“I lift my eyes to the mountains. Where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made Heaven and earth.
— Psalm 121:1
When Jesus asked the once blind beggar if he believed in the Son of Man, the man asked, "Who is he? That I may believe." Jesus said, "You're seeing Him. It is He that is speaking to you." With his eyes open, the beggar's next words: I believe.
I believe. What a powerful statement. Down through the centuries men and woman have staked their lives and their eternity on those two tiny words. We're going to wrap our hearts around them.
When I first started PrayFit back in 2009, much of what I'd do and say was hard-charged. Each day - like we had taken over enemy territory - I'd drive a stake in the ground with the still-certain truth that faith was the most powerful tool we have to conquer life's obstacles. Our mission was to help the church body take back their health, and I was going to help lead that charge as long as I could breathe.
The last few years - as some of you realize - the message changed. When I got sick, I learned first-hand that you don't always get what you work for, and things like illness are as much or more of an opportunity to exercise faith as wellness. God taught me that health is a gift of His grace.
In Christian artist For King and Country's hit "Shoulders," they answer Psalm 121:
“My help comes from you. You’re right here pulling me through. You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on your shoulders. Your shoulders. My help comes from You. You are my rest, my rescue. I don’t have to see to believe you’re lifting me up on your shoulders. Your shoulders." — For King and Country
Friends, I hope the mountain you face this week reminds you of both the Psalmist and the blind beggar. They lifted their eyes and believed. May you and I believe that God is right here pulling us through. The weakness, sickness, brokenness as well as the fitness.. All of it. His.
Mountains are no match. Let's close our eyes, take a deep breath, exhale and utter those two precious and powerful words: I believe.
- Jimmy Peña
1) I still believe God gave us faith to conquer life's obstacles, and 2) I am more certain than ever that any health we have is a gift of grace. And when we embrace our faith by the grace of God, it changes everything. Glad you're here, guys.
Speaking of mountains, here is a 'peak' - eh, see what I did there - at one of our newest videos in iPrayFit. Enjoy. (For the entire video and series, log in!)
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