MGHM Healing Brief, 4/12


Faith-Building

In last Septemberís Brief I suggested that "though faith [for healing of any kind] can be strong or weak, it isnít something that can be put in a measuring cup." Itís true enough that Scripture speaks of "great faith" and "little faith," but the issue is focus, not size. Faith-building is simply a process that lines us up with the purpose and method of God so we can receive His shalom, wholeness, in every area of our lives.
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God Himself does the work

How do we get from here to there? First, letís abandon the idea that we can bootstrap-lift ourselves into mature faith--by thinking beautiful thoughts, for example. Scripture makes clear that faith is a gift of God, in exactly the way healing is His gift (see Hebrews 12:2, for example). We canít "work up" faith any more than we can "work up" health. In both cases, God Himself does the work--guaranteed under the New Covenant.

Below are a few tips on how you can position yourself to receive the gift. A detailed discussion is in Chapter 8 of MGHMís new book, Simple Healing, but hereís a quick rundown:

(1) Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you. At the beginning of my own life in Christ I struggled to have faith, gave up, and asked the Lord to help my unbelief. The end result was His gift of the Holy Spirit, illuminating Scripture for me like a bright light in a dark room.
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Simply and naturally

(2) Give the Word first place. As we mine the Bible for texts that speak to our particular needs, the Holy Spirit will "light up" Scriptures that are meant for us. We need to put these Scriptures ahead of everything else that demands our attention--our countless little busy-nesses and entertainments, not to mention all the faithless rubbish bombarding us in this fallen world. When we put the Word first, weíll find our confidence in it developing simply and naturally.

(3) Speak the Word to your "inner person." I discovered after another struggle that speaking the healing Scriptures aloud (as distinct from just reading them) is a necessity. When we read Scripture, we "consider" it. When we speak Scripture from the heart, we align our wills with the sacred Word and lock them together, forming a conduit through which Godís re-creative power can flow.
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When you take authority

In conclusion Iíll quote from the book: "Confessing the Word for faith-building works the same as confessing the Word for healing. . . . Faith comes by hearing the message of the healing Christ. How often do we have to hear it? As often as necessary. Every personís need is unique. But if weíre faithful in preaching the Word to our spirits, faith will come. . . .

"As you do it, the power of God will be flowing into your spirit. And one day . . . something will Ďgo offí inside you, and youíll say, ĎIíve got it!í Youíll know that you have the power of God flowing through you when you take authority over sickness, mental distress, or any other work of the devil."

                                                                                     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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