Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

This is a picture of one of my girls from last year's snow storm that hit Chicago around Valentine's Day. What a beautiful snow angel! I sure do have a lot to be thankful for!

Valentine's Day Wishes
As I drove around today, I saw all the vendors with their wares trying to get you to stop and buy a teddy bear or flowers for your loved ones. I admit my home has looked like Valentine's since the end of Christmas.
This time of the year you find people both happy to be remember and sad they are facing difficulty in their lives. I understand that. I had a time not too long ago that I too felt sad at Valentine's Day.
What did I do to remove the blues? I had to remember that even if I don't receive a box of candy or a bunch of pretty roses I am loved. Let me share today with you a message just for you:
A secret admire sends you a special note. He wants you to know today you are loved. He may not send you a box of candy, but instead he says he has words that are sweeter than the taste of honeycomb.
He says, he may not send you a dozen of red roses, but instead his son shed his red blood and took your thorny punishment so that you could be free.
He may not have a card all decorated and pretty for you to open, but he has a store house of treasures stored up just for those that love him.
Your secret admire says, I loved you even when you didn't love me in return. I loved you enough, I loved you until you could love me back. That secret admire is our might God. So today even if you don't receive a gift of flowers, candy or trinkets, know you are loved with the greatest love of all, the love of the Father.
Happy Valentine's Day!

Words of Encouragement

Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. The news about Him spread throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all who were ill, those suffering with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics; and He healed them. - Matthew 4:22-24

Is there healing for the soul? Complete healing is in Jesus. This is the ministry of Jesus in Galilee. Jesus was bringing healing in more than one way. We see the physical healings but it is important for us to see the healing process as disclosed in the life of Christ.

Many times before Jesus healed people’s physical ailments he would teach them either in the synagogues or where ever he found himself with the multitudes. He also proclaimed the good news about the kingdom. Jesus was teaching what was the truth of God and establishing his power and ability or authority over all. This is key for us to understand as we seek any healing from God. Jesus is the vessel God used to enact his purpose into this world. His greatest purpose was to heal the sin sickness of the world. Jesus is that avenue for us to receive from God, healing for the sickness, the blackness of our souls.

It was then after Jesus establishes himself; he also healed all kinds of diseases among the people. The interesting thing is they received physical healing, but all did not receive spiritual healing. Some went away with their bodies healed but they did not see the complete healing they could have received from Jesus.

Today I come to remind us we have complete healing in Jesus. Someone right now may need a physical healing and that might be what is in the forefront of his or her mind. When you seek God, don’t forget to seek him for the healing of your emotions and your spirit. Sickness (any thing you suffer through that causes you to be weakened) can cause an individual to begin to doubt to lose trust in the healing of God. We do not always understand the reasons why things go differently than we think they should, but this one thing I am sure, complete healing is in Jesus. If you’ve lost a loved one to any sickness and they were a believer in Christ, don’t you know they did receive complete healing? God promises us that when we come to him, there will be no more sickness, no more troubles, no hurt or harm. This complete eternal healing is promised to all believers.

Today I pray for us that we stand sure on the work that Jesus does. He healed in Galilee, he set the suffering captives free, and he is just the same today! He can heal from whatever disease, he can break the bondage of sin, he can heal the broken hearted, and he is just the same today! Help us Lord to know with an assurance, that you are still in complete control. This is what the truth of the word tells us, you are in authority and you have already given us the victory. We simply wait to see the victory that is in the spiritual manifest itself in the natural.