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On Earth as in Heaven, Part 2

Literally billions 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!

A vital distinction

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.

Ways 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.

The 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.

                                                                                     óMary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first 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 wayóspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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