I have had a neck injury from breakdancing with my children. I feel like God has restored my youth. I love it. I love being strong and really having my youth restored in this time of my life. But I did have a neck injury, which I think was actually building up for a long time. As I’ve worked out for the last few years, I’ve had a hurt knee, a hurt hip, a hurt shoulder—all these things that kind of nagged at me. I would speak to them in the name of Jesus, and the pain would go away.
You know, sometimes you will get discouraged or hurt or you’ll be mad at someone, and you will need help. You know what your flaw is. You wrestle with your flesh and your spirit. Sometimes we need help.
I reached out to a friend because I was discouraged and I needed someone to speak truth over me. I didn’t want anybody to pity me or get down in with me. I needed somebody to pull me out. When you are discouraged, you don’t really need someone to say, “Oh, I agree with you.” You need a rope to get you out of the valley.
James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (NIV). When you get discouraged, there is no resisting the devil. You are submitting to the devil. Every day, your words align with his. You start to give him more power in your life.
So I reached out to a friend and said, “Help me. I know the truth, but fear is keeping me from speaking the truth, and it is really making me discouraged.”
I also reached out to a chiropractor who has a special field. He does something unique that only one person does in Oklahoma. I have really come to appreciate him so much because he and his family love the Lord. When I go in there, he says, “This is no big deal for Jesus.” Do you know why he says that? It’s because he knows the Lord and puts Him first. He knows it’s really no big deal.
It’s no big deal because God’s power is already present. He is willing. It’s not like He is trying to decide, “Whom do I want to heal? She was bad, so that’s a no. He was bad. She was pretty good. I think I will heal her.” No, it’s not like that. We have all been bad. Every single one of us. No one is better than the other. We have all been bad. None of us deserves it, but God is willing. He wants to heal all of us.
I believe that with all of my heart. His heart is to prosper us, to love us, to consume us with Him. That is His heart. That is all He wants to do. He wants you to know Him. He wants me to know Him. He wants me to look to Him first and not my problem.
This chiropractor knows the Lord like that. He knows Him so well that he looks at me and says, “This is no big deal. It’s going to be okay. I know you have some symptoms, but don’t be afraid. Do not be afraid of this. You are going to be okay.”
I think he also knows the power of life and death. When we speak words of death over ourselves, we start to believe them and become discouraged. On the other hand, when we hear life-giving words, we start to have hope and belief. Faith is impossible without hope. It just is. You can’t stay down. I love him because he speaks life.
You need people in your life whom you can trust to know who God is and stand firmly on that. It doesn’t matter what your symptoms are and what you see. They are going to say, “This is no big deal for God. You will be healed. I am telling you right now that you are going to walk in healing. You are going to be healed. You are.” They can’t necessarily tell you a time frame for the healing, and that is okay. They have hope and life-giving words. They don’t ever speak death over you because they know the power of God and they know the power of their words.
I just want to encourage you to surround yourself with a close inner circle of people you can trust to do that and that only. You don’t need the people who are saying, “Maybe you should get another report. Maybe you should be careful.”
Philippians 4:6 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (KJV). Be careful for nothing. I tried being careful. What I really was doing was saying, “I am sick. I am not well.”
But the truth is that by Jesus’ stripes, I am healed. I need to proclaim the truth that I am an overcomer, that I have the victory already, that I walk in health and healing. All things are possible through Christ. By His stripes, I am healed. He provided the power 2000 years ago. My body just needs to receive it in the name of Jesus.
I speak life into my body and say, “Wow, body, you are loved. I speak life into you. With the healing power of Jesus Christ, you are going to move like you’ve never moved before. You’re going to breakdance like you have never breakdanced before. Your youth is being restored every day.” I just keep speaking life into it. I’m not going to stop. I may have symptoms and moments of discouragement, but I am going to say to my little inner circle, “Pull me out quick.”
If you think that this is from God or allowed by God, then you are not going to be able to stand firmly; you are going to be wishy-washy. You are going to think, “Well, maybe I should just allow it. Maybe I should just receive it.” You are going to be passive. That’s baloney.
Sickness is referred to in the Bible as a curse or captivity. You know what? It is. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17 NIV). I am not going to be a captive. I am going to be free in Christ because that is my calling. My God is good. This is no big deal for Him.
I hope you are encouraged by this to seek Him. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33 KJV). Do not go lax in the peace times. It’s easy to war when it’s peaceful, but it’s tough to sharpen your blades in wartime. You need to be ready. You need to practice your faith in small things so that it works in the big things.