Hallelujah! Look What The Lord Has Done!

I’m putting in a praise report tonight because I just had to tell someone the news! The last few weeks, since the end of June really, I’ve been going back and forth to the doctor for tests. I’ve had symptoms that were indicative of tumors in one area of my body and possible breast cancer. My mother is a victorious survivor of cancer (twice over!) and so the doctor was very concerned by what my mammogram showed. He saw multiple masses in both breasts and wanted a comprehensive test done to rule out cancer. In the past I’ve also had fibroid tumors and was experiencing familiar symptoms. I dreaded a recurrence of one and the development of the other.

When I got word from the radiologist about the mammogram I was positive and upbeat at first but I could feel fear creeping up and so I called a praying aunt; I needed the aid of a seasoned saint to get me through and I did not want to worry my mother with the news. I called my aunt and no soon as the words left my lips she began to pray, before we hung up she said with complete authority, “Don’t worry the tests will come up negative. You’re going to be alright.” I thanked her and praised God in my heart. Over the course of the following weeks leading up to the next set of tests for the breast exam and waiting for results from the tests for tumors I fluctuated between prayers of thanksgiving, prayers for continued faith and strength and a spiritual fight with the enemy, that old accuser, Satan. He wanted me to get anxious, he wanted me to distrust God and the words of consolation my aunt had given me. It was a hard battle for me but an easy one for God. I kept remembering that my God is, He who fights for me!

I awoke this morning with a spirit of praise and anticipation of good news, today was the day for my results…the results are negative! I am cancer free, tumor free and no symptoms remain. Hallelujah!! God is an awesome, awesome God. He just keeps on proving Himself to me over and over and over again. Why anyone would not serve this great and awesome God is beyond me. Only my God could do such a feat! And you know what? That’s not all, oh no there’s more.

I have another aunt who, unbeknownst to me, was also scheduled for a mammogram today. She met me in the lobby – praising God (she saw me and immediately began to rejoice). She has a victory report too (she had two bouts of cancer in the breast – one was removed by surgery, the next time God gave her a miraculous healing). Well beloved, she’s cancer free too! God is good, good, gooood! It just makes me want to shout!!

If you’re sick or there’s someone who’s sick in your family and you’re looking for deliverance I want you to know, God is still in the healing business. He didn’t stop performing miracles, people just stopped believing. Try God, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

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Wonderful God!

My God is wonderful! He is stunning in His majesty. Is there anyone, anywhere like Him? Who can make grass grow, or the waves billow? Who can send the clouds on a journey across the sky? And tell the rain to fall here but not there? Who can restore that which is lost or add years to a dying man? Who can deliver from the enemy and cause joy to flow into a burdened soul? Who? Who but God can reign over planets, moons and stars? Who but my wonderful God who is stunning in His majesty?

No one but my God, my God alone.

My soul sings, my heart rejoices. My lips turn up at the thought of Him. Joy springs inside and lights up my inner-being with His magnificent light – the very light from heaven! I love you oh Lord and you love me! I feel your loving arms around me. I feel your presence and sing. You’re my friend, the lover of my soul, my Father and King. You are my everything and there is no one who can take your place. I love you oh my Lord! My God. My Restorer. My Savior!

You make me laugh and cry with happiness. Words pour out and run out because they are not enough to describe you. I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you forever!

Amen

Forgiveness – It’s Required

God forgave me of my sins so many times. If I listed them all it would surely fill a library!

I struggled with the continuous need to forgive someone in my life; a person who stands in need of deliverance. My intellect told me, “show mercy, and forgive because God has forgiven you.”

My heart, however, hurt. I was frustrated and angry. I prayed and prayed and had received prayer but no soon as I thought I’d conquered the animosity (a by-product of years of hurt) this person would turn around and do something else to antagonize me.

I was left with the question, “How does one forgive a repetitive offender who does not seek true forgiveness?” After praying, I read the bible. Having prayed a short prayer for illumination of His word, I found scriptures to encourage and enlighten and to strengthen me.

I. One must recognize sin

Psalm 51:1-4 A prayer of Repentance: A psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had sinned with Bathsheba.

To receive forgiveness from God we must first acknowledge our sins. Then we must repent and seek God’s forgiveness. One of the things that made me angry with this person is that when confronted with their wrong-doing, they would deny and reject responsibility. There was no repentance.

