STUDY: Redemption Part 2

I am studying healing right now, so it’s only right that I begin with the work of redemption. I realize this is not going to ‘interest’ everyone, but I sure wish it would. It is a great misunderstanding in the church today (at least in North America) on whether it is God’s will for His children to be healed. There will be multiple posts on this as I conduct my studies. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

IF YOU HAVEN’T YET, READ PART 1 HERE

I want to revisit the Redemptive Names of God and add my notes as I wrote them. Continue reading

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STUDY: Redemption

I am studying healing right now, so it’s only right that I begin with the work of redemption. I realize this is not going to ‘interest’ everyone, but I sure wish it would. It is a great misunderstanding in the church today (at least in North America) on whether it is God’s will for His children to be healed. There will be multiple posts on this as I conduct my studies. Feel free to share your thoughts below.

Let’s first look at the Redemptive Names of God.

Jehovah Shammah – “The Lord is there, or present”

Jehovah Shalom – “The Lord our Peace”

Jehovah – Ra-Ah – “The Lord is my Shepherd”

Jehovah – Jireh – “The Lord will provide”

Jehovah – Nissi – “The Lord is our Banner”

Jehovah – Tsidkenu – “The Lord our Righteousness”

Jehovah – Rapha – “I am the Lord thy Physician” or “The Lord our Healer”

All of these Names of God are introduced to point towards the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. So, why is it so easy for us to accept the Lord our Righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”),  but not the Lord our Healer?

1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us that the Old Testament was written, all these things happened, that we might understand the things of the New (Better) Testament. Many accept in Sunday School that God delivered the Israelite people from Egypt “with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among the tribes.” (Ps 105:37) How many believe that He would do the same today and heal all?

If we look back at what happened at the Fall – when Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sin entered the world-  we see the need for redemption begin. [As defined above – the action of regaining or gaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or clearing a debt.]

Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord…”

Jehovah Shammah – The Lord is Present – was no longer natural.

Yet Jesus tells us, in Matthew 28:20, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

We also read that man would now have to toil and labor for what he needed.

Jehovah Jireh – The Lord will Provide – was removed from the scene.

Verse 16 says, “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and they desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.  We see the first mention of pain {etseb (Heb)} because of the Fall.

Jehovah Rapha – The Lord our Healer – was now needed.

— More later — (I truly hope you stay with me on this journey. And, if you have studied this, share. Just know, I plan to thoroughly look at the Scriptures to find what the Word says. Wouldn’t it be something to conclude that healing IS the will of God?)

 

Time for a BOG

Before you feel the need to correct my misspelling of Blog, keep reading, grammar experts.

 

I need to tell you about the day I have had… well, it’s actually been going on for a week, but oh it crescendo-ed into a beautiful symphony of amazing moments God did today.

Today – the day I woke at 4am, after 4 days with a total of 10 hours of sleep because my doctor gave me Prednisone to fight an allergic reaction to hair dye (On Becoming a Unicorn ) , throwing me into a terrible fight with insomnia, only sleeping by taking 2 Benadryl at night, only for even that to lose to the curiously strong Steroids (not Altoids), waking again after only a couple of hours of sleep. I had to leave my house at 7:30, drive to Atlanta, catch a flight to Charlotte, NC., then to Dallas, next to Waco, where I would pick up my rental and drive to Temple, Texas. I am training a new employee and I couldn’t have been more unprepared.

[This is the short version – because this is about the BOG. Let’s just say, when a company grows as fast as ours has been, but doesn’t grow each department accordingly, one person’s workload *hint, it’s me* is too great to stop and write her training plan.]

Needless to say, this could have been the day that brought me down. But instead, I have been on a spiritual high that you just cannot make up. (Nor can you give credit to something as awful as steroids – Don’t do it, kids; these are awful!)

No, God gets all the credit for what has been transpiring and with that, I introduce to you what God told me to start during my quiet time with Him this morning (Shout out to all those completing the In Dependence Challenge) :

A BOG.

