If you or someone close to you suffers from pancreatitis and would like to post a prayer request please post your request using first name only (under this post) in the comments section. PLEASE … KEEP this post comment section for prayer requests and prayer request results or healing stories due to prayer ONLY. Now …
Let’s all pray for each other because I know there are many reading this blog who are suffering due to pancreatitis and could use the help of Almighty God and the Lord Jesus to get through the days, weeks, even months when pain and other symptoms bang at your door. After posting your request many of us will lift your name (first name), your spouse’s name or child’s name up in prayer to the Lord Jesus and God the Father. Don’t be shy, we can all use the healing power of prayer at times and Jesus is always faithful.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” – John 14:13
Note: Just because you do not see replies under your request does NOT mean that I or others have not seen or have not prayed. Make your request known with just a first name (God will know who you or they are) and I along with others will lift that request to the Lord.
“The LORD sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.” – Psalm 41:3
“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” – James 5:14
“O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” – Psalm 30:2
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” – Psalm 50:15
I want you to listen to an amazing story about what God can do in someone’s life when we believe, when we pray, when we are “right with God”, saved through His Son Jesus. It’s important that you truly understand how powerful Almighty God is, what He can do for His children. Nothing is impossible for God, NOTHING. And He is waiting for your call. He wants to help you through the storm.
WHY Am I Sick?
God sometimes allows satan to test us. He allowed Paul to be tested. If you recall Paul talked about a “thorn in his side.” Paul never said whether that “thorn” was an illness or a temptation. “Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from exalting myself!” 2 Corinthians 12:7 and …
God allowed satan to literally destroy Job’s life and health. Yet Job remained faithful and God restored Job twofold! “The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.” Job 42:10
Some believe that because they are inflicted with illness that God is cruel. Yet God is NOT cruel. Satan is cruel. Satan rules the earth right now. God has allowed that rule for a time. But I’ll share with you a secret: “Therefore be watching carefully how you walk— not as unwise, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. For this reason, do not be foolish ones, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get-drunk with wine, in which is wild-living, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to each other with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making-melody with your heart to the Lord, giving-thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father, being-subject to one another in the fear of Christ” Ephesians 5:15-21 Disciples’ Literal New Testament (DLNT) And …
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel.” – Philippians 4:6-7
As hard as it may be to give thanks and praise to God for pain, agony, disease, or some other kind of testing, when you do, interesting and wonderful things can happen, for God seems to love and bless those who thank and praise HIM at all times, even when they are in pain and agony. After all …
Anyone can be thankful for GOOD things. It is easy to thank God for His generous blessings that bring us joy but He knows full well how hard it is to be thankful in ALL things, good and bad. “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 is powerful. It tells us that no matter what is happening in our life, God is all powerful, all knowing, all loving and in total control. We may not understand WHY things happen to us but He does, He knows and He rewards those who love, honor, obey and praise Him and His Son, in all things. So if and when you feel ill …
“Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you” – Exodus 23:25
Have The Faith Of The Centurion
One of the reasons we may not realize favorable requests of God is that we simply don’t have faith. He responds more favorably to those who possess faith that moves mountains. The Centurion had such faith.
“When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed and in terrible suffering.” Jesus said to him, “I will go and heal him.” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he was astonished and said to those following him, “I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.” – Matthew 8:5-13
” Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” – Mark 11:22-25
Handling The Stress Of Pancreatitis
I worte a post about handling the stress of pancreatitis. If you haven’t read it you may want to consider doing that now. You may also want to read another post about what I can only call a blessed healing miracle. I would also urge you to watch this video by Kerry Shook as he explains how much God loves you and wants to help you in times of great need and stress.
Are YOU Saved By The Blood Of Jesus?
Try this, if you haven’t already given your life to Christ, do so now, He died for you. He wants to give you the gift of eternal life and all you have to do is to confess you are a sinner, ask forgiveness, repent (refuse to do sin again) and ask Christ to take control of your life. But you might say: “Why do I need to do this? I am good, I do this for so and so and I believe all people will go to heaven etc , etc. Well …
Two reasons. (1) You can’t please God otherwise. No matter what you do you can not earn eternal life and escape death (hell, the lake of fire). (2) Eternal life is a free gift offered by God as a solution to sin. Again, you can NOT earn it via works, good deeds etc.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
We were all born with original sin due to the fact that Adam and Eve sinned creating a huge bridge between God and man. God warned them: “but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die” – Genesis 2:17 and Eve listened to the serpent (satan) instead of Almighty God. Eve ate of the banned tree and she also gave Adam fruit from the tree to eat as well. They both SINNED against God! God cast them from the Garden of Eden. There was now the loss of fellowship with Almighty God and the impending death, eternal death. This created a NEED for an acceptable form of resolution.
