God's Healthcare Reform

on 3/28/2010

Who among us hasn’t heard all they want to hear about healthcare reform lately? Now I’m sure some of you are very interested and can’t get enough. Hey, I watch the news every night. But I’m ready to hear about something else. It never ceases to amaze me how Christians so evenly divide on political issues. I hate that, and you should too. I understand that God mandates our providing for the poor, and I want everyone to have affordable healthcare, but I keep hearing in my spirit the following verse –

”For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:13)

Now I bet many of you think, “Byron, what on Earth does that have to do with healthcare?” Let me explain. From the beginning God had a healthcare system for humans. In fact, God never meant for humans to get sick and die. Think about it, would God create something that would get sick or break down and die? Of course not! But when Adam sinned sickness and death became man’s reality (Genesis 3:19). So God devised His own healthcare plan and His own brand of health insurance. We find it in His Word.

“I am the Lord that Healeth thee . . . And you shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee . . . I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds.” (Exodus 15:26, 23:25, Jeremiah 30:17)

There you have it, glory to God. God wants to personally be our Healthcare Provider. But we, in this country and across the world, have devised ourselves these crazy healthcare systems, run by insurance companies, lawyers, and natural doctors. We give them 1/6 of our economy, literally one out of every six of our dollars. And we still have sickness in our midst. Healthcare costs rise, the need for doctors increases, and on and on and on. These are broken cisterns that can hold no water. This is a counterfeit system, and it has not healed us.

But God, the Fountain of Living Waters, is the Lord that will heal us. God doesn’t change (Malachi 3). God promised to heal the Israelites and He promises to heal you and me. We have put our trust in man and man’s medicine, and we have forgotten the supernatural healing power of God. I promise you, once you sign up for God’s healthcare plan, it won’t matter what the politicians do, you have the Single Provider option and you are FULLY COVERED!

So you say, “I know God’s Word says those things, but how can I see those verses become a reality in my physical body?” Well I’m glad you asked. Let me give you a few steps to receiving God’s promised Divine health, where sickness has literally been removed from your midst.

First, you must believe the Word of God. The Prophet Isaiah told King Hezekiah that unless he believed God’s Word he would never be established (Isaiah 7:9). Believing God’s Word is always the first step to receiving anything from Him. God doesn’t lie or repent from what He’s said. What He says He does and what He speaks comes to pass. (Numbers 23:19) God honors His Word above His own Name (Psalm 138:2). You can completely trust God when He says He will restore your health and take sickness from your midst.

Now that you believe God’s Word, or God’s promises concerning your health, you must know that through faith and patience we inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12). So you must build your faith up. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). So you must continually hear the Word of God concerning Divine Health, and because you fully trust God’s Word, this will build your faith. Daily pray and confess, “God, I know you restore my health and heal my wounds, God I know you take sickness from my midst.” Continually read and speak aloud God’s promises concerning healing. Find more of them than those listed here, specific promises for your situation. Your faith will grow inside you, and literally the force of faith will drive sickness from your body. Our faith is the victory that overcomes the world and all natural evils (1 John 5:4).

Now you must also remain patient. Patience in the Biblical sense means “fortitude,” or staying the same despite pressure to change. No matter what happens, no matter how bad your pain hurts, or how sick you feel, continue confessing God’s Word and believing God’s promises. You have to settle within yourself that “though every man is a liar, God is true” (Romans 3:4). That means you regard God’s Word as true regardless of anything and everything contrary. Even when your head is pounding, you say God restores my head’s health and heals my heads wounds.

You also begin calling that thing that be not as though it is (Romans 4:17). That is how God brings things to pass. He calls the things that be not as though they are. God called Abraham the Father of Many Nations before Abraham was the father of anything. This is a powerful process whereby you speak God’s Word concerning a situation, but you speak the final result, not just what you currently see. For example, “God has restored my health and God has healed my wounds. By Jesus’ stripes I am healed.”

You see, part of the ministry of Jesus was to remove every effect of sin from our lives. Sure, sin carried with it a sentence of death and hell, but sin also removes us from the blessing of God and opens us to the works of the devil. Yet Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). The Prophet Isaiah, when speaking prophetically about Jesus, said the following, “Surely He has born our griefs (sicknesses) and carried our sorrows (pains) . . . But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:3,4)

Jesus came to remove every work of the devil from our lives. Jesus suffered so we don’t have to suffer. God was able to provide healing for the Israelites before Jesus came, but now we Christians have a right, and an open door, to receive God’s healing in our bodies, for Jesus paid the price for all sin and sickness for us. Praise the Lord.

Now let me give you one last Word concerning receiving the manifestation of any of God’s promises. Before Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding His mother Mary told the servants, “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” (John 2:5) You must remember that when you are believing God for receipt of His promises.

