The Key to Your Healing
We often hear Christians confessing, “I’m trusting the Lord for my healing” or “I’m standing on His promises.” Some who do this find healing and others don’t. I have probably laid my hands on thousands: some received healing, but many didn’t. I’ve sought to understand why. After all these years, there’s one thing that I’m convinced of: something is missing in the church when it comes to receiving miraculous healing!
My lawyer’s wife has cancer. They’re strong Christians and are believing for her healing, though the prognosis isn’t good. She’s receiving radiation now. He told me something that really hit me. He said, “We’re really missing it with cancer.” Think of it! After 30 years of great strides in detecting and treating cancer, the survival rate overall has increased by only about 6 months! And, when you take into account earlier detection tools, such as MRIs, the survival rate may have increased by even less! We all know Christians who died of cancer. I know a man of God who has cancer, and it’s just a matter of days, short of a miracle, until He goes to heaven. Why can’t our “trusting the Lord” and “standing on his promises” bring more widespread and successful supernatural healing of diseases like cancer?
I believe part of the answer is this: there is often a KEY to each individual healing, and that key is often more than just “trusting” or “standing on promises”. And, I believe we should aggressively seek the Lord for any possible KEY to our own healing. For one, the KEY may indeed be to just “trust the Lord for his healing”. But, I believe this is the exception. To read about how somebody laid claim to their healing and received a miracle, and to try to emulate their KEY, without making sure that that is also your key is, in my opinion, clearly a mistake.
A key is something that opens a closed and locked door. Many have an illness that is seemingly closed to medical and spiritual attempts to open it, at least temporarily. They seem “locked” into their physical bondage. But, somewhere is a God-given KEY that will open that door. With Hezekiah, the key was a poultice of figs (Isa. 38:21). With Naaman it was washing 7 times in the Jordan River (II Ki. 5:10). For Timothy, Paul believed his KEY was to “use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities” (1 Tim. 5:23). For those who lived in Gennesaret, it was to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment (Matt. 14:36). For some it was a piece of cloth from Paul the Apostle (Acts 19:12). For the Corinthians, it was to repent of their wrong attitude: “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you.” (1 Cur. 11:30). For sick folk in Samaria, it was to attend the revival where Philip the evangelist was preaching (Acts 8:4-8). For a few, it was to be first in the pool of water that the angel troubled ((John 5:4). For one man it was to have mud and spit put on his eyes and wash it off. (Jn. 9:6). See how personal a KEY can be? Different people often had very different keys.
Many believe that the “Official” method of healing is to find a promise of healing in God’s word, claim it, confess it, believe it, and vigorously fight the devil and unbelief until you receive your healing. Now, don’t mistake me in this article, I believe in doing that too! This isn’t a false method, but it is a method. One which, it appears, the above people didn’t use to finally get their healing. Yes, do “fight the fight of faith” (1Tim. 6:12). But, as well, find any KEY to YOUR HEALING!
David Yongi Cho is the pastor of an Assembly of God church in Seoul, Korea-the largest church in history (over 750,000!). He built this church to a great extent by his personal faith. He is, in my opinion, likely the greatest man of faith in history. He wrote the book, “The Fourth Dimension”, which is probably in the top 5 most important books I have ever read, and one I strongly recommend. In it, he relates how when he would pray for people’s healings, he noticed how even though he prayed the same way, claiming the same promises, some people received their healing and some didn’t. This disturbed him (as it does all of us), so he sought the Lord and the Lord gave him a very important revelation. God showed him the difference between the Word of God (the logos) and the Word of the Lord (the rhema). The logos, all the words in the whole Bible, reveals that it is God’s will to heal us, in general, and that God is a good God who wants us well (III John 2). But, in order to receive a miracle of healing, one often needs a rhema: that is; a more specific and personalized “Word of the Lord” (either out of the eternal scriptures or out of the present mouth of God). When a rhema is received concerning a person and their disease, believed and acted upon, healing results. Without that rhema (this personalized revelation), it may be harder to receive a miracle.
This truth helps explain why one is healed in the prayer line and one isn’t. But, you might ask, “Well then, what about the promises in the Word that promise healing?" God’s Word is sure, from heaven’s viewpoint (“Thy Word, oh Lord, forever is settled in heaven.” Ps. 119:89). But, whether or not that scripture will become manifest on earth, in your personal life, is often dependant on getting hold of your unique KEY and using it. Why? Because, there are all kinds of mitigating circumstances happening down here on earth: demons resisting, sins besetting, unbelief hindering, sovereign unique individual dealings, God’s timing in the matter, God’s chastening hand, God’s bigger picture, etc. These usually unknown factors can vary the equation of healing for each individual. This is why if simply “standing on God’s promises” and being prayed for hasn’t resulted in your healing, you should begin earnestly seeking God for further direction, for a personal rhema, for YOUR KEY to YOUR HEALING.
Jesus said, “I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt. 16:19). We often hear these keys preached as “universal” keys, like faith, the Word, prayer, the name of Jesus, etc. But, though there are “skeleton” keys that fit many locks, there are also custom made keys that fit only one lock. I submit to you the possibility that there is a unique key to your healing (which for perhaps secret reasons), must be handmade by a heavenly locksmith, (the Lord Himself), discovered, and received. Jesus promised to give us these keys, but then He said, “Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven” (Matt. 16:9). In other words, there is still something we must do, even if we have the key! The devil may fight us discovering our key, and once we have it, he will fight us using it! So, Jesus makes it clear that it is up to us to “bind” the enemy through spiritual warfare and “loose” the heavenly answer through prayer and faith. Often, it isn’t having the key itself, as much as it is learning to seek, hear, and obey what the key-giver is saying about it! Thus we see the need to seek Him, ready to obey instructions and cooperate with his leadership in this matter, especially with the devil out & about!
Jesus is “he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” (Rev. 3:7). There are doors to healing that no doctor and no preacher can open. But, Jesus has the precise key that can open any door! “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever” (Deut. 29:29). There are revealed truths about healing and there are “secret things” about healing that only the Lord knows. That doesn’t mean He doesn’t want to tell them to you or is purposely keeping them from you. But, there is often a price to pay to discover them: “The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant” (ps. 25:14).
There is a general covenant of healing (Ex. 15:26, 23:25), and there is a personal covenant of healing. To discover your personal covenant, one necessary ingredient is to “fear him”. I know a Foursquare minister who developed cancer. He reported, “God has my FULL attention!”. Disease motivates us to seek medical help, which is proper. But, we should be even more motivated to seek God to see what the Lord is saying to us about this illness and if he knows of a “secret” KEY that will bring our healing.
The 700 Club told the testimony of a woman whose husband was going blind. She opened the Bible to the story where Jesus spat on the ground and anointed a blind man’s eyes. She knew this was her answer (her “key” or “rhema”) for her husband. She went outside, spat on the ground & anointed her husband. And, God healed him! So, do you think you should go out and spit on the ground? Of course not! No, that was her key, her rhema! Yours may be quite different.
