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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Q & A with Dr. Charles Stanley

Share Dr. Charles Stanley is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Atlanta and the founder of In Touch Ministries. For many years Dr. Stanley has steadfastly focused on accomplishing the work God assigned to him. As a result, Dr. Stanley has reached multitudes with the Good News about God’s love. As a New York Times best-selling author, Dr. Stanley has written more than 50 books. His teachings and writings, especially those about the Holy Spirit have had a tremendous impact on my own personal walk with God. Debra Joy: Dr. Stanley, it’s evident by the fruit you bear and the many good works that you and your ministry does, that you’re doing a lot of things ‘right’. Therefore, I’m curious to know how you start your day and I know those who read this interview will also find it of great interest. Dr. Stanley: A long time ago, I learned that there is no better start to the morning than getting on my knees, opening God’s Word, and committing my day to Him. Many times I will read the following portion of Psalm 119, “I am Your servant; give me understanding, that I may know Your testimonies. It is time for the LORD to act…Therefore I love Your commandments above gold, yes, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem right all Your precepts concerning everything, I hate every false way…Establish my footsteps in Your word, and do not let my iniquity have dominion over me” (vv.125-128,133). It reminds me that I belong to the Father, I need Him, He is the One that guides my footsteps, and He keeps my heart clean from sin. That’s who He is—He wants to lead us, empower us, and show us life at its very best. So it’s very important that we begin our days with Him. When we do, He energizes us physically, directs our thinking, and keeps us from getting distracted. Therefore, I would encourage everyone to start the day with intimate communion with the Father—surrendering their lives to Him hour by hour and minute by minute. And proclaiming they belong to Him completely. Debra Joy: Dr. Stanley, I’ve got a feeling you already know what my next question is. But I’ll go ahead and ask you anyway. How do you end your day? Dr. Stanley: I end my day much like I begin it—on my knees in prayer. There is an immense benefit to reading God’s Word before you go to bed at night, and asking the Father to work His truth into your life as you sleep. You invite Him to work on your subconscious mind—reprogramming your thinking, setting you free from sin, and reminding you of His unfailing presence. In fact, whenever I face a challenge and sense fear rising up in me, I write my concern on a three by five card, add a promise or principle from God’s Word, and lay it on my night table. Then, right before I go to sleep, I read the card. I do this because the Holy Spirit works through our subconscious minds. He helps us to trust the Father. And so instead of fretting over my troubles, the last thing I think when I go to sleep is, “Lord, I’m trusting You to do just as You said.” And usually I go right to sleep. Debra Joy: Sir, with all respect I ask you this next question. Would you please explain your reasons for kneeling when you pray? Dr. Stanley: I have always felt that there is something powerful about kneeling before the throne of grace because it acknowledges who God is as the Sovereign of the universe. I know sometimes people can’t kneel because of physical infirmities or what have you. But being on your knees before God isn’t just a physical stance. It is an attitude of the heart in which you humbly recognize that He is in absolute control of all that concerns you and has good plans for your life. You want to know and obey Him. And you realize that He will always lead you to make the greatest impact and experience the greatest success no matter what you’re facing. Debra Joy: Dr. Stanley, The Wonderful Spirit Filled Life is one of my personal favorites out of the more than fifty books you have written. In your opinion, how vital is the Holy Spirit to a person living a Christian life? Dr. Stanley: The Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. In fact, there is no way to live the Christian life apart from the power of the Holy Spirit—it’s impossible. We live in fleshly bodies, in a world that’s full of sin,...

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Hands of Protection

  Around ten o’clock this past New Year’s Eve night my mother and I decided to have prayer together to mark the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. Taking our seats around the dining room table, we agreed that mother would begin the prayer and I would close it. After reaching out and joining our hands together, mother began praying. At some point during mama’s prayer, I opened my eyes and was immediately transfixed by the sight of mine and mama’s hands clasped together. I really don’t know how to explain it other than to say, that in my heart, I knew that I had to have a photo of my mama’s hand clasped with mine in prayer. So without saying a word, and with minimal movement, I picked up my cell phone and took two snapshots of our clasped hands while mama continued praying. After taking the photos I closed my eyes and returned my full attention to God and to our prayer. Though taking snapshots may not sound like the ‘spiritual’ thing to do during prayer, I’m so very thankful ‘the moment was captured’ on film. You see there are some things that are priceless … and for me, the two photos of my seventy-nine-year-old mama’s hand holding mine during actual prayer is something I will treasure for the remainder of my life. After closing our prayer, my attention went back to the photos and while looking at them I was reminded of the American spiritual, “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”. Do you remember the song? It goes like this … He’s got the whole world in His hands He’s got the whole world in His hands He’s got the whole world in His hands He’s got the whole world in His hands.     The remaining verses include: He’s got the wind and the rain in His hands (Repeat 2 more times) He’s got the whole world in His hands.   He’s got the itty bitty baby in His hands (Repeat 2 more times) He’s got the whole world in His hands.   He’s got you and me brother in His hands (Repeat 2 more times) He’s got the whole world in His hands.   He’s got you and me sister in His hands (Repeat 2 more times) He’s got the whole world in His hands.   He’s got the whole world in His hands (Repeat 2 more times) He’s got the whole world in His hands. Truly we’re living in perilous times. While it’s impossible to predict with one-hundred percent accuracy the things which await us in 2014, many people believe it will be a year of far-reaching changes. Yet regardless of what the New Year brings … for the ‘sons and daughters of God’ there’s no need to be anxious or fearful, because there is good news. And that good news is that the present and future of every person in God’s family is safe and secure in God’s hands. On the other hand … those who are not in God’s family should give serious consideration to establishing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Why with Jesus Christ? Because that’s the only way a person can become a member of God’s family. “Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me.”—John 14:6 (Amp) My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.–John 10:29 My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together.–Isaiah 48:13      ...

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