How To Receive Your Healing On Purpose!

Many people approach the promises of God, especially divine healing and health as a gamble. They see it as no more of a sure thing than pulling the “one armed bandit” in Las Vegas. They pray, “Lord heal me if it be your will”, and hope that God will wake up on the right side of the bed or that this will be their “lucky” day and He will heal them. Or even more deceptively, they think if they think if they could only get God to feel sorry enough for them, or if they can just cry long enough, or talk about their sickness long enough God will say, “Oh Myself, I just did not realize how bad you were suffering, I was on the other side of the galaxy naming planets! I’m sure glad you kept after Me.”

(Please understand I am not being critical of precious people who have thought this way, we have all missed it in some area or the other.)  The Bible teaches however that Jesus our High Priest is easily touched with our infirmities.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:15 KJV)

How we pray determines our effectiveness in receiving from the Lord.

You ask, and do not receive, because you ask wrongly…. (James 4:3a Greens Literal Translation)

We have to pray according to God’s prescribed methods, found in His Word, if we want to be in position to receive from God. Cain approached God his own way and his offering was rejected (Genesis 4:4-5, Hebrews 11:4).

1. When you pray you must believe you have right standing with God.

II Corinthians 5:21 says that if you are in Christ you are the righteousness of God in Christ. I you are not in Christ, receiving the New Birth is not hard. Although human religions make it difficult, God made it easy. Simply pray:

“Lord Jesus, I believe you died for me, I believe you rose from the dead. I receive you as Lord. Lord, You said, whosoever would come to you; you would no wise cast out. So I receive your forgiveness now in Jesus Name. AMEN”

You may say, “but you don’t know what I have done”. II Corinthians 5:20 says that God is not keeping score and keeping a record of our sins. The only sin that can separate us from God and send us to hell is rejecting the Lordship of Jesus.

Now that we have accepted Jesus as our Lord we have right standing with God. If you have right standing with God and been made righteous you can expect your praying to produce results.

The earnest prayer of a righteous man has great power and wonderful results. (James 5:16b New Living Translation)

2. You must know what God’s Word says about healing and health.

… “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26 New King James Version)

“I will put” is an unfortunate translation of this passage. God never has and never will put sickness on anyone. Jesus said that anything that kills, steals and destroys comes from the devil and that He only brings things that bring life more abundantly (John 10:10). According to Robert Young, a noted Hebrew scholar, many passages in the Old Testament in our English translations that say that God did certain things should have been translated “allowed”. In the Hebrew language (from which the Old Testament is translated) has no verbs for “allow”. That verse should be translated "...I will allow none of these diseases to be put on you…”.

Notice, also, that God identifies Himself as “healer”. This is one of what has come to be known as the Covenant Names of God. In Biblical culture when two families made a covenant they would state the terms of their covenant agreement. If either family failed to uphold their end of the covenant agreement it would result in a death sentence because you violated this sacred oath. Hebrews 5:13 says that God swore by Himself because there was no greater to swear by. What does this mean? God was saying if He failed to uphold His agreement with Abraham and his descendants (which includes you and me, see Galatians 3:29), that He would self destruct! So when God identified Himself as healer He could no longer withhold healing from anyone without self destruction. Don’t worry that will never happen for it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18).

Surely He (Jesus) has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows…And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4a-5 NKJV)

Although there are many debates in Christian circles about this passage, there is no debate that this passage speaks of Jesus’ redemptive work. In other words, this passage foretells part of what Jesus would accomplish through His death, burial , and resurrection. Both “griefs” and “sorrows” is a little blind to us. According to Strong’s Concordance the word translated “griefs” should be translated sickness. And “sorrows” should be translated pain or mental anguish.
Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment],… (Isaiah 53:4a Amplified Bible)
Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains -- he hath carried them,… (Isaiah 53:4a Young’s Literal Translation)

