IS THERE NO BALM IN GILEAD?

Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people restored? [Because Zion no longer enjoyed the presence of the Great Physician!] (Jeremiah 8:22 AMP)

Healing and health is the children’s bread and from the Old Testament, we see this as part of the covenant for those under God’s covering. Going into the New Testament, when Jesus begins His ministry announcing the Good News, He was against the bondage that the devil had imposed on the people. He cast out demons, healed the sick and preached the gospel.

Jeremiah laments in the Old Testament, perplexed by the amount of sickness that surrounded him. From his words we may glean some reasons why the people remained sick yet when they left Egypt, they were in perfect health and had promises from God for divine health. He poses a question, is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no Physician there? He is not asking for medical science but spiritual solutions! Balm stands for medicine but to Jeremiah’s wonder, why was the health of the people not restored?They had resorted to other solutions but not the great Physician! They had sought other gods which were really Satan at work.

When the covering of the Physician is absent, the devil brings all sorts of disease and sickness upon the people. He is the author of the same. It is important to therefore bring yourself under the covering of the physician. He is the one who is able to bring to pass all the promises of divine health in your life.

Jesus is the Physician, His healing promises are the balm. We need to hold on to these promises, stand upon them in faith and believe that He is able to fulfill His word and promises upon your life. Jesus kept saying to those He healed, “thy faith has made the whole.” It doesn’t matter your struggle today, look up to the great Physician whose ministry exposed the devil’s work of bringing sickness upon the people. These promises will work when you put yourself under His covering, Him alone. Give your life to the Lord and walk under His guidance.

There is a balm in Gilead and a Physician there, His name is Jesus Christ. I encourage you to put yourself under His covering, follow His instructions and you will be a witness of His faithfulness. Declare His healing promises over your life and you will witness the same grace the people saw when He came to announce the gospel.

I pray for you that every form of sickness and pain be removed from your life as you surrender your life to the great physician.

Declare this,
I thank you Father for giving the great Physician and the balm of Gilead. I bring myself under the cover of the great Physician and I thank you for all manner of sickness is departing from me in Jesus’ name.

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NOW FAITH

And they all ate and were satisfied. And they gathered up seven [large provision] baskets full of the broken pieces that were left over.
Those who ate were 4,000 men, not including the women and the children. (Matthew 15:37-38 AMP)

A challenging world we are living in keeps demanding more resources in order to survive however there is a great lesson the word teaches us and that is we need not focus on our environment but on God. Faith is the key that unlocks even the most difficult of situations. If you are ready to believe God, you will witness miracles even in situations that spell scarcity.

Jesus had preached to a multitude over a period of three days. The time to release them came but the very compassion that drove His ministry refused to let them go hungry. They would faint on the way and the great words they had heard would not profit them. There were 4,000 men excluding women and children. Please note this was not a men’s meeting, they didn’t count the women and children. Normally you would find that men are always lesser than the women and children in a gathering.

Jesus asked the disciples what was available. The answer was ‘we only have seven loaves and few fishes.’ Jesus in His quest to demonstrate the possibilities for those who believe, He took the provision, looking up, he gave thanks and broke the bread and fish which He passed on the disciples. The disciples in-turn passed on to the people that were waiting. A miracle, they all ate and not only that, they were satisfied! Another miracle, they gathered large provision baskets full of broken pieces that ware left over. Seven loaves of bread mixed with faith, the multiplication factor became seven large provision baskets as left-overs after feeding multitudes. If you are willing to believe you will see the good of the Lord in the land of the living. To believe, you have to renounce past knowledge! You have to embrace the Word of God and you will witness miracles today!

Whatever situation you are facing it can bow down to faith; scarcity, financial problems, sickness, opposition, whatever nature it is, faith is more powerful than any of it. You have hold a solid front and not back down! Your miracle might seem to take time, refuse to back down, keep believing. You will see small seven become big seven and yes, you will have the last laugh.

I pray for you that no matter how the devil has been trying to pull you down, your faith will be reignited and you will see the hand of the Lord soon!

Declare this,
I refuse to look at the circumstances, like Jesus, I open my eyes to see the power of God at work. I refuse to back down and I choose to continue presenting a solid front, holding the shield of faith!

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THE EARTHLY MISSION OF JESUS

As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. (Matthew 9:32-33 KJV)

When Jesus came on earth, part of His mission was to expose the devil and his works amongst man. Some of the things He did was heal the sick and cast out demons which the word expose as a cause of many sicknesses, diseases and weaknesses. People had tried everything to get freedom but it wasn’t forthcoming. The devil hid behind a lack of knowledge and the fact that power was in his hands, given to him by Adam when he committed that high treason.

