SERVING THE LORD BRINGS HEALING

"So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you

--Exodus 23:25 (NKJV)

When I read this scripture, I'm taken to a restaurant. I see myself as a waiter ready to serve a customer. My goal is to provide exceptional service by paying attention to detail so I can fulfill the customer's request. This is the path to customer satisfaction.

The scripture gives a mandate and not a suggestion. We are instructed to serve the Lord. Again, it's not a suggestion but a requirement. Those who labor before the Lord will reap a two-fold reward. Their bodies will be revitalized and nourished from the wholesome bread and water blessed by God. In addition, the Word of God says that He will eradicate sickness from your presence. Another way to interpret this is that the devil's attacks will be snatched away from you because of your service to Him.

It's essential that we understand that our service to the Lord is worship to Him. God welcomes this and He seeks to reward those who worship Him faithfully through obedience. This type of service includes, but is not limited to, impacting the lives of others through visiting the orphans and widows in their troubles, praying for the sick while facing your own troubles, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless even though you are personally standing in need. Basically, serving the Lord requires believers to become doers of the word and not hearers only.

The Spirit of the Lord says- "Esteem the Lord and hold high His statutes. There are great benefits for those who do."

So, what does it mean to serve the Lord?

"Caring for/helping those in need is serving the Lord. Speaking words that edify and don't tear down is serving the Lord. Living a life of integrity and honesty is serving the Lord."

What a great way to bring healing into your life by worshipping the Lord through service that leads to impacting the lives of those around you.

-Frank and Phyllis Berry, Frank Berry Ministries

PREPARE FOR INCREASE

God is providing a great miracle to those who are impregnated with a promise. Though you are facing afflictions from the hand of your adversary, I will increase your faith so you may flourish under your times of pressure - your moments of distress. It is the fear of the ruler of the air that tries to stop what I have blessed, but I say to you stand back and sees the salvation of your God. I will reverse the case and cause great havoc on your enemy and his plans. I will cause him to see multiplication when he expects subtraction. He will see increase when he expects to see decrease. Remain faithful to the God-given promise and see that you and your household will be blessed. I will cause those who aid in your increase to reap what they have sown. I say they too will be blessed and see the establishment of their household blessed. Mark this day as a day of expectations and fulfilled promises.

-Frank and Phyllis Berry, Frank Berry Ministries

IT'S NOT OVER!

You have toiled for a great length of time and the same question continues to echo in your mind- was it worthy it or better yet- is it going to be worthy it? Many have seen the result of your works, but only a few know what you have invested. It came with a cost! The tears and sweat that poured from you were for the benefit of others. Are you ready for this? Your vision is about to burst forth!

I hear the Spirit saying that many people have under estimated the value of their works and are about to make the wrong decision by saying- "I'm done! I'm throwing in the towel! I'm tired and exhausted and no one cares anyway! No one really cares about what I do!" You have passed up the opportunity to silence the voice of the enemy, but it's not too late. I say to those who have ears to hear-take heed to the word of the Lord. Today is your time to cry out the words spoken by Peter, "Tabitha arise." I'm commanding you to speak life into the dead. I say bring worth back into what was declared unworthy.

This morning the Holy Spirit uncovered the truth to the passage in Acts 9:36-41. The bible teaches us about the good works and charitable deeds performed by Tabitha; nevertheless, she became sick and died. The people were disturbed from such a loss. The scripture tells us that there was even weeping among the people. For some reason, this really stood out to me so I began to inquire of the Lord. What is it that I should glean from this?

