Unleash Your Inner Warrior
My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith would not depend on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
My dear warrior,
This time last year I would not have expected that I would be where I am today. I would not have expected to be completely set free and healed from all of my food allergies and health issues. I would not have thought I would be eating pizza, joining in on all the food festivities at work, and finally getting to enjoy the lush German Christmas pastries that I have missed and craved so much over the years. And yet here I am, completely healed. This Christmas I am happily eating gluten and free from the overwhelming feelings of guilt, shame and food depression that came with having food allergies.
I have had health issues my entire life, struggling to strengthen my immune system and to stay well. I have had allergies since I was a baby, which is made evident by the eczema and atopic dermatitis blossoming across my skin in my baby pictures. I dealt with a rather constant presence of eczema and hives on my skin, and I seemed to react to absolutely everything. When I was a baby, I couldn't have juice or apples, so my mom gave me red tea instead. My skin flared up and itched at just about anything I touched, so my parents made sure to use everything-free detergent to wash all my clothes and bed sheets. At 14, an anaphylactic allergy to latex made itself known and promptly landed me in the Emergency Room on multiple occasions. At 21, I became anaphylactic to gluten, which also landed me in the E.R. more than I care to count. I had to begin to carry 2 epipens with me at all times. When I moved to Ohio from North Carolina, my list (which was already pretty long) suddenly shot up to 27 different things I was allergic to—and counting. (Half of that list was medication). Instead of ever getting better, I only seemed to get worse.
If you have been keeping up with my blog, you'll recall that earlier in the summer I shared that God had put it on my heart that this would be the summer of my healing. (I've always known that I would be healed, but I do confess that I lacked faith about it. I expected it to be 'years' from now or thought I'd only get a partial healing.) Sickness and disease are not God's will—I certainly don't believe they are. So at the beginning of the summer when He told me that I would be completely healed, I was completely on board! I chose to come into agreement with what I knew He wanted to give me: Kingdom health! I made a point to partner with Him towards my healing. In an earlier post, I shared an ever-growing list of things that I was being healed and set free from. They were smaller things, but to me any and every healing was a huge victory!
I believe that all diseases are spiritually rooted. This year I put that belief to the test by partnering with the Holy Spirit and asking what spiritually rooted things I needed to be free from. I asked the Holy Spirit what I needed to confess, what I needed to repent of, where I needed to forgive, and I forgave myself. I spent 3 of the last 6 months fasting and praying, partnering with the Holy Spirit for my healing and freedom. The Lord restored broken relationships I had with my family, He healed me from emotionally traumatic events in my life that had scarred me, and He helped me to forgive where I had unrealized bitterness and unforgiveness. As I partnered with Him, He healed me of all of my food allergies, joint pain, stomach pain, eating issues, and many other things. My vision even improved! My prescription has officially gotten better (and I'm looking forward to not having to wear glasses anymore).
I knew I had been healed from an incredible amount of things, but it wasn't until the Friday before Thanksgiving that I finally found out that I have been completely 100% healed from my anaphylactic wheat allergy and gluten intolerance. For the last four weeks now I have been enjoying all manner of food that I have not been able to be within sniffing distance for the last seven years—I have enjoyed pizza, Chinese food, fried foods, bread, pretzels, and all of the amazing German baked goods that come with Christmas that I have been so depressed about missing for the last several years. I'm ecstatic to share that I am no longer allergic any foods anymore, and am able to eat any and all foods!
Not only have I been healed from sickness and malady, as an outward sign of an inward change I have gotten to be physically strong! For the last several years I have struggled to gain any weight whatsoever. In fact, when I move to Ohio in 2012, I dropped down to 90 pounds and was unable to gain any weight. The last three years have been a massive struggle to gain any kind of weight and to get some kind of semblance of good health. This summer, in just one months time, I gained 12 pounds of pure muscle mass, I fell in love with running and I became addicted to calisthenics. My immune system is strong for the first time ever, and I feel stronger and healthier than I ever have in my entire life! Not only do I feel stronger or healthier, I actually feel powerful, which is a phenomenal feeling. My love of dancing has returned with a fiery passion, and I am currently working on my pirouettes, jumps and splits.
