It seems like the last few weeks I have seen people dealing with sickness and disease, and my heart has been moved with compassion for them. If you are one of those people, I want you to know a few things.
FIRST...It is NOT GOD putting sickness or disease on you. He's not trying to "build your faith", "teach you a lesson" or "make a testimony for you." And when I hear any of those things about my heavenly father, my heart breaks and I want to puke. How could someone trust their father if they think he's hurting them? Matthew 7:10-12 talks about how even evil earthly fathers know how to give good gifts to their children and HOW MUCH MORE our heavenly Father gives good gifts. I looked up that word "good"...there's not some hidden agenda behind it, or some warped meaning. In the Greek language, it means....GOOD!, of good constitution or nature, useful, salutary, pleasant, agreeable, joyful, happy, excellent, distinguished, upright, honorable. Sickness and disease don't fit into that anywhere.
SECOND...It IS God's will for you to be healed! In John 8:28 we're told that Jesus was the exact representation of God on earth. And in Acts 10:38 we're told that Jesus healed ALL that were oppressed of the devil! So, God wants ALL healed! Why isn't everyone walking in healing? That's a question I don't have an answer to. I think some of it has to do with people's emotions, lifestyle habits, and to be honest, sometimes people just want to be sick. BUT, just because I don't have the answer, that doesn't mean I'm going to blame God for it!
THIRD...When James and John came across a town of people who wouldn't accept Jesus in Luke 9, they asked Jesus if they could call fire down from heaven on them. Do you know what Jesus said? He said NO! He rebuked James and John and told them that they didn't know what manner of spirit they were of. AND, Jesus told them that HE DID NOT COME TO DESTROY MEN'S LIVES BUT TO SAVE THEM! I looked up what that word SAVE means, and it's so good, y'all! It is the greek word "sozo" and it means: to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction one (from injury or peril), to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health, to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue! Jesus came to HEAL AND MAKE WHOLE! He's not even putting sickness or disease on people who won't accept him!
Listen folks, this is the GOSPEL, the GOOD NEWS! God loves you! He wants you healed! He wants you whole! If you're not walking in complete healing or wholeness, trust that God wants you to. Trust that Jesus paid the price for it. Trust that He is not the one putting sickness and disease in your life. Would you inject your own child with Aids, cancer, mental illness, infertility, etc.? NO WAY! Well, HE is not doing that to you! Ask yourself if you're holding on to bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, stress, or an unhealthy lifestyle that's keeping you from the health Jesus paid for. Ask yourself if you're walking the path of healing He has for you. He's already paid for it. It's ours to walk in! Ask God to put men and women in your path that will help you walk in healing and wholeness. And, don't listen to any religious garbage that tells you God is making or keeping you sick for His "glory" or "If it's His will to heal, He will." His glory doesn't need us to do anything to maintain itself. He's as righteous as righteous gets. And, it IS His will that you're healed! He just wants us to know He loves us.
And please, oh please, if you are one of those people saying that garbage to people who are dealing with sickness and disease, stop. You could be hurting them. God wants them well. God wants YOU well. Rest in that.
I'm believing God that if you're reading this, you'll have a tangible experience with God's healing.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
To know her is to love her. That's my Emery Rose.
When she was a tiny being in my womb, and I found out she was a girl, I knew what I wanted to name her. I believe parents have so much power in naming their children. I knew Emery was something special when she was just in my womb. I knew she was destined for greatness! The name Emery came from a loved friend whose name is Emery. I thought it was an awesome name. And when I found out what it meant, I knew it was for my little girl whom I hadn't met yet, but just knew. A momma knows.
Her middle name is Rose, after my sister, Amanda Rose, and my Mimi, Rosemary. I knew with such a powerful first name, we needed a balance with Rose: flower, delicate. For those who really know my girl, they know she is preciously delicate. A rose also has a tough side, and Emery Rose sure does. She can handle herself. She always gets back up after falling, and I know that's a trait she'll always have. I have to remind myself sometimes that she's still so little...she's so mature for her age!
She turns three years old today, and what an amazing three years it's been!
I know Emery Rose was given to me to be my teacher, after all, she is the little girl who made me a mother. Every single day Emery teaches me so much about myself and life. She knows how to push my buttons best, but she also knows how to melt me in an instant. She is full of life and love. She is a daddy's girl, but has a unique and special relationship with me. She may look exactly like her daddy, but she acts so much like her momma.