Jesus Delivers Us from Sickness     3/27/2018

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James 5:14-16

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

I know a thing or two about sickness. It is a cross I have always had to bear. From the time I was a baby, I have been in and out of specialists offices, hospital ERs, and operating rooms. Ear tubes, a tonsillectomy, brain injuries, numerous gynecological issues, an emergency cesarean, an emergency hysterectomy, Celiac, thyroid issues, and PTSD along with its complications, are some of the health concerns I have dealt with throughout my life.

I am not ‘sick’ per se, with a single debilitating disease such as cancer, but my conditions are ever-present and life-altering. For example, because of side effects from my brain injuries, I cannot drive, due to dealing with Celiac, I eat an extremely limited diet, and because of ear issues beginning when I was a child, I have hearing loss. This list goes on, but I do not consider these inconveniences so much life altering as they are facts of life.

The life-altering part results from how I choose to view my health issues. I could feel sorry for myself, and when I was younger I sometimes did. As an adult, I used to expend much energy claiming victory over my health issues, as if that’s even possible. Then I experienced a shift in my thinking, or rather in my faith. When my PTSD complications became insurmountable, I relinquished trying to control and instead began to pray fervently, surrendering to God, and placing my well-being completely in His hands rather than giving Him mere parts of me. Instead of trying to claim victory as if my health is a competition, I surrendered my entire self to the Lord. That became a victory greater than anything I could have imagined.

Now my health conditions do not ‘have me.’ In other words, they do not control me or my life. Instead of saying, “I have Celiac” I say, “I battle Celiac” or “I deal with Celiac.” I refrain from taking ownership because none of my conditions define me. I am identified as a princess of God. My Lord takes care of me, all I had to do was fully trust him. He heals me in ways humans cannot comprehend. He works miracles in me every day. I still deal with my diagnoses, but they do not define or dominate me. I am renewed daily and healed eternally.

Do you need healing? God cares for all of His children. We simply need faith and prayer. He will hear and respond. He will heal you and make you whole. Just ask Him.

~Heather Kvaternik

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