Filling this blank screen with words has been almost as difficult as getting my husband to rest while he had the flu bug over the last two weeks! I thought, while he was resting I would have lots of time to read the word and write a post or two. Alas, it was not the case as he enjoyed my lemon and honey hot drinks and homemade chicken broth so much I barely even glanced at the computer.
Ministering to him in those little ways has been well worth it. He is on his feet again and back at work. I love him dearly and want him well. I want our relationship to continue long into the years. This was the first time in thirteen years I have seen him ill and I didn’t like it.
He has seven months of work left before he retires and we enter into a brand new phase of life. It’s not as if the change is going to just be him not working after that day either. Our plan is to have the house sold, our belongings packed up with the movers, load certain items into the motorhome and be ready to drive halfway across the country to our retirement home the very same day possibly. We are going to move to a ‘new land the Lord has shown us’. This is our dream and our plan. I have seen the fruit of when my husband dreams and plans. The motorhome and our retirement home are proof of his dreaming.
He has a dream and vision for long life too. God has given him vision and creativity and he seems to be able to walk his way through life with a face-to-face relationship with Jesus. Never doubting or disbelieving His presence or His word, his faith never wavering. He rests in the finished work of the Cross. I never saw it waver during the bout with prostate cancer, never have I heard a doubting word cross his lips once in the last three years. He just. Simply. Believes. God’s Word.
I have wrestled in the past two weeks, and in truth, the wrestling has been building up for a little while now. Compromise is not a part of my heart plan and yet I see it creep into the body of Christ in subtle and oh so beautiful ways. It’s so easy to go with the flow but not have it be the direction Jesus wants us to go.
Yesterday morning I woke up with a headache, sore throat and a funny feeling tummy. I have no tolerance to pain at all so after Bruce went to work, I went back to bed but instead of sleeping; I spoke to my head, my throat and my tummy and told them to be well. I spoke the power of the blood over them and told my body to come into alignment with the word of God that says I am healed. 1Peter 2:24 – by whose stripes you were healed.
I know these were just minor ailments but the point is, our words carry the power of life or death, blessing or cursing and when my words spoke life over myself, I received. Within minutes, the headache was gone.
Far faster than any Tylenol I have taken! Colossians 3:16 encourages us to ‘let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.’ All I did was speak out the word that dwells in my heart. I sang it over myself as I made up songs of praise exalting the Lordship of Jesus, praising Him for being my Healer.
All the rest of the day the verse, “He is who faithful over very little will be ruler over much” was rolling around in my spirit. I sensed the Lord was trying to get me to understand that when we are faithful to speak His word over the small irritants of life, when the big things come we will be used to having His word on our lips. Because we have hidden His word in our hearts, the only natural outcome for us will be to speak and declare His word of healing power. When we do this speaking of the word we will rule, we will take our kingly positions seriously and watch before our very eyes the decrees happening.
I tried to rest but the Lord showed me about “rest”, – and it knocked my socks off- the Hebrew word for ‘rest’ is Nuach. It means absence of movement or activity, Being Settled in a Particular Place with Finality, Victory, Security or Salvation. This day, my soul is settled in the absolute truth of the Word of our God. My soul is settled in a particular place, the word of the Lord is my heart’s resting place and it is there that I am secure in the victory He has won for me! He has won it for all of humanity. There is no disease too great or too far gone that He cannot heal and raise us up.
It becomes a matter of where we choose to stand right at the onset. Will we stand in the River of Living Water with our feet planted and our roots going down deep or will we be a little bit unsure and stand a bit closer to the rocks and the thin soil?
When Jesus paid the price on Calvary He paid in full for our righteousness and healing. Matthew 27:33 says they took Him to the place of Golgotha, that is to say, Place of the Skull. I wonder if perhaps, that is to encourage us to know our minds can be renewed by His word?
I am enclosing this video because it too speaks of the words of our mouths being in agreement with God’s words. Science has also proven that the mind can bring about healing to the body (think of all the studies on the placebo effect) and Jesus has said as a man thinks in his heart so is he. He says we are healed, set free from the law of sin and death.
Proverbs 10:32 The lips of the uncompromisingly righteous know what is acceptable.
Proverbs 10:31 The mouths of the righteous, those harmonious with God bring forth skillful and godly wisdom.
Luke 16:10 He who is faithful in very little will be ruler over much.
Hebrews 4:3 For we who have believed, adhered to and trusted in and relied on God do enter that rest…His works have been completed and prepared and waiting for all who would believe.
Hebrews 4:11 Let us therefore be zealous and exert ourselves and strive diligently to enter that rest of God, to know and experience it for ourselves, that no one may fall or perish by unbelief and disobedience.
In the 20th meditation of Beckoned by the King, we are looking at Psalm 119:153-160. The Hebrew alphabet letter for this section is “Resh”. The literal meaning is ‘front of the forehead’. Symbolic meaning is ‘person, head, highest’.
Next time we will look at our face to face relationship with Jesus. Today I answered the Bible study question, ‘When you are afflicted, can you say with the Psalmist that you do not forget or forsake the Word of God?’
Exalting Him with you,
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