|Hollyhocks by Jacquie Woodward|
The last post in this blog about the woman with the “issue of blood” in Mark chapter 5 dealt with a truth that keeps popping up as I persevere in my study and research about healing.
When I wrote that post “Activating Your Faith for Healing”, I was actually in a personal struggle with symptoms that matched or even surpassed in intensity and form those I had previous to my surgeries for my neuroendocrine tumor. I was in a spiritual battle with the enemy who is the source of all disease and I was, in fact, personally reading aloud several times a day the healing scriptures Charles Capps organizes for us in the booklet I mentioned, “God’s Creative Power”. I also listened to Dodie Osteen and Kenneth E. Hagin recordings (I keep on my ipod) of a number of healing scriptures. I was taking heavy doses of “Gos-Pill”…or Gospel.
I knew this attack had come as I entered a new ministry endeavor of striving to get Katie Souza’s amazing book, “The Captivity Series” into the hands of prisoners in every prison in my state. This book is available from www.expectedendministries.com and I urge you to order a copy and read it because you will be blessed and Katie will be able to send 10 copies to prisoners. The book is already in over 500 prisons worldwide. Anyway, the enemy often attacks when we make a move to be obedient to a “calling” that will shine light on his stealing, lying, and killing. Healing is a spiritual battle.
I am blessed and thankful to say that God’s Word is “Creative Power for Healing” and my symptoms have all disappeared and I feel better than ever…….and, in my conversations with the Lord, I have learned to put my trust completely in Him and have stopped taking all the supplements I was taking except Barley Power. I have become more dedicated to drinking at least 3 pints of fresh carrot/celery juice daily and I have cut animal protein back out of my diet completely except for the Budwig Smoothie. All this is not a huge change; however, for I was eating little animal protein and was taking no man-made supplements. But the symptom attack is now a thing of the past. I am still reading the healing scriptures aloud remembering “faith comes by hearing the Word of God” as Romans 10 tells us.
We know from Scripture after Scripture the power of words and the ultimate power of God’s Word. Science backs up the power of words. Now would be a good time to re-read the post in this blog regarding Masuru Emoto’s amazing research into water crystals formed and photographed after being exposed to various words. Emoto’s book, The Hidden Messages in Water, documents the impact of words on the substance (water) that makes up 70 to 80% of our bodies–indeed most of our entire Creation. It’s worth noting, also, that the enemy cannot read our minds so that what we say outloud is what resists him. James tells us, “Submit to God; resist the enemy and he will flee.” To resist satan, we must speak out loud and, of course, the “full armor of God” we are taught in Ephesians Chapter 6, has only one offensive weapon and that is the “sword of the Holy Spirit which is the Word of God”.
So, whether or not, after prayer, we choose to submit to modern medicine and/or trust in God’s healing promises, we can align ourselves with “God’s Creative Power” by speaking God’s Word over our bodies faithfully. I found that doing this for a few days built my faith to a powerful level. It’s important to focus on the Lord while reading these scriptural decrees and promises and to “take them to heart” which means to “take them into one’s spirit”. There is, of course, no substitute for praying “in the spirit” for, as Scripture repeatedly and consistently teaches, doing so edifies our spirits and communicates with the Holy Spirit at a level our intellects are incapable of. For more information about this prayer in the spirit, I recommend Kenneth E. Hagin’s books or Mark Hankins books which are both available from www.amazon.com or from www.rhema.org or www.markhankins.org .
Other websites for faith building teaching includes www.charlescapps.com or www.expectedendministries.com or Dr. Nasir Siddiki’s ministry at www.wisdomministry.org .
I can personally witness to the elation that winning the spiritual battle for healing brings. The amazing joy of realizing what faith in Christ brings with it. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” That is EVERY and EVERY means EVERY. Peter tells us (2 Peter 1:3-4) “His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust”. Again that is EVERYthing ……and, when we read the Holy Bible…..the NEW Covenant by the blood of Christ seals the deal irreversably and it covers health and prosperity…”even as our soul prospers” as John tells us in his first letter. We don’t have to earn it–we just have to confess our faith in our Lord. He’s the way, the truth and the life. THE life! And we get His Word and all its power as our “sword”. Very cool stuff I’d say. I, for one, was sure glad to have it in my most recent spiritual battle remembering Paul taught us in 2 Corintians 10 that we are not in an earthly war and the weapons of our warfare are spiritual. I want to hang onto that sword…..I’ve seen it work.
