Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TRUTH vs. Feeling


My Favorite "Medication" is TRUTH vs. Feeling. 

I realize that might not make sense yet...but bear with me, it will! :)  I am desperately needing healing from my Jesus...my Jehovah Rapha...I have for many years...but especially right now, I need it.  I've been fighting a super bad bacterial gut infection for 6 weeks tomorrow.  Because I haven't been able to eat much of anything it's left me incredibly weak and I have lost quite a bit of weight.  It's been hard to even feel strong enough to read my Bible or pray...I've been really discouraged....and yet...more than ever...my Bible (God's WORD) and *prayer* is what I need right now!  Yes, I've been taking the right medications. Yes, I've been getting shots.  Yes, I've been eating all soft food and taking additional natural bacterial killers.  I do believe that all those are important.  But what's even more important is keeping my focus on the ONE who will bring me the Ultimate Healing...My Jesus, My Jehovah, Rapha. <3  "He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction." ~Psalms 107:20  His Word brings healing. <3 "For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh." ~Proverbs 4:22  HIS WORD is *healing* to our flesh...literally!  Although I long to keep pressing into His Word for healing...there are the days when I'm honestly just too weak.  I feel like I can relate to this story perfectly.  "And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus.  And when He saw their faith, He said, "Man your sins are forgiven you."....he said to the man who was paralyzed-"I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home. And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, GLORIFYING GOD.  And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, "We have seen extraordinary things today."~Luke 5:18-26  The Paralyzed man was unable to go to Jesus...but his friends brought him.  That is how I feel about my family and friends who regularly lift me up in prayer and encouragement.  They carry me to the throne of grace when I am too weak to carry myself there.  Words will never be able to express my gratefulness to each one of my faithful prayer warriors.  

Especially...my dear little brother, Benjamin.  Three times a day...so very faithfully, he prays thru my *PINK PILLS* with me.  AKA: My Healing Bible Verses. <3  We pray thru each verse three times.  First time we thank God for the promise of His healing in that verse.  Second time we preface it with, "It is Written"...reminding Satan that he no longer has the authority of sickness over my body...which is how Jesus also rebuked Satan.  And third we preface the verse with, "I Believe".  Out of all my medicine that I take each day...THIS IS MY FAVORITE.  Because this is filling my mind, emotions and soul with TRUTH from His Word.  It's renewing my mind that "IN JESUS I AM ALREADY HEALED."  It helps me focus on TRUTH vs. FEELING.  Because if I focus on my "feelings"....I sure don't feel healed yet.  But if I focus on Truth, I know that in Jesus he has already won the victory over sickness on the cross.  I believe that Jesus wants me well...I believe that He is bringing the healing.  As much as my blood treatments, IV's, Medication, Special Diet etc...help me tremendously!  The TRUE *HOPE* of my healing is in His Word. <3  I'm so grateful for my brother, Benjamin, who is able to take my *pink pills* with me each day....especially on the days, when like the lame man, I need someone to come and carry me to Jesus.  Praying thru these verses and claiming them each day encourages me so so very much. <3  It would be hard for my *HOPE* to remain with all the pain and struggle that my sickness brings without this daily reminder and claiming of His promises.  Thank you, Benjamin, for carrying me to Jesus.  And thank you to the rest of my family and friends as well for doing the same over and over and over again by not growing weary in praying for me. <3 

Some of my Healing Verses from Jesus:

"Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." ~Matthew 22:29

"Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee."~Job 22:28

"O Lord my God, I CRIED unto Thee, and Thou hast HEALED me." ~Psalms 30:2

"...but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing." ~Psalms 34:10b

"Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord DELIVERETH him out of them ALL." ~Psalms 34:19

"He hath DELIVERED my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me." ~Psalms 55:18

"...He preserveth the souls of His saints; He DELIVERETH them OUT of the hand of the wicked."~Psalms 97:10b

"Who forgiveth ALL thine iniquities; who HEALETH ALL they disease." ~Psalms 103:3

"I will NEVER forget thy precepts: for with them Thou hast quickened me." ~Psalms 119:93

"Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows..." ~Isaiah 53:4a

"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace WAS UPON HIM; and with His stripes WE ARE HEALED." ~Isaiah 53:5

"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." ~John 8:36

"For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me FREE from the law of sin and death." ~Romans 8:2

