Jesus Loves Me

We have sung the age-old song, “Jesus Loves Me”, countless times. Yet, how many of us really know and understand in our heart the reality of the words so that we can say without a doubt, Jesus Loves Me?

His love for us is endless and totally unconditional. Jesus died on the cross and took away ALL of our sins and ALL of our sickness, and I know this is true because He healed me when the world said there was no cure. In 2011 I had undergone major surgery for cancer only to learn afterwards that the cancer the doctors thought was gone had actually spread to my lymph nodes. Being read the death sentence was truly the most horrifying experience that I had ever endured, and I was shocked and devastated beyond words, to say the least.

Luke 1:37 says that nothing is impossible to God, and I knew this was true but my mind became a battleground and it was hard to concentrate on the Words.  Romans 8:11 flooded my thoughts day and night with renewed encouragement, but the words of the medical doctors pierced my thoughts and covered me with icy chills. It was a battle that was enforced with fear but that was won through faith.

I turned to prayer warriors and asked them to stand in the gap for me so that my faith could be made strong. During my constant prayers to the Lord, He gave me answers to all my questions, to all my fears, and I wrote them down so that I could read them over and over. My faith was strengthened daily and I was able to stand and face the battle and know that Jesus had already won it for me. And now, a year later, I am cancer-free and healthy! Praise God!

But I don’t want to keep the blessing to myself. I wrote all the inspiring messages into a book to share with you and with everyone who wants to make their faith strong so they can believe God to heal their bodies.

We walk by faith and not by sight, and the words of the Lord, according to Colossians 3:16,  must be alive in us all the time in order for our faith to stay strong. But when we face adversities in our lives, the fear of what’s coming against us can steal the hope and belief we have in our hearts. So we must never stand alone. We must always pray and support each other so that our faith stays strong. This is the love of God in us that makes us Christians.

Where two or more are gathered in prayer, the Lord is in the middle of them. This book is filled with the love and inspiration of God. It is my prayer that it will be an encouragement to every person who reads it, and that they will be blessed and their faith will be made strong by the Lord so that they, too, can receive the victory over their problems.

Let Faith Arise! will be released in the first week of September, 2012 and I pray that it will be a blessing to people everywhere, especially to those whom the doctors have said there is no hope because they have cancer. Jesus IS our hope and He inspired me to write this book to share that hope with you.

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” … Romans 8:11

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It’s Time to Put Faith to Work

It’s time to put our faith to work! I’m asking everyone to please join me in a stand of faith for a young woman who is in the hospital fighting with cancer for her life.

Her name is Fawn and she and her husband love the Lord but the enemy has attacked her with this aggressive disease and they both need us to stand in faith with them. We can stand together, put our faith to work and lift Fawn up to the Lord and believe that He will touch her body and heal her. Fawn was already healed at the cross but her circumstances are hindering her from receiving that healing.

I would like us all to take a stand in faith and declare her healing before the heavens and ask the Lord to strengthen her own faith so that she can believe and accept her healing. She’s weak and needs our support. The enemy is moving fast but the Bible says in Isaiah 59:19 that “when the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.”

Nothing is impossible to God and all things are possible to those who believe. I believe that Jesus healed her on the cross and I know that if we stand together and believe with her and for her that Fawn will receive her healing.

When I fought my battle against cancer all of last year I put my faith in God, had prayer warriors pray for me and never took my eyes off of the cross. The scripture at Matthew 8:11 was on my lips constantly. It wasn’t easy and it was a harsh time for me, but I’m healed – against all the odds I beat the disease that the doctors said would take my life before Christmas. God healed me, and I know that with all of us standing in faith for Fawn, she will arise from this bed of affliction and receive her healing, too.

So, please join me in a stand of faith so God’s daughter can be free, and then listen closely because you’ll hear all of Heaven rejoice!

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” … Matthew 8:11

 

When do we Reach Our Goal With Faith?

“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

As we continue to struggle in this world and build our faith, we realize that we are able to believe God for bigger and greater things. When we started out we used our faith sparingly, then more often for daily situations, and then for things that were crucial circumstances in our life.

We get to the point where we are so committed to the Lord that our every thought becomes a step in faith. We begin to communicate with the Lord all the time, thanking Him and praising Him for all the things in our  life, like the birds that welcome the morning with a friendly song, our home, our family and our job. We realize that everything we have is a direct blessing from God, and we learn to trust Him for every minute of our lives.

