Healing Comes to Those Who Believe

Gods rainbowThere are times in our lives when everything goes smoothly, with the exception of minor trials that test our abilities, but for the most part we are able to stay on track and press toward our goals. But then out of the blue, some of us are attacked with an unexpected conflict that changes everything we were working toward and our life is threatened as this invasion slowly closes the path we were travelling on.

It’s easy to get angry and question God as to why He didn’t prevent this or why He doesn’t step in and get rid of it. We look at the Bible verses that promise a good life on earth – prosperity and good health – and we begin to wonder how much of God’s Word is really applicable in our own lives or if it’s just meant for some.

In order for us to fully comprehend what’s going on, we need to analyze our lives before God. It says in 1 John 5:4 that, “whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”  We live in this world and we are going to have trials and we are going to have to trust God because He has promised to help us get through them.

So, when storms come and it rains outside we are going to get wet if we go out there whether we are a Christian or not. If we cut ourselves we are going to bleed and it’s going to hurt and it may get infected whether we are a Christian or not. If we don’t have a job and little to no income coming in, we are going to lack in money to buy food, clothing or a nice home whether we are a Christian or not. We live in this world and we are susceptible to the elements of this world.

But, we have a hope that the people of the world do not have, and our hope is in the Lord. 3460403278_8e2cb549f8_mWe need to separate ourselves from the mandate of this world and study the Bible so we can learn about God and understand what Jesus accomplished on the cross for us. He was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.  Isaiah 53:4-12 says that He bore our sins and the punishment for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to; so that we could be redeemed back to God, our Father, free of the guilt of sin. Jesus took the stripes for our healing so that we could come to our Father and ask for healing for our bodies.

We’re told in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

So, when we face the unexpected challenge that practically scares the life out of us, we need to look to God’s Word and see what He says about it. Not every single issue we face in life is going to be listed in the Bible because if it was we’d need thousands of volumes to contain them all. But God does tell what He expects of us, what He will bless us with and what we can ask Him for.

red guyGod knows that we are going to have tribulation in this world. Ephesians 6:12 says, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And for this reason we will never overcome these conflicts on our own because we not able to beat the devil. But we will have the victory over them all if we give them to Jesus because He has won over the devil and is Lord to all those who believe.

If we’ve been stricken with a health issue that the medical world says is serious enough that it could claim our life then we need to go to God’s Word and see what He has to say about it.

Isaiah 53:5 says, But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

Psalm 30:2 says, O Lord my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed me.”

Romans 8:15 tells us that because we belong to Him we can come to Him with our problems, “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”

Matthew 15:30 says, And great multitudes came unto Him [Jesus], having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and He healed them.”

Jesus tells us to have faith in His Word and He will do what God has promised. Luke 8:50 says, “But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, ‘Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.’”

God is our creator as well as our Heavenly Father, and who knows the body better4257830784_f5c9efb2f9_m than Him? When we buy a toy that breaks we don’t take it to the fast food restaurant for repair; we take it to the company that made it. So, when our bodies are ill or broken we need to take them to the One who made them because He has told us in John 14:13 that if we ask for anything in the name of Jesus He will do it for us. So, we need to believe it and have the faith to act on it and NOT doubt it.

 

We may have to make some drastic changes in our lives in order for the healing to come, but we need to remember that God never made anything short of perfect. So if our body isn’t perfect it’s not because God made us that way; it’s because the elements of this world have affected it, or because we eat the foods of this world that are filled with unhealthy ingredients that have actually made us sick. Regardless of what the sickness or affliction is, we need to realize that God is our Father, a loving being who only wants the best for us even while we live in this world.

What better witness than to have received healing from the Lord so that others can see that God does not bring sickness on His children, but that He DOES heal when we put our faith in Him and believe His Word for that healing!

We can also come to God with our financial needs. And of course, when we know and love Jesus we wouldn’t ask for greedy gifts or vain possessions. We would not devise a doctrine or formula that focuses on material wealth and greed. God tells us in Philippians  4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” We can ask Him for our needs – even material needs – when our motives are not greed.

