Monday, June 22, 2015

God's will - what it really means

"Not my will but yours be done."

You hear it. I hear it. Everyone says it, but I'm not so sure everyone really grasps the meaning. It's most common to hear when people are looking for healing or when a loved one dies or a tragedy occurs. "It must have been God's will." Really? Is that his will? Does, not MY will, but YOURS mean everything that happens is "Gods will" ? What is his will anyways? I wanted to write this out because I hear so many people say, "Well it must have been God's will." And some people actually seem okay with that, but then on the other hand we have people who are angry or are blaming God for "taking home" their loved one. Like he's a life snatcher, not a life giver.

Well, first lets start with Matthew 26:39:
  He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."

We know that at this time Jesus was crushed with grief (verse 38). He prayed, and had this intimate time with his Father. This conversation was between Jesus and God. The Son and the Father. I don't believe this verse was meant to be taken and applied to the suffering we might endure. I believe it was a conversation meant for Jesus and God. How do I know we shouldn't apply it to ourselves? Well you absolutely can! But before you do that, I think its really important to know the character of God, and what exactly his will was for Jesus.

Jesus came, he saw, he conquered. He lived, he healed, he preached the good news, he died and rose again. And by doing so he defeated death and rescued us so that we might choose to spend forever with him. What did he die for? Our sins. Our suffering. Our burdens. Our shame. Our guilt. He took it all to the cross. (Isaiah 53:4. Matthew 8:17, 1 Peter 2:24 ) THAT was the will of the father! We couldn't keep that law, we wont keep it, it is impossible. It was his will to send his son to do what we couldn't. He paid for it all. And he meant it when he said, "It is finished." His will was to be with us. Forever. But he couldn't get to us. Sin seperated us. His will wasn't about how or when we died. It wasn't actually about death...it was about life.

John 6 :38-40 : "For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my father's will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day."

I just wanted to repeat that last part, "For it is my father's will that all who see his son and believe in him should have eternal life."

I'm just going to write out 1 Peter 2:24 because I just love it so much, "He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed."

When you look at all of the sick and wounded that Jesus healed (Matthew 8:3, Matthew 8:7, Matthew 9:4, Matthew 9:22 (seriously, just read the bible because he just healed, and healed ) Jesus never said to anyone, "Let me check and see if that is the will of the Father." Or "That's not God's will for you to be healed. Sorry." Or "Nope, it is actually God's will for you to die a terrible death before your time." He didn't. Anyone that had faith and believed and it was given to them. He also never asked anyone to go down their long list of sin and confess them before they could receive healing. (SIN..oh my gosh we HAVE to talk about sin, but we will do that another time.) Healing is ours for the taking. It was God's will for Jesus to come to earth and take on everything at the cross. It is never his will for us to die of disease or sickness. Then why do we? We live in a world of sin and free will.
When Ryan and I lost a baby last fall, it was not Gods will for me to go through that suffering. It wasn't his will for our baby to die, and he didn't snatch its life and "take it home." That doesn't sound like an all loving God...does it? Something had to be removed from my body and unfortunately that caused me to lose the baby. I could have left that object in, but the result would have been the same. It isn't God's will for my mother to have Hep C. He didn't give it to her. A pharmaceutical company didn't check the blood they were transfusing...and that blood went into her. You see? We make choices, other people make choices, we make mistakes and sometimes there are some unwanted results. When people die in awful car accidents God doesn't "take people home" or "will" for that to happen. How awful. But people make mistakes, and accidents happen on the road. We die because of choices, accidents, sin, mistakes, etc. But it doesn't happen because God has a weird habit of snatching people. That is not his way. That is not his character.
God is love: 1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16
and what is love? 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
God is faithful: 2 Timothy 2:13,  1 Corinthians 1:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3
God is good: Romans 8:28, Psalms 34:8
God is FOR us: Romans 8:31
God protects us: Psalm 121:7,

So God is love, faithful, good, he is for us and he protects. He sent his ONLY son to die FOR us so we MIGHT chose him. He is all LOVE. And he is so, so, SO good! So, it is just not in his character for it to be his will for people to die awful or untimely deaths. But we all have to die. But not before our time
  Psalm 90:10 "Seventy years are given to us! Some even live to eighty. But even the best years are filled with pain and trouble; soon they disappear, and we fly away."

