August 31, 2021

CONFESS TO GOD - Bro. T. Stephen

Dearly Beloved, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of 2 Chronicles 14:11, And Asa cried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. For it is nothing for you to help whether with many or with those who have no power. For we rest on you, O Lord.”

From the above context we learn that    King Asa came to the realization of his state of helplessness, therefore he rekindled his faith in the God of his fathers. And cried out to God for help.   So the Lord defeated the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. God heard the prayer of Asa and helped him overcome his enemies. They fled in fear of him, and his army. Thus God was with King Asa as he did all that was right in the sight of God. 2000 years ago, when Jesus lived on this earth, he went about doing good to the people. He healed the sick, He made the lame to walk and blind to see. In many occasions he rebuked the evil spirit that got hold of men and women and delivered them   from the clutches of the devil. Once He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own city.  Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!” But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” And he arose and departed to his house. Now when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled  and glorified God, who had given such power to men.

This incident took place in Capernaum. Jesus was preaching in a house. The house was crowded. No one could enter through the main gate. So four friends carried the paralytic, on a bed and after removing some of the tiles from the roof, they let the bed into the very room with the help of long rope, where Jesus was preaching. Jesus was very surprised to see the faith of the four friends. So it was their faith that moved the heart of the Lord, and he healed the paralytic. The man was supported by his four friends. But once he was healed he walked out of the house, all by himself. He did not expect the help of his friends   any more.  What brought about this change in the paralytic, was his faith. It is faith that transforms one’s life. We saw in the above context how king Asa cried to the Lord in faith, and how the Lord delivered him from the hands of   his enemies. When you are in trouble you always tend to run behind others for help. But when the Lord does a miracle for you, and once   when your needs are met by God directly, then you will not go behind others for help.

May  be in the past you have been living  a sinful life ,but Jesus is forgiving you of all your sinful deeds and is also warning that you should not sin any  more. Only then Jesus can be of help to you.  Many come to me for prayer. And most of them suffer from intestine problem. This is caused due to drinking alchohol. For such people healing cannot happen, unless their sins are forgiven. They cannot be healed   by any treatment. You cannot enjoy blessing with sin in your life. But once a person acknowledges his sin and is forgiven by God then, the mercy grace and compassion of God, will descend upon him, and God will bring healing into his body. God will bring him back to life. At times when I go to pray for some sick people, God will directly reveal to me their sins. God would tell me this deadly sickness is because of his sin. So I will ask them to confess their sins before God. Once they confess their sins openly I will pray for them, and I have seen how God brings healing into their bodies. And when I meet them after few days, they will look so cheerful, happy and healthy. This is the secret of forgiveness of sins. When you confess your sins, you become healed from your sickness. The Bible says, He who hides his sin will not prosper. But who ever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.  May the Lord give you the humbleness to confess your sins if any, and receive healing from your sickness. God bless you.

Prayer:  Our   loving    heavenly   Father,   we thank   You   for this blessed day. Thank You Lord  for correcting  us from our sinful ways. Thank You for telling us   that we can receive healing only if our sins are forgiven. Lord please forgive all our secret sins and assumption sins and sins which we do unknowingly. Help us to be holy and blameless before God. Heal our body  and soul. Redeem our soul from the power of the grave.

In Jesus Name We Pray.


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