Deliverance

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Learning to live with a chronic illness includes learning to face and live with trouble. The Bible does not flatter us with the false hope that goodness will secure us from trouble. Instead, the Bible warns us over and over to expect tribulation while we are in this body. Our afflictions come from all directions and at any time. They challenges are many but with Jesus Christ, we can face each day. There is no promise they will go away in this lifetime. However, the Lord will guide us through or lift us out of them.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 34:19 (KJV), “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

What the verse means:

The Treasury of David explains it this way. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, etc. Be our troubles many in number, strange in nature, heavy in measure; yet God’s mercies are more numerous, his wisdom more wondrous, his power more miraculous; he will deliver us out of all. Thomas Adams.”

Praying using the verses:

1. Heavenly Father, we know the afflictions of the righteous are many.

2. Lord Jesus, we find some comfort in knowing hardships and trials are the norms.

3. We confess we don’t like them but trust in you.

3. God our Father, we give you thanks for the promise of deliverance.

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God’s Benevolent Activity and Gracious Will

Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes accepting God’s benevolent activity and gracious will for the life of the Believer.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Numbers 6:24-26, “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

What the verse means:

Each line of verse, with God as subject, is progressively longer (three, five, seven Hebrew words). God is the actor in all six clauses: bless, keep, make the face shine, be gracious, lift up countenance, and give peace. The six verbs together cover God’s benevolent activity from various angles and state God’s gracious will for the life of the people.

Praying using the verses:

1. Thank you, Lord, for your blessings that are poured out on our chronically ill loved one and our family.
2. Thank you, Lord, for keeping our chronically ill loved one. I thank you for the safety you provide in sheltering our chronically ill loved one from evil and illness.
3. Thank you, Lord, for smiling on our chronically ill loved one. We appreciate your benevolent disposition toward our chronically ill loved one and our family.
4. Thank you, Lord, for your graciousness toward our chronically ill loved one.
5. Thank Lord for turning your face toward our chronically ill loved one and the way it signifies your gracious movement toward them.
6. Thank you, Lord, for the peace you have given our chronically ill loved one and our family as they face their illness and treatment.

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Hope

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One of the hardest things about a chronic illness is its length. If it is not a terminal illness, you find yourself or family member facing its challenge daily. If it is a terminal illness, it may turn into a long goodbye.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Job 11:18 (KJV), “And thou shalt be secure because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take thy rest in safety.”

What the verse means:

Regardless of the length of the goodbye, for the Christian, there is hope in Jesus Christ.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we feel secure because there is hope.
  2. Because of the hope we have in you, we can rest in security.
  3. Pray for a good day of rest.

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Helper

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When we or our loved one faces a chronic or serious illness, we need the Lord’s helper. We also need the courage to face the next hour and the challenges of everyday living. With Christ, we can face each day without fear.

We also need the courage to face the next hour and the challenges of everyday living. With Christ, we can face each day without fear.

With Christ, we can face each day without fear.

The Lord’s help is available. How do you get it you ask? Through prayer. You ask God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Hebrews 13:6 (KJV), “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

What the verse means:

Without any hesitation or doubt, in all times of difficulty when we don’t know how to pray or how we will make it even through the night, we have an assurance that God will not leave us to suffer.

What can we fear if we have the assurance that the Lord is on our side, and that he will help us?

We fear nothing. Man can do no more to us than God permits, and no more than will be for our own good. We know under whatever trials we may be placed, we need be under no painful anxiety, for God will be our protector and our friend.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, help us to cling to You and keep our total trust in You.
  2. Lord, give us the courage to say You are our helper.
  3. We pray for fear to flee from us. We will not fear what man shall do unto me.

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Affliction

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This was a hard verse to select. As I read and meditated on it, I thought “light affliction?” No way is fighting cancer or any chronic illness “light.” It has been terrible to face a never ending illness.