Whatever Jesus tells you to do, do it. As you pray, as you study and speak God’s Word, as you build your faith, one of two things will happen: either your symptoms will disappear as your health is restored, or God will give you a specific instruction. When God speaks, do it, for that is the key to your healing. After terribly stepping on a nail God told me to take an extract from pineapple. (I thought this was crazy too). After suffering from terrible neck pain for years God told me to have an evangelist lay hands on me in Starbucks. (I’m sure it was weird for the other patrons). Both times, and countless others, I received a full and miraculous healing.

Maybe God will tell you to see a natural doctor, as He did to Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke when he had a serious medical problem. That’s fine too. Jesus told those He healed to do many different things: wash in this place or that, show yourself to the priests, etc. Maybe God’s looking for your faith, or for a point of contact with you. At that point, when you have heard from God, who cares, just do it, and then keep your faith and patience intact and you will doubtless receive a miraculous healing from God.

I tell you; the more I hear about worldly healthcare the less I want it. I’m not even talking about the new political system. I didn’t like it two years ago and I don’t like it now. I love God, who sent Jesus to heal me spiritually and physically. Receive God’s Word concerning healing for your physical body. Completely dismiss those who say God’s healing isn’t for today. We won’t take the time to discuss that theory, but it’s complete garbage.

God always was and always will be the Lord that heals us. Receive Him as your Healer, as your Doctor, as your first and foremost Healthcare Provider and Healthcare Insurer. As you would trust their words and do what they say, trust God’s Word and do what He says. You will walk in a health and vigor you never thought possible. Glory to God.


Stay When God Says "Stay"

on 3/23/2010

About three weeks ago my wife and I were in Mexico vacationing with her family. While there God clearly showed me that my time working for my father (the last 3.5 years) was over. The day after our return my dad told me that I need to find another job, that he's closing the company. The past weeks have given me time to reflect on the past and plan for the future.

I began working for my father right out of law school. I guess I expected to help him run the company, thinking with my young, prideful mind. While he did have me run all of our new construction (a formidable task for someone with zero construction knowledge) I was essentially just another employee. My dad has been very successful, but working for him was not what I expected. We argued many times in the first months, and over the years I have occasionally prayed for the next season to arrive. Every time I found something fairly disagreeable I would ask God whether it was time to leave, but He always clearly said “Stay.”

So that's what I want to encourage you in today - staying put when God tells you to, even when your flesh is begging to leave. How many of us have faced difficult situations at work, home, school or church? How easy would be it be to leave? How nice would it be to tell everyone goodbye and walk happily out the door? I’m sure millions are feeling that way right now. If it's not leaving one place it's another, and sometimes we want to pack up and leave everyone and everything behind.

I believe God led me to a story by Kenneth E. Hagin. He said that he and his wife had left a church, and that he had believed it the right thing to do. But one day, just as they were settling in their new house, he knew the Lord was telling him to go back, that the season was not over at the previous place. He conferred with his wife and she agreed. Can you imagine that? I believe God led me to that story so that I would remember to never leave before it's God's time to go. And that's what I frequently prayed to God - "I'm not ready until you're ready, I'm good to stay as long as you want me here."

I can think of several Biblical parallels, but the story of Isaac comes to me clearest. Genesis 26:1-3 KJV - "And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar. And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of: Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father."

Now Isaac logically thought to go to Egypt during the famine (or time of trouble in the land) - for Abraham had done just that in Genesis 12. But God tells him not to go to Egypt, but to stay in Gerar. We then see God supernaturally protect him and his marriage. Then God prospers him greatly amidst this terrible famine. And I can honestly say I've had a similar experience. God told me to stay here in Tampa and at this job. While here my wife and I have been abundantly blessed. We have made good money, developed strong relationships with my family, and had opportunities to travel the world. Most importantly we heard the anointed Word of God from my father, who also pastors a church.  We were obedient to stay when God said “Stay,” and God blessed us for doing so.

So what problem are you facing now? Are you thinking of leaving that situation? I would never tell you not to leave, but I would suggest you hear from God first. Look at Elijah in 1 Kings 17, sometimes when the provision dries up God will clearly tell you to move on. Just ask God for wisdom. God has already prepared good works for you to do. God knows where you should go. God knows when you should stay. Hear the voice of God, and you can be assured of provision in the place God puts you.

Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV - "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

Psalms 1:6 KJV "For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish."

James 4:13-15 KJV "Go to now, ye that say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that."

Seek the Lord about your plans, if He tells you to go, then go. But if He tells you to stay, you should stay. God blesses obedience and provides for us when we are in His chosen location. Thank you for reading and please pray for us as we seek God's will for our lives.