"He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?"~Romans 8:32

"Now thanks be unto God, which ALWAYS causeth us to TRIUMPH in Christ..." ~2 Corinthians 2:14a

"...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might DESTROY the works of the devil." ~1 John 3:8b

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." ~ 3 John 2

"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we being dead to sins, should LIVE unto righteousness: by whose stripes YE WERE HEALED." ~ 1 Peter 2:24

"My Son, attend to My words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are LIFE unto those that find them, and HEALTH to all their flesh." ~Proverbs 4:20-22

"Why art thou cast down, O my soul?  and why art thou disquieted within me?  HOPE thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the HEALTH of my countenance and my God."~ Psalms 42:11

Just a few of my healing verses from Jesus...<3  Even on days like today...when the pain takes my breath away...I know that in God's PERFECT timing I will be healed.  Not a second too soon...and not a second too late.  In the meantime, may I be faithful to keep hiding His word in my heart and meditating and claiming His word so I do not lose heart.  
Thankful Jesus doesn't let me give up...and neither do my dear family and friends.  I couldn't do this without each of you.

Love you all so dearly!

Love Always,
Monica

P.S. You can follow my Lyme Journey at: www.lymehope.org

4 comments:

  1. Standing with you in prayer for healing! What a faith-filled and bold declaration. May the strength and health that the Lord has for you be granted physically very soon. I don't know you, but I am a missionary in Haiti, and I ran across this post from a friend's blog. I am blessed by the way you are holding on to Jesus! :-) Exodus 15:26; Psalm 91:3, 6. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement and the Bible verses. I love them! God bless you as you continue to be HIS LIGHT in Haiti. <3

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  2. Hello Monica,

    I don't know you personally, and I don't even have Lyme disease...but, I do love the Lord with all my heart, and I was super encouraged by your post here. I've been living with headaches/migraines every day these past three years, something that is referred to as NDPH (New Daily Persistent Headache). I was feeling kinda low myself, struggling with really bad migraines this past week, and finding myself in bed from morning to evening and no hope of finding answers to help me. (doctors have puzzled over me, and I am constantly fighting thoughts that lead me to great discouragement...).
    Back to you though! I was really down, and when I heard my sisters in the kitchen cooking dinner and talking about this encouraging blog post, I went to the kitchen and leaned over the kitchen island to hear what was so encouraging...Because I needed it! I loved your "verses from Jesus" but I also loved your deliberate and infectious way of focusing on Jesus! I'm 23 myself and I cried reading over your post…I love the fact that you are greatly in love with Jesus and willing to accept His gift of trial. I'm sure you've heard that some of the greatest moments of living Jesus is when you're in the valley, in the storm, in the trial. I just wanted you to know that you encouraged a stranger by your life of living Jesus. Sometimes we’ll be the only Jesus people will ever see.
    I hope you will regain your full health soon…don’t be weary in this journey.

    “And the Lord said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and I will cover thee with my hand while I pass by.” Ex. 33:21-22

    Believing with you, that Jesus won the victory over sickness at the cross!
    Sincerely –Cilicia

    P.S. This blessed me this week…
    I Stood A Mendicant (Beggar) of God
    I stood a mendicant of God before His royal throne
    And begged him for one priceless gift, which I could call my own.
    I took the gift from out His hand, but as I would depart
    I cried, “But Lord this is a thorn and it has pierced my heart.
    This is a strange, a hurtful gift, which Thou hast given me.”
    He said, “My child, I give good gifts and gave My best to thee.”
    I took it home and though at first the cruel thorn hurt sore,
    As long years passed I learned at last to love it more and more.
    I learned He never gives a thorn without this added grace,
    He takes the thorn to pin aside the veil which hides His face.

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    1. Dear Cilicia,

      Your comment blessed me more than words can say! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and say "hi" and for the encouragement that you shared with me. <3 I'm so sorry that you are struggling with such awful headaches...those can be so hard and debilitating. :( May Jesus extend HIS healing hand to you, over you and all around you! I had constant headaches for years on end as well...so I know how very difficult it can be to live with that awful pain. May Jesus be your strength each and every day and may He HEAL YOU SOON!!! God bless you, Sister.
      Love,
      Monica

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God bless you with a *beautiful* day.

~Monica