Brag on God post.

BOG Time

(See, English majors. It’s okay. I just know my Marketing majors are all disturbed by my simple image, but hey, let’s blame THAT on the steroids.)

The truth is, we are not bragging on Him enough. And His Word says that we overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony! (Rev 12:11) Today, all you hear are divisive words, political rants, fake news, and anything negative that paints the “other side” as the enemy. No! We do not wrestle against flesh and blood – each other – our fight is against

the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.                              Ephesians 6:12 NIV

God let me talk to so many different people today during this whirlwind of connecting flights, de-boarding and re-boarding, wrong SkyLinks, and terrible turbulence over Alabama, that would not have happened if I wasn’t acknowledging Him in all my ways.

There it is – that’s my brag.

The Holy Spirit WILL lead you in every step of your day if you just stop and ask Him to be your guide. God wants to lead you beside still waters (not flooding rivers that push you to strive for more — He is enough!) He wants to lead your conversations and your actions.

Something I have been doing at work this year, due to my ever-increasing workload, is going through my e-mails first thing in the morning and plotting my tasks on my calendar. If it doesn’t make today’s calendar, it goes on tomorrow’s, etcetera. Doing that, my email program sends me reminders and lets me know what I haven’t done (and yes, I hit snooze on that thing more than an adolescent hits the alarm clock during school!), so I don’t drop things.

Here’s what else it does, though. It gives me perspective on what “asks” are priority and what can be pushed to the right. As a one-woman team for the last 6 months, I can honestly say I have managed more workload that (I believe) should not be possible.

That’s a brag on God, not me. There is just no way I could do this. He gets all the credit!

Each morning, do the same thing with your day. Don’t start anything until you’ve acknowledged God and asked Him to guide you. Give Him your ear, sheep, and He will shepherd you. Give Him your hands, and He’ll spread love through you. Give Him your attention, and He will put on a display of the choreography of His ability to make chance encounters turn into multiple blessings, all in a day’s work because you followed Him, not your agenda or To-Do list.

God is awesome and wants to show Himself strong through you.

Open your eyes, let Him show you, and let’s Brag on God!

Blessings and shalom,

Yvy

 

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On Becoming a Unicorn

Depending on what dictionary you look in, a unicorn can mean many things.

VocabCom_unicorn

According to Vocabulary.com, it’s what most of us, especially children, think of when we hear the word.

Whether the mane is long and flows, rainbow-colored, or short and spiky, when you hear the word, some kind of picture tends to come to mind.

Well, apparently that’s not everyone’s definition. I found this one on Urban Dictionary and added it here for comic relief.

Urban Dictionary_Unicorn

 

 

(You’re welcome)

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the kind of unicorn I’m referring to today is altogether a different. You see, I got my hair colored this past Saturday at a new salon. I hadn’t colored my hair since moving here and didn’t know where to go. So, I went on Yelp and looked at reviews. This lady had the most ratings with over 4 stars, showed pictures of color jobs (so I felt confident she could walk the talk,) and she happens to have a store front near my favorite Mexican restaurant. (That’s important, trust me.)

I plan to investigate this weekend, but I woke up Monday morning with the start of a unicorn horn on my forehead. (At least that’s what I’m calling it.) My doctor said it’s an allergic reaction to something she used to do my hair and it actually is around my hairline, as well. The ‘horn’ is what stands out, though.

I think that’s why I’m calling it a unicorn horn. It stands out.

I’m just wondering if you stand out in your world?

{No, I’m sorry. I’m not providing a picture of my horn}

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Have you, as a Christian, conformed to the ways of this world so much so that you blend in or do you stand out? Would another Christian recognize you as a child of God if they were watching? Would an unsaved person?

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

When was the last time you proclaimed God’s excellencies?

When was the last time you thanked God for calling YOU out of the darkness you once walked in?

We are called to be so much more in this world, yet many people I have talked to don’t even see a difference in Christians and themselves, and they are unbelievers.

