Gregory Dickow - Our God Heals - Part 2
Hi, I'm Gregory Dickow and welcome to the Power to Change today. And listen, I know something good is going to happen in your life today. Recently, I heard the Lord speak to me and say, talk to my people about pain and show them how to stop hurting and how to really start living, because I hear them and I heal them. Did you hear that? God hears you and heals you. We live in a world full of pain and suffering, caused by broken relationships, broken promises, disappointments, sickness, disease, financial loss and so much more. But we have a high priest that understands our weaknesses. Jesus understands because he felt the anguish and the pain of betrayal, the pain of abuse, rejection, every form of pain you can imagine. Jesus experienced it so God knows what you're going through.
And his will, without question, is to heal you. Jesus took all of our pain and suffering on the cross so we don't have to live with it anymore. God's will for our lives is that we would be healed from pain. That's why God put this message on my heart. This teaching is going to change your life forever. You're going to stop hurting and you're going to start living to the full the way God intended you. I believe God is going to use today's program to bring healing in your life, no matter what pain or hurt you're going through. None of it is too great for God's healing touch. I pray you'll open up your heart. Watch this entire program, let God minister to you through it and get ready to be changed forever and get ready to be healed. I'll be I'll be back at the end of the show to pray for you. Pray for your feeling in every way. In Jesus name. Watch it.
Today, I'm going to talk about healing the soul. Everybody say healing the soul and one of the ways that God heals our soul. We talk about several things that he does to heal our soul. But the reason why this is so important to me is because I look at the world today and I see a sick world. I see the crime. I see the violence. I see the hate. I see all of the family problems. I see problems with teenagers. And I see all of the the suicide rate that's going up in this world. The drug use is going up in the world. And I've asked the Lord, Lord, what is what is the solution? What is the answer? And he said, Son, it's the same answer I've been given for thousands of years. The Lord restores the soul. That's when we start walking in the right path.
Remember, Psalm twenty three says he restores our soul and then we walk in the path of righteousness. In other words, we can only walk in the right path as our soul is healed or our soul is restored. Now remember what your soul is. Your soul is your mind to think, your heart to feel, and your will to choose. That's what your soul consists of. You're the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the will to choose. This is what the soul consists of. And so God wants us whole or complete spirit, soul and body. But He gives us an amazing head start by giving us a brand new spirit. So our spirit is whole. Our spirit is brand new. Our spirit is born again, but our soul is damaged from how we grew up and our soul is damaged from the DNA of Adam and Eve in our soul is damaged from heretical. Or maybe that's how we forget how the word is heretical.
Sounds like heresy, but the fact that we we have something that we inherited from our from our relatives, a disease or a condition or a propensity towards an addiction, these are things that we that we inherited and God wants to heal us from. God wants to heal us from our pain. He wants to heal from our addictions. He wants to heal us from our tendency to go in a direction contrary to God's word. So my objective is not to it's not to fix your behavior because that's behavioral modification. That's what man tries to do. But my goal is to help you renew your mind so that you have right thinking and right believing and that you're in your right mind, because then a right thinking person will be a right living person. All right. Believing person will be a right living person.
So my goal is not to try to tell you all the right things to do in your life, but to teach you the word of God concerning how to think and how to believe. And that will produce victorious, enjoyable, powerful living. And that's what God's will is for each and every one of us here on this earth while we're here before we go to heaven. And that's why the Bible says in second Timothy, chapter one, verse seven, God said, I have not given you a spirit of fear, but what power, what I love and what a sound mind. I want to talk about a sound mind. And that means a healed mind which healed, which means healed emotions. It means you think, right? It means you think healthy. It means you feel healthy and it means you live healthy or you choose healthy things.
So open your Bible with me to Luke, chapter eight, verse twenty seven. And let's talk about Healing the Soul. Luke Chapter eight verse. We're going to begin in verse twenty seven and it says, When Jesus had stepped out into the land. Luke Chapter eight, verse twenty seven when Jesus stepped out onto the land there met him, a man from the city who had demons for a long time. So he was in this condition for a long time. And the devil loves to keep people in bondage for a long time and God loves to set people free. And it says and he wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house, but he lived in the tombs. And and I really want to get a hold of this, because this miracle is going to show us something. This miracle that that is about to happen demonstrates Jesus dominion over the devil and Jesus has dominion over the devil.
And if Jesus has dominion over the devil, so do you. Because Jesus said in Luke, chapter ten, verse nineteen. Behold, I give you authority and I give you power to trample upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy. And nothing shall by any means injure you, hurt you or harm you. We've been pushed around by the devil too far too long. We don't need to be pushed around by the devil. We've been given more authority than he has. But what he has done is he's deceived people into thinking that he has more authority than we have. But God wants us to know that we have more authority than the devil has. Jesus said, I give you authority, say God gave me authority to trample on serpents and scorpions. And overall, the power of the enemy, how much of the power of the enemy, how much does that leave for the enemy, how much does that give to you?
