MGHM Healing Brief, 4/14

Battle Scriptures, 1

By now you surely know Isaiah 53:4-5, Matthew 8:16-17, and 1 Peter 2:24 by heart, donít you? If not, youíd better get busy! But if you have these basic healing scriptures memorized and ready to use in a battle with the devil, you may be in the market for a larger store of verses that you can draw on as needed.

A good place to begin is the Book of Psalms, a fertile source of "battle scriptures." Iíll suggest a few below (ESV) that have done the job for me. Bear in mind that all of Godís promises in the Old Testament are ours under the New Covenant. Next month Iíll present some less-familiar New Testament passages that can also be used with solid results.

With long life I will satisfy him

Psalm 34:19: "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him [or her] out of them all." Be sure to consider the rest of this wonderful Psalm, a gold-mine of healing texts addressed to the poor, the fearful, the hungry, the broken-hearted, and anyone else "who trusts and takes refuge in Him" (verse 8).

Psalm 91:14-16: "Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him. . . . When he calls to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. . . . With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation." This Psalm is another treasury of healing texts. As above, read "he/she" and "him/her."

Psalm 103:2-3: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases. . . ."

                              The righteous will never be moved

Psalm 107:20: "He sent out His Word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction."

Psalm 112:6-7: "For the righteous will never be moved. . . . He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord." These verses will be especially useful if your doctor presents you with a gloomy lab report.

Psalm 118:17: "I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the Lord." When the enemy whispers that youíre on the way out, use this text to stand firm: youíre not about to leave this world until your mission here is completed.

He heals the brokenhearted

Psalm 147:3: "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Grief and depression are everywhere in our society, and itís useful to remember that the Lordís healing--his gift of wholeness--applies to our sorrows as well as our physical defects.

These scriptures are just for starters, of course. Any verse that speaks to your needs, from any book of the Bible, is one you can use with confidence. Personalize it and confess it aloud whenever the devil tests your determination to be healed. Donít even think of giving up! As Kenneth Hagin has suggested, when the enemy is convinced that youíre not going to surrender, he wonít waste time hanging around, and your healing will proceed without interruption.

More next month.

                                                                                     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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