RISE and Be HEALED

Share Are you or someone you love having health problems? If so, put your trust in Jesus Christ and what He did on the cross for you. (See Isaiah 53:4-5) Increase your faith by meditating on God’s Word. Keep the following Scriptures in front of you and meditate on them throughout the day and night. Believe what God says! My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.—Proverbs 4:20-22 (NLT) Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.—1 Chronicles 16:34 (NKJV) Jesus said … “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”—John 10:10 (AMP) Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.—Isaiah 53:4-5 (AMP) But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.—Isaiah 53:5 (NLT) … who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.—1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV) “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He sent out His word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death.—Psalm 107:19-20 (NLT) For He will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.—Psalm 91:3 (NLT) “…I am the Lord who heals you.”— Exodus 15:26 (NKJV) “I will give you back your health and heal your wounds,” says the Lord.— Jeremiah 30:17 (NLT) Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.— Psalm 103:2–3 (NKJV) And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.— Matthew 4:23 (NKJV) When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore [our] sicknesses.”—Matthew 8:16–17 (NKJV) Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them [the] lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them.—Matthew 15:30 (NKJV) When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them.— Luke 4:40 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed [them] all.— Luke 6:19...

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Doo-Doo Happens

Last week my “little family” went snow-skiing in West Virginia. A couple of days before leaving on their trip, my daughter Joy asked me if I would take care of their three dogs, two cats, and eighteen chickens while they were away. Here is this week’s story … After agreeing to take care of the animals I reminded Joy that I would need the kitty litter box for the cats, Mittens and Spunk. Joy replied: “Mama, you don’t have to worry about Spunk needing a litter box because he prefers roaming the fields behind the house to staying inside the house. Basically Spunk will show up when he wants something to eat or drink and then he’s off again. Now Mittens is the homebody. She’ll want to stay in the house the whole time we’re away. But mama, Mittens doesn’t need a litter box. She’ll ‘meow’ to let you know when she needs to go outside.” Joy then explained how Mittens has different ‘meows’ and that her meow for ‘needing to go outside to be excused’ is different from her meow ‘for something to eat’. When I asked how I would know the difference between the ‘meows’ Joy assured me that I would know. Sure enough, Joy was right. After the first day of animal-sitting I was able to distinguish the differences in Mittens’ meows. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday went by without a single hitch. I was thrilled with how well all the animals were doing. And as for Mittens … about the only thing she did was sleep on the sofa, eat, drink milk, and then head back to the sofa for more sleep. Sunday morning arrives and I’m excited that my “little family” will be home by mid-afternoon. After cuddling with Mittens for a few minutes … I let her outside to ‘be excused’. Then I went to the bathroom to take a shower before heading off to church. With my clothes and prescription-strength eyeglasses removed and placed on the counter, I stepped inside the bathtub. Keep in mind that without corrective lenses, I’m as blind as a bat. While turning on the faucet and adjusting the water temperature I noticed what looked to be a wadded up, dark-colored washcloth on the bottom of the tub, near the drain. Thinking that I must have accidentally dropped my washcloth from an earlier shower … I reached down and grabbed the ‘wad’. As soon as my fingers grabbed the ‘wad’ I recoiled in horror and let out a scream—for it was a ‘wad’ of cat doo-doo! I about broke my neck getting out of the tub … and when I finally got the doo-doo off my hands and fingers … I text a message to my daughter telling her exactly what HER cat had done! She text a message back to me … I text a message back to her … and back and forth the text messages flew. In one of Joy’s messages she text; “Bless Mittens’ little heart. She must have mistaken the bathtub for the toilet.” What? Never did Joy say anything to me about the cat using a toilet! Never, ever! In the meantime I’ve got a big ‘wad’ of cat doo-doo in my bathtub that’s got to be removed. Then the bathtub has to be scrubbed clean before I can take a shower and now I’m really going to be late for church. Definitely too late to sing with the praise and worship team. So quickly, I text a message to John, the praise and worship leader, to let him know that something ‘totally unexpected’ had happened and that I wouldn’t be able to sing with the team but that I’d be there in time to teach the youth group. Yes, with the doo-doo, the cleaning task, knowing that I was going to be late, and everything else seemingly going wrong … I was sorely tempted to stay home and not go to church. But the more I thought about it, the more I knew that I couldn’t let doo-doo do me in. The fact of the matter is, in life, doo-doo happens. I’m not immune to it and neither are you. My question to you is … when doo-doo shows up in your home, in your life, what do you do? Do you allow the stinking doo-doo (fear, betrayal, lies, rejection, addiction, anger, feelings of inferiority, unforgiveness, whatever the doo-doo might be) to remain in your life? Do you give up on your hopes, your dreams, and what you know to be God’s purpose and plans for your life … just because of some doo-doo? If so, you...

