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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
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
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
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
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.
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