My colleague from Illinois, Thomas Mitchinson, published the following piece on July 4th, which also can be read on Tim’s blog.
Declaring our Independence from illness– with help from the Bible
by Thomas Mitchinson
The first 45 years of her life were rough. Often ill as a child, her first husband died after a few short months of marriage, leaving her destitute and pregnant. She didn’t receive much support from family members after her child was born – and she continued unwell. She married again for her child to have a father, but that man deserted her, and the child was given to others to raise. Now one day coming home from a meeting, she slipped on the ice and was considered close to death.
But she opened her Bible, and in moments of inspiration, she felt God’s great love for her and declared her independence. She became well and spent the next 45 years of her life writing and editing a book that would sell over 10 million copies, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She also established a church. Her name was Mary Baker Eddy.
Another woman was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. She too, opened her Bible and began to study it. She wrote, “The Word of God is extremely important to people who are fighting a battle with their health, for often it’s the only hope they have. I know I would have died if it had not been for the Word of God.”
She chose 40 verses of Scripture that she studied throughout her illness and recovery. They are:
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.
And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
There failed not aught of any good thing which the Lord had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
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 forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
¶ My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
¶ Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Isaiah 43:25, 26
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.
What do ye imagine against the Lord? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Matthew 8:2, 3
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Matthew 18:18, 19
Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
Mark 11:23, 24
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Mark 16:17, 18
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he hearth.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
II Corinthians 1:20
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
II Corinthians 10:4, 5
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Galatians 3:13, 14
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
II Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
James 5:14, 15
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
I Peter 2:24
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
I John 3:21, 22
Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
I John 5:14, 15
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
II John 1:2
For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
She didn’t die, she was healed of that cancer through prayer. Her name is Dodie Osteen. She also wrote a book, Healed of Cancer.
Others have found their independence from illness through reading and studying the Bible. They have found that the understanding of God given in Scripture lifts their thought above the fear and dismay they feel and align it with the divine – this results in the healing of disease.
Many health columnists provide all sorts of advice on how to stay well. Here is one that may not get much attention: Read and study the Bible. You may want to consider beginning with Osteen’s list. You may find your own list of healing verses. My prayer is that you also find the health, wellness and purpose found by Eddy, Osteen and many others, including myself, by using the Bible to help you declare your independence from illness.
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