We must as Christians keep our focus on Christ alone. Our sacrifices and our obedience should be about glorifying and building him up in the earth. Our success and our failure can both keep us from obtaining the goal of Christ Jesus.
In order to go high we must stay low. We must look at ourselves as the servants of all, and when I write this I realise that God will test me in it. This is not just a statement it is a declaration of war because the one who will truly become a servant of all will rip the heart out of every enemy attack. When we become servants we enter into the heart of God and this is a realm of the spirit that this world only vaguely understands.
A friend of mine told me a great story recently. He is a pastor. He told me that there was this woman in his church that for years he helped time and time again. He served her and helped her when she didn’t have very much. There came a time when this lady got upset with my friend and so she decided to leave the church, but when she left she also encouraged a number of families to leave with her.
A couple of years passed by, and one day my friend was in a store in his region. Who should be there, but the woman who had caused so much pain in his life! They met at the cash register and greeted each other politely. The lady was the first in line, and when her goods had been checked in and it was time to pay her card would not work. She told the cashier that she had another card in her car and would go and get it.
As my friend watched this situation unfold the Lord had been dealing with his heart. The Lord said to him, “PAY FOR HER GOODS.” My friend politely said back to the Lord, “I WILL NOT.” In fact he was kind of insulted with the Lord for even suggesting it. The Lord said it to him again, “PAY FOR HER GOODS,” and he said, “NO,” again.
Listening to my friend tell this story was kind of humorous, but this banter went on for a minute or so; which can seem like an eternity when you are not wanting to listen. However, finally, my friend paid for her order while she was out retrieving her card from the car. When she came back into the store one of his children handed her the bags.
This did not result in her returning or the other people returning to the church. This was not as important as the lesson that God taught my friends heart. You see he passed the test that day. The scripture says in Luke 6:38, “Bless them that curse you, and pray for them who despitefully use you.”
It is one thing to read this scripture but it is another thing to live it out. We must be doers of the word and not just repeaters. Our life is constantly being refined by the word of God and there will come times when we live it out so wonderfully that the fragrance of that word will fill up rooms for his glory.
Recently I had a vision. In it, I saw two leaders that I know. One was using the word of God to attack the other and the other one was using the word to overcome the attack. If you read the account of how Jesus was tempted in Luke 4 by the devil, you will see such an encounter in scripture.
In the vision, the first leader would use the Bible to attack and justify his anger and bitterness toward the second leader, by stating passages from scriptures. Have you ever done that? Perhaps your friend has received a blessing from the Lord and you say something like “Money is the root of all evil.” This sounds nice out loud but what is not being said runs much deeper. Perhaps you are jealous that they received that blessing instead of you. Such jealousy lacks wisdom because God is able to bless every one of his children and He will.
The other leader used the word to respond to the first leader. When the attack came against him he just lowered his head and said “Lord thank you for this attack and bless my friend. Open his eyes to the revelation that you have for him in Christ Jesus.”
We can know the word and use it to attack people, or we can know the word and live the word to overcome every attack. We must love one another. Love is the key to living out the scripture. When the word of God comes to life inside of us, and we are led by the Holy Spirit, we will walk through fires and doors that would be shut to most people. Why? Because God will help us to do it.
I pray that God strengthens you today and that you learn to love more deeply. Guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Know that God will test you but also know that you will overcome. No weapon formed against you will prosper, as long as you remain in Christ. To remain in Christ is to remain in his word. We must use his word to serve and to overcome, not to justify dominance and attack. I will pray that you have wisdom to discern the difference and pray for me that I will as well.
1. Knowing that God is more powerful than the health crisis you face
Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” The truth is we all fear at times. This is not God’s best for our life but unless we know God completely we walk in uncertainty when we face new situations and trials.
Until we have the witness that God heals we do not know he heals. You may know on an intellectual level that God is the healer but until you have experienced him as the healer you may not have the certainty that he will heal you. But when you experience healing and see God’s hand move upon your life your faith is strengthened. So pray that God will heal you so that your faith increases for more healing.
2. Having faith in God
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” Your faith may seem small in your own eyes but it doesn’t take much. An action like stepping out to go to a place to receive prayer or allowing yourself to be anointed with oil, or doing the Lord's supper could be all that it takes for you to be healed.
