Healing By Faith, Not Just Science

“Jesus saw them and said, “Go. Show yourselves to the priests.” While they were on the way, they were healed. When one of them saw that he was healed, he came back. He praised God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him…Then Jesus said to him, “Get up and go. Your faith has healed you.” – Luke‬ ‭17:14-16, 19‬ ‭NIRV‬‬

Throughout my life, I’ve had an intimate relationship with pain. As a child, I was in and out of the emergency room with broken bones, sprained ankles, or unexplained allergic reactions that covered me in blistering hives for days. And that was just my childhood. I certainly kept my parents on their toes and in their pocketbooks. Adulthood didn’t seem to end my many trips to the doctor except now, the pain lasted longer and the diagnosis sometimes included surgery. But it wasn’t until the last go round with my body, that I learned a lesson the Gospels have taught us through the ages. Healing is just as much about faith, as it is about science. In fact, all of Christ’s healings are rooted in faith. From the woman with the issue of blood who touched Christ’s robe hem (Luke 8:43-48); to the nobleman that came over a days journey for Christ to simply speak healing over his child in another town (John 4:46-54); to the ten lepers who went to show themselves to the priest at Christ’s command and were healed on the way there (Luke 17:11-14), faith has been the central component to healing. So it is today. Healing starts with our hearts and our minds. It starts with faith that Christ can heal you.

Medical advancement and science have produced greater care and quality of life for all humanity. But we have become so dependent on medical advancement rooted in the ingenuity of Man, that sometimes we forget the spiritual side to physical healing is rooted in Christ. I’ve learned they go hand in hand. How we speak about our bodies and health matters; what we believe Christ can do in faith matters even more. Whatever health matter you may be facing, do not only approach it from the physical side with science and medicine. Instead, recognize that the journey to healing starts with faith and co-exists with medicine. Speak scriptures of faith and healing to yourself as daily medicine as well. You must have a bold faith that claims healing because your faith believes Christ is still in the healing business. And when you are healed, know that it doesn’t end there. For just as bold as your faith was to be healed, your thanksgiving, praise, and witness of what He has done should be even greater and bolder.

Published by Shaniqua Rischer

Passionate, Loving, Loyal, Engaging, Obedient, and Direct are words often used to describe Shaniqua Rischer. However, the words she loves to be known for the most are Christian and daughter of the Most High God. Shaniqua has always been the type of person to ask why. She learned to never rely solely on the answer given, but to delve deeper and to question what she was told and taught. She approached her relationship with Christ as she would any person she met – she started talking and asking why. Through intimate prayer and conversations with God, she gained a clearer understanding of the struggles many Christians face. The struggles include the responsibility of being called Christian; knowing what we are supposed to do, but too afraid to act or not knowing how to break free of the bondage that holds us captive. She has discovered a love unlike anything she has ever known, experienced favor that can only come from the Lord, and discovered what it means to finally let her guard down and let God be the center of her life. The result has been the metamorphosis of a person that dares to be extraordinary and move beyond fear to faith. While on a mission trip to Kenya in 2009, her global vision was formed to impact others. As a result, At The Cross Global Ministries, a para-ministry whose focus in on local and global outreach, was founded. Shaniqua shares her experiences and lessons of faith in a direct and open manner, full of compassion, challenge, and optimism. She dedicates her life to being the hands and feet of Christ, and to date, she has led and served on seven global mission teams. She is a sought after speaker and has published two books, “Living A Fake Life For A Real God” and “God-Morning! Sixty Mornings With God”; she is currently working on her third book to be published summer 2019. Additgionally, she is a licensed minister and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts Degree in Christian Education from Dallas Baptist University.

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