One of the biggest blessings of ministry is cultivating new relationships. I’ve met people from all over the world and have had the privilege of praying for them as a result of writing here.
Most of you know, two of my close friends have passed on to be with Jesus over the past two years. My dear Ann passed in the last two weeks. The timing of it all caused me to be moved to tears (and to my knees) when one dear reader wrote with a prayer request for healing just this week.
It got me thinking about how many people in this broken world are hurting. I know God wants our healing. He wants what’s best for us. He wants to prosper us and not harm us, to give us a hope and a future. As my friend Ann put it so well, either way we are healed, whether here or in heaven.
With the exception of having been a nurse and having experienced God’s healing in my own life, I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 20. The last time I had a colonoscopy, the doctor said, “Rivera, if I had not diagnosed you 21 years ago, I would never have known you had Crohn’s. Your colon is all clear.”
My friend Laurie, who was with me that day, still teases me about evangelizing under the influence of anesthesia. With slurred speech, apparently I said, “Yes, I know. Jesus healed me.”
From that perspective, I thought I would share some things that helped me personally.
1) Pray. Ask for healing and walk in it. Believe God wants your healing. Believe He IS healing. Tell the spirit of infirmity to leave in Jesus’ name. I own Crohn’s because I was diagnosed with it, but I don’t let Crohn’s own me. It does not define me. I’m not victim to it. I rarely ever talk about being diagnosed with it. Don’t let your diagnosis own you. Give it to Jesus, and pray with belief.
2) Detox– mentally and emotionally. Bitterness, envy, pride, jealousy, judgment, guilt, shame… are all toxins to our souls. They can contribute to sickness. Do a soul cleansing, asking God to help you rid of any of these negative feelings that might be present in your heart, mind, or soul. Getting these out will bring freedom. With freedom comes healing.
Anything from the past that doesn’t belong (including unhealthy relationships), get it out. Don’t live in the past. It’s over. Let it go. What’s done is done, and God’s probably already using it. Don’t let the enemy use it to destroy you. Forgive others. Forgive yourself. And ask God for forgiveness and healing. If God has forgiven, He’s deleted it from His memory. To Him, it’s as if it never happened.
“I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins.” ~Isaiah 43:25
–Detox physically. Cut soda and drinks filled with sugar. Drink water, lots of it. Flush out those toxins. Increase fruits and veggies, and other foods with fiber.
4) Renew your mind. As a nurse, I’ve always been fascinated by the role the mind and emotions play in our healing.
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” ~ 3 John 2
Notice how our “souls prospering” and our “health” go together? Be careful what images or scenarios you allow to play over and over in your mind. I mean, don’t allow the enemy to feed your mind with negative thoughts about who you are or your outcome. Take your thoughts captive. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Replace wrong thoughts with right ones. Reprogram your thinking with truth.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” ~2 Corinthians 10:4-5
5) Choose life. —Feast on God’s Word. Drink the Living Water. Get to know Jesus, personally. Recognize Him as Healer, and call on His name. Remember, by His stripes we are healed.
“…but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” ~John 4:14
—A good rule with eating is, if it’s alive, green, and edible, eat it. If it’s dead, colorless or brown, stay away. If you can’t read it, don’t eat it. Cut white sugar and white flour as much as possible.
Juice and drink organic veggies every day, if you can. Add a lemon and apple to your juicing to enhance flavor. If you can’t buy organic, wash the pesticides off.
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice – (natural disinfectant) 2 Tbsp. Vinegar (cleans the fruits and vegetables neutralizes most pesticides)
Just fill a sink or a large bowl with water and the above ingredients and let the vegetables sit for about 20 minutes. Then rinse.
Please, if you have a prayer request, leave a comment or email me privately. It would be my honor to pray for/with you. At the name of Jesus, mountains are moved.