April 15, 2012
How He Loves
Tonight at church a young man prayed for me and as I went to sit back down, I almost felt like "this is too good to believe", when all of a sudden, I realized that I felt immediately better. Sometimes we deal with something so long and lose hope that it will ever change. The enemy of our soul uses our failings & shortcomings against us and wears us down with discouragement. We give up and then feel even more condemned.
That's exactly where I've been the last few weeks. But God loved us so much, He sent His Son to die for us, "while we were YET sinners". His love and healing isn't dependent on our perfection or worthiness, because we fall so far short, anyway.
Lord, thank you for your FREE GIFT of eternal life, salvation, and healing. The Greek word for "salvation" is SOZO, and it means deliverance, protection, & healing ~ all that Jesus died for. HE took our sins, our sicknesses, our pain ~ so that "By HIS stripes we are healed". Thank you, Jesus, for loving us that much.
There were over 100 tornadoes in Oklahoma last night, a literal "outbreak". Sometimes it feels like there are so many things coming against us, that there is no way out. As I was thanking God tonight for touching me, the thought came into my mind, "yeah, but what about all those OTHER things that seem insurmountable?"
Immediately it felt like God answered back, "Believe me, if I can take care of one, I can take care of them all."
"Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all of His benefits. He forgives ALL of our sins, and heals ALL of our diseases. He redeems our lives from destruction, and crowns us with lovingkindness and tender mercies. Our youth is renewed like the eagles." Psalm 103:2-5
For everything the enemy can throw at us, God's love and power is so much stronger. He wants to release an "outbreak" of healing. Lord, forgive us for letting fear and doubt & feelings of unworthiness, trap us in storms of discouragement. Thank you for sending waves of grace and mercy over our lives and our land, Father. Release your healing and wholeness, we pray.