Day 11 : The Healing Challenge

Forgiveness is major key

“Bless the Lord,O my soul: And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, o my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.” Psalm 103 : 1-3 

Yesterday I shared a post on Instagram with the title “I am sorry” where I apologised to anyone who felt a certain way about a testimony I shared about my son. A few people feel that I should not have apologised because I did nothing wrong. I must first of all clarify that I wasn’t apologising for testifying nor for my testimony and I would not take my testimony down. I was apologising for the hurt it may have caused or the negative emotions.

Why is it important for me to apologise? First of all we must have compassion like Jesus and I feel compassion (See Matthew 14:14) for the ladies because it really isn’t about me or my post but about what they are going through and it is not easy to be in their shoes. They are already going through a lot and therefore don’t need to carry any offense in their heart, let alone from me who I believe God has called to bring hope, encouragement and healing. I believe many of these women could also receive healing from this healing challenge and being offended would rob them of the opportunity. They may have even unfollowed me before I announced the healing challenge and could miss out on what God is doing. 

You see when the devil wants to rob you of your blessing, he brings offense. Every time you are about to receive a blessing, watch and see, you will see offense round the corner. Offense is the easiest way for the devil to steal from us. When the ladies should have felt hope and encouragement from my testimony of my daughter and my son which could also lead to a breakthrough for them because of the power of testimonies or by them also feeling encouraged to pray for their children, instead the enemy tried to plant a seed of offense. 

Also I wasn’t only doing it for them but for me too. There was huge possibility for me to also get offended because I could have felt justified about my testimony and also the way my friend brought it up to me was not necessarily the best way to do it. Now if I didnt apologise I would give the enemy room to put bitterness in my heart. Also if I took offense I would give the enemy room to rob me off my many blessings. This past weekend was so pivotal in my life as God did many things spiritually and getting offended would have robbed me of my blessings, one of which is healing from God and also hosting this healing challenge. 

Why is forgiveness important?

First of all what is forgiveness?

Wikipedia defines forgiveness as, “in a psychological sense, is the intentional and voluntary process by which one who may initially feel victimized, undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding a given offense, and overcomes negative emotions such as resentment and vengeance.”

The Merrimack Webster dictionary defines forgiveness as “to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) “

According to Greater Good magazine Psychologists generally define forgiveness as a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.

Now that you know what forgiveness is, let us see why its important.

Asides from the spiritual part, one of which is inorder to receive forgiveness for our sins we must also forgive as said in the Lords prayer (Matthew 6 : 12 “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us), a major reason is that unforgiveness is linked to diseases which means forgiveness is linked to healing and health.

Research according to the Greater Good Magazine says “Forgiveness improves our health: When we dwell on grudges, our blood pressure and heart rate spike—signs of stress which damage the body; when we forgive, our stress levels drop, and people who are more forgiving are protected from the negative health effects of stress. Studies also suggest that holding grudges might compromise our immune system, making us less resistant to illness.  

Stress which can come from unforgiveness is linked to so many diseases. According to WebMD, “Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression, gastrointestinal problems, and asthma.” 

According to a clinical psychologist , Shawna Freshwater, 100% of Diabetes Type 2 has nothing to do with genetics!  It has everything to do with lifestyle, including Stress. 90% of cardiovascular disease is a result of dealing with stress.

The more you carry un-forgiveness, the more stress to your body, mind and our and the more susceptible you are to diseases. 

The Greater Good Magazine also says “Forgiveness protects our mental health: People who receive therapy designed to foster forgiveness experience greater improvements in depression, anxiety, and hope than those who don’t. Forgiveness may also play a role in preventing suicide.”

I have also heard it said somewhere that according to research many people who have cancer have unforgiveness issues. 

According to a document I read  “Letting go of grudges and bitterness can make way for improved health and peace of mind. Forgiveness can lead to:

  • Healthier relationships
  • Improved mental health
  • Less anxiety, stress and hostility
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Fewer symptoms of depression
  • A stronger immune system
  • Improved heart health
  • Improved self-esteem”

Also sometimes sin can be a reason why you have an illness. After all sickness only came into the world after Adam and Eve sinned against God, the same way child birth pain came into the world because of Adam and Eve’s sin. Therefore if you need healing you have to be forgiven of your sins but if you also haven’t forgiven those who have offended you then you also would not receive your own forgivenss and therefore you forfeit your healing. 

Let us look at a Bible story that confirms this in Mark 2: 1-12 

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralytic

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. [a]Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”

And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? 10 But that you may know that the Son of Man has [b]power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, 11 “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 12 Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

In the story, four men brought a paralytic man to Jesus for healing. What did Jesus do? In verse 5 Jesus said “Son, your sins are forgiven you”.  We can assume from this story that sins caused this mans healing and so he needed Jesus to forgive him of his sins. Also if he had any grudges he won’t have been able to receive healing from Jesus according to Matthew 6: 12 which says Matthew “Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us”.

Therefore, it is very important that we ask God to forgive us for any sins we have committed and also forgive anyone who has offended us. 

We are here on this healing challenge asking God to heal us divinely from every offense, if we have un-forgiveness in our heart we would not receive this healing. The Bible says in Matthew 5: 23-26

23 Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Now you see why it is important for me to ask the people who were offended by my post for forgiveness because I am asking God for healing and also asking God to heal everyone on this healing challenge. 

Also, some of the illness that need healing may be as a result of sin. Sometimes sins of even our for fathers or ancestors. Some are as a result of curses for sins committed or covenants or sacrifices.

Therefore it is important we ask God to forgive us our sins and also forgive anyone who has offended us.

King Solomon said “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?” – Proverbs 18:14

As we forgive others we give our hearts space to receive Gods blessing of healing.

It was after Job forgave His friends that God restored Him “10 And the Lord [d]restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” – Job 42: 2

Tasks

  1. Read Mark 2 : 1-12 
  2. Ask God to forgive you for your sins. If there are any sins you remember bring them to God now and ask for forgiveness. Ask Him to bring to your remembrance any sin you may have committed.
  3. Ask God to heal you and help you forgive anyone who has offended you. A good tip that helps with forgiveness is to pray for the person who hurt you like Job. You can’t pray for someone who you haven’t forgotten. 
  4. If there is any body you have offended I would suggest that you apologise and please ask them to forgive you. Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you and help you to ask for forgiveness. Also askGod to forgive you for offending them.
  5. Look for scriptures on forgiveness and meditate on them.
  6. Sign up for a bethel sozo session . Follow @lapislazuliministries on instagram . 
  7. Keep declaring the scriptures and promises of healing you wrote down previously, keep asking for more of the Holy Spirit, continue to cover your self and your situation in the blood of Jesus, rest , be grateful, have joy and peace, keep praising and worshipping God and confess teh five statement pledge as often as you can and do all of these in the name of Jesus.
  8. Make sure you have done all the tasks of the previous day.
  9. Please join the Hallelujah challenge at 11.59 pm tonight on YouTube or Instagram. Follow Pastor @nathanielblow on Instagram to participate. 
  10. Worship song recommendation: Have My Heart (feat. Chandler Moore & Chris Brown) – Maverick City | TRIBL ; CHINGTOK ISHAKU I WANT TO SEE YOUCOVER BY VICTORIA ORENZE; ON FIRE victoria orenze ; Housefires – The Wick (Spontaneous) feat. Pat Barrett

Sources: 

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/topic/forgiveness/definition#why-practice-forgiveness

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