Acts: Day 15

Peter Heals in Christ’s Name

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Today's Text: Acts 9:32-43, Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 36:8-9

Text: Acts 9:32-43, Mark 5:21-43, Psalm 36:8-9

Years ago, after returning from a mission trip, I joined my church staff for lunch to share my experiences. As I described some patients we’d met while visiting an infirmary, I noticed my tablemates shifting uncomfortably in their seats. I couldn’t blame them. I pushed my plate away, my appetite dissolved in the memory of such deep and devastating need.

When faced with the reality of true abject poverty, my instinct is to look away. I’ll never be able to unsee the sick and dying, lying in beds crammed ten to a room, but deep down I don’t want to. Witnessing that cloud of suffering has helped me to see God’s rich mercy and compassion with greater clarity.

In Acts 9, we meet two people in desperate need of such mercy. Their stories reflect the realities I saw in a third world infirmary and the suffering I see all around me when I force my eyes to look up. The first is Aeneas, a paralytic who’d been bedridden for eight years (v. 33). The second is Dorcas, a disciple of Christ and vibrant member of the Church who’d fallen ill and died (vv. 36-37). Their two stories illustrate a stark juxtaposition.

Aeneas was from Lydda, a pagan settlement filled with blue-collar workers.
Dorcas lived in Joppa, a beautiful and thriving port city with a long Jewish history.

Aeneas had been bedridden for nearly a decade.
Dorcas had lived a vibrant life of service before becoming sick and dying unexpectedly.

Aeneas had nothing to offer, no good works to give, as she’d been immobilized.
Dorcas was “full of good works and acts of charity” (v. 36).

Yet, by the power of Christ, both of them were fully healed.

There are ugly corners of my sinful heart that think healing can be earned, that God’s touch is reserved for the deserving. I see the reality of my own brokenness and worry He’ll turn away from my need. But the contrast between these two miracles proves that Christ’s compassion is not dependent upon our deservedness.

Over and over again during His earthly ministry, and later through His disciples, Jesus offered healing to people on every rung of the social and economic ladder. Each miraculous encounter shows us that His grace is a free gift, extended to both the greatest and least of us. We can’t twist God’s arm to make Him intervene in our lives. Nor can our good works or earthly belongings offer Him anything in return. His work in our lives is always an outflow of His mercy and grace.

Aeneas and Dorcas were tied together by a God who saw their suffering and refused to look away. Their stories remind me that I can ask for God’s help and expect Him to respond based on His character, not my merit. He shows compassion to me, not because of what I deserve, but because of who He is.

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
-Hebrews 4:16

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

  • Vanessa

    For me, I was sensitive around impoverished and infirm people because I felt powerless to how I could help…or it scared me in place seeing the reality of it happen…or worrying that I would do something worse. Perhaps I need to pray to Christ to give me confidence so I can shine through him to help each other. Hopefully, I will gradually be able to find my way too.

  • Ann Marie

    I was very ill during college and bed ridden for about a month, I felt so useless. I was too tired to talk let alone do works of service. I was told by a good friend ‘even when you are useless you aren’t worthless’ that simple sentence has given me hope for over a decade. Thank you God for my friend and his ability to voice your feelings about me.

  • Kasey Summers

    “Their stories remind me that I can ask for God’s help and expect Him to respond based on His character, not my merit. He shows compassion to me, not because of what I deserve, but because of who He is.” Love this!

  • Such a great and beautiful reminder that God’s grace and goodness is given freely, because of who He is. I pray for those who are in desperate need of His mercy, of those hurting and suffering. No matter what, He is faithful and He remains.

  • AnnaGrace

    If anyone reads this, please pray for me. I’m starting college soon and I am working full time and I am so stressed out. I am having a rough time getting out of bed much less reading my bible. Please pray that I grow closer back to God during this time. I desperately want to. Please pray for encouragement for me. Thank you.

    • Amanda Hoover

      On it, sister. Breathe and remember your passion and the calling you are hearing from God.

      Psalm 119: 9-16 is a great encouragement to read and keep on your lips and heart.

      I pray a release from the stress you’re feeling and the anxieties of the transition.

