Rest in the Finished Work of Jesus

“But our High Priest offered himself to God as a single sacrifice for sins, good for all time. Then he sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand.” (Hebrews 10:12)

Hi Beloved! It has been too long! I hope this finds you safe and well! My last post was at the start of the pandemic, when things began to shut down and we saw changes we’d never seen before. Never did we imagine ourselves still in this position many months later. But God, He saw these changes well before they happened and has already ensured our health, peace, and prosperity. I believe now is a time of tremendous growth and I pray you are seeing God’s work in your life! If you are still waiting for your prayers to be answered, keep standing on His word. This is going to be a season of breakthroughs!

Though times may look dark, don’t worry and don’t fret! The battle is the Lord’s, so the victory is ours! When fear, worry, and doubt begin to creep into your mind, remember Jesus’ finished work on the cross. He died to give us a path to Heaven, physical health, and mental peace. Once Jesus rose from the grave and ascended to Heaven, He sat down at the right hand of the father. This act of “sitting down” means the work is finished. The High Priests of the Old Testament were always standing, always working. But in the New Testament, Jesus is our High Priest and he is resting because he has finished his work. He’s conquered the enemy and given us the victory! “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

Beloved, this is true no matter the circumstance. You might think, “But you don’t know what I’m going through! I lost my job and I can’t pay my bills!” Or “I am having pain in my body and I am not getting any better!” The Lord knows exactly what you’re going through and wants to deliver you. The best thing you can do is to let Him! Rest in Him, so that He can provide for you according to His finished work.

If we want to be in control of the situation, God will let us. It’s like your two-year-old trying to tie their shoes. They say, “I want to do it!” You know they don’t know how, but they insist. So, you watch them strain and struggle. You want to help, but they won’t let you. You don’t want to rip the laces from their hands, so you wait. Eventually, they give up. “I can’t do it!” That’s where you come in. “Let me help you”, you say. You never wanted them to have to figure it out on their own, but they wanted to be in control. But, once they hand over the laces, you can help. It’s the same way with God. He will never rip the laces from our hands. He will let us try to solve our problems as long as we want, but he’ll always be ready to grab the laces when we’re ready to hand them over.

So, how do you rest in the finished work and give up control? It’s by having faith, by believing that God is on your side and that He will work all things for your good. Then, you turn every worried or anxious thought into a prayer. When you find yourself saying, “Oh no, now what am I going to do? What about this, what about that?” Instead say, “Lord, I know that you see my problem and I know I have victory in Christ Jesus. I don’t know how this will work out, but I know it will be for my good.” Then let it go and rest. “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” (1 John 5:4)

Beloved, remember that I am always here to pray with you or for you, so please reach out. Be well and God bless!

Jesus Loves You,

Alexis

The Lord Is Our Constant

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)

Hi Beloved! I hope you and your family are well. What a crazy time it is! It’s quite nerve-racking for the recovering control freak (talking about myself here) because things are changing every day. Right when I think I have a good grasp on the situation, there are new developments. Now, schools are closed even longer, malls have stopped operating, restaurants are shutting down, and daily life keeps changing. This situation is unprecedented, so there is no blueprint for us to follow.

We can all become fearful in times of uncertainty. Whether it’s the fear of financial distress, the fear of inconvenience, or the fear of falling ill, it can be difficult for us to stay cool, calm, and collected. But, during these troubling times, we can look to the one who never fears, the one who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He never gets nervous, worried, or flustered. He never waivers. Though we may face uncertainty in the world, we can be certain of His promises. We can pray for His peace and strength when we are fearful and weak. “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)

Beloved, we can rest assured that He ALWAYS has a plan. Though we may be shocked and caught off-guard, He knows the past, present, and future. Satan develops these new diseases and strains of viruses to steal, kill, and destroy. But God is always 100 steps ahead. He saw this coming long ago and has been at work orchestrating a plan for your protection, healing, financial difficulty, and restoration. Satan is trying to catch up to God, not the other way around. 2 Chronicles 20:5 says, “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you…‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us’.”

