A mandate is: Authorization to act; to authorize or decree (a particular action); any authoritative order or command. A mandate is something that is given to you by your superior or maybe even a court official and it orders you to take specific action. A document that gives an official command or instructions is called a mandate (dictionary.com)
Jesus gave us a mandate in Mark 16:16-18
“He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues ; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover .”
The HEAL Mandate takes the four letters of the word ‘heal’ and brings a simple directive from the Lord that can guide all believers. Holy Spirit is the power enabling all believers to walk in the mandates of heaven.
All life flows from the heart. We are called to heal the hearts of individuals, churches, organizations, cities and nations. Healing the body, soul and spirit.
Walking in kindness and love is key.
Don’t lose your grip on love and loyalty. Tie them around your neck; carve their initials in your heart. Earn a reputation for loving well in God’s eyes and the eyes of the people. Proverbs 3:3-4 The Message
We are also called to HEAL the breach.
A breach is:
A gap; violation (as in the law); severance of friendly relations
Biblical definition Hebrews Strongs 6556: Perets
gap, bursting forth, broken wall,
outburst (God’s wrath)
Therefore He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, to turn away His wrath from destroying them. Psalm 106:23
We heal the breach through intercession, acts of kindness and the ministry of Jesus Christ as commanded.
Other Scripture References: 1 Kings 11:27; Nehemiah 6:1; Isaiah 58:12 (called the repairer of the breach)
- Encourage hearts
- Encourage life
- Encourage blessings
- Encourage truth
- Encouragement releases faith and hope.
- Encourage people to run the race and not give up
- To inspire with courage, spirit or confidence
- To promote, advance, boost, help forward
- Give hope to, raise up, give support
- Stimulate by guidance
Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again, stay with God.
Psalm 27:14 The Message
If you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. Romans 12:8 The Message
Encouragement is powerful. Prophetic, life giving, hope building, faith releasing power of God.
Never walk away from someone who deserves help. Your hand is God’s hand for that person. Proverbs 3:27 The Message
Encouragement is released through the Word of God, teaching, preaching, writings, prophetic ministry, healing ministry, and standing ‘As One’ with others.
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
But encourage one another day after day…Hebrews 3:13a
- To awake, waken
- Synonyms: stimulate, activate, enliven, call, incite, kindle, revive
Strongs 5782: Rouse oneself, awake, incite, awaken: stir up, be excited, be triumphant
This He said, and after that He said to them, “our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.
John 11:11 The Message
Awaken – Resurrection Power – Enliven –Revive – Refresh – Renew – Renaissance
- Bring forth Life
- Bring forth Hope
- Bring forth greater faith
- Bring forth power to conceive and birth the dreams of God
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us then when we believed.
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Awake, my glory! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations. For Your lovingkindness is great to the heavens and Your truth to the clouds. Be exalted above the heavens, O God; Let Your glory be above all the earth.
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19
- Love wraps the entire mandate.
- Love is the glue.
- Love is the mandate.
- The purpose of love is to be like Jesus, who revealed the Father – He is our model.
- Love heals, love encourages, love awakens!
- Love is a lifestyle, the very essence of true religion. (See James 1:27)
And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” Luke 10:27
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another. John 15:12-17
Practice real love my dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
1John 3:18-21 Message
Other scripture references: John 15; John 17:26; John 21:15; 1John 4:7-21
(All scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible unless otherwise noted)