Let’s Talk Healing!

 

 

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Everyone has an idea of what health looks like. Babies that are chubby cheeked cherubs are cute, but let a child weigh a little more and it becomes a label and a focus. Girls are very prone to having a negative image of themselves, not that boys can’t. You don’t have to be athletic or a marathon runner to be healthy.

It is not all about size or shape or weight, or even ethnicity, some people are smaller framed and some larger, it is all about Jesus. It is not about the miles you walk or the vitamins you take, it’s all about Jesus. He’s in control and not us and though He allows us a free will, our temple of the Holy Spirit is more than exercise.

He is concerned that we are eating spiritual food. We eat three times a day, do we read His Word or meditate on it that much? Is our heart merry? A continual feast, doing good like a medicine? Is the joy of the Lord our strength? Do we take Communion and know Jesus the bread of life?

Jesus was likely an average Jewish man of average yet, muscular build. He was a carpenter and walked everywhere, even fished. He wsn not a Superman or Adonis, et He was the Son of God in the flesh, and obeyed His Father. He had the power of the Holy Spirit, healed and cast out demons, resisted the devil in a grueling fast and in the garden of Gethsemane.

Many is the time, He slipped into the crowds and disappeared because someone always wanted to kill Him. He could not lay down His life until it was time. No man take it from Him, He gave it willingly, and for us to have life. He literally gave His life for us to live in the most horrific way.

I don’t want you to carry around the image of Jesus on a cross all the time, because He is alive and our High Priest in heaven. But can you really say He doesn’t heal after He endured so much, it i just that we don’t always realize the exchange, it is just like give Him our life for salvation. He takes sin and disease, fear, guilt and all sorts of mental oppression, much the same way. We might be in good shape but are we strong enough in spirit.

He was beaten and scourged, though it should have been one or the other, not both. A cat of nine tails in embedded with glass and metal, the psalmist prophesied that furrows were plowed deep. His back was ripped apart. His head crowned deep into the brown and perhaps even brain with thorns. That punishment brought us peace. No wonder Isaiah 53 says by His stripes or wounds, stripes is not accurate enough, we are healed.

Crucifixion causes suffocation, His heart was pierced. All this after carrying a heavy cross and suffering in Gethsemane. And can you even comprehend being the one who would have wrapped His body in linen and spices for burial in a tomb. Those women would have had to take care, washing Him, bathing Him gently, and wrapping torn flesh back to the bone. They would have wiped the face that loved them with a smile, and folded a torn beard back in place. Dipped His bruised jaws and lashes with cool water.

I do not like those autopsy shows, I know this is why. I know who died for me and is ultimately the one who I rely on for health, I tried to not complain about pain but endure it, the truth is He took it, He took it all as a human, and as a man, I tried to see Him as super human and He was but He was also very much like us and felt it all. He paid a high price for me, and loved me so I love Him.

I can still say this at the end of a week that has seen praying for two women with major cancer operations coming up, and a for a baby who is on his 28th day of having a new heart, not rejection after a transplant, and the home going of a friend.

You can do what you can to be healthy, but obsessing over anything is not the answer when the answer is Isaiah 53 and a risen Lord, greater than any other name. Rebecca Jones / Jeshoots

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Holy Spirit Filled

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Fill this temple Lord, with you Spirit once again. So the song goes, and we need filling every day, all day. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came upon people at various times and worked through them, Since Jesus was crucified, we now have access to the Father, and the throne, twenty four, seven. Let’s be filled with His Spirit on a continual basis as He pours out the latter rain. And remember, it is a seperate experience, it you  are not a believer ask to be saved and filled and if you have not been taught about tongues or been afraid to learn, it is powerful and you can study before deciding, John baptized with water, but Jesus baptized with fire and the Holy Spirit.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4

But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:18

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18

And the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52

But carefully select from among you, brothers, seven men who are well-attested, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this necessary task. Acts 6:3

But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. ….. is sent by him, and with which Christ’s human nature was fitted and filled. Romans 8:9

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers and asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him. Ephesians 1:16,17

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. Romans 8:14

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Every word we speak was taught to us by God’s Spirit, not by human wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:13

There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling. Ephesians 4:4

And so many more, please read them and I pray He fills you with His Spirit, His love and joy and healing.

