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Throw Off Your Identity…and Be Healed

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I spend a lot of time studying healing these days. It’s something that weighs heavily on my heart. I look around me and see so many people suffering. Diabetes. High Cholesterol. High Blood Pressure. Vitamin Deficiencies. Wounded Marriages. Sexual Diseases. Back Pain. Stomach Pain. And the list goes on….. And it’s heart wrenching.

Many of the people living with one or more situations are believers. They’ve read that God heals the sick. Shoot, Jesus raised the dead! So it’s not that they don’t believe that God can, but usually they question whether God WILL. Will God do it for them?

Here’s what I’ve discovered.  There is a difference between what I term “head faith” and “heart faith” Head faith is when you read what you’re believing for in the Word and you know it’s possible. Heart faith, is when you believe without a doubt, and you know, that you know, that you know, that what you are believing for is happening. Even if you do not see it. For example, the Word of God tells us that by Jesus’ stripes we are healed. We read it. We believe that God’s word is true. And, so, in our heads we have the faith to believe that. But when we have a situation, if our belief has not been rooted in our hearts, we will find that we may think God won’t do it for us.

The only way, to make sure that this is not your situation, is to stay in the word of God until you know without a doubt that what you’ve read applies to you as well as everyone else who reads it. And you have to know that in spite of what you may be feeling. You have to know that your marriage is healed in spite of how ridiculous your spouse maybe acting. You have to know that you can be cured from diabetes, even if the medical professionals say it’s impossible. You have to know that you don’t have to accept a sexually transmitted disease, just because you slept around and the doctors say you’ll have it for life. You have to know that you don’t have to suffer from baldness because it’s in your genes.

I encourage you to read the story of Bartimaeus. You find him in the Gospels, Matthew 20-29-34, Luke 18:35-43; and Mark 10:46-52

46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.

47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.

49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; He calleth thee.

50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.

51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.

52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.

There’s a lot here! Bartimaeus was blind, but his ears still worked! And when he heard that Jesus was there, he started crying out to Him. He referenced Jesus as the Son of David. He knew that Jesus was the Messiah. Which means he knew Jesus was the answer to his need.

The crowd told him to be quiet. The same way people may tell you to be quiet. “Girl, hush, that’s just old age.” “Pssh, everyone loses their site as they get old.” “Why are you stayin’ with that man? After how he treated you? I’d be out.” “Diabetes runs in our family. Everybody will get it.” “Sorry you have herpes. That’s what you get for sleeping around.” Ever have that kind of noise playing in your background? Take a page out of Bartimaeus’ book. When the crowd told him to be hold his peace, the Word of God says he cried out even louder! He asked for mercy.

And his call to Jesus, stopped Jesus in His tracks (v.49) It says Jesus stood still. And He commanded that Bartimaeus be brought to Him. Which is so interesting, because it sounds like the same people who told him to be quiet, were now telling him to be comforted and go to Jesus. Those who once weren’t on his side are now on his side. Hmmm…

Now, check this out. Before Bartimaeus walks to Jesus, He does something HUGE. He cast away his garment. In those days, people were defined by their garments. It was part of their identity. His garment identified him as a blind beggar. Notice that he threw away the identity he no longer wanted BEFORE he went to Jesus. He knew beyond any doubt, that he was in the midst of the Healer. And he had the faith to believe that he was healed. 

Jesus asked him what he wanted and he asked for his eyesight. And Jesus told him that because of his faith, he was now whole. And immediately, he received his sight and followed Jesus.

This is how we should be. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). Check out my blog post on Now Faith Is…  Bartimaeus is an example to us. We need to believe with unshakable faith, that the thing we cannot see, is the exact thing we can have. (As long as what we’re asking for is in God’s Will. And when we spend time in His Word, we learn His Will.)

 

Be Blessed And Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

– I am not a preacher, minister, or evangelist.  I’m just a woman who has a heart for God

Manifestation: Waiting or Enjoying?

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For years, I’ve been aware of the power of words and I’m very cognizant of the words I speak. For example, when it comes to healing. I do my best to only speak what I desire, and not what I feel. I’ll be honest and say that I sometimes fail in this area. Which is why staying in the Word is so important. I’ve recently had my fair share of doctor’s visits and I’ll share what I discovered about me. Maybe you can relate to some part of my experience. The things the doctor said that I felt I could handle, like taking an iron supplement daily, I accepted without question. I didn’t ask God to regulate my blood so the iron pills weren’t necessary. BUT, when a scan showed something with my heart… well, now that was something I wanted to talk to God about. (Cry to God was more like it.) But in the midst of what I was going through, I always remembered to be mindful of my words.