He’s told us in 3 John 1:2 that it’s His will for us to prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. We should never attempt to turn His Words into a greedy formula to be rich, but as we grow in the Lord and know Him more, we understand that God takes care of His children. We can come to Him with our needs and He will take care of us.  Luke 12:28 says, If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

Whatever it is that comes against us in this world – and things will come against us – we need to take it to the Lord. It may be healing, finances, family issues or anything that is a burden to us; it doesn’t matter. Nothing is too great for God and nothing is too little for Him to do for us. He has told us to ask in prayer believing and we should receive the things we ask for.

“In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” … John 16:33

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What is faith…….really?

7762958226_2600ba72cc_mMost Christians know the scripture at Hebrews 11:1 that says “faith is the substance of things hoped for”. We know it’s the energy or the confidence to believe God for something… but what is faith really?

Jesus talks a lot about faith and He tells us what we can accomplish with it and the fact that faith is what Christianity is all about. We realize that we need to get the scriptures down into our heart to be able to believe them, and so we study them to learn about faith. We write them out and quote them over and over so that they come to our thoughts constantly and we feel great because we have learned this. And this is good because we’re told to “study” the Word.

But how do we know when it’s time to step out and use our faith? How do we know if we really believe what we’ve learned or if we just have a really good memory? When does this study of faith actually become real to us so we can act on it?

There are some analogies that most of us can relate to and that will give us a better understanding of what faith is, where our faith is – and whether or need we need to work on it some more.372953580_da929b5132_m

When we board an elevator, most of us just wait for it to reach our designated floor. We look around and notice that the guy beside us has no idea how to match his tie with his shirt, and the woman ahead of her missed combing the back of her hair. We watch people get on and off without any hesitation, get a heart flutter when Mr. Handsome boards, and then eventually we get off. We had no worries or issues with the elevator. We didn’t fret that it might crash down or that we might get stuck in it with a bunch of people who all look somewhat suspicious.

We had complete confidence and faith in the performance of the elevator. We didn’t have to quote positive sayings or pray out loud or have a panic attack while hoping that we got to our floor in one piece. We had “faith” in the elevator and in its performance without any doubts at all. We didn’t hesitate to use its service or question its abilities.  Why? Because we had faith in the elevator.

When we went out for supper at our favorite restaurant, we sat down and ordered our meal and never worried that the food might contain some kind of contaminant, or that there might be bugs in the kitchen or that the chefs who prepared it were sick and had sneezed all over the food. We went there because we had complete confidence in its ability to prepare the meal that we expected, and we ate the food and enjoyed it without worry. We never questioned the quality or the performance of the food because we had complete confidence that what we were eating was good. Why? Because we had faith in the restaurant.

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When we were paying for our groceries, after the shock of it costing more than we’d expected, we opened our wallet and handed the cashier the money without even thinking that our bills might be counterfeit, or that they were worthless. She told us how much we owed and we gave her the money with complete confidence and knew that the groceries were ours. Why? Because we had faith in the money.

 

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When we get sick, we visit our medical doctor and trust that he knows what he’s talking about and we accept the prescription he gives us and we take the medication obediently. We don’t question what’s in the stuff we’re taking or that we might have a reaction to it. We just take it and wait for it to do its thing, and as we begin to feel better we give God thanks for our health.  Why? Because we have faith in our doctor.

But what if we didn’t go to the doctor and instead decided to stand on the scripture in Isaiah 53:5, “By His stripes I am healed”, and then ate only healthy, detoxifying foods to clean our body and rid it of the germs? Could we do that? Do we have faith? Could we believe that God DID heal us and that by flushing out the germs our body would line up to the healing? If we hesitate or if we do it and worry the whole time that it’s not working – then this is NOT faith because we don’t believe it or trust it.

If we had faith – even as much as a tiny grain of mustard seed – we could envision the scripture and see Christ on the cross, and we would know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we really do believe it – that we really do have the faith to receive the healing.

If we attempt to be healed through quoting scriptures while we continue to suffer and yet quietly wonder about it or question it – or doubt it – then we have to realize that we do NOT have enough faith at this point. If we’re nervous at all about it then we do NOT have the faith. We may have the understanding that faith works and that faith IS the answer, but we have not yet got to that point. So what do we do?

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We study, pray, worship and thank God for His Son and for giving us His Word so that we can know Him. As our knowledge and our understanding of Jesus grows, so does our relationship with Him – and so does our love for Him AND SO DOES OUR FAITH IN HIM. Our eyes will be opened and our hearts will be renewed and the faith that we strive for will grow until we CAN stand on the scriptures and trust God totally to do the things He has promised us.

