What if you have a really BIG need for healing? Do you dare ask for a miracle?
God can do it, with both hands tied behind His back
I have a friend who is
handicapped from an injury, and has been this way since his youth.
He has married, raised children and held down a job, and he
certainly knows the Bible backwards and forwards.
It occurred to me
tonight that with my insistence on healing being possible no matter what
is wrong, that some people might be hurt or take offense at my position.
I thought about what
would be required to be healed of such a complete paralysis, and I could
clearly see that on the one hand, it would be a BIG deal, a really HUGE
miracle. Yet on the other,
it wouldn’t be anything at all. God
could heal that spinal cord and rejuvenate atrophied muscles with His
"eyes" closed and with both "hands" tied behind His
He can cancel out every
virus cell in people who have aids, wipe out fibromyalgia and cancer,
restore and straighten twisted bones and withered limbs.
There is no mental health problem, or wound that any human being
has ever suffered that He cannot cure, and none that He didn’t cover
with the scripture “By His stripes we are healed”.
But in a practical
application, for our day-to-day lives, we ask how can we make healing a
reality for ourselves, and our loved ones?
We want help, and we want answers, we desperately need to
believe. As the man
answered when Jesus asked him “do you believe that I can do this?”
---- “Yea Lord, I believe, but help me in my unbelief.”
I know from experience
that every single healing we’ve ever gotten came across in a different
way, and at a different time. Some
were quick, immediate, as soon as we prayed, and others took weeks or
I believe it was so
that God could show me His diversity and have me tell YOU that you
should pray and turn it over to God and let HIM decide HOW and WHEN it
is going to come.
If we believe we’ll
be healed in a day, by messenger angels or in a flash of light, we could
be standing at one window of our soul (so to speak) waiting for a light,
and the healing could be at the back door knocking and needing to be let
in by a different method.
Perhaps there are
obstacles of wrong thinking or unforgiveness that need to be cleared out
and in order to get this done, we have to hear God’s Spirit speaking
to us. Would we even listen
if we thought we knew every detail of how our help was coming?
In my own case, I have
a handicapped son, who has received miracle after miracle.
Yet he remains what you’d call “handicapped”.
As I look back over the
different stages of our history together in my family, I see that I came
thru a journey of bitterness and questioning “why me?”
I also quickly, almost overnight, identified myself with Chris’
handicap. I wasn’t Lisa
anymore, I was the mother of a handicapped child, and the mother of a
hyperactive child, (as Matt came along) and in each stage, I identified
myself according to my problems and the things that were defeating me.
Yes, I had faith, and I
saw MANY miracles happening, but I wasn’t functioning spiritually all
on the same level. Perhaps you can relate to this.
Parts of me had no
trouble believing in getting what we asked for, but parts of me were
locked in self-pity and floundered for identity.
The search for identity that is probably common to all people as
they mature and go through their life cycle.
I was married and
having babies before I even understood love.
I didn’t understand fidelity, or sacrifice.
I had many lessons to learn and it was a long, painful road.
Anything that I COULD
believe for, I was given. I
was also given much support and coaxing from God and everyone He sent my
way through the years, or I wouldn’t be here today writing this to
I certainly will tell
you that I believe with all my heart that all requests should be given
to God and that He can and WILL heal every one.
Yet at the same time I know that some problems we have brought on
ourselves and must learn from. Some
are likely what we “contracted” with God to go through before we
came here, although I don’t think that’s scriptural.
That’s just my feeling, based on knowing how well He has laid
out our lives for us, and placed help at every corner, long before we
were born, it was arranged and put into place.
I know that Paul asked
for a healing and God told him that His grace was sufficient for Paul at
the time. I take that story
to mean that because Paul was so very down on himself for having
persecuted Jesus, that he needed a tangible punishment, something to
remind him to keep pressing on, and that he was earning favor with God.
Something similar to
how after confession a Catholic priest might tell a person to do X
number of prayers of this kind and perhaps some good deeds.
Not because the person wasn’t forgiven the moment he asked, but
because our human nature needs something to help us mark our place in
our history. Something like a landmark, that we can look back on when the
devil (or our imaginations) say that we aren’t forgiven, and we can
say “No, you’re wrong, I asked for it there, on this date, and I did
this and that, and I KNOW I was forgiven.”
As we get more mature
and read the Bible more, we can understand that this forgiveness
doesn’t require the penance, but it is a handy tool for a wounded soul
who is hurting from the wrong they’ve done.
It’s very hard to
forgive ourselves. Can you
image how Paul felt? If you
can recall a time in your life that you did something totally
reprehensible that you have tried so hard to forget, but the image just
keeps coming back into your mind…perhaps you can understand how Paul
probably kept seeing men, women, children all innocent of any
wrongdoing, falling by his hands and by his orders. Their lives snuffed out in his zeal to do the will of
“God”. I can imagine
that he watched young eyes close, their tear streaked faces buried in
their mother’s dress, as the lions satisfied their hunger on them, or
the soldiers thrusting their spears through their bodies.
Is it so hard then to
understand why God would have compassion on us, and allow us to keep a
problem in order to move past an event in our lives?
