Happy Thursday! Before we continue in Matthew 14, I want to share…we are two days from the women’s retreat. Keep us, all the women attending, speakers, performers, singers, musicians and volunteers in your prayers. Also we are giving away a pair of tickets today and tomorrow, if you are interested send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yesterday, we read about the beheading of John the Baptist (Jesus’ cousin). Remember John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Let’s continue reading chapter 14.
“13 As soon as Jesus heard the news, he left in a boat to a remote area to be alone. But the crowds heard where he was headed and followed on foot from many towns. 14 Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.” – Matthew 14:13-14 NLT
Here we read, about Jesus after hearing about his cousin death. No doubt that this was a moment of sorrow for the loss of his cousin, but also because his cousin was a faithful servant of God. While Jesus left to be alone, the people still followed him. Even in the midst of the reality that his cousin was dead, he still had compassion on those who still needed a savior and needed to be healed. In spite of what was going on – he remained focused on God’s will for Him.
Brothers and sisters, I’m not looking for applause, but I want to share that some of my most painful days (e.g., death of my mom, murder of my niece, hospitalization of my husband, a terrible car accident of my daughter, my own illness, death of friends, etc.), I got up, remained focused on God’s plan, read the word and the Lord strengthened me on those difficult days to continue to get these messages out, not just to do it but because the Spirit was prompting me and I knew many of my readers need to read the encouraging words of God.
Again, I’m not looking for applause, but I want you to know, in the midst of your pain – loss of loved ones or illness the Lord knows what you are going through. There may be a time where you may need to retreat – get away and be alone, but don’t stay stuck there… We still have Kingdom work that needs to be done. There are people’s lives that are still at risk of living their lives and eternity without Jesus. Brothers and sisters, God will give us the strength to continue to press on and move forward with His plan for our lives as we impact lives around us. The Lord will not waste one tear we’ve cried or a painful moment we’ve had to endure.
Will you trust Jesus to heal your pain? ________
Will you let Him use all your pain and mourning to minister to others who have experienced the same thing? __________
Will you direct others to Christ, our Savior and Lord so that they may be forgiven, healed and restored? __________
Let the healing begin.
Father God, in the name of Jesus we come to you today asking for peace in our hearts and for healing in our minds and souls. Lord, only you know the depths of our pain – spoken and unspoken, but Lord we don’t want to be comfortable there. Lord, whatever pain is haunting us, whatever loss we have had to endure, whatever tragedy in life we escaped or wish to escape we are asking that you break us free from those chains. Lord, we do not want to be a prisoner to those things anymore. Lord, we do not want that pain to dictate our future. Lord, we no longer want to live in fear that creates chaos and confusion around us. Lord, we do not want to turn to addictive devices to numb our pain. Lord we want to turn to you. Lord, you alone have the power to heal us, to bind addiction, to release our need for control and save us from ourselves. Lord, pour out your Holy Spirit into our lives and hearts so that we may continue in Your strength to move forward. Lord, thank you for your love. Thank you for your mercy and compassion toward us. Lord, continue to work in us and change us. In Jesus name, amen!
Keep seeking the Lord! Continue to trust His plan. Keep praying!
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