The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
On this Journey to healing and standing on the Rock that is higher than I, I am beginning to realize the forces set against me. Yikes! There are eels (enemy's evil lies) all around me.
Why is that? Why is the opposition so strong?
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Jesus was in his own hometown and they did not recognize Him for who He was. They saw Him as the carpenter's son. Not as Jesus the Son of God. God come in the flesh to save us.
1. Doubt and unbelief - Not recognizing who Jesus is
Another reason I believe is that our nation, the Good old USA, has embraced a culture of death. From tear 'em up moves, slasher shows, and entertainment that glorifies killing. How many murders have we seen on TV/Movies? Uncountable I would say. We have been desensitized to the taking of life.
2. Our Entertainment that feeds on death
To go along with our culture of death is our throw away attitude. Life is not valued. Because of money and ease - we throw away babies and call it abortion. Over 50 million have been killed. And now, the elderly and disabled are being thrown away by hospice induced euthanasia. [there are some valid hopsice centers and workers - but make sure that is where you are sending your loved ones. Check it out. Many are killed by morphine cocktails to induce coma and then starved. I know there are good Dr and nurses, but there are many who have given over to the system and have become purveyors of death. Check them out. This is just a warning to any who have had a hospital suggest hospice for your loved ones.]
3. A nation that supports the death of the innocent, the weak, and helpless.
Whew! Heavy stuff. Sad. Appalling. Sobering. What can we do?
Go to the author of Life!
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
So I am washing myself in the Word. Praying for Him to create in me a clean heart. Guarding my eyes and mind on what I watch and read.
How can I ask for healing if I am wallowing in the culture of death?
I have some tuff questions for myself. Am I promoting life or death? Am I eating from the Tree of Life or the Tree of knowledge of good and evil? What fruit am I producing?
But thank you Lord that you are greater than I. You have given me Holy Spirit to lead and guide and teach me. You are the Rock that is higher than I.
God have mercy on me. And give me strength to walk the path you have set before me.
God is good! Never doubt it.
Verse of the day
11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.