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My name is Basie Martins. I trust that you are all well and I want to thank you again for listening to this program. For those of you who do not know, the topic of this series is, “How to Live Successfully and Victoriously in Christ”. It is all about us, the body of Christ, and us the church and us as individuals in the kingdom of God, being successful in all areas of life. It is about us claiming our full inheritance. It is about us putting in place on earth, which is already in heaven.
In the previous session, we discussed the strategies of satan to prevent people from claiming their full inheritance. With these strategies, he ensures that people do not live victoriously and successfully in the kingdom of God. We have seen that all these strategies are aimed at keeping the church and the children of God busy with things that appear to be important and spiritual, but, the reality is that Christians that embark on these strategies are just chasing after nothing. It causes them to miss the mark and they achieve very little in the process.
Instead of being consumed by these strategies, we are supposed to fulfill the great commission whilst we are building up our most holy faith, restoring our lives and restoring other people’s lives. These strategies keep us from claiming our full inheritance and it keeps us from restoring our lives.
In this session, we are going to look at a very important aspect of Christianity that will help us to restore our lives. We will be discussing why God gave his Son to the world. Why did Jesus come, and what are the consequences or the results of Jesus’ sacrifice and death and resurrection, and the significance of his appointment as the Head of the Church and his appointment as the ruler of the kingdom of God?
If we know why Jesus came and if we know what He did for us and what He made available to us, and who He is and who we are and what we were appointed to reign over, we will be able to receive whatever He gave us much easier than we do today. People struggle to receive their healing and they struggle to live a life of miracles. Despite what Jesus did, despite who He is and who we are and despite his appointment and our appointment, Christians are still suffering. They struggle because they fail to make all these things work for them. They have the most powerful weapon in their hands but they never use it. They just carry it with them wherever they go.
The fact that the church is struggling so much and the fact that the church does not seem to take its place of dominion and victory is an indication that something is wrong. The church is wandering in the wilderness. The church is not sitting on the throne of Christ in him and with him. People are struggling. People are living lives of defeat. Christians are living mediocre lives and they do not progress or develop spiritually as they should. They fail to set themselves free and they fail to set others free.
We have mentioned several times in this workshop that, most of all, false doctrines are to be blamed. False doctrines keep the church on its knees. It was created for this purpose. It has a devastating effect on both individual Christians and the church as a whole. We have discussed a few false doctrines already and we did discuss a few false strategies that the enemy wants every believer to embark upon.
However, in this session, we are going to discuss a very important aspect of Christianity that is not so much a false doctrine but rather an aspect that Christians do not understand. Make no mistake, the devil is largely responsible for keeping this a secret. He does not want people to know these aspects of their faith-walk in Christ. If people know these facts they will receive their healing or deliverance a lot easier and they will live lives of victory and success a lot easier.
To have a meaningful discussion about this aspect, I need to lay a bit of a foundation in this regard. In the beginning, God created the universe, including the earth and the human race. He created us in his image. Unfortunately, sin came into this world and the human race lost its glory and those characteristics that made us like God, resulting in all sorts of bad things coming into our lives. Death, sicknesses, diseases and calamities and toil and hardships and all sorts of undesirable things and situations became a reality in our lives. We lost quite a lot on that day. Adam and Eve sinned but if anyone on this earth were in their shoes, the same would have happened. This is what the Bible says about it:
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
What we see in these Scriptures is that we all have sinned before God. None of us is good. We all sinned and as a result of that, the human race faced the wrath of God. We faced eternal judgment.
Fortunately for us, God had a plan. His plan was not only to save us from judgment but also to restore us completely. He loved humanity so much, He could not allow us to be destroyed forever.
So He gave his Son Jesus Christ, not only to pay the penalty of sin, by taking the chastisement and the punishment that was supposed to be on us. When you read the whole chapter of Isaiah 53 you will understand what Jesus did. He took everything on him so that we can go free.
1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?
2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
In this Scripture, it is clear that Jesus brought complete reconciliation between God and us. It is also clear that healing is part of the reconciliation. This means that God did not only let us go free, He also completely restored us but there is a condition. We receive it all through faith. It only comes by believing. Everything comes through faith by believing every word and by living by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Even the Old Testament confirms this:
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Isaiah 53 declared complete reconciliation and Matthew 4:4 says how we can be reconciled and restored.
So for the salvation of our souls we need to believe the word of God (that proceeded out of his mouth) that deals with salvation and for restoration, we need to believe the word of God (that proceeded out of his mouth) that deals with restoration.
