Dear ones, These thoughts came as I was responding to a friend who is suffering greatly.
We are "healed" by His blood means we have eternity with Him, does not promise healing of the flesh, but of the soul. Our life here prepares us for our life everlasting. Not that this makes it easier to understand, but know that this too will pass... His grace and mercy are sufficient, and He is faithful. I found in my toughest times, which now is not one of them. I have been more thankful for the hardest times. Hang in there if you are suffering - allow the Spirit to draw you to His purpose and service.
I saw this quote and thought it was so appropriate for all of us here.
“Often, we endure trials seeking God’s deliverance from them. Suffering is painful for us to endure or to see those we love endure. While our instinct is to flee trials, remember that even in the midst of suffering, God’s will is being done.” Paul Chappell
"Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.
"For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!],
"Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting." 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)
"The prophecies are fulfilled:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
Mourning no more, crying no more, pain no more,
For the first things have gone away." Revelation 21:4 (The Voice)"
"God never told us we will not suffer in this life. Exactly the opposite, He tells us we will. This earth is cursed because of sin. And everyone believer or nonbeliever will suffer in some way or form.
The only difference is we receive his grace and find peace in suffering if we place our eyes on the right goals and trust in Him.
He never promised us worldly treasures and comfort. Because He knows these things are materialistic, and will not last. But the real treasure that we should seek is the one He has prepared for us, which is eternal treasure in heaven and eternal life. And it comes by believing in Jesus Christ and that God really sent Him, not doubting. Believing 100% with your heart, mind, and soul. Then you will be saved forever.
This is the very bases and fundamental teaching of Christianity. If you don't know this, I'm afraid there's a lot more that you may need to learn from the scriptures. We will suffer because of the curse, we will suffer because of sin, and we will suffer because we are Christians and the world hates Christ and His followers." Pa Lee
This morning's prayer:
Good morning/afternoon wonderful, fighters and brothers and sisters in Christ. TODAY IS A NEW DAY.
Whatever challenges LORD, we trust Your hand and will for our days. We come to You with it all now, in case we forget to come to you as it arises. Help us to know our strength and courage is with You. Help us to see our journey as service to others and a way to get nearer to You. Thank You for being with us through the good, the bad and the indescribable. Thank You for giving us a life that is Yours, able to fulfill a wonderful purpose in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Thank You for these lovely ladies, and their desire to be Yours wholly. Thank You for being with us Jesus as we take each step, think each thought, contemplate every decision - AS YOU MOVE THE MOUNTAINS that are our heart and will toward Your presence. Thank You Father for never leaving us, for giving us power beyond measure, and hope eternal. In the mighty name of Jesus, through the enabling of the Holy Spirit we trust in You Abba for all things. As You are good... good for sure. Amen.