Are You ‘Laboring’ To Get Healed?

by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)

 

Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30

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The Message translation interprets part of this passage as follows: “Come to me. Get away with me, and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Are you struggling with “trying” to get healed? Are you “working hard” at it? Have you prayed and thanked the Lord for His work, but find that you are still out of rest and feeling pressed and stressed to “get” healed? Then QUIT trying; QUIT straining; QUIT “working” at it.

This verse is for you. It’s for those who are “laboring” to get healed as well as those who are laboring in any other endeavor in life. We do not have to struggle to get healing from the Lord. In fact we don’t even have to “try.” All we have to do is ask and believe. It seems to be the “believing” part that causes most of the problem though. When we are really believing God, we are in a state of rest. In fact, in Hebrews, chapters 3 and 4, the Lord has a good deal to say about how the Israelites were refusing to believe Him and obey his Word to go freely into the promised land and trust Him to defeat the enemies there. He says clearly that their failure to believe Him enough to act on His Word kept them from getting into a state of rest. And as a result, kept them from receiving what they needed. He then tells us that all of this account has been recorded for our learning

So let’s learn. Verse 10 of chapter 4 tells us, “For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” You see, if we will stop laboring to do the “work” of getting healed ourselves, but will do the only work God gave us to do – believe – we will come into His rest. “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” (John 6:29). But remember, dear one, true believing is not in the head, but in the heart. It is so deep-seated that it moves us to act on what we believe. It moves us to confess and to act on God’s Word even when everything else around us says we should not.

But,” you may say to me, “you personally wrote an article about taking the Word of God as medicine and making sure we read it several times a day. Isn’t that a kind of work?” I did, indeed, write such an article. But that concept is not intended to be a burden of labor for us. Sitting down with God’s Word and absorbing it into our bodies and souls is not “work.” If we find that it is labor, then it is because we do not yet believe that the Word truly is our God-prescribed medicine. If we did, taking it into ourselves would be a joy and a rest. If we go to a human doctor, and he gives us an antibiotic and says to take one three times a day, we don’t consider taking that pill as “work” or “labor,” do we? Of course not. And neither is taking God’s medicine “work.

Furthermore, if we believe that the Word is God’s personal letter to us and that it can be trusted to give us all that we need, reading it every day would give us rest and peace continually. But if you find that you do not believe, dear one, do not despair! Because the more you do read the Word, the more it will create faith in you. Then you will believe it, and reading it will no longer be a task of labor, but a respite and refreshing.

But we must come to the place that we understand and believe that the healing we seek for our bodies is already accomplished by Jesus’ redemptive work. Isaiah says, “By His stripes, we are healed.” (Is. 53:6). Peter says, after the crucifixion and resurrection, “By His stripes, we were healed.” In God’s mind and heart, it is done, dear one. Now come to Him in faith and snuggle up to Him (He’s in His Word, you know), praising Him in peace until the manifestation comes.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 11 that He is “meek and gentle.” The word meek is so often misunderstood by modern-day man. There is another “M” word that gets so much attention these days that many people fail to appreciate the true meaning of meekness. The word “macho” is the adjective so many in our society equate with strength and masculinity – so much so that when someone refers to a “meek” man, he is thought to be weak and ineffectual. Not so. The true definition of meekness is the quality of having great strength and power that is leashed and kept under rein so that it demonstrates itself only when called for and then only for good and not for evil. For Jesus to define Himself as “meek and gentle” means that He is capable of using His unequaled power any time He wills to do so, but that He wills to do so only when it will help those He loves or promote the Kingdom of God on this earth.

Another translation renders these words as “humble and gentle.” So what does the word “humble” tell us? Well, Jesus is a King, is He not? And when a king is humble it means two things: He is easily accessible, and He is easy to be entreated for His help and favors. Jesus is so easily entreated. When He walked the earth, every person who came to him for healing or help of any kind found Him willing, eager, even yearning to meet their needs. He’s the same today. The Lord whose strength carried Him through the most horrible beatings and the worst kind of death on our behalf – to set us free from the punishment we deserved – is the Lord who now wants to use His power to help us receive all the benefits of that ultimate sacrifice. And those benefits include healing for our bodies.

