TOO BUSY?

Posted: February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

TOO BUSY?.

 

Creepy and true – thanks for the reminder!

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Have you ever caught yourself saying things like:GoodFruit

– “I am never going to get better”
– “I always get the flu”
– “I know I won’t get that job”
– “I never win”
– “I will never lose weight”

I know that I have, and it is something that I am working on because it is one of the most important things to get a grasp of for healing in all the areas of our life. We need to learn to expect that what we say will come to pass, because we have been given authority and dominion by God. And it does not just apply to those things around us, but ourselves, which is why we must use life speaking language.

Matthew 12:35-37

The Message (MSG)

33 “If you grow a healthy tree, you’ll pick healthy fruit. If you grow a diseased tree, you’ll pick worm-eaten fruit. The fruit tells you about the tree.

35-37 A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

What a powerful verse for us to remember. I like the analogy of the trees – how true it is. It does beg the question, how do I grow a healthy tree? How do I produce that healthy fruit?

Luke 6:45

King James Version (KJV)

45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

The good treasure in our heart is the Holy Spirit, the word of God….faith. In order for us to be healed and stay healed, we need to fertilize our heart and soul with the word of God, prayer, and communion with the Holy Spirit. We need to praise the One who gives us true life – we need to speak those things that God says we are!

What does God say I am?

– I have access to the Father (Eph 2:18)
– I have been brought near to God through Christ’s blood (Eph 2:13)
– I have been called (Eph 4:1; 2Ti 1:9)
– I have been chosen and God desires me to bear fruit (Jn 15:1,5)
– I have been established, anointed and sealed by God (2Co 1:21-22)
– I have been justified (Ro 5:1)
– I have been shown the incomparable riches of God’s grace (Eph 2:7)
– I have God’s power (Eph 6:10)

(The above comes from http://teachingsundayschool.blogspot.com/2010/02/100-things-bible-says-about-me.html – along with 92 others are listed).

So I challenge you to remember who God says you are and claim it with your heart and mouth, confessing all that God says you are and all that He says you can do, and expect what you say will come to pass.

Blessings,

Bob

One Exchange, No Returns!

Posted: January 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Have you ever heard someone say ” I wanna see people get saved and stay saved”?TrueGift

I really have an issue with the  “stay saved” part – I think there is nothing more detrimental to healing than feeling “less than” in the eyes of God, others, or ourselves.

Many of us may have had a man/woman who may have introduced us to the love of God, taught us about the Word, and baptized us which is wonderful and all part of His plan – – but they did not save us, Jesus did.

John 14:6

King James Version (KJV)

6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Ephesians 2:8-9

New International Version (NIV)

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

Since no one but Jesus can save us, how can anyone  “keep us saved”, including ourselves? God did not walk this earth healing, loving, teaching, and finally sacrificing Himself on the cross just to setup a revolving door to salvation and righteousness. God knows who we are, He made us:

Psalm 139:14-16

New International Version (NIV)

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

When Christ walked the earth, he came knowing that we were not perfect and could never fulfill the law of the Old Testament. He knew He would have to be the perfect sacrifice so that man could have access to salvation, righteousness, and open heavens.

I am also confident that even after we have accepted Him as our Savior, He knew we might be less than perfect 100% of the time – but if we fail after knowing Him, do the gates of Heaven close? If we sin, will he disown us? If we fall, must we be baptized again and again? If that is true, I might as well live in a baptismal!

No, God is pretty clear about Salvation, it is a GIFT that we receive through His grace, mercy, and unmerited favor – and since He is our salvation, I look to His Word to help me:

John 10:28-29

New International Version (NIV)

28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[a]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand

Romans 8:38-39

New International Version (NIV)

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 5:13

New International Version (NIV)

Concluding Affirmations

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.

May God bless you and protect you through all of your days!

