MGHM Healing Brief, 1/13

Casting Our Cares

Complete shalom—peace, safety, healing, well-being, wholeness, prosperity, everything working, nothing broken—is what God wants for His children. In fact, it’s exactly what we pray for when we ask that the Lord’s will may be done on earth as it’s done in heaven.

Most of us have discovered that when we’re taking a prayer-stand to receive shalom—that is, pushing out of our lives anything that steals, kills, or destroys—the devil will do his best to knock us off balance with doubts and respectable sins such as gossip and unforgiveness. So it’s plain that part of "standing" is to get rid of common prayer-blocks like strife, unbelief, and demonic interference.

With energy and focus

So far so good. But in the frenzy of modern life it’s getting harder and harder to stand for healing-by-faith with energy and focus. We’re continually distracted by concerns that are in themselves innocent—the kids’ grades, the leak in the roof, Grandma’s forgetfulness, the busted muffler, the economy, the weather, the state of the world, etc., etc., etc.

And when these concerns turn into worries or anxieties or fears, they block prayer as effectively as a truckload of obvious sins. It really shouldn’t surprise us that we can’t have faith and have worry at the same time. They’re strictly incompatible, and one of them has to go.

He cares for you affectionately

What’s the Biblical solution? It’s to cast all our cares upon God. "Therefore humble yourselves . . . under the mighty hand of God . . . casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully" (1 Peter 5:6-7, Amplified).

The message is repeated again and again throughout Scripture: "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken" (Psalm 55:22, NIV). "Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens" (Psalm 68:19, NIV). "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27, NIV).

Whether we're sick or not

So when you catch yourself ruining your day with worry, just hand your worries over to God. It’s a complete deliverance from the anxiety, fretting, and general turmoil that infects our hearts and minds. Don't even worry about your habit of worrying! Whatever is bothering you, ask God what to do about it. Then do it, give thanks, and forget it. If there's nothing you can do this minute, just leave the matter in God’s hands and expect the answer when the time is right. Your part is to trust Him. His part is to take care of what you’ve entrusted to Him.

Healing by faith is really a daily process, dear one, whether we’re sick or not. Under our Covenant with God, we’re being ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven all the time—daily, hourly, minute-by-minute. So the less we allow worry, fear, and anxiety to interrupt the flow of our relationship with the Lord, the better off we’ll be.

                                                                                     Mary 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 way--spiritually, 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 healed--through medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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