Thy Word Is Life


A STORY OF HEALING

About six weeks ago, I was researching scripture concerning healing. I've had severe allergies and asthma for the past few years and was on prednisone for eleven months.  I followed practical advice from a believer and had received some healing, though not complete. However, this was not the purpose of my research.
A fellow believer was on my heart as well as my husband and I sooo wanted to do something more to see their healing come to pass. I sought advice from a believer who has experience in healing, who's also a dear friend. He gave some great reading material that applied to this situation. I didn't want to eat and I didn't want to sleep. All I wanted was to see sick people healed and hurting people comforted.
I went to bed one night praying fervently on behalf of my sister in Christ. My heart ached for her. I was furious with our adversary for his attacks on those that I LOVE! I cried until I finally fell asleep with a heavy heart. I had a dream around 2am that was so vivid at the time. I don't recall much of it now but as I was trying to wake myself up, I was yelling (in my dream of course). I was confronting our adversary with these words that I remember quite clearly, "You have no authority, no dominion, no power over the believer! You will leave now!!! In the name of Jesus Christ, you are healed!!!" As I fully awakened I was stunned by such a powerful and emotional dream. It was a collection of all that I already knew, all that had sank into the depths of my heart while focusing on God and studying the Word continuously over the previous days. I laughed to myself, and thought, "I wonder if she's no longer sick and this is God's way of telling me." Well, that wasn't the case but I still haven't and WON'T give up.
However in my focus on God and on others, I had neglected to take care of my own medical needs for three days. I hadn't taken my asthma medication, my inhalers or my allergy nasal sprays in three days. I explained the situation to my allergist and he fully agreed that I should try to go without the medication since I had been asymptomatic without it. I certainly don't encourage anyone to intentionally skip their medications. Necessary medication and medical treatment, is  one of the many ways God can bring healing to pass. God did give me a brain and expects me to use it, along with the medical resources, by which He has blessed me. However, God turned my honest mistake into something good, as He so often does. It's been six weeks now that I haven't needed my allergy medication. I still have a strong allergy to smoke and dust, but the seasonal allergies and asthma symptoms are gone.
I said all that to say this: It was in giving that I received. As we focus on serving and giving to others, GOD meets our needs. We truly do not have to worry over what we will eat, when we will sleep, where we will live, how we will survive; because God takes care of those things as we trust in Him as our sufficiency. Our focus is on giving and in our giving, we will receive.


UPDATE

It has been twelve months since my allergist discontinued my use of Prednisone, and although some of my allergies remain, I continue to have no asthma signs or symptoms, and have been happily prednisone-free for a year now.  My beloved Sister in Christ, for whom I shared great concern, continues to be an example to me of love, meekness & humility. She has lived far longer than her initial prognosis. Our life on this earth, is but a moment in time, from an eternal perspective. I've learned a valuable practical truth. Our healing is for the purpose of enabling fellowship with God, not the other way around.

My son, attend to my words. Incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes. Keep them in the midst of thine heart
22 For they are life unto those that find them and health to all their flesh.


And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith ['pistes' = believing] in God.
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain
Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea;
and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things
which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray,
believe [pisteuo - hold the Word in mind and act accordingly]
that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not,
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns;
yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
We are far more important to God than the birds of the air.
As we trust our Father, we have no worries. He is our sufficiency. And
John 10:10 KJV

  1. I trust in God wherever I may be,
    Upon the land, or on the rolling sea,
    For come what may, from day to day,
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.
    • Refrain:
      I trust in God, I know He cares for me;
      On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
      Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
      My heav’nly Father watches over me.
  2. He makes the rose an object of His care,
    He guides the eagle through the pathless air,
    And surely He remembers me;
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.
  3. I trust in God, for, in the lion’s den,
    On battlefield, or in the prison pen,
    Through praise or blame, through flood or flame,
    My heav’nly Father watches over me.
  4. The valley may be dark, the shadows deep,
    But, oh, the Shepherd guards His lonely sheep;
    And through the gloom He’ll lead me home,
    My heavenly Father watches over me.
    William C. Martin - Published in 1910 Public Domain Charles H. Gabriel

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