We are moving on to my October’s Writing Challenge, What Kind of Soul Are You? Please be sure to follow and see what you think your best qualities are. God bless.

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The Spirit and the Bride

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There are many who don’t believe in a Rapture of the church. True, enough, the word is not in the Bible, it’s called a catching away or in the Greek harpezo, meaning to snatch by force. It is like snatching someone from a fire or off a train track, not just taking their hand and walking them off. And true a lot of the teaching started in the 1800’s. Knowledge has increased more people, could read. God has a time clock, not like ours. We have just celebrated the Jewish New Year. And the Day of Atonement, could He come in the fall? Perhaps.

And those who believe in the Rapture, for it is a more familiar term, will be either pre, or mid trib, or think you go through the Great Tribulation. Without going into great detail, let me say, I agree with pre trib. There are arguments for the others but knowing Jesus as I know Him, He won’t leave us in that. Why? Didn’t God spare some from the Flood and Sodom and Gomorrah. He went to great lengths to send Jonah to Nineveh, He even gives woe to cities of doubt and unbelief, saying others would have repented.

He went out of His way for the woman at the well, and waited for Lazarus to die, so He could raise him to show God’s glory. He went to the cross, He has pursued me in all my shortcomings, even though I thought I was chasing Him, Psalm 34:4, says to seek peace and pursue it. I have been pursuing the Prince of Peace a long time, but He was really following me.

People think the Rapture is the second coming of Christ, but I don’t. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says we are caught up to meet Him in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord. He doesn’t come to earth, that’s later to defeat the AntiChrist which is not much of a battle for Him and His returning saints, then when He sets up His kingdom, the Millenial reign, that is the Second Coming. Now, this is what I have been taught, learned from my studies.

To me, it is more important to know you are a believer and shine a light for others. Jesus said we would have tribulation but He had overcome it, this is different that the Great Tribulation, that spans seven years, though that time is very different on heaven and earth, that’s why we don’t know. I have a very deep, personal feeling that He would like to return, but the Father will say when or at least I think they will agree, they are waiting for every soul who will believe in His love, He is wanting to heal and deliver, so please, give Him a chance.

While there are those who think they can influence the time of the Rapture or bring on the AntiChrist with hate and violence or even war. God is still in control. We need to have self discipline and self control. We need to be the beloved the figurative church that is the proverbial Bride of Christ, without spot or blemish, to walk in white with no wrinkle in the wedding gown, which is in truth a robe of His righteousness.

The only way we can do that is to be yielded to the Spirit and to be walking in love. So it is safe to pray to the Lord to help us give our will over to His, for His ways are perfect, and pure. The Holy Spirit helps us pray and His prayers are perfect. Even Jesus prayed not my will but yours as He wrestling the temptation and fear away from Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane.

If you don’t think He was afraid, remember He was human as well as the Son of God, and fear and torment aren’t the norm in heaven, even the very Son of God had to trust Him and was in need of the Holy Spirit’s power and guidance. So, we as followers of Christ are not greater than He, Jesus knew we needed His Spirit, and that is why He returned to heaven. He knew one day He would welcome the Spirit and the bride. Rebecca Jones / Mihai Staphan, thanks.

Thank you joining me for Supernatural September that turned into Holy Spirit September. My October Writing Challenge is on again, Monday, this is the 4th year I have participated in it with Crystal Stine, unfortunately, it is the last year she she is hosting, but I wish her the best. I am doing. ” What Kind of Soul Are You? ”

Holy Spirit, Healer.

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My September was supposed to be called Supernatural September, it quickly turned into Holy Spirit September, and well, why not? He is at work on the earth, because Jesus sent Him to us as believers, however much or little we listen and obey, He is our gift and our very connection to Christ.