In these verses from Matthew, He also calls us to be yoked together with Him. When two oxen are yoked together it is so that they will pull together – always going the same direction, at the same speed, and with the same degree of leverage. That’s what Jesus wants for us: that, being yoked to Him, we will always be going the same direction, at the same speed that He is. We will not be pulling a heavy burden, straining and trying desperately in our own strength to get to something that is always just beyond our reach. We will just be moving along with Him, comfortably and joyfully, knowing that, yoked to the one who “always causes us to walk in victory,” we can’t miss getting to the desired result. And that includes getting to the manifestation of our healing.

So if you’ve been struggling, straining, laboring – stop it. Just get into God’s healing, life-giving Word and settle down into it until you are at rest. “Come to Me. Get away with Me, and you’ll recover your life.” (Matt. 11:28, The Message).

 

 

Dodie Osteen’s Testimony of Healing From Cancer

The video below is Dodie Osteen’s personal testimony of healing from Cancer of the liver. This testimony was recorded 31 years after the doctors told her she would be dead within a few weeks. Dodie is still living and enjoying total health today — 33 years after the diagnosis.  The sound is a little gritty, but the testimony is plenty clear to understand with no difficulty. Let it encourage your faith for your own deliverance and healing from the Lord.

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A Harvest of Health

by Sandra Conner  (Radical About Jesus Ministries)RAIN IN SHEETS WITH STARS - CLIPART - TRQUISFor My thoughts are not your thoughts; neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater: so shall My word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:8-11).

Did you catch the main point here? The Lord is telling us that the rain and the snow water the earth and MAKE it bring forth fruit, and that His Word will do exactly the same thing in us. That is – The Word of God, when it is received into the ground for which it is intended – our spirit, soul, and body – will MAKE that ground – our spirit, soul, and body – bring forth the fruit of the Word. It’s because of this truth that God can say His Word will not return to Him void, without accomplishing that which He wills.

We know for sure that God’s Word is His Will. He has told us repeatedly throughout scripture, both Old and New Covenants, that He created all that is natural by and through His Word – and that His Word will never fade away nor fail. He tells us in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all scripture is “God-breathed.” (Original Greek). So His Word has creative power in it, just as it did on the first day of creation, and has been sent to create the things of God – all that is of life, health, and holiness – in us.

Now, let’s look at one specific set of His words that have been sent to accomplish a very specific and exact work. Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son, give attention to My words. Incline thine ear to My sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes. Keep them in thine heart. For they (My Words) are life unto you that find them and health (medicine) to all your flesh.” The word translated health in this passage is actually a Hebrew word that is correctly translated “health” and “medicine.” So God tells us here clearly that His Word is medicine for all of our flesh. There’s nothing left out in the words “all of our flesh.” There is no disease or physical affliction for which God’s Word is not medicine. But it’s even better than mere medicine. It’s medicine with a guarantee that it will restore health.

When we couple that information with the information He gives us in Isaiah 55:10-11, we find that His Word, when we apply it in faith as medicine to our physical bodies, will MAKE our bodies bring forth the fruit of health. “But,” you may say, “it’s not happening in my life or the lives of many people I know.” That is true. But just how many people do you know who will search God’s Word until they know exactly what it says about healing and until they are saturated in God’s healing Words? I don’t know many, but the ones I do know – including myself – have found that Word every bit as effective in fruit-bearing as those passages indicate.

I have failed to apply it faithfully at times in my life and had to live with the results. BUT – every time that I HAVE applied it – to my own body and to those of loved ones — to serious problems and minor problems alike – it has worked a healing and a cure – even when doctors said the body had been damaged too much to recover or that surgery was the only option. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of believers all over the world have found this same effectiveness for their bodies and have testified of it for generations.

But, dear reader, you must not make the decision to believe God’s Word as your medicine based on the experiences of other people. You must make the decision to believe based only on whether you trust the Word of God. He tells us, in absolutely certain terms, that His Word is His medicine for our bodies. And then in Hebrews 4:11, He also tell us that His Word is “alive and powerful, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit and the joints and marrow of the bones.” Now, medical science tells us that all cell production takes place in the bone marrow. If that is the case, just think what can happen if we saturate ourselves with the Word of God enough to fill our bone marrow with it. Since God promises that the Word –like the rain and snow – will MAKE the ground bear fruit, then that Word in our bone marrow will MAKE new, health cells for our body. And when you get enough new, health cells in your body, they can go to work destroying the unhealthy cells, and in a matter of time, that sick body becomes a healthy body.

