God’s Presence

Dealing with a chronic illness can be a lonely struggle. Sometimes you feel it is you against the world. As a Believer in Jesus Christ, you are not alone. God promises His presence will go with you.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Exodus 33:14 (KJV), “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.”

What the Verse Means:

The verse tells us that God Himself will is pledging He will go with you. He is not delegating this task to another. We see it manifest in Exodus 13:21 with the fire and cloudy pillar. The rest promised is not only rest from the present anguish and troubles but in due time God will bring them to their resting-place and settled habitation, the Promised Land.

Pray Using the Verses:

  1. Heavenly Father, we pray to feel and experience the comfort of God’s presence.
  2. Help us, Lord, to experience and accept the promise of rest You give.
  3. Pray that your loved ones would experience God’s presence and rest.

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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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Praise

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Learning to deal with a chronic illness includes praising God

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 86:12, “I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.”

What the verse means:

We glorify God by praising him. Our end as the creation of God is to praise God. While nothing we do can add to God’s glory, when we praise Him it exalts Him in the eyes of others. When we praise God, we spread his fame and renown. Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In has been said, in prayer we act like men; in praise, we act like angels

Praying using the verses:

1. Father in heaven we pray that we would continue to praise God with all our heart even our loved one faces their illness.

2. Our Lord and Savior Jesus we pray that we would glorify God’s name forevermore.

3. Jehovah God we pray we would focus on Your riches, not our troubles.

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Do Not Lose Heart

flowers-452190_1920When dealing with a chronic illness it important that you do not lose heart.

God simply is pointing out we should view all earthly adversity in comparison with our future heavenly glory. When we do this, we should be strengthened to endure our earthly trials.

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

While our bodies (outward man) grow old and suffer from diseases our spiritual side (inward man) is renewed daily. Too often we only focus on the things we see in this present life. We need to also focus on the spiritual, that is the things that are not seen but given to us by God as a future promise. these are only seen with our “spiritual eyes.” It takes faith. A part of faith is believing that what God has promised he will certainly bring to pass. I believe.

Praying Using the Verses

1. Heavenly Father, help us to focus on you and not lose heart.
2. Lord Jesus, while our outward body is perishing, yet our inward man or body is being renewed daily.
3. God, we realize the chronic illness we are facing won’t last forever but is working in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
4. Lord God, help us to not look at our circumstances which are temporary but to look on the things that are not now seen, but eternal.

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Laughter

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Part of learning to deal with a chronic illness is learning to laugh.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Proverbs 17:22 (KJV),  “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

What the verse means:

Our attitude is crucial when dealing with a chronic illness. The cheerfulness of mind does good like a medicine for the body. Our attitude contributes to the restoration or preservation of bodily health and vigor.

Praying using the verses:

  1. Lord Jesus, help us to enjoy the funny things that happen in life.
  2. Heavenly Father, help us to take life one day at a time.
  3. God, help our family and friends to not dwell on the seriousness of the illness, but rather help us to live life to the fullest as we know You hold our future.

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Fortress

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For the person and their family that are living with a chronic illness, they need never to be ashamed to rely on the Lord God. He is their rock and fortress.

Today’s Bible Verse:

Psalm 71: 3, “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress.”

What the verse means:

God is there for us all the time. We can always go to and rely on God. The Lord God is our rock and fortress.

Praying using the verses:

1. Heavenly Father, we rely on and thank you for being here for us.
2. Lord Jesus, we pray that we will continually place our confidence and trust in You.
3. Thank you for being our rock and our fortress.

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Anxiety

As a caregiver of someone who is chronically ill, you may find yourself feeling alone and as helpless as the person living with the illness.

Maybe you belong to a support group. Support groups are wonderful and recommended.

Maybe extended family pitches in and helps … when they can. Great.

Maybe you have even placed yourself or loved on your church’s prayer list. Fantastic.

While others praying for you is wonderful, you need to keep up your own time with God.

  • Step one is accepting Him as Lord and Saviour.
  • Step two is reading from the Bible.
  • Step three is praying. Just share what is in your heart. For example, we can tell the Lord we are scared, tired, worn out, or worried. He listens. He cares.
  • Step four is to claim the promise that the Lord is our helper.

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:

Today’s verse tells us to boldly say, the Lord is my helper. It adds that in Christ we can have victory over fear.

Praying using the verses:

  1. 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.
  2. What can we fear if we have the assurance that the Lord is on our side, and that he will help us?
  3. We fear nothing. Man can do no more to us than God permits, and no more than will be for our own good.
  4. 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.

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