I started out by writing about supernatural surgery, because a friend had a tendon miraculously reattach itself. It was her phrase. I know God has healed me in many ways because I didn’t even realize how serious some things have been, but I have always been thankful and sown healing verses into my spirit, I want to be the one who returns to thank Him, not like the nine. That gives you and idea of how it is even in the body of Christ, I’m not so sure that we even know the depth of that love or His heart, nor His willingness to heal.

I am not arguing the point, I know not everyone receives a miracle or supernatural healing, even though I believe they could and should. We live in a fallen world and the voice of the Spirit is so tender, we often miss that calling from the very heart of God, that says, ” Look to my Son. ” It is a lot easier to hear the advice of friends or doctors and even our own fears and worries. We wear our ourselves out, even attempting to believe the impossible. I understand pain and have been through enough of trials to know, it should not be as difficult to believe but I see how it can be.

But that is just it, while it is impossible for us, it is not for Him. I know that some would say, ” Why doesn’t He just do it then? ” It’s not the way faith works, it takes hope and love as well and it has to combine into that explosive dunamis healing power, Jesus healed, immediately, as they went and from that hour. It is much the same now, many times the disease returns, and with a greater attack, even more aggressive, the same is true of temper. Domestic violence, drug use, other societal ills that are just as much a disease as a real diseases, only more of a blight on the soul. People choose a lot of that, and obviously no one wants to be sick, or at least most don’t, there are those that vie for attention.

I have to be honest, I did not care much for televangelists and faith healing. Like a lot of people I thought they should just go the hospitals, but I was young and stupid. And I had to dismiss Jesus being a Superman and that horrendous death must not have hurt Him as much since He was God.

But the heart of an eleven year old girl that was broken by His love for her could not reconcile that in her mind even as a young adult, and it gets easier to dismiss His gentle approach to your heart as you become hardened by life and disappointments, the enemy will see to that. I may have sought Him for healing but I truly needed His love, and I always had that and didn’t even realize to what extent, because I was letting lashes bounce off His back, instead of seeing Him taking them for me. It really is something to think about, how could I ever have been so selfish as to not come to grips with it.

I once sat in a hospital talking to my cousin, and the Lord whispered. ” No one here has faith to be healed. ”  That is a shame, but they were all like me, we have to have faith to please Him, and it is never as hard as we make it to be. We just need to worship Him, look into the face of love and believe, just believe.

I have always had a great respect for Jesus and His sacrifice. Can you imagine the most gruesome of murders? Now, that person was murdered for you. Except this man, who truly was the Son of God, even testified to by a Roman soldier who was there, was killed not murdered, because He gave His life for us. Reading John’s accounts shows how He let them take Him. We can scarcely believe that love.

He did this to save and heal, redeem and keep us from the flames of hell but so much more. His heart was pierced and the blood and water poured representing the saving grace and the Spirit. Truly, He gives many gifts. Life is precious. Love is precious. His Spirit of Promise is precious, I urge you to slow down and listen for the still small voice that speaks to our hearts.

It’s not about blog posts and numbers, or book contacts, you can’t put words of His love into dollars and sense, though He blesses us to help others. His love is far more priceless, and that is why He should be the focus and not ourselves and our pain, He took it after all.

I was afraid of the Kathryn Kuhlman programs as a girl, I never learned much about the Holy Spirit. I thought a lot of it was crazy, even some of the books I read, I avoided the New Age and yet it mimics faith to a degree, we must rightly divide and that takes study and a reliance on the Spirit of Truth.

I watched so many healing services and prayed with so many ministers to be healed, and it is funny to think and true of most of us that it was in us all along, if we allow the Spirit to fill and rule our  hearts, healing comes from within and we should radiate His joy and love, as I said I know everyone will not agree, I know not every gets a miracle or supernatural surgery, but it is still possible because with Him anything is.

