In the past, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've written about friends. Real life friends, and friends on Facebook (FB), that I commonly call cyberlife friends, just to differentiate between the two (2).
My real life friends are people I have met, and in some cases know fairly well. They live in various places around the world; they don't all live near me.
As does my cyberlife friends, who also live all over our globe. But, since I have been on FB, there's many I have not yet met, even though I have spoken by telephone with some.
One FB friend who lives halfway around the world from me, has been a true blessing. He, his wife, mother, and adult children are all born-again Christians.
And, they pray for healing for me, regularly. Thank you, my friends. May God bless you, and may you know that I pray for you, also.
Yesterday, during one of our chat sessions, this friend realized that both my daughters have problems in their lives. And, that many of my grandchildren have health problems and/or concerns.
In the past, he knew about a couple of minor things, and had prayed. It was only during yesterday's conversation that he realized that indeed, many of my family members need healing, in one form or another. And, they do, since many have physical health concerns.
No, I didn't go into detail, for that's too personal, but I didn't need to. When I explained that there were several family members who needed healing, he promised to pray for them. For this I am truly thankful and told him so.
He also commented in a way I never dreamed I would hear from him. It was very suprising.
He told me that I was like Job.
Sigh... Be still my heart. I've mentioned this rarely, but on occasion... that I sometimes feel like a female Job, waiting for restoration.
He went on to say that he didn't mean it in a negative way. He meant it in a positive way. After all, as he said, Job was loved and blessed by God.
Job may have suffered, but was truly loved by God, he repeated.
This cyberlife friend also made reference to two (2) Bible verses, that he claimed referred to me. One was Psalm 1:3, "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." And the other was Proverbs 3:4, "So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man."
He explained that he felt that I was a blessing to so many people.
I was told how happy he is that I post regularly on his ministry page. He also reminded me that I will have favour with others.
I believe God's Word, is true. And, I accept it, fully... and completely.
However, I also realize that everything needs to be read in context. I read and listened to him claiming that I would find favour and good understanding in the sight of God... and man. And, man?!
Yes, God's Word is true. I realize that I, as a born-again Christian, will find favour and good understanding in man. But, only in those who truly belong to Him. By those, who are His Children. Not the rest of mankind.
Not everyone belongs to God.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. We may all be children of God's creation, but only those who are trusting/believing on Jesus and the finished work He did at the cross of Calvary, belong to Him.
And, have their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
How do I know this? Because, I have read and studied God's Word, the Bible, for many years.
Knowing that we need to be sanctified, and knowing that God's Word is truth, I thought of John 17:17, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."
Once we have gained salvation, we need to continue reading and studying God's Word. This is so we can grow in our faith... be sanctified. Sanctification is a process. It doesn't happen overnight.
So, yes. I agree with my friend from another continent. I have been treated well by those who not just know Jesus, but by those who know and understand His Word, the Bible, as well.
The unfortunate thing, is that all men... meaning all people, are not like this. Not all accept God's Word as truth. Even some people who claim to be Christian, but don't care about Jesus Christ, or read/study God's Word, the Bible.
For these, I especially pray for. Hopefully, you do, also.
Until next time...
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