Healing School 2019 – Part 10
More times than not, the road to divine healing is not an expressway.
These roadblocks wear subtle disguises and come from many sources based in tradition, superstition, and wrong teaching from the Scriptures.
Roadblock #1 – God sends sickness upon people
Roadblock #2: “It may not be God’s will for me to be healed.”
Faith for healing always begins where the will of God is known.
You cannot have faith for something that you are not sure is the will of God for your life.
Your faith will never rise above that question mark in your thinking.
We have this misbelief that If I renew my mind to the Word of God in one area, it covers them all. Not true!
It is possible to have your mind renewed in one area of your life and not in others.
Many have renewed their minds that it is God’s will to save everyone but have not renewed their minds where the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is concerned. The same thing is true where healing is concerned.
We would never allow someone we are ministering salvation to pray a prayer such as, “Lord, if it is your will, please save me.”
(2 Peter 3:9 NKJV) The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
Most of us have a good working knowledge of what Jesus went through to save us and so we would not fathom the idea that salvation may not be the will of God for someone.
Equally one can have their minds renewed to salvation, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, yet be grossly ignorant of what the Bible has to say about God’s prosperity and blessing in our lives. Matter of fact, there are Christians who love Jesus with all of their hearts but will fight you for the right to remain poor and in lack. What a shame!
How do we become assured of the will of God in any area?
Romans 4:20-21 NKJV He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, (21) and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Abraham became fully convinced or persuaded that God’s Word is true.
Romans 8:35-39 NKJV Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As it is written: “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.” (37) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, (39) nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38 AMPC For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,
- You must stay with the Word of God until you press all the way through the doubt and become fully convinced.
- Meditate in the Word see yourself as healed and not sick.
Roadblock #3: Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 NKJV (7) And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. (8) Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. (9) And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Because of this passage of Scripture, many have believed that Paul had a sickness that God refused to heal.
- The devil will never send a thorn to keep someone from being lifted up in pride but rather he is going to doing everything he can to make sure that you get lifted up in pride.
- Jesus was being lifted up and exalted through Paul because of the abundance of revelations.
- The thorn is a reference from the Old Testament referring to an external source sent to harass God’s people. (Numbers 33:55; Joshua 23:13)
Numbers 33:55 NKJV But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those whom you let remain shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.
Joshua 23:12-13 NKJV Or else, if indeed you do go back, and cling to the remnant of these nations–these that remain among you–and make marriages with them, and go in to them and they to you, (13) know for certain that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. But they shall be snares and traps to you, and scourges on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land which the LORD your God has given you.
It must be understood that the thorn that was “assigned” to Paul was to stir up trouble for him everywhere that he went to preach the Gospel.
Notice in all the things that Paul suffered, he never mentions sickness and disease as one of them.
Romans 8:35-37 NKJV Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As it is written: “FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL DAY LONG; WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER.” (37) Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
2 Corinthians 6:3-10 NKJV (3) We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. (4) But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, (5) in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; (6) by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, (7) by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, (8) by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; (9) as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; (10) as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
- Infirmities in the New Testament are never translated sickness and disease but is always a weakness.
- God’s grace was sufficient – God’s ability to overcome every evil tendency fully (James 4 AMP)
James 4:6 AMPC But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it). [Pro 3:34]
Roadblock #4: “I’m suffering for the glory of God”
John 9:1-7 NKJV Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. (2) And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” (3) Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. (4) I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. (5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (6) When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. (7) And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing.
If the blindness was the work of God in this man, then Jesus messed up because He said the works had not yet been done in him. He indicated that He must work the works (to come).
John 9:1-7 MSG Walking down the street, Jesus saw a man blind from birth. (2) His disciples asked, “Rabbi, who sinned: this man or his parents, causing him to be born blind?” (3) Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do. (4) We need to be energetically at work for the One who sent me here, working while the sun shines. When night falls, the workday is over. (5) For as long as I am in the world, there is plenty of light. I am the world’s Light.” (6) He said this and then spit in the dust, made a clay paste with the saliva, rubbed the paste on the blind man’s eyes, (7) and said, “Go, wash at the Pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “Sent”). The man went and washed–and saw.
John 11:1-4 NKJV Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (2) It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. (3) Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” (4) When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
John 11:17-44 NKJV So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. (18) Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. (19) And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. (20) Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. (21) Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. (22) But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” (23) Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” (24) Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” (25) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. (26) And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (27) She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (28) And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” (29) As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. (30) Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. (31) Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.” (32) Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (33) Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. (34) And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” (35) Jesus wept. (36) Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” (37) And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?” (38) Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. (39) Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” (40) Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (41) Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. (42) And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” (43) Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” (44) And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Jesus said to Mary that “…if she would believe that she would see the glory of God…”
If the sickness and eventual death was the glory of God, then Jesus would have said, “You have already seen the glory of God manifested…” or something to that effect.
God is glorified through healing and deliverance and not through sickness and disease!
Roadblock #5: “Sickness is God’s chastening.”
Hebrews 12:5-11 NKJV And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “MY SON, DO NOT DESPISE THE CHASTENING OF THE LORD, NOR BE DISCOURAGED WHEN YOU ARE REBUKED BY HIM; (6) FOR WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE CHASTENS, AND SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.” (7) If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? (8) But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. (9) Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? (10) For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. (11) Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
There is no reference to sickness in this passage.
Chastening: paideia (pahee-di’-ah)
From G3811; tutorage, that is, education or training; by implication disciplinary correction: – chastening, chastisement, instruction, nurture.
Rev. Kenneth Hagin: “…Just as babies need to be taught and corrected so that they can grow to be healthy children and adults, baby Christians need to be taught and corrected so that they can grow to be spiritually healthy Christians. God’s children need to be disciplined and governed, which is what this word means in the original Greek. If natural children must be disciplined in love, we can expect God to train and discipline us with His hand of love…”
2 Timothy 3:14-17 NKJV But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, (15) and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
John 17:17 AMPC Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth.
Ephesians 5:25-27 NKJV Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, (26) that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, (27) that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
1 Corinthians 5 (Paul judges the man in sexual immorality)
2 Corinthians 2:5-11 (Man repents so Paul instructs the church to begin fellowshipping with him again)