I know that there are many blog readers who are in countries where they may not be able to have Bibles. I want to just share a few of the scriptures that are so powerful for healing. Remember, God loves everyone and wants none to perish.
These are close paraphrases of the noted scriptures:
Jesus bore my sickness and carried my pain. Therefore, I give no place to sickness or pain. For God sent His Word and healed me. (Psalms 107:20)
I am free from unforgiveness and strife. I forgive others as Christ has forgiven me, for the love of God is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost (Spirit). (Matthew 6:12 and Romans 5:5)
Father, you have given me abundant life. I receive that life through Your Word and it flows to every organ of my body bringing healing to all my flesh. (Proberbs 4:20-22)
Heavenly Father, through Your Word You have imparted Your life to me. That life restores my body with every breath I breath and every work I SPEAK. (John 6:63 and Mark 11:23)
Father, Your Word has become a part of me. It is flowing in my bloodstream. It flows to every cell of my body, restoring and transforming my body. Your Word has become flesh; for You sent Your Word and healed me. (James 1:21; Psalms 107:20;Proberbs 13:3)
For other scriptures, read our blog posts on God’s healing Word. Dodie Osteen used 40 healing scriptures when she was healed of metastatic liver cancer and given only 4 months to live because modern medicine called her “incurable”…..that was in the early 1980’s and she’s alive and well today. ALL the scriptures Dodie confessed are listed under “God’s Healing Word”.
|Atonement by Grace McDaniel and Jacquie Woodward|
Jesus, who was walking in a pressing crowd, was touched by many people–surely many of them needing some kind of healing but only one receives healing in this Scripture–the woman who spoke her faith repeatedly and acted upon it believing healing would come at her touch of His hem. Jesus actually stopped and expressed His surprise saying, “Who touched me?” The disciples almost chided Him saying “All this pressing throng and you ask who touched you.”
- We pray what God wants. We have His Word which is His will. We know He wants us well and “in health” because Jesus taught us to pray God’s will be done on earth as in heaven (Matthew 6:10) and we know from His Word that there is no sickness in heaven. NONE!
- We NEVER pray for the Lord to heal us or a loved one IF it be His will because we know it is ALWAYS His will or He would contradict His own Word.
- We know the enemy will send FEAR, lies, distortions, temptations, and to try to steal the ball–to distract us from HOPE (Faith is the substance of things Hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Heb 11:1) We run the play we know from our playbook understanding, in faith, that the outcome will develop as The Word promises rather than fearing what we temporarily see. As in football, what we see constantly changes.
- We are on offense; therefore, we know the Plan that “is written” and we trust it. We “see” ONLY victory. We “speak” ONLY victory. We don’t let the enemy in our huddle to speak lies, fears, doubts. We stay focused on our Quarterback whose eyes shine with glory light and whose words are truth itself. We repeat those words aloud ourselves and, therefore, we are sure of the outcome. We are careful that all our team mates speak ONLY victory. The opponent/enemy cheerleaders can be well meaning friends and relatives or even caregivers who haven’t read our playbook.
- We know our opponent (enemy) has no legal rights ONLY if we agree with him. (as Ms. Johnson points out in her earlier referenced book). “He (the opponent/enemy) won’t play fair. He’ll go right for our soft spots.” He has a plan based on fear, but we have the ball and we carry it confidently remembering Jer 29:11 our Lord says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a HOPE.” (emphasis mine). God doesn’t lie!
|“No Wake Zone” Herrington Lake, KY by Jacquie Woodward|
3. SCREEN THAT DESIRE THROUGH SCRIPTURE.
|“Arising” Acrylic on Canvas by Jacquie Woodward 24″ x 24″|
Having a doctor say the “C” word about your body is terrifying. No question. “Cancer” and many other “disease” diagnoses drop a veil of fear and confusion over life…..suddenly the conversation in the room sounds like slow motion groaning and the patient becomes less a participant and more the object of discussion. It’s difficult for a patient to stop the mental video of his own dreams vaporizing long enough to catch an occasional word of the discussion. And all the while the patient’s heart beat is drumming in his or her throat. It is a time of sheer electric panic………….NOT a time to make treatment decisions…….BUT a perfect time to stop and have a heart to heart conversation with your loving Father–God. THE Great Physician.
