I recently heard a preacher talking about dealing with sickness, and specifically how to believe God for healing. He made a point that I may have heard a thousand times but I heard it differently this time. I heard it in a deeper and more all-encompassing way and it changed my thinking completely.
He said, “You have to speak to the sickness like it’s a living, breathing entity that’s trying to kill you.” He was specifically talking about cancer. He said, “That cancer is a deadly enemy, and its sole purpose is to kill you. One of you is going to die; either the cancer will die, or you will die.”
In that moment, I saw in my mind an image of a massive oak tree with branches spreading out to all the areas in our lives where we have to engage in this kind of mortal combat. There is much beyond just sickness. The truth is, we need to attack whatever it is that comes against us with this ferocity; speak to it directly, with faith and in authority, and command it to go.
How do we get that authority? We get in the Word and find out what God has to say about it. Then we believe it; really believe it and not question it. You can’t make an enemy leave you alone unless you are convinced of its defeat. You can’t command that thing to go unless you have the revelation knowledge and understanding that Jesus bore that on the cross so you don’t have to.
And you know what? It doesn’t make sense to me that I have a right to tell sickness to leave my body because Someone else paid the price for my healing. I don’t fully understand why Jesus did it, but it’s my job to know that He did, and armed with that information, I can step into battle and win.