quinta-feira, 2 de abril de 2015

"Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume." John 12:1-3

The kind of perfume Mary used was ‘pure nard’. An oil/fragrance used as a perfume, as a medicine or for religious purposes back then. At that time, many people knew the high cost of that perfume, so they were able to quickly figure out that the amount of perfume she used was worth a whole lot of land, and that land could’ve been sold and used to help the poor. It was also worth a whole year’s wage. Imagine that! Imagine using your whole year’s wage to pour it all out on Jesus! Mary did that!
That was Mary’s worship that day! Her worship was an expression of her heart. That was for sure her worship! Mary’s worship was messy! It made a mess on Jesus’ feet (probably calloused from walking to spread the Good News, teach the multitudes, feed the hungry and heal the sick). It was a mess because she used her own hair to wipe it off, so her hair was messed up! Despite the fact that she was a woman and should've been in the kitchen with her sister, she did not feel intimidated by the presence of the men! She did not feel intimidated by the "Apostles!" She simply worshipped her Lord! 

What a courageous woman! She loved Jesus so much and she probably felt a debt of gratitude towards Him. So, it leaves me to wonder! Had Jesus healed her from diseases? Had He touched her heart in a very special way? Had He washed her clean from all unrighteousness and delivered her from many sins? Had He given her hope of a better life? Had He renewed her vision for what her life could become?

Yes, Jesus has healed me from diseases! He has delivered me from depression, He once healed me from a big uterine tumor. He has touched my heart in a very deep way! He has shown mercy towards me! He has cleansed me from my own dirty messy sins! He has given me hope not only for life in the future, but life in the present – the eternal life that starts now! He has renewed my vision! I now see far out! I see what He wants to do with my life and through my life!

Mary’s worship was messy! "And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume." The perfume must’ve dripped on the floor and even on her own clothes, maybe even on someone else that was sitting by Jesus.

I want my worship to be like Mary’s! I want my worship to fill my house, the house of God and any other house I go into. And I want my worship to inspire people to do the same. I want my worship to touch me back and touch others around me. I want my worship to the Lord Jesus be so genuine, unashamed and free that it will touch many lives to receive the freedom, the vision, the hope and the power that I now have!
How is your worship? Is it touching lives? Is it inspiring others?

segunda-feira, 12 de janeiro de 2015

Suffering from severe pain?

Yesterday, at church, during the message (which was an opening to the few months study on the Sermon on the Mount) the preacher read Matthew 4:17 and I kept on reading the rest of the chapter to myself. Then, I came to this portion which spoke to me tremendously:

“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them.” Matthew 4:23-24

I started meditating about how Jesus PREACHED the good news of the kingdom, but he went on HEALING EVERY DISEASE AND SICKNESS! He was not only concerned that people would “get it” (the Kingdom of God), but also that their bodies would be healed so that they could live IT out!

People were brought to Him so that He could heal them. What types of diseases did he heal? Here is the list:

1.    Those suffering severe pain,
2.    The demon-possessed,
3.    Those having seizures,
 4.    And the paralyzed.

Wow! I was amazed at what God was speaking to me and revealing to me right then! I was amazed because I know several people who suffer from SEVERE PAIN! I have so many friends who struggle with Fybromialgia, RSD, migraines and such!

Demon-possessed? Well, we don’t run into to those people too often these days. Although, I will have to tell you that when we moved to Green Bay, WI, back in 1991 (from Brazil), my husband and I thought we would not have to deal with that in WI, since this was America. We had had enough of those experiences in Brazil where there is plenty of spiritism going on. Little did we know that God was going to bring an army of people who needed deliverance from Satan and his demons. Nevertheless, these days, here in TN, we haven’t encountered any really “demon-possessed”, although I see MANY who are totally “dominated” by the power of darkness. And, I’m not talking about only those who don’t know Christ, I’m talking about “Christians” who are so deceived in so many ways. They think they are saved and that’s it!

Those having seizures! I do have a few friends who suffer from seizures, epilepsy, and other problems like that! Those problems that defy medical science and the doctors. Those problems that we really don’t know what to do except to give people the strong medications to control their symptoms.

And, finally, he mentions the paralyzed. I see two categories here: the physically paralyzed because of diseases that led them to be that way. And I also saw the emotionally paralyzed – those who because of fear, neurosis and other pathologies find themselves “stuck” in life!

The GOOD NEWS? Jesus STILL has the power to heal all of the above! The Good News? The Kingdom of God has to be preached as it is in the Word of God! And, after preaching the Kingdom of God we, so-called Christians, need to pray that people will be healed! The physical and emotional healing goes hand-in-hand with the spiritual healing! It is our responsibility as Christians to preach a wholesome and holistic Gospel.

I am ready to do just what God tells me to do. How about you, my friend? I’m talking to my Christian friends!

Please, feel free to respond to this blog! I love exchanging thoughts, ideas, impressions and “revelations”!