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Way-Points Genesis 35:3

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

The Way (DEREK in Hebrew) is the journey with Elohiym

…then let us arise and go up to Bethel, that I may make there an altar to the God who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” Genesis 35:3 RSV

Tragedy! Dinah was raped. When Ya’cob (Jacob) did not seem willing to do anything but give her in marriage to the man who defiled his daughter, her brothers Simon and Levi, took matters into their own hands. They massacred the men of the town of Shechem and brought their sister home. Once again, Ya’cob is in fear for his life. The men of Shechem have kin-folk who will want revenge.

This is when the Almighty tells Ya’cob to come back to Beth-El, the house of God, where he met the Elohiym of his father and grandfather just after receiving the heritage of seed-bearer after deceiving his dad and thinking he was cheating his brother out of it. It was always his birth-right, but no one did anything to let him know that. He was in fear for his life then too.

Perhaps, when it comes to the idols of his beloved wives, Ya’cob had been looking the “other way” for too long. His wives and the people traveling with him had a collection of idols; stolen in the same manner that he thought he stole his heritage, by deception right to their father’s face. Ya’cob is the first person in Scripture to use the word TAHAR- purify yourselves. The Almighty is not to be added to your collection of traditions. When you come to God, you release your baggage and the items that have a place in your heart. You “come clean” when you serve the Almighty. He will purify you, but your job is to rid yourself of what you know is wrong. That is the difference between religion and relationship.

Is this the first time that Ya’cob introduces his family to the God of his Fathers? Maybe it is the first time he has taken a stand for YHVH (the LORD) because the family is no longer living under another man’s authority. Perhaps he is doing what daddies do and telling the story again. What I know is the family is in distress and Ya’cob is going to take them to the Elohiym who answered him in the day of his deepest distress. He speaks of this God who has directed him in The Way. In English it just says, “…has been with me…” as if Ya’cob has made his own choices and Elohiym simply followed him about like a faithful collie dog. That is NOT the sense I get in the Hebrew. The Almighty directed Ya’cob’s journey. In fact, Ya’cob testified that he HALAK (a spiritual, obedient walk) on The Way. He conformed his life to the Almighty’s hand of guidance (poorly translated in English as “where ever I have gone). If it seemed that Ya’cob had no power in his life, it is probably because of his submission to his father-in-law and the tolerance of his wives religion to the family idols. That is not the heritage he wants to leave his sons and it is time to demand that their mothers attend a funeral for their idols.

Olympic National Park in Washington.

Olympic National Park in Washington.

Bringing it home: My husband and I have been in the process of cleansing our lives of the pagan traditions and trinkets that we have accumulated. We have been purging our home and lives of the traditions handed on to us by our families. Just this last autumn we threw out hundreds of dollars worth of halloween paraphernalia. I actually had no idea just how much stuff we had accumulated. Coffee cups, teddy bears, snow globes with bats and orange glitter instead of snow, aprons, candy dishes, pillows, table runners. We put out three large trash-bags of items dedicated to halloween. Just today I found another coffee cup I had overlooked. I had no idea there was so much. It creeps in because it is seasonal and cute.

The immediate effect of Ya’cob’s family cleansing was physical safety as they traveled through towns with hostile kin to the men Simon and Levi murdered. Safe passage in a hostile world. That is a good start. Is that enough for you to cleanse your home and your heart of the pagan things you have collected and hold dear? I’m telling you, there are even better blessings that follow, but you will never know unless you risk meeting the Almighty free of the baggage you have collected.

Mrs. Hagerty, reposted on July 24, 2016

Time to plant the very early vegetables. (from February 2014)

Time to plant the very early vegetables. Onions, spinach, leeks, broccoli and cauliflower (Picture from February 2014)

On the Suburban Farm: Just this morning at Sabbath worship, we received conformation that the Shemitah is for the land of Israel, not for us in Everett. What a relief! We will be starting our garden chores with joy! I feel like I am getting a late start, but it is still only February!

