Saturday, September 3, 2011


  Well the first day was rough but the second wasn't too bad, nothing like I had expected. I think I took two pain pills yesterday. So far today, one. I've been soaking with warm salt water and using hot whatever that thing is on my face, just not as much as I should have. I've been reading on the web and wrote an article. I come close yesterday to going out and doing a little but I found out pretty quickly as I stirred around that wasn't too good of an idea. Hence the first pain pill, lol.

  My face is still swollen a lot and I think I may have messed up the stitch in the front with my tongue. So far, no dry sockets, thank God. I go next week and Sidney will check it out and then the next week for a mold to be made. By the 23rd I hope to have teeth. Until then, my butt is staying home. When I get healed up a bit more I bought enough concrete and stuff to keep me busy without going out.

  Megan, in her usual way, has been extremely attentive. She must have ran in and out of my room 100 times yesterday. She finally, when Denise was heading home asked if she could go play with Josh. Today Denise has stayed near and Megan not far off. They've enjoyed watching the Hummingbird eat out on the front porch.

  I can't wait to eat normal again. Ever since the Chemo I've had to be careful what I ate, how I ate, and kept Gorilla Glue near by. Man this is going to be good. I just gotta wait.


Julie said...

Where is your article? I emailed you as you suggested, but never heard squat from ya. Lemme see!!

anthony7 said...

Hey Julie. I didn't see the email. If you can, shoot me one at

Lori Bei Durst said...

Always thinking of you dear Anthony. Blessings for your teeth and eating good things.
Love to Denise. :o)
Hang in there the both of you.

Josephine said...

Look To The Word, Not Natural Facts
(by Pastoe Joseph Prince on Tuesday, June 21, 2011)

"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

"Pastor Prince, I know that God is my healer. But why is this sickness and pain still in my body?”

If you have been looking at your sickness and pain all this while, stop looking at yourself and start looking at Jesus. Did He or did He not take upon Himself your sickness and pain?

God’s Word declares, “Surely our sicknesses He hath borne, and our pains — He hath carried them…” (Isaiah 53:4, YLT) Since Jesus has already taken your sickness and pain at the cross, then He cannot “untake” them. Even if you find it hard to believe that Jesus has paid for your healing, especially when the pain is unbearable, the truth is that it is still paid for. It is a finished work!

God is not saying that your sickness does not exist, nor is He asking you to pretend that it is not there. He is asking you to look away from the sickness, painful as it may be, and look to the truth that it has already been judged at the cross in the body of His Son.

Once, while still in the wilderness, the children of Israel were bitten by deadly desert serpents. The serpents were real. The bites were painful and deadly. So God told Moses to point the people to the bronze serpent put on a pole — a picture of the cross. (John 3:14) Bronze signifies judgment. In other words, the serpent — their problem — was already judged at the cross.

Those who kept their eyes on the bronze serpent lived. Those who focused on their wounds died. So stop looking at your sickness. Instead, look to the cross and see your sickness already judged in the body of Jesus. Surely He has borne your sicknesses and carried your pains! That is the truth of God’s Word. And His Word supersedes natural facts.

My friend, you let natural facts rule or establish God’s truths over your problem by what you choose to focus on. So decide today not to focus on the facts concerning your problem. Instead, establish the truth of God’s Word and Christ’s finished work over your problem — and live!

Thought Of The Day:
The truth of God’s Word supersedes natural facts.!/josephprince?sk=notes&s=50

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anthony7 said...

Thank You Josephine. I focus on my wounds and record it on this blog and it actually helps me and I think others who have pain, trials, and tribulations to know that it's just part of life... and it is. If I may, and I mean no offense, correct and expand a little on scriptures that you taken have out of context,

Numbers 8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

This is a supernatural event. I did find a reference that further tells of this snake which becomes an idol.

4He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

As for Pastor Prince:

Romans 16:18
For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
Isiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But let us look at Isiah quote:

Isiah 5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Physical pain and sickness are not what he is talking about, it's spiritual. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that one will not get sick or be in pain physically. Actually it tells of the opposite. The next scripture you have needs to be read in entirety to understand, but I'll just use 2 for time's sake.
John3:14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

Here is what I was saying earlier. It has absolutely nothing to do with physical.

Romans 8:18
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Note: Shall Be.

Perhaps this one is a bit more clearer

Revelation 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (This is speaking of after this physical life, for those who remain faithful).

But I'm sure you mean well and I thank you. I could show you more but then it would be an article. So my friend I leave you with some things old but new to ponder.

Revelation 2:10
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

1 Thessalonians 3:3-5
3That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

4For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

5For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5
3Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

4Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

5For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

May the day find you well, Anthony

anthony7 said...

