Monday, December 27, 2004

Loss, Grief & Christ's Strength

by Donna L. Watkins
Originally Published in A Healing Moment

People all over the world are grieving due to some loss in their life. Grief will break down a body! David says, in Psalm 31:10, "My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my guilt, and my bones grow weak."

I think the loss is always there when you lose somebody. I lost my parents within five months of each other and I still miss them. My Mother died Christmas Eve 1985 and my Daddy, June 4, 1986 (a day after his 76th birthday).

The next month my husband was given the choice to lie or leave at his job. He left. I couldn't find what life meant at that time and my health quickly followed my thought life. I spent six months on the couch barely being able to lift my arm. I spent the next 14 years with burned out adrenals and fibromyalgia.

The past can really take it's toll on you if you don't take the toll on the past. The devil tends to whisper in my ear things that would want me to feel guilty and awful about many things in life, but I know that each day of my life regardless of how awful will be/has been used for good. God promises that to those who love Him. We don't always see it, but I know it's that way.

It wasn't until I got a book, "A More Excellent Way," that I began to learn Truth and take control over my emotions and guilt and pain. My first health victory with this knowledge was for the fibromyalgia to leave overnight, never to return. That was on May 6, 2000.

So, when I see what a mess I've made of something or what an awful circumstance has happened in a season of my life, I realize that the pain can mold me into a better person. I know my heavenly Father has a plan for me that I can't always see and no matter how much garbage the devil throws at me, He is always on my side.

There is war in the heavenlies for our souls and daily lives and it is a true battle to make it through this fallen world, but with our hearts in Christ it can be a pleasant journey and the load is a little lighter when we hang on to those ahead of us --- and those behind us :-)

We have Christ's strength within us to draw upon, for Isaiah 53:4 says speaking of Jesus, "Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrow" and the end of verse 5 is, "and by His wounds we are healed."

Do we believe the Word or do we believe the whispering between our ears. The devil's kingdom has nothing to do but destroy our faith. He certainly can't keep us from heaven if we're saved through Christ, but he can keep us from joy and peace on this earth if we let him. Revelation 20:10 says, "the devil who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur...." Don't wait until the end of the world to get rid of him. Take the power in you to do battle now.

Search for what the root of the pain is that you feel and then take the axe to cut it out. Choose to be healthy and think healthy. The past is past and you are only allowing yourself to be buried with the past, which means you have no future. Life will never change until you change your mindset about it.

The fact that Christ did take upon Himself our sickness and disease. We have access to that power for healing within. It's a process. It's a precept upon precept kind of walk and it's been the most exciting journey of my life! I eat healthy and have a totally different attitude about what life is all about.

God still provides our income from the sale of herbs and supplements because it's His provision for us and others while we learn to apply His Truth. God is always good and His perfect will is for us to be free of sickness and disease.

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