Health and Healing. Day fifty-nine...
Have you ever felt like the punching bag in the training room where all the boxers work out? Then you can understand the relief I experienced, as described in yesterday's artice.
After three weeks of feeling like the devil's punching bag, I was excited to be able to punch back. But I still had no idea why I was on the ropes for those three weeks.
About an hour before our guests were due to arrive, I realized that the leaves needed to be cleaned from the porch and the sidewalk. As I swept the concrete, God dropped—as a bomb would be dropped—the word “victim” into my head.
A revelation of the events of the last few weeks exploded within me. “You mean I've been acting like a victim, Lord? How was that even possible?”
And God then began to reveal the evidence by answering with, “When you even tell someone all the bad things that are happening to you.”
“When I even tell someone all the bad things the devil is dishing out, I am allowing myself to become a victim?” But I knew that God was so right on. Wow! How had I let this happen?
When I told Sherrel what was going on, she was as deeply affected as I was. And she immediately said, “No one would look at what we've been doing over the last few weeks and call us victims. We would be called ‘victors’ by any normal observer.” We had been spending every available moment declaring His Word, praying, and worshipping. We certainly “looked” as if we had great faith.
But we had allowed ourselves to become victims, nonetheless.
I say “we” because Sherrel and I had been going through this together. The symptoms may have been manifesting in my body, but she wasn't spared any of the pain.
So together we began to deal with a problem we didn't think we had. We began to deliberately and diligently weed out a “victim mentality” that had grown up in us—completely unknown to us.
And it is amazing what you will find if you are determined to expose the victim within you, rather than determined to protect it.
But let me warn you that the “victim” is the most protected species on the planet. You will get little support in trying to expose a victim mentality within yourself or anyone else. We protect our victims, we honor our victims. We even immortalize our victims.
“Uncle Joe had about as much faith as any person I've ever known, and the cancer took him out. How dare you suggest that he died because he didn't have enough faith!”
I am not suggesting that there was anything wrong with Uncle Joe's faith. I am suggesting that using the “faith card” immediately shuts down any possibility of exposing a victim mentality. I have heard people say that I have a lot of faith, but that didn't stop God from reminding me that I was thinking like a victim.
My goal is not to dishonor people with great faith who have died—or who currently suffer—from some dread disease.
My goal is to expose the victim mentality before it unnecessarily kills or debilitates us with sickness and disease.
Let me ask a simple question: If you are flat on your back from something, do you stand a better chance of recovering by saying, “I have no responsibility in this thing. It's not my fault,” or by saying, “I must take a look at anything I can do to help me make progress.”
You cannot make any progress as long as you think that your progress is the responsibility of someone else—whether another person or God.
One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty‐eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can't, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” (John 5:5‐7 NLT)
The man at the pool of Bethesda was convinced that his progress was someone else's responsibility. And Jesus confronted the man's victim mentality with a very direct question: “Would you like to get well?” But the man could not see that his healing was standing right in front of him, because he was so consumed with all the reasons he couldn't get healing.
Later on, after He had healed the man, Jesus confronted him in the temple:
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. (John 5:14 KJV)
Jesus told the man that unless he dealt with his victim mentality, he would recreate the situation that caused his infirmity in the first place.
Whether we have great faith or little faith, we cannot see the Healing that is standing right in front of us if we are focused on being victims.
Have a good day,