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I am disabled. Get over it. I did, many years ago. I also believe God heals today. Get over it. I did, the first time I saw someone healed.
One of my pet peeves is a person or belief system that chastises others for using certain words to describe themselves. I do not believe I am cursing myself by stating I am disabled. It is not my identity, I am not that stupid, I am blonde, but I am still not stupid.
LIGHTEN UP folks!!
Some people have become overly paranoid and frightened of the enemy, thinking he can trip us up at any moment if we accidentally slip a ‘wrong confession’ out of our lips.
“Watch out! You’ll curse yourself by the way you speak about yourself! If you say you are disabled you are giving power to the enemy.”
Such statements come across as judgmental, patronizing and fearful. I do not believe Satan has power over me because I use the word ‘disabled.’ Yes, there is power in our words, but there is more power in the cross.
I believe my God can heal, bless and restore me, whether or not I refer to myself as being disabled or living with a disability.
Quite often when someone lives with a chronic disability such as mine is not healed immediately, the blame cards are thrown out into the metaphorical ring. Someone needs to blame if the ‘victim’ is not healed. Usually, that blame is placed solely on the person who was receiving prayer. “Not enough faith, there has to be hidden sin. I just know there must be a stronghold or a ‘disabled’ mindset! Maybe they are comfortable being uncomfortable.”
If I may be so bold, might I lovingly suggest, “Get over it!” I honestly do not know why I am not yet healed, but I do know that God is not pleased with those who feel the need to try to figure out who to blame when someone they pray for is not healed.
I am disabled and attend an incredible church that believes in healing. God has often used me to heal others. It is exhilarating to see people walk in physical freedom!! Joy overwhelms me as I watch the signs of chronic pain melt away from the expression of those who had been bound by pain for decades. However, when I pray for someone and they are not healed, I do not blame myself or that person because they are not healed. I don’t build a theology based on my failed healing experiences.
My theology rests on the goodness of God and His grace. The ‘whys’ will always be there, but I don’t dwell on them. I attended a toxic church for several years where healing was expected, and if people were not healed, blame was assigned, perhaps not from the pulpit, but definitely by inference in prayer ministry training.
The inferred blame game goes like this:
Why aren’t people with chronic diseases healed?
Answer: “Sometimes, no matter how much faith you have as the prayer servant, the person you are ministering to will block the healing because of fear, lack of faith, improper confession of faith, or because of unconfessed sin.”
It’s okay to live in mystery, not knowing all the answers. Be at peace with God and man. Develop the ability to live in the tension of ‘not knowing’ and ‘faith believing for the ‘yet-to-be-realized.’
Wondering just what you should call me? What Should I Call You should give you some hints.
All bible verses, unless otherwise stated, are taken from the English Standard Version translation.