How to Hang Onto Your Healing

How to Hang on to Your Healing

If you’re wondering how to hang on to your healing let me give you a few pointers!

I had this great idea that when I turned 40. I would bite the bullet and compete in a triathlon. I am fit. I work out every day. And I thought, shoot, I can handle this. I am in just as good a shape as most 20 something’s.

I love swimming, so that shouldn't be a problem; I used to swim laps every day anyway. I love biking, that would be a synch, the breeze coming at me at top speed invigorates me. But I hate running. That would be the booger!

I do run. In fact I like the feeling I get after a run, and that high that comes from pushing through the wall. But I still don't like to run. Partly because I have always had knee problems. The culprit: torn ligaments and tendons that never received the proper recovery time because I don't like sitting still. And I pay for it dearly. It has always kept me from running comfortably for more than 2 miles at a time.

I still really wanted to complete this triathlon. So I started training. My best friend bought me an "Iron-woman" triathlon watch for Christmas so I could keep track of my times. I had the bike. I had the sports clothes and athletic shoes. Yes, I had all the gear, but I still didn't have a good knee. It wouldn't cooperate. Most days I pushed through the pain but eventually I realized if I didn't get this knee fixed I was not going to make it.

The problem with getting my knee fixed was that surgery was required. And like I said, I can't stand the thought of being down. I work out almost every day and to me the 6-week downtime while recovering sounded like a death sentence. I require movement. I rarely sit still unless I am reading or working on my laptop or ipad. I couldn't imagine being immobile for 6 weeks. So I decided to quite training for the triathlon.

This didn't fix my knee problem. Flash forward 4 years later (I'm now 44) and Iwas still having pain in my knee. It slowed me down when doing my Insanity Workouts. Not fun. But one day I realized something.

Something every believer needs to realize.

We don't have to live with pain. We can receive a healing and keep it.

I know. I know. You're wondering how.

First you've got to know that God's Word has the key to our healing.

Proverbs 4:20-22 says,

My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings.Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart.For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.(AMP)(Bold letters mine for emphasis.)

Second, God's Word point blank says that Jesus paid the price for your healing.1 Peter 2:24 says, He personally carried our sins in his body on the crossso that we can be dead to sinand live for what is right.By his wounds you are healed. (NLT) (Bold letters mine for emphasis.)

With that knowledge under your belt

Here's the key to keeping your healing:

*You have to hold on to your healing by what you think and say.

Once you realize Christ grants you full healing, and you can believe for it, you have to fight for it. And fight you will because here's what usually happens - You start to feel better but then in time you feel a symptom return. A little bit of pain comes back. Or the swelling returns. Or you see some other manifestation.

What's happening here is that the enemy is trying to get you to focus on what you see and feel in the natural instead of focusing on the truth in the supernatural.

Why the Enemy Wants You to Speak Against Your Healing

He’s trying to get you to say the opposite of what God gave you. Satan knows what you speak is what will come to pass. That’s why he wants you to speak how you feel instead of speaking what you know. He knows the power of your words. 

The truth of God's Word is this - you have been given healing. So - you can't, can't, can't begin to think like the enemy does. And you certainly can't, can't, can't begin to speak like he does.

Resist the enemy by resisting the urge to say how you feel physically. Spin it around and say, I know God healed me and I am going to feel it. I am getting better. My strength is returning. My sickness is leaving. I am healthy and whole.

How to Lose Your Healing

Don't change your confession of your words. This is where you can loose your healing. You have to hold on to your faith confession.

Look at what Hebrews 10:23 says:Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised.

See it? You've got to hold on to your confession of faith. Hold it, don't let it go or slip away!

How To Hold On to Your Healing:

1. Take in the Word:

 

Romans 12:2

Col 3:16 Let the word have its home in your heart.

The more at home the Word feels in you - the more comfortable you will be with thinking it. Which is good because thinking it prompts you to speak it.

2. Think the Word

 

As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.

If you think you’re healed, you will be healed.

 

You need to have faith to get your healing and you need to have faith to KEEP your healing.

3. Speak the Word

 

James 4:7 says, "Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

If you start to feel symptoms come back speak to the devil and tell them to go away. Quote God's word to him. Tell your symptoms to go away.

Resist Sickness Just Like You Resist Sin

It's God's will to heal you just as much as it is to forgive you of sin. It's God's will that you resist sickness, pain, and disease just like you resist sin.

If you start feeling pain, say: Pain I resist you. I refuse to be in pain. Pain must leave. If you start feeling sick, say: "Sickness I resist you. I refuse to be sick. Christ healed me of all sickness."

This is resisting the devil and what he is trying to put back on you through unbelief and using what you say. But if you hold fast to your confession of faith - you will keep your healing.

Any time the devil tries to tempt me with a little pain in my knee, I go into fighting mode. I resist his attacks by thinking and saying out loud: Knee you are healed. Pain, you have to go because Christ paid the price for my healing. My knee is strong and feels good. All that may sound silly to some who don’t believe. But guess what? It works.

I am happy to report since learning this - I don't suffer with knee problems anymore.

Now, the question you are all dying to ask… Will I compete in a triathlon? The answer... No. But not because of a knee problem. I just don't want to run!

So come on, if you want to keep your healing, hold onto your confession of faith. That’s how you hold on to healing!

Are You Following Your Own Directions When You Pray or God’s?

