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I’ve been thinking about healing a lot lately, as a couple of my friends have been dealing with some major health problems, and I have some health issues, too.

The Bible clearly states, in at least two places, that we were healed by the beating Jesus took right before He was crucified.

So it’s a done deal!

Finished, as He said (John 19:30).

Why then are some of us still sick? And don’t give me that stuff about Paul’s thorn in the flesh – God treats each of us differently, because we are each unique. So what’s needed with one of His children isn’t necessarily what works with others. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ here.

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This last weekend, Holy Spirit showed me something I had believed since childhood, that had kept me unhealed most of my life.

I started wearing glasses when I was 8. The first week or so, I had horrible headaches. My clearest memory from that time is of my Mom rocking me, with a cold compress on my eyes.

What He showed me was that I agreed to have bad vision because it meant that I could receive this kind of love and attention from my Mom. (After all, how many mothers are still rocking their children when they’re eight years old?)

So I have worn glasses ever since, and my vision has gotten progressively worse, as I was told it would.

And yet, Holy Spirit also showed me that good vision is my birthright in Christ!

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So even though my eyesight was healed two thousand years ago, because I made an agreement with bad vision as a child, in an attempt to have my needs met, I still don’t walk in perfect eyesight!

How stupid is that! Furthermore, He began to show me how this basic belief had shaped my whole life – other health issues, my relationships with parents, children, husband, and even God!

No wonder I expected to ‘pay’ for God’s love somehow – to have to suffer, or go through hard times, or .. something!

This was not the belief that I had to earn my salvation, or His love. I know better than that! He loves freely, and gives freely. It was more a sense of having to ‘pay the piper’. That we get happiness by living through pain first.

UGH!!!! This is really masochism!

And it’s demon dung!

Straight from the lies of satan!

And I refuse to believe it any more!

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As you go through the next few days, may Holy Spirit show you if there are any places where you have made an agreement with sickness or pain, in an attempt to get your needs met.

And may He show you that all your needs are met in Jesus Christ, so that you can stop striving to get them met on your own.

May He also set you free of every lie, every vow, and every belief that keeps you from walking in the total healing (body, soul and spirit) that Jesus paid a horrific price to give you!

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Whose Faith?

Hebrews 12:2 has been a favorite verse of mine since Holy Spirit showed me that ‘the joy set before Him’ was me! (and you!)

Recently, He has been showing me even more in this verse.

Being an author, I appreciate the use of that term to describe His work in us. No one can write a book the way the original author intended. There have been a few who tried, when an author died before completing the work. Not always a success.

But the thing I sort of missed, while seeing that He is the only one who can write our faith, is  . . . that includes ME.

What He has been showing me this past week is that my faith is ALL His work.  Not mine!

Yup, you heard me – NOT MINE!!

Or YOURS!

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In all the years, and all the churches I’ve been in, I don’t think I’ve ever heard this preached/taught the way He’s showing me now.  Oh, sure, I heard that faith comes from God, but there was always this expectation that “now that He’s given you this faith, it’s your job to make it grow, to ‘use it or lose it'”.

But that’s not what Heb. 12:2 says. He is not just the author of our faith, but the finisher – the one who completes it.

‘Finisher’ is the noun form of the verb ‘Teleioo’. Here’s the definition of that, from Strong’s:

  1. to make perfect, complete
    1. to carry through completely, to accomplish, finish, bring to an end
  2. to complete (perfect)
    1. add what is yet wanting in order to render a thing full
    2. to be found perfect
  3. to bring to the end (goal) proposed
  4. to accomplish
    1. bring to a close or fulfilment by event
      1. of the prophecies of the scriptures
 King James Word Usage – Total: 24
make perfect 12, perfect 4, finish 4, fulfil 2, be perfect 1, consecrate 1

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Wow! Amazing stuff, huh?

So where does that leave all my work, all my striving to ‘build my faith’?

On the dung heap! With all my other ‘works’. Thank God!

This is yet another thing that ” … is finished.” (John 19:30)

Hallelujah!

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As we get ready this week to celebrate His death and resurrection, may Holy Spirit show you, in more complete detail, just what Christ finished on the cross.

And may that set you free from empty works, from all striving and all bondage.

And may you go forth from this most wonderful of seasons secure in the knowledge that HE will finish your faith, will perfect it (and you). And all you have to do is say ‘yes’.

Shalom

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