Are you ready for your Healing Challenge? by Elaine Davenport (Sunday, September 2, 2007)

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO FROM A HEALING PERSPECTIVE WHEN AN EMERGENCY HAPPENS?

I’m just curious. Are you ready?

IS YOUR HOUSE BUILT ON THE SAND?

* I’m not trying to puff anyone up, but a lot of people don’t understand the need for building up faith for healing. Fortunately, a lot of people do. Squirrels store nuts up all summer in my flower box for winter. My grandmother used to can peaches in Mason jars in the summer heat for winter. It’s the cutest thing; they know they’ll need it.
Ants work and work. My grandmother used to say” If you don’t do this, even after I’m gone, I’ll know it, the ants will bring me the news.” Ants have been around for a long long time. I don’t quote science journals, but the bible spoke of the hard working ants.

A Lesson from the Ant
6-11 You lazy fool, look at an ant.
Watch it closely; let it teach you a thing or two.
Nobody has to tell it what to do.
All summer it stores up food;
at harvest it stockpiles provisions.
So how long are you going to laze around doing nothing?
How long before you get out of bed?
A nap here, a nap there, a day off here, a day off there,
sit back, take it easy—do you know what comes next?
Just this: You can look forward to a dirt-poor life,
poverty your permanent houseguest!

PROVERBS 6: 6 (THE MESSAGE BIBLE)

It’s important to build a a solid foundation of faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. If you’ve got on your listening ears, hearing the Word, reading the Word, speaking the Word will build up your faith. You are a spirit and it will charge your spirit.

Maybe what you hear today isn’t for today, but when you need it it will be there for you. That’s why Jesus talked about the importance of not building a house on a foundation of sand. Let’s look at what the message bible says:
21-23″Knowing the correct password—saying ‘Master, Master,’ for instance— isn’t going to get you anywhere with me. What is required is serious obedience—doing what my Father wills. I can see it now—at the Final Judgment thousands strutting up to me and saying, ‘Master, we preached the Message, we bashed the demons, our God-sponsored projects had everyone talking.’ And do you know what I am going to say? ‘You missed the boat. All you did was use me to make yourselves important. You don’t impress me one bit. You’re out of here.’

24-25″These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

26-27″But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”

28-29When Jesus concluded his address, the crowd burst into applause. They had never heard teaching like this. It was apparent that he was living everything he was saying—quite a contrast to their religion teachers! This was the best teaching they had ever heard.

Matthew 7: 21-29

Habitat for Humanity builds thousands of homes across the nation. It is an incredible undertaking. They have a book on How To Build a House. It’s a bargain. There is a whole lot involved to housebuilding. You’ve got materials, codes, those things that make me impatient; they make things level, you need manpower. There’s a lot of stuff. Despite all of that Jesus is talking about the location. This carpenter chose to build his house on the sand; perhaps for the sake of scenery; without regard for the risk. Maybe it was cheaper, maybe it was free. Obviously it was easier.

It is certainly easier to come to church once a week if then and hear the Word and get charged up for a short time. However in Mark; it says that The Sower soweth te Word and four different things can happen:

The sower soweth the Word. (THE WORD GOES FORTH; YOU HEAR IT)

15And these are they by the wayside, where the Word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately and taketh away the Word that was sown in their hearts.

16And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground who, when they have heard the Word, immediately receive it with gladness;

17but they have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time. Afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the Word’s sake, immediately they are offended.

18And these are they which are sown among thorns, such as hear the Word,

19but the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the Word, and it becometh unfruitful.

20And these are they which are sown on good ground, such as hear the Word and receive it and bring forth fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

If you read and seriously meditate upon these; it will show you why you can’t afford to just come to church on Sundays but that you have to deliberately set out to hear the Word of God and build up your faith. When an emergency comes for you or someone that you know, you don’t want a battery that won’t work, you want to be charged up. AMEN.

Note: Faith can be built for healing; I know I do it. Just something to think about.

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Don ‘t slow your roll By Elaine Davenport (Saturday, September 1, 2007)

At some point or another, it is very easy to get off track. It’s happened to everyone that I know at one time or another, but guard yourself.

