Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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When You are Feeling Discouraged

** I have the privilege of being a part of a vibrant prayer chain in the service of our Lord and Savior.  The following was written as an outpouring to that body:  Sometimes it seems as though everything, including the kitchen sink (and far worse) is being thrown out upon the body of believers by that liar of all liars, as he endeavors to ‘act’ like a roaring lion seeking whom he may destroy.  I refuse to even mention his name for he is not worthy of having one.  Rather, I submit for our remembrance, especially during the trials of life, that we serve Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH!” There is power in the name of Jesus, and it is in His name that we have the victory over the enemy, for even death has been defeated.  PRAISE THE NAME OF JESUS!!   


          Why doesn’t God heal every born again believer of every disease or infliction?  My answer of course is “I don’t know.”  Many years ago, the Lord spoke to my heart these words as I was about to enter my home: “If you were to loose this house and every thing within in it, God will still be God.”  I said to Him: “OK Lord, I don’t understand or know why you are telling me this, but I recognize that it is you speaking to me.”  Over the years, I was reminded of that statement time and time again.  He revealed, at least in part, what He had wanted me to know: “God is neither limited to nor defined by what happens to us in life.  Knowing this should help us to understand that it is not what happens to us in life that is important, but rather our response to God in the midst of whatever is taking place.  Over time, I began to understand that God is always in control, no matter how chaotic the world or our lives may appear.  In addition, as the trials, tribulations, or afflictions came upon me, I learned that how to deal with situations was not best understood through the question “Why me Lord?” but rather “Alright Lord, what is it you want me to learn in and through this?”  Then more recently, through one of my writing adventures, He revealed more of His meaning of the words which He had originally spoken to me: “When you suffered through asthma, was I not still God?  When you had three early miscarriages, was I not still God?  When you began to hemorrhage in the seventh month of pregnancy, and lost a baby girl due to multiple birth defects was I still not God?  When doctors advised you not to get pregnant again, and yet you chose to put your trust in Me, and you were delivered of your third child, a beautiful healthy baby boy, was I not still God?”  I could go on and on, but I think I was beginning to understand more, little by little.

          Does God still heal miraculously and instantly? Yes, without a doubt.  When He walked the earth, could He have healed and delivered every one around Him instantly by the power of His word or the touch of His hand? Yes, He could have, but He did not. Doubt and unbelief often had much to do with who was or was not healed.  Other times, they had nothing to do with it, but rather sometimes prayers for healing or deliverance were met with the answer, “My grace is sufficient for Thee.”  On the surface, that may look as though God was playing favorites; but not so.  You and I must remember that God sees the beginning, the end, and all that is in between, while we see only in part.  As you and I may be crying out to God, “Lord, I beg you to take me out of the fire NOW!” His answer may be, “No, but I’ll go through the fire with you, and you will come out stronger on the other side.” 

          I can just hear the skepticism that initially comes to our thoughts: “Ha, stronger you say?  Look at Joni Erickson Tada, doomed to a life as a quadriplegic; how is that strength for her?”  Because we are yet mortals, we look at the present as if life in this world were of supreme importance.  Again, our view and insight is finite, but God’s is infinite.  Her body may be weak, yet she is made stronger and stronger in the spirit.  In addition, her life has been an inspiration and drawn many to faith in the Lord. Though her body is withered, yet the strength of the Lord shines out with such a mighty force that it not only makes her able to stand against the fiery darts of the enemy, but also inspires others to seek the God that she serves.

          Loved ones in the Lord let us encourage one another in the midst of the stormy seas of life.  Though afflictions may occur, and the battle may seem endless at times, let us take heart in the knowledge that we have the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Yes, we celebrate with gratitude unto the Lord for the gift of life that God has granted unto us.  We are to fight the good fight while we have our being, and to serve the Lord with gladness.  The time is growing short, for Jesus may come at any time, and none of us is guaranteed a tomorrow.  Let us live each day with urgency and a sense of purpose, as it may be our last chance to praise the Lord on this side of life. It may be our last chance to pray for someone, or to touch the life another that they too might believe.  Perhaps another may choose to believe in  and follow God the Father, God the Son- Jesus, the one and only risen Lord, and God the Holy Spirit, who lives within us.

          Oh how our hearts do burn within us, when we take the time to commune with the Holy Spirit whom He sent to LIVE within every believer.  Oh the joy of being in His presence every time we turn our hearts to Him, to be with Him through His word by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Oh Lord Jesus, let us have ears to hear as we draw near to Thee, to bask in the light of your word and revel in the power of your love as you pour it into our lives till we are filled to overflowing.  Help us to yearn daily to seek you that we may “be being filled” daily with the peace of Thy Holy Spirit who guides and leads us into all truth.

          I know it seems sometimes as if everything that can be thrown at us, it being thrown at us to try to keep us down and destroy us.  At times, there are even those that look at the circumstances of our lives and say “Ha!  And just where is your mighty God now?”  They are the ones to be most pitied, for they have be deceived into thinking and living as though this present and temporary life on earth is all there is, and more important than anything else.  We have the mystery and secrets of the Lord written on the tablets of our hearts.  Let us arise and shout with the joy of the Lord!  From outward appearances, it may look as if we have been defeated in more than one battle.  But that is only because they have not the eyes to see the spiritual battles that have been won within us.  Nor are they able to know that the War has already been won through faith in Jesus Christ. 

          What is it that I pray to impart which each of us may carry within us this day?  First, live this day as unto the Lord, but live it not as though this is all there is to life.  Our life on earth is but a moment in time, and its purpose is that we may glorify the Lord in all our ways.  Far more important is our eternal life to come.  Keep our eyes not on the things of this world, but on God and the things that He has prepared for us: our life to come with Him, in His eternal kingdom, where there will be no more suffering, but only the joy of the Lord forever and ever.  Every day that goes by means that we are another day closer to going to be with Him.  Live life with a purpose!  That’s why the word tells us: “TODAY IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HATH MADE; REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT!” and “TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION!”

          Loved ones let not your hearts be troubled, for our hope is not in the things of this world, but in our Lord and all that He has done and provided for us.  Remember, no matter what is happening, we are living in a win/win situation.  Afflictions are but for a moment, but victory over pain, sorrow, disease, sin and death is ours in the name of Jesus. We know the end of the story, and it says “World without End Forever and Ever.”  There is no sorrow that Heaven can not heal.  “Let God Arise and His Enemies Be Scattered.”  LIVE TODAY FOR THE LORD THAT YOU MAY LIVE ALL YOUR TOMORROWS WITH THE LORD!!!           

          The word of the Lord is powerful and a two edged sword.  “He sent his word and healed them.”  If we have not it is because we ask not, or because we ask amiss.  I never refrain from asking for the miraculous to be worked by the Lord.  But whether the miraculous comes instantly or is delivered through other avenues of His choosing over a period of time, all is done in and through Him; therefore, the one is just as miraculous as the other.  “Let the meditations of our hearts and the words of our mouths be pleasing in His sight.”  “His word does not go forth and return void, but accomplishes that which it was sent to do.”


Trust and depend upon the Lord and the truth of His Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Psalm 34:17-19 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 40:31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 42:16 And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

Philippians 4:1-9 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

II Cor. 4: 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.


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