God Versus the Devil

 

God is good and the devil is not. God is all powerful and the devil is the defeated foe. Why then do Christians fall under the devil’s limited power?

 

 

Our Friday afternoon Bible study read through Mark 11 yesterday, in the New King James Version.

 

 

After each section, I’d teach what it meant with God’s help and I also listened to the others’ opinions.

 

 

When we came near the end of the chapter at verse 19, we’re told they left the city in the evening.

 

 

In the beginning of the chapter Jesus looked through the leaves of a fig tree hoping for figs because He was hungry. It wasn’t the season for the fruit but I’ve heard that occasionally there is a second growth.

 

 

When the tree proved to be unfruitful, Jesus cursed the fig tree.

 

 

Mark 11:20  Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

Mar 11:21  And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”

Mar 11:22  So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.

Mar 11:23  For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Mar 11:24  Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Mar 11:25  “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.

Mar 11:26  But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

 

 

I stopped a minute to think. How often do I pray with absolute, unshakable faith?

 

 

A few years back, I prayed for a pastor set to go in for surgery by the end of the week. In full faith, I told him God could heal him so he wouldn’t need the procedure. When he asked me to pray, my faith wavered. I did pray but he knew my confidence had fled.

 

 

Every month now, we pray for healing at our church. My faith rarely wavers and if it does, I ask God to give me faith, right in the middle of the praying and receive it. Sometimes God moves and answers our prayers. Other times, it seems as though people leave with their illnesses intact.

 

 

I don’t doubt God’s ability. I’ve seen too many answers to prayer and many healings.

 

 

Perhaps our sin hinders God’s response or we harbor bitterness against others. Maybe we’re in a Job situation.

 

 

When King David asked God to cleanse his heart and renew a right spirit within him, I believe he received what he asked for, a right standing with God. He also lived a life filled with consequences for previous sins.

 

 

When King David ignored his son’s sinful behavior and failed to punish him, as noted in 2 Samuel 13, Absalom, another son of David’s with a different mother, took vengeance. Things got worse from there.

 

 

I believe when we Christians live for ourselves and disregard God’s commands, we empower the devil to come against us and God allows consequences so hopefully, we’ll wake up and commit ourselves to follow God with all our being. The devil is defeated but he’s crafty and he lays traps for people.

 

 

May God bless you and me. I need Him more all the time.

 

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Thanksgiving is Nearing

 

I felt joy surge through my being yesterday when my husband announced that he was going to cook the turkey this Thanksgiving.  “You are?”

I smiled wholeheartedly. “Why are you surprised at that? I’ve cooked the turkey for the last three or four years.”

For some reason I’ve been sick for the last three or four Thanksgivings, which I promptly told him. Still, the joy remained.

“Sick on purpose,” he said with a smile.

I am determined to slow down in the next week, as much as possible and get to bed at a decent hour. Anyhow, he has been watching professional and non-professional cooks on YouTube fix mouth-watering turkeys for at least two days now. Last night we stayed up until almost one a.m. watching Gordon Ramsey slice onions and squeeze lemons and swirl rosemary in preparation for a Christmas turkey with fixings. Imagine my dismay when we watched the same show at 9:00 p.m. tonight. If I’d known, I would have dragged myself away from the creative cooking last night.

I don’t feel that grand tonight, so I’m going to bed as soon as I can when I finish here.

I got thinking what it says in Eph._5:16, (ASV),  “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

As I’ve neared the end of the day, watching cooking shows, I wondered what I accomplished today. I spent a small amount of time in the Word this morning, and as I straightened papers in our green room I ran into Scriptures and read them. I typed for about two hours for a client in regards to Amish folk and their thoughts on the Scriptures came up every now and again. As I typed, they made mention of greed or wastefulness in America. Then they spoke of their own spiritual struggles to remain humble or to battle temptation when strangers offered them money because they thought the family was poor.

I appreciate the opportunity to work while I can. I’m aware that I’m getting older. So, I value the time I have with a fairly healthy body. Yet, realizing this lady’s life story, so radically different than mine, I see that I’ve been pampered much of my life. Every person has struggles and problems, it’s part of the human condition, it seems to me, since the fall of Adam and Eve and the turning them out of Paradise. So, I’ve had things to deal with that she didn’t, but I can’t imagine being gawked at because of my clothing and hairstyle and lifestyle being so radically different than the society I live in. People constantly asked them about their faith and how they lived and if they could take their picture, which they didn’t care for. She and her husband truly strove for humility. She preferred to stay in the background when running into curious strangers.

