Guilt and Healing


There has been a lot of guilt talk surrounding healing. People feel badly when they are not healed. “I didn’t have enough faith.” People feel badly when they pray and do not see someone else healed. “I didn’t pray with enough faith.”


These feelings of guilt stem from some bad teachings as well as reliance on our own will and understanding rather than relying on the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.


Guilt has no place in our relationship with Christ. He paid for our guilt on the cross. Those feelings of guilt do not come from Jesus. It is Jesus’ will that all be healed. (Matthew 8:1-3, 16-17) Guilt has no place in healing for healing is in the will of God. He paid the price for His healing power to be released upon the Earth, to be released using the hands of His servants in the Church of Christ. (Matthew 8:17, Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 10:8)


We should not hold onto guilt but give those thoughts and feelings to Christ to deal with. Guilt comes from having a wrong understanding of who we are in Christ. Guilt shows that we are experiencing an identity crisis. If we are in Christ then we have no guilt. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to transform our minds and hearts so we will accept our position in Christ. When we are established in who Jesus made us to be, when we are firmly rooted in Christ, guilt will no longer find a place in our lives.


We should not confuse feelings of guilt with conviction nor should we allow those feeling to keep us from praying for others. Conviction tells us to move forward into the vibrant life Jesus has for us. Guilt beats us down and makes us fearful of stepping out.


Though we should not hold onto feelings of guilt, we should check our motives when praying. “Why am I praying for this person? Is it because of love? Am I seeking Christ?”


It is possible to seek healing with the wrong motives. Many want to be seen as the man or woman of God who the Holy Spirit works powerfully through. They wish to be seen as someone special or with a “special anointing ”. This attitude is of pride and should not be present as we minister healing. When we approach someone in need of healing we should do so as a humble servant, understanding the authority which we possess is through Christ. It is not through our own spirit in which a person is healed but through the Spirit of Christ by which the healing power flows freely. It is not by our power: it is God’s power.


We should pray for healing as a child of God. It should not be something we do but a continuation of who we are. As Christ healed because of who He is, the Healer, we respond out of who we are in Jesus, given authority by Christ, one with Jesus in the Holy Spirit.


Above all, the Spirit of Christ within us rises up in love for the one in front of us. If our motives are right and we are in line with the Spirit, guilt and pride will have no place in our actions.


All of this is dependent on relationship with Jesus, as it is with all that we accomplish that is of worth is dependent on Christ. He is the One who transforms us from darkness to light, who gives us a heart of flesh instead of stone. He moves us from “glory to glory”; He never wants us to stay where we are.

Holiness in not a stagnant pool in which we sit idly, but a river that flows into an ocean.


As we continue on into deeper relationship with Jesus the miraculous will become more evident in our day to day lives.


All for the glory of Christ Jesus!

Dying to self

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

To live you must die. To be born again you must allow your flesh to die.

To be alive in Christ you must be dead to your self.

Byron Frank

Reason and Reality: belief, dogma, truth and your created value

God made us: invented us as a man invents an engine. A car is made to run on petrol, and it would not run properly on anything else. Now God designed the human machine to run on Himself. He Himself is the fuel our spirits were designed to burn, or the food our spirits were designed to feed on. There is no other. That is why it is just no good asking God to make us happy in our own way without bothering about religion (faith). God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there.”

-C.S Lewis

I often hear the word “dogmatic” being thrown out.

This word is used in a negative sense by people meaning to dominate another person with religious doctrines or belief. People often accuse others of being “dogmatic” when they are simply being upfront and honest.

It’s easy to dismiss someone you disagree with by calling them dogmatic rather than listening to what they are trying to express to you.

We all have free will and can make a choice what to believe.

The Bible is very clear that we can all choose Jesus or reject Him. It is also very clear that our choices have consequences. The principle of “what you sow you reap.” Your current decisions will affect your future reality.

Inaction also has consequences. What we refuse to accept; the truths we reject will alter our future.

Truth is unaffected by your willingness to accept it.

When one speaks it boldly this does not make him dogmatic it makes him honest. Truth is truth!

In this culture of subjective truth how can we say there is black and white truth?

Jesus said “I am the truth”

He came to Earth to make “truth” flesh and blood. Truth was no longer etched in stone but came in the form of a man. Jesus embodied truth in physical form. When Jesus died and was resurrected He gave man the gift of the Holy Spirit so these truths could be carved in our hearts and minds and become part of us.

If there is a “grey” area it is because Jesus is relational.


Truth cannot be watered down or subverted. Jesus never undermines His standard of truth. However Jesus is gracious and patient with us to work out truth in our individual lives through relationship with Him. He is gracious with each man and women to “guide you into all truth” (John 16:13)

There are true forces at work in this world! Forces of light and forces of darkness.

We often choose to forget that there is a spiritual realm. Just because we choose to forget it does not make it any less real.

God made each person unique and special. He created a masterpiece in man.

Think about your ability to love others and receive love. Think about when your heart breaks because of injustice in the world. Those attributes are God-given and part of the divine nature.

