November 9, 2017 Ezekiel 4-7; Mark 5:21-43

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Reveal Yourself | Kim Chipman

S~ Then they will know that I am the Lord Ezekiel 7:27 (NIV)

O~ This portion of the OT is tough to read. There are certainly consequences to the Israelite’s choices. Serious consequences. You are sovereign and holy and just. The reason for consequences?

Then they will know that I am the Lord

A~ Do I remember your holiness? Do I need consequences to see it? To know that You are the Lord? I’m sure that may be the way I need to learn sometimes…but I could change that. I can listen to Your promptings, read Your Word so I remember Your character, choose to obey even when my feelings say different things from truth…I can choose that.

This isn’t the only place that You reveal the reason for things (like hard things, consequences, suffering, pain, things we don’t understand and don’t like) is so that we know that You are the Lord. John 9:3 “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” So many things here in this world just don’t make sense to me. Just a few days ago some random shooter walked in a church and killed people. A month or so ago was the Las Vegas shooting. Senseless violence and suffering, it seems. It helps me to remember You are still in control and You have a plan. You want to reveal Yourself to us in and through our life.

P~ Lord, help me to rest in this truth. You’ve got this. You have a plan to reveal Yourself to the world. Then they will know You are the Lord. I love You!

Hope Can Change Everything | Carrie Newell

S~ Then the frightened woman, trembling at the realization of what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and told him what she had done.  And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well.  Go in peace.  You have been healed.”  Mark 5:33-34 (NLT)

O~ As Jesus is teaching and doing miracles, a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years saw Jesus.  It says she suffered a great deal from the doctors- and spent all her money to get well, but had only gotten worse.  When she sees Jesus, she knows that if she only touches him that she will be cured.  So she does!  When Jesus feels the power to heal her leave his body, he asks who did this, and this was her response.

A~ Oh she is singing my song.  Suffering, trying doctor after doctor.  Spending all her money to get well.  And with one touch, she is healed!  There was a time that I thought if I only read enough, researched enough, that I could find my ‘cure’.  I spent lots of money on doctors, medicines, and treatments, and yet, nothing worked.   I found myself at an impasse.  I found myself resolving that this was just how it was going to be.    But then something changed.  I reached out to Jesus in a new way— and found HOPE and healing for my spirit.  I still have chronic pain.  I still have fibromyalgia.

So what changed?  Instead of focusing on my illness or what I couldn’t do, I started focusing on Jesus and what He can do through me (yep—broken little me). My whole attitude changed.  I no longer felt defeated, I felt empowered and hopeful.  And HOPE can change everything.

Do I think I’m going to wake up tomorrow with no trace of fibromyalgia?  Probably not, even though I know God could do that!  But the trust, faith, and HOPE that I have because of Jesus, is what pushes me to ‘keep on’ every day— to do hard things and find strength (even when I am tired and weak). To Find my Fight (over and over again), to not give up, and to encourage others to do the same.  I truly believe my faith is making me well!

P~ Father, you are so good!  Thank you for the gift of HOPE.  Thank you for showing me that my whole body doesn’t have to be perfect in order to feel your healing.  Thank you for your strength in my weakness.  Help me to focus on you especially on those hard days!  Help me to continue to fall at your feet, and reach for You, for you are the ultimate healer!  Amen.

Faith will make you well | guest post

S~ Daughter, your faith has made you well.  Go in peace.  Your suffering is over.  Mark 5:34 (NLT)

O~ Lonely, desperate, broken….the bleeding woman reached out and was made well.

A~ We are all broken.  Our childhood brings scars and shapes our adulthood whether we believe it or not.  Our choices bring shame.  Our thoughts (mine anyway) run rampant with guilt, hate, disgust of self, and striving for something else.  We struggle, oh, how we struggle.  Well, I struggle.  Most of the time, my struggle is on the inside, you would never see it if we met at the grocery store or chatted at our son’s baseball game.

I see in myself and others; the struggle can come when someone else wounded us – what do we do with that?  Those deep wounds/words/actions done by another….and all that’s left is us in pain.  How do we ever heal?  How do we ever, EVER overcome what others have done to us?  How do we ever overcome what we’ve done to ourselves?

Jesus, simply Jesus.

He is my Healer.  He is my Redeemer.  He is the One who changes us from the inside out….my faith in Him has made me well.  Faith in Christ makes us well!

P~ Father, I love You!

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