|Too many of us have grown
up thinking that the Churchís proper concern is with
our collective happy-face on Sunday, and that serious
problems like disease are best left to
How often do we hear it preached that the Messiah has
come to carry off our sickness, weakness, distress, sorrows,
and pains? I suspect the answer is much the same for you as
for me. From early childhood Iíve known that Jesus loves
me and my sins are forgiven. But no one ever explained to me
when I was growing up that wholeness is my
heritage under the New Covenant.
people around you
Probably no one told the people around you,
either. So even if youíve begun to take healing by faith
seriously, youíre not surprised--are you?--when
well-meaning persons smile politely at the idea that the
Lord can heal your sinus trouble.
Or when your physician glances at his watch and changes
the subject to pills and therapy, after youíve suggested
that your depression might have a spiritual cause and a
spiritual cure. Or when your best friend at church says you
look like death warmed over, and she certainly hopes
youíve found the right medication.
So how do we deal confidently with ugly symptoms
in the midst of a chorus of unbelief? I think you know my
answer already. During the three-plus decades of this
ministry Iíve witnessed countless gradual healings and
more than a few dramatic ones, all brought about by strong
doses of the Healing Word of God.
The essential idea is to line up our thoughts with
Godís thoughts so His healing power can flow. When we
"confess" the written Word--speak it aloud in
faith--it connects us with the power of the Living Word. And
if we persist, that power will heal us completely in body,
mind, and spirit.
Here are the basics:
Submit to the Lord. Obedience is the first step in
dealing with unbelief--your own and that of the people
around you. Clean out your "prayer channel" by
confessing your sins and receiving Godís forgiveness.
Preach the Word to yourself--that is, find
Scriptures that speak to your condition and confess them
aloud. Donít skimp on the recipe; the more healing Word
you know and apply to your problem, the easier it will be
for you to get healed. More Word equals more healing! Then,
Declare your healing: "God has already healed
me through Jesus Christ. I am already healed and made
whole." If you still see symptoms, if the enemy tries
to fill you with doubt, if the members of your family are
shaking their heads, if your best friend thinks your
situation is hopeless--bind the enemy and double up on
declaring your healing.
And in due course, when some well-meaning person asks
about your sinus trouble, youíll be able to smile politely
and say, "Oh, the Lord healed that long
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here