Monday, April 26, 2010

Believe and be healed!!!

My motto used to be, “I have to see it to believe it!” Since my coming to the truth in Christ Jesus, I have changed that motto to say, “You have to believe it to see it!” There is no room for any subjectivity on that motto when you are a Christian. Faith is just that. That is just faith.

I am a survivor of oppression, affliction, and spiritual suicide otherwise known as depression, injury, and self-inflicted curse. For years, I have battled all of these demons with absolute success but for the Grace of God. I refer to these terms with prejudice. I cannot be more serious when I state that these are direct acts of satanic forces! I will not downplay the danger of these demonic forces because of the resulting damage caused when other Christians downplayed them to me for years. This only caused more oppression in my life and did absolutely nothing for improving my health or faith.

However, during the former years of being constantly afflicted and oppressed, I experienced real pain. The state of this health was not psychological; it was very real and very physical. I was administered several mandatory psychological tests which are designed to determine if one’s pain is real or imagined. Mine was determined by several doctors to be very real. I was clinically diagnosed with PTSD, Chronic Depression, Chronic Anxiety, Sleep Apnea, and Severe Sleep Deprivation. I also underwent twelve major medical surgeries, many various alternative medicines, a couple separate series of trigger-point injections, and a plathoera of prescribed Class III & Class II medications. I was in a doctor or specialists office over two times a month and in and out of the hospital a couple times a year. I underwent over two years of Intensive Psycho-Therapy due to the intensity of the psychological problems I was experiencing. However, the diagnosis of God is nothing like the diagnosis of man! My all time favorite verse must be Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and I will restore your fortunes and will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you,” declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.”

I will listen, I will be found by you, I will restore you, I will gather you, I will bring you back…These are all promises. We know this to be the truth because, rest-assured; if it comes from God, it is TRUTH! All these promises with only one requirement…We must love Him with all of our hearts. That is it folks. This is also the key to unlocking the treasure-chest of how to receive full healing from all disease and sickness known to the human race.

Did you know the Greek definition of the word pharmacy? Its Pharmakos which, according to the Wikipedia, means a kind of human scapegoat (a slave, a cripple, or a criminal) who was chosen and expelled from the community at times of disaster or crisis. This term was later changed to “pharmakeus” which refers to; a drug, spell-giving potion, druggist, poisoner, by extension a magician or a sorcerer. God says in Exodus 22:18 “you shall not allow a sorceress to live.” Deuteronomy 28 lists in detail every curse, disease, and punishment that will befall us as a direct result of disobedience to God and sin. It then details every blessing that will come to us because of obedience to God. These are all very descriptive and explain in detail our instructions for health, not calamity. God’s Word is so simple to understand if you spend enough time learning to understand it. Once you begin to get the truth of the messages in the material, the Holy Spirit will take over and explain the rest of it to you. God provides a way for everything to work out if you just give Him the respect of your attention. However, you must do that.

I discovered through those years of much tribulation by afflictions that healing is absolutely relative to your faith level or maturity. I also noticed that as I began to grow more interested in pursuing God’s Word reading and meditation, prayer daily and at times, hourly, I began to heal very quickly. Keep in mind for the sake of this message that after my fifth surgery to remove the broken titanium screws in my lower back, I was told that I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. The pain I was experiencing could not medically be corrected because when my spine slipped off itself, it severed nerves and could not be medically separated from those nerves. My spine did not fuse correctly due to worn edges, which did not allow new growth to occur causing a fusion between the old bone and new growth. To look at the CT scans is disturbing to say the least as the spine is completely broken and out of alignment. I also have a TEN’s Unit implanted under my skin in my right groin area, bilateral hearing loss with hearing aids, and wonderful tinnitus or ringing of the ears. After years of medical doctors & specialists alike, every medication on the market (small exaggeration), and many medical procedures ranging from surgeries to bone grafts, I was fit for the glue factory or so I thought. I do not think that someone can go much lower than I felt. My life was turned around on a dime and I was looking ahead to no more career & a crashing life dream, a pending divorce, and no way of making money. Hopeless does not cover how I felt.

“If I am for you who can be against you?” Gee God, you are still there, still caring, still patient, still loving me…I was so worn out from relentless attacks on my body by the enemy and multiple surgeries that I honestly did not think to even stop and seek God out. I was blinded by all of the impairments, shackled by affliction, and riddled with hopelessness. I did not know where my life had gone in couple short years from a promising career in law enforcement to stay-at-home father who could not even play with my two young children. I had almost six years of U.S. Army Military Police experience and a shorter tenure as a civilian police officer. I had completed the hiring process for an extremely lengthy administrative process of the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs. Waiting on phone calls for an academy date from both agencies, something caused me to finally go into a hospital and seek relief from the constant unbearable pain. I had dealt with this pain all those years in the military, so this is why I say, “Something caused me.” Having become good at masking my pain through my own developed techniques, at the time, I could not understand why I went in to see the doctor. I could barely get out of bed in the morning and after intensive pressure from my former wife, I just caved to human weakness and went in. No doubt in my mind that this was once again apart of the careful and orderly plan of God.