Philippians 2:14-15 tells us, “Do all things without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” [Deut 32:5] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”

We live in a crooked and warped world. You cannot trust the news, you can’t trust all leaders in the faith, and you can’t even trust that the person living next door isn’t deranged and waiting to blow up your city. Schools are teaching we evolved from rocks or a ‘blob’, parents are teaching, “whatever makes you happy, you should do”, and the entertainment world is selling (quite effectively) that unless you look like ‘her’ or ‘him’ on television, you’re not good enough.

I pray Christians will join me striving to become unicorns of the faith.

Love fearlessly till people ask how. Then tell them about how God  loved you in the midst of your sins, and you want to be more like Him.

Give freely to all in need. Then share how God gave the ultimate gift, His Son, just so He can have fellowship with us!

Live like Jesus – until they see Him and want to know Him.

Be a unicorn

 

You’re Invited

Have you ever had a special occasion that you invited your friends to and you were disappointed by the people who didn’t show up? That was me. The day was my wedding. And none of my friends showed up. Not. One.

I’m not thesad bride only one who has had that happen – invite people to something very important to you, but obviously not them, and they don’t show. (And sadly, probably not the last.)

There was a man who was having a huge party – bigger than a rehearsal dinner for the wedding, but it did precede the ceremony. Let me explain some marriage customs to those not familiar with Jewish weddings:

There are three parts – the signing of the marriage contract, at which time the groom would pay the bride a dowry – a substantial gift- and the “engagement” period began. Next, the groom would prepare the future house for his bride and him. This could last a very long time, so the bride did not know when her groom would finish and return for her; she just knew he would. Finally, the groom would return and marry his bride, then a huge supper would take place.

I was reading the following passage when God showed me something new:

“A man once gave a great banquet and invited many.  And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’  But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’  And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’  And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’   ”  Luke 14:16-20

If you recognized the story of the man who threw a party and his friends did not show up as this Scripture passage, you’re right. Many will also know this is referring to those who have been offered to become the Bride (Church) to the Groom (Jesus) by accepting Jesus’ ultimate dowry – gift – by dying on the cross and later going away to prepare us a place in heaven.

What God showed me this morning, though, were all the excuses people made to not spend time with God:

  • “I have bought a field”, “I have bought five yoke of oxen” – Their jobs
  • “I have married a wife, and therefore cannot come” – another relationship
  • Family
  • Things purchased
  • Other things/people/events that we put above God

Jesus invites us to spend time with Him every day. What excuse are you  making to not?

IDEAS TO SPENDING MORE TIME WITH JESUS:

  1. Skip breakfast, or lunch (or both!), and dine on His Word instead (Matt 4:4)
  2. Schedule is full with [enter your schedule-filler here; kids’ soccer practice, watching my favorite show on TV, sleeping in] Seek God before doing any of those things and maybe He’ll show you something else you should be doing. (Matt 6:33)
  3. Work out with Christian music that is filled with the Word / listening to the Bible spoken/ or no music at all and meditate on a Scripture the entire time
  4. I don’t know when/how/where – Ask God for directions (Proverbs 3:6)

IDC – Check In

This is for all those who accepted the In Dependence Challenge – (You can join at anytime, if you haven’t yet.)

How are you doing so far?

If you’re struggling with how to spend your time with the Lord or what to write in your journal, remember this: There is no ‘perfect’ way to do either other than in humility and truth.

Humble yourself – Is it not amazing that we get to spend time with the Creator of the Universe? The King of all kings and an actual God? (Not just a man-made object others have decided is a god.) Yet the Bible tells us, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may we receive mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Do you need mercy today in your life?

Could you use some grace to help you in your time of need?

Notice the verse starts out by saying, “Let us then” – Then suggests there is something before this verse that explains WHY we can come with confidence to the throne of our God. Verse 15 says, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

The perfect posture for prayer is in humility.