Jesus talked about a “key of knowledge” (Lu. 11:52). I believe somewhere in God’s creation (somewhere in the natural world) there are natural keys or means of healing virtually every disease. Through these keys, we have literally eradicated many diseases.
Children rarely die of childhood diseases anymore, and mothers rarely die in delivery, which proves to me that there isn’t a “time to die” for every person predetermined by God, or else surely God would still be “taking” people through these same means. Good medicine has extended life expectancy for us all! We may need only the “knowledge” of some medical “key” to extend our time on earth.
At times, the key to some people’s healing is simply to change their diet. The Lord has spoken to Kathy on more than one occasion and told her to add something to her diet. Jack Hayford tells how the Lord spoke to him to stop eating chocolate; explaining that he believed that the Lord knew that there was something about his personal makeup that made chocolate bad for him. Last year, I felt the Lord revealed to me that I should stop drinking coffee. But, unlike Jack, I drink chocolate almost every day. See, keys can be different for each person! For you, the key may be to have a surgery. For a family member, it may be a new prescription. Many of us could testify how the Lord supernaturally led us to a doctor or medicine that was the answer to some physical problem.
When I was moving back to Tulsa, we arrived late at Albuquerque. It was about 10 PM, and I was so tired. However, I had just developed a tooth infection that was swelling up my whole left jaw and causing pain, so, I started calling emergency dental offices. I dreaded taking hours to handle this problem, being so desperate for rest. But, I found one dentist, who over the phone said he would phone in an antibiotic prescription for me if I could find a 24 hr. pharmacy. My wife remembered that she had kept an antibiotic that a doctor had given me for an eye infection, one which I had never used. She handed me the bottle and I read the pharmacist the name of the antibiotic. He said, “That is the exact medicine I was going to prescribe to you!” I started taking it immediately, went to bed, and was mending in just a few days. There is no doubt in my mind, that this was a sovereign display of God’s love and care for my health. And, the key at that moment was that antibiotic. However, a month later, the infection came back again. It seems there was a “root problem” that required a root canal, which was the final “natural “key to a dental problem. There are medical and natural keys that cure.
Often, though, there is a spiritual key to healing. I don’t know how many times I’ve had people with pain (back, neck, etc.) who didn’t receive their healing until they forgave someone toward whom they had held deep rooted bitterness. Forgiveness was their key. Other physical problems are directly caused by Satan. This is scriptural! A woman in the Bible “had a spirit of infirmity” and couldn’t lift herself up. Jesus healed her, explaining that she had been “bound by Satan” (Luke 13:11-16). If a demon can be the root of a disease, or some deep rooted attitude, or even some food you’re allergic to, you can see the importance of finding an individual key to healing. How can you discover your key? Certainly continue reading books and listening to teaching by those who’ve found keys in their own lives. Sometimes keys open more than one door for one person.
Do attend meetings with evangelists and teachers with a gift of healing. They often help people discover their key. Pray in the Spirit for the answer to your “mystery” (1 Cur. 14:2). Fasting is one of the best ways to locate “lost” keys. An evil spirit was the hindrance to Daniel in Dan. 10, but He didn’t discover that until after 3 weeks of “no pleasant” bread fasting. Cho has a “Prayer Mountain” in Seoul, where sick people come to fast and pray for healing, with great results. Read the logos Word, expecting God to give you rhema Word to stand on. Your verse will “leap from the pages” and witness to your heart. And, finally, pray, pray, pray. “Ask, and it shall be given you. Seek and you shall find (your key!)” (Matt. 7:7-11).
If you by chance have an incurable illness, remember: the doctors do not have the final word! Jesus said, “I have the keys of death” (Rev. 1:18). Find out if the Lord is giving you the key to heaven (Paul found his: “the time of my departure is at hand” II Tim. 4:6), or does Jesus have another “hidden” key which will give you more time on earth to work for Him. Isaiah told Hezekiah to get his house in order, because he was going to die. But, Hezekiah prayed, and discovered that a poultice of figs would help add 15 years to his life (Isa. 38:21). “Whispering a prayer in the morning” won’t likely discover a death-defying key. It may take a great prayer search and faith fight, but oh, what glory your discovery will bring to Jesus!
It’s the heart of your Savior to give you that KEY to life: “The Lord hath looked down from heaven . . . to loose those that are appointed to death” (Ps. 102:19, 20). Jesus is truly your Great Physician.
Finally, remember, it is God’s design in creation to hide knowledge or truth, and then to challenge man to uncover it: “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the honor of kings is to search out a matter” (Prov. 25:2). Many think they need only passively “trust the Lord” and in His goodness and “if it is His will”, He’ll eventually take care of their problem. No, this is not the way of God! God wants you instead to “search” and to “seek” Him for His personal solution to your problem. (Heb. 11:6; Jer. 29:13; Prov. 28:5; Isa. 45:19; Ps. 105:4; 77:6; 69:32; 34:10; 9:10; Dan. 20:28; Job. 11:6; Amos 3:7).
Your search for your KEY may be long and arduous, but, know that for God’s children, it is not some hope hidden in a lab test tube or some unknown herb growing in the Amazon, (a key you’re dependant on some man to find). No, your KEY is safely handled by Jesus “in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). Your KEY ultimately is not in a doctor’s, scientist’s, or an evangelist’s hand. It’s in Jesus’ hands! Look to the one who died that you might be healed (1 Pet. 2:24). He’s more than ready to hand you your KEY!
Believe God for your healing or use Medicine?
It amazes me how people try to “believe God” for their healing and feel they would be a traitor to the Word to take medicine or eat healthily. They read books by men of faith, like Kenneth Hagin, and try to duplicate their faith, by shunning doctors. I hate to pop your balloon, but I talked with Steven Bert, pastor of the Foursquare Church in St. Louis, who said that he personally talked to Kenneth Hagin’s pharmacist who gave Kenneth medicine. If the father of the faith movement took medicine, do you think you have more faith than him, and don’t need to? Better be sure!
Many get the idea that taking medicine or using doctors is contrary to the laws of faith because they read a book by someone with an extraordinary gift of faith who didn’t use medicine. But, they didn’t get this idea from the word:
Prov. 17:22: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”. The wisest man didn’t criticize medicine.
Ezek. 47:12: (telling about the trees by the river that proceeds from the temple) says, “The fruit thereof shall be for meat and the leaf thereof for medicine (or in the Hebrew: bruises). It didn’t say “God alone will heal at that time and there will be no need for medicine or nutrition”.
Rev. 22:2: “. . . The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”. If the new earth uses “leaves” to keep people healed, I don’t see where it would be wrong this side of eternity to use “an apple” a day to keep the doctor a way, or an aspirin which comes from the eucalyptus tree.
Paul told Timothy to “use a little wine for thy stomach’s sack and thine often infirmities” (1 Tim. 5:23). He didn’t say “just keep confessing the promises” only.
The great prophet Isaiah recommended a “lump of figs to be used as a poultice” on Hezekiah’s boil, saying “and he shall recover” (Isa. 38:22). God promised him 15 more years, and he used figs to help make that possible.