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Try Not To Lose Heart

Share   “Okay, I’m tired of waiting to see snow. Each time I look outside it is sleet and ice. Yucky. I wanted to see some beautiful white flakes, not ice that causes accidents! Sweet dreams… I think I will take a nap.” “Well kids, Snow-maggedon 2014 has been quite disappointing. So far, no snow, just ice. Sigh…” “Giving up on snow. I’m going to sleep.” Comments of frustration and impatience like the ones above and hundreds more flooded the ‘New Feed’ of my Facebook account this past Tuesday. Certainly it was easy for me to understand these expressions of exasperation. Especially since with the passing of every snow-free hour … I too … became more and more skeptical of the weather reports. For a great number of eastern North Carolinians, just a simple mention of a snow dusting is a cause for celebration. So you can imagine the excitement level that was generated when weather reports indicated historic snowfall levels for eastern NC. For more than a week snow had been forecasted for my ‘neck of the woods’ yet when the highly anticipated ‘snow day’ arrived, not a single snowflake fell in the morning hours. By the time late afternoon came and went, and still there was no sign of snow, people began venting their feelings of disappointment on Facebook. Others took to Facebook to ‘blame’ local weathermen for the ‘no show’ snow. While I did refrain from posting negative comments … I didn’t refrain from having negative and skeptical thoughts regarding the ‘promised snow’. That is, not until the Holy Spirit reminded me of the following verse in God’s Word; “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”—Galatians 6:9 “If we do not lose heart” … hmmm. There’s a lot that can be said about that phrase. Actually there’s a lot that can be said about the entire scripture. And for sure, I could write several stories on just this one scripture. But instead, I’ll simply say: Don’t ever give up on those things you’re believing for. Don’t Give Up (On The Brink Of A Miracle) by Mike Adkins (Chorus) Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle Don’t give in, God is still on the throne Don’t give up, on the brink of a miracle Don’t give up, remember you’re not alone When Satan would have you look At the trials of life that surround you And he tries to appear, and bring doubt and fear all around you Don’t look with the eye, or listen with your ear, Just cry out to God, He is always near In your darkest hour, your miracle is here! The devil is a thief, and he sends those troubles to confound you And he lies and says, “This time, there’s no way you can find to make it thru” Remember God’s true Word, the battle is the Lord’s Don’t give in to fear, think on things that are pure Praise the Lord, your miracle is here! So did it ever snow in my ‘neck of the woods’? You bet it did! Around 1:30 AM Wednesday I turned on the outside flood lights to take a look and behold, beautiful white snowflakes were falling! When it was all over and done with … we measured 4 to 5 inches of snow in our yard, which was more than plenty for everyone to play in.   “But Jesus looked at them and said, With men this is impossible, but all things are possible with God.”—Matthew 19:26 (AMP) “I know that You can do all things, and that no thought or purpose of Yours can be restrained or thwarted.”—Job 42:2 (AMP) “Alas, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too hard or too wonderful for You.”—Jeremiah 32:17 (AMP) “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for Me?”—Jeremiah 32:27 (AMP) “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”—Isaiah 1:18 (AMP)...

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Anne Graham Lotz Reveals Her Heart for the Wounded

Share This week I’m tickled pink to introduce a very special guest to you. Her name is Anne Graham Lotz and she’s the founder and president of AnGel Ministries. If I were to list everything Anne’s accomplished thus far in her life … the list would be very, very, long. So quickly I’ll mention just a few of her accomplishments. Anne Graham Lotz has spoken on seven continents, and in more than twenty foreign countries, proclaiming the Word of God in arenas, churches, seminaries, and prisons. She is also the award-winning author of ten books, including The Magnificent Obsession, Expecting to See Jesus, and Fixing My Eyes on Jesus. Anne Graham Lotz is the real thing. Her love and concern for people’s well-being, especially their spiritual welfare is genuine. When I heard about Anne’s newest book; Wounded by God’s People … I knew that I had to invite her to share her story with you. So without further ado … here’s Anne Graham Lotz. Listen closely to Anne’s words. It’s time for healing of past wounds. Debra Joy: Anne, on page sixteen of your new book Wounded by God’s People, you wrote: “I have decided to break the silence. As I reflect on the wounds that have been inflicted intentionally and unintentionally on me and on others, I feel it’s time to say something. It’s time to put this on the table and call out the “sin that’s in the camp.”” At what point did you decide to call out the “sin that’s in the camp”? Was it a new or fresh wound that caused you to speak out? An accumulation of wounds? Or was it other people you had seen wounded? Anne: (Really when the Lord put this book on my heart …) I wrote The Magnificent Obsession, which is a book on the life of Abraham. And my magnificent obsession is to know God as Abraham did. In a relationship God would defined as a friendship. In writing that book of course, Hagar is a little sub-story. But when I finished writing Abraham’s life I couldn’t get Hagar off my mind. She just stood out to me. So I went back and did a bible study on her life. And it’s amazing how her life’s story, as brief as it is in Scripture, is just packed full of lessons and so I just felt that God put it on my heart to write her story, in a separate book. To actually make it a book. And as I got into it…at first I was going to write it on the wounded. You know. Then I just couldn’t help but see in her story, there’s a pattern where she’s wounded and then she retaliates and wounds. And then she’s wounded back, and then she wounds back, and then she runs away. There’s a cycle. There’s a rotation there. I learned so much as I began to delve into her story. And then I saw it reflected in my own life … my own life’s experiences. As I started to write the book so many things came to my mind that I had forgotten that I had actually experienced healing from.  But God brought them back to my mind as examples; small humorous ones, and big hurtful ones … and things that I had never forgotten. But there were so many, unusually so, that I felt God had given it to me, or given them to me to use … to help other people. Because the research today shows that the majority of people who are in church, who have left church … have left because, somebody in church hurt them. You know you just don’t want to go back there. And they don’t. And they leave church and a lot of them leave God. They’re what I call, a believer in exile. Twice in my life, I’ve been a believer in exile. Twice I’ve left the church. Different churches, but left and for a year was outside the church because of the pain that had been inflicted on me. So I understand that side of it. But then as I got in to writing the book, I thought you know it’s not just that I’ve just been wounded, but the Lord showed me that I’d also been a wounder. I hadn’t intentionally done it. But I’ve wounded people. So I had to deal with that. As I looked at that in my own life and then I see the research that shows that there’s millions of people out there who have a faith in God but they don’t go to church for that reason....

