Bible Discussion Thread

  • Giesela Tanner on Isaiah 61
    I loss my only son Ellis who was my best friend. I don't like to use the word murdered but that's exactly what happened to him by a gun shot wound to his chest. I never thought that I would join a group of mothers who have lost their children to gun violence. As Job said the one thing I feared the most has come upon me. Last night I was led to pray according to Matthew 6:6, and he rewarded me with Isaiah 61 where he promised to heal my broken heart. Oh how I love Jesus because he first loves me. This is one of many of his promises that he has led me to read only to be reminded of how much Jesus loves me and that Ellis has eternal life.
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 61
    I was so sad to read of the loss of your son. But your words didn't end there: it showed that in your grief you are being ministered to from the Word of God & by His Spirit. That is God's healing balm for your spirit & soul that is not given in measure but always in its fullness.

    And I share the following from personal experience. I lost my Mother when quite young, then fifteen years later my Dad had also gone. I was not only all alone now but emotionally shattered - I went towards the edge of a high hill preparing to suicide. I had turned to the Lord a few years earlier but just couldn't face not having any family with me & suicide was my only option to cope with my grief. If it were not for the Lord's Presence in a mighty way at that instant, I would have easily gone through with my plan.

    Psalms 16:11: "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." This was the verse that pounded in my heart & more so as I approached the edge. God's Spirit was withholding me & reminding me that I can still enjoy His Presence & Love to the fullest in spite of my loss & that my Dad too was enjoying God's Presence right there in Heaven, with my Mother. And you know what? I didn't even know about this verse or where it might be in the Bible: God put it there in my mind. I had to search it out later in the Bible.

    Such is God's special Work in believers' hearts - when we belong to Him, His Spirit intervenes in a very special way to minister to that part of us that hurts the most & reminds us of His Love which we can hardly comprehend. It's been 35 yrs since that time & I still remember it vividly but more so, God's immediate intervention to spare my life. Giesela, I pray that you will continually find joy & peace in your life as you resort to your loving Heavenly Father. That's an empty hole in your heart that only God can fill in a beautiful way. I'll leave Psalms 16:11 for you too.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Isaiah 61
    (((((((Chris))))))). Peace be on you and that

    Wonderful testimony. We'll always be your extended family in here. Brother.
  • Chris - in Reply on Isaiah 61
    Your loving care is appreciated brother Mishael, as it has been to so many others who have sought your listening ear & words of comfort. You too have come through much pain & fiery trials but it has only served to increase your love & dependence on the Lord even more. Remember what the Lord said of the promiscuous woman in Luke 7: "Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little." (v 47). We can all here rejoice that God's salvation covered even the worst of our sins, leaving out nothing. Thank you.


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