Remember, the enemy returns, so often we are attacked again in mind or body but as we stand in faith for each other, even though there has been loss and terrible operations, major illnesses, mental oppression, I have dealt with a lot this week as well, let’s walk worthy and in white before HIm, with clean hands and pure hearts and say to Jesus, ” You are worthy, and you took my place. And I love you, Lord. ” I praise Him, I believe. Rebecca Jones /Arthur Ogleznev, Pexels, thanks.

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Through The Blood and Spirit

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I was thinking the other morning about all the things going on in my heart, not just the literal one but the spiritual one. wave after wave of His precious love can flow over me, I can feel His healing power and yet, I find it hard to get up and go, I am spent out with hours of prayer.

There is frustration, anger, and the nagging fear that I refuse to entertain, for I have truly learned the lesson of John 14:27, He left me His peace. That’s why when all these negative thoughts, emotions, cares, start to pile up, I wish I could just take them, like a stack of discarded papers or junk mail and run them through the shredder.

Well, I can. Well, in a way. I can’t pick up the people with their wicked tongues, or lies or schemes of the enemy, now wouldn’t  I love to shred him? No, I can’t do that. Except in a spiritual sense. And now I read, 1 John 5:8, And there are three that bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all were there at creation, and all testified to the releasing of the Spirit as the blood and water came forth, the Holy Spirit went forth and rent the veil of the temple as Jesus flesh was also rent, for He had prophesied His temple would be torn down and raised in three days.

I can take all the frustration and anger and fear, worry, oppression, depression or grief and run it through the blood of Jesus. I have always been amazed at what I have overcome, but I shouldn’t be, look who’s beside me. It is a realization or revelation of sorts, that to just resist, to fight or struggle is not what He had in mind. Looks at the price He paid.

As I have learned more about rest, His peace that passes understanding, submitting to His perfect will, I have come to know He is doing a continual work in me, in all of us. Salvation is an ongoing, eternal state. While we are working toward heaven, heaven is reaching out to us in the person of the Holy Spirit.

I don’t advocate channeling, though I believe you are given a prayer language with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. But you can, for a lack of a better word, channel those negatives into a more positive train of thought by running them through the blood. Just as food gives you energy, especially, protein and as water quenches a thirst, so does His words feed you and let you drink freely His living water.

And faith is more than positive thinking, I remember announcing that didn’t work, while that alone didn’t, that doubt began to fester and swell into a hurt that never went away to this day. I have overcome it, and fully expect to, when He sees the right time. Faith works by words, a belief, He is bringing about what we can’t see. But it works by hope, also in Jesus, the anchor of our souls, and mostly by love. His and not even ours, we love Him because He loved us and chose us and nothing is impossible with Him.

And there is no problem too large or small, for Jesus is grace and truth, He changes fear to love, doubt to faith, chaos to peace. So whatever it is that you need to shred, defeat or overcome, we overcome by our testimony and the precious blood of the Lamb, He already has, just run it through the blood. Rebecca  Jones / pexels

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Wednesday Bonus: Healing Scriptures

This might appear to be an inappropriate post on the heels of hearing of the death of a dear friend and prayer warrior. And I have prayed for two women already who are having a nine hour surgery and a double mastectomy. I was in a lot of pain myself this morning, and still I know He healed in the Bible and He still does. I have seen Him do it.

That is not to say that anyone wasn’t good enough or didn’t have enough faith, that is not true. We are simply worn down and worn out by an enemy that we don’t always see coming, yet Isaiah 53 declares that He bore our sickness and disease. It would be counterproductive to argue with those who don’t believe or cannot believe in healing. I always did, but never quite understood how it worked. I would like very much to see people healed and stay healed, to be delivered and set free.

I can assure you when you believe, that faith comes under attack, the more you learn the more you have to learn. It works by faith, hope and love. And the greatest of these is love. Our love is not enough, His is perfect, and even though some choose to go on with Him, there are others that are still believing, even though we may be holding on for dear life, there is healing and there is peace and it is possible to have it here because with Him nothing is impossible.

