The New Testament apostles did. They prayed with passion and power ~ and turned their world upside down. We are not all called to be apostles, but we are called to be apostolic people and help establish the work of God in others by our prayers.
In this book, you will discover the principles that made them so effective in their prayer life: a heart perfected in love, a habit of devotion, a deep confidence in God and His Word, and a reliance upon the Holy Spirit. You will also learn how to pray the prayers they prayed ~ the apostolic prayers of the New Testament. These are powerful prayers because they express, not only the hearts of the apostles, but the heart of God:
• Ground-breaking evangelistic prayers that empower the work of the Gospel and prepare hearts to receive it
• Pastoral prayers that build up churches and establish Christians in the faith
• Benedictions that water God’s people with the blessings of heaven
• Prayers of thanksgiving that return praise to the “Lord of the Harvest” for what He is doing in His people
• Doxologies that praise God for who He is and declare His glory and goodness
Someone has said that prayer is not about overcoming God’s reluctance, but about laying hold of His willingness. This can also be said of healing ministry ~ it is not about overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness to heal. God’s willingness is seen in His Word, where He has repeatedly revealed His desire to heal His people. The format of healing Scriptures and healing prayers is designed to help you lay hold of God’s willingness to heal you by laying hold of His Word and praying it back to Him in faith.
The Bible says that “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). The Word of God reveals the will of God, and so enables us to pray effectively. “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (1 John 5:14-15). Healing is the will of God for His people, as these Scriptures show, so you can pray confidently, knowing that He hears you, and that you will receive your healing. In this book you will discover:
• God’s healing words in the Old Testament
• How healing is revealed in the names of God
• Choosing life
• God’s healing words in the New Testament
• The healing ministry of Jesus
• The healing ministry of the disciples
• Life restoration stories in the Bible
• How healing is revealed in the name of Jesus
• The Lord’s Prayer as healing prayer
• The Lord’s Supper as healing prayer
This is also a great tool to help you minister healing to others.
The psalms of the Bible are powerful expressions of the heart of faith in covenant with God, and of the heart of God in covenant with His people. Confessing the psalms is simply speaking in agreement with them, and is a great way to meditate on, personalize and instruct your soul with the truths and promises they bring.
The personal confessions in this book are adapted from the psalms. They are defibrillations to shift your heart into the rhythms of faith, to recalibrate your thoughts and emotions with the promises of God and realign your will with the heart of God. But don't just read them. Find a place where you can say them out loud and maybe even shout them out with passion. Let them go up with a whoop and a holler to God, with the velocity of faith, and watch what happens in your heart and in your life.
O the Happiness! ~ from Psalm 1
O the happiness!
I do not walk in the counsel of those who are ungodly;
I do not seek out or follow their advice.
I do not stand in the path with those who purpose to do what is wrong.
I do not sit with those who mock what is good.
But my delight is in the instruction of Yahweh,
I think about it all the time.
So I am like a tree planted by rivers of water,
Established, well-rooted, well-fed,
That bears its fruit abundantly in its season;
And its leaf does not wither.
Whatever I do prospers.
The judgment of Yahweh is for me, not against me.
I stand with the people who stand in awe of Him,
And Yahweh watches over my path.
O the happiness!
My King ~ from Psalm 5
Yahweh is my King and my God.
To Him I will pray.
In the morning, He hears my voice.
In the morning, I lay my requests before Him
I wait and I watch
And I look to Him in expectation.
By His great mercy, I come before Him.
I bow down and worship Him,
As His holy temple, in whom He dwells.*
He leads me in all that is right
And He straightens out my path before me.
My heart is light because I trust in Him.
I shout wildly because He defends me.
I jump for joy because I love His name.
For Yahweh blesses those who are right with Him,
He surrounds them with His favor.
