God Is Working in You
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
I remember the story of a man who had a malignant growth on the side of his face. It looked like a big purple eggplant, and had grown almost as big as his head. The doctors wouldn’t touch it. They had done preliminary examinations, but said that he’d live longer if they left it alone.
The man had been in all kinds of healing meetings, because he believed in divine healing. Healing evangelists had laid hands on him; the pastor had anointed him with oil and prayed; many people had prayed.
Then one day the pastor said to me, “I noticed that the growth, though it was still there, began to shrivel. I could see that it was shriveling. The whole church could see it. Within a three-or four-month period, we saw that thing get smaller and smaller.
“Finally, the man came to church one day, and there wasn’t a thing in the world wrong with his face. Every bit of that tumor was gone, and all the skin on his face looked like new baby skin!”
The pastor asked him what happened. He told the pastor that he had been reading his Bible and came to Philippians 2:13. Every morning when he looked in the mirror, he would put his hand on that growth and say, “God’s working in that. Philippians 2:13 says that it’s God that’s at work within me, and He’s not only working in my spirit – He’s also working in my body.”
He kept saying that for days and weeks. And after about three months, he saw that the growth was beginning to shrivel, and, eventually, it all just disappeared. Now God didn’t single that fellow out to bless him. The man saw the Word, read the Word, and began to believe the Word for himself.
And he received what the Word said.
God is working in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure. It’s the will of God that I be healed and made whole. That’s the good pleasure of God.
Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications