Thursday, April 21, 2011

Praise God for his faithfulness!

First of all I want to say WOW!!! Regardless of any test results – I have been blessed! I have totally felt the impact and power of the prayers being offered to God for us since I sent you my prayer request. I don’t know how many times over the past 12 days I’ve had to literally stop what I was doing and take time to thank God for the peace, joy and love that he was pouring out on me - and I knew it was because of the power of prayer – your prayers. God hears every single one. His church is a powerful force on earth and the prayers of His children are a mighty weapon. Thank you for being so quick and so faithful to answer the call by standing in the gap for Carrie, Luke and I by praying for and encouraging us.

I received my MRI results today and the Lord heard our cries and answered our prayers! The scan was clear and there are no tumors or any signs of cancer! The doctor said that the damage to my hearing must be due to the radiation treatments – and I’m dancing for Joy! I am placing the problems with my ear in the Creator’s hands and if it is His will for me to have this thorn in the flesh as a reminder of what He has carried me through – then I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses because His strength is made perfect in our weakness. But I know without a doubt that if Jesus can pick up the ear that Peter chopped off with a sword and put it back on the soldier who was about to drag Him off to be beaten and crucified, the He can heal any damage to my ear.

My Heavenly Father has chosen to take this cup from me, and I am so grateful. With the weight of this trial over these past 12 days, I couldn’t help but think of the cup that Jesus asked His Father to take from Him - if at all possible. While sweating blood, Jesus knew that if one soul could be saved for all eternity, then He wanted the Father’s will to be done – all the way to the cross. There was no short cut for Jesus, He had to feel every whiplash and every thorn. Praise Him this week for the unfathomable weight that He bore for us – so that our burden could be light.

As each of you have been praying for us, I’ve been asking Jesus to pour His Spirit out on you and to fellowship closely with you in a new, fresh and real way. I’ve asked for Him to do for you what Romans 15:13 says:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Please let me know if there is any way I can pray for you - whatever you may be goint thru. Also, please share this with anyone you asked to pray for us and continue to keep my family in your prayers....And have a Huge Praise Party with us and the awesome news we received today!

Your Brother,

Stephen Alexander

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