  • Reminded to step into the goodness He surrounds us with daily; most mornings I am tempted to sit in the feeling of being overwhelmed, how will my marriage work with 2 broken people? How will our teenagers thrive being led by these broken people; dad searching for independence, mom chasing after him trying to keep our family together. Then I remember to lean on Jesus, daily. Not to crumble at my husbands feet, He isn’t equipped to carry me, He doesn’t have authority to heal my insecurities. But Jesus does, only he can heal our hearts, put these broken pieces together. In trying to make everything okay, it’s easy to pretend, to put a smile on and speak joy, even if there’s still an underlying feeling of despair. Then I’m reminded, to be healed, I need to not pretend, but acknowledge the struggle, the brokenness. He is pushing me to expose the dark thoughts of insecurity and fear of abandonment; only so that He can heal these hurts and make me whole again. Whole in Him, in the person he created me to be; not in my broken view of myself, but in His view of the beauty He is placed within this heart of mine.

    • Katie

      Praying for you, Melissa

    • Candi Trusler

      I’m just seeing this, but I’m praying for you, Melissa! God is showing me not to depend on people to fill a void only God can fill. I loved what you wrote about your husband not being equipped to carry those things. I’m learning the same truth.

    • Lindsey Sharp

      Melissa I’m in a similar place in my marriage. Feeling overwhelmed and want to give up, feeling stuck in the hopelessness and wanting my husband to fix things instead of looking to Jesus to fix my insecurities, doubt and faithfulness. Thank you for sharing! Your post encouraged me! Praying for you.

    • Valerie Hallowell

      Just saw this Melissa…will be praying for you. Surely when one member suffers we all do. The enemy wants to kill and to destroy but the Lord Jesus said He came to give life and that more abundantly! He is able for your marriage.

  • “His grace is a free gift, extended to both the greatest and least of us. …. His work in our lives is always an outflow of His mercy and grace. ” Beautifully said

  • Shanshan Wang

    Thank you for clarifying that God does not heal us base on our good works but His character. It’s a little tempting to read Dorcas’ healing that way. But seeing the contrast to Aeneas was helpful~

  • Praying for you, Catemae. Like you, I also deal with the burden of depression every day. Praying that you feel His presence, strength , and love. God bless you!

  • Kelly Nash

    I needed this. Over and over I search and barter with God to heal my painful, disabling illness that started at 19 and continues now at 30, and will until God heals me. I can’t tell you how many things I’ve offered to do to God if He healed me. While I don’t understand why He hasn’t yet, (I’ve made some awesome offers, lol) I know He is good, and that’s all I need to know.

  • So thankful for a Savior that sees us as equals. His grace and tender mercies are unwavering and I am so thankful for that! I am so undeserving of all that He does for me but I am so thankful! I pray God’s richest blessings on all you ladies!

  • My heart goes out to Catemae, Liz, Kendall & others whose journey is a moment by moment struggle of faith and trust for each step right now. The subject of healing is one that is near to my heart – I’ve suffered from chronic & debilitating illnesses in my life, and I feel your pain. For me, in the depths of despair from being reduced to being flat on my back for nearly a year, it was searching out scripture that was my saving grace. I started in Genesis, and just kept reading, ever grateful for the unchanging God of the Bible – in spite of all His people did – and that He is, & always be, God of me. Incomprehensible, but in control. I encourage you sisters and friends, keep soaking in His truth, in His Word (even on those days when it’s the last thing you feel like doing) and you will know His breakthrough, in His time. It may not always be in the way you expect, but it will come. You are not alone; you are His beloved daughters. Blessings.

  • Wonderful study today as always — thank you! One quick note — on the last comparison you labeled Aeneas as a she instead of a he :)

  • “Christ’s compassion is not dependent upon our deservedness.”
    I love this point. I love the fact that we can’t twist God’s arm to make Him move for us nor is it based off our works. The contrast between the 2 women today was a great way to remind me that no matter what I may do or don’t do, no matter my failure’s or my victories God’s character remain the same. He loves us in spite of us our circumstances our status, our mistakes and our flaws. He blesses who He choose to bless and needs no one’s approval. It reminds me that I have no room to judge or decide who ought to be blessed, healed or delivered. He knows exactly what He is doing and how He wants His glory to be revealed. Please join me in praying for my uncle in law battling cancer. The doctor told the family not to expext him to leave the hospital alive. While i dont know Gods will for his life i do He is able and His glory will be revealed so I choose to believe the report of the Lord. Thanks for the Word today on time as usual!

