Today we consider the characteristics of a hardened heart and explore why this hinders our healing. I’ll consider what causes our hearts to be hardened and in the next post, we’ll ponder some ideas to help us soften.
If you haven’t read last week’s post on The Parable of the Sower, do have a read of this first.
It is no doubt the most challenging post I’ve written so far. I guess I realised whilst writing it, that my heart isn’t where it needs to be.
The Bible tells us that we think with our hearts. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” Pro 23:7 If you’re believing God for a healing, then using your spiritual eyes is a must.
Today’s post is about the use of our imagination and how, when used correctly, it can pre-requisite our healing.
If you find it difficult to allow yourself to dream, I will suggest some reasons why, and then I’ll give you 5 ideas on how to use your imagination in alignment with the Word of God.
Welcome to part 2 of The Refiner’s Fire
In the last post, we discussed whether the healing journey and the refiner’s fire are synonymous. I personally believe they are 2 separate things, yet with similarities.
(If you haven’t read the last post, please do so here.)
Today we look at the ways in which we can cooperate with God whilst either on a healing journey or going through the refiner’s fire.
Even if you are believing God for healing, you may still find yourself in the refiner’s fire.
I think it’s fair to say that if you’re journeying through chronic illness today, you probably feel you are in the furnace of affliction, otherwise known as the ‘refiner’s fire’.
It is a common belief amongst Christians that ‘God is in control so allows sicknesses and tragedies to teach, discipline, grow and refine us.’
I used to subscribe to this thinking also.
However, as I continue along this journey, the more convinced I am that there are significant aspects to the refiner’s fire and the furnace of affliction which don’t, in my eyes, correlate to the healing journey.
Is complaining a sin?
After all, it seems so minor and we all do it.
The Israelites wandered for 40 years in the wilderness because of complaining which suggests that it is a sin
“Now when the people complained, it displeased the LORD…” Num 11:1
1 Cor 10 lists the reasons the Israelites failed to enter the Promised Land and grumbling and complaining was listed! (1 Cor 10:10)
I don’t want to wander in the wilderness for the rest of my life because I never learned to discipline myself in this area. How about you?
Today’s blog is about one of the most famous verses regarding the link between healing and how our soul needs to prosper, found in 3 John 1 v 2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 1:2
3 John 1:2 tells us that it’s God’s will to heal, and in order for our healing to be manifest, our soul has to prosper. Today we consider why and how.
Today’s blog post is about the man with the withered hand. If you know the story, Jesus instructs him to ‘stretch forth his hand’ and his healing followed.
We’ll consider 5 ways we can become ‘withered’ on our healing journeys and in life. Then we’ll look at how we can gradually ‘stretch’ ourselves in a tolerable way that invites healing.
Let’s dive in
I think you’ll agree that being patient in affliction is challenging, especially if illness has continued for many years.
With God, how we wait matters and how we occupy this waiting time is significant.
I remember being at my wits end, even suicidal; the months were now years and still no breakthrough. I’m sure some of you can relate?
So today, I’m going to show you the 5 ways I introduced some kind of contentment back into my life so I could be patient in the affliction.
You don’t want to prolong this painful season more than is necessary so I invite you through this post to invest in good waiting habits that glorify God, ease frustration and invite transformation.
Today we consider Job’s infamous three friends; (let’s face it, we’ve all got them.)
You know, those ‘helpful’ Christians who tell you what you’ve done wrong in your life to cause suffering.
I will offer a deeper perspective as to why they behave in that way, and suggest 5 steps you can implement to guard your heart from their hurtful comments.
Do you have people in your life who screen you for the reasons you’re not healed?
Today’s post is about Job’s healing.
Have you turned to the book of Job for guidance in your journey? It’s a difficult book to read and easy to misunderstand. I hope this post will explain things a little for you.
I’m going to give you 5 lessons from the book of Job, I think are fundamental to the healing journey. I also include the truth behind a couple of myths that you may be believing.
So if you’re concerned that God is granting permission to the devil to attack you or that He is ready and waiting to take your life away, then you can relax.
These are erroneous teachings, taken from those who misunderstand what the book of Job is all about.
So let’s get started: