ChristAlive! Archives: Healing

The workplace, as the whole world, is a battleground of good and evil forces, principalities and powers. Our office experienced a serious breakdown of relationships caused by mistrust, improper assumptions and misunderstandings, fueled by gossip...
Do we have to be pure as the driven snow when we work for Jesus? That would be the goal, but at times it is a bit unrealistic. We are sinners yesterday, today and tomorrow. Sinners relate to sinners.
One of the great lessons of his death on a cross was Jesus’ ability to forgive under the worst possible conditions. If Jesus can forgive even unto death, how can we not forgive those who have insulted us or treated us unjustly?
One thing that has been ringing true in my life in Christ, especially over the last few months, is to be faithful as Christ compels us, and let the Holy Spirit take care of the results...
The winds of adversity have blown through my life for many years. I wasn’t blessed to be brought up in a Christ-centered home, but I have come to experience the reality that God has a purpose and plan to transform us.
Our society has a hard time with the notion of forgiveness. It is sometimes treated as a commodity that can be tossed off without pain, effort or meaning. It disappears within the "Love means never having to say you're sorry" syndrome, in which nothing needs to be forgiven.
A few years ago, my dear father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. My first thought was to pray over him. My in-laws are devout Christians but I thought they might be uncomfortable with my praying over him, so I didn’t ask.
How easy it is to tell the stories of God’s power and healing in our lives when prayers have been answered! How difficult it is to tell of our failures to live the Christian life.
As we sat listening to her, my heart softened and I was no longer bent on rushing the meal to get home. I sensed God's anointing and then the nudge from him to pray with her. I asked, "Are you a woman of faith?"
After one class, a woman told us that her teenage son was taking drugs and asked for our ideas on dealing with this challenge. We listened with empathy and prayed with her, and I e-mailed her a prayer for protection and healing that she could pray for her son each day...

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