Fear Not, Believe Only

On a daily basis I see and speak to people who are physically ill. Because of my job I mostly see and speak to people with terminal illnesses. I’ve done this for 15 years. I’ve seen their fear. I’ve seen their faith.

I’d like to share a scripture with you that has not only helped me in my own walk of faith, but has also helped many of these precious people in their walk of faith.

First, the context. Jairus, a synagogue ruler comes to Jesus saying his daughter is at the point of death and will Jesus come heal her. Jesus turns to go with him. As they are walking to Jairus’ home a woman with an issue of blood comes up and in faith touches the hem of Jesus’ garment. She is instantly healed. Jesus stops to find out who touched him and she shares about her healing, thus prolonging his trip to Jairus’ home. In the meantime Jairus’ daughter dies (see Mark 5 and Luke 8).

It didn’t work out the way Jairus had hoped. He expected Jesus to arrive before she died. He expected Jesus to heal her, but did he ever expect Jesus to raise her from the dead?

While He was still speaking, there came some from the ruler’s house, who said [to Jairus], Your daughter has died. Why bother and distress the Teacher any further? Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing. (Mark 5:35-36, Amplified)

Jesus arrives to Jairus’ home and finds people weeping and wailing. When He tells them she is not dead they begin to laugh and jeer at Him. He throws them out. I like that part. Yea Jesus!

Gripping her  [firmly] by the hand, He said to her, Talitha cumi – which translated is, Little girl, I say to you, arise [from the sleep of death]! And instantly the girl got up… (Mark 5:41-42, Amplified).

My point for sharing all this is to ask you, At what point do we start fearing and stop believing? This father’s child was dead and Jesus said to him fear not, only believe. I have held on to this scripture and seen impossible situations completely turned around. I have seen people at the point of death hold on to this scripture and be healed of a terminal disease.

So I have another question for you. At what point do we start fearing and stop believing God concerning our nation?

That’s the USA for me. The same applies to whatever nation you are in. Let’s fear not. How? Remember His love for you. Perfected love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18). And let’s keep on believing. Selah.

I Forgive You

I guess I’m blogging again sooner than I expected. I was just overwhelmed by an experience in prayer. As I was scrolling through the status updates, photos and such on Facebook, I came across something that upset me. It was a photo of the US Ambassador to Libya, Ambassador Christopher Stevens, being dragged through the streets of Libya as he was being killed. I have seen the photos. I have heard the reports. Up until now, I looked away, but today I was overwhelmed with sadness for this man. So I decided to talk to God about it.

I wept before the Lord as I shared what was on my heart with Him. Praying that His Presence and mercy were there as this man lost his life. I focused on Ambassador Stevens face as I prayed. Not daring to look at the others in the photo. The ones that were murdering him. Suddenly I found myself weeping for the others in the photo. Men so completely lost that they brutally murdered another human being. I began to pray for them. I chose to forgive them. Yes, I want to see them come to justice, but more than that I want to see them come to God.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son… (John 3:16, NKJV)

[God]… who desires all men to be saved… (1 Timothy 2:4, NKJV)

…”Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” (Luke 23:34, NKJV)

This last statement being the words that Jesus prayed for those who were nailing Him to the cross. He prayed for those who crucified Him.

I am reminded of the words of Stephen as he was being stoned.

And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59-60, NKJV)

As I prayed I found myself forgiving the men who committed this atrocious act. As I prayed I found myself forgiving the politicians who allowed it to happen. It doesn’t mean that I will vote for them. But it does mean that I will not carry unforgiveness or hatred towards any man in my heart.

As I prayed I saw the faces of people who have wronged me. I forgave them.

The words that were pouring from my heart over and over again were, “I forgive you.”

The next face I saw was my own. I forgave myself for my own mistakes. But the words kept coming. “I forgive you.”

It  was as though I was no longer saying it, but I heard the words coming from the heart of Jesus towards all these people, including me. I sensed a longing in His heart for all men to know that He forgives them.

…”Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29, NKJV)

…the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all… (1 Timothy 2:5,6; NKJV)

Oh, Father that they may know Your love and Your forgiveness. Forgives us our sins as we forgive those who have sinned against us.

Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more? …”I suppose the one whom he forgave more.” …”You have rightly judged.” (Luke 7:42, 43; NKJV)

Praying

Have you missed me? I went through a time of great transition and at the end of it all I ended up with a new job. I haven’t had a real job since 1995. Thus the posts to my blog have been few and far between. I hope to start blogging again soon. In the meantime, I will posts snippets of thoughts as I feel they would benefit the reader. Here is a little something I posted to facebook this morning and thought it could possibly benefit someone that might read my blog.

A friend asked me to answer the question why do you pray. I wanted to share my response with all my friends. The truth is that I don’t really think about praying. It’s a natural response from my spirit man due to my relationship with God. I don’t think each day, “Am I going to talk to my husband today?” I just do because I’m in a relationship with him. He’s my husband, my love, my friend, so I talk to him about everything. It’s the same with God. He’s my Father, my Savior, my Comforter, my Friend, my everything, so I talk to him about everything. Of course I talk to Him about situations in my life and in the world that I am asking/inviting Him to supernaturally intervene in on my or others’ behalf. However, the majority of my ‘praying’ is simply fellowshipping with Him about everything ♥

Praying for Huma

I have endeavored so far in this blog to keep pretty clear of politics as much as possible. This is a blog about love. Politics is one of those topics that can stir up the enemies of love, such as hate and fear. Politics can be so divisive. As a person who loves I try to find areas of agreement to focus on as much as possible. I’m not trying to push an agenda. I’m just trying to love people.

