Dec 23, 2014
You could go out and ask believers all day long, "Do you believe God can heal you?" And most would probably say, ”oh, yes!" But ask them if God will heal them and you'll likely to hear, "Well, I guess... uh, I know He could, but I'm just not sure...” well praise God, there is no reason to wonder anymore! God is the "Father of Lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (James 1:17). God has not changed. He healed in the Old Testament, He healed in the New Testament, and He heals today!
Anywhere, at any time, the Spirit of God is always ready to heal. And whether you're in the last stages of cancer or just have a headache, healing is yours the moment you make a demand on it. But for God's healing to manifest, He needs faith—your faith. In order to have faith to access your miracle, you need to receive the Word first on healing. The words of God are God's medicine. Therefore this article will take the time to explain from the Scripture what God’s will is concerning healing, how to access healing now, and how to maintain the healing that you have received.
The entire doctrine of divine healing hinges on the presupposition that sickness and disease is not of God. Believe it or not, Christians are divided on the issue of whether God wants you whole or sick. Some Christians say sickness is placed on us by God to teach us a lesson, but the word of God tells us otherwise. In fact the Bible says sickness is part of the curse!
Read Galatians 3:13-14 “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
What we see from these verses is that Christ not only took our curses but our sicknesses as well because the curse of the law includes four things: sin, poverty, sickness, and consequently death. (Deuteronomy 28:15-68). Through the Blessing of Abraham we have been redeemed meaning brought or bought out of 3 that place where we were in bondage to those things that because of Adam’s transgression were loosed in the earth. Now, because of what Jesus has done we can live free from sickness, disease, and maladies—we are redeemed from the curse of the law.
Sometimes when I am ministering on healing I get people who are already accustomed to the view that God using sickness as a punishment. One time a gentleman approached me after a message I gave on holiness in which I mentioned sickness as being part of the curse. He said that the Bible often says “The Lord shall smite the...” I explained to him that often the original Hebrew text uses verbs in the permissive tense instead of the causative tense, which is found in the English translation of the Bible For example, “The Lord shall smite thee...” should read, “The Lord will allow you to be smitten.” Causative vs permissive.
The fact of the matter is that sickness and disease are not products of love; God is love. God may allow evil to happen, but He is not the author of evil. Proof of this fact is in Jesus’ public ministry. Why would Jesus spend the bulk of His ministry healing the sick and maimed, if being sick was God’s will? Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. So if that is the case, Jesus wants to heal you too. The truth is disease and sickness is not God’s will for our lives, but health and healing are.
Christians must remember that He bore our sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses. By His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5, AMP; Matthew 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24). When Jesus died on the cross it was an all-inclusive death which lead to an all-inclusive redemptive package! This means that all things needed for life and godliness were provided for us already by Jesus Christ through his suffering, death, and resurrection from the dead. What Jesus has done already secured for us our healing, deliverance, and salvation. When you have faith you protect your healing. You are the healed protecting your health not the sick seeking healing.
So as we already covered, we are Redeemed from the curse of the law which includes sickness, but in order to access these blessings—faith must be applied. Back in Galatians 3:14 it said, “That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” So that is saying that these blessings are there, but they are not automatic. If you expecting healing, faith must go before you can reach out to it, and therefore in order to use faith we must know the Word concerning healing. (Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word). What is faith? It is, “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen” this tells me there’s something there. There are body parts stored in heaven that you can’t see with the natural eyes. But they are there. There are blessings stored up beyond human comprehension, but we cannot see them with our natural eyes, we have to condition our spiritual senses to discern them.
When you have faith you protect your healing. You are the healed protecting your health not the sick seeking healing. One thing the Bible says about faith is that, “the just shall live by his faith,” Habakkuk 2:4. Notice he said “by HIS faith.” You have to use your own faith to maintain the healing already given to you through Jesus. Often I see Christians who are trying to ride off another person’s faith instead of their own. In other words, they are leaning on the Gift of Healings operating in another, instead of faith alone. Look at I Corinthians 12:5-11
“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom ; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit ; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
God gives grace severely as the Spirit will. In other words The Holy Spirit divides the gifts up throughout the body of Christ and only He knows to whom, when, and where. The only thing you know is that these things are a part of the body of Christ and that they can come on you at any time.
But here is the issue, when an individual operates in gifts or waits on the operation of the gift they must wait until the Spirit will. Sure, you can believe Jesus will heal you but if you just depend on when the gift will manifest by riding on others faith (example: waiting for Benny Hinn to come to your city or waiting for a healing service at church) you may miss out, why? Because that gift of healing or healings (as it is in greek) only comes as the Spirit wills.
If you want to operate in divine health you are going to have to get off of the system of waiting for the gift to manifest or show up. You are going to have to start using your own faith. It’s time to start using YOUR faith!
You must get your mind renewed to the fact that in God there is only eternity, God has no time. Your flesh has been trained and programed in time. In the kingdom you understand your dominion over time. You understand that your healing is whenever you decree it to be. It say in Second Peter three and eight, “Beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day...” It doesn’t make a difference because all of God’s time is now.
