1 PETER 2:24
“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”
Hold fast that thou hast.
“Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?””
GOD HAS ALREADY GIVEN US ALL THING
He has given us the things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). This includes all we need for spirit, soul, and body, for this life and for the life to come. Jesus purchased all this for us. God tells us He has already given it to us. Isaiah 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24 tell us that God has healed us. Colossians 1:13 says God has delivered us from the power of darkness. In Luke 10:19 Jesus said: “Behold, I give unto you power .. . over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Romans 6:18 tells us that we are free.
When appropriating all this, God warns us, as in the case of Peter, to never look at our circumstances and feelings. The waves were just as high when Peter walked perfectly on the water as when he sank. While he did not look at them, they could not hinder him. The minute he looked at them, he doubted and went down. The wind also was just as great when Peter walked perfectly, as when he sank. When he did not pay any attention to it, it could not hinder him. God here teaches us that if we are occupied with looking and feeling, instead of with Him and His Word, we will lose all He offers us. On the other hand, by steadfastly refusing to see anything but God and what He says, we shall have and keep everything that He says He has given us. Mrs. C. Nuzum
“HOLD FAST THAT THOU HAST”
Satan is busy trying to take from us what we take from God. God bids us, “Hold fast that thou hast” (Rev. 3:11). Jesus gave Peter power to walk on the water, but the devil took it from him by getting him to fix his attention on the wind (representing things we feel), and on the waves (representing things we see). Peter had the power, and used it; but lost it by doubting.
HOW TO RECEIVE HEALING FROM CHRIST
Many lose the manifestation of healing already in operation, by turning their attention from Christ and the Word of God to their feelings. Before taking the step of faith for healing, get this matter fully settled: After taking the step, you are going to see nothing but God and what He says. From that moment doubt should be regarded as out of the question and unreasonable. The evidence upon which you have planted your feet is the Word of God. To watch your feelings or symptoms would be like a farmer digging up his seed to see if it is growing. This would kill the seed at the root. When the true farmer gets his seed into the ground, he says with
satisfaction, “I am glad that is settled.” He believes that the seed has begun its work before he sees it grow. Why not have the same faith in the “Imperishable Seed,” the Word of God? Believe that it is already doing its work without waiting to see.
In receiving supernatural healing, the first thing to learn is to cease to be anxious about the condition of the body. You have committed it to the Lord and He has taken the responsibility for your healing. You are to be happy and restful in the matter. You know from His own Word that He takes the responsibility of every case committed to Him. When receiving healing by faith, the body and its sensations are lost sight of, and only the Lord and His promises are in view. Before being conscious of any physical change, faith rejoices and says, “It is written.” Jesus won His great victories by saying, “It is written,” and believing what was written. Any unfavorable feeling should be regarded as a warning. We should not consider the body, but consider all the more the Lord’s promise and be occupied with Him. How much better to be in communion with God and rejoicing in His faithfulness, than to be occupied with a sick body. In this way we have seen multitudes make great spiritual advancement. Others have forfeited sweet communion with God by being occupied with their feelings and symptoms.
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.