Are you familiar with the verse ‘No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill” Is 33:24. What a challenging scripture for those children of God who are living with pain and suffering.
What about when you are ill?
I had people in my life for years telling me I was already healed. It was so hurtful at the time, as though they were devaluing my situation.
Eventually, I began to mentally understand the Truth that as a born-again believer I am already healed. See IS IT ALWAYS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL.
But whilst I spoke this truth in accordance with the Word and my cognitive understanding, in those moments of distress, when the pain was far too overwhelming, I would say exactly the opposite.
You see what I believed in my heart was no in alignment with the Word because my circumstances contradicted it.
Caroline Leaf talks of lack of integrity. If you say something with your mouth that you don’t really believe, this creates an internal conflict.
Saying you’re healed when deep down you don’t really believe it, is counterproductive.
When there is inner conflict, there is a pressure or stress onto the body’s system, increasing and reinforcing symptoms.
But it is inaccurate and also ineffective in my opinion, to see yourself and speak as though you’re not already healed.
Because you’re believing something that isn’t in line with God’s Word.
NO ONE LIVING IN ZION WILL SAY “I AM ILL”
So how can we align with God’s Word and authentically say ‘let the weak say I am strong’? Joel 3:10 or (when you don’t really believe it).
As I journey chronic illness, I realise that seeing myself the way God sees me irrespective of what my body is saying is the key.
No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”
IN OTHER WORDS, SEEING YOURSELF HEALED HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NATURAL REALM.
Faith for healing isn’t believing God will heal some time in the future. Faith for healing is believing you already are.
WHAT DOES GOD SEE?
When God looks at you he sees you healthy healed and whole. He sees you through the lens of the finished work, the cross.
Christ carried your sickness, but He didn’t arise from the grave with it. He has placed you in Christ, when Christ arose, you arose with Him.
It’s not that you are sick and you need healing, the Truth is that you are healed but living with symptoms.
CREATE A HEALTHY INTERNAL IMAGE
How to you see yourself when you pray for healing? How do you see others when you pray for them?
One of my pet hates is people that take to social media putting photos of themselves in hospital, with tubes, bandages etc on.
This reinforces the image of sickness, now it’s all people see when they pray for them.
We can’t expect victory if the image on the inside is sickness.
SEE YOURSELF HEALED IN CHRIST
I’ve put together 5 pointers or tips to help you see yourself the way God does
1. BIBLE MEDITATION
We do this by meditating on His Word and listening to His voice. We get to know Him and who He is, then we find out who we are.
You will begin to see yourself the way God sees you. He sees you in Christ.
Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
1 John 4:17
The more you do this, the more that image of healing will appear on the inside. Is Jesus living with sickness and disease?
Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing, talks of Pendulation. This is where you bring attention to the bothersome part of your body, then you swing your attention to another, less painful part of your body. You then go back and forth.
In doing this, you’re training your brain to focus on the comfortable parts of our body and thus lessening your attention on the painful or ‘diseased’ parts. This is part of neuroplastic healing.
I have been doing this regularly in order to create new neural pathways in my brain that reinforce a body with no symptoms.
3. GOD’S GRACE
Learn to receive God’s grace in order to do manage your daily living. Even though your body is in pain, you can be confident that God has given you what you need. See THE HEAD NOT THE TAIL: HOW TO OWN YOUR JOURNEY
Just as the Israelites relied on daily mana, we too can rely on the daily grace God gives us.
When our eyes focus on the demands of the day and how we’re not well enough to do them, this increases stress levels as does the sickness mentality.
But when we choose to believe that God graces us to do what is necessary, even if it’s just one tiny step, we focus on living, and not on pain.
4. SUPPORT NETWORK
Surround yourself with people who see you in Christ first and foremost.
If you surround yourself with people who want to rescue you or feel sorry for you, then as comforting as this might be, but it will harm your healing journey in the long run. See WHY NEGATIVE ATTENTION FEELS GOOD BUT HINDERS HEALING
Compassion is necessary but not sufficient. When Jesus healed Jairus’ daughter, he needed to remove those creating the wrong environment first.
How do those in your life see you? Do they see you as someone who is sick or someone who has symptoms? You are not your illness.
5. CHANGE YOUR WORDS
Limit the number of times you talk about it with others. Otherwise people will see you through the lens of sickness at your invitation.
Words have the power to reinforce the very thing you want free from. See LIFE AND DEATH ARE IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE
you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. Pro 6:2
Even non Christian dr’s have started to tell their patients this. Recovery often has to do with creating new pathways in the brain which helps you see yourself well.
Discussing your symptoms, illness etc, will only reinforce the illness and keep it alive.
What do you think about the verse ‘No one living in Zion, will say ‘I am ill’? Does it still frustrate you or do you think you can journey to seeing yourself the way God sees you?
Imagine if everyone who needs healing saw themselves well in their hearts; the difference it would make to their outlook, their prayers and their enjoyment.
Illness would no longer dominate them and they’d really embrace their true identity as a child of God.
I hope this supports you today. Sending you lots of love.
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