THE TEST OF FAITH

“If an enemy were insulting me,I could endure it;if a foe were raising himself against me,I could hide from him.But it is you,a man like myself,my companion,my close friend,with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship as we walked with the throng at the house of God.-Psalm 55:12-14

Betrayal is one of the most difficult tests that we will ever face because it involves being wounded by someone we trust.It’s hard not to become bitter when a friend or family member wounds us.It takes a lot of Christ-like grace to forgive a traitor.

  You have probably faced the Judas test yourself.Every day you and I work in a marketplace that is rife with betrayal,deception,duplicity,and treachery.Perhaps you have been betrayed by your boss or a co-worker.Or perhaps somebody betrayed a confidence or stabbed you in the back.It may have even been someone you’ve gone to church with or prayed with-someone you trusted as a brother in Christ.

  The Judas kiss stings worse than a slap across the face.Almost every leader I know has experienced that sting at one time or another.Yet God is watching to see how we respond to the Judas test.If we pass the test,He can even take us to the next level,the next test.If we fail,we’ll probably have to repeat the test until we learn to forgive.

  The Judas test is God’s guarantee level course in faith,designed to reveal our maturity and faith:Are we willing to trust Him enough to forgive the Judases in our lives?The book of Hebrews warns,”See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many”(Hebrews 12:15).When we refuse to forgive,we risk missing our divine promotion.
Prayer:Lord,give me grace to forgive all those who have wronged me in the past.I receive your healing.
Scriptural reading:Psalm 55:8

DON’T ARGUE WITH GOD

Simon answered,”Master,we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.But because you say so,I will let down the nets”-Luke 5:5

Have you ever argued with God?One of the first sermons Jesus ever gave was from a boat.It was Simon Peter’s boat,Jesus used a businessman’s business to preach the Gospel.However,Peter had to first make his business available to the Master.When he did,something wonderful happened to his business.

  You see,Peter’s fishing business was in trouble.They had just fished all night and caught nothing.Nevertheless,Peter made his boat available to Jesus to use as He wished.Jesus used it to preach to the multitudes.After Jesus used Peter’s boat for His purposes Jesus did something interesting for Peter.He blessed his business.However,Peter almost missed the blessing because he began to argue with Jesus.Peter was looking at the market conditions instead of the instruction of Jesus.Something inside of him made him reconsider Jesus’ instruction.Jesus rewarded his obedience,”When they had done so,they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them,and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink”(Luke 5:6-7).

  We see a number of Kingdom principles we can apply in our work lives in this story.

1.We must be willing to let God use our work life for His purposes.

2.We must not look at circumstances and argue with Jesus when His instruction seems to contradict what we have seen or experienced already.

3.We must obey the Lord.
Prayer:Lord,come into my business and give me ideas to move me to the next level.
Scriptural reading:Luke 5:1-11

 KNOW YOUR TERRITORY OF EXPLOITS

SCRIPTURE:
Proverbs 11:22[KJV]

“As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.”
There are a lot of people who are gifted with many talents and abilities but are always at the wrong place at the wrong time.
The fact that you are gifted does not necessarily mean you will prosper. One ought to know specifically where he has been placed to prosper.
A jewel in the snout of a pig surely is misplaced. So is a diligent believer who seeks exploits at the wrong place. 
BY GOSPEL AMBASSADORS YOUTH MINISTRY

The manifestation of the gift of Healing

​Q- What is the manifestation of gift of Healing ? 

A-The manifestation of gift of Healing is your exercising your God-Given Spiritual ability to heal by the Power of God according to what God had revealed to you by a message of knowledge or a message of Wisdom.

