We sometimes hear ministers espouse a “name it and claim it” philosophy. What does this mean really? And how does it work? In the simplest of terms this philosophy stems from the fact that God has made promises to us and all we have to do is claim it to receive it. These promises are those relating to health, wealth, good relationships, etcetera. So if we ask God for good health, wealth and so forth, He will grant it to us.
Life is not a bed of roses and we will all face challenges at some point. It is during times of adversity that we truly discover who we are. We get to learn if our faith is as strong as we thought it to be, and we discover if we really are difference makers, capable of accomplishing extraordinary things. When the going gets tough, do we give up or do we step up our efforts and take the fight to a different level?
Affirmations are statements that are declared to be true. Repeating affirmations are an essential component of the healing process and put me in the right frame of mind to receive God’s healing. Following are a few of my favorites, taken from God’s Creative Power for Healing by Charles Capps.
• Jesus bore my sins in His Body on the tree; therefore I am dead to sin and alive unto God and by His stripes I am healed and made whole. (l Pet. 2:24; Rom. 6:11; 2 Cor. 5:21.)
• Jesus bore my sickness and carried my pain. Therefore I give no place to sickness or pain. For God sent His Word and healed me. (Ps. 107:20.)
• Jesus took my infirmities and bore my sicknesses. Therefore I refuse to allow sickness to dominate my body. The Life of God flows within me bringing healing to every fiber of my being. (Matt. 8:17; John 6:63.)
Onwards and Upwards!
During one of the times I was feeling down, one of my cousins sent me the following words of encouragement.
"I speak to you today words of encouragement and life. I assure you that all is well and that I Am standing with you in these circumstances that you are in. I assure you, that you will prevail because you are established in Me. By virtue of being in relationship with Me, your victory is guaranteed. I have already conquered. I remind you of your inheritance. The relationship you experience in Me now is but a foretaste of the glory that is yet to come to you. The things you are hoping for will manifest and not be delayed. I decree over you restoration. You are in a season of restoration. Expect this and make room for this in your thinking.