Acts 10:38 NKJV how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
We want to look at how to receive your healing by faith either through prayer or simple faith in God’s Word.
Let’s look at the woman who was healed of the issue of blood as an example.
Mark 5:25-34 NKJV (25) Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, (26) and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. (27) When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. (28) For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” (29) Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. (30) And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” (31) But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?’ ” (32) And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. (33) But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. (34) And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
Let’s break down how this healing transpired because we can apply these same principles to our need and receive from the Lord.
- She heard about Jesus.
We know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17) If you are going to have faith, then you must receive God’s Word on the subject.
What does the Bible say about your healing? We have already covered many Scriptures in this series, but there are others.
Remember, we said faith begins where the will of God is known. That is why you must have God’s Word on the matter because that is where we are going to find God’s will.
1 John 5:14-15 NKJV Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (15) And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.
What did she hear about Jesus? Well, we know if faith was present to receive healing, then she must have heard that He is a healer. Perhaps she heard someone’s testimony of having received healing from His ministry or she witnessed someone being healed.
- Then she said what she was going to receive.
Mark 5:28 NKJV For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”
Notice she spoke her faith and what was going to happen in her body when she came into contact with Jesus.
Faith is released or put into action first with your words.
Mark 11:23 NKJV For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
- She then acted on what she believed.
Mark 5:27 NKJV When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment.
She put actions to what she had believed in her heart and said with her mouth.
James 2:18 Weymouth So also faith, if it is unaccompanied by obedience, has no life in it–so long as it stands alone. (18) Nay, someone will say, “You have faith, I have actions: prove to me your faith apart from corresponding actions and I will prove mine to you by my actions.
It is not enough to believe and confess the Word of God in your situation; there must be corresponding actions to accompany your faith.
Simply put, corresponding actions are just acting as though the Word of God is true and that God will do what He say He will do.
Do something that you could not do before.
- She then received what she had believed in her heart, said with her mouth, and acted on.
Mark 5:29 NKJV Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.
An important thing to remember is that the feeling and the healing followed the believing, saying, and doing.
Most people want the feeling and the healing first and then they will do the believing, saying, and doing.
That would not be faith at all. Why would you need to believe that you receive something that you already have?
- Then she told it.
She shared the testimony of what the Lord had done in her life. That is how we got Mark’s record of what happened to her. The Disciples heard her tell the story.
Tell someone what God has done in your life.
This is exactly how David defeated Goliath in the Old Testament.
- David knew about his covenant with God through Abraham. So, he had heard the Word and faith was present.
- David said exactly what was going to happen:
1 Samuel 17:34-36 NKJV But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, (35) I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. (36) Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.”
1 Samuel 17:45-46 NKJV Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. (46) This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
- David acted on what he believed.
1 Samuel 17:40 NKJV Then he took his staff in his hand; and he chose for himself five smooth stones from the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag, in a pouch which he had, and his sling was in his hand. And he drew near to the Philistine.
1 Samuel 17:48-49 NKJV So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. (49) Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.
- David received his victory.
1 Samuel 17:50-51 NKJV So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David. (51) Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
- David told the testimony of what God had done that day.
1 Samuel 17:54 NKJV And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent.
This is exactly how someone is Born Again according to Romans 10:9-10:
- We hear the Word of God (Gospel) and believe it in our heart.
- We confess with our mouth that we believe that Jesus died and rose from the dead.
- We act on what we believe by making Jesus Lord of our life.
- We receive our salvation.
- We then tell someone about what God did for us.