2 Cor. 2:10 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
If you are like me, when you believe God for something you want to see results, right?
For example (depending on the situation):
- When I need advice from the Lord, I want to believe he will answer.
- When I’m not feeling my best, I want to believe I can get more strength by leaning on Jesus Christ.
- When I encounter a challenge, I want to believe that the decisions I am making and the actions I take please the Lord.
- When I’m under a lot of stress and at a critical point, I want to believe that Jesus is holding me up and working it out for me.
The list goes on and on.
Getting results from Jesus Christ can be challenging because it requires reaching or stretching beyond yourself.
Prov. 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
This morning, like all mornings, I enjoyed a cup of tea while conversing with the Lord. As I was talking with the Lord and writing a new article, I heated some water in my Keurig coffee maker. When it was ready, I used my left hand to pour the water from a wide-mouthed mug, into my smaller-mouthed thermos. It wasn’t as successful as I hoped it would be. The first initial pour dumped onto my hand.
Since I was already in dialog with the Lord, I turned to him to get some guidance on how to get healing. I wanted to know what he did to deal with the pain as he was being beaten.
Issa 57:3 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
While Stephen was being stoned, he looked up to heaven and saw it open. Paul was stoned, left for dead, and was later found in the temple teaching. Many saints received their loved ones from the dead. Paul expected to die immediately after being bitten by a viper, and nothing happened to him.
Acts 28:3-5 And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand, they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm
Our testimony is extremely important to being with Jesus Christ when we leave earth. So I looked at this situation as a new experience. I saw this as a challenge. As an opportunity to know Jesus Christ through healing. In order to be healed I knew I had to move beyond the pain.
I’ve suffered a lot during my 30+ years since the Lord saved me. All the things I’ve suffered worked out for my good. Each of these events taught me something about Jesus Christ and how he answers problems. It always begin and ends with teaching you a better way of dealing with challenges.
- I’ve been homeless.
- I’ve been without a education.
- I’ve been healed from many diseases.
- HyperThyroid disease,
- Bad joints,
- Digestive problems and more.
Although I can still remember the pain and agony my body suffered while waiting on the Lord, they are a reminder to me of how far I’ve come in my faith. I count all of my wombs as suffering for Jesus Christ. Like in all of my challenges, I knew in order to be healed I had move passed myself. Why? Because in this case my hand was in lots of pain.
Hardships are part of life. How you answer them determines which side of victory you end up on. Getting it right the first time is important.
With my eyes opened, sometimes closed, I used my God given imagination to reach for Jesus Christ. I didn’t ignore the pain (it tends to get worse if I focus on it), instead I focused my attention on sensing and being in the presence of Jesus Christ. I eventually forgot about my hand and the pain was gone. No redness, sensitivity, or burns. I rejoiced afterwards and thanked him for showing me how to overcome.