Declaring our Independence from illness– with help from the Bible



The first 45 years of her life were rough. Often ill as a child; her first husband died after a few short months of marriage, leaving her destitute and pregnant; she didn’t receive much support from family members after her child was born – and she continued unwell. She married again for her child to have a father, but that man deserted her, and the child was given to others to raise. Now one day coming home from a meeting, she slipped on the ice and was considered close to death.

But she opened her Bible, and in moments of inspiration, she felt God’s great love for her and declared her independence. She became well and spent the next 45 years of her life writing and editing a book that would sell over 10 million copies, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. She also established a church. Her name was Mary Baker Eddy.

Another woman was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. She too, opened her Bible and began to study it. She wrote, “The Word of God is extremely important to people who are fighting a battle with their health, for often it’s the only hope they have. I know I would have died if it had not been for the Word of God.”

She chose 40 verses of Scripture that she studied throughout her illness and recovery. They are:

Exodus 15: 26

Exodus 23: 25

Deuteronomy 7: 15

Deuteronomy 30: 19

Joshua 21: 45

Psalm 91: 16

Psalm 103: 1-5

Psalm 107: 20

Proverbs 4: 20-23

Isaiah 43: 25-26

Isaiah 53: 5

Jeremiah 30: 17

Joel 3: 10

Nahum 1: 9

Malachi 3: 10

Matthew 8: 2, 3

Matthew 18: 18, 19

Mark 11: 23, 24

Mark 16: 17, 18

John 9: 31

John 10: 10

Romans 8: 11

II Corinthians 1: 20

II Corinthians 10: 4, 5

Galatians 3: 13, 14

Ephesians 6: 10-17

Philippians 2: 13

II Timothy 1: 7

Hebrews 10: 23

Hebrews 10: 35

James 5: 14, 15

I Peter 2: 24

I John 3: 21, 22

I John 5: 14, 15

II John 2

Revelation 12: 11

She didn’t die, she was healed of that cancer through prayer. Her name is Dodie Osteen. She also wrote a book, Healed of Cancer.

Others have found their independence from illness through reading and studying the Bible. They have found that the understanding of God given in Scripture lifts their thought above the fear and dismay they feel and align it with the divine – this results in the healing of disease.

Many health columnists provide all sorts of advice on how to stay well. Here is one that may not get much attention: Read and study the Bible. You may want to consider beginning with Osteen’s list. You may find your own list of healing verses. My prayer is that you also find the health, wellness and purpose found by Eddy, Osteen and many others, including myself, by using the Bible to help you declare your independence from illness.

©2014 Christian Science Committee on Publication for Illinois

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2 Responses to Declaring our Independence from illness– with help from the Bible

  1. George says:

    Hi Tim,
    Would it be okay if I republished this on our NH blog? I’d also like to add the words to the Bible quotes if it’s okay with you.
    Best, George

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