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Thursday, March 5, 2020

By His Wounds

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.
—1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)

This love is so amazing! Through the love of Jesus, you have received healing. You are whole. Healing is complete. We often think of healing as being only physical, but it is much more than that. His healing begins in your reborn spirit. It transforms you in the spirit of your mind—in the way you think and perceive who you are in Christ. You were healed by the wounds Jesus took for you. That is His truth. You live what you believe. When you believe the truth that you are whole and healed in Jesus, your flesh receives what you believe. Spirit, mind, and body become one in Him. 

Healing can be miraculously instant, or it can be progressive. Most often, it is continuous. Just because you have pain does not mean you are not healed. Just because you have a report from the doctor that is not good, does not mean you are not healed. You received all the Resurrection power of God in your born-again spirit the moment you believed by faith in Jesus. His righteous Spirit entirely became yours. All the resources of your father became yours. By Jesus' wounds, you were healed. His healing manifested in you. But for you to receive that truth in your mind, the way you perceive must be changed. To be healed, you cannot believe what your natural mind perceives. The mind of Christ tells you something quite differently—to see with His eyes, hear with His ears, and understand with His Spirit. The Holy Spirit changes your perception from what the natural mind perceives to what the Spirit says is truth.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world,” Paul declared, “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2, NIV).

Don’t conform to the pattern of this world. The pattern of the world is unbelief in Jesus. It doesn’t know Him. But you do. You don’t pattern yourself after the world. You are changed by the truth you received when you believed in Him. You choose to reach beyond the natural and be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will know God’s perfect and pleasing will.  It pleases God that you believe and understand what you have received—in what the death of His Son has given you. That is His perfect and pleasing will—that you believe.

Living your faith comes from being changed by what you believe. When you believe who you are in Jesus, fear is defeated by His Grace. His peace and joy are the hallmarks of your life—the first things to spring up when news of the natural world is unsettling. Healing is a state of belief in Jesus that impacts your whole life.  

Believe in what you have received more than what your natural mind perceives. Choose to believe God's truth over the unbelief of the world. Jesus personally carried your sins to the cross so you can be dead to sin and live for what is right. Living for what is right is more than not sinning. It is the belief in His truth, which impacts your life. By His wounds you are healed.

© 2020 Lynn Lacher

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