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When you follow Christ, you will have storms come up in your life because the enemy will try to stop you. The enemy will do anything and everything to try and stop you from serving God; he hates God and he hates you because you are naming the Name of God. Therefore, don’t think when you give your life to God, you will be exempt from trouble and problems; it’s the opposite - your troubles are just beginning. But, I got good news for you, Jesus has overcome the world; including EVERYTHING you are facing. In John 16:33, Jesus encourages us with these words: “These things I have spoken to you, that IN ME you may have peace (peace ONLY comes from knowing Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior). In the world YOU WILL HAVE TRIBULATION; BUT BE OF GOOD CHEER, I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD” (www.biblegateway.com – NKJV – emphasis added by me).
As a result of the storms that comes in our lives and the lives of friends and family members, we can and most likely will develop mental, emotional, or physical pain; stress, anxiety, and fear causes these issues in our earthly vessels. However, we do not have to carry pain, whether physical, mentally, or emotionally; Jesus already carried pain in His body! Isaiah tells us this and more what Jesus done in Isaiah 53:4-5:
"Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy]. [Matt. 8:17.] But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole” (http://bible.us/8/isa.53.4-5.amp).
Jesus knows more about pain than anyone else could imagine; He is our Burden Barrier and is waiting for us to release EVERYTHING in our heart to Him that is weighting us down! We do not have to accept the burdens of what we are going through, Jesus is here to help us! We are not alone in this world; Jesus is here with us and will NEVER leave us!!
Isaiah 53:3 says Jesus, was despised and rejected when He walked on this earth; what make us think we are so special we will not got through what Jesus did?
“He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him” (http://bible.us/8/isa.53.3.amp).
God loved Jesus just like He loves us but God allowed Jesus to die a horrible death so we, God's beloved, would live! We as Christians are NOT EXEMPT from suffering; not as the unrighteous suffer but suffer as a righteous person. Life happens! And as long as we got Jesus on our side, we have NOTHING TO FEAR! Jesus chose to die for us, He laid down His life for us, willingly because of His love for us! Jesus told us in this world we would have tribulations; He said perilous times would come!
No matter what happens in our life, God got us! We belongs to Him! God chose us in our mother's wound! This is what Ephesians 1:3-7 says:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (http://bible.us/114/eph.1.3-7.nkjv).
There is no reason to carry anything around that belongs to the devil!! Mental, physical, emotional stress, anxiety, fear, etc. is NOT from God but from the devil!! Jesus has already set YOU free and waiting for YOU to accept Him as He has made us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians 1:6).
Ephesians 1:11-12 says:
“In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory” (http://bible.us/114/eph.1.11-12.nkjv).
How are we going to be the praise of God’s glory with our soul out of whack? We cannot be! Yes, as far as God is concerned we are, but emotional, physical, and mental pain will cloud our mind as to who God is. Give God ALL your pain today, release unto Him NOW, you do not have to carry it any longer; Jesus has carried it and suffered for it in His body-why do you feel you have to carry it? God is not going to take it, He wants you to RELEASE "IT" to Him. God will let you carry those burdens and pain as long as you want - He will not go against your free will to carry them! But why? Give that stuff to God, He is the ONLY One who can fix it for you!
In closing, I am praying the prayer for you from Ephesians 1:17-23; I pray:
"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (http://bible.us/114/eph.1.17-23.nkjv).
Remember, YOU have the fullness of Christ in YOU (Ephesians 1:23) and His fullness will drive out EVERYTHING that is not like God in YOU! Surrender ALL to God; surrender everything within you to God so He can go into the secret parts of your soul, your heart and cleanse everything not like Him out!
God bless you!
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks
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