FOR THOSE BATTLING SICKNESS

FOR THOSE BATTLING SICKNESS

"GOD STILL HEALS"

“GOD STILL HEALS”

This morning as I sat by the pond in our garden feeding the fish and meditating on the goodness of the Lord, the song “I Am the Lord that Health Thee” came into my spirit and I reflected on the many times in my life that the Lord healed me, particularly the time in March of 2009 when a flu virus severely attacked my body and left me in an intense battle for my health and well-being that lasted over two (2) years……..but God!

In the Old Testament, speaking prophetically of Jesus, Isaiah 53:5, states, “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquity, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed”.

In the New Testament, I Peter 2:24 says “…….by His stripes we were healed.” In other words it’s a finished deal.

In times of sickness, the battle for our faith can be very intense.

The facts and symptoms say we are sick, but the Truth, the Word of God says we are already healed.

The question is, Whose report will you believe?

Will you believe the report of your body, the tests and your doctors?

Or, will you believe the report of the Most High God?

No matter what manifests in your body, it is critically important that you believe the Word of God re: your healing.

I know from experience that at times this is not easy, especially when pain, malaise or other symptoms of sickness are figuratively speaking, “in your face”, or your dilemma seems to have no end in sight, nevertheless this is critical.

The enemy wants you to have faith in his words and your symptoms, and God desires you to have faith in His Words, to trust Him and to envision yourself healed.

I urge you to make up your mind to fight…….at times the fight of faith may be a hard fight, but it is a good and worthy fight!

Through hearing and meditating on the Word, develop the tenacious faith of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who when faced with the threat of death by the fiery furnace if they did not obey king Nebuchadnezzar’s edict to bow down and worship a golden idol stood up to the king and said:-

“…………..“O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.””

(Daniel 3:16-18 – NIV, 1984)

In other words, develop the faith to tell the enemy that God is well able to heal you and He will heal you, but even if He doesn’t heal you while you are here on earth, you will still worship, trust and believe in Him. 

If you are not feeling well in your body today, know that the Lord, Jehovah Rapha is a healer.

Focus on the truth that Christ already obtained your healing.

Read and meditate on healing scriptures and believe them in your heart.

Close your eyes and see yourself healed; see yourself made whole.

Make healing declarations over your life believing the words that you speak.

Do what you can in the natural realm to facilitate the manifestation of your healing.

Remember that God can use anyone or anything to bring forth the healing in your body.

I challenge you to cast down every vain imagination and every high thing in your mind that would try to exalt itself against the knowledge of God that you are healed, to take every thought that comes against your healing captive unto Christ, and to believe in your heart and boldly declare “By Christ’s stripes I am healed.”

Here are some healing scriptures to meditate on:-

“…….For I am the Lord that health thee.”

Exodus 15:26 – KJV

“He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

(Psalms 107:20 – KJV) 

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits; Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;”

(Psalms 103:3 – KJV)

“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.”

 (Isaiah 53:5 – KJV)

“Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise.”

(Jeremiah 17:14- KJV) 

“Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.”

(Matthew 8:17 – KJV)

“By whose stripes ye were healed.”

(1 Peter 2:24 – KJV)

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

(3 John 1:2 – KJV)

 “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.”

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

(James 5:14-16 – KJV)

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

(Hebrews 13:8 – KJV) 

Here are a few healing declarations I use:-

“In the Name of Jesus I decree and declare that by Christ stripes I am healed”

“In the Name of Jesus I decree and declare that there is no sickness, disease, or infirmity in my body”

“In the Name of Jesus I decree and declare that every aspect of my body functions in the divine perfection that God originally created it to function in and operates and is governed by divine health”

“In the Name of Jesus I speak life to every healthy every cell in my body”

“In the Name of Jesus I speak death to every disease-causing germ, virus, non-beneficial bacteria, and cancer cell in my body and render their functions inoperative”

“In the name of Jesus I decree and declare that my immune system is healthy and strong”

“In the Name of Jesus I decree and declare that the healing that Christ obtained for me flows through and permeates every aspect of my body”

“In the Name of Jesus I declare that I am not moved by what I see or feel, but by the Truth of God’s Word that I am healed”

Here is Doen Moen singing “I am the Lord that Healeth Thee”…….be blessed, strengthened and healed as you listen.

Keep standing, keep believing, keep hoping, keep trusting keep praying and thank God in advance for the manifestation of your healing.

Shalom!

Kim

Copyright © 2013 by Kim Sweeting, Author of “Unwalled” Blog, All rights reserved.

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Video “I am the Lord that Healeth Thee” by Don Moen courtesy of ForGodSoLoved777 – http://www.youtube.com

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ANGRY, HURT, DISAPPOINTED, BITTER?…….IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE!

ANGRY, HURT, DISAPPOINTED, BITTER?……..IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE!

“Resentment is like swallowing poison and hoping to kill your enemies”
~ Nelson Mandela ~

 

Do you struggle with unforgiveness?

Are you carrying a grudge against someone who hurt or wronged you in some way?

