MGHM Healing Brief, 7/14

Dealing with Persecution

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.

We 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 Godís love."

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.

As 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.

God 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 enemies.

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!

                                                                                     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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