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Healing Training Course

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Introduction

The New Testament never says that it is God's will for us to remain sick or injured or disabled. Instead, the New Testament consistently shows that healing and health are God's will for us (as we will see). This does not mean that everyone will always be healed (for reasons which we will see later), but the more we understand what the New Testament says about healing, the more likely it is that we will receive the healing that we need!

This article describes how to receive healing when you are the one who needs it.


Healing Requires Faith

The first thing to understand is that healing comes by faith. In this article you'll learn some ways of putting your faith into action to help you receive your healing.

But where does faith come from? Here is God's answer:
"faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17)
This says that faith comes from hearing the message through the word of Christ. Therefore, every time you come across a Scripture passage in this article, read it out loud several times so that you are hearing God's Word. You see, faith is not an emotion, as many people think. Faith involves a decision and an action (see my article called Healing Training Course - Part Four), so make the decision that you are going to act on faith by reading each passage out loud, pondering it, chewing on it, getting the meaning of it, letting it really sink in. God says that this will develop faith in you.

Now, read the following passages out loud and see if you can spot the one common thing which helped these people receive their healing. When you come across bold words, ponder them carefully:
"Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ... "Get up, take your mat and go home." And the man got up and went home." (Matthew 9:2-7)

"By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see." (Acts 3:16)

"In Lystra there sat a man crippled in his feet, who was lame from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul as he was speaking. Paul looked directly at him, saw that he had faith to be healed and called out, "Stand up on your feet!" At that, the man jumped up and began to walk." (Acts 14:8-10)

"Then he touched their eyes and said, "According to your faith will it be done to you"; and their sight was restored" (Matthew 9:29-30)

""What do you want me to do for you?" Jesus asked him. The blind man said, "Rabbi, I want to see." "Go," said Jesus, "your faith has healed you." Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road." (Mark 10:51-52)

"Then he said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you."" (Luke 8:48)

"Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."" (Luke 17:19)
Notice that their faith was involved in receiving their healing!

Think of faith as being kind of like a pipeline. If that "pipeline" is clogged by your doubt and unbelief then it can hinder God's healing power from flowing into you. Your faith helps keep the pipeline open (so to speak). Your faith helps bring the healing to you, so it's important to know how to use your faith in order to open up that pipeline and receive the healing into your body. That's what this article will teach you.


Healing and Health Are God's Will

In order to have faith for your healing, it is important to get it settled in your heart that healing and health are God's will for us. This doesn't mean that we will always receive the healing that we want, because in this article we will see that there are things which can hinder our healing. My point is simply that the New Testament never says that it is God's will for a person to remain sick or injured or disabled, but instead the New Testament consistently shows that healing and health are God's will for us.

For example, notice that while Jesus was on the earth, God the Father was accomplishing His will through Jesus:
"Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work."" (John 14:9-10)
As you repeat this passage out loud several times, think about what it means. It means that when we see Jesus doing things in the Bible, those things are God's will. People sometimes wonder whether or not healing and health are God's will for us, so let's look at how Jesus answered this question:
"A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy." (Matthew 8:2-3)
As you repeat this passage out loud, think about this: Was Jesus willing to heal back then? Yes! Therefore, it was God's will for people to be healed back then. But is Jesus still willing for us to be healed today? Yes! Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever:
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
As you repeat this passage out loud (building faith for your healing), let it sink in that Jesus does not change. He was the Healer back then, and He is still the Healer today. Jesus does the will of God the Father, so healing and health are God's will for us. Sometimes a healing might happen instantly, and sometimes you will need to exercise patience until you see the healing, and sometimes you might not receive healing at all for one reason or another (later we'll see some reasons why).

Remember that Jesus healed everyone who wanted healing, which shows that healing and health are God's will for everyone. There is not a single case in the New Testament where anyone who wanted divine healing did not receive it, and there is not a single case where a person was told that his sickness was for the purpose of building character in him, and there is not a single case where sickness was called a "blessing," and there is not a single case where a sick person who wanted healing was left unhealed for any reason (this includes Lazarus, because Jesus resurrected him back to life and health), and there is not a single case where God used a sickness to bring someone Home to heaven, and there is not a single case where a person was told that it was not God's will for him to be healed, and there is not a single case where Jesus said that sickness glorifies God (it is healing that glorifies God), and there is not a single case where Jesus said that God had put sickness on someone to punish him or to chastise him, and there is not a single case where Jesus told people to be patient in sickness, and so on (for proof of these statements, I invite you to see my article called Every Example of Healing in the New Testament).