1 Peter 5: 8a says”

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour:

My friend from church told me a remarkable story. She had a mole that she noticed on her skin that was growing and so she began to speak to it telling it that it didn’t belong on her body. She did this daily. She told the mole to dry up and fall off. She stayed on it for quite a while, but to me it seemed a short span. SHE DID THIS ALL BY FAITH EVEN THOUGH SHE KEPT SEEING IT EVERY DAY AND IT LOOKED LIKE NOTHING WAS HAPPENING. The mole totally disappeared. I did not ask for the recipe. I will when I see her again and I will write about it. Persistence, diligence and faithfulness are all good words and practices when it comes to our healing. By faith she did all of this. In case you’re not thinking this is biblical; let’s look at the story of Jesus with the disciples when he cursed the fig tree:

And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

THEN LATER…

20And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

21And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23For 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.

24Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

25And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

SIDEBAR…

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There may be people who don’t actually understand why Jesus would curse the fig tree just because it had leaves on it.

Let me offer this explanation:

Fig trees weren’t due to bloom yet because it was just before passover. They had about six more weeks before the fruit would come. However, anyone familiar with fig trees would know that six weeks before harvest; a crop of small knobs called taqsh appear and they are edible. No taqsh, no food. The fact that the tree only had leaves meant that it was not going to produce fruit that year.

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BACK TO OUR POINT:

Jesus told the disciples basically if you have a something in front of you that’s large and seemingly immovable; move it!

ANOTHER GREAT ILLUSTRATION OF THE POWER OF JESUS WORDS WERE SHOWN IN THE STORY OF THE DISCIPLES IN THE STORM:

Luke 8:22-25 (King James Version)

King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

22Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Now you may say that was Jesus; but what about me? Well, Jesus doesn’t think you are ordinary, he was quite confident to leave you in charge; here’s what he said:

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. John 14

Do you believe in Jesus? Well, you are slated to do greater works. Now, I don’t know about you but when I heard this it was good news for me. Sometimes it’s good just to get a reminder. Reminders sometimes give us the fuel injection that we need at the exact right time!

I want to give you an example:

Cancer be gone! You cannot reside in my body. I am redeemed from the curse of cancer! I will rise above anything and everything the devil throws at me. Nothing can keep me down, for I am more that a conqueror in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 8:35-39)

Within the next week; I will post a list of refutations against sickness and disease along these lines. Blessings

You decide the outcome; long before it happens by Elaine Davenport (Friday, August 31, 2007)

Proverbs 4:20-22 My Son, attend to My words; incline thine ear unto My sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health (Lit. medicine) to all their flesh.”

NOTE – Here it is as plain as it can be: the taking of God’s Word is life and medicine to your flesh.

WHAT KIND OF TIME ARE YOU PUTTING IN FOR YOUR HEALING? I WON’T PULL ANY PUNCHES; IF YOU’RE NOT PUTTING ANY REAL TIME IN; YOU CAN’T EXPECT ANYTHING AT ALL.

Let’s Catergorize:

THIS TIME DOESN’T COUNT: Worry, fear, doubt, talking on the phone about it, laying around moping, anger, bitterness, disgust, pity party, nursing and rehearsing what the problem is, becoming an expert on the problem and not on the solution

THIS TIME DOES COUNT:

Prayer time, intimate time with God, Reading and meditating Healing Scriptures, reading/ reciting Healing Confessions, reading the Word of God and meditating on it, finding out what God wants you to do, following medical advice, getting proper rest and sleep, Loving God with all your heart mind and soul and loving others, getting exercise if possible, following a proper diet, maintaining a good support system and I am sure that there are more.

PART TWO: UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF GODLY CONFESSION

It’s so easy to live in a one dimensional world; and yet its’ not.

There are many types of confessions. Let’s list them:

1. Confessing to a crime.

2. Confession in the presence of a priest

3. Confessing guilt that is not criminally based.

4. Self Confession (may be positive or negative)

5. Godly Confession

I only want to talk about Godly Confession. That is a biblically based confession that is scripturally based. The reason this kind is the best is because God’s Word is alive. The Word has the power to heal, the power to save you, the power to preserve you, the power to give you the impetus to help you; whatever situation that you may face.

WHY IS GODLY CONFESSION EVEN IMPORTANT?

