Grace For Healing
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demonic influence

Is there such a thing as demonic influence and is this the reason you’re ill?

According to the Gospels, demons are everywhere! Jesus delivered people from demonic influence all the time and often the demons did cause sickness and disease.

When I developed illness all those years ago, deliverance ministry was strong amongst Christian healing ministries around the globe.

My relationship with God was weak and consequently I believed this teaching, that demonic influence causes illness. I was desperate for healing and willing to believe anything.
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HEALING OF JAIRUS DAUGHTER

Today I wanted to share a few thoughts on the healing of Jairus’ Daughter.

One of the favourite things about this story is that is shows that God is indiscriminate when it comes to healing.

Whether you’re a well known church leader that 1000s of people follow in instagram, or someone who is an outcast like the woman with the issue of blood, God will meet you and minister his healing.
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Syrophoenician woman

If you know the heart of Jesus, you will know how keen he is for us to be well and how it’s just not his nature to ignore us. So how do you explain the story of the Syrophoenician woman who he disregarded?

The story always baffled me as it appears to contradict the willingness and generosity of our beautiful Saviour.

Close inspection reveals that Jesus wasn’t ignoring this incredible woman. He was setting her up for her breakthrough.

I love this as it simply shows how we can approach Jesus when we too are believing him for a miracle.
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clothed in christ

 

How we see ourselves matters. The Bible says we’re clothed in Christ but seeing ourselves this way is sometimes way too challenging (or at least it is for me) 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.

You may cognitively recognise that illness is not your identity but unconsciously your thoughts, behaviour may tell an opposing story.

This reminds me of mixing different colours of play dough together. It’s impossible to separate them.

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.

Unlike playdough, we can separate ourselves from the illness that consumes us and live a life from a place of victory. 
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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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Abraham's grace covenant

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. The revelation that Abraham’s covenant was one of grace, just like ours, helped me massively in understanding the relationship between sin and disease. 

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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