Keeping your healing is a topic as important as receiving your healing. My efforts will not be complete unless I write this too.
Everyone might have a question, “Isn’t the healing given by God complete?” Yes, it is complete. It is full of joy. All the blessings we receive from God are also like that. When we receive God’s blessings, we receive them by God’s grace and mercy. But we have the responsibility to guard them and keep them without losing them. Revelation 3: 11 says, “Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown”(NIV). The KJV translation says “Hold fast”. Our enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy has not yet repented nor become afraid. He sows fear in our hearts. He tries different traps one after the other in the confidence that he can catch us some way or other. When he prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8) who is a better prey than people who are not vigilant?
When we receive our healing, we will have great joy in our hearts and praise and thanksgiving on our lips. Those who have cultivated the habit of praying will have praise and testimony. I am not sure whether others who don’t have the habit of praying will be able to express so much. After some time the intensity of the praise dies down. The tears dry up. When we get involved in other things, the interest to study God’s word goes down. Just like, how our physical body weakens if we don’t take proper food, our spiritual man within us will become weak if we don’t feed on spiritual food. This is enemy’s biggest trap. The seriousness of the commitment is lost. The days in which we went ahead with spiritual strength having only Word of God to cling on are forgotten. We start to doubt our healing. Fear takes birth within us. When this happens, we give place to the devil. We lose our healing little by little. Listen, this happens only because of our carelessness. This is not God’s plan at all.
Remember that our experience of deliverance is precious only to us. Though our dear and near ones will rejoice earnestly with us, the joy and praise within us cannot be shared by them in the same measure. Without looking at others’ cooperation, always give thanks. Always be in an atmosphere of praise. When you witness to others pray and say only what you should say. Remember that the majority of unbelievers and also the so called believers will trample our pearls under their feet and turn and tear us into pieces. So choose your words of testimony with wisdom and prudence. God is great. Cover yourself with the precious blood of Jesus always.
The symptoms to the old disease might surface at times. Others might tell you about people whose state had worsened after receiving a divine healing. Remember that all these are the arrows of Satan aimed at you. You can face these attacks only with the shield of faith. When doubt comes, rebuke it loudly in the name of Jesus, “Leave me Satan. I refuse to doubt in Jesus’ name.” 2.Corinthians 10: 4-6 says, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” (KJV). This scripture is a good weapon. The weapons of our warfare are not of this world. They are mighty in God’s presence to break the fortresses of doubt. Use this Scripture as a weapon and whenever fear or doubt comes meditate on the blood of Jesus in that instant. I know from experience that those thoughts will leave immediately. After receiving your healing always lift your hearts to Christ. Dedicate your healed life, lips and organs of your body to the Lord. Say loudly “I dedicate to you Lord”. Let Satan the enemy hear you. Resist the symptoms of the disease in Jesus’ name with praise and thanksgiving. When we resist the devil he is the one who should flee and not us.
Listen to what the Word of God promises in 2 Timothy1:12. “For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I committed unto him against that day”(KJV). He is powerful and faithful and unchanging and unlimited and able to guard and keep whatever I have entrusted him in my life that day. So completely commit your life, healing, desires, dreams and ambitions to Lord Jesus. Those who have looked unto the Lord and waited for Him have never been put to shame to this day (Psalms.34:5). Then, are you going to be the first person since the creation of the earth to be put to shame? He is faithful all through the past centuries not to put to shame anyone who has put his or her trust completely in Him. If you put your complete trust in Him with a sincere heart, the great God who sets a table for you in front of your enemies, will surely raise you up in front of them. He will uphold you and not forsake you. Walk before Him in humility and humbleness of mind.
Remember the mistake made by Hezekiah. We don’t see that he shared his testimony before his enemies for the glory of God. Instead he proudly displayed all his material wealth and treasures to them. What would have happened if he has showed them his spiritual wealth instead? Remember that pride is a great danger.
Remember that the healing we have received is precious to us but it is not so for others. They have been enjoying it for years without knowing the difficulty of not having it and thereby not knowing its value. So exalt the great God. Don’t exalt your healing. God did not act because of the magnitude of our prayer or faith. God is responsible and faithful to show himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to him. Let His name be glorified. (2 Chronicles 16:9)
If you think that the symptoms of the old disease are coming up again, don’t look at them. The enemy is trying to destroy your witness. Look only at Jesus. The devil tries to put you to shame because you have witnessed in the Lord’s name. But the Lord has the responsibility to make sure that your face is not ashamed. And He will do it.
When we have a small injury on our body, we put a Band Aid over it. Then we don’t give it any more attention. We go about doing our daily work without any difference. Don’t receive the healing given by God with the same trivial attitude. The healing we have received was bought at a great price. To give us this healing, God gave up His precious Son to receive stripes all over His body. When you take up that there has to be a significant difference in your life, testimony, attitude and prayer life. Only a person who has thus renewed his life can keep his healing.