|We’ve said it often and
we’ll say it again: When you’re focusing your faith
to move a mountain of sickness, you’ll probably have to
move another mountain first—the pile
of distractions your enemy will send to keep you from even
thinking about the faith-building Word.
There’ll be the grim doctor’s 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: What’ll I tell the prayer group when I’ve
still got shingles?—and 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.
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
you’d prefer to skip, but with the chance to meet lots of
Well, what’s the answer? Let’s start by saying that
it’s 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.
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 you’re 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 you’ve
covered the necessary ground.
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 doesn’t manifest soon after you start praying
in faith. See "Going
on the Attack," our Healing Brief for
(2) Stay grounded in the healing Scriptures
(Matthew 8:17 and elsewhere). You don’t need to ask God
for healing more than once. Rather, stay in faith by
thanking Him that Jesus has already done the healing for
(3) Stay out of sin (1 John 3:21-23). You’ll
find it impossible to have faith for healing if your heart
is condemning you, or if you’ve stepped out of your
(4) Stay in expectant faith (Proverbs 4:20-27).
Keep God’s covenant promises in front of your mind’s eye
and in the center of your heart, "for they are life to
those who find them and healing and medicine to all their
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