Are you not sick?

Are we not sick and in need of healing? I’m not just referring to ailments or broken bones – the cold or flu –

I’m talking sickness that we cannot see – the kind that lies in our souls like a disease that can lie dormant for years without detection.

What if you don’t think you’re sick?

What if you told your doctor to cancel a surgery he thinks you should have and that you no longer need the medicine he was giving you? Of course, I believe in miraculous healing, but beyond an instant, supernatural healing, would you stop taking medicine because you simply don’t recognize that you are sick?

The world around us is so sick that it no longer thinks it’s sick.

It’s not until we admit that we are sick – and surrender ourselves to God that we can actually be healed though.

What if we miss out on the healing that we need from God simply because we believe we aren’t sick and in need of his healing?

Mark 2:17  When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

I don’t know about you – but I was far from whole when I first realized that I needed the healing of God.

I don’t mean washing my hands so I have a “clear conscience” but the kind of clean that comes from a deep cleansing from head to foot – kind of like a car wash doesn’t just get your car a little wet – but completely scours your car first with soap and scrubbing, then a refreshing clean water rinse.

I remember baths given by my Grandmother when I was young – ever experience one of those kind of baths that left your skin raw, red, and sore – but so squeaky clean?

The devil has made our society so comfortable by overwhelming us with choices that God never intended us to have, that we can no longer see him in our daily lives. Satan then speaks to us through his own form of reason – beginning first as a small whisper – and then as we begin to listen, he turns up the volume until we can no longer hear anyone but him.

I guess we all know how successful satan was in applying reason to Eve don’t we?

Genesis 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

What happens when there is applied so much of our own reason that we believe we are in complete control of ourselves?

Proverbs 3:5  Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

When In Need – Pray For Someone Else

I’ll be honest with you – I’m so glad that God hasn’t asked that we die on a cross for our neighbors – all he wants us to do is pray for each other!

James 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

I’ve had people I’ve offered to pray for say, “that’s great – but what is that going to do to solve my problems right now?

Seems to me God has told us how important praying for each other is –

If you believe that taking your needs to God in prayer is important – just think how God has said how important we can be for each other in prayer.

We’ve all asked God for help have we not? That’s the easy part, because we know that God is indeed our helper. But do we always recognize the ways in which he brings us help?

What if God answers your cries for help by bringing you help from your enemy? What would you do?

You’ve been praying for your enemies, right?

What if God uses an unlikely source to answer your prayers – would you recognize God in that source?

Maybe you’ve seen me use this story once or twice –

A man’s boat is sinking at sea and he prays to God for deliverance. After a few hours, a large tanker ship comes into view and offers to save him – the man refuses because he has faith that God will save him – so the ship moves on. Then hours later, a helicopter flies overhead and drops the man a rope -but he waves the helicopter off because he if so sure that God is going to save him. Finally, the boat sinks and the man drowns. In heaven, the man asks God why he didn’t save him while his boat was sinking. God replied, “what happened to the ship and the helicopter I sent to you?”

Back in the days when I was homeless, I was always asking God for help – probably got on his nerves a bit for always being so needy I’m sure.

Problem is, I was consumed with asking God to help me and never once did I pray for those around me who were also homeless.

And yet……

One day, a fellow homeless person offered me help. I was surprised and I felt that I couldn’t possibly accept help from another homeless person because I felt a bit ashamed that someone who possibly needed help more than I did would offer me help.

Reminds me of this story

Two men are stranded on an island and decided to split up to conserve resources. The first man prayed for food, clothes, and shelter. He was so thankful that God had provided all that he needed. One day, the man began wondering how his friend was doing on the other side of the island, so he decided to find him and see. When he found his friend, he was shocked at how his friend appeared to be barely surviving; hardly any clothes, no shelter, and by the looks of him, no food to eat either. The first man immediately inquired of his friend as to why he was in this state, had he not been praying properly like he himself had done? Well, eventually, the first man died and when he arrived in heaven, he thanked God for taking care of him on the island. He asked God why he had not taken care of his friend as well. God said, “while you were praying for yourself, your friend was spending his time praying for you.”

 Ephesians 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 

Need someone to pray with you? I am always ready and willing to pray with you right here – or better yet – visit World Prayr

 

Rejection?

Planting Potatoes:

A good read that I would like to share with all my friends, God bless!