February 14, 2015 in Everett, WA the sun came up at 7:17 but was absorbed by gray clouds without rain. High-53, Low-37, 0% chance of rain. 10 hours and 12 minutes later the sun set at 5:29 Shabbat Shalom!

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Authority: Luke 9:1-5 word study

Strong’s #1849 exousia (ex-oo-see’-ah)

 from 1832 (in the sense of ability);

privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence:

In Luke 9:1 we see Y’shua call his chosen 12 together to give them power and authority. A simple reading of the text tells me that they had authority over fallen angelic spirits. I want to take a short look at the word translated “authority” and see if I can glean anything that will give me insight to Luke 9:1-5

In the physical world of men Luke gives us the normal sense of the word exuosia when Paul travels to Damascus to persecute Christians with the “authority” of the chief priests. Even though he has his own agenda, he goes to Damascus with letters that inform the Jews he has the authority of the temple.  Acts 26:12

After fasting for 40 days in the wilderness, Y’shua and the devil have an encounter. The devil is not without authority and the scope of his authority is amazing. In Luke chapter 4 he says to Y’shua:

And the devil took him up, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time, and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory; for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. If you, then, will worship me, it shall all be yours.”
Luke 4:5-7 RSV

The devil apparently has authority over all the kingdoms of the world. It takes my breath away! He is able to give that authority to whomever he wants. Y’shua is also able to give his authority (but never his glory as the devil would)

Soldiers understand being under authority and having authority. They understand that they are not on a mission to do their own will, but to carry out the will of another, whoever their authority is. They use the authority given to them to further carry out the will of the one to whom they are under authority. Never do they “give orders” to perform their own will. Luke gave an example of this in chapter 7:

…therefore I (the centurion) did not presume to come to you (Y’shua). But say the word, and let my servant be healed. For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”     Luke 7:7-9 RSV

in addition, Luke uses the word exousia to describe:

  • How Y’shua taught the scriptures when compared to the scribes, he taught as one with authority (Luke 4:32)
  • He amazed those who attended Synagogue when he used his authority to set a man free from a demon (Luke 4:36) which got people talking about him
  • At Peter’s house he used his power to heal as a visual aid to help the people understand that he had authority to forgive sin. (Luke 5:24)
  • When the 70 testify that to their amazement, even demons are subject to them, Y’shua reminded them that the authority he gave them allows them to walk on snakes and serpents as well as ALL the power of the enemy yet he cannot hurt them (Luke 10:19)
  • When the message of Y’shua was attracting huge crowds, he warned those close to him to not be afraid of men who could kill the body but to fear the one who not only could kill the body but also had the authority to cast them into hell (Luke 12:5 in context of 12:11)
  • Faithfulness in little (what the king has given you in stewardship) earns authority over much (Luke 19:17)
  • When the chief priests, scribes and elders confront Y’shua in the temple, demanding to know where he got authority to proclaim the gospel, he brought them back to the ministry of John the baptizer and asked them to confess whether they believed John’s mission came from men or from heaven. Politics would not allow them to make a stand. Because of that Y’shua refused to tell them where his authority came from. They would have to figure it out for themselves. (Luke 20:2-8)
  • The chief priests and scribes were afraid of Y’shua. They assigned spies to travel with him hoping to catch him in seditious talk that would force the authority of Rome to deal with him. (Luke 20:20)
  • A time came when the authority of darkness belonged to the chief priests, their temple officers and the elders. At that time, they arrested the Son of YHVH who is the light. (Luke 22:53)

All authority comes from the creator (Romans 13:1 ff). The creator YHVH gave authority over the earth to Adam (Genesis 1:27-30) The serpent was able to take Adam’s authority when Adam violated the command (sinned) of YHVH, lusting after power that had not been given to him (Genesis 3:1-7). In the kingdom of darkness it seems that Satan offers men glory in a position, but he actually gives only bondage to do his will. Even so, men love and fight for their supposed glory. It is why there was conflict in the temple of YHVH when His son came to proclaim the gospel. They demanded to know, where he thought he got his authority. What a shocking question.  

