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Last week we were discussing how God deals with us and our circumstances when it seems as though we are in a circular battle of defeat and can’t fight our way out. Some things God does instantaneously. Others He allows us to walk out to reinforce our faith. And then sometimes like the Apostle Paul He doesn’t remove it at all. And we were asked to reflect on those postures as our lives might reflect one of those instances.
Some 25 years ago, I wanted to be delivered from alcohol. I remember that morning I got on my knees and prayed a sincere prayer and when I got off my knees I never drank another drop. I am thoroughly convinced that when you want to be set free from something you have to be tired of being tired of it overtaking you. Then and only then can you pray from a posture of sincerity and humility. To this day I have a wine rack for guests—and am still grateful to God in heaven, that I have no desire for it.
When diagnosed with leukemia…
In 2008 when diagnosed with leukemia, and only a 20% survival rate…The doctor made arrangements for me to be taken to Emory in Atlanta and on my way in the ambulance I received a phone call from a very dear friend who had no idea where I was that told me, “God wants you to know everything is going to be alright—I’ve been praying for you now for 2 weeks you have been before my face. You are going to be just fine.” When I arrived at the hospital and was getting off the gurney I heard the Holy Spirit say, “This sickness is not unto death—whose report will you believe?”
“You are healed! You are healed!”
Some months later while on my way to a luncheon heard this echo within me “You are healed! You are healed!” Every six months I would go in for a check-up to make sure the leukemia hadn’t come back. Until one day my doctor said these words. “Mrs. Leach I know you are waiting for the other shoe to fall—but I don’t believe it will—I think you are cured.” When he walked out of that room I got down on my knees and thanked God with tears rolling down my face. That was in 2009 and by God’s grace, I am still here.
Right now I am wrestling with impatience and feel like it’s got me pinned to the mat. And you just might be wrestling with something too. But I have to remember, just like you…For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again (Proverbs 24:16 NKJV)…Because of God’s all-sufficient grace. So the next time you fall please don’t beat yourself up. Get back up again and get back into the race with confidence knowing… “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week.….Blessings and Peace!
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