Luke is “the beloved physician”, not “that x-doctor who used to hinder people from trusting God” (Col. 4:14). Jesus said, “They that be whole need not a physician” (Matt. 9:12). He didn’t speak unfavorably of doctors. Using medicine and health foods for healing is simply fulfillment of the command of God to “subdue the earth” (Gen. 1:28). Those who wouldn’t use medicine because of faith, should also not us an automobile, but trust God to get them from place to place supernaturally, like He did Phillip (Acts 8:39, 40).
There are two extremes we should avoid:
One extreme, is leaning too much on medicine and healthy foods and not looking to the Lord for his healing touch. This is what King Asa did in II Chronicles 16:12, “Asa was diseased in his feet, until the disease was exceeding great, yet in his disease he sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died.” Doctors and medicines and health foods have their limits (180,000 people die a year from medical errors)! This scripture doesn’t prove it is wrong to seek medical help, only that at times physicians can fail us, thus we should not lean only on doctors, but “seek the Lord”. When diagnoses are given, surgery dates are scheduled, and drugs are prescribed, one should earnestly seek the Lord and ask him if he agrees with the doctor. “Let God be true and every man a liar” (Rom. 3:4);
The other extreme is to refuse any medical treatment whatsoever. I heard about a teacher who had taught at Rhema Bible Training Center, here in Broken Arrow. She was pastoring with her husband who was miraculously healed of cancer. She developed breast cancer herself and chose “to believe God” and not use any doctors or medicine. When the disease progressed alarmingly, she counseled with Kenneth Hagin. He told her to go to the doctor!!! Ulcers were breaking all the way through her skin. It was too late. She died.
Now, I believe in “faith healing” because I believe in the word. “The prayer of faith shall save the sick and the Lord shall raise him up.” (James 5:15). “Whatsoever things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them” (Mark 11:24). I could quote dozens more. There is little scriptural debate that if someone has enough faith, they don’t need medicine. They will be healed. But, the question is, do they have enough faith? Here is the problem: we are subjective and need to be very careful in judging our own faith level. “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes” (Prov. 12:15). The difficulty with going on our own faith is that we really won’t know that we have enough faith until we are either healed, or die! I don’t like that alternative!
If you have a history of believing God for miracles and receiving them. If you have many personal testimonies of God speaking a “sure word” to you and seeing it fulfilled. If you have the “gift of faith” (1 Cor. 12:9) and know beyond a shadow of doubt that God is healing you without medicine, who am I or anybody else to judge your faith? However, be fair to the Word which so clearly allows for medicine and doctors. Make sure you aren’t trying to prove something or walking in pride. Make sure the devil is not using condemnation or making you feel you owe God “blind loyalty” by looking only to Him for help. Make sure you are not just being a martyr on the basis of some faith book you read by an evangelist, who himself goes to doctors and takes medicine at times. I was in a “Faith” Church. The pastor was a Rhema grad. His assistant told me that when the pastor was sick, he would stay home and let his assistant take over the service, without letting anyone in the church know that he was sick! If it wasn’t good for the goose, how could he expect it to be good for the gander? Imagine someone in his church trying to believe God for healing in pain and suffering coming to a church service to “prove” his faith, when the pastor himself wouldn’t!
Here is my advice (as a “healing” evangelist who has prayed for thousands to be healed and spent most of his lifetime trying to understand God’s ways of healing) . . .
1. Get counsel: “Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war” (Prov. 20:18). Sit down with your pastor and perhaps a godly prayer warrior in the church. Don’t trust your own impressions alone. “In the mouth of 2 or 3 witnesses, shall every word be established” (II Cor. 13:1). Make sure your husband or wife is in total agreement with your strategy for healing too (1 Cor. 7:4).
2. See what the doctors and natural “holistic” experts say: Pray God will lead you to any “natural” answers to your problem (Ps. 103:5). Unless God warns you against doing so, prayerfully, cautiously use such helps.
3. Seek God with all your heart: Pray His promises. Get others praying for you (James 5:14-16, Mark 16:17, 18). Thank God for medicine, but let him know you only “trust” Him!
Praying the Word
The Word will help you more than anything to pray more effectively (except perhaps the guidance and assistance of the Holy Spirit-Rom. 8:26, 27). To understand how to pray the Word, you need to know these things about the Word:
The Word of God . . .
1/ Is the highest authority in the universe . . . Matt. 24:35: “My Word will not pass away.”
Psalm, 138:1: “Thou hast magnified thy Word above all thy name.”
2/ Gives you faith to believe to receive promises . . . Rom. 10:17: “Faith comes by . . . Word.”
II Pet. 1:3, 4: "Precious promises . . . by these we might be partakers of the divine."
1 Jn. 5:14, 15: "This is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, He heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” If it is in the Bible, it is His will for you!
3/ Makes prayer more interesting, easier, and more powerful . . .
John 6:63: “The flesh profits nothing. The Words that I speak unto are Spirit and life.”
4/ Shows you specifically how to pray in many places in the Bible . . .
II Cor. 1:20: “All the promises of God in Him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” Promises need a “Pray-er.” Find your promise in the Word & pray it into existence!
Matt. 9:37, 3: “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into His harvest.” Pray for God to call people to pastor, be missionaries, be soulwinners.
Luke 22:31, 3: “I have prayed for you that your faith fail not.” Pray for those struggling.
Eph. 1:17-19: “Give unto you the spirit of wisdom in the knowledge of Him.” Pray like Paul!
1 Tim. 2:1, 2: “First of all prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men.”
Gal. 4:19: “My little children of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you.”
Pray that Christ’s will and purpose will be manifested in people’s lives.
5/ Praying the Word helps you pray longer and gives your prayer direction & concentration . . .
(Looking at a promise helps you to visualize it, makes it more real, & focuses your prayer)
Heb. 11:6, Heb. 6:12: “Through faith and patience inherit the promises.” It takes time!
Heb. 6:15: “After Abe had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Don’t give up!
6/ If you are going to pray the Word you have to learn how to use the word . . .
A. Read the Word to find promises to pray- Jer. 15:16: “Your words were found . . . and your word was the joy & rejoicing of my heart.” Color verses with a yellow marker.
B. Memorize the Word- Ps. 119:11, 1 Jn. 2:14: “Ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked.” Jesus memorized word and used it to overcome the devil in Matt. 4:1-11. We should use His method.
C. Keep the Word close to your heart- Col. 3:16: ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly’
D. Meditate on the word “day and night”- Joshua 1:8, 9, Ps. 1:1-3
E. Mark the word- II Tim. 2:15, Jer. 23:18 “Who hath marked His word?” (easier to find)
F. Then, pray the word strategically- (Praying for your children, Praying for healing, etc.)
Moving Toward Your Miracle
Word: “An angel came down at a certain season into the pool and stirred up the water: whoever stepped into the water first after it was stirred was healed of disease.” John 5:4
Wisdom: Do you need a miracle: perhaps a miracle of healing, a financial miracle, a miracle of deliverance, or a miracle in a relationship? If you do, you will need three things to get that miracle: someone, somewhere and someplace. I went to show you today, from the scriptures, “How to move toward your miracle”.
To get your miracle, it will take . . .
