October 2017

 

 

 

Experiment With the Word

 

 

And so I was provoked (displeased and sorely grieved) with that generation, and said, They always err and are led astray in their hearts, and they have not perceived or recognized My ways and become progressively better and more experimentally and intimately acquainted with them.

Hebrews 3:10 AMPC

 

Many years ago, shortly after Bible school, the Lord made this verse alive to me.  It changed the way I approached the study of the Scriptures, and especially how I applied them to everyday life.  Becoming experimental with the Word became the norm for me.  I no longer felt like I couldn’t try to apply the Word differently than I was taught.

 

I can remember often being told by others that I couldn’t use the Word the way I was ministering it.  But, I always ignored them because of the great results I was obtaining.  It didn’t take long to understand that many in the church today place “form above function” in the way they handle the Scriptures.  I doubt that they have ever seen Hebrews 3:10 in the Classic Amplified Version of the Bible.

 

Anyway, as I studied the Scriptures from this new perspective, I began to use different “Scriptural Standards” as a basis for my study.  One of the most important standards is how the Lord worked with the disciples after He ascended into heaven.

 

19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.

Mark 16:19-20

 

Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

Acts 14:3

 

Please notice in both verses how the Lord worked with the first disciples, and still works with His disciples today.  He always confirms His intended meaning of the written word by providing signs when the word is ministered correctly.  We can say it this way.  If a Christian does not minister the Word from God’s intended perspective, God will not confirm that word.  There will be no signs for the person ministered to.  There will be no changes in the person to whom the word was ministered.  The people experience nothing.  There will be no impartation of peace, no healing, no supernatural changes in their lives.  They walk away in the same condition they came. 

 

I remember when I would see very little change, if any, in people after they confessed sins.  It always bothered me.  Where were the signs of healing promised in 1John 1:9? 

 

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1John 1:9

 

Ministers were always explaining that the healing would come later.  That didn’t make sense to me, so I asked God to show me what works.  He did, and I experimented with what He taught me about sin until I had something that He would confirm with signs over and over again – supernatural changes of peace, joy, and emotional and physical healing.

 

One of the things that I learned is that forgiveness of sin can be used to mitigate or lessen the painful effects of disease in a person’s body until that person receives the manifestation of his healing from God.  I know it sounds strange, but the results speak for themselves.  I have been using this to mitigate my symptoms from diabetes until my healing is manifest.  I don’t suffer with pain because I confess it to God immediately.  In other words, God confirms this type of ministry with signs following.

 

24 …But you have burdened Me with your sins, You have wearied Me with your iniquities. 25 “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. 26 Put Me in remembrance; Let us contend together; State your case, that you may be acquitted. (The N.T. definition for sin includes sin, iniquity, and transgression, i.e., any kind of problem you have is a sin.)

Isaiah 43:24-26

 

Here is how it works:

God said to put Him in remembrance of your problems (sins), and He and you will contend together against them (Is 43:26).  Therefore, until your healing manifests, you can diligently confess your symptoms of suffering to God (Heb 11:6, 1Jn 1:9) to significantly lessen the degree of your pain and other discomforts.  Repeat the prayer every time the symptoms begin to appear again.  The earlier you recognize them, the better.  The prayer also works for other problems in your life, so experiment with it like Hebrews 3:10 says you can do.

 

Here is the prayer:

Father, I choose to forgive You, myself, my parents, siblings and peers for my problem of _____.  Please forgive me for each instance of my bitterness, disappointment, distress, envy, fear, frustration, greed, hopelessness, impatience, indifference, jealousy, shame, and vengeance, each of which also resulted from my ancestors, back 4 generations, disobedience to You.  Please fill my empty places with God, and please replace my problem with what is right, healthy, and loving.  Thank you, Father; in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

 

If for some reason this prayer does not work for you, don’t get mad at God.  Please call Ben at 469-231-7692 for help.  Your problem is often easily resolved.  Jesus loves you more than you think.   

 

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