Yesterday Shawn and I spent the day at Van’s Warped Tour with our friends in the band For Today, a band that focuses primarily on sharing their beliefs and their devotion through the music they make. The glorify the Lord in all that they do, on and off of the stage, and it is a wonderful thing to see the members of a christian band living their lives to fit the message they preach.
After a day of hanging out, a group of us: Mike [guitarist] and [wife] Susanna Reynolds, David Puckett [drummer], Shawn and myself stood outside of the tour bus when a girl named Stephanie approached us. She, unaware of the fact that we were all Christians, explained to us that her hand hurt and asked if we could help her. We asked her on a scale of 1-10 how bad the pain was, and she gave it a 4. Immediately, David began praying. The rest of us quickly backed him up and demanded that, in the name of Jesus, the pain in her hand be done with. When we finished and asked how her hand felt, she was amazed and responded with “perfect.”
Stephanie’s hand now feels perfect because she was healed by Jesus, and Jesus is nothing short of perfect.
At first, she was kind of freaked out. Wouldn’t you be too if you had never been exposed to such a level of love and intimacy sent from a Lord you hardly knew? How could it be that He loves her so much, when she did not even know Him?
In Jeremiah 30:17 the Lord says: “For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,” This is a promise that will not, and can not be diminished.
We then asked her what she was going to do now that she had witnessed her hand being healed by the power of King Jesus. She was noticeably uncomfortable, and couldn’t think of the answer that she thought we expected to hear.
“Uh.. go to church? I guess I believe in God now.”
We told her to grab a bible and seriously read it. We told her to communicate with her Father in Heaven that has healed her.We told her to open herself up, because God is waiting to come in.
So now, it is our prayer that she not only heard our voices, but listened to our words. I pray that she will allow the Lord to have complete access to her, and that she will allow her heart to be flooded with the same love and mercy that the Lord has shown her last night. I pray that she continues to pursue Jesus, and accepts Him as her Lord and savior.
God is beyond good, and He never fails to astound me with his ways.
I love all of you,
If Jesus is my Lord, I literally have no right to make my own decisions and opinions. I must completely bend to who He is and what He says. Therefore, if I believe that God is a just God, has a standard and has made provision for me and the world, it would be unloving, wrong and deplorable for me to keep it to myself. My worldview as a Christian is defined by my belief and knowledge of the Creator of the universe. Not by political affiliations, movements, culture, parents, friends, etc. But by the living God. Christianity is not my “religion”, or an option I have chosen among many other worthy options. Jesus is the Truth. And I will live according to the Truth until the end of my days. That is where I am coming from, as one submitted to Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life.
Bless you all.