God Has Not Forgotten Me

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Even when we have a chronic illness, God still loves us and does not forget us.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Romans 8:35 (KJV), “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?”

What the Verse Means:

Nothing can separate a Believer in Jesus Christ from His love.

Praying Using the Verse:

Thank you, God, for loving us. John 3:16 (KJV), “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Thank you, Heavenly Father, that there is nothing, not even a chronic illness, that can ever separate us from Your love.

Help us, Lord, to accept the love You have for us as Believers.

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Suffering is Not a Result of Punishment

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When suffering from chronic pain or illness it is not uncommon to ask “why me?” Never forget that our chronic illness and suffering is not a punishment from God.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 103:10 (KJV), “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.”

What the Verse Means:

Having a chronic illness and the resulting physical and mental suffering that may result is not punishment for sin.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Adonai, thank you for not having us suffer as we deserved to suffer or receive the punishment for our sins that we deserve.
  2. Father in heaven, thank you for the provision you give us as Believers through 1 John 1:9 (KJV) “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
  3. We bless you, Lord. Even when our body and being aches we realize you have allowed us happiness and even joy, so we bless your holy name.

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Suffering in Unavoidable and Universal

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Learning to deal with a chronic illness is learning the truth that suffering in unavoidable and universal.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Acts 14:22 (KJV), “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.,”

What the verse means:

Confirming is better translated “Strengthening.” Acts 18:23 renders the word this was. The verse is given to strengthen us as Believers by encouraging us to keep the faith and reminding us that as followers of Christ will suffer many afflictions be we enter into the actual kingdom of God where Jesus Christ is King.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray for Your strength and for You to strengthen us as we face our chronic illness.
  2. Lord Jesus, help us to be strong and continue in our faith in You.
  3. Thank you for letting us know that we will face many trials and tribulations like health issues as Believers. We cling to You to walk through this time with us.

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Don’t Lose Hope

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When dealing with a chronic illness it is normal to feel hopeless and helpless.

Today’s Bible Verse:

John 11:40 (KJV), “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?”

What the verse means:

It is not okay to lose hope.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Lord Jesus, help us to listen for Your voice and hear what You say.
  2. Heavenly Father, help us to internalize what You have to say. Help us do this through memorizing Scripture and meditating on Your Word.
  3. God, help us see Your glory.
  4. We acknowledge that our hope is built on Jesus blood and righteousness.

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It’s Okay to Ask “Why?”

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When facing a chronic illness it is okay to ask God, “Why is this happening to me?”

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 42:9a (KJV), “I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me?

What the verse means:

Asking God why is a sign of faith.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we come before You as we face our chronic illness because You are our rock.
  2. Lord Jesus, as You said on the cross we also ask God the Father, “Why hast though forsaken me? Why are You not answering me?”
  3. Jehovah God, even when we don’t understand why and don’t hear an audible answer or even Your still small voice to answer our questioning we still trust in thee.

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Glory is Eternal

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We need to remember our troubles are temporary. In Christ, our glory is eternal.

Today’s Bible Verse:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (KJV), “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

What the verse means:

Today’s Bible passage tells us why we should never give up. We see that while our bodies are dying our spirit is renewed every day. We learn that however big our problems are in Christ they are small. The present troubles of our chronic illness will not last forever. They will actually produce a legacy for us in the glory that outweighs them and will last forever. We shouldn’t look at our present troubles but rather we should turn our eyes upon Jesus. Our Earthly troubles will pass but the things we presently cannot see will last forever.

Praying using the verse:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray that we do not lose heart as we deal with our chronic illness.
  2. Lord Jesus, we know that while our outer body is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed by you days by day.
  3. God, we know this affliction is but for a moment in eternity’s clock and that you have greater things in store for us.
  4. Help us to not dwell on our present circumstances but to focus on the future have in Jesus Christ.
  5. Pray, we would continue to have the godly attitude that only comes from you as we face life day by day.

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The Ultimate Safe Place

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As we face a chronic illness, we need to realize the ultimate safe place for us is in Jesus Christ. Let us never forget that Jesus is our rock, fortress, and deliverer.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 18:2 (KJV), “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.”

What the verse means:

King David uses these different names of God to show that God has many ways to help. This is seen in contrast to the wicked have many ways of hurting people.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, I thank you for being my rock, my fortress, and my delivered.
  2. Lord Jesus, I trust in You. You are my strength. You are my buckler that is my shield.
  3. Thank you for being the horn of my salvation and my high tower.

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