Grace For Healing
God wants you well
clothed in christ

How we see ourselves matters. The Bible says we’re clothed in Christ but seeing myself this way is sometimes way too challenging when the symptoms in my body steal my attention morning, noon and night.

When chronic illness sets in, we condition ourselves unconsciously. The illness becomes a part of us whether we realise it or not.

Do you refer to it as ‘MY illness’ and talk about it all the time?

If this is you, I hear you and I understand, I’ve been there. This is your reality, your truth. BUT IT IS NOT YOUR IDENTITY.

This post is about how illness has the potential to rob us from the Truth of who the Bible says we are and why coming back to our True identity will open the door for the receiving of our healing.
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head not the tail

When you think of your healing journey, are you as the Bible puts it, the head and not the tail? Or have your negative coping strategies conditioned you to a place of the underdog?

In other words, are your survival skills running the show? 

My survival strategies involved depending on other people to do things for me like the housework or the supermarket shopping and I would often lash out at my poor old mum.

I always felt better afterwards as I’d released a whole load of anger.

I wanted to talk about my situation all the time; the comfort from others helped me survive. I thought about suicide constantly, this caused me to feel calmer as it was my way out of the hell I was in. 
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negative attention

Isn’t it frustrating when you’re so very ill, yet people think it’s quite minor because you look so well and healthy? But the more negative attention you receive for having symptoms, the harder it will be to heal.

I’ve had experience of this. I remember once being in a church service where the minister invited the congregation to lay hands on the sick. No-one wanted to lay hands on me. Why? Because there was an elderly man with cancer in the room.

The church judged that this was worse.

I remember being so devastated. I’d lost 10 years of my life by this point, the man with cancer had only been ill for a few weeks.

Have you encountered this? Do you feel those around you devalue your hidden illness?

I now realise however, that recognition for suffering is not a good thing. It’s what we call negative attention.
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healing at the pool of bethesda

The healing at the pool of bethesda teaches us how to position our hearts for a miracle healing.

This poor man had suffered for 38 years which caused him to spiral down into self-pity. His eyes were on the severity of his situation. He was closed to any forward thinking. In all honesty, I think I’d be exactly the same.

Can you identify with this?

When I was unwell,  I thought it was so unfair that my friends could experience marriage, holidays or careers whilst I could barely function.

All I could see was all the things that had been taken away from me. The loss and grief consumed me so much, I ended up crossing over the line into pity.
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meaning of Bethesda

The meaning of Bethesda is House of Mercy.

I believe the Holy Spirt is telling us though the story of the lame man healed at the pool of Bethesda, that if we want a healing, we find it in the house of God, the Church.

The environment you’re in could determine whether or not you receive your miracle. I ended a friendship once, because whenever I was with this person, I felt terrible about myself, as though my best wasn’t good enough.

This was not a healthy environment for me to thrive in.

It seemed to take me weeks to recover from her words. We have neuroceptors in our nervous system which constantly scan our environments for safety or danger. If we’re in a situation where we’re sensing danger, we will not heal.
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covenant of Abraham

When I was very unwell, I remember going through every sin in the book, repenting and asking for forgiveness for any sin I could think of.

I even repented for things I hadn’t done, just in case to ensure I was completely covered. You see I thought sin was stopping God from healing me. 

Are you the same? Have you repented again and again, thinking that somehow sin is stopping God from blessing you?

Maybe you’ve been told that god is waiting for you to ‘sort something out’ before healing you?

I hope that reading this post will put your mind at rest and enlighten you in knowing that God blesses us even when we fail and to make a suggestion as to some of the things that are hindering healing in your life. 
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characteristics of ruth in the bible

The character of Ruth proves that unfair circumstances don’t need to disadvantage you on your healing journey. 

I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise puts one foot in front of the other and does his best. He doesn’t complain about the unfairness of the race or compare himself to his competitor.

He is so unlikely to win against a hare yet his character and attitude win him the race. 

The most unqualified becomes the winner. 

Do you ever feel at a disadvantage due to your disability or health condition? Maybe you’re questioning God’s plan, especially if you’ve been ill for many years.

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how to receive god's grace

Many years ago, when my body was so riddled with pain that even getting dressed or showered seemed to take all day (and on some days, not at all). I was in a constant place of defeat and lack because I didn’t understand how to receive God’s grace.

The Bible tells us to choose life, I didn’t know how to; the horror of my situation seemed greater than the power of grace. 

Are you the same? Are you so overcome by the symptoms in your body, you’re in a constant state of struggle?
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what does faith without works mean?

The movie Soul Surfer tells the true story of 13 year old professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm to a shark bite. 

It looked as though she would never surf again and certainly not be able to partake in professional competitions. Bethany refused to allow her situation hinder her.

She pushed pass the stares and the disbelief of others when she relearnt to surf with just one arm. Bethany kept on training, believing she was well able to win professional competitions once again.

She continued moving forwards towards her goal. What an amazing and inspirational woman of God.
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expect a miracle

Are you struggling to expect a miracle healing because you’ve been ill for many many years? I believe the story of admiral Jim Stockdale will help you to believe for the impossible in the midst of long term suffering.

Jim Collins’ book ‘Good to Great’ tells of something called the Stockdale paradox. 

Admiral Jim Stockdale was in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was shot down and held captive for 8 years in the Hanoi Hilton, the infamous POW prison where he was tortured over 20 times. 

In a public interview after his release he was asked why he survived and others didn’t. 
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