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A Time to Heal


A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; (‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ KJV)

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I am encouraged by the fact that God has allowed for a time to heal: I surely need it. In this season of life, I am believing God to do the right right thing by me. That’s known as “grace” and it may not allow for complete physical healing!

Will I be a loving, obedient, child of God when I do not get my own way? I want to! That is part of the “…time to build up!” Suffering builds character and shows us where we can improve!

I am thankful to God in all things, in all seasons….Praise be unto Him!

Affirmation Prayer


There is power in praying God’s words back to Him.  He is our healer. 

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Read: Exodus 15:26 NKJV

and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord  who heals you.”

Pray: “you are the God who heals me!”

I am of the opinion that this is the word of He who cannot lie!

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Major Themes XXXIX – Prayer


LUK 18:1-43 NKJV

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’  And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ ” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.  I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’  And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’  I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then they also brought infants to Him that He might touch them; but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.  Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.  You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’  ” And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich. And when Jesus saw that he became very sorrowful, He said, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!  For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And those who heard it said, “Who then can be saved?” But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” Then Peter said, “See, we have left all and followed You.” So He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,  who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come eternal life.” Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.  For He will be delivered to the Gentiles and will be mocked and insulted and spit upon.  They will scourge Him and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again.” But they understood none of these things; this saying was hidden from them, and they did not know the things which were spoken. Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”  And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

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Remake my life…prays Billy Graham.


PSALM 17.15.NIV  – As for me, I will be vindicated and will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

Satisfaction in Him

Is it not logical to believe that the only one who can recreate us is the One who created us in the first place? If your watch were out of order, you wouldn’t take it to a blacksmith. If your car needed overhauling, you wouldn’t go to a machine shop. Our spiritual problems can be solved only by the God who created us originally. He created us in His own image and likeness; today, by the grace of His Son, He can recreate us in the likeness of His resurrection. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we are recreated and become partakers of His life.

Daily Prayer

There is so much that is out of order in my life, Lord. Remake all the parts that need the infinite healing of your re-creation.

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Billy Graham on Blindness


ACT 26:18 NIV – to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Eyes to See

The blind man, Bartimaeus, threw off his cloak and ran trembling to Jesus. And Jesus said, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.” In that moment as he said, “Lord,” his spiritual eyes were opened. And Jesus said, “Your faith has made you whole.” Notice—not your intellectual understanding, not your money, not your works—but your faith. Faith! That’s all it takes! Immediately Bartimaeus, who had been blind all of his life, began to open his eyes, and the first thing he saw was the face of Jesus. What an experience—to open one’s eyes and look straight into the strong, tender face of Jesus! Bartimaeus met Jesus and the record says he “followed Jesus in the way.” When you go back to your business, or your home, or your neighborhood, or your friends, or your school, you don’t go alone. Christ goes with you.

Daily Prayer

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for healing me from my spiritual blindness!

A21 Prayer Guide – Day One


PRAY FOR VICTIMS

For their strength and salvation

Psalm 138:7, Isaiah 40:29, Luke 19:10

For their protection, freedom and justice

Psalm 82:4, Psalm 103:6; Psalm 146:7

For their hope and healing

Psalm 40:1-3, Jeremiah 30:17, 31:17
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PSALM 138:7 NET – Even when I must walk in the midst of danger, you revive me. You oppose my angry enemies, and your right hand delivers me.
ISAIAH 40:29 NET – He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.
LUKE 19:10 NET – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

PSALM 82:4 NET – Rescue the poor and needy! Deliver them from the power of the wicked!
PSALM 103:6 NET – The Lord does what is fair, and executes justice for all the oppressed.
PSALM 146:7 NET – vindicates the oppressed, and gives food to the hungry. The Lord releases the imprisoned.

PSALM 40:1-3 NET – I relied completely on the Lord , and he turned toward me and heard my cry for help. He lifted me out of the watery pit, out of the slimy mud. He placed my feet on a rock and gave me secure footing. He gave me reason to sing a new song, praising our God. May many see what God has done, so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord !
JEREMIAH 30:17 NET – Yes, I will restore you to health. I will heal your wounds. I, the Lord , affirm it! For you have been called an outcast, Zion, whom no one cares for.”
JEREMIAH 31:17 NET – Indeed, there is hope for your posterity. Your children will return to their own territory. I, the Lord , affirm it!

The Praise-Filled Life III


MATTHEW 6:21 NKJV

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

MATTHEW 12:34 NKJV

Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

MARK 9:24 NKJV

Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

PSA 56:4 NKJV

In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?

Unable to Hold Back

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

The Scriptures tell us that our lips reveal whatever we treasure in our hearts. Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” and “For out of the overflow o the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 6:21; 12:34). Ultimately, we cannot separate what we say and do from what we think and believe deep inside.

