Friday, November 13, 2009

011 Encouraging Letters

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November 13, 2009

Several people have sent emails to me saying they are praying for my recovery and for endurance for me. Some have given me Scriptures and wonderful words to hang onto while enduring the long days of suffering with the adrenal problems.

In one email, a brother in Christ wrote to me:

"Thanks for sharing. I don't understand all the stuff but I've been trying to explain to my wife that years of drinking and meth and smoking weed has an effect on the body and that doesn't get fixed just because we have a regenerate heart. Diabetics don't quit insulin when the Holy Spirit comes in, so those of us who have physical ailments need to deal with the consequence of sin in general, and often our own sin is what caused the physical changes that pain us today so much. I was reading in Answers magazine the other night about how the brain creates connections and drinking and drugs will mess those connections up, that's at least one reason why we can love the Lord and want to be sober, yet still have thoughts or even cravings for drugs or alcohol.

Thankfully, my spirit is such that I do not succumb to these temptations, by the grace of God, for a while now.

Anyway, I'm sorry to hear about all the bad advice you get. It's sad to me how people are so influenced by our society (professing Christians, I mean). Psychology, psychiatry...all based on lies. Lies meant to put people in the prison of self and ultimately keep them from a knowledge of the grace of Christ. Sad. I've been diagnosed bipolar twice, all I needed to do was quit drinking it turned out. That's even before salvation, just quitting that terrible behavior changed my diagnosis.

We love you Tamara and are happy you are in our lived, (me and my wife). I trust your suffering doesn't compare to the glory to be revealed in you, and I know you already know and cling to that.

God Bless you.

Now that is what I call encouragement! I thank the Lord for people like he and his wife. A thousand words of bad advice and being told that my illness is due to psychological reasons rather than physical ones are nothing in comparison to true, loving words from a friend. It's like a healing balm, a foretaste of what the Lord has for me once this body fails completely.

And another came yesterday from a dear friend:

You have been on my mind alot lately and I was reading my daily Spurgeon I
thought about you and wanted to pass it you!

"The trial of your faith." --1 Peter 1:7

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators. When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship moves not to its harbour; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush howling forth, and let the waters lift up themselves, then, though the vessel may rock, and her deck may be washed with waves, and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway towards her desired haven. No flowers wear so lovely a blue as those which grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam so brightly as those which glisten in the polar sky; no water tastes so sweet as that which springs amid the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity. Tried faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness had you not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God's strength had you not been supported amid the water-floods. Faith increases in solidity, assurance, and intensity, the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

Let not this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: the full portion will be measured out to you in due season. Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise Him for that degree of holy confidence whereunto you have attained: walk according to that rule, and you shall yet have more and more of the blessing of God, till your faith shall remove mountains and conquer impossibilities.

May the Lord bring a peace and grace that only He can give to you if you are needing it today. He says He will not break a bruised reed nor put out a smoldering wick.

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Coram Deo,

Tamara Slack