????????????????????????***I wrote a book called, Let Faith Arise! and it’s a devotional book filled with messages on faith that were inspired by God. I wrote these during my battle with cancer last year, and through prayer and praise and with a hunger for the faith to believe God for my healing, my faith grew and I was healed. I wrote this book to help others understand what faith is, how to get it and how to apply it to their lives. Please check out my website to see how you can get a copy of Let Faith Arise!

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“So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done.”

Matthew 21:21

This is faith……really.

 

 

It’s Time to Put Faith to Work

It’s time to put our faith to work! I’m asking everyone to please join me in a stand of faith for a young woman who is in the hospital fighting with cancer for her life.

Her name is Fawn and she and her husband love the Lord but the enemy has attacked her with this aggressive disease and they both need us to stand in faith with them. We can stand together, put our faith to work and lift Fawn up to the Lord and believe that He will touch her body and heal her. Fawn was already healed at the cross but her circumstances are hindering her from receiving that healing.

I would like us all to take a stand in faith and declare her healing before the heavens and ask the Lord to strengthen her own faith so that she can believe and accept her healing. She’s weak and needs our support. The enemy is moving fast but the Bible says in Isaiah 59:19 that “when the enemy comes in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.”

Nothing is impossible to God and all things are possible to those who believe. I believe that Jesus healed her on the cross and I know that if we stand together and believe with her and for her that Fawn will receive her healing.

When I fought my battle against cancer all of last year I put my faith in God, had prayer warriors pray for me and never took my eyes off of the cross. The scripture at Matthew 8:11 was on my lips constantly. It wasn’t easy and it was a harsh time for me, but I’m healed – against all the odds I beat the disease that the doctors said would take my life before Christmas. God healed me, and I know that with all of us standing in faith for Fawn, she will arise from this bed of affliction and receive her healing, too.

So, please join me in a stand of faith so God’s daughter can be free, and then listen closely because you’ll hear all of Heaven rejoice!

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” … Matthew 8:11

 

When Faith and Friends Matter…

Friends can be very different and yet can be close at heart.  They can enjoy a variety of interests, work in unrelated careers, come from diverse backgrounds and aim for opposite goals. Yet, there’s a bond; a spiritual connection that gives life between them.

It stems from the heart and reaches out far beyond the confinements of this world. It’s a familiar trust and faith deep in the soul that links them to one common element – and that is love.

When friends are facing crucial battles in their life, they depend on each other to get through them and to gain the victory over them in spite of their differences.  They pour out their positive energies and agree for a particular victory and they stand together, sound in their defence and strong in their fight.

When we take a stand to believe for healing in our bodies in spite of what the doctor’s report says, we need to be surrounded by others who will also take the stand and believe for the healing with us. We do not want to be influenced by those with negative thoughts or by those who walk by sight and not by faith.

Physical positive and negative energies do not mix, and neither do spiritual energies. Faith and doubt are opposites. When faith rules, the Spirit of God moves and victories happen, but when doubt is present the Spirit of God is hindered and the impact of the solid positive energy is destroyed – defeat sets in.

When Jesus was praying for the ruler’s daughter he sent everyone out of the room except for a few select people. Why? Because He and these people shared the belief that He could heal her, whereas the others did not believe it. The room was filled with faith and not doubt, and the Spirit of God through Jesus healed the girl. (Luke 8:49-56)

If you are facing a crisis in your life where you need healing, you have to surround yourself with believers, with people who know God and who believe that you will be healed. These people will help build up your faith so you can receive the healing.  Remember, God gave YOU control over your body, and your body is subject to what YOU say and believe. (1 Cor.9:27)

You may still face surgery but instead of it being the beginning of sorrows it can be the victory that sets you free because you and those around you are trusting God for your healing, and you will regain your full health and life.

The medical world is based on physical facts and its prognosis for your future may be very bleak. BUT when you have faith in God and in God’s Word, and you accept that the same Spirit that rose Christ from the dead lives in YOU, and you surround yourself with other like-minded believers, then your faith will become strong and your positive energies will take over and you will be able to believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that God’s Spirit will also heal you.  

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” ….Matthew 18:20