It’s important because if you confess it over and over; it gets in your spirit and then in your heart. When it gets in your heart; you believe it.

WE ALL FALL SHORT…

Growing up, many of us would make up our minds to do things and sometimes we would forget about it. For whatever reason the excitement would wear off and we’d go back to our old routine. A perfect example odf this is a diet. All the reasons we started one gets thrown out the window when we decide to “fall off” the diet and go back to our old ways. Often I hear about people who lose weight and keep it off. Somehow for them, they do not allow those old tapes to be replayed in their head. Things like: “One cookie won’t hurt.” Then the next day: “two cookies won’t hurt. You get the picture.

RATIONALIZATION

That same kind of rationalization can take place with confession. It’s like you’re thinking: “It’ll take a while so put it at the bottom of the priority list.” THAT”S WRONG THINKING…IT’S A LIE! SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE!

Every Spring people run and stampede the local nurseries and flower market for flowers. They don’t look so hot. I know because I’m always out there. We find ourselves buying multiples of those little tiny puny seedlimgs. We’re excited about them because we know that if we put them in the ground and don’t ignore them, they WILL produce a wonderful harvest…

Well, this is the same concept of the Healing Confessions. So my statement is that the time are you putting on them and what you get out will result from what you put in.

Scared faith people by Elaine Davenport (Thursday, August 30, 2007)

It is impossible to be in faith and in fear all the time.  That’s as bad as saying light and darkness can occupy the same space at the same time.  Yeah right.

Hebrews 11:1 (King James Version)

King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

 

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

* DON”T LET ANYONE FOOL YOU…IF YOU NEED HEALING; FAITH WILL HELP IMMENSELY!

Some years ago, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I didn’t know how to be helpless, I had worked all my life. Along the way; I had met people who seemed to wrapped up in their medical challenges. They memorized every single term the doctor said and a chat with them was like talking to a doctor. It seemed like as they were hit with affliction after affliction; they just helplessly accepted it in the language. Nobody was mad and no one declared that they weren’t having it. Unfortunately, I guess it had a negative impact on me. I decided to become a victim of sorts. People began to rally to my side. It was going great. I was expecting them to have faith for me. I realized that they didn’t have any. I decided to rely on God solely and not on man.

I use this Blog to be honest. I talk that way too. I think about things from many perspectives. I’ve gotten into trouble many times by being candid about my feelings. People misunderstand and think I’m not in faith. I am, but people are at different faith levels in their lives. At that time, I was at a different level, but what I had, I gave to God and He met me there and healed me.

Faith is a way of believing to me. Fear is a way of believing. Doubt is a way of believing. I choose faith! Faith is also an action or an act. Faith is an act for me of putting my trust in God that His word is sure. When I put my trust in God, I am technically trusting Him to resolve my problem. I believe He can do it, I’m firm about it, I have confidence about it and my not being able to see it doesn’t matter.

 

I planned to survive! by Elaine Davenport (Wednesday, August 29, 2007)

Proverbs 16:3 (Amplified Bible)

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

 

Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.

 

 

When my doctor (whom I didn’t know very well) was trying to rush me into surgery; I balked. When he detected that; he began to get really irritated with my suggestion that maybe I should get a second opinion. That bothered me so much that I canceled the surgery. I’m not suggesting that you do this. I did it because I felt that in my spirit, not because I heard someone say it. I had no history of canceling surgery.

 

I went to the hospital to pull my medical records from the tests the doctor had ordered. They were free. I had never done this before. Never. It was almost as if I was being pushed to do this. I read the record with great interest. In a small tiny paragraph; the radiologist mentioned a rare form of cancer. I don’t like negative reports.I was devastated at first. I read it over and over. I researched it. While I was researching; I was led to put the report on a ledge that was basically out of sight and reach. As a result, I forgot about it for the most part. I learned to roll my cares on God and to trust Him.

 

From start to finish; I began to look for other doctors and other opinions. I moved even closer to God. It was so good; I decided to stay there. I got in a Word church and found out about healing. I began to meditate with healing scriptures. God began to heal me. Six months went by and then I had major surgery. The outcome was a miracle per the doctors. God caused my thoughts in my decision making to be in lock step with His will. I just had to listen and obey. As a result my plans to survive were successful.

