I had a funny dream the other night, and, mercifully, God helped me understand its meaning.
In the dream, I was wearing super-high heeled shoes. Every chance I could, I'd take them off and go barefoot. At other times, I just couldn't do my work wearing them, so I'd trade them out for tennis shoes or slip-ons.
But, because I had started off wearing the high heels, I found myself "needing" them in order to fulfill certain roles. In the dream, it was frustrating. As I reflected on it, it was rather humorous.
The next morning, in Sunday School, our teacher said, "It's important not to try to be someone you aren't."
It was the craziest moment! I mean, I'm always, always reminding you and everybody I meet to be "fully you!" I preach this!
But, somehow, subconsciously, I've been feeling "not quite enough." You know--like "not wearing high heels" was not OK. There was an underlying "pull" to be something/someone I'm not.
The dream, followed by the conscious awareness, helped me release a subconscious longing to be "that other girl!" You know, the "classy lady" in high heels with coiffed hair and manicured nails.
That's not me! I'm much more of a sportswear type of gal, who doesn't mind doing dishes at the restaurants, and simply loves being simple me!
So, how about it? I dare you to take your own version of the "high heel" test and ask God to reveal to you if there's anywhere you're trying to be someone He never created you to be.
If you see something, kick into the 4Rs: Recognize, release, receive peace & respond with praise.
My Statement of Faith
I believe the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the only inspired, authoritative Word of God, and are completely truthful and without error. I believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that man, created in the image of God, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; that all human beings are born with a sinful nature, and that those who reach moral responsibility become sinners in thought, word, and deed.
I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again on the third day, according to the Scriptures.
I believe that the true Church is composed of all persons who, through saving faith in Jesus Christ, have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.
My Journey of Faith
I was raised in a Christian home by parents who loved and served God. My daddy, who was in so many ways a picture image of his Heavenly Father, went home to Him on January 21, 2007. I miss him!
I spent my childhood attending Assembly of God churches (just two - the change came after a move to a different city). At nineteen I met Dave Swedberg at a singles event at Edina Baptist. After our marriage in 1983, and simultaneous move to a new state, we joined an Evangelical Free Church. Since relocating to Warroad, MN in 1986, we have belonged to a Bible Church.
In each of these churches, regardless of denomination, I have sat under Biblical teaching and have met wonderful Christian people who truly love God. I have learned from them all!I came to a personal faith in Jesus Christ at the young age of four, which spared me much grief during my teen and adult years. I can still remember the exact moment at which I realized that I had saddened a perfect God -- but that He had sent Jesus, His only Son, to pay for the sins I had already committed. I confessed to Him that I was "bad" - a sinner, and I needed Him to forgive me and help me live His way for the rest of my life. This was, by far, the most important and life-changing decision I have ever made.
Since then, I have grown to love God more and more. I talk to Him all the time: I get up breathing His name and fall into bed each night doing the same. I kick through each day, like a dolphin, having a splashin' good time, but surfacing for air often, through prayer. God keeps me going!
And lest you think I have it all together, no such fantasy! I am a work in progress -- just ask my husband, my kids or my staff! Yet, in all of my imperfections, I am loved perfectly by a perfect God Who has forgiven me completely for all my offenses toward Him and Who refuses to quit working on me. I am so blessed!
My prayer is that you, too, may come into a deeply personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He passionately loves you and He proved it by dying for you. He extends to you a one-on-one, living, and vital relationship. His arms are open to you right now as He invites you to accept Him as your Savior and Lord.
Healing is defined as "effecting a cure." Once healed, one realizes they have been made whole or sound, have been mended, or have gotten well.
Since the earliest records of man (found in the Bible), people have found healing via numerous methods:
1) Automatic healing,
2) Self-directed healing,
3) Physician-driven healing,
4) Sleep-induced healing, and
5) Miraculous healing.
Here we address only the fifth type, but to do so, we must spend a moment understanding the first four types of healing.
The majority of humans alive today are born "healed". Approximately 150,000* babies are born in the United States with birth defects each year. The remaining 3,850,000 are born "healed". They are whole, complete and functional -- not needing healing.
Throughout our lives, we experience numerous illnesses and injuries for which a natural process of healing exists: From mild viruses to small cuts, our bodies are able to heal themselves if given the proper resources. For example, a virus is cured with time, rest and fluids, while a cut is cured with consistent cleaning and covering.
Some illnesses and injuries are beyond the scope of home remedies, at which point we seek the help of a doctor. God has provided doctors to heal us and for centuries our lives have been blessed by them.
Some illnesses are intended by God to lead to death... And then healing comes as the saint "falls asleep" and awakens in the place where there is "no sickness," heaven.
But, sometimes healing is illusive: No natural-, home- or hospital-cures are working and death does not release the saint from the ravages of the pain.
It is at these times that people seek Supernatural intervention. At some point, you may be asked to pray with someone for healing from God, and, if so, you need to understand God's methods for answering such a plea.
The Bible provides many examples of healing, 40-plus in Jesus' ministry alone. There is a pattern that emerges and understanding it will help you pray with "all faith" for healing, anytime you are asked to do so.
Miraculous healings come in many ways. Below we will look at four healings - those of the blind men Jesus healed during His three-year ministry, and see the three main ways God grants miraculous healing.
Instant and Complete. In both Luke 18 and Matt. 9, blind men asked for healing and Jesus simply gave it to them. In one moment, they went from blind to full, perfect vision. (That's the kind we all want!)
Gradual. In Mark 8, Jesus first:
1) took the blind man's hand and led him out of the city, then
2) spit on his eyes,
3) asked for a progress report and learned that the man was partially healed, so
4) put His hands on his eyes and then the man was healed.
Sometimes there are multiple steps and/or touch points. In this example, the healing occurred within a few minutes. I have seen examples where the miraculous healing occurred over the course of years. Never-the-less, a blind-man-seeing IS miraculous, no matter how long it takes.
Requiring Personal Action. In John 9, Jesus spat on the ground and made clay, which He then put on the man's eyes. Next, He sent the man to wash in the pool of Siloam. Upon completing this task, his sight was restored.
4 Blind Men
3 Unique Scenarios
There is an additional pattern that is critical to understand before praying with someone for healing: God determines when, who and how to heal. Having the faith to ask Him is our part, but deciding how He will comply is His part.
For example, most days the eyewitness accounts report Jesus healing "all" who came to Him. Yet, at the Pool of Bethesda, He chose just one man to heal while leaving the rest lying their in pain. Only upon our arrival to heaven will we understand the obedience that required, how that felt to Jesus and His disciples, and why God required Him to walk away from the other needy people without healing them that day.
When praying for miraculous healing, it is important for us to remember that God is God and we are His servants. If He gave us birth-healing, we are blessed. If He provides self- or physician-induced healing, we are blessed. If He takes us Home, we are blessed, and if He provides a miraculous healing, we are blessed!
As we approach the throne of grace from this position of submission, joy and faith, we remove every hindrance which would hold God back from providing for us what He deems best. And, considering that He has all of the facts about our situation, past, present and future, we would be wise to take this Physician's Word as final.
Marnie Swedberg is the Leadership Mentor to thousands of Christian women from all six continents. Visit her home page athttp://www.Marnie.com.