If you are in-need of healing, chances are that you’ve sought insight from many sources. And like myself in the past, you have probably run across the myriad of articles, books and opinions of various leaders that all seem repeat the same idea over-and-over again as if they were in an echo chamber… that healing exists, but there are all these prerequisites and qualifications before you can ever hope to receive it – and even then, it all depends on God’s will, so just don’t expect too much.
Believe me, I’ve seen those same articles – and they make it seem as though physical healing is more difficult and more precious and guarded of a gift than eternal salvation! The worst part of it is, because of such beliefs, precious people are dying every single day because healing has seemingly been fenced-off – and it has hindered the faith of many people. So today, I want to encourage you with the actual truth of Christ, the Gospel truth (which includes healing), that in-reality, nothing can hold back your healing today.
If you need healing, whether it be spiritual healing, emotional healing, or even physical healing, this study will set you free to receive it today.
Now as I mentioned in the opening, there are some very common ideas regarding healing; ideas that place a lot of requirements, conditions, and “spiritual red-tape” between you and the result. There are books on the market that list things such as fifty reasons why people aren’t healed, and stuff like that.
When I was on my literal deathbed and looking for answers, I came across those same books and articles… but even then in my infantile spiritual state, I knew in my spirit that those ideas were not true – although they were very discouraging. And wherever I turned, it seemed as though the next person was just repeating the exact same information; and sometimes with the articles, I could see that they just did an actual copy-and-paste job!
So believe me when I say that I know exactly what you are going through if you are in-need of healing… I’ve been there, I’ve traveled the road, and stumbled over the same rocks on the path. I know the pain, I know the frustration, and even the anger of it all. And I can confidently say to you: Relax. Take a deep breath, and release… because those books and articles which make healing out to be some incredibly difficult thing to obtain: they are not true.
Of-course as with any other topic, just having me tell you this, means absolutely nothing. You need to see it for yourself in the scripture. So let’s take a look at some of the most common ideas that make healing more difficult to receive – ideas that many of these books and articles promote – and let’s see what the scripture actually says about it.
One of the most common that I have seen and heard over the years is that sin stops healing. And most people believe this to some degree, even if they don’t readily admit it. Inside they feel as though they are less likely to receive, because of some sinful act which they have committed, whether it is ten years ago, or ten seconds ago. And this idea is very heavily promoted in many Christian circles all around the world: that before you can receive healing, you must first get rid of all the sin. However is this common idea what the scripture actually teaches? Is this what Jesus revealed?
We see several instances in the scripture where Jesus healed vast crowds of people (Matthew 12:15, and 15:30 for instance). In each instance the scriptures make sure to mention the detail that Jesus healed all. In other words, He didn’t leave anyone out, He didn’t skip over some and heal others. He didn’t section off certain people and say “Now, I’m going to heal you people over here… but not those over there; they are still too unclean”.
Jesus didn’t do any of that. He didn’t play those kinds of games. He had compassion, and healed all.
Why is this important to know? Because it eliminates the first leg of the argument regarding sin stopping healing… because not everyone in the crowd was completely sinless… in-fact the only person there who was completely sinless, was Jesus Himself! And that is the point. Sin did not stop Jesus from healing back then, and it doesn’t stop Him from healing today; God does not change. (Numbers 23:19, Hebrews 13:8, James 1:17)
But let’s take it one step further… let’s just say for the sake of the discussion that sin somehow could stop healing from being received. Even if that were somehow true, your sin has already been fully done-away with through the cross of Christ, His finished work for you. Consider Romans 3:20-26:
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ to all and on all them that believe: for there is no difference:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus.”
The righteousness of God is given to you, freely. Not through the Law of Moses; not by your works, but by faith in Jesus Christ. By your belief in what He has accomplished for you. And this righteousness, is not the righteousness of an animal, or of a man, or even an angel, but it is the righteousness of God. That is perfect divine righteousness. Righteousness that doesn’t have any holes in it. There are no missing pieces to this righteousness.
This is also important to know because along with this idea that sin stops healing, comes this rather mysterious definition of unconfessed sin. You may have heard it said that unconfessed sin can be another stop to healing. And they try to say that a believer in Christ who has been washed by His blood, and has received the perfect divine righteousness that we have just read about, can somehow have some sins left on them… unhandled sins which have not been washed. Yet there is no such definition in scripture.
My friend, you are not a dichotomy… you are not a partially forgiven person. You are totally, completely forgiven by a total and complete Savior who did a total and complete work, never to be repeated. Consider Hebrews 9:24-26:
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest enters into the holy place every year with blood of others;
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world has he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
Christ does not continually suffer for sins over-and-over again. The sacrifice that He offered was perfect and complete… and it did a complete job for all who receive Him – and that includes you, my friend.
Therefore, you are not a partially forgiven person, you are a completely forgiven person. You are not half-righteous, or two-thirds justified, you are completely righteous, and totally justified by the very same righteousness of Jesus.
Furthermore, the very fact that you have the Holy Spirit of God; His Spirit of Holiness on the inside of you, indwelling you, proves this fact to be true… because the Holy Spirit dwelling in you, is your seal, your assurance, that Jesus finished His work, and you are a child of God. (Romans 8:16)
Another common idea, is that “lack of faith” can stop healing. And this is really a ferfect segue because the answer to this common opinion is very similar to the previous answer, and again it has to do with the Spirit of God… perhaps you even already see where this is leading.
First of all Jesus says in Matthew 17:20 and Luke 17:6 that if you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could uproot trees and move mountains. And Jesus explains the mustard seed in Matthew 13:31-32. That it starts as the least of all seeds, but grows into something big (that’s my own paraphrase).
The point being that I have heard a lot of people in churches say “I wish I had that mustard seed kind of faith”, “we need more mustard seed faith to move mountains”, – and countless people have been led to believe that because of what Jesus said, it means that they have no faith at all… but that wrong kind of thinking is actually obscuring what you do have! Let me explain…
Galatians 5:22-23, says this:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Take notice of the seventh item in that list. Notice that faith itself is a fruit, produced by the Spirit of God on the inside of you.
Now with this in mind, consider the common belief that says we just don’t have enough faith for healing.
You see, from my perspective, if I have the Spirit of God inside of me, indwelling me, and producing faith, then there is no possible way for me to ever “not have enough faith”…
I believe we have been deceived into trying to work-up something that is rather a product of the Holy Spirit indwelling us – and therefore we haven’t realized that we already have everything we need.
Not only do you already have faith of a mustard seed (which is sufficient to uproot trees and move mountains), but because of the Spirit of God indwelling you, you have an over-abundance of faith just waiting to be put to use!
So the conclusion from all of this is the following:
Sin does not stop healing, and even if it could, it has been totally removed through the cross of Christ.
And you are not partially righteous and partially unrighteous, you are not some kind of spiritual half-breed – you are completely one-hundred-percent righteous in Christ Jesus.
You have all of the faith you could ever need, because faith is a fruit of the Spirit of Christ living within you. He produces the fruit, and you rest and live the abundant life of Christ.
Let these truths remain with you, and inform you about your identity, and know that nothing can hold-back your healing any longer.