Bob

Recently, my wife shared a story about how an individual who she knew ( through her WordPress blog),  who had struggled valiantly against some very deep and emotional scars, and was taking steps towards healing working with the true Healer(Jesus) I love youand her therapist. From what I have been told, she opened up and shared all of her feelings and experiences, that quite frankly, many of us are either too ashamed to admit or may have some condemnation when reading her blogs. What happened to her, what she had been through, had been causing her pain and suffering for many years. She lived through a nightmare most people wake up from, but for her, it must have been played in her head and heart every day, over and over again – FRIGHTENING.  It appears she was a very open and honest person about what she had been through and how it affected her – her name was Sara.

I did not know Sara, but God knew Sara. I do not know what happened to Sara, but Jesus knew what happened to Sara. I do not know how Sara felt, but the Holy Spirit knew how Sara felt – and they all WEPT.

You see, it is quite simple – God is Good – he does not do bad things to people, he does not hurt them, molest them, kill them, beat them, verbally abuse them, sexually abuse them, etc.

John 10:10
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have
come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

I have no idea how hard it was to open up to God, her therapist, and the world about what she went through, what she was going through –  but she had the courage of David facing the giants in the Old Testament. I thank Sara for her courage and allowing others to share their heart and hopefully find the healing that they need, and realize that our pain/fear must be addressed, no matter how difficult.

The one thing that I do know is that Sara is now healed – not an easy thing for any of us to accept, but we have God’s Word on that!

Revelation 21:4

Amplified Bible (AMP)

4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

Job 19:25-26

New King James Version (NKJV)

25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth; 26 And after my skin is destroyed, this I know, That in my flesh I shall see God,

Sara, I never knew you, never knew what you went through, but I know that He did and you are with Him, and I rejoice in the final healing. Thank you for your bravery, your openness, and your honesty.

May God bless Sara’s family and heal them, in the most wonderful and mighty name of Jesus!

Bob

This will probably be one of the painful posts for me to write because my wife and I both lost our mother’s last year. The feelings that I experienced were sadness, fear, anger, self-doubt, challenged faith, disappointment, and the list goes on

I remember pouring my heart out to God to heal my mother – joined in hand by my wife, my father, and my aunt and uncle. As we prayed, I felt the closeness of the Lord and put my faith in Him. Mom did have a couple good days after that and I was hopeful and standing in faith that she would be healed, but it soon became apparent that her health was failing. We continued to pray and visited almost everyday.jesus-outside-the-empty-tomb_thumb

My wife and I played music for my mother, singing praise songs and proclaiming the Word over her. I know it comforted it her, and again I felt the presence of Him in the room.

One of the hardest things I experienced was when we took her to see the oncologist from the nursing home. Although she was in pain, she wanted to hear from him what was going on, which was just like her. As our family gathered in the room, the oncologist said what we thought he might say, but then my mother, even though it was hard to speak, said “Am I going to die”, and his response was that he did not see her recovering from this episode.

I still prayed for a miracle, but started to ask God that if it was not His will to heal her, that he would usher her home so she would not have to suffer. We met with the palliative care team (may God bless all of these folks!) and we came up with a plan for pain management. They talked to her and wanted to meet her needs.

It really was not long after that mom really went downhill. I remember my wife reading “Fathers Love Letter” with tears streaming down her eyes, comforting her – she was an angel in the flesh – confirming Mom’s salvation, letting her know that Jesus would guide her home, letting her know she was loved.

As the time approached, all I could ask God to do was to let her go home, in my heart and mind, I screamed Please Father, please just take her home, no more pain, more fear, no more tears.

Not long after that, as a tear rolled from her eye, God answered our prayers and took her home. I knew she was not here anymore, but there, in the place that had been prepared for her by Jesus.

No man likes to admit that he cries, but I cried from the very depth of my soul as the feeling of loss was so profound, so painful.

I have to admit that many times during this my faith was not perfect, my fear was high, and I was angry at God. I knew who He was and what He can do – I know that His ways are above all, the Beginning and End, but I was still angry and hurt.

I asked Him was it my faith, was it Mom’s faith? I knew that the cancer was not from Him but I also knew that He could have made her whole for me….and that is what has hit me since, why didn’t he do it for me – what a selfish and somewhat childish thing to say.

