When You’ve Prayed and Still Have Symptoms
What comes to mind when you think of salvation?
- Justification (forgiveness of sin)
Salvation is both forgiveness of sin and healing because God intended His gift of reconciliation to be for the whole person: spirit, soul and body. When man fell, he become separated from God in every aspect. When Jesus came and gave His life, He reconciled the real you back to God (more on this topic later). That means, in salvation you receive both forgiveness of sin (through His blood) and healing of the body (through His body). Jesus illustrated this through the cup and the bread (See Luke 22:20 and Luke 22:19)
The Bible says in order to receive salvation we are to believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths. (see Romans 10:9,10).
What does Salvation mean?
I remember the first time I stumbled upon this truth. I’d been praying for healing for a number of years and was bitterly discouraged. The only thing I could do was read scripture (which was the best thing!)
One day my eyes fell on this verse:
He (Jesus) asked. “Which is easier, to say to a paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, pick up your mat, and walk’?
But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins…”
He said to the paralytic, “I tell you, get up, pick up your mat, and go home.”
(Mark 2:9-11, Matt 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26)
For the first time I understood that Jesus was saying forgiveness and healing are equal. He provided for both through His blood and body on the cross.
Make your confession match your belief.
When you understand that both forgiveness and healing are free gifts to you, you’ll also understand that you receive them the same way: by grace (God’s empowerment), through faith (believing what God says is what He will do.) By believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth.
“1 Peter 2:24 says by His stripes I was made whole! I believe this, so I am speaking it!”
If you really believe it, what you say will reflect that.
Your confession (what you say) must remain focused on truth, not on talking about your symptoms. You’d never believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead then start saying He’s still dead. If you did, one would question your salvation. What you say you believe and what you confess with your mouth must be the same thing.
If you catch yourself talking about your sickness here’s what you do:
Simply make what you believe match what you say and don’t change your mind or your words. It’s easy to believe and confess when you know that God wants you well. Even in the face of your symptoms you find you have the strength to believe because you know God does not lie.
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