36 At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. 37 But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. 38 And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. 40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, "Tabitha, arise." And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. 43 So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner. (Acts 9:36-43)

With focus placed on versus 39 and 40, the Holy Spirit revealed to me the importance of your works. Tabitha's works were so important that others didn't want to do without her. The bible says the widows kept showing her tunics and garments to the man of God. Please allow me to paraphrase- "Man of God, this woman is too valuable to us. She supports this ministry and we need her. She is faithful in her deeds. Let me show you. Her work speaks for itself. Man of God, here is one garment, here's another, here's another, etc." Friends, you get the picture. Her works were not in vain. In fact, it was worth it all because it could have been the very thing that compelled Peter to raise her up from the dead. Allow me to paraphrase again- "Ok, I see friends. She is valuable to you. Now, get out of the way and allow me to do what I need to do. It's not time for her to die! She is too valuable and her work is not done yet. Tabitha, arise."

The scripture tells us that Tabitha opened her eyes and sat up. What a vision and revelation? Many of you have toiled and in essence have become too valuable to the body of Christ. You have become too valuable to the ministry and you cannot die. You cannot give up! Your work is not done and the enemy cannot and will not take you out. The scheme that the enemy presented to you as being dead (dreams, hopes, promises, etc.) is not accurate. Tell your lifeless situation to ARISE!

-Frank Berry, Frank Berry Ministries

PREPARE FOR INCREASE- PART 2

I am Who I say I am: Know, that should be the basis for your freedom- Yes, your deliverance. Though many have seen My hands in releasing them from their bondages / their paths and began to see the light of freedom, proceed to rejoice in what you have experienced. Nevertheless, it's not over! I say to you- you have not experienced your deliverance to the essence I have set in place for you. You have not experienced your breakthrough to the fullness that I have prepared for you. There is a greater depth to your deliverance. You shall not leave Egypt empty-handed. When I set you free, I have tagged your victory with rewards; therefore, expect more- look for more until you have plundered the enemy with everything he has stolen. Don't let out the final shout because you are not done. There are treasures that are waiting for you. You shall experience fullness if you stand in agreement and cooperate with Me. I say to you- go get your stuff! It's not over until I say it's over, and I say- there's more!

-Frank and Phyllis Berry, Frank Berry Ministries

IRREVOCABLE

When we hear the word "irrevocable" usually the scripture that comes to mind is Paul stating that the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable (Romans 11:29). I will agree with you that this is an awesome scripture to proclaim; however, can we go deeper? This stress-free word describes the nature of God. It alludes to the fact that there are no regrets in His decision toward you. This single word encompasses the character and stability of God. The Great Messiah, Himself, assured us by saying that heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away (Matthew 24:35). It's true, my friend, the word of the Lord is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).

Let us not wallow in our sorrow, but to make a point, let us go there for a moment. It's an exciting time in your life. You've just heard from God. Tears are flowing. You now understand why you were stumbling. It was all due to a lack of revelation (prophetic vision) as noted in Proverbs 29:18. "Thank you, God! You have revealed the hidden truth to my destiny. I can see. My spiritual eyes are now open to the calling. Yes, Lord, I can even see the future of my household." Sound familiar? What an awesome revelation to receive and by no means should be taken lightly. In fact, I would encourage you to follow the pattern of Prophet Habakkuk. Write it down! Keep it before you and know that the word of God is "irrevocable". Understand that there is a set time for it to come to pass. Now, let us continue...

All is well. Everything is going smooth. The bills are paid with money left over. Kids are quiet. Spouse is in agreement. Family is healthy. You can breathe again, but wait here it comes- Euroclydon (see Acts 27:14), a violent wind, and everything is changing. Not only are you disturbed, but those in the vicinity are petrified. This incident reminds me of the shipwreck episode with Paul and his crew members. "... Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives." (Acts 27:10). From the scripture, it appears that Paul, for a second, took his eyes off the given word spoken by the Lord. Acts 23:11 tells us that the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome."

Chapter 27 talks about Paul being sent to Rome. The storm occurred during his voyage; therefore, the Lord's directive was yet to be fulfilled. God realized the state of mind Paul had come into; so, an angel was released to remind him of his destiny. God's messenger reminded Paul that God's word is irrevocable. He has a task before him and it must be accomplished.