  • Healing has always been a difficult concept for me. I’ve been praying for it for years, and my parents longer than that. I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 3 years old, the most common fatal genetic disease in the United States. I used to try and reason why I had it–maybe it was because I didn’t clean my room, or I was mean to my sister that day. As I got older, I thought maybe it was because I wasn’t doing a devotional every day, or that I didn’t have enough faith. I’ve had a couple extremely tough years, and confronting your own mortality at the age of 18 isn’t ever fun. This devotional assures me that nothing I have done caused this, and nothing that I do can make God want to heal me any less. Continually praying for healing every day, thanks for this SRT! <3

    • Adriann

      Praying with and for you, my sister.

    • Casey Meserve

      Kendall, may your prayers, the prayers of your parents and family and friends, and the prayers of this SRT community be a pleasant aroma to God as they are surrounding Him always. As Jesus prayed, may God take this cup from you…. BUT His will be done. Hold tight to God, trust and believe in His good plan for you that was set before you were even born. May He bring you peace as you draw nearer to Him.

  • Our pastor used to say this when preaching on miracles

    “if all you are looking for in the miracle is the healing… You’ve missed the point”

    When a healing happens it’s usually not JUST for that person. Yes, he loves that person and desires health and wholeness for them (and you and me!) but ultimately it is is give God glory AND for the benefit of other people!

    Each time there is a healing The Bible says Many people became believers or followers of Jesus!

    Thank you Jesus for your POWER to heal. May we step out in boldness as Peter does to change our towns for your glory by the power of the Holy Spirit and in your name!

  • Beautiful. I’m so blessed be these readings- if I didn’t have somebody to show me these juxtapositions and contrasts and explanations of the profoundness of these miracles, I would never notice. I would skim right over not even realizing the depth of them.

    http://theoffroadambassador.com/

  • I ask you for your prayers today. I am traveling with three friends to Houston for the week. One friend is at the VA right now waiting on test results to see if her father has Alzheimer’s. Another is a nonbeliever who just lost her father in March. I pray that I can be Jesus’ hands and feet for them. Their hearts need strength. Also, for my own heart to not judge my non-believing friend, and be a lighthouse to her. Thank you!

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying with you, sweet friend. Thanks for the privilege.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Christina

    I am working in the church, with a therapist, and a 12 step program to rid myself of anger and resentment. It is important for me to know that “I can ask for God’s help and expect him to respond based on his character, not my merit. He shows compassion to me, not because of what I deserve, but because of who he is.” Through this work, I long to be compassionate and see through others’ sins and have compassion. I had to cut some negative people out of my life as I embark on this journey, but that does not mean I will learn to forgive and have compassion for them when I see them.

  • Caroline

    “Christ’s compassion is not dependent upon our deservedness.” So thankful for His unending mercy and grace. He loves us not because we deserve it, but because he is a good good father!

    http://www.in-due-time.com

  • Erin Conley

    So interesting to hear that perspective, about falling into the lie that our healing/favor can be earned by deeds. I tend to err on the opposite (but equally as much a lie) side of the equation– believing (in bitterness) that those who suffer more are more deserving of healing/favor, sometimes even feeling resentful towards those who suffer little and yet still recieve favor. Ugly, I know. I suppose all of us fall into believing (even momentarily) one of those two lies. How good it is to be reminded by this passage that God sees both the same, and equally in need/deserving of his healing touch– because HE is good.

    I do still struggle sometimes with the notion of healing. I believe fully that God is capable of it, but that at times he sees that our suffering would be of more worth (to others and the kingdom) than our wellness would be. All of that said, facing a thorn in the flesh that may never be healed is an ongoing struggle– one, at least, that I’m thankful to see the Father growing fruit from.

    • HOPE

      Yes, I share in that sin. I tend to think those who suffer more deserve deliverance more than anyone. I’m wrong but I’m not going to pretend that I get it. I’m just going to accept that I am wrong and God knows better.

  • My prayer today is that I will have faith like the woman who had an issue of blood.

  • I believe this to be true as well, however that does not mean that those who do not get their healing or answered prayer are any less loved . But GOD, once again, has a reason for everything he allows in a persons life for his glory. It is best to remember that God works for our good but his glory in all things. If you don’t receive what you want,when you want it God is working your answer for all involved, be in prayer and believe ,his love will come shining through.

  • “I can ask for God’s help and expect Him to respond based on His character, not my merit. He shows compassion to me, not because of what I deserve, but because of who He is.” Amen.