As a Christian, I run into it a little in America, looking different. Years ago, when clothing for twelve year olds was skimpy short and tight, trying to find modest clothing for my daughter was a nightmare. She began making her own t-shirts in the style that was popular, but she could lengthen them and find a size with a little breathing room. It’s nice that she’s artistic. We have a church in our town where the women all wear dresses. Our denomination does not, but we do try to retain femininity with modesty in mind.

Anyway, since Thanksgiving is not that far away, I’m getting the house ready and gathering groceries a week at a time for the non-perishables and calling my daughter to see what she’s bringing, etc. My mind is on Amish viewpoints some of the time and my world view with its responsibilities the rest of the time.

I do understand that I have many blessings. I pray I may never take what God has done for me for granted.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving when the day arrives if you celebrate it where you live. I keep feeling like time is short and precious.

May God bless you

We Need Each Other

 

Hebrews 11:1-3, (NKJV) says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”

My husband preached a little from Hebrews 10 on Sunday with a selection from Genesis 2 where God said it wasn’t good for man to be alone so He made woman from Adam’s rib, a helpmeet for him.

By faith, Christian and Jewish believers accept Genesis’ account of God creating the world by speaking it into being. “…things which are seen were not made of things which are visible,” as referenced above in Hebrews 11:3 and here in Genesis 1: 1-3, (ESV): Gen 1:1  In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Gen 1:2  The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Gen 1:3  And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

God continued to speak the Creation into being in the beginning of the book of Genesis.

I wrote a letter to a man undergoing cancer treatments in Buffalo. In the letter I told him that some decades ago our newborn son contracted a virus that ate 90% of his liver. The head doctor of the infectious diseases department warned us that it could move to his heart or other major organs. When we listened to her we didn’t react much. “Don’t you hear what I’m saying?”

“We hear you, but we are praying,” we responded.

I think she wondered if we’d lost our senses.

I wrote this man with cancer about our experience with sickness to encourage him to hold onto God’s word even in the midst of a bad report.

Now, I’ve never been able to manufacture faith. It is a gift of God’s Spirit as listed in 1 Corinthians 12:9 (NKJV), “to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit.”

I think as people exercise their gift of faith and see God’s faithfulness, it helps faith grow. But when our son battled for his life for thirty days, my husband and I believed together some of the time and many times when my faith floundered he felt confident that God would heal our son and when he struggled to believe, my faith in God buoyed him up.

As it turned out, God heard our prayers and those of family and friends. A week before he came home from the pediatric Intensive Care Unit, my husband felt sure God was directing him to tell our church to stop praying for healing, but to thank God for the healing before we saw it happen. Someone else told him they had the same impression from God, which he received as confirmation, before he spoke to the congregation.

God answered all those prayers and chose to restore our son’s liver and destroy the virus’ power.

In Hebrews 10, this Sunday my husband reminded us that we need each other. Here is part of the Scripture in Hebrews that he preached about: Heb 10:21, (ESV), and since we have a great priest over the house of God,

Heb 10:22  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Heb 10:24  And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,

Heb 10:25  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Believers in Christ are to “meet together” not only for worship and the reading of the Word of God, but also in casual gatherings so they can get to know one another. They need to learn to get along together and to speak the truth in love to one another if someone needs correction. They need each other if some should suffer lack. Then the other believers can learn of their predicament and share from their plenty. There are lots of reasons for believers to assemble. Jesus sent the disciples out in pairs to preach the gospel, to deliver people from demonic influence, to lay hands on the sick so they would recover.

Well, anyway, we need each other, if it’s to keep from being discouraged, or to keep from being lonely, God made mankind to rely on one another, as risky as that may seem if you’ve been hurt. In addition, we need God to direct our paths and to trust Him to take care of us as we develop friendships and relationships.

May God bless you and protect you and lead you in paths of righteousness.

