…at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven,
and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
Some months ago, my doctor finally put a name on all the pain and confusion and sleeplessness I have experienced for the last eight years. Fibromyalgia. I expected as much; I had google this and come to the same conclusion. Even so, hearing the diagnosis hit like a ton of bricks. Years of going back and forth to doctors and trying this medication and that medication with the underlying hope that something, sometime would make a difference. One day I would live without pain, sleep without tossing all night, think clearly and move on with the hopes and dreams that have been put on back burner.
In his office, I knew better. I wouldn’t be getting better, not this side of heaven anyway, unless God intervened.
Having a name for this condition helped me because this verse tells me that the name of fibromyalgia must bow its knee to the name of Jesus.
God gave me an image one day. I saw the cross with Jesus still hanging. On the left side of the cross were small, thin rectangular shapes (grass or thin pieces of wood?) and on each blade was printed a name…cancer, lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, heart disease, etc. The line of blades with names on extended far to the left of the cross. On the right hand side of the cross, however, nothing was sticking out of the ground. While I was meditating on this, the blades on the left, in one accord, bowed down to the ground facing the cross.
In this image God gave me, diseases knew it was over for them. Their legal right to a believer’s body ended when Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice. Problem is, all too often, we don’t recognize that. We receive a diagnosis or experience a new symptom or the recurrence of symptoms that have hung on for years and start to accept that this is what it is – the symptoms have won.
But this verse tells us differently. This verse is a beautiful reminder that Jesus has the final say.
Because Jesus humbled Himself through the cross, God has exalted Him above all, so that all will submit to Jesus as Lord.
In the image God gave me, there were no shoots sprouting from the ground on the right hand side of the cross. Why? I believe that is because the names that exalt themselves against the name of Jesus knew they had lost, the battle won. The price was paid and Jesus won!
The only time these sicknesses have a right to our body is when we come into agreement with the diagnosis, the symptoms, the doctor’s report and allow them to stay.
So the question becomes, who are we going to join in agreement – Jesus and His word or the names that are named against us that have no legal standing to remain?
Thank You Jesus for settling the issue once and for all. Thank You for showing me the image of the ugly names of diseases bowing before You. When I slide into agreement with the symptoms and the doctor’s reports, would You remind me again that the battle for my healing was won and that by Your stripes I am healed. Be exalted in my life I pray. Amen.