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LACK OF FAITH CAN HINDER HEALING FOR SOUL, BODY AND SPIRIT

LACK OF FAITH CAN HINDER HEALING FOR SOUL, BODY AND SPIRIT

WRITTEN BY SHIRLEY RHODES

"ENERGY" PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

“ENERGY” PHOTO BY SHIRLEY RHODES

LACK OF FAITH CAN HINDER HEALING FOR SOUL, BODY AND SPIRIT. Scripture reminds us this way: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). When you are able to change your thinking, you’re able to change your world.

Faced with illness, emotional struggles and physical pain we tend to either forget or push our faith into a corner and not rely on what gets us through difficult times in life. LACK OF FAITH CAN HINDER HEALING FOR SOUL, BODY AND SPIRIT. Even though we face difficult times at some point, Jesus has reminded us that he would send a Comforter; one in which you are able to make the connection with through willingness to surrender of all that becomes too heavy to carry alone. Even though the road may seem long and difficult, we are never without help.

If you are suffering from physical ailments you understand what pain feels like; if you’re unable to get around you know what immobility feels like; if you’re going through problems with relationships or marriage, you know what broken feels like. Without faith the journey can be difficult because you’re not able to grasp the true meaning of what is available to carry you through your circumstance.

Scripture reminds us of what Jesus taught about faith in this way, ‘if you have faith the size of a grain of mustard seed, you’ll be able to do achieve great things (Matthew 17:20), this includes healing. What he has spoken is true; therefore, LACK OF FAITH CAN HINDER HEALING FOR SOUL, BODY AND SPIRIT.

We are a society which looks for tangible proof, what we can see or touch before we comprehend the awesome power of what the Holy Spirit is able to achieve in our lives when we are willing, ready and obedient to the will of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17); therefore, you must learn to trust in faith that your  healing will come as a blessing, but you must be willing to release those thoughts and attitudes that may be the stumbling block in the process. How aware are you to the fact that LACK OF FAITH CAN HINDER HEALING FOR SOUL, BODY AND SPIRIT?

If you feed your mortal body negativity, the flow can be interrupted where the Holy Spirit desire to bring your thoughts in line with its energy properties that hold great power. There are times we must anchor our thoughts in the word of God and build on that personal relationship, get to know the true source of where healing and wholeness can be found. It is possible to tap into the source, but LACK OF FAITH CAN BLOCK HEALING FOR SOUL, BODY AND SPIRIT.

Finally my friends, listen to how scripture speaks to our hearts when you are willing and obedient: Rejoice in the Lord always, be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God (Philippians 4:4:-6). Allow your heart and mind to center on where you are and what it is that you seek; allowing the Spirit to come in, release those thoughts that hinder and watch how God will work a miracle in your life. Remember LACK OF FAITH CAN BLOCK HEALING FOR SOUL, BODY AND SPIRIT.

 

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WHAT IS THE CHURCH?

WHAT IS THE CHURCH?

The church, under Christ’s control, is a living body, a dwelling, a family of believers in Christ.  As a believer we have a place where we are accepted and welcomed, where you belong and that is the church.  We also have the responsibility to accept and welcome other believers, regardless of race, sex, occupation, nationality, ability, physical characteristics, social status, or personality type. 

The church is Christ’s body to carry out the work he began on earth.  He is the head of his body, directing it and motivating it to complete his ministry on earth.  As such, the church is the continuation of Christ’s incarnation, in the sense that Christ, through another human body, still lives and works on earth among human beings in a tangible, palpable way.  But it takes all the members of the body working together in harmony to fulfill the designs and desires of the head.  The body must match the head so that Christ can be fully expressed!

We as believers are part of Christ’s body, which is the church.  As such, we must live in vital union with him.  Our conduct must be consistent with this living relationship.  People in the world should be able to see Christ by looking at Christians, seeing their values, lifestyle, and loving acts of service. 

