Debunking Being So Heavenly Minded You Are No Earthly Good.

The word of God actually says
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:1–4)

The world says you’re so heavenly minded you’re not earthly good. It totally contradicts the word of God. So don’t follow the way of the world follow the word!

What Is A Soul tie? How Do You Know You Have One?

In the book of Proverbs it talks about cords of a harlot that bind you to hell. It’s described in Proverbs 5 and 7. Harlotry is unfaithfulness to God. When we walk in purity we are the bride of Christ. Mark 10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. This passage describes how the two became one. When the couple engages it causes them to be tied together where they are no longer viewed as two but one.

That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24

These ties are formed at it’s strongest from sexual encounters. Could even be from masterbating thinking of someone. But sometimes form from emotional ones ties. You bond in an ungodly way not blessed by God.

It’s number one cause of divorces I believe. The marriages were formed around lust not love and those are the hardest to endure life’s test together. Couples that have genuine love for each other stay together. Love endures all.

From my own experience I recognized these types of relationship caused extreme jealousy. On both sides along with a lot of confusion. These dynamics would form over time. When you’re in true love there’s a security. Insecurity is from the person’s recognizing in their spirit they aren’t suppose to be together but you won’t let go because you’ve become chemically addicted to each other. Sexual relationships are like drugs, they become addicting with body chemistries. The lust endorphins released feel good just like a drug, feels good but it so bad.

It causes violence in some relationships. In others an instability of the spirit realm that is so disruptive. You’ve seen those couples that just don’t get along.

Some people have had sex before marriage but have true love and still encounter problems because they were immoral before marriage. Unless they repent some will have trouble in their flesh. I heard a testimony of a woman that had seizures. She was seeking a deliverance ministry to get to the root of the disease. It was revealed with a word of knowledge(minister was able to hear from the Holy Spirit what the issue was he gave knowledge) in her ministry session that the condition came from her having sex before marriage. She and her husband were strong Christians and knew better. So it caused an open door for the devil to afflict her on such a strong level. The only power the enemy has is what we give him. The minister asked her if she had been immoral before her marriage. She said yes but we are married now why would that harm me? It was because they both knew better and rebelled. Once she repented admitted it was wrong to do, the minister cast the devil out that affilcted her it no longer had a legal right.

In some circumstances people have become suicidal. The person was so emotionally and physically addicted they felt they couldn’t go on without the other person in their life.

The only way to untie is by God doing it through repentence.

Are you tied ungodly? Seek the Lord to break the tie.

Pharisee He Doesn’t See

They see their sin because they aren’t under grace. Their righteousness is of their own, through what they know. They once didn’t see their sin, but have fallen from grace walking in what they know. They know by what they heard not hearing. They aren’t abiding in the new covenant of grace. The letter of the law condemns kills, the spirit that came after Christ went to the cross gives grace and life.

This describes the Jews that don’t believe Christ died for their sins. It also describes someone that knows the word and doesn’t continue in it. Continuing in it means reading it daily. Our daily bread feeds the soul. If you starve your soul it will die.

Pharisees study but only the old if they are a Jew. This makes them a scholar of the law but of the shed blood they have no clue. There is power in that blood to cleanse away all sin. The red letters in new testament represent the blood once you start to read them they will cover you. Faith comes by reading the word. There’s an anionting that comes when you read it to study. Studying shows you to be approved by God. Because you are hungering and thrusting after righteousness. This is you’re reading to really get to know God. You are wanting a relationship. Not just reading to read. You will see the truth and it will set you free. Scriptures bring eternal life, by cleansing you of unrighteousness and bring conviction to keep you from sin.

A Pharisee looks good on the outside but inside is unclean.

So many that don’t open the Bible say I’m a good person God will save me. But, they are just like that Pharisee going by what they know and have heard. Not by what they are hearing.

Now ask yourself. Do I see, or am I a Pharisee? I once was blind but now I see. My chains are gone I’ve been set free, amazing love unending grace.

