Bible Study, Uncategorized

5 Powerful Rewards for Seeking First the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness – Bible Study: The Shunammite Woman, 2 Kings

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” (Matthew 6:33).

We see the great favor of God upon this woman, so much so that He saw fit to reward her for all eternity my mentioning her wisdom and great faith in His Word. To use her as a beautiful example and instruction on the principles of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and ALL things will be added unto you.

I. ANSWERED PRAYERS, EVEN THE DESIRES OF YOUR HEART – 2 KINGS 4:8-17

Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. 9 And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.”

11 And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. 12 Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’ ”

She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”

14 So he said, “What then is to be done for her?”

And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.”

15 So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. 16 Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.”

And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!”

17 But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.

II. GREAT FAVOR WITH GOD AND MAN – 2 Kings 4:18-37

God will cause others to go way out of their way to help you and your children and abundantly bless you.

18 And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. 19 And he said to his father, “My head, my head!”

So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 21 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 22 Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.”

23 So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.”

And she said, “It is well.” 24 Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” 25 And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel.

So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman! 26 Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ ”

And she answered, “It is well.” 27 Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”

28 So she said, “Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?”

29 Then he said to Gehazi, “Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.”

30 And the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So he arose and followed her. 31 Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child has not awakened.”

32 When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. 33 He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. 35 He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. 36 And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” 37 So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out.

III. DIVINE PROTECTION – 2 Kings 8:1-2

God will speak to you and forewarn of coming trouble so you can avoid it.

8 Then Elisha spoke to the woman whose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the Lord has called for a famine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.” 2 So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years.

IV. RIGHT PLACE. RIGHT TIME. – 2 Kings 8:3-6

3 It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land. 4 Then the king talked with Gehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.” 5 Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had (E)restored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.” 6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him.

So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.”

V. GOD HIMSELF WILL HONOR YOU BEFORE OTHERS – Psalm 91:14-15

14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.

Recognition and honor by God Himself.  Faith pleases God, and it takes faith to look at the Word of God and walk in it. Imagine the Shunammite woman in heaven knowing God included her in His Holy Word to honor her story to instruct us on how applying His Word, truth, and principles to our lives and living by His Word brings great blessings and rewards.

God desires that all His children live by faith and walk in all His ways. The world and the ways of it are just not worth sacrificing our relationship with God and all the blessings that He wants us to have when we seek first the kingdom of God and its wellbeing, put Him and all His ways first. Then we never need to worry, God will just automatically take care of all things concerning us and ours.

That’s His Word. He says so, so we say can so right along with Him.

Heal the Sick in Jesus' Name, Healing, Uncategorized

Lay Hands on the Sick and They WILL Recover: The Migraine That Went and Came Back and FINALLY Went When the Holy Spirit Said This

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“And these signs will follow THOSE WHO BELIEVE: In My name (JESUS) they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they WILL recover,” (Mark 16:17-18).

Yesterday, my son had a stabbing migraine and asked me to lay hands on him and pray for it to go. In the past, he’d also asked me to pray for them to go, and they would go in Jesus’ name. Praise God they are infrequent now.

Maybe a year or two ago, the Holy Spirit directed me, “more for my son’s faith than mine,” He said, to pray prophetically this way:

That when I laid my hand on his head, I was to place my hand on the exact location(s) where the migraine pain was located.

On the location or locations, I prophetically used my hand, as if I was grabbing the migraine by its roots, and pulled away from his head, one by one, as if extracting the migraine pain.

As I prophetically “pulled out the pain,” I prayed, “In the name of Jesus, migraine, I curse you and command you to die, to bear fruit no more and ever again. I draw you out by all your wicked roots and destroy you by the name and blood of Jesus Christ.”

Then, the Holy Spirit often lead me to prophetically smash the migraine and all its roots in my hands and say, “You are destroyed by the blood of Jesus.” And many times, within a few minutes, migraine level headaches would go and not return.

Praise God, my son doesn’t get stabbing migraines as frequently as he used to. Now, they are only occasional.

Yesterday, one reared its ugly head and got its tentacles into my son. BUT no match for Jesus.

This time, I prayed as above. My son said it left 95% within minutes and was getting better and better until it was finally gone. But 30 minutes after it completely left, it came back full force.

