"While You Wait"
When I was a child my parents purchased a home from my grandparents. It was the home my Dad grew up in, so it was obviously an older home that was very well established. In other words, it had been built onto repeatedly over the years and it seemed like every square inch of the lot had been developed in one way or another. It had a guest house in the back part of the property, a large patio with a built in brick bar-b-q and fireplace, a second story over the back house where a large, walk-in, multi-room pigeon coop was built, and it seemed to me like there was concrete everywhere!
My Dad set out to completely remodel the home, and as it turned out, every square inch of the property as well. This of course took a few years to accomplish, and because I was big for my age, it meant a few of my summers were to be spent in helping with some of the restoration process.
I remember being about 10 or 11 years old, when my father informed me that I would be helping him instead of out playing with my friends during the summer months. Of course I wasn't too happy about it, and was even more sad when he placed a large, heavy sledge hammer in my hands and told me to get busy and break up a small section of concrete, load it in the wheelbarrow and dump it in the waste pile.
The summer sun was very hot, and my attitude was not the greatest, but I got to work. I swung the heavy hammer over head and came down as hard as I could, hitting the concrete with a thud! Much to my surprise, nothing happened, there was only a small scratch that could be seen. I swung the hammer back and let it fly again, and came up with the same result - nothing! This stuff was hard, and it seemed to resist every one of my hearty attempts. I hit it again, and again, and again. Before long sweat began to run off my forehead and into my eyes which made them sting. My energy level was now just about gone and my muscles began to ache. Disheartened, I sat down and felt like giving up. It wasn't long before my Dad came walking by, encouraging me to keep going, assuring me that eventually it would break if I would just continue to hit it!
At this point I was feeling real sorry for myself, and I was convinced I was not up to the task. It just seemed that it was way too difficult for me. I was hot, sweaty and very discouraged, but I stood up, lifted the hammer and began to go at it once more. However, after many repeated blows I grew weary, my strength was spent, and my arms were sore. With great frustration, I sat down and felt like quitting, but as chance would have it, my Dad came by and convinced me to get up and continue the task. So reluctantly, I once again began to repeat the process that I felt was so futile. Only this time as I hit it, some small hairline cracks appeared - something was finally happening that I could see. With renewed vigor and strength, I began to pound away. Then it happened - it began to shatter into small chunks that could be lifted out and placed into the wheelbarrow to be hauled away! Victory at last.
I want you to know that faith for healing is oftentimes much like braking concrete. We're burdened down with the reality of the sickness or disease. The symptoms are very real, and may even be well established, having been there for quite awhile, and as we begin to stand upon the Word of God, sometimes it can seem as if the problem is as hard as concrete, resisting our every swing of the sledge hammer of God's Word. We can grow tired, and discouraged, and may even be tempted to say, "Ah, what's the use! This is way too difficult for me." And we may even buy into the lie that it must not be God's will for us to be healed.
What you may not realize is, just like the concrete, though you may not see any change, it is beginning to crystalize and lose structural integrity from within, and is getting ready to shatter. Every stroke of the hammer of the Word of God brings it closer to the point where eventually it will crumble. This is a fact.
The Word of God reveals this truth to us in Jeremiah 23:29; "Is not My word like a fire?" says the LORD, "And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?"
We need to come to the place of understanding that the Word of God is all powerful. You cannot separate the Word of God from God. They are one in the same. John 1:14 speaks of this; "and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us..."
The Word of God is a fire that purges and melts away all impurities, just as fire purifies precious metal, leaving only that which is treasured. It is also a hammer, that is able to crush even the most resistant, stubborn circumstances, even those that seem so hard, ingrained and established, that they could never be removed. The Word of God is what it is - the very Word of God! The question is not in the ability of the Word, it is in our perception of it.
Years ago I heard a wise man of God speak a phrase that I never forgot, and it is certainly true in light of the above verse - persistence breaks down resistance! So go ahead, and take a break if you're tired, a praise and worship break that is, and get refreshed with His power and might, and then once again, take hold of the sledge hammer of God's healing Word with renewed vigor and strength, and command the problem, the symptoms and circumstances, to leave in Jesus' Name. Get your healing Scriptures back out and begin meditating, pondering and mulling over the truth they contain, allowing your faith to become strong - then stare the problem square in the face and proclaim to it what the Word says concerning your victory. Make it personal, and proclaim them in the first person tense, declaring your ownership over them with "I" "me" "my" and "mine". After all, He did it all just for you, and would have done it just the same way if you were the only one who would have benefitted from His going to the cross.
Begin to boldly declare, "I am free from the law of sin and death, and I am under the law of liberty in Christ Jesus. I'm redeemed from the curse of the law, and no weapon formed against me can or will prosper. I'm a Blood bought child of the King, Jesus paid the price for my salvation and for my victory and I will have it. He sent His Word and healed me, and I receive it, I believe it, it's mine now, I take it by faith and I'm not letting go of it. According to Jesus' work at Calvary, and according to the proclamation of the promises that are in the Word, I declare myself a free man. For the Word says that he who the Son sets free is free indeed. So I agree with the Word - I'm free from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. My organs are free, my heart is free, my blood is free, my mind is free, my back is free, my eyes are free, my joints are free, my skin is free, my cells are free - I'M FREE!!! Devil you get out of my life and take your sickness and disease with you. I'm going on with God and I will walk in the blessing of the Word, and I will fulfill the number of my days, and I will do the works that God has ordained for me to do. I walk in love, I walk in the power of the Spirit of God, I am anointed by God to live in victory, and I will have it." Now praise him for it!!!
Did you know that your Heavenly Father is not holding anything back from you that's revealed within the Word? When it comes to His revealed, written Word, He never says no. In fact, the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 1:20 "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." The word "amen" means "so be it." So if you've been wondering if healing and deliverance are for you - you can finally stop wondering, because He says YES and SO BE IT!
Also, take a look at 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 "Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's." Surely healing, health and well being are included in the phrase "all things." Now that ought to make you want to stand up and shout!!!
So come on,
let's get back to work. I know it seems so hard, and the task seems so
difficult, but by faith, take hold of the sledge hammer of the Word of
God with His strength and give it another swing. Who knows, this next
swing could just be the one that breaks it all loose!