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Debra Joy’s Q & A with Joyce Meyer

Share   Her distinctive voice and throaty laugh is recognizable around the world. Her goal is “To reach every nation, every city, every day with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”    Joyce Meyer is a woman whom God has established as one of the world’s leading Bible teachers. Her television and radio show; Enjoying Everyday Life is broadcast worldwide to a potential audience of 4.5 billion people and more than twelve million have been distributed around the world. Debra Joy: In the early years of your ministry did you ever feel like giving up? Why didn’t you if your answer is “yes”? How did you continue moving forward? Joyce Meyer: The very beginning days of my ministry were exciting days, but they were quickly followed by very difficult days. I had moments when I wanted to give up, and it was hard to have such a huge vision and what I thought were only small opportunities to minister. But it was God’s plan for me to start by doing little things, like leading a home Bible study with about 20 people. And I needed that. It was a character-building time for me, which was so important to prepare me for what was ahead as the ministry grew. It was during those days that I learned how to really trust God to provide everything we needed. At that time I quit my full-time job so I could take time to study the Word more so our income was cut down significantly. I remember believing God back then for socks and underwear or money to pay for a new tire or fix the refrigerator. Now we are able to believe God to provide for the ministry we’re doing literally around the world. Debra Joy: How do you unwind from the pressures of overseeing an international ministry? Joyce Meyer: I have learned that it’s very important to find a healthy balance with work and rest, and when I’m recharging, I do things that are fun for me, like shopping, relaxing at home and watching a good clean movie or spending time with family and friends. Debra Joy: Please don’t take offense but years ago, when I first saw you on TV, I was somewhat shocked at your “bold and loud” appearance. Do you consider yourself “prim and proper”? If your answer is “No” would you want to be “prim and proper”? Why or why not? Joyce Meyer: My style has changed some over the years and I’m more relaxed or casual in some ways with the way I dress when I teach. I want people in our audience to see me as someone they can relate to, and we have found that for some people, wearing jeans instead of a suit helps them get the message I’m sharing, instead of getting distracted by the way I look. I like the changes too. And I still like big earrings and shiny jewelry like I used to wear all the time. Debra Joy: Are you happy? Joyce Meyer: Absolutely. Now that doesn’t mean I feel happy all the time, but I can honestly say I really enjoy my daily life. I didn’t used to feel this way, but God helped me understand that liking myself and enjoying my life is His will for me – it’s part of what Jesus died for me to have in this life. And I want everything He has for me! A lot of times in my teaching I share this truth with people and encourage them to get it because there are so many Christians who are not happy and don’t like themselves or their life. When we live like this, we’re missing out on so much God has for us. And we can’t expect the people around us who don’t know God to want what we have if we aren’t living with His peace and joy. Debra Joy: Do you regret anything? Joyce Meyer: I don’t live with regret at this stage of my life, but I have had to let go of things I didn’t understand at times and just trust God. I still do. For example, when I was a young girl, praying for God to make my dad stop abusing me and He didn’t, I didn’t understand why I had to go through it. But now that I can see how God is using what I went through to help so many other people have hope and believe they can be what God really created them to be, I am just glad that my pain from the past – which I don’t live with at all anymore – is making a...

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