Disappearing Mass

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4 years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I went the normal route of diagnosis, tests, and treatment. I have no doubt God walked with me every step. I remember a time I cried out to him when I didn’t think I could go another day. A year ago I told my Drs that there was something not right. They checked and said it was just scar tissue. Two months ago we found a lump/mass. I had the routine mammo and it didn’t show anything abnormal. I went to my next appt and the surgeon agreed there was definitely a lump/mass .He relooked at the mammo and showed us where this was seen if he enlarged the picture. We chose to have it removed and biopsied. My appointment was scheduled for October 7th. We only told those closest to us because I didn’t want sympathy. All through we prayed. Sunday when I was getting ready for church I checked and it was there…another reminder that here we go again. When I walked into church I asked for a few of my closest ladies to pray for me. I knew what to expect with another bad biopsy but I personally felt I was on the verge of a melt down. Those ladies laid hands on me and prayed. Tuesday morning I got ready to go for the surgery and I felt for the lump. I couldn’t find it. I asked my husband to look and he couldn’t find it . We went to the doctor’s. The nurses starting prepping me for surgery and I asked to speak to the surgeon. The nurses asked what was wrong. I told them I couldn’t feel a lump/mass. They checked and said they didn’t feel it either. They called the surgeon…he felt and said well we are not doing surgery today. There is nothing to biopsy. He told the nurse that 10 days prior I had a lump and he showed her by putting his fingers about an inch apart. One of the nurses said wow…can you believe that? I told her I believe a baby was born from a virgin…I can believe this too. Praise God that no matter what…he walks with us….gives us comfort through the sad times…..and gives healing even when all we asked for was peace.

submitted by Dutch Boyd

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The Body of Christ

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There is a testimony I’ve been wanting to share for quite some time at our church, and I finally have a computer, so I can (another testimony in and of itself)! I had been praying and believing for my husband’s salvation from the time I was born again. At times it seemed like it would never happen, but I kept holding onto the words God had given to me one day when I was praying in the Spirit on my way to work: "Jesus has my Jason." One day, following a marriage ceremony at our church, the couple invited people to share with them words of encouragement, etc. I told them how their marriage had encouraged me to continue standing in faith for my husband’s salvation, and that one day that would be me and my husband. On July 8, 2012, as my mother was being baptized, my husband accepted the Lord Jesus as his Savior. After two-plus years of prayer and and believing, God proved His faithfulness as my husband was welcomed into the Body of Christ! Nothing has been more monumental in growing my faith than that. For anyone who is praying for a loved one to be born again, I hope that this testimony is an encouragement to stand on the Word of God which says that "you and your household will be saved"–not can be saved, but WILL be saved. God is FAITHFUL to bring about all of His promises in our lives. I haven’t found one that He hasn’t kept yet! Nothing is more telling of God’s love and power for us than another one of His children entering in to the kingdom of Heaven. Praise the Lord–He is good!

Submitted by Sarah Torrez

He is I AM

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Friday night service testimonies, prayed for someone with a headache and they felt better. Then I got a text later that night and it was completely gone. Prayed for someone who had back and ankle pain from a recent car accident, which felt better after prayer. I also got a text that night and it was 90% gone.Prayed for someone’s back and it was healed. Prayed for someone who had financial need and the next day received the amount needed three hours before the dead line. Someone prophesied over several people and was dead on. Prayed for someone with a fever and they felt better. Offered to council a family member of someone who attends Friday nights, and was told that they were not to sure they would agree to it, then got a text later that night and the person agreed. Amazing grace how sweet the sound….God not only saved us but he gave us authority over everything. Begin to walk out what you have and what you have already received. Don’t worry about the why nots, and focus and the yes and amen! Move in power because you have the spirit inside you, Faith increase in the name of Jesus! Believe He is who He is and He is I AM!!!

Submitted by Carlos Zapata

How Papa Sees Us

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Had a chance to speak life to a co-worker this past week. She told me she feels guilty and condemned for not attending church due to an illness. I got to share how Papa sees His children. And we are NOT condemned. She replied that she just doesn’t see Papa like I do. Isn’t that just a kick!! We can all choose how and what we believe, just as Adam has been telling us… Just believe Him.

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Saved By Grace

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Adam’s message today slammed the coffin lid down on some old religion stuff that God has been illuminating for me. Lord, just give me Christianity 101 on this side of eternity, please. Thanks so much (Adam/Brian) for being the vessels you are!

I’ve made a decision today about something that God has been working on in me for the past few weeks. I am going to begin existing in my “new creation” status.

As Christians we often say, with a degree of glibness; “I’m just a sinner saved by Grace!”
This is a statement that is ultimately true, with two antithetical perspectives, both true, one past and one present tense. This statement is so frequently used that it has even become a default response for many, in lieu of simply receiving a compliment. Someone might say, “Your ministry/attitude/preaching/ etc. is such an encouragement to me,” and the humble response can be “I’m just a sinner saved by Grace!” This is such a conditioned response that sometimes, oddly, those of us born and raised above the Mason-Dixon line might even say it in a southern dialect! (LOL! …….what in the world is that all about?)

The question is: if both halves of this statement are true, which half are we declaring over ourselves?

This analogy came to me (if you have never undergone an appendectomy, not to worry. It’s just an analogy!): To say, “I’m a sinner saved by Grace” is true…in the same way that it is true to say, “I had appendicitis, and my appendix was removed (not simply medicated….removed) therefore, I no longer have to ever worry about appendicitis.”
I have not lived the “sinner saved by Grace” concept in that way at all, and realize now fully that by constantly affirming this sin nature, we manifest……sin! Conversely, by constantly affirming our “new creation” status, we manifest the fruit of the Spirit. No striving required. (Proverbs 23:7 “….as a man thinketh in his heart, so he is.”)

I used to think of our paradoxical sinner/beloved child designation as the opposite sides of a coin. Always coexisting, yet mutually exclusive, impossible to behold simultaneously, and incapable of manifesting simultaneously. I now see that this is not true, as it removes the words "you are" from “a new creation”, and inverts our familiar quotation by saying; “You are saved by Grave….but you’re nonetheless a sinner.” The truth is, what we’ll call the “tails” side of the coin (sinful nature) is no longer coexisting with the “heads” side… the tails side is dead! This in no way encourages apathy toward sin, nor should it evoke a false sense of immunity to it, as sin will always “come knocking”. Instead it does the exact opposite by reminding us that we are a new creation, and although sin and Satan are indeed real, they are no more than a snarling dog on an unbreakable chain, incapable of touching those who decide to avoid them. Sin becomes uninteresting. In fact, it requires a willing effort on our part to cross the clear-cut borderline, provided by the Holy Spirit, in order to indulge them.

I’m no longer a “sinner saved by Grace”…………….I’m just “saved by Grace”

Submitted by Kirk Reese