Things have been difficult and there may be more changes ahead. This time of year, life is so full. We were planning vacations, graduations, weddings, baby showers, dance recitals, and it has all come to a screeching halt. Many parents have been scrambling to find childcare and/or keep up with online school assignments. Some have experienced sudden layoffs or a sharp decrease in business. Others have contracted the virus and some have become very ill. Things have changed so drastically in such a short time. It reminds us that nothing in this world is promised and things can change in the blink of an eye. But, our Lord is constant. He is the one we can count on, no matter the circumstances. We can have faith that He will always bring us through the valleys and set us on the mountain top. He is in control, will always deliver, and will never leave us. “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)

What Satan brings for harm and destruction, God can turn around for our good! He will restore what has been lost, 10-fold! Remember that the cross has the final word, so let’s keep our eyes on the Lord and be at peace. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

Beloved, will you join me in this prayer?

Dear Lord,

We thank you for the many blessings in our lives. We know you love us so much that you gave up your one and only son, so that we could be joint heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven and be blessed with health, wholeness, and prosperity. Lord, we also know that you see our sufferings and trials in this fallen world. But, you have overcome the world and we know you have a plan for our protection and restoration. We pray that this virus is quickly and completed eradicated and believe for complete healing in those that have contracted this illness. Lord, please be with the parents that have taken time from work or had to make difficult adjustments to care for their children while schools are closed. Give them your wisdom, grace, and peace. Speak your reassurance to those that have lost jobs or have businesses suffering in this time of change. We know that you have a plan to prosper us and not to harm us. For those that have had to change special celebrations, we pray that you comfort them and easily make a way for them to restore what has been postponed or canceled. Lord, we stand on your promises as a constant in our lives. We know that you are in complete control and have already given us the victory over Satan’s plans for chaos and destruction. You will turn this situation around for our good and prosper us more than we can imagine!

All these things we believe and receive in Jesus’ name,

Amen!

Jesus Loves You,

Alexis

Do Not Be Afraid, The Lord Is With You

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Happy February, Beloved! I hope you are having a blessed week. I was going to write something to go along with Valentine’s Day, but have been compelled to write about this topic instead. Lately, I’ve been hearing so many reports about freak accidents, natural disasters, and new diseases. We all know there are many dangers lurking in this fallen world, but it seems like we are more aware now than ever. Constantly, we are reminded how fragile life is and that there is no shortage of things to worry about – our loved ones, our jobs, our possessions – and it’s easy to get caught up in the hysteria of the world. Satan is working overtime to fill us with anxiety and fear.

This is a dangerous world, but the Lord says, Do not be afraid! In fact, “Fear not,” is the most repeated command in the bible. Over and over again, the Lord reminds us not to fear. Why is that? It’s because fear is the enemy of faith. In Hebrews 11:1, it says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The dictionary defines it as, “complete trust and confidence in someone or something”. If we have the assurance, trust, and confidence that God will be true to his word and follow through on his promises, how can we be afraid? And if we are afraid, how can we have faith? The bible says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

So, what does God promise us about protection in this world? Isaiah 43:1 says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me.” (Isaiah 54:17)

“The Lord will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalm 121:7)

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

“A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.” (Psalm 91:7)

Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, the last thing He said to his disciples was, “I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20) This verse has always brought me great comfort. If He will be with us until the world is literally over, He will certainly be with us if our child falls ill, if we lose our job, if we go through divorce, or if we experience the hardship of a natural disaster. And if He holds us with His victorious right hand, we will come out on top. He will work all things for our good.

Yes, this world has many things to fear and Jesus said there would be tribulation. But, we can rest assured that we are divinely protected, no matter what evils are lurking around the corner. If we have to walk through flames, we will not be burned, and if we have to cross a river, it will not overtake us! So, Beloved, DO NOT BE AFRAID! The Lord is with you (and your loved ones) wherever you go! Amen.