Y’shua alone has the authority to set men free from the bondage of Satan. The twelve who are chosen by Y’shua/Jesus are about to go under the authority of Y’shua. They have been in training since chapter 6 and even before. Now, like the centurion, they are men under authority and have authority to do His will.

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Kingdom word study (Luke 9:1-5)

And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God… Luke 9:2

“He” is Y’shua/Jesus and “them” is the twelve. Following the resurrection of the daughter of Ja’irus, Y’shua gives power and authority to the twelve. That alone is amazing but they are not given this power and authority the way groupies who surround a famous person have some kind of power or authority just for being close to the famous person. Y’shua has a purpose for giving this power to them. “Proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Kingdom of God: What does that mean? So far Luke has not been clear about what the kingdom of God is, even though he has mentioned it often. Maybe it is my 21st century mind-set that does not fully understand the concept of a kingdom. I tend to get tunnel vision and forget that the Gospel of Luke was not written so much by Luke, but by the Holy One, the Spirit or Breath of Elohim. The Breath of Elohim has been consistant throughout the whole word of God in describing, the kingdom of God/Elohim.

note: Because this is for a study in the book of Luke, I have chosen to highlight passages from that book. Passages from other gospels and the rest of the Scripture were also suggested in the source books.

Strong’s Concordance #932 basileia (bas-il-i’-ah);  properly, royalty, i.e. (abstractly) rule, or (concretely) a realm (literally or figuratively

Zohadiatie’s dictionary of the New Testiment #932 basilei

from basileús (935), king.

Royal dominion, kingdom.

Basileía tôn ouranônthe kingdom of heaven” or of the heavens, a phrase peculiar to Matthew for which the other evangelists use basileía toú Theoú, “the kingdom of God“, which Matthew also uses … Essentially the two terms mean the same and are interchangeable. Spiritually the kingdom of God is within the human heart (*Luke 17:20-21). Both expressions also refer to the prophecies of *Dan 2:44; *7:13-14. and denote the everlasting kingdom which God the Father will give to Christ the Son, namely, the spiritual and eternal kingdom which is to subsist first in more imperfect circumstances on earth, but afterwards will appear complete in the world of glory (*…Luke 21:27 f.). In some verses the kingdom of heaven more particularly signifies God’s rule within us while we are on this earth (*Matt 13:41-52); at other times it indicates only the state of glory (*1 Cor 6:9-11; *15:49-50; *Gal 5:17-24).

 *Luke 17:20-21 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, ‘Lo, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

 *Dan 2:44 And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand for ever;

 *Dan 7:13-14 I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him.  And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

 *Luke 21:27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

 *Matt 13:41-52  The Son of man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,  and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

      “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.

      “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.

      “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net which was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind;  when it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into vessels but threw away the bad.  So it will be at the close of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous,  and throw them into the furnace of fire; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.

      “Have you understood all this?” They said to him, “Yes.”  And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

 1 Cor 6:9-11  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts,  nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

1 Cor 15:49-50  Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.  I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.

 Gal 5:17-24  For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you would.  But if you are led by the Spirit you are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are plain: fornication, impurity, licentiousness,  idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit,  envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Luke has already told us a few things about the Kingdom of God that the 12 are to proclaim. In chapter 1, Elohim sends the angel Gabriel to Mary with the message that she would have a child of the “Breath of Elohim” (Spirit of God). Then he tells her, “Behold…” I want to pause here to say that I have learned from my little bit of Hebrew study, that when I see the word “behold” in Scripture, I need to realize that a window is being opened to me, I am about to get a glimpse of the unseen world of the Kingdom of God, or what English-speaking believers often call, the spirit realm. Gabriel said, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus (Y’shua). He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Next, at the end of chapter 4, we learned that the people of Caper’na-um greatly benefited from the healing power and freedom from demons that had invaded even the synagogue. They had hoped and requested that he stay with them. Y’shua went alone to pray, got up from his knees and was firm in knowing what he must do. He said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other cities also; for I was sent for this purpose.” John the Baptizer had successfully prepared the hearts of the Children of Israel for the Kingdom and the King. Y’shua prayed (there is a lesson in that for me). I do not see just what it was he prayed for, but when a people who longed for him to remain in their city came to him, requesting that he stay, he would not. He had a mission.