Your natural mind may not understand God but as you speak to yourself and as you confess your faith even despite your circumstances God will move. When you go deep into the things of the Holy Spirit and as you continue to walk with him you will begin to understand that it is impossible for God not to do what his word says he will do. There have been plenty of times when I have faced health issues that don’t seem to be getting better but I have always continued to believe despite my situation. God is still the God that heals me of all my diseases even if I have not seen the healing in the moment. I will continue to believe he is the healer until my situation changes.
3. Healing is a part of the Blessing of God
Exodus 15:26 says “if you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you."
One of the many blessings of God is that you will walk in good health. It is actually one of the blessings that was promised to Israel when they came into covenant with God as outlined in the scripture above. As long as they did what was right then they would be healed and they would not experience ill health.
When you begin to understand the power of God’s covenant then you begin to know that when sickness does come it is not God’s will. I often find myself saying to God “Lord I am your son and I do my best try to obey you, however, if there is an area of my life that is not submitted then please help me and change me.” I do this because I don’t want there to be one area in my life where I have a hole where Satan can sneak in to steal, kill and destroy. I want abundant life and that only comes through Christ. As I repent and as I come out of agreement with the enemies' lies for my life by his word I am made whole.
The blessing of God comes on my life because of Christ. When I actually understand the word of God and the covenant of his many blessings I am in a better place to receive his gift of healing. So continue reading his word looking for his promises so that you know what is yours in Christ Jesus.
4. Knowing that Christ died on the cross for all your diseases
Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” If you truly digest this scripture you will see something terrific and powerful within it. Healing is a foundation of the new covenant. When man was outside of Christ and under the power of the curse sickness and disease were anathemas that kept us down, but in Christ we are healed.
It is a part of the covenant, a part of Christ’s sacrifice. It is in the atonement. Just as we are forgiven of our sins so by his stripes we are healed. There is no disease that is not covered by this promise. Once this truth starts to hit your heart the hope that is within it is amazing. You can continue to believe even when it doesn’t look good because God still has to heal.
There are times that I have carried his promise many days and months before the manifestation of my healing has come, but I in the end I have always received my healing because I know he has to heal me.
5. Prayer is always key
My faith is not as important as the strength of my God. I may be weak but he is strong. If my faith is small I usually pray and ask God to strengthen it so that I will believe for more. In this way I am much like the man that said to Jesus, “I believe but help me with my unbelief (Mark 9:24).”
God knows who you are. He knows what you believe and what you don’t believe. You may have strong faith that God can provide for your needs according to his riches in glory but perhaps you are not sure if he can give you a new heart or not. Well just pray continuously. Thank God for all your trials but also thank him for teaching you all things. Thank him for revealing himself. Thank him for strengthening your faith in your trial.
However, if you don’t believe tell him. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God as your healer and he will. As you pray this way your understanding of God will inevitably be strengthened. You will grow as you are honest with him.
6. Getting a vision for your health outcome
One of the foundations of my faith is that God is a good God and he speaks to us in many ways. I often pray and ask God what he is going to do with my life including my health. In fact I have often asked him for a dream or a vision to show me what he wanted to do. When he does show me I know that I have what he has revealed because he cannot lie.
One time the Lord showed me my youngest son as a 10 month old baby sitting on the floor healthy and having a good time. Within a few weeks of this vision and shortly after he was born he stopped breathing and turned blue. He seemed to have died.
When I found out that he was in this condition I told my wife to remember what the Lord had showed us and this became strength helping the both of us to get to the outcome. In fact he made it through this situation very well and today is a healthy young boy, the biggest of all his brothers.
Acts 2 speaks of a church that is filled with the Holy Spirit and one that will walk in dreams and visions. Declare this even over your own life and then begin to ask God to show you all things pertaining to your own life including how he intends to heal you and your loved ones.
7. Healing is a sign that follows the Gospel
Jesus said to his disciples in Mark 16:17-18, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
This is a promise that Jesus made. Given the authority from which he said it as the risen savior my expectation is that what he said will come to pass. As I continue to preach and declare Jesus Christ as Lord healing is a sign that will follow my life. Not only will I be healed but the many people I pray for will also be healed. This is my expectation and my reality and a promise from my risen savior.
