DEPRESSED, DISCOURAGED, OR DISAPPOINTED?
When you woke up this morning, did you feel excited to be alive, feel worried over a disagreement with your husband, wife, or someone that is important to you that you did not resolve before going to sleep last night? Did you feel a cloud of despair or a sense of impending doom that something was not quite right? Did you wake up feeling a little depressed and feeling like you were not healthy in your body? Did you wake up knowing that no matter what comes, God is there with you and loves you deeply?
Every person wakes up at some time in life and feels a mixture of life from the day before. Unresolved issues create stress and a heart that is uneasy. Living with any form of abuse does the same. Living with uncertainty in changing times also has a tendency to create stress—moving to a new city and state, change of position, to being concerned about all the new adjustments to make in life with that new road you will be traveling due to unforeseen circumstances and the change of plans.
What we each must remember is that we must stay connected at the heart level with God, first and foremost, and choose to believe God and His Word! What word you might ask?
One word from God has the power to change your entire life. Keep moving forward loving God and loving people. Choose to see the best in others and connect with people—don’t stand at a distance. When you choose to connect with God and others at the heart level, everything changes. Don’t allow anything or anyone to keep you from experiencing the heart of God! While technology is an awesome tool, it can also be a distraction to keep people from focusing on what really matters in life—people!
No matter what you are facing—be it a change of career, another move again, or what seems to be something that tears at your heart; always remember—the most important part of life change is a change of heart. We have all felt the sting of failure in some area, followed by frustration and guilt—that is unless the heart is hardened and the conscience is totally seared. If you are reading this, chances are good you are not at that point. Be encouraged! Don’t allow the enemy to make you feel overwhelmed and condemned. Shake off the feelings and connect with a person who connects you to the heart of God. Reach out and be the hands and feet of Jesus to someone else—step out to encourage someone else. In doing so, you will find encouragement from God Himself.
Be reminded that the Son of God prayed for His disciples and all those who would believe in Him. Jesus said, “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony. My prayer for all of them is that they will be one, just as you and I are one, Father—that just as you are in me and I am in you, so they will be in us, and the world will believe you sent me” (John 17:20-21)
The pattern of Jesus’ prayer provides an outline for us today as well. He prayed for Himself, for those close to Him, and for those beyond His immediate sphere of influence who would be affected by the ministry of His friends. Yes, He called them friends. That is absolutely amazing that the God of the Universe calls us friends. That has to touch your heart as well!
When Jesus prayed for all who would believe through the apostles’ testimony, He was also praying for every future believer. Realizing that Jesus was praying for you brings great comfort during times of discouragement and confidence as you work with God in advancing His Kingdom. Jesus had YOU in mind when He prepared for the Cross!
If you need healing in some area of your life, don’t miss this!
JEHOVAH ROPHE (Jehovah Heals)
Don’t be afraid to pray for others in need of healing—including yourself. You may be experiencing health issues to soul issues (mind and emotions)—but GOD is still your healer! It may be your children or your marriage—to a relationship that needs a touch from God.
You may feel like throwing a pity party—to being fed up with life! Don’t give up in the waiting! The Word of God says, “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22)
There is an old song I remember that says, “There is a balm in Gilead that heals the sin-sick soul; there is a balm in Gilead that makes the wounded whole.” The word GILEAD means praise.
Have you ever walked into a worship service or a church service and felt kind of down? Soon after choosing to enter into worship and praising the Lord, it seems like all of a sudden, you felt better? When you begin to praise the LORD, you bring JEHOVAH ROPHE—the LORD WHO HEALS—on the scene. GOD is the great “I AM”—He is whatever you need in every situation—when you turn to Him in prayer and praise.
It is very important that you see the revelation of JEHOVAH’S names in context. Exodus 15 gives the context of how the name JEHOVAH ROPHE was revealed.
When God spoke to Moses “….I AM THAT I AM:” (Exodus 3:14). He was saying that whatever you need GOD is exactly that —throughout the life of Moses, God met the needs of Moses through various ways!
God continued to give revelation of His various names and how HE provides to Moses throughout his life. God will also continue to give YOU revelation throughout your life as well. Stay with the Word of God and don’t ever let it become stale to you. Just when you feel like giving up, that is when it seems everything changes! Don’t give up in the waiting…
I believe that every revelation we receive from God becomes sweeter as the days go by—and more precious than the last one. Choose to trust Him with whatever you are facing!
