Life Is But A Cruise

Reenacting torture during a demonstration in B... 

Most of us in this present day and age can’t stand to be uncomfortable for a few minutes.  We come unglued if our flight gets delayed or we get stuck in traffic for a few hours.  What would we do if we faced imprisonment, torture and death for our faith?  A better question to ask is, What will we do when we face imprisonment, torture and death for our faith in Jesus?  What will we do? 

Jesus told us to get on our cruise ships and follow him.  No, He said we must pick up our crosses and follow Him (Luke 14:27, Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34).  “Cross” doesn’t refer to getting stuck in an elevator with a loud mouth and miss an important luncheon.  The cross means a tortuous death!  The Bible tells us that we must suffer (2 Titus 2:3) and we’re blessed when others persecute us (Matthew 5:11-12).  Does that make you feel good?

The next time we get hurt and upset because the boss moved our desk away from the window (that really happened) we could take a moment to think of modern day martyrs.  Bounchan lost his job as a Communist Party district leader in Laos.  Soon, he was imprisoned, tortured, starved, locked in stocks and placed in solitary confinement for more than 10 years!  His crime – telling others about Jesus. 

Learn more about Bounchan and other martyrs at The Voice Of The Martyrs website, Persecution.com

How To Be Healed

English: The healing of the paralytic : wall p...

The healing of the paralytic : wall painting in the baptistry of the domus ecclesiae in Dura Europos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Q: Since we can’t run up to Jesus and ask him to heal us like people did in the Bible how do we ask Him for healing today?

A: ASK Jesus. Matthew 7:7-8

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Ask – Verbally ask him in prayer, out loud or in writing.

Seek – Seek out the answer. Look around, go on a quest and do research.

Knock – The LORD is telling us to do something not just sit around.

I’ve been one sick puppy. Diagnosed with the mysterious fibromialgia, horribly severe acne and rosacea, depression, sleep disorder, anxiety, ADD and sensitive teeth. Fibromialgia pain is real! I remember waking up with throbbing pain in my sternum, back, shoulders and joints. It was inconsistent pain that moved around. Five minutes of pain in one area then it left and appeared in another area. Sometimes pain woke me up and other times I couldn’t sleep because of it. After a while, pain meds and antidepressants stopped working so I got desperate enough to believe that God would heal me. Then He did!

Q: How?

A: 1st I read every scripture in the Bible that I could find having to do with healing. There’s a lot. I read it out loud every day.

Proverbs 4:20-22 My child, pay attention to my words; listen attentivelyto my sayings. 21 Do not let them departfrom your sight, guardthem within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and healing to one’s entire body.

2nd On my way to work while sitting in traffic, alone in my car I literally screamed, “Please heal me Jesus!”

Psalms 30:2 O Lord my God, I cried out to you and you healed me.

3rd When I caught myself thinking negative thoughts and saying negative words I changed them into positives. “I’ll always be sick. I can’t get better, I’m too far gone. Does God want me to be healthy?” Became; “I am healed. Got brought back the dead so he can heal me. Jesus never turned away anyone who asked to be healed so He wants me healthy.”

Proverbs 12:18 Speaking recklesslyis like the thrusts of a sword, but the wordsof the wise bringhealing.

4th I took my meds, improved my eating habits and got counseling for trauma that happened in the past. I learned from therapy that the mind-body connection is in the basal ganglia. Not that I really understand that but when we experience emotional pain it turns into physical pain until we deal with it.

Ezekiel 47:12 And on the banks, on both sides of the river, there will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not whither, nor their fruit fail, but they will bear fresh fruit every month, because the water for them flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for healing.

5th I give thanks to God for all His healing.

Luke 17:15 Then one of them, when he saw he was healed, turned back, praisingGod with a loud voice.

Healing takes time. We’ve been taught to think that God will only heal us instantly and if we’re not healed instantly then we’re not healed. Not true. Some of us are healed instantly and for the rest healing takes time. Both are miraculous.

Isaiah 53:5 He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds, crushed because of our sins; he endured punishment that made us well;because of his wounds we have been healed.