friday, July 17, 2015

God is Willing... By Nina Keegan

"IT IS WRITTEN!"Jesus said...

Every Word of the Bible is God breathed.. It is alive!

I believe sometimes that we over think and over analyze the truth of God's Word, when in reality the truths in the Bible are quite simple.. 

We simply need to trust God's Word and let it be plainly applicable to our lives today. 

As I was reading in Matthew chapter 8 this morning about Jesus healing a man with leprosy, the man stated that He knew Jesus could heal him but asked Jesus if He was WILLING to heal him and make him clean. 

It occurred to me that the man undoubtedly knew that Jesus could make him whole, heal him and make him clean, he just wasn't quite sure if Jesus wanted to.... this simple act of faith touched Jesus ..so Jesus in turn touched him and healed him...

If you have read anything about leprosy in those days, it was a very awful and extremely harsh disease. To see someone with this incurable, highly contagious, disease littered with sores and scabs is heart-wrenching. Yet Jesus unfazed, and without hesitation touched him..He was not afraid to reach out and touch the man's diseased skin and heal him.

Many times in the Bible, Jesus just spoke the Word and healed the sick, but this time he deliberately touched him.

I believe this man would see such an unconditional example of pure love. When he was asking "are you willing?" I believe he was asking from such a humble heart, would Jesus be willing to touch him..to heal him the way he looked? 
With this disease ravaging his body he was seeing himself as someone that might not be worthy of being healed, that's why he questioned Jesus and His willingness..

As Christians, we all should believe that God has the power to bless us heal us and make us whole in every way; but it's our questioning of the willingness that causes us to get it wrong ...

Many of us believe that God would not be willing to do things for us because we've done too many things wrong or we have deemed ourselves unworthy of blessings, favor and healing because of our own guilt and condemnation. This is absolutely false, this is not correct thinking at all.

Jesus didn't even flinch when he touched that man. This was probably the first human touch that man had felt since he contracted the disease and yet he was healed instantly.

Sin is also an incurable disease by our own standards that can cause us to disqualify ourselves from being blessed and healed by God. But God is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. He wants to set you free and make you whole. He is the One who is able to cure you of Sin..He forgives us when we turn to Him in repentance. 

He is always willing!

We should never doubt His love for us..don't disqualify yourself because God's grace is unmerited we don't have to earn it or deserve it, it is our right that was purchased for us and paid for through Jesus' blood shed for us on the cross.

We must be careful not to become enthralled in religious habits and legalistic views in terms of thinking we need to earn healing of our minds bodies and souls. We must instead trust God in prayer seeking Him first. Prayer is laying hold of God's willingness not overcoming God's reluctance.

We should not expect God to only work in certain ways or in specified circumstances based on merit and good works. We should never want to limit God through our own mindset and lack of complete faith in His Word.

Just like the man with leprosy we must realize we cannot cure ourselves, we are unable to do such a task but we should faithfully and humbly ask for Christ's redeeming help and know that He is willing! Yes, He is always willing. 

With one touch or one command ...it can be finished!

Your faith has made you whole.... It is never about what you can do for Him, it is solely about what Jesus has already done for you... He is worthy that you receive what He died for you to have.. in Jesus name I pray!
Amen!!
God is willing, are you? 

Isaiah 1:19
If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land

Luke 5:12
While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean."