In a world filled with unbelief and sharing a common experience marked by disease, suffering, depression, confusion, and death, there are some unique people who see healing, peace, joy, clarity, and life spring up every place they set foot. The distinguishing mark of these people is brazen, stubborn, unrelenting belief in the word of God.
One of these believers might read a scripture regarding Jesus Christ such as 1 Peter 2:24 that says “by his wounds you have been healed” and take those words literally. He would believe that Jesus’ wounds have secured our healing from any disease.
Another person would say, “no, no, that refers only to our spiritual healing.”
Why do they say that? Was Jesus merely spiritually wounded? No!
So, why would someone say that the healing is only spiritual?
There are two reasons:
First, the person cannot believe that all the suffering and disease in their world is unnecessary. They can’t accept that their suffering could go away if only they would put their faith in Christ’s suffering and being wounded on their behalf to bring them peace and healing.
Another reason that so many people try to spiritualize everything is because spiritual things are invisible and cannot be proven false. In essence, they are trying to protect God from being proved incompetent. No one can prove that someone is not spiritually healed. But anyone can prove whether someone is physically healed or not. People who are not sure if God is able to keep his promises want to let Him off the hook by making sure that He is only held accountable for what happens in the invisible, untestable, spiritual realm.
The person who is filled with BELIEF will experience life and see results much different than the common experience of those who tend to doubt the word of God and try to twist the word of God to fit their own experience in the world of unbelief.
We have churches full of Christians who are convinced of the truth of the Gospel (Jesus Christ’s and the apostles’ message of good news) but not converted by the Gospel. What I mean is that they will agree that it makes sense and that the evidence is strong. But they will not allow the Gospel to absolutely and completely and irreversibly transform them. They want to maintain the safe place of standing aloof from the Gospel and making judgment on it and the right to change their minds about it anytime a new doubt presents itself.
To throw your lot in with the Gospel… To fully give your life over to the Gospel… To open yourself to allow the Gospel to entirely change your life… THAT is too much for many people to commit themselves to. Full acceptance of the Gospel brings responsibility for exercising dominion over disease, demons, and death. Full acceptance means allowing the wind of the Spirit to blow you wherever it pleases — perhaps away from your nice pretty home, perhaps away from your comfy career, perhaps away from your lifestyle.
Only a small number of American Christians are brave enough to allow the Gospel to actually convert them — to irrevocably and entirely CHANGE them.
Today, I want to feature the testimony and teaching of one such brave Christian who gave himself over to the powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ. Did the Gospel change him? Did the Gospel take him away from the comforts he was accustomed to? Did the Gospel force him to take on responsibilities most people would like to shrink away from? Did the Gospel put him in situations where impossible things had to happen for not only his success but also the survival of him and his family?
Yes. That all happened when he let the Gospel CONVERT him. But more importly, let us ask: Did the Gospel live up to all its promises? Did the Gospel let him down? — isn’t that what the Convinced-but-Not-Converted-Christians are afraid of?
Let me assure you that the Gospel has never let him down. He has seen demons conquered, diseases vanquished and death overcome on many, many occasions. In fact, he has personally seen over two dozen people raised from the dead! He and his family have not been destroyed and they are happier and more fulfilled than just about any other family on earth. They know what they believe and know that it is the truth and they witness the power of the Gospel every single day.
Furthermore, the people they minister to have received the message of Christ and are seeing God powerfully respond to their prayers so that they in turn have seen an additional 280+ people raised from the dead as well as many freed from physical and spiritual oppression. Their testimonies are wonderfully encouraging to anyone who wonders if there is truly power in the Gospel of Christ.
It was after watching the testimony and teaching posted below from David Hogan of Freedom Ministries that I decided to stop allowing doubts to undermine my confidence in the Gospel of Christ. I began barring doubts from my mind and treating them with the same contempt that I would treat a demon from the pit of hell. And my wife and I immediately began seeing amazing miracles. We were both teachers at the time and before we had finished watching this series of ‘Faith to Raise the Dead’ videos a healing revival had broken out among our students so that every day each of our classes began with testimonies and healings and even our co-workers received healing by the power of God, which was no longer being held back by our personal doubts and misgivings.
I hope that you also watch these videos and I pray that you would also make the choice to make a stand and completely and uncompromisingly give your mind and life over to the Powerful, Life-Giving, Death-Defying Gospel of Jesus Christ so that God’s grace of Life — and That Abundantly — would pour through you to change the world.