If we truly believe in God’s love and goodness, that belief will spill over into what we say about Him. No matter what our circumstances, we won’t be able to hold back our praise. Do we truly believe that God is the almighty King of the universe and the Lord of our lives? The strength and fervor, the depth and energy of our praise to God—both with our lips and in our lives—is directly proportional to our belief in God’s goodness and greatness.

Believing and praising build on each other. The more deeply and strongly we believe, the greater and more expansive is our praise. The more we praise the Lord, the more we will behold His glory and see His hand continually at work in our lives, and the more fervently and strongly we will believe.

Never is this truth put to the test as it is when a dear loved one is in danger. Such a time came when my wife was with cancer. It so happened that another person very close to me was gravely ill at the same time. To see two people I loved dearly facing the unknown, possibly even the threat of death itself, tested my beliefs about God. Was He really a God of love, of healing, and of faithfulness? Or was He unconcerned about my family’s health and safety?

For most of my life, I had believed the former: That God, in His faithfulness, loves us and cares for us and brings healing. So I started praising Him in advance for His care, His comfort, and His power to heal. In praising Him, I grew to sense in my soul that God truly is who He says He is. God really is the loving Father who comforts us in our time of deepest desperation, fear, and helplessness. Before I knew the final outcome of these threats to my family members’ health, I knew without question that God loves us without limit and that He heals us by His power. My life changed from the obedience of duty to the joyful, visceral obedience that expresses itself in uninhibited praise to our loving and all-powerful Lord.

Prayer: My Savior Jesus, I praise You as the Author and Perfector of my faith. I do believe, because You have helped me to overcome my unbelief (Mark 9:24). May my belief in Your goodness give me a heart of constant worship. I declare my utmost trust in You today! I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid” (Psalm 56:4).

She Speaks Truth V


PHILLIPIANS 2:19-30 NKJV

But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I k:::now your state. For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Christ Jesus. But you know his proven character, that as a son with his father he served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly. Yet I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need; since he was longing for you all, and was distressed because you had heard that he was sick. For indeed he was sick almost unto death; but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore I sent him the more eagerly, that when you see him again you may rejoice, and I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in esteem; because for the work of Christ he came close to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in your service toward me.

“Live out Community”

Have you ever read a book and then stopped paying attention a few–or more–pages back? Your mind is going through the task of reading, but you’re not absorbing what the words are actually saying. This section of scripture is one that you could easily sweep by before moving on to Chapter 3. Let’s look at Paul’s writing: what God can teach us through these words?

Paul is writing a letter, and he is explaining part of the plan and what is next for the people of Philippi. He hopes to send Timothy soon [v. 19], but then decides that Epaphroditus [v. 24] will be the one returning to Philippi, after they had sent him to care for Paul.

You might be asking “why is any of this information important?”

There is something that happens when you write things down the old fashioned way: with a piece of paper and pen. Sentences seem to be formed differently than when you type. Stories tend to hit the paper in a way that strays from email. Remember, Paul is writing a letter.

He is living out community. He is living out the gospel message. He isn’t staying silent, and he’s being very clear about decisions and plans. If we look at verses 26 and 27, Paul even takes time to clarify that Epaphroditus was indeed ill and close to death, as the people of Philippi had heard. He is taking time to explain his choices, so that wrong information doesn’t have a place to grow. Paul doesn’t want there to be confusion even in the simplest of plans–some might call it over communication, but I’m not sure that’s possible. Paul cares deeply for the church in Philippi, and that is so evident in this section.

Just for fun: say “Epaphroditus.” Now say it three times as fast as you can. Now laugh. God likes when we laugh.

All too often we stay silent and choose isolation. What can we learn from Paul’s constant encouragement to be in community and unity with one another through Christ?

Put down your phone. Close your computer. Find a pen and a piece of paper. We live in a world that is fast-paced and full of instant gratification. Write a letter. You chose who you’re writing it to, but take the time to encourage someone. To love someone. To break that silence, and use your voice to love.

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Billy Graham on Spiritual Blindness


JOHN 9:25 NKJV

He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or  not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

Sight for the Blind

I try to explain to you the joy of following Christ: the thrill, the excitement, the exhilaration—knowing where I’ve come from, why I’m here, where I’m going! There’s a reason for existence. There’s a reason for getting up every morning of the year. I try to tell you what I’ve found in Jesus Christ, and in studying the Scriptures and walking with Him, and you say, “I can’t see that!” Of course, you can’t. You are blind. Try to explain television to a blind man. He can understand a little of it, but it doesn’t make sense to him. Try to explain a sunset to him. He’s blind to it. The scales must be removed from your eyes, and only Christ can do that. He can remove them right now and you can start living and seeing a whole new world that you never knew existed, if you will let Him open your spiritual eyes.

Daily Prayer

I thank You for that Power that is able to give sight to the spiritually blinded eyes of each person who trusts in You, Lord Jesus.