He surrounds me with His favor,
All around me, as with a shield.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: Confessing the Psalms
Psalm 1 ~ The Happiness
Psalms 3-4 ~ A Shield All Around Me
Psalm 5 ~ My King
Psalm 16 ~ The Portion of My Inheritance
Psalm 18 ~ My Strength in Time of Struggle
Psalm 19 ~ The Instruction of Yahweh
Psalm 20 ~ My Help From Heaven
Psalm 21 ~ Victorious Joy
Psalm 23 ~ My Shepherd
Psalm 25 ~ My Whole Life
Psalm 26 ~ Yahweh Clears My Name
Psalm 27 ~ The Goodness of Yahweh in My Life
Psalm 28 ~ Yahweh’s Treasured Ones
Psalm 32 ~ The Happiness of Being Forgiven
Psalm 34 ~ A Brag About Yahweh
Psalm 35 ~ Yahweh Contends for Me
Psalm 36 ~ The Covenant Love of Yahweh
Psalm 37 ~ Possess the Land in Patience
Psalm 40 ~ Yahweh, My Rescue
Psalm 41 ~ The Happiness of Being Helped
Psalm 46 ~ Abundantly Available Help
Psalm 52 ~ Like a Green Olive Tree
Psalm 56 ~ Yahweh is For Me
Psalm 57 ~ Yahweh in the Storm
Psalm 61 ~ When My Heart is Overwhelmed
Psalm 62 ~ God My Calm
Psalm 63 ~ Yahweh is Life and Joy
Psalm 66 ~ What Yahweh Has Done for Me
Psalm 71 ~ Yahweh All My Days
Psalm 73 ~ A Sudden Realization
Psalm 77 ~ The Tenacity of Faith
Psalm 81 ~ Fully Satisfied in Yahweh
Psalm 84 ~ Yahweh’s Dwelling Place
Psalm 85 ~ The Glory of Yahweh in Our Land
Psalm 91 ~ My Sheltering Place
Psalm 92 ~ The Hand of Yahweh in My Life
Psalm 94 ~ Yahweh Sets Things Right
Psalm 101 ~ Honoring Yahweh
Psalm 103 ~ Yahweh’s Benefits
Psalm 112 ~ A Life Well-Lived
Psalm 115 ~ All My Glory is in Yahweh
Psalm 116 ~ Why I Love Yahweh
Psalm 118 ~ Giving Thanks to Yahweh
Psalm 121 ~ I Turn to Yahweh
Psalm 126 ~ Yahweh Frees the Captives
Psalm 127 ~ A Legacy in Yahweh
Psalm 128 ~ The Extravagant Blessing
Psalm 130 ~ Forgiveness and Help
Psalm 131 ~ Quieting Myself in Yahweh
Psalm 133 ~ Where the Anointing Flows
Psalm 136 ~ Yahweh’s Faithful Love for Me
Psalm 138 ~ Before All the Kings of the Earth
Psalm 139 ~ Yahweh Knows Me
Psalm 140 ~ His Victory Over My Enemies
Psalm 141 ~ Help in a Time of Evil
Psalm 142 ~ When I Feel Abandoned
Psalm 143 ~ When My Soul Feels Weak
Psalm 144 ~ From Battle to Blessing
Psalm 145 ~ My King and My God
Psalm 146 ~ All My Life is All About Him
Jesus began His ministry proclaiming, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” In other words ~ it is now here! Everywhere He went, He preached it, taught it and demonstrated it by signs and wonders, healing the sick and setting the spiritual captives free. He brought heaven to earth and taught His disciples how to do it, too.
The Kingdom of Heaven on Earth is a study of the nature and dynamics of the kingdom of Heaven on Earth, and how to live and operate effectively in its dominion. It is a motivational commentary on select passages in the Gospel of Matthew, to stir up your passion for the reality of God’s kingdom now at work in the world. In this book, you will learn about:
• The Kingdom of the Heart
• The Kingdom of Authentic Living
• The Treasure of Heaven on Earth
• Discerning Heaven on Earth
• The Authority of Heaven on Earth
• Parables of Heaven on Earth
• The Glory of Heaven on Earth
• The Incomparable Value of Heaven on Earth
• The Controversy of Heaven on Earth
• Heaven on Earth and the End of the Age
• The Victorious Kingdom
Bold, expectant faith changes the world. It is how Joshua and Caleb succeeded where so many others failed, and ended up in the Promised Land. It is how Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego “quenched the violence of fire” and caused the king of Babylon to honor God. It is how Paul learned to overcome the challenges set before him and finish his race with joy. In this book, you will learn about the dynamics of faith that accomplished all these things, and more ...
• How the Word of God created the world
• How the Word of God changes the world
• The nature and order of reality
• The divine mandate of dominion and how to exercise it
• Things working together for the redemption of all creation
• The all-sufficiency of God’s grace to deal with hindrances and difficulties
• The shadow of glory and how to walk in it
• The abundance and prosperity of God that changes the world
• The treasure of the heart that changes the world
• Fathers and the inheritance of world-changing destiny
When Moses approached the burning bush, in Exodus 3, the Lord spoke to him and said, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground” (v. 5). Moses found himself in the powerful, purposeful presence of God. On that day he began to walk barefoot.
Walking Barefoot is about learning to recognize and respond to God’s presence in our lives. Like Moses, we must realize that God’s presence is holy ~ He’ll not have us separated from Him by any of our human contrivances. It’s about an ongoing relationship, learning to love God deeply, trusting Him more and more, partnering with Him in the world, flowing in His power to fulfill His purposes.
These writings are about faith, the things that activate it and the things that hinder it. They are about praying according to the will of God and expecting to see results. They are about speaking in agreement with the Word of God in ways that are life-changing and world-changing. They are about God’s desire to bless, heal and prosper His people. They are about receiving the wonderful inheritance we have in God, and passing it on to our children. They are about healing, for the inner and outer man. They are about giving and forgiving ~ and thanksgiving. They are about growing strong in faith and joyfully enduring in difficult situations. They are about moving mountains. In this book you will learn about:
• The power of faith, and how to activate it
• The power of praying God’s will and expecting to see results
• The power of speaking God’s Word over your life
• The power of agreement
• The power of giving, forgiving and thanksgiving
• The power of praying over your children
• The power of your inheritance in God and how to pass it on
• The power of Jesus’ healing ministry today
The Holy Spirit has never left the Church and neither have His supernatural gifts and manifestations. They have been available in every century ~ from the days of the Apostolic Fathers, to the desert monks of Egypt and Syria, to the missionary outreaches of the Middle Ages, to the Reformation era and the awakenings and revivals that followed, to the Pentecostal explosion of the Twentieth Century and the increase of signs and wonders in the Twenty-first.