Consider taking God’s Word seriously. Consider believing what He tells us. And consider sitting down with the Word and reading it into your own body – especially the portions that speak healing and health – absorbing it regularly, faithfully – at least as regularly and faithfully as you would take the pills or the medical treatments a human doctor prescribes. Give God’s medicine the same honor and attention that you give man-made medicine, and see if it doesn’t MAKE your body bear a wonderful harvest of God’s health and life.

You may be interested in these related articles, which tell you more about how to apply God’s healing Word to your physical body.
“God’s Word As Medicine” 
“Acting On God’s Word”

 

 

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By Healing From Jesus

A Rod, A Serpent, A Miracle-Working God

 

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by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)

When the Lord, Jehovah, called Moses to go to the people of Israel and announce to them that God was ready to set them free from slavery, Moses insisted that they would not believe him. So God gave him a number of signs to perform before the people as evidence that God was indeed miraculously working with Moses.

We want to take a close look today at the first sign: “And the Lord said unto him [Moses], ‘What is that in thine hand?’ And he said, ‘a rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

And the Lord said unto Moses, ‘Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.’ And he put forth his hand and caught it,SNAKE FROM ROD and it became a rod in his hand.” (Exodus 4:2-4).

Our focus in this lesson is not particularly on Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage, but rather on God’s ability to do what He did to that wooden rod. This event carries great significance for us when we are seeking to believe the Lord for healing of our physical bodies. We are spiritual beings living in physical bodies, and when we have a problem in that physical body, we need to have something physical changed. Because we are seeking that change from a Spirit God, we sometimes find it hard to comprehend His ability to make those changes without using any physical instruments or medications that we can relate to with our five senses.

But let’s look at what He did to this rod. It was a solid, extraordinarily sturdy piece of wood, undoubtedly several feet long. Moses used it for a great many things during his shepherding years and then throughout the journey from Egypt to Canaan. It was real wood, and it was strong enough to serve him with no defects for well over 40 years. Yet by one simple act of exerting His spiritual power, the Lord turned that solid, totally lifeless, piece of wood into a living creature, with muscle, organs, skin, eyes, etc.

Now, this serpent was not a figment of Moses’ imagination or a mirage, because Moses was so frightened by it that he ran from it, and when the Lord wanted him to pick it up, He instructed Moses to pick it up by the tail. If it had been an imagination or a vision, there would have been no need to be careful about how he picked up the creature. But the Lord told him to take care about picking it up in a safe way. Then once Moses had a grip on the serpent, it became a solid piece of wood again.

Now, we’re not talking about simply changing the shape or size of an object. We are talking about actually changing the very chemical and molecular structure of an object – changing it at the cellular level throughout the whole object. Something that was totally without life instantly became a living creature and then, by another act of God’s power, became a totally inanimate object again.

Once we get a clear picture of this event, we begin to realize just how easily that same God can change the chemical and molecular structure of any created thing – including the structure of flesh, of tumors, of diseased tissue, of abnormal limbs, of any physical element with which our body is impaired. God has no more problem neutralizing a huge tumor, or creating healthy bone where there is none, or replacing plaque coated arteries with new supple, pliant arterial tissue than He had changing a piece of wood into a serpent or changing a living being into a lifeless stick.

No matter what you are facing in your physical body today, do not limit God and His delivering, miracle working, healing power. He didn’t feel any strain on His power when He changed Moses rod, and He will feel no strain on His power when He changes the negative tissues in your body into healthy tissues.

And don’t, in your own mind, limit His willingness to do the work. If He was willing to do such an extraordinary thing for Moses, for no other reason than to provide examples of His ability and willingness to deliver His people — even before Jesus had died for them and given them His own righteousness — how much more is He willing to do as much to deliver the people His own Son gave His life for. The Old Covenant and God’s promise to Abraham were enough to cause Him to move in such creative power. How much more, under the New Covenant — with the finished work of Jesus Christ securing us a place in God’s heart — will He do equally miraculous works for us.

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