Thursday, August 25, 2016

Not by sight

The gas gauge read E.
I checked the info screen to double check, and it read 0 miles to "E"

Here's the thing  I just put  $10 in the tank.
So I knew I had fuel in there.
This happened before very recently so I knew something was up. Or not.
Obviously something was wrong with the floater- the sensor that gauges the amount of fuel that is in the tank.

So I drove where I needed to go without a worry. I knew what I had in the tank regardless of what the gauge said. I had no fear of being stranded in the middle of the road. 
I knew, from experience, how far I could go on $10, so I drove fearlessly.

A few hours later my dear husband was riding in the vehicle with me and he caught sight of the fuel gauge.
"Babe!" It says 0 miles to "E"- what's going on?
I replied matter-of-factly, " Remember this happened last week? I think the floater is stuck again but don't worry; I fueled it up this morning. It's gas in there."

He raised an eyebrow, and still looked worried. I laughed remarking-
 "We're riding on faith right now." He jokingly said
 "Well I hope you have enough for both of us- because that tank says E!" I patted his hand reassuringly as we rode along, and just laughed.

Faith doesn't merely hope- faith knows. 

See I had peace and confidence because I had knowledge.
Faith knows.

So when I pray for healing and the visible thing seems to imply the healing has not taken place, faith knows otherwise. 
Faith knows that, what I see or feel is simply the residue of what was, but not what now is. 

Someone put it this way- You cut down a tree, disconnect it from it's roots- that tree is dead. But for a while it looks as if it is still alive, the leaves are still hanging on- the green flourishes. But after a while, sadly, without it's roots, it manifests what it already is- dead. The green leaves were just the residual of what was, but it's present state did not manifest until after some time.

Healing can be that way sometimes.Yet, the prayer of faith heals the sick. James 5:15. The sickness is "dead". The symptoms may dwindle or hang around,but still believe the healing has already taken place. Still believe the deliverance has been accomplished. Believe it through to it's end.

We walk by faith, and not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7.

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23

Monday, August 22, 2016

I'm healed!

Maybe we all say it, but my three year old is rather perceptive.
And so we heard a message on faith and healing at church yesterday.
During the message I asked him if he believed Jesus could heal him.
He said yes.
Later during the service when  the sermon was ending and the call to the altar was being made I asked him again...
He thought about it and said "No, Jesus didn't heal me because my skin ( he has sever eczema) is still scratchy.
I said but if you believe you can be healed.
He said OK.

This morning after a faith charging talk with the Lord, J and I went early to the store so we could get breakfast before everyone woke.
In the car I asked him if he wants Jesus to heal his skin.
He said yes.
I asked, Do you believe Jesus can heal your skin?
He said Yes, Jesus can make my skin not bleed.
I said OK we can pray together and guess what?Jesus can heal you.

Later in the day I remembered he and I were to pray together.
I found him coming in from outside and I said J, do you wanna pray for Jesus to heal you?
 He nodded and said yes!
I knelt down to get to his eye level and I said OK, let's pray.
He lifted his hands and before I could get a word out he began-
"Jesus, please help me to not be itchy? And Jesus please help me to not be bleeding? and Jesus can you make my skin better? Jesus."
I was overwhelmed with his sweet innocent and faith filled prayer.
I too began to pray, and spoke the Word of God and spoke healing  and restoration of new healthy skin.
Before long we were surrounded by his siblings.
With J and I in the center he began to pray again-
"Jesus, please help my skin not itchy, and Jesus,  Please can  you heal my body? Amen.
The chorus of praying from the group was halted as J stopped and said
"Look! I'm healed, mommy! I'm healed'
I excitedly clapped and shouted Yes you are J!"
We whooped, and hollered in joy for the miracle healing that J claimed and is even now walking, in faith.
His faith made him whole.

Later in the evening I found him sound asleep. No squirming, no mindless itching coma- just asleep.

That itself is a miracle.
I'm a witness that Jesus still performs them.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

That Jesus Joy (and Peace)

This joy I have, The world didn't give it to me
This joy I have, The world didn't give it to me
This joy I have, The world didn't give it to me
The world didn't give it-
The world can't take it away

The words of this chorus echo in my heart as I ponder on the realities of the world around us. Daily we battle with the bombardment of provocative messages of happiness and satisfaction through natural means. If we eat this or that we can be satisfied.If we buy this or that we  can feel accomplished. If we engage in this or that we can feel wanted. If we do this or that we won't feel lonely.
Here's the problem. The seeming satisfaction from these things is always fleeting.

The high goes away, the buzz wears off, the company leaves, the sexual excitement fades, the climax ends, the job becomes the master and you the slave, the food rots, the party stops, the music dulls- and you're left feeling empty and sometimes used or drained.

When we seek joy...
or comfort...
or relief from pain...
or companionship...
or happiness...
or satisfaction...
or peace...
 by our own means, we will always be let down.

When joy and peace comes from God however, it's unending.
Jesus joy is lasting and easily accessible to every single person in the world. John 15:11
Jesus joy is comforting. Joy is in the Holy Spirit, who is the comforter. It is in fact Jesus' own Spirit that he imparts to those who repent and believe on his name. John 14:18
Jesus Joy is enabling, not disabling. Nehemiah 8:10
Jesus joy is filling. You are not left empty but full. Acts 2:28
Jesus peace is reviving. It does not leave you mindless or numb- it leaves you empowered and clear-headed. 2 Timothy 1:7
Jesus peace is uniting. It brings you together not pushes you away from others. Ephesians 4:3

When we are drawn to find joy, or comfort, or settlement of mind through means other than God the result is temporary. More times than not the medium of choice leaves you feeling more unsettled, and more joy-less, and more depressed  and emptier than before.

Jesus says, come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
What do we do when we are drawn away of our own desires?
Turn to God.
What do we do when we feel we are the only one who can soothe our hurts?
Turn to God.

How do we turn to God?
Whisper his name.
Or cry out his name.
And He will come to you.

Satan wants to make us believe we are alone and no one cares. He is a liar.
God cares for you.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.- John 14:27