In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea and saying, â€œRepent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.â€ Matthew 3:1 (NIV)
Do I know what it means to repent? Turn away from sin. Walk in Godâ€™s path.
Do I live like I have repented? John said, that the kingdom of God was near. He was speaking of a kingdom where God would rule and reign. A kingdom where God would live with us! If I have repented of my sins â€“ am I not living with God? Is He not in my heart? Isnâ€™t my spirit is in relationship with His Spirit?
The disciples did not live their lives free from hardship and disease. The Bible and history tell us that all died a martyrâ€™s death except John and I wonder if his death may have been the most difficult of all!
Paul speaks of Timothyâ€™s â€œfrequent illnessesâ€ (1 Timothy 5) and his own torment of the â€œthornâ€ which cold have been a physical or spiritual ailment. In any case, the life of a Believer will have sickness and seasons of great trials, even suffering. Does that mean our faith is weak?
God is all about kingdom building. He wants â€“ even desires that all would come to know Him. There is nothing like cancer or death â€“ a crisis â€“ to get an unbelieverâ€™s attention and consider that they just may not have everything under their control as they thought!
God may be allowing a crisis in my life so that His Light â€“ His Presence in this repented heart can shine in a dark world that is desperate for a true Light! Not some glossed-over, self-help way but a true walk that is full of Godâ€™s courage and Godâ€™s peace in the middle of a storm.
When you think God is not answering your prayer for healing â€“ look up! Your victory is already there! The Kingdom of God is near!