How to steward our healing!
We receive our healing by God’s grace through faith in what Jesus Christ did on the cross. Jesus took our sin and sickness and gave us everything He is and has i.e. His righteousness, healing and divine health, provision and prosperity, protection, preservation, etc. The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus came to bring life and that more abundantly (John 10:10). After we have received our healing, we must steward our healing so that we don’t allow the enemy to steal it from us. We are going to look at ways the enemy tries to steal our healing and what we need to do to stand against him.
Jesus is our Healer and the author and finisher of our faith. We must keep our eyes on Him. He has already defeated the enemy and we are seated with Him in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father, a place of victory (Colossians 2:15; 3:1). We must understand that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood but against spiritual enemies that are located in heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12). Therefore, we must fight with spiritual weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). We must learn how to submit to God, resist the enemy (James 4:7) and to stand with the armor of God on (Ephesians 6: 12-18). We must exercise faith in the blood of Jesus and His finished work on the cross as well as rely on the grace of God, His angels (Psalm 103:20) and the power of the Holy Spirit.
If we give the devil (our enemy) any opportunity to steal the Word from our hearts or to steal our healing by not keeping our shield of faith high, he will take it. It is important to stay in the Word concerning healing so the Word takes root (Matthew 13:20, 21). Then when the enemy returns to put symptoms back on you, you will retain your healing. The enemy will try to counterattack to steal our victory regarding our healing. Don’t fall back into old thinking patterns of sickness. We must renew our mind with the Word of God.
When an old symptom appears, we remind the devil of what the Word says about our healing and command the symptom to go in Jesus name! Resist the enemy (James 4:7) and don’t make an agreement with the symptoms. We have authority as a believer (Luke 10:19) over the enemy and we are seated in a place of victory in Christ.
Don’t allow a landing strip in your heart for the enemy to land sickness (Proverbs 26:2) i.e. emotional wounds, offense, unforgiveness, believing the enemy’s lies, sin that has not been repented of, etc.
Nor give place to the devil. Ephesians 4:27 (NKJV)
We are going to look at some tactics the enemy uses to try to steal our healing and to get us to believe that we weren’t really healed and how to walk in the victory Christ has won for us. We are not to be ignorant of the enemy’s devices so that he takes us by surprise.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
We must have an understanding that our healing is 100% by God’s grace which is His undeserved, unearned, unmerited favor. We aren’t under the law but grace! If we don’t understand it is by His grace that we are healed, we will always refer back to the law in order to do something to get our healing or retain it. Or we may think we deserve it or we are worthy because we have kept His law i.e. God’s rules and regulations or Ten Commandments.
We are not worthy of receiving healing based on our works or performance but by His grace according to the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. There is a difference between not deserving and being unworthy. Jesus took what we deserved and we get what He deserves. The enemy will use both truth or lies to get what he wants. But he over plays the truth i.e. you didn’t deserve your healing (which is true) but then he tells us why based on our works or our behavior (how bad we are) which is a lie. If we come into agreement with the lies and the voice of the enemy based on our performance, we can lose our healing.
We see in Matthew 15:21 – 28 that Jesus didn’t respond to the Gentile woman until she came to Him based on His mercy alone and not by pretending to be a deserving Jew. We must come to Him based on His merits and His works then we get what we need. Many people who don’t retain their healing are afraid to come back for prayer related to shame. But there isn’t any shame. We need to come back to Jesus who is the source of our healing and learn how to walk in healing and health.
Another tactic the enemy uses is fear. Fear of death is the master fear from which all other fears stem but Jesus has defeated the devil and death (Hebrews 2:14-15; 2 Timothy 1:10; Psalm 116). Satan wants us to be afraid that the sickness will come back. Very often the enemy will come back with lying symptoms to make us think that either we weren’t healed or the sickness and disease has come back again (Jonah 2:8, 9 KJV). Sometimes these symptoms are just the body getting rid of the disease.
We need to stand on what God has said about our healing (1 Peter 2:24). We need to believe and declare Nahum 1:9 that the affliction will not come back. We need to remember how much God loves us and declare that He hasn’t given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7). Don’t partner with fear. Fear opens the door to the enemy and hinders our faith. We must guard our heart and mind (Philippians 4:6-7; Proverbs 4:23) against allowing fear in and cast down any thoughts that don’t line up with what God says in His Word.
We are told not to fear (Isaiah 41:10; Mark 5:36; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; 1 John 4:18). Stay in the peace of God (Mark 5:34; Acts 16:36). Jesus is our Peace (Isaiah 9:6; Ephesians 2:14). Walking in Peace is a key to walking in Divine Health!
We must also guard what we speak so that our words align with what His Word says about us. (Proverbs 18:21). It is important to establish our identity as the healed! Jesus is the Healer not the unhealer. He doesn’t take healing back from you. It is the enemy that steals (John 10:10).
It is important that we walk in an atmosphere of faith. The devil will try to use other people i.e. family, friends, and even church members to steal your faith and testimony. Don’t allow them to speak unbelief into your life. Let the seed of healing take root so you can stand even when people try to speak doubt and unbelief (Mark 4:16, 17). We should continue to keep our faith strong by meditating on healing scriptures even when we are well.
In order for long term healing to take place, the root cause must be dealt with. That may mean dealing with any demonic influences to close their door of operation; giving and receiving forgiveness; not taking offence; dealing with disappointments (we must live in hope) and stewarding your body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
Decide to walk in health by eating healthier, exercising, getting enough sleep and rest and decreasing the amount of stress in your life. Ask the Lord to forgive you for not stewarding your body, to help you and strengthen you. Get help with deliverance and discipleship for any addictions i.e. overeating, alcohol and drug use, etc. that are in your life. Responsibility comes with healing. All things are possible with God and you can walk in freedom!
It is very important to live a lifestyle of worship. Give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for what He has done and is doing rather than focusing on what hasn’t happened. Healing can be a process that we may need to walk out in order to be whole! We don’t deny symptoms which are facts, but the truth of God’s Word changes facts. There may still be some residual symptoms after being prayed for but the Word says we are already healed (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24). We keep our eyes on Jesus Our Healer and walk by faith not by sight.
Returning for more prayer can allow the Lord to continue to work until the total manifestation of your healing is evident. Partner with others who will believe with you for the full promises of God to be manifested in your life. Stay in faith and hope, expecting to receive from the Lord!
Here are the links for Jesus Our Healer -Part One and Two if you missed them: https://alexiscarucci.com/2019/06/24/jesus-our-healer-part-one/ https://alexiscarucci.com/2019/07/01/jesus-our-healer-part-two/
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 (NKJV)
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