I have had it on my heart to begin talking about ways to receive healing. The Bible makes it clear that God wants His people to walk in divine health. Many struggle with this though because so many in the Church today are suffering from one physical ailment or another.
It has become clear to me over the years I’ve been studying the Word of God that He desires for us to walk in good health. You may or may not agree with me about this. I ask only for you to read through the next few posts and to take some time meditating on the Scriptures I share.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
The primary tool God provides to bring health, long life, and peace is His Word. Many people look for shortcuts but we need to take note of what Proverbs 1 tells us.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments…
- Forget not my law
- Let thine heart keep my commandments
It takes effort to follow these instructions. There are no shortcuts to be found.
The Word of God is our primary source for accessing divine health. It must become our “go to” if our goal is to appropriate divine healing.
The beautiful thing about receiving healing through the Word of God is that it does not matter what level of faith a person is walking in. God provided many methods for us to appropriate His promises so that even a new Christian will be able to receive.
One of the first things we need to be aware of is that divine healing can be instantaneous but it can also manifest over a period of time. This is an important point that we must not gloss over.
People will respond to a prayer line where a minister will lay hands on them. There may be an immediate manifestation and there may not be. Many Christians do not understand this. If they do not “see” or “feel” something they will often walk away discouraged.
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7
I’ve found that it becomes much easier for people to receive healing if they are told that healing could manifest gradually. This gives them confidence that healing power is ministered when prayer is offered to them, and that it is also working inside of them.
It is important for you to search the Scriptures to see these truths for yourself. They are the source of God’s healing power and of His faith.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
God’s Word is the source of His life. The more time we spend meditating in it, the more it’s truths will become revelation to us.
Kenneth E. Hagin used to say that it is important to keep the switch of faith turned on. We cannot do this if we have not first grounded ourselves in the source of faith.
And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
Take a moment to think about three words that are found in verse 14.
“As they went…”
From this we can see that these lepers were not cleansed instantaneously. The Bible tells us that they were cleansed “as they went”.
So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house. This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
Please notice that the nobleman inquired “of them the hour when he began to amend”.
And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth.”
We see a gradual manifestation of healing occurring in both of these examples. The lepers were “cleansed” as they went and the son “began to amend”.
In this post we’ve seen that there are times when the healing power of God will manifest gradually over time. We do not want to fall into a ditch where our expectation is that this is the only way God heals. It is also important that we avoid the other ditch expecting healing to always occur instantaneously. I believe that this is what Kenneth E. Hagin meant when he encouraged people to keep the switch of faith turned on.
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