The Greatest Satisfaction
Several years ago I was snow skiing down the back side of a mountain when suddenly, I hit a patch of ice and went down like a derailed freight train. My goggles flew one way, and my skis, poles and hat flew every other direction. By the time I landed, it looked like I was having a yard sale!
I landed on my right shoulder. Man, it hurt! After I finally stood up, gathered my stuff together and started to ski again, I hit another patch of ice. Wham! I fell, hitting that same shoulder.
By the time I got back home to Texas, I could hardly use my right arm properly. I couldn’t even raise it high enough to comb my hair. But every time it would hurt, I’d say, “Praise God, forever, I am a well man. This injury is not the perfect will of God for me, so I don’t have to have it. I am healed.” Then I’d read the Word. I’d read it when I went to bed, and I’d read it when I got up.
During those first few days, I went to a service to preach and all the people had their hands raised, praising God. I tried to raise my hands too, but I just couldn’t get that right arm to go up. I pushed it and shoved it, but it just wouldn’t budge.
Later, I went to preach at a conference in New Orleans. That morning I read all my scriptures, praised God, confessed the Word and thanked God that I was healed. Then I tried to comb my hair…and I still couldn’t raise my arm high enough to do it.
Of course, all kinds of thoughts ran through my mind. You’ll never get your healing! When is this ever going to happen? I wonder why this isn’t working. But I just took authority over those thoughts, thanked God for His faithfulness, and walked across the street to the conference where I was to preach.
When I walked in, the praise and worship had already started. So I stepped up on the platform, put my Bible down in the chair and just threw both arms up in the air and started praising God!
I never did feel a thing. No goose bumps. No tangible power. But I want you to know, manifested victory, when it comes by faith, brings a satisfaction nothing else can.
It’s so satisfying because when you lay hold of victory by faith in God’s Word, you’re truly being like Jesus. You’re not just getting His blessing, you’re living the lifestyle He lived. You’re living by faith, just like He did. You’re being His disciple!
The next time you’re faced with a challenge, be it physical or financial or relational, apply the Word, stand on the Word…and when the victory is manifested, you’ll have a satisfaction you’ve never known! You’ll have acted like Jesus!
Speak the Word
The righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. I live by faith. (Romans 1:17)
Scripture Study: Psalm 19:7-14