If GOD'S HEALING is in the same ATONEMENT as FORGIVENESS OF SINS, then if we Pray and are not HEALED, how do we know our SINS ARE FORGIVEN? Our physical pain is not to destroy us; but everything is for the "SOUL PURPOSE" of our good (Exodus 15:26). SIN CAN DESTROY US! Scripture does not say, GOD IS OBLIGED TO HEAL, BUT IT IS BY HIS MERCY, BUT EVERYTHING IS FOR OUR GOOD. Could it be that some of the MOST HOLY people are stricken with illnesses that require COMPLETE FAITH, just to complete the smallest of things that we all take for granted? TO GOD AND THEM, THEY ARE ALREADY HEALED.
The Heart knows the "WILL OF GOD"; and how it RESPONDS to "GOD'S WILL" determines what our eyes perceive and what our ears understand (Acts 28:26-27). How the Heart accepts or rejects GOD'S WILL defines what we SEE and what we HEAR.
There comes a time when we make a life changing decision. It is not a conscience decision of the mind, we don't even know when it happened; all we know is that we are different. We do not guard against evil or sinful thoughts and actions because they are not there. We are FULL OF JOY, so full, that we are OVERFLOWING in Peace, Kindness and Love that we never knew was possible. Could it be that we are OVERFLOWING WITH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Romans 15:13)? Could being "filled" with the HOLY SPIRIT mean having great JOY IN GOD? Are we experiencing the same SPIRIT that flows from GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT? Are we like "streams of living water" (John7:38) because we are not just FILLED BUT OVERFLOWING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Why do we use words that we have to explain to express their meaning? Do we repeat words that lose the humbleness and harmony in sharing GOD'S MESSAGE about HIMSELF? Do we think we are less Christians because we use PLAIN WORDS? Omniscient is used to say, GOD is all knowing; Omnipotent means, GOD is all powerful; and Omnipresent says, GOD is everywhere. 1 Corinthians 2:1, "I came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring the testimony of GOD". Do we convey a message that GOD will love us if we change, or that GOD'S MESSAGE of love will change us? Do we have to have GREAT WISDOM to understand how a fire displaces the cold; or do we just have to sit by it and be warm? Do we try to share, and live, the WARMTH OF GOD'S MESSAGE WITH "BIG DEFINITIONS", OR JUST PLAIN WORDS?
A child stretches their arms as wide as they can, fingers extended wide, and says, "I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH"! This expression tells us that we are loved more than we can imagine. John 17:23, "...that the world may know that HE has loved you, the same as HE loves ME.." How deep is GOD'S LOVE for you? HE loves you just like HE loves JESUS! HE JUST SAID SO! You are not someone lost in the crowd of generations. You are here because of LOVE; HE sent JESUS because of love; HE calls you HIS child because of love. YES, GOD "LOOOOVES YOOOOOU THISSSSS MUCH!
When we look at our reflection in a clear stream; do we see what others see; do we see what GOD SEES? 2 Corinthians3:18, "with open face, we are transformed into the same image..." Do we hear GOD'S WISDOM when we speak? Do our thoughts bring PEACE AND JOY? Are our ways like GOD'S WAYS? WHEN WE LOOK AT OUR REFLECTION, DO WE SEE US, OR DO WE SEE GOD? WHO WE SEE IS WHO WE ARE.
Can any person that is sincere in their BELIEF following any religion have Eternal life with GOD? Do we claim to be sincere in our FAITH AND BELIEF; but do not claim CONVICTION AND RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS? John 3:18, "Whoever believes in HIM is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the ONLY SON OF GOD". WE CANNOT RATIONALIZE OR INTELLECTUALIZE A RELATIONSHIP. WE EITHER HAVE IT, OR WE DON'T.
Because it is legal, because it is our freedom doesn't always make it right. We legally have rights to FREEDOM; but it should not limit the FREEDOM of others. 1 Corinthians 10:23, "all things are lawful for me, but not all things are right..." Do our actions and speech edify and build up others while GLORIFYING GOD? What may be legally permitted doesn't mean it is morally right. DO WE HURT OTHERS WITH OUR LEGAL CORRECTNESS?
Our name carries a message as to who we are, or who we are hoped to be. Our names can often express our parents' wishes for our purpose in the world. Our given name can define who we are or who we become; Moses means "to draw out" - because his mother drew him out of a river (Exodus 2:10), Isaiah named his son to communicate GOD'S MESSAGE; "a remnant shall return" (Isaiah 73). Sometimes we receive a NEW NAME (people give us nick names or we have a permanent name change) TO SYMBOLIZE "A NEW BEGINNING". DOES OUR NAME DEFINE OUR LIFE; OR DOES OUR LIFE DEFINE OUR NAME? WHAT IF WE ALL WERE KNOWN BY THE SAME NAME; "CHRISTIAN"? THEN OUR NAME DEFINES US AND OUR ACTIONS DEFINE OUR NAME. TO DAY IS YOUR NAME DAY, "TREAT IT WITH REVERENCE".
A small Chapel keeps its doors open 24/7 for people to come. Some come to Pray, some come to feel the Presence of the HOLY SPIRIT, and all come for the security of peace where there is no danger. Isaiah 60:11, "your gates shall be open continually". In this place the Gospel is offered constantly and unceasingly. The doors are always open, by day by night, in all seasons, and no one is excluded because they are strangers. A PLACE OF PEACE, WHERE GOD IS ADORED.
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