It has been a constant source of amazement to me that Jesus has always been painted as poor and indigent -- never mind what the Word clearly states. Ever since the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD,error after error after error has crept into the body of Christ, and promulgated with traditions that have no validity in the Word. The compromises that Constantine made with church leaders in order to bring the Roman Army into the church and declare them to be "Christian" have contaminated the truth ever since.
This whole topic of death cancellation is one that is hard for many Christians to swallow. Even though it is so clear throughout the Word, the death culture is deeply embedded in our culture and our mindsets. It takes a real leap of faith for us to accept this, and having done so, it next becomes the transforming and renewing of our minds in order for it to become life to us. Here’s what Paul writes to the Philippians.
I sort of got off on a political tangent at the end of last week’s Coffee Break in talking about the focus in our society on death or the threat of it. Think about the two weeks or so just preceding the election on November 3rd. The media was using the threat of the virus to shape the thinking of people in the outcome of the election. Because the Biden campaign was focusing on the virus as the fault of the Trump administration it became an easy way to associate people’s think with the threat of death as it related to Trump. Fortunately, the Lord had another plan in mind, and it didn’t work.
We’ve been talking about the significance of the laying on of hands and the impartation that comes with it. Generally we think of the laying on of hands in relationship to healing or ministry for some particular issue – not as a prophetic impartation. The Lord directed me many years ago to lay hands on certain individuals as He directs and prophesy over them. The laying on of hands generally comes with the impartation of certain prophetic gifts.