Cleansing is Part of Healing
|It canít be
overemphasized that Jesus died and rose to give us wholeness
(shalom) as the basis of an abundant life. And as
Iíve said many times, wholeness is much more than just a
cure or two. It is perfect functionality--nothing missing,
nothing broken, everything working smoothly.
What this implies is that Jesus came to deliver us from every
work of the devil--not just the obvious illnesses
some of us struggle with, and not just our obvious sins.
Jesus also wants to deep-cleanse our useless habits, sour
emotions, dead theology, negative confessions, and
hereditary weaknesses that interrupt the flow of Godís
we expect the Lord to heal
So letís not make the mistake of praying for
healthy bodies while ignoring our unhealthy physical and
mental habits. If we expect the Lord to heal our lungs,
itís obvious that weíll have to give up smoking. But it
may be less obvious that weíll have to get rid of
"innocent" gossip as well--along with addictive
TV-watching, self-pity, envy, me-firstness, and all the
other respectable corruption thatís "normal" in
Doing away with our shortcomings can be a bleak prospect.
On a bad day many of us are looking at a pile of personal
garbage so overwhelming that weíre tempted to throw up our
hands, forget about healing, and just live (or die) with the
mess. And of course the devil would like nothing better.
problem at a time
But the Good News, dear one, is that we arenít
called to deal with the mess in our own strength. Godís
answer to the "yuck" of our lives is utterly
simple. Itís summed up in 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV):
"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of
God, . . . casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for
Letís suppose youíre seeking Godís healing for
arthritis--and letís start with the principle that God
typically cleanses us one problem at a time. Once youíre
securely grounded in the healing Word, the first item of
business is to (1) submit to the Holy Spirit. Heíll
point out anything in your life that runs counter to the Law
of Love, and show you how to get rid of it so Godís
healing power can flow.
Suppose the first problem the Spirit highlights is that
youíre spoiling your future with negative
confessions--"Iím so stupid that I just canít
remember anything," and so on. Your response will be (2)
to take authority over that word-curse and destroy it:
"Lord God, I have spoken words over my life that did
not build me up, edify, correct, or profit me. I break the
power of those words now, in the name of Jesus.
to the Spirit
Then, (3) listen to the Spirit with your
"inner ear" until you know the next item on His
list. (4) Take authority over the problem and break
its power in the name of Jesus. Continue the process as long
as necessary. Donít forget to give thanks, meanwhile, for
the strength of God at work in you.
And when the Spirit assures you that the time is right,
you can confess with perfect confidence that your arthritis
is healed, thanking God for the healing until its
manifestation in your body is complete.
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