1/ Someone: Any miracle that ever happened on earth happened because somebody was involved. They are called “miracles” because they don’t happen by circumstance or evolution. Someone triggered the faith and power that initiated the miracle. In our devotional verse today, it was an angel. That someone could be you; your prayers and faith count! And, it will, of course, always involve the power of God through the person of The Father, The Holy Spirit or Jesus. In Matt. 19:2 Jesus was the instrument of people’s miracle: “Great multitudes followed Jesus and He healed them there.” Your miracle might involve a Christian leader, such as a pastor or an evangelist. In Acts 3:6, Peter speaking to a lame man said, “Such as I have give I unto you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” It might involve another believer who happens to be a relative, friend or church member: “These signs shall follow them (somebodys) that believe . . . they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17, 18). An Elder in the church might be God’s instrument for your miracle: “Is any sick among you, let him call for the elders and let them pray over him.” (James 5:16). It could be someone who especially has the gift of healing or the gift of working of miracles (1 Cor. 12:7-11).
It is not that we are to look to man for our miracle, but at least some man will likely be in some significant way involved in our miracle. God has used me for over 35 years to heal the sick. The Lord has especially used me in praying for people with chronic pain. I have prayed for many people who had been in pain for years who were miraculously and instantly healed by God’ power. They needed a somebody to help them get their miracle and that somebody happened to be me. In our devotional verse today, it was an angel (a heavenly somebody) who effected healings by the pool of Bethesda: “An angel came down”.
I am starting “The Power Station” next weekend believing it will provide a platform for the anointing that God has put on my life to heal. I believe I will be a “somebody” (not the only one, but one) He uses to bring miracles.
Somewhere: In today’s devotional verse, the somewhere was “the pool of Bethesda”, a place God had chosen as a platform from which to perform miracles. But, this was exceptional. Here’s “the rule”: “And the blind and the lame came to Jesus in the temple; and He healed them” (Matt 21:14). In this verse, the miracle happened in the Temple. In v. 13, Jesus had explained, “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” One of the most likely places for anyone to receive a miracle is in a church service where God’s people are meeting: “Where two or three are gathered in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:20). Many times I have heard people say, “God can heal you at home just as easily as He can at church.” It sounds spiritual and pious. There is only one problem with this statement: It just isn’t true! With few exceptions, everybody that I have prayed for this past 35 years and who received a miracle of healing, had come to a church service and were healed there. I can’t even remember anybody being healed when I prayed for them outside of the church.
God can heal anybody, anywhere, of course, (and does, at times) but the fact of the matter is that church is the primary place where Jesus has chosen to manifest His power: “My house shall be called a house of prayer.” The church is the location where Jesus has chosen to “be in the midst” to heal. I have never heard of anybody getting a miracle of healing at a Super Bowl Game, have you? Don’t write me back and say, “Dea, I got healed at work, etc.” I am not arguing against that. I am just arguing against anyone who thinks the church is impotent and he or she doesn’t need to attend it because they can experience God more outdoors or out fishing. It will likely be the church or through church people you receive your miracle and the “somewhere” will likely be at a church. You have to agree with this statement: every time in the Bible someone got healed, they were “somewhere”. The new church I am starting is located at 2235 E. 4th St. in Ontario, California. That is the “somewhere” that I and those who come visit will be expecting and believing God to perform miracles. Come and believe with us for your miracle and for other’s miracle too.
Sometime: Our devotional verse says, “An angel came down at a certain season into the pool and stirred it up (the KJV says it best, “troubled the waters”) and whoever was first into the pool after it was stirred would be healed.” Notice it mentions “a certain season”. This might have been once a week, once a month, or even once a year. But, at “a certain season” a miracle happened. You may have been praying and seeking God for weeks or months and yet nothing has happened yet. Be patient. Keep moving toward your miracle. Eccl. 3:3 says, “There is a time to heal.” And further explains, “He has made everything beautiful in His time.” (v. 11). Wait patiently in faith (Heb. 6:12) for His special time to give your miracle
When I was still single, I looked for years for a wife and dated many girls. But, none of them could appreciate what a wonderful person I was (ha, ha)! Finally, when I was a senior in Bible College, Kathy Basham, my future bride, walked into my home church. The date was October 12, 1969. That was the special “sometime” for my miracle of the provision of the woman I needed to partner with me for our life work.
Is Friday night of the crusade with Evangelist Dea Warford your date to receive your miracle of healing?
Word: "Faith without works is dead." James 2:20
Wisdom: Since "Faith without works is dead", if we are exercising faith for a miracle there must also be attendant works. In other words, it is not enough to just "believe", we must "Do" something. That action to "do" in itself is evidence of faith. However, doing something doesn't necessarily prove we have enough faith to receive a miracle. But, a "do" will always in some measure be present where there is faith. The Scriptures are replete with examples of this truth.
In Mark 5: 28, a woman who had suffered with severe female problems for 12 years and had spent all her income on doctors and was no better said to herself, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be well." She really believed this and so she pressed into the crowd, brushing people aside to get close to Jesus and touched His garment. When she did, she was immediately healed. Notice that she "said something", she "pressed" past other people (sometimes you have to push aside doubters and naysayers to get your miracle!), and she reached out and "touched" Jesus. What a perfect example of faith and works acting together.
Matt 5:18 tells the story of a paralyzed man. A house where Jesus was ministering was so full of people, that there was no way a paralyzed man's friends could get him to Jesus. So, they cut a hole in the roof and lowered the man by ropes to where Jesus was. V. 20 then says, "He (Jesus) SAW their faith." Anybody who would go to the effort of cutting a hole in a roof, and lowering a man on a bed into a house, probably has plenty of faith. "Jesus saw their faith." You can see faith!
I have seen people come up to the front with smiles on their face for prayer, even some with crutches or canes. You could see the attitude of faith in their heart. And, I have seen such people at times (not always, but at times) lay aside their prosthetics and walk pain free without them. Yet, I have seen others walk into a service in the back using a cane. My heart has even leapt when I saw them (in those occasions when God was giving me faith for their healing). I have thought to myself and to the Lord, "Are they going to get healed tonight?" Sadly, though, I have watched a number hobble out the back door around noon to quickly get to the restaurant before I even had a chance to pray for them. You can see unbelief too!
Hundreds of my advertising posters have been posted in cities across America where I have held crusades. On many of these posters it says, "Expect a Miracle" with pictures of people raising their cane or smiling broadly because they received a healing during one of our crusades. Yet, even most people, desperately in need of a miracle, wouldn't bother to drive even 6 miles across town for the remotest chance that they might get a miracle. We had one man in Ohio, however, drive 6 hours one way to one of our meetings in Illinois to get his miracle; and he got one too!
As you are seeking to mix your faith (Heb. 4:2) with works, I must give you a caution though: don't presume that your impressive "faith" action will automatically guarantee your healing, provision or miracle. Don't flush your medications down the toilet, for instance, to "prove" to God that you are believing for your healing. (Some have had to go back to the pharmacy the next day to get more!) Don't break your cane so there will be no turning back. Don't refuse a necessary surgery because you want to "believe God." Don't do these things, that is, UNLESS THE LORD INSTRUCTS YOU TO DO SO! The most important thing you can do in moving towards your miracle is to find out what Jesus is telling you to do! He's the leading expert on miracles!
