2 Corinthians 10:5 – 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.
Although I am pretty sure that this particular scripture has a lot to do with the sharing of the gospel and even something to do with spiritual warfare, I want to use it today to talk about the stand against sickness and disease. I believe it applies, because it most definitely is spiritual warfare!
A lot of people get sick! Saved and unsaved! And in America we have a lot of ways to deal with those physical ailments in our bodies. We have medicines, doctors, hospitals, urgent care, and even prayer. The interesting thing is that when we try all those things in the natural, if they don’t work, we just try some more of them. But when we have someone pray over us or we do it ourselves and we see no results, we quit!
Today, I want to share something with you about the secret to understanding divine healing. In trusting God for our healing we have to decide that we are going to believe what God’s word says about healing! Irrespective to what we see, what a doctor says, what we feel, or when the results manifest. That’s it! It’s no secret!
You see, the day you believed God for your salvation was the day you were saved. The day you believe for you healing is the day you are healed. Are you in heaven, yet? No! But you believe that because you asked Him to come into your life and forgive you of all your sins that you were saved from eternal damnation to eternal life! And you were! So it is with healing! When you believe that you are healed, you are healed!
Here’s where we miss it! When we pray and the symptoms don’t go away or they don’t stay away, we start saying, “Oh, I guess I wasn’t healed! Or I lost my healing! Or it didn’t work!” Or some other nonsensical phrase!
Paul wrote, cast down arguments! You are going to have to cast down those arguments that come to you in the form of lying accusations and say with your mouth, that you are healed. You are not denying symptoms or diagnoses, you are just not coming in agreement with them, but with the word!
I read in Christ the Healer, written by Bosworth, where he called symptoms, lying vanities. You can’t rationalize with lying vanities, you have to cast them down! You do that by saying no to them and yes to what God has said about you!
Paul also wrote that we are to cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God! What is the knowledge of God regarding your healing? The knowledge is that He is your healer and wants you whole! But Sister So and So died! I know! And I’m sorry to hear it, but guess what? If you are standing for your healing, you have to cast down that type of thinking. That’s an argument that needs casting down! But I hurt so much! That pain is trying to exalt itself against the knowledge of God! Cast it down!!
Those symptoms and negative thoughts are sent by the devil to get you and me off of our faith! Satan always comes to steal the word! To call God a liar! It’s time we recognize that our symptoms are lying to us and that we are healed. Not because the symptoms stopped, but because the word says we are! Command them to go!
My daughter took the bar exam a few years ago! We prayed with her and believed that she would only take it once and pass it. She went to take the bar and afterwards admitted it was a challenge. But we continued to encourage her by telling her that she passed. When she got her official scores that said she passed we were all excited! We decided to celebrate!
Then the Holy Spirit stopped me and said, “When did she pass the bar?” I can’t remember if He said just that or if He asked me, “When did she pass the bar, today or when she took the bar?” but I know He asked me the question. So I replied, “on the day of the test!” And I knew what He was trying to get me to see. Although we didn’t have any results until weeks later, she had already passed the test before we got the results. The results didn’t pass her, she had already passed! That is why we can say we are healed before the symptoms stop! Because we are healed when we believe! Not when the symptoms stop!
A few months ago, I woke up with excruciating pain in my right shoulder and arm. It was so painful my first thought was to stay home from work. But as I dressed and spoke to the pain, the pain lifted. But it returned! It got so bad that I had the intercessors pray for me. And the pain dimmed. For weeks now, I have been waking up with pain in my arm. I’ve discovered that if I sleep on my back I won’t hurt, so of course I try to sleep on my back. But sometimes I am so tired that I automatically sleep on my stomach, and then my arm is in pain again. Not nearly as painful as in the beginning. But it goes when I get up and declare what I believe or as I command it to go. So am I healed or in need of healing? I am healed! I don’t usually battle with things for months, but in this it has lingered and I take a sure stand that I am healed! I have no doubt to that truth! If you see me and ask me about it I will tell you I am healed! Am I lying? No! The symptoms are lying and I cast them down as they try to exalt themselves against the knowledge of God!! I am better but I am not compromising with pain, it all must go!
This is true in everything that God has promised us! Your need may not be healing, it may be financial, but you are going to have to cast down thoughts of poverty as they try to exalt themselves over the knowledge of God’s word! Maybe you don’t feel saved for one reason or another, but you are going to have cast down those lies if you have asked Jesus to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior! The devil is liar! Not Jesus! Not the Word of God!! I am yelling this at you! The! Devil! Is! A! Liar! Stop listening to him and start standing on the truth of His Word! Your life will never be the same!! Wonderful Jesus!