Some people are largely ignorant of God’s provision for their healing and also about the nature of that provision. Ignorance is very deadly, it kills, God said ‘my people perish for lack of knowledge’ sometimes people know that God healed yesterday but wonder if he still does so today, they say well ‘, I’ve never seen anybody get healed, well seeing some one get healed certainly will help your faith, but God does not heal because yoiu have seen someone get healed, He heals because His word reveals him as a healing God and that Jesus still heals today, if I had never seen someone healed I’ll still believe that God does heal, in fact I’ll be asking why are we not seeing more and more healings today!
I used to belong to a church who believed that healing was not as important as ‘salvation’ being born again, and that it was something that God did but on the scale of things was not too important. In terms of eternity and heaven is concerned, that will be true but also very true is understanding that the word salvation is more than just one thing, it is an all encompassing word that includes the redemptive processes and its benefit for mankind, this will include healing, being born again, deliverance, prosperity etc
Salvation is God’s provision for man’s deepest needs, in one of my teachings I mentioned that the gospel is God’s cure for the fall and its effects on man and also that healing is an expression of God’s nature. To be ignorant of these truths means not being able to access y faith the provision and supply of God’s healing grace.
Jesus said to the woman at the well of Samaria
If you knew the gift of God and he through whom it comes, all you would have needed to do was to ask and you would received living waters. (John 4:10 paraphrased)
You cannot act in faith without knowledge, to do so would be presumptuous, fickle and certain failure, Kenneth E Hagin once said ‘faith begins where the will of God is known’
The gospel of Jesus is the healing balm of God for the curing of a sin and disease ridden world. All that Jesus did in his earthly ministry culminating in his death, burial and resurrection is the salvation of the Lord, it is God’s gift to humanity, a gift to be received by faith, but there can be no faith without knowledge.
This is partly why Jesus taught and preached, people came to him to hear and be healed, this is why Jesus sends out teachers and preachers of the word, this is why we need to be on every available medium broadcasting this message of faith, hope and love.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher and how shall they preach except they be sent? Romans 10: 13-15
I believe that the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ must include at least these four things.
• Salvation from sin; its power, guilt, nature and consequences
• Salvation from sickness and diseases
• Salvation from demonic harassment and bondages
• Salvation from poverty and lack
This is the full gospel, any preaching of the gospel that does not encompass these four elements is incomplete and is diminishing the work of the cross and the resurrection.
4.) Some people are waiting for God to do something while God is waiting for them to do something.
Somebody said something very interesting, he said the Acts of the Apostles was written because the apostles acted! If they had not acted there would have been no Acts of the Apostles, if they had spent all their time praying, nothing would have happened, there was a time to pray and a time to act.
How does this concern healing? To say, God sees what I am going through, if he wants to he can heal me, may sound spiritual but it is based on ignorance .
God has made an etrnal deposit of salvation for every person on the earyh and indeed for all eternity.
For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God gave Jesus just once and from that time till know as people have acted on this truth or deposit they have been saved, healed, delivered etc
The woman with the issue of blood did not wait for Jesus to come to her, once she had information about Him she acted in faith and was healed.
Some years ago, I was holding a meeting in a Church in Lagos Nigeria, after ministering to the people, it was testimony time, there was this sister who was crying as she shared how she was healed from a terrible migraine. Her story moved me because it perfectly illustrated this point, according to her, she had been having terrible migraine headache on the day of the meeting, in fact she felt so sick that she contemplated on not coming for the service, but she said to herself, it’s a healing service, if I don’t come how do I get healed? She came and was healed, many would have stayed back because they were too sick to come to a healing service!
Extending it a bit further the young man who was let down from the roof could have turned back because of the inconvenience of trying to reach where Jesus was. There is a big problem in the developed world, the advances in medical science have become a stumbling block for so many people that they having all these wonderful alternatives never develop the hunger, desire and faith to reach out to Jesus and press for their healing. Medical science is wonderful and very very helpful but unfortunately also very limited at times in dealing with the complicated health situation of the modern man.
God wants us to reach out for healing, eternal life, deliverance etc it pleases him when we do so, true faith takes, it presses in and will not be denied.
Stop waiting for God, He is waiting for you, get into the word, meditate on it, take it in your mouth and confess it. Find men and women who believe in and teach on the power and love of our God, get them to minister to you, keep going till you get it.
The secret things belong to God BUT the things that are revealed belong to you and your children (Deut. 29:29) TAKE THEM!
The preaching of the word of God in any form is God’s personal invitation to you to act. WILL YOU?