Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?

"For if any man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholds himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man is blessed in his deed." 
(James 1: 23-25)

Many times in praying for individuals who are being afflicted with some aliment or sickness, I'll bring a mirror. Not a physical glass mirror, but the mirror of the Word of God. The reason I bring this mirror is many times the individual who is trying to receive their healing has become so preoccupied with the sickness or pain that is plaguing them, that they have forgotten and or have become blinded to who and what they are.

As I minister to them, I'll attempt to do what James instructed us to do, and bring the Perfect Law of Liberty before their eyes. I'll attempt to help them see who they really are; Healed!

If I am able to get people engaged with what the Word of God has said about them, and not consumed with their symptoms, God is able to help them receive, experience, and walk in their healing!

The Word "looketh" here in James 1:25 means, "To bend over and peer into, to get a better look." When you begin to peer into the Word of God, you'll begin to see yourself as a person who has been healed and made FREE!

You'll begin seeing in your heart, an image of health, instead of sickness and pain. For example: Isaiah 53:3-5 and 1 Peter 2:24 tell us that God has already healed us.
Colossians 1:13 says that God has already delivered us from the power of darkness.
2 Peter 1:3 proclaims that God has given us ALL THINGS that pertain to life, and godliness.

And in Luke 10:1, Jesus Himself declares that He has given us authority over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt us.

Glory to God! Are you beginning to see your reflection in the Word God? This refelction is one of healing and deliverance. James 1:22-25 is telling us to look into this mirror. When we allow Gods Word to change the perception in our heart, we will begin receiving what God has promised us in His Word!

Are you occupied with the feelings of sickness today, or are you being consumed with 1 Peter 2:24, which declares; "by his stripes ye were healed"? James instructs us to not only look, but to keep on looking into this mirror: "…this man (then) is blessed in his deed."

This is one of the requirements that God has established in His Word in receiving and walking in divine health. You see, being consumed by the symptoms of sickness is actually hindering the blessing of healing in our life.

By having the wrong perception in our heart, we are actually establishing and reinforcing the condition the devil has us in. We become bound, limited, and restrained.

Romans 6:18 declares to us that we are free from sin and its fruit! We are free from sickness, and liberated from pain, glory to God! We do not have to stay bound by the symptoms of sickness and disease, if we would just continue looking into the mirror of the Word of God.

We could take a life lesson from Abraham our Father in the faith, and imitate him. He refused to consider his own body and he waxed strong in faith looking unto the promises of God. (Rom. 4:18-21.)

We also can follow after Sarah. We read in Hebrews 11:11, where Sarah "received physical power… because she considered [God], Who had given her the promise, to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His Word." (Amp) The word "looketh" also means "to consider."

You see, instead of considering her limitations, which were her age, her body, etc., she looked, or considered the promise of God's Word and received the faith she needed to manifest that promise in her life.

In Numbers 21:8 we read an account where thousands of Israelites were dying. So Moses, under the direction of God, put a brass serpent on a pole and raised it up before the people. In verse 8 we read: "And it shall come to pass that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it shall live." Notice the condition for their healing was "everyone who looketh shall live."

No one would receive their healing except on the condition that they look and continue looking at the brass serpent, which was a prophetic type of Christ. The serpent represents the curse of the law (sickness). In Galatians 3:13 we read where "Christ hat redeemed us from the curse of the law (sickness), being made a curse for us, for it is written, cursed is everyone who hangeth on a tree."

The word "looketh" here in Numbers 21:8 literally infers "a continual stare." The Israelites were not to just glance at the brass serpent; they were to continually stare at it, giving it their full attention, until they were healed.

The same is true today. The healing process is completed as we not only begin to look into the Perfect Law of Liberty, but stay looking at the promises of God. We are to give the Word of God our full attention until we are that Word in our lives!

Begin looking at the right mirror. Change your focus from the deception of sickness to the reality of healing. Walk in the freedom of health by looking into the Perfect Law of Liberty today!