I messed up and double posted. :)That is the reason for the deleted post. I done a boo-boo. If you are serious about learning

Josephine, email me and I will give you a link to a board I started where I am learning too as I go. It is like a place I put things that I can go back to when I need to. It isn't alwasy what I want to think or what is popular, but it is truth. Truth is what matters and remains when all else fails.

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Thanks Faiza. Also if you have acid reflux too.

Josephine said...

Hi Anthony:

Thanks for pointing out 2Kings 18:4. It goes to demonstrate how the children of Israel kept turning their backs to God's grace and mercy by turning to idolatory. God had tolerated their disobedience (idolatory) for more than 400 years before finally allowing the Babylonians to take them away as captives.

The bronze serpent was a symbol of Christ on the cross being judged in our place - God's provision for our sins (sicknesses). Yet, the children of Israel chose to turn God's provision into idol-worship.

No different to our generations today. We have many "idols" -- love of money, for one. Suffice to say, though, that money in itself is not evil. Obsession with it is. Healing is supernatural, and why shouldn't it be? We worship a supernatural God who is omnipotent, the Creator of the Universe and mankind.

Please allow me to differ from your interpretation on Isaiah 53:5 when you mentioned the healing the verse refers to is only for the spiritual. The best way to interpret it, I thought, is to let the Bible explain the Bible. One can't go wrong that way -- provided, of course, they are always quoted WITHIN the context :=)

In the Book of Proverbs (Prov 4:20-22), God's admonishment through Solomon is this:
20 My son, attend to My words; incline thine ear unto My sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are LIFE unto those that FIND them, and HEALTH** to all their FLESH.
** HEALTH : Lexicon #4832 “marpe” : Hebrew word meaning healing or cure

In John 10:10, Jesus says:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have LIFE, and that they might have it [LIFE] MORE ABUNDANTLY.

Surely, Jesus can't mean this more abundant life to refer to our after-life?!

Our loving Saviour means for all of us who believes in Him to enjoy our PRESENT life more abundantly. Logically, this would include our physical well-being too -- as expressed in 3 John 1:2 (ASV):
"Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in HEALTH [i.e. physical health], even as thy soul prospereth."

Many prophecies in the Old Testament also point to the fact that Jesus comes to save us, not just spiritually, but also physically, mentally, socially, financially -- abundantly:

Isaiah 11:10
"And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and His REST shall be glorious."

Isaiah 53:5
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our PEACE(A)** was upon Him; and with His stripes we are HEALED(B)**."
A)PEACE: Lexicon #7965 “shalom” - Hebrew word meaning wholeness, peace, welfare, safety, prosperity, health
B)HEALED: Lexicon #7495 “rapha” - Hebrew word meaning to heal, to make healthy physically & mentally

Matthew 8:17
"That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our INFIRMITIES (A), and bare our SICKNESSES(B)**."
Lexicon #769 “astheneia” Greek word meaning lack of strength, weakness, infirmity of the
1)BODY (as in sickness & Frailty in the context of Acts 28:9, and Lazarus’s illness and eventual death),
2)SOUL (as in lack of strength to restrain from corrupt desires, or withstand trials & temptations)

B) SICKNESSES : Lexicon #3554“nosos” - Greek word meaning disease, sickness

Now, then, the Old Testament is Jesus concealed; and the New Testament is Jesus revealed. We also agree that: "Jesus Christ THE SAME yesterday, and today, and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

Is PHYSICAL healing therefore only applicable to the Old Testament, and during the time Jesus walked this earth performing his miracles?
If so, He would have died on the cross in vain!

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Josephine said...

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Below are Bible verses in the New Testament on PHYSICAL healing, as much as spiritual - they go hand in hand as you can see in Luke 9:1 when Jesus commissioned His disciples:
1 Then he called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure DISEASES**.
** DISEASES : Lexicon #3554“nosos” - Greek word meaning disease, sickness
2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to HEAL** the sick.
** HEAL : Lexicon #2323“therapeuo” - Greek word meaning to cure, heal, restore to health

Romans 8:11
"But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also QUICKEN** your MORTAL BODIES by His Spirit that DWELLETH in you."
** QUICKEN : Lexicon #2227“zoopoieo” - Greek word meaning “to cause to live, make alive, give life, restore, invigorate

I Peter 2:24 [RSV]
"He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been HEALED**."
** HEALED : Lexicon #2390“iaomai” - Greek word meaning to cure, heal PHYSICALLY; to make whole SPIRITUALLY in the context of Acts 10:38 and Acts 28:27

Hebrews 4:14-16
14 "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our INFIRMITIES**; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of GRACE, that we may obtain mercy, and find GRACE to help in time of need."
Lexicon #769 “astheneia” Greek word meaning lack of strength, weakness, infirmity of the
1)BODY (as in sickness & Frailty in the context of Acts 28:9, and Lazarus’s illness and eventual death),
2)SOUL (as in lack of strength to restrain from corrupt desires, or withstand trials & temptations)

The Gospel of Good News:

John 16:33
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Matthew 21:22
"And all things, whatsoever ye shall ASK in prayer, BELIEVING, ye shall receive."