Your ongoing prayer should not be, "Lord why haven't you healed me?" Instead, it should be, "Lord what do I need to do to get healed?" You shouldn't be praying, "Lord, why haven't you met this need?" You should be asking, "Lord, what do I need to do so you can provide this need"? Don't ask, "Lord, why haven't you given me a husband?" Ask, "Lord, how do I hook one?"
Often in the Bible, people needing a miracle didn't receive it until they obeyed the Lord's command. To the blind man, Jesus said, "Go wash in the pool of Siloam." (John 9:7). The blind man had to do more than believe; he had to "go" and "wash". To the man with the withered hand, Jesus said, "Stretch forth your hand." (Matt. 12:13). If the man had responded, "I can't Lord because I am crippled!” he probably would not have received his healing. To an "impotent" man, Jesus said, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." (John 5:8). He had to do three things: "rise"; "take up his bed"; and "walk". To the 5000 men without food, Jesus, "Commanded them to sit down on the grass" (Matt. 14:19). That day, there were possibly some who kept standing and said, "Why should I have to sit? I'm hungry. I think I'll go back home to get something to eat, etc." Jesus instructed them to sit down on the grass because that was the best way to get the food to them. Jesus also knows the best way to get your miracle to you. Obey His instructions.
Some people read a book about how somebody got a miracle and try to copy their method and then can't understand why it didn't work for them. That method may have been the author's "word" but it wasn't everybody's "word". For example, Peter had no money for taxes, so Jesus told him, "Go to the sea, and cast in a hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when you have opened his mouth, you will find a piece of money." (Matt 14:27). What do you think the odds are of a Christian getting his tax money using Peter's method? I never heard that miracle-method work for anybody but Peter. But, you see, that was Jesus' personal instructions to Peter. Get your personal instructions from Jesus, obey them, and you can get your miracle too.
The first miracle that Jesus performed was turning water into wine (John 2:11). There wasn't enough wine for all the guests at a wedding, so Mary told the waiters, "Whatever He (Jesus) says to you, do it." (John 2:5). Jesus then instructed them to fill water-pots with water and take them to the ruler of the feast. They did, and the water turned to wine. If you want your first miracle, you would do well to follow Mary's advice: "Whatever Jesus says to you, do it." Start moving toward your miracle today. Seek the Lord for instructions as to what you need to do, and then, do it! Is He instructing you to come to the crusade and have Evangelist Dea Warford pray over you? If so, obey Him!
Get Your Healing The Power Station
To conquer a disease that the doctors can’t cure takes a miracle. Miracles are not simple and easy to come by. That’s why they are called miracles! My office to the body of Christ is that of a “miracle worker” (1 Cor. 12:29). Because of this calling, for 4 decades, I have been studying the principals that help people get their miracle. I speak after many observations and lessons learned. Some folks try to get healed by using gimmicks that they have read about in books or heard other people try. Some think withholding medicine or treatment will “prove” their faith and help them get healed. I once met a woman in a church who had cancer, but had refused medical treatment because she was “believing God” for her healing. As she came to me for prayer, she said the cancer was now becoming painful. I could see the worry and fear in her eyes. Afterward, I told the pastor I felt she did not have the faith necessary to withhold medicine. He told me he had thought the same thing.
People try to imitate what they read the late great man of faith Kenneth Hagin did, without having Kenneth Hagin’s faith. Some of these are unaware that even Hagin’s wife apparently didn’t have Hagin’s faith! As I recall the story, she was having gall bladder problems, but was trying and trying to believe, like Kenneth does, but was no better. Finally, Kenneth asked her, “well, what can you believe for, and I’ll agree with you?” She responded, “I can believe God that surgery will be successful, and I’ll recover rapidly.” Her husband said, “I’ll agree with that”. She had the surgery, and indeed, recovered rapidly. Some get a miracle, others are greatly assisted in their recovery through prayer, and others still need surgery.
The wife of another great faith teacher, Fred Price, had cancer. She was “believing God” for healing, without medicine. However, the disease progressed so severely, that she finally submitted to chemotherapy and survived, but it was close! I believe that there are many scriptures in the Bible that reveal that it is God’s will for us to live a long life: (for instance) Psalm 91:16: “With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Yet, I should add that many great men of faith, who also were probably believing God for long life, died prematurely: John G. Lake and Gordon Lindsay are two notable men of faith that come to mind.
The Bible also doesn’t hesitate to mention godly men and women who didn’t get healed. The great prophet, Elisha, wasn’t healed: “Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died” (II Kings 13:14). The great apostle Paul himself couldn’t get Trophimus healed: “Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick” (II Tim. 4:20) or Timothy’s stomach healed as he wrote to him: “Use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities” (1 Tim. 5:23). Most of us knows someone who was really “believing God” for healing, yet wasn’t healed.
By now you may be frustrated and asking, “Well then, if so many others trying to believe couldn’t get healed and even died of their sickness, who am I to expect to get healed?”
First, let’s make something very clear: like it or not, faith is still the primary ingredient in getting miracles. This is established again and again in scripture: “All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” Matt. 21:22. Jesus asked people before He prayed for them, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” Then, after they were healed, He said, “Your faith has healed you.” Think of it: Even though the heart of God is to heal you and Jesus the might resurrected Son of God is here in this building tonight ready to heal, your healing is nevertheless predicated on faith. If we believe, we’ll indeed be healed! But, here is the caveat: the fall of man, fear and unbelief have filled the vacuum in our lives where faith was meant to dwell. So, faith must “come” to us (Rom. 10:17) and must be “obtained” II Pet. 1:1. Faith is God’s method of healing: (“thy faith hath made the whole” Mk. 5:34). Many Christians seem to feel that THE METHOD of getting faith for healing is to find promises of healing in the Bible and to carefully “confess” these until healed. This is indeed “a method” and one way faith works (and many have found healing this way). But, it is not the ONLY method. In fact, I am convinced that the most scriptural method for healing is not “confession” (Though I do believe in confessing God’s Word). It is prayer!
Prayer is the missing ingredient in the faith fight of many Christians today. When I was in Utah a few weeks ago, a number of people received healing. It shouldn’t be a mystery why they got healed during my visit. I believe it would be accurate to say that I have probably spent more time asking God to use me to heal the sick and missed more meals for that purpose than anybody else in that church. (That doesn’t mean I am more spiritual than them-it is my calling. Woe is me if I heal not the sick!) The faith for healing that is in me is the gift of God, of course. But, the fact of the matter is, I also “prayed the price” for the faith to help them get healed, after many years of “coveting” the best gift to fulfill my calling (1 Cor. 11:31). How much time have you spent praying for the faith for your healing or for someone else's healing? In my all-time favorite book (Remarkable Miracles, Logos Publ, by Bevington), an evangelist shares how he would pray all night, or even days on end, until a sick person would be healed. Yongi Cho’s largest church in the world has a “prayer mountain” where diseased people come for weeks to fast and pray for healing, and many are! In his book, “Watchman Prayer”, Dutch Sheets tells how his wife had a growth in her body. He prayed one hour a day for her healing for thirty days. The growth disappeared. Have you prayed 30 hrs. this month for your healing?
