Set Your Mind – Daniel 10:12

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Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.” ~ Daniel‬ ‭10:12‬

Chasten – to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise; to restrain; subdue.

Chastise – to discipline.

Remember that the moment that you go before the Lord to pray, God responds. You spend time humbling yourself as you continue in prayer to breakthrough the objections of the enemy.

So therefore set your mind.
Set your mind to seek the Lord.
Set your mind to consecrate yourself.
Set your mind to live godly.
Set your mind to rid yourself of what’s holding you back.
Set your mind to honor God in all you do.
It’s your decision.
Set your mind.

Daniel did just that. He did as Scripture directs and saw the results of 2 Chronicles 7:14-16. He Humbled himself and prayed.

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. ~ 2 Chronicles‬ ‭7:14-16‬

God Will Restore – Jeremiah 30:17

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For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.” ~ Jeremiah‬ ‭30:17‬‬‬‬

Restore – to bring back into existence, use, or the like; reestablish: to restore order; to bring back to a former, original, or normal condition; to bring back to a state of health, soundness, or vigor; to put back to a former place, or to a former position, rank, etc ; to give back; make restitution of (anything taken away or lost) ; to reproduce or reconstruct in the original state.

Health – the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor.  Soundness of body or mind; freedom from disease or ailment

Heal – to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment; to free from evil; cleanse; purify.

Wound – an injury, usually involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather than disease; an injury or hurt to feelings, sensibilities, reputation, etc.

I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds.” This is what the Lord said to his chosen people, the nation he calls His own. These words are powerful. He said He would free them from disease and heal them of any inflicted injuries. God made this promise to an entire nation. And that the King of Glory, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, is concerned enough with this small nation to promise to restore health to them and heal them of their wounds means the world to me! Why? Because it means our Father in Heaven is also keeping an eye out for each one of us. He cares so much for us that He also promises to heal us.

We know from reading the Bible that these are not empty promises. God fulfills all His promises, every single Word. Over and over He proves His Word is true… and so we can be confident that His Word will come to pass.

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. ~ Isaiah 55: 11

Something I read today regarding wounds:

Some wounds take bandages. Some wounds take stitches. Some wounds take surgery to replace new with the old. Just because you didn’t get to choose the way you wanted to heal doesn’t mean you take your bandage off and demand stitches.
Wounds aren’t meant to be reopened. A reopened wound causes more infections…
When you get healed, stay healed. Don’t create your own healing method. God knows how to tend to your wounds. Wounds cannot heal when that healing is sought in the world. It’s impossible. But with God any wound is available for healing.

Lord, I thank You for releasing supernatural strength to me, for restoring my health, delivering me from the bondage of fear, and for healing my wounds. You are so good to me! I love you and honor you, Jesus! Oh, merciful Father, I come before Your throne tonight to ask You to let your healing virtue flow to those that are on my prayer list. Holy Spirit, you know every single name and their affliction and suffering. You know every need. You died so that each one could walk in your healing tonight. Let healing flow through bodies, minds, and spirits tonight…on this earth as it is in heaven…for YOUR GLORY alone!!! I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen! Amen!!!

Healing and Granny’s Fig Jam: 2 Kings 20:1-7

In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live. Then he turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the Lord, saying, I beseech thee, O Lord, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord came to him, saying, Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee: on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy days fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. And they took and laid it on the boil, and he recovered.” ~ 2 Kings‬ ‭20:1-7‬ 

2 Kings 20 is such an interesting passage!!!

In this passage of scripture, I see that the Lord healed in answer to prayer. And yet, figs were used by the direction of the prophet of God before there was a complete recovery. Sometimes God uses medicines. Sometimes healing is a process.

I see that God was true to His Word. Specifically, 2 Chronicles 7:14 – IF my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land. Hezekiah certainly did humble himself and pray. God did answer.

I see that God said He would heal and then defend and deliver the nation…for His own sake but also for the sake of His servant, David. Isn’t it amazing that God might do something for us for the sake of those around us, that are His servants? Have you ever thought that God might have healed you for the sake of your mother or for the sake of your pastor or for the sake of your spouse? Have you ever thought that God might just heal someone for your sake if you are obedient to Him and His will…as well as for His own sake and for His Glory?!?

Reading the rest of the chapter (and you should), I see that even though there was recovery, Hezekiah wanted a sign to prove it. Aren’t we like that? I like that Hezekiah was bold enough to ask! We have not because we ask not!!!! God did give the sign which was a miracle. The Bible doesn’t explain the miracle so we just have to leave it at that. Praise God for His miracles.

Here are a few things I believe about healing. Some relate to this scripture and some are my beliefs because of the finished work of the Cross and the healing work God has done in me!

  • I believe in divine healing and that God uses our prayers to bring His healing forth.
  • I believe that He heals because He is a merciful and compassionate God and also because healing is His perfect will.
  • I believe that healing was paid for in the atonement just as salvation was.
  • I believe that there are many things we don’t understand and won’t understand…but still healing is God’s perfect will.
  • I believe that God will direct and redirect our paths to pray for people because He wants to heal. Sometimes I listen…sometimes I cower. Forgive me Lord for the times I have ignored your call and let someone that is hurting walk away.
  • I believe we would see so many miracles if we made up our mind to listen and walk in boldness and obedience. Not just in church services though. I am talking about as we walk through our own, everyday world.
  • I believe…I just do!

It is very late, so maybe I will write some more later and then update. All thoughts are welcome. I truly love to hear what others have gleaned from scripture or what the Holy Ghost has revealed to them about scripture, prayer, and healing. God bless.