Romans 8:32
"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?"

Psalm 16:8-11
8 "I have set the Lord always BEFORE me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
9 "Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my FLESH also shall REST in HOPE.
10 "For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
11 "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore."

Psalm 103:3
"Who forgiveth ALL thine iniquities; Who HEALETH ALL THY DISEASES;"

Exodus 15:26
“…I [am] the Lord that healeth thee.”

anthony7 said...

Hi Josephine, Quite a few good scriptures but I guess we have to agree to disagree. True that God and Jesus can heal physically but I look at the healing more spiritually. I see no promises of health mentioned. Yes, we have idols, we're in total agreement with that. Just as when a parent spanks or correct a child to keep that child from doing wrong, so are we children of God. Then we never know just how far we are off track sometimes and sometimes lose sight of what and who is important. There are many idols that one can succumb to. Sometimes he gives us a wake up call. Matthew 16:26
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Also seen in Luke 9:25.

Also this John 11:4
When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. So sometimes God uses sickness to show His glory. Sometimes to the afflicted and sometimes to someone who knows the afflicted. Not that I am I'm same league but.

Job 2:3
And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause. Job 2:7
So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
James 5:11
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

I'll write some more later, Shalom

anthony7 said...

Hi Josephine, While it is true that some words that have more than one meaning, it is the context that says which meaning is meant. Then sometimes people look at it differently, such as one of the scriptures you have. One sees heads and the other holds a coin and sees tails, but it is the same coin. John 16:33
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." This doesn't say that He has overcome sickness and disease, but He does bring peace. People who have/are stricken with terrible things know there is hope.
This quote, along with Romans 8:32 does not means that God gives us what we want, but rather what we need, why God wants. Matthew 21:22 "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ASK in prayer, BELIEVING, ye shall receive." Like many, I didn't want this but in some ways it was something I needed. Now if I may, here are a few.
1 Peter 3:14
But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; and this one, just a little lower. 17For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

18For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
Revelation 2:10
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. Spot on verse too, 1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Romans 8:17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Philippians 1:29
For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

There is just so much in the Bible that contradicts what you've been taught. I leave you with this:
Revelations 21:4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

anthony7 said...

Josephine, Now apart from the scripture quotes we've been doing, here is the basics I go by. If one becomes a Christian that does not mean all will go smooth in life, but one doesn't have to go it alone. The fact is that we are all human in this world and sometimes bad things happen. Just because something bad happens doesn't necessarily mean that God is punishing anybody, sometimes it is for His glory. One must bear in mind that this age is the age of the wrath of Satan and man and Satan is the go of this world. (according to scriptures) But even that isn't it.

I really don't think that God gets angry when one questions, gets down, gets depressed, or even mad. If you have kept up with my blog you will see all of that. You will also see where I have not been expected and even of myself to see the next day. My trails and tribulations and sometimes others. I think it is important to share with others, yet I seldom do that in person.

The message you preach is a message of this life. The message I see is the message of the next life. There have been a few times I should have been dead by all rights, and briefly did die once, and that my friend place so very much into reality for me. But even then it wasn't until I had lost my pride, vanity and my humility that I completely understood. I don't expect you to be able to fully relate because during sickness and/or trauma that is long suffering one would know. You can only imagine and try to relate, and that is ok too.

If all you have seen is my limits then you have not seen. If all you see are the negative then you have known. If all you have seen is the struggles then you have not listened. And I'm sorry for that.

It is important that those who have and are afflicted know that they are not alone. I also think it is important that they find details that are tried. I learned that way and I still do for it is not one that studies the battles that wins the war but the ones who have went through battles.

The fact is that we all have limits and we all have trials, and it helps to know we're not alone. We get knocked back down and get back up again. Each time though learning a bit more, loving a bit more, and a bit strong inside. In the Bible it is called separating the wheat from the chaff. Perhaps you said it best with the focus on the serpent thing. You focus on the here and now, I focus on what is to come while only dealing with the here and now. To me, that is faith. God Bless, Anthony