Tag : healing-2
Tag : healing-2
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12, NIV)
Have you ever asked this question or wondered if Satan exists? For many, this question is something we avoid for fear that if we speak of his existence, we may conjure him up. The expression “Speak of the devil, and he will appear” was meant to warn people not to talk of the devil. As believers we must not fear the power of evil. Jesus gave us, through His precious name and blood, the authority over the enemy; the father of lies.
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4, NIV).
If you are in Christ, He dwells in you and empowers you. He is greater than the enemy who wants to rule the world. As Christians, we praise Jesus for His authority over all evil and all things hurtful to His creatures. Through His Word we declare the devil and his demons powerless. The best weapon we have in consistently defeating Satan is Scripture. God freely provides us with the spiritual armor we need to stand against the fiery darts of the enemy. Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation, the Bible, and prayer are all powerful ways to fight and win every spiritual battle. Satan, through temptation, may sometimes hinder you, but he cannot possess a Christ follower. When we are living in the Word, the Apostle John says we have a “sealing.” Through declaring faith in our Lord and His present rule and reign, demons flee.
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues” (Mark 16:17, NIV)
Jesus spoke to a demon seven times and cast out a demon twelve times in the Gospels. In Matthew 4:10 Jesus says, “Be Gone, Satan! For it is written, “’You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”’ The Word tells us Satan and demonic spirits are real. Still today, demons are roaming the earth looking for someone who has a crack in their armor. Pray for the Word to strengthen your faith and to shield you so you can stand and fight the spiritual battles in your life. To defeat every adversary, guard your heart and focus your mind on Truth. In Jesus’ powerful name every knee, including Satan’s, shall bow.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” (Philippians 4:8, NIV)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners (Isaiah 61:1, NIV).
Are You Broken-Hearted?
Are you in a season of pain and suffering? Many people today suffer abuse at the hands of another person, sometimes someone they trust and love. Some are victims of sexual/physical abuse and others are victims of emotional abuse. Sadly, many are children, and the abuse or trauma can affect their development and negatively distort their view of the world. They become frightened and feel unsafe, unloved, and unprotected which can be carried into future relationships—causing more pain and hurt. Some grow up and suffer depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and turn to alcohol, sex, or drugs.
This is the desire and goal of the enemy since the beginning of human existence. He wants fear and doubt to sever our intimate relationship with God. Fear is at the root of many of our problems. This fear, which develops from childhood, is in direct opposition to love. The Bible tells us “God is love” (John 4:16) and “There is no fear in love” (1 John 4:18), so one can safely say that fear is not of God. He never intended for us to live in fear. He created us to be in loving relationships. The very nature of God is to be in relationship, a caring committed connection between one person and another. Like God, we have a need to be connected. He created Adam and Eve so He could have a relationship with them. We were built to be connected; attachment is the core of the soul’s existence.
“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.”
(1 Peter 4:8, NIV)
Jesus’ heart beats close to the victim of abuse or trauma, especially the children. We are in a spiritual battle against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). The powers of darkness will constantly try to put out the Light of Truth in your life. The worldly ways of life will battle for your mind every day. Fight back! Fight for the freedom of your mind. “Repent”, translated from the Greek, simply means change your mind. God is merciful and wants you to accept His invitation of mercy. No more pain, anxiety, depression, or fear.
You are a beautiful child of God, and He is a loving Father who wants your heart to change. He wants you to turn your heart towards Him and towards each other. We are rebellious and disobedient children, but He is a loving and forgiving Father. Jesus was the ultimate victim. We were the ultimate abusers. Our sin nailed Him to the cross and yet He still loved and forgave us. Turn your broken heart towards your loving Father and let go of fear. You do not have to be a victim, the road to restoration is waiting for you. We serve a God who has overcome the world. Stay strong in your faith, and love others well.
Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.
(1 Corinthians 16:13–14, NIV)
Over the past couple of weeks of quarantine, I’ve been praying for others who are suffering with COVID, maybe more than I’ve prayed for my husband and myself. My friend Linda sent 101 healing Scriptures to declare over myself, and when I pray these promises found in God’s Word, I also pray the verses over the names of those I know with COVID. Two days ago, I received the devastating news that one of those I was praying for, a friend’s husband, succumbed to the virus. Because he was clinging to life in ICU, I had been fervently interceding for him and believed with all my heart that no matter how bad it looked, God could heal his body. I was devastated when I heard the news that he passed away.
I was one of countless people praying for this godly man, so when an army of intercessors pray for someone—in this case healing—and it does not happen, we may wonder Do our prayers even make a difference? The answer is yes, God answers all prayers, but sometimes He says no.
