I have always struggled with why some people get healed and some don’t. I always kind-of blamed myself for my grandparents dying from long illnesses. I just didn’t understand. I believed that Jesus could heal them, but I didn’t know if He would heal them. They were Southern Baptists and would always say things like, ‘If the Lord’s willing’. I would always think to myself, why wouldn’t He be willing? That ‘IF’ always bothered me. I was confused and knew just enough about the Bible to make me dangerous. The more I study and get in the Word now, the more I am finding that we must believe that Jesus is willing to heal us. In fact, He already did… taking those strips for us. ~Psalm 107:20 (NIV) says, “He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.”~ That is one of the reasons He came. ~Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. ~ We only need to receive our healing since Jesus is willing. ~Matthew 8: 2 (NIV) says, “A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” 3 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.”~
Who’s report are you gonna believe. I will believe the report of the Lord!
What do you believe?
We all need to start believing that our words can directly affect our circumstances. ~Deuteronomy 28:13 (NIV) says, “The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.”~ If we are the head and not the tail, then why are we still living in darkness? It is because we do not truly believe that we are the head and not the tail. Our circumstances show that we are beneath and not above and we are certainly not blessed. The problem with that is, ~Deuteronomy 28:3 (NIV) says, “You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.”~ Stop looking at your circumstances and letting what’s going on around you determine your mood. Fight it! It is a battle! Look to the Way, the Truth, and the Life. ~Ephesians 6:11 (NIV) says, “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”~ Take a stand! Like ~Ephesians 6:13 (NIV) says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”~
Definition of BELIEVE from the merrim-webster.com website: Intransitive verb-: to have a firm religious faith: to accept something as true, genuine, or real; to have a firm conviction as to the goodness, efficacy, or ability of something; to hold an opinion: think: Transitive verb-: to consider to be true or honest: to accept the word or evidence of.
The things that we believe have so much power over our lives. If you believe that you will have seven years of bad luck if you break a mirror, then you will probably start having bad things happen to you if you break a mirror. Even though there is no such thing as ‘luck’, when you believe that it will happen, then it will happen. ~Proverbs 18:21 (NIV) says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”~
In the last part of ~John 10:10 (NIV) it says, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”~ Jesus came so that we might have abundant life. That makes me excited! We do have the victory, it’s Jesus. If we have Jesus then we have victory. I fight the devil every day, but he will not win! It’s easy to see now why positive thoughts and a positive mind set is the only way to have the victory that Jesus wants us to have. ~Philippians 4:8 (NIV) says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”~
We all seem to worry too much about what other people might think of us. Don’t worry about what others might think of you. What do we care what somebody else thinks of us? What does God think of you? That’s the important question. Remember what ~Romans 2:1 says, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things”. ~ If someone judges you for being a Christian, then they will have to answer to God for that at some point.
What do you think?
The devil really knows how to work on people. He has all the time in the world to figure out what makes us tick. I was lonely and all anyone had to do was show me a little attention. People are truly easy! People are basically all the same. If one thing doesn’t work, the devil will try something else until he finds what will work with you. He will continue to torment us and he will try to keep us down. ~John 10:10 (NIV) says, “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy…”~ and ~2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV) says, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”~ Who knew… that controlling our thoughts can change everything? I sure didn’t. ~2 Corinthians 10:5 says,” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”~
I have pretty much always been a ‘glass is half empty’ kind of gal. My mind set is usually pretty negative. My thought was, ‘If my expectations are not too high, then I won’t be disappointed when good things don’t happen.’ I said things like that for many, many years. I was really scared to get excited or happy about anything. You know, that’s really no way to live life. We need to change the negative thinking and purposely think *positive things. ~Mark 5:28 (NIV) says, “because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”~ And she was.
My ‘oh yeah!’ moment happened when I got older and had kids of my own. When I heard this scripture verse, it just hit me. ~Psalm 4:3 (NIV) says, “Know that the Lord has set you apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him.”~ I finally figured out why I never fit in anywhere. God was ‘setting me apart’. WOW! My lonely childhood forced me to pray. God was the only one I had to talk to most of the time. Even though I always thought I was an outcast, and thought I was all alone, I continually prayed to my one true friend. Since I had nobody else to talk to, I talked to God. ~1Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV) says, “Pray continually.”~ I didn’t know that verse back then, but I was really hungry for God. I was seeking God and He was doing a work in me. When I got up in the morning, I was praying and talking to God… all day… until I fell asleep at night. I didn’t know how powerful my prayers were. I know now. I had no idea that it was all for my good. I thought my life was awful and I hated it.
