We Wait He Works

When in doubt pray it out. Doubt often creeps into our lives and in our minds at any given time. We start to doubt ourselves, our worth, our abilities, the way we look and feel. We start to doubt people and the truth they may or may not be telling us. We doubt whether anything may be true in our lives. But the good news is that God and His gift of salvation is true. There is no lie in God’s word or in the way He views us as His precious children. We think that we can get everything figured out on our own. Reality check people, we can’t do anything without God in our lives. A rule that has stuck with me since I was little has always been when in doubt-pray it out. This means to turn your doubt around into prayer that can be used for your good in your life and it can even help other people as well. Instead of doubting what can be done by you as an individual, remember and realize that God can and will do everything in His almighty power to help direct your life. Instead of doubting Him, trust Him. Instead of thinking negative-turn your anxious thoughts into positive prayer. It will bring you much peace in the long run. Recently I found myself thinking and venting about a situation for far too long in a day, and only when I finally prayed about if full heartedly did I find the peace my heart needed. Prayer restores the peace in our hearts that Satan so desperately wants to take from us so we can be miserable. It is up to us whether we allow him to do that or not daily. We can be miserable every day in our doubt and let Satan have power over us or we can pray away the doubt that plagues our minds day in and day out. Praying over the things you doubt and the things that you are worried about, allows you to rationally think about everything in your life instead of dreading it. It allows you to think clearer and to plan for what lies ahead instead of dreading it and fearing it. God doesn’t want is to fear our lives. He is there with us through the fears and despite the fears.
Some Bible verses about praying through doubt and trusting God are as follows:
Proverbs 3:5-8 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
Mathew 21:21 says, “And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.”
Isiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
Praying gives you that peace that you need in your life. The peace through prayer is awesome to experience. Often the peace I feel through praying over situations that are beyond my control, the feeling is out worldly. It is something I can barely explain. It’s almost unexplainable peace that instantly envelops me by the grace of the Father. When I turn the anxious thoughts I have into prayer, it rewires my thinking and turns it around to the One who can, will and the One who always has made a difference. He has my back and yours as well. Rest assured that He has your best interest at heart and only wants what is best for you. Practice this mantra every time you feel yourself getting stressed about anything- when in doubt, pray it out. When we focus on the one who can and will fix our problems, we release a lot of stress. When His peace fills our lives, we can do more of the things He’s called us to do. When we focus on Him, our problems don’t seem as monumental.

What is God’s will for my life? When you think about the things that you want to happen in your life, how often do you find yourself thinking or asking, do the plans I have for myself really line up with what God is saying? Do my plans line up with what God is planning and what He can do in my life? Often the answer is no, our plans do not line up with what He has planned for our lives. But, instead of worrying about it, instead, pray about it. You can rest assured in His will that the things that God wills, will be brought to completion. If it is God’s will He won’t have and doesn’t have any trouble getting things in our lives to line up in the right order and at the exact correct time, to get us exactly where we need to be. As Steven Curtis Chapman says and sings, “God is God and I am man. I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting. God is God, and I am man. So, I’ll never understand it all, for only God is God.” If somebody in your family is sick, if you pray and have faith and give it up to God and let Him take control over the situation. If it is God’s will, your family member will certainly be healed. It can be very hard to figure out whether something is God’s will or not. Some days we don’t know if somethings are God ordained or not. Some days we don’t and won’t even feel like God is that close to us.
It can be very hard to figure out why God allows certain things to happen. But once you know that everything that happens is already God’s will, you can slowly begin to accept it and have the peace you need in your heart. Once you know that everything that has happened and everything that will happen is God’s will, you can begin to change your attitude about life.
For example, if it is God’s will for someone to leave your life, no matter how hard you try, the person will continue to disappear from your life. You may think of it as a disaster and that it is your fault, at first, but in time you will become wiser and realize that God was and is protecting you from the poison of that person. Some people literally do bring poison to our lives. If you look at it rationally and realize that the person is doing you more harm than good, then you know it was God’s will and He is protecting your and your heart from more damage by getting that person out of your life.
Some other ways you can ultimately tell whether something in your life is God’s will or not, is if you find yourself having peace after a certain person goes out of your life, or when a situation finally comes to pass. Still other ways are through constant prayer and petition, as well as reading His word daily and studying what He has to say.
There are many Bible verses that talk about following God’s will. Some of these include:
John 7:17: “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.” This verse means that we as believers can figure out whether someone’s teaching is directly from God or from their own mouths. We can tell if it is teaching from God because the words and the messages will resonate in us and spark a flame in our hearts and in our minds.
Romans 8: 27 says, “And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” This verse means that when we search our hearts for God and the Holy Spirit, He will help us understand what the mind of the Holy Spirit is able to do in our hearts, souls, minds, body and in our lives.
1 Peter 3:17 says, “For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.” This verse speaks for itself saying, that is it always better to suffer while doing good for the Lord and for our fellow man, than for doing evil against the Lord or against our fellow man.
1 Peter 4:19 says, “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.” This verse means that anyone who is suffering, even while obeying God’s will, we can trust God’s will and His good and gracious will and His plan for our lives.
Everything not only happens for a reason. Everything happens for His reason and for His reason alone. Everything happens in our lives according to God’s good and gracious will. Pray about everything and keep the faith that God will see you through every situation in your life. He will give you the discernment to know what is His will and what is not.
Prayer: Lord please help me to know what things in my life are your will and ordained by you. Help me to gain the discernment and give me eyes to see and ears to hear your will. Help me to do things in my life according to your will.  Amen.

