Daily Devotional for Saturday October 10, 2015
Healing - Part One and Two of Three
(Proverbs 4:20-22, Exodus 15:26)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Father, bless me this day to have the courage to stand up for YOUR TRUTH in my daily life. Give me boldness to proclaim YOUR TRUTH when I am with those who mock and demean our faith in Christ and for following the teachings of the Bible. No matter what they may say, let me be not afraid to stand for you. In Jesus name...AMEN!
HEALING (Part One and Two of Three)
Taking our health for granted. As I drove to the office early this morning, for some reason I began thinking how good I felt physically. How full of strength and energy I felt, free of any aches and pains. My mind quickly started thinking first of all about those who do not have this wonderful blessing each day. All of those that I hear from daily who are struggling, battling different infirmities in their bodies, dealing with pain all the time. I than began thinking about how fortunate I have been all of my life to enjoy wonderful health.
Despite the minor colds we all get, some various sports injuries, some minor heart issues last year, for the most part, I have lived my life in wonderful health. What a gift I squandered for many years. I have spoken in the past about being in the best shape possible, watching what we eat and not putting harmful things into our bodies, all so we can enjoy optimum health to be able to serve our God. So many years God blessed me with perfect health and I used many of those years to "do my own thing", not using this blessing of health for His glory.
As soon as I got into the office, I spent some time in prayer, thanking God for this wonderful blessing of good health, and He clearly spoke to me about this message you are reading. For those in good health, especially those young adults who have not had to deal with problems in this area of your life, DON'T SQUANDER THIS TIME!
God has given you a wonderful blessing to be able to live each day in good health, free from pain, to be able to concentrate on your service to Him. This is a gift not to be taken for granted! We have a responsibility not to abuse God's blessings, and one blessing we often abuse is our good health. We live each day like we will always have good health. We live each day like it is our right to have good health. My friend, it is a BLESSING from God to have good health.
In the last 23 years of ministry, I have been in many hospital rooms. God originally created man not to die. Physical death became a byproduct of man's sin in the Garden of Eden. Sickness and disease became part of man's world. When you look at how complicated our physical bodies are, how intricate we are made, when you factor in the wear and tear of daily life, add to that how some people have abused their bodies with alcohol, drugs, tobacco, it is actually amazing we last as long as we do. With all of the things that can go wrong, it is simply amazing our bodies work as long as they do.
Ultimately, all of our bodies will break down in some way, we can not escape that no matter how advanced modern medicine has become. We need to be thankful daily for the good health God gives us. It is one of the greatest blessings we have. There is an old saying, that you can't put a price on good health. There are many people who have accumulated much wealth in this world. Yet, without the good health to enjoy it, what good is it?
I love you and care about you so much.I will be setting aside a special time of prayer and fasting next week for your healing. Know that I am praying for you today to NEVER forget the blessing of good health. We never know how long our health will last, so don't squander the blessing. God has given us this life to serve and glorify Him. Our health is a tool we use to do that. Make it count! For those who are reading this who are struggling in this area, know you are in my prayers.
God is still in the healing business. One of the most frequent prayer requests I get each day here at Liveprayer is for physical healing. I spoke yesterday about how we must not take our good health for granted. But I realize many of you who read this Devotional today are not in good health. You have every kind of challenge in that area of your life imaginable.
Of course, the first question most people ask is why? Why me? Only God knows the answer to that question. In some cases, part of the problem can be traced to poor dietary habits. In some cases, it might have been abuse to your body with tobacco products, alcohol, or drugs. But in most cases, there are no real answers. It is at those moments, when there are more questions than answers, that we MUST make our faith real and look to the Lord for strength.
I want each one of you that is reading this Devotional to know that I have set aside time next week as a time of prayer for all those who need a healing touch from the Lord. I have no special powers. But, I do know the One who is ALL POWERFUL AND STILL IN THE HEALING BUSINESS!!!.
God DOES know each person better than they know themselves. I know that my Bible says that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That wonderful truth literally means that the same Jesus you read of in the Bible healing people, is the EXACT SAME Jesus who is alive and healing people today!!!!! THE SAME JESUS WHO CAN HEAL YOU TODAY!!! What a marvelous truth!!!
I love you, and I care about you so much. I will be fasting several days prior, and am expecting incredible testimonies of God's healing power in the bodies of many. The only question today is do you have the faith? In the Bible, as Jesus healed people, almost in every case He would say, "go, your FAITH has made you whole."
You see my friend, there is nothing magical about me praying for your healing. Just like the hem of Christ's garment was not magical, but the woman with the issue of blood reached out and touched it, BY FAITH, and was made whole. It was a point of contact for her faith.
May you take that step of faith today, and believe God for your healing or the healing of the one you love. I am expecting great miracles, because we have a God that is a God of great miracles. Exercise your faith today, and trust the Lord for His healing touch. Never forget, our God is able to do ALL things. AMEN!
*Don't miss Part Three tomorrow!!!
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,