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
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
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
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.
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