In the past several teachings, we've discussed the things you need TO KNOW to BE HEALED. If you've been following along with us since the beginning of our study, your spirit man has been well nourished. Your confidence in God's Word has come alive in you! That confidence is what God calls faith in Him.
Romans 10:17 "So then, faith comes to us by hearing the Good News. And the Good News comes by someone preaching it." (NLV)
Now comes the DOING or the ACTING on what you've heard, which will bring forth the results that you are longing for. The action part is what releases the force of this faith that has grown within you, into your life and world.
You could say though, that the first thing you need to do to put yourself in position to receive from God is:
1. Really hear the Word!
Without first hearing, there will be no receiving!
Psalm 107:20 "He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction." (AMP)
Matthew 4:4 "Jesus answered him, “The Scriptures say,
‘It is not just bread that keeps people alive.
Their lives depend on what God says.’” (ERV)
The Word could be going forth, but the question is, are you really digesting it? Are you letting God's medicine become a part of your existence? You need to not only get into it but "let it get into you."
Proverbs 4:20-22 "My son, pay attention to what I say. Listen closely to my words. Don’t let them out of your sight. Never stop thinking about them. These words are the secret of life and health (medicine) to all who discover them." (ERV)
Jesus Himself followed this formula for healing in His dealings with the people (keep in mind that they were those who had heard the Word of God shared regularly in their synagogue) just not adequately explained:
Matthew 9:35 "Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He TAUGHT in their meeting places, REPORTED KINGDOM NEWS, and HEALED their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When He looked out over the crowds, His heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! (MSG)
From this exchange you can see why these people were in the condition that they were in. There was apparently, a lack of the sharing of the Truth of God's Word! So, Jesus taught, then He preached and then people could respond to His message. It's your response to what you really hear that causes the healing power of God to flow into your body.
How does one respond?
The disciples asked Jesus one day why their faith wasn't working, notice His explanation:
Matthew 17:19 "When the disciples had Jesus off to themselves, they asked, “Why couldn’t we throw it out (referring to an oppressive demon)?" 20 “Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” (MSG)
It's extremely important to be serious with the Word of God, don't add to it and don't delete from it. That's how Adam (and Eve- they were ONE in the Garden of Eden) fell prey to the devil's control. The devil found a loophole in their knowledge of what God had commanded of them and the rest is history.
2. The second doing, after really hearing the Word of God, is SPEAKING THE WORD OF GOD. Speaking is a doing!!
Speaking the Word of God to who? YOU!!! Where is the mountain? Notice that Jesus didn't say to talk to God in prayer about what your going through. You don't need to ask God to do something for you that He's done already. Healing is yours NOW through the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We covered that in our last study!
Begin by talking to yourself! Speak God's Word within you, over and over. It's not others that you need to convince; it's you who needs to be transformed from within out! Speak it under your breath. Make the quality decision to adher to the revelations that the H. S. is imparting to you from what you've heard. If you're not willing to agree with the Word of God in your inner man first, you will never let it dominate your life and lead you out of the adversity that has held you in bondage for however long. The strength to do that comes from within! You will believe you more than anybody else, so get to it! Tell yourself what God has already said is yours in His Word.
Speaking from an outflow of the spirit is what gets the job done!
You will be so full inside that the words just have to come out your mouth in declaration. Not mentally agreeing to scriptures that you've memorized, there's no power in that. You are the child of the King, He is King of kings, and kings make declarations!
Matthew 12:34 "For out of the fullness (the overflow, the superabundance) of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man from his inner good treasure flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse flings forth evil things." (AMP)
You will say outwardly what you truly believe in your heart, without thinking. And what you truly believe in your heart, is what comes to pass in your life - good or bad! Confession brings possession! That's how you got born again!
You confessed that Jesus was your Lord and it became your reality!
Matthew 12:37 "For by your words you will be justified (declared innocent) and acquitted (set free or let go), and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced (held in bondage).
Proverbs 18:21 "Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose." (MSG)
Proverbs 18:21 Your tongue has the power of life and death.
Those who love to talk (talk a lot or often along the same lines) will eat the fruit of their words. (NIRV)
What are you saying about yourself? About your situation? Have you been cursing yourself with your own words? Remember: Jesus already bore your curse in His own body, for you. He has already released His power to set you free. Are you speaking that freedom into your situation? It doesn't matter what others are saying about you. A faith filled man holds the key to His own destiny.
Matthew 16:19 (Jesus talking) "I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth. But he will not allow anything what you don’t allow." (CEV)
Are you letting the devil keep you sick by claiming sickness as yours? Or are you giving God place to free you by speaking His Word to your situation with authority? God's Word says that you can have what you say, so what are you saying?
Here's another way of saying it:
Matthew 16:19 "I will give you the keys to God’s kingdom. When you speak judgment here on earth, that judgment will be God’s judgment." (His judgement over the situation as well). (ERV)
a) Take God's prescription for what ails you, in abundance. You can't overdose! Get in the bible and let the bible get into you!
b) Then, that medicine spoken out your mouth, will begin to repell the hold that Satan has had over you.
c) He's a lawbreaker! You must enforce the Law of the Spirit of Life that is yours in Christ Jesus on him by releasing the authority of the Word of God against him. As you do, he will begin to flee from you. Why?
Because applying the Word of God to your situation is applying the power of God to your situation.
Luke 4: 32 "And they were astonished at His teaching, for His word was with power." (KJV)
John 6:63 "The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don’t make anything happen. Every word I’ve spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-making. But some of you are resisting, refusing to have any part in this.”(MSG)
Let's look at another translation of this scripture again:
Proverbs 18:21 "Those who love to talk will suffer the consequences. Men have died for saying the wrong thing!" (TLB)
So speak the right things! Speak in line with God's Word! You and He saying the same things about your situation will always override the evil forces that are attemtping to come against you!
Isaiah 55:11 (God talking) So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."
And why did He send His Word again?
Psalm 107:20 "He sends forth His word and heals them.."
Speaking the Word of God within and without will enable you to tap into the virtue of Almighty God. You won't know what to do to receive your healing until out of the abundance of your heart you first speak it into being. Then and only then will the Word lead you to the next step of your deliverance.
Mark 5:24 Many people followed Jesus. They were pushing very close around him. 25 There among the people was a woman who had been bleeding for the past twelve years. 26 She had suffered very much. Many doctors had tried to help her, and all the money she had was spent, but she was not improving. In fact, her sickness was getting worse. 27 The woman heard about Jesus.." (ERV)
And Jesus was and is who? The Word of God! (John 1:14)
So this woman first heard about Jesus or heard the Word of God first and what else did this same woman do after she heard what she heard?
Matthew 9: 20 "And behold, a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His garment;
(we need to see what brought her to that point)
21 "For she kept saying to herself ... I shall be restored to health". (AMP)
And did the woman get what she said? Yes! Will you? Yes!
You speaking in accordance with the Word within yourself, in your heart and over your situation will position you to receive what the Word promises to you. Again, others do not have to agree with you. It helps! But just you and God in agreement AGAINST ALL ODDS ARE MORE THAN ENOUGH to bring His & your desires to pass in your life. The Word is with power, hang onto God's Word in spite of all else and you will be hanging onto Him GIVING HIM THE PLACE TO DELIVER YOU!
Next teaching: Coming soon!!