I think of King David who pleaded with God for his first son with Bathsheba to live and not die. 2 Samuel 12 says David “fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth on the ground. The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them” (2 Samuel 12:16–17). This went on for seven days but when, on the 7th day of intercession, David found out his child had died, he cleaned himself up, changed his clothes and went to church and worshipped. He also stopped his fast. He was not angry with God, did not disconnect from Him nor did he stop praying. David’s the one who said in Psalm 86: 1-2, “Hear me, Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am faithful to you; save your servant who trusts in you.” David never lost his faith. He still understood the power of prayer but in the case of the prayers for his son, the answer was no.
What I do believe is that God says yes more than He says no. The no’s just seem more magnified. I also don’t know why God heals some and not others. It’s a mystery that won’t be solved on this side of Heaven. But what I do understand is that we cannot stop praying and asking for a reversal of a dire situation. Our prayers can be the difference between life and death. In 2 Kings 20, King Hezekiah was told to put his affairs in order because he was going to die. It seemed final, but with tears, Hezekiah pleaded for more time. God heard his prayers, decided to heal the king and gave him an additional fifteen years. In that case, God said yes.
Maybe God has said no to you after you’ve prayed nonstop for a situation. I know it was difficult when the answer was not what you desired. But even when the answer is no, it doesn’t mean there will not be a yes in the near future.
I want to take this opportunity to invite you to our annual Level-Up Women’s Conference that will take place on Saturday, October 9th from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Northview Baptist Church in Lewisville. Speakers are KCBI”s Rebecca Carrell, Gateway Church’s Elizabeth Settle, Human Trafficking Survivor, Sandy Storm, newcomer, Alexis Arellano, and our entire Pearls of Promise Team. Worship Leaders are Debra Camp and Katherine Legg. God has been downloading so much material for you during my recent battle with COVID, you will not want to miss what He has to say to you. Take advantage of the Early Bird Special! Tickets are now only $39 and that includes lunch. They are available on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/level-up-dallas-2021-tickets-141072470557?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Join us for this incredible time of spiritual refreshing!
COVID is no joke. Scientists have already discovered that the Delta Variant that attacked my husband and me is much stronger and highly contagious. It also takes longer to get over. I have friends who popped back from the original COVID strain in four days. This is probably seven days since the onset of my symptoms and I am now at about 70%. Just when I think I’ve kicked it, I experience a setback. I am not a patient person, so the waiting to feel normal has been difficult.
In addition to extreme congestion and headaches, there is also brain fog and that makes it difficult to write, but today I will attempt to share thoughts. I don’t want to focus anymore on the negative of COVID, but the joys, because there have been many. Here are three simple things I’ve learned through this experience:
Lastly, I have learned over the years that God does His greatest work in us through suffering. Romans 5:3–5 says, “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” We must cling to Him in good times and bad, and continue to know that He is in control no matter how uncertain circumstances are around us. One day, we will be called home, but in the meantime, we must use our time on this Earth wisely.
I want to take this opportunity to invite you to our annual Level-Up Women’s Conference that will take place on Saturday, October 9th from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Northview Baptist Church in Lewisville. Speakers are KCBI”s Rebecca Carrell, Gateway Church’s Elizabeth Settle, Human Trafficking Survivor, Sandy Storm, newcomer, Alexis Arellano, and our entire Pearls of Promise Team. God has been downloading so much material for you during my recent battle, you will not want to miss what He has to say to you. Tickets are only $49 and include lunch. They available on Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/level-up-dallas-2021-tickets-141072470557?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Join us for this incredible time of spiritual refreshing!
If there was ever a time to pray, it’s now.
I have been busy lifting up prayers for my friends in Louisiana who endured Hurricane Ida.
I have a friend in the Sacramento area, watching the fires approach her home. I have been asking God to pour down rain on that area so the wildfires will subside.
The husband of a friend of mine is in ICU with COVID. He’s made progress but is far from being out of the woods. Every time I think of him, I lift up a prayer.
Now, I am asking for prayers for myself and my husband. Yesterday, I tested positive for COVID and today my husband will see if he has it as well. It was a shock because I was vaccinated, but I was exposed to the virus last week at an event and I guess the exposure was too close and too great. My doctor had no openings, so I believe God led me to the perfect place for treatment, “777 Urgent Care.” The Nurse Practitioner who examined me said, “The vaccine will probably keep you out of the hospital.” That’s an encouraging word. But I am counting on that word and following instructions—taking medicine, Vitamin C, D and Zinc—so I can recuperate at home.
But more than that, I am trusting in the healing power of God.
This morning I was reading in Matthew 8 where Jesus healed a man with leprosy. The man knelt before him and said, “’Lord, if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.’” “Jesus reached out and touched him. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be healed!’ And instantly the leprosy disappeared.”
I feel COVID is a little like leprosy. It takes over your body. You have to isolate, and until you are deemed clean, no one wants to get near you. For a people person, ten-fourteen days in the house seems like a life sentence.
I know Jesus still heals. I’ve seen it numerous times. But I am asking him today, “Are you willing to heal me?” I am praying the answer is yes. I feel there is more work to do for the kingdom.