Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Thank You Lord

I love those moments when God reveals His love and care to me. Last Friday, I talked to my brother and we prayed together.He was so upset by the thought of more chemo.. I was so burdened for him it hurt..I could have drowned my hurt in those crunchy chocolate eggs and a diet coke, but I called a dear prayer warrior..After she ushered me into the presence of the God who loves me, I felt better--physically and spiritually. Some people pray about things, while others pray you through things. This woman is definitely a pray -er through-er. Thank You Lord!
I got a phone call that afternoon from someone I had met earlier that day. She sensed something when she saw me and called me to ask me how she could pray for I love it when people respond to the Spirit within and act upon it. Thank You Lord for assuring me and loving me on a very hard day. She prayed me through too..

It happened again yesterday. I was cranky, upset and needed to get out of the house. Everything was bugging me--I mean everything! I could list it all out but I already did that with don't need to hear it all anyhow....I did not "let God have it." I cried out to Him..I told Him how frustrated I was with blah, blah and blah and I turned my heart towards Him...believe me, I have "let God have it" many times and my heart was not soft to receive anything from Him, it was just mad! I felt better, like a burdened was lifted and being carried for me..when I drove up the driveway, I could see one of the things that was bugging me, had been fixed and I did not say a thing! Thank You Lord....

Yesterday, I was preparing for our new ladies Bible study. We are doing Beth Moore's rewrite of A Woman's Heart, God's Dwelling Place. AWESOME!!! If you are not a Beth Moore fan, I am sorry. Too bad for you. When I sit down to study God's Word I almost always ask for the Holy Spirit to help me understand the truth before me..He is faithful and yesterday He revealed a nugget of truth for me.

We are studying the people wandering in the wilderness, after God delivered them from the Egyptians and 400 years of bondage...they are a grumbling people aren't they? The whole point of the study is that God longed to dwell with them, and did so, in the tabernacle and then the temple. Now He dwells within us because of Jesus Christ and His death, burial and resurrection--if we believe in Him.
What hit me yesterday was this: all the sacrifices in the Old Testament were because of their sin. God needed a blood sacrifice. He required it. The priest sprinkled blood over the mercy seat, in the holy of holies. Their sin was covered in essence until the next time a sacrifice needed to be made. When Jesus came, He shed His precious blood as the perfect sacrifice! That means no more sacrifices need to be made, because our sin is not only covered, it is forgiven. Our sin is taken away.
Up until Jesus' death on the cross, when the priests would examine the lamb for the yearly Passover sacrifice, they would pronounce "Behold the lamb!" The people would know then, their lamb, their sacrifice offered to God, was good and acceptable.
When John the Baptist saw Jesus approaching what did he say? "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"
Wow. Can you imagine what the Jews in the crowd must've been thinking?? They knew that phrase, Behold the lamb and now they are seeing THE Lamb of God...
now don't go all winky on me and get all picky--yes, we need to continually confess our sins to Him today. I'm talking once for all ok??

Man, I've got to get over the fact there are people reading this that are way smarter than me!
Ok, I'm over it.

Read the whole chapter of Hebrews 10--it is awesome. Just two little power packed verses and then I'll be quiet:
"But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin, year by year. For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins." Hebrews 10:3,4
The people who lived and breathed before Jesus's death on the cross, did this year after year. They sacrificed yearly and were reminded yearly of their sin. Imagine it for a minute!!
Jesus Christ " offered one sacrifice for sins of all time.." Hebrews 10:12
Praise His name...thank You for that nugget of truth Lord.

I am so grateful for the Word of God.

More blessings have awaited me when I have eyes to see them.
Robins sing their spring is here song, just outside my door. My house smells like murphy's oil soap as we spring clean in preparation for Passover. My girls sent their uncle Steve some cards with Scripture; Teresa wrote out all of Psalm 23. Rachel shared a verse from Isaiah and Hannah shared one from Romans concerning how the Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words..he told me yesterday that he was not wanting to go to chemo. He did not want to do it. Then he read their words--God's Word in 9, 13 and 17 year old script and he knew he could go through it---again..

Thank You Lord God...You are so faithful.

Pray for Steve and Amy. He goes every Tuesday for chemo, he gets it 4 weeks on, 2 weeks off. He had his first treatment yesterday. These are new drugs, (methyltrexate and erubitux,) for him. Specifically pray he can still work. He told me if he can work for the next two weeks, then he can have days off with pay. I talked to him last night and he felt alright..the nasty thing about chemo is that it usually hits you hard in a couple days. I told him I would pray him through.

Thanks for praying too.

He is faithful,

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