I thought and prayed what could our family’s chronic illness be teaching us? How could any of this be preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond comparison? I asked God to show me what is happening.

Today’s Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 4:17 (KJV), “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”

What the verse means:

1. The “momentary affliction” of cancer or a chronic illness is weaning us from this world.
2. We have to look to God for consolation and support as she faces cancer. The events and disease are forcing us to look to God as He alone is our hope.
3. Her cancer has us contemplating the glories of the heavenly world. We see our thoughts and longing for heaven alone as a respite from the disease while on Earth. It has us looking forward to heaven as our home and the wonder of no more sickness or suffering.
4. We look forward with hope as God has graciously promised to reward his people in heaven as the result of their bearing trials in this life. God is preparing us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
5. We only trust God as we know through our walk with Him over the years He is faithful.

Praying using the verses:

1. Heavenly Father, help us as we face our worldly afflictions. Help us to change our focus from what ails us to you.
2. Lord God, we look to you for consolation and support as face the chronic illness. God, you alone are our hope.
3. Help us to contemplate the glories of the heavenly world. We long for heaven where there is no disease and suffering.
4. We look forward with hope as God has graciously promised to reward his people in heaven. Thank you, God, for preparing us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.
5. We only trust God as we know through our walk with Him over the years He is faithful.

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THY WILL BE DONE: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill

by Jimmie Aaron Kepler


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Rest

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Living with a chronic illness can leave you tired and weary. I talking about bone tired. I am talking about the type of tired that a vacation or even a sabbatical cannot cure. You may be like my wife. She’s battling Stage Four Melanoma. She’s tired. The juggling of the schedule to visit visit the surgical oncologist, managing oncologist, dermatologist, thyroid doctor,  blood work, biopsies, surgery, second surgery, PET scans, CAT scans, MRIs, days and weeks of radiation treatments, months of daily chemotherapy prediction medications, waiting for UPS or FedEx to deliver the refrigerated prescriptions from the special pharmacy, visits to the lymphedema therapist, daily lymphedema therapy at home with the machine that sounds like Darth Vader with its sleeve that looks like Snuffleupagus on Sesame Street. Then there is the eating schedule. She had to take the meds and wait two hours to eat or eat and wait several hours before she could take the medications. You get the picture and can relate. You get tired. You need rest. You need God.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Exodus 33:14 (KJV), “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

What the verse means:

The Lord is telling Moses that he, that is the Lord, will personally go with him. He, that is the Lord, will give him rest. He is telling Moses that everything will be fine for him. The application for the Believer in Christ is the Lord also personally goes with us, gives us rest, and promises that ultimately all will be fine.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, thank you for your presence going with us.
  2. Lord Jesus, thank you for the rest You give us.
  3. God, we ask to experience it again this day.
  4. Let us use Sunday as the day of rest and worship.

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You Have an Inheritance

Inheritance

Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes apprehending you have an inheritance.

When faced with a chronic disease you realize your normal has changed. You have the new normal of the daily medicines, therapy, and sometimes chemo. A once envisioned future evaporates. You wonder what the tomorrow holds.

The good news is that as Believers in Christ Jesus, you do have an inheritance. Cancer, heart disease, a stroke, high blood pressure, glaucoma, COPD or any disease/illness cannot take that future bequest away from you.

Today’s Bible Verse:

1 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV), “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,”

What the Verse Means:

As a Christian, you have an inheritance through Jesus Christ.

Personalized Prayer Using Today’s Scripture:

  • I bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • I thank our Heavenly Father for his abundant mercies that through the resurrection of Jesus Christ I have a Living Hope, even as I battle a chronic disease.
  • I praise you for the inheritance I have in Jesus Christ. The bequest in Jesus Christ is incorruptible, undefiled and does not fade away. It does not disappear when I get a chronic illness.

This is an excerpt from: “Thy Will Be Done: 60 Prayers for the Chronically Ill.”

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