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

Deuteronomy 5:8-10

You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

I Can Only Imagine

I just love that song by Mercy Me ‘I Can Only Imagine’.  No matter how old it is or how many times I’ve heard it, I never get tired of it.  I still get goose bumps when I hear it,  thinking about the day when I will see Jesus face to face.  As I thought about how exciting that day will be for me, I began to think about other people who I know who are not really looking forward to that day.  As a matter of fact, I have had people tell me that I am a little strange for being so excited about that day.  That comment made me think about the reasons why I am looking forward to it so much.

Over the past 10 years, I have gotten to know Jesus….and I absolutely adore Him!  I continue to learn more about Him every day.  He speaks to me in so many ways.  I share my thoughts, my dreams, my fears, my pain and my praise with Him.  He is the first One I speak to when I wake up and the last One I speak to before I go to bed.  He lets me know that He is with me all the time.  He is my Savior!  He comforts me.  He gives me strength.  He gives me wisdom.  I see Him working in me and through me every single day of my life.  There is not another relationship on Earth like the one we have with Jesus!  These are just a few of the reasons why I am looking forward to that day.  When I leave this Earth, my eternal home is in Heaven with Him.  I am so grateful that I know exactly who I will be spending FOREVER with!

I began thinking about people I know who say they “know  Jesus”, yet they don’t spend time with Him.  I wondered why anyone would want to spend eternity with someone they don’t even know.  I mean eternity is a loooooooong time!

Several years ago I met my husband through an online dating service.  At the beginning, the only thing I was presented with and knew about him was his name, his age and where he was from.  That really wasn’t enough to grab my interest, but he continued to send me little “nudges” to let me know that he was interested in me.  After a while, he got my attention.  When I opened up his profile, I was impressed and a little curious to know more about him.  I began to read and learn more about him and each day I was a little more intrigued.  I looked forward to coming home each day, just so I could get online and communicate with him.  We began to exchange emails and with every message, I grew to like him even more.  After a while, we started talking on the phone to one another.  I would stay on the phone with him for hours.  Eventually, we decided that we would meet in person.  I eagerly awaited that day, and when the day finally came, I was so happy!  When I met him in person, he was everything that I hoped he would be.  It was so nice to be able to see the person that I had been communicating with for so long.  I realized after a few dates that I was in love with this man. After a few months he proposed to me.  I knew for sure that this was the man who I wanted to spend the rest of my life with (no doubt).  Our love continued to grow for one another and then finally, our wedding day came.  It was THE MOST wonderful day!  It was the beginning of our life together.  I would finally be able to spend the rest of my life with he one that I had been talking to this entire time.

Our relationship with Christ is very similar.  At first we don’t know Him.  At some point we realize that Jesus is pursuing (nudging) us.  Some people may not be interested at first and may click the “not interested” button.  However, many of us open up His profile (The Bible) to see what He is all about.  His profile is so impressive that it usually grabs our attention right away. The more we learn about Him, the more we are taken by Him.  We become more and more enamored by Jesus.  We spend more time in His Word, more time talking to Him (praying) and really begin to enjoy getting to know Him.  We can’t get enough.  After some time, some of us make the decision to “make the relationship official” (in other words, we get saved), and then spend the rest of our lives getting to know Him more each and every day.  We will continue to do this until He returns for us or until we go to Heaven to meet Him.  Oh what a glorious day that will be!  Just like my wedding day.  The Bible actually calls us (believers) the bride of Christ.

Revelation 19:7 ~ Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.

How amazing is that?!?!?!  My question to you is, do you know Jesus?  I mean, do you really KNOW Him?  It’s not just about knowing a few facts about Him or knowing a couple of Bible stories.  It’s about KNOWING Him personally.  It’s about knowing Him so well, because you’ve taken the time to learn Him.  It’s about knowing His character and personality.  It’s about  knowing His likes and dislikes.  It’s about knowing His voice and when He is speaking and when He is not.  It’s about knowing when He is close by and when He is far away.

As with any successful relationship, our relationship with Jesus requires QUALITY TIME .  I know for me, I feel so loved when my husband spends special time with me.  I know that he cares for me when he listens to me and shares things about himself with me.  I appreciate when he invites me to go on road trips with him or when he treats me to a romantic dinner for two.  It works the same way with my boys.  We spend time together.  They talk to me throughout the day.  We talk before and after school, during dinner and before they go to bed.  They will give me hugs for no reason at all (just because), and that makes me feel so good!  You know if my kids only spoke to me when they needed something, I would feel used and not very cared about.  Or if they only came to me once or twice a day to tell me some rehearsed sentence (ex. “now I lay me down to sleep”), I would feel like I had robots for kids….and wouldn’t like that at all.

This is the same way that some people treat Jesus.  They never spend any quality time with Him and only come to Him when they need something.  That’s not a relationship, that’s religion and it doesn’t work.  God did not create us to be robots.  He wants us to share ourselves with Him honestly and genuinely.  He wants us to spend time with Him.

Please take some time to ask yourself the following questions.  Do you really know Jesus?  Have you spent quality time Him lately?   How does Jesus know that you love Him?   Are you looking forward to spending eternity with Him?  If not, why?

Spend some time with your Savior today.  Get to know Him…you will be amazed!  I promise you won’t be disappointed.

John 14:1-4 ~ Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way where I am going.”