The name JEHOVAH ROPHE actually means “Jehovah heals,” and it arises from one of the earliest situations in the wilderness. God brought Moses through the Red Sea—led them by a cloud—in Exodus 1:22, and you see the cloud that had led them for three days, during this time, there had been no water to be found.
When any of us enter into tough situations, we sometimes have a tendency to think we are out of God’s Will—and sometimes well meaning Christians say and think the same. However, you may be “smack dab in the middle of God’s Will” without even realizing it. The devil does his best to slap us around and tries to send his “knock out” punches to stop us or make us quit.
If you measure whether you are in God’s Will or not by your circumstances, you will surely miss it.
In the Book of Acts, Paul was in a shipwreck and was in the middle of God’s Will. He was supposed to go to Rome and the devil was fighting it. Don’t allow your circumstances to push you around; instead, you push circumstances around.
Why do you think God led the Israelites to a place where no water was to be found? Because God wanted them to know that He would provide for them in every way. No matter what you may be facing right now, God will provide for you and bring you out smelling like a beautiful mountainside with fresh flowers all around—they may look a little wild—but they are arrayed in the splendor of God’s hand painted colors. God will bring you out—if you let Him!
Did the Israelites know God as JEHOVAH JIREH? They had to have known about HIM, because JEHOVAH JIREH was revealed during Abraham’s time. Can you imagine not having a grocery bill or electric bill for 40 years? Or what about this—not having to buy shoes for 40 years because they didn’t wear out! That is some outrageous provision!
These amazing stories of God have been repeated down through the generations. Moses knew GOD as JEHOVAH JIREH, but the Israelites panicked because of their head knowledge—they relied on their senses. Can you imagine hearing your children crying out for water in a place that is barren? That would be tough.
When the children of Israel arrived at MARAH, which by the way means “bitter,” they found a huge pool of water; but it was bitter tasting and not good to drink. You probably know what happened next—the people began to complain and murmur against Moses! It wasn’t Moses’ fault—can you imagine how Moses must have felt? It is amazing that Moses didn’t get fed up with those people and didn’t tell them he was flat tired of their ways! Moses trusted God and didn’t give up on people.
Look was Moses did instead: “He cried unto the LORD; and the LORD showed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD they God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I AM the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15: 25,26).
Moses threw the tree in the water. Actions must accompany faith! You must walk out the faith you talk about! When Moses threw the tree in, the water that was bitter became sweetened, and Jehovah revealed Himself to His people in a new way. He said, I am JEHOVAH ROPHE,” which means, “the LORD, your health.
It is really far better to have good health than healing. God desires that we walk in divine health. Step out in faith and renew your mind in the Word of God to increase your faith. Don’t accept the lies the enemy sends from the pit of hell. Begin to pray the Word of God and memorize Scriptures that pertain to your present need!
YOU HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST! The life of THE WORD OF GOD will enter your body and produce health and healing. The WORD OF GOD will quicken your cells because GOD’S WORD is like medicine. When you choose to take His Word—you are taking in health.
You simply have to learn how to receive! You must continually feed upon the Word of God—for they are life, health, and healing!
No matter what you may be facing, GOD has healing for you. He has healing from sin, physical ailments, backsliding, heart wounds, rejection, marriage problems—everything.
As a child of the Most High King, you have been given the Word of God! God never changes! He is the same today as He was when He parted the Red Sea and when the children of Israel knew God as the LORD, “our health.”
“For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD;…” (Jeremiah 3:17)
Fear, anxiety, sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The Gift of Peace (the peace of God) comes into our heart, helping us to restrain hostile forces and offering a calm assurance and comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says He will give us peace that passes all understanding–if we are willing to accept it from Him. Who wouldn’t want that kind of peace, right?
The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is a deep and lasting peace. Unlike world peace, which is normally defined as the absence of conflict, this peace brings confident assurance in any circumstance! With the peace of God, we have no need to fear the present or the future. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Jesus Christ’s peace.
Jesus promises the Holy Spirit in John 14:27-31…”I am leaving a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I have told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, because now I go to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that you will believe when they do happen.
I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the prince of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.”
As God the Son, Jesus willingly submits to God the Father. We must choose to obey God as well and submit to His Word, following the leading of the Holy Spirit.