Notice also how Matthew quotes Isaiah 53:4.
When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:  “ He Himself took our infirmities  And bore our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:16-17 NKJV)
Not only does Matthew, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, use the words “sickness” and “infirmity”, he also uses it in the context of physical healing. Jesus ultimately took our sicknesses and diseases at the same time as He took our sins upon Himself in redemption. This principle is mirrored by the apostle Peter when he quotes Isaiah 53:5 in his letter.
who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. (I Peter 2:24 NKJV)
The stripes refer to the beating Jesus received at the hands of the Roman soldiers with a whip. The Roman whip was braided with stone, bones, and hooks that literally tore the flesh from Jesus body.  It is interesting to note that Isaiah looking foreward to redemption said “are healed” and Peter looking back said “were healed”. The Old Testament believers were walking in the benefit of what Jesus did although it had not played out on the canvas of time. How much more should we walk in the benefit of it now that it is a done deal in Christ!
Beloved I wish above all things that you may prosper in all things and be in health, even as your soul prospers. (III John 2 NKJV)
If you believe that this is truly the Word of God then you must acknowledge that this is an expression of the will of God. AS I mentioned earlier, many precious people pray, “Lord, heal me if it be our will.” Not realizing that they are calling God a liar and they are praying in unbelief. God cannot respond to a prayer such as that. God’s Word and His will are synonymous. According to Hebrews 1:3 in the New Living Translation, everything about Jesus “represents God exactly”. The New King James Version of the same passage calls Jesus the express image of  God the Father’s person. I challenge you to find one incident in the gospel accounts where Jesus refused healing to anyone who came to Him in faith. Simply put if Jesus is the will of God in action, then the Father will not refuse healing to anyone who comes to Him in faith.
And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. (James 5:15 NKJV)
Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, (Psalm 103:2-3 NKJV)
According to the previous passage if you deny that God heals all our diseases (not just some) then you have no basis to believe He forgives your iniquities or sins. You cannot pick and choose. You have to believe all of it or none. Thank God we do have forgiveness of sins but also the provision of health for our physical bodies.

We also have to know from the Word of God that what God does for one He wills to do for everyone.
“Now I really see that God shows no partiality…” (Acts 10:34 C. B. Williams)
If God chose to heal some while leaving others sick, He would be showing partiality.  I will refer you again to Jesus, the will of God in action, we do not have one account of Him saying, “I know I healed others but it is not the Father’s will to heal you. Go and suffer more you nasty thing.” No! Everyone who came to Jesus in faith was healed.
Jesus Christ the same, Yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8 New King James Version)

3.     We must ask in faith in accordance with the Word of God.

And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. (James 5:15 NKJV)

Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour. (Matthew 8:13 NKJV)

And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.”   And their eyes were opened. (Matthew 9:28-29 NKJV)

But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us. Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:24b-23 NKJV)

Jesus said, "If? There are no 'ifs' among believers. Anything can happen." (Mark 9:23 The Message)

“Did I not tell you”, replied Jesus, “that if you believed, you would see the wonder of what God can do?” (John 11:40 J.B. Phillips)

Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants--not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all. (Romans 4:16 NKJV)

How do we get faith?
So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17 NKJV)
When you read scriptures pertaining to healing (or whatever you need) faith comes.  I recommend you read them aloud sometimes. Even as you are reading these words with ears to hear and an open heart, notice that many of you have a note of joy and peace that arises in your spirit. That note of joy and peace is faith arising in your heart.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13 NKJV)
Thank God that He made faith easy. Say healing scriptures over and over to yourself and faith will come. And your faith will make a demand on the power and provision of God and bring into manifestation your healing!

4. We must understand that healing is a done deal in Christ.

We touched on this earlier but we have to get it in our hearts about the past tense of redemption and healing. Have you ever seen the cartoon with a donkey chasing a carrot tied to a stick tied to him. Now matter how fast he runs he can never catch the carrot out in front of him. This illustrates many believer’s approach to divine healing. They put healing as something God is going to do out in the future. Sadly, many never get their healing apart from the operation of the gifts of the spirit (which operate as God wills). The fact is that God did something about our healing 2000 years ago. Although Jesus purchased our redemption from sin 2000 years ago we did not reap the benefits until we laid hold onto it by faith. The same is true with our healing. Jesus already carried away our sicknesses and purchased our healing. Sickness has no legal right to exist in our body. But we must exercise our God given dominion over that sickness and disease.
For all the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him amen (so be it), to the glory of God through us. (II Corinthians 1:20 NKJV)
Some religious folks say, “Sometimes God answers, ‘yes’, and sometimes God answers, ‘no’ and sometimes He answers, ‘maybe’.  But the Bible (you know, the book you wag to church every Sunday) says that God always answers “yes” to His promises and never says “no”. Healing is more than a promise, it is an accomplished fact.  When we speak the Word of God over our situation we are activating spiritual law. And the same power that created the universe  is at your disposal to bring healing and health.

--Rev. Travis Johnson was born again and Spirit filled in May of 1994. He accepted God's call to ministry in 1996. He graduated from Faith Bible Institute in 1997. He is recognized as an anointed Bible Teacher. His desire is to, along with other ministers of the Body of Christ, empower believers to interpret the Bible for themselves and make the Word of God applicable to be successful in day to day life. Travis currently lives in Arkansas with his wife and daughter.
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