Fundamentals Of Divine Healing Part 18

Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. (Isaiah 45:11)

God tells us to “command” Him concerning the “work” of His hands. What do you think this means?

The principle of using authority regarding physical healing is one that most Christians do not understand. Most do not believe we have any part to play in releasing the power of God into the physical body, but they are incorrect.

Christians have authority on this earth. Often, our inability to walk in healing results from us not exercising what is provided in the redemptive work of Christ.

There are many hindrances to us receiving from God. I believe that the greatest is a passive attitude when it comes to receiving anything from God. This attitude causes people to think they have zero ability to influence the situations of their lives.

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.

And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;

Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.

And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.

And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. (Acts 3:1 – 10)

The man healed in this account had been lame for thirty-eight years. It took only a single touch of God’s power to make him whole!

I want you to notice what Peter said, “…such as I have, give I thee.” I believe that most churches would reject anyone in their congregations who would do something like Peter did!

Believing that God can heal and that we have no control over whether there will be a release of His power or not is a belief centered on convenience. It is much more convenient to say we never know what God can do than to admit we have authority and are the ones not releasing His power.

Passivity towards the things of God provides us an excuse for continuing to suffer and live powerless lives. I call this a no-risk belief system. If someone gets healed, then God must have willed it, and if they do not, God must not have willed it.

We have a role in the release of God’s power in our lives. We have authority and, in most cases, are the determining factor in whether our bodies will be healed or won’t be.

Our society seems to have mastered the art of dodging responsibility. Things like alcoholism and drug abuse are blamed on a person’s genetic makeup, taking away the responsibility for a person’s choices.

What do you think the reaction would be in your church if one of the attendees spoke to a person attending service in a wheelchair the way Peter did to the “lame” man in Acts 3? I believe most churches would ask anyone attempting such a thing to leave!

Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. (Acts 3:6)

Peter did not politely ask the man to try and stand up.

Peter did not seek God for clarity on whether He would want the man to be healed or not.

There is no indication of Peter hesitating for even one second. He acted decisively and commanded the man to “rise.” He knew God had already given him the power and authority to release the healing anointing into the man’s body. I believe that most of our churches would have kicked Peter out for how he ministered to the lame man!

Modern church traditions have drifted so far from the valid Gospel message that they have robbed us of God’s power just as Jesus warned us that they would. Fear is the basis for most of these. It is so much easier to say that God must have willed for a person to be sick than to admit we don’t know why they are suffering!

We have authority in the name of Jesus!

We have the same power that raised Jesus from the grave, dwelling in our spirits!

We need to be aware that there are limits to our authority when dealing with other people. It is not possible to minister healing to a person who is unwilling to receive as an example. God has given us complete authority though over our bodies.

The atmosphere around us can affect our ability to receive. Ultimately though, if we cannot receive healing for our bodies, it is not because God has not healed us. Examples of reasons why people do not receive include:

  • Not being convinced that it is God’s will to heal our bodies
  • Believing without exercising authority
  • A lack of submission to God and resistance to the devil’s operations in our lives
  • A lack of understanding about how God’s Kingdom operates

We will spend time examining some of these in this study. Our fundamental truth that I want you to takeaway is that we do not have any ability to heal a single person. We are not the healer. God has provided us authority, though, to release His healing power to the sick and diseased.

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