Originally posted on See, there's this thing called biology...:

lupineI had a lovely lunch with hubby at the foot of a snow-capped mountain today, overlooking a field of wildflowers. The sun was shining, there was a light breeze, and it was just bedazzling. My head was in the clouds as usual, but this time it was literally in the clouds, as in we were above them and looking down. Watching all that water vapor and mist swirl around is just enchanting. Hubby is enchanting too, least he think I was more impressed with the lupine than with him ;)

It’s an odd juxtaposition, a bit incongruent to go from that delightful setting, “the hills are alive with the sound of music,” to the pain of rejection and all the human misery to be found there, but it has been on my mind all day. Rejection just stinks. It is a part of the human experience and we all go…

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Promises

I love promises don’t you?

When I was a kid, promises meant the world to me.

Promises from my Grandfather that he would take me fishing –

Promises from my Grandmother that she would buy us an ice cream cone when we went to town.

So many wonderful promises – so much hope!

I also remember the disappointment that came when a promise was broken.

But oh the limitless joy that comes with the promises that God has made us!

Not just the joy that comes from knowing all the promises that our father in heaven has made to us – but the kind of joy that makes us feel loved and protected.

Psalm 89:8 O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?

And the best part?  The sweet joyful knowledge that God’s promises will never be broken!

EVER!

I grew up with people in my life who made a lot of promises to me – and as I grew – I learned to recognize an empty promise when I heard one. The reason I knew they were empty was because these people were not faithful to me.

The reason God’s promises are so real is because we know he is – and has proven to be – faithful to us!

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ultimate Sacrifice

As we prepare to mark another Memorial Day, I have already heard the phrase “ultimate sacrifice” several times, and will no doubt here it again the rest of this weekend.

Many people did, indeed, make the ultimate sacrifice in giving their very lives in defense of our country, and we should remember them every day –

even beyond Memorial Day!

But this year, a thought has occurred to me that there is one who first made the “ultimate sacrifice” for man –

JESUS CHRIST

While living, Jesus taught the world how to live, and in dying, he taught the world what making the “ultimate sacrifice” really means.

Jesus wasn’t conscripted to die for us – although he was obeying our father in heaven.

Jesus was not ordered into harms way where he could possibly lose his life –

he gladly went and he offered no defense to those who claimed they could save his life.

Am I the only one who thinks it is a sad irony that the same people who claimed to have the power to save his life, also were the ones who sent Jesus to his death?

(perhaps this is a rabbit hole to followed another time?)

Jesus had so much love for man that he did not run

because he knew his dying could save us all.

Many men and women in our modern times chose not to run from harms way because they believed giving their lives could save others.

But just as the death of Jesus made it possible for us to be saved for eternity, others have died for us that has made it possible for us to be free while living in this world.

I find it tragic and sad that there is so much hate in the world – and yet – many have chose to die for us in so many wars that one would think we have so much love in the world that there would be no need for war.

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

God bless those who have made the “ultimate sacrifice” – including families who have given their loved ones – in the defense of our country.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

                                                  What’s in a flag?

I Lift up my eyes: Secret Santa Blog Day

Planting Potatoes:

Not sure who actually wrote this – seems to be a secret santa sort of day around here – but I wanted to share with my friends anyway! :)

Originally posted on The Postmodern Mystic:

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV)

Through the ages people have taken heart in these words; these are wonderful words. In times of trial they remind us where our deliverance is to be found, in times of heartache they lead us to restoration, and in times of sorrow, they lead us to comfort.

So we press on… suck it up… stiff upper lip… All the while crying inside … “Hey, I could use some help over here!”

We may struggle with many things, we may fight demons of many kinds, we might tire and grow weak, yet we know where our help will come from. Even so, there are those times when it seems like help isn’t coming at all; there is no answer to our challenge anywhere…

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Whoa, don’t plant that seed.

Planting Potatoes:

This is a post I really would like my friends to read!

Originally posted on ColorStorm:

I love the analogy of creeping things, hyenas, cobras, and even gardening, against the insidious nature of man. Apologies to gardeners everywhere.

Image result for seeds in the dirt

The covert intentions of scheming, the snickering laughter that borders on the bizarre, the sexual perversity,  the stinging venom, and the planting of bad seeds are quite a package when delivered to your door step. Not all gifts are good, and not all need to be opened. It is perfectly fine to say: ‘no thank you.’

‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.’ Every. God the Father is the dispenser of good gifts, and there are no nefarious purposes, as He is pure. There is no doubt nor salacious intention. God gives not as man gives.

It is entirely amusing to hear the complaints that I ‘refuse to…

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