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Faith so audacious,
We dare to believe
That God is greater
Than all we see;
That He is more powerful
Than any circumstance;
We are guided by His will;
We simply don’t live by chance.

 

Faith so audacious
We trust Him and pray,
Till we have heard Him;
Then we obey.
Living with expectancy;
Bold because we belong
To Papa God’s household;
The Lord most gracious and strong.

 

Faith so audacious
We happily rest
In God’s loving arms,
Where we are blessed.
We receive His provision;
Papa’s unending care;
Then we give it to others,
Rejoicing in all we share.
Faith so audacious
We know He will heal
Injury and disease
With power so real.
We still look for miracles
From Jesus, Risen King;
We live out courageous faith
For God is our Everything.

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GOD’S REALITY TRUMPS ALL

I have struggled with the contrast between what Scripture says and life experiences for most of my life, especially in terms of healing.  This has been magnified since my nephew’s death on July 17.  He was medically fragile.  I had contended for him in prayer from the time of his birth to the moment of his death.  An infection ambushed him and caught everyone, including his doctors, completely off guard.  He was all right; then he was gone.

 

I myself have had countless people pray for my healing; yet cannot see.  I have probably heard every explanation in the book for my blindness and the lack of healing, from the “hidden sin in my life” to “God doesn’t heal these days.”

 

In truth, I have had many injuries, illnesses and conditions healed by God, including repeated stress syndrome, anorexia, migraines, FibroMyalgia and more recently, an egg allergy.

 

I have studied the Bible thoroughly on this topic and have concluded that it is absolutely clear in this matter:  God heals.  This isn’t something He merely does; it is part of who he is.  I can find all sorts of verses to verify this and none that give exceptions, caveats or time limits.  Trust me, I have searched diligently:  This would have made my dilemma a whole lot easier!

 

You should see people when I tell them I believe that God heals.  They can’t figure that out, when I obviously have a disability.  It really messes with them!

 

I have taken a step forward this past week:  A deeper, heart-level revelation about trusting God first.  It means believing his word and experiences of him over other life events.  It has to do with recognizing that God’s ways and His Kingdom reality are far greater than anything I grasp or understand.

 

I told my pastor that I have had more than enough prayer for my eyes.  HE challenged me:  How do I know it’s more than enough?  He is right; that is an assumption on my part.  All prayer is answered; God is doing something bigger than what I experience.

 

The war between faith, in the sense of trust or expectancy, vs reliance on experience and understanding goes beyond healing.  It is something with which we struggle when it comes to any of God’s blessings:  Provision, protection, favor, salvation and all miracles.  There are all sorts of doctrines and arguements to support the status quo and plenty of discreditation for people who dare to go out on the limb of absolute trust in God.  When a miracle (including healing) occurs, there is no shortage of attempts to explain it away.

My point can be expressed in a stanza of poetry:

 

I bless You, oh Lord, for all that You do;
I will watch for Your miracles each day.
And even when they seem to be subtle,
I will not explain them away.

ELIZABETH

Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. Luke 1:36

Gabriel told Miriam (Mary) this when he announced that she would be Messiah’s mother.

Elizabeth, whose name means, “Oath of my God,” had not been able to conceive children; yet here she was, beyond normal child bearing years, six months pregnant.

I love pondering this for a couple of reasons:

*Even after we are way past giving  up, God is still at work.  He brings things into our lives at exactly the right time; age, physical ability and any other factor we could name simply doesn’t stop Him.

I have heard numerous people say that God is blessing and anointing the younger generation.  That’s good.  The deal is, He is still blessing and anointing people of all ages, from 100+ to infancy.  He isn’t ageist; we are.  It doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re in, you can still conceive and do the things that are on your heart.

*God always keeps His word.  2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “All of God’s promises are ‘yes’ and we add the ‘amen’ to the glory of God.”
He said He would send a messenger to prepare the way for the Savior and He did; He said He would send Messiah to save us and He did.

What has He promised you?  He is doing  and He will do it.

In the very next verse, Gabriel says,
“Nothing is impossible with God.”
Perhaps a better translation of that is,
For no word from God will be void of power.”

 

Then Mary answers, “Let it be according to your word.”
So here’s a question:  When did Mary conceive?
Faith is the seed that grows to fruition when God empowers it.

THE STAR

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God sent the star to announce His son’s arrival,
Which Rested over Bethlehem, large and bright;
Lowly birth yet accompanied by miracles,
God came to save us that fateful night.

This heavenly wonder declared  promise fulfilled,
Accompanied by angels worshipping God;
His lovely world would now be delivered and healed;
Israel and all the Earth abroad.

A beacon sent to proclaim salvation to all,
Through Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son;
Who lived among us, died and rose, defeating Hell;
God who saves, Jesus the only One.

THE BEST WINE John 2:1-11, Part IV

9 and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.
He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside 10 and said, “Everyone
brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

Jesus is the best wine.  He is the Way, the Truth and the Life; the Hope of all nations; Lord of lords, King of kings; Healer, Savior, Redeemer.

Later in His short time here, right before He is betrayed, tortured and killed, He says that wine represents the blood of the new covenant.
“In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”   (Luke 22:20 NIV)

Again, the best wine was saved for last.  God’s new covenant saved us by grace through faith.  We have all of the blessing and inheritance that Papa God has for us.  Instead of depending on works, which we are not able to do, we get to rely on God through the Holy Spirit, sent to be our Comforter, counselor, Teacher and Helper.  We are reborn into His family, made members of His household and given full rights as sons and daughters.  How absolutely miraculous and wonderful is that!