Healing is a strange thing, and I have to admit – I don’t get it. I really don’t. I find it all complicated. One person may spend hours upon hours and months upon months praying for healing and they never get it; yet another person can ask once and they are healed instantly. So it’s the one area I battle with.
But! I have two testimonies I would like to share with you, and they are of the more fluffy variety – my kitty cat, Teeny.
Teeny was born with snuffles, which is another name for Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Disease. It’s a disease that affects felines in their eyes, nose and mouth, and of course respiratory area. There is no cure. Many cats don’t make it. When I got Teeny, he would sneeze and his tiny little eyes would clog up so badly with mucous. He was constantly at the vet for medication and treatment.
As Teeny got older, the sneezing got worse and he resorted to scratching himself all over. If he came into contact with any sort of stress then it was really bad. At times he would sneeze blood.
In 2010 his scratching was terrible – he had scratched a huge hole into his neck that just got bigger, even when he wasn’t scratching. The vet gave him a shot as well as medication I needed to dab onto the affected area as much as I needed to. But nothing helped. Sometimes he would walk and blood would drip from the wound! Big patches of fur were missing from his neck, front and back. This carried on for a just over a year and no amount of medication was helping.
Eventually I had had enough. Teeny had eventually shied away from me because I was always coming to him with cotton wool and red liquid! I am the child of the Most High God and here I was struggling with a disease that was placed under Jesus’ feet a long time ago!
One of my favourite Bible verses is Romans 4:17 “As it is written, I have made you a father of many nations, before him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead, and calls those things which are not as though they were”. Here, the Lord changed Abram’s name to Abraham one year before the birth of Isaac, thus confessing that Abraham was the father of a multitude before it happened in the physical.
I find this a beautiful powerful promise to the children of God. Our Bible starts with “calling things” into existence. God called forth light and the light came. He spoke creation into existence, and here we are.
The tongue is a powerfully scary little muscle. I never really took James 3:6 seriously enough until I went through this process. The verse says, “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.” If our tongue is that powerful by the words it spews out, what are we calling into existence then? Scary thought!
The whole of creation was made by and responds to words. Our words, when spoken in faith, release either life or death (Proverbs 18:21) and will affect people, things, circumstances, and yes, our pets!
God gave us dominion over creation and I take that very seriously! I’m currently waging war in prayer for our rhino! I wholeheartedly believe that we release power by the words we speak. So, I decided to stop his medication and first took authority over his illness and commanded it to go in Jesus’ name. Every day, every time I would walk past him, I would thank God for Teeny’s healing in Jesus’ name and for what He accomplished on the cross. I would walk up to Teeny and say “Hello Teeny, Jesus loves our little Teeny and has healed you! We thank You Jesus for Teeny’s healing and that this wound will soon be gone all because of You!” Something like that, every day. Proclaiming Jesus’ truth and declaring, and most of all, thanking! I will never expect to see healing without thanking. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” It is God’s will that we thank Him for everything He has done and is about to do! Always be thankful, I cannot stress that enough!
I also like to pray using scripture a lot. The Word is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12) and can only fuel your prayers! So, I would also say over Teeny, “Thank You Father for Teeny’s healing! Thank You that You are able to do exceedingly abundantly above all I ask or think for Teeny’s healing, in Jesus’ name” (Eph 3:20)
Teeny’s wound was entirely gone within 4 weeks! After a year and a half of struggling with medication and treatment!
During the whole thing, I never once doubted. It was almost like “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that! Oh well, let’s get this done!” Remember James 1:6-8 “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does”. Don’t doubt – God has given us this power, so use your God-given authority!
Focus on the good that you want to see, and do not look at what is right in front of you. It shakes your faith. I focused on seeing Teeny healed, not at the huge bleeding sore that looked straight back at me. It was just a temporary wound – temporary because Jesus says it is!
When my daughter was in NICU, the paediatric nurse that was assigned to her was saved and I thank God for her. She became my mentor and she is a wonderful woman of God. One day she came to me and said, “God asked me to give you this verse.” And she handed me a handwritten verse of 2 Corinthians 4:18: “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Teeny no longer scratches or sneezes today, and is wound free! All glory be to God! Who was, and is, and is to come!
Healed! Just in time to attack the carpet!
Do you see in the first picture of Teeny, how swollen his lip was? Click here for that testimony!