But if we are truly
done with that lesson, ready to move on, then why would He NOT grant the
So the words, - to work
out our salvation with fear and trembling, - and to walk out our
healings in love and good works, mean simply to turn it over to Him, but
go on with our learning and submitting to Him, so that we can mature and
move past the need for the illness or the problem.
Let HIM decide the time
and the method of relief, but know for CERTAIN that it is coming.
This is really the crux of faith.
To suspend your disbelief in healing, while you suspend your
belief in time frames and what popular opinion is.
If everyone on earth
says there is no cure for something, know that everyone on earth is a
liar or is misinformed. GOD
has the cure. We allow our family, friends, professionals such as doctors
and professors, to convince us of the negative and the failures.
We should be convincing THEM of God’s backwards kingdom where
the IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE.
He said just ASK in His
name (Jesus), call for the elders of the church to anoint you with oil
and pray over you. (Another “tool” for our faith.)
He said to stand on a promise in His name, agree on it with one
or more people, and to put your energy into praise and thanksgiving.
There is joy and power, strength and healing in those two things,
and the Bible says our joy in the Lord is our strength.
Who doesn’t want or
need more strength? Who
wouldn’t take more power if offered?
To get more energy,
pray for others and become compassionate about the people around you.
Seek to know God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit on a personal
To have more energy,
USE more energy. It’s a
strange thing and it doesn’t follow the known laws of the planet, but
everything in God’s kingdom works precisely backwards.
If you are empty, GIVE
out. If you are broke, give
something of yourself or what you have.
If you think you have nothing, then give your time or your
prayers, or your love.
Give a Bible verse.
Make every day a grand celebration of life and of GIVING.
In His name.
Always, do all things in the name of Jesus and for His glory. The rewards will be eternal and unbelievable.
When you give you receive, THAT is a law of the universe, and it
comes back to you multiplied.
That’s why you must
forgive others, and stop speaking condemnation.
When we give love, or a prayer for a healing, we’re really
saying “I agree with God, and I give this healing to you in His
name.” We pass the
blessing on by our love. We
STOP the blessings and the healing when we bring up something the person
has done wrong, or when we refuse to forgive.
Elsewhere on this site
I mentioned that all negative, unpleasant speech about someone is a hate
message cloaked in self-righteousness.
The universe isn’t fooled.
What you think is going to happen, (punishment on the person for
what they’ve done) actually comes upon YOUR head.
God has forgiven and
blessed this person you’re slandering, so when you point your finger,
you know the old saying – there are 4 others pointing back at you!
It would be like going
to court to testify against a man, but while you’re on the stand, the
defense attorney brings out a list of all the things you’ve done wrong
and been arrested for. As he reads off the list, the jury becomes less and less
likely to believe a word you are saying, because you are dirtier than
the person you’re trying to put in prison.
It would be much better
to keep quiet or only speak good and love in truth, and if someone DOES
do some little thing wrong, to not bring it up.
By forgiving and getting on with the blessings, you make the
world a little better place.
(If you are called to
court to testify, DO tell the truth, but don’t SEEK to harm or punish
someone for what they’ve done.) All
things come around and if you’ve done that, one day you’ll stand in
that same spot and feel what it is like.
Have mercy on yourself now and learn to stop calling punishment
down on your head.
So what would I tell my
friend about seeking a healing? I
would tell him to examine his heart and see if he really wanted to be
healed. If the answer is
yes, then I’d ask God to show me any areas of my life that this
infirmity was serving, and if I was ready to move on past it now.
Then I’d let go of it. Stop
speaking of the problem, but claim the healing as if it had already
Make it a reality
verbally and in your imagination. See
it, live it, make yourself comfortable with the “feel and smell, and
taste” of the new reality you want.
If you can hold the
image in your mind, with confidence that God is bringing it, then you
will have it.
Sometimes people hold
onto illness because it is profitable.
It can be profitable for our emotional handicaps, and social
immaturity. We use them as a crutch in society. It can also be profitable financially, if your living has
been coming from a government check.
Are you really willing
to step out in faith that God will support you in some other way?
You see all the WORK of healing takes place inside of us. To God it is but a thought, a loving thought that expresses
“Of COURSE I want you to be healed.”
To us, we have to adapt
and change, learn and grow. God
doesn’t usually ask us to change so suddenly.
When tragedy strikes and we ARE suddenly plunged into new
realities, we call that the work of the enemy.
All I know with
confidence is that we are all connected, and that we are a part of Him,
breath, substance, heart and soul.
To love your neighbor
IS to love yourself. Hate
is only fear of not fitting in, not being accepted, not being loved.
With God, you are loved and accepted right this very minute in
whatever state you stand in today.
If you’re an addict, a drunk, a prostitute, a murderer, a child
molester, or a politician (wink, wink), God loves you and doesn’t ask
you to be able to change to reach up to Him.
He bends down to you.
Illness and infirmity
are not based on the love that God showers down on us.
Therefore they can be changed, and we ourselves hold the
"remote control" of change.
Push the button marked,
“I forgive myself and I let this problem go.”
Speak it to yourself over and over, and use the faith confessions
© Lisa Tyler 2007