Each of us falls under the Bible’s indictment that “all have sinned” (Romans 3:23). And our sins have separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2). Happily, we are assured that “forgiveness of sins will be preached in [Jesus’] name to all nations” (Luke 24:47). Jesus the Son of God came to earth and died on the cross for our sins and was raised from the dead. By faith in Him and by sincere repentance, we can receive God’s promise that He “forgives all [our] sins.”
What about physical healing? God’s promise in the psalm above is that He “heals all” our diseases. While on earth 2,000 years ago Jesus “healed all the sick,” the Bible says. And He is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). To those who believe that Jesus can heal and is willing to heal them, you too can “praise the Lord … who heals all your diseases.”
My late wife went on to her heavenly reward after 38 years of our marriage. For our first six years, she had suffered from a medically diagnosed infertility problem. Then God supernaturally healed her, and she bore us four children, all now adults and who have given us 12 grandchildren. I thank God that He is both able and willing to “heal all” our diseases and infirmities.
Is Jesus your Lord? Then every problem or troubling issue you have is under His control. Why? Because He is Lord of all! Receive Jesus into your life through sincere faith and repentance from sin, and He will begin to reign in your life in wonderful ways, because He loves you and wishes the best for you.
Some 40 years ago in Anchorage, Alaska, I saw his Lordship over Satan and his demons demonstrated in a mighty way. Three of us went to pray for a young woman who had entertained serious demonic activity and had become what the Bible calls “possessed” by demons. A fierce spiritual battle followed. But at the end of several hours we saw victory by invoking the almighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ against those powers of hell. Four demons came out of her, and within literally just a few minutes she confessed Jesus as Savior and was born again and quickly baptized in the Holy Spirit, immediately speaking in tongues, crying for joy, and saying, “This is what I’ve always wanted!” And she was in church the next Sunday service! Jesus is indeed Lord of all, including even the devil and his evil spirits.
God the Father has granted to His Son Jesus all authority everywhere, “in heaven and on earth.” Amazingly, Jesus did not hesitate to grant to His followers (then and now) to go and minister in that authority. Right after He said, “All authority has been given to me,” He said to His believing followers, “Therefore you go” and minister in power in all the world, casting out demons, healing the sick, and spreading the Gospel of Christ across the world.
What a privilege that we are included in the expression of Jesus’ authority over this world. And He is willing to impart to us from His “all authority” the power to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, speak in tongues, prophesy, and many other supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit. As my pastor once said, let your all be all! Jesus has all authority, and He sends us forth to minister on His behalf and in His name with His delegation of that authority to us.
There is a curious (and erroneous) teaching in some Christian circles that only some are called to be saved and some are not. But the Scriptures clearly open God’s salvation to all. The apostle Paul wrote to Timothy that “God…wants all people to be saved.” Paul wrote to Titus that God’s “grace…offers salvation to all people.” The apostle Peter declared that the Lord “is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Do you have an unsaved friend or family member and you’ve been praying for their salvation? Be encouraged! Remember, God “wants all [including them!] to be saved.” His offer of “salvation to all” includes your family and friends. Why? Because it is not God’s will that any (including them) should perish.
Therefore be emboldened to share the Gospel with any and all whom God brings into your life, knowing that it is the heart and desire and will of God Almighty that they come to repentance and be saved.
In April 1971 in Anchorage, Alaska’s First Assembly of God, I attended a charismatic clinic. Among the speakers were Dick Mills and Pastor Ralph Wilkerson. At the close of a sermon by Dick Mills, I responded to an invitation to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit. In a nearby counseling room, Pastor Wilkerson prayed individually for each of us. When he laid hands on me, I immediately began to speak in tongues and went to my knees in the marvelous joy of this new experience of God’s Holy Spirit.
To those who wonder whether this Holy Ghost filling is for today, remember the apostle Peter’s words: The promise is “for you and your children and for all who are far off….”
The King James Version says that the Scriptures were “given by inspiration of God.” As the NIV translation says, they are God-breathed!
Some may be wondering, can I trust the Scriptures to be reliable, true, and helpful? The apostle Paul (the inspired writer of half the books of the New Testament) wrote confidently that the Scriptures of the Bible are “God-breathed.” Their origin is from God, not from man, and they are therefore reliable and useful for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness. So how confident can you be in God’s Word the Bible? Totally! Because “all Scripture is God-breathed…[is] given by inspiration of God.”
“All these things” (food, clothing, [shelter]) will be “given to you” as you seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Jesus told us not to be like the pagans, who “run after these things.” Be like Christ and the early disciples (Paul and others) who sought after and served God first, all else afterwards. And all the necessities of life will be “given to you as well.”
Don’t be intimidated by daunting tasks or by apparent opposition. If God is in your life, no matter what difficulties you face, with God all things are possible!
I will confess that I tend to drift into anxiety. For example, I recently faced a surgery and had a sleepless night before the operation. But I’ve learned, and am getting better at it, to cast all my anxiety on the Lord. Even now, at age 74, I am still trying to grow more deeply in the application of biblical principles to my life. And this one — casting all our anxieties and cares on the Lord — is becoming more and more a part of me. But I still have a ways to go and am pressing into this.
The Scripture really works that says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7). What is God saying here? He is telling us not to be anxious about anything, but rather in every situation to seek Him in prayer, with thanksgiving. And His peace will replace our anxieties. I’m making efforts, with God’s help, to apply this Scripture more and more in my life, and it works!
Perhaps I should have started with this Scripture, since Jesus called it the “first and greatest commandment.” What could be more important in this life and in eternity than to love God with ALL your heart, soul, mind, and strength? After all, we are able to be saved and become God’s children as a result of love (His!), as John writes: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). We have the privilege — and the duty — of loving the God who has sent His very best, Jesus His Son, to die for us and redeem us back to Himself.
Our faith is much more than a series of beliefs and doctrines. It is a love relationship with God Almighty and with His Son Jesus. This is the “first and greatest commandment.”
There are lots more “ALLs” in Scripture. But these two verses sum up this topic perfectly.
“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God…[and] do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus…”
Live your lives devoted to God the Father, live dedicated to Jesus Christ. Love them with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And whatever each day brings to you, do it all for the glory and honor of our heavenly Father and His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
©2017, James H. Feeney.
Pentecostal Sermons and
by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.