My favorite part of yesterday’s video testimony came towards the end of the broadcast. I’m a sap when it comes to babies. I sat in a puddle of salty tears as I listened to the miraculous happy ending that young family received with the birth of their healthy baby girl. God’s powerful love is simply breathtaking.
What impressed me most was the honest answer Steve Hannett gave when questioned as to how this couple walked through such a devastating diagnosis trusting only in the power of God’s written word (the Christian Holy Bible) for their child’s healing:
“They were laboring in the word. They told me sometimes it was easy and sometimes it was hard. There was a struggle, but they were praying like Jacob, “I won’t let go until you bless me.” They prayed that way until the delivery of their baby. They knew in the natural what the doctor was reporting was accurate, but they knew in the spirit that what God almighty was reporting was accurate. They believed the right voice.”
Laboring in the word, believing the right voice. This is, in a nutshell, the Christian life of faith. The good life is ours to enjoy. Jesus freely gave us the gift of life. Lord, we believe. Help our unbelief.
For me, it’s fun to live in this time period. Science has advanced to such a degree that it is literally proving out the words recorded in the Bible. But even so, I find that we, as Christians, still struggle to believe the words we read. I mean really believe. Like stake your life on it and more importantly, live like it’s true believe. The kind of belief that comes from a heart that knows and readily accepts that each word I’m reading is the way it is, the way life works, the way I work. That it is REAL.
Hence, the struggle.
The world is LOUD. So. many. voices. We have the blessed freedom to choose which voices we want to believe. The problem is, with so many voices vying for attention and constantly coming at us, even when we’ve decided which voices we want to give space to in our lives– those voices that we want to take part in molding our thinking– it can be difficult to fully believe them when opposing voices are bombarding our minds.
Since yesterday’s video dealt with the healing of a diseased body, let’s use that as an example of why someone, even a long-time Christian, in a similar situation may have to labor to believe that they can receive healing from an illness and aren’t at the mercy of the natural course of a disease.
As adults, that couple had likely already lived their entire lives being molded by the media.
Media alone is a big voice. It’s a game changer. A MAJOR influence. Think of all the disease, tragedies, death and fear-based messages we’ve watched on the network news stations and in movies and television dramas over the course of our lives. Then, when the commercials get their turn, we are inundated with pharmaceutical advertisements to treat (not cure) a multitude of disease, listing every side effect known to man (none of them good) while we watch people frolicking in a field of daisies or sharing a romantic moment on the shore of the ocean. Following that, ominous words blare out from a black screen as a litigation ad prompts us to call them now if we or someone we love have died (don’t you love that one?) from taking the aforementioned prescription drugs. Then our computer screen is persistently plagued by google pictorial ads reminding us that we’re at high risk for diabetes, breast cancer, and organ failure.
After media, we need to take into account whatever family and societal belief system a person has been born into and then reared. Throw in 13 years (minimum) of our governmental education system in which they spent gads of hours each day learning and studying various required coursework under the direction of many different educators.
These are not necessarily bad pursuits in any way. This is merely an example of the many life experiences and varying voices that influence our thinking and shape our minds. What we think on enough, no matter what voice it came from (media, school, etc.), becomes our belief system. What we believe in the core of our being is what we will experience. This is how we were designed. As image bearers, we are far more powerful than what many of us realize. We are the only creation made in the image of God.
In the area of healing, growing up with messages of sickness and disease in your face all the time and reared in a community that states there is no cure for such and such disease, oh! and don’t forget that everything causes cancer…. If we find ourselves standing knee-deep in a seemingly impossible medical diagnosis, it’s going to take some laboring on our part to reshape our thinking and believe another voice. A voice that promises victory and not disaster.
That voice exists. It is a POWERFUL voice. It is the voice of love. Of light. Of LIFE. We need only to turn our focus towards it, to seek this voice with all of our heart, to look and listen, and do it again. Laboring, because we trust the reward is worth it all. That He is good and He is worth it all. And when we join our voice with HIS voice– speaking His word back to Him, declaring His word over our circumstances– a funny thing happens. We soon recognize that WE BELIEVE.
My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. -Proverbs 4:20-23 (New Living Translation Bible)
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.- Hebrews 11:6 (New Living Translation Bible)
Hebrews is a wonderful book to delve into, especially chapters 3-4, and 11, when talking about faith, laboring, and then the REST (the obtained promise), that comes. God loves us and, despite what this world and our own mistaken thoughts and opinions have spoken to us, He wants us living a blessed, whole life NOW and for eternity. Disease and early death are not a part of His plan for our lives.
Talk to me: Do you ever just wish you could pray and see a friend or loved one recover fully from illness? Do you have a hard time believing stories of miraculous healings, especially in the face of such devastating worldly news? Have you ever experienced healing in your life or personally know of someone who has? Does the heartbreak of those who don’t make it, they died when others prayed, make this a difficult subject for you?
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