Mark 2:1-5 (NLT)
When Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.”
As I read this scripture this morning, my heart was filled with gratitude for all the Lord has done. Over the years I have faced many challenges physically, emotionally & spiritually. But God has shown himself to be faithful and brought me through to victory. Back in July of 2011 I was in desperate need of a touch from the Lord. I was overcome by sickness, my strength was nearly gone, my faith….well, it was next to none. I wasn’t sure if I had it in me to continue on, BUT GOD!
Reflecting back I can clearly see the hand of God and His Divine intervention. Because of the faith of a few close friends (the family of God) who were willing to press through in prayer and carry me to Jesus, I received a Miracle. I am a living testimony of God’s grace & mercy. I am so blessed, so thankful for all that He has done.
As I sit here reflecting back on all He has done for me, I can’t help but be stirred by the Spirit of God. My heart’s desire is to show the same compassion and love to others, as Jesus and others have shown to me. Life isn’t always easy and sometimes we feel overwhelmed and alone. I pray that the Lord will increase my sensitivity to His Holy Spirit and I would become more aware of the people and the needs around me. The last few years I have been teaching the book of John and one of the things that really stands out to me about the life Christ is how much he loved people. He was caring, compassionate, merciful and loving. What an example, He was motivated by love, and out of love he went to the cross and gave His life. His love is so Amazing, I am overwhelmed!
Thank God for the faith of a few close friends, for the family of God that responds to His leading and together become the body of Christ. May His Love be our motivation and may the Holy Spirit always guide our lives, so that we His people are a true reflection of Jesus!
Hope – Confident trust with expectation of fulfillment.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:11-14
What a comforting Scripture, it is one of my favorites! Life is a journey and this Christian walk isn’t always easy. Over the years I have faced many difficulties, such as: trials, temptations, hardships, decisions, fears, and the unknown future. I am so thankful I have the Lord, because He is truly my Hope! I can rest in the knowledge of His Word and the fact that He is a Sovereign God. He is in control and watching over us, even in those times when we can’t see clearly and we are lacking understanding.
I have found that as a Christian, the best thing we can do is surrender and trust Him. Though it isn’t always easy, it is always best! If we are willing to seek Him in prayer and trust Him in faith, He will take care of us and lead us on this journey. At times our vision is so limited and clouded by life’s circumstances, but always remember He sees the BIG picture and He has a plan. Life is a Journey and our final destination is Heaven, we are only passing through. One day He will return to gather His bride and we will be united with our Groom. Oh what a glorious day that will be, when our Jesus we shall see! My heart is filled with expectation and I look forward to the return of our Blessed Hope, Jesus!
May we never give up and always remember, HE IS OUR HOPE!
“My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered.” Psalm 71:23
I can’t help but praise Him!
The Lord is Awesome, He never ceases to amaze me! Over 21 years ago I gave my heart to Jesus. Reflecting back, I can’t help but testify of his goodness towards me. I am so thankful that He is a God who: Rescues the sinner, delivers from bondage, sets the captive free, gives hope to the hopeless, heals the sick, gives strength to the weak and sight to the blind!
He daily touches my life and continues to show me His grace, mercy and love. What a loving Father we have, He cares about His children and never stops! 21 yrs. ago I needed the Savior and I still need my Savior today!