Be careful about what you receive.
A few weeks ago, I decided to go see my doctor after a dream and a couple of conversations. (Getting me to go to the doctor is probably more difficult than geting a bill through Congress!)
He ordered a couple of diagnostics, including a chest X-ray, since I am at risk of lung problems.
My first X-ray showed a nodule in my left lung. As soon as I heard that, I called some friends and asked them to agree with me in prayer. My sense: I was not to pick this up; I was to stand in faith and not fear.
I had to get a second set of “pictures.” They came back “normal.”
This is the second time in my life that I have heard God say very clearly that I was not to own a diagnosis. The first one was in 2000: I had been told that I had FibroMyalgia. Immediately I heard, “Don’t pick that up; don’t own it. It is not yours.”
I had symptoms for almost a year.
Then, I was praying and fasting in preparation for a conference I was going to.
Most of the time, I clean house or work in my yard when I fast: It helps me to focus. This time was no different.
In the middle of cleaning the cat’s litter tray, I heard, “If anyone says you have Fibromyalgia, they’re lying: You have been healed.” I didn’t have a single symptom after that.
This time, the possibility of a life threatening condition challenged me to reaffirm my zeal for living. I’m searching out new goals and dreams; I’m pressing into prophetic words that still need to be fulfilled.
I will have a long, joyful, prosperous life; I will not accept anything less than that!
Now to be clear, I am not talking about Mind Over Matter or the power of positive thinking; I am standing on the word of God and declaring to you that you have choices to make: Will you receive curses, even “benevolent” ones – negative characterizations, predictions, diagnoses, general opinions – that are not in line with God’s plans for you? Will you hold to lies, such as, “God has made you ill…or poor…”
Will you seek God, his Kingdom and righteousness? Will you agree with blessings?
Take care: Choose what you will receive or not. Being able to say, “No” is vital to prosperous, blessed living; saying “yes” to the good things that God has for you is even more important.
By the way, it is equally important to guard your lips: Take care not to utter curses about yourself and others; be diligent in proclaiming blessings.
Jesus believes in you;
He has from the very beginning,
Even before you could find a single reason
To believe in yourself.
And if He who knows all
Has such great and wonderful confidence,
Wouldn’t you do well
To agree with Him?
Do you agree with God?
Recently, I heard God telling me that He loves and likes me. Any way that I don’t love or like myself is not in agreement with Him. This has been a call to deep repentance for me. In response, my Lenten discipline has been to meditate on God’s regard for me.
The first verse that came to mind is 1 John 3:1: “Behold how great is the love that God lavishes on us, that we are called His children, and that is what we are…”
The next was Hebrews 2:11,”..Jesus is not ashamed to call us His brothers and sisters.”
Then, “He put his mark on us to show that we are his, and he put his Spirit in our hearts to be a guarantee for all he has promised.” 2 Cor 1:22 NCV
“I will be your father, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor 6:18 GNT,
Here is just a little bit more of what HE says about you:
Psalm 103:4; Isaiah 61:2 You are crowned with love, compassion and beauty.
Jer. 31:3 Papa God loves you with an everlasting love; you have never not been loved by Him.
Romans 15:14 You are full of goodness.
Romans 15:14 You are complete in knowledge and competant to instruct others.
1 Corinthians 6:19 You are the temple of the Holy spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:3 You are a living epistle.
2 Corinthians 3:18 You are a reflection of God’s glory.
2 Corinthians 3:18 You are being transformed into His likeness.
2 Corinthians 5:17 You are a new creation. (The word for “new” means something that has never existed before.)
Galatians 4:6 You are God’s son or daughter. (That means you’re a prince or princess.)
Galatians 4:7 You are an heir in God’s Kingdom.
Galatians 4:28 You are a child of promise.
Ephesians 2:10 You are God’s workmanship.
Ephesians 2:19 You are a fellow citizen with God.
Ephesians 2:19 You are a member of God’s household.
Ephesians 2:22 You are a dwelling in which God lives.
Ephesians 5:8 You are a child of light; light in the Lord.
Colossians 3:1 You are raised with Christ.
Colossians 3:12 You are one of God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved
Colossians 3:15 The peace of Christ rules in your heart.
Colossians 3:15 You are called to peace as part of the body of Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7 You have a spirit of love, power and a sound mind.
1 Peter 2:5,9 You are part of the holy, royal priesthood.
1 Peter 3:14 You are blessed.
1 Peter 5:10 You are Called to His eternal glory in Christ
2 Peter 1:3 You have everything You need for life and godliness through your knowledge of Him who called you by His own glory and goodness.
“We were made to be loved and to love. This is God’s purpose for us.” Danny Randall, “Glimpses Into a Love Beyond Words”
Lord God, we come to You, asking that You work in our hearts until we completely agree with who You say You are and we are. Let all inner wounds be healed so that we experience ourselves as Your blessed, most beloved children. By Your grace, we lay down all lies to which we have held. We agree that we are made in Your image, loved and lovable. Amen.