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Unbelief is so powerful it was involved with Jesus' ability to heal. That sounds like heresy but let's look at the Bible. We read in Mark 5 about Jairus coming to Jesus to heal his daughter and although she died before they got to her, when the report came that she was dead, Jesus told him, “Do not be afraid; only believe” (v. 36). Why did it matter what Jairus thought or believed?
When they did arrive at the house and He told the mourners that the girl wasn't dead, but just asleep, they laughed and jeered at Him, obvious signs that they certainly did not believe what He said. Jesus put them all out of the house and then had the parents and the three disciples that He had brought with Him go into the girl, and as you know Jesus brought her back to life. Then "He strictly commanded and warned them that no one should know this" (v. 43). If Jairus' believing had a role to play in this miracle, wouldn't it be likely that the doubt and unbelief of the naysayers could affect the situation?
Surely you've had a time in life when you had so much hope and belief in doing something that you wanted to tell the world, but instead of people sharing your dream and belief that it could be done, they gave you all the negative reasons it wouldn't work. How did that make you feel? It's not hard to steal belief from a person's heart, so we must guard our hearts and use wisdom about who to share with.
I'm sure many of you have heard of people prayed for and they instantly noticed a difference in the situation or the problem was totally gone, and yet the next day or days later things were the same as they'd been before. The devil will heartily fight against people receiving healing because he knows that as long as people are not healed, they can still wonder if God really loves them. "The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy us" (John 10:10).
How often I myself have allowed unbelief and doubt to enter in after receiving prayer and healing. It was obvious that I had been healed because all symptoms were gone, but I was in such shock (because I didn't really believe that I would be healed), so I myself let my healing ebb away by not standing and enforcing the victory. Most of us feel unworthy of God's best since we've had so much preached into our hearts about us being sinners.
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The Sweet Nectar Of Our Lord's Love
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I have learned the truth that Jesus healed all of my diseases on the Cross (Ps. 103:3). Isaiah prophesied that "by His stripes we are healed" (Is. 53:5), but when it comes to being totally free of symptoms of long-term diseases, it's a level up on applying faith. It doesn't mean it's not possible, it just means I have to renew my mind to the truth which takes time. Heb. 6:12 says, "Through faith and patience we inherit the promises of God." We have the faith of Jesus inside of us (Gal. 2:20) so it's not a matter of possibility, it's a matter of belief.
God has already done it all and it's sitting in a beautiful huge gift box for us, but we have to receive it. Most of the Bible teaching I've had over the years of being a Believer has programmed my mind differently and that programming needs to be renewed. God didn't tell us to renew our minds if it wasn't possible (Rom. 12:2). It would be grand if we could just ask God for healing and zap, it happens. It was easier when Jesus walked the earth. People saw Him healing multitudes of people, so faith was high.
But Jesus said, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" (Mark 11:24). Belief is a huge part of all the blessings of God that have been deposited into our spirits. God is spirit so everything comes in spirit form. It involves our minds to believe and receive to reach down into our spirit and draw forth that which God has already given us. [Read: Healing, Why Does It Take So Long?]
I know it sounds like heresy for those of us who have been trained otherwise. Another account of Jesus not being able to do any "works of power" was in his own country. Carefully read these Scriptures in Mark 6:1-6: "Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue [the one He would've attended for many years]. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, 'Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?' So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.' Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief."
Jesus was used to all the sick being healed everywhere He went other than in His hometown where He could only heal "a few" sick people. They were offended at Him, rather than realizing that He was the Messiah, the Christ they had been looking for. Familiarity is a hindrance. A few people believed and were healed, but there were no 'mighty works' done there.
Doubt and unbelief can spread quickly which is a great reason for not telling people what is going on when you're sick. Every time you recount the details or symptoms you reinforce to your mind that this is the way your body is and you will surely get a different opinion of what needs to be done from each person you speak to. We should be speaking healing over our bodies as we see ourselves whole and healthy again. What we think on becomes stronger in our flesh. [Read: 75-98% of Mental & Physical Illnesses Come From Thought Life]
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Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind
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We get the fruit of whatsoever we speak. When you wake up in the morning and remember something that went wrong yesterday, you begin to magnify that event and it will grow and grow with more thoughts and make your day absolutely miserable!
Our last thoughts of our day as we lie in bed at night are especially powerful. We should never go to sleep reviewing all the things that are wrong with our lives. Whatever you fall asleep thinking about will become magnified by morning. We need to meditate on the Word as our bodies and mind prepare for sleep.
Could this be a reason there is such an epidemic of insomnia? What about depression? If we think negative all day long, how could we be anything but depressed? A more recent description of that is to have a "chemical imbalance." Well, of course there would be an imbalance of chemicals. Our thoughts produce proteins in the brain and neurotransmitters (chemicals) are created. Our thoughts determine what chemicals are made that will flood our minds and bodies.
You can't speak something without thinking about it first and that was part of God's design. Consider 2 Cor. 10:5: "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." The Word was made flesh. Making our thoughts obedient to Christ means that they line up with God's Word, not our feelings or emotions. We can determine and choose how to feel if we take our thoughts captive.
How would your life change if you changed your thoughts and what you speak? Do you speak blessings over yourself and your loved ones, or are you continually cursing them by speaking forth what they are, rather than what you want them to become? A blessing was of major importance in Bible times.
God "has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ" (Eph. 1:3). We may have had a horrible childhood with words that still sear our hearts, but Christ bore that on the Cross for you. We are a new creation. We can let go of the past by renewing our minds. Choose to receive His healing in that area by meditating on the Truth in the Word about you until it goes from your head to your heart where it will produce life. You've meditated on the negative words for many years, but you can erase and re-record. It takes time, so don't give up!
Look at yourself in the mirror and speak over yourself what you are in Christ. What the world thinks of you is no longer important. You have an Almighty God as Father and He delights in you! Begin blessing others throughout each day! It will become a wonderful new habit!
When the physical realm isn't lining up with what we read in the Bible, we do not need to doubt the Word of God to be untrue, but need to consider that our understanding is darkened and seek His face for revelation of the Scriptures. If something isn't happening (being seen) in our lives, should we blame God? The God Who IS love? (I John 4:8) "He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans 8:32)
Are you willing to be led by the Spirit rather than your mind?
Healing, Why Does It Take So Long?
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