How many times have you been revived? by Elaine Davenport (Tuesday, August 28, 2007)

Psalm 138:7 (King James Version)

King James Version (KJV) Public Domain

Psalm 138: 7

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

I’ve had some great days and I’ve been in the think of the battle. Perhaps you have too. Let’s just focus for a minute. When you are really in trouble; you just have to stay the course; and give it to God. When you do this; remember that He’s working out your troubles and you can’t “see” what He is doing. A lot of people have trouble with this.

I HEARD A VERY UNUSUAL STORY YESTERDAY….

Normally, I won’t talk about controversial subjects. My good friend was given the book called: The Secret. She’s a faith person and very objective and decided to give it a try. It isn’t a book that I have read; nor am I interested in reading it. I am not slamming the book. As a writer; I am very selective about what I read and it’s not in my realm of selected topics at this time. My friend said there was a part of the book that caused her to be unrealistic about faith. She said it was something about Genie thinking or something like that. She is a long time friend and a person of excellent report and character with an impeccable reputation.

My friend is highly educated and smart. She has always dreamed of becoming a secret shopper. She ended up applying online for some jobs and soon after got a letter in the mail inviting her to become an Online shopper. At some point these people offered her a job and sent her a check for $3500.00. They told her they were going to give her $600.00 up front and that they wanted her to mail them two checks. One for $1700 and the other for $1300. Well, my friend is a very cautious person so when she went to the bank; she went to great lengths to explain to them that she really didn’t want the money until it was actually there. She explained to them that the check came as a result of an internet job and she only wanted to take the money out when it was actually there. Apparently she explained it many times and they assured her that the money was there.

She told me that her entire family told her this was a scam. One by one they each weighed in on it. She said she told them: “This is a Blessing from God!” She said she “felt” she was so exuberant because of what she read in the book. I understand this, but I realize that we all are responsible for the decisions we make regardless of how we are influenced. After my friend took the money out of her account; the bank sent her a notice saying the check didn’t clear. Then they began to call her and make her feel guilty as though she were a part of the scam.

Now, she told me all of the mail came from Canada and that she talked to a foreigner on the phone when she called for more information. It was set up for her to prove that she was an honest person. It was like an employment test of sorts.

For her; this was great trouble which caused her to backtrack to defend herself and involve the police. She was horrified when the bank initially treated her as if she were a criminal instead of a victim.

She prayed at the first sign of trouble. She stayed in faith; despite her circumstances.

One day she was led to call her bank to discuss her case..

She got a great surprise. It seems that they recorded her conversations with the bank tellers and they heard her say: I don’t want the money until it is actually there. Because of that they mysteriously dropped the charges and put her account back in good standing. God is faithful. He always come through. No matter what you are facing; God can fix it.

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God will show up! by Elaine Davenport (Monday, August 27, 2007)

 

 

Psalm 27:14 (Amplified Bible)

Amplified Bible (AMP) Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation

Psalm 27: 14

Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.

I have been in need of prayer many times. One day; the Lord Blessed me and I learned how to pray for other people and also proactively. As a result of my praying so much, I developed a confidence that my prayers would always be answered and they always are. Sometimes the answer comes quickly within hours or maybe within a day. However, sometimes I’ve had to wait for God to do some things.

I can remember so vividly when I first came to Christ and reconnected after a long hiatus in the wilderness in which the devil whooped up on me big time every chance he got. I wasn’t a big prayer then. In fact, I had been raised to believe that the stuff that mattered to me was too petty too little to bother God with. God waited on me to get myself together to come and take a close walk with Him. He was more than patient. I always try to remember that when I’m waiting on Him.

Another thing I remember was when I used to be so excited about God in the beginning of “our” walk together. I had so much fervor, fire and anticipation; it was contagious. I was faithful and nothing got in my way. If God said He would do something or promised me in His word; I never faltered; I never doubted; I expected it! I’m on fire for God! No one can tell me what He won’t do! No one!

I’ve given myself a tune up on the fire, fervor and anticipation. I’ve reinforced myself spiritually and mentally by staying in the Word of God. I study, I meditate. I avoid distractions. I wait in full expectation. My words say: “It sure is exciting to sit back and watch God do this thing for me; I can’t wait to see it all unfold before my eyes!” How about you?


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