The point here is that Jesus healed everyone who came to Him for healing, and He is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Let it sink into your heart, let it become real to you that healing and health are God's will. Get this settled in your heart so that you have faith for your healing!


Your Healing Has Already Been Paid For

In order to have faith for your healing, it is also important to get it settled in your heart that your healing has already been paid for. You don't have to earn it, it is a free gift from God to you! You simply have to receive it by properly using your faith.

Notice what the prophet Isaiah said:
"Surely our sicknesses he hath borne, And our pains -- he hath carried them, And we -- we have esteemed him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted. And he is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace is on him, And by his bruise there is healing to us. ... And he the sin of many hath borne" (Isaiah 53:4-5, 12, Young's Literal Translation)
Repeat this passage several times, out loud. Speaking prophetically about Jesus, Isaiah said, "our sicknesses he hath borne [taken away]," and then Isaiah said, "he the sin of many hath borne [taken away]." Notice the similarity in these statements. Just as Jesus took away all of our sins, He also took away all of our sicknesses and infirmities. Jesus gives us salvation as a free gift by faith, and He also gives us healing as a free gift by faith! (For more on this, please see my article called Healing Training Course - Part Three).

In the New Testament, the apostle Peter quoted from Isaiah's prophecy:
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed." (1 Peter 2:24)
As you repeat this passage several times, hearing God's Word so that it builds faith in you, let it sink in that Jesus paid for our sins and He paid for our healing. Many sincere, well-meaning Christians believe that the above passage refers to "spiritual healing," which they interpret as being salvation, but I invite you to see my article called Healing Training Course - Part Three for proof that 1 Peter 2:24 (above) refers to physical healing. Now notice the tense of the verbs in 1 Peter 2:24 (above). They are in the past tense. The prophet Isaiah was looking ahead to what Jesus was going to do for us on the cross, and the apostle Peter was looking back to what Jesus has already done for us on the cross. It is done! Our sins are paid for, and our healing needs are paid for. Jesus did His part in purchasing your healing, and now you have a part to play in receiving your healing, because people usually don't automatically get healed. Here are several examples from the Bible to show you what I mean:
"Then [Jesus] said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other." (Matthew 12:13)

"[Jesus] said to the paralyzed man, "I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home." Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God." (Luke 5:24-25)

"Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked." (John 5:8-9)

""Go," [Jesus] told him, "wash in the Pool of Siloam" (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing." (John 9:7)

"As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!" When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed." (Luke 17:12-14)
In the above passages, notice that the man with the shriveled hand had to decide to stretch out his hand. Some crippled people had to decide to get up onto their feet. A blind man had to decide to wash in the Pool of Siloam. Some lepers had to decide to go show themselves to the priests. That's how they put their faith into action. By the way, notice that the blind man and the 10 lepers were not instantly healed. The blind man was healed when he washed in the Pool of Siloam, and the 10 lepers were healed on their way to the city where the priests were located. In the same way, it's possible that you might not instantly receive healing either. You might receive your healing as you go about your daily business, taking Jesus at His word and staying in faith (keeping your "pipeline" open), patiently waiting until the healing is complete.


Fear, Doubt, And Unbelief Can Hinder Your Faith

So far we have seen that healing often requires faith. If we have fear, doubt, or unbelief in our minds, it can hinder our faith (it clogs up our "pipeline," so to speak).

To show you what I mean, notice that Peter (a normal man) walked on water by faith:
""Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"" (Matthew 14:28-31)
As you repeat this passage out loud, really ponder on what was going on here. Notice that as long as Peter kept his eyes on Jesus, he did the impossible: He walked on top of the water. But when he took his eyes off of Jesus and saw the wind and the waves, he allowed fear and doubt to come into his mind. Then he sank like a rock! The wind and the waves were there the whole time, but the key factor was the choice that Peter made with his mind. When he chose to keep his eyes on Jesus, a miracle happened. When he allowed fear and doubt into his mind, it canceled out the miracle. What this means is that the battle for your miracle takes place in your mind! The wind and the waves were always there, but it was what Peter focused on that made all the difference in the world.