As I prayed for His guidance in the days that followed, He reminded me of a few things:

He has prepared a place where the healing of all His children is complete.

Revelation 21:4

Amplified Bible (AMP)

4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

He reminded of past healing

Mom had survived cancer twice before, and I remember the 2nd bout and her saying she did not know if she could do it, that she was tired and did not want to fight – but Father gave her the strength to do so and she was healed!

For better or for worse

In other words, we need to remember that the God of all the great things in our life is also the God with us in the valley. The apostle Paul requested three times to be healed of his “thorn in the flesh.” The response from the Lord? “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”.

God told me I know how you feel

As Jesus was nearing the end of His sacrifice:

Matthew 27:46

The Message (MSG)

45-46 From noon to three, the whole earth was dark. Around midafternoon Jesus groaned out of the depths, crying loudly, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

And God the Father must have been suffering as well, watching his Son suffer, knowing this was the only way for men to once again be righteous, to have a relationship with Him, to open the heavens and destroy the veil between man and God.

Matthew 27:51-53

New King James Version (NKJV)

51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

I think that there is no answer that I or any human can give as to why someone is healed or not, but I do know and still believe that my God is a healer, that He loves us, and He is good!

May God bless you all in the name of Jesus!

Bob

As we begin to step out in faith and learn about healing, our initial step should be to find out what God says about healing. Our preconceived notions, experiences, and feelings have no impact on what God’s word says about healing. His word is the truth, and just like Him, His word has been, His Word is, and His word will be forever, Hallelujah!

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Psalm 145:9

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 The Lord is good to all, And His tender mercies are over all His works.

Acts 10:38

New King James Version (NKJV)

38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

These scriptures describe the nature of God and what we mean to Him. As a believer, when I read this and internalize it, I can no longer say that I do not deserve healing because I am not good enough, because His tender mercies are over all His works. I also know that Jesus, the Son of God, went about His life and ministry “doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

I think it also very important to point out that in our new covenant with Christ, no where in the Bible does it say that God causes sickness, that He makes people ill – – it is the other guy, the devil. I will not spend much time discussing the other guy, because he likes that – he likes people’s hearts to question the mercy of God when it is him doing ill. He loves to whisper into the ears of those that are burdened, weary, guilty, and fearful. That is why we must focus on the Word of God for healing, for therein lies the promises of  hope, healing, and strength against attacks on our health.

John 6:63

New King James Version (NKJV)

63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

When we are saved, we have access to righteousness through the sacrifice of Christ – we need to remember that when a valley is ahead of us or around us. By reading the Word of God, we sustain the light of His spirit within us, sustaining us

Let’s encourage ourselves by spending a little more time with God by reading about who He is and what He thinks about us!

Hebrews 4:12

New King James Version (NKJV)

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Blessings,

Bob

healingMy name is Bob. I am married to the most beautiful woman I have ever known, Diana. She started a blog about things she has experienced and with words of promise. She has challeneged me to be brutally honest.

I have been challenged with many things in my life: divorce, addiction, sexual abuse, fear, sadness, and emptiness.

Recently, I have been challenged with accepting healing, from the One that has paid the price. Accepting Jesus as my Savior and my path to Heaven was easier than accepting the Truth in the same Word that promised healing. There are many things that I need to change, and perhaps this is why the time is now to confront them.

  1. Maybe you are like me and think that you do not deserve the grace of healing.
  2. Maybe you think what you have done is worse than what “he or she did”.
  3. Maybe you believe that you think healing is for someone more deserving.
  4. Maybe, you think you deserve what is happening in your life.
  5. Maybe, you and I do not really comprehend what Grace is…

That is NOT from God.

As we begin on this path, I know several things:

  1. God is LOVE.
  2. The Devil comes to kill and destroy.
  3. Healing requires faith.
  4. By His stripes we are healed.
  5. We have to listen to the Light, and not the demons who say we are not good enough.
  6. Just as He has forgiven us, we MUST forgive ourselves.

So, if you are so inclined, follow me on this journey, and together we will be healed!

Thank you Jesus!

Bob