John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Today I am home with a cold. It has given me the opportunity to ask myself how much I believe in healing. It seems that the common cold is conquering my body, and while I am doing the practical things of sleep, chicken soup and medication, I am also choosing prayer, worship and faith.

The enemy likes to kick us when we’re down. He comes to whisper in my ear to tell me that my prayers don’t mean anything, that I don’t have enough faith (…maybe…), that it’s just not for me. And when my prayer for healing is not immediately answered, the enemy offers me millions of excuses why I should turn my attention to things other than God.

This is just a simple cold. The assault of the enemy on serious, life-threatening illness is just as mean, if not more so. He comes to kill, steal and destroy. There is nothing about his placating lie that is helpful in my distress. He accuses God of not being God. Accusation comes only from the mouth of the one who hates.

Today I choose Jesus. I choose again to believe that He is my healing and that He has provided for my healing. He hears me. He is near to me. He is at work, giving me life. That is the truth and the only path that leads to abundance for my spirit, soul and body.

God is good, even on my worst day. His job is healing me; my job is aligning my heart with Him. I do not know why my healing has not manifested quickly, but I do know that God is good. He gives me strength for this moment and hope for tomorrow. I choose to sow in faith, that in due time I may reap a harvest of healing—not by my works, but because my heart will give Him a resting place. 

Gwen Gibson serves as the Pastor for the HOPE CENTER—the place at HRock where we encourage and offer hope for those struggling through the tough places of life. It is her joy to help others discover the freedom they long for and know how much they are loved by God.