"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."
~ Isaiah 53:5 ~
"...who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed."
~ I Peter 2:24 ~
My husband and I were cooking and eating together early evening yesterday; when it seemed out of nowhere the 'chills' started on my back. My mood was immediately moved by the chills as it was a signal to my brain, "You're getting sick." Immediately, because I am learning of the promises of God it became an all out WAR!
I was being convinced by my body that I was getting sicker by the moment. Yet in the same moment I was being reminded in my spirit, as I was reminding my mind that I am not to be moved by what I feel or see, but to be immovable because of the Word of God.
I'm sure my husband received great validation of how much crazier his wife is, when I started jumping up and down by faith rejoicing that I was healed. I was envisioning my body healed (faith). Well, it seemed the more I did it, the more my body convinced me I was truly crazy and still really sick! Haahaaahaaa! At the same time I saw that this was also a result of a lack of rest.
Around 7:30 pm I went to bed and was awakened shivering cold at about 9:45 pm. I got up out of bed to say, "Good night" to the kids and saying our prayers with my husband. I made a quick phone call and texted a few messages and went back to bed, as my body was soaking in the rest like a sponge. I was going through this great unwavering state where I knew what God said, but I knew what my body was saying too. I can't 'feel' or 'see' God many times, so I usually go with what is tangible, and that can be quite deceiving and dangerous.
This morning, I awoke and slowly but surely got showered, 'put my face on' and styled my hair. My head was starting to fill up with pressure as well as my ears; my throat was slowly becoming sore by the minute. I looked into the mirror and reminded myself, "I am healed in Jesus name." "I praise You Lord that I am healed."
Now please know that I didn't feel like doing any of this. I just wanted to curl up in my bed and go to sleep. Suddenly, what came through me were these words, "Sickness is like depression; when it is entertained, it will overtake you." I held onto those words. I was reminded of the promise in Isaiah and I Peter that by the Stripes of Jesus we are and were healed.
I had to think back on the movie, "The Passion of The Christ", by Mel Gibson. I remembered the horrific scene in which these barbaric Roman soldiers violently by great force using their barbaric whips tore Jesus' back apart. When I was reminded of that, I said, "I know Lord You did not do that in vain, I receive my healing from You right now. I know the healing was there before I was even born, and I receive that now in Jesus name, for by Your stripes You made sure I was healed." For me personally, I held onto that, and guess what? I am not kidding, within minutes, the healing of God overtook my body and not the sickness. Don't think doubt hasn't tried to come against me since that time. I must remind myself by the convicting of the Spirit of God that doubt has no place when faith is present!
Some may call it a 'happenstance', some may call it the 12 hour bug; BUT I choose to believe and call it being healed by my Almighty Physician; Who was, is and forever will be Almighty God, Almighty Healer!
It is difficult not to be moved...but in the end as my pastor said, "Victory is already available....now it becomes a CHOICE whether I walk in it or not."
I must remember that His healing provision was on all three parts. Emotional/Mental (Mind or Soul), Physical (Body) and More than anything our Spirit being renewed and 'reborn' to God through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I am so grateful for the healing power of God that I have seen be revealed upon my body today. Let His power and strength overtake us with Who He is; The Great Lover, Healer, Restorer and Refresher!