Here's how that applies to healing. Yes, you might have pain. Yes, you might have symptoms of disease. I'm not suggesting that you pretend they don't exist. Your symptoms are real, and if you need to take medicine, take medicine. If you need to go to the doctor, go to the doctor. If you need to schedule surgery, schedule surgery (and stay in faith that your healing might be complete before the surgery date). But remember, Peter stayed in faith by focusing on Jesus. He lost the battle for faith when he focused on the wind and the waves. Your symptoms are real, but you need to focus on Jesus and the healing that He has bought for you, rather than focusing on your symptoms. The Bible says, "We live by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7). Focus on maintaining your faith in Jesus, don't focus on what you see or feel. You can do this by continually thanking Him for your healing, praising Him for your healing, reading and memorizing and speaking Scripture passages on healing (remember, faith comes from hearing the Word of God), and so on.

Notice what the Bible says:
"Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mark 9:23)

"But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord" (James 1:6-7)

"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24)
Read these passages carefully several times, out loud. Think about what God is telling us. Remember, God does not lie, and He says that everything is possible for us if we believe. He says that we must believe and not doubt, because fear, doubt, and unbelief can hinder our faith. If we accept the doubts that the devil tries to put into our minds, then we should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7, above). See how important it is to stay in faith and to banish all fear, doubt, and unbelief from our minds? The battle takes place in your mind, and your mind can hinder you from receiving divine healing. The third passage above (Mark 11:24) gives us the key to receiving from God. We must first believe that we have received whatever we ask for (such as healing), and then we will receive it. See the order there? People tend to say, "I'll believe it when I see it," but God tells us that we will see it if we believe it first. To help you believe for your healing, I invite you to see my other articles on healing. When your questions about divine healing are adequately answered then it will enable you to begin removing doubts from your mind which might be canceling out your faith for healing.

Sometimes people have tried to believe for something but they never received it, so they don't like it when people teach this "faith" stuff. But remember that it's God who places such a heavy emphasis on faith! Often the problem is simply that these sincere, well-meaning Christians have not fully understood how faith works, or they were not aware of things that can hinder our healing. Remember, if we want to get God's results (such as divine healing) then we've got to do it God's way. Consider that if you speak a lie often enough then you begin to believe it, right? So begin speaking the Truth (God's Word) often enough until you really believe it! God says that this is how faith can be developed (Romans 10:17). If you have too many doubts about divine healing then you shouldn't expect to receive it (James 1:6-7 and Mark 11:24, above). You need to decide for yourself if God was telling the truth or if He was lying in the above passages. If we believe that He was telling the truth, then we've got to do what He says!


How To Receive Your Healing

Okay, now it's time to get specific. What can you do to receive divine healing?

  1. It is important for you to continually make the choice not to doubt and not to fear. For example, when the doctor says "cancer," our natural reaction is to become afraid. But remember, God is bigger than all of our problems put together! God made these bodies of ours, and His power can fix anything that goes wrong with them. Therefore, when you get a "bad report" from the doctor, don't accept it! In your mind say, "I don't receive that." If you allow that "bad report" to get down into your heart then it will be difficult to have faith for your healing (for example, "as he thinketh in his heart, so is he" - Proverbs 23:7). Don't accept defeat! Don't accept a negative attitude or a negative viewpoint! If the doctor says that you need more tests or you need medication or whatever, follow your doctor's orders. You are under his or her authority. But don't receive the "bad report" down inside of you because it will become a root of fear or doubt within you. Watch what Jesus did when a man received a "bad report" that his daughter had died:
    "While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?" Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."" (Mark 5:35-36)
    Notice that Jesus ignored the bad report, and he specifically told the dead girl's father to believe and not to fear. That's what you need to do. Follow your doctor's orders, but disregard the "bad report" that your doctor and your body (and your family members) are giving you. Your job is to believe and not to fear.

    Yes, you have real symptoms in your body, but those symptoms are not the truth. For example, I am a Christian, I am saved. But sometimes when I get up in the morning I don't feel very saved until I have a cup of coffee. Notice that my salvation is based on what Jesus has already done for me, it is not based on how I feel. My feelings are real, but they are not the truth. In the same way, your healing is based on what Jesus has already done for you, so don't focus on your symptoms or how you "feel." Your feelings are real, but they are not the truth. The Word of God is the truth, and we need to trust it!
  2. It is also important to understand the difference between faith and hope. Hope is always looking to the future. Faith is always now. For example, take a look at what the Bible says about faith:
    "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Hebrews 11:1)
    As Bible commentators have pointed out, this verse means that faith is like the "title-deed" which we own as a current reality while we are waiting for the things hoped for:
    "[The Greek word for "being sure"] is common in the [ancient] papyri in business documents as the basis or guarantee of transactions. "And as this is the essential meaning in Hebrews 11:1 we venture to suggest the translation 'Faith is the title-deed of things hoped for'"" (Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament Offsite Link, emphasis added)