If you truly have faith, and your “confession” is indeed indicative of your faith, you will be healed! But, it is my experience that many people who are “confessing” their healing, really don’t have the necessary faith. Do you have faith for your healing? Prove it, by getting on your knees and storming heaven with your faith until your healing manifests! Getting a miracle of healing doesn’t always come quickly or easily, and for good reason: Satan is “the god of this world” (II Cor. 4:4) and “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2). The very air surrounding us is filled with disease germs. There is no greater proof of the entrenched power Satan has over our fallen race than his stranglehold of sickness and disease (97 million Americans live in chronic pain)! Satan has many handy weapons to use against us to resist our “fight of faith” for our healing: gravity, the aging process, pain, statistics, what the doctors say, inborn fear and unbelief, knowledge of others who died of the disease, etc. Satan does not relinquish his attack on our bodies readily. “The kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent take it by force” (Matt. 11:12). To supernaturally get healed, one must violently fight his way across a deeply drawn line in the sand of millenniums-long demonic resistance. No wonder we’re exhorted, “fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life”. Eternal life is a dimension where there is no death or sickness or pain. It is the kingdom of God. We must fight a great fight of faith to experience the quality of living a life free from sickness. This dimension of what has been called, “Divine Health” is not easy to experience, but is a scriptural potential and promise. The “sting of death is sin” (1 Cor. 15:56) and we’ve all been stung by death. Death is irresistibly pulling us toward our coffin. We can only “lay hold of eternal life” (which includes the quickening power of the Holy Spirit to heal-Romans 8:11) by a great “fight of faith”!
It’s my studied opinion, that many who are “believing God”, smiling and truly seem to have faith for their healing, really don’t. What they have is real, for sure, but it’s not faith for their healing, but is instead: peace. “My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (Jn. 14:27). Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6) and in his love and grace, steps into the life of one who is incurably ill, and gives them great peace to walk “through the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps. 23:4). But, by mistaking this peace for faith, some report that they “believe God is going to heal them”, yet, nevertheless, they later die. Why? They didn’t have enough faith for their healing, but they did have enough peace for their death. Don’t mistake the peace you feel for true faith. They are different “fruits” of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 3).
You might ask then, “How do I know if I have enough faith to be healed?” The answer is simple. You don’t, at least not on your own. No one, by nature, has enough faith to be healed, unless God gives it as a gift, or they obediently, prayerfully, fight through every obstacle and let faith rise inside them unto victory. If you need healing, don’t just hope you have enough faith for healing. Do what the Bible exhorts us to do: “Earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” Jude 3:3. We must contend for the kind of faith which brings the kinds of healings we read in the Bible. It’s a fight against the devil and all the unbelief that living in a fallen world brings with it.
This is why Jesus prayed for Peter that his “faith would fail not”. Matt. 22:23: “Satan has demanded to have you. But, I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not.” No one whose faith “fails” needs feel condemnation or regret, as long as they know they did their best to “fight the fight of faith”. And, sometimes it is a horrendous, painful fight. I’ve seen God work many miracles, but, in all honesty I can’t guarantee you that I would have faith for healing if, God forbid, I developed some incurable disease. But, if I did, this is the strategy I would use for my fight of faith:
1. I would immediately begin fasting and praying. I would diligently seek to hear what the Lord is saying to me about this sickness and what to do about it. (Have I given any place to the devil through sin, unforgiveness, or disobedience or broken some natural law, or anything else requiring repentance or a change in my life? I would do my utmost to not eat normal enjoyable meals until I knew I had the answer. (Read “The 4th Dimension”, Cho)
2. If the Doctor prescribed surgery, I would have him set a date, but would then diligently find out if God wanted me to have the surgery. “Asa . . sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians . . . And Asa . . . died” (II Chron. 16:12, 13).
3. If the Doctor prescribed drugs, chemo-therapy or radiation, I would take the prescription home and lay it before the Lord and ask him if he wanted me to take the medicine, or did he have some holistic treatment in mind for me that I need to search out, or did He want me to just lean on him through this sickness. And, if God was silent and in my research, I couldn’t find a holistic treatment that I was convinced would be more effective, I would take the prescriptions. (Isa. 31:1, 38:21, Ps. 20:7, 33:16-20).
4. I’d seek wisdom from those who had similar diseases and conquered them. I’d read, or re-read books by men of faith and men who walked the pathway to healing. (Prov. 13:20, 24:6) Two books I highly recommend are: “Christ the Healer”, by F. F. Bosworth & “Healing the Sick”, by T.L. Osborn.
5. I would have my pastor or the elders of the church anoint me with oil (James 5:14-16) and believer’s lay hands on me (Mark 16:17, 18).
6. I would visit services where the anointing for healing is: at churches or crusades where proven “healing” ministries are. “The yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing” (Isa. 10:27). “The power of the Lord was present to heal” (Luke 5:17). I don’t care what Benny Hinn said that I may disagree with, if He was at the Pond in Anaheim, I’d be one of the first ones in line . . . because if anyone knows that God uses broken vessels and very fallen human beings to heal the sick, it’s me: a broken, fallen faith healer myself.
7. I would take advantage of any proven holistic, natural remedies, like Timothy, taking “a little wine” for my stomach’s sake. Maybe taking zinc, or eating only raw foods, or drinking fresh squeezed juices (some cancers have been cured by juice only fasts). This is “subduing the earth” as God told us to do in Genesis 1:28.
8. I would seek “rhemas” in the Word: promises that I know God is speaking to me personally, promising me healing. (Prov. 4:20-23, “my words are life to those that find them, and health (medicine) to all their flesh”. I would confess these boldly!
9. I’d diligently build my faith for healing through God-ordained methods of building faith: prayer (Lu. 22:32), tongues (Jude 20), love (Gal. 5:6, making sure I’m in the presence of the lover of my soul, and am walking in love toward everyone else!), fasting (Matt. 21:14-21) and the Word (Rom. 10:17).
10. Finally, I would “pray the promises”. I don’t believe God intended us to walk around “confessing promises” only, but to also “pray the promises”. I have marked with special symbols all the verses on healing, faith, and prayer. I would turn to every one of these, from the first healing recorded in the Bible: the healing of Abimelech and his wife in Gen. 20:17 through every healing promise in the Bible until I reached the last healing promise in the last chapter in the Bible, Revelation 22:2: “The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” I would pray over these, claiming them as my own, reminding God of his promise, letting faith for my healing be dependent, not upon faith in my faith, but the promises of God alone. I’d shout these promises to the devil (Lu. 4:2-11). I’d meditate on them “day and night” (Josh. 1:8,9). I’d let the Holy Spirit help me pray them by adding my prayer language to each verse I prayed into my life (Rom. 8:26, 27). When I reached Rev. 22, I’d turn again to Genesis 20, and start re-praying the same promises over and over. I’d “fight the good fight”, primarily through praying the promises, until I was either healed or dead. If I was healed, I’d dance a dance of victory. If I died, I’d dance a dance of victory in heaven. So, either way, I would win the battle (Phil. 1:20-24). Our ultimate goal anyway is not to prove some faith doctrine, but rather to “win Christ” (Phil. 3:8)!