 

On a personal note: When I was a young teenager we lived beside my grandparents. My Granny and Grandpa Burgess had fig trees in their yard. Every year Granny made the best fig jam. I sure do miss my grandparents and her jam. When I read about figs in the Bible I think on those days and thank God for their influence in my life, but mostly for their presence. Their presence brought healing to me just as that lump of figs for Hezekiah. Thinking on Granny’s figs I know that no matter what I lost in my life, I was blessed beyond measure by those two loving me unconditionally and caring for me. Sometimes the greatest gift of healing anyone can give is just to be there!!!!

 

Give God the Glory – Isaiah 43:21

 

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Every single one of us was created to bring God glory. The purpose of our lives is for God’s will to be done in them. His purpose becomes our purpose. His will our will.

For some, this is a scary statement because they view God and His will through the eyes of fear. They think that if He calls them to do something or lay down something, to die to self, there will be a loss. But the point of dying to self is not to die to self. The point is to be closer to Him, to be with Him, to be like Him, and to remove from our life anything and everything that is not reflective of Him. Dying to self equals intimacy.

Whatever God has called each of us to do, He has called us to intimacy first. He doesn’t want us to pursue ministry before pursuing Him. Spiritual gifts are a by-product of intimacy, not ministry. He doesn’t want us to try to be perfect or seek to be “good” before we pursue Him. Being a mature Christian who knows how to handle life is not the point. Relationship with God is the point. HE is the point.

Absolutely everything else flows out from that place of intimacy with Him. Intimacy allows some of God’s attributes to be passed on to us. The nearer we get to Him, the easier it is to become like Him. In fact, it is natural to become like those you spend the most time with. You begin to look like them, sound like them, and think like them. Oh, I pray that the One I spend most moments with is always Jesus!

Because intimacy is the focus of Heaven, one of the greatest prayers we can pray is: “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven.” ~ Matthew 6:10. Jesus taught His disciples to pray like this. Why? Because Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing (Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. ~ John 5:19) – WHAT HE SAW HIM DOING IN HEAVEN!!!

Jesus teaches us to pray the Lord’s Prayer because Heaven is reality, not earth. This is hard to grasp and for some a completely foreign concept but think about it. What we see here on earth, all around us, is merely a shadow of reality, not reality itself. (“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12). The temporal is always inferior to the eternal. So, in order to stay in alignment with the heart of God, we must remember that this place we live is the inferior and we must learn to mirror on earth the activity of Heaven.

We were each created to bring Him glory. How close we come to that depends fully on each one of us. He is never holding us back from intimacy. He is so eager for us to know Him that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to reconcile us to Himself. Every one of us.

This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.” ~ Isaiah 43:21

Encouraging Myself in the Lord

Honestly, it has been one of those days when all I could do was encourage myself in the Lord. It is not that anything was terribly wrong today but some days are just more difficult to walk through. I kind of think of it as the difference in walking on wet, compacted sand versus dry sand dunes. They aren’t all that different and yet that little bit of water makes all the difference.

This evening I was discussing encouraging ourselves with someone and so I wrote down some of how the Holy Spirit has taught me to encourage myself. Others may get encouragement others ways as we are all unique. Sometimes I do get strength by a good praise song but for me it is mostly prayer and the Word. I have here a list but I am not following a list really as I seek the Lord to help me encourage myself…it all goes together and flows together beautifully. I have learned the Word works and prayer works, praise works, giving works, serving works….and I have learned thanksgiving really works!!!

How do I encourage myself in the Lord?

1. I pray prayers of thanksgiving!

2. I pray for the needs of others.

3. I speak LIFE to those I walk past…sometimes speaking life looks like a smile 😀

4. I read the Word of God out loud and meditate on what I have read until the Lord speaks to me.

5. I try to memorize at least one verse that I read.

6. I pray the word given and the Word memorized

7. I pray for joy and contentment.

8. I think on whatsoever things are true,  whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, of virtue, and of praise!

9. I cast all of my care of Jesus because I KNOW He cares for me.

10. I remember there will always, until I get to heaven, be a day here and there when I need to do this all again and even more on some days….so I do as He leads but try to rest in Him and breathe ❤️

I pray you are encouraged today…in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

Tanzania Mission 2017

This mission and the recovery were much more difficult than I ever imagined it would be. Five months later, I have pieced together team pictures to make this video showing just a little of what we did. Most could not be photographed because we were involved in prayer walks on the streets of Moshi, Tanzania, Africa during the days and ministering on the streets of the red light district at night. Our ministry ended with a banquet for the girls and ladies we met there.

Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – Ezra 8:21

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. ~ Ezra 8:21

Our Pastors have called a time of corporate prayer and fasting during the forty days leading to Easter. In fasting we deny ourselves, temporarily afflicting our flesh so that we can be made sensitive to the voice of God and His plan and will.

When the Israelites were released from captivity, to return home and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, Ezra called a corporate fast. It was not to focus on God giving what they felt they wanted and needed. Instead, the motive was “to seek of Him a right way.” Ezra then gives a three-fold purpose to the fast that still stands as a great outline for believers during times of corporate prayer and fasting. The purpose – “that we might afflict ourselves before our God …

1. … to seek of Him a right way for us.
The “us” was the leaders Ezra gathered for the journey. Pray for your Pastors. Ask God to show them His right way and vision. But also as leaders in your home, ask God to show you His right way for your path and family.

2. … for our little ones.
The little ones were the children and represented the future of the Israelite nation, the heritage of the Lord. During your fast, pray that God would order the steps your children but also this entire generation.

3. … for all our substance.
The substance was everything in their possession. As you fast, ask God to make you sensitive to the way He wants you to manage your resources. Pray that His will would be done in the finances and possessions that He has entrusted to you.