So here are few verses to sow in your heart. Write them there. I hope He is speaking peace and healing to whatever you are facing. He is facing you and you can believe that we are just scratching the surface of the love that is Jesus, be healed in His name. It is important to keep looking to Him in spite of everything and ask Him to give you discernment about pain. There is some involved in healing of all sorts, but whatever the enemy throws can go in His name. Let’s believe in His power and love. Rebecca Jones / pexels

 

 

 

Father Knows Blessed, In Spirit.

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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

What are some of these good gifts? Marriage, children? Of course, they are. But what about health, provisions and even something like a sense of humor? The turnaround that comes in the night like the breaking of a high fever. Something unexpected that is so good, it appears to be too good to be true? Serendipity? one of my favorite words. We already know the Holy Spirit is a gift from, Acts 2:38 and how the Father sent Him in or was about to from Jesus own words in John.

I was writing about getting to know our Father in June. I had to get to know Him. He promised me healing  and said I would have a sound mind. He taught me not to fear even when things were very dire. I had some things happen that I didn’t know were from the enemy, but my Father did. And He had the Holy Spirit working for me, as I prepared to write for September, thinking of writing about supernatural instances, my father let the Holy Spirit become the focus of September.

Some have been very receptive, others hesitant, some don’t appear to think you need to rely so heavily on the Spirit, yet Jesus talked about it and I think we should always consider His will and take His words to heart. The Holy Spirit does not exactly replace Jesus or God but is part of both in the Trinity, He represents them to and through believers.

While I used the verse above, and did not put poor in spirit in my title, I am in no way minimizing Matthew 5:3 or the Beatitudes, but merely the word poor, to many, brings to mind finances and that isn’t the kind of poor He meant, though it is applicable to an extent. I like this translation. God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven! Contemporary English Version, poor in spirit means you recognize your need for Him, that’s all, and that is why we have the Holy Spirit.

I know about sadness, and being lonely lonely. I had so much going on in my head and heart, and no one ever understood. Not my real father, because he was long gone, I thought for years that my creativity came from Him and that my mother didn’t understand it because it was a gift from him. I was wrong.

My creativity came from my Heavenly Father. So that makes it a good and perfect gift, and He is not changing His mind about this writer, in fact, He would multiply the gifts. When he left God stepped in, so whether or not your father was present or abusive, or your mother has remarried, you still are not orphans and widows.

You still need a Heavenly Father relationship in order to be was sensitive to Him.  I don’t think ever understood it all. I certainly didn’t. But a gentle but firm hand guided me. And that is beauty of Christ who died horribly to give us life and even His Father. That hand is the Holy Spirit, and He is a gift.

Why me Lord? What was in me that was so wonderful you would share your love through me and bless me so? I am always amazed by His grace. I could not always express myself to my family as well as I would have liked. I cannot even express myself to Him in prayer, the amount of love I know He must have given up by sending Jesus, if only for a while, to ransom us back to Him, and the Holy Spirit’s power raised Him.

I would be on my knees. But it was during some moments of sadness and illness, I really realized His love for me because He came to heal me with love. More than laying on of hands, more than perhaps, even communion or anointing with oil. Even more than tongues, was the more excellent way Paul spoke of, His love.

I could never love Him as much as He loved me, even though I loved Him because He first loved me. 1 John 4:18. I was not an orphan, He had promised to come for me. I can barely begin to imagine what Jesus endured, what the Father looked away from to give me these gifts.Salvation would have been enough, but it was so much more. Angels, healing, love for others and praying and seeing results. It was writing and it led me into more love than I could ever dream.

