MGHM Healing Brief, 11/10

Focus Your Faith

Weíve said it often and weíll say it again: When youíre focusing your faith to move a mountain of sickness, youíll probably have to move another mountain firstóthe pile of distractions your enemy will send to keep you from even thinking about the faith-building Word.

Thereíll be the grim doctorís reports; the head-shaking nurses; the grave-faced relatives; the consoling smiles of Christian friends; the condescending smirks of the worldly wise. Plus your own rush of doubts and fears: Whatíll I tell the prayer group when Iíve still got shingles?óand so on. Not to mention the dead weight of foolish theology: Maybe God is trying to tell me something by making me itch all night, etc.

We have to ignore the distractions

But the deadliest distractions may well be the "harmless" ones: the siren call of your favorite soap opera; the lure of the Internet and your cell-phone; the opportunity to gossip (innocently, of course); the party youíd prefer to skip, but with the chance to meet lots of important people.

Well, whatís the answer? Letís start by saying that itís not a matter of eliminating a million distractions one by one, like swatting individual locusts in a locust plague. On the contrary, we have to ignore the distractions and get single-headedly focused on our goal.

The process is simple

Our Scriptural model is the "woman with the issue of blood" (Luke 8:43-48), who broke every Jewish law on the books and pushed through a crowd to get to the covenant Word. Likewise, we need to have the iron determination to push through the clutter that stands between us and the covenant Word in our Bibles!

So whether youíre praying about heart disease or a common cold or anything in between, the process is simple, but with no "turning aside to the right or the left": calm down, listen to the Holy Spirit, and speak the Word to whatever gets in the way of your healing. If you like, you can use this quick checklist to make sure youíve covered the necessary ground.

Stay in faith by thanking Him

(1) Bind the enemy (Matthew 8:16-17 and 18:18). You can assume that a demon may be in the way if your healing doesnít manifest soon after you start praying in faith. See "Going on the Attack," our Healing Brief for August 2008.

(2) Stay grounded in the healing Scriptures (Matthew 8:17 and elsewhere). You donít need to ask God for healing more than once. Rather, stay in faith by thanking Him that Jesus has already done the healing for you.

(3) Stay out of sin (1 John 3:21-23). Youíll find it impossible to have faith for healing if your heart is condemning you, or if youíve stepped out of your "love walk."

(4) Stay in expectant faith (Proverbs 4:20-27). Keep Godís covenant promises in front of your mindís eye and in the center of your heart, "for they are life to those who find them and healing and medicine to all their flesh."

                                                                                     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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