Are Already Healed
|According to Scripture,
the people of God are already healed. This simple truth has
been obscured by centuries' worth of pious nonsense, such as
the traditional misunderstanding of Paul's thorn (not a
disease!), and the appalling notion that God "teaches
us something" by making us ill.
But in Bible verse after verse, our healing is presented
as an accomplished fact. Isaiah asserts that the Messiah has
borne our sickness. Matthew teaches that He took
our infirmities. First Peter is clear that with His stripes
we are healed. Over the centuries Christians
have gotten used to pleading with God for healing--but why
are we pleading with Him to do what He's already done?
challenge we face
At this point in the discussion, the standard
question is, "If God has healed us, why
are so many Christians sick?" The answer, I suggest, is
that most Christians have no idea how to connect with the
healing power of God.
The challenge we face, then, is not how to squeeze
healing out of God, but how to receive the gift of healing
that He's already given.
First, we need to understand clearly that the Lord has
assigned us the authority, and the responsibility, to command
the result we need. In dealing with sickness, it's our
job to release God's power by speaking His Word against
the problem and against any evil spirits behind it.
plugged into the power
Second, once we're clear about our authority, we
need to actually speak the healing Word. This
will serve the twofold purpose of activating our faith for
healing and releasing the power of God to heal.
Third, we need to hang in there. Healing is
a process that follows certain spiritual laws. Our part in
the process is to stay plugged into the power of God until
the healing is complete. We do this by standing firmly on
our covenant with God and speaking the Word until the
permanent truth of our healing has driven out the temporary
symptoms of disease.
the Holy Spirit
Which Word? Well, chances are you know the basics
by heart: Isaiah 53:4-5; Matthew 8:16-17;
1 Peter 2:24. Other power-packed Scriptures
are Mark 11:23 on the moving of mountains, Galatians
3:13 on our redemption from the curse of the Law,
and James 5:15 on the prayer of faith.
Use Bible verses that "come alive" for you.
Invite the Holy Spirit to point out verses to use. Add your
own expressions of faith. And above all, know beyond the
shadow of a doubt that when you command what Jesus'
sacrifice has paid for, the healing power of heaven is
flowing through the words you speak.
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here