The Righteous Judge

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Jesus told them a picture-story to show that men should always pray and not give up. He said, “There was a man in one of the cities who was head of the court. His work was to say if a person was guilty or not. This man was not afraid of God. He did not respect any man. 

In that city, there was a woman whose husband had died. She kept coming to him and saying, ‘Help me! There is someone who is working against me.’  For a while he would not help her. Then he began to think, ‘I am not afraid of God and I do not respect any man.  But I will see that this woman whose husband has died gets her rights because I get tired of her coming all the time.’”  

Then the Lord said, “Listen to the words of the sinful man who is head of the court. Will not God make the things that are right come to His chosen people who cry day and night to Him? Will He wait a long time to help them? I tell you, He will be quick to help them.

But when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” 

Luke 18: 1-8

 

This is not a passage that is traditionally used to promote divine healing. Persistent prayer, yes, but healing, not so much.

One day, however, this passage became to me a rhema word from God and my healing was manifested within in a few days.

I was forty-two years old. My husband and I were trying to have a child. First pregnancy ended in miscarriage, second was an ectopic pregnancy which nearly cost me my life.

Up until the second miscarriage, I had the support of family and friends. When my life was threatened, I lost that support along with our child and a fallopian tube.  Everyone said, “give up”.

My doctor said impossible.  He made it very clear I would never conceive again.  He said, “give up”.

While I was weighing out the advice of the doctor and family, I stumbled onto this passage and the story resonated deep within me.

I could relate to this woman. Clearly, someone was working against me and I had no desire to give up and let my enemy win.  Similarly, I had a judge to whom I could plead my case and who would hear my grievances.

She went before an unrighteous judge and that’s where our similarity ended.  I knew a Righteous Judge! I said a quiet prayer to Him.  I asked Him to bring justice on my behalf as I had been robbed of two children.

The Judge heard my prayer, rendered His decision and brought justice on my behalf!

Our son John was born ten months later!

 

Words can’t even express my gratitude Father.  You are indeed the Righteous Judge, always ready to hear my cry and move on my behalf.  I praise You for making a way for me to come boldly to Your throne and let my requests be heard.  Thank You, that when Your gavel goes down and Your decision is rendered, no man can stop You from performing Your word on my behalf.  Amen.

 

pic credit:  ucg.org

 

 

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One Size Does Not Fit All!

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Don’t we all know one size doesn’t fit all?  And yet, we hear it at times.  As a homeschool mother, I spend a good deal of time looking over curriculum.  Definitely, there is no one size fits all in regards to that.  Just because one child or one family is successful with a certain kind of curriculum doesn’t mean my son will be or vice versa.  We learned that the hard way.

I have learned something else the hard way (OK, really, I’ve learned a lot of things the hard way, but I’ll share this one).  After attending classes and services for divine healing, and reading books by the famous faith healers, and not being healed, I have learned that in the area of our walk with God, one path doesn’t fit all.  In fact, the same path doesn’t even fit the same person twice it seems.

The healings I have witnessed in life or the life of a loved one have all been different.  One came from the laying on of hands, one from a Rhema word, one from the Holy Spirit rising up big in me and simply stating the truth from the word of God while the doctor was stating what he thought to be true, one from a word of knowledge given to someone on my behalf.

If I start building a doctrine on me or someone else being healed by following the pattern of these healings, I am in danger of thinking that one size does fit all.  That leaves us then trying to explain why someone didn’t get healed, like we know!  People have gotten hurt this way; some have even died because they were unwilling to consider that this might not be the path to healing that God has for them at this time.

We are told that the just shall live by faith.  Faith means I am moveable; if I am headed in the wrong direction, faith allows me to be turned another way.  The healing God is doing in my life now is not taking place by any of the methods He used previously or that I  read about in the books by faith healers. I wasn’t taught this method at Bible school in regards to physical healing.  And yet, my body is responding and getting better everyday.  I won’t build a doctrine around this though.  I hope I never need healing again, but if I do, odds are, my path to healing will look differently; but my Healer will look the same and He will lead me in the path that is right for me.

Jesus, You are my Good Shepherd, always leading me in the paths that are right for me.  I am so grateful for that and for the healing You are bringing to my body and the things You are showing me through this time of pain and healing.  Help me to live by faith, especially when I am tempted to figure things out for myself or follow a path that worked for someone else.  Turn me back to that one perfect path You have for me, I ask in Your name, Amen.