If you’re wondering how to keep and hang on to your healing let me give you a few pointers because I don’t want you to lose out.
I had this great idea that when I turned 40, I would bite the bullet and compete in a triathlon. I workout every day. I’m fit. And I thought, “Shoot, I can handle this. I’m in just as good a shape as most 20 somethings.”
I love swimming, so that shouldn’t be a problem; I used to swim laps every day anyway. I love biking, that would be a cinch, the breeze coming at me at top speed is invigorating. But I hate running. That would be the booger!
I do run. In fact, I like the feeling I get after a run and that high that comes from pushing through the wall. But I still don’t like to run. Partly because I have always had knee problems.
The culprit: torn ligaments and tendons that never received the proper recovery time because I don’t like sitting still. And I pay for it dearly. It has always kept me from running comfortably for more than 2 miles at a time.
I still really wanted to complete this triathlon. So I started training. My best friend bought me an “Iron-woman” triathlon watch for Christmas so I could keep track of my times… I had the bike. I had the sports clothes and athletic shoes. Yes, I had all the gear, but I still didn’t have a good knee.
It wouldn’t cooperate. Most days I pushed through the pain but eventually I realized if I didn’t get my knee fixed I couldn’t compete.
The problem with getting my knee fixed was that surgery was required. And like I said, I can’t stand the thought of being down. I workout almost every day and to me the 6-week downtime while recovering sounded like a death sentence.
I love and require movement. I rarely sit still unless I am reading or working on my laptop or iPad. I couldn’t imagine being immobile for 6 weeks. So… I decided to quit training for the triathlon.
That didn’t fix my knee problem. Flash forward 4 years later, I’m now 44 (at the time of this writing), and still having pain in my knee. It slowed me down when doing my Insanity Workouts. Not fun. But one day I realized something.
Something every believer needs to realize.
We don’t have to live with pain. We can receive a healing and keep it.
I know. I know. You’re wondering how.
First you’ve got to know that God’s Word has the key to our healing.
Proverbs 4:20-22 says,
My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. (AMP)(Bold letters mine for emphasis.)
This says God’s word will bring healing and health to your flesh. But you have to keep the word in the center of your heart.
Second, God’s Word point blank says that Jesus paid the price for your healing.
1 Peter 2:24 says, He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (NLT) (Bold letters mine for emphasis.)
With that knowledge under your belt…
Here’s the key to keeping your healing:
Once you realize Christ grants you full healing, and you can believe for it, you have to fight for it. And fight you will because here’s what usually happens – you start to feel better but then in time you feel a symptom return. A little bit of pain comes back. Or the swelling returns. Or you see some other manifestation.
What’s happening here is that the enemy is trying to get you to focus on what you see and feel in the natural instead of focusing on the truth in the supernatural.
Why the Enemy Wants You to Speak Against Your Healing
He’s trying to get you to say the opposite of what God gave you. Satan knows what you speak is what will come to pass. That’s why he wants you to speak how you feel instead of speaking what you know. He knows the power of your words.
The truth of God’s Word is this – you have been given healing. So – you can’t, can’t, can’t begin to think like the enemy does. And you certainly can’t, can’t, can’t begin to speak like he does.
Resist the enemy by resisting the urge to say how you feel physically. Spin it around and say, “I know God healed me and I am going to feel it. I am getting better. My strength is returning. My sickness is leaving. I am healthy and whole.”
How to Lose Your Healing
Don’t change your confession of your words. This is where you can loose your healing. You have to hold on to your faith confession.
Hebrews 10:23 says: Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised.
See it? You’ve got to hold on to your confession of faith. Hold it, don’t let it go or slip away!
How To Hold On to Your Healing:
1. Take in the Word.
Let the word have its home in your heart. (Col 3:16)
The more at home the Word feels in you – the more comfortable you will be with thinking it. Which is good because thinking it prompts you to speak it.
2. Think the Word.
As a man thinks in his heart, so he is. (Proverbs 23:7)
If you think you’re healed, you will be healed.
3. Speak the Word.
Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
If you start to feel symptoms come back speak to the devil and tell them to go away. Quote God’s word to him. Tell your symptoms to leave.
Resist Sickness Just Like You Resist Sin
It’s God’s will to heal you just as much as it is to forgive you of sin. It’s God’s will that you resist sickness, pain, and disease just like you resist sin.
If you start feeling pain, say: “Pain I resist you. I refuse to be in pain.” Pain must leave. If you start feeling sick, say: “Sickness I resist you. I refuse to be sick. Christ healed me of all sickness.”
This is resisting the devil and what he is trying to put back on you through unbelief and using what you say. But if you hold fast to your confession of faith – you will keep your healing.
How I Fight When Faced With Pain
Any time the devil tries to tempt me with a little pain in my knee, I go into fighting mode. I resist his attacks by thinking and saying out loud: “Knee you are healed. Pain, you have to go because Christ paid the price for my healing. My knee is strong and feels good.”
All that may sound silly to some who don’t believe. But guess what? It works. Scientific studies reveal that physical bodies respond to words.
I am happy to say since learning this – I don’t suffer with knee problems anymore.
Now, the question you are all dying to ask… “Will I compete in a triathlon?” The answer… No. But not because of a knee problem. I just don’t want to run!
So come on, if you want to keep your healing, hold onto your confession of faith. That’s how you hold on to healing!