“She is not dead.”
These were Jesus’ words in Luke 8:52 when a group of people had gathered to mourn Jairus’ daughter, who had been pronounced dead that day. He then entered the home, took her by the hand and brought her back to life.
She was dead. But Jesus said, “She is not dead.”
Was Jesus lying?
Of course not. He knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). So, what was He doing when He called a dead girl not dead?
Or consider when the Lord instructs the weak to say, “I am strong” (Joel 3:10). Is He instructing us to lie? Of course not. What is He doing?
In both cases, He is calling the end from the beginning.
Calling things that be not as though they were is a spiritual principle woven throughout the Bible that most are afraid to touch. They fear looking foolish or feeling disappointed more than they desire to obtain what belongs to them. What a tragedy!
God said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing…choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:19, KJV). How do we choose life? Proverbs 18:21 (KJV) tells us: “Life and death are in the power of the tongue.”
That means it’s our choice, and we make that choice with our words.
Whether you’ve been given two weeks to live or haven’t even had so much as a cold in years, it’s time to find out why you should call yourself well every day.
1. Calling Yourself Well Is an Act of Faith
“[Call] those things which be not as though they were.” –Romans 4:17 (KJV)
Calling yourself well when you have symptoms, a pile of prescriptions and a doctor telling you everything that’s wrong with you is an act of faith.
Faith in what? Faith in God. Faith in His Word. Faith that when He said, “By His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5, MEV), He wasn’t lying. Faith that when He said, “I am the LORD that healeth thee,” He wasn’t just being nice in the moment. Faith that when He said, “I will put none of these diseases upon thee” (Exodus 15:26, KJV) He was talking to YOU.
You’ve got to have that kind of faith, or you’ll receive what James 1:6-7 says of those who don’t—nothing.
If we pray anything according to God’s will, we know He hears us, and we have what we’ve asked (1 John 5:15). We know it. There’s no room for doubt in that. If you know, you know. If you know the sun is real, are you going to let anyone talk you out of it? Are you going to let a dark night cause you to doubt it? How about an eclipse?
It’s time to close the door on any unbelief in your life—any shred of doubt that healing belongs to you. It’s time to start calling yourself well every day because that is God’s will for you.
The only thing that can stop healing in your life is unbelief. That’s it. Not a doctor’s report, not how long you’ve been battling your condition, not how severe it is. None of that. Only unbelief.
We see this in Mark 6:5, which is the only time Jesus is said to be unable to do any miracles. The reason? Unbelief.
Exodus 15:26 says if you will do what is right in God’s sight, He won’t put any disease on you. What is right in His sight? Faith.
2. Calling Yourself Well Changes Your Situation
“Let the weak say, I am strong.” –Joel 3:10 (KJV)
You’ve probably heard the term “going from zero to hero.” Well, none of us are zeros to begin with, but the idea behind that saying is going from one extreme to another—experiencing a dramatic turnaround in your circumstances. That’s what calling yourself well will do for your physical body. It will take you from weak to strong, blind to 20/20 vision, barren to a houseful of children, ailing to running a marathon.
There is no limit to the healing power of God.
When you declare God’s Word and His will over your life, the devil is in big, fat trouble. He’s the one who showed up with the curse in the first place. But it has about as much power as Goliath did against David. It yells, threatens and looks intimidating. But one stone in the sling of a righteous, bold and faith-filled believer, and that Goliath will drop dead right in front of you. Your stone? Your words.
Calling yourself well changes your situation. Try it and see how empowered you feel.
“I call my body well.”
“I call my cholesterol low.”
“I call my bones and muscles healed and strong.”
“I call my heart restored!”
“I call every part of my body healthy and strong.”
“I call my memory restored, my eyesight and hearing perfect, my back pain free!”
And don’t wait until something is wrong to do this! Call it into existence every day. It’s a foolproof health maintenance plan. Don’t even let anything creep in. Don’t receive age-related decline. That doesn’t belong to you in Jesus’ Name!
Jesus spoke to things, and they obeyed. He spoke to a fever, and it left. He spoke to wind and waves, and they stopped. He spoke to Lazarus who had been dead for days, and he rose up.
This power and authority was never meant to be exclusive to Jesus. He said we would do even greater works (John 14:12). Imagine it! Calling your body well is the minimum you should be reaching for.
Watch as Kenneth Copeland teaches you more about why you should call yourself well.
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3. Calling Yourself Well Establishes Your End Results
“You will declare a thing and it will be established for you.” –Job 22:28 (NKJV)
Imagine feeling powerless over your circumstances, your body, your health. It must be a terrifying feeling for those who don’t know the Lord. But, praise God, we as believers never have to feel that way. We already know God’s intention for our lives—His will. In other words, we know the end results Jesus died to give us.
To set those end results in motion, however, we must believe, speak, act and thank God in advance. That’s what faith looks like. And faith gets it done.
Of course, we can’t talk about calling things into being without making mention of the father of many nations, who also happened to be the father of believing against hope. That means there was no hope—in the natural. There was no sign, no possibility, no chance of his getting what God promised—which included “descendants as numerous as the stars” (Genesis 26:4).
Yet, he spoke it again and again. He called himself the father of many nations long before it manifested. And the Bible said it was this act of faith that caused it to come to pass.
Calling yourself well is faith. And since “the promise comes by faith,” (Romans 4:16), you can be assured of receiving it when you do this.
Psalm 107:2 (KJV) says, “Let the redeemed of the LORD says so.” He has redeemed us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). So, say so! Say so! Say so!
Put some pressure on the devil.
Unbelief comes from fear. That’s the pressure Satan puts on people. But Paul said, “I press” (Philippians 3:14). In other words, “I’m the one who’s going to be putting the pressure on.” You can press against fear and unbelief when you call yourself well.
Faith puts pressure on the devil. Joy puts pressure on the devil. Put pressure on him in the Name of Jesus! He has to flee when you do. And make sure to tell him he can take his sickness with him.
When you call yourself well every day, you’re not just taking healing for anything amiss in your body, you’re taking divine health—as in, staying well all the time. Let it become a habit in your life rather than an event. Declare it when you’re getting ready in the morning, in the shower, in the car, in the kitchen, in the garage. So simple, yet so powerful. Do it right now! “I call myself well in Jesus’ Name!”
Watch Kenneth Copeland teach you why you must speak what you want to come to pass.
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