Archive for March 2012

Healing Words

How do words affect your health? Let’s look at some scriptures to find out.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

That scripture makes me want to pay attention to every word I say. Our words have the power to create, so we need to use them productively.

Imagine if every time you stepped in the kitchen you said, “I’m just a terrible cook.” Guess what? Your actions will follow that. You don’t have to be a famous chef, who has God-given talent and taste buds to be a good cook, but if you tell yourself you are a bad cook, you will do nothing to improve that. And indeed, you remain a bad cook.

Let’s look at your health. What are you proclaiming about it? Are you saying that this or that condition runs in your family? Why would you say that over the generations who follow you? Or why would you claim it from previous generations?

Let’s look at how you can use the scripture to bring about health and healing. Psalms 107: 20 says, “ He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from destruction.” You can declare that promise from scripture by speaking it out loud. If you get sick, you can use the words of the prophet Jeremiah, “Heal me, O Lord and I will be healed; Save me and I will be saved.” Jeremiah 17:14.

You have power in the spoken scripture. Speak God’s promises of health over yourself and those you care about.

Renew Your Mind

Romans 12:2 says: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

According to Bible scholar John MacArthur, the word “conformed” refers to an outward appearance that is different than what is on the inside, or a masquerade. “This world” refers to a system of beliefs and values for the age, meaning any point in time. Beliefs and values of the world are ruled by Satan and should be avoided. So, in essence Paul is saying that we should not be conformed to worldly values and the ways of Satan, rather transformed to live a life that demonstrates God’s grace and redemption in us.

How do we do this? By renewing our minds through reading scripture. This will cause a metamorphosis of who we are. When you think of all the worldly media thrown at us today, it’s even more important to renew our minds so we can live a godly life.

A couple of years ago I had a goal of reading the four gospels and Acts twice during the year. My purpose was to see the actions and life of our savior Jesus. Though I know many of the stories of the New Testament, to read about Christ everyday had an amazing effect on my mind. It made me see more events and people through His eyes.

Reading Acts, when Christ had physically left the earth, reminded me that through God’s Holy Spirit, and calling on the name of Jesus, we have the same power to do what Jesus did.  In Acts, ordinary people like me, by the power of God, became extraordinary!

Renew your mind and be extraordinary for God!

Jesus, Healer of my Heart

“He heals the broken-hearted

And binds up their wounds.”

—Psalms 147:3, New American Standard Version

Doesn’t it make sense that a God who would become a man and hang on a cross for you would be concerned for your heartbreak? The quote above from Psalms likely came after the Israelites returned to Jerusalem following their captivity in Babylon. The last five Psalms in the Bible focus on praise, so the proclamation comes in the midst of overwhelming thankfulness.

Perhaps the healing of our hearts comes from overwhelming thankfulness. My parents, who adored God and each other, died in 2003. This was a sorrowful time in my life, and yet, I am grateful for the relationship I had with them and the guidance they gave me in my walk with God. In that season of sorrow, only God could heal the hole in my heart from their loss.

If you read the four gospels, you can see that many times Jesus felt such a compassion for people that it compelled Him to perform miracles. If you feel hurt and sorrow in your heart, ask God to heal it. He does not want you to suffer in your hurting alone. He is the God that can heal your broken heart.

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