MGHM Healing Brief, 5/11


Planting the Healing Word, Part 1

Every spring my husband plants tomatoes and cucumbers in the small garden behind our house. Where Bob plants tomato seeds, tomatoes grow, and where he plants cucumber seeds, cucumbers come up.

The Biblical principle Iím getting at is a constant theme from Genesis to Revelation, sowing and reaping. "Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap" (Galatians 6:7). For the ancient Hebrews, this principle described how everything in the universe works. And though the connection between spiritual and material reality is largely ignored in Western culture, most of the folks we know are at least aware that "what goes around comes around."
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The classic Christian way

Healing by faith is normally a matter of conscious, Biblically guided sowing and reaping. This is tough news for us moderns, since so many of our needs are met by flicking a switch or swiping a credit card. But instant cures--the "zap" that most of us wish for--happen only in certain emergencies, and people miraculously healed generally find that they must be grounded in the Word in order to keep the miracle.

Since weíre free agents and co-creators with God, weíre expected to do our part in healing by preparing the ground and sowing the seed. How do we do it? Romans 12:2 gives the key: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may understand what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." The classic Christian way to bring about this transformation is immersion in the Word--for as long as it takes to make the change.

                               When we immerse ourselves

The Good News is that itís not a matter of sweating and striving. Countless generations of believers have discovered that when we immerse ourselves in Godís Word, the Word will do the work. We relax, absorb the message, and simply find our confidence growing that the gift of healing has already been given us. We find that Jesus paid for the gift two millenia ago. We find that healing is always Godís will for us. Then we can harvest healing by faithfully sowing--speaking--the Word through which Godís healing power flows.

In fact, dear one, the process is well under way for you if youíre reading this Brief--or exploring our website, studying our free e-books, watching our TV programs and podcasts. Again and again youíll be exposed to the healing words of Isaiah 53:4-5: "By His wounds we are healed"; "Surely He [Jesus] bore away our sickness and carried our pain"; "The punishment needful to get our wholeness fell upon Him." And whenever you hear these Scriptures, the seed of Godís healing Word is being planted in your mind and spirit, and your healing is on the way.
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      Which Scriptures?

How much seed? Which Scriptures? How long do we need to sow it? How do we know when weíve "arrived"? Iíll take up these and other Frequently Asked Questions in next monthís Healing Brief.

                                                                                     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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