Jesus Loves You,

Alexis

Embrace the New Year With Peace and Gratitude!

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

Happy New Year, Beloved! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday! I can’t believe we are in the new year. The year 2020, what a blessing! Every new year we tend to have a new vision. We analyze which areas of life we’ll focus on improving and we write down a list of personal goals we want to accomplish. Whether it’s improving fitness, getting a promotion, or spending more time with family, we all love to start the year motivated and with a new plan. This year, I plan to spend more time on writing, helping my husband grow his business, continuing to focus on fitness and spending more quality time with my kids.

With the excitement and busyness of it all, I want to remind everyone to be at peace this year! “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11) While it’s great to have a new vision for a new year, it can cause us to become restless. It’s easy to get laser-focused on obtaining our new goals and sometimes we forget to focus on being happy with where we are at this moment. We make life all about what is ahead and that has the ability to affect our peace. We are encouraged and motivated in the beginning and then if results don’t happen quickly, we start to lose the joy of it all.

We feel like we “have” to reach these milestones we’ve set for ourselves and if we don’t, we’ve failed and feel a sense of despair. What’s worse is that we tend to compare our “personal goals” to the goals and accomplishments of others. Sometimes we look at what our family and friends are accomplishing and feel discouraged. It seems like those around us are checking items off their lists – being promoted, getting engaged or married, having a baby, or buying their dream home. If those are things we wanted for this year, we can feel envious and start to lose hope.

We can’t even truly be happy for our loved ones because instead of focusing on their blessing, we are focusing on our lack. We aren’t happy with our lives because we are too focused on what is ahead, what others have and where we “should be” in life. But the bible tells us to be at peace. Philippians 4:6-7 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.”

Beloved, please know that you are not defined by your accomplishments and achievements. Having dreams and goals is great! But reaching them or not reaching them is not the measure of who you are. You are royalty, a child of the Most-High God and even if you don’t get to the gym everyday, double your revenue, or get completely out of debt this year, you are still worthy, loved, and blessed. And if you’ve been waiting on God for a particular blessing, keep praying and believing! Be at peace and know that your blessing is on its way!

Do not look around and be discouraged when others are blessed with something you are longing for. You don’t have to compare yourself to others. You can rest assured that our Lord has more than enough blessings for everyone! He can bless your neighbor with a promotion and still bless your business to reach its highest earning potential. He can bless your co-worker with a healthy baby and still bless you with healthy twins! There is no limit to what God can do and through him all things are possible. Don’t be discouraged if some goals you set for this year, don’t become an immediate reality. Have peace in knowing that God has an amazing plan for you and that he wants you to have the desires of your heart. We have to trust his timing above our own and results will happen! Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Be filled with hope. God will deliver!

In addition to the goals I listed above, I am also going to focus on gratitude. Everyday, I want to thank God for all the blessings in my life. Even in the midst of struggle or sorrow, it’s amazing what being thankful can do. When you really stop and think about all your blessings from God, it has the ability to change your attitude from one of sadness, envy, and lack to one of joy, thankfulness, and peace.

Beloved, in addition to focusing on your personal goals this year, I encourage you to focus on peace and thankfulness for all your blessings (past, current, and those to come). Remember that the Lord will be with you through all the highs and lows of this year and that you are deeply loved, richly blessed, and highly favored. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

If you have a prayer request, please reach out! I would be happy to pray with you or for you. Also, send this link to any friends or family members that might need a word from the Lord today. Be blessed!

Jesus Loves You,

Alexis

The Word of The Lord is Life!

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 “My child, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)

Hi Beloved! I hope that you are having a blessed week! Things are getting a bit cooler in my neck of the woods, so it’s time to swap out the A/C for the heater and bring out the sweaters and boots! The crisp air also drives folks to the fireplace with a cup of coffee (or tea) and a good book. So, I thought I would write about the importance of reading “The Good Book”, as the bible is called. 🙂

Beloved, how much of the bible would you say you’ve read? It can definitely take time to read. It has 1,189 chapters and it is an amazing story! I think this is an area where most Christians greatly differ. Some have read the bible cover to cover (perhaps even twice, I know people who have done it!). Others have read only the New Testament or only the Old Testament. Others have followed along with their church study group, read a random chapter here and there, or gave up after selecting the King James version and getting a headache after reading a verse like, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15) Pardon? Can you please repeat that one?

