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Steps to take in order to be healed

1) What does scripture say about healing?

Every lawyer knows that the more they know about the law the better lawyer they are. A lawyer who only has a brief and vague understanding about some issue of law will be decimated by his opponent. A well equipped lawyer knowing individual cases and their ruling, able to spout off page, chapter, verse, as well as accurately quoting the statute, is far more likely to win his case.

There is no difference with Christians and the word of God. Every time we stand for a healing whether it be for ourselves or someone else we are actually entering the high courts of heaven and declaring what the word of God says. God's word declares us forgiven, justified, purified, and without guilt. Jesus not only died that we may be saved from sin but bore stripes that we may be healed.

Satan is the accuser of the brethren and therefore the prosecutor of the case. He is able to quote scripture accurately and able to deceive even the most discerning. He tried to deceive Jesus while in the wilderness but failed miserably because obedience to what he quotes would have resulted in the denial of God. This is why it is so important that we know the scriptures. We need to be able to recognize satan's lies as well as all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf.

Taking time to get an understanding about what the bible says about divine healing is not a waste of time. We may get it directly from scripture or through other people's understanding about what the scriptures say. Many may find a need to hear what others say and yet develop an individual belief. Which ever the case we must come to a conclusion of what God's will is.

2) What do I believe about healing?

Until we have an individual understanding of God's will, we will be pushed around by every wind of doctrine concerning healing. In the beginning we must not rely upon our own experience and those of  others. If our experience and that of other Christians are in agreement with the natural outcome of all men in similar situations, then we have yet to understand and see the will of God. We are not to live our lives as mere men but as spiritual men representing the living God.

What is meant by living as mere men? If we fear losing our jobs, getting sick, being killed, being evicted or any other worldly concern then we are not living in God's kingdom but the worlds. When our lives resemble that of an unsaved man (someone who is not born again) then we are living in a realm that God does not intend for His children. MAT 6:25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? MAT 6:30 "But if God so arrays the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, O men of little faith? 6:31 "Do not be anxious then, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'With what shall we clothe ourselves?' 6:32 "For all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 6:33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. If we are seeking God and His kingdom then we will be understanding the supernatural abilities of this kingdom. We will no longer rest our faith on the carnal but on the spiritual. As we understand that God's kingdom is spiritual we will begin to understand the principles that govern this spiritual kingdom. What if I don't know God spiritually? Then you need to receive the gift of salvation and start seeking God and His kingdom.

 3) God is able!

Most people believe that God is able to do anything He wants. Many struggle more with God's willingness to heal them then His ability to heal them. It is a false idea to think God can do whatever He chooses to do. When we leave our lives up to the "sovereignty of God" we are actually denying our responsibility to do what God requires of us. If we are afflicted with a deadly form of cancer and we do not confess the truth and war in the spirit, God is incapable of helping us. We are failing to exercise our God given authority over the situation. What we are actually saying is, "let's leave our life up to fate." This is not to say that God's sovereignty is something that we should ignore but if we are living our lives without exercising our dominion over the world , the devil and the flesh then we are living foolishly. God's sovereignty relates to things that are beyond what we can effect (beyond our spiritual authority).

We falsely think that God is responsible for everything that happens in our life, but this is not so. God limited His ability when He created man with free will. He gave man the right to decide whether he was going to do what was in his best interests. Man's free will is a line in which God chooses not to trespass. When we acknowledge God, we give Him access into our lives to defend and protect but there are still limits to His ability. If we do not believe in the supernatural abilities that God has given us then those things are ineffective in our life. Why? Because we are choosing not to accept those things. That is free will and God will not force us to do what  is best. God may bring someone to our aid who believes in God's supernatural abilities but God can not make us accept the person. If we reject what the man or woman of God is offering then we alone are responsible for the outcome, not God.

For those of us that are struggling with this concept we need to look at several scriptures.

1TI 2:3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 2:4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Paul clearly states that God's desire is for all men to be saved but we know they will not be, why? Because they chose not to accept the free gift of God. ROM 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. We see God desiring to have something a certain way but refusing to overstep the will of man. God never forces any man into believing in Him. God is willing to save all men but He is subject to what men want. God can only save those who are willing to be saved..

