Don't Stop Swinging The Hammer.

Note: We received the following in an email and thought it presented “A Message On Healing” so well that we want to share it with you. Unfortunately, the author is unknown. It's a fairly long read but well worth your time and effort.




When I was a child my parents purchased a home from my grandparents. It was the home my Dad grew up in, so it was obviously an older home that was very well established. In other words, it had been built onto repeatedly over the years and it seemed like every square inch of the lot had been developed in one way or another.

It had a guest house in the back part of the property, a large patio with a built in brick bar-b-q and fireplace, a second story over the back house where a large, walk-in, multi-room pigeon coop was built, and it seemed to me like there was concrete everywhere!

My Dad set out to completely remodel the home, and as it turned out, every square inch of the property as well. This of course took a few years to accomplish, and because I was big for my age, it meant a few of my summers were to be spent in helping with some of the restoration process.

I remember being about 10 or 11 years old, when my father informed me that I would be helping him instead of out playing with my friends during the summer months. Of course I wasn't too happy about it, and was even more sad when he placed a large, heavy sledge hammer in my hands and told me to get busy and break up a small section of concrete, load it in the wheelbarrow and dump it in the waste pile.

The summer sun was very hot, and my attitude was not the greatest, but I got to work. I swung the heavy hammer over head and came down as hard as I could, hitting the concrete with a thud! Much to my surprise, nothing happened, there was only a small scratch that could be seen. I swung the hammer back and let it fly again, and came up with the same result – nothing!

This stuff was hard, and it seemed to resist every one of my hearty attempts. I hit it again, and again, and again. Before long sweat began to run off my forehead and into my eyes which made them sting. My energy level was now just about gone and my muscles began to ache. Disheartened, I sat down and felt like giving up. It wasn't long before my Dad came walking by, encouraging me to keep going, assuring me that eventually it would break if I would just continue to hit it!

At this point I was feeling real sorry for myself, and I was convinced I was not up to the task. It just seemed that it was way too difficult for me. I was hot, sweaty and very discouraged, but I stood up, lifted the hammer and began to go at it once more. However, after many repeated blows I grew weary, my strength was spent, and my arms were sore. With great frustration, I sat down and felt like quitting, but as chance would have it, my Dad came by and convinced me to get up and continue the task.

So reluctantly, I once again began to repeat the process that I felt was so futile. Only this time as I hit it, some small hairline cracks appeared - something was finally happening that I could see. With renewed vigor and strength, I began to pound away. Then it happened - it began to shatter into small chunks that could be lifted out and placed into the wheelbarrow to be hauled away! Victory at last.

I want you to know that faith for healing is oftentimes much like breaking concrete. We're burdened down with the reality of the sickness or disease. The symptoms are very real, and may even be well established, having been there for quite awhile, and as we begin to stand upon the Word of God, sometimes it can seem as if the problem is as hard as concrete, resisting our every swing of the sledge hammer of God's Word.

We can grow tired, and discouraged, and may even be tempted to say, "Ah, what's the use! This is way too difficult for me." And we may even buy into the lie that it must not be God's will for us to be healed.

What you may not realize is, just like the concrete, though you may not see any change, it is beginning to crystallize and lose structural integrity from within, and is getting ready to shatter. Every stroke of the hammer of the Word of God brings it closer to the point where eventually it will crumble. This is a fact.

The Word of God reveals this truth to us in Jeremiah 23:29; "Is not My word like a fire?" says the LORD, "And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?"

We need to come to the place of understanding that the Word of God is all powerful. You cannot separate the Word of God from God. They are one in the same. John 1:14 speaks of this; "and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..."

The Word of God is a fire that purges and melts away all impurities, just as fire purifies precious metal, leaving only that which is treasured. It is also a hammer, that is able to crush even the most resistant, stubborn circumstances, even those that seem so hard, ingrained and established, that they could never be removed. The Word of God is what it is - the very Word of God! The question is not in the ability of the Word, it is in our perception of it.

Years ago I heard a wise man of God speak a phrase that I never forgot, and it is certainly true in light of the above verse - persistence breaks down resistance!

So go ahead, and take a break if you're tired, a praise and worship break that is, and get refreshed with His power and might, and then once again, take hold of the sledge hammer of God's healing Word with renewed vigor and strength, and command the problem, the symptoms and circumstances, to leave in Jesus' Name.

Get your healing Scriptures back out and begin meditating, pondering and mulling over the truth they contain, allowing your faith to become strong - then stare the problem square in the face and proclaim to it what the Word says concerning your victory. Make it personal, and proclaim them in the first person tense, declaring your ownership over them with "I" "me" "my" and "mine". After all, He did it all just for you, and would have done it just the same way if you were the only one who would have benefited from His going to the cross.

Begin to boldly declare, "I am free from the law of sin and death, and I am under the law of liberty in Christ Jesus. I'm redeemed from the curse of the law, and no weapon formed against me can or will prosper. I'm a Blood bought child of the King, Jesus paid the price for my salvation and for my victory and I will have it. He sent His Word and healed me, and I receive it, I believe it, it's mine now, I take it by faith and I'm not letting go of it. According to Jesus' work at Calvary, and according to the proclamation of the promises that are in the Word, I declare myself a free man. For the Word says that he who the Son sets free is free indeed. So I agree with the Word - I'm free from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. My organs are free, my heart is free, my blood is free, my mind is free, my back is free, my eyes are free, my joints are free, my skin is free, my cells are free - I'M FREE!!! Devil you get out of my life and take your sickness and disease with you. I'm going on with God and I will walk in the blessing of the Word, and I will fulfill the number of my days, and I will do the works that God has ordained for me to do. I walk in love, I walk in the power of the Spirit of God, I am anointed by God to live in victory, and I will have it." Now praise him for it!!!