8. Be persistent in asking
The widow in Jesus’ parable in Luke 18:1-8 continued to ask the Judge for help. The judge himself said, “Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.”
I consider myself to be the persistent widow. I will not stop day or not asking God to help me, to guide me, to deliver me and to heal me. I know he is a good father and that he delights in giving good gifts to his children.
A gentile woman came to Jesus asking him to heal her daughter. Because she was a gentile and not Jewish Jesus said to her in Matthew 15:26, “"First let the children eat all they want," he told her, "for it is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to the dogs." In this instance he is referring to the Jews as the children and all other people as dogs. Under the old covenant this made complete since. Jesus was of the Messiah of the Jews and he was there for their healing, but the woman recognized a deeper truth and responded by saying, “"Lord," she replied, "even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs (vs. 27." As a result of this statement the child was healed.
Continue praying and continue seeking for God to manifest himself as healing and you will experience your healing. The truth of healing will be witnessed in your life as you continue to push into God.
Discernment is a gift that is sometimes lacking in the church. I believe that if the church operated more effectively in this area the fruitfulness of God’s people would be much greater. Moreover if you lack discernment you are more likely to walk into things that you should not walk into. I love this passage in Isaiah 7:15 which says, “He will eat curds and honey at the time He knows enough to refuse evil and choose good.”
The assumption in this verse is that good things come to those who are able by the Holy Spirit to know the difference between good and bad. But in order to walk in good and walk away from bad we must know what good and bad are and to have this level of discernment we must be truly obedient to God’s voice.
The first thing that you need to do is pray in order to understand God’s path for your life. Discernment of good and evil should never be based on your own best ideas but you should always put the matter to prayer. Paul in Philippians 1:9-10 said, “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.”
We want the absolute best for our life and this comes by following God’s plan. As we seek him daily and hear his voice on all matters our path will get easier. So seek him and you will find him but seek him with all your heart. For me I have learned that this is the main key to having wisdom in all things.
Hebrews 5:14 says, “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” The way we operate effectively in discernment will be through trial and error. We are in training. We might be like children today but tomorrow we will be masters of discernment. We may not have wisdom when we first start the path but the longer we walk on it we will have greater understanding of all things because God will give it to us.
We may have a vision in our heart for a ministry that God has for our lives and that vision may burn so deep that we may be tempted to try to make short cuts or bypass life lessons in order to reach that destiny. This will result in bad decisions being made. Wisdom does not bypass the route that God would have us to take. When God raises you up he wants your heart to be in the right place in order to maximise the fruitfulness and impact that you will have.
Many people who are immature will try to bypass the heart lessons and enter into their destiny early but the result might be them falling on their faces because they did not discern the best route that God had for them.
Sometimes the route to God’s best for our life lies in the fire and many people are cowards and do not wish to go the way of the fire. Thank God for the three Hebrew children (Daniel 3) who were willing to sacrifice their lives for God’s greatest plan. They did not surrender to the false worship of the King but rather continued to worship God and as a result were thrown into the fire. In so doing God showed his great power and kept them safe. This resulted in the three of them receiving great honors and promotions in their life. They had to discern God’s perfect will in order to walk his perfect plan which in this case included the fire. We may face a storm like these three when deciding to walk God’s path but his perfect peace will be with us. He will keep us safe at all times.
The Apostle Paul had his eyes on Jerusalem even though he was warned a couple of times of what would happen when he went there (Acts 21:1-14). He had peace in the will of God for his life. He was surrendered to God’s will. He did not flinch at what was in store because he understood and discerned God’s perfect plan for his life.
As I have walked my path at times I made decisions in a very poor way. My desire to minister was greater than my desire to walk in God’s perfect plan. I would plan events and conferences and not have a good feeling about what I was doing and at times conflicts occurred as a result. I have learned since to trust the discernment that comes to my heart. If I have peace then I move forward and if I do not I do not move forward. If I feel the peace of Jesus in my heart when I make a decision then I feel this decision is right from the Lord. If I do not then I will not proceed. Through practice this sense of peace will guide us more and more.
