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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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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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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believe for the impossible

Are you struggling to believe for the impossible because you’ve been ill for many many years? The story of admiral Jim Stockdale will help you to expect miracles 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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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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a religious spirit

The Tree of Life speaks of Jesus; the more we take from this tree, we increase our capacity to receive healing. Unfortunately it’s so easy to end up taking from the tree of knowledge of good and evil instead causing us to have a religious spirit.

This will hinder our receiving.

Healing is right the way through the Bible, beginning in the garden of Eden. I hope today’s insights will give revelation and cause you to ponder on any areas which may be keeping you stuck.

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