Curve Ball

Life throws curve balls sometimes. I remember being at someone’s house when a lady got hurt. As our aunt felt pity for the injured person, neither of us knew she’d be gone in a few days from a blood clot.

This happened many years ago, but it always reminds me to live my life in a manner most pleasing to God. My husband calls it keeping short accounts with God: if we stumble and fall, immediately and sincerely we repent.

Jesus throws curve balls many times in the New Testament. When I look at the Scriptures with new eyes, trying to get past the familiarity of the stories, possibly by putting myself in the main characters shoes, I’ll realize just how unorthodox Jesus was.

Jesus spoke to the multitudes on a mountaintop. When He spoke what are commonly known as the beatitudes, he also said as recorded in Mat 7:15, (KJV) “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Mat 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

Mat 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Mat 7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

Mat 7:19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

Mat 7:20  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Loudly and clearly, Jesus is saying that we need to be living a life that shows forth love, kindness, compassion, truth, mercy, goodness, and many other fruits of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5: 22, 23. If we live for ourselves and don’t consider God and His desires, we may think we’re on our way to heaven and He’ll say, as in the above verses, “You need to leave. I never knew you. You are a sinner and you are not welcome to come with me.”

He also told the religious leaders that most people honored and respected that they were hypocrites. Then He called them a brood of vipers!

Mat 23:23 (KJV) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Mat 23:24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Mat 23:26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Mat 23:28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Mat 23:29  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,

Mat 23:30  And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

Mat 23:31  Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

Mat 23:32  Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Mat 23:33  Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Mat 23:34  Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

Mat 23:35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Mat 23:36  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Mat 23:38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Mat 23:39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Jesus spoke what He heard the Father speaking, He said in  John_12:49 – 50, (KJV) For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

That statement riled up the Pharisees as well.

Some of these verses are not encouraging and some are. I like to read about what Jesus said and about what He did. Then I pray that God will teach me from His word. When Jesus speaks things that I don’t get and that seem hard to swallow, I seek Him and information so it makes sense, even if it is a curve ball.

May God bless you.

Work My Way to Heaven?

My husband likes to watch action television, which is addicting to me. According to Life Coach instructors, Sam and Vicki Farina, who did research on the brain, tv stimulates the portion of our brain which draws our attention. I tried to find the proper terminology from various internet sites and from my coaching notes, but none were clear enough for a non-medical person like myself.

 

Anyway, too much television in children can cause attention deficit disorder and cause responses that inhibit self-control. In adults, too many hours of television interfere with exercise and goal completion and according to a blogger, can cause mental deterioration: Effects Of TV On The Brain (OMG!) – EruptingMind

http://www.eruptingmind.com/effects-of-tv-on-brain   Cached This site warned if you click on certain opportunities that they offer that they will employ cookies. I did not open their videos to view since I don’t know who they are and they warned of subliminal messages that they wanted to show in one of the videos.

 

 

The New York Times said reading fiction can reverse ill effects of brain deterioration and can help people with their social skills. The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction – The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/…/sunday/the-neuroscience-of-your-brain

 

My point of this blog is supposed to be that when I told Craig that I felt bad that I chose a tv program over time in the Bible and in prayer, he reminded me that God is not going to turn His back on me because I watched a couple of television shows before I spent time with Him. I breathed a sigh of relief. LOL.

 

I know God is gracious and loving, but I grew up in a church that emphasized working to show people God’s love. In my youth, there was no mention of grace or relationship with God. He was far distant in my mind.

 

Plenty of guilt for sin and directions to look at Jesus on the cross. Far less emphasis on Jesus’ resurrection and Him being alive in heaven praying for believers. Instead, it was do this or do that or you’ll incur God’s wrath.

 

I know that faith without works is dead according to the book of James : Jas 2:14, (BBE):  What use is it, my brothers, for a man to say that he has faith, if he does nothing? will such a faith give him salvation?

Jas 2:15  If a brother or a sister is without clothing and in need of the day’s food,

Jas 2:16  And one of you says to them, Go in peace, be warm and full of food; but you do not give them the things of which their bodies have need, what profit is there in this?

Jas 2:17  Even so faith without works is dead.

Jas 2:18  But a man may say, You have faith and I have works; let me see your faith without your works, and I will make my faith clear to you by my works.

