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September 30, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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God Collects Special Things

god-collects-special-thingsDo you collect something? I collect angels and cobalt blue glass. Usually we collect something that is precious to us. I love angels and feel that cobalt blue is the colour of my soul. Do you know that God collects some things too? They must be something really precious, right?

You keep track of all my sorrows.
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.
My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
    This I know: God is on my side!
(Psalm 56:8-9, NLT, emphasis added,*)

God collects tears

God collects also your tears. They are special. You are special. God is on your side. All the time. Especially when you’re crying your heart out and in need of tender loving care. Rest in him. Bask in his love.

And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. (Rev. 5:8 NLT,*)

God collects prayers

God collects also your prayers. They are special too. Our prayers matter. Hence never underestimate the power of prayer. Never neglect to pray. Because prayer is eternal. It connects us with God. And it changes things. For better.

Maybe we should start collecting the same things as God? Tears and prayers of God’s people.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for loving us so deeply.
Thank you for collecting our tears
and embracing us when we are weakest.
Thank you for collecting our prayers
and inviting us to be part of what you’re doing.
Come and change us, Lord.
May we all see the world how you see it.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U:Do you feel precious and special because God collects your tears and prayers?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you embrace what God collects: tears and prayers of God’s people!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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September 28, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Trust God Completely

Trust God completelyIt takes time to learn to trust God completely. The more we dare to trust, the more trustworthy we find God. Little by little we learn that God will never let us down no matter how difficult our situation is. Learning to trust God completely is a process for sure. But so worth it.

Take Jacob, for example.

When he had to run away from Esau, God met him in the middle of nowhere and blessed him with an encouraging and hope-filled dream. Most likely that’s when Jacob truly met God for the first time in his life and he was impressed to say the least. But still there were lot of ifs in his promise: Then Jacob made a vow (promise), saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and clothing to wear, and if [He grants that] I return to my father’s house in safety, then the Lord will be my God. (Gen. 28:20-21, AMP, emphasis added)

30 years later (Genesis 35) Jacob returned to Bethel to fulfil his promise to build an altar to God. Jacob had wrestled with his God and learned to know his God along the way. Now Jacob let God do the talking. This time Jacob surrendered to God without any ifs. Jacob had learned to trust God completely.

We are all called to trust God completely

Trusting God completely will make a huge difference in our every day lives. We can dump our worries and stresses at the foot of the cross. And leave them there. We can trust that God knows what he is doing. He is God Almighty after all. We can trust that God is working on our behalf behind the scenes. We can trust that God knows what’s best for us even when we don’t like it. That’s total surrender. That’s complete trust.

And that’s what Lauren Daigle sings about too in her song Trust in You:

The lyrics of Lauren Daigle’s Trust in You

Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wandering
Never changes what You see
I’ve tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior, King of the fight
No matter what I face, You’re by my side
When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!
Truth is, You know what tomorrow brings
There’s not a day ahead You have not seen
So, in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

Total surrender and total trust

When we are able to surrender everything, our whole lives to Jesus, we are living like children of God. When we are able to trust God completely, we are finally living truly in grace. May it be so.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you that we can trust you
no matter what.
Enable us to trust you 100%.
Show us how to let go, let you.
Show us how to surrender everything to you
and then live joyfully like your children are meant to live.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you trust God completely?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you surrender your life as a living sacrifice to God!

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September 26, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Secret World of Prayer

The secret world of prayerDo you have your own secret world of prayer? Good for you. If you don’t, ask God to show you what it means and how it works. It’s meant for every Christian. It is the ultimate place of rest and renewal. Life is tough; believe me, you need it.

Lord, You have been our dwelling place [our refuge, our sanctuary, our stability] in all generations. (Psalm 90:1, AMP)

God is our dwelling place

God is always waiting for us. Prayer is not a religious duty but a way to communicate with God. With the words of D.A. Carson “Effective prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings.” Prayer is a way to spend time with God and embrace what God is doing in this world.

Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. (Matthew 6:6, MSG)

The secret world of prayer is our home

When we learn to dwell in our secret world of prayer, we slowly learn to know the heart of God and his will for us. It does not happen fast. It takes time to get to know God, to develop an intimate relationship with Jesus. We need to learn to dwell in Christ and abide in the Holy Spirit. The secret world of prayer needs to become our home.

But when that happens, we are spiritually fruitful. Bob Sorge has said “Nothing is more dangerous to the kingdom of darkness than a man or woman who has found the unceasing wellspring of heaven’s life.” And that’s what the secret world of prayer truly is. It is the entrance to the unceasing wellspring of heaven’s life.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for giving us the gift of prayer.
Thank you for inviting us to abide in you.
Ignite in us the true spirit of prayer.
Give us an unquenchable desire for prayer.
Take away anything that hinders our time with you.
Help us to increase the time in the secret world of prayer.
We want to know you, Lord.
Speak to us, Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen
Q4U: Do you have your own secret world of prayer?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you make a habit of dwelling in the Lord!

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September 23, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Thoughts on God’s Guidance

Thoughts on God's Guidance

Are you looking for God’s guidance? Me too. Discerning God’s directions is complicated. Waiting on God’s timing is hard. But we are not alone, the Holy Spirit is ready to help us and guide us. We will make it. It’s always to early to quit.

I’ve collected wonderful things for you on God’s guidance. May these quotes, verses and blog posts help you on your faith journey!

Five quotes on God’s guidance. Which one is your favorite?

Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.~ Elisabeth Elliot

If we had strength and faith enough to trust ourselves entirely to God, and follow Him simply wherever He should lead us, we should have no need of any great effort of mind to reach perfection. But as we are so weak in faith, as to require to know all the way without trusting in God, our road is lengthened and our spiritual affairs get behind. Abandon yourself as absolutely as possible to God, and continue to do so to your latest breath, and He will never desert you.~ Francois Fenelon

Your call will become clear as your mind is transformed by the reading of Scripture and the internal work of God’s Spirit. The Lord never hides His will from us. In time, as you obey the call first to follow, your destiny will unfold before you. The difficulty will lie in keeping other concerns from diverting your attention.~ Charles Swindoll

If your every human plan and calculation has miscarried, if, one by one, human props have been knocked out, and doors have shut in your face, take heart. God is trying to get a message through to you, and the message is: “Stop depending on inadequate human resources. Let me handle the matter.”~ Catherine Marshall

Hearing God is not all that difficult. If we know the Lord, we have already heard His voice – after all it was the inner leading that brought us to Him in the first place. But we can hear His voice and still miss His best if we don’t keep on listening. After the what of guidance comes the when and how.~ Loren Cunningham

Five Bible verses on God’s guidance. Which one is your favorite?

The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the children of men
To see if there are any who understand (act wisely),
Who [truly] seek after God, [longing for His wisdom and guidance].
(Psalm 13:2, AMP,*)

He leads the humble in what is right,
    and teaches the humble his way.
(Psalm 25:9, NRSV)

Commit your works to theLord [submit and trust them to Him],
And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance].
(Proverbs 16:2, AMP,*)

But I say, walk habitually in the [Holy] Spirit [seek Him and be responsive to His guidance], and then you will certainly not carry out the desire of the sinful nature [which responds impulsively without regard for God and His precepts]. (Gal. 5:16, AMP,*)

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher. “Vanity of vanities! All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity [futile, meaningless—a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes, merely chasing the wind].” (Ecclesiastes 1:2, AMP,*)

Five blog posts on God’s guidance. Which one is your favorite?

Life is full of times when we don’t know what to do. It’d be helpful to have a plan for those moments, don’t you think? Let’s see if we can figure out how to proceed when you’re clueless. [What to do when you don’t know what to do.]

We are to seek first God and not his guidance. When we seek God, our focus in on him. When we seek his guidance, our focus too often is on ourselves. See the difference? [How to seek guidance.]