How does one forgive someone who is not sorry? Who, in fact, pretends ignorance of a blatant offense?

II. The acknowledgment of sin

Psalm 32:5 – I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.  Selah.

David messed up big time and he knew it. People often speak of David’s downfall and his willingness to sin, but let’s face it, we all sin. Even the holiest of us fall short of God’s glory.

What stands out for me in David’s story is his repentance and subsequent deliverance from sin and forgiveness from God. Why did God forgive him? He had a broken and contrite heart. Psalm 51:16-17

We, being in our flesh, would crucify David; we would condemn him to death and torment. After all, he murdered a faithful, God-fearing man, just to cover the sin of sleeping with the man’s wife and getting her with child. And he did this with malice and forethought. According to man, David deserved death or at the least, life in prison. But God! God saw and honored David’s broken and contrite spirit, forgave him and then turned around and blessed him. Psalm 32:1-2, 11

After acknowledgment and repentance, forgiveness comes. God is simply an utterly amazing God.

III. God’s Forgiveness is Vast

God’s ability to not only forgive but to completely blot out our sins is indescribable. I look at Him and see just how far He is above me. And yet He’s living inside me.

Isaiah 54 is a study of God’s forgiveness and His love and devotion to us. His forgiveness is complete (even for the backslider). His forgiveness comes with restoration, love and joy. There are no remnants of shame.

Often when we say, “I forgive,” we attach conditions or amendments to it, i.e. “I’ll forgive this time but I won’t forget!” Isn’t it wonderful to know that God is not like us? He offers love in place of conditions.

I realize that if I am to be Like Jesus, then I must forgive like Jesus, with completeness. I must have the heart and compassion for others that He has for me.

IV. Letting Go of Anger

In the past, the anger, hurt and outrage I felt toward this person when they sinned against me stretched beyond the horizon of peace. Ephesians 4:26 (a) “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…”

But I know now that, holding onto anger creates bitterness and contempt. These emotions give Satan a foothold in our lives. It is better for us to forgive and free ourselves from anger than to give a place to the devil. Ephesians 4:27(b) “…and do not give the devil a foothold.”

Letting go of anger is a difficult task to take on alone. But as Sandy Smith, a sister in Christ, declares, “We never cry out to God and receive a returned check stamped “Insufficient Grace”.

V. Forgiveness Is Divine

We must remember that forgiveness is divine – Divine Forgiveness (It takes the Divine God in us to implant true forgiveness.). It is not an act that comes to us naturally.  No good thing resides in our flesh and yet, it is good to know that, through the in-filling of the Holy Ghost, our divine God resides in us! It is through His spirit that forgiveness is made possible. It is not only possible for us to receive forgiveness but through Christ it is possible for us to impart forgiveness one to another! In fact God commands us to do so. Colossians 3:13

VI. Forgiveness is required

Matthew 6: 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

VI. Our Path to Victory Is The Cross

We cannot forgive our brother or sister seventy times seven if we are carnally minded – allowing our flesh to dictate our actions always leads to bad results.

When we die to our flesh (through fasting, prayer and daily meditation on God’s word) these things become easier; the fruit of the spirit becomes more apparent and the presence of God in our lives is made more evident.

Since I began writing this entry, things have changed. The person who sins against me is the same, but God is changing me. This is where the change has to begin, inside of us!

When Jesus made His way to the cross, the mob didn’t suddenly come to their senses and acknowledge their sins. They jeered and mocked our Savior on His way to the cross, while He hung there dying on the cross and even after they pierced Him in His side. Yet, Jesus forgave them (and us – who were afar off) with His last breath. He didn’t wait until after He’d risen, ascended and baptized His followers with the Holy Ghost. He died for and forgave humanity before their repentance (and some never repented!). The same God who did that now resides in me. He makes it possible for me to do the impossible!

I pray continually for the person I’ve had to deal with. I won’t say that my victory was instantaneous or has even been made apparent but I know that I have the victory just the same.

I now know and understand that in this Christian walk God sometimes allow situations to take place in our lives to help us grow and to become more like Him. Indeed, to be like Christ I must forgive like Christ.

Please pray for my strength in the Lord and I will do the same for you beloved of God – Peace be multiplied to you and all you hold dear. God Bless.