Healing and God’s Will

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“A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, ‘If you are willing, you can make me clean.’

Filled with compassion, the Messiah reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”

Mark 1:40-42

So why does God not heal this way today? Some would argue that he does, and that we simply need faith to believe it, and receive it. Well it could be true that there is less faith in the modern world today, but we should never judge someone when they are sick.

And although faith is important it is not some type of energy force that can go up or down on some type of scale, when we have more or less of it. In this example from the Gospel of Mark, it was God’s will for the man to be healed. But how can we say that it’s God’s will for everyone? We cannot say that. Otherwise no one would die.

Do you know what? I think God uses doctors and nurses and medicine all the time, to bring healing to people. We have much more available in the way of miraculous medicine now. There are some miracles here and there, but its ok for God to bring healing differently today.

And besides, ever seen a minister with a healing ministry? There is tremendous pressure on that minister to think too highly of himself, and to enter into the sin of pride. God is not interested in ministers being exalted, no! People cannot handle and should not handle that much temptation to sin.

So maybe God heals people today the way He does, because of His great compassion, including for ministers.

God is to be praised forever and ever, amen!

  

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The Lord Helps the Oppressed

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“The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.”

Psalm 103: 6

Have you, or a family member ever been bullied, or bossed around? Pretty horrible isn’t it?

And yet with God involved, on behalf of the oppressed, its going to turn out much different than the bully ever imagined!

And this verse seems to be a general statement about helping the oppressed, so I think we could apply this to the elderly that don’t have enough food to eat, the mentally ill, and yes to women who are abused.

These issues are real and we should never hide from them, or duck away in our nice comfy houses. No.

We of all people should get out our wallets, or spend time with a mentally ill friend or family member. Indeed we should show that God cares through our own actions of caring for and about others.

Lord God thank You that You are working for and on behalf of the oppressed.

Help us to have hearts filled with compassion for our neighbors! Inspire us – to lend a hand, and show us how to Lord God.

Amen and amen.

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Trauma and Faith

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We as people can be easily broken, torn up inside, shredded through the circumstances we face. And there are times when we don’t know why. We may never know why. No amount of reasoning through it, makes any sense.

The more I blog, the more I see, both men and women attempting to recover. And as people of faith we are often tempted to offer advice and say……”you need to do, this or that…..”.

We sometimes say, if they would just have more faith…..or if they would just forgive. We want to help don’t we? But sometimes a sermon is not what the injured need.

Perhaps all they need is a friend, someone willing to listen. Our well meaning advice can often sound like we are judging them. So be careful!

God has not called us to be judges, has He? And did you know that trauma can change our beliefs, how we view life and God? Yep, I just learned this recently.

I know of a woman who became mentally ill due to what she faced. It happens. And some need alot of help, even professional help, not just a quick prayer and amen, see you later.

Lord God, please bring healing to those we know that have been traumatized. And help us, to be light, to be the compassion they need.

Maybe we can be the ones to listen, give us wisdom, and the humility to say we don’t have all the answers, but we care. Lord God, we cry out for healing to take place. Amen and amen.

    

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A Prayer for Racial Healing

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Lord God, you know the history of our country, of many countries, that there has been so much oppression of one group over another. We ask that you would work in the hearts of people to bring understanding and in some cases forgiveness for the wrongs that were done.

And even today some brown people are still not treated right. God have mercy and forgive us. May we value each person, including those that are different from us. May we respect all people.

And may we realize that we are all descended from Adam and Eve, which means we are all related! We are indeed brothers and sisters, interconnected in wonderful ways.

Heavenly Father bring healing to us – individually, between different groups, and within our nation. We need You God. Amen.

Note: My wife and I still get strange and even angry looks, simply because we are an inter-racial couple. It just happened again today. Each time, we forgive and move on. 

 

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His Light is with Us

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As I think of the lights this season, so brightly celebrating the time of year, I’m blessed by what I see. People caring about one another, parents taking care of their children, and even teenagers helping the elderly.