I fall somewhere in the middle. I haven’t read the entire bible. I have read the entire New Testament and am working on the Old Testament. Currently, I am reading 1 Samuel. Years ago, when I first started reading the bible, I started with Genesis 1:1. That works for some, but it didn’t work for me. I started to lose steam after a few chapters and stopped reading for a while. When I decided to get back to reading, I prayed about it first. I said, “Lord, I desperately want to read your word, but it can be so overwhelming! I don’t know where to start and sometimes it is hard for me to understand. Please give me wisdom and an open, hearing heart.”

When I prayed this prayer, I got the message to “see Jesus”. So, that is what I did. I went to the New Testament and I started reading all the chapters that had text in red. In most versions, the words of Jesus are in red. Reading about His grace and His miracles really motivated me. I started reading more and more and then I read the whole New Testament. I even started to truly understand and this kept me going!

Why is reading the bible so important? What are the benefits? Reading the word of God gives us hope, wisdom, strengthens our faith, improves our physical health and can be used as a weapon against the enemy.

Gives us hope: Romans 15:4 says, “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” The word has many beautiful promises from God for both this life and after. When we read the word, our hope is renewed as we remember how much he loves us, that he will never leave us or forsake us, and that he is always on our side.

Gives us wisdom: 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.” The word of God teaches us and trains us in the way we should go. It gives us knowledge and wisdom to see and understand things differently than the world.

Strengthens our faith: Romans 10:17 says, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” When we keep hearing the word of the Lord, we are encouraged by stories of David, Elijah, Elisha, and the Apostles. We remember that we can accomplish all things through Christ who strengthens us!

For our physical health: Matthew 4:3 says, “The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.’ Jesus answered, ‘It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Food alone cannot sustain us. The word of God is nourishment to our bodies. It’s life and health to our spirits and our flesh.

As a weapon: Esphesians 6:17 says, “..and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” When we know the promises of God, we can stand firm against the enemy’s attacks. He is the Father of Lies, but with the word of the Lord in our arsenal, we have the power to speak life and completely shut him down.

Beloved, I encourage you to increase your bible reading for the rest of this year. Make a commitment, through the end of 2019, to read more. If you aren’t reading it at all, start by reading ten minutes per day. If you are already reading 30 minutes, increase to 45. If you are reading an hour, increase by 15 minutes. If we focus on the word, I believe we will see miraculous things happen in our lives. Our long-awaited prayers will be answered, we will see healing, and any mountains in our lives, will become mole hills.

I’m going to challenge myself as well. I have been falling behind lately. I have a reminder on my phone that says, “Read Your Bible” everyday at 9:00 pm. Usually, I snooze it because I am “busy” and promise to get to it later. Sometimes, later never comes. Then the next morning, I think, “Well, I just didn’t have enough time yesterday”. But then I remember the 45 minutes I spent on YouTube…..oops. The truth is that there is always time! We can wake up a little earlier, spend a little less time on social media, or go to bed just a little bit later. Spending extra time with the Lord in prayer or in His word, is never time wasted and something you will never regret. If you don’t have a bible, download a free app. If you don’t know where to start, pray for wisdom. If you can’t quite understand the language, switch to a more modern version. So, are you with me!? Let’s do this!

Beloved, I am always here to pray with you, for you, or even just to chat! Please feel free to reach out at any time. Remember, you are deeply loved, richly blessed, and highly favored.

