Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014 … Slow Healing

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 135

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go this video link to hear Crystal Lewis and Ron Kenoly singing the poignant but powerful song Beauty For Ashes, reminding all in Christ that that, no what we’re going through, God provides His healing grace for those who need it.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Revelation 21: 3-4 [NKJV] …  
3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” 
Highlight Passage [Context] #1 – NKJV: Revelation 21: 1-8 [NKJV] … Go to this link 

Reference Passages #1 John 17: 20-23 [NKJV] … Go to this link Jesus, the Good Shepherd prays for His flock …

Reference Passages #2 Romans 8: 28-29 [NKJV] …  
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Reference Passages #3 Philippians 1: 6 [NKJV] …  
6 … being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; …

My Journal for Today: Yes, if you noted my journal entry for yesterday, you’ll see that many of the same reference scriptures are cited today, even though the subject is slightly different. Today my Our Daily Bread devotional deals with the reality that healing IN THIS LIFE can often be slow and even agonizing.

As the devotional points out, if one sustains a physical or emotional trauma in life, sometimes it takes months, if not years (or maybe even an entire life) to be in rehab or recovery, dealing with the outcomes of the injury or wounding. Almost 15 years ago now God called my wife and I to cofound a ministry to help men walk free from the bondage of habitual sexual sin. And in this calling, my wife leads efforts to help wives have been wounded in their marriages by the reality of a spouse who has been unfaithful. And God has used our ministry to help couples find personal and marital healing following the relational damage which occurs in a marriage when the husband has been unfaithful. But these wounds take time in healing. The photo attached, however, represents the healing which can (and will) come from God; but the process many times takes years. Take it from two who know; because my wife and I have experienced God’s healing grace; … but it took years for God’s grace to be received and used for healing; and now God uses His grace through our ministry to help other couples to find such healing.

But we recognize from God’s promise in today’s highlight passage from Revelation 21 that there will be a day in glory when all wounds will be healed and all tears will be tears of joy. However, now, in this life, we must deal with God’s here-and-now promises of His healing grace being there for all who need it and those who truly believe in the truth of the passages from God’s truth cited above.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, Your healing grace is there for all who need it. … Amen

Blogger Note: Everyday during this year, my daily devotional blogs are influenced by the reading and study of the online devotional blog entitled Our Daily Bread [TGIF], distributed online via email by RBC Ministries. If you GO TO THIS LINK  on the date of my blog, you’ll find a link to read the Our Daily Bread blogs; or you can subscribe to the blog via email at that site.

No comments: