ARE YOU SHAKEN BY A BAD REPORT?
E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett

I AM REVEALED
B. Childress
Apr 15 2012

                                                          Who hath believed our report?  (Isaiah 53:1)

Whose report will you believe?

Isaiah asks, in effect, “Whose report do you believe?”

We choose to believe the Lord’s good report.  We learn to trust God and believe His Word, even in the midst of
challenging circumstances.  The word of men doesn’t change the Word of God, even if it’s the word of a doctor or a
close relative.

His Report Says I Am Filled

When I was only seventeen, the Lord visited my life in a glorious all-night encounter.  Being inexperienced with the Holy
Spirit’s deep workings, I was overwhelmed by the presence of God that filled my heart.  Naively, I pondered,
Has
anything so wonderful ever happened to anyone else?  This is so magnificent; it must be like the amazing visitations of
God in the lives of people who lived in Bible days!

That was the night the Lord called me to preach the gospel, I was bubbling over with excitement.  I could hardly wait until
my father awoke so I could tell him the exciting news.  I yearned for his approval of my calling more than anyone else’s.

Early the next morning, when I heard my father stirring in the kitchen, I went downstairs to share the good news: “The
Lord has called me to the ministry.”  I had hoped that he would share my unspeakable delight.  To my dismay, I received
a bad report from him.

“Don,” he said, “there’s no way you could be a preacher.  All your life, you have stammered in conversation – even with
just one person.  And, son, to be a preacher, you have to do a lot of talking.  In no way do I believe you could ever be a
minister.”

I couldn’t deny my lifetime struggle with stuttering.  But whose report was I to believe?  Not my father’s.  Humbly, I knew
the hand of God was on my life in a significant way!

I chose to believe God’s report “that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry” (I Timothy 1:12).

    For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I
    preach not the gospel!  (I Corinthians 9:16)

The word of my earthly father didn’t change the Word of my heavenly Father.  The Lord gave me the courage to
respond to my dad’s bad report.  I became assured that God’s Word was the final and decisive word for my life.  It was
my first major experience in deciding whose report I would believe.

His Report Says I Am Healed

Beloved child of God, I understand the challenge in your life concerning health issues.  Because you have chosen to
believe the Lord’s good report, it doesn’t matter what the doctor says, for it is by the stripes of Jesus that we are
healed.  (See Isaiah 53:5.)  Nor does it matter what the medical tests say, for it is by the stripes of Jesus that we are
healed.  We don’t deny that sickness exists; we deny that disease has a right to exist in our bodies.  It doesn’t matter
what our bodies say, because His stripes report that we are healed.  That settles the matter.

    So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that
    which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing where to I sent it.  (Isaiah 55:11)

    That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet, saying, [Jesus] Himself took our
    infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.  (Matthew 8:17)

We have a choice: follow the Word of God or follow our emotions and symptoms.  We have a choice: believe and act on
the truth or believe and act on the facts of the challenge.  We have a choice: life or death, blessing or curse.

As for my personal stance of faith, I choose to say, “I will not faint in this time of adversity, because God is with me.  I
choose life!”

His Report Says I Am Free

If you have received a bad report about financial adversity, God has plans for you to overcome your “not enough”
lifestyle.  Your adverse financial situation is no surprise to Him.  He will make a way where there seems to be no way.

    Blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.  
    (Deuteronomy 28:2)

Jesus said that if you speak to the mountain of debt in your life, it will have to obey you.  (See Mark 11:23.)  No matter
how big your mountain of debt is, it’s not bigger than your God!

Are you a tither?  The tithe belongs to the Lord, and it is a privilege and an honor to give Him 10 percent of all my
income.  When you are obedient to tithe, the windows of heaven are opened to you and pour out overflowing blessings
of abundance.

    Will a man rob God?  Yet ye have robbed me.  But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee?  In tithes and
    offerings.  Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.  Bring ye all the tithes into
    the store house, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I
    will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to
    receive it.  (Malachi 3:8-10)

As you give your tithe, you extol the Lord and declare that your financial prosperity is independent of the world’s
financial system.  No matter what the stock market does, your finances are blessed.  No matter what the interest rates
are, your finances are blessed.  No matter what the price of gas is, God will supply all your needs.  When you are
faithful to revere God by tithing, He will honor you by bringing you abundance and prosperity.  Furthermore, you will
have the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct you in every financial decision of your life.

His Report Says Victory!

If you are in the fight of faith for your wellness, do not weaken or cave in.  Victory is the good report of the Lord as you
are relentless in your pursuit of total completion and wholeness for your life.

God is not mad at you.  No matter how many times you have messed up, even if what you did was really bad, He still
loves you.  Even when you make stupid mistakes, He still loves you.  When you fail Him, repent.  He still loves and
forgives you!  If your financial difficulties are the result of poor decisions, recommit to His ways.  He still promises to
deliver, restore, and prosper you
“seek…first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).  He crowns
your life
“with lovingkindness and tender mercies” (Psalm 103:4).

I am addressing two arenas of your life in which a bad report may have oppressed you: your health and your finances.  
Whose report will you believe?  Let’s believe the report of the Lord!

God helps you by His amazing grace to remain steady and unruffled when you face serious health challenges and
financial adversity.  In John 16:33, Jesus said,
“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have
overcome the world.”

And He will help you do the same.







Source:

KEYS TO RECEIVING GOD’S MIRACLES, by E.W. Kenyon & Don Gossett, Copyright 2011, Whitaker House.
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