Shortly after relocating to Sweden from Canada in 2015, I played tennis with my brother and injured my back. The pain and constant feeling of weakness in the back, resulting from a slipped disc, followed me for several years. At the same time as I was struggling with back pain, God used us to preach the Gospel and heal the sick. Especially during our trip to Pakistan in 2017 we saw many people healed by God from – believe it or not – back pain.
This lady had suffered from severe back pain for 12 years, and was unable to work, but was healed by Jesus during one of our meetings in Pakistan.
In times when our prayers seem unanswered and the giants in our lives stare us in the face, we need to go to God’ word, as revealed through Jesus Christ and His finished work.
2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. 3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pet. 1:2-4, NIV)
God created the world through His word. He saves the world through the preaching of the Gospel (God’s word). In the scripture verses above we are told that everything we need for life and godliness has already been provided to us – through the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ. It is by holding on to the promises of God in the Word that we can “participate in the divine nature” and see breakthrough in the area of need in our lives.
When circumstances stare us in the face, we need to go to God’s words and promises. Allow me to ask you this question: What word has God spoken personally to you regarding the situation you are currently facing? Hold on to that “rhema word” in faith and speak it out with your mouth. Don’t give up. It might not happen tomorrow, or even the next year, but God’s promise will surely come to pass.
My back is good today, thank God, after several years of struggle, pain, prayers, and back exercises. Likewise, God will come through for you – if you do not give up.
In these Easter times we celebrate the finished work of Christ and what it means for us. Through the cross God took away the sins of the world and reconciled the world to Himself. He also carried our sicknesses and sorrows, and nailed the law to the cross so that we do not have to live in a performance-based relationship with God. Hallelujah!
(To learn more about the fact that the law of Moses was nailed to the cross together with Christ, read this article on our website.)
With love in Christ,
Johan (with greetings from Tracy)