Scripture Jewel | Ephesians 1:18-21
Scripture Jewel | Hebrews 4:14-16
Live In Your Healing!
Have worry and pain ever pushed you to exhaustion? No matter how hard we try to disguise it, exhaustion is difficult to hide. And silence is inevitable. When we finally succumb to our worry and pain, and there are no more tears to cry, silence becomes our offering to God. Our silent offering is much like a soldier waving the white flag in surrender on a battlefield in plain sight of our heavenly Father.
Our moments of surrender are no surprise to God. He knows we will finally get tired of trying to figure everything out on our own and yield to the Creator of heaven and earth. God is patient like that.
God provides illustrations in His Word of those who surrendered their exhausted and crippled conditions to Jesus. These persons had tried everything, were rejected by family and friends, and were ridiculed and shamed by hypocrites. Yet they had strong confidence in a man whose reputation preceded him. Jesus was known as being a healer, and those who desired to surrender and lay all that ailed them at Jesus’ feet were healed – not just by His touch; but by the exercise of their faith.
Activate your faith and present your exhausted self to God. Don’t throw in the towel! Tell the Lord you’re weary. Open your heart to the Lord and confess to Him that you’re tired of living life in your own strength, and you surrender to Him who is able to turn your weariness to joy. Ask your Waymaker to heal you and make you whole. And as God is healing you, praise His name with your mouth. And live out your healing so that it points others to Christ. Remember, healing is about more than professing it or working towards it. The evidence of healing is living it.
“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14
Walk down the road less traveled – live in your healing.
Be well. Live well.
Chase Your Gift
I don’t have to look far or search long for someone who identifies sorely with the memory of feeling overlooked. Some describe the experience as hurtful and disrespectful. There certainly isn’t glory in the actualization of being ignored. That moment when you realize, in the grand scheme of things, you don’t matter to someone. Yet, our human desire to be seen and to keep up with someone else’s convoluted practice of self-glorification as the prescription to wellness in these uncertain times, oozes like an open wound that never heals and is sensitive to touch – sensitive to the touch and move of our Creator in our lives. Man says make up the rules as you go along, indulge in manipulation, hate your neighbor. God says have no other gods before Him, do good, and love your neighbor as yourself. God also advises us to resist self-glorification and to chase after the gift(s) He created within us while we were in the womb. “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:1).”
Chasing our precious gift(s) from God keeps us under His protection and guidance. We become in-sync with the one who created us and bound to the one who is actively forming us in fascinating ways to His likeness. Our importance to someone else becomes minute and does not compare to how God sees us. God says we matter in all of our transforming moments. The glory of those experiences belong to God. Take none for yourself but give all the glory to God, our Creator. “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being (Revelation 4:11).”
Defy man and walk down the road less traveled, giving God the glory. Be well. Live well.
“Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well. If you have the gift of speaking, preach God’s message. If you have the gift of helping others, do it with the strength that God supplies. Everything should be done in a way that will bring honor to God because of Jesus Christ, who is glorious and powerful forever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)