Did you know that your Heavenly Father is not holding anything back from you that's revealed within the Word? When it comes to His revealed, written Word, He never says no. In fact, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 1:20 "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." The word "amen" means "so be it." So if you've been wondering if healing and deliverance are for you - you can finally stop wondering, because He says YES and SO BE IT!

Also, take a look at 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 "Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come — all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's." Surely healing, health and well being are included in the phrase "all things." Now that ought to make you want to stand up and shout!!!

So come on, let's get back to work. I know it seems so hard, and the task seems so difficult, but by faith, take hold of the sledge hammer of the Word of God with His strength and give it another swing. Who knows, this next swing could just be the one that breaks it all loose!

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Time Is Not For Sale.

NOTE: This is a Guest Post used with permission from Gloria Thomas Anderson, LMSW at http://www.hearttones.com.

 
Of all the gift-giving options you have, there is one that can make a tremendously positive impact on someone who needs a reason to hope - and that is the priceless gift of your time.

Time cannot be bought because it is not for sale, but it is something you have right now that is more precious than gold or silver.

During the holiday season, people can spend a lot of time and money buying the right gifts for all the wrong reasons. The expectation of family and friends to receive gifts places a heavy burden on the giver to come through. The consequences of leaving certain people off the gift list can cause more grief than it is worth.

How unfortunate that Christmas has been reduced to the selling and buying of things! All the hustle and bustle to go…to buy…to get…and to do can leave you exhausted, stressed and depressed.  Ironically, in this cheerful season of joy and hope, the suicide rate is highest, which suggests that all that glitters is not gold.

That’s why giving the gift of time can literally make the difference between life and death for so many who have no hope this season. If everyone would commit to giving at least one hour of their time to someone less fortunate, someone who has lost a loved one, or someone who is sick, the holidays will truly reflect the true meaning of Christmas—giving the gift of love from a heart of love.

Prosperity, Peace and Blessings,

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7 Myths About Getting Into Heaven.

Over generations, because of lack of knowledge or the ability to read, people have been falsely led into believing that there are many ways to heaven.

We are publishing this post to expose these 7 myths (lies from the devil).

THE 7 MYTHS

  1. Being a member in good standing of the right church, denomination, or religion will get you into heaven. FALSE!
  2. Having the right religion will get you into heaven. FALSE!
  3. Joining a specific church and attending regularly will get you into heaven. FALSE!
  4. Paying your tithes and regularly giving substantial offerings or charitable donations will get you into heaven. FALSE!
  5. Good Works will get you into heaven (Examples: Being on the Usher Board; Singing in the Choir; Being a Deacon; Being on the Mother's Board; Working in the kitchen; Faithfully being a greeter or parking lot attendant, etc.) FALSE!
  6. Being a morally good person or living an exemplary life will get you into heaven. FALSE!
  7. Being a prophet, preacher, teacher, minister, priest or pastor will get you into heaven. FALSE!

Even if you have sincerely been or done all of the above but have not accepted Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you are still lost and will not get into heaven! You might as well have done nothing if you haven't done the most important thing.

GOD LOVES YOU

God loves you and it is not His will for you to be lost (perish). That is why He has made His Free Gift Of Salvation (Jesus) available to everyone.

2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) says The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

John 3:16 (NIV) saysFor God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING

There is still Only One Way to get to heaven and here is what you must do to be absolutely sure that heaven will be your eternal home.

1. YOU MUST CONFESS

Admit that you are sinner – even if you think you have done nothing worse than telling a little lie. Remember, no sin is too great or too small for God to forgive. Big or small – sin is sin. They are all the same to God and Christ exchanged His forgiveness for our sins.

Romans 4:25 (NIV) says He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.”

2. YOU MUST REPENT

Be penitent, be sorry for your sins, and be willing to change and not do them again.

3. YOU MUST FORGIVE

1 John 4:7-8 (NIV) says Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV) saysFor if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

If you have any hate or anger against anyone, you must forgive them. If you don't, you will not get into heaven.

4. YOU MUST BELIEVE

Romans 10:8-12 (NIV) says “But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him.”

Note: Have you ever been asked, “How do I become a Christian?” These verses give you the beautiful answer – salvation is as close as your own mouth and heart. People think that salvation must be a complicated process, but it is not. If you believe in your heart and say with your mouth that Christ is the risen Lord, you will be saved.

5. SAY THE FOLLOWING PRAYER

Accept Jesus as your Savior and make Him Lord of you life by saying the following prayer out loud.

Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”

If you have said this prayer and meant it from your heart, you are saved and when your time here on earth comes to an end, heaven will be your eternal home! Now, tell someone else what you have just done to confirm your salvation.

We encourage you to find and become a member of a good Bible believing, Bible teaching Christian church where you can be discipled and grow in your walk with the Lord. Unfortunately, not all churches fulfill these requirements. When you are looking for a church, find out what they believe before you commit.

As soon as you can, acquire a Bible in a version that is easy for you to read, understand and assimilate. Examples: New International Version (NIV); New American Standard (NASB); The Living Bible (TLB); New Century Version (NCV); New Living Translation (NLT).

Then, make it a practice to read your Bible every day. You are just beginning a new life long journey. Welcome to the Family of God!

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