Jas 2:19  You have the belief that God is one, and you do well: the evil spirits have the same belief, shaking with fear.

Jas 2:20  Do you not see, O foolish man, that faith without works is of no use?

Jas 2:21  Was not the righteousness of Abraham our father judged by his works, when he made an offering of Isaac his son on the altar?

Jas 2:22  You see that his faith was helping his works and was made complete by them;

Jas 2:23  And the holy Writings were put into effect which said, And Abraham had faith in God and it was put to his account as righteousness; and he was named the friend of God.

Jas 2:24  You see that a man’s righteousness is judged by his works and not by his faith only.

Jas 2:25  And in the same way, was not the righteousness of Rahab, the loose woman, judged by her works, when she took into her house those who were sent and let them go out by another way?

Jas 2:26  For as the body without the spirit is dead even so faith without works is dead.

 

This blog really got me thinking tonight.

 

God bless.

Milk or Meat?

2 Corinthians 5 is a chapter in the New Testament filled with words that Paul called meat instead of the milk of the Word, in my opinion.

In 1 Corinthians 3: 2 (RV), it says, “I fed you with milk, not with meat; for ye were not yet able to bear it: nay, not even now are ye able;”

He said to get beyond the milk of babes: salvation and the basics of the faith, and grow up.

In the English Standard Version it states in Heb 5:11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
Heb 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,
Heb 5:13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.
Heb 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

Heb 6:1 Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.

Years ago, when I read this passage, I thought the things Paul calls the elementary doctrine of Christ are a lot to chew on. But consider this: 2 Corinthians 5:7 (ESV) “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

I try to wrap my mind around this. On the surface it’s easy. But living it out, being led by the Spirit of God, obedience, dying to self, picking up my cross daily, faith covers a lot! If you don’t believe, you can’t do those things or you won’t want to do those things.

Faith in God, not my ability to produce enough faith to get God moving the way I want Him to move. See what I mean? Believing He’s always with me, that He’s good and wants what’s best for me. Knowing God, Whom I cannot see with my physical eyes. Faith.

If you haven’t read 2 Corinthians 5 in a while and would like to ruminate on it, let me know if it satisfied you or mystified you, or a little bit of both. I had to look up ruminate. LOL Sometimes I use words and then wonder if they mean what I think they mean.

Ruminate according to Merriam-Webster Dictionary is to chew on something, chew the cud, go over it in your mind over and over again, meditate on the meaning, etc. (and not necessarily in that order). And hopefully from the bookcase to the computer I remembered all of them correctly. LOL Have a great day.

Daniel for Today

My husband and I are invited out to dinner with some other couples and I said I’d do the devotional. I love the book of Daniel. There’s no better way to learn than to have to delve into the subject matter in order to teach on it.

I discovered today that the Bible app on my phone has a play button on the Scripture page so I can do dishes and listen to the Bible being read as I work. So nice! So I’m off to do dishes and to listen to Daniel and to think about the questions and insights I want to present at the meeting this evening.

I’m choosing Daniel 1 and 2. My husband said, “Do you know how much detail there is in those two chapters? It’s too much.”

I’m not planning on doing a lot of in-depth stuff. I want to talk about who the countries are that King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed about. People try to say that Daniel was written after the fact because the dream interpretation came true exactly as foretold. If God is as all-powerful and as all-knowing as He’s portrayed to be, foretelling the future is nothing for Him. Some people don’t want God to be real because then they’d be forced to consider that His ways may be the way to go, and that doesn’t please their desires.

So, we’ll talk about Daniel tonight, a true historical person, subject to the
king of Babylon as a teenager to conform mostly to Babylonian ways and to serve directly under the king. I love reading the book of Daniel, he was an amazing guy.

He and his friends stayed committed to their culture and to their God despite any hardships that came their way. Often, God gave them miraculous deliveries, but in respectful attitudes they told the king that they knew God could deliver them from the fiery furnace or the lion, but even if He didn’t, they would not obey the king’s edict to defect from their faith.

I intend to learn more about the prophecies concerning the last days in Daniel.

Healing Available Today?

