December 24, 2019 (Post #21)
(From Journal #1: March 17, 2005)
I had my 2nd infusion a couple of days ago and it went well. Thank You, Lord. The biggest issue is lack of sleep. It seems 3:00 a.m. is the “waking hour.” As tired as I am, there’s something about the silence in the house in these early hours that helps me “hear” revelations from the Bible. Matthew 11:12 is really speaking to me:
“From the days of John the Baptist until now:” This time is Jesus’ life. John (Elijah to pave the way for the Messiah) was 6 months older than Jesus. Prophecy had stopped until John the Baptist and Jesus was the fulfillment of prophecy!
“The Kingdom of Heaven has been forcefully advancing:” Jesus is the Kingdom of Heaven and He was “forcefully advancing” and fulfilling the Father’s will. He suffered much violence and persecution, but His unwavering commitment to His mission forcefully advanced the Kingdom of Heaven through every obstacle.
“And forceful men lay hold of it:” I believe the Word is saying “forceful” men will go after and pursue the Kingdom of Heaven, regardless of any persecution or opposition. We should not be passive in our position or desire to be a part of the advancement of the Kingdom. Go after the Kingdom. Pursue the Kingdom. Stand against the opposition and keep advancing. I think of the woman with the issue of blood who pushed through the crowd just to touch the hem of His garment. She did not let anything keep her from Jesus!
I relate this to my healing and fight against cancer. Jesus paid the price for it. I will fight and stand firm in faith. My study of Matthew shows action is required on my part: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
Faith is not just something we have, but something we do. It’s both a noun and a verb!
Mark 5:25-28: Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ”And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”