MGHM Healing Brief, 2/13

Expect What You Ask For

During a 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 expectno reservations!that 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 waiting."

Consider these Scriptures

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 it."

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."

God stands ready

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.

If 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.

                                                                                     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 wayspiritually, 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 healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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