Are you expecting healing from God?

Gate BeautifulBeautiful Gate in Jerusalem

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer. And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter, along with John, fixed his gaze on him and said, “Look at us!” And he began to give them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—walk!” And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened. With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God; and they were taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Acts 3:1-10

The lame man was dependent on other people to get to the gate outside the temple. He asked for money as the people passed him to enter the temple to pray. Every day, people entered the temple. Every day, he sat outside the temple.

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Light of the World … the Christmas Gift

Light Parade 2012

The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

One day, Jesus stepped out of eternity into time to dwell with men and women.

This Light of the World walked among men and women, and they watched Him as He turned water into wine, healed the sick, opened blind eyes, raised the dead, calmed the sea, and fed the thousands.

They observed the Light, the colors of His glory, but like the time lapse of photography, the colors and light blurred their vision – a colorful tapestry of purity and glory that they loved to be around. Yet, they did not comprehend this Light, this glory.

Not until His work was finished on the cross, and He was raised from the dead were men and women able to understand this Light.

The Light of the World came to offer eternal life with Him – a free gift. A free gift to men and women, but this gift cost Jesus everything.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

The gift of Christmas. A gift of the Light of the World. A gift of His everlasting love.

His lovingkindness caused Jesus to shed His glory for a time, enter the skin of a baby, grow up in a small town, and walk the hillsides of this earth on His way to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins.

An incomprehensible gift of lovingkindness!

My prayer for you:

Light of the World, shine in our hearts as we reflect upon this miracle birth and this gift that bestows everlasting life through Your love. Thank You for Your gift. We pray for wisdom as we behold the glory of Your light.

May you and your family be awestruck by the Light of the World and the miraculous gift that is yours. May you possess this precious promise.

God gave Himself … What will you give?

Nativity Tapestry“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23

Our glorious God has bestowed great and precious promises and blessings upon His followers.

One awesome gift:  God gave Himself, so that men and women would be able to live with Him forever.

What will you give?

My prayer for you:

Holy are You, Heavenly Father. Enable the meaning of Immanuel, God with us, to penetrate the our very essence as we walk through this Christmas season reflecting upon the gift that cost You Your own dear Son, a gift of absolute surrender. May we learn to give You our very being, our everything as we learn to surrender our all to You.

May you and your family experience a renewed and deepening relationship with
our Lord and Savior.

What blessings do you possess?

Moses

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished upon us. Ephesians 1:3-7

As children of God, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, and Jesus has lavished the riches of His grace upon us.

Several weeks before her grandson’s 17th birthday, his grandmother looked through the years of photographs she had taken of her grandson. She chose five photographs that depicted the wonder of life, celebration of holidays, and significant growth. She designed a card and wrote about their adventures together. She uploaded the card and ordered it to arrive before his birthday.

On the day of his birthday, she called to sing him “Happy Birthday,” but he was sleeping. She told his mother that a card awaited him. Then she texted him. He texted her that he would pick it up soon.

Now there was a history that birthday cards contained money. A week went by. The grandmother called to remind him that a card awaited him. He said that he would make the 5-minute trip to her house soon.

Another week went by. No grandson.

The gift awaited him. A gift filled with love and creativity. A gift of substance and provision. Yet, he took 2 1/2 weeks to receive the gift.

Once he received the gift, he realized the love, the time, and the love that the grandmother poured into the preparation of the card. He was touched and blessed.

I wonder how many blessings Jesus has for me that I have not taken the time to come to Him and receive?

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, show us the blessings that we have not taken the time to receive from You. You have lavished every spiritual blessing upon Your children, and yet, we have not reached out to You to receive the blessings and to possess them. Thank You for Your patience and the blessings that You have created for us from the foundation of the world.

What blessings are you possessing? What blessings do you need to possess?

Surrender all, possess your inheritance, your healing

I surrender all

Look! For so many years I have been serving you, and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a kid that I might be merry with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him.

My son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. Luke 15:29-31

Jesus told a parable to demonstrate His statement, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10 It was the parable of the Prodigal Son.

The younger son demanded that his father divide his wealth between the two sons and give the younger son his portion, instead of waiting until the father died.

The younger son left the family and squandered his wealth. When he found himself in a pig pen longing for what the pigs were eating, he realized that his father’s servants were better off than he was, and he decided to return to his father and ask to become a servant.

The father saw the son in the distance and ran towards him, embracing and kissing him. The father put a robe and ring on the returned son and called for a party.

The older son heard about it and confronted the father.

Look! For so many years I have been serving you, and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a kid that I might be merry with my friends; but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with harlots, you killed the fattened calf for him. Luke 15:29-30

That would be my retort.

My son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. Luke 15:31

The older son already had the fattened calf. He could have killed the calf and celebrated with his friends any time, but he did not take advantage of what he had.

Heirs of the Inheritance

  1. God’s children are heirs of His kingdom. Both sons were heirs. The younger son chose to leave the father, take his monetary inheritance with him and squander it. The older son chose to stay with the father, work in the estate, and build it.
  2. In His presence, God’s children can possess all that the Father hasThe older son worked hard for the Father, serving him. The older son does not speak of the joy of remaining with the Father, of experiencing his inheritance.

Possessing the Kingdom

Before the Lord healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, I meditated on these Scriptures and wondered about my inheritance.

Was my inheritance a life filled with pain and fatigue?

What if I were like the older son in the parable, thinking of my life with the Father as a life of hard work and service rather than basking in the presence of the Father?

But we had to be merry and rejoice,  for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found. Luke 15:32

The younger son spent his inheritance, but he began to live  when he realized his hopelessness and returned to his father, asking to be treated as a servant. That’s when the celebration began, and he entered into the joy of the father. He surrendered all.

Broken, destitute, empty. No hope within the younger son, himself.

No hope within me. The doctors could no longer help me, I had run out of magical cures and ideas of what I could do to make myself better.

The Father healed me when I came to Him as a completely broken woman, telling Him that all I wanted was more of Him, more of His presence.

In His presence is fullness of joy, the fullness of the inheritance of the kingdom.

My prayer for you

Heavenly Father, may we enter Your Presence with abandon. We want to possess all that You have for us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and guide us as we serve You with gladness and joy.

Won’t you share how you are possessing your inheritance in the Kingdom of God?

What path are you taking for 2013?

Great Wall looking backBut one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

It’s helpful to look back over the year and reflect on those individuals who made a difference in our lives.

It’s helpful to reflect on those defining moments in 2012, and the choices we made.

It’s helpful to reflect on what we’re grateful for.

It’s helpful to look forward into the new year and consider the path that the Lord has set before us.

My prayer for you:

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your gracious touch during 2012. Thank You for the people, the blessings, and the defining moments that blessed us throughout the year. Bless, I pray, all Your dear children and direct our paths in 2013. May we sit at Your feet and bask in Your Presence in 2013. Direct our thoughts, our actions, and our choices, so that we bless You and Your children. May we point people to Jesus and give You great glory.

You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. Psalm 16:11

What path are you walking in 2013?