Thursday, January 21, 2010

Faith Unwavering is the Answer

So many times we pray for people to get healed. And so often they don't.

Three words: Not God's Fault.

17A man in the crowd answered, "Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not."

19"O unbelieving generation," Jesus replied, "how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me."

20So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.

21Jesus asked the boy's father, "How long has he been like this?"

"From childhood," he answered. 22"It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."

23" 'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes."

24Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

25When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evila]" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em; ">[a] spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."

26The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, "He's dead." 27But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.

Why did Jesus get onto the disciples like He did. If you keep reading, it says that they had so little faith. He goes onto mention that even faith the size of a mustard seed would move a mountain!!!!

I know alot of people don't like to hear that they don't have alot of faith. But it's true. God got ahold of me with that when I was just fifteen.

I was listening to Kenneth Copeland, and needless to say, was shocked to find out that it WAS God's will to heal all-after all, Jesus didn't tell anyone that God was not willing to heal them. In fact, according to Mark 6:5-6, the few times He didn't is because He COULD NOT! "And He was amazed at their lack of faith."

That hit me like a wet noodle. Then I made a decision to put what I was hearing into practice.

It's a good thing I did too, because a few weeks later, I came down with the flu.

It all started at a varsity basketball game. I was a cheerleader in high school and during my freshmen year I was captain of the squad. In the middle of the halftime chant at a state tournament game, I completely lost my voice-AH! How embarrassing!

When the chant was over, I gathered the squad together, and using some Sign Language, informed them that my voice was gone. They were sympathetic, but at the same time found it rather amusing :)

When I got home that night, Mama immediately poured me a cup of hot Jell-O and put me to bed. I was desperate. We still had another game tomorrow morning, and if my voice was not better I would not be allowed to participate.

So after Mama had finished praying for me and had shut off the light, I turned my lamp on, eager to get my hands on those healing Scriptures I had memorized. I said them over and over again, and rebuked the devil. I then turned off the light satisfied, knowing that one way or the other, I was going to get results simply because I dared to believe His promises.

Next morning, I woke up rather late. Although I was sad about missing the game due to my still having laryngitis, I welcomed the break. It had been extremely busy with school, chores, and leading the squad, so I took it as a day off. Even though I still had not seen results, I remained stubborn and refused to permit laryngitis to stay.

However, it looked like my prayers, confessions, and standing on God's promises were not doing me any good, because later on, I found out that I had the flu. Fantastic.

Oh, it made me mad! No, not at God, at the devil. I guess he saw that I was ready to fight, and was trying to break my resistance.

By the grace of God, even after I was told that I had the flu, I set my face like flint, refusing to believe anything about my physical body other than what the Word of God said, even as my body was being assaulted with symptom after symptom. It got to the point where I couldn't even lift my head off the pillow because it hurt so badly.

Nevertheless I remained firm in my belief that God did not author sickness, nor was it His will for my life. I asked Mama to prop me up with pillows so that I could listen to sermons and read healing scriptures. That was the only thing I did the entire time I was on the bed of sickness. Mama was real good to me during that time, bringing me Jell-O and soup. She believed right along with me the whole time.

A day and a half later, I was up and out of bed, doing chores for Mama and playing the game of catch-up where schoolwork was concerned.

To which I say TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!!!!!! :DDD

I can honestly say that none of His promises have ever failed me since. It has been four years since I got that revelation and I am just as excited about it today as I was four years earlier!

Mark 11:22-24. 22"Havea]" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em; ">[a] faith in God," Jesus answered. 23"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

No Fear Here! :D

Well lately, the Lord and I have been workin' on getting my mind renewed! I was listening to a sermon by Brother Kenneth Copeland and the verse he read off was 2 Timothy 1:7 which says, "God has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, love and a sound mind."

Now I've heard this verse for years, memorized it for Sunday School, this, that and the other. But when Brother Kenneth read it, something went off inside me! That was my Rhema word! :DDD

You see, I am very much a people person and I aim to please everyone. If I felt like I didn't please someone, then I would worry, fret, and jump through hoops to make that person happy with me. My Achilles heel as of late has been the question: what do people think????

I then realized that I didn't have a social problem-I had a fear problem. Needless to say, that surprised me.

It also made me mad. I had been letting the devil play me like a fiddle this whole time!!!

You understand, fear doesn't come from the Lord! He's the One who set us free! Fear = oppression and bondage, and if you or I am bound by something, or depressed about something, we're in fear. If we're in fear, we're not in faith. If we are focused on the problems (perceived or real), we're not in faith. And without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 1:5).

Look at what happened to Peter in Matthew 14. He and the other disciples were in a boat on the sea and well as all self-respecting winds and seas do, they made a storm.

25During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.

27But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

28"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

29"Come," he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"

31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"


Stop right there. Or as my pastor would say, "hold your finger there for just one minute!" Now think about what happened. Peter, when he was walking on the water, had his eyes on Jesus. But when he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. He ( just like so many of us do,) let fear in, and choke the word that Jesus gave him, which was "Come!"

It was then I realized that I was letting fear control me. Why should I let fear control me when Perfected Love has CAST OUT FEAR????

Obviously, the Lord knew I had better things on my agenda than to worry and stress all the time. Better things, like spending more time with Him, reaching out to people, helping those in my college community, and even studying (apparently, that's required in college, nowadays :/ )!

Life is so much better when I'm focused on God and not the problems in my life. As long as you got your eyes on Jesus, it doesn't matter what your circumstances are. Jesus has promised us deliverance!!!! Look at John 16:33, which says,

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

Ain't He wonderful? :)


Monday, January 11, 2010

Fasting-Day 1

ALLLLLLRIGHT TROOPS!!!


Outread. Outpray. Outlast. Be a DOER!! That's the way this boat is rollin' this semester! :D

I got back from Christmas Break a few hours ago, it's the first day of the big fast, and already satan is trying to throw me off!

I've been up since 5:30, flew for about five or six hours, I had a headache (probably due to a lack of caffeine, as one of the things I am fasting is Cokes), and the devil keeps trying to tell me that I am not good enough, that I am a pain in the neck to those around me, and that I'm gonna get homesick halfway through the semester, and so on. Thank goodness he's a liar!!!! :)

1 Corinthians 15:57. But Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ!

Why then, am I letting the devil depress me, when I know and believe this amazing verse??


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My Heavenly Daddy

Did you know that there are at least 8 passages in the Bible that talk about God's character? Yup, it's true!

And what do these verses say?

All of them say "the Lord is gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."

Meditate on that one for a minute! :)

Our God, slow to anger, gracious, abounding in love! If we could really get it in our hearts about how good He is, then we would be more confident about doing what He asks us to do and more bold in approaching the Throne of Grace. We shouldn't be afraid of coming to Him just to chat, or asking Him to meet our needs! He's already promised us that anyway! (Philippians 4:19).

Why are we hesitant to come to our Heavenly Daddy for the little things and the big things in life? He's not too busy and He's ready and willing. You will never hear a voicemail when you call out to God!

Hebrews says that we can approach the Throne of Grace with confidence! So the way I see it, we need to dare to believe God to work in our lives, and look on Him as Father!

Ain't He wonderful? :)


Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year Bloggin'

The holidays have come and gone, resolutions have been made, and our church's annual three-week fast is coming up quickly!

I was originally planning to not participate. After all, I'm going to school three states away, and I'm not even going to get to see anyone at least until March. Good reason to sit this one out, right?

Wrong!

During this break, the Lord has been dealing with me about participating in the corporate fast and throwing myself into it fully! The more I meditate on this, the more I can see the need for fasting and prayer in my life. Fasting is the act of denying the flesh in order to see spiritual growth within oneself and corporately, within the church.

My theme for this year is based off James 1:21 which says "Be ye doers of the Word of God and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

Short version? Be a Doer.

Church-goers don't get results. People who put God's word in practice do.

So if you've been going to church for twelve years and are still in the same position spiritually, financially, and physically, then someone isn't doing something right! And that someone ain't God! To those of you who work with computers, this would be called a PEBCAC problem! ;).
(To those of you who know nothing about computers PEBCAC means Problem Exists Between Computer And Chair :) ).

If we're not getting results, that means its time for us to pray about what we're doing wrong! God has already promised us healing, deliverance, prosperity, and protection in His Word; it's time for us to stand on those promises and become doers and speakers of the Word of God.

Because in the end, doers win :)