Now I leave you with these questions; what do people know about Jesus by watching how you relate to other Christians?  In what ways can you use your God-given abilities to equip believers for service?  How can you fulfill your role in the living church of today?

IT IS TIME TO STOP WORRYING AND LEARN TO TRUST GOD

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?  (Matthew 6:25) AMP

We are living in a time when our minds are filled with external authority.  We submit to the news of doom and gloom, always forgetting that there is a higher authority that is in control and if we can learn how to lean and depend on Him, we will never have anything to worry about.  But we know that in the world of reality, that people who lead others or carry organizational responsibility find more than enough reasons to worry—deadlines, financial pressures, market instability and other pressures (you fill in your own blanks here) make stomachs churn and account for many a sleepless night.  But Jesus cautions us against worrying about anything—even the food we eat or the clothes we wear.  In this passage, Jesus gives his disciples (and us) six reasons for trusting in God rather than worrying.

First, the same God who gives us the greater gift of life will certainly supply the lesser gifts of food and clothing (v 25). The command don’t worry about everyday life does not imply complete lack of concern, nor does it call people to be unwilling to work and supply their own needs.  Food, drink, and clothes are less important than the life and body that they supply.  Because God sustains our lives and gives us our bodies, we can trust him to provide the food and clothing he knows we need.  Worry immobilizes us, but trust in God moves us to action.  We work for our money to supply food and clothing, but we must always remember that these ultimately come from God’s hands.  When the need arises, we need not worry, for we know that our God will supply.

Second, the God who cares for the birds will care for his people.  After all, humans are of much greater value than any bird (v. 26).  The birds need food, and the heavenly Father knows it.  They are dependent upon God’s daily provision because they cannot plant or harvest or put food in barns.  They work, they hunt for it and then bring it back to their families, but they don’t worry.  If God cares for the birds, makes sure that the natural order of his creation supplies food for them, how much more will he care for a hungry human being?  People are far more valuable to him than the birds.  Jesus was teaching total dependence upon God as opposed to humanity’s self-sufficiency.  All that we have ultimately comes from God’s hand.  Jesus was not prohibiting his followers from sowing, reaping, and gathering food (that is, working for it); but he was prohibiting worrying about having enough food.

Third, worry expends energy pointlessly—it doesn’t change the reality of the situation a single bit (v.27).  Many of us would do well to ask ourselves this question every morning:  “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”  Daily we face new challenges, concerns, problems, and choices.  Will we worry, or will we pray?  Will worrying be of any help whatsoever?  Worry may damage our health, cause the object of our worry to consume our thoughts, disrupt our productivity, negatively affect the way we treat others, and reduce our ability to trust in God.  Worry may in reality, take time away from our span of life rather than adding to it.  It accomplishes nothing.

Fourth, worry ignores God’s demonstrated faithfulness in our lives (vv. 28-30.  The same God who so wonderfully clothes the flowers of the field is responsible to care for them.  Every blossoming flower is a reminder of God’s faithfulness to us.  Sitting on the grassy hillside, Jesus may have gestured to the lilies, probably referring generally to the bountiful flowers in Israel, and pointed out that those lovely flowers don’t have to work or make their clothing.  As in 6:26, Jesus was not condoning laziness while waiting for God to supply.  Instead, he wanted his disciples to place their lives and needs in God’s hands, refusing to worry over basic needs.  To worry about your clothes shows little faith in God’s ability to supply.  God “clothes” the flowers and grass of the field that are here today and gone tomorrow.  If his creation clothes the earth with beauty and color so rich that even King Solomon in all his glory could not match it, then he will surely care for you.

Fifth, we are God’s children (vv. 31-33).  God will never treat us as orphans who need to fend for themselves.  Because God provides food and clothing not only for birds and flowers but even more for his precious human creation, don’t worry.  Do not spend energy fretting over having enough food or drink or clothing.  Worry has no place in the lives of Jesus disciples because their heavenly Father already knows all their needs.

