Holy Water Well

Posted: March 8, 2013 in Uncategorized

I have not posted as of late so it is time for me to get back to writing.

In my church, one of my pastor’s say’s sometimes we do “stupid” – “stupid” is another word for sin. I guess I need to call it what it is – sin. Ugly before God, and painful for all those involved. Sin is insideous, it is crafty, it kills, it destroys, it condemns. I am not trying to give power to sin, but to not acknowledge it’s impact on our and others lives is foolishness.

Recently, I did something very terrible – I confessed, I asked for forgiveness from God, I had hands laid upon me, I have prayed, and I have read – but sometimes I feel I need a well of holy water so when I take a shower, drink water, wash my hands I can get it washed off all over again. Guess I have some work to do.

I understand that Christ forgave me and He has forgotten what has happened, and I know that He will help me get where I need to be if I let Him. My faith in these things is strong.

However, life is less easy to get moving forward. For me, it is forgiveness from those affected – that they have to go through some of the repercussions of my action, and that they memories of it. What do I do about that? Not so easy. If we have hurt someone, their feelings are their feelings – raw, real, and present. Any little thing might remind them of the hurt and they relive the whole thing over and over again.

As I prayed to God about this, He reminded me that He made me and He made them. He is the one that can heal their hearts and remind them of who they are to Him, just like He does for me. What I can do is pray for blessings, strength, courage, healing, freedom, love, hope, and peace for their lives.  As far a memories in these situations, what I can do is create new ones that will bless their lives and hearts.

He also reminded me that He has the answer for my life – He always had, if only I would follow and listen to Him. I am reading a book called “Roll Away Your Stone” by Dutch Sheets. He talks about the Yoke:

Matthew 11:30

New International Version (NIV)

30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Sheets discusses the yoke a little more differently and honestly than I have heard before. I mean, a yoke is a yoke –

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A yoke is a wooden beam, normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do; some yokes are fitted to individual animals. There are several types of yoke, used in different cultures, and for different types of oxen. A pair of oxen may be called a yoke of oxen, and yoke is also a verb, as in “to yoke a pair of oxen”. Other animals that may be yoked include horses, mules, donkeys and water buffalo.

Sheets reminded me that if I am yoked to Christ, I will be led by Him and he will help me get to where I need to go – but it is still work, it will be uncomfortable at times, and I may not want to go where He goes – but if I choose to be yoked with Him, He can see me through it and I can achieve my destiny and avert the ramifications of being yoked to my flesh. Praise God that He is ever willing to lead us if we would just follow!

Today I stand on His promises and His Word!

Blessings,

Bob

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Fwd: Faith

Posted: February 16, 2013 in Faith, Healing, Speaking Faith, Uncategorized
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Have you ever gotten one of these:

If you love God…then you will send this email to ten people and God will bless you.

or

Forward this to ten people or God will smite you!email

Well, I want to be honest about this and admit in the past I have gotten them and forwarded them. When I did, I did not really think about it much. Did I actually believe what the email said? Not really. Did I think about how someone who did not know God might respond? Nope. Did I even have a feeling or quiet prayer for those whose inboxes I just help fill a little more? Nope.

I truly believe people need a kind word, or a good thought at certain times during the day which is why I might have forwarded someone else’s words and thoughts, and perhaps it did accomplish the task – but I cannot be certain it did. What I am re-evaluating is what was in those emails.

The whole “if you” and “then” part is the most troubling. The formula for our Salvation was planned by God with a great Sacrifice. Who am I to send an email to someone and say because they do not forward something they will be judged or they do not love God – simple, I can’t.

If I think about someone who does not have a relationship with God, and they get these emails, I am pretty sure they will not be a step closer to Him – and it may make them take a step back.

The last thought I had about was the impersonality of clicking forward and just clicking names with little or no thought – spreading the Gospel? Probably not. Sharing the love? Not Really. Spamming? Ummmm.

Jesus died for all us, and I am pretty sure that He does not have to do it again because I did not forward an email to 10 people in 30 seconds.

Scripture says:

2 Corinthians 5:10

New International Version (NIV)

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

When I have read this verse in the past I said ” Oh boy” – I am in trouble! Luckily with the help of many spiritual partners in my life they reminded me not to take a verse out of context and look at the whole Word of God (++see commentary below).

So I have decided to do something different. If I get that email, I will pray for that person. If I read a comment on a blog or website and they are criticising God, I will pray for them. If someone is on my heart, I will hold them up in prayer or maybe even call them. To me, that will have more impact than a Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:Fwd:Fwd God loves you email.

Thank you Lord for the many avenues of opportunity to share our faith in this modern world, and help us use it as you might to reach those that are lost and those hurting in need.

Blessings,

Bob

DISCLAIMER: I hold no judgement on anyone that has done, is doing, or will do this.

++5:10 Degrees of reward in heaven are taught in this verse. Though Christians have their sins forgiven and will never suffer the punishments of hell  Rom. (6:23; 8:1), they will all nonetheless stand before Christ at the Day of Judgment, to receive various degrees of reward for what they have done in this life (Matt. 6:20; Luke 19:11-27; 1 Cor. 3:12-15) This judgment will include a disclosure and evaluation of the motives of our hearts (1 Cor:4-5)

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TOO BUSY?

Posted: February 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

TOO BUSY?.

 

Creepy and true – thanks for the reminder!

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