SFFC NEWSLETTER – OCTOBER 2019
Hello Strong Faith Family,
We want to highlight some amazing events
and resources available to you!
Perception Creates your Reality
In a few weeks, we will set our clocks back and Daylight Saving Time will end. I always find it amusing when people say we are going to gain or lose an hour of sleep when the time changes. Everyone knows (I hope) that there are not 25 hours in the day when DST ends or 23 hours in the day when it begins, yet the perception of gaining or losing an hour persists. This is a prime example of how your perception can become your reality. By choosing to believe your perceptions (sensory input, thoughts, and feelings) you can create, in your mind, a reality which does not actually exist! This is why we must examine every perception in the light of The Word, knowing that the truth of God’s Word supersedes any earthly “reality.” Selah.
This is precisely why The Word tells us to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). We constantly have to determine if what we are experiencing is the truth or a merely a “reality” brought about by our own human reasoning. For example, I perceive that someone doesn’t like me so I begin to have thoughts and emotions of offense, rejection, not liking them in return, etc. Then my perception causes me to see that person as being mean to me or intentionally trying to hurt me, and this becomes my reality even though it is not true.
This can happen in the area of divine healing, I say: I know Scripture says with Jesus’ stripes I was healed (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24), BUT I don’t feel healed. I perceive symptoms in my body and give them more weight than The Word of God, thereby allowing sickness to become my reality. Instead, I need to say: I may not look or feel healed, BUT praise God, His Word says I am and that is the truth, not the “reality” of what I see, taste, hear, smell, or feel. Amen! You’ve got to get your BUT in the right place for the truth of God’s Word to be greater than your perception!
Thank God for the Divine Healing Journey Pastor David has been taking us on this month through his Christ The Healer teaching (see summary below).
Christ the Healer
Pastor David established that divine healing is for today, that it is for all people, and that it is never God’s will to teach us through sickness. He is a good God Who teaches us through His Word, by His Holy Spirit, and through anointed teachers. There are no Scriptural examples of Jesus putting sickness on someone or refusing to heal a person. Rather, there are numerous instances of Jesus healing all who came to Him.
Acts 10:38 (KJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.
This verse shows us that God sent Jesus to do good and that sickness is not good! 1 John 3:8 tells us that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. He did this through His shed blood which redeemed us from sin and through His broken body which redeemed us from sickness and disease. The closer you get to Christ The Healer, the more you will experience His power. You must be willing to get closer to Jesus. He is God’s Word made flesh, and God’s Word is life and health to all who will hear It and learn from It.
Proverbs 4:20-22 (AMP) My son, pay attention to my words and be willing to learn; open your ears to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing and health to all their flesh.
Pastor also told us that, while The Bible does not claim that every sickness is a result of sin, some sins do have a direct correlation to sickness.
Ecclesiastes 7:17 (CW) Don’t be a fool and live a life of sin… and die before your time.
While the negative health effects of some sins – such as smoking, gluttony and alcoholism – are very apparent, others may not be as visible. One of these is unforgiveness. Even secular medical studies have shown that the act of forgiveness can lower risk of heart attack, improve cholesterol levels, promote better sleep, reduce pain, and lower blood pressure.
Prevention is always better that cure, and having a forgiving heart will actually prevent you from getting sick.
Finally, Pastor David taught that when it comes to receiving healing our faith may not be the issue as much as our confidence.
1 John 3:21-22 (NIV) Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from Him anything we ask.
Praise God, we do not have to be perfect. We just have to maintain a pure heart by immediately forgiving ourselves and others when we become aware of a transgression. This will allow us to see (to believe) that not only can God heal us, but also that He wants to heal us. When our hearts are pure, we will have the confidence to receive our answer.
Jesus gives us all that is His when we give Him all that we’ve been holding on to (good or bad – our self-righteousness or our self-condemnation).
The Bible tells us that Jesus has taken away our sin and given us His righteousness, that He has taken away our curse and given us His blessing, and that He has taken away our sickness and given us His healing. We must give up self (how we feel, what we think, our perception) and receive all Christ has done for us. The good news is we can do this by believing that it’s already done and thanking God for it.
Colossians 1:12-13 (NIV) Give joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light. For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in Whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Mark Your Calendar
- Glory Night – A night of worship, healing, and prayer! Sunday, October 27th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Corporate Prayer Saturday, November 2nd – 9:00 to 10:00 am
- Women of Worth Retreat November 7th – November 9th
- Food Co-op Saturday, November 16th – 9:00 to 1:00 pm
- Dream Team Meeting Sunday, November 17th – 6:00 to 8:00 pm
- Christmas Dinner Cut off Date Sunday, November 24th
Click here to get more information and to register for the events you’re interested in on Facebook!