THE CURE

Breast CancerI can’t believe its October already, can you?!?  I sometimes wish that time would slow down just a bit, however I do love the Fall season; particularly the month of October.  This time of year is full of colorful leaves, cooler weather, football, cozy meals, sweaters and boots…and of course, my favorite – all things pumpkin! October is also known as the month of Halloween, as well as breast cancer awareness month. I am sure that breast cancer is something that most of you are already aware of. It’s hard to miss with all of the (pink) symbols everywhere you go. Pink ribbons adorn stores, products, websites, and NFL players. I even saw a pink fire truck recently – yes, that’s right – a pink fire truck in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Everyone seems to be getting involved with this cause somehow.

The massive attention to breast cancer caused me to ask myself, “What’s the big deal?” So, I decided to do a little research and found out that about 1 in every 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That means that either you, someone in your immediate family, in your close circle of friends, co-workers and/or acquaintances, will develop this disease. We are ALL affected by this in some way. I personally know women who have won their battle with this disease, and who today, are living healthy, cancer-free lives. On the other hand, I also knew women who are not alive today, because of this incurable disease. There are many treatments for breast cancer, but no official cure. Treatments can be helpful, but those same treatments can also cause the body to further deteriorate; many times leading to death.

As I reflected on breast cancer (and other forms of cancer) and the amount of people who are touched by this issue, I thought how wonderful it would be to find a total cure. Can you imagine?!?!  It would be all over the NEWS – A CURE FOR CANCER HAS BEEN FOUND!  I believe that people would be celebrating, and those with the disease, doing everything in their power to get a hold of the cure.

 
But what if there was only ONE cure that was only administered by ONE doctor, in ONE location in the country? What if the cure was something that didn’t make sense? Maybe it was so simple that it seemed unbelievable. Would you reject it? I believe that cancer patients everywhere (and their loved ones) would take drastic measures to get to this ONE doctor to get the answer that they so desperately need. I am certain that just the thought of being free from cancer, and chance at living a long, healthy life would drive many to go to the ONE who holds their answer.

 
As I thought about this, I asked the Lord, “Why don’t people have that same motivation with you?” After all, we are in need of an answer to our problem, which honestly is much bigger than any cancer.

 
The problem I am referring to is one that has been passed down from generation to generation since the beginning of time.  I am talking about the THE SIN PROBLEM. The very first human on Earth made a choice to disobey God, and the result was death. This sin problem (disease) didn’t stop with that one person, but has been transmitted to every human born after that up to this day. We are all born sick, with this sin condition, and in desperate need of a cure.

 

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The wonderful thing is God – The Great Physician – has provided a cure that is readily available to ALL who ask. There is however, only ONE cure, which comes from ONE God (just like the scenario above). That cure is found in JESUS CHRIST alone.  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
I truly believe that with any terminal illness, people would rejoice at just the thought of a cure, yet this doesn’t seem to be the case with our sin disease. When it comes to being physically sick we are usually open to whatever will work, and wouldn’t argue about having only one cure. Why isn’t this the case with our spiritual condition? People are dying and need a cure! God has provided that cure, yet we reject Him.

 
I believe that many people are either in denial (afraid to face the truth), choose to reject the answer (rebellious) or prefer to try other pointless methods of remedying the problem (none of which will cure).  Just as with cancer, you may find temporal forms of treatment that hide your sin symptoms, but if the root of the problem is not dealt with, you won’t be completely cured – and it is all in vain.

 
God has given me the desire to tell people the truth about Him, and while many may disagree with me – the facts don’t change. The fact is we are ALL in need of THE CURE. The fact is there is only ONE CURE. The fact is that without this cure, we will remain sick and will die (eternally). I am not writing these things to judge or condemn anyone. As I said before, we are all born with the same problem. I too was sick at one time, BUT I was introduced to the ONLY ONE who could cure me – JESUS. I am cured, and long to share THE ANSWER with others now.