All right. You ought to rejoice, man. And nothing. And nothing. And nothing. And nothing. And nothing. And nothing. And nothing. These are Jesus words, not mine. And nothing short by any means hurt you. So we got to learn how to walk in this authority so that nothing shall by any means hurt us if we don't learn how to walk in this authority. God has given us authority through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. We reign in life. So if we're not reigning in life, it's because we don't understand the abundance of grace and we don't understand the gift of righteousness. And that's what what happens when you don't understand God's God's grace. Why? Why is it so important that we are a church of grace? Why is it so important that we are a church that believes in the righteousness of God? Why is this? Why is it so important? Because only through the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness can we reign in life.
So where there is an absence of grace and an absence of understanding of the gift of righteousness, there will be an absence of victory. But where there is an abundance of grace and where there is an understanding of the gift of righteousness, there will be an abundance of victory. Can anybody say amen? I don't know why a Christian would want to go to a church that tells them that they'll be defeated and they should expect defeat and they should expect to the devil to watch out because the devil has been sent by God to teach you a lesson. The devil has not been sent by God to teach us anything. God has taught us through the Apostles. God, the word of God has been sent to us to teach us. We have authority over the devil. The word of God has been sent. The Holy Spirit has been sent to us. The Word of God has been sent to you and the pastor has been sent to you.
God gives us pastors that teach us and equip us to fulfill the purpose in calling in destiny that God has on our lives. The Devil has not been sent to teach you the Bible. Teachers and the pastors have been sent to teach you. The problem is we got bad teachers in the body of Christ that just confuse the word of God and confuse Christians because they just can't grasp grapple. They can't grasp the reality that, hey, we live in a fallen world and sometimes tragedy happens and bad things happen. But that doesn't mean that we should lower our guard and simply expect those things to happen in the name of trusting God. We should trust God, but we have the power to hold up the shield of faith to to to thrust forth the sword of the spirit, to wear the breast of righteousness so that no weapon formed against us can prosper.
Now you want to live that way. You came to the right church. You want to go be a miserable, mealy mouthed banana back, flimsy, flimsy Manzie pansy Christian. You have found the wrong church for that. I'm just telling you what the Bible says. You know, you look at the Bible, if you look in Matthew, chapter eight, verse 16, I'll put some of these scriptures up here, Matthew, chapter eight, verse 16, the miracle of what Jesus is about to do when he casts this, this this legion of demons out of this man. And Luke will come back to you in a moment. But this miracle demonstrates his dominion over the devil and your dominion over the devil.
And it says in Matthew, chapter eight, verse 16, it says, When evening had come, they brought to him many who were demon possessed. And what did he do? He cast out the spirits with a word and he healed all who were sick. He cast out the demons with what? He didn't need some chant. He didn't need some oil. He didn't need some magic. He had a word. And you know what? The devil listens to your words. And that's why death and life are in the power of the tongue. And that's why when you speak words of death, you give access for death into your life. When you speak words of life, you have access for life into your life. That's why our words are so powerful and so important. And this is what Satan wants to Satan wants to make us all deaf, dumb and and mute. He wants us to not be able to hear what God has to say. He wants us to not be able to see what God is doing. And He wants us to not be able to speak what God's word says. But guess what? God is giving you mouth to speak, ears to hear, eyes to see. And we need to use this authority that God has given us.
I love what he says in the living translation. The new living translation of this verse says that that evening, many demon possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command, and he healed all the sick. He didn't say, Oh, you know what? I can't do that. One can't. You know what? I can't handle it. Oh, you know what? You're mentally ill. Sorry, I'm not equipped for that one. You know, maybe the father has some other children he can send one day. I know when he sent Jesus. He sent all that we would ever need a man, he sent all we would ever need, and you say, well, that was then he healed all the sick. That was then.
Well, Hebrews 13, verse eight, says Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. Don't you love that verse? Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. So if he healed all the sick, then he heals all the sick today. Now, I know there are preachers out there that say, well, sometimes God heals and sometimes God doesn't. Well, that's why. That's why they're not your pastor. You're smarter than that. You're smart enough to believe the Bible more than a preacher. Amen. The only reason why you come here is because I'm saying what the Bible says. I'm not trying to make up something that sounds better to try to explain everything that's happening in people's lives. Look, the word of God explains itself. There's a real demon. We live in a fallen world where there are real demons. There's a real devil. We live in a fallen world. People make bad decisions. We risk our lives. We grow up being abused. We grow up with bad parenting.
Sometimes we grow up bad making bad choices. We grow up and something is done to us that hurts us and harms us. We, every one of us grow up with a DNA of some sort of sin. The DNA, the propensity, the tendency to air in one way or another. Some people grow up in their tendency is they really hope they're really susceptible to alcohol addiction. Other people are really susceptible to pornography and other people are really susceptible to some opioid or some drug. Other people are really susceptible to craving everybody's attention and craving everybody's affection. Everybody grows up with some craving of some kind, you know, and some of us just ended up having some of us just ended up with growing up with all of those things, you know, all in one, you know, that's why, you know, when God saved me, he saved the worst.
