I've been gone for WAY to long! Wouldn't you agree?
If you were following my blog before, then you know that this past year has been quite challenging for me. My grandma passed away from cancer. Shortly after I began dealing with a very heavy health trial of my own.
I won't go into any more details, but this past year has been THE most challenging year of my life, hands down.
If we believe that being a Christian means that we will never encounter anything rough, we are sadly mistaken. Being a believer does not give us a ticket on the train to a fairytale land. But, it does give us a ticket to victory, even when the ride there is tough one.
In the midst of our heartache and trials God is there. He does not leave us or forsake us. As a matter of fact he takes ALL we go through and uses it for good. We may not see the good as we are trudging through the pain and the suffering. But, if we can learn to keep our eyes on Jesus, if we can learn to trust him and believe him even when we do not see what we are hoping for, he will not let us down.
The key to living in the victory purchased for us on the cross is this; We must continue to believe and agree with Jesus. We must protect our hearts from anything that is in opposition to the truth. And, we must be completely dependant on God to help us trust, believe, and receive all that Jesus died to give us.
We must be patient and not give up or give into settling for less then 100% of all God has done for us. When Jesus told the parable of the sower and the seed he said that when the seed is sown that it brings forth a harvest as much as 3o, 70 and 100 percent. We do not see the 100% before the 30% or the 70%.
What a shame it is when we walk away from the watering-can before the fullness of what God has planted has come forth.
As for me, I am not yet at 100% of the manifestation of the healing that I believe God has promised. However, I am about 75-80% of the way there...and I am holding out. Holding out for all that Jesus has done for me.
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