By His Stripes , We are Healed

I was straightening out my office several months ago, and a small handcrafted globe of the world rolled off the stand from my shelf and you guessed it. The globe cracked in half and broke (of course one of my favorite treasures).

As I was picking up the pieces looking at this shattered globe it reminded me of how broken our world really is and how much pain and suffering we as human beings face in our lives.
The needs are widespread whether it’s in a third world country or here in the USA.

It doesn’t matter how positive you are, but I think it is inevitable that you and I will face pain. Reality can be a cruel force in our lives. Even those who love and serve God are not immune of pain and suffering just read the book of JOB in the Old Testament. What about the Apostles of the early church in the New Testament? Most faced persecution and torture. I have had several friends and others experience painful losses such as losing a child, a spouse, or the unexpected accident, several lost due to the covid pandemic, even a drug overdose. In the local newsaper the Patriot Ledger a mother on the south shore lost two daughters within ten years due to heroin and the opiate addiction crisis. The pain and struggles are real my friend. What parent doesn’t feel the pain of their children suffering or the emotional pain of a divorce?

I say all this just to let you know that God has not forsaken you or this world. He knows your deepest pain. Jesus Christ died on the cross to bear our pain and suffering. He gives each of us a hope and a future no matter how fragile your life may be today. My prayer for each of you is that the Lord will minister to you at this very moment in your pain and grief. Life is just plain tough and at times it sucks, there are no shortcuts! Trust God and face your battle today and the Lord will see you through even in your deepest loss. Its not easy but know that you are not alone.

A man of sorrows and pain and acquainted with grief…but in fact He (Jesus) bore our griefs and He has carried our sorrows and pains;…
He was wounded for our transgressions …and by His stripes we are healed…” (Isaiah 53:3-5 Amplified version).

We are fragile jars of clay in the hands of the Master. His name is Jesus.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”
2 Corinthians 4:7‭-‬10 NIV

Notice the all surpassing power is from God and not our own human wisdom.

We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

Releasing what we cannot control is never easy but a necessity. The power of God’s Spirit can do more thank we can ask, think, or imagine. God can be glorified in your pain and suffering. Just like the body of Jesus Christ death. “For by His stripes, we are healed”

If you have a prayer request please feel free to comment and I will agree with you in prayer.

May you walk in healing this day my friend.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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