His Favor Lasts Forever

"Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body." ~Cicero

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Back in October, I was hesitant to get the flu shot when it came to our work. Being sensitive to allergens, I was not sure if I would be okay despite knowing the virus had been killed in the vaccine. But realizing I have a family to go home to, I didn't want them to get any flu or H1N1 if ever I would be exposed as I was considered among the high-risk groups.

2 weeks later, I started not feeling well. Attributing it to the Santa Ana weather we had been experiencing, I just didn't feel good. Sans the symptoms of flu like coughing or fever, I was just fatigued and the gland on the right side of my neck hurt and I started having ear pain and right jaw pain. I did go to Urgent Care and the 3-day course antibiotics didn't help much later.

Back to the primary doctor I went and he was cautious to put me on a week long antibiotics. I still didn't feel good and this past weekend, I almost went to ER as I felt that pain on the right side got worse. But being so tired from this weekend's work, I ended up succumbing back to sleep and fell asleep uttering my petition, believing in His healing.

The following day, which was yesterday, Tuesday, I was a new person! I still believed that I must have reacted to the vaccine as viral illnesses typically last for weeks. And antibodies usually start developing [nurses out there, please correct me if I'm wrong!] 2 weeks after a shot of vaccine is given. I figured that was the time it took when I felt ill since getting the flu shot.

Why am I blogging about this you might ask? It's because the good effects of the vaccine still is something to look forward to, despite the discomfort one may or may not have. The resistance will last for a long time which still made it worth for me to get that shot!

This morning, God showed me Psalm 30. He reminded me that like that shot, God's anger can be uncomfortable for us because He warns us to turn away from sins. He wants us to know and accept His love and forgiveness so that we can feel the eternal effects His love and grace brings. He wants us to know that His love is much greater than His anger against sins. "Thank You Lord for Your healing, physically and spiritually!"

"O Lord my God, I cried out to you for help, and you restored my health." ~ Psalm 30:2

"Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
Praise his holy name.
His anger lasts for a moment,
but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may go on all night,
but joy comes with the morning." ~ Psalm 30:4,5

15 comments:

  1. I suppose you would have felt MUCH WORSE from the actual flu? I don't know my friend....I have heard of many that get ill after the shot. I have had the full blown flu and it's HORRIBLE. I wouldn't know what to do....

    Glad you are better.

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  2. I know my mother got ill or got the flu after she got the flu shot one year.  I never get the shot.  Thanks Rosel for sharing.

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  3. Thank you Rosel for reminding us all that flu shots help us more then harm us. I just love Psalms 30... Isn't it a blessing to know that God's anger lasts for only a moment but His favor and love lasts a life time. Thank you for the visit to my blog this morning. God bless you my sister in Christ. Lloyd

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  4. I have only had the flu once and that was enough. I get the shot because of my auto immune disease. I'm glad you are feeling better now.

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  5. My heart is sad today. Have you ever prayed for something and HE said no? I do not understand this, because I believe HE can do all things. Please pray for me Elizabeth. I love you my sister in Christ.
    Bren

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  6. So good to hear that you are well....I have heard about people getting ill after getting the shot.Isn't it wonderful that with Christ we are Overcomer's..Blessings to you and may you rise above all of your experiences in your place of employment as with wings of Eagles...

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  7. I am reading this and have been home sick for the past couple of days. I don't normally get the flu shot but my husband always does!

    Soo glad you are well Rosel! I just love that no matter what you shine for Jesus in all you do!

    Love you my friend

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  8. I've been reluctant to get flu shots, but just yesterday set aside Friday for hubby and I to get them this year. Your wisdom comes at a good time.

    Bless you,
    Kathleen

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  9. Great analogy. I've got to admit that I'm not much for shots and have been known in the past to try like anything to not deal with God's anger toward my sin, tried to remain in denial (and sin) - but that never worked out.

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  10. Oh my goodness this was good! I hadn't looked at the flu shot in that manner and may go get one after all.
    But the rest of the message really touched me. God's perfect timing always prevails! I'm so glad you are feeling better. Blessings to you.

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  11. Randomly came across your blog and am quite a fan! Good stuff. God bless :]

    http://thesilverlining122.blogspot.com/

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  12. Oh, my goodness, I'm sorry you had that reaction. I was a little concerned about it this year, as they combined stuff. But I have to get it with allergies, asthma and age. I just pray before getting it. Thank God for answering our prayers and for His healing power. Hugs ~

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  13. I've never got a flu shot but I am seriously considering getting one this year. I rarely get sick and it's always seemed like a waste of time. But next year I'll turn 65 and my wife said I should get one.

    I hope and pray that you continue to feel better :-)

    ~Ron

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  14. I only had one flu shot over the years and that was the year I got sick. :( But I'm so glad you're feeling better now. I so appreciate your comments and look forward to you joining in this Tuesday for "In Other Words Tuesday". You always have a unique way of sharing and I love it.

    blessings and love my friend,
    Debbie

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  15. I came back by to give you another ((((Rosel))) and to say I am thinking and praying for your dear one.

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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