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Thanksgiving 2021

Thanksgiving is a reminder to every one of us of God's blessings in our lives.

It is a time when our family comes together around the table and we celebrate God's bountiful blessings. My wife takes out some of her old recipes that have produced great meals and we enjoy the finished results.

There is a recipe for your healing and health.

Ingredient 1: The Healing Bread.

If you would receive healing, you must make sure that you have become a Christian. When the woman from Canaan came to Jesus on behalf of her daughter who lay at home tormented by a devil, she asked for the Lord to help bring healing and deliverance to her girl.

Jesus' answer spoke to the fact that healing was for His children: "But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs." (Matthew 15:26) The woman was not to be denied, and she released her faith in Christ's power by her confession. She asked for a crumb. Jesus said that this was great faith. Her daughter was healed from that hour. James 5:16 reveals that when we confess our sins, then healing will follow.

Ingredient 2: Stir up your faith.

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)

We used to call this "praying through." This is when you settle everything in your mind with the Lord so that you know you will be healed when you are prayed for according to His Word. I recommend that you find a promise in the Word to build your faith on. Your faith will connect you to God, and you will receive from Him everything you need. (Mark 11:22-24) I would also encourage you to forgive anyone who may have wronged you. (Mark 11:25-26) Unforgiveness blocks you from entering into God's presence.

Ingredient 3: Make sure your thinking is right.

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8

This is a basic teaching for healing. We must focus our thoughts on what Jesus did to provide our healing. (Matthew 8:17) We should seek Christ the Healer more than just our healing. "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ," (Philippians 3:7-8)

Ingredient 4: Mix praise and thanksgiving.

We need to praise God by faith before we see or feel our healing. "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:4-6) Your praise and thanksgiving is based upon Hebrews 11:1 that the evidence comes before the substance. The woman in Mark 5 was healed first, and then she felt the evidence in her body.

It not only takes faith to receive healing, it takes faith to keep your healing. You can resist the devil (James 4:7) and enjoy health and strength!

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