Let us look at a few Scriptures that deal with salvation:
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
1 Peter 1:8-9
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
2 Timothy 1:9
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
When we look at these Scriptures, and there are hundreds more, we can see that by believing the word of God we are saved. And that it comes by grace.
Now let us look at a few Scriptures that deal with restoration:
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord…
1 John 5:4
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
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.
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Faith makes our salvation a reality and faith makes our restoration a reality. It is so true and so clear that God wants us to live victorious and blessed and full lives.
3 John 1:2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
After the fall of humanity, God immediately made plans to save us and to restore us and to make sure that it is well with our souls. He knew what was going to happen even before the creation of the universe. His plans were aimed at benefiting us and to make us prosper. He made sure that evil does not destroy us and He removed the consequences of sin from us.
That is why Jesus came. John said that Jesus came to take away the sins of the world. His blood did not just cover the sins of people, it took it away. In him is no sin and we are in him. That is why John said in his letters that the regenerated spirit of man can’t sin. The moment we are born again, our spirits are regenerated. John said that the spirit of man cannot sin because we are born of the Spirit of God, to be more specific, and because we keep our eyes on Jesus and by doing so, we keep ourselves pure, just as pure as Jesus himself, by the way.
This is also the way that God dealt with sicknesses and diseases and calamities when it comes to the penalty of sin. He took it away so that we do not have to be sick and so that we do not have to suffer. Because sin has been taken away, the penalty of sin cannot exist. Because there is no sin, the penalty of sin, hell, sicknesses, diseases and calamities cannot exist. The sicknesses and the diseases that people bring over themselves are not punishment. It is the automatic result of sin, however, Christians do experience chastisement from God directly. This is like a father dealing with his children harshly in an attempt to ensure their salvation, but as I have said in a previous session, this happens relatively rarely.
Isaiah 53 says that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Remember that Isaiah 53 is a prophecy about Jesus many years before Jesus came. It was pointing to the future. That is why it said that by his stripes you are healed. In 1 Peter 2:24 Peter said that Jesus bared our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. Peter understood that our sins were taken away and he understood that we were healed two thousand years ago on that cross. Both are in the past. Jesus saved us two thousand years ago by taking our sins away. The moment that He took our sins on him, that moment it left all people who were alive at that time and it is true for everybody, even people who are living today. According to the custom back in the time of the Roman Empire, Jesus probably received thirty-nine lashes with a whip before He was crucified and that is when He took the penalty of sin away in regards to sicknesses and diseases. By his stripes we were healed. That is when He took sicknesses, diseases, and calamities away from us. He does not heal anymore, He healed us two thousand years ago on that cross. As soon as Christians understand this it opens a whole lot of doors for them.
The most important fact is the following: There is only one reason why people are not saved yet or not healed yet. Only one reason why people did not yet receive their salvation or their healing. They are not saved yet because they do not believe yet. They are not healed yet because they do not believe yet. No matter who you are or what you are or what you have done, the lack of belief is the only thing that stands between you and salvation or you and healing.
As soon as people believe in Christ and accept Him as their Savior, they are saved. They never have to wonder or worry that for some reason they are not included in the promises of God. The Bible says everyone has sinned and everybody falls short. God said through James in James 2:10 that whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. This means that everybody is guilty of the whole law.
This truth puts all people under the same category. Everybody sinned at least once and everybody is, therefore, guilty of the whole law and therefore equal in this regard. Because all people are equally bad in the eyes of God, nobody is regarded as a blue-eyed girl or blue-eyed boy or a favorite in God’s eyes. In his eyes, we are all the same. Nobody gets special treatment ever.
It is for this reason that everybody, no matter who you are or where you are, or whatever you did, you will be saved only because of grace and because you believed.
The same is true for healing and for deliverance. The penalty of sin is the same for everybody. Whosoever sinned will be punished when Jesus comes. The punishment is for the whole law because we are held accountable for the whole law, we are guilty of transgressing the whole law. Unless they believed in Christ and accepted Jesus Christ, no matter what they did when Jesus comes, everybody will receive the same punishment.
If you sinned only once or twice or many times, or continuously, you are still guilty of the whole law in God’s eyes. So if everybody is guilty of the whole law, everybody is equally guilty and therefore the penalty of sin is the same for everyone. Whatever you did, the penalty for whatever you did is the same for everybody. It is all called grace. Grace ensures that everybody is treated the same. Grace makes everything equal for everybody.
