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Healing – Please

 “Can you help me?” she said. I’ve done everything that they told me to do. I’ve prayed the prayers and I believe God heals. I don’t understand why it’s not happening! I mean, I keep speaking to the mountain just like my pastor say to do, but nothing is happening!

            I’ve heard this cry more times than I care to remember; People who are desperate for healing in their body or for a family member that is being ravaged by sickness or disease. These are people who are children of God and who Love their Father dearly. They are confused and desperate because everything they have been told to do, the things that bring about healing from God, are not working. They listen to the testimonies, one after another, of how God has healed this one or that one but fail to see the manifestation in their own lives. They read the healing scriptures, even post them on their walls, promises from God that He has healed them, but day after day it seems to elude them. This is all too common in the church today, but it doesn’t have to be this way!

            Healing, or anything concerning the kingdom of God for that matter, does not occur because you say or do the right thing. There is no magic incantation or formula that will bring about a healing.  Even the name of Jesus, although all powerful, is not the universal key that once spoken opens every door. It’s not about what you say or do, it’s about what you believe. Yes, speaking and confessing healing scriptures is good, it will remind you of God’s will for your condition, but without the belief in what He did, the words are powerless.  It’s more about why you speak them than what you speak.

            If you pray a prayer or confess a scripture because that is what you have been taught to do, or because you have seen others do it and get healed, then there is a very good chance you will miss your healing.  However, if you, through a personal revelation of who God is and what He has done, confess them as a confession of praise to Him then the power begins to flow. It all stems from a personal revelation of Him that cannot be obtained by the laying on of hands, listening to a sermon or teaching, or even seeing a miracle. It only comes as we view Him for who He is.

            “How can we view God?” you might be asking. Hebrews 1 says that Jesus is the express image of the person of God. That means He is an exact copy in nature, power, and authority; there is no difference between the Father and Son. Jesus Himself said that if you see me (Jesus) than you have seen the Father. (John 14) So all we need to do is look to Jesus to get a revelation of who the Father is. Jesus loved us so much that He gave Himself over to be beaten, whipped, and crucified so that we could be reconciled back to the father. When His flesh was being torn from His body on the whipping post, your sickness or disease was on His mind. His love for you is greater than any trouble you may be facing and He has already poured every ounce of His love out for you. It is His love that has set you free, and living in the realization of that love will cause all sickness and disease to fall away. Get to know your father, not because you need a healing, but because you want know Him better. Ask Him to give you a greater understanding of His love so that you will have a more intimate relationship with Him; I guarantee you He’ll answer you. I bet you He’ll show you Jesus!

Healing in the Atonement – excerpt from my healing manual

1 Tim 2:2-4

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.(NKJV)

 

John 3:16-17

16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, f that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.(NIV)

  1. What is God’s will for salvation?
  2. Does He want every person saved?
  3. Can a person be saved anytime anywhere?
  4. Does a person have to do anything to earn salvation?
  5. Can/Does God save people irrespective of the magnitude and type of sin they are in?
  6. What is the only requirement for salvation?

Next, try to answer the same questions again but instead replace “salvation” with “healing.”

  1. What is God’s will for healing?
  2. Does He want every person healed?
  3. Can a person be healed anytime anywhere?
  4. Does a person have to do anything to earn salvation?
  5. Can / Does God heal people irrespective of the magnitude and type of sin they are in?
  6. What is the only requirement for healing?

     

Where all your answers about salvation the same as it was for healing? If not, you need to pay very close attention the next section. If it can be proven to you from scripture that healing is provided in the atonement, then you can’t in good conscience differentiate between God’s will for salvation and God’s will for healing ever again. They are the same, always and forever.

 

Isa 53:4-6

4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (NKJV)

  1. Griefs (kholee) = sickness (Deut 28:61, 1 Kings 17:17, 2 Kings 1:2, 2 Kings 8:8, and other places)
  2. Sorrows (Makob) = pains (Jeremiah 51:8, Job 33:19)
  3. Borne (Nasa) = To bear in the sense of suffering punishment for something. (Isa 53:12)
  4. Carried (Sabal) = To bear something as a penalty or chastisement. (Isa 53:11)

 

In Leviticus 5:1 we read that if a soul sins then he shall bear (nasa) his iniquity. In Isaiah 53:12 we read that Jesus was numbered with the transgressors and bore (nasa) the sins of many. It is unquestionably clear that God is telling us that in the same way Jesus bore (nasa) the payment for our sins, He bore (nasa) our sickness and disease and took it away. The Holy Spirit also declares this to be true when He inspired Matthew (Mat 8:16-17) to quote the passage in Isaiah 53 showing that He was talking about bodily sickness and disease.

 

Matt 8:16-17

16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”

(NKJV)

  1. Cast out spirits
  2. Healed all who were sick
  3. Fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah 53 showing that it was indicating physicall sickness and disease.
  4. Fulfilled (plerothe)= Aorist passive, subjunctive, 3rd person singular of pleroo. Something that was completed and the act continues on forever.

Some may say, “you see, it says that Jesus fulfilled that prophesy through His ministry of healing and not through what He did on the cross. Healing and deliverance are not for today. According to Luke 4:17-21 Jesus took the scripture and opened it up to Isaiah where it spoke about Him having the Spirit of God on Him to preach the gospel to the poor, heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, set at liberty those who are oppressed. He then closed the book and said that today that scripture was fulfilled in their hearing. If you say that healing was fulfilled and not part of the atonement, then you have to say that the preaching of the gospel, healing the broken-hearted, and delivering the captives has also ceased. Obviously, Jesus is still preaching the gospel through those who believe in Him and He is also still healing the sick through those that believe in Him!

