Each of us must understand how to receive healing and keep it. When we understand God’s Word on healing and act in agreement with it, this releases the manifestation of healing in our physical bodies. Our goal is to receive the manifestation of healing and give glory to our Father for what Jesus has done for us.
“He [Jesus] went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him”Acts 10:38 (ESV)
The devil afflicts us with diseases, and he doesn’t like it when the Word of God brings healing and destroys his work. The devil will always try to re-establish his affliction by stealing the truth of the Word that is in us. We see this in Matthew 13:19 where it says: “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.” The enemy wants to steal the Word before it can be firmly rooted in us to produce the healing. The devil knows that the Word of God is more powerful than his work – sickness and disease – so he has to try to remove the Word inside us before it takes root. Only seed which has taken root can produce a crop.
“The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don't have deep roots, they don't last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God's word.”Matthew 13:20-21 (NLT)
When we receive the Word on healing, then someone prays for us and healing takes place, we receive it with joy, but it must be firmly rooted in us because the devil will always try to afflict us with the same symptoms so that we change our-minds. Verse 21 says that because of the Word, we will come under attack again, and this will give us an occasion to fall.
The devil will bring the symptoms of the disease on us again to try to convince us that we are not healed. This is really a lie and is of no use. A lie is like a wrong idea that comes against you to make you change your mind. If the devil can make us look at the symptoms, rather than the promise of God, he can convince us to believe his lie. When we focus on the symptoms, the pain or anything else, doubt and unbelief arise in our minds and these give entry to fear which in turn causes the disease to come back. We must keep our hearts and minds fixed on God and His promise.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”Isaiah 26:3
We must stand firm on what is good. We should allow the word to take root in us, so that it can complete the manifestation of healing.
Jairus in an exemple of this. He came to Jesus believing He could heal his dying daughter. However, on the way to his house, his faith was tested, when a woman in the crowd touched Jesus’ robe and everyone stopped to hear her story. Someone came to tell Jairus it was now too late, as his daughter had died. At that moment, he could have given up, but Jesus told him not to be afraid, but trust, and she would be healed. Jairus chose to believe Jesus and he received what he had asked for.
“But when Jesus heard what had happened, he said to Jairus, 'Don't be afraid. Just have faith, and she will be healed'. When they arrived at the house, Jesus wouldn't let anyone go with him except Peter, John, James and the little girl's father and mother... he said 'Stop the weeping! She isn't dead; she's only asleep.' But the crowd laughed at him... Then Jesus took her by the hand and said in a loud voice, 'My child, get up!' And at that moment her life returned, and she immediately stood up!”Luke 8:50-55
Jairus decided to trust Jesus and His words, and not to believe what the people said. Even when they all made fun of Jesus, he still stayed quiet, and waited for Jesus to act. Jesus did what Jairus had been hoping for. If Jairus had listened to the lie in the people mocking Jesus, he would have lost his faith, and he would not have received his daughter’s delivrance.
How can we expect God to deliver us, if we look at what the devil does rather than trust in God?
This is why when the symptoms return, or in this case, all hope seems to be lost, we must choose to place our faith in God and in His Word and say to the enemy, no matter what happens, we will not believe in his lies.
“submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”James 4:7
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