|Every Christian knows
that salvation is eternal bliss in the life to come, but not
every Christian knows that it includes healing, deliverance,
and protection during our time on earth. Consequently there
are lots of sick Christians, and most of these Briefs have
been about getting our brothers and sisters healed. In a
world increasingly hostile to Christianity, though, we need
to pay serious attention to the Bibleís provisions for our
protection as well.
At the moment not many of us endure hardships like those
the apostle Paul had to cope with--stonings, shipwrecks,
imprisonments, beatings, and the rest. But in the future
weíll probably face much more than just the casual insults
of unbelievers. Our children, our jobs, our freedom of
speech, and our freedoms generally are already under attack.
have power and authority
How do we deal with these attacks? Iíve
suggested in an earlier Brief that "the promises of God
apply to anything that comes against us in this life. We
have power and authority over every work of the devil
without exception: over sin, sickness, infirmities, threats
to our families, threats to our finances, and any human
situation that expresses the devilís hatred rather than
In learning how to apply that power and authority to
persecution, we can start with what God said to Paul about
his "thorn" (not a disease, but persecution):
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is
perfected in weakness."
Tradition foolishly assumes that the Lord graciously
stood back and let Paul suffer while the thorn improved his
character. The phrase "is perfected," however,
means "fulfills its purpose." The power of God
fulfilled its purpose by protecting and delivering Paul in
situations in which he was otherwise helpless.
with any other trouble
We can draw on that same power by doing what Paul
did: (a) give up fearing persecution and pleading with God
to prevent it, and (b) confess Godís power and His
scriptural promises against whatever worldly nuisance is
coming against us. As with any other trouble, itís a
matter of speaking the Word of God to release the power of
God. We just need to do our part of the job.
The best way I know is to claim protection under the shed
blood of our Passover Lamb--confess the Blood of Jesus daily
over our homes, cars, churches, ministries, children,
spouses, relationships. Various friends of mine, and I
myself, have done this effectively for years.
plays fair even with His enemies
And finally, the great question: if God is
all-powerful, why doesnít he just crush the evildoers who
threaten us, and spare us the trouble? That was Paulís
question, essentially, and the hard fact remains that you
and I do have to deal with persecution in this fallen
world. People who hate Christ and Christians have their
measure of freedom, and God plays fair even with His
But the last word belongs to us: "In the world you
will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome
the world" (John 16:33). When all is said and done, if
we "hang in there," we win!
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