Have you read The Dynamic Laws of Healing, by Catherine Ponder? As I have mentioned before, our small group is studying healing--especially integrated healing which includes healing of the body, mind, spirit, and emotions. I have been thinking about laws of healing. God has created laws that work whether you know Him or not. Somewhere in my reading, this book was recommended so I ordered it on ABEbooks.com (my favorite go-to spot to find books cheaply because they are used) and began reading this week. I am really liking it. The book lists several of the laws of healing, but the difference in it and other books I've read on healing is that Catherine Ponder uses affirmations to help get those laws working in our subconscious. She suggests repeating the affirmations as often as possible.
In the chapter entitled "The Surprise Law of Healing" which is actually on the law of forgiveness, one of the affirmations is:
"All that has offended me, I forgive. Whatever has made me bitter, resentful, unhappy, I forgive. Within and without, I forgive. Things past, things present, things future, I forgive."
Another is: "I forgive everything, everyone, every experience, every memory of the past or present that needs forgiveness. I forgive positively everyone. God is love, and I am forgiven and governed by God's love alone. God's love is now adjusting my life and its problems. Realizing this, I abide in peace.
In the chapter on "The Healing Law of Love" one of the affirmations is: "I rest and relax in the love of God, and I am healed."
Another is: "My heart is filled with Divine Love, and Divine Love will work any miracle that needs working."
This morning I was thinking about how the Bible encourages us to use affirmations. It says "to think on these things, whatever is lovely and of a good report..." We are told to "put on the whole armor of God" in Ephesians. It occurred to me that each piece of the armor is put on as an affirmation. There are so many verses that come to mind: "Christ in you, the hope of glory." "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." "All things work together for good..." "I am the God that healeth thee." "By His stripes, I am healed."
Yet, how often do we read these without actually claiming and/or applying them? I believe this is an important piece to the puzzle I am working on to help me understand how healing can be more effectively implemented in our lives.
Our group has been praying for healing for others through forgiveness, breaking generational curses, breaking soul ties, renouncing inner vows, overcoming rejection, deliverance, inner healing, and prayer for physical healing. I think affirmations could be a great tool to help all of us remain free of these things and to change our way of thinking. I am excited to put this idea into practice and see how it works!
If you have experience in doing this I would love to hear about it.