The gift of Healing is a manifestation of the Holy Spirit and it occurs when a Christian is acting on revelation and by faith brings the Power of God to bear on another person’s physical,  mental or emotional need and heals him or her.
God does multiple healings and each of them is a gift done out of grace or mercy but not every healing is the manifestation of the gift of healing. Many people are healed on their own with just a band Aid or some medication  or they maybe  healed by the grace of God without another person involved  but that is not manifestation of gift of healing because the gift of the Holy Spirit inside another Christian was not employed.
I hope everyone is following because this topic needs proper understanding. To do a Healing or Miracle,  several manifestations come into Action. First the person needs a message of knowledge and a message of wisdom to know what the situation is and what to do about it.
Secondly,  He or she needs the manifestation of faith to bring to pass the healing.
Thirdly,  He or she must represent Christ on earth and through the Power of God brings the healing to pass as God supplies the energy for it. In Acts 1:8 , Jesus said that the Holy Spirit in a person would give him Power.
It is important that Christians can see the difference between Praying for someone and Commanding a healing by revelation.
Prayer is very important and many verses tells us to pray. However,  when it comes to helping God’s people through the manifestation of Healing,  it is vital to understand that does not mean praying for someone to be healed.
Let’s take a look at Matthew 8:2-3, A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him and said , ‘ Lord, if you are willing,  you can make me clean. 3- Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man . I am willing,  ‘ He said. Be clean ! Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.   Let me translate on this one, Jesus did not Pray for God to heal the leper. He knew He had the Power of God and He used it.
Listen to what He said , ” The Spirit of the Lord is on Me because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,  to set the oppressed free. ( Luke 4:18). The Spirit of God upon Jesus was what gave Him Power, He also had great faith and a humble and righteous walk before God.
Every Christian has the Spirit of the Lord and according to what Jesus said in Acts 1:8, Each one of us has the POWER.
Apostle Peter learned from Jesus,  when He was going into temple, saw the lame man and received revelation that man had faith to be healed, he said….. what I have I  give you,  in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, WALK.”  ( Acts 3:6). Apostle Peter knew he had Power and he freely gave it, just as He had seen Jesus do on so many occasions.  If you notice here. Apostle Peter did not Pray . Once he knew the Will of God by revelation,  He commanded the Healing.
You must believe that God will bring about the anointing for Healing. The healing power comes through the Holy Spirit.
Let me tell you my last born daughter’s  testimony about Healing. She was born with a heart problem due to her mum who had periods when she was pregnant. We were scared and we thought she will have a miscarriage but I had faith in God. When she was born , her skin was light brown  and she started complaining about chest pains. She was in and out patient. I was advised to take her to the specialist in South Africa to see a heart doctor. The doctor treated her using a bypass operation and it costed me thousands rands. Thank God for His healing hand and now she is 10yrs old. Like I said , you must believe you are healed in Jesus Name and build faith, remove any doubts and unbelief. Her name is faith.
This testimony of my daughter is meant to inspire and encourage your prayer life when you face uncertain times. I believe in the healing hand of God and I have seen it with my own daughter who was healed. Now let me tell you that there are blockages to healing.
Blockages to healing can be Unbelief, Unforgiveness, and wrong teaching. Also, you must renounce Unconfessed Sin and hidden anger. Let all bitterness,  wrath, anger,  clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be Kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another,  even as God in Christ forgave you . Read in Ephesians 4:31-32.
If you are guilty of the above blockages of Healing. I suggest you say this prayer. Heavenly Father, I confess all bitterness,  wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking together with malice. I thank You Lord that as I confess this sin from my heart that I am forgiven because Your word promises this. Thank You heavenly Father for forgiveness,  In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen !
Let me go deeper and I will share with you a prayer for healing sick people and a prayer for healing sick family and friends.
I used to get scared when I had to pray for the healing of sick people or family and friends.  I used to worry that if I say the wrong words or don’t have enough faith or don’t lay hands on sick people that God won’t heal them from their sickness. Am talking from my experience of life .
You see, a prayer for healing the sick people should be a simple thing but I was terrified that I would rather not lay hands on anyone or open my mouth..
I hope you are following and I told you that I need at least 3hrs serious preaching on healing. I’m excited because these words comes from the Holy Spirit when I was preparing them. All written down with prayers.
When this happened I had to stop and ask myself.  When did the burden of healing fall, on the one who is praying or the person who is sick,  instead of , on our gracious God “.
Something that has helped me overcome my fear of praying for healing is a story you might remember from Sunday school. I used to like this bible story about the women who had been sick for years. A woman who risked everything to touch the HEM of Jesus’ garment.  A woman to whom Jesus turned and said, ‘ Daughter , your faith has made you well. Go in peace.
About a year ago , I sat in an office where a doctor told my client after three yrs battle with Stroke that sometimes you just have to have faith.  I sat there and thought about how the burden of healing sickness is never on the patient,  how it is never even on a doctor  but how it is ” always ” on God.  The burden of healing rest on the shoulders of our gracious God.
The burden of healing falls on our God who knows the plans , He has for us even when our own Hope collapse . The burden of Healing lies in our God whose ways aren’t a ” Faith Formula ” but a ” Mystery “. The burden of Healing doesn’t lie in saying,  just the right words or praying something that sounds beautiful.
We are nearly there and I will be done soon. I want to share with you  prayers for healing sick people now
I don’t know if you need healing from a sickness or if you know a family member or friend who does. But if you are searching for words you are welcome to borrow some of mine.
By Bra Sly De Nuomoro