Patients who find themselves facing treatment decisions often rush to schedule surgery……”let’s get this thing cut out and pray they get it all”…..or “let’s burn it out with radiation and pray it doesn’t damage too much other tissue”……..or, “get that chemotherapy started because I don’t want this tumor to get any bigger or spread”…..and pray the chemo doesn’t kill me. The mindset is “time is of the essence”.
Usually the order of action is…first, make all the physical decisions and then go beg God to make those decisions work. Petitioning the Lord AFTER making important decisions rather than first going to Him and laying your situation at His feet seeking His guidance about your decisions is getting it backwards.
This blog includes a great deal of information about choices and decisions pertinent for preventing and overcoming “disease”–especially cancer. There are many resources and, most important, great reference to God’s Word and its healing power.
This particular post adds one of the most important resources I’ve ever discovered…..it came to me from a new friend about whom, every time I speak to her on the phone (we’ve never met face to face), I think “this has to be one of the gentlest souls on the earth”. This friend, Carrie, operates Doves Landing Farm in Kentucky and provides me and many others with wonderful fresh clean produce and hand crafted soaps. Visit her website www.doveslandingfarm.com and at least order some of her wonderful soaps (that are sans toxins of course). Carrie visited my blog and shared a resource I hadn’t known about; however, it is, perhaps, the most important one to date.
Keep in mind Hosea 4:6 “My people perish for lack of knowledge”. Rushing to pray for a “miracle healing” or get your name on “prayer lists” AFTER making medical decisions demonstrates that “lack of knowledge”.
I find this new resource agrees with some of my most recent “research and study”. Medically and spiritually sound as well as deeply rooted in God’s Word, Henry W Wright’s book A More Excellent Way to Better Health is absolutely the most comprehensive and insightful book I’ve read and I’ve read dozens in my effort to bring blog readers information to evaporate that fog of fear the severe diagnoses evoke—-forcing decisions based on panic.
Henry W. Wright, a pastor of a church in Thomaston, Georgia, has sound credentials and an understanding that “God’s perfect will is not to heal you. God’s perfect will is that you do not get sick.” Health is the goal—perhaps returning to health after a dire diagnosis or perhaps holding on to health in a world assaulting it vehemently. Trial and error management of symptoms and the “side effects” of those trials do not have health as the goal…ever.
This book is comprehensive and deals with spiritual roots of disease……something another truly anointed and insightful minister of healing, Katie Souza, whose ministry website is www.expectedendministries.com has discerned in a similar way to Wright. Katie has a miracle personal witness and is highly anointed with insights only gained passing through “the refiner’s fire”. She also does conferences but the downloads available on her website are instant help. I highly recommend “Sons of Light” and “The Glory Light of Jesus Heals your Soul” for your first downloads.
Both of these ministers are faithful to God’s Word in their teaching. Both are passionate in their mission to build God’s Kingdom populated with God’s children claiming their inheritance won by Christ and living in physical, emotional/mental, and spiritual health as opposed to struggling against evil powers and disease…….Both of these ministers have been blessed with insights rooted in scripture about the blocks to healing that must be dealt with before physical healing can occur. This point is critical. I know it from personal experience….these two ministers teach something I know that I know that I know is critical for healing.
Henry W. Wright’s book is not his ownly resource. He leads a ministry that holds conferences both in Thomaston, Georgia and other locations worldwide. His website is: www.beinhealth.com.
If you or a loved one are experiencing ANY disease; symptoms that haven’t been diagnosed as a disease; allergies; or an occasional ache or pain……you will benefit from visiting www.beinhealth.com and www.expectedendministries.com. You will understand health…..additionally you will understand a lot more than those who “chase miracles” hoping against hope.
Seek the healer rather than healing! You will be blessed with health.
|Feeder Creek to Herrington Lake, KY by Jacquie Woodward|
|Scene at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Mercer County, KY by Jacquie Woodward|