Before little Peanut came along, I had another wonderful rescue dog named Spike. He taught me many great life lessons. This is one of them.
I opened the sliding glass door and in came Spike from the yard. His left eye looked a little red but I didn’t think much of it at the time. By the next day his eye was really red and droopy. It looked awful! My roommate Jane and I questioned whether or not we should take him to the vet, but past experience made us not trust the vet, so we decided against it. Spike didn’t appear to be having any pain, so we waited a few days to pray and see how it went.
Once before, Spike had gotten stung by a scorpion and it paralyzed his whole back end. We prayed for him and he was totally healed in about four days. This time we prayed for his eye, but my faith was weak.
Matthew 11:23-24 says that when you pray, believe and don’t doubt. I believed God would heal his eye, but then when I looked at his poor awful droopy red eye, I would get worried, and I doubted and thought maybe I should take him to the vet, even though I knew in my heart that the vet would do no good.
James 1:6b-8 says: “For he that is wavering is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
That was me—believing for healing one minute and doubting in the next. What was amazing is that his eye was responding accordingly—it looked healed, and then it would get all red and droopy again. It was confusing and guilt was getting in, both about not going to the vet, and about not believing God for the healing.
After a short period of this going back and forth, Jane said, “Look, Carolyn, you’ve got to agree with me on this healing!” She was right. Jesus said, “Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt 18:19). We asked and we agreed, but then I had to make my mouth confess it.
Second Corinthians 4:8 says, “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.” And Romans 4:17 tells us to call those things that be not as though they already were.
That’s what Abraham did. When God told Abram and Sarah they were going to be the father and mother of many nations, Sarah was already far past the age of having children, but that didn’t stop the invisible words from coming to pass. It wasn’t easy for them to believe, since in the natural they were both really old. But God had to do something amazing for them, which is a great lesson for us.
It had been 24 years since the promise was made, but still, no children. Their faith just wasn’t there. They wavered like I did with my little dog Spike. So God told Abram he had to stop calling himself Abram and change his name to Abraham, which means “father of many nations.” So every time someone called him or whenever he talked about himself, he was hearing out loud, “You’re a father of many nations.”
After doing this it was only three months before Sarah was pregnant with Isaac! (See Gen 12-18.)
The Lord showed me that I could do that with Spike’s eye and that I should start calling him “Puppy Healed Dog.” I spoke right to him and said things like “Look at you, your eye is healed. Jesus healed your eye. You’re ‘Puppy Healed Dog.’”
After I did that, his eye took about two weeks to totally heal. During that time, there were days when his eye went red and droopy again, but I didn’t let any words of doubt or fear come out of my mouth. Instead I just kept saying that Spike was “Puppy Healed Dog,” and he became exactly that.
When we’re wavering, we aren’t peaceful enough or calm enough to even receive true wisdom of what to do in a situation. But finally when I believed without wavering, Spike’s eye was healed.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the WORDS of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb 11:3).
The invisible things are more powerful than the visible things. The invisible is what has creative power. God Himself is invisible to us, yet He created everything in the beginning from His own spoken words. When we speak words, we don’t see the letters, but in our minds we see an image. When we speak the images that the Lord gives us by faith, they will come to pass. God tells us, “I create the fruit of the lips” (Is 57:19a).
What an amazingly wonderful blessing that is!
God’s will is to heal and to bless. It is possible for ordinary people to speak THE WORDS OF THE LORD that He gives us, the Words of God without wavering, and get the results. Abraham became the father of many nations and Spike became Puppy Healed Dog.
TODAY THRU TUES, . . . . F*R*E*E Part 3 of WINGS Volume 1. If you don’t have Amazon Prime or Unlimited, I will send you a FREE PDF or Word doc. firstname.lastname@example.org
This section is PART 3 and contains chapters 24-37
24. THE DEVIL HAS NO AUTHORITY
25. RISE LIKE THE EAGLE ABOVE THE STORM
26. OUR SPIRITUAL FIVE SENSES
27. I KNOW THE BOSS AND I’M WITH HIM
28. GOING THROUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE
29. DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TIL WE DIE TO GET SOME HEAVEN?
30. SEEING IN NEW WAYS
31. GOD’S SPIRIT TOUCHES OUR SPIRIT
32. NEGATIVE PRAYERS
33. ROLLER COASTER FAITH
34. HOLDING YOUR GROUND
35. THE CICADA
36. NO GLASS CEILING
37. DANGEROUS ILLUSIONS