Day of Pentecost, First Half Year as a Christian and Quiting the Smoking


Yesterday I celebrated the Day of the Pentecost at Harmony Church which has  really become my home church. Rapidly building a reputation as that young new church “is where it is really happening” I found myself there yesterday committing quietly to stop the smoking and this time no more “bs”. Tomorrow I am celebrating my conversion exactly 6 months ago on 25 November 2009. Looking back it has been an amazing ride which is documented here on this blog. Strange how the importance of Christian celebrations changed in only one half year. Where Christmas used to be the highpoint of the year in terms of celebrations, Easter seems to be the real important date now together with the day of the Pentecost.  And what better way to celebrate these joyful events than with quitting the very thing that I feel is holding me back in my relationship with God and my family: smoking. I tried many times to no success. In fact I’d go so aggressive that my family would beg me almost to pick up the smoking again. But now, with the help of God and the Quitline I am sure it is going to work out.

I found a helpful article on “How to stop smoking the Christian Way which basically outlined the following steps:

  1. Understand why you need to quit: your life and health are precious to your Creator (Psalms 36:9, Acts 14:16–17, John 3:16). You are responsible for treating yourself and others well (2 Corinthians 7:1, Matthew 22:39, Matthew 7:12) and you can’t do that while filling your lungs and those of others with smoke.
  2. Step 2 Set a date, write it down and make sure it remains visible for a week or more before you quit, (Proverbs 21:5, Ephesians 5:15–17). Make sure there are no cigarettes available when that day arrives (1 Corinthians 10:13) and go out of your way to avoid cigarettes and smokers from that day forward (Proverbs 13:20).
  3. Step 3 Realize that you may not succeed in quitting on the first try. If you have a setback, don’t beat yourself up (2 Corinthians 2:7–8, Romans 2:4). Simply accept the fact that you’re not perfect (Mark 14:38), recommit and move forward.
  4. Step 4 When you finally do succeed, you can trust that the joy you feel is mirrored by the joy of your Creator (Matthew 18:12–14). You couldn’t have done it without him, and he’s delighted that you cared enough to fight that battle for him!
  • Never underestimate the power of prayer! During every step in the process, prayer can make the way easier and the goal clearer (Hebrews 4:16, Psalms 55:22).
  • Be prepared for withdrawal symptoms including nausea, irritability, insomnia and a strong craving for cigarettes. Check with your doctor for possible prescriptions to help ease some of these symptoms and help you to make it through this difficult period.

So, last night I prayed, this morning again and picked up the phone and called the Quitline. The first talk went well and a prescription is on the way to the pharmacy and after writing this post it will be about ready to be picked up as opposed to the normal five days to process it: so here we go the first little miracle already happened. Now it is up to me to follow through.

Your support and prayers are welcomed and to support others as well as being supported I will open a new category SMOKE STOP.

To close off Psalm 23, more for me than for the reader probably:

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,

3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
forever.

Christian doctors prescribe ‘spiritual healing’ for sickness


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Christian doctors prescribe ‘spiritual healing’ for sickness

More than 240 of them from 40 countries gather in Rome to discuss ‘Spirituality in Medicine’

By Dan Wooding Reporting from Rome

Special to ASSIST News Service

ROME, ITALY (ANS) — Some 240 Christian doctors from some 40 different countries around the world have prescribed “spiritual healing” as an answer to sickness in the 21st Century. They believe that medicine alone cannot deal with some of today’s worst illnesses.

Dr. Armando Pineda-Velez

The medics gathered in the eternal city of Rome from on May 22-23, 2010, for the 7th Annual World Christian Doctors Network “Spirituality and Medicine” Conference held at the Sheraton Roma Hotel and Conference Center in Rome and they examined actual case studies of miracles presented by various respected doctors.

Honduran-born Dr. Armando Pineda-Velez, US Director of WCDN, a nuclear medicine physician, told me that there are a lot of doctors today who “not only believe in God but believe that God is healing today.”

He said, “They are putting their prestige on the line for something that they know; that the truth that the Gospel of power can be manifested in the 21st Century.

“This is a different kind of organization,” he continued. “There are a lot of Christian medical organizations, all of which are very well respected and I love them, but we at the World Christian Doctors Network are different in the sense that we are going into the miracle part of the healing. We are not going to stop being doctors, but we are going to use a superior tool – the healing power of God — in order to be helping our beloved patients.”

Dr. Pineda-Velez said that he encouraged Christian doctors to lay hands on their sick patients and pray for their supernatural healing. “I think that the power of healing and faith has to be used by doctors,” he said. “Anyway, we are not the one who heals – it is Jesus!”

I then asked him what happens when people are not healed.

“You know,” said Dr. Pineda-Velez, “healing resides only in the sovereignty of a merciful and gracious God. It’s not only up to us in this equation. There are two involved here — God and you. Does He decide to heal you? I don’t know. Does He have a purpose for your disease? Maybe; maybe not! Do you have enough faith? I don’t know. Yes the measure of faith you have is important but we also have the sovereignty of God. He still rules your life.”

The doctors, who for these two days forsook the formality of being medics and became “ordinary Christians” and joined whole-heartedly in the worship sessions, raising their hands in the air in praise and some even dancing along to the music. One doctor told me, “This has been like a refreshing rain for me.

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