Miracles happen every day, especially in the realm of healing.
If you Google miraculous healing not only does it return thousands of results in seconds, but one that caught my eye was a faith-based post about Stage IV cancer healed.
I encourage you to read that story for yourself, however, there were some key concepts I feel compelled to highlight as I am always telling the Church to PARTICIPATE IN THEIR HEALING!
The more that I grow as a person, is the more I become aware of the words I say, AND the words said around me. We will never accomplish anything great if we are constantly telling ourselves how hopeless the situation is, and how helpless we are to fix it.
This quote from the article linked above summarizes it all:
“But Shirley refused to give into fear. Instead, she and Mark decided to live by faith and speak not a single word of doubt.”
Belief + Faith + Action = Healing.
What we believe is easily revealed in our words:
- My friend X tried it and said it was not worth it.
- So many who try, end up failing
- It is too hard.
- It is too far.
- I can’t do it
- I’m broke.
- I don’t have any friends.
- My friends won’t help me.
- I am not qualified.
- I am over qualified.
- I tried before and failed.
- I will never get this right.
Honestly, I could go on and on. I have said them all, and I have heard them all. Success for people with this conversation will see the path to success as one filled with land mines waiting to kill them. One wrong step and KABOOM! No wonder the percentage of successful people is so low, and the percentage of those wishing for success is so high. Success seems like an unattainable goal that even trying to pursue it is a waste of time.
Whenever negativity pours from your face-hole, behind it is a negative, limiting belief. If you – Mr. or Ms. Christian hear yourself spouting this garbage in the future, check your belief. You will probably be 100% correct if your belief is in yourself. However, Christians believe in an Almighty God, creator of the Universe.
Since most of the people you say these things to are on the same page with you, you will get the head nods and the agreement. Now you have a two, or three gathered in agreement to a negative, limiting belief. HUH? Let me remind you what the Bible suggests instead –
Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
I suggest you clean up the crowd you hang with and exchange them for other Christians of faith, instead of hanging with a faithless crowd all agreeing to the hopelessness and helplessness of a situation.
You may need to follow the example of Peter in Acts 9:40
“But Peter sent them all out and knelt down and prayed, and turning to the body, he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.”
Peter removed the faithless from the room. Negative energy will steal the faith from the room.
While belief influences faith. Faith moves people to action.
Now, faith is different from hope. Faith has substance, while hope has none. Hope carries and element of potential failure with it. Hoping to be healed is not the same as expecting to be healed.
Participating in your healing is taking action toward improved health. This participation first starts with a belief in God’s ability to heal, in addition to your belief in His willingness to heal.Your belief is all on you and your belief will show up in your actions. When you believe in God, you will pray and ask for that healing then expect to receive it.
Some will not be healed because they did not ask, did not believe even after they asked, and believe it or not – some do not want to be healed.
My mother told me and further documented in her living will that should anything happen to her, that she did not want to be resuscitated, or put on life support. She has lived a good life and if the Lord calls, she is willing and ready to go. Now, in my selfishness, I told her, if I am around I will resuscitate her and I will pray for her healing. She pointed out my selfishness that to do so was to only think about what I wanted and to discount her wish. Considering she is a Pastor’s wife, I now believe that even if the entire congregation prayed for her healing, God would not heal her. It is not a question of our lack of faith, but His choosing to answer her prayer to come home.
Then, there is the matter of asking others to pray.
Facebook is full of these public requests for healing prayers. There are so many hurting people in the world, those of us who pray in faith would be overwhelmed to respond to them all. What is even harder to digest is, some we pray for will go right back to the activity that put them in pain. The drug addict will return to drug use, the alcoholic, the diabetic returns to sugar, and so on. They are not prepared to participate in the healing they are begging us to pray for.
Tapping into the faith of others is a good strategy that the Bible encourages. However, there are many examples where faith in action is what delivered healing.
The woman with the issue of blood decided Jesus could heal her and moved through the crowd to touch him. Jesus responded:
Matthew 9:22 “Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.”
The Roman Centurian asked Jesus to heal his servant, but then did not need Jesus to actually touch the man, sure that upon saying it was to be, that it would be done.
Matthew 8:10 “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.”
The man who was blind and called out to Jesus to heal him,
Matthew 9:29 “Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”
Matthew 9:29 is the most gripping of all these verses – because our healing is very much tied to our faith and faith is not the same as wishful hoping, which some think is a demonstration of faith. “I hope God will heal me”, “I pray God will heal me” and other such religious talk may seem to be a declaration of faith but if their healing was dependent on that level of faith, they are likely to remain exactly in their state.
Thank God for His mercy. He never gives us what we deserve. Many have received healing they did not deserve or ask for. However, God saw it fit to use that experience to His glory. We never know the mind of God, all we can do is walk in His will for our lives. We can also relax in the promise of Romans 8:28
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,[a] for those who are called according to his purpose.”
All things – even illness, injury and pain. Someone who loves you may be counting on your healing. You should be among those counting on it too.
PARTICIPATE IN YOUR HEALING!
- Some do not want to be healed – ready to go home to the Lord.
- Some do not believe in healing, your prayers will collide with their wall of disbelief.
- Some wish for healing – because it is a nice thought that they don’t believe will happen for them.
- Some want to heal but do not believe God is willing.
- Some want to heal but hope the faith of OTHERS will bring it their way.
- Some expect to be healed and move accordingly as demonstrated in their belief, faith, words, and actions.
Which will you be?
- Participate in YOUR Healing.
- Not sick? Participate in Your CONTINUES WELLNESS! Then work toward enjoying premium health.
- Love yourself AS YOU ARE RIGHT NOW, and love yourself so much that you love yourself right back into premium health because you deserve it.
- Need help with finding yourself again? Connect with me for strategies to start self-loving yourself back to premium health.
- See the value in leading your group/congregation to avoid a family breakup over weight gain by the better care of their Temple? Connect with me for strategies to implement a faith-based fitness program without needing industry certifications.