Jesus Loves You,

Alexis

Be Conscious of How Much You’re Loved

“Can a woman forget her nursing child, or lack compassion for the son of her womb? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” (Isaiah 49:15)

Happy Saturday, Beloved! I hope you are having a blessed day! Last week was a very busy week (as most of them are) and I was feeling guilty because I didn’t read my bible enough, didn’t listen to many sermons, and didn’t spend enough time with the Lord in prayer. I kept saying, I will get to it, I will get to it, but then I didn’t get to it. I kept pushing Him to the back burner. Then, I was walking one morning and finally said, Lord, I am so sorry I’ve neglected you this week. You must be disappointed. I haven’t shown you much love.

But He said, I want to spend time with you, so that I can lavish my love on you. It’s all so you can be reminded of how much you mean to me, how special you are, and how much I care. I finally realized that the less time I spent with Him each day, the more stressed I became. All my tasks felt overwhelming and each day started and ended with difficulty.

Sometimes, we put spending time with Him on our calendar like it’s one more task that we must do, but it’s actually for our benefit. The more time we spend with Him, the more calm, collected, and at peace we feel. His word reminds us that he is always on our side and even as we go about our daily routines, He is there. Even when we neglect Him, He is there. He sees all of our efforts even when no one else does. He carries us through the valleys and sets us on the mountains. He will never forget us, leave us, or forsake us. It’s not about our love for Him, but about His love for us. Romans 8:37 says, “In all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Nothing, nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Beloved, the Lord wants you to always be conscious of His love. That is the most important thing you can do each day. Meditate on how much Jesus loves you. Talk to Him, let Him know about your day. If you are struggling, worried, frustrated, tell Him. He cares about it all. Psalm 55:22 says, “Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble.”

The Lord wants to be your strength and to carry all your burdens. That is how much He loves you. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28)

Beloved, if you have any prayer requests, please reach out! I would love to hear from you. Until next time, remember that you are greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved!

Jesus loves you,

Alexis

The Lord Wants You Healed!

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“Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” ( 3 John 1:2)

Beloved, I hope you are having a blessed day! In my last post, I shared with you that the Lord said, 2019 is the year of manifestation. This is the manifestation of things you have been praying for and that includes healing! There are some Christians that believe the Lord brings sickness and disease as a punishment for their sin. There are others that believe the Lord only heals a select few and allows others to continue suffering. Beloved, I am here to tell you that these are all lies and the work of the enemy. God will never, ever punish you with disease, sickness, accidents, or any other tragedy. He will never cause you to suffer physically or mentally. This is all the work of the devil. Jesus calls him a thief and John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” He steals away peace, health, wealth, and wholeness.

But there is good news for those that believe upon our Lord, Jesus! Because of his finished work on the cross, you can walk in health! He bore all of our illnesses and diseases at the cross. You are OWED health! It is your RIGHT to be perfectly whole! Jeremiah 30:17 says, “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD.” Psalm 107:19 says, “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destruction.” Jesus stripped the devil of his power on the cross. Though Satan may have once had a leg to stand on, it was cut out from under him at Calvary.

During Jesus’ lifetime, he loved to heal. The bible is full of his healing works. Matthew 8:16 says, “When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill.” He healed ALL who were ill and he is still healing ALL today! Beloved, the Lord is always on your side. He will never be against you. He will never leave you or forsake you. “What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:31) The Lord gave us his most prized possession and offered Him as a sacrifice, on our behalf. Surely then, he will give us all things! He wants us to reap the benefits of the cross!

You may be wondering, is there anything we have to do to on our end? All we have to do to is receive and believe. Our faith, brings the manifestation of healing. Without faith, it is impossible to please God and impossible to receive healing. Those who Jesus healed, all had one thing in common; they believed that the Lord could and would heal them.

“Suddenly a woman who had suffered from bleeding for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak. She said to herself, “If only I touch His cloak, I will be healed. Jesus turned and saw her. “Take courage, daughter,” He said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was cured from that very hour.” (Matthew 9:20) The woman believed that if she touched the hem of his garment, she would be healed. However, the healing power was not in his garment. It was in him, but the the Lord was pleased by her faith and even said, “your faith has healed you”. Because she believed she would be healed, it was so.

