Let’s start right off with the Word of God today, in Proverbs 30:5-6, it is written,
5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Let’s face it, the Word of God as it is written is by and large not preached in most churches today. Either it is being “interpreted” to say what it doesn’t say, or else much that it DOES say is being skipped over and ignored. Whichever the scenario is, the hearers lose out.

Now I don’t claim to be able to preach the whole Word of God in a few minutes, or in a few paragraphs of text, but over time, if you stay with it, you’ll learn a lot if you don’t quit. If you study “Christian religion”, you’ll find it seems to morph through different stages, such as the Holiness movement, Prosperity, Word of Faith, Healing, Revival, and probably many more, where the focus is largely on one particular part of the Word of God. Well, it says in Proverbs that EVERY Word of God is pure. Not just the part you want to focus on.

He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Let’s not add or take away from that. It isn’t, He WAS as shield, but that part went out with the Old Covenant. Nor does it say that someday, in the sweet by and by He MAY be a shield to them that put their trust in Him. No, it says He IS, and that is always present tense, whether it is 5,000 years ago or 5,000 years in the future. Verse 6 says to not add unto His Words. Why? Because His Word is already PERFECT, and we can’t add anything to make it “perfecter”, pardon my grammar.

If preachers would just preach His Word and let God manifest what He wants to manifest through it, we would do very well indeed. There’s nothing wrong with the Holiness movement. God said in 1 Peter 1:16, Be ye holy, for I AM holy. However, there’s more to God than Holiness, much more! That’s only one tiny part of Him. Now, if we claim to be children of God, it goes without saying that we should be displaying the characteristics of our heavenly Father in everything we do. Sadly, I seem to fall short, and perhaps others do too, but keep in mind that if His seed is in us, somewhere down inside, there is Holiness in us, whether we exhibit much of it or not. Nevertheless, God commands us, His children, to be Holy. As far as I can see, when God says something, it IS AS HE SAID. Even as in Genesis 1:1-3, it is written,

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Now consider this: it WAS dark out there, and God could have said, Boy, it’s dark out there, I can’t see a thing! But He didn’t. He commanded light, and there was light. Up to the point where God said, Let there be light, there was none, it was dark. Now it is written, Every Word of God is pure. It accomplishes exactly what He sends it to do, and never falls short in any way. You know where I’m going with this, don’t you? God commanded, BE YE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY. Therefore, if you are a “ye”, whether you think so or not, you are a Holy child of God. Now I’m not “adding” to the Word of God there, I’m merely confirming His Word unto us. If darkness could not overcome the Word of God in Genesis, neither can the darkness overcome any OTHER part of the Word of God.

Lots of people have condemned any man or woman of God who is prosperous. An entire movement called the Prosperity Movement is built around prosperity, sadly leaving out lots of things that may lead up to that prosperity, such as what is written in Isaiah 1:18-20,
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:
20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Most everyone I know, but not all, are willing to be prosperous. Yes, there are some who are dead set against prosperity, thinking all of God’s people need to be po. I grew up po, we were so po, we couldn’t even afford the “or” so we could be “poor”. Anyone who is poor will tell you that it is NOT considered a blessing of God. But being willing to be prosperous is not enough in itself. The Bible says we must be “willing AND obedient”. Not a lot of preachers want to touch on the “obedience” part, for fear of running their people off. You may even be one of those people who love to hear about “grace”, but not about “obedience”. There are many sides of God, and “obedience” seems to be something God likes from His children.

Does God have a problem with you being prosperous? Did God seem to have any problem with Abraham and Job and Saul and David and Solomon and Joseph being prosperous? Not that I can see, because they were obedient. But we see when Saul became disobedient, God took the kingdom from him and gave it to David. And David’s son Solomon, though the wisest and richest among all the kings, later in life became disobedient by building altars unto other gods to please his many wives, and God rent the kingdom from him as well. There are consequences for being obedient to God, namely being blessed, and there are consequences for being disobedient as well. Many look at “prosperity” as a blessing, thinking Oh, Boy, GOD’S GONNA MAKE ME RICH! But the Bible points to “willing and obedient”.

Of course, most of us have heard of the Word of Faith movement, and due to adding to God’s Words, some of those preachers have veered off course, but not all. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 10:8-10,
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

According to that passage the Word of Faith is absolutely necessary to preach if people are to be saved. And Paul said the Word of Faith is what he preached, and people being saved was the result. However, many have added to the Word of Faith beyond what its purpose is, and the results have not been so good. But like I said, not ALL have gone astray with it, but some have. Mostly those who are carnal have taken the word of faith and tried to use it as a magic wand. Some call it “name it and claim it”, or “blab it and grab it”. But if God says we can have it, then I’m not going to argue with Him about it.

Healing is one of those things that has been a matter of much contention in the Body of Christ. Some think God wants everyone healed, some think He doesn’t. Some think God uses sickness to “teach us a lesson”, What does the Word of God say? That’s all I care about, what does GOD say about it? My studies show that God is a God of mercy, and that Healing is His idea in the first place. All through the Bible I see examples of God healing people for no other reason than they prayed to be healed. And God healed them.

We can look at all the people Jesus healed, and know beyond any shadow of a doubt that it is the LORD’s will to free us from the oppression of the devil. It is written that Jesus healed EVERYONE that came to Him to be healed. He never refused anyone for any reason! He never said, “Well, you’ve sinned too much, I can’t heal you.” He never even asked ANYONE if they had paid their tithe, or if they had repented of their sins, or if they had forgiven all those who had sinned against them. What did He do? HE HEALED THEM!

It is written, and oh,my, how I love these verses from Psalm 103:2-5 that healed ME when I had cancer,
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.

One thing I notice here, is that God tells us not to forget all His BENEFITS. Is healing a benefit? Well, considering all the billions of dollars being spent over all the world by people trying to get well from sickness, then I’d say healing is a benefit. Is God the author of sickness? If He were, then He would be working against Himself by healing people, and the Bible says a house divided against itself cannot stand. Remember that the next time you think God is making you sick to teach you a lesson. If that’s so, why don’t you just stay sick and learn whatever it is you think God is trying to teach you, instead of being “disobedient” and trying to get well.

No, the devil is the author of sickness, and part of “obedience” is taking God at His word and believing God is your Healer.
Forgiving your sins is God’s idea, not the devil’s. The devil wants to KEEP you living in sin so you will never turn to God and be saved. He will even convince you that you’re having so much fun living in sin that you don’t want to quit. The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23,
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

So sin pays wages, and wages are what you EARN by WORKING FOR THEM. You don’t get wages for not showing up at work. Wages require labor. Imagine working all your life at hard labor only to be told at the end of your life that your wages are not what you thought they would be, but would result in everlasting punishment! But you don’t have to WORK for a gift, do you? No. And it says the Gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our LORD. Let’s don’t add to God’s Word here either. The gift of God is GOOD, and you’re going to love it!

And finally, some pray for REVIVAL! How can you “revive” something that has never been alive in the first place? You can’t! Some churches have been dead from the get-go, and have never been “alive” with the Holy Spirit. I pray for God to breathe His Holy Spirit into them and bring life to them! And for those who were once alive and have lost their first love, and have waxed cold, I pray God REVIVE them, and forgive their sins and remember, “once a son, always a son”.

You know, “It is impossible to leave being a son, and come back a servant.” There is a story in Luke chapter 15 about the Prodigal son, let’s have a look at it:
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:
30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.
32 It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

Now that’s what we call “REVIVAL”. That son, being a SON, strayed away from his father for a while, but even as he strayed, he was still a SON. He just didn’t realize it for a while. We ALL seem to let the devil take our minds off the fact that we are a son, every now and then, don’t we? And we forget the fact that we ARE a son or a daughter ALREADY! We don’t have to BECOME one, we ARE one!

Is anything you’ve ever done ever changed your status as a son or daughter to your parents? Now they may have wanted to disown you, for one reason or another, but you cannot remove that DNA from yourself that makes you their own. He got down so far that he was willing to give up his rights as a son to be a servant, but when he came to himself, as it is written, he returned to his father. His father was still his father, regardless of what the son did. He bawled and squalled that he was no longer worthy to be his father’s son, but his father wasn’t having it, was he? Nope, and no matter what you’ve done since becoming a son, if you will come back to your Father, he will straighten out your thinking. Amen? For He is merciful and full of grace!