What You Ask For
Midwestern winter, people will say things like "I
certainly hope the Lord will heal these sniffles of
mine." Of course we wish them well, but
"hope" in the modern sense of the word isn’t
likely to bring them healing. Why not? Because it’s
saturated with doubt. If we’re asking the Lord to heal our
sniffles, we have to expect—no
healing is on its way.
In fact, the Biblical meaning of "hope" is much
the same as "expect." In the Old Testament (check
out Kittel’s theological dictionary) hope is the
"expectation of good" and "confidence in what
God will do." In the New Testament, hope grounded in
faith "embraces expectation, trust, and patient
The lesson, dear ones, is that we need to stop yearning
for what we need, and start expecting God to
do what He promises in His Word. Of course many Christians
will gasp at the idea that we have any right to expect
things from God, but let’s do it anyway. How dare we?
Because the Word tells us to. Consider these Scriptures from
the Amplified Bible:
Psalm 37:34: "Wait for and EXPECT the Lord
and keep and heed His ways, and He will exalt you to inherit
the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see
Isaiah 40:31: "But those who wait for the
Lord [who EXPECT, look for, and hope in Him] shall renew
their strength and power; . . . they shall run and not be
weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired."
Numbers 23:19: "God is not a man that He
should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man that He
should feel repentance [for what He has promised]. Has He
said and shall he not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He
not make it good?"
Similar assurances are in Psalm 27:14, Isaiah 44:26,
Romans 15:8, Hebrews 9:28, and elsewhere. The message is the
same throughout Scripture: that God stands ready to fulfill
every promise He’s made to His people, on the sole
condition that they stand on the promise and release their
faith—in other words, expect the answer.
we're filled with the Word
So I suggest that we build our "expectancy" and
act on it in the same way we build and release faith for any
other purpose: by (1) meditating on Scriptures that carry
the message, (2) storing up these Scriptures in our spirits
by reading them aloud, and then (3) repeating them often to
cancel the doubts and second-guesses and what-abouts and
what-ifs that the devil will use in trying to knock our
faith off track.
God’s Word declares that
Jesus has lifted our sickness, weakness, and distress and
carried our sorrows and pains. That’s it. Period. If we’re
filled with the Word and we’re confessing it against
anything contrary to it, what we expect will
surely come to pass.
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 healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here