Is there someone who used, abused, molested, cheated, neglected, insulted, demeaned, bullied, betrayed, deceived, swindled, stole from or hurt you in some other way that you resent and have ill will towards, that the very thought of makes you angry and want to hurt them and make them pay?

Perhaps a parent, sibling, child, grandparent or an extended family member……..maybe a friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or ex-spouse, or even a former boss, co-worker, business partner, teacher, neighbor or fellow Believer?

Is there anyone you hold in a place of unforgiveness in your heart?

If so, IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

Excuse me!

Hold on a minute!

It’s time to do what!

Do you know what they did!

Have you any idea of the hurt, pain, guilt, shame, loss, damage and stress I have undergone and still experience because of this person!

Forgive!

They don’t deserve my forgiveness!

I can’t forgive them!

Listen, even if someone did you extreme wrong and hurt you in an unthinkable way, God still requires that you forgive them, and guess what, whatever He calls for, He empowers us to do.

Isn’t it funny how we can quote scriptures such as “I can do all things through Christ who  strengthens me” and “I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus” when it comes to things we want to do, but the truth, presence and power of those same scriptures tend to fade into the recesses of our minds when it comes to doing things we don’t want to do…….Hhhhhmmmm.

Ephesians 4:31-32 states, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” – (Amplified Bible)

Colossians 3:13 states, “Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].” – (Amplified Bible)

FORGIVENESS IS NOT A OPTION WITH GOD, IT IS A COMMAND. 

IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

Before you protest again, here’s an important  newsflash. – Everybody’s got issues and some kind of demons to fight, and as a result have hurt or wronged someone at some point in their lives and you are no exception.

I say this neither to justify what happened in your situation nor to minimize the resulting hurt, loss or pain, but to help you put it in a more empathic perspective.

Whenever the desire to judge and condemn someone because of his or her actions arises, it’s important to remember, there’s  a story behind every story.

Look at your situation again, but this time, imagine changing places with the person who wronged you. You have their background, personality, life experiences and perhaps generational curses, and they have yours. Given the circumstances, how do you know that you would not have acted just like they did?

Instead of focusing on the shortcomings of the person who hurt or wronged you, take a moment to emotionally step away and focus on your own shortcomings………..Take a moment to remember the times when you hurt or wronged others and needed their forgiveness……….Take a moment to remember the times when you hurt or wronged the Lord and needed His forgiveness…….Selah!

When you or I consider the wrong we have done in our lives and have been forgiven for and the countless times we have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God yet He forgave us, how dare we take a prideful pious stand of unforgiveness toward another? How dare we make a decision not to forgive after all we have been forgiven for?…….Selah!

Not only does the Lord require us to forgive others, He also says that our receiving forgiveness from Him is contingent on our willingness to forgive others.

Matthew 6:14-15 states, “For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.” – (Amplified Bible)

Mark 11: 25-26 states, “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him and let it drop (leave it, let it go), in order that your Father Who is in heaven may also forgive you your [own] failings and shortcomings and let them drop.

But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.” – (Amplified Bible)

Luke 6:37 states, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” – (NIV)

 SIMPLY PUT, IF WE FORGIVE OTHERS THEIR WRONGS, GOD WILL FORGIVE US OUR WRONGS, AND IF WE DON’T, HE WON’T……….SOBERING!

If you struggle with unforgiveness, today is your day of deliverance.

IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

IT’S TIME TO LET THAT SITUATION GO.

IT’S TIME TO LET THAT PERSON GO.

IT’S TIME TO LET YOURSELF GO.

“He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven.”

~ Thomas Fuller ~

“But forgiveness is not an emotion… Forgiveness is an act of will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.”

~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”

~ C. S. Lewis ~

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

~ Philip Yancey ~

If you know that the Lord is speaking to you about getting rid of the unforgiveness in your life, do not harden your heart. He is speaking to you because He desires to set you free from that weight and bondage once and for all.

Why don’t you take some time and acknowledge that unforgiveness to yourself and to God as well as the accompanying hurt, pain, disappointment, anger, rage, and desire for vengeance that burn within?

Speak to the Lord candidly. Let Him know how you feel about what happened. Cry if you need to. Get it all out.

Having done this, I challenge you to confess the unforgiveness to the Lord as sin and tell  Him that in spite your thoughts and feelings, in obedience to His Word, you are now willing to forgive.

IT’S TIME TO FORGIVE.

Here’s a music video by Kevin Levar that beautifully depicts the power of forgiveness.

If you are willing, I invite you to pray the following prayer of forgiveness:

Father, I come to you in the Name of Jesus. By faith, in obedience to your Word, and as an act of my will, I choose to forgive those who have wronged me.  Father I forgive them and release them to You. By your grace, help me to no longer dwell on the situation, but to instead let it go and move on. Heal my mind, body, soul and spirit from all wounds, even those in my innermost parts that I am not aware of. Now that I have forgiven those who wronged me, I thank You for restoring me to a place of forgiveness with You. I thank You for freeing me from the bondage of the sin of unforgiveness and cleansing me of all its effects by your blood in Jesus’ name….Amen.

 Believe you have received and walk in your newfound place of freedom.

Be encouraged!

Kim

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