I was a grown woman, sobbing tears as my health faded and my heart broke, but I was a little girl to Him too, I was on His knee and weeping what my words could not say, and He knew the love He placed in me in the womb. I was the child who sang and danced in the walkway, and He never forgot me. I was His sparrow and His eye was on me. I never stopped singing or praying, I just got a little lost on my way home to Him, that’s all, I just wanted to be what He wanted me to be. I was shining in His eyes if not in mine. And I love red delicious apples, sweet and crisp in the fall, I like them sliced and dipped in caramel or cinnamon sugar. I can say it is a delicious taste, the love of God to know He has kept me as the apple of His eye as well.

Are you like me? Even if you have a father who loves you? It is still possible to feel this need for the Heavenly one. He sees you too. His gifts are perfect, He doesn’t break His word or take them, back. He multiplies His grace and peace, and you have eternity to know His love, you don’t have to cry with people who may not understand, the enemy mocks, but Jesus defeated Him so we could know the Father, but go the secret place of the Most High, be safe in that shadow, it never changes. Go there and pray, rest or cry if you must. Tears are precious, perhaps even golden, or silver, the color of redemption, spun like the glistening of a spider web in sun and dew, handspun by angelic craftsmen, in to fine and glorious colors, poured into His bottle. Psalm 56:8

And remember, He gives good gifts, many are tangible some are matters of faith and just touch the heart, but they are no less gifts from the Father, we are blessed aren’t we to have a Heavenly Father like Him, Father knows blessed. And He knows the blessed in Spirit. And whether or not you view the Holy Spirit as the gift He is or understand a prayer language, the greatest of these is still love. Rebecca Jones / pexels

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Holy Spirit Minded, Not Double Minded.

We have all, no doubt, read that passage in James about asking for wisdom. We probably have asked for it from time to time. How many of us can truly say we sit down and write out verses, pray with our family, over problems, finances or school and health and just life in general. I can tell you I have prayed and agonized over things and been very double minded, I hated it.

God made clear in Jeremiah 29 that He had good plans to prosper us. So, what happened? Well, in my case and likely yours as well if you chose to follow Him, you met with enemy attacks. I fought fear and worry. I was not good at making decisions or always thinking things through. Though I was determined to serve Him and become who wanted me to be. I was a good shopper, but I never had much money to manage. I expected  to be blessed and prosper.

Often, we neglect to pay attention to things, I used to worry about tithes but really I sowed a lot more other ways. When I had money to give, I was a giver, when I did not, I could not. In my case it was a neglect of my health I was doing for others and leaving me out of the picture, the Jesus, Others, Yourself last equals Joy. It doesn’t always work that way, people take advantage of a good nature and you will be burned out. I hear the Spirit speaking rest to my soul, His shaloam peace. It’s is better to be Holy Spirit minded, than double minded. Better to let His wind be your wind, and not follow every wind of doctrine.

So, we are neglecting ourselves. Sometimes we are neglecting to talk to our families, deeper conversations, sowing in the Word and our beliefs. I taught more children and others I didn’t know more than I ever could talk to my family. Often older relatives, still see you as a child and not as an adult, because I looked young that was a problem too. I am just forever young. And maybe I don’t have the years or experience, but I have my Lord and I have had my share of situations to deal with, you can talk to me.

Sometimes, we neglect to save for the proverbial rainy day, or just some mad money. We dive into credit card debt and never come up. I never went into debt but never saved, and a lot of what I did fell more into volunteering. We do neglect to read and study His Word, but even more  than that, we tend to do as James says, waver.

We must remember that Abraham, staggered not, at his promise. That means he did not waver even though it was years and he did have Ishmael. Waver, to and fro with every wind of doctrine. I studied healing because I needed it, but in that wait, I began to study everything else, and then my focus was of Isaiah 53, and sometimes, in pain, I identified too much with Jesus, enduring it instead of seeing Him risen and as the healer.

While, waiting for health I even studied prophecy, without realizing the gift of prophecy was already at work in me, indeed we are to follow after love and desire spiritual gifts, that we may prophesy or speak good things from God over our lives, making it a work He is able to complete,  I was praying and  speaking good things into others lives, and sometimes still neglecting my own. A few years back, people followed revivals, I had relatives go to at least two.