 In chapter 6 we saw the crowds come to him for his power to heal and the authority he holds. He gave them all that they sought for themselves. But, we also saw Y’shua turn to his disciples to tell them, “Blessed (the favor of Elohim) are you poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God… He explained that in his realm, what we see with physical eyes is not necessarily what is real or true. Those who have few material goods in this life, who have learned to beg at the throne of heaven are those who are truly wealthy. The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.

History tells us that John the Baptist was the super star, the rock star, the sports hero of his day (though he was not a musician nor did he play professional sports) He was the most popular person of his day among the people. In chapter 7, Y’shua acknowledged that fact. Than he shocks us with, the least well know, the least regarded person in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John. (Do you ever feel like your life is not relevant? Don’t you believe it child of Elohim)

In chapter 8, the disciples are given understanding of the secrets of the Kingdom of God, everyone else hears stories, parables that they cannot make sense of. Now, in chapter 9, to go with the understanding that they have, twelve of them are also given power and authority to proclaim the secret kingdom whose king they serve. Y’shua told Nicodemus that a man must be reborn of the spirit before he can see this kingdom, a delima to man who would try to earn his right to enter the kingdom. John chapter 3.

From Luke we will learn that citizens of the Kingdom of Elohim (believers) must be single focused. Some of the 12 will “see” the kingdom before the body dies. (Luke 9) He will teach us that when an unbeliever is healed or experiences the power of God, that the Kingdom of God has come near. The healing is not the whole experience, only evidence. (chapter 10) Disciples (believers) are to pray for the kingdom to come (Luke 11) to look for it and rest in the assurance that the Father is pleased to give it to them. (Luke 12) It is not coming with signs or evidence (even though we who believe are to look for evidence that it is already here) but instead we must simply recieve what is already in our midst. (chapter 17) The burden of riches will make entrance into the kingdom very difficult (chapter 18) but for those who will give up what they count as their own in this life, things, a place, relationships, will find that they gain so much more then they gave up.

The kingdom of God is near. A soul can step into this kingdom by giving her (his) alliance to the king, Y’shua (Jesus) by faith (believing, standing on the word of God). It requires letting loose of everything and taking a firm grasp on the Word of God as our foundation and Y’shua as our desire above all else. It is to repent (turn our back on) sin and the things of this world for the life of the next world. It is so much more than that. It is life, a whole new and abundant life. In this world it has no physical place except for the hearts of those who receive this kingdom by faith. And where is our King now? Wherever two or three believers have come together in the name of Y’shua, he is in the midst of them (Matthew 18:20) …for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you (Luke 17:21)
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Luke 8:46 Power

Luke 8:46  But Jesus said, “Someone did touch Me, for I was aware that power had gone out of Me.”  NASU

I could not help but wonder, what did Y’shua mean that he was aware of power going out from him? If power goes out from me it is not to benefit someone else. I am left weak and in need of rest when power goes out from me. That does not seem to be what He was referring to.

Strong’s #1411 dunamis (doo’-nam-is); from #1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):

dúnamis;  fem. noun from dúnamai (1410), to be able.

Power, especially achieving power. All the words derived from the stem dúna– have the meaning of being able, capable. It may even mean to will. Contrast ischús (2479) which stresses the factuality of the ability, not necessarily the accomplishment.

