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Thankful?

 

 David, a 2-year old with leukemia, was taken by his mother, Deborah, to Massachusetts General      Hospital in Boston, to see Dr. John Truman who specializes in treating children with cancer and various blood diseases. Dr. Truman’s prognosis was devastating: “He has a 50-50 chance.” The countless clinic visits, the blood tests, the intravenous drugs, the fear and pain–the mother’s ordeal can be almost as bad as the child’s because she must stand by, unable to bear the pain herself. David never cried in the waiting room, and although his friends in the clinic had to hurt him and stick needles in him, he hustled in ahead of his mother with a smile, sure of the welcome he always got. When he was three, David had to have a spinal tap–a painful procedure at any age. It was explained to him that, because he was sick, Dr. Truman had to do something to make him better. “If it hurts, remember it’s because he loves you,” Deborah said. The procedure was horrendous. It took three nurses to hold David still, while he yelled and sobbed and struggled. When it was almost over, the tiny boy, soaked in sweat and tears, looked up at the doctor and gasped, “Thank you, Dr. Truman, for my hurting.” ~ 

Monica DickensMiracles of Courage, 1985.

 

 

Do we thank God for our testing? For our pains?

God not only knows everything that’s taking place in our lives, but he is also deeply touched when something bad happens to us. The Bible says that Christ was “a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering” (Isaiah 53:3).

But why does God feel this way when we’re going through hard times? The reason is because he loves us and cares about us. God isn’t indifferent to our hurts; He loves us! And just as you hurt when someone you love is hurting, so God — in a far greater way — is hurt when we are hurting.

But God not only loves us, he wants to help us and encourage us when hard times come. This is why we can turn to him in prayer, and trust every situation into his hands. Sometimes he answers our prayers by taking away the burden we’re carrying. But even if that doesn’t happen, he is still with us, and he’ll give us the strength we need to see us through the hard times. The Bible says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22).

God tests us so we can experience victory. He walks in faith and believes we will win every  test. He is like a proud parent who tells their child to “Go out there and show them what you can do,” expecting them to win.

 

God allows us to enter into faith combat so we can see His deliverance and victory over our adversary. As we are faithful where we are (the test), God will give us a larger sphere of responsibility and His grace will always sustain us, no matter what.

2 Corinthians 12:7-12   Jesus says, “MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU, for MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT in  WEAKNESS”…Paul says—”Therefore I take Pleasure in Infirmities, in Reproaches, in Needs, in Persecutions, in Distresses, for Christ’s sake. For WHEN I AM WEAK, THEN I AM STRONG.”

 Understanding the nature of God … “If it hurts, remember it’s because He loves you” … we can then say, thank you Jesus for our pain, for our hurts.. we offer them up at the foot of Your throne.

 

 

 

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know this..GOD SAID!

As I do one to one and share about Jesus, there’s one common idea being asked… and that is now… what’s next? After years of wandering through this world..and searching for answers to our different questions in life, it’s simply amazing to know that God created us to do “good works w/c (He) prepared in advance for us… (Ephesians 2:10)… and this fires us up, gives us purpose.

That’s why whenever we’re faced with different challenges, we feel the drive to move up… step up…that’s why with the recent NBA finals the entire nation’s so in to it… As for the players view… sports can be so rewarding… Where there is one goal… and it is clearly defined… you play to win… And in winning… we earn rewards… and when we don’t… atleast know that our goal is to do better, to improve so that next time you’ll win! Plain & simple!

But in life itself, as we go through our daily routines… a lot of us are still searching… seeking… and doesn’t have yet a clearly defined goal in life… or a purpose… and instead of feeling rewarded in life… we end up losing… down… empty and lost. I was once in that shoes… that’s why it’s great to know that God knows us…

~before I formed you in the womb, I knew you..(Jeremiah 1:5)

..that He’s not just doing some mismatch in our lives… and He’s not just checking on us all saying… “I think… he’ll be a good husband… looks like she’ll be a good entrepreneur… he sounds like he’d be a good leader…  an outstanding student”.. . nor He’s not just having some trial and error scenarios just because He thinks, or He looks at us like we do… Rather, He knows exactly what we’re made for. We are unique… special and we have a great destiny in Him. He created each and every one of us for a specific purpose! and the best way to discover what that purpose is, is to know God… and marvel in His beauty, His very nature… and the best way to know God is to read His word.

I pray that as we commit to knowing God and the purpose He has for us, we will be inspired to dig deeper into His Word… and pray that we will have a deeper intimacy with Him… and in the process, may we come to a greater understanding of who God is… and of God’s love for us… and His plans for our life…

One of my fave verses in the bible is (Jeremiah 29:11).. ~ “I know the plans I have for you.. plans to prosper you and not to harm you.. plans to give you hope and a future”

… but these words will just be plain words and will not be powerful if you don’t know who God really is… and what He’s capable of…

So what are you waiting for, be excited and schedule your personal time with God now… tap into the source of all wisdom… and “Know this… God said it! Believe it..claim it! and that settles it…”

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