I prayed again likewise. It left completely a few minutes later.

About 30 minutes later, it came back AGAIN full force. By then, I was super ticked at the enemy, and said, “Lord, what is going on?”

And said to my son – great Holy Spirit teaching moment – “Okay, see how healing can be a spiritual battle?” He nodded.

Right then in the kitchen, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “Walk a circle around him and declare a firewall of God’s protection around him. When the migraine goes, it will be TOTALLY destroyed when it hits My Fire, and another one won’t be able to come on him again because of the firewall. It too would burn up.”

I asked my son’s permission to walk around him and declare the words of the Lord, and he said “Okay.”

THE MOMENT, I took the first step to walk around him and opened my mouth to make my Spirit led declaration of the firewall, the glory, power, presence, and a heavy, beautiful warmth enveloped me

I said to my son, “Woooooo! Wooooaaah! I feel a powerful presence of God. You are healed, and the migraine will go, and it will not return this time.” Then finished circling him a couple times, obediently declaring the Holy Spirit breathed words of fire in the name of Jesus.

That’s exactly what happened. The stabbing, stubborn, migraine attack was uprooted and destroyed by the blood, fire, and name of Jesus and did not return! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!

Why not just pop a pill some may inquire?

Both my son and I have a real tendency to have serious, severe, and unusual side effects to most medications. This is why more genetic testing is coming out to find more compatible medicines for each wonderfully made by God, vastly unique person. No medicine is one size fits all. We should be wise and discerning and research every medicine prescribed, all its side effects, etc. Physicians sponsored by the drug industry and who profit from sickness aren’t going to do it for you or your children.

But having said that, I also take God for His Word in Mark 16:17-18

Signs will follow THOSE who believe.

I’m a believer, so that’s me.

If you’re a believer, that’s YOU TOO!

God says, “I WILL LAY HANDS on the sick, and THEY WILL RECOVER.”

Let God be true and every man a liar. Let His people take Him for His Word and not reject it for themselves through unbelief.

Since Mark 16:17-18 is His Word, it’s His will

If you pray for someone who is sick, and they don’t recover right away, DARE NOT call God a liar and say, “It must not be God’s will.” Pray again, ask Him how to pray for that particular person, be still, and listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit.

There are multiple reasons why sickness – both physical or spiritual – holds onto a person. But in almost every case of praying for healing and deliverance from sickness, a spiritual battle is involved. The devil won’t go easily. Our job as believers is to take God for His Word alone, believe and not doubt, to receive what Jesus ALREADY did 2000 years ago – “By His stripes WE, WERE healed,” (1 Peter 2:24), until sickness goes.

Has the Holy Spirit led you to pray for someone’s healing or about something in a prophetic way or given you exact words to pray for a situation and healing and miracles took place?

Let me know in the comments. Thanks for stopping by. God bless you and yours abundantly. May you continually walk in all His ways.

Artwork, Printable Wall Art

New Artwork: “Hinds’ Feet for High Places” – Habakkuk 3:19

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New Artwork: “Hinds’ Feet for High Places” – Habakkuk 3:19

You can find it HERE in my Etsy shop.

2Materials: digitally painted, digitally designed

DIMENSIONS

Height: 8 Inches; Width: 10 Inches

DESCRIPTION

Hinds’ Feet for High Places – Habakkuk 3:19 Bible Print with Watercolor Mountain

(no physical items will be sent)

BIBLE PRINT VERSE

The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like
hinds’ feet and makes me walk on my high places
Habakkuk 3:19

YOU WILL RECEIVE:

1 – 8×10 JPG files, 300dpi (artwork)
1 – Printing Guide and Terms and Conditions PDF

To maintain quality of print, best to not print artwork above 16×20.

This bible print featuring a watercolor mountain is perfect for your living room, dining room or any place your creativity inspires you to place them as a complement to your beautiful home.

THE STORY

In Christ, God strengthens us and makes us overcomers. Beautifully and incredibly, a hind is a female deer that can place her back feet EXACTLY where her front feet stepped. Exactly! How we marvel at Your creation and its perfection, Lord. Thus, she is able to run freely and with abandonment. When in danger, she runs surefooted, secure, and with power, able to escape her enemies.

The hind is also able to navigate extremely difficult terrain, like that of high and rocky mountains.