Don’t you ever wish you’d receive every morning a fax from heaven telling you what you need to accomplish that particular day? That thought is a bit tempting when life is chaotic. But if we think of it a bit further we realize that would be terribly boring. Even if we feel that life is out of control, we can rest assured on these facts…[Discerning Divine Direction]

Sometimes our path of life seems so desert-like. Stone after stone after stone. We might feel that God has abandoned us in the middle of nowhere. We would like that our pathway of life would be something else than it is. Or at least we would like to see where we are going. [Spiritual Stone Pathway]

Impatience seems to be the beginning of anxiety, right? Waiting for God’s guidance and timing is not easy, especially when we have all kinds of wild thoughts racing through our mind. What are the next steps God wants me to take? Should I wait or proceed? How can I be sure I am not missing God’s guidance? [Waiting for God’s guidance and timing]

Let us pray:

Gracious God,
Thank you for having all the answers.
Thank you for having a plan for me.
I surrender my will, my plan and my way to you.
I want to be one with you.
Be my way, Lord.
Thy will be done in and through my life.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Which ones of these five quotes/verses/blog posts on God’s guidance were your favorites?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you follow Christ wherever he leads you!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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September 21, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Encouraging Words

encouraging wordsIt’s not a secret that I love reading the Bible. There are many reasons of course. One of them is the surprise factor. You see, the Bible is the Living Word of God and when we read it prayerfully, the Holy Spirit surprises us time after time. The boring parts becomes precious, old things get new meanings and historical things becomes personal. Encouraging words for sure. Try it yourself. Keep at it regularly. And your life is not the same anymore.

Today I was blessed with these wise and encouraging words from the second Chronicles. These verses just popped out the page for me and I felt they were directed to me.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles. (2 Chronicles 32:7-8, NIV, emphasis added)

We don’t have anything to fear, folks.

We are never alone. Our God is with us and he is more powerful than anything in this world and beyond. Our God is a Living God who loves and cares for us. He will be with us every step of the way. We truly have nothing to fear. Instead we are called to be strong and courageous. Talk about encouraging words.

It’s time to not be intimidated by the obstacles we are facing. God Almighty is on our side. And that means nothing, absolutely nothing, can be against us. God is in control. God is ready to defend us and create a way for us. Hallelujah.

Here’s how I heard the verses above. These encouraging words are just for you, my friend:

Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid of discouraged because of [insert your troubles here], for there is a grater power with you. The Lord your God helps you and fights your battles.

Let us pray:

Gracious God,
You are so good to us.
Thank you for the gift of the Bible.
and for speaking to us through it.
Thank you for your encouraging words for us today.
Enable us to be bold and courageous.
Thank you for always being on our side.
Become our everything, Lord!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Why do you love reading the Bible?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live boldly and courageously!

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September 19, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Pride – the Anti-God State of Mind

pride - the anti-God state of mindDo you know that the enemy uses pride to lure us away from the Lord? It is hard to die for yourself and live only to the Lord. But that’s the calling of every Christian. But we don’t like it. And that’s when the enemy steps in. He tries to make us believe that pride is not really a sin. That we actually deserve some praise and acknowledgement. Slowly the anti-God state of mind starts to grow in us.

A man’s pride and sense of self-importance will bring him down,
But he who has a humble spirit will obtain honor.
(Proverbs 29:23, AMP)

Pride lands you flat on your face like the Message version of the verse puts it. Pride makes us think that we manage things on our own just fine. That we want to make it on our own way, without restrictions and rules, just the way we like it.

Soon the anti-God state of mind takes over more and more of our soul

C.S. Lewis has written about pride this way “There is one vice of which no man in the world is free; which every one in the world loathes when he sees it in someone else; and of which hardly any people, except Christians ever imagine that they are guilty themselves….The essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere fleabites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil; Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind… As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.”

No one in the world is free of pride

We don’t like it in others but we don’t easily see it in ourselves. When we are prideful, we cannot know God. Pride is the complete anti-God state of mind. The enemy uses pride. The pride is the enemy.

What to do then? Do we have any chance in this war against pride? On our own? No. But by God’s grace? Yes, a thousand times yes.

