Earth as in Heaven, Part 2
of people spend their lives struggling under the curse
that has poisoned the earth since humanity made its fatal
bargain with the evil one. Their lot in life is the exact
opposite of shalom: disease, handicaps,
destructive habits, mental illness, addictions, financial
disasters, miserable marriages, rebellious offspring,
strife, hatred, revenge, early and painful death.
By contrast, thereís "perfect
everything" in heaven: peace, safety, well-being,
health, contentment, success, comfort, wholeness and
integrity--the ingredients of shalom that we
listed in our last Brief. So when we follow Jesusí
instructions and pray "Thy will be done on earth as it
is in heaven," weíre simply asking God to replace the
earthís curse with heavenís perfection!
As we get ready to spend 2012
praying heaven to earth, itís useful to consider a few
points about how to get it done. Three decades ago I had no
clear idea how to take hold of the Lord's gifts. I used to
"think" healing, for example, and then wonder why
I wasnít getting healed. It took me years to understand
that members of the Body of Christ need to assert
their authority over the circumstances they face,
not just wait patiently for the desired blessing.
Gloria Copeland makes a vital
distinction between passively "receiving" and
actively "taking" the gifts of God. Consider Mark
11:24: "Whatever things you desire when you pray,
believe that you receive them and you shall have them."
In this text, as Gloria points out, the Greek word usually
translated "receive" is actually closer to
"take." The difference is between waiting to receive
Godís gifts in the mail, so to speak, and reaching out to take
them (with thanks) from His hand.
to nail down healing
Letís use healing as a
concrete illustration. Two ways to nail down healing--to take
it--work more efficiently than anything else I know: speak
healing and act healed. We declare
that weíre healed, and we behave accordingly. Iím not
suggesting that we put dangerous pressure on a dislocated
shoulder or a fractured pelvis, but simply that we make
reasonable moves in the right direction. The same general
principle applies to any other kind of shalom
that we seek.
Of course weíll get lots of flak
from the devil, whose bogus kingdom will collapse if enough
of us get serious. There will be plenty of pious bunk about
Godís "mysterious" sovereignty, about how God
wills wholeness for A but not for B, or about how God wills
wholeness for neither A nor B, for "mysterious"
reasons that weíre not smart enough to understand.
simple, blessed truth
But Scripture makes clear that God has always
wanted life on earth to be as close as possible to life in
heaven. And the simple, blessed truth for Christians is that
all the things of heaven are ours through our
covenant with God. Our job as members of Christís Body is
to "pipeline" those blessings to earth--for
ourselves and for those around us, right here, right now.
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