A Godly Response to Criticism

Proverbs15:31-33

No one likes criticism, but since it’s inevitable, we should learn how to respond in a godly way. Our natural reaction to hurtful comments is anger or defensiveness, but there can be great benefits for those who calmly listen and carefully consider the critique. In fact, we might limit our spiritual growth if we aren’t open to reproof.

Some of life’s best lessons come through difficult words. If God allowed the situation, you can be sure He wants to use it to help transform you into His Son’s image. Whether the criticism is valid or not, whether it’s delivered with kindness or harshness, your goal should always be to respond in a way that glorifies the Lord. You are responsible only for how you handle yourself, not for how the other person acts.

Every rebuke is an opportunity from God. Ask Him if the accusation is valid. It may be time to humble yourself and accept the Lord’s correction. A moment of criticism could also be a chance to show love to your critic. If he or she is angrily attacking you, your respect and kindness become a powerful testimony. Whatever the circumstances, let the Lord search your heart and either affirm your innocence or convict you

Does Everything happen for a reason?

There was a reason for the blindness of the man in John 9, although the disciples misidentified the reason (John 9:1–3). There was a reason for Joseph’s mistreatment, although his brothers’ purpose in what they did to him was very different from God’s purpose in allowing it (Genesis 50:20). There was a reason for Jesus’ death—the authorities in Jerusalem had their reasons, based on evil intent, and God had His, based on righteousness. God’s sovereignty extends even to the lowliest of creatures: “Not one [sparrow] falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will” (Matthew 10:29, NET).

Several factors help us know that everything happens for a reason: the law of cause and effect, the doctrine of original sin, and the providence of God . All these demonstrate that everything does happen for a reason, not just by happenstance or by random chance.

First, there is the natural law of cause and effect, also known as the law of sowing and reaping  . Paul says, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7–8). This means that in every action we take or word we utter, whether good or evil, there are certain inevitable results that follow (Colossians 3:23–25). Someone may ask, “Why am I in jail? Is there a reason for this?” and the answer may be, “Because you robbed your neighbor’s house and got caught.” That’s cause and effect.

All that we do is either an investment in the flesh or an investment in the Spirit. We shall reap whatever we have sown, and we shall reap in proportion to how we have sown. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously” (2 Corinthians 9:6). The believer who walks in the Spirit and “sows” in the Spirit is going to reap a spiritual harvest. If his sowing has been generous, the harvest will be bountiful, if not in this life, certainly in the life to come. Conversely, those who “sow” to the flesh are going to reap a life without the full blessings of God, both in this life and the life to come (Jeremiah 18:10; 2 Peter 2:10–12).

The reason some things happen can often be traced back to original sin in the Garden of Eden. The Bible is clear that the world is under a curse (Genesis 3:17), which has resulted in infirmities, diseases, natural disasters, and death. All these things, although under God’s ultimate control, are sometimes used by Satan to inflict misery upon people (see Job 1–2; Luke 9:37–42; 13:16). Someone may ask, “Why did I contract this illness? Is there a reason for it?” and the answer may be one or more of the following: 1) “Because you live in a fallen world, and we are all subject to illness”; 2) “Because God is testing you and strengthening your faith”; or 3) “Because, in love, God is disciplining you according to Hebrews 12:7–13 and 1 Corinthians 11:29–30.”

Then we have what is called the providence of God. The doctrine of providence holds that God quietly and invisibly works through the natural world to manage events. God, in His providence, works out His purposes through natural processes in the physical and social universe. Every effect can be traced back to a natural cause, and there is no hint of the miraculous. The best that man can do to explain the reason why things happen in the course of natural events is to point to “coincidence.”

Believers proclaim that God arranges the coincidences. The unbeliever derides such ideas because he believes natural causes can fully explain each event without reference to God. Yet followers of Christ are wholly assured of this profound truth: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

The book of Esther does shows divine providence at work. The banishment of Vashti, the selection of Esther, the plot of the assassins, the pride of Haman, the courage of Mordecai, the insomnia of the king, the bloodlust of Zeresh, and the reading of the scroll—everything in the book happens, like cogs in a well-oiled machine, to bring about the deliverance of God’s people., Although God is never mentioned in Esther, His providence, working through “coincidence,” is plain to see.