At the end of his life, Paul didn’t report, “I got everybody healed of every sickness!” No, but, he did say, “I have fought a good fight” (II Tim. 4:6-8). To those who are seriously ill, the most important thing in their mind is probably to be healed. But, maybe to God, the most important thing is that we simply “fight a good fight”. Corrie Ten Boom once said, “To us the most important thing is not the journey, but arriving at the destination. But, perhaps to God, the journey is the destination.”
Jack Hayford’s mother was dying of cancer and in much pain. Jack began to pray, “God, take her to home and deliver her from her pain.” The Lord spoke to Jack and lovingly rebuked him, saying, “I didn’t call you to pray for people to die. I called you to pray for people to live”. The best among us get sick and some even die. Our job, this side of eternity, is to pray and to “fight the good fight of faith” for our healing and everybody else's healing, along with every other thing promised us in His word. If some aren’t healed, and in our own eyes we seem to have “failed”, we must remember that we are only human, and but join the ranks of many other mighty men and women of God who also didn’t get healed.
We are not to judge and criticize one another for “not having enough faith”. Rather, we are to follow the pattern of the only man in the Bible of whom God said that he was “a man after my own heart”-David (Acts 13:22). In II Sam. 12:15-23, David had sinned, and as a result, his young son was dying. So, David began “fighting the fight of faith”. He fasted and prayed for a week. But, nevertheless, his son died. Did David get mad at God; lose his faith in the doctrine of diving healing; or, greatly confused, say, “Why God”? No, instead, he washed his face, worshipped God, started eating again and living life normally, and told people, “I shall go to him”. Heaven is the bottom line, not healing. Whether we die at 40 or 80 is relatively unimportant, when we consider that we’ll be in heaven 40 times 80 trillion years! And, we’ll be healed forever there!
When victorious Christians die of sickness, I believe heaven greets their arrival with shouts. They were victors, not the defeated. They fought the good fight. They won a crown of righteousness. Now, they’ve joined the cloud of witnesses cheering us on (Heb. 12:1-2). They’re urging us to diligently seek to enter into every promise in the Word, including healing. If we appear to have lost some faith fight, David and Job show us how we are to respond. Let our confidence in God and His word never be shaken by human failures: “Though we believe not, yet he abideth faithful” (II Tim. 2:13) And, finally, we must be careful to not let healing degenerate into an academic set of cold, hard facts and principals, wherein the one who has the most wisdom, stamina and will-power prevails. We must ever continue, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:2). Every life is a unique project of the personal attention and touch of Jesus Himself (Eph. 2:8-10). The author of our faith may deal with us very differently than he deals with others. We’re only to look to him, listening for directions, for strength, for faith. “We walk by faith . . .willing to be absent from the body and present with the Lord (that) whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him” (II Cor. 5:7-9). Whether we end up healed or in his presence, we’re to “walk by faith”, that we may “be accepted” and please Him. If we touch him, we will be healed (“As many as touched him were made whole” Mk. 6:56). Those who, for whatever reasons, don’t, and die, will still touch him in heaven!
Many Christians struggle, because they simply don’t know God’s will concerning their healing. Does God want me sick? Is He punishing me? Do I deserve this sickness? To receive your healing, I believe you must be convinced that it is uncategorically God’s will to heal you and God’s will to heal you today. How do we know this? From God’s Word . . .
Let’s start with Job. God allowed him to be sick. Satan gave him the sickness, but, God healed him. The will of God was to heal Job all along, but there was a period of suffering. The first book of the Bible clearly establishes two truths:
1/ that Sickness is directly or indirectly caused by Satan: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and HEALING ALL WHO WERE OPPRESSED OF THE DEVIL” Acts 10:38. That sickness is an oppression and work of the enemy is revealed in the first written book of the Bible, Job, as well as the New Testament (Acts 10:38, Luke 13:16). But, disease is also a result of living in a fallen world.
2/ Sickness is also directly or indirectly caused by sin. Indirectly: there are germs, and accidents and physical weaknesses in our bodies as a result of the fall. Directly: Aids in a homosexual, scorosis of the liver in an alcoholic, ulcers in a worrier, hypertension in an angry man, arthritis in a bitter person are all examples of this (John 5:14). There is forgiveness available for the sin and healing too. It is not God’s will that people sin and keep sinning, nor that they get sick and stay sick as a result: “The prayer of faith shall save the sick . . . and if they have committed any sins, they shall be forgiven him.” James 5:15. Salvation and healing go hand in hand (Ps. 103:3) If sickness is the work of the devil, there is deliverance (Luke 4:18, 1 John 3:8). If sickness is the result of sin, there’s forgiveness and healing (Mark 2:5-11).
Some teach that healing is not our legal right as a Christian and thus at times it is simply not God’s will to heal us, and we must therefore resolve ourselves to graciously accept our illness. They often quote Paul’s thorn in the flesh as proof. Indeed, Paul was given a “thorn in the flesh” to keep him humble. But, it wasn’t sickness or disease. II Cor. 12:10 tells us what it was, “Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities (weaknesses), in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses”. The thorn was a constant buffeting from the devil, using the elements and evil people to cause Paul trouble. This was a unique dealing of God with one of the most unique Christians in history (one who wrote 16 books of the New Testament!) His incredible gifts and revelations could have destroyed him, so God had to allow him tremendous suffering. But, I do not believe this suffering was sickness. There is no example in the Bible where God refused to heal any obedient child of his who sought healing. I don’t think we can say that God would never allow us to be sick to teach us something important (Job for instance). But, scripturally, we can say that is it not God’s will for us to have a “thorn in the flesh” of sickness, that he has no intention of ever healing!
Christ purchased our healing (1 Pet. 2:24). It is His ultimate desire is to heal us. Of course, we learn from our sickness, just like we learn from sin, or death, or any other negative experience in life. “All things work together for good” could mean good ultimately, but not always God’s highest good presently. God’s highest good is that you get healed, as we’ll prove shortly. This brings him the most glory, and is something we are to “earnestly contend for the faith” to experience (Jude 3). If Satan can get you to think for a moment that God isn’t going to heal you because you are supposed to have this sickness to learn patience, or empathy, or he has some work for you to do in heaven, you will not exercise faith for healing. There are two more causes of sickness:
1/ Sickness unto the glory of God: “Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, “Neither . . . but that the works of God should be manifest in him” John 9:2, 3. God allowed this man’s disease, true, but also intended to heal him. Why? To bring glory to God and reveal his power! Be sure, the glory wasn’t in the sickness, the glory was in the healing! God allows some to be ill, but he wants to heal them in order to manifest His works! The scriptures and history are full of people who got gloriously healed and revivals that resulted (ie: Acts 3). God may use your sickness to bring salvation to your house. And, he might wait to heal you until the doctors have exhausted their treatments and admit there is nothing more that can be done to help you. Then, your healing will be undeniably a miracle. When Lazarus was sick, Jesus said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God” Jn. 11:4. The Lord waited four days, allowing Lazarus to die instead of quickly going to his bedside and healing him. To explain why, Jesus told the disciples, “I am glad, for your sakes, that I was not there, to the intent that ye may believe” Jn. 11:15. Jesus knew that the disciples seeing a man dead 4 days raised from the dead would greatly increase their faith. And, I believe the shortage of miracles in the church today has only perpetuated more and more unbelief.
