Bedridden Warriors

A Daily Thought Provoker Quote
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
Online Publications of David J. Hall

“If you feel about as effective as a bedridden sick person with a heavy fry pan facing an army with death in their eyes, don’t forget what a faith-filled shepherd boy did with just a sling and a stone.

From our beds, let’s pray like Elijah. Let’s pray like Paul. Let’s pray like Jesus. Through Christ we can be very victorious as conquering Devil smackers!”

( David J. Hall / from article: “Devil Smacker” )

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Thriving In A Life Of Pain

Are you suffering unjust pain in your body, mind, or emotions? Are you having to endure some kind of physiological suffering? Has your world grown small because of how debilitating the pain has become?

It can be very discouraging to experience the loss of unfulfilled dreams, and even dreams that had come true and that you were living in, but have had that dream disappear.

For those of us who live in chronic pain from some kind of hyper-sensitive physiology (body, mind, or emotions), our Primary Purpose has been clearly defined for us.

“For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God… if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. ‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.’”

~ 1 Peter 2:19-22

“Unjust suffering” isn’t just that which is caused by evil people in response to our living for Christ. “Unjust suffering” includes that which we face in life that is not a consequence of our own actions. It afflicts our body, mind, and/or emotions, things like chronic illnesses, diseases, paralysis, depressions (chemical or circumstantial), mental health disorders, bi-polar emotions, etc.

Personally, I have been “unjustly suffering” for over 15 years with a very debilitating case of Fibromyalgia with Chronic Fatigue, and a few other less afflicting things. I too experienced the loss of dreams, including the necessity to resign from a pastorate of a church that had really wonderful people in it. For the last decade my world, from the vantage point of my bed 18-24 hours per day, has become very small.

At first I really mourned and grieved quite hard at my sense of losses. However, I discovered that–for now–my primary purpose in life was for me to be transformed into the example that Jesus gave to us when He suffered. My life (my body, my brain, and my emotions) took on a whole new meaning: to thrive and to become “commendable before God” as I suffered.

Job is another wonderful example of a person who suffered greatly in every area of his life, yet his integrity thrived and he was commendable to God. He suffered the loss of all his grown children, all of his wealth, and all of his health. He was just healthy enough to stay alive, but sick enough to suffer immensely in his whole person, in his body, mind, and emotions.

If you are suffering, if you are debilitated, if you are in constant chronic physiological pain because of the hyper-firing of your nervous system, be of good cheer! (When I say “be of good cheer,” please remember that I am a fellow sufferer in pain and raw emotions). Even while stuck in your bed or in your wheel chair, your primary purpose has been clearly defined: thrive and be commendable to God in every motive that is behind everything you think and say, and that your countenance radiates.

We can do this! We can be this! Let’s thrive in spite of the pain.

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Expendables for Christ

Are you a Pastor, a Missionary, a Leader in the Kingdom of God, or a without-title child of God who serves the missions and purposes of Christ in the dark and wicked battlefield that we call Earth?

We are expendable, my friends. We are Expendables in service to His Majesty, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. Our lives and our deaths belong to our King, they are for Him to spend as He sees fit.

“For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.”

‭‭~ Romans‬ ‭14:7-98

Are you presently unable to minister in your usual forum due to health or circumstances that are beyond your control? While I encourage you to pray for God’s help in the area of your troubles, I also encourage you to be at peace with where He has you. He never “wastes” the lives nor the deaths of His servants. Ask the Lord to define for you the mission that He has for you where you are currently “stuck.”

I know what it is like, to have been a very active minister all of my adult life, but now at the young age of 50 years old, extremely “limited” in how busy and how available I can be. Having been an Evangelist in our state and beyond, and then a Pastor for a wonderful group of people for 9 years, now (for the last decade) I am stuck in bed 18-24 hours each day, enduring a body that is in great pain and very fatigued with exhaustion.

No, please don’t feel sorry for me. At first, being bedridden was a very real trial, not just because of the pain in my body but because of the pain in my heart from a lack of fulfillment in ministry. Today, I am blessed, not because I have been healed (though I certainly anticipate His healing!), but because I have learned the secret of being content with the fiery call of God upon my life for ministry, a fire that is shut up in my bones, while my body is shut up in my home.

The Apostle Paul learned the secret of being content in every situation:

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation… I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”

~ Philippians‬ ‭4:12-13‬

As Expendables for Christ, our lives and our deaths are never wasted. Whatever our situation might be, our King is not wasting our service potential. This is the secret to being content: knowing that wherever we are as we follow Christ, we are still in valuable service to our King.

Our lives (and our deaths) serve Jesus in the natural-realm and in the spirit-realm, on the earth and in the heavens. From our beds of suffering may our heartfelt dedication to intercessory prayer and our trust in our King’s invisible purposes be fear-inducing to the Gates of Hell, and fulfilling to our callings.

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Devil Smacker

Are you a bed-ridden follower of Jesus Christ?

He wants to utilize you in His kingdom warfare. He wants to use you like a “battle-ax” to conquer the Dark Side.

You are My battle-ax and weapons of war:
For with you I will break the nation in pieces;
With you I will destroy kingdoms;
With you I will break in pieces the horse and its rider;
With you I will break in pieces the chariot and its rider;
… And with you I will break in pieces governors and rulers.”

( Jeremiah 51:20-23 )

He has weapons that are mighty through God for pulling down strongholds and messengers of death.

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God…”

( 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 )

He will wage war through your willing and faith-filled heart that will agree with His will in prayer.

If you feel about as effective as a bed-ridden sick person with a heavy fry pan facing an army with death in their eyes, don’t forget what a faith filled shepherd boy did with just a sling and a stone.

From our beds, let’s pray like Elijah. Let’s pray like Paul. Let’s pray like Jesus. Through Christ we can be very victorious as conquering Devil smackers!

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Honoring The Disabled

“Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the Lord.”

‭‭~ Leviticus‬ ‭19:14‬

We might say that this is the first recorded law that specifically addressed a society’s approach to accommodating people with disabilities. It was written circa 1400 b.c., about 3,400 years ago, and is part of the Levitical laws and regulations.

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