Reading:“These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won't hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed." Mark 16:17~18
Jesus said that He came that we might have life ~ & have it abundantly. Week after week you will hear us teaching on a variety of subjects & that might seem rather random to you. It is not. It all comes down to one thing: the life we have in Jesus.
We cannot have the abundant life Jesus promises us if we don’t know the Truth about who He is, why He came & what He has done for us. We cannot have the abundant life Jesus promises us if we do not believe what He has told us. We cannot have the abundant life if we do not practise the Word of Life. We will not have the abundant life if we do not allow the scriptures to renew our mind & correct wrong thinking. We will not have the abundant life if we do not allow the Holy Spirit to build up our inner man. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Matthew 12:34
Our actions do not lie. They will always reveal what our hearts believe.
Because this is a fallen world it conspires to keep us in bondage to wrong thinking about ourselves, about God & about the nature of sickness. It starts with understanding the very nature of God.
· For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. Psalm 100:5
God is good & He gives only good things to His children. So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. These are Jesus very own words as recorded in Matthew 7:11 Do you understand that this is for you? If you have asked in Jesus name it is the Father’s delight to give you good things.
His love continues forever… He does not change. If “I am the LORD who heals you" was true for the Israelites in Exodus 15:26 how much more is it true for us according to Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
He is faithful. The word in Hebrew [ ʼâman] means to be trustworthy as does pistos in the Greek. We can trust Him. We can trust what He says. We can trust His actions.
This is diametrically opposed to satan who is called the Father of Lies, the Accuser, the Deciever, the one who comes to steal, kill & destroy.
So logically, is sickness of God? Is it a *good gift*? Is it consistent with what God says about Himself? Is it consistent with His nature? Of course not! Do not assign to God satan’s lies!
· Secondly we must understand who we have become in God’s sight when we became believers in His son, Jesus Christ.
He made Him who knew no sin to be a sin offering for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
We are not sinners. We may sin but we are no longer sinners under the condemnation & wrath of God. We are redeemed. We have been bought with a price. We have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of Light.
As satan’s kingdom brought an inheritance of death, destruction, judgement so then does God’s kingdom infer a godly heritage of divine health, blessing, peace & joy but we will never access any of it so long as we still believe satan’s lies:
I don’t deserve…
God doesn’t love me as much as…
Healing is for someone else, not me…
I’m not worthy…
Healing isn’t for everybody…
And on & on he goes sowing seeds of lies, stealing your victory, convincing you that God is not true to His word, doesn’t love you, is not faithful, not trustworthy, not kind, not the same yesterday, today & forever, doesn’t heal…but God has promised good to us:
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus". Phillipians 4:19
His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9
I Corinthians 10:13 …no temptation is irresistible. You can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it, for he has promised this and will do what he says. He will show you how to escape temptation’s power so that you can bear up patiently against it.
He has promised us victory. "but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:57).
God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully ~Romans 8:28
Remember what Elijah said to the people?
Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him." But the people did not answer him a word.1 Kings 18:21
You cannot serve 2 masters.
Jesus pointed out But if your vision is poor, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! Matthew 6:24
· Thirdly, Before we can even begin to discuss healing & God’s sovereign power to heal we have to rectify our wrong thinking. We have to watch the words that come out of our mouths. Do we speak life? Or do we speak death? With whom are we agreeing, Jesus, who declares life, or satan, who decrees death?
Take any item in the news & consider your belief about it. Earthquakes? Did God cause the earthquake? Road accident? God’s fault? Accidental drowning. Shark attack. Volcano. Terrorists. The world is full of horrible things but the truth is God didn’t cause any of them. They belong firmly in the realm of satan but we suffer the consequences of original sin in a fallen world because we gave the guardianship & ruling of this world to satan in the garden & even though Jesus took that back on the cross satan is in no hurry to give back what he got & if he can convince us that God is powerless we do not act with the authority & power that Jesus gave to His church.
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 18:21
A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness in it is a breach in the spirit. Proverbs 15:4
Our words matter. Either we agree with what God says about us or we agree with satan. Satan is the liar, the accuser, the deceiver so if our words agree with his then we are speaking lies, deceptions & accusations about ourselves & others.
Do you begin to see how this works when it comes to healing?
"Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith. Habbakuk 2:4 And Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1
And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it! John 14:13~14
When we believe God loves us & desires to give us good things; when we believe He is trustworthy & faithful; when we truly believe that whatever we ask of the Father in Jesus name will be done that the Father might be glorified we will speak words of life over ourselves & over others.
Now none of this is going to come naturally because our flesh is tied to this world so when a doctor tells us we have this that or the other our natural minds fall into agreement. We forget this is only a diagnosis & as citizens of another kingdom we have a higher authority & access to the Great Healer.
What do the scriptures say? "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7~8
We are to ask in faith that what we ask for will be given. We are to ask in expectation that we will receive what we have asked for. We are to stand firm trusting in the One who is faithful & trustworthy.
This is the foundation of our healing. If we are amiss in our belief about God, how much He loves us & the authority we have as heirs of the Kingdom then we will struggle to walk in healing. We are to seek God’s Kingdom & His righteousness first. The promise is that if we do that then all these other things will be given unto us.