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Condemning tongues

I have mentioned before how my daughter was born with TOFS. During my pregnancy and her surgery, it took a lot of strength to stay strong in the Lord and not get swept away by fear.

The best surgeon in the country had operated on her – he was over 6 feet tall and had massive hands, I was astounded how he managed to work on such tiny little humans. He operated between her third and fourth ribs too! I had prayed that Jesus do the operation Himself and that He used the Doctors to assist in the op. I take “not looking to man but Jesus” very seriously.
After the operation the surgeon came to me and said that it was quite a tight operation and he really had to pull tissue to ensure closure. His words were, “I’m not actually sure if this is going to take. We will only be able to tell in 2 weeks’ time. She will need to be transferred to Red Cross Childrens’ hospital in Cape Town if this does not take.”

Fear almost got the better of me but I know the serious consequences of accepting something that does not line up with God’s Word or counteracts my faith for what I had been praying for. I had prayed for three hours before the op and for three hours during the op, and that Jesus do the op Himself. There are no mistakes with Jesus. I truly believed that He did a perfect work, and always has. 

As soon as the surgeon left my hospital room, I came against all negative words spoken by him, and rejected them in the name of Jesus. Every tongue that rises against me in judgment I will condemn! (Isaiah 54:17). I pleaded the blood of Jesus over my daughter and her operation and proclaimed the truth of Jesus’ perfect work.

A year later we moved back to Johannesburg. TOFS kids are prone to having food getting stuck in their throat at the site of the operation, due to a narrowing, which then requires dilation whereby the child is anesthetized and a scope is put down the throat while the paediatric surgeon removes the piece of food lodging the throat. A chick pea got stuck in Jordan’s throat, which I should have mashed up. But this turned out for God’s glory to prove to me and my family how beautiful His handiwork is.

When Jordan came out of the dilation, the paediatric surgeon said to me that it all went well and asked, “who operated on her oesophagus? Out of all my years as a surgeon, the operation on her oesophagus is the most perfect and beautiful work I have ever seen done.” 

Yee-hah!

Awesome and wonderful handiwork. There was a shift from doubt to perfection.
I don’t like to accept the negative prognoses and diagnoses from doctors. Doctors are a wonderful blessing from God. They have a degree (and a thousand times more clever than me!) but we are in the world but not of it (John 15:19) and serve a God that reigns on a throne! Declare the wonderful works of the Lord instead! (Psalm 118:17)

 

 

What are you looking at?

Last night before my prayer time, I was looking at the search terms that led to my blog on my Blackberry. Sometimes you find the strangest and funniest search terms that make you wonder how it led to you! But lately I have been noticing terms that reflect the hurts of so many Christians. Last night was no exception- people looking for answers to their problems. Major problems. My heart was burdened, I was so sad and had a lump in my throat. What I realised though, is that people are looking for answers from blogs and not directly from the Word itself. There is nothing wrong with wanting to find an answer, especially from a fellow Christian who has been through the same thing as you. And I believe the Lord allows certain trials to happen to people so that we may learn from each other. I think that is human nature though – we tend to want to run to the quickest answer all the time, instead of praying on it and waiting from the Lord. 

It reminded me of when my daughter was born straight into NICU. She was born with TOFS, which is a fancy acronym meaning her oesophagus did not grow all the way to her tummy in the womb, and as a result needed a massive operation at 3 days old. Most trying time of my life. I was in constant prayer, but admittedly fear would grip me now and then.

I distinctly remember one day when I briefly allowed a “what if” thought to enter my head and Jesus immediately said loud and clear, “No, KIT! Look at me! Keep your eyes focused on Me!” That taught me a lesson. It is so very easy to slip into the worldly knowledge and focus on the negative prognoses of Doctors. The more we keep our eyes on Jesus and keep our focus on Him for the answers, He will deliver and the less fear will grip our hearts!

Encouragement for today:
Jesus wants us to look to Him – 10 verses that show us this:

“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” Psalm 5:3

“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” Psalm 27:4

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8

“They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.” Psalm 34:5

“Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22

“looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ” Titus 2:13

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” Hebrews 12:2

“So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived” Numbers 21:9

“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25

“whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory” 1 Peter 1:8