    "[Faith] substantiates promises of God which we hope for, as future in fulfilment, making them present realities to us. ... Through faith, the future object of Christian hope, in its beginning, is already present. True faith infers the reality of the objects believed in and honed for (Hebrews 11:6). HUGO DE ST. VICTOR distinguished faith from hope. By faith alone we are sure of eternal things that they ARE: but by hope we are confident that WE SHALL HAVE them. All hope presupposes faith (Romans 8:25)." (Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary Offsite Link, emphasis added)
    So faith is in the present tense, such as, "Healing is mine right now, because Jesus has already paid for my healing and I am expectantly waiting for it to arrive."

    Here's an illustration to make this clearer. Imagine that your uncle orders a book for you as a birthday gift, to be delivered to your house. His credit card was charged for the book, but for some reason it never arrived on your doorstep. If you call the company, you might say something like, "That book has been paid for and it is mine. I expect you to send it to me." You are already thinking of the book as yours because it has been paid for and it has been given to you as a gift, even though it has not yet been delivered to you. See the analogy? Jesus has already paid for your healing, and He has given it to you as a free gift. As soon as you decide to accept the gift, it is yours. Healing is now yours, even if you have no evidence of it yet, just like you consider the book to be yours even before it is delivered to you. Your job is to patiently wait for the healing to be delivered to your body, expecting that it will eventually come because it has been bought and paid for and it is yours. For example, if you are a Christian then you have faith that you will go to heaven. You expect that you will go to heaven some day. So faith sometimes involves expectantly waiting.
  3. Another thing to consider is that the devil and his demons can put sicknesses and infirmities on us:
    "On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity." Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God." (Luke 13:10-13)

    "When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. "You deaf and mute spirit," he said, "I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."" (Mark 9:25)
    You won't always know if a demon is causing your sickness, but if there is a demon at work then you probably won't be able to receive your healing until you cast out that afflicting spirit. For this reason, I invite you to read my article called How to Cast Afflicting Spirits Out of Your Life, which contains a procedure for renouncing things that might have given the devil a "foothold" in our lives. As you probably know, some of the wrong things that we or our ancestors have done (or some of the wrong things that have been done to us) can open the door for the devil to attack us, and this procedure might help to break those attacks. After I wrote this article, I went through the procedure myself. I didn't feel anything happen, but later I realized that I was no longer struggling against various improper thoughts. I believe that I had freed myself from a spirit that I never knew was there.

    Also, our sins can sometimes hinder us from receiving healing. The article above will help you to confess your sins and receive forgiveness.
  4. Now let's talk about instant miracles of healing. We all want that, right? In the New Testament, Jesus laid hands on lots of sick people and He saw lots of instant miracles of healing. Then He said that anyone who has faith in Him can do the same miracles that He did. In fact, He specifically said that those who believe will lay hands on the sick:
    "the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them." (Luke 4:40)

    "at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing." (John 14:11-12)

    "And these signs will accompany those who believe: ... they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." (Mark 16:17-18)
    This means that you can find a Christian who understands about laying hands on the sick and ask that person to lay hands on you. I have seen cancer instantly healed, back pain instantly healed, a broken and improperly-healed jaw instantly healed, short arms and legs instantly growing out, a person with no peripheral vision instantly healed, and so on when I have laid hands on people (I have also seen nothing happen when I have laid hands on people). You can even read the other articles in this Healing Training Course and then lay hands on yourself! Consider looking in your local phone book for some non-denominational charismatic churches in your area, then call them to see if they have a healing and deliverance ministry. Many of them do, in which case they will probably be happy to lay hands on you and pray for you. Another great healing resource is a training manual called "How To Pray for the Sick ... And See Them Recover" by Sybil Bissell. You can check out the table of contents and purchase it at Heart Communications Offsite Link. She has some wonderful and practical teachings on how healing works, how to pray in order to prepare for healing to happen, how to pray for the healing, how demons can interfere with healing, how to shut down demons, and so on.
  5. Consider that all of the sick people in the New Testament had to wait before they received their "instant" miracles of healing. People had to wait for Jesus to walk up to them, or they had to wait to be carried to Jesus, or they had to wait their turn while Jesus laid His hands on people in the crowds (as in Luke 4:40, above), and so on. Even though we tend to say that people received instant miracles of healing in the New Testament, the truth is that they all had to wait until Jesus was near them or until He spoke the healing for them. In a similar way, you will need to wait until that moment when you "instantly" receive your healing, and it is important that your waiting is done patiently and expectantly, without grumbling or complaining. If you want to see some things that the Bible says about the harmful effects of grumbling and complaining, I invite you to see my article called Scriptural Ways to Grow in Spiritual Maturity.

