Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday 2011

Well today’s Good Friday a day chosen by the church to mark the greatest sacrifice ever made… the death of the Son of God giving of himself for the sin of the world, taking the punishment that we all deserve for our rebellion against God and our refusal to live life in a Godly way. Thank God that he has strengthened me enough to make a beginning in striving to live in a way that truly pleases him.

So the obvious question is has it been a good day for us? I have to say that it’s been a bit mixed, with some encouragement and some feelings of discouragement. Indeed I do feel very tired and rather weary of this battle for health and life at this particular moment. Somehow we need to step aside from negative thoughts, which only lead to depression and heaviness, and grasp the peace and hope of God. There we find a lightness in our spirit and even bubbling up from deep within an inexplicable joy that overflows into the worst of circumstances. Jane had quite a good nights sleep and I particularly noticed her breathing was almost normal… most encouraging. In our prayer time this morning it felt like a sense of determination came over me; there is healing for Jane just waiting to be appropriated. Strange though that after such encouragement, negative thoughts come flooding into my mind… it’s almost as if there is a devil trying to rob us of the peace and favour of God!

James 4:7-8 ‘Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.’ (NIV)

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