When we choose to live as we are created to be then we function how we are designed.

We cannot function as we are designed without being in right relationship with Christ Jesus.

He knows how He made us and how we are to function. When we act and function outside of how we were created we choose dysfunction. When we choose to listen to what others say about us rather than who Jesus says we are, we choose to listen to a foreign voice. A voice that never made us, doesn’t know how we are to function and whose goal is to destroy us.

Satan can not touch God because Christ has already won the victory. So he tries to destroy what God created. He works hard to destroy God’s master piece.

This is how we allow the demonic to get into our lives. Living demonically is simply living, acting and believing something that is outside of our God-given identity. It’s acting outside of our created purpose.

A automobile doesn’t make a very good rolling pin. You could slap some dough outside on the road and drive over it a couple times but those cookies will not taste very good because you are using a car instead of a rolling pin.

The issue is not with the vehicle but with how it is being used. It’s being operated outsides it’s designed function.

It’s the same with us when we operate outside the perimeters of our created purpose.

We can go our own way and listen to the enemy’s voice but in the end we will be a mangled mess just like that dough on the highway. We will be left with a gritty gross taste in our mouths.

Jesus loves you! You are His master piece. He is not against you. He doesn’t want to bring you pain or suffering. Rather He wants to bring you a future and hope (Jeremiah 29:11). He doesn’t want to rain on your parade or suppress you. He is for you and wants what is truly best for your life. You just have to take Him at His word.

Use critical thinking when addressing these truths.

But not the logic of mere man but the logic divinely given by God.

I cannot convince anyone of anything with mere logic but present the truth and trust the Holy Spirit will bring revelation to minds and hearts.

“We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

We can fool ourselves into thinking all kinds of nonsense but the quicker we gather the facts and face the truth the sooner we move on.

Accusing people who have the heart of Christ as being “dogmatic” will not change the truth. It will merely suppress the truth in your own heart and mind.

Truth is truth no matter how much you deny it.

Reject God if you would like but know the full scope of what you are rejecting.

Jesus is Lord and God! He laid down His heavenly rights to humble Himself to live as man. He died a criminals death on the cross to pay the price for all sin. To restore us back to who He created us to be in the beginning. To bring us back to who He designed us to be.

Jesus rose from the dead, beating death! His power releasing us from dead works that keep up in a cycle of slavery and malfunction. His Spirit released to give us the power to be who we were created to be and to walk like He walked!

May the Spirits wind words bring revelation of these truth!

May you make the choice to follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). The very Word that fashioned, formed and moulded all life into existence: Jesus Christ!

(Read John Chapter 1!)

You are loved and made for a purpose!

Blessings in the mighty name of Jesus!

“How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”

Johnny Cash

Raising The Standard

“But this is not the way of life that Christ has unfolded within you. If you have really experienced the Anointed One, and heard his truth, it will be seen in your life; for we know that the ultimate reality is embodied in Jesus!

And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness.”

Ephesians 4:20-24

Open in New Window

A House With No Locked Doors

“For if you choose self-sacrifice and lose your lives for my glory, you will continually discover true life.

But if you choose to keep your lives for yourselves, you will forfeit what you try to keep.”

Matthew 16:25 (Passion Translation)

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A Time Such As This: COVID-19 And Christ’s Church

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus the majority of the churches in North America have closed their doors. Some are doing livestreams. Others have resigned to sending emails and prayer chains.

What does this means for the state of the global Church? Is this a massive blow to the Gospel, to evangelism, to the Church’s relevance in our society?

We need to keep praying for our world and for our communities and prepare for the end of this. 

Historically, after war, famine and plague there has been massive revivals.

We are believing for revival after the end results of COVID-19. People will be looking for hope. 

The Church must be prepared. We must be in prayer and seeking the Lord. 

The spiritual climate as of late has been dark. We have seen an increase of sickness and hardships and now a pandemic that has left Canada in a state of disparity, worry, fear and distrust. You can see it in the eyes of those you pass at the grocery store as people in a panic grab everything they can get their hands on. Selfishness rules the day as people worry about number one and act out in irrational fear. 

Jesus did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity but a spirit of power, love and of self control. (2 Timothy 1:7)

We cannot afford to buy into the wisdom of the world. We must cling to the wisdom of God which is a wisdom birthed by faith and by the Holy Spirit. 

The Church has always risen to the opportunity to love in every terrible situation. In every war, in every natural disaster and in every plague. By being the hands and feet of Christ we cancel the assignments of the enemy. The darkness around us is his doing and he wishes to cripple the Church for the coming revival. I hear of 2020 being a “bad year.” People are resigning 2020 as some sort of write-off due to the present situation. What the Holy Spirit said to me at the beginning of the year and what He is still saying is that 2020 will be a year of harvest. He has told me this prior to this health crisis and He has not changed His mind. What the Holy Spirit has proclaimed will not be superseded by the works of the enemy. However, we must stand firm with the light that is within us. 