    We don't always know why it sometimes takes so long for our healing to arrive, but in the spiritual realm there are things going on that we can't always see. Here's an example:
    "Then {the angel} said to me, Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your mind and heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in consequence of your words. But the prince {the territorial demon} of the kingdom of Persia withstood me for twenty-one days. But Michael {the archangel Michael}, one of the chief of the celestial princes, came to help me" (Daniel 10:12-13, AMP. Curly brackets added.)
    Here we see that a man named Daniel was praying for something. On the first day that he began praying, an angel was sent to him with the answer. However, there was a heavenly battle which prevented this angel from reaching Daniel right away. Daniel remained patient and continued to pray for 21 days, and finally the angel arrived with the answer to Daniel's prayer. We don't always know why it sometimes takes so long for our healing to get here, but our job is to stay in faith and to remain patient, no matter how long it takes. To help you in this time of patient waiting, I invite you to see my article called Why Isn't God Delivering Me from My Suffering? Why Isn't God Answering My Prayers?.

    Unfortunately, this is where we tend to fall apart. We get tired of waiting, and then we allow doubts into our minds, which hinder our faith:
    "But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does." (James 1:6-8)
    It is important for us to get control of our minds and stay patient so that we keep that "pipeline" of faith open for as long as it takes.
  6. If we need to get control of our minds then how do we do that?

    We saw earlier that faith comes from hearing God's Word (Romans 10:17). When you speak in line with what God says, it builds faith within you even if you don't "feel" it. Take a look at what the Bible says:
    "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful." (Joshua 1:8)

    "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds." (Psalms 77:11-12)

    "With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word." (Psalms 119:13-16)
    In order to get control of our minds, it is helpful to "meditate" on the things that God says (as in the passages above, not like some kind of New Age meditation). According to Strong's Hebrew Dictionary, the Hebrew words for meditate in the above passages mean "murmur," "ponder," "imagine," "meditate," "mutter," "study," "utter," "converse," "declare," "muse," "pray," "talk," "speak." Faith comes from hearing what God says (Romans 10:17), and we are told to meditate on what God says, so when we read what God says about healing, when we study what God says about healing, when we speak what God says about healing, when we ponder what God says about healing, when we rejoice in what God says about healing, when we remember past healings, and so on, then we are building faith for our healing.

    The more we speak the Word of God and speak words of faith and saturate our minds with the things that God says about healing, the more we are preventing doubts and fears from being able to enter our minds. Are you speaking faith words or doubt words? Conquering words or fear words? Healing words or sickness words? Positive words or negative, complaining words? It's time to cut out all of the "pity parties" and the complaining and the negative talk, and instead saturate your mind and your words with the things that God says and with praises and thanksgiving.

    Here's an example from the Bible where a woman used some of these principles to receive her healing:
    "So Jesus went with him. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. ... When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought [literally, "she said to herself" - see Matthew 9:21], "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, "Who touched my clothes?" "You see the people crowding against you," his disciples answered, "and yet you can ask, 'Who touched me?'" But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."" (Mark 5:24-34)
    This woman said to herself, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed." Notice that she was focusing on Jesus, "meditating" on God's healing power, and pushing doubt and fear from her mind by speaking words of faith. Many other people were touching Jesus, but the Bible does not mention anyone else being healed here. This woman is being singled out in this passage in order to describe how she received her healing. Jesus said that it was her faith which had healed her.

