In the book, Good to Great, author Jim Collins, shares about an interview he had with James Stockdale, a survivor of the POW camps in Vietnam. Though experiencing 8 years of torture and near starvation, he resisted the enemy, developed a communication system for the prisoners, and sent important intelligence information secretly encoded in letters to his wife. James told the interviewer:
“I never lost faith in the end of the story, I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.”[1
When the interviewer asked James, who didn’t make it out of the POW camps, he said,
“Oh, that’s easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, ‘We’re going to be out by Christmas.’ And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they’d say, ‘We’re going to be out by Easter.’ And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.”
This surprises us and has come to be known as the Stockdale Paradox which James sums up as:
“This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
I appreciate understanding this paradox because many times, in the area of healing, Christians have tried to come up with formulas and if people just do this “thing,” or say the “right” words, God will heal them. When it doesn’t happen, they become disillusioned. I don’t believe there is a magic formula. But I do believe in healing and contend for it! I choose God’s timing and way and believe healing comes out of relationship, not formula. I have no question about healing and trust God’s timing. In the meantime, I’m not going to deny that I have symptoms or ignore a problem.
At the same time, I like using declarations about healing when I keep the above in perspective. So I share the following healing proclamations with you, believing you can enjoy them without using them as formula. A friend shared them with me and I do not know the source. Study the Scripture references and use what you are comfortable declaring!
Since Jesus is Lord over my life, I forbid sin, sickness, and disease to have any power over me. I am forgiven and free from sin and guilt. I am dead to sin and alive unto the righteousness of God. (Col 1:21,22)
I release unforgiveness and strife from my life. I choose to forgive others as Christ has forgiven me, for God’s love has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. (Matt 6:12, Ecc 11:10)
Jesus Christ bore my sins in His own body on the tree; therefore, I am dead to sin and alive unto the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, and by His stripes I am healed and made whole. (1 Pet 2:24; Rom 6:11, 2 Cor 5:21)
The Word of God has imparted the life of God to me, and that life restores my body with every breath I breathe and every word I speak. I overcome the world, the flesh and the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the words of my testimony. (Jn 6:63; Mk11:23; 1 Jn 4:4; Rev 12:11)
Jesus bore my sickness and carried my pain; therefore I give no place to sickness and pain, for God sent His Word and healed me and delivered me from the pit of destruction. (Ps 107:20; Ecc 10:11)
Heavenly Father, I attend to Your Word; I incline my ears to Your sayings; I refuse to let them depart from my eyes. I keep them in the midst of my heart for they are life, health, and medicine to all my flesh. (Pr 4:20-22)
You have given me abundant life and I receive that life through Your Word; and that life flows to every organ and tissue of my body, bringing life and health. (Jn 10:10, Jn 6:63)
Father, I am redeemed from the curse and Your eternal life is in me. Your Word, which is eternal life, flows in my bloodstream, restoring every cell of my body to health, in Jesus’ name (Jn 6:8; Jn 10:28; 1 Jn 5:11, 13-15, 20)
No evil will befall me, neither shall any plague come near my dwelling; for God has given His angels charge over me. They keep me in all my ways. In my pathway are life, healing and health. (Ps 91:10-11, Pr 12:228)
Lord, I serve You and You bless my food and water and You have taken sickness out of me; therefore, I will fulfill the number of my days on the earth in health. (Ex 23:25-26)
I present my body as a temple of the Living God. Since God dwells within me and His life permeates my spirit, soul and body, I am filled with God’s fullness daily. (Rom 12:1,2, Jn 14:20)
Father, You have forgiven all my iniquities, You have healed all my diseases; You have redeemed my life from destruction. You satisfy my mouth with good things so that my youth is renewed as the eagles. (Ps 103:2-5)
There’s another page and a half of these proclamations but don’t have room here for them. Please message me on FB or email me if you’d like more.