Grace (God's unmerited favor; a direct definition to Jesus' sacrifice and all that's been atoned by it - salvation, blessing, healing, deliverance ) is like the electricity we have. It's already there, provided 24/7, and the only way to tap into it is to turn on the light switch. The light switch is Faith. Grace has been provided, Faith accepts and activates it. Who paid the bill? Jesus did, for unlimited lifetime, it's free with no terms and conditions.
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast" Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV (emphasis added)
So, if I have been saved and forgiven, I'm also blessed, delivered, healed, successful, healthy.. the list goes on. This is something.
I have a confession.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. " Ephesians 1:3-6 KJV (emphasis added)
Every blessing (as promised to Abraham and Israel) is MINE through Jesus.
"That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith." Galatians 3:14 KJV
"That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel" Ephesians 3:6 KJV (emphasis added)
So, if I'm a heir together with Israel, what's the "Promises/Blessings"? Check it out.
Deutronomy 28:2-14 NLT (emphasis added)
2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the LORD your God:
3 You will be blessed in your towns and in the country.
4 You will be blessed with many children and productive fields. You will be blessed with fertile herds and flocks.
5 You will be blessed with baskets overflowing with fruit, and with kneading bowls filled with bread.
6 You will be blessed wherever you go, both in coming and in going.
7 "The LORD will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!
8 "The LORD will bless everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 "If you obey the commands of the LORD your God and walk in his ways, the LORD will establish you as his holy people as he solemnly promised to do.
10 Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the LORD, and they will stand in awe of you.
11 "The LORD will give you an abundance of good things in the land he swore to give your ancestors -- many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops.
12 The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens to bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.
13 If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God and carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always have the upper hand.
14 You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today to follow after other gods and worship them.
See what the curses are:
21 The LORD will send diseases among you until none of you are left in the land you are about to enter and occupy. 22 The LORD will strike you with wasting disease, fever, and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, and with blight and mildew. These devastations will pursue you until you die.
27 "The LORD will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, scurvy, and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The LORD will strike you with madness, blindness, and panic.
Doesn't some of these things sound familiar? Cancer, aids, growths, lung related diseases, etc. WE ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO HAVE THESE DISEASES!! The curses go a long way into the chapter. But we have been delivered because it is said -
"But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." Ephesians 3:13 NLT (emphasis added)
Awesomeness. What commandments is Deutronomy talking about? The 10 commandments - the old covenant. In Ephesians and Galatians, it says that through Jesus Christ, I inherit these blessings. In the book of Hebrews it says Jesus, the new blood covenant sacrifice, has superseded the old covenant. I am in a binding contract (covenant) with Jesus Christ. In this contract, it says I am defined as a child of God with unlimited resource, power and blessing. I am defined. John 1:12 says "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" I am a son of God.
I have a confession!
I am HEALED because Jesus took my sickness to the cross.
"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." Isaiah 53:5 KJV
In Matthew it's confirmed - "That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." Matthew 8:17 KJV
In 2 Peter again it is said - "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." 1 Peter 2:24 KJV
I am a child of the Most High God. I am accepted in the Beloved - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am extremely blessed. I am extremely healed. I am extremely mad.
This is my confession. Circumstance do not dictate my situation. Grace through Faith determines my destiny. Grace through Faith determines my future. Grace through Faith determines my health. Doctors do not dictate my state of health. The WORD of God does. The WORD says by His stripes, I WAS healed (1 Peter 2:24. The physical appearance DO NOT dictate what's in the Spirit, As the blessings are released in Spirit (Ephesians 1:3), it WILL manifest into the flesh. Until it does, it will not change the confession.
That's my confession. Here'e the kicker. It can be yours too. Every Christian who has accepted Christ and been baptized in the Holy Spirit has the same confession. Until we realize our true Christ-potential, this must be the confession. We have the same resurrection power of Jesus in us. The Word says:
"I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms." Ephesians 1:19-20 NLT (emphasis added)
It also says we can do this - "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us" Ephesians 3:20 KJV (emphasis added)
I am exceedingly challenged. I will not accept the norm. I'm tired of conforming to the natural. We are spiritual beings not conformed to this world as the WORD says. It's make it or break it.
Ready to take the challenge children of God? See you on the other side.
"For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding "Yes!" And through Christ, our "Amen" (which means "Yes") ascends to God for his glory."
2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT (emphasis added)