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YOUR LIFE IS NOT DRIED UP YET

Hello there. I hope that you have been well these past two weeks. Let me just start off by saying, ‘I love how the Holy Spirit works!’ Today I was really yearning for something new to share on my blog and somebody was sent my way with such a powerful word. So I will deviate a bit from my planned post and hopefully the same will be ready by next week. Also today’s blackout was a blessing in disguise, because I would have been so engrossed in work that I wouldn’t have the time to quietly complete this post. So get your cup of tea or coffee to batter the cold and let’s dig in.

John 5:4-9 [KJV]

4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.

5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

There are so many different lessons and revelations that one can get from one portion of scripture. The more you listen to and meditate on any scripture, the deeper you understand it. Most of the time it is God using the Rhema word to speak into your situation. This is one such portion that I have learnt so much from. A story is told of an invalid who had been in this condition for 38 years. This man had spent almost four decades in crisis. Can you imagine that? In that period of time in today’s world, someone would have been born, grown up, graduated, married and had kids! When you’ve been in such a situation for that long, your purpose could be blurred, hope might have been lost after losing an opportunity that you long for time and again. The word says that an angel stirred the water at a given season and whoever jumped in first was healed of their disease. This occurrence did not happen that often. Seasons are not specific to years or weeks. Some seasons once passed might come back around even after ten years. Thus anyone who was hoping to be the first to jump in had to be sensitive and be ever alert because the angel could come at any time.

But…Jesus came along and saw him. This guy had been not lost hope. Maybe every time someone jumped in before him, he moved closer and closer to the pool and refused to give in. When Jesus asked him “Do you want to get well?” he started giving his story but Jesus cut him off and told him to get up and in that instant he was healed. We might be so caught up in our problems that we just start talking too much about what has been happening when help finally comes our way. If not careful, our subconscious might get so adapted to that new low that the possibility of normalcy seems ridiculous. Constantly speak hope to yourself, constantly remind yourself that the low you are currently in is not what God has planned for you. We have to be specific when God asks us what we want. God knows your situation and that’s why He has made or makes that visit.

This man’s situation shows how sometimes it is only God that can understand what you are going through. People might be around you but are unable to help. Medicine might be available but only God holds your healing! So stop focusing on people and focus on God as your deliverer. A similar account is found where the woman who had the issue of blood for 12 years was healed the instant she touched Jesus’ cloak.

Luke 8:43-44 [NIV]

43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her.

44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.

Your restoration can only come when you connect yourself to the life-giver. Restoration comes when your mindset changes to believe that with God, anything is possible. When you become connected, it no longer matters how many years found you in dryness and despair because just like Ezekiel you can prophecy to your situation and it will come together and live again.

Ezekiel 37:2-3 [NIV]

2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

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Needless to say, your situation has not gone as far as you being dead, and years being rotten and eaten away to the point of becoming very dry bones. You are not yet cut down, and if you are, you can sprout again. All you need is a scent of water, all you need is to hope again in God.

Job 14:7-9 [NIV]

7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.

8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,

9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.

 

All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise stated. Drop your comments and thoughts on the above post in the box below. Like and share the post if you have been blessed. See you on the next one.

Do not worry

WORRY NOT

A beautiful sight

It was a pleasant sight. My gaze was fixed, unfaltering as I watched them. Legs crossed and seated on the bed, looking through the window at the little birds playing in the light showers that came after the heavy rain earlier. The excited chirps filled the chilly air with lightness as they jumped into water puddles, ruffled their feathers and flew away. It was a good distraction for me. God’s small creation always amazes me in big ways.

Matthew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This passage resounded in that moment. When you’ve had a busy week but feel like you got nothing done and dreams that brought joy are a pain when you have been chasing them for so long without fulfillment…sigh. Anyway, that was the moment I was in and when I was reminded of this verse I could not come to terms with it. Maybe I have been staring at my problems for too long instead of focusing on Christ. I pray that God will make this word solid in my daily life.

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Let go of worry

George Burns, American actor and humourist said, “If you ask, ‘What is the most important key to longevity?’ I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” Burns, who lived to be 100, enjoyed making people laugh and apparently followed his own advice.

Many a times we are consumed with the worry of when will I buy this or that,  school completion, work and we drive ourselves crazy with nonconstructive thoughts. Worry does not add anything to us, as a matter of fact it takes away our confidence. In the passage above Christ is calling us to a place of surrendering our anxiety and worry and taking on His peace. A place of trusting Him as the shepherd and provider of our lives.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6‭-‬7 NIV) Instead of being consumed by anxiety and worry, we are set free to enjoy God’s love for us and express it to each other.

“God is my father, I will never think of anything that He will forget, so why should I worry?” – Oswald Chambers

We are called to LIVE! There is so much more to life than achieving milestones that the world declares to be important. A change of perspective is necessary in living a faith filled life. Rejoice in the little things. Engage in activities that make you happy. Start off the week by placing your trust in Christ and throw out the shreds of worry that threaten you daily.

 

Video of the week

Enjoy the video below. Have a blessed week.

🎵 So long bye bye. Goodbye to my pain and my sorrow! 🎵