 

1 Peter 2:24

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. (NIV)

  1. Quoting same prophecy of Isaiah 53
  2. Connecting the forgiveness of sins and healing to the atonement (Mark 2:3-12)
  3. Past tense = you have been healed.

Peter quoted the passage in Isaiah but made it past tense indicated that this is something that has already happened. Just as Jesus has already forgiven you of all your sins, He has also already healed you! You just need to receive it by faith.

Healing – The Children’s Bread

There have been numerous books, articles, and sermons providing more than enough proof that healing is in the atonement. (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24; Matt 8:16-17, ECT…) So if you don’t believe that Jesus received His stripes so that you would be healed, you probably will want to stop reading now. For the rest of us that believe let’s take it to the next level.

We all desire to see a greater manifestation of healings in our lives. We are tired of seeing the sick come into our services and leave in the same condition they arrived in. There are a few reasons this is happening and I want to address a couple of them.

First is that we see too many people praying for God to heal them or the one they are praying for. 1 Peter 2:24 says that Jesus bore our infirmities, and that by His stripes we were healed. That is past tense; it has already been accomplished. We need to quit asking God to do something He has already done. Asking God to heal us has an element of hope that it will happen. Hope is not faith, and it takes faith to see the manifestation of the healing. If my father sent me a letter and said I bought you a car and it’s at the dealership, I don’t need to keep asking Him for a car. I just need to go pick it up. Healing has been accomplished and is part of Jesus’ inheritance. We are His inheritance as well as everything that pertains to life and happiness. Satan is a thief and he has stolen things that are rightfully are Lord’s inheritance. It is our job to see where things have been stolen and take them back. We can then present them back to Jesus. If someone is sick it is because Satan has stolen their health. Jesus paid the price so that person doesn’t have to be sick. It is then our responsibility as a child of God to go and enforce that which Jesus has done. God has given us this authority. And when we understand it, then Satan will start obeying because we have the entire authority and power of the kingdom of God backing us up. We aren’t healing anyone; we are just enforcing what Jesus has already accomplished. So stop praying for people to be healed and start commanding things to be according to the word of God. Command them to be on this earth as they are in heaven, and Satan hasn’t stolen anything in heaven. The word of God actually says that believers will lay hands on the sick and they shall recover. It doesn’t say we will pray for the sick. By laying hands on someone we are declaring that the kingdom of God is at hand and that the kingdom of darkness must go. So stop asking God to do what He has already done.


 

A Curse Without Cause

 

Gal 3:6-14

6 Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 7 Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. 8 The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. 10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

    There is teaching out there that is so prevalent that most consider it Gospel. It says that if sickness and disease is in you or if you struggle with one sin or another it is because Satan has legal right to you. It states that you are under a curse, either from ancestors or something you did, that has opened a door and given Satan legal right to afflict you. This teaching is so prevalent that I have struggled with it for years trying to reconcile what God was teaching me with what most in the body of Christ were teaching. Today I write to say that they cannot be reconciled and to break the power of the teaching that has held so many in bondage to sin and disease while they try to “find the doorway or origin of the curse”. The above scripture clearly says that Jesus became a curse for us. Just as He became sin so that we are no longer in bondage to sin, He became a curse so we are no longer subject to a curse. The curse states that if we do not fulfill all the law then that point of sin we are subject to a curse. Well, Jesus fulfilled the law for us so that through Him we are righteous and therefore a curse has no authority in our lives. I’m not saying sinning can’t give access to your life, even to destroy it; just that He has no legal right to do it. God showed it to me this way:

There is a tremendous kingdom, with one King (Jesus) that has total authority over the entire kingdom. In the kingdom and under Jesus are many other kings. (You and me) Now as kings in the kingdom, we have been given authority to administrate the will of the One over us. He has placed us at the edges of the kingdom to expand the kingdom and to be the gateways by which the kingdom enters into the earth. (Psalms 24:7) Now, as doorways we have the ability to not only release the kingdom of God, that is in our spirit, into the earth, but also into our soul and body. If we release the kingdom into the earth we are expanding the kingdom into the earth, if we release the kingdom into our soul or body then we are expanding the kingdom by becoming more like Jesus. Both are the will of God. On the other hand, if we open the door and allow the demonic into our soul or body we are retreating and the enemy will take that ground. Now that ground is part of the kingdom of God, and even though we allowed Satan entrance, we had no right to do it. We had the ability but not the authority. We transgressed against the kingdom and allowed the enemy of the Kingdom of God to trespass and stay on Jesus’ property. Now Satan is a thief and a liar. He doesn’t care if he is there illegally or not. He may say, “But you gave me the right to be here”, but you didn’t. You allowed him access, but Jesus alone can give the right or authority. The first Adam was given the power and authority over this world. Satan was not given authority when he deceived Eve and she sinned, he was given authority when Adam sinned. In the same manner, the only way Satan can get his authority back is for it to be given to him by Jesus. And that isn’t going to happen! So if a curse has no right to be here, then it cannot stay.

What all this means is that if you are struggling with sin, illness, depression, ect.. don’t spend time looking for the legal access point. It’s not there, and Satan can keep you busy for years while he ruins your life. Understand that he has no legal right to be there and demand he leave. When we understand who we are (kings of the kingdom and sons of God) and that he has no right to be there, then we have faith to tell him to vacate the premises. He must leave, and if he tries to stay then you have the full power and authority of the entire kingdom backing you up. Satan won’t respond to demands when he knows you don’t believe you can make him leave. It’s when you know who you are and who you’re representing that he responds. At that point he looks at you and sees the One in you that made a public spectacle of him – Jesus. We cannot give the authority to anyone, that is Jesus’ sole ability and right, we can only administrate what we have be given through Jesus. It is His power and authority we have been given. Nothing we have done (except receiving Jesus as savior and Lord) got us the authority, and we cannot do anything to lose the authority.


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