Let’s look at the example above. They brought to Him a dumb man, behind the condition was a devil! I am confident many theories were developed as the cause of his condition but when he came to Jesus, He quickly discerned the situation. His solution was to deal with the demon behind the situation. He cast out the devil! The moment He did, the dumb man spoke! The people marveled, this had not been seen in Israel before. There is something to glean from the response of the people. There are many situations people had given up on and the coming of Jesus brought them hope. No wonder multitudes followed Him.

Looking further at Matthew 10:1,
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

The same power He held, He passed it on the disciples and looking further, it was passed on to believers. So these demons, also called unclean spirits can lodge themselves in one’s life and cause or manner of issues including sickness, weakness, financial-difficulty, depression, back pain etc. But we can cast them out! Child of God, it is important that you know there are demons, unclean spirits or persons without bodies that track your life looking a moment of weakness so they can fulfill their mission as recorded in John 10:10, the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy! The word tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but a whole organized kingdom of the devil (Ephesians 6:12).

Today make use of your authority. We have overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). Victory is in your camp but the devil would want you to focus on the pain and situation and not God’s word. Today open your mouth and begin to testify that power is in your hands. Rebuke those evil spirits and release the Angels of God to work in your life.

Declare this,
I open my eyes to see and declare victory over my life. I rebuke every evil spirit assigned against my life to cause sicknesses, weakness, financial problems and all manner of issues in Jesus’ name.

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THIS IS YOUR HERITAGE!

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. (Isaiah 54:17 KJV)

The world we live in is still very much under the control of the enemy through deception and other evil means. It is important that as children of God we put ourselves in a place of awareness of our rights through the word of God. Lack of knowledge is deadly, it will lead one to a catastrophic end. The devil will try and convince you that some things you are passing through or facing are part of your inheritance. Knowledge of what Christ has won for you is therefore of utmost importance.

Your heritage as a child of God is victory over the enemy. This was paid for at the cross of Calvary. Anything evil, anything negative, anything that is not good doesn’t come from God. All good gifts are from above (James 1:17). There is no weapon formed against you that shall succeed. You hold the keys of victory in your hands, they were hand delivered to you by Christ when He came on earth and defeated the devil at every point.

You see, you hold power through your mouth. Every word that is negative and spoken against you will take no effect if you open your mouth and condemn it. Don’t let the devil deceive you and corner you on the basis of past sin that you were already redeemed from. He has given you His righteousness as a gift, this too He hand delivered to you when you got born again.

Today the enemy is mounting weapons against your health, wealth, business, family, nation and many other things to bring discouragement to your heart. You can rise above all these. They will not prosper. Open your mouth and condemn every negative word he tries to plant in your heart or mind. Don’t just be silent, speak the word of God against that joblessness and that poverty. Speak God’s word against that sickness! Every altar the enemy has mounted against you will not prosper!

I pray for you today that your eyes may be opened so you can see every weapon the enemy has mounted against you. I pray that your mouth will start pronouncing the word of God over every situation.

Declare this,
No weapon that is fashioned against me shall prosper. I condemn every negative word that is raised against me in judgment. I exercise my rights hand delivered to me on the cross by Christ.

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DON’T BE AFRAID OF THEM

 

When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 20:1 KJV)

The children of Israel were on a mission to take over new territory. This was going to be a difficult task for someone standing on his own but they had God on their side. Everyday, as believers we go out and there are things that we see with our eyes likely to terrify us. The prophet says when you see horses, chariots and a people more than you be not afraid of them! The Lord your God is with you! Just look at His testimonies and draw confidence out of them.

Today, you will see challenges such as doctors reports, unemployment, bad economies and many other challenges. Don’t fear, the Lord your God is with you. A thousand will fall dead at your side, ten thousand at your right hand but it will not come near you (Psa 91:7). Deu 20:8 says when going to battle if any man be fearful and faint-hearted, let him return home because fear in contagious. It will contaminate others and cause them to fear too. In other words more fighters full of fear are nothing compared to one who has faith in God and courageous!

Fear is the opposite of faith. Refuse to fear, look at the testimonies of your God this far. See how far He has taken you and confess it. Don’t go on the Internet and research how bad the situation is, go to the word. Declare it and speak it. We overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony (Rev 12:11). Your miracle is certain, just keep declaring it. It might look like things are not changing and the enemy seems to be having an upper hand. Refuse to fear! Psalms 107:2 says, “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;”. Say it, declare it with your mouth. Do not be quiet!

That financial situation will hear your voice! That disease will hear your confession. That challenge will bow down to the word of God. Just refuse to fear, when your mind wanders away, speak only the word! Bring it back into faith through the declaration of God’s word!

I pray for you today that fear disappears and faith takes over. Your life will take a perfect turn and the Egyptians you were seeing you shall see them Nomore forever!

Declare this,
I choose to stand in faith as I banish fear from my life through the confession of God’s word! I stand fast knowing the promises of God are true.

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