First he said, let me get this guy, because if I can get this guy, people like me, let me get these kinds of people. Because if I get these crazy ones, if I can get these these out of their mind ones, if I can get these out of control, if I can get these true sons of Adam, you know, these truly these sons of Adam that have most of Adam sitting all lodged up in them, if I can get them safe and get them delivered and get them healed, then they will be a picture of what God can do in anybody's life. Amen. All right.
The English standard version of this verse says in back in Matthew eight 16 that evening, they brought to many who were oppressed by demons and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. Well, this this scripture shows Jesus compassion for oppressed people, his commitment to see his finished working you and his fearlessness of Satan and anything Satan can do. When we look at this man back in Luke eight twenty seven, you're going to see Jesus compassion for an oppressed person. You're going to see his commitment to see his finished working you because he never leaves unfinished business in your life. And you're going to see his fearlessness of Satan. I love how nothing is too much for Jesus, because when he steps out, he sees this guy had been demon possessed for a long time. He wore no clothes. Look at what it says. He wore no clothes, nor did he live in a house, but he lived in the tombs.
Now, notice the work of the devil in verse twenty seven, he was controlled by the evil one, this man was controlled by demons. Now you may not be controlled by demons, but many people are controlled by demonic thinking, even if the devil doesn't live inside you, because when you're born again, the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. But the Holy Spirit doesn't live in your brain. The Holy Spirit doesn't live in your thinking. You have to you have control over your thinking. And so Satan has has possessed occupancy in your mentalities. Your mind sets in the way that you think. And you have to dispossess him by feeling your life with God's way of thinking. And as you do that, it leaves no room for the devil. Notice it says that he was he wore no clothes. He was naked. He had no clothes.
Let me tell you something. Being naked anywhere. Outside of the privacy of your bed or your bath is never a good idea. The only place to be naked is. Your bed, your bath, but not Beyond. OK. That's one of my favorite scriptures. Look at verse twenty nine of this of this passage where we're supposed to go to twenty eight, you know, let's just read it all. When he saw Jesus, he cried out. He fell down before him, said with a loud voice, Why do I have to do with you, son of the most high God? I beg you, do not torment me. He was ah. This man was already tormented by the devil. He didn't want God to torment him too. And this is the problem with religious thinking people. They think God's tormenting them. But it's really the devil.
What do I have to do with you, son of God? One of the most high, I beg you, do not torment me. Why would Jesus torment him? The only reason the only reason for him to think Jesus could torment him is because he had a he had heard some wrong stuff about Jesus. Because when you meet the real Jesus. The thought that he could torment you will never cross your mind. The thought that he would put sickness or disease or trouble in your life is the thought will never cross your mind when you meet the real Jesus. Everywhere he went, he lifted burdens. Everywhere he went, he cast out demons. Everywhere he went, he fed the hungry everywhere he went. He had mercy on the on the hurting and compassion on the suffering. Everywhere he went, he healed the sick. He raised the dead. He cleansed the lepers. He cast out demons.
The only people he tormented were the religious people that thought they could be right with God through their own action and through their own self-righteousness. He tormented their religion because their religion was man made, not God made verse twenty nine. Let's keep going. Verse twenty nine. For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man before it had been. It would often sees him and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles, and he broke the bonds and was driven by the demon into the wilderness. So notice the condition of this man and what the devil has done. This devil has given this guy supernatural strength that he would actually break chains and shackles and he was driven by the demon into the wilderness.
Now, I need to read this. This last part of the verse says he was driven by the demon into a into solitary places. He was driven by the demon into solitary places. Now, this will be very relevant to us today because I want you to see how Satan operates in people's lives and where violent people are born. I want you to see where terrorists are born. I want you to see where terrorism originates from and where where violent crimes originate from. Where they originate from is where the when the demon when the devil drives you into a solitary place, a place of isolation, a solitary place represents a place where you're isolated from being teachable. You're isolated from a church, you're isolated from family. You're isolated from people that love you and care about you and will speak the truth to you in love.
When we isolate ourselves, this is when this is when we become fertile soil for the seeds of violence, fertile soil for the seeds of hatred, fertile soil for the seeds. When we isolate ourselves from God, when we isolate ourselves from Jesus, when we isolate ourselves from the church, we isolate ourselves from the world and we isolate ourselves from that, from the truth. See, this is what happens in solitary places. That's where the devil is driving people. Satan is trying to drive people to solitary places because that's where they are. That's where they remain abuse. That's where they remain bruised from how they grew up. That's where they remain lonely. That's where they become loners.
That's where they become people that have no other voices to challenge the voices in their head, that are telling them to kill themselves or develop a scheme to kill other people. It's solitary places that Satan is trying to drive people to. That's why God puts people in families. That's why God puts people in churches. That's why God puts people in relationships. That's why God puts people in community. And we need community and we need church. And we need the family of God because Satan is trying to drive us into solitary places.