As I opened my blog today to write a post for the first time in about 6 weeks, my verse on the opening page screamed at me from Matthew 21:21 "Jesus replied, "Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done." Another few verses came to mind immediately from Mark 11:24-25 " Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” and 1 Peter 1:7: These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."
Yes Lord, I have faith, Yes Lord, I have faith, Yes Lord, I have faith. I keep saying that to myself over and over again as the days lead up to my next healing approach quickly.
I try to believe those words with everything in me. Do you believe those words with all your heart and soul? Having faith like that is what we all aspire to have as Christians, but is it really attainable? Do I believe enough to actually move a mountain? That one I'm not so sure about, and I consider myself a true believer in what the Lord can do. I have seen it in my own life and in the lives of others. So, why does just that little bit of doubt slip into our minds? Because we're human and we don't believe that we can actually move a mountain just because the Bible says we can. Come on Lord, really, I can't move a mountain, can I? That tiny little sliver of doubt can be what keeps us from achieving great things for the Kingdom of God. If He says it, He means it. It's the truth and unfortunately, it's our little pinch of unbelief that keeps us from achieving unbelievably great things for Him.
Many verses in the Bible talk about our faith and lack of it. If we only believe, we can do do great things. If we only Believe, we can indeed move mountains and if we only believe, what we asked for in prayer will be ours. The next verse about our faith becoming genuine is also one of my favorite ones in the Bible. I do want my faith to prove to be a witness to Jesus and His Glory. Isn't that what we all want? But do I actually think I'm worthy of that? We often can have so little faith in ourselves, when the Lord has all the faith in the world. It's us and our lack of faith, not His. .
As I approach my 4th CCSVI procedure on Friday in Chicago, I do so knowing full well that the Lord will use this procedure and the capable hands of Dr. Arslan to heal my body and brain. This particular surgery has been a long time coming because the initial testing did not prove that I had blockages in my jugular veins, yet I still had quite a bit of intense pain. After talking with my doctor in Chicago, Dr.Arslan, I felt the Lord leading me to pursue a different treatment which hadn't been done in this area before which I suspected would reveal the extent of my problems. Not surprisingly, God opened the doors for all the right people to enter my life and make this available for me. That is no surprise at all for me because I have seen Him do that in my life several times before. As I've said before, I believe there are no co-incidences, only God-incidences. With the help of Dr. Mark Haacke at Wayne State University and one interested and very empathetic MRI tech & wonderful Christian brother Paul Saunders of Park Place Imaging in Tampa, FL. I was able to have the extensive Haacke Protocol MRV and Blood flow analysis which revealed where my true problem was.
Me and Dr. Arslan at the ISNVD in Feb. 2012
Dr. Haacke (second from left and some of my other hero's)
Dr's Simka, Robert Zivadinov, Mike Dake and of course, Dr. Paulo Zamboni
Paul Saunders, my MRI tech, Me, Pastor Brent and another helper!
It took 6 months to get all this done, and it took patience and persistence on everyone's part. But I knew that Jesus wouldn't let me down, and He certainly didn't. The wheels were in motion and everything came through just as I knew it would. When you turn it over to Him and seek His guidance, He will prove himself every time without fail, but you must trust and you must believe with all your heart and you must wait on His perfect timing. He is always on time, He is never late. It's always us that wants it right NOW!
I do want this successful procedure to bring Him Glory and that is what I am claiming in His Mighty Name! I am thanking everyone involved in this process for me, from start to finish. Onward we go to Chicago! Thank you Lord Jesus for this opportunity to prove Your love and faithfulness to many <3 font="">3>
My verses for today are above in red
My prayer for today:
I come to you today, thanking you for opening the doors of heaven for me to make a way to bring an end to this pain I am in. Thank you for the cooperation of so many in helping me. I pray that you will guide Dr. Arslan and his team during my surgery. Be right in that room with us Father, from start to finish. I want to give you all the Praise and Glory for any and all healing that I receive from this procedure, in Your Mighty name I pray,
Amen and Amen