Piercing my spirit, confusing my mind and causing my flesh to fail, my attitude towards everyone and everything around me was deadly. I was sick. Frustrated and annoyed with things not going my way, I had become intensely grieved at how other people were (not) doing things.
Little annoyances grew and led to irritation, which led to frustration which led to grieving, i.e., taking this negativity into my heart. My attitude was all about me and how I thought everyone else should behave. My recovery depended on a change of heart.
When I allowed God to turn His searchlight into my heart, He showed me many attitudes and ways of thinking that I had to drop if I was to be totally healed. His love and mercy changed me, and I am whole today!
May this story feed your faith in God’s love for you and in His healing power. I can see in retrospect how He loved me and taught me all the way through this. Before, I believed in my head what the Bible says, “By His stripes we WERE healed”. Now it is a deep conviction. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
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 KJV
Takeaway: An annoyance can snowball into illness, so release it to the Lord before it goes any further!
“Adam, you have to taste this!”
“What, Eve? You ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil? God said not to.”
Obviously excited, Eve told how she met this beautiful creature in the garden who asked her “Did God Really Say that?”
“I begin to think that might not be what God said”, Eve continued. “Then the creature told me I wouldn’t die, but I would be like God if I ate it. I was thinking maybe God didn’t really mean it when He said not to eat from that beautiful tree. So, I looked at the gorgeous fruit and when I tasted it, I had no words for how delicious it was.”
“Hmmm,” Adam replied, “Well I really do want to be like God.”, so he took a bite too.
Things began to run askew. Adam and Eve suddenly realized they were naked, so they made coverings of leaves for their bodies. They hid from God. Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the lovely creature for their disobedience.
Sin had entered the world. Satan’s temporary access to the world began. He laughed as his beauty was changed into grotesqueness.
Humanity does the same today, do we not?
1. We try to cover our sin.
2. We hide from the Lord.
3. We blame others for our disobedience.
So many today believe the three lies:
But thanks be to God, when we who are Christians stray and sin, we have Jesus, our loving Savior who took the penalty of sin for us. To receive His forgiveness restores our relationship with God, like Adam and Eve had before they were disobedient to God’s command. And, we will live with Him for eternity. Oh, how He loves us!
..Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Romans 5:11 NIV
I was scared. Wasn’t the world supposed to get better as time moved forward? And what about my life? Both were worse. A concerned friend gave me a book about Bible prophecy. I thought that was strange, but, I read it, and some of the Bible as well. I learned that the Bible described the present and the future. It even told about me!
The world and I had the same problem: We had turned our back on God’s way and chosen our own way instead.
All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 KJV
With blazing clarity, I knew that I had blown it. I hadn’t kept God’s Word. I’d chosen my own way over His. Not only that, but my rebellion against God carried an eternal death penalty.
God made the only way out. His Name is Jesus. He paid the death penalty that my rebellion deserved. Wow! He wasn’t guilty, I was!
Well, I did it! I surrendered my life to Jesus. I believed He died in my place and I accepted that. I told Him that He could have my life and that I’d follow Him for the rest of it. He accepted me that night too.
Whatever the problem, He is the answer. Oh, how He loves us!