Last night we had dinner with a friend who is battling a serious illness.  Marsha and I are committed to standing with her for healing.  It was while I was praying for our friend–more than a friend, but a daughter–that I wrote in my journal the following:

We cannot command God to do anything, and those who say we can are confused at best and arrogant at worst.  But we can appropriate what He as already said is ours, not demanding it, or even asking for it, but by appropriating it.  It’s ours already.

Asking God to heal is asking Him to do something He has already done (Is 53; Ps 103 and others).  So, we don’t demand of God, but we exercise the authority He has given us, and declare the truth of His Word.  Therefore, I can boldly proclaim healing, command sickness to leave, and by faith know that in Christ all of God’s promises are “Yes” and Amen” (2 Cor 1:20)!

I told Marsha that I won’t let go of the horns of the altar until I see our friend healed. Without her permission I won’t share our friend’s name, but I invite you to agree with me for her healing, knowing that she love the Lord and wants to please Him, and is standing by faith knowing He will see her through this time.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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  1. Eleanor Lock says:

    Commanding God seems to me to be ordering God around, at the very least, it’s unseemly! If we would realize that God is in us, we are the righteousness of God, His work is finished, so we draw on that finished work, which provides all we need, salvation, finances, healing, etc. He was named “Emmanuel” God with us and in us! the bible says that the Word is near us, even in our hearts and in our minds, the Word of faith, which we preach!

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