God’s Word says: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” – Romans 3:23
“the wages of sin is death” – Romans 6:23
“Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matthew 25:30
“I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.” – John 8:24
God clearly says you are a sinner. The wages of sin? Death! Final, undeniable death in the lake of fire. “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire” Revelation 20:14. God’s Word says you need salvation, that Jesus is that salvation.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” – John 14:6
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.: – Romans 6:23
But … But … But … HOW Could A Loving God Send Anyone To Hell?
This is such a great question and one I hear often from folks who are not believers (Jesus followers). They simply don’t accept that God will allow them to choose their eternal destination. I’m not what I’d call a good preacher so I am going to let Robert Morris explain to you the answer to that tough question. Listen carefully (start at 4:28 video time which is the actual start of the message) your eternal destination is at stake! 🙂
Once you have excepted Jesus as your personal savior you need to repent. Repent means to change. “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death” 2 Corinthians 7:10. Worldly sorrow is being sorry because you got caught doing something you shouldn’t. Asking for forgiveness simply to avoid death, hell, the lake of fire is worldly sorrow and leads to death because your only concern is what happens to you. Godly sorrow is the sorrow that stems from your heart because your sin(s) hurt God. Being sorry for your sins because they hurt God, asking Jesus to come into your life, forgive your sins with the attitude of Godly sorrow and repentance brings salvation, a gift from God.
Then, and this is important …
Thank Him for your salvation and worship our powerful God in song even when you feel like death warmed over. You may be surprised at the outcome. I have some song suggestions:
God has a plan for you. I don’t know what it is but …
I KNOW it’s GREAT!
“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11
God Disciplines Those He Loves?
Yes! God, our Spirit Father disciplines us just like a loving “flesh” father may have disciplined us from time to time. As children of God, if we continue to disregard His commands, He may choose to discipline us. I should have put this thought under the section “Why Am I Sick” but frankly I was just reminded of this fact while I was updating this section. Anyway in Hebrews 12 we are told or reminded that God will discipline us if we backslide or simply disregard His commands and or His will for our lives. If we decide, after becoming saved, to retake control of our lives, instead of letting Jesus control our lives, God may take steps to bring us back on track.
“And have you completely-forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as sons?: “My son, do not be thinking-lightly of thediscipline of the Lord, nor losing-heart while being rebuked by Him. For the one whom the Lord loves He disciplines, and He whips every son whom He accepts” [Prov 3:11-12]. – Hebrews 12:5-6
“You are enduring [your trials] for discipline; God is dealing with you as with sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” – Hebrews 12:7-8
“Furthermore, we had fathers of our flesh as discipliners and were respecting them— but shall we not much more be subject to the Father of [our] spirits and live? For the ones were disciplining us for a few days according to the thing seeming good to them; but the One does so for our benefit, so that we may share-in His holiness.” – Hebrews 12:9-10
Our Father God does and will discipline His children, those He loves!
Like I said earlier, right now He may be testing you to find out how strong your faith in Him is; whether you grow closer to Him through prayer and a strengthening of your faith or if you pull away. You see God wants His children to worship Him. Not money, not your job or profession, not even your family. God EXPECTS to be number ONE in your life. He expects your faith to grow. He expects you to pray, to seek His counsel, His Kingdom.
“But be seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
If you seek Him, His Kingdom and forget worrying, complaining or seeking worldly treasure and you FIND HIM, He will then add EVERYTHING you need, that is good, that is His will for you in your life. Our Father God want’s you to have everything He can provide!
“I am the door; by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and go out, and shall find pasture. The thief cometh not, but that he may steal, and kill, and destroy: I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep.” – John 10:9-11
He may be testing you to determine your exact strengths and how He will use you for His work in order to reap for his harvest while bringing glory to Him and the Kingdom. Your pancreatitis may be the tool you can use to bring others to Christ, your testimony that God’s Holy Spirit can use to bring lost souls to the cross and the saving blood of Jesus. How cool would it be for you to bring your family, your friends or some stranger you meet to the saving grace of Almighty God thus making it possible for them to know God’s plan, abundance and eternal life?
IF you have never accepted Christ as your persoanl savior, He, Father God, may simply be trying to get your attention so that you will call on His name so that you can be saved through the cross, the blood of Jesus and receive the Holy Spirit of God. So that you can expell the chains of sin, the torments of satan and enjoy a NEW life as God’s adopted son/daughter. And …
To that end I say Hallelujah! Praise God!
100 Songs of Praise and Worship
David Jones was kind enough to record and post 100 songs of praise and worship that you can use for praise, worship or simply enjoyment while doing various tasks on your computer. I work at home online so this kind of thing gives you and me 3+ hours of praise and worship music for our Lord.
May God richly bless you, heal you and hold you in His arms.