Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases;Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.
Imagine you are in the ocean and a strong undercurrent comes and sweeps you under. You try with all your might to get to the surface but the undercurrent keeps coming. If you could get just one breath, you could keep going. The undercurrent continues to come, it feels like you are going to drown, and soon you feel like these will be your last breaths; you will soon die. This is not the dream you envisioned for yourself or your family. You cannot support them and help them to cope with the possibility of you not being there in the next few years. You don’t tell others about your true plight out of shame. You have heard the miraculous stories of others being healed and are frustrated that regardless of how hard you pray, you are not healed and at times worse. You begin to question if God really is up there and if He really wants you to die. You stop praying and become angry at God that you are not healed. You draw from your own wisdom rather than drawing to others in the Body and soon you shut down all opportunities for Godly fellowship. The sickness worsens, the medical visits and bills escalate, and the family harmony disintegrates. The family system is bound down financially, emotionally, and physically to the sickness. The sickness is now ruling the family system by consuming sizeable amounts of emotional time, financial resources, and fruitfulness in the home. This sickness led system is not the work of our Lord but instead the work of his darkness, Satan. Satan uses sickness cleverly to steal, kill, and destroy the fabric of many individuals and families lives. What better way to put someone through the wringer and challenge the family system dynamic than a life threatening illness that even doctors do not believe can be cured?
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. John 10:10-11
One bright, winter morning we ventured to a weekend Healing Center (Prayer Ministry specific to medical illnesses) for prayer of the sickness destroying the fabric of our home. The medical doctor had given the “I don’t know what else to do” speech and it would literally take a miracle to undo what the imaging showed. We prayed, received God’s promises, and homework on Kingdom healing. It wasn’t noticeable overnight but within six months or so, the weight began to return, the life began to return, and God’s Healing was showing. Fast forward to a year later and trust in Abba has been restored, active participation in prayer including community prayer has been restored, fellowship within the Body of Christ has been restored, and participation in Ministry outside of weekly worship has been established.
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13
God’s plan is that what exists in heaven will exist on earth as well. God’s plan is that we be whole and not bound to sickness. God is the author of healing not sickness. God promises every Believer the same Kingdom healing Jesus Christ displayed in the Gospels. But there are some requirements of the Believer, for that Kingdom healing to be enacted: confession/repentance of sin (1 John 1:9, James 5:16), forgiveness of self and others (Mark 11:24-25), believing faith (Mark 11:24-25, 2 Corinthians 5:7), and agreeing faith (Matthew 18:19-20). Jesus Christ was a walking Healing Ministry and example to us of what every Believer is capable of receiving and extending to other Believers. He commissioned each of us as Believers to do the same healing work.
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. John 14:12
These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover. Mark 16:17-18
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your power demonstrated through Yeshua in the Gospels. Thank you for adopting us into your family, as your sons and daughters. Thank you for your miraculous heritage and saving grace. Work through us Lord in setting the Body of Christ free from all chains of sickness of the mind, the physical body, the emotions, and the spirit. In the Name and Blood of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we pray. Amen