Not long after Lily returned home from the hospital, she developed a cough. Ordinarily, a cough is not a big deal, but this one hung on for weeks, and then months. As you can imagine, we hovered over her, watchful as hawks, wanting to make sure she was okay.
A few weeks into this circumstance, Holy Spirit gave me a word. He always has a word in season, for every challenge we face! It was this verse from Luke, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Once I had read it in my daily devotional time, it kept coming up. Literally every day for a week, He made sure it made additional appearances: in an email, in a conversation with a friend, on social media, and so on. It was popping up all over the place. It was like He spoke it, underlined it, marked it with bright yellow highlighter, and wrote exclamation points all around it.
The same friend who brought it up in conversation also told me this story from her life:
“I’d been dealing with terrible sinus infections multiple times a year, for a number of years. I’d get over one, and with the next change of season, another one would attack.
“One day, I was in the grocery store. I felt that familiar feeling in my throat, like another infection was trying to come on. This time, however, something different happened. Something in my spirit rose up, and I got indignant. ‘No, you don’t!’ I said out loud, right there in the store, with stern firmness. ‘You are not going to do this to me again. Jesus paid the full price on the cross for my perfect health, and I will not allow this!’ In that very moment, the uncomfortable feeling in my throat disappeared.
“It tried again once or twice more, and I immediately asserted my authority the same way. It never was able to take over. I haven’t had a bad sinus infection like that since.”
I knew Holy Spirit was speaking to me through her story. He was telling me that it was time to learn to use the authority He’s given me, at a new level. I’ve been, of course, learning to walk in the authority He delegated to us, for years. But this was training to increase to another level in my “glory to glory” training.
Every day after that, when I heard Lily cough, I put His instructions into practice. “We aren’t having that! In Jesus’ name, Lily has perfect health!” I kept saying firmly. I can’t say that I saw the same immediate results that my friend did. However, gradually, over the span of months, the cough got better and better. It would even go away for a few days at a time. Most recently, it was gone for about a month. It then made yet another reappearance just a few days ago. However, it’s a very insignificant one. I am wholly confident that this issue is almost completely gone forever.
You may wonder how this goes together with what I shared in my very first post about Lily’s healing. If you read that one, you know that I am wholeheartedly convinced that it is ALWAYS Daddy’s heart to heal us. Here’s my take on healing that is slower to manifest:
We are all on a growth curve. None of us have been completely perfected; none of us has reached that level of perfection we will enjoy forever in heaven. Our faith is in process. Every day, it grows. Every day, if we seek to, we will walk in greater and greater levels of His manifest glory. The more we expect the supernatural power of God to flow through us, the more it will. The more we practice letting Him use as His instruments to this end, the more we will see His superior Kingdom realm manifest in our world. As He said to Martha, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40, NKJV).
He is so gentle with us. So loving, so kind, and so patient. He never, ever, ever gets irritated with where we are in our faith journey. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. He simply offers His hand for us to take a hold of, and says, “Come, take another step higher, precious child. One step at a time, we will do this together. Keep practicing, keep training, keep pressing forward, as I lead and strengthen and encourage you the entire way. I have so much more for you. I long to show you My glory!”
If Jesus is the Author and Perfecter of our faith, the One who will complete the good work He began in us, what role do we have in the growth process?