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 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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sacrifice of praise

The leper in who approached Jesus in Matt 8, fell on his knees and chose to worship Jesus, he knew the benefits of praise. 

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. Matt 8:1-2

 Despite the extremeness of his suffering, he still humbled himself and praised God. Wow! That’s powerful!
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Jesus heals the leper

When the doctor says ‘there’s nothing more we can do for you’, the distress and disappointment is heartbreaking. 

I have clients who are in this place, it’s scary, it’s feels soul destroying. I’ve been in this place too. Few things are worse than knowing you’ll be suffering for the rest of your life or that you’re dying.

Is this where you are right now? I pray that this short series of how Jesus cleanses the leper will give you hope and an expectation of how healing is possible.

When Jesus cleanses the leper, He says ‘I am willing’. Thankfully no matter how impossible an illness, the Lord Jesus will never say those words to us. 
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Have you ever told your body parts how amazing they are? If you have a diseased part of your body then Learning to speak life over yourself could be just the medicine you need.

Japenese scientist Masaru Emoto proved the power of our words by conducting a water experiment where he took samples of tap water and spoke to them.

One sample he spoke words of life such as ‘you’re beautiful, I’m grateful for you, you’re amazing….’ and another sample he spoke words like ‘you disgust me, I hate you…’

He then photographed the samples and guess what happened? 
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If you don’t understand why the Bible quotes ‘Life and death is in the power of the tongue’ and the link this has to healing, then this post will really bless you. 

When I first became unwell I would speak words of defeat all the time.

“If God was going to heal me, he would have done it by now……my life has been destroyed…….I’m going to be in pain forever…” and so on.

Have you ever spoken out words like that?
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Most agree that God heals today but we never hear mention of the different ways in which God heals. 

I remember hearing of a miracle healing. I was so excited to hear of such a testimony as this is what I so desperately needed.

My excitement soon turned to hurt and disappointment. You see, the person who claimed the miracle, went through a series of medical interventions. Without medicine, she would no doubt be dead.

Unfortunately, there are health conditions and illnesses which doctors cannot treat, and I had one of them.

‘Where was my healing? This story doesn’t encourage me much…’ You see, I need a miracle outside of doctors.

Have you found that healings are not the same? Are you in a similar situation to me?

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god's will to heal

At the beginning of my healing journey, I doubted God’s will all the time. I couldn’t understand why, when I had prayed, fasted, spoken the Word over myself…and so on, that I was actually getting worse.

I came to the conclusion that it just isn’t God’s will to heal me.

If you’ve been unwell for many years, it’s understandable if you’re thinking this too. You’re praying, believing, speaking the Word over yourself yet you’re not seeing results. 

Now you’re settling that it’s just not God’s will. 
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godly wisdom

If you’ve never asked for Godly wisdom when praying for healing, then this post will show you why wisdom is the primary thing to pray for. 

If you could only ask God for one thing, what would it be? At the beginning of my healing journey, I would ask God for healing. At this point, I didn’t really know what else I should be praying for.

Healing was the one thing I so desperately wanted. Is healing your main prayer? 

God appeared to Soloman in a dream and asked him this very question. I wonder what he would answer if he only had 6 months to live or if he’d been ill for many years?

Would he have asked for healing instead? What would you ask for?
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faith comes by hearing

The Bible teaches us that faith comes by hearing, but what does this mean for those of us who need healing? It’s easy to sit and pray but praying alone, outside the Word of God, is a bit like watering crops you’ve not planted. There needs to be seed for a harvest.

When I was at University I was the Queen of shortcuts! I was studying for a German degree, so reading the English translations of set texts was the ‘shortcut’ for me.

So much quicker than reading in German. Yes I know it defeats the purpose, but it meant I could read the book in a much speedier way giving me more time to do what I wanted.

Are there times in your life, especially where healing is concerned, where you want the quick MacDonld’s fix? I guess we all want someone to lay hands on us so we can instantly see the physical results in our bodies.

This is wanting the shortcut and it’s not always God’s best for us. Healing has no shortcut; there is a hidden formula in Scripture we just can’t ignore. A formula which takes time…..
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