We can come before God because Jesus took every sin, each weakness, all addictions and failures, and every struggle we could possibly be facing right now, and He took them back to hell, where they came from, and said emphatically, “It is finished.” When you know someone has the answer, or the cure, or the solution to your problems, you can confidently say, “I’m here to pick up what I need.”

Well, God has all the answers you could ever need and He’s waiting to spend time with you. Grasp that! HE is wanting to spend time with YOU!

Truth – Just be real. Don’t try to talk to God with a bunch of thee’s and thou’s. Talk to Him as you do your friends. (Jesus no longer calls us servants, but friends!) And when you write in your journal, sometimes you’re not going to get an entire page. Just write the words, feelings, or maybe even a sentence He places in your spirit. Be honest with yourself and Him and see what happens to your day.

Be blessed today and keep living In Dependence of God ~ Yvy

In Dependence Challenge

And we’ve begun…    (You can join anytime, by the way, if you’re viewing this after 7-4)

Not only do I hope you stick with me for this time, but I encourage you to invite others, as well, because this is going to be an amazing time of growth in your relationship with God and advancement of the Kingdom.

Some of you have stumbled upon this blog and I believe God has sent you. Others, you’ve been ‘following’ me for a while and read occasionally, but I believe you are ‘here’ for a reason, as well. That reason? To draw closer to God for the purpose He has for you.

Here’s the challenge:

Challenge

For those who are following me or receive my e-mails, you can expect an uptick in posts.

For others, just send me an e-mail here.

You can also join the Facebook Group here

 

Moments and Words from God continued…

(This is a continuation from yesterday’s post. So, if you haven’t already, I’d recommend you read it first here.)

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Perfected love casts out fear:

That is how love can be patient – there is no fear that a reward won’t come to those who do not grow weary in well doing

That is also how love can be kind – there is no fear that our kindness won’t have a positive impact in God’s plan

That is how love does not envy – there is no fear that someone is being blessed more than me because – and love does not parade itself nor is puffed up – there is no reason to walk in pride, for God has given us all we have (1 Corinthian 4:6-13) – and love does not behave rudely or seek its own – there is no fear of not being provided (for we serve Jehavoh Jireh, My God who provides.)

That is how love is not easily provoked nor does it think evil or rejoice in iniquity – there is no fear that you’re missing out by being good and the goodness of God permeates your thoughts, leaving no room for evil thoughts.

Love that has been perfected rejoices in the truth, bears all things, believes all things, and hopes all things. Perfect love never fails.

Love

Allow the actions and words I have put on your heart and resist the fear that they are silly, won’t be received, or are not from Me – every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17)

Be a good gift to someone else and say the compliment, give the hug, pay for their food or groceries, give to the homeless, smile at the unlovable, share your testimony or lunch – forgive! Be Jesus to your world!

 

(You may have recognized that the majority of what God said to me came from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 – also known as the “love chapter.” God speaks to us in different ways, but you can be sure He will speak to you through His Word. And if you’re having a hard time hearing from God, get into His Word more. You’ll find Him speaking His Word back to you when you seek guidance or wisdom and what you put in your spirit will rise up at the very moment you need it.)

Moments and Words from God

I don’t do this often, but I feel led to just share what God said to me the last two days during our morning time together. I hope it blesses you and if it does, you’ll leave me a comment and let me know you reflected here.

Acknowledge Me in all your ways – My ways are not your ways – and I will lead you – in all you need to do for the day.

(I’ve been seeking the Lord a lot lately for strength, direction, and peace because my workload has increased drastically at work and it’s been quite overwhelming. These were His words of instruction, comfort, and wisdom in response.)

Do everything as if I have personally asked you to do it.

 

(Whoa – If I began each task with that mindset, I’d probably enjoy things a little more!)

(The rest of this, I’m going to share just like I wrote it down so you can see how I journal and that even when writing things down from God, He’ll have you write it in a way that will mean something, too.)

