MGHM Healing Brief, 6/14

On the Same Page as God

For most of us the word "obey" carries a threat of punishment, as in "Eat your spinach or go to your room." The Greek original, however, has a milder flavor than the English translation. In the New Testament it means "to hear toward"óto keep our spiritual ears open to the voice of the Spirit, and to flow with His instructions in the strength that He supplies.

Unfortunately, much traditional teaching suggests that obedience is a process of self-torture, based on an endless list of "doís" and "doníts." But genuine submission to God is anything but that. Itís a simple rhythm of trust and corresponding action, the fruit of a loving relationship.

In a position to receive what we need

Consider 1 John 3:21-23:  "Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us."

What are those commands? Believe and Love. When we obey these basic requirements consistently, weíll be in a position to receive what we need.

This is not to underestimate the seriousness of "prayer blocks," enemies of Belief and Love that God canít bypass without damaging His own interests. Certainly we can come up a long list of these things--doubt, dishonesty, fear, unforgiveness, strongholds of evil, and several hundred other barriers that cut off the flow of heavenís power.

                            Be surprised at how blessedly simple it is

But when Christians do get serious about prayer blocks, they tend to concentrate on the prayer blocks rather than on the redeeming grace of God. Sadly, it just doesnít work. We canít focus our attention on two things at once, our sins and Godís grace. And we canít bootstrap-lift ourselves into the kingdom of heaven, no matter how pure our intentions are.

So how do we obey the Lord in dealing with any part of our lives that goes against the Law of Love? The same way we ask for healing in the first place: turn the project over to the Holy Spirit, stay sensitive to his little nudges of guidance, and be surprised at how blessedly simple it is to do as He says.

His yoke is easy and His burden is light

If you donít yet have a conscious relationship with the Spirit, just ask for it: "Lord Jesus, fill me with your Holy Spirit, let Him flood me with His strength and wisdom." And then proceed with confidence. Do you need healing? Godís healing power is flowing all the time; the Spirit will light up Bible texts for you to use in getting into the flow. But then, do you have one or more prayer blocks to deal with? The Spirit will point them out, typically one-by-one, and show you how to deal with them efficiently.

Dear ones, we live under the New Covenant. Letís embrace Jesusí assurance that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. When we do things His way, letting the Spirit supply the necessary insight and strength, trustful obedience is simple. Itís basically a stress-free decision to stay "on the same page" as God.

                                                                                     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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