22 And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24 saying, 'Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you and all those who sail with you.' 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. (Acts 27:22-25)

I hear the spirit of the Lord say that- "you have been given a word and because of the violent wind, Euroclydon, you have lost sight of the vision. You have lost sight of the prophetic word spoken over you. I say to you, go back! Write it down. The word that I have given you was for a set time and I say that the time is slowly approaching. Your kairos moment is about to happen. It doesn't matter about the turbulence you're encountering. Your destiny has not yet arrived and you will not falter or lose your life. In fact, those that are within your fortress will be saved. Their lives will be spared from the hands of the enemy because of the calling upon your life. I say to you this day – he who has an ear let him hear. Just believe and run. There's no turning back because My word doesn't return void. It's irrevocable."

-Frank Berry, Frank Berry Ministries

OBEYING GOD'S WORD BRINGS HEALING

and said, "If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am, the Lord who heals you."

--Exodus 15:26 (NKJV)

Here we see that God established a promise to those who are willing to obey; however, the promise is centered on an if-then statement indicating that the promise is conditional. Basically, the outcome of the scripture is based upon whether or not the first portion of the statement is adhered to. This means that you have a part in being preserved. You have the ability to obtain all that God has for you through cooperation with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. You will find that within Exodus 15:26 there are four specific things that will drive sickness from your midst. First of all, listening closely to the voice of the Lord is vital and before this can happen you must be able to recognize and discern His voice. There must be a silence to all other voices including your own in order to listen attentively for the purpose of consenting with the truth on future conduct. Secondly, do the right thing and know that there should be no contradiction between your actions and God's word. There must be an understandable awareness that the eyes of the Lord are upon us; therefore, His eyes are inescapable and always watching. It's evident throughout the Bible that righteous living kindles God's grace and favor toward His own. Thirdly, pay close attention to what you receive from God. These are instructions that should not be ignored or taken likely and should be followed exactly. It's your path to restoration. This may include following what the doctor says. Its true- God does heal through doctors. Lastly, loving the Lord, our God, can be demonstrated simply by keeping His laws since Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for our atonement replacing the sacrificial laws of the Old Covenant. If we hold fast to things, God promises to come forth as a Healer and remove sickness from our mist.

I hear the Spirit of the Lord say- "I am the Healer and I'm ready when you are. My Word is ready to create and recreate. I'm ready and able to fulfill every word that has been spoken. Those that approach Me with an expectation will not be left unattended and will find the salvation of the Lord near. My word is true and now I'm waiting on those to believe it and cause a manifestation to take place in their lives."

How do I diligently heed the voice of the Lord?

"Line upon line, precept upon precept... Build upon what is read in the Holy book that speaks the voice of the Lord. Find strength and encouragement for those times that will come and tempt you to lean in the opposite direction of the Word of the Lord, your God. Stay close to Him by fellowshipping in the Word and spending quiet time alone listening to what He would say to you. Incline thine ear to the Word of the Lord Most High."

-Frank and Phyllis Berry, Frank Berry Ministries

I’M COMING AS A STORM

Yea they shall not be planted yea they shall not be sown yea their stock shall not take root in the earth and he shall also blow upon them and they shall wither and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble (Isaiah 40:24)

I'm bringing forth a whirlwind as a sign of change taking place. The grip that the enemy thought he had- has been loosened. My children will be snatched away from the torment of fear and bondage. Those who choose to believe will find themselves caught up in the mercy of God. There will be a transformation that will be linked to a transfiguration. There will be an evidence of glow that will shine upon the face of those who believe. There will be nothing planted that I cannot uproot for My glory. Deliverance and healing is in the reach of My beloved ones. I say to you- reach out and grab hold to what I'm offering to you. Prepare yourself to be blown upon and watch as the shackles are removed from your feet and hands. You have been made free in Me. Mark this day and time as I'm taking back what belongs to Me and that's you.

-Frank Berry, Frank Berry Ministries