TERMS OF USE

Personal use.

Artwork, Digital Art by me

New artwork: “For we walk by faith, not by sight – 2 Corinthians 5:7,” and “The just shall live by faith – Romans 1:17”

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Available HERE in my Etsy shop.

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3digitally painted, digitally designed

Description:

Faith Set – 2 Corinthians 5-7 and Romans 1-17 Peach Rose Bible Prints – Instant Download – Printable Christian Art (no physical items will be sent)

Bible prints verses:

– For we walk by faith, not by sight 2 Corinthians 5:7

– The just shall live by faith Romans 1:17

This bible print set with peach rose watercolor backgrounds are perfect for your living room, dining room or any place your creativity inspires you to place them as a complement to your beautiful home.

The kingdom of God runs by faith. These wonderful reminders in the form of art will bless your faith, heart, and beautiful home.

YOU WILL RECEIVE:

2 – 8×10 JPG files, 300dpi (artwork)
1 – Printing Guide and Terms and Conditions PDF

Uncategorized, Widows and Single Moms with Fatherless Children

I just lost my job because of autism. Doing this BY FAITH for widows and single moms with fatherless children

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I just lost my job because of autism. Doing this BY FAITH for widows and single moms with fatherless children

If you’ve read some of my other writings, you know that I do not equate a child or person with any disorders. A person is not a disorder which is why I wrote,” I just lost my job because of autism.” I missed so much work lately to care for my son afflicted with the horrible disorder autism that I lost my job. Not my son’s fault. But autism’s. And with that I can say, the enemy’s fault as well because the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy.

As a single mom with a fatherless child, I am keeping my eyes on God.

Truly, healing can be a spiritual battle. I recently fasted and prayed for my son’s healing once again, and things got worse than in a very long time. BUT, just as Abraham was not phased by his very old age nor the longtime barrenness of his wife, Sarah, and continued to believe God’s promise to him that he would be the father of many nations, I too am not phased and STILL know and believe, “By Jesus’ stripes my child WAS healed from autism,” 1 Peter 2:24.

He was doing better and better and then a sudden regression again in some areas, but Lord Jesus, Your Word says if we are ashamed of You, You will be ashamed of us before the Father, so UNASHAMED, I declare that I only see You and Your Word and everything it says about Your will regarding healing. I don’t deny the current reality but know that the greater reality and truth is what Your Word says and that I am to merely stay in faith, taking You for Your Word UNTIL it comes to pass just as every faith warrior in the Word did when You made them a promise.

ALL His promises are YES and AMEN. My only part is to take Him for His Word no matter what it looks like and despite length of time. His Word is His will and His will is YES and AMEN.

It is NOT, His Word is – meh? – maybe yes, maybe no.

God cannot lie and His yeses are YES AND AMEN (established as fact). If Abraham behaved like most believers today, he would have given up because it took MANY years from the time God showed him His will and promise until the promise manifested in the natural / physical realm.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we must make a doctrine on time and lengthy answers to prayers based on His promises. Miracles can happen with a single prayer but that we must NEVER negate His promises based on time.

So, I am doing THIS by Faith…

If you are:

  • a widow with fatherless children or
  • a single mom with fatherless children whose children’s father has “made himself dead” to you and your children by abandoning them and ceasing to co-parent and provide for them financially, then if this is a book that applies to you…

…I will bless you with a FREE eBook copy of this book from Amazon if you are based in the United States (using a small set monthly budget).

I hope to be able to expand my giving further in the near future as the Lord increases me.

HOW:

Widows and those like widows, single moms with fatherless children, if this book applies to you and you are U.S. based, please use my Contact page to contact me. Use “JAMES 1:27” as the subject to request your free eBook. 

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Please pray for work for me that I can do on a totally flexible schedule so I can care for my son at the same time (without having to have a set schedule meaning), for God to abundantly bless the work of my hands of things I have already created – see this page for links – for all my family’s needs to be met and like the Word says that He Himself goes before us and makes the crooked places smooth, filling every valley and lowering every hill and mountain before us in the name of Jesus.

If the Holy Spirit leads, please prayerfully consider visiting my GIVE page.

Thank you for stopping by.

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,” Romans 4:16-20.