Psalms 25

I hope you got something out of this – this was my journal entry for June 25th. Tomorrow, I’ll share June 26th. (That’s right, this week I’ll be posting not just on Wednesday morning, but Thursday morning, as well.)

 

Blessings and shalom,

Yvylyn

Surgery Not Necessary

Have you ever really like something, and it was taken away from you? You tend to do whatever it takes to get it back, right?

I was running the 2010 Paris Marathon, reached mile 6, and my knee just wouldn’t let me continue. The stabbing pain and stiffness said “no” to 20 more miles. So, I saw my doctor when I returned home, had imaging done, and was told I had torn my meniscus.

Meniscus

The meniscus is basically a shock absorber and my tear weakened the cushion it normally provided when I walked, knelt, went up or down stairs, or when I ran. I became an avid runner to lose weight, but grew to enjoy it after I was logging 5+ miles on my runs. So, not running was not an option.

Fortunately, I saw a German doctor (I lived in Germany at the time) who didn’t believe surgery was the best option. He sent me to physical therapy, shock therapy (yeah, it’s a thing), used kinesiology tape (great stuff!), injections (not great stuff to endure), and made me build up my leg muscles for over six months.

The theory is that if you build up the muscle tissue, the ligaments, and increase the circulation around the injury, it aids the blood supply to the region (which is needed for healing) and protects the tear while it either heals or scars over. For me, it did the latter and I ran the Munich Half Marathon in 2013.

Here’s the thing, though, there was a lot of homework – meaning I had to do a lot of the exercises I did twice a week in the physical therapist’s office at home almost daily. I had to protect, rest, ice, compress, and elevate (PRICE*) my knee often. My lifestyle changed, and I limited my walking and increased my biking.

I won’t lie and say it was enjoyable, but training for and finishing the half marathon was worth it. It was worth the pain, struggle, and tears when I just wanted my knee better now, but had to wait till it was strong enough; it was worth the painful injections to build the fluids around my knee; and it was worth the 2 ½ years it took for me to build my distance.

You know what else is worth pain, struggle, tears, and waiting?

Waiting for a loved one to beat an addiction, stop committing the same sin over and over, or heal from wrongs they’ve done or had to done to them. No matter how much time it takes, no matter how many long nights of prayer or long fasts, and no matter the struggle, tears, and pain, it’s all worth it in the end to fight for those you love.

Those loved ones are like my meniscus – they need others to come around them, build themselves up so they can protect the one sinning, failing, or hurting, so they have time to heal, be delivered, repent, or turn to God.

We, as the body of Christ, must take our place as the supporting muscles that protect injured Christians. Giving up, getting frustrated, and accepting “you can’t run anymore” is not an option. It looks a lot like someone leaving the witnessing part to the preachers – or someone who doesn’t read the Bible because they “don’t get it” – or someone who doesn’t share the Gospel with others because they’d rather sit on the couch and binge something. Our commission is to “Go into all the world”, so we must do the exercises needed to build our spiritual muscles.

Read your Bible. Pray. (It’s a two-conversation, so listen, don’t just ask for things.) Serve. Believe. Fellowship and build up other believers.

Be the support, bear the weight, and show Christ to those in need. You’ll find the entire Body of Christ, the Church, will return to running the race set before them when you do your part to heal those injured.

 

*PRICE – Do you know how Christians PRICE? They protect their fellow believers while they are down. They rest in the promises of Jesus and don’t get anxious or impatient with their sister or brother in Christ. They ice the injury. The Bible says that a husband is to cleanse his wife by the washing of water with the Word. As Christians, we must speak the Word and not words of condemnation, so we reduce the pain associated with their injury, just like ice does. They compress to prevent swelling – which just means they wrap themselves around the person by prayer and fasting. And they elevate – not the person, but God in the person’s life. When we lift God up, it encourages and allows the guilt, condemnation, and sin to flow back under the blood of Jesus in the person’s eyes, so they can experience true deliverance and healing.

(James 5, Ephesians 5, Psalm 34:3, John 12:32)