Jesus walked in this kind of faith for healing the sick. He manifesting the healing right away when He needed it. Sure He had the gift of healings from in 1 Corinthians 12 but in order to manifest them he needed to operate in His own faith.
I’m saying this because, “as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” If your thinking time, you cannot operate outside of time! You must reprogram your mind that there is no time. The doctor may say it will take nine months before that cast can come off, but God says nine days! That warehouse God has for you in heaven: the new vertebra the new liver, the new skin—its not for your heavenly body, bring your heavenly body here to earth. Get out of time.
The way to manifest healing is you must agree with God. Whatever He says in His Word is your point of contact.
It is important that we use God’s Word in prayer instead of our own, in fact I say that is the only true way to pray, but having said that, you can say all the Word you want but if it is not mixed with faith it is worth nothing. Even the devil uses the Word, but he does not mix it with faith (Hebrews 4:2). So mix your confession (words of your mouth) with faith by standing on the following scriptures for your healing: Isaiah 53:4-5; I Peter 2:24; Exodus 15:26; Matthew 8:17; Proverbs 4:20-22; 3 John 1:2. Remember, you must agree with what God says to get God’s results. Confession is the cornerstone of Christianity you must confess if you plan to possess.
The Bible talks about many ways to get healed. God has make provision for anyone at any level of faith to access the haling power of redemption. Specifically the Word outlines five ways:
The first method is using the Name of Jesus. The early church used healing as a means of advertising the gospel as well as blessing the people. John 14:13–14 can be used in this connection. "And whatsoever you shall ask (or demand), in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you shall ask anything in my name that will I do.”
If a spirit of sickness comes you say,"In the name of Jesus Christ, leave my body." The sickness must go. You are the master of your own body. You have a right to freedom from pain or sickness. In that name you command it to leave. You're not demanding it of the Father, because the Father has given you authority over these demonic forces. In that name, they that believe shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. You have the authority (delegated power) to cast out every sickness by His name! Every believer should understand this clearly, that he has a right to perfect deliverance from the hand of the enemy in Jesus name
The second method is found in Mark 16:18." They that believe shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover”. The believer has the nature of God in him. He has the life of God in him. The Spirit dwells within him. It is the power within the believer that goes out through his hands in the name of Jesus and heals the sick.
Often it is accompanied by manifestations. The person feels the life of God go pouring through his body.
Third method is for the carnal believer, that is, the believer who is governed by the senses and not by the Word. I Corinthians 3:1-3 calls him a baby in Christ. James says (5:14), "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him.”
This scripture is not for full grown believers, but for those who have never developed their spiritual life so as to take their place in Christ. It is for those who must depend on others to pray for them. But God in His grace has made a way for them as well.
The fourth method of healing is found in John 16:23 – 24 “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing, Verily, verily, I say unto you, If ye ask anything of the father, he will give it to you in my name. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name; ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be made full.” The believer has a right to ask the father for healing or any other blessing and if he asks in the name of Jesus, he has the absolute guarantee that the father will hear and answer his petition.
The fifth method for healing is found in Matthew 18:18-20.”If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together
in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Where two are united, and are demanding and interceding in Jesus name for the healing of loved ones, the prayer is bound to be answered because God watches over his Word to make it good.
Finally, there is another method of healing which is probably the best. Isaiah 53:3-5, “Surely He hath born our sicknesses, and carried our diseases; yet, we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.” He was smitten with our diseases! “He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Here is the absolute statement of fact that by His stripes we are healed: I Peter 2:24, “who his own self bear our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes we were healed” Matthew 8:16-17," that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying, himself took our infirmities, and bear our diseases."
The Scriptures prove that healing is ours. We simply know that by His stripes we already are healed. We thank the Father for our perfect deliverance. It is not necessary that we pray, or ask the Father to heal us. We know that He said,"by his stripes you were healed." The afflictions in our bodies were laid upon Jesus. He bore them. We do not need to bear them. All we need to do is to recognize and accept that fact. We must refuse to allow disease in our bodies (the temple of the Holy Spirit). We are healed. Every believer should thoroughly understand that this healing was consummated in Christ. It would automatically mean the end of chronic troubles in the bodies of believers.
When a believer takes steps to eradicate the spirit of infirmity and sickness from their lives, God will be allowed to enter into their existence at another level and enable them to live a fruitful and productive life for the kingdom. In conclusion, when one knows that God is not just able, but willing to heal. And when the believer realizes that sickness is part of the curse and healing is part of the blessing, they will choose to grab hold of that redemptive right and start to speak only what Jesus says about them; that they are healed by Jesus stripes and that they are the healed protecting their health!
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Nathaniel Spiers is a minister, business owner, and eternal student of the Word of God. He has been called as a teacher to the Body of Christ around the world. His commission is to prepare the church to be the bride Jesus deserves. He is passionate about seeing Christians become Believers and Males become Men.