...See also a article related to Healing In The Bible - I Choose Life
When you are ill, your self confidence and your sense of worth may be affected.
You may ask the question "Am I ill because I have done something wrong?"
You may ask, "Is God punishing me?"
I have even come across an atheist who asked himself this question!!
To restore any inappropriate loss of self worth, it can be important in a time of illness to deliberately affirm your worth - the worth that is yours due to your relationship with God.
The following Old Testament story of healing in the bible - the story of Hezekiah - can help.
“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death.
And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him,
Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.
Then he [Hezekiah] turned his face to the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, saying,
I beseech thee, O
LORD, remember now how
I have walked before thee in truth
and with a perfect heart,
and have done that which is good in thy sight.
And Hezekiah wept sore.
...And it came to pass, afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the LORD came to him, saying,
Turn again, and tell Hezekiah the captain of my people,
Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father,
I have heard thy prayer,
I have seen thy tears:
behold, I will heal thee:
on the third day thou shalt go up unto the house of the LORD.
And I will add unto thy days fifteen years;
and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria;
and I will defend this city for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.”
(2 Kings 20:1-6, KJV esword)
Let us look at this wonderful example of healing in the bible.
Hezekiah is going to die. What change brings healing in Hezekiah?
Hezekiah does not take the sickness to mean that he is not worthy. Instead, he affirms his own worth.
In one Bible translation, it says “God changes his mind [about Hezekiah]” and heals him.
I do not believe in a God who changes his mind.
I do believe that we can change our minds and thereby allow God access to heal us.
So many of us believe we are not worthy of God's attention or perhaps of anyone's. When we are living with illness, and especially if we don't get the support we need, the world can seem to agree with us.
This example of healing in the bible lets us know that in times of trouble it is so important to affirm our self worth and value and believe that God wants to heal.
If you don't feel (like Hezekiah) that you have done good things, then please know that you don't need to deserve healing. You are entitled. Let God tell you that you are beautiful. You must be beautiful (innocent, righteous) because God is the unchanging essence of who you are.
Another prayer for self worth is found in the article: I am blessed and a blessing.
Below is another bible verse which encourages me to raise my self confidence (and claim healing regardless of what the symptoms or doctors say):
We all find ourselves in the world of sickness. Even if you are not living with sickness, you still live in a world in which others experience this challenge.
This world of sickness does not prove the acceptable and perfect will of God.
Let us renew our minds.
Let us practice belief in a God of health and abundance
Let us give Him/Her access to move this world towards being the kingdom of God; a kingdom in which there is only health.
OK, one more powerful scripture which speaks of healing in the Bible. As with Hezekiah, it is a great one to confess over your life when living with a prognosis of terminal illness.
It is equally helpful if you live with any longterm severe illness.
Or click on the link below to move from Healing In The Bible to a List of Healing Scriptures including more examples of healing in the bible.