    Now take a look at the following passages:
    "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." (Mark 11:23)

    "Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, "May you never bear fruit again!" Immediately the tree withered. When the disciples saw this, they were amazed. "How did the fig tree wither so quickly?" they asked. Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer."" (Matthew 21:19-22)

    "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." (Matthew 17:20)

    "He replied, "If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you."" (Luke 17:6)
    Jesus says that we can command fig trees and mulberry trees and mountains. Is He giving us lessons about gardening and telling us to re-arrange mountain ranges? No, He is teaching us principles of faith. He is talking to us in these passages (if we have faith), so watch what happens when we plug our names into these Scripture passages. Here's how they look with my name:
    "I tell you the truth, if Dave Root says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for Dave Root." (Mark 11:23)

    "Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, if Dave Root has faith and does not doubt, not only can Dave Root do what was done to the fig tree, but also Dave Root can say to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and it will be done. If Dave Root believes, Dave Root will receive whatever he asks for in prayer."" (Matthew 21:21-22)

    "I tell you the truth, if Dave Root has faith as small as a mustard seed, Dave Root can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for Dave Root." (Matthew 17:20)

    "He replied, "If Dave Root has faith as small as a mustard seed, Dave Root can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey Dave Root."" (Luke 17:6)
    Jesus is speaking to you as well, so read these passages with your name! Do you see what He is saying? Jesus is not telling us to talk about the mountains in our lives (mountains of sickness and so on), He is telling us to talk to the mountains in our lives and command them to go! It is good to have other people praying for you, but if you are able to speak then it is important for you to talk to your mountain and tell it to jump into the sea. It is important for you to curse your sickness and command it to die (like the fig tree in the passage above).

    So here's what you can do. Whenever you experience doubts, unbelief, fear, etc., don't let those things hinder your healing! Fight back! For example, you can say something like this:
    "Lord Jesus, I thank You that You have paid for all of my healing needs. As it is written in Isaiah 53:4-5 and Matthew 8:17, You took up all of my infirmities and pains and sicknesses. As it is written in 1 Peter 2:24, by Your stripes I am healed. You have given me healing as a free gift, and on October 16, 2000 [put your date here], I accepted that free gift with joy and thankfulness. The healing that I need is now mine, and I am patiently waiting as long as it takes until the healing is complete in my body. I am standing in faith on the Word of God, and I refuse to allow any fear or doubt into my mind. Devil, in Jesus' Name you take that cancer [or whatever it is] off of my body because I'm not signing for that package. Cancer [or whatever it is], you have no legal right to attack my body because Jesus has already purchased my healing and I have received my healing by faith. You are a mountain, and as it is written in Mark 11:23 I take authority over you in Jesus' Name and I command you to leave my body now. Get off of me and be cast into the sea! I rebuke you, as it is written in Luke 4:39. I curse you at the roots and command you to die in Jesus' Name, as it is written in Mark 11:20-24. Lord, I am confessing that You are my Healer, and I thank You for Your healing power that is working in my body right now!"
    Say these types of things, ponder them, meditate on them, and let these things sink down deep inside of you so that they are maintaining a high level of faith in you (even if you don't feel anything). This isn't about "word power" or some kind of New Age meditation, this is about staying focused on Jesus and the Word of God, and about keeping your faith at a high level, and about banishing fears and doubts from your mind. Remember that Jesus told a man to "don't be afraid; just believe":
    "While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. "Your daughter is dead," they said. "Why bother the teacher any more?" Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, "Don't be afraid; just believe."" (Mark 5:35-36)
    When doubts or fears come into your mind, that's your signal that the devil might be trying to attack you and steal your healing (see John 10:10 and Ephesians 6:16-17). Right away you need to begin saying some words of praise and words of faith so that you are resisting the devil (see James 4:7) and so that you are pushing the doubts and fears out of your mind. Faith is a fight (see 1 Timothy 6:2), and the battle is won or lost in your mind. You can choose to live by faith (and not by sight - 2 Corinthians 5:7), or you can choose to have "pity parties" and complain about your situation. Your choice will either help or hinder receiving your healing
  7. Another thing you can do is to pray for other people who need healing:
    "pray for each other so that you may be healed." (James 5:16)
    When you pray for other people who need healing, it's like you are sowing seeds for a harvest of healing to meet your own needs. Remember, "A man reaps what he sows" (Galatians 6:7). Stay in faith that as you sow seeds of prayer for others, the harvest that you need is working in you.
  8. Remember that you are responsible for taking care of your body. If you are not getting enough sleep, if you are not getting enough exercise, if you are not eating properly, etc., then your body will not function at its best and it will be less able to fight off sicknesses and diseases. This is one reason why you should go to a doctor when necessary. The doctor might tell you to quit smoking or quit drinking or begin an exercise program or change your eating habits. For example, if God's power heals your clogged arteries but you do not change your ways, you'll just get clogged arteries again!
  9. Keep in mind that after you are healed, the devil might try to put symptoms back on you. Don't accept them! The devil's goal is to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10), and he might be able to steal your healing from you if you let him (see Matthew 12:43-45 and John 5:14, for example). If you start noticing symptoms again after you have received healing, you should immediately say, "Devil, I received my healing on October 16, 2000 [put your date here], and I do not accept those symptoms back on my body. In Jesus' Name you take those symptoms off of me, because I'm not signing for that package!"

