By Creflo Dollar
We all aspire toward the goal of a healthy lifestyle. The idea always sounds appealing, but many people often settle for something less. Some simply accept sickness and disease in their lives; however, perfect health is God’s will for us. Agreeing with what God says about health and healing, instead of what the world says, produces supernatural results.
There will always be people who think that poor health has to be a part of their lives, but as believers, we don’t have to tolerate it. This is a radical concept that the world doesn’t comprehend, but faith in God’s willingness and ability to heal gets results on all levels. “Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise” (Jeremiah 17:14). Doctors and health care professionals do the best they can, but true healing only comes about when God works through them to accomplish His purpose. Sometimes we praise the doctors for good results when God is the one who should get the recognition and the glory.
Medical miracles do exist. The word “miracle” is defined as an occurrence that can’t be explained by natural or scientific laws and is therefore attributed to a higher power. Most of us have heard doctors mention miracles for which they can’t take the credit. Miracles happened for the woman with the bleeding disorder whom Jesus healed (Luke 8:43-48), the man from whom Jesus cast out demons (Mark 5:1-13), and countless others who came into contact with Him.
Healthy eating and regular exercise certainly are important, but we should also consider our mindset. Our minds are powerful, and what we think about for an extended period of time can either keep us well or make us sick. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). Some people hold on to resentment, anger, bitterness, stress, worry, and anxiety for so many years that they develop ulcers, coronary issues, or other health problems. Over time, the body has a physical reaction to whatever thoughts we choose to harbor in our minds.
If we’re sick, we don’t have to stay that way. It’s no coincidence that healing is mentioned in conjunction with peace and security. God’s Word is truth, and when we line up our beliefs about good health with what He says, we experience a peace of mind that can only be found in Him. Regardless of what the world tells us, trusting God for good health allows Him to heal us where we need healing. “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security” (Jeremiah 33:6, NIV).
A positive attitude and a joyful outlook agree with what God wants for our lives. Good health doesn’t just exist in a vacuum; it’s a byproduct of operating according to the plans He has for us. Our souls, which are our thinkers and choosers, have the ability to decide whether or not to accept what God wants to give us. “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth” (3 John 1:2). God leaves the final decision on our health up to us.