  • Thank you Erin, for this touching devotional and the timely reminder that God will not turn away from our need. He is the only one who knows us inside and out and still does not go anywhere. He extends his mercy to all of those who will receive it and that often boggles my mind. How can I, a lowly sinner, be deemed worthy enough of something so great? That’s unconditional love. Thanks be to God.

  • I am so grateful for the reminder that God’s help is dependent on His character and not mine! Praise be to our Father, in Jesus Name.

  • Father in heaven, thank you for Catemae and her wonderful example of faith. Even in depression, she acknowledges your power and the faith you have given her; she knows you will see her through it. I thank you for giving her such a strong faith, and in the midst of depression for giving her the strength to ask for prayer from her SRT sisters. What a great example to all of us! Please help her to see even more of you today. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

  • I wanted to thank you SRT community for your prayers several weeks ago. I had written about my brother -in-law who was on life support and many of you prayed for him and our family. Glory to God! My brother-in-law is alive and well! He truly is a miracle and our God is faithful and merciful! He still has a road of recovery ahead of him but after 20days on life support he was at my house walking, talking and eating yesterday! Thank you prayer warriors, may our God bless each of you a thousand times over for the humble petitions you made on our behalf.

    • SusieT

      FANTASTIC!!! Thank you SO much, Kat, for reporting back to us! What a wonderful testimony of God’s miraculous power! And what timely encouragement for us all.

    • Christa

      Praises!❤️

    • She Reads Truth

      Kat, what wonderful news! Thank you for allowing us to be a little part of your journey. Praising God for progress and continuing to pray!

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Keri Underwood

    I don’t think I’ve ever thought to really look at the people that Jesus healed. we focus so much on the miracle rather than the person being healed. Isn’t that also true when looking at people’s sickness or sin. We look so much at the sin that we just bypass the human being who needs love. For me, today’s devotion calls me to look through the sin and focus on loving the person. To breathe life and love into that person and to steer them towards the gospel. Because once they have the gospel God will take care of their sin. A little bit of a different take on today’s reading but that’s what the Lord brought to my heart when I read it. Blessing to all you ladies!

    http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • This really resonates today. I have been struggling with my health (and physical pain) and have been praying for healing and recovery. I am also a newly graduated M.D. trying to be ready to start internship very shortly. I have been praying for healing for weeks, but it’s been so much slower than I want. It’s been hard not to despair, and I feel like I alternate between praising God for his love and mercy, and then being frustrated and down that I have been “overlooked” in my healing. At times I admit I even feel like I “deserve” healing because there’s so much I want to do in my life (like a career in medicine), and I want to do things for his glory. Today’s message is a powerful reminder that God doesn’t heal because he “needs” the work of our hands, or because we deserve it as a follower of him. He heals because he loves us and because he shows mercy to us despite all of our flaws.

    I am going in for a medical procedure today at 1pm that will hopefully lessen my pain and speed healing. Please pray for my patience, and that I would always trust first in God and his promises, and not focus on my demands.

    • SusieT

      Praying for you, Liz!

      • SusieT

        As I’ve been thinking of and praying for you this morning, two things come to mind: that though your illness must feel woefully untimely — given that you’re to begin residency the first week of July — God’s got this, and He’s aware of your schedule. I know “now” seems the worst time for a debilitating condition…but I pray you’ll someday be able to look back and see how the pieces fit together, and likely in ways you’d never imagined. (God is good at that!). I also truly believe, Liz, that God will use even this understandably difficult time for your good and His glory. My husband is a Christian and a MD, and years ago, he had a death and dying experience…and I can not tell you the number of times that God has used that in his life, to help him better relate to patients, and to encourage them, too! I can not help but think, dear Liz, that you will likewise eventually find benefit in even this excruciating time in your life. We’ll be praying for you!

    • Margaret

      Will be praying for you wholeheartedly. What a challenge that is, to live under ambiguous pain for so long with no clear solution. I pray that God’s lessons that come during this time are resounding and clear. Living with pain feels unfair, but thankfully God has given us Himself as our sustenance to keep going for as long as we must. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” does not translate to “we get pick and choose our battles and then succeed in them if we just pray,” but rather, it’s a verse about the resiliency that dwells in us if we lean on God during the trials we can’t control. I hope God’s graces and blessings are evident to you during these trials and that he brings you healing soon

    • Tochi Heredia

      Wow, I feel you. I’ve been struggling with chronic migraines and pain for almost 2 years, and I haven’t been getting any answers to my cries for healing za not really understanding why.
      I loved what you wrote: “God doesn’t heal because he “needs” the work of our hands, or because we deserve it as a follower of him. He heals because he loves us and because he shows mercy to us despite all of our flaws.” Thank you so much for that!