    For example, my wife had a pain in her upper back for two years. The doctors had a name for it and they gave her some pain medication, but they said that there wasn't much they could do about it. God instantly healed her when I laid hands on her, but then a day or two later the pain returned. She said, "Devil, you take that right back off of me, because I'm not signing for that package," and the pain instantly left!

    Don't be timid with the devil, be aggressive and stand in the authority that Jesus died to give you. For example, think about an army general. When he gives a command, he's not wimpy about it, right? He gives commands with authority and he expects them to be obeyed! For more on this, see Part Four.
  10. Read this article frequently (as well as other books and articles on healing) in order to remind yourself how faith works and how healing works, and so on. Do everything you can to keep faith alive and to keep doubts out of your mind.

Conclusion

Many people will refuse to do some of these things because "our church doesn't do things that way," or, "that doesn't make any sense to me," or, "I know someone who tried it and it didn't work." Then they will wonder why they are not receiving any healing. It is human nature to come up with rationalizations that God must be working on our character, or God must be chastising us, or it must not be God's will for us to be healed, and so on. However, we should be careful about making rationalizations like these because if we're wrong then we are speaking words of doubt and unbelief, which can hinder our faith.

Remember, healing is not automatic. If it were automatic then there would not be any sick people in the world! We sometimes need to do something in order to receive healing. It is important for us to pray, but don't we all know of people who prayed and yet they never received healing? Why is that? Perhaps they weren't quite following God's principles, or perhaps they believed some of the above rationalizations. We don't really know how much faith someone else has, and we don't know if they were putting their faith into action, and we don't know if they had doubts or fears or misconceptions about healing that hindered their faith, and we don't know if they were confusing hope or desperation with faith, and we don't know if they were "speaking to their mountains" or not, and we don't know if they expected to receive their healing, and we don't know if they exercised patience or if they gave up too soon, and we don't know if they were meditating on God's Word, and we don't know if they were having "pity parties" and speaking negative, complaining words, and we don't know if they were resisting the devil with words of faith, and so on. So don't base your views on other people's experiences!

Teaching about faith for healing is not meant to put condemnation on anyone who is still sick, and we should remember that it was Jesus Himself who put such a great emphasis on faith. The point is, if you want God's results (such as healing), then it is important to make sure that you are doing it God's way. Study the Scriptural proof in this Healing Training Course, and stay open to the teaching and leading of the Holy Spirit, even if He gives you peace about things which are not taught at your church. If your church or your spouse or your family or your friends do not have the same understanding about faith that you now have, it might not be a good idea to tell them that you are standing in faith for your healing. They might respond with doubt and unbelief which will hinder your attempts to stay in faith. Remember that Jesus did not do miracles in an atmosphere of doubt and unbelief, and several times He took people away from doubters before healing them (see Mark 6:2-6, 5:38-42, 7:32-35, and 8:22-25, for example).


Please feel free to e-mail me at dave@Layhands.com and send me your questions or prayer requests. When your healing is complete, I'd love to hear your praise report!

God bless you!


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  Modification History  
 
 

  • 02/07/2008 - Renamed this article to make it Part Five of my Healing Training Course.
  • 11/03/2007 - Modified the Introduction section and added a "Conclusion" heading at the end of the article.
  • 07/04/2003 - Modified some of the wording, added a link to my article called "How to Operate in the Supernatural of God," added a link to a healing training manual by Sybil Bissell, added a link to my article called "Answering Common Objections About Divine Healing."
  • 02/07/2002 - Modified a lot of the wording, added some links to a couple of Bible commentaries on Hebrews 11:1, added a short paragraph on our sins hindering us from receiving healing, added a bullet item about God's sovereignty.
  • 10/19/2001 - New article.