Yesterday I wrote about a woman who had been bent over for 18 long years and how Jesus had noticed her and asked her to come to Him. Did you notice this little detail in that story – how that Jesus had declared her healed BEFORE she had been actually healed?
“One Sabbath, Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, and a woman was there who had been crippled by an evil spirit for 18 years. She was completely bent over and could not straighten up. When Jesus saw the woman, he called her over and said, “You are now well.” He placed his hands on her, and at once she stood up straight and praised God” (Luke 13:10-13 CEV).
Jesus had felt sorry for her and had spoken in faith that she was now well. At that stage nothing had changed in her physical condition. She shuffled and was in front of her Saviour bent over as she always had been but she was expectant that her day of deliverance had come. Then Jesus put His hands on her and immediately she was able to stand up straight and you can imagine how she praised God.
Jesus wants you to act in faith before He answers your prayer for healing, too. Jesus came to this earth to give us deliverance of our sin and of sin’s effects (sickness and disease) -- so we receive both of these gifts in faith. We don’t see ourselves forgiven of our sins – we simply believe. We may or may not see people immediately healed of diseases but we are asked to simply believe that it has as good as happened.
So if we believe that Jesus took our diseases, how should we speak about our sickness? Wouldn’t complaining and looking despondently at the disease be out of sync with believing that you are on the route to being healed?
Today, speak in faith about the disease you or your loved one are facing. Believe that you will be healed and speak like you believe it. I am proof positive that having stage IV incurable HER 2 positive cancer can completely and miraculously rapidly disappear if you do this in the face of all medical and physical evidence to the contrary.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8 CEV).