The first day of the study was an eventful one to say the least.
This study in John has me walking close to Jesus, that's for sure. I need to be close by His side at all times to be protected from the attacks. Yesterday was one of those attacks and I knew it would happen. Little things happened and I laughed because I knew. Then the phone rang and it was my Doctor calling to tell me that I have pre-cancerous cells AGAIN on my cervix. He's not worried but I do have to have a colposcopy done next week. I had one done when I was pregnant with Ava Beth so it wasn't too long ago. I have always gone to the Doctor and had my annual check ups. In fact, I am faithful to those appointments. When I found out I was pregnant with Ava Beth it was also time for my annual so I had a pre-natal app AND an annual all in the same day. We found out that I had a mild case of dysplasia on my cervix. Child birth will often make it go away when you deliver but for me it did not. Then I had a procedure to remove the cells and it was gone! But it has come back! I have been getting exams every three months to check and see what was going on and I had two test come back perfect until last week. He assured me there is nothing to worry about but told me to go ahead and get pregnant with our third baby. So needless to say, yesterday was kind of a shocker for many reasons. After I have my third child, which we know we want, I may have to have my cervix removed OR continue to deal with constant in office procedures and the threat of cervical cancer. But then I heard the Holy Spirit gently knocking on my door, "Have you thought about being HEALED? Instead of accepting a Doctor's report, have you thought about being HEALED?" So, I'm gonna pray for healing. Then one of my precious friends who is also doing the John study with us found out yesterday after having a mamogram that they have found something. By the time she got home from the exam, they had called her house and left a message telling her to go straight to her doctor in the morning for blood work. She is not sure what they found but they did find something. As soon as I talk to her today I will update you. As you do your study today, remember that the enemy wants to do everything he can to keep you out of God's word. Don't let him win!
I love this story of Jesus' first miracle. When I got married I had one of the Pastor's give a charge to the audience. We wanted anyone at the Wedding that did not know Jesus to be given the opportunity to meet him there. Our ceremony was worshipful and completely focused on Christ. Anyone there who didn't believe heard the gospel. The pastor explained that the first miracle done at a wedding was a symbol of what God wanted to do in our lives. He took something colorless, odorless, tasteless, WATER and transformed it into something rich, full, vibrant, tasteful, WINE. I will never forget that analogy. Jesus wants to do that for ALL of us! He longs to turn your marriage into something amazing. He longs to take you out of depression, insecurity, addiction, pride or whatever else that enslaves you and make something beautiful!Just as this miraculous sign in the Bible made others believe, the same can happen in our life. When others see what God miraculously does in our life, others believe.
Jesus Clears The Temple
I have read this portion many times before. This time when I read it, I thought about churches today. Many churches today are turning into Fortune 500 Churches. It's like a corporation instead of a church. You would think you could buy stock. Has the church today turned the Father's house into a marketplace? I believe some have. But the same goes for our bodies, our temples. At times our culture has us so wrapped up that our ears and eyes are completely taken by television, computers, mp3 players. Have our bodies become a marketplace? I love the verse that explains the disciples remembering prophecy from scriptures. "Passion for God's house burns within me." I pray that I become aware of what has taken over my worship. Nothing should hinder it!
It has only been a day, but can you feel the Lord working? I know for me there is a passion right now inside and I am really trying to let it overtake me. All of you read yesterday! Some of you posted a comment, some of you emailed me but all of you read! The devil was defeated!
Father, I pray protection over these women. I pray that their children will come into alignment with you. I pray that their homes are peaceful today and that you saturate them with your love. I ask you to give these precious women a GLIMPSE of your glory! Lord Jesus, as they serve you, I pray that they will learn to serve others. Give them a passion and desire to see other's saved. Today, put a smile on their face and allow them to feel your love like never before. In Jesus powerful name! AMEN!