“When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.” Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.” (Matthew 8:5-10, 13) Again, the Lord is pleased by faith. Because the centurion believed that Jesus could just say the word and he would be healed, it was so.

Sadly, Jesus also encountered those that did not believe and he was unable to perform the healing he desired. In his hometown, people were offended by his claims and did not believe he was the Messiah. “And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “Only in his hometown and in his own household is a prophet without honor.” And He did not do many miracles there, because of their unbelief.” (Matthew 13:57)

Sometimes healing can take time. Keep declaring you are healed and thank God for your healing, even before it manifests. Even when you are feeling faithless, speak what you want to see. Call upon the Lord and ask for his faith to get you through.

Another way to declare your healing is by partaking of the Holy Communion. The Holy Communion is a declaration that you are healed by Jesus’ finished work. It’s a two-part process that declares health for your body and salvation for your soul. Pastor Joseph Prince has an explanation and prayer on his website. I encourage you to check it out. Here is the link: https://www.josephprince.org/blog/articles/the-power-of-the-holy-communion

Beloved, I want to close with a prayer. If you are believing for healing, will you please pray this with me? Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your precious son. I thank you that by his stripes, I am healed. Because of his finished work on the cross, I am the righteousness of God in Christ and deserve to walk free of sickness and disease. Lord, the bible says that as Jesus is, so are we in this world. This means that as Jesus is today in Heaven – completely healthy, young, strong, vibrant, and whole; this is how we are in this world. Thank you for the manifestation of your healing and perfect health forevermore. I believe it and receive it, today. In Jesus name, Amen!

Jesus loves you,

Alexis

Jesus’ Victory At Calvary

“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47)

Beloved, I hope you are having a blessed week and that you enjoyed your Resurrection Sunday. He is risen! Amen! In my last post, I wrote about how Jesus suffered on the cross and how we benefit from his sacrifice. This week, I want to share the significance of where he was crucified. Jesus was crucified outside of Jerusalem on a hill called Calvary (Latin) or Golgotha (Hebrew). In both languages, the name means, the place of the skull.

About 1,000 years earlier, a young boy named David, fought against an enemy of Israel. He was a Philistine named Goliath and he taunted the army of Israel for 40 days. The bible says he was over nine feet tall and a Philistine champion. Young David was not even a soldier. He was just bringing food to his brothers that were fighting in the battle. He was a shepherd and with the help of the Lord, used his slingshot to rescue his sheep from lions and bears. When he heard the shouts of Goliath asking for someone to come out and challenge him, he knew that just like he did with the lion and bear, the Lord would keep him safe in this battle. David said, “The LORD who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you” (1 Samuel 17:37).

David knew the Lord was with him, so he was confident and proclaimed his victory even before the battle. “This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel” (1 Samuel 17:46). Using his slingshot, David killed Goliath using only one stone. Once he was slain, David cut off his head and took it back to Jerusalem. During that time, victors would often decapitate their victims and display their heads on hills for other enemies to see. Goliath’s head was displayed and then buried on Calvary/Golgotha.

In this story, David represents Jesus and Goliath represents Satan. Using a stone, David crushed his enemies’ head, does that sound familiar? In one of my earlier posts I explained how God foreshadowed the virgin birth and the victory over Satan. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed: he shall crush your head, and you shall strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15). Jesus was crucified where the crushed head of Goliath was buried. On that mountain, the Lord’s prophesy came to pass. Satan did strike Jesus’ heel. He suffered and died. However, when Jesus rose from the dead, Satan’s head was forever crushed. Satan could no longer make us slaves to sin, he could no longer keep us away from God.