Many are not wrapped up in the shopping, the great deals on line, and everything except the Messiah being born.

You see there is still hope. And there is still faith. If someone doesn’t follow my beliefs exactly, that doesn’t offend me, even though it used to.

I know what it’s like to have a heart filled with judging others, and I don’t want that anymore. God is the judge, not me.

But what’s important this season, is to share about God’s love, and His light being with us. And as we spend time with our families, may we also be concerned about the poor. 

Be blessed this weekend! Merry Christmas!

 

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A Friend Loves at All Times

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“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.”

Proverbs 17:17

Have you ever been through a tough time, and friends were there to help you through it? I have too.

And like wise have you ever been through something horrible, and even life changing, and there was no one there to help you? Yep, I’ve been there too! I think it depends on what period of our life we are in.

But a friend, a true friend is there regardless of our life circumstances. And you know what? We are to be there for them as well. That’s what friends are for, that’s what friends do.

So be there when you’re needed, even if it does cost some time, maybe some inconvenience. Your friend is worth investing in.

And when this verse mentions a “brother”, this is a about a blood brother. Family is to be and should be there for us, in times of adversity. If that doesn’t happen in our life or if our family is gone now, we should not give up. Pray instead. Perhaps God would send some people to be part of our life as a type of family.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the people in our lives, both friends and family, that can be a support for us during our times of need. And thank You Our God, that we can be part of their circle of support as well.

And Lord God we lift up to You those that have no one. Please give them the strength they need to make it through their circumstances. And if it is Your will, please give them some good people, give them some good friends, as part of their circle.

We trust in You God. Amen.

   

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Even in Darkness, Light Dawns

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“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,

for those who are gracious

and compassionate and righteous.

Good will come to those who

are generous and lend freely,

who conduct their affairs with justice.”

Psalm 112: 4, 5

Wow, ain’t this so cool? One of the reasons I love the Psalms (in addition to the praise and magnifying of the Lord God) is the way they often focus on doing good.

In particular there is a focus on having compassion for others!

There is nothing here of saying a quick prayer, and now you’re ok with God.

A prayer to start with is good, but then we are to be filled with compassion and justice! Yes!!

So does your faith teach you to lend freely and conduct your affairs with justice?

Heavenly Father help us to have a strong faith, caring for others and having compassion! May our lives reflect more of who You are!! Amen, and let it be so.

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Before Dawn, Before the Birds Even Sing

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Before dawn, before the birds even sing,

a single light

in the window of a small kitchen

where a young mother prays,

for her sick child.

And in another town

a husband kneels by his bed

in the shadow of a hall light,

praying for his estranged wife.

So many know

the desperation

and the comfort of the Lord God

as they pray, before dawn

before the birds even sing.

     

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Acceptable Religion

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“Religion that our God and Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:

to look after orphans and widows in their distress

and to keep oneself

from being polluted by the world.”

James 1:27

 

I know you’re probably thinking, is it really that simple? That if we show compassion for people in need, and keep ourselves walking with God and doing what is good, that’s all we need to do?

Well in a way, yes. Notice James uses the word “religion” instead of faith. Our religion needs to focus on these two areas.

You know what these two areas remind of? – the Two Greatest Commandments, according to the Messiah, are to love God, and love our neighbor as ourselves.

You see, if you love God you won’t want to be polluted. Now I know we each have a different standard on this and that’s ok. But let me give you an example.

Many of us watch movies, and I happen to like science fiction. It’s great adventure, but it’s pretend. When there’s cruelty though, I will sometimes fast forward, regardless of what kind of movie it is. I do not like violence.

And as far as compassion, if we treated our neighbor as ourselves, we would make sure they have enough food to eat, a decent place to live, and even medical care! In other words, anything that we would do to take care of ourselves, we should help others to do, if they are unable.

Lord God thank you for working in our lives. Help us to love You, and to love those in need! Make us into the people you want us to be. Amen.

   

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