Thursday, February 16, 2012
I was told today that I have Melanoma skin cancer. Help me, Oh God! My heart is failing!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Oh LORD, my soul clings to the dust, revive me according to Thy WORD!
“He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.” Ps.112:7
How do we trust in the LORD?
He has said, “Fear thou not, for I am with thee. Be not dismayed; for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Is.41:10
– We have received evil tidings (bad news) Ps.112:7
– “my heart is fixed…trusting in the LORD.” How can my heart be fixed and trust?
– What is it we are trusting the LORD for, or what has He said that we are believing/trusting in?
-“we know that all things [even this, as bad as it could be] work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.”
What is that purpose?
– “…to be conformed to the image of His Son.”
So, we believe and are certain, that this is for our good and God’s glory.
-We “know” by what is written, that God’s will for us, through this, and all trials, is that we give thanks! 1Thes.5:18
-And though our natural, fleshly nature desires to STOP and grieve, or pout for a time, THEN give thanks, God’s will is clear that, by His WORD, we are to give thanks continuously, always.
Phil.4:4- “Rejoice in the LORD always…” [even now, with this news]
Ps.5:11- “ever shout for joy…rejoice and be joyful…”
Heb.13:15- “Praise…continually…giving thanks to His name.”
-We “know” that our heart being fixed, we are to sing praises. (Ps57:7)
Ps.108:1- “O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise…”
For what can we give thanks and praise, when we are told we have Melanoma skin cancer? How can you thank God for cancer?
-thank You, LORD, it is me and not Maureen, or any of my children, or grandchildren.
-thank You, that humanly speaking, something can be done. We were referred to a surgeon. Also, we are doing some natural things to help.
-thank You, for Your saving grace to me, my name is in the book of life, and to be absent from the body is to be present with the LORD.
-Thank You that You have given me 32 years to seek to know Him and have the opportunity to “live and keep Thy word.” (Ps.119:17)
– Thank You, that in time I was able to witness to Maureen, she was saved, and God gave me my wife. (Pro.18:22)
-Thank You that I was delivered from the idea that too many children are bad, negative, or unwise.
– Thank You for giving us 13 healthy children.
-Thank You that most of them are saved.
-Thank You that all older children are walking with the LORD.
etc, etc, etc,
So, what will we do? Trust in the LORD and do good (Ps.37:3) [what we know to do, till my time is up]
-we will lift our eyes to the hills! From whence cometh our help! Our help cometh from the LORD!