“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Almost 15 years ago, I had to take my work health check-up. While in the room, the doctor noticed a lump in my elbow bend. He didn’t know what it was, so he scheduled an ultrasound test to be taken in two weeks time. He looked a bit concerned.
Needless to say, I was terrified, I was young and thought I was immortal as young people often do. During the testing, the radiologist scanned the lump in all angles and murmured to himself. I had no idea what he was concluding. My heart was already in my throat. What he then said to me was that he too had no idea what the lump was. He said it looked like a gel pad that had enlarged and thus could be totally harmless, but it could be something else too. He scheduled an appointment for me to go to a local hospital to have a small surgery done. I got up, got my papers from the check-in and started to walk towards the front door. Right when my foot touched the pavement, I said out loud: “No! In Jesus name, there is nothing wrong with my elbow! I will not believe this news! I’m not going to receive this, in Jesus name!” And I went on with my life, thinking nothing of it.
A few weeks later, I was at the hospital getting ready for the operation. The surgeon comes in to check the situation. He feels and pokes around at the bend of my elbow. He checks the papers again and then asks me, “Just how big was the lump?” I told him that it was the size of an egg at the time of the ultrasound. He said, “But there’s only a pea sized lump now. I need to consult this with another surgeon. Just a moment.” I laid on the hospital bed reading a book and waited for an hour until he came back. He didn’t want to do the operation as the elbow is such a complicated place and the lump was so small. He was afraid that he would do more harm than good and decided to leave the lump as is. I got up, grabbed my bag and drove home. Thanking God the whole way! Praise God! To this day, I have no idea what it was, but it has not reoccurred.
As God’s people, we just cannot accept bad news and bad reports spoken over us (see Proverbs 26:2). We need to accept what the Bible says about us, that Jesus has died for our sickness and disease. And that by His stripes we were healed (see Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24).
Prayer: Father God, I thank You that You gave us Your Son to die for our sins and even more, that we can be healed because He suffered. I pray for my sisters who are struggling with sickness and disease. Please let the healing manifest in their lives right now. Let Your Holy Spirit quicken their healing process and let all the physical ailments just dissolve in Your presence! I pray for my sisters who struggle with cancer, depression, anxiety, genetic disorders, obesity, skin problems, cartilage issues, fertility issues, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, eye problems, memory loss, fungus or parasites. In Jesus name, disease get out! You have NO right to torment any of God’s people’s bodies! The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Himself has said that we ARE healed by the stripes of His Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. So get going sickness! Leave without a trace and NEVER come back again. I declare this in Jesus’ mighty and precious name. Amen.