Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Twitter – Chains


chainsI saw this on Twitter yesterday: Confession “Father, I receive my right 2 be healed, whole, & prosperous n my body, spirit & soul.” Retweet if u believe & receive it.

I remember when I was about 9, I got a chain letter from my cousin who lived in Germany. It asked for a recipe to be sent to a stranger and promised at least 50 recipes coming to me by the end of the week. I carefully copied the letter 10 times and mailed it off to friends. That was grueling for a 4th grader – like Handwriting practice! – but it was before the days of personal copiers. I WAS the personal copier. Then I waited running to the mailbox daily. I sent off my recipe to the stranger at the bottom of the list, but for some reason all of my chains broke and no one ever sent a recipe to me. Bummer.

So I don’t much like chain mail – especially not spiritual chain mail like the “You better forward this to 10 people or you’ll be cursed” type of emails. Hate those. I don’t even look at them, I don’t care how cute the lures are with sweet little bunnies and puppy dogs.

But a chain like this, and yes I liken it to chain mail, is just dangerous – spiritually. That first phrase: Confession “I receive my right 2 be healed” is what gets me. Whoever said we had a right to be healed? As sinners we have a right to absolutely nothing. As redeemed believers we have a right to be called children of God and secure the eternal blessings from that right. But nowhere in scripture does it say we are entitled to be healed while we live on this earth.

In fact, we have a vivid example of the exact opposite in the apostle Paul. He had something painful, “a thorn in the flesh” that bothered him all the time and he prayed for the removal of it. But God saw fit to leave it there and help Paul work through the pain.

I still pray for healing, for myself and others. And I believe in the power of God through faith and prayer. I believe that He always can heal, but sometimes chooses not to for His purposes and I’m okay with that. Because ultimately, I don’t deserve to be given anything. Every good thing comes from Him because He adores me, not because of any rights I think I have.

Your turn: Since we can’t expect to be healed of physical ailments here on earth, what promises does the Lord make to us! I’m all about encouragement! Remind yourself of the promises He’s made because He adores you, too!

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

2 thoughts on “Twitter – Chains

  1. Amen, Marji. It’s time to ditch that sense of entitlement our society has put on, and instead, clothe ourselves in praise and thanksgiving. He doesn’t promise an easy life. He promises to walk with us through the valley of shadow and death. Healings can come. So can prosperity. But no, not because we deserve it.
    Really great post!


    • And Amen back at your Jackie! He even told us that there would be trouble. But that He wouldn’t leave us without comfort and that His peace would fill us when we asked Him. Doesn’t change the circumstances, but then how we look at the circumstances is really the important thing anyway.