This past week was hard. I went running – that was good! But after a great day of exercise and fun, I later found one of my knees swollen. No pain, just swollen. Then, within an hour or two, the knee started to hurt. O, boy!
As soon as I saw that something could be wrong (this may or may not sound crazy to you), I immediately started speaking to my knee! Oh yeah! I pleaded (covered the situation with) the Blood of Jesus first. I then declared that any shock, trauma, injury or sickness would have NO effect on that knee or any organ in my body. “By His stripes, I am healed!” says Isaiah at 53:5. So I reminded myself of that, and of other places in the Bible where we are given scripture to speak over ourselves because Mark 11:23 tells me that I can have what I believe and say until I see the good report manifested.
I called my husband, and we prayed. I also texted a few friends to stand with me in agreement for my healing. (There is power in agreement!) I can see my knee completely restored, back to normal, and even better that it was before. Amen!
The next day I went to the doctor. He explained a few things about the situation, and that it could take some time (I hate it when they say that!) to recover from the injury. No matter what he said, I am still standing (believing) for a quick recovery and even a miracle to happen. Why not? Healing and restoration are God’s promises for us, so I'm going to stand in accordance with Mark 11:23.
I can't wait for you to have access to the Beauty Guide to Spiritual Lips. (It's coming soon!) This guide has been my own guide to watching what I say, it has helped me to keep my faith activated.
Fast forward to a few days later - I had to admit that, although my knee felt better, the situation (and the enemy) was trying to put me down. I could hardly walk, and I was getting exasperated about lying in bed all day. I hope to remember this moment in life the next time I say, “I wish I could stay in bed without having to do anything. I won’t be saying that anymore!
My devotional that morning had a suggested reading: Acts 2:13-41. As I was reading it, verse 25 and 26 jumped out. God showed up, I love it! Here are the verses:
TELL YOUR FEELINGS HOW TO FEEL!
When I read these verses in Acts 2:25-26, I got excited. King David prophesied about the impossibility of Jesus being held back by the power of death, destruction, or any challenging situations that He experienced. It seems to me that David was having his own share of difficulties at the time he said that. In spite of his troubles, David chose to hope and command his heart to rejoice no matter what! I never would have guessed that those few great words of encouragement would bring such a positive effect on my day. They rocked my world! I needed a reminder (again!) keep telling my feelings how to feel!
Sometimes it’s hard to keep our attitude and emotions in place when we are going through a challenging situation. Pain, stress, anxiety, and fear can try to overtake us. The mind is a powerful thing. But not more powerful than the Word of God! I found that studying God’s specific scriptures, in this case, healing scriptures, are like an intake of medicine.
During this week I’ve been using God’s Word to literally administer healing and restoration to my mind and emotions first. I am experiencing the effects. My body is responding and is feeling better and better!
These healing scriptures are activating my faith. The Holy Spirit is reminding me of what God already has done for me. I am healed. "By His stripes, I am healed!" The revelation is a prescription for my soul (mind, will, and emotions). I say: “God’s Word is my medicine now, causing a ‘ripple effect’! My mind tells my feelings how to feel. My emotions are instructed how they ought to behave. My body responds to the spiritual ‘medicine’ I’m feeding it.”
I wish that every time we encounter a sickness or challenging situation, we can change it right away. It doesn't always happen, but we can all keep prescribing ‘medicine’ to our soul and body every time it is needed. Through the Holy Spirit, we learn to manage our feelings and emotions and keep them under control so that situations don’t take the best from us.
MY TAKE ON THE SITUATION - DO TRY THESE AT HOME🤓!
Keep priorities straight – It’s about our relationship with the Lord first! Maintaining open communication, praying and believing, but also listening to what the Holy Spirit has to say. In the natural, we lean toward our understanding. Scripture tells us we should not, “…be wise in our own eyes…” We should not assume that what we think is right always is right! When we trust God, healing and strength comes, see Proverbs 3:7-8.
God’s Word is the best medicine! See Proverbs 4:20-22. Our continual focus on His promises will stop doubt and unbelief from trying to dominate our thinking and emotions. When it comes to healing, God promised to be our doctor, see Exodus 15:26. He can heal any and all injury or sickness, see Psalm 103:2-3.
Jesus took a real and horrible beating so that you and I can have our healing right now – today! “… by His stripes, I am healed!”, see Isaiah 53:5. Can you see how knowing these truths keeps our faith activated to fully expect and receive the manifestation of the good report?
We also can choose to dwell (stay) in hope. Our attitude is important – it makes a difference, see Proverbs 17:22. What we say instructs our mind, body and emotions NOT to accept, but block, any adverse effect trying to agitate, frustrate, stress, and knock or cast us down (discourage or depress us). We want to be careful not to allow the enemy or a situation to disturb our sense of stability, security or mood – our happy state!
Hey, I'm making a conscious decision to rejoice (show evidence of the joy of the Lord!) with what I say. Yes! I'm going to use my mouth to give God praise, instead of giving in to complaining, I know my knee is completely restored.
We are not alone! God promised not to leave us or forsakes us, see Hebrews 13:5. God is very aware of the things we go through. He is there for us, our very present help when we need Him, see Psalm 46:1. When we take on His point of view (that we are already healed!) our faith and position rise to the occasion. In the spirit, we have authority to command injuries, sickness, depression, and other things to leave; they have to go! We are positioned to command! We sit in heavenly places… see Ephesians 2:6.
Woohoo! Girls, can you see it? That’s empowerment! That’s how I went from feeling downcast back to my happy place. It's the resurrected power activated through the Holy Spirit, by faith, transforming my thinking, enabling me to believe and speak up the outcome I want to see happen. It's faith in action!
Maybe you are going through something in your life that it is or feels similar. It might not be a knee injury particularly, but still, it's something challenging or frustrating that wants to cast you down. It makes you feel hopeless, depressed or like a failure. I hope this short message will encourage you and empower you to see the situation differently and to fight back. God's Word in your mouth is a powerful weapon.
Stay in touch. I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below. Let's stand together, you and me in agreement and faith to see speedy demonstrations and good reports. Let me know how I can pray or help.