God is the number one healer of everything.  He can heal anything and everything. He can heal every sickness, disease and even save us from dying. God’s power literally knows no bounds. Sometimes you may wonder how people in your life get sick and why they get sick. You may also ask God why your loved ones die from sickness and why He took them home so early. God has all the answers to our questions but it doesn’t mean we will get the answers from Him all the time.   Even though He may not give us the answers, He still has our best interest at heart.
God will answer our prayers for our loved ones, either with a yes or a not right now or a no.  It can be hard to see someone we love being sick. If He answers your prayers for healing from sickness with a yes, He will bring the healing but in His own time and in His way which is the best possible way. It will happen so we can continue to work, love and live our lives with our loved ones for the fullest. The miracle of healing someone from cancer or any sickness may also be used as a testament in your life or in your family members life to bring other people to faith. If the answer is not right now, keep the faith constantly, and remember that He knows best through the situation. He will never fail you or your family members. Continue to pray with the faith of a child and never give up on your loved ones. Have the courage and strength to continue with the good fight. Just because it doesn’t happen right away doesn’t mean it won’t happen, ever. God has the perfect plan for you and your family members life. Even though sickness isn’t something that we ever want in our lives, through God we are able to withstand the pain that it can bring.
If the answer is no, it can be very hard to not get discouraged, or feel as though He has abandoned you or your family. If the answer is no, it can also be very hard to accept it. But God knows what is best for you and your family member. Maybe He will use His “no” to make something more out of the sickness. He might even use it for it to be a lesson to you or your family members and to teach others a lesson about faith and to trust Him. Often a family’s struggles with sickness can be used to spread God’s goodness to others, and to help restore faith in God and our fellow human beings.
When you or your family member feel as though life can’t go on and that you both can’t take the pain, God softly whispers to you to trust in Him and to accept what is and let go of what has happened. There are ways you can even make peace with the situation. Tell God how you really feel about the pain you or your family member is going through. He truly is there to listen to every cry and every tear. Talk to a trusted friend and pray with them over the situation you’re in. Prayer can bring a multitude of peace.
The most important thing in life is love. Spending time with the people you love, especially when they’re sick, makes you appreciate the time you have with them. Do the things they love, and the things you love to do together. Make a bucket list for them and help them complete it before God calls them home. They need your support through the tough times in their life.
Some verses with God as the healer are as follows:
Jeremiah 17:14 says, “Heal me o Lord and I will be healed. Save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”
James 5:14-16 says, “14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds.”
Jeremiah 33:6 says, “”Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.”
These verses and more have proof within them that God loves you and your loved ones and wants to heal them. All you have to do is trust in His plan for your life and for their lives as well. Cling to His promise that He will never leave you or forsake you.

Needing God
“Remind Me Who I Am” is a great song to listen to when you are feeling less than adequate, less than worthy or less than capable of doing something with your life. When life gets me down, I turn to this song as my anthem and it automatically strengthens me in both my heart and in my mind with its powerful lyrics. The first time I heard this song was a few years ago, live at a Big Daddy Weave concert with my family. My family, especially my boyfriend, said that the song was written especially for me to remind me who I truly am in Christ.
1st verse: “When I lose my way and I forget my name. Remind me who I am. In the mirror all I see is who I don’t wanna be. Remind me who I am. In the loneliest places. When I can’t remember what grace is. Tell me, once again. Who I am to You, who I am to You. Tell me, lest I forget. Who I am to You, that I belong to You, To You.” This verse explains how we all have felt at one time or another in our lives. Maybe this is how you are feeling right now. We forget who we are in Christ and we forget how far we have come in our lives when hard times strike. We can ask God to remind us who we are in Him and who we are to Him. He reminds us that we are truly His and that we belong to Him. He holds us in the palm of His hands and won’t let us go.
2nd verse: When my heart is like a stone and I’m running far from home. Remind me who I am. When I can’t receive Your love. Afraid I’ll never be enough. Remind me who I am. If I’m Your beloved. Can You help me believe it. Tell me, once again. Who I am to you, who I am to You, whoa. Tell me, lest I forget. Who I am to you, that I belong to You, To You. Our heart can often be like stones if and when we are running far from our home or especially when we are running away from God and turned away from Him. When we run or turn away from God, when we know that we need Him, but don’t know how to receive His love. We are often afraid that we will never be enough because Satan makes us believe his lies and flat out tells us that we will never be good enough to receive God’s love, so why even bother trying for it. We should never believe the lies that he tells us. We are good enough to receive God’s love and we are enough in His eyes. We are so valuable in His eyes that He sent His one and only son to die for all of us.
Bridge: I’m the one You love. I’m the one You love. That will be enough. I’m the one You love. This part of the song speaks for itself telling us that because God already loves us that we are enough for Him and that it is enough that God loves us all equally no matter what we do.
Chorus: Tell me, once again. Who I am to you, who I am to You. Tell me, lest I forget. Who I am to you, that I belong to You, whoa. Tell me, once again. Who I am to You, who I am to You. Tell me, lest I forget, Who I am to You.That I belong to You. To You, To You. The chorus is literally asking God in prayer and in question- tell me Lord we I am to you. Speak to me Lord and tell me who I am to you even when I forget. Tell me and keep reminding me that I am in you and you are in me. That I am yours and yours alone, Lord. Lord please keep reminding me who I am to you, that I’m your child and that you love me despite my wrong doings and flaws and my many faults. Thank you that I am perfect in your sight, not to mention, blameless in your sight.
Prayer-Lord, help us to remember that we are your chosen people and that no matter what we do or what we go through, we are loved, chosen and freed by your holy and precious blood on the cross. Remind us who we are in you and who we are and what we are because of you and your love for us. Thank you that your love can’t ever be matched by anyone else or by anything else. Help us to remember who we are to you and that we belong to you.