Last week was Saint Patrick’s day. His life story is very timely in our present state. He was a man radically devoted to being Christ’s light in the darkness. He was a missionary in a society devoted to pagan religion which practised witchcraft and human sacrifices. 

I am reminded of when the King of Ireland proclaimed no fire to be lit in all of Ireland in celebration of a Druid holiday. 

Saint Patrick defied this order and lit a large fire on the highest hill. It burned bright in the darkness. 

When he was brought before the King and was asked why he would defy the order, he preached the Gospel. He stated that Jesus is the light in the dark night. That His flame comes and extinguishes the darkness in our hearts. He expressed the truth of Jesus being the light of the world!

St. Patrick was bold in the darkness. He almost single handily turned the hearts and minds of the people of Ireland to Christ. One man or women with the Holy Spirit can do more then a hundred men and women without Him. 

The last two weeks my family and I have been going through struggles not directly tied to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been up late every night and we are weary. As I lamented to Jesus about my weariness and the way things don’t seem to be going right for us, He spoke to me. 

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14) 

This is a call not to be inactive but to trust Jesus with what you cannot control. I cannot micromanage all my circumstances–sickness, pestilence, natural disaster, other people’s actions. Much of this is out of our control. We can only do what we can do. In every actions we need to have faith that the Holy Spirit will use us. With what is out of our control we need to have faith that Jesus will see us through. 

If we look at the verses that precede verse 14:

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.” (Exodus 14:13)

How many times did Jesus say “Fear not”? 

This is a command of peace. Stand firm in your troubles. Stand firm at this time of disease and unrest. 

What does standing firm look like?

Doing what the Church has always done. Sharing Jesus with everyone you meet.

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, drive out demons. Give as freely as you have received.” (Matthew 10:8)

Leprosy was considered a highly contagious disease in Jesus day. Yet Jesus and His disciples didn’t hesitate to lay hands upon the leper to bring healing. This must be our same attitude facing those ill with COVID-19. Take precautions if need be, like wearing a proper face mask and gloves but do not ignore the need. Jesus has called us to a time like this.

We hear a great deal about using wisdom. Wisdom and fear are miles apart. Fear and faith are total opposites. We serve a mighty God who does not compromise His commands or love on the back of a virus. His wisdom is the wisdom of love not of fear.

When Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were condemned to be thrown into the fire as a result of obeying God rather than men, they said: “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”( Daniel 3:16-18)

They were un-afraid of death for they knew they were doing the will of God. They had faith that they would be delivered. Even more they had faith that they were held by God even in death. Their faith went beyond safety and went into eternity.

That is the hope that believers in Christ are to hold.

“If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.” (Matthew 16:25)

“For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past.

And I trust that my life will bring honour to Christ, whether I live or die.

For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ.

So I really don’t know which is better. I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.

But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.” (Philippians 1:20-24)

Our lives are gifted to us to be used by God. To love Christ, to serve Christ. When we spend our lives in the service of the King there is no throwing away your life. There is no “saving your life” if we are not willing to do the things Jesus has commanded us to do.

Foolishness would be putting yourself in harms way for no purpose or reason. The Gospel is always a worthwhile reason. Every action, every twist and turn of our lives should be focused on the Gospel.

Wisdom says take the precautions you can without subverting evangelism, without subverting your call, your purpose or the Gospel. Trusting the Holy Spirit is protecting you and will protect you until the end. It is trusting that when your life does end, Christ will keep you into eternity.

Above all “Fear not for God is with you.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Don’t allow precaution to turn to fear. Do not allow this virus to make you fearful of people. People need Jesus and many are realizing their need for Him for the very first time. Those around you need the peace you carry.

The Holy Spirit’s power is unaffected by COVID-19 and He lives within you.

His power still wants to flow forth from you, touching the lives of those who desperately need Jesus.

Do you need to lay hands on people? No, most people would not be receptive to that at this time. The Holy Spirit moves and touch’s others at the moment you open your mouth to pray. His peace will rush over all you speak to in Jesus name.

You can bring food to those shut in due to this virus. You can help the more vulnerable in society by running errands for them. There are lineups for the banks, for the grocery stores, everywhere. You are a light of hope. While you stand there waiting. Smile and make conversation. People need to see us unafraid and joyful. We need to share where our joy comes from. Our joy comes from the Lord. There is so much we can accomplish for Christ if we walk forward and do not allow fear to govern our lives.

The enemy would use fear, confusion, and this plague to see the Church grow stale.

Jesus would have us rise to the occasion.

This is the moment when the first sparks of the coming revival are lit.

We are to be those sparks.

We are the light of the world, a city on a hill (Matthew 5:14)

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

Choose to be the light in the darkness.

Choose to stand up to fear.

Let your faith increase.

Trust in God. Not in man.

We are here at this junction of history for a reason and a purpose. You were created and formed for Christ’s kingdom strategy at this time. Through this crisis, you are the hands and feet of Christ.

For a time such as this.

Blessings In Jesus’ name.

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