Jesus carried the penalty for sin on him on that cross. He was punished in our place so that we do not need to be punished. But that is only true if we accepted him as our Savior. Because we believe we are saved and because we believe we are healed. The sin and the penalty of sin can never be disconnected from each other.
Repentance does not remove the sin, the sin was removed two thousand years ago. Repentance does not remove the penalty of sin, the penalty of sin was removed two thousand years ago. Healing is part of the atonement. It is yes and amen for everybody. However, both these works of restoration cannot become a reality in our lives until the day that we believe and act on the promise. Believing and acting cause salvation and healing to manifest in our lives.
In Genesis already it was promised that the seed of the woman will bring victory. Sin and evil will be defeated. Isaiah promised that Jesus will come. After the Son did come, John the Baptist promised that the Son of God will take away the sins of the world. Jesus was crucified and He did take the penalty of sin onto him on that cross when He was whipped. Peter confirmed that the Son of God healed us two thousand years ago. Both salvation and healing belong to all of us. It is ours through grace. None of us can ever earn it. Christians are living on this earth, completely unaware of the fact that they could have received their healing, many years ago, just as easily as they received their salvation. They are completely unaware of the fact that salvation and restoration form part of one complete package. Both are the same. Both require faith, both require nothing else but faith, both come through grace and we cannot earn either of them.
Is there really no other requirement, other than believing, to receive our salvation? The Bible says that it is through grace that we are saved, not by works. Is there any requirement, other than believing, to receive our healing? No, we receive our healing through grace, not by works. Can a person receive his healing before he receives his salvation? Yes, it happened in the Bible and it still happens today. Jesus healed everybody without any exception. Everybody that was brought to him or who came to him were healed.
Salvation is not a requirement for healing. It does not matter who you are or what you have done, whether you are saved or unsaved, whether you are a good Christian or a bad Christian, whether you have sinned in your life, whether you are a Christian or a Muslim or a satanist. You will be healed when a person who believes lays his hands on you to heal you. There are absolutely no requirements for healing just as there is none for salvation, other than believing.
However, salvation is a requirement to keep your healing. Repentance is a requirement to keep your healing. To abstain from sinning is a requirement to keep your healing. We can lose our healing but we can be healed again, even if we did lose our healing before.
Whatever opportunity comes first in a person’s life, healing or salvation, it will happen because both come by grace and there is no requirement for both. Both are part of the atonement. We only need to believe.
So with both, believing is a requirement but, with healing, somebody else can believe for you as Jesus did. With salvation, another person cannot believe for you. God said that we must go out into all the world, proclaim the gospel of Christ, heal the sick and cast out demons. All of these things require faith. It requires a person who believes in God and who has faith in God. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. A person of faith will be able to heal people. This is not true with salvation. God said that we must deliver people but He did not say that we must save people. Only He can save people. We cannot save people but we can preach the gospel of Christ to them.
When we deliver people we command things in their lives or their bodies. We command healing, we command deliverance, we command a spirit to leave a person. We cast devils out of them. On the other hand, we cannot lay our hands on an unsaved person and command that person to be saved. We cannot say “Be saved, in Jesus Name”. Salvation does not work that way. Deliverance works that way. That is why we can deliver another person and that is why we can believe for another person with deliverance. We do it just like Jesus did.
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick.
But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.
And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them.
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
So Jesus healed everybody but He warned people not to sin anymore for worse things will come over them. But not only did Jesus heal everybody that was sick, even the disciples did:
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
12 And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch.
13 And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.
14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
15 Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.
16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
Verse 16 says that the disciples healed every one. They healed them all.
So even the apostles did heal them all. The only time that we cannot heal people, is when people are offended by us. When they do not want us to pray for them because of them being offended by us. In such cases, we leave without praying for them. We are not welcome there and we should not force ourselves upon such people. We can heal them all if we want to but do you want to heal people who despise you? The Bible calls it unbelief but that unbelief is more about them regarding Christians illegitimate like they did with Jesus in Nazareth. The few people who He did pray for were probably a few people who were not offended by him. After the incident, they probably followed him and told him that they do not agree with the majority in the city, so He prayed for them.
This was not a matter of them causing an atmosphere of unbelief and by doing so causing Jesus to be powerless. Nothing can remove the power and authority of God. He just decided not to pray for them because of them being so offended by him and I would have done the same.
