Health and Healing
We are too body-minded instead of being Spirit-minded. At a meeting which is opened for requests for prayer, almost always two thirds of them center round the body.
But suppose we apply our same principle of matter or Spirit believing to our bodies. We say that what we are believing in is real to us and we are contributing to its reality. Well, while we believe in our body condition, is that not what many say today, including many in the medical profession—that a lot of our ill-health is the product of our minds, our believing in sickness? The word psychosomatic is an in-word for today. Now refer that to my immediate “sick” condition. I am hurting, so I am surely tempted to believe that my sickness is the reality. So it is on the physical level. But now, as in all these other ways, we have talked about, we transfer our believing to who we really are, human spirits in union with the Divine Spirit, and consequently perfect in Him and in His perfect life. We simply are in the perfection of eternal life, for “by one offering He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified”; and to this fact we attach our believing, and not to our body condition; and say so with the expressed word of faith. We are in perfect health in Him, or we should rather say in perfect life in Him, for health and sickness are part of that divided outlook through the Fall. This is the essential. This is the victory—to see ourselves perfect in Him, and say so with praise, when our bodily condition is obviously imperfect. This means reality to us is spirit, our human spirits in His Spirit. We have our sick physical condition, and it is having its obvious effects on us and we are taking any available remedies for it; but we keep maintaining that that is not who we really are or where we really are. We really are in life “in Him.”
This also means that we are accepting for the present moment that we have a bodily condition of sickness, and that this is His present deliberate will for us. He “determined” this for us. He “gave” us this messenger of Satan to buffet us, if we use Paul’s word. So we praise Him for it, as well as in it. It is when we do that, we can settle our believings in Him instead of our bodies. That is a dying in Christ to flesh-believing and a rising to Spirit-believing.