Sunday, April 26, 2015

Abundant Life

I get beaten every day. But that is okay. I thank my Lord Jesus Christ that I have another day. The following day is always full of surprises. Does this mean I am always smiling or happy? Not in the least. But I have to do what I have to do.

You see, the battle is not with the disease. The enemy / thief wants my mind and choices to be his. I refuse to succumb to his tactics. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  Some say that the full starts in the eternal. I disagree and this is just an opinion. 

As human beings, we have three facets: spirit, soul, and body. The spirit lies dormant until rebirth. Only spirit gives birth to spirit. There has to be a higher power / spirit to give birth to another spirit. Jesus Christ is the only one who has authority to give rebirth. God is spirit. (John 4:24) Jesus and God are one. (John 14:10; John 8:58) How does this rebirth start? A simple prayer which includes thanking Jesus for his redemptive work at crucifixion, requesting that he’d forgive past sins, and requesting to be accepted into his family. The soul contains our emotions and thoughts. The soul is very sensitive and can be affected by either the spirit or the body or both. It can feel like a battle because, it is. The enemy is vying for the emotions and thoughts; the soul. If he can control the mind; another name for the soul; he controls the person. The way for the enemy to win is through lies. It is stated in latter John 8:44: for he is a liar and the father of lies. For example: you’d get a thought that God does not love you. If you dwell on the thought and agree that God does not love you, enemy won this battle. But if you refuse to dwell on the thought and refuse to believe it, enemy loses. So our choices are very important for our well being. We can choose to be more like Jesus. How? By spending more time with him in prayer, reading of the Bible, attending church. True Christianity is about relationship and not religion. It is the relationship between God / Jesus Christ and the born again Christian. There is also the physical body which all of us are aware of.

God wants to heal on all levels. He heals the spirit through rebirth. How can you describe the color sky blue to a man born blind? Where would you begin? What if this same man was to have his eyes opened and he sees the sky for the very first time? Can you imagine the awe? Yes … it is like that. You have to experience it. This rebirth shifts one from one kingdom to another. With it, one becomes a son or daughter of God. With it, one becomes a new creation. With it, one has a new eternal dwelling where it’ll be spent with Jesus Christ. I never regretted this decision no matter how difficult life has been. Every born again Christian I know never regretted it either. God heals on the soul level. He is the wonderful Counselor stated in Isaiah 9. He wants to heal the pains and hurts of the past and the residue these leave on our personalities. He paid the price of our healings when he suffered and was crucified. So why should we? He wants to heal the body. I know he does. When Jesus walked the earth in human form, he healed everyone who approached him for healing. He approached very few to heal them. For complete reference, check out the previous post, “Who were healed?”  I also know he has a specific will for each of his children’s lives. Sometimes he has a purpose behind the illness. Once the purpose is finished, he may heal the body in earthly form or he may perform the complete healing.

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” I Corinthians 15:55. For the born again Christian, there is no sting of death. It is taken away. There is hope for eternity. He is Jesus Christ. It is no longer death, but a passover from one life to a much, much better one. The fear of death is taken away as well. No need to fear death. The limitations of the physical body are temporal. We ought to be faithful with our physical health for it will serve us as long as we occupy earth.

Life to the full starts with the rebirth. We have resources to guide and help us when we need such as the Bible and other believers. We have a constant companion in Jesus Christ. We are not in it alone. And the choice is ours. I hope and pray we all choose wisely.

So knowing what I know about the battle I am in, I chose life whether here or there depending upon God’s will for me. With this in mind, what do I have to lose? And you, my friend, what will you choose?