Now before anyone says, "yeah OK. But that's all wisdom stuff and not actual promises from God." 
I'll just remind you that "All scripture is God-breathed and is useful to teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." 2 Timothy 3:16

SO hopefully, if you didn't really understand the character or the will of God, you do now. And you may be asking, "OK, then how come not everyone receives healing?" 
Well...God has favorites. JUST KIDDING.
       Romans 2:11 "For God does not show favoritism." Well that one was easy. (Just a side note if it WAS God's will for people to die of cancer or too young (Which it isn't) wouldn't that FEEL like favoritism? I mean, why does one person have to endure this and not someone else?)

And since our mighty, holy, perfect, loving, handsome Father has no favorites then that must mean...HEALING IS FOR EVERYONE!!! I'm going to be so honest here and say I don't totally have  a revelation of healing. But I know I'm on my way. And I also know it's always God's will for us to be healed. And when we haven't received our healing it is never Gods lack of doing. We can conjure up enough faith. Sometimes we have faith in our faith and not faith in our father. We receive our healing from God through our savior Jesus Christ. Jesus healed people when he walked this earth and he is healing today. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8. And so healing is absolutely for today. AND since Jesus is living INSIDE of us...that means HEALING resides inside of us. It's already in there. It isn't so much about asking and believing but more about accepting and receiving.  We actually have the authority to do this through Christ Jesus who lives in us.

John 14:12
  "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works because I am going to be with the father."

I know you read that verse. And yes, you read it correctly. Now you know too much. Now you can't go back to your old way of thinking. Now you KNOW we can do what Jesus could do. Because he said so. Because he lives in us. Because he didn't change his mind since saying that.

Healing is for you, and me. Are you saved? Is Jesus LIVING inside of you? Then go ahead and accept all that he took to the cross. This has nothing to do with how you should pray, or ask, or what you need to do. It has already been done.

I would like to just finish with one of my favorite verses which mentions....YOU GUESSED IT! His WILL!

Romans 12:2
         "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you which is good and pleasing and perfect."



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Happy 4th Birthday Eli

Happy 4th birthday Eli ! We love you so, so much. You are such a sweet boy with such a sweet heart. You love God. You truly care for others and you teach me so much. You love adventure and find it in everything. I cant believe you are four! Happy birthday buddy!!


 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Tennessee

We spent a little over a month in Tennessee. We stayed at a campground tucked into the mountains and it was BEAUTIFUL! Waking up to mountains every day, exciting hikes, and beautiful scenery daily. It was a blast, I LOVE Tennessee and I hope we go back soon. We were really hoping to see a bear but we didnt. The kids loved playing at the playgrounds and they really enjoyed visiting the people who ran the campground in the office. This was our first far away adventure and I was really happy with it. We decided to come home for the holidays and are planning on heading back out (not sure where yet) after Christmas.

I LOVE where our campground was located <3 nbsp="" td="">

Cades Cove. Such a beautiful drive.









Hiking and exploring






Gatlinburg












My love. 





I tried so hard to get a family picture...but....kids.



                      We celebrated Halloween here. It was a blast. We did trunk or treat at the church we attended while in Tennessee. We LOVE the church we went to and also we got a ton of candy,

The kids rode a train. 

We went to the knoxville zoo. It was such a wonderful zoo and we went a couple of times, the kids had a blast




Hanging out around the campground






Girls day. Tattoos and nail polish






They rode airplanes too

We visited the Christmas Place






                     We loved Tennessee so much! It is such a beautiful place with beautiful weather and has so much to offer.