My mother has played a very dominant role in my life throughout my almost 53 years of living. She was my Sunday School teacher when I was 6 years old, and she taught me the Bible. I would sit on her bed when I was a little girl and Momma would begin to teach me things and quote scriptures to prove her point.
I was never an academic powerhouse. I had a hard time hearing something for the first time and remembering it. Repetiti0n and lots of it was the way I finally got it through my thick skull! But, when Momma would quote the Bible to me, it was like my mind became a steel trap. She only had to say it once and I had it forever, even until today, many years later.
There were snippets when Momma would literally mentor me. She was a busy lady because she went to college while I was in school and taught as a public school teacher many years after I was grown. She was involved in various organizations and I didn’t always get ‘focused’ time with her. Like all mothers and people in general, it is hard for us to stay focused and concentrated on one thing for long periods of time. We don’t learn until later in life the ‘things’ really didn’t mean as much as we thought and our attention was wasted. I don’t blame Momma for this because I fell into the same trap with my own children.
When Momma was focused on teaching me life’s lessons from the Bible, it was as though I was a sponge that couldn’t soak in enough! Until this day it is that way. My mother is 76 years old come May and I am anxious for more of these ‘mentoring’ times.
One day recently, Momma and I had to make a couple of trips to Houston, and fortunately my mom began to teach me invaluable things about Jesus! I, yet again, soaked it in and craved more! During Easter, her teaching began to surface in my mind and God began to feed into my spirit in a mighty way. I had new information and I will never lose it! It brought revelation in a way I will use today, and it will bring me great peace in the years to come.
I began to post some of it on Facebook. Soon many shares began to show up and many retweets and favorited tweets on ‘twitter’ came from it. Momma hates modern social media, but little did she know her message was literally going out to thousands! You touch far more for Christ than you even can dream that you do!
I long for my mother to teach me more earnestly from her vast knowledge and wisdom. No greater heritage could she leave me. Nothing more valuable or comforting as the years progress and as long as Christ tarries His coming will I ever be given! Everyone needs a mentor.
People want titles, initials, inventions, and legacies left after they are gone…they all mean squat compared to what you give from God’s mouth to your ear to someone else’s heart! Change your priorities because if these are your priorities you are missing the whole boat! Your significance is not in what YOU accomplish, but what GOD accomplishes through you! Don’t let this be a cliché’ but a reality…please! People need what God has planted inside of you!!
Jesus was a mentor to twelve, and you are expected to be a mentor as well…don’t lose the great reward of something you can never imagine may affect the future of so many.
“Mercy unto you, and peace and love, be multiplied.” Jude 1:2
“For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: He also is to be feared above all gods.” 1 Chronicles 16:25
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
God does not need a safety net in case it looks like someone’s prayers aren’t going to get answered. He doesn’t need you or me to make excuses for Him if things don’t turn out a certain way. Why do prayers fail to get answered? Because people pray prayers in unbelief and in ignorance of what God’s Word says about what they are praying for.
I used to say, if someone didn’t get healed on the earth, they got the ultimate healing in heaven because there is no sickness there. One day the Lord corrected me. He said, “I don’t want you to say that anymore. I didn’t give my Son to die so there would be no sickness, death, or sin in Heaven. These things have no access to Heaven and never have. They are on the earth. Jesus died to give you salvation, healing and deliverance on the earth.” Need proof? I am so glad you do!
Look at 1 Thessalonians 5:23. It says:
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23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
You as a person are made up of three parts. A spirit, a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and a BODY! What is God’s will? That our spirit, soul, and body are preserved sound and complete. In other words, Jesus died to give salvation to the spirit man, deliverance to the soulish man, and HEALING to the PHYSICAL MAN!
No sin can enter heaven. That is why Jesus was the sacrificial lamb. When we are saved our spirits are sealed until the day of redemption with His blood. Why? Because with sin, you couldn’t stand in the presence of God. Satan was kicked out of Heaven before he could go through with his sin because Heaven MUST and always will remain pure and undefiled by sin!
It would be silly to say if I am not saved on earth, I will ultimately be saved in Heaven. How foolish to say the ultimate salvation is in Heaven. If you aren’t saved when you die, you won’t come near Heaven. Jesus died to bring salvation to the earth, not bring salvation to Heaven. If the ultimate salvation was in Heaven, then Jesus died in vain. Nobody would go to hell when they died. They would go to Heaven and experience ‘ultimate’ salvation. What a load of malarkey!!!
The same is with healing. Your spirit is not sick. When you go to the doctor, the doctor doesn’t run tests on your spirit, he runs tests on your BODY! Your ultimate healing is not in Heaven, but on this earth! Jesus died not to heal your spirit from disease, but to heal your BODY from disease! Your body doesn’t even go to heaven when you die, but your spirit and your soul does! How can your body get healed in Heaven when it never goes there? Your spirit and soul do because the word says to be ABSENT FROM THE BODY (the body is not with you any longer at death) is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).
The Bible tells us there is no sickness in Heaven. Again, proof healing cannot take place in Heaven because there has to be a sickness for there to be a healing! If we can’t approach this from a Biblical standpoint, common sense has to tell you this is right!
There are people who say they are believing God to heal them and die. What about that? When it boils down to it, we really don’t know what is in a person’s heart, and if wondering about these cases cast any doubt in your heart about the validity of God’s Word, you need to stop trying to figure it out. If God doesn’t tell us, it was none of our business!
God says from the Old Testament to the New Testament, He will heal, save, and deliver ALL who ask Him to. Some people decide they want to go to Heaven now. God honors that wish. There are others who don’t believe but don’t want to upset their family and friends and don’t tell them they just can’t put their faith there. I’ll give you an example of this.
I know a minister who is a mighty man of God! He preaches the same thing I am telling you. This minister’s father got cancer. As my minister friend and his wife and children walked into the hospital room, he asked his father if he could pray for God to heal him. His father looked at him and said, “Son, I have to be honest with you. I just don’t have the faith for God to heal this cancer. I do have the faith that when the doctors go in, they can get all the cancer surgically and that is what I want you to pray.” What a blessed and honorable thing for this gentleman to do. Instead of telling everyone he believed when he didn’t, he was honest! He had the surgery and pulled through and lived for some time.
What if this man had been dishonest out of fear of what people would think? He could have confused many believers, including his family! What he did was honorable and kept the truth of God’s Word preserved in the hearts of his grandchildren and children! Today, that son has a mighty healing ministry!! I think part of that reason is because of his gutsy father, who took the chance of looking doubtful, instead of making God look like maybe He didn’t always stand by His Word.
Think about this, dear reader. We all have to reconsider our own beliefs at some time and we MUST make sure they line up with the Word of God throughout the Bible. My sentiments may be sweet, but God’s Word is TRUE! Let us make sure we keep it in proper perspective!