Our church holds a healing service once per month for anyone that wants to ask God to heal them. Sometimes we stand at the altar and ask for prayer for someone else, we accept the anointing oil on our forehead and the hand of an elder in the church is laid on our head during the prayer of faith as if we were the one receiving.

Why did we start these services that aren’t packing out the church? Because we believe God answers prayer. We believe that God still heals today. Someone asked us to. We like asking God to heal people because we care about people and we quote the Bible: “You are the God that heals” as we pray.

God knows, but there’s something powerful about praying the Scriptures. There’s a verse that says “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God:” Romans 10:17.

 

Dr. Slobodan Krstevski, Ph.D. wrote GOD’S HEALING SECRETS, published by WORD ALIVE PRESS, copyright 2010. On page 50, Dr. Krstevski said, “When we take the word of healing and we believe it and confess it (just like we did with the word of salvation), we will be healed.”

He explains that he’s not a believer in “name it and claim it,” but we do need faith.

Jesus healed less people in His home town because of their unbelief, we’re told in Matthew 13:58. He was too familiar to them.

My husband preaches a segment of Scripture, reminds people that it’s up to God whether He wants to heal or not, depending on His purposes and then he prays with faith, because so many Scriptures make it clear that God wants us healthy. God loves us more than we can possibly comprehend and it’s an unconditional love if we choose Him.

If we take our free will and curse Him, and treat others in horrendous ways, then He gets mad. We are made in His image and likeness it says in Genesis 1:26, 27 (KJV). So we understand if someone treats our loved ones in an abominable way, that we’ll get mad. Like Father, like sons and daughters.

He asks us to forgive others, as He forgives us in Matthew 6:12.

I’ve heard stories of people being healed physically after they finally forgave someone they held a grudge against.

If you are sick, I pray you’ll be healthy according to God’s wishes for your life.

He wants everyone to repent and avoid perishing in the afterlife, according to 2 Peter 3:9, (KJV): “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

That’s His utmost concern if I understand the Word of God correctly. He watches out for all, but as earthly parents have more love for their own offspring, I believe God feels the same way. Everyone came into being by God the Creator according to Genesis 1, but John 1:12 (CEV) says, ” Yet some people accepted him and put their faith in him. So he gave them the right to be the children of God.”

Do you believe God heals today? Would you enter a church for a healing service if you were sick? I hope you are well and these are theoretical questions for you.

God is Real!

At a ladies retreat last week, I met my roommate, the pastor of the Family for Christ Assembly of God Church in the Bronx. She grew up in Africa. She moved to the United States some years ago. Monica drove to this function with three other women. All three women told me to talk to her about her life experiences. When we were alone I asked her to share some of her stories.

She gave her life, soul and spirit over to Jesus Christ as a girl. As she began to know God’s voice in comparison to her own thoughts or the voice of the enemy of our souls, she said God told her she would marry a man from another country. Later, He told her the name of her husband, a student at her school she didn’t really know. When she met him, he fell in love with her and she with him. Years later, after the birth of four sons, God gave her a dream. Do not take your husband to a certain hospital in California. He will receive an IV, a man will come in and put a shot into the IV. Your husband will die.

When her husband got ill they took him by ambulance to that hospital, and when she protested and told of her dream, they ignored her. She watched the man come into her husband’s room, put a shot into the IV, and her husband died within two minutes. She never felt such a lack of control.

When she spoke of falling some months later and getting seriously hurt, the doctor told her he couldn’t help her. She needed to rest and let the body heal itself. She cried to God. “I need to work. What am I going to do for money?” She said God sent angels to massage her sore muscles and a man glowing white, who she thought was Jesus Christ, to touch her stomach. When she woke up, she was totally healed,

Then I remembered about twenty years ago being at a different ladies retreat, and I went to my room to be alone. I cried over a deep hurt and I felt the arms of an angel or God hugging me. I felt no warmth from the embrace, but comfort. I had forgotten all about it.

God answers prayer and fulfills His promises in my life, so I know that I know that He’s real. But some of these highly personal touches bring me to a higher level of appreciation.

No wonder God tells us not to forsake the assembling together of believers. We get ignited from the fire of others’ faith. It builds up our faith and reminds us of the fact that God is not a respecter of any person. He loves the ones He’s created. John 3:16 says: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Yay God!