The chapter we read from The Power of a Praying Wife was “His Repentance”.
Things that touched me:
- Stormie shares a story of a wife named Suzanne who prayed for his husband to repent of his drug use. Stormie writes, “Suzanne was a praying wife who never stopped believing that God would bring her husband to repentance.” In the end, Suzanne’s husband did find repentance and deliverance! Don’t ever stop praying! God has his perfect timing.
- Stormie reminds that the first step in repentance is feeling sorry about what we did. If we feel we have done nothing wrong, there will be no repentance. When we do repent, God is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Stormie further explains, “A man who can’t humble himself to admit he’s wrong before God and before man will have problems in life that never go away. ‘Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him’ (Proverbs 26:12).” Lord, help us to be humble and ready to repent so that you can use us.
- Stormie writes, “True repentance means having so much remorse over what you’ve done that you don’t do it again.” Repenting means to turn and go the opposite direction. We haven’t truly repented, if our behavior hasn’t changed.
I didn’t find anything that I respectfully disagree with.
Trusting God with Health
What type of things are included in our “health”? Well, I would think our mental, physical, and spiritual health would be covered under this category.
In my mind, our spiritual health means our status in eternity. God is the only one who controls that. We can choose to accept His free gift of grace in Jesus dying on the cross for our sins or we can choose not to accept.
God is the only source of true peace and happiness. He is the only one powerful enough to handle stress, worry, anger, and strife. He is the only one who can fill that empty God-shaped hole inside of all of us.
You may have heard it before, but I always need the reminder. Corrie Ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Jesus sees and knows all your infirmities. He promises to work all things together for good and be faithful to complete his good work.
God has greater things in store for those who love him than we could ever imagine.
Ephesians 3:20-21 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (21) Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
We feed our minds with the things we think and dwell on.
If we are worrying or being “full of care”, we cannot find peace.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
We can also be filling our minds with hate, discontent, violence, lust, etc. by just turning on the t.v. or computer.
What would it look like to trust God with our health? Does it mean we sit back and allow things to devastate our bodies? Does it mean we make sure our health insurance will cover everything from a cough to cancer? Does it mean we avoid doctor’s all together even though a life may be on the line? Does is mean we take every natural cure available? Is it somewhere in between? You decide for yourself 🙂
Well, who is the Creator and giver of life? Jesus/God the Father/the Holy Spirit! If He created our bodies, don’t you think He knows how to take care of them?
Jesus was known as the Great Physician. He, of course, is able to heal any wound.
So, we absolutely know that our God is great and powerful! What is our responsibility?
Some may find themselves trusting in their health insurance to cover their health when it falters.
We were watching a show called “Best Food Ever”, and this man was eating an omelet made of 12 eggs and much more. He gobbled it down and even added ketchup to his hash browns. The lady at the next table cheered him on then said, “I guess it’s okay as long as he has health insurance.” WHAT! We don’t have to take care of our bodies because we have health insurance?
Okay, then how can we take care of our bodies?
Sometimes on the Christian radio, they play an advertisement for a Christian health care program called Medi-Share. One of the selling points for the program is that the people who you “share” medical bills with are followers of the Bible’s health guidelines and are less likely to have health problems. As Christians, are we being reasonable with our health and staying “low-risk” or are we throwing caution to the wind and waiting to see what happens?
What does the Bible have to say about health?
- I Corinthians 6:19-20
- I Timothy 4:8
- Proverbs 14:30
- Proverbs 3:7-8
- Job 12:10
- Proverbs 17:22
- Proverbs 13:12
- Proverbs 15:15
- Proverbs 18:14
- I Timothy 4:3-5
- Isaiah 55:1-2
- Matthew 11:5
- Matthew 9:12
- James 5:13-16
- Proverbs 4:20-22
- Psalm 4:23
- Psalm 38:3-8
- Psalm 103:1-5
- Acts 28:25-27
- I Corinthians 10:31
- Acts 10:38
- 2 Corinthians 7:1
Is it wrong to trust a doctor or medications to help us in times of sickness?
I’m sure you’ve heard the story of the guy on his roof during a flood. Every time a boat came by to rescue him he said “No thanks, I have faith that the Lord will provide.”
When he drowned and went to heaven he asked “Where was God? I had faith and I died in the flood!” Peter said “Dude, God sent three boats and a helicopter, what more did you want?!”
God can definitely use the resources available to us to help us in our times of need. Those resources could be a doctor, medications, or even more natural remedies.
I guess that conclusion that I come to is that God is the one we ultimately trust in. We do not rely on the doctor, medication, or remedy but know that God can use them to His glory.
Is it wrong to have health insurance or go to the doctor regularly? NO! It would be wrong to put your trust in them more than in your Creator God.
Some of you may find yourself dealing with constant health problems that the doctor’s can not seem to figure out. Don’t give up hope in Jesus! He is still there in the midst of the situation, and He may just heal you yet. On the other hand, sometimes sickness is a way that God can be glorified in our lives. We are forced not to rely on our own strength but on His alone. Also, non-Christians and Christians alike may see a supernatural strength in you in the midst of your trials and sickness and glorify Jesus. Even Paul, the great apostle, had a thorn in his flesh. Take one day at a time and keep your eyes on your Maker!
Your assignment for week 27: Read Chapter 26 of The Power of a Praying Wife “His Deliverance”. What touched you? Any disagreements? Pray that your husband will be delivered from anything that may be hindering his path upward. This week, ponder trusting God. What areas are the most difficult to trust God? Give me some comments with suggestions I’m pretty tapped out.