Why Don’t We See Miracles Like the Apostles Did?

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-dont-we-see-miracles/

Taken from another blog

Many contemporary Christians feel disconnected from the vibrant, Spirit-filled ministries of the prophets and apostles described in the Bible. In the Old Testament, God seemingly took the people of Israel through miraculous event after miraculous event. In the New Testament, those who watched the ministry of Jesus were seized with amazement at the miracles he performed (Luke 5:25), and the apostles in the early church regularly performed signs and wonders among the people (Acts 5:12).

Yet today, such miraculous events seem rare and, when we do hear reports of miracles, many Christians are skeptical. At the very least, we feel there’s something different about the way God worked in the Old and New Testament periods and the way he works today. This raises a valid question: Why don’t we experience today the miracles we read about in the New Testament?

To answer that question, we need to understand not only how God works through providence and common grace, but we must also understand the purpose of miracles in the Bible.

Purpose of Miracles in Scripture

Miracles in Scripture are acts of God that proclaim his sovereign power over creation as well as his commitment to the good of his people. Miracles are often significant because they serve a larger purpose in God’s redemptive plan, testifying to the authenticity of God’s messengers who bring his revelation to humanity. This is one of the primary functions of miracles in the scriptural narratives: “When miracles occur, they give evidence that God is truly at work and so serve to advance the gospel.”[1] Miracles authenticate God’s message and his messengers.

In the Old Testament, Moses did miracles to demonstrate his authority as God’s spokesman (Exod. 4:1–9). Similarly, the prophets were given words to speak from God, and in order to verify their authority God granted them the ability to perform miracles (1 Kings 17:17–24, 18:36–39, 2 Kings 1:10).

Whereas “the miracles of the Old Testament age authenticated Moses and the prophets as men of God,” Robert Reymond notes, “the miracles of the New Testament age authenticated in turn Christ and his apostles.”[2] Nicodemus, for example, recognized that God was with Jesus because of the miracles he did (John 3:2). Luke records approximately 20 of Jesus’ miracles, and four—all healings—are unique to only Luke. Jesus’ miracles authenticate his authoritative role in the divine plan that brings salvation (Luke 7:22). In fact, the scope of Jesus’ healings shows the breadth of his authority. He heals the sick, casts out evil spirits, and cures a variety of specific conditions: a flow of blood, a withered hand, blindness, deafness, paralysis, epilepsy, leprosy, dropsy, and fever. He resuscitates the dead and exercises power over nature.

Miracles also point to God’s kingdom and the restoration of creation. John calls the miracles of Jesus “signs” (John 4:54, 6:15), and Jesus suggests that his miraculous works verify that the kingdom of God has come (Luke 11:14-23). Jesus performed healings, exorcisms, and “nature” miracles (such as turning water into wine and multiplying food) as a sign that God’s kingdom had come to earth. As Wayne Grudem puts it, one of the purposes of miracles was “to bear witness to the fact that the kingdom of God has come and has begun to expand its beneficial results into people’s lives.”[3] This is the point of what Jesus says in Matthew 12:28: “But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Because of Jesus’ miraculous works, those who saw him knew that the God of Israel was once again acting in their midst.

Tim Keller says that miracles

lead not simply to cognitive belief, but to worship, to awe and wonder. Jesus’ miracles in particular were never magic tricks, designed only to impress and coerce. . . . Instead, he used miraculous power to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead. Why? We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order.[4]

Jesus’ miracles reveal his divine identity—an identity that calls for worship. This is the response of the disciples after Jesus walks on the water: “Truly you are the Son of God” (Matt. 14:33). When asked whether he was the “one who is to come” (Luke 7:19) Jesus, instead of answering with a word testifying that he is the Messiah, points to his miracles. Luke’s portrayal of Jesus is focused on his authority and the promise he brings. Jesus’ saving work inaugurates the kingdom of God, delivers sinners, secures forgiveness of sin, and provides the Spirit.
Grudem’s description of miracles in the Old and New Testaments is worth quoting at length:

