Faith in a great God

I believe God is ALMIGHTY. I believe He cannot be put into a box. He is much bigger than our thoughts or imaginations. I believe there is an end to theology when we trying to determine whether or not God can or cannot do something. It is not for us to determine.

Recently, someone asked me whether I believe if Jesus has taken on our sicknesses on the cross. And whether as a result we don’t have to go through pain in our bodies. That is a very complex question and I believe the answer is not black or white. I also believe that I don’t know the full answer. There is so much more revelation I desire to obtain from God concerning the matter of healing.

What I have come to believe and know in my own life and of those around me is as follows. I believe that we can ask Jesus for the healing of our bodies every time we experience pain and ailments. In fact, we should go to Him, our great physician first, before we run to medication or doctors. I also believe that we should keeping believing and hoping that God will heal us even if we don’t experience it right away. God is so gracious and kind and he is approachable about every matter that concerns us. Most importantly, He is able and willing to heal!

Where do I see a problem in teaching that God will always heal and that we just have to pray harder or have more faith? That can be a very discouraging doctrine. What if God allows us to be sick for his glory? What if he wants to do a work in our hearts (sanctification) while we are sick? What if He allows us to be sick so we would not cling to the temporal things, the earthly but instead long for eternity and what is to come? If we don’t think rightly about healing we can be tempted to be upset at God,to be discouraged and lose our focus.

My husband reminded me on the way Jesus responded to every person he encountered differently. He did not say the same things to everyone nor did He heal everyone alike. He was guided by God the father and knew what each person needed. Let us rest in that wonderful truth. If God doesn’t intervene in your life or the life of a loved one of yours in the way you would like him to, He still cares. He loves you and them. He is at work and faithful! Find your joy, not in your circumstance or feelings but in his never failing promises for you! Hallelujah!

Let me encourage you with the lyrics of great hymn. May you make this your prayer today and find deep joy and satisfaction in Jesus:

“It Is Well With My Soul”

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And that shed His own blood for my soul.It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

It is well, it is well, with my soul.
It is well, it is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well, with my soul, it is well
It is well, it is well with my soul.

impassioned

What has impassioned you lately? I have to say that I believe to be a quite deep and analytical soul. I think a lot and I analyze a lot. I think about life and God and his word and what He means and what He wants to do. I don’t always understand things immediately and my sweet husband knows that to be true. When I am with him, I speak freely. I share my thoughts and conclusions. Often, they don’t make sense to him until I expound further. That is because I can be a spaghetti mind. LOL. I want to become better at ordering my thoughts and thinking before speaking. I also want to learn to differentiate what thought is solely for me and what thought is to be shared with others.

Recently, I have been thinking about life and death. I want to live my life to the fullest without fearing death. I wouldn’t say that I necessarily fear death but I sometimes worry about how it must feel to suffer and die. As christians, we are not guaranteed an easy life or death. In fact, our call is to die so that we may gain life. That is two-fold. It means to die to our own self, dreams, desires so that Christ’s life can be visible in and through us and God can use us to show his light into this dark world. “In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:11

And then there is the call to suffer as believers. “Indeed, all who desire to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” 2 Timothy 3:12 There is no guarantee for us to die in our sleep when we are 80 years old, calm and peacefully. So, if indeed that is our call as christians, why do we fear? What do we have to fear? I could very well die in a car accident or any other way, or I could indeed die a martyrs death. It’s all in God’s hands. It is not for me to decide.

“‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

That impassions me. It impassions me to share Jesus fearlessly. It impassions me to run the race like never before. It impassions me to reach for the reward. Give it my all. It impassions me to pray harder for the lost souls around me and pray for a heart for them.

Oh Lord, do a work in me, not just today, but from this day forth and in my reader also, in Jesus name!

Open book

I want to be an open book to the world around me, to my family first and foremost, as well as to those I call friends. But I am about to embark on the journey of writing a blog that causes me to be somewhat of an open book to the public, to those who read it out there .

I often demonize media as it has become such a distraction in my life. Yet I see blogging as a chance to openly express my beliefs, my thoughts, and conclusions I come to as something I want to pass on to the world. Writing it down can make you see the process of thoughts and things I have learned. So often I have been blessed by somebody’s experience recorded online. That makes me think, maybe someone will be blessed and encouraged by what I have learned and experienced to the point that it will change their perspective, inspire their day-to-day habits and, Oh, may even change their lives. This is the purpose of me starting this blog!