MGHM Healing Brief, 8/10

Assert Your Authority

Recently I've been hammering on the deadly passivity of so much modern religion--"You never know what God's going to do," and so on. The short-term reward for this attitude is that it's easy. "Blessed are they who expect nothing in particular, for they shall have it."

But since Christians are subject to every kind of abuse in a world still dominated by our enemy, the price of short-term ease can be long-term anguish. That's why I'm going to insist again (and again and again in the future) that the Body of Christ needs to take authority over sin, sickness, and infirmity.

For centuries the Body has been collectively lying down on the job, either folding our hands and expecting nothing, or hoping that a miracle worker or God Himself will get the job done for us. The effect is that our passivity has given the devil permission to run over us like a Mack truck.

Every sin, every sickness

But the truth is that every Christian already has the power and authority to deal with whatever comes against us--every sin, every sickness, every kind of infirmity or weakness. Ephesians 1:19-23 (NIV) exults in "the riches of [Jesusí] glorious inheritance in the saints":

. . . his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength . . . far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

All the works of the enemy

And how do we know that these riches are ours to use in delivering Christís Body from all the works of the enemy? From texts such as Luke 10:19 (Amplified), among many others:

Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions [demons], and . . . over all the power [of] the enemy . . . and nothing shall in any way harm you.

Of course, as soon as you decide to attack any problem with the power of God, a chorus of sweetly reasonable voices will urge you to get back in line: Do you really believe that mere words can heal cancer? How can you expect to change conditions that the medical profession considers untreatable? Isnít your interpretation of Scripture a little extreme? You donít want to presume on Godís sovereignty, do you? After all, His ways are not our ways. . . .

Every form of oppression

But the Spirit Himself will help you "hang in there" (Romans 8:26), because the unchangeable Scriptural fact is that God has sovereignly shown us His way to deal with every form of oppression. We take authority. We stand our ground. We thank our Lord that He has already given us the victory!

                                                                                     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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