Great Anticipation

Great Anticipation   Commitment with great anticipation. Every day we have a series of commitments. Commitments to goals, our jobs, other people, to ourselves. Yet, what does it mean to commit your way to Jesus? In essence, to commit your way to Jesus is a weighted commitment that stands apart, far above all the rest…And your life is never he same. It is the commitment that supersedes all others, as it is based on a faith-filled bond between an individual and their triune God—Father, Son, Lord and Savior, and the Holy Spirit.   When you commit your life to Jesus, you are laying before Him every aspect of your being: Your desires, your character, your intellect, and emotions, and of course, most notably, your free will. You are opening yourself up to both the Lord’s scrutiny to make you a better person, and his protection, comfort, compassion, mercy and grace which He lavishes on all who seek Him in earnest. This form of commitment far exceeds commitment to a job or another person. In fact, it opens you up to personal growth, the likes you may have likely never seen before in your life. And it all starts with trust: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust that He will act…”    Psalm 37:5 Trust is the foundation of one’s commitment to Jesus Christ, the Greatest Hope the world has ever known. Trust is the basis for praying with great anticipation that one’s prayers will be answered in due time with the best possible outcome. It also has a stabilizing effect on the people who pray, as it enables...

Embracing Your Healing

  “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,[b] and I will give you rest…” Matthew 11:28 For decades, I thought that there was no healing possible for the major depression and neuro-autoimmune condition I have lived with now for 35 years. In essence, I thought that things were just the way they were, and it would be. I determined that I just had to endure serious life-threatening infirmity and depression—and felt very alone in my mind-body challenges. However, through reading Scripture, one day I came to a new realization. That is, that I was not alone and that my God was a living, accessible, healing  God that loved me deeply and would never leave me.   Through reading the Bible often, I came to understand that Jesus is the Great Healer, Comforter and Savior. That if any healing were to occur in my life, it would be through Him. Initially, trusting Jesus with my health was not easy. However, with the passage of time, I began placing my focus squarely on Him in every circumstance, during both times of remission and during exascerbations. Where else, I thought, could my healing come from?   When we place our challenges and trials in God’s hands, three things happen: Our burden seems lighter and more manageable. We are able to endure great things with hope and optimism that things will get better. We are able to grow in trust of God’s saving hand as He works al things out for our good.   Striving to trust in God’s great love for us is the first step in stepping onto the...