Jesus followers must settle the question of priorities and make the Kingdom of God their primary concern.  To do that, we must consistently honor and represent the Kingdom.  Then the way we deal with family, friends, work, leisure, etc., will all be transformed.  What is most important to you?  People, objects, goals, money, pleasure, and other desires all compete for priority.  Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don’t actively choose to give him first place in every area of life.  Strangely enough, when you get your priorities right, Jesus promised that God will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him.  When Jesus followers seek his Kingdom first, God takes care of their needs.

Sixth, when we worry about tomorrow we miss out on today (v. 34).  Any problem we face can and will be handled, with God’s help, one day at a time.  Because God cares for his people’s needs, Jesus says, “Don’t worry about tomorrow.”  In an appeal to common sense, Jesus explained that what we worry about happening tomorrow may not happen, so we will have wasted time and energy worrying.  We need to reserve that energy because today’s trouble is enough for today.  We only add to today’s burdens when we worry about the future.  No anxieties about tomorrow will change the outcome, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  The burdens of today are enough, so let God take care of them.  We must trust God for today without worrying about tomorrow.

As leaders who want to influence our generation for Christ, we need to lead in a way that allows others to see our faith in God.  One way we can do that is by depending on God in the face of our daily pressures.  The next time you are under pressure, instead of worrying, pray for the grace you need to depend on God, who is perfectly and eternally worthy of your trust.  Remember that those you lead will see how you respond to such pressures and will follow your actions.

 

RECOGNIZING YOUR REAL SELF AS BLESSED (LESSON 6)


BY FAITH YOUR BLESSINGS WILL FLOW WITHOUT CEASING

Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).

(John 6:35) (AMP) Christ shows that he is the true Bread; he is to the soul what bread is to the body, nourishes and supports the spiritual life. He is the Bread of God. Bread which the Father gives, which he has made to be the food of our souls. Bread nourishes only by the powers of a living body; but Christ is himself living Bread, and nourishes by his own power.

He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water. (John 7:38) (AMP) Can anything that is full become still fuller?  Yes, undoubtedly it can become so full that it always overflows.  This thirst means strong desires after spiritual blessings, which nothing else can satisfy; so the sanctifying and comforting influences of the Holy Spirit, were intended by the waters which Jesus called on them to come to Him and drink. The comfort flows plentifully and constantly as a river; strong as a stream to bear down the opposition of doubts and fears.

 

This is what our Lord promises to His believing disciples.  At the outset, faith in Him gives them the blessing that they will never thirst.  However, as they advance and become stronger in the faith, it makes them a fountain of water out of which streams flow to others.  The Spirit who at first only fills us will overflow out of us to souls around us.

 

The rivers of living water can be compared with many fountains on earth.  When we begin to open them, the stream is weak.  The more the water is used, and the more deeply the source is opened up, the stronger the water flows.  In the realm of the spiritual life, let us discover what is necessary to secure the fullness of the Spirit constantly flowing from us.  Several simple directions may help us in reaching this knowledge.

 

Truly, you know what the Scripture says, “All the promises of God in him are Yea, and in him Amen, to the glory of God by us” (2 Corinthians 1:20).  When the Lord spoke of rivers of living water, He connected the promise with faith in Himself:  “He that believeth in me, out of his heart shall flow rivers.”  If we only understood that word “believeth” rightly, we would require no other answer than this to the question as to how the blessing may be increased.

 

Faith is primarily a seeing by the Spirit that Jesus is nothing but a flowing fountain of the divine love.  The Spirit Himself always flows from Him as the bearer of the life that this love brings and that always streams forth in love.  Then it is an embracing of the promise, an appropriation of the blessing as it is provided in Christ, a resting in the certainty of it, and a thanking God for what He is yet to do.

 

Thereafter, faith is keeping the soul open so that Christ can come in with the blessing, take possession, and fill all.  Faith becomes the most fervent and unbroken communion between the soul in which Christ obtains His place and is enthroned in the heart.

 

Learn the lesson that, if you believe, you will see the glory of God.  Let every doubt, every weakness, every temptation find you trusting, rejoicing, and reckoning on Jesus always to work all in you.

 

A believer can encounter and strive against sin in two ways.  One is to endeavor to ward it off with all his might, seeking his strength in the Word and in prayer.  In this form of conflict, we use the power of the will.  The other is to turn at the very moment of the temptation to the Lord Jesus in the silent exercise of faith and say to Him:  “Lord, I have no strength.  You are my Keeper.”

 

This is the method of faith.  “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).  Jesus, who is in Himself the one thing needed, can maintain the work of His Spirit in us.  By exercising faith without ceasing, the blessing will flow without ceasing.

 

Christ must be all to us every moment.  It is of no avail to me that I have life on earth unless that life is renewed every moment by my breathing fresh air.  Even so God must actually renew and strengthen the divine life in me every moment.  He does this for me in my union with Christ.  Christ is simply the fullness of God, the life of God, and the love of God prepared for us and communicating itself to us.  The Spirit is simply the fullness of Christ, the life of Christ, and the self-communicating love of Christ surrounding us as the air surrounds the body.

 

Let us believe that we are in Christ, who surrounds us in His heavenly power, longing to make the rivers of His Spirit flow forth through us!  Let us endeavor to obtain a heart filled with the joyful assurance that the Almighty Lord will fulfill His word with power.  Our only choce is to see Him, to rejoice in Him, and to sacrifice all for Him.  Then His word will become true:  “He that believeth in me, out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water.”

 

heavenly, power.

 

USING SEX AS A TOOL IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP

Are you the type of person that is always taking and never giving? Do you seek sex from your spouse for the pure enjoyment of getting your rocks off, and not being mindful of your spouse’s need?
We need to understand that we all have needs, and we must learn to be respectful of our partners. Sex is primarily a spiritual act of oneness symbolized with a physical act. For it to be a blessing in marriage, there needs to be emotional and spiritual wholeness, free of domination, manipulation and control from either spouse.

Emotional wounding or bondage in either person will damage and distort sexual intimacy. To have a healthy sexuality, you need complete trust, mutual respect and appreciation of each other which leads to oneness of body, soul and spirit. This creates a godly sexual soul tie. An ungodly sexual soul tie occurs when sexuality becomes a tool of control. Yes, there can be an ungodly sexual soul tie even in Christian marriage. There can even be sexual abuse in Christian marriage, which is covered up by insisting on the scriptural submission of women to the will of the male.

Know in your heart, that it is a sin to dominate, manipulate or control a spouse in any way, including sexuality. It shows disrespect and treats the person as an object to meet the emotional needs of the other.

Sexuality can be used as a tool of punishment or reward to control the other spouse. When it is used as a way of reassuring yourself of worth or acceptance, it can easily become an addiction that drives you for more. A very simple test of sexuality is to ask yourself this question, “during sex are you lovingly giving yourself to your spouse or taking what you believe to be rightfully yours?” If you are taking then you are on dangerous ground!

In my observation, most sexual problems are emotional and spiritual, not physical. The solution is the healing of our wounds. We need to learn to love unconditionally. When we can detach ourselves from believing that we have total control of our spouses’ body, mind and soul and learn to trust and give them the love and respect they deserve, then we are on our way to learning the greatest lesson of all. “The art of a lover is to make the love last as long as possible.” Capture the spirit of this sentence and you capture the meaning of learning how to love unconditionally. In any relationship, this is the greatest challenge of all. However, it is one that we must learn to embrace, and understand if we are to have a complete loving and romantic life together as one.

Using Sex as a tool to control your spouse will only destroy any love that was developed in the relationship from the beginning.  Sooner are later your spouse is going to get tire of being used and abused and the results is going to end in disaster.  Learn to build respect between you and your spouse, and give without expecting anything in return.  Know that God is love, and He commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves.  That simply means loving our spouse and their bodies as we would love our self and our own bodies.

 

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