spite of the Word’s plain witness, modern Christians
persist in believing that God causes (or “permits”)
damage to our health, finances, children, and relationships
“to teach us something”—although it’s never quite
clear just what is being taught.
a result, the Body of Christ has not exercised its authority
over sin, sickness, and other afflictions. On the contrary,
we’ve become fatally passive in dealing with our
that, of course, is precisely what the devil intends when he
assures us that God sends suffering because what seems like
evil to us is really good in disguise.
gift of the Messiah
get rid of this monstrous nonsense! If you and I believe
for one second that God is stealing the good in our lives,
we won’t resist the devil properly. We’ll just lie down
and accept whatever Satan piles on us on any given day.
need to get John 10:10 (Amplified) burned into our
consciousness: “The thief comes only in order to steal and
kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life,
and have it in abundance. . . .”
having done that, we need to get busy with “the
great lift-off”—the gift of the Messiah as
summarized in Isaiah 53:4 (Amplified): “Surely He has
borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses)
and carried our sorrows and pains. . . .”
"the great lift-off"
word “borne” translates the original Hebrew nasa,
“to lift off,” “to carry away.” Think of the National
Aeronautical Space Administration to
remind you of the word, and then think of Jesus “lifting
off” all your sickness, weakness, and distress! And
don’t imagine for a moment that He wants you to hang onto
that garbage “to teach you something!”
can start “the great lift-off” simply by identifying the
problem-areas in your life. Write them down, if you like.
Are you concerned with a weakness in your body? A
relationship problem in your family? Depression or despair?
A fondness for “respectable” sins like lying, gossiping,
coveting, resentment, unforgiveness? An addiction? Troubles
on the job? Troubles with your children?
having identified your problems, know for certain that you
can bring them to Jesus your Healer and Deliverer, and that
He'll lift them off you when you stand in faith that He’ll
be bashful. Name your trouble before the Lord, and then
take your stand against it “loud and clear”:
the name of Jesus Christ, I command this [sickness,
weakness, temptation] to be lifted off me right now. Evil
spirits behind this [sickness, weakness, temptation], you
will lift off me immediately. And you will stay away from me
forever, because I am a child of God. Amen and Amen.”
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
Healing Briefs here