 

 

So, as we bring awareness to breast cancer and finding a cure for it this month, I’d like to also bring awareness to the SIN disease, and the fact that there is already a cure.  I’d like to bring awareness to my Lord – THE CURE!  I’d like to encourage you today, to be real with yourself, and consider your life.  Have you been cured from the sin disease?  Have you ever met  THE ONE who can cure you?  If not, I would invite you to do so today?  He is the only ONE who can heal, save, set free and completely cure you!

 

 

Romans 6:23 ~ For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord

 
Romans 10:9 ~ That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved

 
Psalm 86:5 ~ For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon You

 
Romans 3:23 ~ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

 

~ Melissa

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A Beautiful You!

There I was standing in front of my full-length mirror, gazing at myself and pointing out all of my flaws.  My intention was to look at my make-up to make sure it looked nice in natural light.  I also wanted to be sure my hair was styled properly.  Once I got in front of the mirror, however, I noticed an array of imperfections with my appearance.  Has this ever happened to you?  Have you ever had one of those days when looking in the mirror is more discouraging than it is encouraging?  It doesn’t happen to me that often, but every once in a while I wish we lived in a world without mirrors.

During these times, I don’t want to look at myself, because I only see the things that I don’t like.  It is at these moments when my husband will assure me that I am beautiful.  As sweet as his comments are, they don’t seem to change my view of myself.  I tend to think he only says those things, because he loves me.  It seems that no matter how many compliments I receive about my appearance, there are times when I only notice the negative.  Can anyone else relate?

Why does this happen?  What does beauty look like and why are there times when I think I don’t fit that description?  These are questions that I thought about during one of my recent flaw finding sessions.

One of the things that the Lord reminded me of was that His idea of beauty is totally different from the world’s.  We have been deceived into believing that our value and worth is found in what we look like.  We are constantly inundated with ideas about what it means to be beautiful.  Through media sources such as movies, television and videos, we are fed so many false ideas about beauty.  I cannot turn on the television without seeing a suggestive message about weight loss, anti-wrinkle solutions, hair products, or make-up.  The message that is sent to women is that ‘your worth is found in the way you look‘ and the world wants to let us know how to look the best.  What makes me sad is the fact that so many times, we fall for this nonsense.  The truth is these things really have nothing to do with being beautiful at all.

1 Samuel 16:7 ~ …..God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.

God isn’t concerned with how we look externally as much as He is with the condition of our heart.  Isn’t that a relief?!?!  Our heart is what concerns God.  He doesn’t care about what we look like.   Have you ever met a person whom at first glance you thought was physically attractive, but as soon as they spoke, your opinion of that person changed?  Suddenly, that person becomes unattractive to you, right?  That’s because beauty exudes from within.

Proverbs 31:30 ~ Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.

My Pastor often says that when we look in the mirror, we should appreciate what we see, because it’s the last time we will ever look that good.  In other words, all of us are aging and there is no turning back the clock.  Our external beauty is progressively fading away.  It doesn’t last, so it is foolish for us to put so much focus on the superficial.

In the verse above, God tells us that it is conceited to be so concerned with the outer appearance.  He refers to it as being vain or vanity.  He then goes on to say that a woman who fears the Lord possesses true beauty.  God is pleased with a woman who loves Him and obeys Him.  A beautiful woman serves God with her whole life.  These are beautiful qualities.  The entire 31st chapter of Proverbs describes a beautiful woman, and how the people in her life are positively affected by her.

Something else that is very beautiful in God’s eyes is a person who shares the gospel with others.  When we share the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ, as well as our personal testimonies with other people…it is a beautiful thing. 

 Romans 10:15 ~ …..HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!

So ladies, be encouraged!  I’m sure all of us can think of something about our physical appearance that we are not particularly fond of.  Instead of getting down about your appearance, remember that true beauty has nothing to do with the outside.  Remember what God says about beauty instead of what the world says.  Remember that no matter what anyone else thinks about you, God thinks you are beautiful.  If you have invited the Lord Jesus into your heart, you can’t help but radiate beauty, because THE BEAUTIFUL ONE lives on the inside of you.

Psalm 139:14 ~ I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.