• Jill Jarrell Newsome

Speak It & Claim It

Whenever I was sick I studied a lot about speaking God's word and claiming it. I think I have shared that when I finished treatment one of the people on my medical team had also been on this journey. She told me this would be the hardest time because I had been so busy with appointments for a year and now I was going to have time to sit and think. Time for it to all "sink in." I was told I may get depressed. I had never dealt with depression but she was right. The haunting words that all shared with me on my last weekly appointments were, "if you feel any back pain come back asap!" When you hear that you are in tune to every tiny ache and pain.

Those words got in my head and I felt I was just waiting for bone pain. I would think about "my" statistics. Before long I could feel myself thinking negatively - seeing the glass half empty which was not me! One day I thought, this is not me. I am thinking negative about my situation and it is affecting my quality of life. I thought about cancer several times an hour. I have to get out of this! That day I fell to my knees and told God I was going to trust Him. I was going to trust Him if I had aches and pains. He could tell me if and when I needed to go to the doctor - aches and pains would just be a part of aging. It did not mean I had cancer! I also would trust Him with my life. It did not matter what statistics say for me. He knew better than any doctor and He does not care about statistics. I took my trust with God to a whole new level.

It took time for me to change my thinking. The way I did that was every time a negative thought crept into my mind about my health I said, "I trust you, God!" I said it out loud so I could hear it! I did that for three weeks straight. It became a habit and little by little those negative thoughts went away. Weeks go by and I do not think about cancer. Praise God! I do think about it but in a positive way. I see the blessings that God brought from that time. I see how much closer I am in my relationship to God because of it. It is no longer a burden. I still have to "claim it" when I go in for a check up or something happens. I have the Great Physician and I claim that! He will take care of me! 1 Peter 2: 24, "He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

I have heard people say everybody in their family dies of cancer. They will probably die of cancer. Everybody in their family has Alzheimer's. They will probably have it. Even though we may have the same medical history we can look at things positively. When you and I speak positively we are agreeing with what God’s Word says. In Isaiah 55: 11, God told Isaiah, "so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."

What we say opens or closes the door to God’s promises being fulfilled in your life. Mark 11: 22-23, "Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." God is telling us if we believe in our heart that He will do what He has said He will do. Isaiah 57: 19, "...creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the Lord. “And I will heal them.” This is putting our faith into action. God wants us to trust Him.

Hebrews 11: 1, "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." God wants us to believe it before we see it. Mark 11:24, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." We must not think we can get God to do whatever we want when our hearts are not in line with what He wants. Physical healing may not come but the ultimate healing comes when we go live with Him for eternity.

Claim it. Speak it into existence. Pray on it and it is your's!