When we realise our dependency on God in everything, we are leaving the anti-God state of mind behind us. When we surrender out egos, our pride, our wills to God daily, we grow in humility and grace. When we live in grace, the enemy does not have power on us.

 

Gracious God,
We need you.
All the time, in everything.
Forgive our selfish tendencies.
Forgive our pridefulness.
Cleanse us, Lord.
Help us to die to ourselves
and fully surrender to you
daily, hourly, momentarily.
We need you.
Create in us the complete God state of mind.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you struggle with pride? How do you deal with it?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let the Holy Spirit create the complete God state of mind in you!

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September 16, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Invitation to Listen

Invitation to ListenHow do you communicate with God? Most often people say “through prayer”. And that’s great. Just don’t forget prayer is a two-way conversation. Prayer is not just about you telling God what’s wrong with your life. Prayer is also about listening to God. Yes, God still speaks today. God wants to communicate with you directly. God’s invitation to listen is real.

God’s invitation to listen is for you

Yes, you’re invited. God wants to interact with you. Not just once in awhile but all the time. God invites you to have a continual conversation with him.

This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’ (Jeremiah 33:3, MSG,*)

God invites you to call to him and he has promised to answer you, guide you, walk with you. Why then do we not do it more often? Why do we forfeit it? You know, it is a great privilege to communicate with God Almighty. It’s for our own benefit.

God’s promised to talk to you

We all have a standing invitation to listen what God has on his heart, what God has planned for you. We don’t have to manage our lives on our own. God wants to help. The first step is to take up on God’s invitation to listen. He has promised to talk to you.

Your own ears will hear him.
    Right behind you a voice will say,
“This is the way you should go,”
    whether to the right or to the left.
(Isaiah 30:21, NLT,*)

Listening, interacting, conversing are ways to grow in an intimate relationship with God. That’s when we grow in faith, when we learn to trust God, when we embrace all that God has for us. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is heaven on earth.

 

Gracious God,
How can that be?
That you love us and want to talk to us?
Thank you for your invitation to listen.
Help us to remember that you want to talk to us.
Show us how to live in a continual conversation with you.
Become our everything, Lord.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you listen to God? How does he talk to you?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you take up God’s invitation to listen what he has to say to you!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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September 14, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Discipleship and Obedience

Discipleship and ObedienceHow are your discipleship routines? Are you diligent in obeying God? Are you reading your Bible even when you don’t feel like it? You answers tell a lot about your thoughts about how a Christian should live his/her life. Let’s see what others have said about discipleship and obedience.

Eugene Peterson states “A disciple is a life-long learner: not an academic acquiring information about God, but a craftsman acquiring skills in the faith.” I do agree. Being a disciple is a life-long commitment. It’s not something we do occasionally but something we keep on doing no matter how we feel. We’ve called to grow in faith. We won’t mature in faith if we don’t live it out day in and day out.

Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Col. 2:7, NLT)

Let your roots grow down into Christ

The Bible urges us to put our roots down into Christ and build our lives on him. That sounds very permanent and consistent. Our faith lives should reflect this. Obedience and discipleship should be built in our everyday lives. When we take care of our spiritual needs, our roots keep growing down into Christ.

John Ortberg guides us “This is the most helpful distinction I have ever heard about the spiritual life: there is a difference between training to do something versus trying to do something. When we think about following Jesus, we think we need to try harder to be more like Jesus, as opposed to training to be more like Jesus.”

Trying hard is not the way to go. Training is what everyday discipleship and obedience is all about. Our training consists of prayer, reading the Bible, fellowship with other believers, worship, serving and so on. As we obediently stick to our spiritual training routines, we keep on becoming more like Jesus and being blessed in the process.

 

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for calling us for discipleship and obedience.
We don’t know it at first but it is for our best.
Help us to trust your commands
even when we don’t understand them.
Enable us to set up healthy spiritual routines.
We want to put our roots deep down into Christ
and build our lives upon him.
Let us flourish for you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How are your discipleship and obedience routines?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you let your roots grow down into Christ!