Several times in the New Testament the disciples of Jesus could not heal people or they could not cast out devils. When they asked Jesus about this the answer was always that they lacked faith or that it was because of unbelief. It was never because of any other reason. Even with the casting out of the demonic spirit mentioned in Matthew 17, Jesus said that it was because of unbelief.
19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?
20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
In this Scripture, Jesus confirms that they failed because of a lack of faith. He said that it was because of unbelief. Verse 21 probably dealt with the reason why they experienced unbelief. A lack of prayer and fasting.
In this case, the fasting and the praying are not to ask God for more faith or for more power to cast out these demons. We have all the faith that we need and we have all the power that we need. We also do not ask God to make the demons weaker because no demon can stand before the power of the Holy Spirit, no matter how strong he is. Fasting and praying in general help us to be willing and open and committed instruments in the hands of God, ready to do whatever we need to do to deliver people. The problem was their unbelief. When Christians do not spend time with God, when they do not seek the face of God, everything in life becomes more difficult or more challenging to deal with. People might not be ready to face a certain situation because they do not pray or spent time with God. Yes, faith comes through hearing and hearing by the word of God, but we do need to spend time with God also, not just with his word.
I have heard of people who are very skeptical when it comes to the body of Christ regarding healing as part of the atonement. God knew that people will doubt this and that is why He included a cross-reference about this in the Bible. With this cross-reference, He completely removed any doubt about this. We read about this in Matthew 8:13-17
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
14 And when Jesus was come into Peter’s house, he saw his wife’s mother laid, and sick of a fever.
15 And he touched her hand, and the fever left her: and she arose, and ministered unto them.
16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Verse 17 confirms that when Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 53 that Jesus would take our infirmaries on him and that He would bare our sicknesses, he meant physical illnesses and diseases, as Jesus demonstrated when He healed Peter’s wife’s mother.
Luke 4 confirmed this even more. Just after Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law, many sick people arrived at the house and Jesus healed them all. That is why Jesus came, according to Isaiah 53. He came to take our sins away (He took it on him) and the penalty of sin, death, sicknesses and diseases and calamities (He took it on him) and hell (He went to hell for us when He died). So He took everything on him and we do not have to experience any of this.
Unsaved people do not have to live as they do. They can be saved in an instant. They just need to believe and receive their salvation. Sick people do not have to be sick. They just need to believe and receive their healing. People do not have to go to hell. They just need to believe and they will never see hell. People do not have to be poor and suffer and struggle. They just need to believe and receive the provision of God and they will live prosperous lives. They can live victoriously and successfully in Christ right now. Christ Jesus was poor, He did not possess anything. He slept under trees so that we do not have to lack anything.
God the Father restored everything through Christ Jesus his Son. He made everything available to us. We do not have to ask him for anything. We do not have to beg him for anything. Everything is already ours. It belongs to us. It is yes and amen for everybody. God is not a respecter of persons. We are all equal in his sight. We all have equal rights to everything that He made available to us. We just have to take it. It belongs to us. You do not have to question the will of God ever. He wants everyone, good or bad, saved or unsaved, to receive the gifts that He gave them.
Someone once asked me about the instruction to pray with much pleading and much tears to God. She wanted to know why is that instruction in the Bible if we can only believe and command things in our lives. The answer to that question is the following. Nowhere in the Bible does God say that we need to pray through crying. We do not have to cry when we ask him for something. We should pray by giving thanks to God. Yes, many Scriptures referred to people who cried whilst they were praying, even Jesus Christ cried when He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane. But God never instructed us to cry when we pray. This is how we should pray according to Philippians 4:6
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
There are many things in life that we have no control over. These things all have to do with other people and the will of other people. This is how we need to pray for those things. When you pray for the president or the government or a country or lost souls or the salvation of your children, or for a specific situation you need to pray like this. This is when we plead before God and when we can even cry before God if we want to.
This prayer has nothing to do with you taking up your full inheritance and slaying the giants in your life and restoring yourself and the lives of other people. This type of prayer achieves very little in this regard. Restoration and victory come through boldly reigning over your circumstances and situations in all areas of your life. You achieve victory and deliverance through obedience and by reigning over these circumstances. Not by praying according to this instruction in Philippians 4. Philippians 4:6 has to do with other people and situations outside our sphere of influence or dominion. If we want such situations to change we let God know about these petitions and requests through prayer and pleading and thanksgiving.
This is all for today. See you next time.