I went to a convention once, but I had so much back pain, it was hard for me to follow. I needed healing and I can receive at home just as well for he is not a respecter of persons, and I did not have to follow every wind of doctrine to find Him. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, Hebrews 13:8 says, and His Holy Spirit is the wind we should seek, and we don’t even have to chase God when He is following us, we do however have to seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:4, and while we are to live as peaceable as we can with others that is not always the case and we may have to step away from arguments and distractions to receive that peace which brings healing and the clarity not to be double minded.

It is hard to feel healed one day and not the next, sure or His will one moment and not the next, so we have to determine to stick to our decisions as believers, and know He heals, He delivers, He breaks chains of oppression and helps us overcome any doubts, fear and  worry. He just never wants us to have an evil or unbelieving heart, even when we don’t see results.

We have to ask wisdom and be sure we will get it and be sure to use it and be obedient, especially to a rhema word or instruction that is specific. And we do that we will follow the wisdom that is our sister, and be wise women walking with wise, and you have to walk with the wise to grow wise, so who better to walk with than Jesus? Rebecca Jones / pexels

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The Holy Spirit of Promise

I had taken my title from this lovely anonymous quote, ” No pillow so soft as God’s promise. ” But the Holy Spirit has moved over September, and He is the Spirit of Promise. Immediately, I thought of Jacob and that rock he fell asleep on. You know the story of angels and the ladder. How often have I fallen asleep on a pillow that felt like that rock.

Migraines, TMJ, plain exhaustion. I’m sure you know the drill, whether it’s children getting off to school or carpools, soccer practices, overtime or just overdrive, we have all been there. Whether jet lagged or lagging behind, we all know the tossing and turning, clock watching. The ” It must be time to get up and it is 4:06. ”

Or when you could sleep, you realize how loud your house really is. There’s the television, the door, the lawnmower and ta-da, the telemarketer. Oh, I could go on and on. I have had people who are vociferous try to whisper me awake, which really is worse than loud being startled awake and shaking like a toddler. Have you ever seen one do that? You can sort of nuzzle up to someone to wake them up. ( nuzzle, is a pet word,also…to lie very close to someone or something; cuddle or snuggle up. If you we here with me I might say snuggle up like snuggle pup.)

My favorite way to wake up is when the sunlight comes through and warms me, fluttering, sleepy, eyelashes are kissed awake by the light of His love. The morning sun warms be as I toss off blankets and look out the window, and it’s as if the morning Son, whispers ” beloved ” to me. I am my beloved’s and He is mine.

His lips put a song in my ear and my day begins, and He is altogether lovely, even if my days are not all perfect, my Lord is. And He loves me, and that is the softest pillow God could give us is the promise that Jesus will never leave or forsake us. Although I stand in both morning and evening unworthy before Him, He gives me worth and I still receive His blessing and benefit from His abundance. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter and the Spirit of Promise, providing the pillow of resting in God’s promises.

I can wake knowing and feeling the heavenly smile that is so glad to waken me, and so glad to offer me His rest both night and day. I can rest my head and my heart on the shoulder of a King. His love is ever before  me. It calms me and it quiets me,. It quiets the heart that He says not let it be troubled, neither afraid. It gives His peace in place of a race that I would never win, and gives me grace to finish a race, that I was even amazed to still be in. But when I gave Him first place, He gave me first place, a golden crown of glory. A crown of peace in exchange for His crown of thorns, a burden that was light, replacing the cross I carried. 

I am a crown of beauty in the hand of my Lord, His head was bowed and bloodied, so mine could be free of fear and worry. The struggle is over and I’ve nothing to prove. He gave everything He had to give, and all I have to do is believe, to call upon His name and receive grace upon grace, peace upon peace, unwavering confidence in Jesus, in the Spirit of grace. Grace and truth are in Jesus.

