Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
Many times we lack strength or power to go through the weight of any adversity, affliction, or trial. When we are immediately faced with these challenges, we want to give up, throw in the towel and hide or quit. This is especially true when it relates to living with HIVorAIDS. We would rather pretend that it does not exist or that it will just go away. We become coward, fearful, powerless and weak in body as well as spirit. Webster's dictionary defines FAINT as being: lacking courage and spirit: Cowardly (faint of heart); lacking strength or vigor: performed, offered, or accomplished weakly or (languidly <meaning>: drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion: weak. sluggish in character or disposition: listless; lacking forces or quickness of movement: Slow)
2 Timothy 1:7 says: God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love; and of a sound mind. People are walking and existing in a spirit of fear, shaken by false images in the creativity of their mind on what they believe will happen once they have been diagnosed with HIV. We allow our minds to run rampant and to take us on journeys which never even manifest. We tend to cower down and hide from the pain, the shame and humiliation that it can cause. We must learn to stand strong in the LORD! God is our power and a very present help in the time of our trouble. God has given us the ability to take authority over every situation to the glory of Him in our life. We are more than conquerors ...why? Because Christ is our FIRM FOUNDATION! If we build on His Character and follow Him as our example then we find that we are an overcomers becaused he has purposed it for the good of His will for our life.
God does not desire for us to run from our problems, but to face them head on courageously. We are not to give ear to worry or frustration concerning it nor become anxious. Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he (it is) that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. God is always right there with us through the good and bad. He never changes. Stop operating in timidity! Jesus died on the cross for everyone one of our sins, and there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ. Nothing, nothing, nothing......... This is not the time to quit now and give up. But recogize that God has equipped you with His power and strenght to live a strong, whole and faithful life of purpose. Everyday, God loving gives us new mercies for us to rejoice in our life and to embrace life. This earthly Life as we know it is not about living here on this earth for our benefit and pleasure. But it is preordained of God for service unto our neighbor through love and service to one another.
God tells us that if we ask anything in His name and believe that we have it according unto our faith that it shall be done. We must make sure that when we ask, that we ask with right motives from a right perspective and not just for fleshly gain. God will not fall for manipulation tactics to give us our healing that we may forfeit it perversely. we must be willing to surrender our lives unto God and to walk in fellowship and obedience, determined to live a consecrated life of holiness unto the Lord. Let go of your old life so that you can receive the New Life which is far better than what you you have now. God says, that if we have faith the gain of a mustard seed that we can speak to our mountain (situations) and tell it to move, and it has to obey.The strength of God produces a fortitude within us which enables us to push forward and walk victoriously no matter what we encounter in our daily living.
God's word also, says to us as he said to Lazarus, that this "sickness" is not unto death, but onto the glorying of God. Learn to speak over your life and to speak healing to your body. There is NOTHING TO HARD for God! Just as Jesus healed many of various sickness and diseases as he came in contact with them, He is still THE HEALER today. Nothing has changed! God is still God! Matthew 15:30-31 And great multitudes came unto him, having wit them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them: 31) Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God Israel. Jesus is STILL healing people today of cancers, HIV, AIDS, tumors, and other types of malignicies. Nothing has changed. God will take the impossible of man's ability and make it possible by His Power.
Remove the Doubter's from your life they create fear through their non-belief. Do not entertain any type of negativity. It is destructive to your spiritual walk with Christ and fleshly. Our flesh will never be able to comprehend what the Holy Spirit is doing within our lives. Our flesh is frail and subject to weakness because of our sin nature.
God is a compassionate and loving Father who cares for His children. We must learn to trust in Him more and more daily. As we do He will enables us to overcome even the greatest of our fears. He gives us the courage to endure hardness as a good soldier and to learn to fight and war in the spirit. The temperance of our patience begins to develop. Then soon we come to the understanding that on Christ the SOLID ROCK we stand and that all other groud is sinking sand. Always surround yourself with strong encouraging people who will pray for you, encourage you, love and PUSH YOU. And if they should make you angry while PUSHING you beyond your comfort zone, then, that is good!!!! Let it be your motivation to make you get up and to move forward and live!
It is time out for settling with the fear of defeat and discouragement. Our Pastor, spoke a word of truth a few days ago, concerning "discouragement". It cannot dwell in your presence. You have to call that spirit out and tell it that it cannot live in you or your presence any longer. It has to DIE and return back to the abyss from whence it came. It is of the Devil. He has no residence in your life and he has no power unless you give it to him. Fear and Faith cannot dwell together. One has to dominate. Which one will you operate in today?
On the wings of His loves, He lifts us up high above our storms and helps us to soar to heights above the clouds. As you grow in strenght and faith of God, just know that there are others out there living with HIV or AIDS that will need you to show them and help them along in this journey.
Trust in God and He will increase you in HIS STRENGTH!