Healing has no shortcut

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.

Let’s admit it, there are times in all of our lives, especially where healing is concerned, where we want the quick MacDonld’s fix. We 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…..

However 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 us to be passive and ignores a lot of what the Bible teaches. Grace is undeserved, unmerited favour. We don’t earn it, we don’t need to deserve it. But this doesn’t mean it just falls from heaven because we want it. 

If we want a supernatural healing in our bodies, we need to have faith. (Every time I say that I think of George Michael haha!). 

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.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God” Eph 2:8

We have been saved by grace but we accessed this by faith. It’s the same with our healing. The grace of God heals us but we still need to access this grace through faith. Without faith, God’s grace is in vain.

“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 we want to access healing, we need faith. Faith doesn’t cause God to move though. It gives us 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, we can’t access all the incredible goodies inside. If you want to access the healing that Jesus died for you to possess, then let’s open that 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, and others just a small measure. However, it is up to us to grow or feed this measure of faith so it increases. 

How can we grow our faith?

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” Rom 10:17

Keep on hearing, and hearing, and hearing, and hearing…………

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. 

The Biblical formula for healing

Can you notice from this verse that the multitude came to hear Jesus first, then they got their healing. The hearing came first!! Could this possibly be a pattern?

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” Luke 6:17-19

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)

Discipleship Question:

Q. Are you hungry for the Word or do you just want the healing? What do these passages suggest about hearing the Word of God first? What do you suppose would have happened if the multitude failed to hear? (Heb 4:2). 

In Heb 4:2 we read of the Israelites who lacked faith. Why? Because they only heard it once. 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. 

“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live.” Is 55:2-3

When we hear and hear and hear……..faith effortlessly springs forth within us. Faith is the door that gives us 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. ‘Hear first, healing follows’. 

“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.”  Acts 14:8-9

This man didn’t just believe the Word mentally, it had reached his heart. Our hearts are where our belief systems live. 

It’s all about Jesus

It’s so important that we don’t put pressure on ourselves to ‘have more faith’. This then puts us back into trying to deserve or earn our healing. It’s all about Jesus. Our faith is in Him; his goodness, his love, his willingness, his nature, his heart…. Our eyes need to be on him, and not whether we 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” Ps 107:20 

This verse shows us 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!

Discipleship Question:

Q. How can you ensure you’re positioning yourself to daily hear the Word of God? Are you aware of any resistance to this? 

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 we’re feeding the measure of faith given to us. 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!

Takeaway:

How well do you know the healing scriptures or even just the verses relevant to your situation? Write them our on cards and place them around your home!