Down Your Healing
|When modern Christians
can bring themselves to believe in God's healing at all,
they're apt to leave it to the clergy or to professional
"healers" because they think it's such a
dreadfully complex matter. But it's not. In fact, it's as
simple as nailing down the four corners of a tent.
The "nails" are these. (1) Find the
healing Scriptures in your Bible. (2) Know those
Scriptures backwards and forwards. (3) Say them aloud
as often as necessary to keep your faith focused (when
you're tempted to think about your symptoms, for example). (4)
Act healed, not sick.
getting easier and easier
To illustrate. (1) My spirit responds to
Isaiah 53:5b. (2) It says that "with the stripes
that wounded Him [Jesus] we are healed and made whole."
(3) My sore foot is therefore healed and made whole. (4)
I've been walking on it today, and it's getting easier
Dear ones, there's nothing complex about that.
Yet Christians are very creative about thinking up
complexities that get in the way of healing.
"But when I'm so obviously sick," some will
say, "isn't it a lie to claim that I'm well?" Not
from God's point of view. Our symptoms are transient; the
ultimate reality is that healing is already ours. We receive
that ultimate reality by confessing it. What we say is what
A simple, disciplined act
"But if God's will is healing, why doesn't He
just heal me?" The answer is that God is concerned with
our spiritual health above all else, and He
won't do anything that tends to lock us into spiritual
infancy. Running off to a "healer" may work for
baby Christians, but the time will soon come when God
requires them to take their share of responsibility for
"But isn't it going out on a limb to act
healed?" Humanly speaking, perhaps--and I'm certainly
not suggesting that you throw away your meds before your
healing is complete. But "faith without works is
dead," and there are prudent steps you can take to act
healed, such as bending over to touch your toes when you've
been suffering from back pain. A simple, disciplined act may
be all that's necessary for you receive the healing that God
stands ready to give.
yourself to receive
In fact, discipline is the issue here, as in
everything else that has to do with spiritual maturity. It
takes discipline for Christians to "zip their
lips," to quit complaining about how sick they are and
how awful they feel, and to confess the reality of their
It takes discipline to identify and master the healing
Scriptures. It takes discipline to speak the healing Word to
your condition--and to anyone who asks about it, even if
raised eyebrows and snickers are the likely response. It
takes discipline to act healed, when it's far
easier to act sick.
But the net result of all this discipline is that you
will have "nailed down" your healing, by
positioning yourself to receive the healing power of God.
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 healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
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