This brings me to the point of this blog. I was mindful of my words, but I didn’t know what to say. How do you explain what’s going on with you in the natural to a loved one who’s concerned about you? Or to a doctor who needs to know your history? How do you bring them up to speed without speaking life into the very thing you don’t want to acknowledge? My way of speaking was to say, “I know God has healed me. And I’m waiting on the manifestation of that healing.” But that declaration felt “off”. If the Bible says I’m healed then what am I waiting on? I still experienced symptoms and I wasn’t denying what I saw or heard or felt. What I was denying was it’s right over me. There is no sickness or disease or illness, that is more powerful than my God.

Recently, I was listening to a sermon and the minister gave me my answer. He said it always bothered him when people said they were waiting on the manifestation of (fill in the blank). Because to him, it sounded like people were really hoping that God was going to do what they believed God was going to do, but there was a smidgen of doubt. He said he would much rather hear them say a word other than waiting. This really resonated within me and I talked to God about it, and the word that came to me was “enjoying”. Instead of saying I was waiting on the manifestation of healing, I began to say I am enjoying the manifestation of healing. This may seem like a small thing. But when you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

If you are waiting on manifestation then you are saying that you believe this is something that will happen later on. That currently you are not experiencing manifestation. However, when you say that you are enjoying manifestation, what you are really saying is that you are enjoying manifestation in that moment. So, even if you cannot see what you are believing is manifesting, you are still believing that it is happening rather than believing that it will one day happen.

I encourage you to really think about this. Think about the promises that God gives us in His Word.

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

  • I am not a preacher, minister, evangelist, etc. I’m just a woman who has a heart for God.

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The Prayer Of Faith Saves The Sick

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13  Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14  Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15  and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him. 16  Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working. –  James 5:13-16 (ASV)

This passage of Scripture is speaking to believers in Christ. God’s Word says that if any of us are sick, we can call for the elders of the church and the elders can pray over us. I believe that there are times where what you’re dealing with could be a little too much for you to handle on your own. Maybe satan is attacking your mind and causing you to doubt that healing is possible. In that case, reach out to an elder, someone who can pray for you. It may not be someone who is actually in your church. I see “church” as being the church universal. The body of believers. And let that person pray over you. When you are anointed with oil, there isn’t actually power in the oil. It’s symbolic. The power is in the prayer of faith (v.15). And it’s not just any prayer. It’s a prayer of faith. A prayer that believes that you are healed. And the response to that prayer of faith is “the Lord shall raise him up”. Shall is defined by Webster as “used to give a command or say that you will or will not allow something to happen. Used to say that something is expected to happen in the future.”  When the Word says the Lord shall raise him up, the Word is giving a command that it will happen. You can believe what is written because God tells us in Numbers 23:19-20:

19  God is not a man, that he should lie, Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and will he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and will he not make it good? 20  Behold, I have received commandment to bless: And he hath blessed, and I cannot reverse it. – Numbers 23:19-20 (ASV)

That’s a huge statement! And a blessing! The only way the blessing in His Word isn’t manifested in your life is if you don’t believe it. If you believe the curse more than the blessing. If you believe the pain you’re experiencing, more than you believe that you’ve been healed.  Do yourself a favor, and by faith, accept that His Word is true.

James 5 also discusses the relationship of sin and sickness. Not every sickness is a result of sin. But clearly, based on James 5:15, we see that there are times where sin is at the root. In these cases, we are told that our sins are forgiven. James 5:16 tells us to confess our sins to each other. Not because we have the power to forgive each other. Only God can forgive us of our sins. I believe this is teaching us two things. 1) don’t be held captive to our sin and allow the guilt of our sin to stall our healing and 2) humble ourselves, be honest about our sin, and stop doing it. If we live in guilt and condemnation, we may feel we deserve the sickness and speak contrary to the healing God is ready to give us. And if we persist in our sin, then we may stand in the way of our own healing because we’re blocking our healing.

Be Blessed and Have a Fantastic Day!

Monica

  • I am not a preacher, minister, evangelist, etc. I’m just a woman who has a heart for God.

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