God is always at work in the lives of His people, and in His goodness will bring them to a good end (see Philippians 1:6). The events that define our lives are not simply products of natural causes or random chance. They are ordained by God and are intended for our good. We often fail to sense God’s hidden guidance or protection as events in our lives unfold. But, when we look back at past events, we are able to see His hand more clearly, even in times of tragedy

Are you living in the freedom of God’s grace, or are you constantly wondering what others are thinking about you or how you measure up in their eyes?

I invite you to consider these questions today: Do you feel overwhelmed by the stress of impossible goals? Burdened with guilt over falling short of others’ expectations? What about your own unreasonable demands? Answering yes to these questions could reveal a form of false thinking that leads to feeling trapped.

Whether we’re trying to satisfy a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend, or boss, being a people pleaser can lead to a defeated and unhappy life. We’ll eventually fall short of someone’s standards and feel like a disappointment. To make matters worse, sometimes the one we’re trying to please is ourselves. When we fail to live up to our own expectations, we berate ourselves. Before long we settle into a pattern of renewed commitment to do better, followed by self-determined effort, then failure, self-condemnation, and feelings of worthlessness. This is not what God wants for us!

Whether we’re trying to satisfy a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend, or boss, being a people pleaser can lead to a defeated and unhappy life. We’ll eventually fall short of someone’s standards and feel like a disappointment. To make matters worse, sometimes the one we’re trying to please is ourselves. When we fail to live up to our own expectations, we berate ourselves. Before long we settle into a pattern of renewed commitment to do better, followed by self-determined effort, then failure, self-condemnation, and feelings of worthlessness. This is not what God wants for us!

As Christians we have only one Master, and that’s the Lord Jesus Christ. He’s the one we are to please, not begrudgingly, but out of love and gratitude for our salvation (Col. 1:10). When we let others—including ourselves—dictate the course of our lives, we’re seeking to please two masters, and that never works (Matt. 6:24). In fact, double-mindedness leads to instablity in all our ways (James 1:8).

If we start trying to please people instead of God, we’ll lose our liberty. Stability and freedom only come when we rest our identity in Christ and seek to obey Him. That’s why, when the Galatian church was misled by Judaizers, Paul said, “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1). Any yoke other than the Lord’s is burdensome, but Jesus’ yoke is easy and gives rest for our souls (Matt. 11:28-30).

Are you feeling defeated and weighed down by life? If so, you may be carrying a load that someone else put on you. Or maybe it’s your own standards that are weighing you down. There is a sense of freedom and rest that comes with walking in God’s grace. Each day you must choose to believe God and His Word instead of trusting in yourself or living under someone else’s yoke of expectations.

Secondly, if we try to please people, our success in the Christian life will be hindered. Paul compared the Galatians’ situation with a race, saying, “You were running well: who hin- dered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you” (Gal. 5:7-8). The word “hinder” means “to cut into.” This often occurred in the Greek Olympic Games when a runner cut into his opponent’s lane and knocked him off course.

And that’s what happens to us whenever we let others dictate how we should live the Christian life. Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t listen to and learn from fellow believers. Other Christians are often the best earthly help we have for spotting our mistakes and having the courage to fix them. But if they’re not guiding us according to God’s Word, they’ll lead us astray and knock us off God’s path. Christians can’t afford to be undiscerning about all the advice they’re given. That’s why it’s vital we know what God’s Word says. Then we’ll be able to recognize if someone is speaking truth or error.

Third, people-pleasing is harmful to the church. Paul warned, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough” (Gal. 5:9). When Christians count man-made church rules as more binding than scriptural truth, this faulty attitude soon infects others. Before long, believers start judging each other based on adherence to human standards rather than God’s. Respect for church leadership is important (Heb. 13:17). But it must be combined with the help of the Holy Spirit to discern whether rules are founded in true godliness.

Those who are truly spiritually mature will walk in the Spirit on the path of God’s grace. Their security in Christ gives them the confidence to face each day with joy, knowing that He is transforming, guiding, and protecting them. But those who try to live by man-made rules, self-imposed standards, or the expectations of others end up feeling tired and defeated.

Are you living in the freedom of God’s grace, or are you constantly wondering what others are thinking about you or how you measure up in their eyes? A walk of grace focuses on the Lord and all He has promised to do in and through you. Believe what He says in His Word and trust Him to meet your needs and guide you through life.