A Devil's Chaplain, Reviewed by a Christian

on 3/15/2010

Several weeks ago I had a dream in which my wife showed me a brown book which I knew was by Richard Dawkins (the famous scientist/evolutionist/ atheist). She asked me to do a blog post about it. When I awoke I searched his website and purchased (from a reseller) a copy of his brown book, A Devil's Chaplain. Why God wanted me to read the book I'm not sure, but I could say much.

A Devil's Chaplain is a collection of Mr. Dawkins' essays, which range in topic from advanced evolution science/theory to his thoughts on education to his hatred of religion. As I read I kept hearing the voice of the wise Japanese warrior in the movie The Last Samurai saying, "to know my enemy." Now I know that we Christians war not against flesh and blood but against anything that exalts itself against the knowledge of God (2 Co 10:5, Eph 6:12). Therefore Mr. Dawkins' ideas and beliefs are my real enemy, not himself.

Nevertheless I found his writing gripping and entertaining. He is clearly a most learned scientist, well respected by many in his field. But let's not forget how we must approach Mr. Dawkins and his mind. Only a fool says there is no God (Psa 14:1). I would regard his mind (if I he were to offer me advice) as I would the mind of someone intoxicated, insane, and demon possessed. For that is how you must regard the minds of rabid antichrists, as he is (unless God tells you to do otherwise). Bearing in my mind my opinion of his mind, let us turn to his words. I won't even attempt to discuss the entire book, just those parts most interesting to this Christian.

I must confess that I had no idea evolutionary science had so many facets and such physical evidence. I am glad to have learned this. Evolution is far more than man came from monkeys. Evolution has far more evidence than a simple fossil record. In fact, my entire outlook on evolution has been reshaped regarding nearly everything it concerns except humans. Mr. Dawkins believes (no exaggeration here) that man is in every sense an animal. He denounces any ideas of human supremacy in the evolutionary hierarchy. Man is simply a different kind of animal, nothing more. He pays no regard to our ability to dominate all other animals, nor our ability to think in a much more sophisticated way than all other animals, nor any other way in which you might think humans exceed animals.

Mr. Dawkins’ book also influenced my thinking on medicine, and this may actually do me some good one day, for which I prospectively thank him. He utterly destroys practitioners of "alternative medicine," to which many Christians have become prey. Quite simply, he says that if "alternative" medicinal practices were able to pass scientific tests, then they would not be considered "alternative." Because they cannot pass such tests they are not actual science, and should therefore not be trusted in the slightest. I find his arguments (with humorous anecdotes) completely convincing, atheist or not. I will henceforth never partake of "alternative medicine" without a specific Word from God (which I doubt will ever come).

But Mr. Dawkins' same rationale concerning medicine informs his entire mind and world view. If something cannot stand up to the Scientific Method's analysis of observation and experimentation, then that something is not "true" or not "real." Mr. Dawkins is 100% bounded, and enslaved, by his physical senses and the physical/sense realm of this world. (I highly recommend your reading E.W. Kenyon's Basic Bible Course to understand this idea more fully.)

Mr. Dawkins cannot and does not believe in anything his senses cannot perceive. Therefore Mr. Dawkins is only open to part of reality. Mr. Dawkins would say the other part I refer to is not reality, for it can't pass muster under the Scientific Method, but we know him wrong. Spiritual reality is every bit as real as physical reality, only spiritual reality, until it impacts the physical realm, cannot be perceived by the physical senses.

And now I see why this particular sort of atheist can exist and thrive. It's easy to revel in the sense realm, to delight in its certainties and realities and physicalities. But I know there is more. And most of you do too. Mr. Dawkins absolutely loves nature and science and earth, but Mr. Dawkins will never understand the half of it unless he opens his mind to spiritual reality. It's actually hard not to like him, except when he’s bashing Christianity. I wish he would open himself to God. Then he could see how all creation fell because of Adam. He would then understand competition and survival and selection, much like the apostle Paul truly understood the entire Old Testament after he finally opened to the reality of Jesus Christ.

I would hate to believe that nothing beyond the physical exists. But I would also hate to believe that every single thing in the physical has no eternal significance or meaning. I would also hate to believe that everything in the physical realm is only randomn occurrence and accident. I find it hard to believe that everything comes from nothing. In fact, to my mind, all those beliefs are ludicrous.

So let's pray for Mr. Dawkins and all like him. Let's pray that God would so impact their senses with His spiritual reality that they can no longer deny Him. I found no hard evidence within the book that even slightly shakes my faith. In fact I found much to affirm it and many of the tangential subjects within Christianity that I have also learned about. I am glad I read this book, but, of course, I don't recommend it.