Growing up, we may have watched family members or loved ones struggle with sickness or disease. They may have died an early death, leading us to believe that illness was simply a part of life we all have to put up with. However, this isn’t what God wants for us. Finding out what His Word says about being healthy and living a long life gives us a new perspective.
God wants us strong and vigorous. Openly confessing this forces our minds to focus on what we just said and start meditating on it. “Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit” (3 John 1:2, NLT). Our thoughts naturally follow along the path that our speech establishes. There’s great power in confessing our good health; it reminds us that we have authority over sickness and disease, and the ability to cast it out by speaking the Word.
There’s nothing wrong with doctors and medicine, but they have their limitations. By comparison, God has no limitations. When the physicians have done everything they can but still can’t change the outcome, we can speak to our bodies and command health to return. “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 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” (Mark 11:22, 23). Health issues may seem like a mountain to us in the natural but confessing the supernatural causes them to shrink and melt away.
Whatever we believe and have confidence in is the thing we should say; this is how we release our faith in God’s Word. Disease and sickness are one way the devil comes against us; speaking our faith turns it into a powerful weapon against the enemy. Deliberately patterning our speech after what God has already said about our healing and good health distills all the power of heaven and puts it in our mouth. “It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones” (Proverbs 3:8, NKJV).
The world knows nothing of God’s healing power, and therefore routinely contradicts His Word in this area. As believers, it’s essential that we resist this doubt-filled way of thinking if we are to receive the healing that has already been made available to us. Genuine faith in what God said gives us rest and peace of mind; conversely, letting unbelief creep in blocks what our faith can bring about. “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it” (Hebrews 4:1, 2).
There’s no reason to tolerate anything less than God’s best; illness isn’t in the overall picture He has for us. God isn’t sick and there’s no sickness in heaven; we can enjoy the same perfect health that He has. “…Because as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17). Confessing His Word of grace reminds us of the authority we’ve been given by God, Himself, to command strength and vitality on our bodies. We’re anything but helpless when it comes to our health.