Peter said, "Silver and gold, to me there is none; but what I have, this I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!"—Acts 3:6
One of the wonderful things about getting healed by the Lord is that we get to give to others whatever we have been given. Whatever the Lord gives us, we have the authority to give to others! Once I found out I was healed, I was given countless opportunities to pray for other to be set free from food allergies. First thing Sunday morning, I got to pray for between 15-20 people to be healed and set free from their allergies/ intolerances. Then, in the afternoon, I went grocery shopping, and God took hold of my heart as I saw a woman filling her cart up with gluten free foods. I saw the all-too-familiar look on her face (the look of frustration over having to check every label, and food depression over limited options). God tugged at my heart: Go pray for her! I wrangled with Him for a while but He said, “What’s the worst that could happen? She says no? Think instead of the best that could happen: she could say yes and be healed. Today. Don’t miss this opportunity." So I chose to be bold, went up to her, asked if she had a gluten allergy, told her my testimony and asked if I could pray for her. She said yes! So right there, in the middle of ALDI, I took her hands and prayed for her to be healed. I am excited to hear that she has been completely healed, and looking forward to her testimony.
For those of you saying “we don’t heal people” or “we can’t heal people”--well, no, we don't. It's not by any power of our own that anyone is healed. We are healed through the power of the blood, by faith and in the name of Jesus. It’s not magic, it’s just the Lord. The Lord Himself specifically told us to go out and heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out devils. If the thought of healing people offends you, you're missing it. Rather than being offended by God’s theology and changing it to match what makes you feel comfortable, I recommend you change your theology to match God’s theology. His theology is heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out devils (Matthew 10:8). That never ended, that never ceased to be our call, and it never changed! That’s the command we have been given, and therefore is what we should go out and do. That is our commission—our co-mission. We are on a mission together with Christ to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out devils.
As I mentioned, my own healing came from doing the same thing I mentioned in blog a few weeks ago, and that is this: I confessed sin as sin, I repented of it, I forgave myself, I forgave all others, and I prayed all this in Jesus name. Scripture says that when we confess our sins to one another and forgive others, that is when we receive our healing.
We are forgiven when we forgive others! If we refuse to forgive others, we will not be forgiven.
I know that there are so many people who want to ignore that reality, who would rather ignore that great truth, but we do confess our sins. When we confess and repent (metanoia: change our mind and turn away from sin) and we submit ourselves to God in faith, fully giving Him our hearts, it is in that place that we then receive our healing.
"By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know has been made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through Him that has given him this complete healing in your presence."
What I don’t understand is how anyone could reject the truth or deny the beauty of this reality. After sharing that the Lord had healed me that Sunday, someone came up and asked me how I got healed from all of my allergies (particularly my gluten allergy) and asked how they, too, could be healed of their allergies. I told them that I had confessed sin as sin, repented of it, forgiven myself and others, and asked the Lord to come and take up permanent residence in my life. When I told them this, they said “oh ok, never mind” and walked away.
Beloved, I urge you not to tolerate or put up with sin, sickness, disease and negativity and unforgiveness—things that are killing your spirit. Christ set us free for freedoms sake! Walk in your freedom and victory, and choose not to continue on and carry on in bondage and slavery. If there are things that are unconfessed in your life, I urge you to be hungry for your own freedom. Why do you hold on to what is not yours? Why do you hold onto to that which would destroy you? When Jesus died on the cross in your place, He paid the price for your sins. They are no longer your own. They are not yours to keep. He bought them, so they rightfully belong to Him. So give Him back what is His, be set free, and walk in your own freedom. Walk in the freedom that He intended for you, that He purchased for you by His blood.
When Christ died on the cross, He died for our sins, sickness and negativity. (By His stripes you are HEALED of sin, disease, sickness, negative mindset, bondage. You are set free. Live like it!) He took all of that away from us when He died on the cross. He bought it with His blood, purchased it. It is a literal exchange. He has paid for our sins, so we give Him all of our sins in exchange for that payment.
Beloved, what are you holding onto in your own life? What are you refusing to relinquish? Why?
Fight for your freedom, my dear warriors!
©Michèle Aimée, 2015
About the Author
Michèle is a warrior with a passion for God, a deep love of writing, and a fire for combat training. As a warrior, she understands that when she is given orders, she must follow through.