So today’s post is one that is quite out of the ordinary for this blog, but it is something quite common in my own life. I’m someone who loves this nation (the USA) and I’m someone who is very active in the political process.

So recently I have seen someone’s name batted around in the news a lot lately. I must say that I have seen a lot of headlines about her. I have heard others’ comments about her, but I have not read the articles, nor have I heard the comments that were recently made about her by at least one well-known Republican. I did hear some information about her and her associations that gave me some cause for concern. Mainly because of her position in our government.

Her name is Huma Abedin. She is the wife of former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner. She is also currently a top aide to our Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As I mentioned before, I have gotten the general idea of what was said about her and the general idea of the responses entirely from headlines and blurbs. I have chosen not to read the articles. I did see an interview some time before all this that brought into question her association to a group the could be a real danger to our nation. Do I know for a fact that she is associated with this group in any way? No, I do not. That’s not the point of this post today, or any future posts that I know of on this blog. So what is the point?

The point is after seeing the interview, after seeing the headlines for and against her, I began to have a sense of fear try to creep up with each headline. I began to have a sense of dislike (not hate, but that could not be far behind if I yield to it) towards her. Then I remembered His love. That love that drives out all fear (1 John 4:18).

I remembered Jesus’ words about praying for your enemies. Blessing and doing good to them. Now I don’t personally consider Huma Abedin an enemy. But I had my concerns that she might be associated with those who are enemies to this nation. Thus the fear tried to come.

So what is my response to all this? I am praying for her.

I am not praying with any particular agenda in mind. I am praying for her to know the love of a Heavenly Father.

Yes, I am praying for her for the sake of this nation.

Yes, I am praying for her for the sake of my loved ones and friends.

But mostly I am praying for her for her sake, and for her family’s sake.

I am not praying for her because I hate her or fear her. I am praying for her because I love her.

If My people, who are called by My Name , will humble themselves and pray… (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Love & Pray

I returned only a couple of days ago from a trip to Europe. There is a seven hour difference, so I found myself wide awake at 4 a.m. this morning. I lay in bed and listened to a song playing in my heart, How He Loves Us. A person came to mind. Someone I love. I began to pray for them as I lay there. At some point I began to think about why I was praying for them.

This person is in the ministry. She is sharing the gospel all over the world. Lives are being changed. While these are reasons to pray for her, I realized that the reason I was praying for her is because I love her. The people I pray for the most are the people I love the most. I don’t have to be asked to pray for my husband, my parents, my family, my closest friends. I love them, so I pray for them.

A scripture came to mind as I lay there.

…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… (Matthew 5:44, Amplified)

While we may not love what our enemies are doing to us, our motivation to pray for them must be the same. Our motivation must always be love.

For God so loved the world… (John 3:16, KJV

But God shows and clearly proves his own love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ…died for us. (Romans 5:8, Amplified)

The next time you find yourself faced with an enemy. The next time you decide to pray for your enemies. Find that place of love, God’s love for them, and pray.

There will be times when you feel the love of God rise up and feel compelled to pray for your enemies. But just as we hear that “love is choice” concerning our closest relationships, it is also a choice you can make with your enemies. You can choose to love and you can choose to pray for them.

…God has poured out his love in our hearts by the Holy Spirit… (Romans 5:5, NIV)

…You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness… (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified)

Let us love. Let us pray. Let us win their lives back. Selah.

Experience the Love

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trust in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him. (John 3:16-17, Amplified)

A friend came over today for our weekly prayer for the nation. As we prayed, God brought us back to a scripture that we read almost every time we come together to pray. It is Ephesians 3:14-21. This is a scripture that I have known, studied, prayed and meditated on for more than a decade. However, today something in it struck me in a different way. It is found in verse 19 in the Amplified Bible.

[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ…

For years I have prayed that I would know and experience His love for me personally. For years I have prayed for my loved ones to know and experience the love He has for each of them. I have also prayed for my ‘enemies’ to know and experience His love. But today I prayed something else. I prayed that I would know and experience His love for others. I prayed that the Body of Christ would know and experience His love for the world. For God so loved the world…

I had an experience about 17 years ago. I was walking through my living room when I saw a Christian woman on television. She had a tall and long wig and lots of makeup. In my heart I judged her appearance and how I thought her appearance made Christians look goofy or weird. I then fell to my knees. Not in repentance, though that quickly followed.

My knees actually buckled under the weight of love that I suddenly felt for this woman. God had allowed me to experience for a moment at least some of the love that He felt for her, this woman that I had just judged. I repented. To this day I refuse to judge, reject, condemn or pass sentence on anyone, because He loves them. He sent His Son to save them not judge and reject them.

…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… (Matthew 5:44, Amplified)

…but You have loved back my life from the pit of corruption and nothingness, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back. (Isaiah 38:17, Amplified)

Strengthen us Lord that we might experience Your love for the world.

Amazed By His Love

Amazed by His love for me.

…God-so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us… Ephesians 2:4 (Amplified)

For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son… John 3:16 (Amplified)

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us. Romans 5:8 (Amplified)

Amazed by His love in me.

…the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:5 (KJV)

And I have revealed you to them and will keep on revealing you. I will do this so that your love for me may be in them and I in them. John 17:26 (NLT)

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16 (KJV)

Amazed by His love through me.

Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins [forgives and disregards the offenses of others]. 1 Peter 4:8 (Amplified)

Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance… love will last forever.  1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NLT)

…Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you… Matthew 5:44 (KJV)

I am amazed by His love for me. I am amazed by His love in me. I am amazed by His love through me. My prayer is that as others interact with me, that they too may experience His love and be amazed by His love for them.

Jesus replied… Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father… John 14:9 (Amplified)