Beloved, Jesus has given you the victory. Sin has no control over you. Satan has no control over you. As David said, “the battle is the Lord’s” and it has already been won! We have the power to proclaim victory in our lives, over every circumstance! Believe, receive, and speak what you want to see. Thousands of years before Jesus’ birth, the Lord said he would crush Satan’s head. Before the battle even started, David said he would strike down Goliath. Are you fighting a battle in your life today? Are you bogged down by debt, dealing with an illness in your body, or struggling with an issue at work? Beloved, the battle is the Lord’s. All you need to do is proclaim your victory in the name of Jesus, then believe! You will see the manifestation. The Lord will deliver you!

Beloved, Jesus SO loves you and He wants you healthy and prosperous! If you have any prayer requests or questions, please feel free to reach out. I would love to hear from you!

Jesus loves you,

Alexis

Jesus’ Death Was Our Gain

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”  (1 Peter 2:24)

Beloved, I hope you are having a blessed day! I am so glad you’re here. In my last post, I discussed how Jesus’ death ended the separation between Man and God. We can now draw near to God with no fear. We aren’t judged based on our actions, but by the actions of our High Priest.

Jesus’ death also provided us with gifts for soul and body; eternal salvation and perfect health and wholeness. Jesus’ death used to be so hard for me to think about. It was heart-breaking. Every Easter, I was in tears because I had to remember all of the awful pain he endured. So, I tried to block it out. Not to think about it. Then from listening to sermons, including Pastor Joseph Prince, reading the bible, and diligently praying, I started to understand that Jesus’ death on the cross was exactly what he wanted. He knew what he was doing and he did it for me and you. Beloved, do you know that Jesus’ suffering before and at the cross gives you a path to Heaven, but also divine health? “By his stripes, we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

When Jesus went to the cross, he suffered immensely. Not only was it very physically brutal, but he also had to take our sin and the results of that sin upon himself, to be our sacrifice. Can you imagine? He who knew no sin. He knew that he was born to die, but became extremely distressed when his hour had come. In Matthew 26:38-40, it says, “Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” To say he wasn’t looking forward to what was ahead, is the understatement of the millennium. He asked the Father to give him a way out; to please provide another way. Nevertheless, he agreed to do the will of God and it was the only way. It was the only way to win back what was lost by Adam’s sin and Jesus was willing to pay the price because he SO loves you.

When the self-righteous Jewish Pharisees called for his crucifixion, the Roman Governor, Pontius Pilate asked the crowd, “What evil has he done?” (Matthew 27:23). He did no wrong, committed no crime, and yet agreed to die for us. Before Jesus went to the cross, he was beaten, humiliated, and scourged. Jesus was lashed 39 times with a whip called a cat o’ nine tails. This was a long, leather whip that had many sharp objects woven within. This would include broken pieces of glass and broken animal bones. It was exceptionally good at separating flesh from bone. Tendons, veins, and muscles were exposed. There was hardly a sliver of skin left on his back. This is why Jesus could not carry the cross all the way up to Calvary. “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

That was just the beginning. Death at the cross was a popular method of Roman execution at the time because it was painfully slow. The true cause of death during crucifixion is suffocation. The way the hands were nailed made it very difficult to breathe. Essentially, they were stuck in a way that only exhaling was possible. The legs were nailed in a way where the knees were slightly bent, so to inhale, the person would have to push themselves up and take a breath. Once the Romans became bored or had other business to attend to, they would use a club to break the knees of the person, so that they could no longer lift themselves up to inhale. This caused suffocation and death within half an hour. It was prophesied in the bible that no bones of Jesus would be broken and that came to pass. It was the day of the Passover and the executions had to come to a close, so the Romans got the club and approached Jesus and the two thieves. “But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear and immediately, blood and water flowed out” (John 19:33-34). Medical professionals have studied this verse and they say that the only way blood gets mixed with water is if the heart breaks/tears.