      I’ll be praying for your procedure, Liz! May our loving Father bring restoration to your body

    • Michele

      Prayers for you today, Liz!

    • Christa

      Prayers.

    • Sarabeth

      Praying for you

    • Carlee

      Sometimes I think God puts us in specific situations to understand exactly what it’s like to be tried, and tested. As I read your post, it made me think that when you overcome your physical limitation you will know exactly how to care for those who find themselves in a similar circumstance. You will be a tremendous Doctor because you will know what your patients are going through.

  • This was a great message that goes along well with a sermon on our distortions of God I heard yesterday. We often view God as score keeper and the enemy lies to us in the form of our thinking, “I’m not worthy. I’m not good enough.”. But God’s love is unconditional and all He really wants is a real relationship with us. God meets us where we are and doesn’t condemn us, he heals and forgives us. Great read today!

    • Erin Cox

      Do you attend Church of the Highlands? Our service was about our distorted view of God and how it shapes our relationship with Him :)

  • This was such a perfect thing for me to read today. I struggle with my beliefs and often revert to anger and frustration when I see how unjust and unfair things are in life. This helped put it into another perspective. I can’t thank you enough. I revert back to this when those jealous and “poor me” thoughts enter my head. I hate feeling that way, but every now and again those evil thought creep up on me. Thank you so much!

    • Joanna

      We have the same name and similar feelings too! Lord, please have compassion on us for falling. We strive, yet we are so imperfect. Help us understand that where we are and what we have is through you and for our greatest good.

  • I never really took the time to notice the difference in the people Jesus healed. This was a good reminder that He shows no favor, He loves all. What stuck out to me this morning was in Mark when Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe” in Mark 5:26. Sometimes we are afraid to believe that He will work in our lives. Sometimes we don’t want to reach out or step out towards Him for fear of being told no or not now. He wants us to draw close to Him and His desire is to meet our deepest needs. We may not know how the needs will be met but we shouldn’t be afraid to call out to Him knowing He loves us and wants what is best. The people He touched and healed were not afraid to reach out to Him and believe.

    • Kristine L

      “Sometimes we don’t want to reach out or step out towards Him for fear of being told no or not now.” This is me. I’d rather not try than ask and be told no or worse, be met with silence. But that’s what faith is. It’s the asking, the hoping, the reaching out with trembling fingers for the hem of that garment. By faith we have to put ourselves out there so Jesus can meet us. And He doesn’t even wait to meet us halfway. We take one step and He is running to meet us.

    • Keri Underwood

      Oh my, I NEEDED to read this today. Thank you for sharing and allowing the Lord to use you words! Thank you, Gina.

      http://www.littlelightonahill.com

  • churchmouse

    “You see the crowds pressing against You…” So many needy people surrounded Jesus. So many. Yet He didn’t heal them all. He healed some. Wouldn’t more miracles have made more disciples? Isn’t more what we want? Isn’t more better? At what point is ‘enough?’ Enough proof. Enough to cause one to pause and say He is the son of God. Isn’t even one miracle (a miracle!) enough? There comes a point where we have to quit looking for more and accept what we see right in front of us. Billy Graham admitted he could not explain nor understand everything in the Bible. But he came to a decision-day : he decided he would accept the Word of God by faith. No whimsical decision. But a firm conviction. Based on more than enough. Perhaps someone needs to make today their decision – day. Reach out and touch the hem of His garment.

    • Joanna

      This is everything. Thank you.

    • Brandi

      Wonderful! Thank you!

    • Sarah_Joy

      This past week I went to a funeral for a 21 hour old baby. Why God? Why not heal her? What are you doing? You had the ability to heal her heart.
      Even now I see God’s hand in this situation, but I still ask the questions. Thank you for the reminder that even when He was here Jesus didn’t heal everyone and He didn’t explain His ways. We have to keep asking and knocking and drawing near. In this situation the miracle is the many lives that have been drawn close to the Father’s heart.

  • ‘His compassion is not dependent upon our deservedness.’… Wow! This really struck me, a powerful reminder of who God really is.