EVERYONE MUST STRIVE TO ENTER HEAVEN

What more can Jesus do? Is there anything to be added to the work Jesus has already done? Did He fail? Is there more to be done? If so, who is going to do anything that someone might believe needs to be done? NO! It is finished. The Son of God completed the will of the Father. So successful was He in doing the will of the Father that God Himself said of Jesus in Matthew 3:17, “…This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Revelation 22:18-19 specifies the punishment for those who would add or take away from the perfect work of Jesus Christ. These verses read: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” That is the final and a settled fact.

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Let it go sermon video by Bishop TD James

So, what did Jesus mean in Luke 13:24 when He said, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” If salvation is God’s free gift and Jesus has so fully paid the price, why must I strive? Because you have an enemy, the devil, who has come to rob, kill and destroy (John 10:10). The eternal all-sufficient price has been paid, and the enemy comes to take away God’s eternal gift. Therefore, we must strive to enter the strait gate. The Bible defines strive as ” to use exertions; to endeavor with earnestness; to labor hard; applicable to exertions of body or mind.” The Bible definition for seek is “To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to endeavor to find or gain…”

Jesus is alerting His children that we have a deadly enemy in this life. Jesus included this assurance in 1 John 2:14, “…I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wickedone.” We have the devil to overcome in his deadly efforts against us. God has given us this strength and power through faith in Christ. The battle may continue in this life, but we, through Christ, are more than conquerors, found in Romans 8:37.

Continue to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). Never cease striving, exerting, and laboring hard against Satan. Do not be guilty of just asking and seeking to enter into everlasting life. That is not sufficient to overcome the temptations, lies, and destructive works of hell.

Ask God for the Impossible

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.MARK 11:24

Most of us never experience outrageous things because we never dream of outrageous things. We are scared to hope or pray outrageous things because it feels unrealistic. Here, Jesus dares you to believe, act, and pray beyond all sensible limits. He invites you to engage in a tremendous adventure beyond what reasonable people would think possible. Really, a mountain being thrown into the sea?

Have faith in God,Jesus answered. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark 11:22-24).

But the essential point is true: God’s power is limitless. Unfortunately, our faith tends to struggle to catch up. Whenever you notice your faith shrinking, when you find yourself lowering your expectations of what God can do around and through you, remember Jesus’ incredible invitation. Then boldly ask . Believe. Anticipate. And see what incredible, impossible, outrageous acts of God will follow.

Courageous Faith

He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Psalm91:4

Fear is an overwhelming emotion that can take hold of us and cause irrationality to the point that we’re no longer dealing with reality. In fact, sometimes we can be more devastated by fear than the very thing we’re afraid of.

Psalm 91:4 tells us, “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler” (NKJV).

God will put His wings around us. He will protect us. And because of this, the psalmist is saying, we don’t have to be afraid. Why? Because He’s with us.

In addition, verses 9 and 10 include a promise: Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you (NKJV).

As we look at a frightening world, we can have courage—not because of who we are, but because God is with us.

Faith Is Action

Hebrews 11:7-16

Faith is often thought of as a thing we have—a belief in something or someone. But in the Scriptures, faith is more than a passive possession—it’s a firm confidence that results in action. In today’s passage, an action follows every mention of faith. Noah prepared an ark, Abraham obeyed without knowing where he was going, and Sarah confidently anticipated the son God promised.

Instead of sitting back, believers should count on God’s promises and act accordingly, as did the men and women listed in Hebrews 11. The Lord accomplished amazing feats through their lives when they believed Him and moved out in obedience. Like a muscle, faith grows the more we put it into action. In this way, believers strengthen their trust in God and His promises, even when they don’t live long enough to see the fulfillment in their lifetime.

Are you acting on your faith in God and His Word? When you see a command or warning in Scripture, do you obey it? Are you letting biblical truths about God’s character and power shape your thinking and responses? If so, your faith is growing strong.

The Law of the Spirit of Life.


Why believers still experience the effects of death in the body and soul if we have been set free from the law of sin and death. To receive the abundance of life that is in your spirit, you must believe and confess that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.

Revelation 12:11 – Sharing testimonies is how we overcome the devil. We can share the Gospel through sharing our testimonies.
No one can reason away your personal experience.
Reading testimonies about what Jesus has done is a faith-building exercise.

They overcame him because of the Lamb’s blood, and because of the word of their testimony. They didn’t love their life, even to death. (Revelation‬ ‭12:11‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Romans 8:1-2 – There is no condemnation at all for us from God because we are in Christ Jesus.
The law of sin and death came in when Adam sinned.
God never planned for man to experience death. It was man’s choice to sin, and this brought death into the world.
We have been freed from the law of sin and death.
The law of the Spirit of life is a higher law that transcends the law of sin and death.
The law of thrust and lift enables a plane to defy gravity and fly in the air.

Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.(Romans‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭NASB2020‬‬)

Jeremiah 29:11 – When you follow God, you are following the one who has good plans for your future.
When you follow the devil, there is nothing but destruction waiting in front of you.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

2 Corinthians 4:13 – Faith is speaking what you believe.

“But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, “I believed, and therefore I spoke.” We also believe, and therefore also we speak;” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Psalm 116:10 – This is where Paul quoted from.

“I believed, therefore I said, “I was greatly afflicted.”” (Psalms‬ ‭116:10‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Genesis 1:3-4 – God’s way is to speak first and then see the manifestation of what He spoke. We are made in the image of God.

“God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness.” (Genesis‬ ‭1:3-4‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Romans 10:9 – This is how you appropriate all the things of God: believing with the heart and speaking with the mouth.

“that if you will confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans‬ ‭10:9‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

1 Corinthians 1:30 – Whatever happened to Jesus has happened to you. You are in Christ.
When He died, you died with Him. You were buried with Him. You were resurrected with Him. You were seated with Him in Heaven.

“Because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption:” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭1:30‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Romans 8:3 – Sin was fully punished in Jesus’ flesh.

“For what the law couldn’t do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh;” (Romans‬ ‭8:3‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

2 Corinthians 5:17 – Your spirit is now a new creation.

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Romans 12:2 – Our spirit has been perfected, but our mind still has to be constantly renewed.

“Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.” (Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Ephesians 4:23 – Another confirmation that the mind has to be constantly renewed.

“and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,” (Ephesians‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Genesis 1:27 – Just as God has Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are also beings with three parts: spirit, soul, body.

“God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis‬ ‭1:27‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Genesis 2:7 – Adam’s body was like a mannequin at first before God breathed an eternal spirit into Adam.
When man dies in his body, his spirit has to be either housed in Heaven or Hell.

“Yahweh God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis‬ ‭2:7‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Genesis 2:17 – When Adam sinned, he died spiritually first, and eventually he died bodily.

“but you shall not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day that you eat of it, you will surely die.”” (Genesis‬ ‭2:17‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Why believers still experience the effects of death in the body and soul if we have been set free from the law of sin and death. To receive the abundance of life that is in your spirit, you must believe and confess that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Image Credits: New Creation Church

Let your soul be conscious of what has happened to your spirit. Believe and declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus!

​God designed for our spirit to lead the soul (mind, will, and emotions) and the body. The mind always wants to take control, but we bring it to submission through the spirit.
For example, when you first begin to pray in tongues, your mind may tell you to stop doing that because it does not understand what you are saying. Let your spirit take control by standing on the truth of God’s word.

Romans 8:5-6 -We believers set our minds on the things of the Spirit.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;” (Romans‬ ‭8:5-6‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

1 Corinthians 6:17 – God has made your spirit and the Holy Spirit one.

“But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:17‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

You are a spirit that has a soul and you live in a body.

John 4:23 – We commune with God in our spirit.

“But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to be his worshipers.” (John‬ ‭4:23‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

2 Corinthians 5:7 – We don’t depend on visible, tangible manifestations of God. We walk by faith and know that we always have communion with God in our spirit.

“for we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

1 Corinthians 14:14 – Praying in tongues is praying with the spirit, whereas praying with words is praying with the soul (the mind).

“For if I pray in another language, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭14:14‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Luke 15:24 – We were once dead in sin, but now we are alive in Christ.

“for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.’ They began to celebrate.” (Luke‬ ‭15:24‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

God guides us by intuition that comes from the spirit. Sense whether you have rest and peace before making a decision. If you are married, pray with your spouse first before deciding.

Hebrews 10:1-2 – If your sin debt has been paid, your conscience (in your spirit) will not keep feeling like there is still a debt owed.

“For the law, having a shadow of the good to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect those who draw near. Or else wouldn’t they have ceased to be offered, because the worshipers, having been once cleansed, would have had no more consciousness of sins?” (Hebrews‬ ‭10:1-2‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Hebrews 10:4 – There is no way that the blood of bulls and goats can take away sins.