Nothing missing, nothing broken, nothing amiss or out of place. Shaloam. Truthfully, defined, How is your peace? This is the peace I offer, my peace I leave with you. Come to me, I will give you rest. Arms outstretched and opened wide to embrace you. Your emptiness and loneliness, I will fill, I will not leave you helpless. If the pillow of God’s promise is soft, my peace is softer still. You are my dove, arise and take your place with me, I am always beside you. Fear not, you will not fear in my peace. My peace is your peace and a place of safety forever.

Jesus promises the Spirit in John 14:16, in Ephesians 1:13, it says we are sealed with the Spirit of Promise. 2 Corinthians 1:22, says that the Holy Spirit in our heart identifies us as His own and is the first installment on all He has promised. Galatians 3:14, says we received the blessing of Abraham, through faith and the promised Spirit. He is called the Spirit of Promise, and Jesus surely keeps His promises, not one word will fail. Isaiah 55:11

I can believe He would say, ” I will let you sleep, I give you my peace and rest and keep my promises to you. I will kiss you with the kiss of peace, I will always love you in my peace. And I will wake you the breath of the Spirit of Promise and with my peace. ” Rebecca Jones/ stock photo

For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself. Acts 2:39

Holy Spirit, Blessed Assurance.

The words to the song Blessed Assurance, resonated from the crusade platforms of long ago and are just as much in effect today. Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine. What about this blessed assurance? We know that He promised us eternal life for our souls at the moment of salvation, and sealed us with His Spirit, Ephesians 4:30. And we have learned that salvation is so much more than not being lost for eternity.

Jesus promised healing, not only for our bodies, but for our minds and hearts, our very souls if we would submit our will to His and listen to His voice and not the ways of the world or the evil that is beset upon us nor the accusing of the brethren. He gave us so many promises, and we know that Jesus was God in the flesh and that God cannot lie. This is assurance.

He tasted death for me He destroyed the devil who had the power of death. He delivered me from the fear of death and bondage. Hebrews 2:9, 14, 15

He washed my body with pure water. Hebrews 10:22, Ephesians 5:26

The same Spirit that raised Him from the dead now lives in me and that Spirit will quicken my mortal body. Romans 8:11 Now, that is Holy Spirit, blessed assurance.

He has given me His Name and has put all things under my feet. Ephesians 1:21, 22

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 These are but a few of the many provisions and promises, the angel protection of Psalm 91, the healing of Isaiah 53, and the right way to think and renew our minds, Phillipians 4:8. So what about our blessed assurance?

From the New Living Translation, Hebrews 11:1, Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.

For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you. 1 Thessalonians 1:5

I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ Himself. Colossians 2:2, This time the word confidence is assurance in other versions.

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Hebrews 10:35 In this verse, also from the NLT uses confident for assurance and so do many other verses. Our confidence is not in us, nor our abilities but in His, and His promises. Likewise our assurance is not in us, what we do or don’t do, it was in His finished work, His saving us by grace, that He will never leave, and complete good work He has planned for our lives.

This is the kind of assurance that gives us confidence and boldness, the Greek word is parresia, So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. Hebrews 4:16, He gives us the assurance that we can come boldly to the throne.

Little children, let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth. And by this we will know that we belong to the truth, and will assure our hearts in His presence: If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things. I John 3:19,20, here again our hearts are being assured. He is greater than our hearts that do want to condemn us sometimes.

The Hebrew word for assure is azda, az -zawd, from the Aramaic. Also ashash, to found or establish. And qayyam, phonetic, kah-yawm, meaning enduring. Made sure; safe; insured; certain; indubitable; not doubting; bold to excess. Other definitions, and Jesus even says that He assures we get to heaven by being born of the water and Spirit.

So we can rest assured that Jesus has us covered, our best interest at heart, and we need His peace in ours, He left it for us, most assuredly, in John 14:27 Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine. In the morning, I am assured and in the evening, awake or asleep He is mine, my peace and my blessed assurance. Holy Spirit sealed with blessed assurance. Rebecca Jones / public domain