In order to test God’s word we must allow his image to be conformed in our minds. We must possess his imagination for all things. We must know his thoughts for our life. We must walk in visions and dreams and we must hear by the Holy Spirit. This takes time but the Holy Spirit is the promised helper (John 14:6) and will guide us into it. We must just trust him when he speaks. We may not always understand what he is saying but we must step toward what he says regardless. Romans 12:2 says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
When the light of god strikes our minds and we are illuminated and have the revelation to walk God’s path we may face storms and mountains but we will overcome. God has great things in store for all of us. We must ask for the wisdom, understanding and discernment that we need to walk in this path daily.
This will take a great deal of humility on your part because you will not always want to listen. But the more you listen the more you will see God do wonderful things in your life. Discerning rightly will result in many rewards and as the scripture says above you will eat the good fruit of the land. So continue to pursue God with all your heart and pray daily for his wisdom. My prayer for you is that you may never be found far from the sound of his voice and that his light strikes your heart daily.
2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
There is great temptation when you start the path of life to turn back toward the earth rather than to keep your eyes on heaven, but only by keeping your eyes on heaven will you enter into the presence of God fully.
The above scripture in John says that Jesus is gone to prepare a place for us in the Father’s presence. I have had many dreams of the father's table in heaven. It is filled with the nicest china and crystal I have ever seen and everyone at the table sits in the presence of the Lord. This is a mystery of heaven. We are all seated with him and you never feel like a stranger at his table. He has place there with your name on it.
When we enter into the identity of sonship things begin to fall from our life that once concerned us. We become more like Christ and therefore begin to understand that we are not orphans tossed to and fro upon the mighty waves of human desolation. We become partakers of the eternal inheritance in Christ. The ladder into heaven is designed just for you and the land that is there isn’t a land that lacks any good thing. You will taste and see that the Lord is good.
I have tasted delicacies presented to me by angels in dreams. I always tell people to never turn down something that is presented to you in a dream. This is the manna of heaven and when digested it enters into your spiritual DNA so that you become more like heaven than earth.
When we keep our eyes on earth and our heart feeds on the negativity that comes from broken humanity we will not have the strength to make it through. Yes, for a time you may seem to be doing ok but eventually there will come a moment when you breakdown. Because the ways of this world are unto death and no life can be found in human wisdom.
The manna that comes from heaven is real and it is revelation and wisdom to help you make it through your life. As long as you partake of that manna you will be strong. God’s word is like the gas that you need to get from place to place. You will go from glory to glory which really are encounters with God and his word. As you live in encounter you will be changed.
I have learned that the key to being relevant to the people in the Kingdom is to hear God’s voice clearly. When you receive a word from Christ and release it to the people they recognize his voice. Jesus said that in John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” When you release the sound of God’s voice into people’s hearts it becomes like a refreshing rain. It produces joy and hope. When they encounter that they are changed. So in seeking him for revelation you will be strengthened yourself and you will become strength to many.
When you receive manna from heaven you will experiencing a lot of unlocking of doors. Doors that were shut for your entire life will begin to open. Even things that were locked to you from generations pass will begin to open. You will enter into a greater pasture than your fathers and mothers when you begin to put the Lord first. Our parents may not have listen to the Lord and therefore didn’t learn to walk in the fullness of the Kingdom on earth and this really is what we want to achieve.
We want to walk in the fullness of the blessings that only come from Christ. When our mind is transformed by the work of Christ daily we place ourselves in a position to receive the revelation that we need to enter into the promises. God will show you what he wants you to have and this will come with great satisfaction for the one who receives it.
It is when our mind drifts back into the patterns of this world that our heart becomes dissatisfied again. When we begin to meditate on the things we lack or the evil that has been done to us. These will only hurt you. We must forgive those who curse us and despitefully use us and we must repent of every sin. God will lead us to refreshing as long as we are obedient when he speaks. Obedience is better than sacrifice, so begin new today. Listen to his voice and step into the path. You will not be disappointed. Your life will be very full.
This blog is dedicated to the prophetic writings of Darren Canning