“For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.” (Hebrews‬ ‭10:4‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Hebrews 10:11-12 – The Levitical priesthood cannot take away sins. But Jesus’ priesthood took away the condemnation of sin with just one perfect sacrifice for all time.

“Every priest indeed stands day by day serving and often offering the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins, but he, when he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God;” (Hebrews‬ ‭10:11-12‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Hebrews 10:17 – The Holy Spirit bears witnesses with our spirit that God is no longer holding our sins against us.

““I will remember their sins and their iniquities no more.”” (Hebrews‬ ‭10:17‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Hebrews 8:12 – This is the reason why the clauses in the New Covenant of Grace work for us.

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness. I will remember their sins and lawless deeds no more.”” (Hebrews‬ ‭8:12‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Romans 1:16-17 – The Gospel is the power of God that saves (in Greek: sozo) you. Not just salvation from Hell, but salvation from every evil and trouble.
The Greek structure of Romans 1:17 actually says “the righteous by faith will live”.
You are born again and alive because you are righteous by faith.
When you were a sinner, you were born as a baby who was dead in sin. When you were born again through faith, you were born righteous.

“For I am not ashamed of the Good News of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes; for the Jew first, and also for the Greek. For in it is revealed God’s righteousness from faith to faith. As it is written, “But the righteous shall live by faith.”” (Romans‬ ‭1:16-17‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

2 Corinthians 5:21 – We have become the righteousness of God in Christ. We must confess this.

“For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Isaiah 45:24-25 – We need to hear a truth again and again until we are established in it. Righteousness is found in the Lord (Christ).

“They will say of me, ‘There is righteousness and strength only in Yahweh.’” Even to him shall men come; and all those who raged against him shall be disappointed. All the offspring of Israel will be justified in Yahweh, and will rejoice!” (Isaiah‬ ‭45:24-25‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Isaiah 54:13-17 – Sickness is a form of oppression. When you are established in righteousness, sickness will be far from you.
No weapon that is formed against you will prosper. Even verbal and written attacks on social media are considered as weapons that have been formed.

“All your children will be taught by Yahweh; and your children’s peace will be great. In righteousness you will be established. You will be far from oppression, for you will not be afraid; and far from terror, for it shall not come near you. Behold, they may gather together, but not by me. Whoever gathers together against you will fall because of you. “Behold, I have created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame, and forges a weapon for his work; and I have created the destroyer to destroy. No weapon that is formed against you will prevail; and you will condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of Yahweh’s servants, and their righteousness is of me,” says Yahweh.” (Isaiah‬ ‭54:13-17‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Acts 13:38-39 – This is a sample of what the apostle Paul preached.
Many people are only preaching forgiveness of sins but not the gift of righteousness.
We need to depend on the gift of righteousness because it is the best gift of all. It is the blessing of Abraham—he was counted righteous through faith.

“Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man is proclaimed to you remission of sins, and by him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.” (Acts‬ ‭13:38-39‬ ‭WEB‬)

Romans 8:8-11 – Believers are not in the flesh but in the Spirit. You are the righteousness of God in Christ.
Your body is dead because of sin in your flesh, but your spirit is alive (and full of life) because of righteousness.
The Holy Spirit in you will give life to your mortal body! This is not talking about the Rapture.
Confess that you are the righteousness of God in Christ so that the life in your spirit can flow out into your soul and body.
This is the weak link that is blocking believers from seeing their healing because they do not believe that they are righteous.
Let your soul realm even feel righteous—let this truth affect your emotions. Set your mind on how righteous you are in Christ.

“Those who are in the flesh can’t please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man doesn’t have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his. If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans‬ ‭8:8-11‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Philippians 3:21 – When the Rapture happens, your mortal body will be transformed into an immortal body. It is not just life given to your mortal body.

“who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself.” (Philippians‬ ‭3:21‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Hebrews 3:1 – What “confession” is this talking about?

“Therefore, holy brothers, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Jesus;” (Hebrews‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Hebrews 4:14 – We don’t hold fast to our confession of sin.

“Having then a great high priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold tightly to our confession.” (Hebrews‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

Hebrews 10:23 – We hold fast to our confession of hope.

“let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews‬ ‭10:23‬ ‭WEB‬‬)

1 Thessalonians 5:23 – God’s desire is for you to be made whole in body, soul, and spirit. Your soul is still playing catch up to what has already happened in your spirit.

“May the God of peace himself sanctify you completely. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:23‬ ‭WEB‬‬)