"Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity,
And I have trusted in the Lord without wavering"
My precious moments with, God my Savior and Lord ... 12/11/07
Holding on to integrity in the midst of, my physical RSD, pain.
On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord,
and Satan also came with them to present himself before him. And the
Lord said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the
Lord, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it"
Then the Lord said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job?
There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man
who fears God and shuns evil. And he still maintains his INTEGRITY,
though you incited me against him to ruin him without any reason. Skin
for skin! Satan replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life. But
stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely
curse you to your face." The Lord said to Satan, "Very well, then, he
is in your hands; but you must spare his life." So Satan went out from
the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the
soles of his feet to the top of his head. Then Job took a piece of pottery
and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes. His wife said to
him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!" He
replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good
from God and not trouble?" In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.
For us who have lost our health, which is, Satan's deliberate personal
attack on our lives, are in a position of displaying God's love, mercy,
grace, and faithfulness on, our platform of, adversity. How, you ask?
One word ... INTEGRITY!! How, can that be? Well, integrity simply
means ... Unimpaired moral principles, wholeness, completeness,
oneness, uprightness, honor and, honesty.
With these moral principles we can stand, as one, who are walking
with God, just like Job, regardless of the fact that God Almighty
allowed Satan to test Job, short of death. We have to remember
how the Lord protected, this God fearing man, of faith and later
blessed him for his faithful obedience after he had prayed for his
friends. This, illustrated, reference sets a good, example for us to
follow in Job 42 to pray for friends who do not understand or identify
with our dilemma although they mean well. Regardless we will remain
faithful and, true to God, with the JOY of the LORD as, our strength.
Heavenly Father, as we look to You in faith please lead and guide us.
We humbly pray for our friends as Job prayed for his friends. Even
with their best intentions, many friends are not able to comprehend
when someone is at the end of their rope. It is so difficult for a
person to grasp the depth of a person's, pain and sorrow. A friend
may not be insensitive but insecure as to what to say and do.
Lamb of God instill in them, the wisdom of your Holy Spirit. In their
quiet time speak your love over them with your, small still voice.
Minister your loving-kindness to each individual need according
to your will in their lives.
Lord, following Job's example, we, pray for our, sick friends who are
suffering horrendous pain. Please go deep into the root of their pain
and gently massage the pain away. We ask, for healing throughout
their bodies...from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet.
Lord, You have, allowed this affliction to strike, so many without a
cure. Yes, this is our cross to bear while on this earth but just help,
us in our hour of distress to overcome and prevail with the help and
power, of your Holy Spirit. Hold, each one of us, ever so tightly, in Your
loving arms. Don't let us go. When the pain is at it's worst comfort, us
with your gentle touch, restoring, us back to, some, sense of normalcy.
Lord, we may not like our affliction but we accept it because it brings
honor, glory and praise to your Holy name. Thank you Lord. We love
you so. Not our will but your will be done. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far
more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the
things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the
things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen
are eternal" 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
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"For nothing is impossible with God" Luke 1:37. All in His will, His way, His time, His purpose, and under His control. The Lord is so good.