The Report of the Lord

So it had come to this – me standing in the surgeon’s office looking at x-rays of my shoulder.   My left shoulder had been in constant pain.  My left arm was useless because of the pain.  I couldn’t lift anything; I could barely move my arm at all.  Just trying to take the covers off of me to get out of bed was extremely painful.  The sharp pain had come on so fast and remained so long and I had seen doctors to no avail and now a surgeon.  I don’t know much about x-rays but even I knew something was wrong.  There were no bones showing in this X-ray.  No shoulder bone, no collar-bone, no arm bone showed at all until closer to my elbow.

I was fascinated by that and only partially listening to the surgeon.  The bones, he said are not showing up because of inflammation and he went on to describe the surgery he was convinced would make me all better.  Something about bone spurs and rotary cuff and lengthening a tendon or was it a ligament?

I wasn’t really listening.  Surgery was not an option – I had no insurance and certainly  didn’t have a large enough savings account to cover surgery costs.

Not knowing what else to say, I asked him how I got this way.

He knew my past – that I had lived in Montana and had horses and dairy goats and raised beef and pork for our family.  He knew that meant lifting heavy bales of hay and straw and carrying 80# bags of feed and lifting saddles on and off horses.

He answered, “These kinds of injuries can come on because of overuse”.

As soon as he said those words, I heard the Holy Spirit rise up in me and say, “No, you were not created to fall apart with use.  God restores your youth like the eagle” ( Psalm 103:5).

Then he continued, “And some people are genetically predisposed to these injuries”.

At that the Holy Spirit rose up big in me and almost shouted, “No, you were not genetically predisposed for this.  You were fearfully and wonderfully made”  (Psalm 139:14).

Inwardly I rejoiced, outwardly I told the surgeon I would get back to him.

I walked out of that office healed.  The pain in my shoulder left as soon as the Holy Spirit gave me those words; the report of the Lord!  That pain has never come back and I never had the surgery.  It has been 8 years now!

The Holy Spirit has been called our Comforter, He is the one who brings to our remembrance the Word of God that has been deposited in us so that in moments when we can’t think rightly, He is there with just the right words for that moment.  Isn’t that awesome? Isn’t that comforting? God’s Word is the tool He uses.

Thank You Father for the gift of the Holy Spirit, our resident Counselor.  Thank You that Your words have power, power to heal and power to mend.  Help me to remember that the report of my Lord is always greater than the report of the doctors.  Amen.

reprinted from my blog  godhappenings.wordpress.com

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New Address

For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Colossians 1: 13

When we begin our new life with God through Christ Jesus, we are not only relationally changed, we are positionally changed.  Our old address is the domain of darkness and our new address is the kingdom of His beloved Son.  Things operate differently in this kingdom than they do at our old address.  In this kingdom we are told that the way to life is to die to ourselves, that giving is better than receiving, that miracles are the norm and not the exception.  The currency that moves things in the domain of darkness is money, but the currency that moves things in the kingdom of His beloved Son is faith.

Remember the story of the woman with the issue of blood?  She had spent all her money on doctors to no avail.  Money that is the currency of that kingdom did nothing for her when she needed healing.  I don’t know about you but I have spent a good deal of money on doctors to be here today in pain and having no answers coming forth from them anymore.  Sometimes, even though money is the currency at my old address, it simply doesn’t always bring the goods I need.

Jesus, seeing that woman’s faith, healed her.  The currency in the kingdom of my new address brought about her healing.  Faith still moves the hand of God.  Faith can bring the goods that money can’t.  (I am not saying don’t see doctors; please don’t hear me wrong).  Romans 10:17 tells us this:  So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).  And did Jesus say?  He said, “Your faith has made you well. Go in peace”.

Jesus, my Healer, my Savior, my Soon and Coming King, how I love that You love me, that You see me, You see the faith I have and the gap between my faith and trust.  Help my unbelief, help me to trust.  How I long to hear You whisper those words to me – your faith has made you well.  Go in peace.  Thank You for I know I will hear them.  Amen.