Overcoming barriers to healing involves being honest about one thing. Naming it and then sending it on it’s way. The thing is:
It’s not fair.
For instance, I have friends who can stuff themselves with gluten and sugar [insert your own dietary restrictions here] and wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed the next day.
If I did that, I’d wake up feeling like I’ve been on a bender.
It can take weeks for me to rebound after one day of even minor slip ups on my eating.
Some of us have been given the ‘gift’ of health, it seems. Some of us can eat whatever we want and feel great, always sleep well, have energy, remain a healthy weight and rarely fight anything bigger than a winter cold.
It’s Not Fair
And some of us (like me) look at those with the ‘gift’ of health and cue the silent scream:
‘It’s not fair!’
Okay, so maybe it isn’t always a silent scream.
But that’s the thing. It’s easily named when it simply rises to the surface of my thoughts and plays over and over again. It’s so not fair!
After the scream, my ears are still ringing, but my vision becomes suddenly clear. I become aware of the barrier. ‘It’s not fair’ is a barrier.
What is involved in overcoming barriers to healing? Finding out what God says about those barriers. Receiving His forgiveness for having allowed those things to pose as barriers between He and us. And replacing those barriers of untruth with Truth.
The Gift of Health
God says the ‘gift’ of health isn’t just for a select few! In fact, the heart of God towards us is shown in John’s writing to his friend Gaius:
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2 (NKJV)
It isn’t just the favored few who can enjoy good health on this earth. God wants it for ALL His children. For ALL believers.
Where we have limitations, God can work with that. We can enjoy good health despite limitations we’ve been born with or acquired along the way.
God can even reduce or remove these limitations, taking us further than we could have ever dreamed.
Because, believe it or not, God wants to prosper us!
‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Overcoming Barriers to Healing
The truth is, sometimes we don’t believe. Sometimes we get stuck on what we can’t do and what others can. How horrible we feel when others feel great. How we don’t have time to be sick! How long it’s been since we’ve been able to do what love to do. And sometimes we pout. (Of course, not speaking from experience here.) Sigh. Not a very productive use of precious energy when we really need to spend our energy on getting well!
A huge barrier to healing is: “It’s not fair!”
When I find myself angry at the innocents who are ‘gifted’ with health, I find it only hurts me. It only drives a wedge deeper inside myself between the person (health-wise) I am now and the person I want to be. And it drives a wedge between myself and my Creator. Envy, entitlement, self-pity, and resentment. Those are part of “It’s not fair!”
Overcoming barriers to healing can truly begin when we remove the wedge. Let go of the anger. Let go of the resentment at the perceived ‘unfairness.’ Let go of everything except Jesus and His promises.
Overcoming barriers to healing starts with stepping out of ‘It’s not fair!’ so we can step into the ‘gift’ of health.
Application of Overcoming Barriers to Healing
- Lay before the LORD on your bed, on your exercise mat, in the bath, or wherever is comfortable for you. Place your hand on the skin of your belly to center and quiet your spirit.
- Close your eyes. Take some deep breaths through your nose to quiet your mind and settle your body.
- Thank the LORD for His forgiveness. Ephesians 1:7 tells us “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Tell your mind, soul, and body to receive the forgiveness of the LORD for allowing the “It’s not fair” issue to become a barrier. Take a moment to receive his forgiveness throughout every cell of your body.
- Ask the LORD to show you other barriers that are coming between you and your healing. Ask what He would have you know about your healing.
- Active listening: whatever He brings to mind: a memory, a word, a scripture or song or a creative moment, go with it. Do what He says. Write it in your journal.
- Choose to move forward with the new Truth.