I bought a new razor. Took it out of the wrapper. Jumped in the shower. Removed the guard over the blade, popped it in the handle and tried to use it. I say tried, because the stinking thing wouldn't work. I shaved one leg but still had stubble. What was the deal?

This was a brand new razor. I tried the razor one more time. Rinsed the remaining shaving cream off my leg. Still stubble. Ok, now I'm miffed, and feeling like I wasted my money. And worse, I have no razor with which to get a nice clean shave.

I jumped out of the shower, and grabbed the packaging that I had tossed in the trash so I could return it. When I looked at the directions on the packaging I noticed I had not put the blade on the handle correctly. It was upside down.

No wonder it wouldn't work. I was the one that wasn't working right. I didn't follow the package instructions.

I learned a lesson that day. Don't blame the creator of a product if you aren't following the directions. I didn't use the razor the way it was designed to be used; yet I was still expecting the razor to give me the results I wanted. And I was blaming the razor!

Know what? Sometimes we do this with prayer.

Many of us don't follow God's directions when we pray yet when prayer doesn't work, we blame God.

Fact: There are laws God put in place that govern what he will do for you and I. God isn't going to do what he told us to do.

And we wonder what the problem is. The problem is us. You. Me. We just don't do what we need to do to make things happen. Then we secretly think God failed us. We get bitter and blame him for not answering our prayer.

God is good. He wants to bless you beyond measure. But he won't violate the laws he has already put in place to give you what you need. You need to follow the instructions he has issued. Don't get upset with him if you know the cure but refuse to follow the treatment.

The Biggest Reason God Isn't Answering Your Prayers Could Be This:

You're not following his directions concerning what you need.

5 Examples of How You May Not Be Following His Directions When Praying:

1. Asking God to make the devil leave you alone.

James 4:7 says, Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. NLT

He told you how to do it - resist him. God doesn't have to lay a finger. He's already intervened. Now you do your part. Tell the devil you're not interested in what he has to say. Resist him.

2. Asking God to heal people. He commanded you to go heal the sick.

Matt 10:8 says, Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. NLT

Go lay hands on them and command their healing to take place. You don't have to ask.

3. Asking God for peace when he tells you how to get it.

Isa 26:3 says, You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! NLT

Fix your thoughts on God and give him your trust and peace will be yours.

John 14:27a says, I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.

Christ said he's already given you peace. No need to pray it - take it.

4. Asking God for the power to receive what his Word says you already have.

Isaiah 54:17 says, No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you.

Psalms 8:6 says, You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority.

You don't have to ask for the blessings God's already promised you. Take your God given authority and tell your circumstances to line up with what God's Word says they should do.

5. Praying for relief yet you continue doing the very thing that causes your problem.

Galatians 6:7 says, Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

Don't expect financial prosperity if you are blowing your money on grown up toys and running up your credit card debt on things you don’t need. Or don't expect God to heal you of lung disease if you keep smoking and refuse to stop. Don’t pray for God to make you all buff and muscly if you won’t work out. You get the picture. Sow what you want to reap.

You got this. Go do it. Follow God's directions instead of your own and you'll see more prayers answered.

Chime in. We’d love to hear from you. What could be other reasons God isn’t answering your prayers? How have you been following your own directions when you pray?

Why Doesn’t Jesus Heal Today Like He Did in the Bible? He Does!

I hear people ask from time to time, "Why doesn't Jesus heal people today like he did in the Bible?"

If you've ever wondered...he does! You just don't always hear about it. Listen to this story from a lady named Patty Wallace that proves my point.

Patty's Story

Two years ago Patty had muscular dystrophy. I say had because on Sunday morning April 18th, 2010, at 7am that all changed. That Sunday morning Jesus was up to his old tricks. I say that tongue and cheek because some wonder if he's still in the miracle working business. This proves he is.

Patty woke up to go to the restroom because she was sick. She thought she was coming down with a virus of some sort. She went back to bed and her husband brought her a washcloth. As she was wiping her face she was praying, asking God to heal her of the muscular dystrophy. What happened next was amazing.

Patty said that Jesus got right in her face, called her by name, and said: "Patricia Diane, how many times have you asked me to heal you? You ARE healed in my name. Get up and walk." Used to limping and dragging her right leg from the disease, she sat up.  God told her to get up and out of bed so she walked to the bathroom where her husband was cleaning up her mess. This time her walk was without a limp. She was no longer dragging her leg. And her seizures were no more.

What happened?

Jesus healed her. Just like he did for the people we read about in the Bible.
After Jesus returned, he walked along Lake Galilee and then climbed a mountain and took his place, ready to receive visitors. They came, tons of them, bringing along the paraplegic, the blind, the maimed, the mute—all sorts of people in need—and more or less threw them down at Jesus' feet to see what he would do with them. He healed them. When the people saw the mutes speaking, the maimed healthy, the paraplegics walking around, the blind looking around, they were astonished and let everyone know that God was blazingly alive among them. Matthew 15:30 (The Message)
What kind of miracle do you need? You could be next. Jesus does still heal today like he did in the Bible.

Dare to believe.

Special Invitation for you: If you are in the Central Florida area August 19th join us for a special healing service as Evangelist Daniel Kolenda ministers at City of Life Church at 7pm. Daniel Kolenda's ministry is marked by healing signs and wonders, and we believe that God is going to move in great power on this day. Click here for more info.