Some of us face life and death situations where we literally put our lives in God’s hands and trust Him completely for healing that the world says won’t happen. But we know our Father, we know His Word and we know that Jesus already healed us on the cross. So, we praise Him and thank Him for that healing and we stand with other prayer warriors and then we receive the manifestation of that healing. Our faith grows even more because we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is greater than any problem this world can throw at us.

But where do we go from here? Have we made it to the top? After all, we stood on faith and survived a situation that otherwise would have killed us. Surely, there can’t be anything greater that would need faith than that?

True, we stood on our faith and trusted God with our lives and it may have been a hard battle that we won because of our faith, but it doesn’t end here.  Why? Because faith is not a goal while we’re on earth; faith is a lifestyle. As long as we live here we need faith to be our substance for the things we hope for from God. Without faith we will live in doubt, and with doubt we will live in defeat and fear, and we’ll become servants of the devil.

We need faith so we can maintain a good relationship with the Lord, so we can know His will for us and so we can live victoriously. Our faith never ends. The Bible says that His mercies are new every morning, but at the same time, there are tribulations waiting to attack us. Our faith in God will allow us to trust Him to get us through each day with victory, with grace and with love.

There is only one goal for faith, and that is for us to get to Heaven and be with the Lord. Once we are there, we no longer require faith to know the truth because we will become one with Him and the truth will be in us – and there won’t be any conflict to challenge it. Our goal and final destination for our faith is to be with Jesus. This is when we reach our goal with faith.

“In My Father’s house are many mansions;  if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” … John 14:2 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith is Made Stronger in Numbers

If one person could have the faith to move mountains like Jesus says in Matthew 17:20, then think what two or ten or a hundred people standing together in faith could do! It’s true – faith grows in numbers.

Sometimes things will come against us and we are able to give the situation to God and truly trust Him for the answer. But then  other times the situation is so great, so intense, so life-threatening that we don’t feel that same confidence when we’re praying, and so we need to get other Christian believers to intervene for us.

It’s not that we are failing the Lord or don’t trust Him, but that the world has surrounded us so badly that we can’t see beyond our circumstances. When the doctor says that we are ill and have only a short time to live, the trauma of that report can be overwhelming and can prevent us from praying with the faith that we thought we had. And we may have a lot of faith but not enough to combat this battle.

When we are alone in our prayers in a crushing situation, we can often miss some of the elements that are involved and we pray only for what we feel is the answer, and we pray with more fear than confidence – and that’s because we’re right in the middle of it. We see only the immediate need and can’t emotionally see beyond that.

But when other Christians join us in our stand of faith, they are able to seek God’s intervention for us and for the situation and for everything that is affected by the situation. They are able to remove themselves from the circumstances and pray without bias and without judgment. Their faith is strong and direct because they are not burdened down with the emotions or sufferings that we may be enduring.

Their prayers for us will strengthen our faith so that we can see beyond our circumstances and look to God for the healing. And if they are praying for someone who cannot pray for themselves, they will continue to stand in the gap and their combined prayers and stand in faith will be a powerful plea before the Lord.

God sees their faith, their determination and their praise for Him, and He is able to move in their presence and answer their prayers. The Bible says in Matthew 18:20 that when His children gather together and worship Him, His presence is with them.  The perfect time to give our problems to the Lord is when we are in His presence.  So, when He is with us and we can feel His presence, we can receive what He’s giving us because He’s right there with us, and in Proverbs 15:29 it says that He hears and answers our prayers.

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”  …  Matthew 18:20

We don’t open the floor to make our need a chat session to discussed or compared or to be subjected to ridicule. This is a battle and we have declared war on the devil so that we can take back what the Lord has given us, and so we need to seek out prayer warriors who will stand with us in this battle.

Perhaps they will be members of our church, our community, a Christian television or radio program, an online prayer group or friends and family members. Depending on the circumstances, sometimes we need to go beyond those who know and love us and call upon those prayer warriors who will stand and remain standing because they aren’t part of it.

Faith in God is our most powerful means to receive the blessings of God!

Two or more Christians standing together and bonding their faith for a specific purpose is the best thing we can do when the situation affects us to the point that we can be distracted or discouraged. It’s the best strategy to keep doubt and fear out.