Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. Well, I was hoping to give you a “good” report from my doctor’s visit on Friday at the ALS clinic. But……instead I have to give you a “GREAT REPORT!” Praise the Lord! The pulmonary doctor said my breathing scores were GREAT and MIGHTY FINE. The neurologist, who is not the one I normally see, said, “What are you doing that has kept the ALS from progressing the way it typically does?” I replied, “PRAYER!” She responded, “Well, keep doing it because it’s working!” Several people, whose spouses were at the clinic (due to ALS), asked Margie why the progression seems to be so slow in me. She responded like I did, “PRAYER.” Folks, prayer works. That’s all there is to it. I cannot take the credit because it is GOD who gets ALL the glory. God is no “respecter of persons” and what He is doing for me, He will do for others. I am asking you to agree with me in prayer for all the other 25-35 people at that ALS clinic on Friday. Agree that “NOTHING is impossible with God” (Luke 1:37) and that “by the stripes that Jesus bore on the cross at Calvary these people are healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) Thanks for agreeing with us for total health for these precious and awesome people!
Many of you may need healing or some other miracle in your life as well. Maybe you feel as though you are fighting a losing battle. Here are a few things I have learned in my times of need.
1. FAITH PLUS ACTION. Hebrews 2:17 (GNB) says, “So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.” We need to BELIEVE God. Along with that believing, with that faith, we need to have the “actions” that SHOW that faith. Here is an example. By all visible signs in my body I really had no business going to Seattle to preach 7 services in 3 days a few weeks ago. But, I “believe” I am healed so I “acted” as though I am. God showed up, people’s lives were changed, and I lived through it. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY! Mark 5:36 says, ONLY BELIEVE; but we must realize the true meaning of believing, or having faith, is following it up with action.
2. NEVER SURRENDER TO THE ENEMY. This is a term used by the U.S. Military in their Code of Conduct. Specifically, this is what it says…United States Military Code of Conduct; Article II –
I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist. Explanation: Members of the Armed Forces may never surrender voluntarily. Even when isolated and no longer able to inflict casualties on the enemy or otherwise defend themselves, it is their duty to evade capture and rejoin the nearest friendly force.
Surrender is the willful act of members of the Armed Forces turning themselves over to enemy forces when not required by utmost necessity or extremity. Surrender is always dishonorable and never allowed……..The responsibility and authority of a commander never extends to the surrender of command, even if isolated, cut off, or surrounded, while the unit has a reasonable power to resist, break out, or evade to rejoin friendly forces.
Obviously, that is not the entire document, but I think you get my point. Notice I underlined the part that says if we are in command, we should never surrender ourselves or even those around us while they still have the means to resist. LISTEN UP…when Jesus left the earth, He put us in command. (Matt. 28:18-20, Luke 10:19) He also gave us the “means to resist.” He did that when He gave us His Word and when He gave us His Name. (James 4:7, Phil. 2:10) It’s up to you and me to use the tools that He gave us. (Eph. 6:10-18)
I know some of you may feel like you are cut off, surrounded, isolated and no longer able to inflict casualties on the enemy or otherwise defend yourself, but RESIST THE THOUGHT OF SURRENDERING TO THE ENEMY! Use the Word and the Name of Jesus and take your position over the enemy. John 10:10 defines our enemy as the “thief” who is out to steal, kill, and destroy. We know that thief as the devil. We have power over all of his “so called power” as we speak God’s Word and command the enemy to flee in Jesus’ Name.
I pray this helps you. Press in, so you can press on, so you can press through…in to Jesus, on to victory, and through anything that attempts to stop you!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
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