Jesus was subject to the will of man also. MAT 13:54 And coming to His home town He began teaching them in their synagogue, so that they became astonished, and said, "Where did this man get this wisdom, and these miraculous powers? 13:55 "Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 13:56 "And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this man get all these things?" 13:57 And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his home town, and in his own household." 13:58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. The people from his home town chose not to believe that he was someone special and the result was that he could not heal or deliver many people. Who suffered from their unbelief? If they had believed, Jesus would have healed, delivered, and perform great signs in their behalf. It is the same with God, if we choose to believe His word and His anointed people we will see the ability of God. If we decide to not believe, then we will suffer for it. The outcome of our life will no more be God's fault, as it was Jesus' fault when the people rejected Him. By this point we should be seeing that God does not have the ability to do anything against our free will.

The last illustration that we are going to look at concerning this point is when Moses and all of Israel stood on the bank of the Jordan and Moses sent the twelve men to spy out the land of Canaan (Num 13:15-14:45). God's desire was for the people to go into the land of Canaan and possess it. All of the people but two, Caleb and Joshua, chose not to believe that God was able to drive out the nations that possessed the land. All but the two died because of their unbelief. God's desire was that the people would believe Him and drive out the inhabitants of Canaan. The people chose not to believe and were prevented from taking the land. God could not override their freewill but was subject to it. God therefore sends Israel back into the dessert to kill off all the people who refused to believe.

So what is the point that is being made? Once we find out what the will of God is, we have a responsibility to believe it. If we find it to hard to believe or chose to rationalize God's truth away, then we have no chance of receiving God's blessing. We, like the children of Israel will die in our unbelief.

4) God is willing

As already stated, most people find it harder to believe that "God is willing" than "He is able" to heal them. When we have a weak relationship with God, His character is often questioned. We may feel estranged from Him or convicted by our own conscience of a sinful life style. Satan uses condemnation to prevent us from coming to our heavenly father and reconciling anything that stands between us. Scripture states, 1JO 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. There is no reason for us to stay estranged from God, for confession is all that is needed to get back into a right relationship. Now some may say but you don't know how I struggle many times a day with this sin and fail in the struggle. We all experience struggles and at times, fail miserably many time a day. We can get some insight into God's heart through a statement Jesus made to Peter. MAT 18:21 Then Peter came and said to Him, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" 18:22 Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. I don't believe that the issue is that we must forgive our brother 490 times and then it is alright for us to not forgive, but that there should be no limit to forgiving our brother. If we are to forgive our brother continually, how much more will God continue to forgive our sins against Him.

God is not surprised by our sin, regardless of how vile it may be. He longs to have His children draw close so that He can empower us to overcome the sins that harass us. Instead, we run from God in fear of His judgment not realizing that He loves us in spite of the sin. The closer we get to God, the better we will know Him. We will see His eternal love for us and how sin destroys our life. Sin will eventually appear as an enemy to us and we will war against it in the power of God. Until this time we must not allow it to stand between us and our God.

Ok, my sin has been repented of and I stand in right relationship with God. How do I know He is willing to heal me? If we have spent the time needed to look up scripture concerning healing we have found that Jesus healed all who were sick and possessed by the devil. Jesus being God, displayed by His actions the will of the Father. How do we know this? Because Jesus stated that he only does what the Father wills. JOH 5:19 ΒΆ Jesus therefore answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. JOH 8:28 Jesus therefore said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me. Jesus represented God faithfully and all that was performed through Jesus we can expect God to do on our behalf. A few may say, some people didn't get healed and seemed to stand in faith. Yes, it seems that way, but faith is a substance and not just an idea. We can not know what others did or failed to do that resulted in them not being healed. Scripture declares that, ROM 2:11 For there is no partiality with God. And GAL 2:6 But from those who were of high reputation (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)... and again EPH 6:9 And, masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. If we serve a God that is impartial, then He will do for me what He has done for others. God does not respect one position over another, nor one person as better then another. God is a father to us all and will not heal me and pass over you.

Jesus represented God perfectly and never said to anyone, " I am sorry, but it is not the Father's will to heal you." Scripture says that Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were sick. Remember if we don't believe God then He will not override our will.

So we see that not only is Jesus God but he only did that which is the Father's will. Jesus healed ALL who were sick. Therefore it is God's will to heal all who are sick, including us. Scripture also states, TIT 1:2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, and HEB 6:18 in order that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement..." God cannot lie! Why are we so afraid to grasp a hold of the word of God when it clearly states that God cannot lie? God cannot lie! Here is another idea to cement this idea in our spirits. MAT 24:35 "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away. The very thing that we deem as stable and consistent, "the world," will pass away. The universe is not an eternal thing but has limits and an ending. The word of God on the other hand is eternal and has no ending. So what are we trusting in? Things that we can be seen, felt, able to lay our hands on and have empirical evidence for? Or the God who cannot lie and His word?


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