When Jesus was choosing His disciples, He went to them and told them to follow Him. He initiated the relationship with them. He is the one who sought them out on His own to make them disciples. If Jesus chose His disciples this way, why would we think He would do anything different with us today?
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” – John 15:16
We need to remind ourselves every day that we didn’t choose Him, but Jesus chose us. He is the one who has appointed us to bear fruit and abide in Him, and in doing so, whatever we ask in His name, God will do. We will ask (pray) things in Jesus’ name only when we are truly abiding in Him and God will do it because it brings God glory.
What comes to mind when you think of healing? Someone that is sick getting better? A person being able to walk again after years of being in a wheelchair? Tragedy? Scripture is filled with areas of healing whether it’s in regards to a specific person being healed, or how Jesus healed us by dying on the cross for us.
Whatever it is that comes to mind for you, be encouraged today to take your requests before The Lord with confidence in asking Him to heal someone or to heal yourself by His comfort with whatever you are going through. God does not make mistakes and knows exactly what He is doing.
Here is what the Bible has to say with scripture on healing:
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Cheap plastic parts plus some thin cardboard.
Put it all together and it becomes My Little Pony Twilight Sparkle Friendship Kingdom Rainbow Castle.
That’s almost as fun to say as “She hails from the Oaxaca Parish Convent of the Immaculate Hearts Sisters Ladies Mountains of Guadalupe.”
But, I digress.
The thing is, those cheap plastic parts plus some thin cardboard seem to come apart everyday in my hands and the hands of my little toddler.
For some reason, if we barely look at it, some part of the castle seems to come loose.
“Fix it, Daddy?” is the trending phrase in our home.
At first I thought it was broken. Nope. Every part fits and doesn’t seem worse for wear.
Second, I thought I put it together wrong. It wouldn’t be the first time.
Nope. Spot on.
I thought about gluing parts together that shouldn’t be glued together since we are most likely going to move this toy along to another poor soul, I mean . . . another dad . . . to reassemble repeatedly someday.
As most people have heard, there is a movie that is gaining extreme popularity within our culture and even within Christian circles. Our culture is praising it and Christians are hating it. Now, before I go any further into the post, let me make myself clear that I obviously don’t support this movie, but this movie isn’t the main issue at the end of the day.
We (myself included) are often guilty of picking battles and fighting wars with our culture that put the main emphasis on the topic, which isn’t going to get us anywhere. Whether it’s something like yoga pants or a movie, why are we surprised when people who don’t follow Jesus…..don’t follow Jesus? EVEN WE still have a hard time following Jesus so when our culture is anti-God, why are we shocked?
Don’t get me wrong, should you support a movie like this? No. Does it go against God? Yes. Does it show what sex is really about? Absolutely not. Does it lead others down a dangerous and unfulfilling path? Yes. Should you encourage others to avoid things like this? Yes.
I just want to encourage you to be smart about how you talk about these things with others, especially people who don’t follow Jesus. There’s always opportunities to make much of Christ and these moments are no different…in fact…they are great opportunities and God is not shocked by what’s going on.
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“Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” (Luke 1:45)
These are Elizabeth’s words to Mary after the Immaculate Conception. When the angel Gabriel came to visit Mary and told her she was going to carry a child, she asked one question: “How can this be since I am engaged and a virgin?” The angel then explained to her that it would be done by God. And after she heard this her response was, “May it be to me as you have said.” (Verse 38). She didn’t laugh, she didn’t question, she didn’t ask about all the details, she trusted God. And Elizabeth said she was blessed because she trusted in God.