Living with a chronic illness comes with the role description of being patient in the affliction. Many people throw in the towel and give in.
With God, how you wait matters and how you occupy this waiting time is significant.
We don’t want to prolong this painful season more than is necessary so I invite you through this post to invest in good waiting habits that glorify God, ease frustration and invite transformation.
Job’s infamous friends; we’ve all got them. You know, those ‘helpful’ Chrisitians who tell you what you’ve done wrong in your life to cause sickness.
I had a woman in my life, who screened me for all my ‘shortcomings’. In her opinion, healing and obedience go hand in hand. ‘If God’s perfect, the problem is with you…’
It was wounding.
As Job seems to be the ‘go to’ book when we’re suffering; I thought it would be helpful to discuss the lessons from Job and how they apply to our healing journeys today.
I was sat in church a few years ago and was completely shocked to hear the visiting preacher say that the purpose of Job’s sufferings was for us to learn that our suffering will always be minor in comparison.
Oh my goodness, that does not sound like something a loving Father would ever say to his children!
John 10:10 gives us the perfect description of sickness: It is your enemy and has the sole purpose to kill, steal and destroy you.
This is what God thinks about illness. Understanding this will feed your faith for healing; otherwise you’ll believe one of the many myths that ‘God is waiting for you to deal with something…..God is teaching you a lesson…etc’.
The Bible teaches us the importance of sharing testimony of what God is doing in our lives. How is he providing for you? In what way does He answer your prayers
When I taught Nursery aged children, I always read a Bible story on a Friday. The children would listen attentively with their jaws open wide, savouring every word from the Children’s Bible.
What is more exciting than a man who ends up in the tummy of a fish or in the lion’s den? Our testimonies point people to the wonder and amazement of our Father who longs for people to see of his miraculousness.
And, we all love a good story.
Stories of what God does in our lives are called testimonies. I love to hear testimonies of healing because they motivate me to believe for my own breakthrough.
These stories are real; so much better than Holywood!
Are you rooted and grounded in the love of Christ?
If I were to support someone on a healing journey, I would always start with the love of God.
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 john 4:16
You might be thinking ‘of course I know that God loves me’. But knowing that God loves you, and believing in your heart are not the same.
One is cognitive, the other experiential.
Why did Jesus choose the day of rest, the Sabbath, for some of his healing miracles?
Jehovah Rapha is translated as ‘I am the Lord who heals you’. (Ex 15:26). The Hebrew word ‘rapha’ means both ‘to heal’ and also ‘relax’ thus putting resting and healing together.
Jesus heals on the Sabbath day, the day of rest 7 times, proving that to receive healing, we need to rest in the finished work.
The Bible tells us to refute every tongue that rises against us.
Every tongue in this context is referring to damaging words, not people.
I recently heard of a story about a guy in the States who came across a rattle snake living under his couch. With no delay he reached for the necessary tools to remove it.
The tree of knowledge of good and evil represents the Law. Sometimes on a healing journey it’s easy to fall into a legalistic mindset, but this is the wrong foundation and could keep you battling illness.
Many years ago, the symptoms in my body were so dominant, I couldn’t get my eyes off them.
I analysed myself past and present, repenting left right and centre, just in case sin was blocking the healing somehow.
So the Bible says we’re to rejoice in our sufferings. which can be almost a cruel request when you’re struggling and in pain. So what does this actually mean?
In my experience, and hopefully to your relief, I don’t think it’s something that we do in our own strength. I don’t think the woman with the issue of blood was rejoicing, nor the widow at Nain or the leper who approached Jesus. But:
We also glory rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.