A family that needs healing.

by Jess
(England )

The past year has not been easy for my family and I. In the summer my mother and I came to God after a very long time away, my Mother had been diagnosed with a tumour on her brain which was effecting her eye sight. I went as moral support and soon we began attending regularly.

The winter came and my Step - Father was diagnosed with acute pancreatic cysts. Eventually these worsened and he was regularly in hospital leaving him forced to look at his behaviour with alcoholic drinks. Things soon settled and because I wasn't working at the time it enabled me to support my family.

Go forward almost a year and my Mother is now in hospital with a numbness in her legs. She has been in for two weeks and my Step - Father has turned to drink again. This weekend things came to a head when instead of going food shopping he bought a palette of beer. I then learnt he promised my Mother he would not drink so she could focus on getting better in hospital than worry what would happen to my Brother and I should my Step - Father then fall Ill.

This resulted in a huge fight between my Step - Father and I . How could he be so selfish and lie to my Mother, verbally attack me for telling the truth and try and leave me with the sole responsibility for the family when I am now working to support my future family with my Fiancé !

No one is talking to one and another, The atmosphere is tense and I am close to running myself Into the ground, I cant cope.
Please pray .. I don't know what for really, maybe that God could speak to my Step - Father, that God could forgive any sins we have committed and that he could come to us and be a constant sense of support that I so desperately need right now. We all desperately need healing.

Thank you.

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Jun 03, 2014
Test of Faith - Be Patient - Pass the Test NEW
by: Yvette

I found this study on Bible Gateway. It has helped me to understand that the Lord is working together all things. He will provide the answer. He is a just God. Pray for those who persecute you. The Lord will not allow anything to go to waste. Be blessed, pray, smile and live in His presence where there is fullness of joy and know that He is fighting your battle because you asked Him to in the name of Jesus. :)

Revelation 1:9

(9) I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
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This verse emphasizes the overall importance of patience. James 1:2-3 shows that patience allows the trial to become completed and produce the right thing.

John emphasizes the word "kingdom" (Greek is written emphatically to draw attention to certain words). The other two words, "tribulation" and "patience," are like parentheses on both sides of the word "kingdom." What this does is to cause the word "tribulation" to define the path to the kingdom! Think of tribulation in terms of trials and pressures that arise as a result of our faith in Jesus Christ, our journey toward God's Kingdom, and our faith that we will be a part of it. The way to the Kingdom of God is through trials. We will not just skate along because God has created work for us to accomplish in our lives so that we might be prepared for the Kingdom. If we are not prepared for it, we will not be there.

The way of preparation is for God to put us through trials, just as if we were going to school. We can think of trials in terms of lessons that need to be learned, character that needs to be built, attitudes that need to be adjusted. All of these put pressure on us. So tribulation—pressure or trials—is the path. "All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution" (II Timothy 3:12). We are going against the flow of the world, and God has designed it this way to prepare us for His Kingdom. Thus, there will always be pressure on us.

Pressure is the way to the Kingdom, and patience is the necessary element for making it. If we are impatient, we will not be there! Salvation is by grace through faith, and faith is needed when we do not have what we desire—the Kingdom of God. There is no need for faith if we do not have to wait! Patience is required while we are waiting. It is that simple.

The way to the Kingdom is through testing and trial, and the way to succeed in testing and trial is to put our faith to work by being patient! That is the path that will exercise our faith. God will see that it is there, and His creative efforts on our behalf will work. All of us must have patience. It is there, but it has to be activated. We have to trust that God really wants us in His Family, and if we want to be prepared for His Kingdom, we had better start using patience.

— John W. Ritenbaugh

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