The answer may surprise you if you’ve been raised in a church. This is part 1.
I heard Audrey Mack say something the other day that really jumped out at me. "Symptoms are to sickness what temptation is to sin." Just because we encounter a temptation, it doesn't mean we take the step into sin. Similarly, just because we encounter a symptom, it doesn't mean we take the step into sickness. The key is what we do when we see the symptom. It's a critical decision point. If we entertain it, dwell on it, and act on it, it will likely evolve into sickness because we have put our faith in it. But, if we reject it and stand firm in our belief that Jesus paid for our health and healing, then the symptom doesn't have to become anything more than a fleeting mosquito. Swat that "bug" away and rest in the finished work of Christ!
BUT = Believing Unfounded "Truths". What you believe is your truth, but that doesn't mean it's THE truth that lines up with God. Have you ever stopped to look at what you truly believe in your heart and determined if it agrees with God? Sometimes we find ourselves having faith in something that appears "right" or "good" but it isn't founded on God's principles. For example, after going to the chiropractor I stopped at the store. After wandering around with my purse on my shoulder, I started to get another headache. I then started to inwardly condemn myself because "I knew better." I should have gone home after the doctor and let the adjustment settle. In essence, I was disqualifying myself from receiving the healing that God provided through my chiropractor because I had DONE something wrong. RED FLAG! If my doing or not doing something affects whether I can receive my healing, then I'm expecting healing based on my performance. That's the old covenant. Healing was provided under the new covenant. We receive it by believing what Grace (Jesus) provided. I can't receive a benefit that is only found in the new covenant by following the principles of the old covenant. These are the little "BUT" beliefs that are deep seated in our hearts that can block us from receiving all that God has for us. I encourage you to see if you have any "BUT" beliefs that are standing in your way!
So, I’m drinking from a fire hose as I figure out how to build this site. Eeek! I’m looking forward to connecting with you as I get this all figured out. Please check back soon to see the new content. Excited to hear your thoughts and experiences!