Yesterday was the day after my surgery. I felt like someone had stepped on a shovel and taken a large scoop out of my head and then sewed it back up. The feeling was a severe thumping headache, and the sensation that someone was pulling my hair out. Now in reality, I know that a small section was removed, and that the scalp had been sewed back together, and in time, the tight feeling and thumping would go away--but today, couldn't come to an end soon enough. What had been done to me was to prolong my life, not end it. It was a mercy killing. Kill the cancer and heal the person. Let the healthy live, and kill what had the potential to kill me. However, that is not how it felt. But, feelings lie.
Matthew 18:8 (NLT) "So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It's better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet."
When we cut friends off, when we quit over-eating, taking drugs, drinking alcohol, or anything that we enjoyed or was part of our life style, and ask Jesus to take it away, it may be painful in the beginning, but the end is long life and health. It may even feel as if we are punishing ourself, or being punished. We may feel worse, not better during the process. However, soon we will recover.
Hebrews 12:11-13(NIV) "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,”so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
Today if there is an area of sin in your life, ask God to remove it. Trust your Father in Heaven, because He loves you, and only wants the best for you. Trust God. He sent Jesus His Son to die for you, that you may live. What more could He do? God doesn't give us cancer, He can't. He doesn't have any. So also, God does not give us sin, or the desire to sin. That too, comes from the devil. Just like I trusted my surgeon to do me good and not harm, you and I must trust God. God is preparing a place for us so we can be with Him, that's how much He loves.
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Rena Perozich is a wife, mother, mentor, author, and encourager. Her life's purpose is to become all God has called her to be and to encourage others to do the same. Learn more.