MGHM Healing Brief, 6/12

Tips on Working the Word, 2

Teaching ordinary Christians to confess the Word for their own healing has been the chief goal of this ministry. Itís something any believer can do; thereís no need to run from evangelist to evangelist in search of a miracle, or to rely on ecclesiastical authority (pastor, bishop, etc.) to get the job done.

But as members of the Body of Christ weíre called to look after each other as well as ourselves. Last Augustís Brief stresses that Godís grace typically flows through us, and that weíre in the best possible position to receive healing when weíre praying for someone elseís along with our own. And there are times, too, when weíll be on the other end of this arrangement--when weíre too sick or hurting too badly to focus our faith and we need the prayers of other Christians.

No special credentials

When Iím working the Word for someone elseís healing, my effort and the intensity of my commitment may go well beyond the usual requirements of intercessory prayer. Sometimes I find myself praying for folks whose determination, knowledge of the Bible, faith level, and so on, are uncertain. Sometimes I have to get out the "big guns" of spiritual warfare--binding and loosing, deliverance praying, casting out hostile spirits--in order to achieve the results Iím after.

But whatever I need to do, I do it as an ordinary Christian--no special credentials required. Just as when I work the Word for my own concerns, I make sure Iím steeped in the appropriate Scriptures, that Iím lined up with Godís mind and will, and that Iím listening carefully to the Holy Spirit. Then I confess Scripture over the specific problem (see last monthís Brief), persisting bull-headedly until the healing is complete.

A personal example

Let me illustrate the process with a personal example.

A friendly acquaintance of my husbandís and mine--call him "George"--needs deliverance from depression as well as a hip replacement and a knee replacement, but claims heís "inoperable" because of other health issues. His case is a perfect opportunity for God to show Himself powerful on Georgeís behalf.

George has been lying in bed most of the time for months, too depressed to face the day. For starters, Iíve been binding the spirit of depression and calling it null and void, on the authority of Matthew 18:18. Recently George came over to our house to help my husband fix our lawnmower. At home, heís been mowing his own lawn for the past couple of weeks. These modest improvements have greatly encouraged me in applying the deliverance and healing Scriptures to his mind. Iím beginning to pray for the hips as well, although I havenít gotten to the knees yet.

                                          In the solid confidence

For nearly four decades Iíve seen backaches, headaches, bruises, depression, flu, colds, sour marriages and financial troubles healed in answer to my own prayers or those of other ordinary believers. As a Christian in covenant with our Father, you too can cooperate with God to produce similar results. Just feed on the Word, listen to the Spirit, speak healing to the problem, and "hang in there," in the solid confidence that Godís power is being effectively transmitted through your prayers.

                                                                                     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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