Count It All Joy

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Dealing with a chronic illness includes tests and challenges coming at you from all sides.

Today’s Bible Verse:

James 1:2-4 (KJV), “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

What the Verses Mean:

The verse tells us that we will face tests and challenges. These test and challenges force you to live your faith or to fail to live your faith. We shouldn’t run from or try to get out of the situation you are facing. Allow God to develop and grow you in your faith. Your testimony will be to his honor and glory.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Pray that as you or your loved one faces challenges from all sides that they will maintain an attitude of joy. This is especially true as you face the continuing challenges of cancer and its treatments. This includes both the financial burden of the bills and the billing and insurance issues.
  2. Pray that you would be prepared through your in Christ when the trails of various kinds confront you.
  3. Pray that you would be steadfast in your trust in Lord. Why? This is where the steadfastness will have its full effect.

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Learning to Defer

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As we live with a chronic illness we learn many lessons. One lesson is learning to defer.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Isaiah 40:29 (KJV), “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”

What the Verse Means:

As Believers in Jesus Chris, we experience his presence and power during our daily living. When we are tired, he provides us with the power we need for the daily challenges. When we are weak, Christ Jesus increases our strength where we have what is needed.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Heavenly Father, help Miss Benita to modify her activities to fit your needs and get the rest she needs.
  2. Lord, help Miss Benita to count on God’s strength to replace her weakness.
  3. We pray for your favor for her with her customers and bosses as she works on Wednesday. Help her to have the strength she needs for the day.

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God Empathizes With You

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When dealing with a chronic illness, there are times when we feel no one understands or cares. There is hope. We are not alone. Jesus cares. In fact, he shares sympathy with you. Jesus knows you. He shares the feelings you have. He is in tune with you. God empathizes with you.

Today’s Bible Verse:

John 11:35 (KJV), “Jesus wept.”

What the Verse Means:

God empathizes with you.

Praying Using the Verse:

  1. Heavenly Father, thank you for paying attention to our hurts and cares.
  2. Lord Jesus, as today’s verse says, “Jesus wept.” Thank you for caring enough to cry with us and to comfort us.
  3. God, help us to cast our cares on you. Your word teaches us to do just that in 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV), “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

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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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