I was weak. I was vulnerable. I was scared.
I was recovering from three consecutive major surgeries. I was heavily drugged … And I was under attack.
I was hearing voices, not happy, reassuring voices, these voices were low and demonic. In my mind’s eye, I was being visually attacked by creatures-creatures from the “underworld. (Satan likes to come after us when we’re at our lowest point. (Satan Tempts Jesus) Satan knows that the only way to possibly influence us is when we are laid wide open. Our minds are most easily influenced in this state.)
In fear, my soul cried out to my Savior. With the assurance that I am a child of God, I knew that He would protect me. Lying in my bed, I began mentally reciting scriptures from memory, singing praises to God, and denouncing Satan. Shouting at him in my mind, telling him, “You have no power over me! I belong to God, and he will protect me!”
Gradually the creatures began to disappear, replaced by blooming flowers. One of Jesus’s names is “the Rose of Sharon.” I believe the flowers were to remind me that He was with me. As a sense of peace enveloped me, I eventually relaxed and went to sleep.
This is an experience I pray I never have to go through again. But I am grateful for the result of the strengthening of my faith, and the increased knowledge of God’s ever presence in my life.
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
So He said, “Come.”
And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
It pleases God when we want to seek Him first in all we do. It shows our trust in Him and His guidance. Having faith means you’re believing in something you can’t see. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that … faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
How is your faith? Is it activated? In order to activate faith we must develop faith. Having a constant relationship with Him in prayer will give us a fresh understanding of who God is and what it means to be in relationship with Him.
When we put our faith in God and diligently seek Him, nothing is impossible. As a matter of fact, faith helps us to desire His will over ours. The word “diligent” means: constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything. When we diligently seek God, we must do it as a “constant” and “attentive” activity.
Do you believe God exists even though you don’t see Him? Are you in constant relationship with Him? Do you pray consistently and diligently? Are you studying the Word of God? By doing these things, you can be assured of an activated faith and develop an intimate relationship with God.
Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Praising the Lord with song brightens my day and brings me closer to His presence. As the verse says, “my soul rejoices in my God” and I need to express that joy. I don’t always remember the words to the hymn I’m singing, but it doesn’t matter to God. He knows my heart.
He wants you too to find delight in Him, to rejoice in your soul for Him. I pray that you discover my “secret” to living joyfully.
Our Father in Heaven loves us more than we deserve. It breaks His heart when we stray from His path. He wants only for us to focus on Him and trust in His ways.
He loves us so much, that He sent His only Son, Jesus, down to earth. Thus, allowing Jesus to experience the human feelings of anguish and pain. To teach us about eternal life and show us the way to get it.
For if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 9
God is righteous and faithful. To doubt that our sins are forgiven when we have already confessed them is questioning His word. God is simply keeping His promise to us. God cannot lie and this is His promise to us who believe and trust in Him.
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”
Why do we worry when we know we are God’s children? When we know He will take care of us? We know that as His children we live within a circle of His protection. Nothing can touch us without His permission.
When we are in the midst of a terrible storm, we are assured of His protection. When our lives seem dim and dark we can still see the sunshine of His Love – a rainbow of blessings and a peace from within, a peace that will pass all understanding.
The Bible tells us that we need not fear the terror by night, nor the destruction by day, for the Lord is your refuge and place of protection.(Psalm 91:4)
Are you letting God be your rock, your refuge in the storm? He can—and will—protect you from the storm, if you will allow Him to.
Patience and a positive attitude goes a long way when you have a chronic illness. It is too easy to let self-pity and depression take hold. This make you miserable. Studies show that a sense of happiness and hopefulness can improve your health. It can help you tolerate pain better, help you accomplish your goals easier, and improve the aging process. (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/pressure-proof/201303/5-ways-hope-impacts-health-happiness).
James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
As Christians our goal is to become “mature” in faith. This is a lifelong process. We will always have doubts and obstacles throughout our day. These experiences help with the ‘growth process.’We must depend on God’s power to work in all circumstances and learn to stand on His strength alone. This is what it means to stand on the promises of God; to trust only in Him and believe in His power. It is when we respond with obedience that we are able to receive His promise of His everlasting presence.