  • If anyone can- I feel in deep need of prayer. I deal with depression and it is making me feel alone and far from God. I know God will bring me through but I would love and appreciate help from my fellow sisters.

    • Helen

      Praying that you will know God piercing through the deepest darkness and that the clouds will lift away.

    • Tols

      I have prayed for you and I know that Hod is faithful to answer us all as we rally round you. May you be blessed today and feel new peace. x

    • Tols

      *God

    • Tamisha

      I prayed for you this morning that God will remove depression out of your life. Because depression is not of God. Be Blessed!

    • Bernadette

      Catemae, I am praying for you and will keep you in my prayers, my daughter use to be depressed a lot. I use to tell her always to think of all the blessing that God has done for her. I would tell her to focus on the good and not the bad. We have a lot to thank God for everyday. And the one thing that we forget is that he woke us up this morning. We could have still been asleep, and never woke up. God loves you so much that he wanted you to see this day and every day that you open your eyes. Satan will have us focus on all the things that’s going wrong in your life just to bring you down. Remember that we all love you, but most of all, GOD LOVES YOU.

    • Sherri

      Catemae, praying God will bring His light into your life right this very moment when it feels you are in darkness. God is love.

    • churchmouse

      Prayed for you just now. Many care and God loves you so very much.

    • Michelle

      Catemae, praying for you sweet sister. May the Lord shine upon you!

    • Joanna

      Hi Catemae, I love your name. I also live with depression and I know how debilitating it can be. If you ever want to chat my email is [email protected]. I pray that God comforts you in the dark moments and gives you the strength to keep pushing. You are loved!!!

    • Camille

      Catemae, I just prayed for you. At church we are going through the book of Psalms and yesterday we spent time in Psalm 139. I think praying through thus Psalm may help you. Here’s the big take away…You are never lost, never alone, and never without value/purpose. The God who created everything took time to create you individually. He knows, He sees and He cares. Praying this helps and that there be light in darkness. Peace and grace to you sister.

    • Michelle

      Praying sister, for healing and the awareness of God’s comfort. I know first hand how debilitating depression can feel. Never forget that the God who formed the universe cares about every detail of your life!

    • Heather Dehaan

      Catemae, I was recently at a healing service, and the person praying reminded me that the depression and angst in your head is not from God, nor is it who you really are. God has so much for you, and for you to use this to further his kingdom. I pray in the name of Jesus you be healed and free from these chains and the God use you to bless others and shine his glory on them. And that you are healed because he is good, not because of anything you have done, as you are his beloved, precious, priceless daughter! Ox

    • Rhonda

      Prayed for you just now…may you feel His peace and love today.

    • Christa

      Lifted you up in prayer.

    • Cecelia

      Lord, even right now, would you take the spirit of heaviness from Catemae and replace it with a garment of praise. Oil of joy. Beauty for ashes. Father would you part the skies over her now and bless her with a very real revelation of how you feel about her. Overwhelm her with your love, God! The JOY of the Lord IS your strength! No matter how you feel – stand on that truth. (And as easy as that sounds, I know how HARD it is. But, with God ALL things are possible!).

    • andrea

      Hi Catemae, I know your pain in this struggle, i had struggled with depression, anxiety, and fear for years. I thought something was wrong with me because I grew up in a christian church hearing about the joy and peace that surpasses understanding that is ours as believers. I can assure you that i prayed plenty and cried out to God for deliverance and peace. but i did so with wrong motives. I didnt realize at the time. I wanted to be in God’s presence, so i could have his peace, so i could accomplish MY goals. I want to encourage you that what Satan wants to use for your destruction, our God can turn it around and use it for your good and His glory, if you allow him. He wants you to draw near to him, for no other reason, but to know him, delight in him, and be in his presence. His presence is really all you need. If you have him, you have everything. <3 Praying for you, sister.

    • She Reads Truth

      Praying, Catemae. Sending so much love your way, friend.

      xoxo-Kaitlin

  • Marianne

    I liked the comparison of Tabitha´s healing to that of Jairus´ daughter. Peter accompanied Jesus then and he must have soaked everything he heard and saw in, cause when he is confronted with Tabitha, he follows the same pattern: Asking everyone to leave the room, kneeling down beside the bed and praying to God and then telling the dead person to rise and lending her a hand …
    I wish I would be so attentive in observing Jesus´ ways and following them …

  • Elisabeth

    Wow, I never noticed the differences between these two stories of healing. What a great message!

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