Finding God’s Love in the Early Morning

By Healing Rooms | September 12, 2022

In the darkness of early morning I reached over and turned off the alarm clock.

I slipped out of the warm bed, nursing a familiar feeling of dread as I picked up my robe and slippers. I made my way out of our room and down the stairs.

Once in the kitchen, I made my cup of tea and then crept down the basement steps. The cold of the concrete floor made its way through the soles of my slippers. I put my tea down on a table and threw a load of wash into the machine.

What Makes You So Valuable?

By Healing Rooms | September 5, 2022

Don’t be surprised today when the enemy uses other people to judge you, to leave you out, to discount you, to make you feel unqualified and not good enough. The enemy works so hard to tear down your sense of value and worth because he knows it will take away your sense of purpose. He even tried it in Jesus’ life. After Jesus had been baptized in the Jordan River and God the Father had spoken, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased,” the enemy said to Him in the wilderness temptation, “If You are the Son of God…” The enemy tried to move in on Jesus’ needs and get Him to question His identity and His purpose. He tried unsuccessfully to bring in confusion and get Jesus to question His value and worth.

How Should Christians Handle Stress?

By Healing Rooms | August 29, 2022

A few days pass in the course of my life’s journey that I am not confronted with some degree of stress. Some days, stress is momentary and fleeting, and other days it escalates into full-blown worry until it is crippling.

Not only does my stress come in waves of intensity, but it also is born out of various kinds of situations. Often, my own stress is brought about by financial needs or by unmet expectations of those around me.

Triune Decision-Making – How God Guides Tough Choices

By Healing Rooms | August 22, 2022

When we face a big decision, sometimes the decision-making process can feel more like a game show than a guided path. We can easily slip into the thinking that God is hosting “Let’s Make a Deal,” where we have to choose one of a slew of suitcases, hoping we pick the right one. When we face multiple doors and potential pathways, the freedom to choose can feel like crippling anxiety and pressure.

Thankfully, our God does not play games with us, nor does he leave us to our own devices when making decisions. Contrary to popular belief, decisions are not puzzles to solve, but privileges to steward with the guidance of our triune God.

Three Cards to Play in Discipleship

By Healing Rooms | August 15, 2022

“I see your problem. Here’s what you should do!”

I admit this is my initial thought when I listen to someone. As they pour out their heart, I need to remind myself that I am not in the “problem-solving” business, but in a “help-people-grow-in-Christ” ministry. By remembering the three components of Henry Cloud’s growth model — grace, truth and time — I can use a holistic approach for transforming personal issues into Christ-like character development.

You Can’t Keep Looking Back

By Healing Rooms | August 8, 2022

Whenever I hear someone whom I respect start to talk about the secret to their success, particularly “the one thing” they attribute it to, I listen up. It’s interesting to compare what they say to what the apostle Paul, who wrote about half of the books of the New Testament, said was his secret: “One thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Philippians 3:13). He was saying, “The most important thing that has helped me to be successful is to let go of the things that are behind me. I don’t look back. I don’;t go back to my past mistakes and relive my failures.”

What Is the Spirit’s Role in the World?

By Healing Rooms | August 1, 2022

How would you finish this sentence?

The role of God’s Spirit in the world is to __________________.

You may have thought about a word, a sentence, or a paragraph, or even struggled to complete the sentence at all. Admittedly it’s not as easy as we might think. In fact, depending on where you are in scripture, you might answer this question in different ways. In our short time together as you read this article, I’d like to give you two ways of thinking about the Holy Spirit as we answer the question: What is the Spirit’s role in the world?

The Lost Awe of Majesty

By Healing Rooms | July 25, 2022

In 1977, California pastor Jack Hayford and his wife visited England during the Silver Jubilee (25th anniversary) of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne (1952). They were struck by the grandeur of the celebration, and the manifest joy of the people in their monarch. While there, they visited Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, and famous for the magnitude and stateliness some Americans today know only through watching Downton Abbey.

Walking in the Spirit

By Healing Rooms | July 18, 2022

When you became a Christian, Christ indwelled you through the person of the Holy Spirit. I know neither the how nor the where, but I do know that the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence carries with it the assurance of our salvation.

“Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession” (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Release It

By Healing Rooms | July 11, 2022

God puts promises and dreams in our hearts. We know that we’re going to get well or that our business is going to turn around. But God doesn’t tell us how or when it’s going to happen. Too often if it’s not happening the way we think or on our timetable, we get anxious. We put God in a box and tell Him how to do it, when it should happen, and who to use, which only leads to more frustration. Here’s the key: Once you pray, once you believe, you have to leave how and when God does it up to Him. God’s ways are not our ways. Sometimes it’s taking longer because He has something better in store. You have to trust God’s timing and trust His ways. You have to release control. Release having to have it happen your way.