We Already Have Answers

One Friday, I took a much needed trip to visit my eldest son and his lovely family. Since they are 1 ½ hours up the mountain and I lose my Christian radio, I put on a Bill Johnson YouTube and listened through my phone.

This day, I listened to “The Resting Place” and the first part of this teaching left a huge, life changing impression on me. This is what he said, “When you pray for what you already have, you never have the joy of seeing it answered because you’re not aware that you already have the answer.”

So, as believers, we already have the answers.

  1. God says He will never leave us. There are so many verses in the Old and New Testament assuring us that He will never leave nor forsake us.

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8 ESV)

Don’t be obsessed with money but live content with what you have, for you always have God’s presence. For hasn’t he promised you, “I will never leave you alone, never! And I will not loosen my grip on your life!” (Hebrews 13:5 TPT)

I don’t know about you, but that gives me great comfort knowing He is walking this life out with me. I am not alone. We don’t need to beg Him to be with us in this trial or that trial. We already have Him within us and we have been assured He will never leave us.

  1. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted.

He heals the wounds of every shattered heart. (Psalm 147:3 TPT)

Jesus has healed all our soul wounds. Once we grasp that, we will manifest the truth of it in our lives. Yes, it is a process. This doesn’t happen immediately in most people and in most cases. I believe and live that process every day. But at least I have recognized that He has already done the work of healing and now I am learning to make that a part of my life every day.

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We already are made new creatures. WOW. What we probably need to be praying for is the REAL understanding of what Jesus took to the Cross and what He left with us. We are promised freedom, no condemnation, provision, etc. Well, I for one will change how I pray. I already have Holy Spirit. I just need to reach up and accept what He has already provided for me. I just need to listen to Him and believe what I’ve already been given. How about you?

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What Happens After The Rain – My Thoughts On Life

We’ve had a lot of rain in our part of this planet earth. Actual flooding, pouring, storming rain has been a part of our lives for over a week now. We’ve also had a few, a very few, breaks with some sun shining down. Oh, what an experience to live with wet, muddy, rain and then see the sun pop out, even if just for a few minutes.

The other morning, after a night of constant downpours, I took some pictures of the wooded area on my way to work. I am always amazed at the brilliant colors of the varied greens and browns on the trees after a soaking spring rain!

What this made me think about are the rains and storms of life we all experience. How do you get through them while they are right on top of you and smothering you with, not only rain, but some bolts of lightning thrown in? Those metaphorical bolts of lightning are really jolting to the system. In our emotional, spiritual and even physical systems, we experience the effects of those “thunderstorms”. It’s almost like, we are down with the blaahhs, and even perhaps full blown depression, and then a lightning bolt is thrown at us for good measure.

During these times, I have to really make an effort to remember that I am an overcomer. Jesus took all that rain and those thunderbolts of life, with Him to the Cross. I have to remind myself that I can do this because He gives me the strength and stamina needed. I have to look toward a better day tomorrow with hope because of Him.

That better day is usually filled with beautiful, more vibrant, more varied colors. The Hope of a better day is, of course, available for us in the next life. But we can experience that better, more fulfilling, more exciting, day NOW. After the storm passes, there is a better day ahead if we walk with Jesus and stay close to Him, even through the storms.

John 10:10 says,” A thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. But I came to give life—life that is full and good. “(ERV)

My storms and thunderbolts have always brought me to a better place of provision and abundance. We all hate the dreary, cloudy, stormy days. There is a better day ahead and we don’t have to wait to die and go to heaven.

These past weeks of rains have reminded me to be more intentional in my spirit to look forward to the hope of greener greens, flowering dogwood trees, and various colored tulips.

Have a hopeful day today, regardless of the weather!

IMPORTANT:  If you are experiencing depression, even mild depression, for more than 2 weeks, PLEASE SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP!

If your depression or down in the dump feelings are causing problems with everyday normal activities, like differences in sleeping habits, irritability, etc. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP!

This article is NOT meant to replace a need for professional help. God’s Word says you are valuable. Take care of yourself!