It seems to be a characteristic of the New Testament church that miracles occur. In the Old Testament, miracles seemed to occur primarily in connection with one prominent leader at a time, such as Moses or Elijah or Elisha. In the New Testament, there is a sudden and unprecedented increase in the miracles when Jesus begins his ministry (Luke 4:36–37, 40–41). However, contrary to the pattern of the Old Testament, the authority to work miracles and to cast out demons was not confined to Jesus himself, nor did miracles die out when Jesus returned to heaven. Even during his ministry, Jesus gave authority to heal the sick and to cast out demons not only to the Twelve, but also to seventy of his disciples (Luke 10:1, 9, 17–19; cf. Matt. 10:8; Luke 9:49–50).[5]

The miracles of the early church, then, served an immediately relevant purpose in redemptive history: verifying the authenticity of God’s revelation and signaling the coming of the new eschatological age among God’s people.

Consider the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15. One of the largest disputes in the early church concerned whether or not Gentile converts to Christianity had to keep the Old Testament law and be circumcised. It became such a matter of dispute that Paul, Peter, and Barnabas met with the leaders of the Jewish Christians in Jerusalem to debate the issue. It’s noteworthy that, as Acts 15:12 says, “all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles.” Here the miraculous works of God served as evidence to the Jewish Christians that God was in fact working in a new and unique way among the Gentiles as well.

Miracles Today

So how should Christians think about miracles today? First, we must realize that the sheer volume and close proximity of the miracles in the Bible served significant purposes in God’s redemptive plan at the time. However, this point doesn’t mean that miracles have ceased today. Indeed, as Grudem notes, “There is nothing inappropriate in seeking miracles for the proper purposes for which they are given by God: to confirm the truthfulness of the gospel message, to bring help to those in need, to remove hindrances to people’s ministries, and to bring glory to God.”[6] Miracles still happen, and Christians should avoid the two extremes of seeing everything as a miracle and seeing nothing as a miracle.

Second, Christians need to expand their understanding of God’s action to include both his providential sustaining in daily affairs and also his miraculous works of redemption in the church. For example, in John 14:12, Jesus says, “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.” But it isn’t immediately clear what Jesus means when he says that those coming after him will do “greater works.” Some may think that these “greater works” refer to more miracles and other such events. However, D. A. Carson’s insights here are helpful:

Greater works . . . cannot simply mean more works—i.e. the church will do more things than Jesus did, since it embraces so many people over such a long period of time—since there are perfectly good Greek ways of saying “more,” and since in any case the meaning would then be unbearably trite. Nor can greater works mean “more spectacular” or “more supernatural” works: it is hard to imagine works that are more spectacular or supernatural than the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the multiplication of bread and the turning of water into wine.[7]

The “greater works” done by those coming after Jesus point primarily to the new eschatological order established by Christ’s death, resurrection, and ascension.

The “signs” and “works” Jesus performed during his ministry could not fully accomplish their true end until after Jesus had risen from the dead and been exalted. Only at that point could they be seen for what they were. By contrast, the works believers are given to do through the power of the eschatological Spirit, after Jesus’ glorification, will be set in the framework of Jesus’ death and triumph, and will therefore more immediately and truly reveal the Son.[8]

And while these works certainly included the signs and wonders done by the early church in the Spirit’s power, they weren’t limited to those miraculous deeds. Instead, they also included the “mystery” of Gentiles being included into the one new people of God. God’s miraculous works in the church include the forgiveness of sins and the inclusion of those who were formerly far off into God’s one new people. Healings, signs, and wonders are extraordinary, yes, but no more extraordinary than the redemption accomplished by Christ.

Even if we don’t frequently see extraordinary miraculous events, God is active. He is active in the regular (natural) processes we see every day. He is miraculously calling people to himself as his church grows and expands. He is active in miraculous ways among people we don’t know around the world.

