The battle you face today is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. Remember God parted the Red Sea, rained manna from Heaven and cleansed the leper.
Our job is to rest.
Joseph Prince uses the analogy of a boxing match. The champion wins the battle and is awarded a trophy. He then goes home and gives the trophy to his wife. He did all the work but she benefits
Jesus suffered on the cross. He did all the ‘battling’ and he gives us the ‘trophy’ of (salvation) and healing.
The battle therefore is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.
The number of people I know who say ‘I’m fighting cancer……I’m battling a serious illness….’
In fact, the way we ‘fight’ in the Bible is by standing our ground and allowing God to fight for us.
As Christians, we don’t fight disease, we fight the good fight of faith.
When we fight the good fight, our eyes are on Jesus and the Word of God. We focus on the light, not the darkness.
THE POWER OF WORDS
In all honesty, even the word ‘fight’ has exhausting connotations. ‘Wrestle…grapple…oppose…challenge…’ Such fighting imagery causes me to feel stressed in my system.
This is likely to release cortisol, or adrenaline into your bloodstream, keeping you in a stressed state, hindering your healing.
I know well meaning Christians telling me ‘Lorna, you need to fight this illness’…’You need to be strong and overcome….’ not realising the stressful impact this has on someone’s physiology.
Words are powerful. See LIFE AND DEATH IS IN THE POWER OF THE TONGUE and what they’re saying isn’t right (in my opinion).
Has anyone said this to you? Then let me tell you ‘You do not need to fight this illness, you need to rest.’ Why? – Because The Battle is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.
What I tend to say (if I have to say anything) is ‘I’m living with discomfort in my body right now….I have symptoms at the moment….I’m on a healing journey…..’
How can you change your words, to those which speak your reality without compromising your health?
IT IS FINISHED
Our position is one of rest
Before Jesus died, the Israelites had to work for blessings. They had to earn them. Even committed Jews today still believe this.
But Jesus (thankfully) has rescued us from all this toil.
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. Heb 4 v 11
The world around us will tell us we’re not healed, or that we’re not good enough or obedient enough.
We then try to be these things causing an unrest in our bodies. We’re striving to be something we already are. We cannot add to the finished work.
I explain this more fully in IS IT ALWAYS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL?
I have come across plenty of people who claim to know that healing cannot be earned, but then they increase the serving in church, or all of a sudden put on their best behaviour.
Unconsciously, they think this will cause God’s hand to move. You do not need to persuade God to heal you. You don’t need to plead in your prayers or beg him. He wants you well more than you do.
The first step to resting is understanding who you are and what Jesus has done for you. This will help you to remember that the battle isn’t yours, but His.
HOW TO LABOUR INTO THE REST
Being in peace is a powerful place. This is what increases our capacity to receive healing.
1. NOTICING GLIMMERS
Often our troubles steal our attention. We think that we have to figure things out, come up with the solution, or spend all day thinking about what’s bothering us.
But the more we think or talk about illness, the more it stays alive. ‘What we resist, persists!’
I’ve learned that the key is to acknowledge the darkness but focus on the light.
My friend and I were sitting on the beach in blackpool. It was August but being England, that’s no guarantee of sunshine. It was really quite cold!
But as I looked at the sea and the horizon, I felt a sense of pleasure. The sea is soothing and calm to me, one of my favourite places.
I heard the seagulls and realised it was one of my favourite sounds. I then could smell the salty seaweed which reminded me of childhood and I couldn’t help but smile.
Was I still freezing? Yes! But I attended to the blessings around me.
You may be suffering right now and perhaps the doctors aren’t hopeful. But there are still glimmers around you.
You’re not just retraining your brain and creating new neural pathways, you’re also learning resilience and regulating your nervous system.
In my experience, particularly with chronic illnesses, the nervous system needs to be regulated in order for our bodies to heal.
2. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH
The Hebrew word ‘lechem’ means both to fight and to feed proving that feeding on the Word of God is how we fight.
This focuses our eyes on things above, on Jesus and His loveliness as well as causing us to increase our faith.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
In order to be in a place of rest, we need peace. We find that by allowing His peace to consume us in the midst of our storm.
Feeding on the Word of God is the pathway to this peace. Be expectant.
He has a word for you, love for you, peace for you, wholeness for you…..all we need do is sit at his feet and savour His Words. Effortless!
It also feeds our faith.
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfil?
We chose to respond to His love by believing that despite our circumstances, His promises remain true.
3. BE OUTCOME INDEPENDENT
Our eyes are on Jesus, not what He can do for us. I’ll be honest, when I was first unwell, I was so desperate for healing, I just couldn’t put God before the healing
Know that if this is where you’re at, that’s ok right now. Just keep on putting one foot in front of the other. God works in you to get you to where you need to be.
Eventually, you’ll distinguish between the love and beauty of who God is from whatever your needs are.
Healing is not the goal. Jesus is the prize. If you keep focusing on His love, you’ll want Him even without healing I promise.
4. BE AWARE OF THOUGHTS
If our job is to ‘labour to enter His rest’, then becoming aware of thoughts that cause unrest is essential.
Those who resist the devil will see him flee.
Thoughts of anger… guilt…bitterness… comparison… jealousy…worry… and so on will steal your peace and dilute your faith.
When we allow them to dominate, we’re engaging in the battle with the wrong weapons.
In the parable of the sower, the cares of this world will stop the Word from working.
The battleground is the mind
Often automatic negative thoughts or our unconscious childhood programming go unchecked as they appear so normal to us.
If the Battle you’re facing isn’t yours, it’s The Lord’s, then our job is to learn how to receive through faith.
6. LISTEN TO THE HOLY SPIRIT
One of the reasons, I believe, that healing is so difficult to teach, is that everyone’s journey is so unique.
What God says to me, is not the same as what He may be saying to you.
When we develop our own walk with the Lord, we hear His voice. He shows us the next step on our journey.
I know people who think screening people for ‘hindrances’ is what they’re called to do. But this isn’t from God.
I can think of one person in particular, who screens me every time I speak with her. I am being continually analysed for flaws.
She likes to highlight what needs to change, what needs to be fixed or what isn’t good enough.
I know whenever I’m with her, that this isn’t Spirit led. I know that, in my walk with God, he tells me what I need to know today.
He doesn’t give me a long list of things of things to sort out and change. This would create an overwhelm and unrest in my system.
The best thing you can do is hear what God is saying to you Himself. This way you’ll not be swayed or stressed out by those around you.
You are the expert on you and you are the expert on what God is saying to you about your journey.
What do you feel the Holy Spirit is saying to you today?
Just think the difference it would make to your healing journey if you remained in a place of peace amidst your storm.
God has given what you need in this battle. We have the sword of the Spirit and the shield of faith.
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.” 2 Cor 10:4.
We are more than conquerors. Jesus has already fought and won against the enemy and now He hands over the provision of healing to us. The battle isn’t yours, it’s the Lord’s. We may only be still and know that He is God.
May this support you today.
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