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September 12, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Dress up in Hope, Faith and Love

Dress up in Hope, Faith and LoveAre you on your way to heaven? Do you know how we are supposed to spend our time waiting for the second coming of Jesus? How should we live our lives here on earth? How about dressing up in hope, faith and love?

I don’t think, friends, that I need to deal with the question of when all this is going to happen. You know as well as I that the day of the Master’s coming can’t be posted on our calendars. He won’t call ahead and make an appointment any more than a burglar would. About the time everybody’s walking around complacently, congratulating each other—”We’ve sure got it made! Now we can take it easy!”—suddenly everything will fall apart. It’s going to come as suddenly and inescapably as birth pangs to a pregnant woman. (1 Thessalonians 5: 1-3, MSG)

Be spiritually alive and build up hope!

God wants us to be spiritually alive and build up expectant hope around us. We are not to forget God’s promises and cease from living them out in our lives. We are not to sleepwalk through life! We are not to waste our lives on unworthy things. We are to keep our eyes open and trust steadily in God. We are to hope unswervingly and love extravagantly.

But friends, you’re not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we’re creatures of Day, let’s act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation. (1 Thessalonians 5: 4-8, MSG)

If you are on your way to heaven, act like it. Dress up in hope, faith and love!

How do we do that?

By daring to trust God.
By entering into God’s Word daily.
By spending time with Jesus.
By loving the people God sends in our lives.
By being faithful and obedient from day to day.
By praying without ceasing.
By being thankful in everything.
By hugging and sharing God’s love with each other.
By building up hope around you.
By being spiritually alert.
By serving the needy.
By keeping Sabbath.
By listening to God.
By surrendering to God’s will.

God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. (1 Thessalonians 5: 9-11, MSG)

Keep walking!

If you are on the way to heaven, keep walking. Don’t take detours, don’t put down roots. Just keep walking. Invite people to join you. Build up hope around you so everyone would join you on the way to heaven. Wear hope, faith and love!

Be cheerful, God is with you.
Be thankful, it’s all grace.
Be expectant, we’ll get there.
It will be so worth it!

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for being active in our lives.
Show us how not to waste our lives
but build up hope around us.
Equip us to walk and trust steadily.
Enable us to hope unswervingly.
Empower us to love extravagantly.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How do you spend your time while waiting for the second coming of Jesus? How do you dress up in hope, faith and love?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you claim the promises of God on your way to heaven!

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September 9, 2016
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Ultimate Healer

The Ultimate HealerHave you been hurt badly? Or is sorrow your constant companion? Is your heart so broken that you doubt if it can ever be whole again? I hear you. I’ve been there, done that. But I have good words for you. And they are not “time heals. “Ann Voskamp has said “Time never heals wounds like God does.” God is the ultimate healer.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows]. (Psalm 147:3, AMP,*)

I personally know the Ultimate Healer. He wants to heal you inside out too. With the words of Mary DeMuth “He [God] wants us to heal so fully from the past that folks wouldn’t know we even walked all those trails of tears.” I have experienced this myself. Grace works and because of Jesus it’s available for all who asks for it. (If you’re interested in reading more of this, here are three practical steps for healing).

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
    and by his wounds we are healed.
(Isaiah 53:5, NIV)

God is the ultimate healer. He is not satisfied with a superficial quick-fix. God does not just cover up our wounds and call it good. Instead he will thoroughly cleanse us and nurse us back to health and wellness. Then we are truly healed and made whole and holy.

 

Gracious God,
You are so good to us.
Thank you for always welcoming us to you
no matter how broken or wounded we are.
Thank you for sending Jesus to die for us
so we can be healed by his wounds.
Heal what needs to be healed, Lord.
Renew what needs to be renewed.
Make us whole and holy like you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you been healed by Jesus’ wounds?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you personally get to know the Ultimate Healer!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

Image courtesy of Nancy Andrea D, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Dance with Jesus, Faith-filled Fridays, Five Minute Friday.

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