Why, oh why, is this blog even here

As of today (Nov. 8, 2010) this blog will be a series of post following my journey in life. Don't worry, I lack any real Christian credibility ( other than loving Christ) so there will be no preaching, only reflecting on my daily struggles to be a good Christian, a decent wife, an OUTSTANDING mother and an ok person. Feel free to judge!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

30 days of Praise

Over the holidays my church connect group leader suggested we re-gift or make homemade gifts for our secret Santa game. I chose to regift and recreate a blessing given to me a few years ago while attending Kingdom Vision International Church in Columbus, Miss. The pastor there blessed us with "90 days of ridiculous praise," in which he gave us a list of 90 scripture-based affirmations to meditate and pray on over a 3 month period.
This simple idea changed my life. I was able to learn about the Bible and use it as a guide and crutch through life simultaneously without feeling ignorant. 
So I shared this idea with my group.
Now I'm sharing it with you. So for the next 30 days,  I'm going to focus on specific scriptures that may be useful in dealing with or understanding everyday issues!
The first three are based on a study guide my husband found at Creflo Dollar Ministries
Worshiping through the blood of Jesus is something we are personally working on at home right now, as we explore and strengthen our faith at home.

Empowered by the Blood of Jesus: Five Points of Victory

When Jesus was beaten, tormented, scourged, and nailed to the cross, blood poured from His back, head, hands, and feet; and He was also pierced in His side. Each place from which His blood flowed is significant because it represents a unique aspect of our deliverance. It is through these five points of victory that we have complete redemption and victory over satanic oppression.

  1. The Five Points of Victory from which Jesus’ blood flowed:     
    1. His back, which endured the stripes needed to bring about our healing.  
      1. Pilate had Jesus scourged (John 19:1).
      2. A scourge is not a whip; it is a multi-headed torture device with a thick handle and 39 long branches.
      3. Sharp objects such as small stones, bones, metal, and glass were fastened to the end of each branch.
      4. When prisoners were scourged, they were stripped, bound, and forced to lie face down. Their bare flesh was then “scourged.” 
      5. When the scourge made contact with a person’s flesh, the objects at the end of each branch tore the flesh off.  
      6. Jesus’ body was so badly marred by the abuse He endured that He was unrecognizable.
    2. His head, which bore the crown of thorns.
    3. His hands, which were nailed to the cross.
    4. His feet, which were nailed to the cross.
    5. His side, which was pierced by the Roman soldier.
  2. “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
    1. The brutal scourging on Jesus’ back is the price He paid for our divine healing.
      1. “Surely he hath born our griefs, and carried our sorrows” (Isaiah 53:4).
      2. Jesus took on our grief and sorrows.
      3. We can be completely free from pain, sickness, and infirmities when we activate our faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
      4. We activate our faith by proclaiming our complete deliverance from sickness and disease— because of His sacrifice.
    2. During His ministry on Earth, Jesus went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38).
      1. Jesus cast out demons that were oppressing people and healed many people who were sick.
      2. Some illnesses are the result of demonic oppression (Matthew 8:16).
  3. If we believe and rely on Him we will see the glory of God (John 11:40, AMP).  
    1. We do not have to beg God to heal us.
      1. We can come to Him in confidence, knowing that Jesus paid for our healing with the stripes on His back.

Scripture References:

  • John 19:1
  • Isaiah 53:3-5
  • Acts 10:38
  • Matthew 8:16
  • John 11:40, AMP


  1. We can be completely free from pain, sickness, and infirmities when we activate our faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

    HOw does that apply to the book of Job

  2. I don't understand your question, but from my readings of the Book of Job, Job's faith was tested by the Devil. Also I believe Job is in the Old Testament, which means he couldn't have been healed through the Blood, as Jesus wasn't born yet.
    The Blood is a reference to Christ's sacrifice for man. By focusing on his sacrifice, you honor him and so God honors you. Before Christ's death, there was no true salvation, though if you were a strong believer like Job, God would restore your losses supernaturally, as he did for Job.

  3. Ah but job was his plaything to test for the entertainment to prove something to the devil.

    ALSO he didn't bring his family back.

  4. Well, I wouldn't call Job "God's play thing." The Devil approached God with a challenge and God allowed the Devil to tempt Job. God never unleashed his wrath on Job, he just observed Job's reaction to temptation.
    And no he didn't bring Job's family back, he replaced them with a new, bigger family and more wealth to provide for them.
    You should keep in mind that to lose a wife and children in this time was more of a financial and status loss than an emotional one. God's gift is acceptable to Job because his family was a manifestation of his wealth and status, without them he was a poor man in every sense.
    God blesses him with more sons, the most beautiful daughters (this is important because of they will be easier to marry, more profitable) and tons on livestock. In this story Job's losses are addressed in the financial sense, that's what I meant by having losses restored.

  5. Yeah but as God's children we are supposedly protected, so why did God even allow the devil to tempt Job?

    Does God do this in modern times? Would that mean that exorcisms and possessions are God's way of testing your faith?

    PLUS you can't ever replace a family. I don't think that would ever be "Better" you'd still miss them. No matter what financial/status loss it could be, human beings develop a relationship with each other and bond when in close proximity whether or not its passionate romance or just companionship.

    I dunno through this whole thing I kept thinking of Job and how sad it made me to read it.

  6. To be honest, I'm probably not the best person to debate with about this. But I think that it is unwise to judge the validity of an event based on how you (a completely different person in a completely different time) would judge the situation. Job didn't seem offended by the Lord's replacement, so it seems pointless for you to be offended.
    Moreover, God isn't supposed to do anything. He's God. That's like saying my mom is supposed to buy me a car ... well she gave me life and raised me, so her obligation pretty much ended there. Anything extra was a blessing.
    God didn't take Job's family away. He just didn't stop it from happening. God isn't there to stop every bad thing from happening.
    I was watching some sappy Hallmark movie the other night (insomnia, I swear!) and one of the character's said something like: A child can fall and hurt themselves while they're walking right next to they're parent. It doesn't make the parent inept, because their child got hurt on their watch. What's important is that the parent picks the child up and tries to help them feel better.
    God picked Job up and tried to make him feel better. He didn't cause the fall; he didn't prevent it. But he did try to comfort Job and help him rebuild his life.