Let’s change that, amen!
We can learn from a disease, but the greatest lesson comes after, not before the healing. Death brings sorrow and unbelief. Healing brings faith! Now, admittedly, you will bring God glory if you suffer through sickness with a smile on your face and praise in your heart. But, you will bring him far more glory when you fight the fight of faith, and prove His word is true, and get a healing that the unbelievers must admit could never happen apart from God’s power. The timing of your healing is in God’s hands, but obtaining your healing is, to a great extent, in yours.
2/ Sickness as chastening of God: 1 Cor. 10:30-32, “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But, when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” God does allow sickness to be upon some of his children’s bodies, to deal with their soul. But, in 1 Cor. 10, this was an exceptionally severe dealing with those causing divisions (11:18, 19), those who came to the Lord’s supper drunk (11:21), and those who lived lives totally inconsistent with the dignity, solemnity and privilege of partaking of the Lord’s table: which symbolizes His death for sin. To such a Christian who is backslidden in heart and truly in danger of drinking “damnation to himself” (11:29) by presuming to be a sharer of the Lord’s presence in church and in communion, yet with a heart not right with God, there is a form of chastening the Lord uses: sickness.
Why would God strike one of his children with sickness, or allow Satan to put it upon him? It’s very clear, “We are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” (v. 30). It is far better for someone in danger of losing his soul to spend the last 3 weeks of his life in a hospital bed, repenting, getting right with God, and humbly entering into heaven, than to be healed and healthy and end up forever in hell. God doesn’t dole out such judgment lightly or capriciously. He didn’t give you that heart attack because you told your wife off one day. However, when someone’s soul is in the balance, and an “eternal weight” is at stake, sickness is much the lesser of two evils. (I would far rather die of disease tomorrow than live healthy 90 years and end up in hell. Wouldn’t you?) So, if you suspect your sickness could be the loving, chastening hand of God, do what Job did: “I repent in dust and ashes” Job. 42:6. Then, after Job got his heart right toward his friends, God healed him (42:10). (I might ask tonight: Is your critical, unforgiving, hateful attitude towards someone hindering your healing? Mr. 11:24, 5)
If we have taken authority over the devil, repented of our sin, believe our healing will bring glory to God, and are convinced that we are not guilty of soul-jeopardizing iniquity incurring God’s hand of judgment upon us, and then we are ready to contend for our healing. Some erroneously think that whether or not we are healed is totally up to the will of God: if he wants to heal us, we will be healed. Well, we can disprove that theological error real easily by analogy. If it is God’s will for someone to be saved, will they be saved? Here’s the answer from the word: “God is not willing than any should perish but that all come to repentance” II Peter 3:9. If God isn’t willing for anyone to go to hell, then why are so many going to end up there? “Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: . . . narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” Matt. 7:13, 14. God wills all men to be saved, but only a small percentage will be. Why? “We are saved by faith” Eph. 2:8. If a lost soul doesn’t believe the gospel, he is damned, even though this is not the will of God. God’s will concerning salvation is not always done, and God’s will concerning healing is not always done. Never once in the Bible did God or Jesus refuse to heal someone by saying “It’s not my will”. Rather, again, and again God makes it plain that it is His will to heal a sick person. But, sometimes he can’t because he is limited by our faith (Jesus couldn’t work miracles of healing in one city “because of their unbelief” Matt. 13:58, Mark 6:5, 6).
We have to do something to receive healing! Consider your personal responsibility in the following verses: “Wilt thou be made whole?”Jn. 5:6; “According to your faith be it unto you” Mat. 9:29; “As many as touched him were made whole” Mark 6:56; “If thou canst believe, all things are possible” Mk. 9:23; “Thy faith hath made thee whole”, Mk. 5:34, 10:52, Luke 17:19; “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” Jn. 9:7; “Them that believe . . . shall recover” Mk. 16:17, 18; “As they went they were cleansed” Luke 17:14; “faith in his name hath made this man strong” Acts 3:16; “He had faith to be healed” Acts 14:9; “Is any among you sick, let him call for the elders” James 5:14. Clearly scripturally, we must act upon God’s word, be obedient to what he is telling us and, most of all, have faith for our healing. Jesus never once said, “You are healed because of my goodness, or your goodness, or God’s sovereign will”. But often, He referred to “faith”. Faith is the primary ingredient in receiving healing! James 5:15 says, “The prayer of faith shall save the sick”. If you are sick and doctors and medicine can’t help, there is one scriptural antidote- “the prayer of faith”.
So, how do we pray the prayer of faith for our healing? It is virtually impossible to pray the prayer of faith unless you are convinced of God’s will in the matter. You don’t pray for your lost loved one like this, “Lord please save their soul, but if you would rather them fry in hell, I understand!” No, you pray in faith, knowing that God wants to save them because the Word is clear on the matter: (God “will have all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” 1 Tim. 2:4.) Well, you can also pray in faith for your healing because the Word of God is just as clear on healing. “If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” 1 Jn. 5:14, 15. Is healing included above in the phrase “anything according to his will?” God’s Word is his will. Once we know his will, we can pray in faith. “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God” Rom. 10:17.
In conclusion, let the following truths cause faith for healing to rise in your heart. He “healeth all thy diseases . . . redeemeth thy life from destruction” Ps. 103:3, 4. “I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” Ex. 23:25, 26. “thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness” Ps. 41:1-3, “Unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings” Mal. 4:2, Jesus “healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took or infirmities and bare our sicknesses.” Matt. 8:16, 17. “Great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all” Matt. 12:15. (Think of it! Thousands were in his prayer line, and Jesus healed every single one of them. If it wasn’t God’s will to heal everybody surely it would have said “most” or “many” or “nearly everyone”, but it says, “He healed them all”. Hallelujah! See too Luke 6:19: “a multitude . . . sick folks . . and they were healed every one” Acts 5:16, “with his stripes ye were (past tense, at the whipping post) healed” 1 Peter 2:24. It is God’s will to heal you tonight. Satan will tell you that you are not worthy of healing. He’ll tell you that you are the exception, that it isn’t God’s will to heal you. He’ll remind you of your sin: “
You simply must let the Word of God, his revealed will, and that alone be the basis of your faith fight. God wants to and will heal you! Mark 16:17, 18: “They shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” Stop just learning to live with and accept disease. Believe tonight that as we pray is completed by an instant miracle, or for some your recovery process is begun, or for others, it is at least hurried along.
Let’s bring glory to God by letting His highest will be done in our body by getting the healing Christ suffered for. Let’s glorify Christ tonight and prove the veracity of the Word of God now by receiving our healing.