I. Spoken of intrinsic power, either physical or moral, as in the verb dúnamai.
   A. Of the body (1 Cor 15:43, “in power” stands in opposition to “in weakness”; Heb 11:11;)

it (the body) is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 1 Cor 15:43
By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Heb 11:11 

The short answer is that the power is “miraculous power” or “the miracle itself”. In BSF we used to teach the children that a miracle was something that only God could do. As an adult I often hear people say that something was a “miracle” meaning that some event, gift or recovery of health is a miracle. A discussion often follows about the “power or ability” of a doctor or the will to live of a child. Often I wonder what part if any man plays in the accomplishment of a miracle. It is interesting to note that we get our English word dynamite from this Greek word.

The following are examples of dunamis as used by Luke in his Gospel.

He (John the baptizer) will be a man of rugged spirit and power like Elijah, the prophet of old; and he will precede the coming of the Messiah, preparing the people for his arrival. He will soften adult hearts to become like little children’s, and will change disobedient minds to the wisdom of faith.”  Luke 1:17 TLB

I do not know of any record of John the baptizer performing miracles except that the whole of his life was filled with the power of Elohim to turn hearts. If “dúnamis” is the word that we get dynamite from, then surly the power of John caused an explosion in the hearts of the people of Israel. This was not something he was able to do by his powers of oration but because from his mother’s womb he was filled with the Spirit. The power seems to come from the Spirit of Elohim.

The angel answered and said to her (Mary), ” The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.  Luke 1:35 NASU

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. Luke 4:14 NASU

And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out.”  Luke 4:36 NASU

One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing.  Luke 5:17 NASU

And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all. Luke 6:19

Before Y’shua ever came into contact with the woman of chapter 8, people were already reaching out to touch him for his healing power. Word must have gone out about what he could do for the hopeless. Reading the above passages I get the sense that my understanding of dunamis is limited. Part of the problem might be the many English words we use to translate the idea behind dunamis. I suspect that something is lost in translation, not only in my native language but also in my culture. The same concept made the Virgin pregnant with the Son of Elohim, brough Y’shua into Galilee in such a unique manner that news spread about Him, forced other “powers” (dark, demonic spirits) out of men, and caused bodies to become whole. It came “from” him but on the surface does not seem wholly directed by the bearer of the “power”. Reaching out to touch Y’shua, as the woman of chapter 8 did, seems to be sufficient.

 And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.  And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.  Luke 9:1-3 NASU

” Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had been performed in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.  Luke 10:13 NASU

 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. Luke 10:19 NASU

Clearly Y’shua gave this “power”  to the twelve. It came with authority over the fallen spirit realm and over disease. The purpose of the 12 having this power and authority was to proclaim the Kingdom of Elohim. The tricks and schemes of the dark realm cannot injure them.

As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen,  Luke 19:37 NASU

“…men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.   Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. Luke 21:26, 27 NASU

” But from now THE  SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD.” Luke 22:69 NAS

Side note–the right hand spread out the heavens (Isaiah 48:13) The Right Hand of Elohim communicates the idea of ultimate power, favor and blessing (favor of Elohim IS blessing). strength comes from the right hand of Elohim. Psalm 44:3, Isaiah 44:10 It is the hand of loving-kindness and grace.

 “And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”  Luke 24:49 NASU

The following verses from the Book of Acts are also from Luke.

” …but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Acts 1:8 NASU

“Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know–” Acts 2:22 NASU

But when Peter saw this, he replied to the people, “Men of Israel, why are you amazed at this, or why do you gaze at us, as if by our own power or piety we had made him walk? Acts 3:12 NASU

And with great power the apostles were giving testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and abundant grace was upon them all. Acts 4:33 NASU

And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. Acts 6:8 NASU

The “power” is spiritual, it comes from God. Apparently the dark fallen spirits also have a spiritual power but it is not able to conquer the power of Elohim. In our physical realm this power is evidence of the reality and intervention of our mighty God. It is given to we who believe to testify of the Kingdom of Heaven and our Messiah. It is the passage to healing and wholeness of spirit.

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