Romans 8:28 and our miscarriage

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” We experienced this to a newer deeper level recently.

Several months ago my wife Larissa fell pregnant and we were really excited. As our girls were getting older we were looking forward to having another baby.

Then we went for our first scan at nine weeks. The look on the Radiographers face said it all. The baby had not progressed past the 7 weeks and 2 day mark. There was not movement or heartbeat. Things did not look good. We went home and prayed for God’s will to take place. Not our will, but God’s will, as it is ALWAYS better.

We went back to the Doctor and had some blood tests and another scan which confirmed the baby had died. We prayed again and asked for guidance. After getting all the information we prayerfully decided to let things happen naturally and waited for a miscarriage. We did not want to have a “procedure” and take medication to hasten the outcome.

The miscarriage took about four weeks to happen. In this time we waited, trusted God and prayed. It was a time when we didn’t understand why this was happening, but we trusted God and Romans 8:28.

The strange thing about this whole process was that it was a sad time and a very spiritual time at the same time. We grieved the loss of our child, but we felt very close to God. His presence was very strong and it felt like He carried us the whole time.

As we were open and honest about this process as we were going through it, we found that there are a lot of women who have experienced the same thing. Many women have spoken to us privately and told us of this happening once or twice to them. They were able to help us and we were able to help them.

Another great thing was the people who rallied around us to pray. We felt the prayers of our local church and our Christian friends. We felt carried through the whole process. It was like we were in a plane flying above the storm clouds. Yes we had our moments, but most of the time we soared high above. It was incredible.

While we don’t fully understand why this happened we trust God does know. He has a bigger and grander plan for our lives than we can ever fully understand. We do not know the future, but we know Who holds our future and He is an amazing awesome wonderful God.

God Bless,

Dave

 

 

The results of my Bible studies

It has been more than six months since I finished my studies at Bible college. I have had some time to let it all sink in and reflect on it.

While I feel that I have learnt a lot about the Bible and Theology, there are some lessons that I did not have assignments or exams for, that I am especially happy about. Here are a few…

1. I love God more

2. I love others more

3. I am more in tune with the Holy Spirit

4. God’s eternal plan for my life is my only priority

5. I am more conformed to Christ’s image

Going in to my studies I wanted more Bible knowledge and I wanted to get prepared for what God had in store for me. And while my studies helped with those things, it is the lessons above that I am most thankful to God for.

Seven years of hard study has been well worth it! It has been life transforming.

God Bless,

Dave

Do you want to be made well?

I was reading the story of the man who was healed by Jesus by the pool yesterday. It is found in John 5:1-15.

Verse 6 grabbed my attention. It says, “When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?

Jesus approached this man and asked if he wanted to be healed. This is very different from the Leper in Matthew 8:2 who approached Jesus or the lady just wanted to touch His cloak to be healed (Matthew 9:20).

I find it interesting that most times in the Bible people approached Jesus for healing, but this time He approached the man.

But why the question “Do you want to get well?”

As someone who suffered for many years of my life with Rheumatoid Arthritis I know that sometimes people lose hope. We know God heals, but when it doesn’t happen, we can get frustrated and start to wonder if it ever will.

But like the man by the pool, I received my healing too. It didn’t take 38 years to come but it did take a long time. And yes at times I was frustrated, but I never stopped believing God could heal me.

Today I want to join my faith with yours if you are in need of healing. It might just be words on a screen, but know I am praying for you and I believe God can heal you right now…

Heaven Father, I pray today that You will bring healing to people who are reading this. Right now we join our faith together. We know that You are Almighty God and You can do all things. Nothing is impossible to You God. Please heal peoples bodies now in the name of Jesus. Heal cancer. Heal Arthritis. Heal Diabetes. Heal Depression. Restore sight to the blind. Open ears to hear. Heal the lame. Bring Your miraculous healing power to pass. Touch Your children with healing now Lord, we ask in Jesus name, Amen.

Some people feel may feel an incredible peace after they pray. Others might feel warmth or tingling on the part of the body they prayed for. This is some of the ways God touches us when He heals us.

As a result of this prayer I believe I will receive emails from people telling me of a mighty work that God has done.

God Bless,

Dave

Listeners Bible on MP3

Several weeks ago I purchased the Listeners Bible NIV edition on MP3. I downloaded it and put it on my MP3 player.

Each morning I have been listening to a chapter of the Book of John and following along in my Bible. I have really enjoyed it so far.

I also listen to it on my bike trainer. This is where I sit on my racing bike on a wind trainer. I find I am able to get physically fit and spiritually fit at the same time!

Having the Bible on MP3 has been a real blessing. I would encourage you to grab a copy if you are able.

This is the one I purchased http://www.listenersbible.com/products/mp3-cds/mp3-new-testament-niv.

If you would like to try a free sample of the Book of John, you can find it here.

God Bless,

Dave

Flicking the switch of the mind

Over the last few weeks God has been speaking to me about how important our thoughts and our minds are in living the Christian life effectively. You can find one post here.

A couple of days ago while I was praying He said the following to me…

“The mind is the switch between the supernatural and the natural. Power flows from heaven through the mind. It is the seat of belief or unbelief. Faith and belief open the floodgates of heaven.”

He then went on to say the importance of renewing our mind (Romans 12:2) and the need to have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:15-16). He said that if we have the mind of Christ we will do the things Christ did. We would have no fear, no doubt, only love, compassion, healing and salvation.

These things just reinforced to me the importance of our thinking and the beliefs that we hold in our hearts and minds.

If we think about it Jesus could not perform any miracles in His home town as they did not believe. Contrast this to the numerous people whom Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well”. Faith and belief in Who He was and what He could do.

As I think about this now I am reminded of the great preachers of old who just believed God. They believed in Who He was and His power, and they believed that God’s Word was God’s Word – that is was Yes and Amen.

This is the same with the great preachers of today. They see hundreds of miracles each week and thousands of people getting saved in their crusade events. The heavens are open because in their minds they believe God is going to move.

Heavenly Father, I pray today you will open our hearts and minds to You. Help us to flick the switch of our minds, so we believe in Who You are and what You can do through us. I ask in Jesus name, Amen.

God Bless,

Dave

Set your mind right

The verse of the day today on my website is Philippians 4:8. It says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. ”

As I saw this verse this morning I started to think and pray about our minds and how important our mind is to the choices we make and the directions we go.

Here are a few verses from the Bible about our minds and some things we should do…

1. Our minds need to be made new

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2. We must set them on things above

Colossians 3:2-3 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

3. We must prepare them to serve God effectively

1 Peter 1:13 – Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

4. We must love God will all our minds

Matthew 22:37  – Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

5. We must be of one mind as Christians

2 Corinthians 13:11 – Finally, brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

Our minds are so important to our Christian walk. They determine many of the things we do and many of the things we don’t do.

Let’s all make sure we set our minds right today. Let’s set them on “things above, not on the earth below”.

God Bless,

Dave