If only you will believe – Part 3
He that lives and believes in Christ is he that by faith is born again to a heavenly and divine life.
No one has with physical eyes seen God, but by faith, the saints have seen Him. Without faith in the Messiah, there is no possibility of pleasing God, and being saved.
God cannot be pleased with the man who has no confidence in Him, who does not believe that His ways are right, or He is the Sovereign God and has the power to do this or that.
Matt. 15:30-31 says, “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them: Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.”
Faith is the catalyst through which miracles are wrought. If we believe in Christ’s supremacy over all things, including sickness and diseases, it shall prevail in all circumstances of our lives.
All those who followed Jesus Christ from place to place, city to city received their miracles. Why? Because they believed. None of those who followed Him doubted His power to heal all sickness and they had whatever they desired according to their measure of faith.
Martha had the same degree of faith in what Jesus could do, when her brother Lazarus died.
The Scripture says her faith made her to believe that Jesus would have healed Lazarus, if he were present when he died. She was unambiguously very sure of what Jesus could do and affirmed same position, when Jesus met and further asked her if she also held the view that such belief in Him will make a dead man to live.
Martha affirmed and added that the whole doctrine of the resurrection came from Him, and the whole power to effect it was His, thus, life and death are in His hand.
John 11:21-45 says, “Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. 23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. 24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. 25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Believest thou this? 27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. 30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. 31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.35 Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37 And some of them said, Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.”
Beloved, stop a moment and consider faithfully verses 21, 22 and 40, and you will see the work of faith and belief in evidence.
Martha confidently expected the Lord to raise Lazarus, whether he has been buried or not. She strongly believed that Jesus’ presence could still make a difference because whatsoever He could ask the Father would be done for Him, including raising her brother. Such is faith that produces result. So, if you too will believe, you will see God’s glory in your life and you will be loosed and freed after the manner of Lazarus that was raised to life in Jesus name.
Isaiah 53:1 says, “Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?”
Whosoever shall believe that Jesus Christ has the power to heal all manner of sicknesses and diseases shall in accordance with his belief receive from the Lord, for the Messiah, Who is the Arm or power of God, is seated on the right hand of the Father? And He has assured us that whatsoever we shall ask in His name, that will He do for us.
I don’t know what is your problem, neither do I know how many years you have been in that problem nor the person responsible for your predicament. But I am very sure that if you can believe in the efficacy of the healing power of Jesus, you shall not only be saved, but shall also receive your healing in Jesus name. I want you to consider that problem to be over, if you will believe today.
The Wonderful Work Of God
After 10 Years Of Chain-smoking, Sis Ngozi Turns A New Leaf
MY name is Sister Ngozi Ndukamma. I want to share the testimony of my salvation, so that others will through it turn a new leaf. I was before now a slave to sin, serving and obeying the dictates of an evil heart and the promptings of an evil nature. But the Scripture says, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn 8: 32). This means that the knowledge of God’s word makes one free from the slavery of evil passions, corrupt propensities, and groveling views.
I became a smoker five years before I ventured into beer parlour business, and graduated to a chain-smoker as soon as the beer business started. I could smoke three packets of cigarette a day. But one fateful day, a woman that lived on the same street where I had the beer business invited me to her church.
When I asked to know her church she told me “The Lord’s Chosen.” At that time, I was attending a church that had its headquarters in Sango-Otta. The sister said God specifically sent her to invite me to The Lord’s Chosen. I didn’t believe her and as such, turned down the invitation.
However, she kept coming daily to the beer parlour to preach to me. On a particular visit, she made a statement that she would not leave me until she brought me to The Lord’s Chosen. I asked her why. She said she was sent by God and left. As soon as she left that day, I became restless and was seriously disturbed.
At that time, I did not have a single gown. I was always wearing trousers, so I told her that since the Lord’s Chosen members don’t wear trousers, I would not be comfortable in their midst. The woman said if I came to The Lord’s Chosen, I would see what God would do for me. I asked her if I could wear trousers, when attending, since I had no gown. She said yes, that God would still do His work on me. So, I promised that I would be at their programme.
After closing for the day, I went home with three packets of cigarette as usual. Before then, she had directed me to where I would board their Free Church bus. But as I did not wake up on time, I thought the bus would have gone.
So, I decided to seek alternative means because I was determined to be in that Church that day. That also afforded me the opportunity to go to my sister to borrow a gown for the service.
Before my sister gave me her gown, she asked where I was going with the gown, because she had been telling me to wear gown but I always insisted it would be trousers. I told her that a Chosen sister invited me to her church.
My sister raised her hands and began to praise God on my behalf, because from my youth to adult age, I had been wearing trousers. Thereafter, I went to the bus stop for onward journey to the Church. Fortunately, as I got to the bus stop, I saw one of the buses of The Lord’s Chosen conveying people to the Church and joined them.
We got to the Church and the Pastor was preaching. During ministration, he made a prophetic utterance and said, “That woman who is into chain-smoking that is here for the first time, I command that yoke of chain-smoking to break in Jesus name.”
Immediately, I felt something left my body. Then my whole body started shaking uncontrollably, from my head to toe.
Continuing his ministration and referring to the Book of Deuteronomy 22: 5 which says, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God,” the Pastor said those women wearing trousers should know they are into sin and are abomination unto the Lord.
Frankly, I have been hearing God’s word, but none had touched me like that. Suddenly, I felt convicted and became remorseful for all my sin. The Pastor didn’t stop at that, he continued mentioning other sins by their names: fornication, adultery, smoking, abortion, lying, hatred, fraud, murder, having two spouses and idolatry, among others. He urged those involved to repent and give their lives to Christ, so that it shall be well with them.
At the end of the ministration, the Pastor prayed for us, and it was like a big load was lifted off me. From that moment, I gave my life to Christ and renounced my evil ways. Today, I am a new person and by God’s grace, I will never return to anything known as sin.
Indeed, the God that saves one from sin is the true God. I have discovered the true God. He broke the yoke of ten years of smoking in my life. Even in the village, they know I was into smoking, because whenever I wanted to smoke, I would go and hide and smoke. However, they usually knew I had gone to smoke. I didn’t believe that smoking is a sin, but now I know better. Now, the yoke is broken. Moreover, God of Chosen has changed my business. I am very happy to be a Chosen.
Praise the Lord!
Sister Ngozi Ndukamma.
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