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  • Writer's pictureJill Jarrell Newsome

Claim It

Quickly, I learned to speak healing and health out loud. I was told on August 30, 2012 that I had stage 3 breast cancer and we wouid find out in the next 2 weeks if it was in my bone and brain. I had probably only had this for six to eight weeks so I knew how aggressive it was. I thanked God, almost hourly, for healing me. I believed it! Even now when I go to the doctor I can tell they all think I am a miracle. Someone went with me to the doctor a while back and they said, wow you can tell they think you are a miracle!

At my healing service, James 5: 14-15 was read. "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.  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." As my pastor, Margaret, told teh congregation, to be an elder you have to believe that Jesus can heal. Everyone laid hands on me, she prayed over me, anointed me with oil. When she was finished prayed, "God, You know my heart. My family has experienced major loss in the last year (my dad and mother-in-law) and I do not want them to lose me too. But not my will, but Your will be done." Speaking those words out loud, I believe, helped me. That is when the gratitude started for God's healing power, for the gift of a day, for family, for health and for life. God heals instantly, progressively and with medications and ultimately - going home to be with the Lord. I was claiming healing. I repeated Isaiah 53:5, "and by his wounds we are healed."

The spirit of gratitude kept me positive. You cannot be full of gratitude and be negative! Psalm 9: 1, "I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds." Psalm 106: 1, "Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." I would speak these truths and they would soak in my soul! When doubts tried to creep in I would ask God to help me with my unbelief.

The God who created the universe is our Father. We have power and authority through Jesus to heal. There is so much power in what we say. Proverbs 18: 21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit." Our tongue decides a lot of factors in our life. No matter how big or little our problem is our tongue can turn it. Think of our tongue as the rudder. It can take us into the storm or turn us around. Whether we speak blessings or curses, our words will manifest themselves in our lives. The words spoken from your mouth, whether good or evil, a blessing or a curse, will reveal themselves in our life. I remember reading that we unconsciously use negative words every day. "That scared me to death." "I laughed until I thought I would die." "That makes me sick." "I’m sick and tired of this mess." Let's think before we speak and make a conscious effort to speak life and healing in our lives!

Our tongue is only an instrument of our heart! "What a man thinketh, so be it."


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