the Healing Word, Part 2
In last month’s Brief we
hammered on the principle that sowing precedes
reaping in every area of life. “Whatever a
man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7). If we
sow tomatoes, we reap tomatoes. If we sow soap-operas and
gossip, we reap a bumper crop of trivial nonsense. And if we
sow healing of body, mind, and spirit, we reap lives that
are healthy in every respect.
The bottom line is that successful
sowing and reaping works the same in spiritual matters as in
the family garden. It’s summed up in one sentence in
Luke’s gospel, 8:15 (NIV): “But the seed on good soil
stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear
the word, retain it, and by persevering
produce a crop.” The cleansed heart of a believer is the
soil; the Word of God is the seed; the good weather that
matures the crop is the persistent confession of that Word.
the healing Scriptures
Let’s turn, then, to some
questions about sowing-and-reaping that are likely to come
up in a healing seminar.
Q: Where do I find “Word-seed,”
and how do I sow it in my heart? Any Scripture that
speaks to your condition is one you can use. Check your
Christian bookstore for a paperback that presents all the
healing Scriptures in a convenient format. Listen to
Christian TV and tapes that teach healing. Read the healing
Scriptures aloud. Read books on healing that are based on
the Word. Memorize the Scriptures that speak to you.
the Word aloud
Q: Once I’ve found suitable
“Word-seed,” how do I plant and water it for a crop of
healing? The time-tested method is to speak the Word
aloud to the condition that troubles you—and to keep on
speaking it until your faith is securely lined up with
healing will of God. Then you can be confident that His
power will bring in the crop. It’s not a matter, by the
way, of repeating Scripture mechanically as if you were
brushing your teeth. The Holy Spirit will prompt you
whenever it’s time to speak the Word in faith.
Q: I’m too busy as it is. How will
I find time to do all this planting? Find the time!
Luther once remarked that the busier he got, the longer he
prayed, and everything fell into place. If you’ll follow
the Holy Spirit’s promptings and spend the necessary part
of your day hearing and planting the Word, your needs will
be met, and the time will seem very well spent.
"hang in there"
Q: How long will I need to speak
healing Scripture aloud? It depends. How much healing do
you need? If you plant lots of Word-seed, you’ll get a
huge crop of healing. If you plant just a little, then
you’ll get a tiny harvest. How big and complex is your
problem? Do you have cancer or a headache?
Q: How long will I have to wait for
my crop to mature? As long as it takes. The gift is
already ours from God’s standpoint; our part is to receive
it. Remember that if we plant tomatoes, corn, apples, or
anything else, we don’t get a crop the next day. So just
“hang in there” until you experience what you need.
by the Holy Spirit, the process is simple and stress-free.
So just do it! When your harvest comes in, you’ll have no
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 healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here