I began to receive healing in my body only after I received healing and repair on my spiritual state. Healing literally began to travel at breakneck speed. Then I reduced my medications from nine to two. No detox, no weaning. Completely dropped. Using my own plan. I discovered that most underlying secondary disease or medical issues are directly related to or result from other disease. I currently work-out at the local gym (using low weight and paced for little to no injury), have no anxiety or depression, and very little pain! What a miracle. I went from hopeless to happy. Extremely deflated to extremely elated. My life was over…or so I thought. Now I look forward to the next day, instead of dreading it. I am an optimist not a pessimist. Glass half-full kind of person. All this because of one truth-GOD! Healing is very real, yeah, but it does not happen if you do not have GOD. You cannot receive healing in any form without first receiving Jesus Christ as your savior, God as your Father, and the Holy Spirit as your advocate. Period! It is not that God is a good-ole-boy club. No, rather He needs us to be on board with Him and we need to be able to understand His love language to us. Without a relationship with Him, this is not possible. Would you stay married to someone you did not live with? There are some absolutes to adopt for this type of breakthrough healing. Here are some guidelines, which must be followed:

1) First, do not ever buy into the biggest lie of the enemy-that disease is normal and you must learn to live with it and adjust to it, not attempt to eradicate it and defeat it. In truth, God brings life, the enemy brings disease, calamity, and death. Wow! Still, I bought the lie because the doctor who pitched the idea to me had me convinced and, had I not given my life back to God, I would have gone to my grave believing it. Doctors can be so deceiving and convincing. It is not that they purposely try to lie to you; they are just following their training and knowledge. However, God uses the knowledge of this world to confuse and confound the wise. Hmmm!

2) Secondly, Jesus Christ cancelled all disease and affliction known to humanity on the cross. He bore our sickness and by His stripes, we are healed. Therefore, to buy the enemies lies, we are crucifying Jesus Christ all over again thereby negating His sacrificial death altogether or denying His death. Do not do this…It is called blasphemy and to downplay this is sure death!

3) Third, never ever connect or claim any disease or affliction you may be providing a host body to now as your own problem. This is so important to understand. By claiming a problem, we are really cursing ourselves and any children we might have. All the enemy needs to control our lives and wreak havoc is to get his ugly foot in the door of our lives. Did you know that he is powerless to cause any harm otherwise. Generational curses are the number one cause of “hereditary disease.” It is that simple. Deny it, cancel it, then be patient and let God continue forward with His awesome healing plan He has for you, but do not claim it! Claim healing.

4) Lastly, in your prayer, begin by giving God due praise and thanksgiving. Worship Him for everything you have, what He has already done for you, and what He is doing (you see that, doing=faith) for you. Then identify your concerns and ask Him to provide you the strength to resist the enemy and reinforce your authority already provided by Christ’s death on the cross. Finally, end your prayer by stating with respect and authority that by His stripe’s we are healed and you will trust God to continue forward with complete healing and restoration. Do not revisit or re-travel that same prayer. Progress forward with your prayers and if the problem continues (it very well may because God might have your restoration worked in as part of His plan), continue to get proper healing from the elders in your church and pray for strength to fight the enemy.

Nevertheless, brother and sister do not ask or request God to heal you. He can, He will, and He already has. That is as admitting that you do not believe God can do what He has already said He has done, can do, and will do. That is like saying you do not believe in God at all. To doubt God’s abilities or capabilities is to doubt God Himself! I asked God if He could heal me for a long time to no avail. I never received an answer to those prayers. He says in His Word that He will not answer empty, self-condemning, pity prayers. Bashful Christians do not see victory. They cannot experience the power an intimate relationship with the Creator includes. In addition, they become easy prey to the enemy. Remember, we must be in-sync with God to understand what He requires and expects from us. We are created in His very image; therefore, we must start living as He does. He spoke everything into existence. Speak your healing into existence. You have that authority. Jesus provided us this luxury through His love sacrifice. Do not insult the Lord of Lords by asking Him to crucify His Son on the cross a second time! It hurt the Father enough to turn His back on Jesus the first time. Use what He died to accomplish. Use your FAITH. Make your faith a reality. Activate your belief system. Faith without action is useless. It is that easy.

If you do not see healing instantly as some do, look for improvement soon after. If you do not notice any then, the real problem must be on your end and directly related to your spiritual health. Troubleshoot your life starting with your ancestors and their medical histories. Eliminate any disease or afflictions within your previous family tree. Bind up any former problems or they will quickly become your own, or worse, your children’s curse. We are all equipped with every weapon we need to fight the enemy in the war of healing and recovery. Yes! God is not gender-specific. He is not bound by race or culture in His miraculous workings and He is no respecter of persons. God never allows things that we cannot handle happen to us. Moreover, He always provides us a way out of problems we do encounter. He is not a puppeteer. He finds no pleasure in our pain. He only desires restoration and relationships. There is no “trick” to healing. It is rather simple. FAITH! Faith that what the Word says is truth, that God loves you, and what He says He will do, He will do! God created you; don’t you think He can fix any problems with your structure or internal workings? Can’t you believe that if He sent His only Son to die for us that He has a plan for healing us also? Is it so hard to believe that all we must do is BELIEVE? Not believing is buying the enemies lies. FEAR is the opposite of FAITH. Doubt is second-in-command only to fear!

I pray that you receive a deeper relationship with God from this experience. I pray that you experience victory and power that Christ died for us to experience. I pray that after all this, you finally experience true healing, miraculous healing. I pray that it blows your mind. I pray that you become so spiritually shaken from this experience that you too will have the same success testimony, which you can actively use to affect victory with others in the Kingdom of God. Can you imagine what can be accomplished through you with God’s love? Think about your testimony of healing being used to bring others to the same relationship with the Creator that we experience…What a thought, make it an action. Seek God, He will answer. Love Him because He first loved us. Amen.

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