The Bible teaches us that faith comes by hearing, but what does this mean for those of us who need healing? It’s easy to sit and pray but praying alone, outside the Word of God, is a bit like watering crops you’ve not planted. There needs to be seed for a harvest.
When I was at University I was the Queen of shortcuts! I was studying for a German degree, so reading the English translations of set texts was the ‘shortcut’ for me.
So much quicker than reading in German. Yes I know it defeats the purpose, but it meant I could read the book in a much speedier way giving me more time to do what I wanted.
Are there times in your life, especially where healing is concerned, where you want the quick MacDonld’s fix? I guess we all want someone to lay hands on us so we can instantly see the physical results in our bodies.
This is wanting the shortcut and it’s not always God’s best for us. Healing has no shortcut; there is a hidden formula in Scripture we just can’t ignore. A formula which takes time…..
One of the greatest myths of God’s healing is the thinking “God is sovereign so if he wants to heal me he’ll heal me”. This is a misrepresentation of the grace of God for healing. This causes passivity and ignores a lot of what the Bible teaches.
HEALING HAS NO SHORTCUT
Grace is undeserved, unmerited favour. You don’t earn healing, you don’t need to deserve it. But this doesn’t mean it just falls from heaven because you want it.
If you want a supernatural healing in your body, you need to understand that faith comes by hearing. (See the “The 4 Different Ways God Heals.)” Of course, It’s not right to accuse someone who is unwell that they’re not healed because of a lack of faith, this is cruel and unfair, but this doesn’t mean that faith is irrelevant.
MAKE FAITH THE CRUCIAL INGREDIENT.
You have been saved by grace but you accessed this by faith. It’s the same with your healing. The grace of God heals you but you still need to access this grace through faith. Faith comes by hearing.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
Romans 5 1-2
If you want to access healing, you need faith. Faith doesn’t cause God to move; it gives you a way of gaining admission to it. (Strong’s concordance).
I sometimes think of faith as a door to a cupboard. If the door is closed, you can’t access all the incredible goodies inside. If you want to access the God’s healing, then open the door. Another analogy of faith that helps me is to think of it as a ticket. If you want to enter the grace of God, you need a ticket; the ticket called faith.
In Rom 12:3 God doesn’t give some a great measure of faith for healing, and others just a small measure. However, it is up to you and I to grow or feed this measure of faith so it increases.
HOW FAITH COMES BY HEARING
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God
Keep on hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing………… Sometimes this takes a long time. To help with this check out the post “Where is God? (When God Seems Silent)”
Without hearing the word of God, you’ll forget God is a good God. You’ll doubt his willingness to heal and you won’t have strength for the journey. Why? Because all of these things are against the natural so depend upon a renewed mind.
BIBLICAL FORMULA FOR HEALING
..vast crowds came to hear him preach and to be healed of their diseases.
Joseph Prince and Kenneth Hagin teach that there is a pattern for healing in the Bible. Can you notice from this verse that the multitude came to hear Jesus first, then they got their healing; the hearing came first. The patterns repeat throughout Scripture.
Check out this healing in Luke’s gospel:
a great number of people…had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all
This is so exciting. All those Jesus healed in this instance, came to hear him first, then they experienced their healing.
HEARING JESUS HONOURS HIM
In contrast to the examples above, those who needed healing in Nazareth, refused to hear Jesus. They had a lack of honour in their hearts. How sad they didn’t get their healing. (Mark 6:5)
In Heb 4:2 we read of the Israelites who lacked faith. Why? Because they only heard it once. The way our brains are wired, means that we have patterns and strongholds which oppose the Word. Reading it once, just wouldn’t be enough to replace faulty wiring.
Rom 10:17 is asking us to keep on hearing and hearing and hearing….. Otherwise the Word of God will just sit in our mental real estate and not sink down into our hearts.
When you hear and hear and hear……..faith effortlessly springs forth within you. Faith is the door that gives you access to the cupboard filled with grace. It has often been said that there is no formula to healing, but I beg to differ. Hearing precedes victory.
In Acts we read of the healing of a paralysed man. Isn’t it interesting that he was sat in a position to hear the Word Paul was preaching? He sat there day after day, night after night, hearing the Word of God. This made him ready to receive his miracle. It’s the same pattern once again. ‘Faith comes by hearing’.
In Lystra there was a certain man who lacked strength in his legs. He had been crippled since birth and had never walked. Sitting there, he heard Paul speaking. Paul stared at him and saw that he believed he could be healed.
This man didn’t just believe the Word mentally, it had reached his heart. Your heart is where your belief systems live.
IT’S ALL ABOUT JESUS
It’s so important that you don’t put pressure on yourself to ‘have more faith for healing’. This then puts you back into trying to deserve or earn your healing. It’s all about Jesus. Your faith is in Him; his goodness, his love, his willingness, his nature, his heart…. Your eyes need to be on him, and not whether you have enough faith.
One of the easiest verses to learn and speak over yourself is found in Ps 107:20
He sent out his word and healed them
This verse shows that God had to send his Word out first, then the healing follows. This is an awesome truth. Every time you speak the Word of God, you’re developing your faith and capacity to receive. So simple
If you want healing for your mind or body, you cannot take a shortcut hoping that healing will fall through the sky. Spending time in His Word gives access to the grace for healing because you’re feeding the measure of faith given to you
Hearing causes a greater revelation of Jesus The Word of God is God-breathed; this means it is His faith revealed… Wow.
So if your situation is particularly impossible, open up your Bible and hear his faith! I love that we don’t need to analyse whether or not we have enough faith. Just hear the Word again and again and just watch what the Holy Spirit will do.
If Jesus healed the multitudes after they heard the Word, imagine the healings we’d all experience in our churches when we hear and hear again. I don’t know about you but this fills me with such excitement and my faith has definitely grown just by writing this.
How about you?
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