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Today I was reading some healing scriptures and decrees from a really neat little booklet by Keith and Megan Provance called “Scripture Confessions for Healing”. It’s a great little book to carry in pocket or purse to pull out in waiting rooms and carpool lines etc.
I read the section, “I Will Not Give Up” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 was cited, “We are hedged in (pressed) on every side (troubled and oppressed in every way), but not cramped or crushed; we suffer embarrassments and are perplexed and unable to find a way out, but not driven to despair; We are pursued (persecuted and hard driven), but not deserted (to stand alone); we are struck down to the ground, but never struck out and destroyed; Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the (resurrection) life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.” (my emphasis)
IMMEDIATELY, I thought, “Goodness that’s not a very uplifting or encouraging scripture.” So I read it several more times and a light came on. Obviously, this is the Amplified version so you get all those “extra” words, but here’s the thing that occurred to me once I waded through all those words a few times and then went to the NIV because I thought I actually saw the hopeful part starting to reveal itself and sure enough it did. “We always carry around in our bodies the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” My conclusion: “Healing is a ‘type’ of the resurrection of Christ.”
We may suffer a tiny bit of what Christ did BUT we get the full and complete benefits (as Psalm 103:2-4 reminds us not to forget) of the resurrection without having to go through the horrible flogging and crucifixion and humiliation our Christ endured as our “stand in” for us.
The “getting beat around” we experience is nothing compared to what He experienced on our behalf but we get the reward….the salvation AND the healing. Our healing demonstrates “resurrection power” to the world…….that is when we “discern Christ’s body and the truth that Isaiah 53:5,6, 1 Peter 2:24, and Matthew 8:17 assure us. Most Christians understand the blood of Christ as assuring us of atonement for sins but many don’t realize the 39 horrible stripes Jesus took on His back with the Roman whip bought our physical healing. That is why Holy Communion is wine for blood (sin atonement) and bread for body (physical healing).
I refer you to F.F. Bosworth’s wonderful book, “Christ the Healer” for an indepth explanation of discerning both the blood and body of Christ. You’ll also learn why so many Christians “sleep early” (die before their time) when they don’t discern the body.
The second concept expressed in the Provance booklet I referred to earlier came as I read the page “Jesus Already Did It”…..which, of course, refers to the Matthew, Isaiah, and 1 Peter scriptures cited above, BUT I got a new insight as I read the Provance’s concise decree: “My healing was bought and paid for two thousand years ago. I AM NOT SICK AND TRYING TO GET HEALED. I AM ALREADY HEALED, AND SICKNESS IS TRYING TO TAKE HOLD IN MY BODY. BUT I WON’T LET IT!” (my emphasis) It’s important to remember that sickness is an attack of the enemy of our souls and not from God. God is love and love does not distribute sickness for any reason.
I suggest you order the Provance book to go with the Charles Capps book “God’s Creative Power” and use both in your daily speaking of the healing scriptures because your faith will be bolstered and fear cannot coexist with faith. Rid of the fear, your prayers take on THE power for healing–the resurrection power of Jesus.
Changing your mindset to match the scriptures will empower you. Healing battles are fought in the mind. We are spirits with souls (minds) and we live in a body. The spirit is perfected by our re-birth in Christ. The mind (will and emotions) or soul is where either faith or fear take over and faith must be present to pull on the healing power of Christ. Fear erodes healing. Mark 11:23,24 teaches a critical lesson about praying in faith. Mark 11:25 teaches how to remove the main obstacle to receiving healing.
So, think about healing a new way and remember there is a difference between facts and truth……facts are of the world and truth is of the Lord. Jesus finished the work and has defeated the world (facts). It’s up to us to obtain our benefits and healing is one of them.
Stand up and Fight…Truth is on your side!