40 And a leper came to Him, begging Him on his knees and saying to Him, If You are willing, You are able to make me clean.
41 And being moved with pity and sympathy, Jesus reached out His hand and touched him, and said to him, I am willing; be made clean! (AMP)
It is written, said and has even been experienced and proved that God’s love for us is unconditional, I for one know for a fact this is true because I experience His love and faithfulness every single day.
Our Father is always willing to help us because of His unconditional love for us.
The question always remains, do we go to Him with a willing heart? Are we willing to let Him change our lives? To let Him heal us of all disease? Are we willing to surrender fully to Him so He can take the driver’s seat of our lives and take us where He pleases?
God doesn’t and will never force Himself or His ways on anyone, He always waits for us to allow Him work in our lives. He created us with willpower…He gave us a choice, we live our lives the way we want because He gave us the power to choose, life or death, health or disease, good or bad.
He cannot work in our lives if we don’t allow Him to, if we don’t surrender.The Bible says He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End…meaning He knows how it will turn out in the end, He knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end, He is the author of time yet He still gives us the power to choose how to live our lives. He is a good Father.
Our Father is always willing to do good and great things in our lives, afterall, He is the one who created us and wants only the best for us…but when we come to Him…we have to be willing to let Him lead.
I always pray that He gives me an obedient heart and a willing mind to do all He tells me to do because I am nothing without Him.
Surrender to His amazing, unfailing love today. He is always willing. Willing to welcome you into His loving arms, to change your life for the better, to heal you and do so much more… He was willing and even sent His son to die for you and me…He can do so much more only if we are willing to let Him.
#Are you willing?
35 And in the morning, long before daylight, He got up and went out to a deserted place, and there He prayed.(AMP)
I have heard so many times and from many people that the principalities are usually at work best between midnight and 3 am but far from that, the above scripture tells us that Jesus himself would wake up before daybreak to go and pray, personally, I usually wake up at 3 am to commune and fellowship with my Father and I always feel refreshed and renewed, ready to face anything the day might bring. Many other people in the Bible are said to have risen up early for prayers. There is power in praying early in the morning, you get to talk to God before you talk to people, meet God before you meet with people, make your requests known to God before you make them known to people, fellowship with God before you fellowship with people, you get to listen to God’s voice before other voices, hear news from heaven before the usual negative news from the media, you honor God before you honor people, get into God’s presence before you get into people’s presence, you call on the name of the Lord before you call anybody’s name and you get to feed your Spirit before you feed your body.
Lamentations 3:22-23 tells us:-
22 It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassion fail not.
23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.(AMP)
Apart from all that, when you go back to sleep after rising up to pray early morning…our Father speaks to you, oh how I love listening to Him and receiving from Him, His mercies are indeed new every morning, the Proverbs 31 woman, who is the perfect example of woman we women should all strive to be is also an early riser. We are told in Proverbs 31:15
15 She rises while it is yet night and gets [spiritual] food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks.(AMP)
There’s a saying that goes; ‘ Early to bed, early to rise, makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise’…
It is very important to rise up early and spend time with our Father…after all we are the ones who benefit from having a close relationship and fellowship with our Father. We will forever need Him.
5 To purchase the freedom of (to ransom, to redeem, to atone for) those who were subject to the Law, that we might be adopted and have sonship conferred upon us [and be recognized as God’s sons].
6 And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the [Holy] Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba (Father)! Father!
7 Therefore, you are no longer a slave (bond servant) but a son; and if a son, then [it follows that you are] an heir by the aid of God, through Christ.
A dear friend of mine once lent me a book, I cannot remember the title but it was ‘MARRIED’ something, it blessed my life…the author told of a home he was hosted in and this couple had a number of children, from the eldest who was in her late teens, each one came in at different intervals and opened the door and called out to their mum, she was in a different room, they didn’t necessarily need anything but just wanted to know she was around, she responded to all of them the same way, ‘yes dear, is there anything you need’…they would say no, shut the main door and go wherever.
There’s comfort that children derive from knowing mum/ a parent is around, I for one can testify, I call my mum and just want to hear her respond…I might not necessarily need anything and if she doesn’t respond, I will call until she does or go look for her where she is just to make sure she is nearby.
How much so our heavenly Father…we are His children and His love for us is unconditional…we call to Him any time, He hears us, He responds..whether we call quietly in our hearts or loudly…He always hears.
As per the above scriptures, we are all children of the most High God, having being adopted. We call to our Father and He always hears us. Romans 8:15 tells us that…For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!
I encourage you today, our Father longs for a relationship with each and everyone of us, where we trust in Him completely knowing that He is always near and where we derive our comfort knowing that Daddy always hears us when we call.
Galatians 6:1-2 My brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in any kind of wrongdoing, those of you who are spiritual should set him right; but you must do it in a gentle way. And keep an eye on yourselves, so that you will not be tempted too. Help to carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will obey the law of Christ. (GNB)
I remember a day when I faced this situation.
There was some sort of disagreement, to cut a long story short, I was compelled to speak to someone who I consider my young sister. I went up to her and explained to her how in every situation whatever the case scenario, she should always strive to be the bigger person. It got ugly.
I was escorted with insults until I disappeared to wherever I was going, I was hurt definitely and very confused, I kept asking the Holy Spirit, did I approach this situation badly, surely I was doing what I had learned from the Holy Book, I felt frustrated, but the Holy Spirit assured me not to dwell on the negativity…
Many people never like being corrected especially those with pride and ego issues, it is also true that even those who do the correcting can slip. The Bible tells us you correct them gently…meaning, I imagine…you correct them without embarrassing them, pull them aside, speak to them privately…someone who accepts correction has a teachable spirit, which is what we should all have because we can never know it all, life itself is a learning curve and process…
Correction is never for the one corrected only, its for the whole society…the Bible tells us not everyone will be won over through the Word but also through our conduct as Christians (1 Peter 3:1-2).
Most times the people who do the correcting or give advice never follow through themselves, but surely it will be better when the one corrected learns and in turn helps the one who gave the advice. We are meant to help one another and bear each other’s burdens for we are each other’s keeper.