His heart had to break, so that ours can be made whole. Every punishment he endured was to give us something better. Just as he received our punishment, we are worthy to receive his reward. The wages of sin is death. Sin is also the cause of disease and suffering. Since Jesus had no sin in him, he deserved perfect health. However, he traded places with us in that divine exchange, so we are now owed perfect health. Once I realized this, I started to meditate on his suffering and saying, Lord, I accept this gift you have given me. I don’t honor you by refusing to acknowledge it. In fact, I dishonor you and I don’t want all your suffering to be in vain. If acknowledging and accepting your suffering and death provides me with health, then I will reflect on it. With every lash he was given, he saw a cure for cancer, for heart disease, for migraine headaches. Since he physically suffered, we no longer have to. We can remember his suffering and declare that by His stripes, we are healed! Amen. Beloved, if you are suffering some illness or disease in your body, remember Jesus’ sacrifice. Declare out loud that you are healed by his scourging and that you are the righteousness of God in Christ. Jesus has provided us with a righteous foundation to stand on.

Even if you have been believing for healing, don’t give up! Even if the condition seems worse, keep believing! Speak what you want to see, not what you see now. That is how God works. In Genesis 1:3, it says, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” He first spoke what he wanted to see and then it became reality. Right now, I am believing for healing of my hands. I have a severe case of eczema that goes from bad to worse, then back to bad, then to worse. It causes many cuts to form between my fingers and on top of my hands. When it’s really bad, washing my hands feels like I am squeezing lemon juice in the wounds. It also looks terrible! Everyone mentions it and I hide them a lot. It’s been very difficult for the last two years, but I am going to keep declaring that by His stripes I am healed. Beloved, I encourage you to do the same! If you have any prayer requests or questions, please feel free to reach out. I would love to hear from you!

Jesus loves you,

Alexis

You Are The Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:19-22).

Beloved, I hope you are having a blessed day! As I discussed in my last post, the purpose of Jesus going to the cross was to end the separation between Man and God. Sin separates us from God because of his righteousness and holiness. God cannot be in the presence of sin. It is physically impossible. Sin will be overcome by his holiness and die. The bible says, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). When sin occurs, blood must be shed as a payment. During Yom Kippur, the Jewish people would sacrifice unblemished animals and that blood would pay for their sins for one year. They always had a High Priest, who would perform the sacrifice and enter a sacred space in their temple, which was called the Holy of Holies. This is the place where God would physically dwell and only the High Priest was allowed to enter and only once per year.

This area was separated from the main part of the temple by an enormous veil. It was approximately 60 feet high, 20 feet wide, and four inches thick. The High Priest had to follow the sacrificial ritual exactly, in order to pay for the people’s sins and make it out alive. The High Priest’s clothing had bells that would jingle as he moved and the people on the outside would tie a rope around his waist to make sure they could pull him out, should he perish inside. Since they were sinners, they could not go in to get him. They would die in God’s presence. So, as long as the bells were ringing, they knew all was well. God would judge the High Priest based on the ritual he performed and if God accepted him, he also accepted everyone he represented. Everyone would rejoice once he emerged, as they knew they were accepted and forgiven by God for another year.

This was the process until our eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, sacrificed himself as a payment for sins, once and for all. God judged and accepted Jesus as our High Priest, so he also accepted everyone he represented. Beloved, that includes me and you! The best part is that the precious blood of Jesus covers our sin forevermore, not just for one year. The exact moment Jesus died on the cross, the veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom. “And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:50-51). God himself tore the veil and declared there is no more separation between Man and God! Sin cannot separate us because we are seen as righteous in the eyes of God.

Because of his son’s sacrifice, we are forgiven, we are worthy of all his blessings, and we are joint heirs with Jesus to the Kingdom of Heaven. Beloved, the Lord wants you to draw near to him. He will not judge you based on your actions, as he has already judged your High Priest. No matter what you’ve done, no matter what you will do in the future, you will never lose your righteous standing with God. His son’s sacrifice will always be bigger than your sin or mistakes. Jesus SO loves you and he wants you to take advantage of all the amazing blessings he paid for on the cross, in this life and the next. Beloved, I pray that as you read this blog, you will have a revelation of who Jesus truly is. Please feel free to reach out with prayer requests or questions. I would love to hear from you!

Jesus loves you,

Alexis