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.
One of the most tried and true weapons that Satan uses against us is this question: “Did God really say…”
He started way back in the Garden of Eden; it worked, so why look for something else?
There are numerous variations on this:
“He didn’t really mean…”
“That’s too good to be true.”
“That was for Bible times; God doesn’t do that today.”
“God doesn’t talk to you.”
Some are more subtle:
The truth is, God talks to us all the time. He wants to say things to us more than we want to listen. He speaks through Scripture, prophetic words, dreams, vision, “coincidences” and inward impressions.
How do we attract the word of the Lord?
Be good stewards of what He has already spoken.
The only one who can protect and keep words that God has given to you is…you. That’s your job.
I used to have a pastor who taught that we should not hold onto words that were given years ago. They are “old wine.” That actually is not in line with Scripture. Abraham had to hold to God’s promise of a son for twenty-five years. I would say that is a while.
I have decided that part of my Lenten discipline this year will be to write out words that God has given me so that I can be more faithful.
My challenge to you is this:
Write down at least one Bible verse that has been important in your life.
Now, write down at least one personal word God has given you, through a vision, dream, prophetic word, impression, coincident…
What seem to be the barriers to receiving these words and appropriating them? Ask God to help you lay down anything that gets in your way.
Put these two words where you can read them often. Choose one thing you can do to respond to each one.
May the words you have heard from God be more real; may they come to fruition.
Come oh you Christians;
Oh come one and all;
Come to Holy Spirit’s
Come know the great love
Of Jesus for you;
Then go out and share it;
Show that it’s true.
Go to the nations;
Go to every town;
Into your neighborhood;
Up hill and down.
Show by your actions,
Attitude and word;
That Jesus is truly
Savior and Lord.
By His saving grace
And through Him alone,
We enter God’s Kingdom,
Our blessed home.
Lift glad songs of praise
To Him who loves fully;