As I said earlier, I was an only child with hardly any friends. Most of the time, I was alone. It was very easy for God to set me apart. I was already basically set apart anyway. I had a vivid imagination, so I could entertain myself. Unlike kids today, I didn’t need a game system or computer to keep me occupied. I didn’t really give in to depression until I got a little older, a teenager. That’s when I stopped spending time with God and started listening to rebellious music and started dating rebellious boys. ~Proverbs 5:6 (NIV) says, “She gives no thought to the way of life; her paths are crooked, but she knows it not.”~ Ouch!
Do you ever feel like you just don’t belong? As a young girl and teenager, I remember crying and asking my mom if I was actually an alien or if I looked funny or different than other people. I would wonder if I was really a hideous freak and just seeing a normal person looking back at me in the mirror. ~John 15:19 (NIV) says, “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”~ I certainly had no idea what God was doing. I always thought that I was the problem and that I could never do anything right. It took a while, a long, long while, but now I know that I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus. ~2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV) says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”~
I have found, since I have gotten older, that we all have ‘oh yeah!’ moments. You will find them when you have prayed and let God help you with your problems and offenses and soul wounds. I would say that it usually only happens at the point in life when you can learn something from it instead of getting bitter, angry, or sad when you think about it. At some point, all of the built up anxiety, anger, and rage will get so old that you just finally give it to God… and He will take all that pain from you… and you WILL become FREE. It is necessary to let God heal the soul wounds from your past, so you can get dominion over the lies and bondage of the devil. He just loves reminding you of all your failures, mistakes, and problems, but remember that God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. That’s why Jesus came. Otherwise, we wouldn’t need a savior, healer, or redeemer. Remind the enemy who your God is. And, remind him that you have read the end of the Book- and God wins. We are not expected to be perfect; we are made perfect through Christ. ~2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”~
You are what you think
Here is my story. My life has been an uneventful life, but somehow I have been plagued by depression for a far back as I can remember. I am a vivid thinker, not brilliant by any stretch of the imagination, but I am always deep in thought about one thing or another. I will occasionally furl my brow when I am thinking about something. Sometimes people think I am mad and ask if I am in a bad mood because of my facial expressions.
I have always had a problem making friends. I thought it was because I was ugly or stupid. The fact is, it was probably because of some strange face I was making and it probably made other kids ‘wonder’ about me. I probably inadvertently pushed people away without knowing what I was doing. I am sure that my facial expressions were not the whole issue of why I never fit in with other people, but it was some of it. We really need to take a long, hard look at ourselves and be honest about how others might see us. Here’s a thought– always be approachable and …Smile!
I have been studying in my Soul Winning class that we are responsible for the blood of others. That is pretty scary to me. If we know that someone is sinning, it is our responsibility to confront them about it. ~Ezekiel 33:6 (NIV) says, “ But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.”~ We are the watchmen and that means that we need to spend time loving others enough to tell them the truth. Also, ~2 Timothy 2:25 (NIV) says,” Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.”~
That is my goal in this book. I know that God is greater than depression and that I can overcome it with His help. We all can overcome our ungodly strongholds and build Godly strongholds in their place. ~Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”~ That verse tells me that I am healed and I only need to receive it and meditate on it and stop letting the devil deceive me. Just like Pastor Andrew Towe at the Power Plant Ministry Center in Chattanooga, TN always says, “The devil is a liar”. This is the truth! We all need to keep telling ourselves over and over- the devil is a liar, the devil is a liar, the devil is a liar -until we believe it.
I know, for me, that I don’t spend enough time in God’s word. ~Joshua 1:8-9 (MSG) says, “And don’t for a minute let this Book of The Revelation be out of mind. Ponder and meditate on it day and night, making sure you practice everything written in it. Then you’ll get where you’re going; then you’ll succeed. Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take. ‘The Taking of the Land’.” ~ That’s a very powerful scripture. I AM taking the Land!
The definition of a CHRISTIAN on the merrian-webster.com website is one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ; b: disciple
A Christian is listed as a noun in the dictionary, but I think it is more a verb. We are disciples, and this means that we should be doing the work of Jesus. That means we are not just being like Christ; we are acting and doing like Christ. Jesus also told us, as His disciples, to go out to all the nations and preach the good news to the poor. ~Mark 16: 15 (NIV) says “He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”~ I declare that I will not be a ‘hearer’ only of God’s word, but a ‘doer’. ~Deuteronomy 30:16 says, “For I command you today to Love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways…”~ We must walk the walk and talk the talk. Others are watching us so we must lead by example.