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|No human need is so small
that it falls outside shalom,
"wholeness," the fruit of our healing covenant
with God. Everything is provided for by the
sacrifice of Jesus: "He Himself took [in order to carry
away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our
diseases" (Matthew 8:17, Amplified). This basic message
is echoed in countless verses in both Testaments.
In short, whatever weighs you down--whatever sickness,
weakness, pain, depression, workplace misery, ongoing
financial crisis, destructive habit or attitude you may be
dragging through life--Jesus has taken it to the Cross and
disposed of it, along with every other work of the devil.
our troubles are covered
Now, since all our troubles are covered by the New
Covenant, itís tempting to resort to vague, generalized
prayers: "Lord, the Bible says youíve taken away our
weaknesses, and I ask you to take away mine." But in a
spiritual war we need to be specific
in working the Word, or our faith wonít be released
Hereís a case in point. Suppose you have a problem with
arthritis in your knees, one of a thousand possible
weaknesses summed up in Matthew 8:17. Release the power of
heaven into your body by praying for exactly what you need:
"Lord God, I thank you that youíve taken the
arthritis from my knees, and that your strength is flowing
into them." Or, "Lord, I thank you that youíve
borne away my arthritis, and that your power is at work in
my knees to make them whole."
God's promises are "yes"
Go ahead and substitute for arthritis anything
that qualifies as a weakness or an infirmity--from
fibromyalgia to an out-of-control appetite for sweets--when
you use this verse.
Since all Godís promises are "yes" in Christ
Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20) you can use Old Testament
Scriptures the same way. One of my favorites is Psalm 29:11
(Amplified): "The Lord will give [unyielding and
impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless
His people with peace [shalom]."
Letís say youíre dealing with depression. Psalm 29:11
is a natural, with its promise of shalom
(peace, well-being, health, contentment, success, comfort,
wholeness, integrity). You can pray, "Lord God, your
Word says that you will bless your people with peace,
comfort, contentment, and wholeness. Iím one of your
people, Lord, and I thank you that your gift of shalom
is driving out my depression and the evil spirits behind
Word you choose
Or--weaknesses and infirmities aside for the
moment--you can use this text simply to build your faith:
"Thank you, Lord, that youíre giving impenetrable and
unyielding strength to my faith in your willingness to heal
Whatever Word you choose to work, remember that
confessing it over any problem is a matter of (a) aligning
your will with the will of God, and then (b) releasing your
faith to conduct His power to your specific need. Vague,
generalized prayers wonít do it, dear one. We have to say
what we mean.
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