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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Your Answer Waits

Thirty-five years ago when I was told I had cancer, I discovered three verses that changed my life. I share them today for whoever may need the encouragement that they bring. I share how they moved me to believe in God's faithfulness and love. I don't remember the exact order that He revealed these verses, but they all worked together to convince me that He was taking care of me. I share these with the prayerful hope that they encourage someone to discover for themselves the power of the Word and the love it reveals. The Holy Spirit has His particular verses for your need that will also change your life.

I found this verse just when I became convinced that fear would kill me before the cancer ever could. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, KJV). My mind focused on that word “peace”. I knew it was a supernatural peace that superseded all that I faced. I needed that peace. This verse told me how to receive it. I had to give God the fear of my cancer, my fear of dying, and all the fears that flooded my mind... with the assurance in my heart that He would take care of my cancer and my life. I chose to believe―even though I couldn't feel it at that moment―that at some point I would know His peace.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV). The fear that I had was not from the Lord. He wanted me to have His power, know His love, and have a sound mind filled with His peace. I chose to believe that my fear was not from Him. I chose to believe that I could have power, love, and a sound mind.

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers” (3 John 2, KYV). When I discovered this verse, the Lord placed my name after “beloved”. I was His beloved. These words told me that God wished for me to thrive and be in health. My mind focused completely on these words, and I decided they were His promise for me. I read the second half of the verse, “even as thy soul prospers”. My ability to prosper and experience health was directly related to my soul's growth. I began to seek Him as never before.... to pray and choose to keep believing that peace would come. As I reflected and prayed these verses again and again, my faith grew stronger. My soul prospered. With a prospering soul, God bestowed greater faith to believe.

Perhaps you face an illness. Perhaps fear runs rampant. Perhaps you have questions that are never answered. Perhaps the pain of your past keeps you from knowing freedom from its strangling grasp. The Word of God has your answer. Discover for yourself verses He has chosen to change your life. Seek and you will find your own answer. He wishes above all things for you to prosper and to know His healing of body, mind, and spirit.... to know His peace by being transformed in every way. 

Your answer waits for you.

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