Monday, November 8, 2010

Healing = Renewal

(This isn't just like our unit - couldn't find a photo of it - but works the same way)

Cryotherapy is one of the items being used to aid in healing Beloved Husband’s shoulder. A small ice-chest with a pump circulates cold water to decrease inflammation and spasms while promoting vascular constriction. The chest is filled with ice, then water is added and the pump turned on. Temperatures will remain between 42-48 degrees for several hours. About seven hours later, we have to get rid of the water, start over with new ice.

Of course, that reminds me of how much we need to be active in church services.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:25 KJV)

Even though as Christians we’ve been taught the difference between right and wrong; even though we’ve made the decision to follow in His footsteps and have the Bible as our guide; even though we know all of this:

Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18 KJV)

We need that renewal of spirit David wrote of:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10 KJV)

Paul wrote of that spiritual renewal, too, in his letter to the church at Ephesus.

If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (Ephesians 4:21-23 KJV)

That teaching is ongoing. There is so much to learn and our capabilities of learning change as we grow older and wiser. It is so true that when we are children, we understand as children. Our understanding grows as we grow. Unfortunately, some growth is stunted, it goes unused and is not fed.

Instead, we come to Him as two of his disciples did:

And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. (Mark 10:35 KJV)

They did not request the wisdom of Solomon. They did not request the consistency of Job. They did not request the strength of Samson, nor the ability to judge Israel. They did not ask how to better serve God.

What are we asking? It could be anything from “Leave me alone!!” to:

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. (Isaiah 6:8 KJV)

Circulate that renewal, heal and respond.

1 comment:

  1. I am asking for this:

    Lord, just give me YOU - more of Your presence, more of Your power, more of Your peace.

    Your verse from Isaiah reminded me of this verse in 1 Samuel 3:10:

    (God to Samuel) "And the LORD came and called as before, 'Samuel! Samuel!'
    (Samuel to God) "And Samuel replied, 'Speak, your servant is listening.'"

    Do with me what you desire, Lord.

    Thanks for this good word!



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