Whether or not we’re privileged to witness obviously miraculous, supernatural events, Christians can be confident that God is actively at work in the world, bringing people to himself, bringing glory to Jesus, and building his church (Matt. 16:18).


[1] Grudem, Systematic Theology, 360.

[2] Robert L. Reymond, A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith, 2nd ed. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1998), 412.

[3] Grudem, Systematic Theology, 360.

[4] Timothy Keller, The Reason for God, 95–96.

[5] Grudem, Systematic Theology, 359.

[6] Grudem, 371.

[7] D. A. Carson, The Gospel According to John, Pillar New Testament Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1991), 495.

[8] Carson, John, 496.

Illness and Evil Spirits

https://www.blueletterbible.org/faq/don_stewart/don_stewart_62.cfm

Taken from another blog

Matthew 4:24).

Here we have the distinction between demon possession and illness.

The Healings Of Jesus

When Jesus healed a man with leprosy there was nothing to indicate He thought the man was demon-possessed.

Immediately the leprosy left him, and he was made clean . . . [Jesus] said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing what Moses commanded, as a testimony to them” (Mark 1:42,44).

There were many cases of people whom Jesus healed in which there was no mention of demon possession. These included people who were mute, blind, and deaf. In none of these cases do we find the writers of Scripture attributing their illness to the demonic.

Demon-Possessed Boy

One of the passages that seems to link sickness and demon possession is found in Mark.

And they brought the boy to Him. When the spirit saw Him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. Jesus asked the father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. It has often cast him into the fire and into the water, to destroy him; but if You are able to do anything, have pity on us and help us” (Mark 9:20-22).

This boy, who had symptoms of epilepsy, was actually possessed by a demon. Scripture makes the distinction between the two.

And the news about Him went out into all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, taken with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them (Matthew 4:24).

More Than Usual Symptoms

Those who were demon-possessed had physical manifestations of their possession. This included such things as: seizure, speech impediments, muteness, deafness, and blindness. The manifestations of these afflictions were beyond the normal symptoms for the particular ailment. There was something unusual about their symptoms that caused them to be attributed to demons. Yet others, who had the same affliction, were not assumed to be demon-possessed, but rather merely sick. Scripture is careful to make the distinction between the two.

Summary

The Bible says that disease and demon-possession are not to be equated. Scripture makes the clear distinction between sickness and demon-possession. There are example of people who are demon-possessed that have physical afflictions. However others with the same afflictions are not considered to be demon-possessed. It is wrong therefore, to equate certain kinds of illness to demon-possession.

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Blue Letter Bible – Mat 4:24 (KJV)
Mat 4:24 KJV 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them

Laying on Hands

When someone gets sick they are to have hands laid on them. Why?

Well, what made them sick caused them to be seperated from God and lose their faith. It’s the elders of the church imparting because they are the strongest in faith for miracles or they wouldn’t have been chosen to be an elder.

James 5:14-16

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

In this scripture passage I’m seeing that it’s not a condition for the person sick to have enough faith to be healed it’s the elders imparting what they have. It’s also showing there’s a need to repent of our sins. Sin damages our souls the Holy Spirit comes through the elder to repair the broken hearts from the sin seperating us.

Sickness isn’t always into death. And it doesn’t have to be. When we repent it’s our savior causing us to remove anything seperating us from his love.

This is laying hands

See it’s laying hands not two fingers or a hand. It’s laying on hands. Laying on two fingers I believe is coming from
Hindu practice. They pray for healing too but are not praying to the same God. They touch the temple of the head to impart. Or lay two fingers touching the body.

While the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them.

In this scripture passage Jesus laid hands on each one of them.

Saul got his sight by hands being laid on him.

Acts 13:9

9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.

2 Timothy 1:6

6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

Now this scripture makes so much sense how fear comes out by laying hands. 2 Timothy 1:7 says God hasn’t given us a spirit of fear. No coinsidence it comes after hands were imparting the Holy Spirit.