MGHM Healing Brief, 7/08

Gaze at the Cross

Recently the Lord has been impressing me that we need to gaze at the Cross until healing comes. Now, exactly what does it mean to gaze at the Cross—and what’s the point?

Obviously it’s possible to stare at the Cross in our mind’s eye with no particular thought of its meaning. But the sense I’m getting from God is that we need to become fully conscious of what Jesus did for us at Calvary. We need to become literally saturated with that consciousness, so we can have rock-solid faith in God’s will and ability to heal.

In the wilderness

You’ll remember the Old Testament “type” of the Crucifixion in Numbers 21:7-9, where deadly serpents had infested the wilderness camp of the Israelites. The suffering people asked Moses to pray, and God responded, “Make a snake and put it on a pole and anyone who is bitten can gaze at it and live.”

The serpent on the pole foreshadows the suffering and death of Jesus on the Cross. In the wilderness of our existence on this earth, He took upon Himself the “shackles, bonds, fetters, chains” referred to in Isaiah 53:4-5, so that anyone who is “bitten” by the enemy can gaze on the Lord and be healed of sin, sickness, and every bondage.

His perfect provision

As with the ancient Israelites, so with us. We need to fix our attention on the crucified Christ, rejecting any thought that contradicts His perfect provision for us.

Then we won’t find it necessary to run to healing meetings (although healing meetings can bring great blessings), or to fly around the country in search of the perfect healing evangelist. If we’ll simply focus our attention on Jesus, and keep it focused, our energized faith will take hold of His provision and bring us whatever we need.

                                           We can come to Jesus

Let’s remember, then, that the power of God is as close to us as our Bibles. We can gaze at the Scriptures about the Cross and what Jesus did for us there. We can meditate on these Scriptures, and on the imagery they inspire, as long as it takes for healing faith to be established in us.

Then, when faith takes hold, when the necessary confidence is produced deep in our hearts, we can come to Jesus for healing, deliverance, and forgiveness, knowing beyond the shadow of a doubt that the gift is already ours.

                                                                                     Mary 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 wayspiritually, 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 healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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