Miracles, healings, deliverances, prophecies, dreams, visions ~ even raising the dead! ~ have all been in operation throughout the history of the Church. Anglicans, Baptists, Catholics, Congregationalists, Lutherans, Methodists, Moravians, Presbyterians, Quakers and many others have experienced the supernatural gifts and workings of the Spirit over the centuries.
Miracles and Manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the History of the Church gathers up numerous accounts from a variety of historical sources and provides a handy reference for those who want to know more about:
• How the Church has understood and operated in the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit at various times in history.
• Why the gifts and miracles were more frequently in manifestation in some eras than in others.
• The many ways the Church has ministered in healing and deliverance.
• How the Holy Spirit manifested in great revivals.
• How the river of gifts and miracles continues to flow today.
When times are hard, it can be very tempting to hold on to the world and let go of the faith. The apostle Peter certainly knew what that was like when he denied Jesus three times, mere hours after pledging unshakeable faithfulness. But with the reality of the resurrection and the power of the Holy Spirit, he learned how to do just the opposite ~ to keep the faith and change the world!
In his letter to Jesus believers scattered abroad, Peter reveals not only how to keep the faith in difficult circumstances but also how to change the world by the new life that comes from Jesus ~ a life of loving, giving and serving. This book is a study of that letter. In it you will learn about:
• The new birth, the new mind, and the new life believers have in Jesus
• The new kind of people we are called to be in Him
• The incorruptible Word by which we have come to know Him
• The indestructible inheritance He has for us
• What it means to be holy
• What true freedom is and how it transforms relationships
• How to walk in fervent love and find exuberant joy beyond words
• How to arm yourself with the mind of Jesus
• How to manifest the glory and dominion of Jesus
• How to stand firmly against our true adversary... and more
These are “bite-size” studies to help guide you through Peter’s letter, a little at a time. At the end of each study are focus questions to help you think further about the truths Peter brings. They are open-ended questions to allow for maximum personal reflection and group discussion.
“Keeping the Faith When Things Get Tough is an excellent Bible Study on the book of First Peter. Jeff Doles gives us a very practical and easily understood breakdown of this important book. Based on extensive research and his well-rounded biblical perspective, Jeff takes us on an inspiring journey from start to finish. Your faith will be strengthened, and your life will be greatly enriched as you embrace these keys to victorious living out of the pages of God’s word. I highly recommend this book for everyone who loves God’s Word and wants to strengthen his or her faith for miracles in times of need.” ~ Ben R. Peters, Kingdom Sending Center. Author and international speaker
The gospel of our faith is the good news that the kingdom of God has come and Jesus is the Messiah, God’s anointed King. He is the focus of our faith — not only the One upon whom we fix our attention but also the One through whom we view the whole world, to see more clearly and understand God’s purpose with greater wisdom. That is what Paul’s letter to the Jesus believers at Colosse is about. This book is a study of that letter. In it you will learn about:
• The blessing and inheritance God has for you
• The divine power trio: faith, hope and love
• A walk that is worthy, a life that is pleasing and fruitful
• Knowing God more and more
• How all things hold together
• Where all divine fullness dwells
• The reconciliation of heaven and earth
• The good news of God’s pleasure
• The revelation of divine glory in you
• Being rooted and built up in Jesus
• The powers that have been disarmed
• Living from a higher realm
• The Word that qualifies us
• Clothes for your new life
• New life at home and in the community of faith
• The spiral of watchful, thankful prayer
• Walking in wisdom… and more
These are “bite-size” studies to help guide you through Paul’s letter, a little at a time. At the end of each study are focus questions to help you think further about the truths Paul brings. They are open-ended questions to allow for maximum personal reflection and group discussion.
A manger, as someone succinctly put it, is a wooden structure large enough to hold the Bread of Life. See how this common stable fixture is lifted up to a place of sacred significance. A manger is not enough, though, not even one that holds the Bread of Life. It is only a beginning. The fulfillment lies in another wooden fixture. Looming in the midnight shadows of the manger, there is the figure of the Cross. Like the manger, it is a wooden structure large enough to hold the Bread of Life. The manger is a symbol of joy, but a very peculiar joy, for even as we celebrate Christmas, we know that the day of Crucifixion is also at hand.
In these meditations for Advent and Christmas, come and consider the King who was born in a stable, crowned with thorns and now reigns forever. Trace the path of prophets who foresaw Him, angels who announced Him, shepherds who witnessed Him and wise men who pursued Him. Ponder with Zechariah and Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary, Simeon and Anna what it means to watch, wait, listen and believe. Learn why Jesus came and how His birth, life, death and resurrection are the reason for every season.