How to Access
and Keep It
Physical Emotional Mental
This lesson builds upon:
Be reminded that this world changed kingdoms—from God’s government to Satan’s government. And God delivered to Adam the catastrophic news:
“Cursed is the earth because of you…” (Genesis 3:17‑19; Proverbs 26:2).
Corruption, dis-ease, and death now reigned on the earth (Romans 5:12). Adam and Eve were now under a cursed, fraudulent government system. Satan’s kingdom could not provide what the human race needed, including health & wellness. Stress (fear) came.
Our health & wellness are limited because of that impotent kingdom. Death obviously reigns and usually it’s the result of progressive issues or dis-ease.
This perverse system is what we were raised in—it is ‘normal’ for us. This mindset is deeply ingrained in each of us. It even operates below the conscious level. And because of this cursed world government system, fear (stress) is now ‘normal.’
But Isaiah 9:6,7 promised this about Y’shua Messiah (Jesus the Christ): “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. And the government shall rest upon his shoulder… an ever expanding, peaceful, never ending, fair, and just…kingdom.”
GOOD NEWS! Divine Healing and Health
Divine healing and health is a definite act of God through faith in Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the precious blood of Christ, whereby the human body is cured, healed, repaired, delivered from health issues and their power, and made whole, sound, and healthy.
And God’s government healthcare plan is already paid for; Jesus the Christ paid the price in full!
1. God is the true source of help.
We come to you with the true message of the Bible, and we guarantee upon the authority of the Word of God that you will receive healing, health, prosperity, answers to prayers, and anything that God promises you if you will follow faithfully the instructions of the Bible, and you will not have to deny God, Christ (the Messiah), or one thing in the Holy Scriptures to access these benefits. You can get to know God in reality and enjoy the fullness of God in your life as you walk in truth and conform to the will of God. Then, too, your eternal soul will be saved in the end, and you will have eternal life instead of eternal damnation, which the followers of these false religions will have to endure.
We want it distinctly understood that there are two sources of help and you can get some help from demons if you will deny the truth (see the second source of help below), but if you will let the true God be your source of help, you will get all you want in this life as well as in the life to come.
How to Access Healing and Keep It
The gospel teaches that forgiveness of sins and healing of the body go hand in hand. The following Scriptures prove that both benefits were provided in the sacrifice of Jesus the Christ:
"Himself took our sicknesses, and removed our diseases [health issues]" (Matt. -17);
"Who personally carried away our sins in His own body on the cross so we having died to sins might live unto righteousness—by His wounds you were healed" (1 Peter 2:24).
The following passages prove that both forgiveness of sins and healing of the body should be received at one time:
"Who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases [health issues]" (Ps. 103:3)
"For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, ‘Arise and walk'?” (Matt. 9:5)
"For the hearts of these people are hardened, and their ears cannot hear, and they have closed their eyes – so their eyes cannot see, and their ears cannot hear, and their hearts cannot understand, and they cannot turn to me and let me heal them." (Matt. 13:15)
"Is any among you with health issues? They should call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. And their prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make them well. And if they have committed sins, they shall be forgiven." (James 5:14-15)
Thus it is very clear that healing is just as easy to receive from God as forgiveness of sins. Both can be received by the same simple faith in God and asking in the name of Jesus. Healing is part of your salvation; do not be cheated out of it any more than you permit yourself to be cheated out of forgiveness of sins.
“…[So] confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The mighty prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results.” (James 5:16).
Accessing the Source
In his third epistle, John says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 1:2). What a beautiful statement regarding the will of God for the committed believer! Gaius, to whom the epistle was written, was a model believer. Studying the epistle, you will find that he was walking in all the truth that God had made available. The apostle John, writing as the mouthpiece of the Holy Spirit, said to him, “Beloved, I pray above all things that you may prosper and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” This covers all three areas of life: the material, the physical and the spiritual. In every one of them, the will of God is good.
We are now going to state five basic principles regarding God’s health provision which is very important.
The First Principle
God’s provision is in His promises. We see this most clearly from 2 Peter 1:2–4:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue… verses 2–3
Provision in His promises—in the words of Derek Prince:
Note that the Christian life is a life of multiplication. It is not static—just holding on to what you’ve got. It’s not even mere addition. It’s multiplication. This comes through “the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” Everything that we ever need comes to us from God through Jesus. We need no other source of supply and no other channel.
In the tense that Peter uses, “has given,” we see that God has already given us all we are ever going to need for time and eternity, for every area of our lives—for life and godliness. Many times we pray on the basis of a misunderstanding. We ask God to give us something He has already given us. It is not easy for God to answer those prayers because by answering them He would support that misunderstanding. So sometimes we have to adjust our thinking in order to pray the kind of prayer that God is able to answer. Thanking God is often more appropriate than petitioning Him.
Notice again, “all things” are included in “the knowledge of Jesus Christ.” The original Greek says that Jesus “called us to His own glory and virtue.” It is not our glory, but His. It is not our virtue, but His. God has already given us everything we are ever going to need, and it is all contained in the knowledge of Jesus. The Greek word for “knowledge” can also be translated “acknowledging.” It means both “knowledge” and “acknowledging.” It is not enough that we intellectually know about Jesus; we must effectively acknowledge Him in our lives.
... by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises…. verse 4
Here’s the key! God has already given us everything we are going to need. Where is it? It is in the promises of His Word. God’s provision is in His promises. This is the vital truth that you must grasp: the provision is in the promises. Say it over to yourself until it becomes part of your thinking: the provision is in the promises . . . the provision is in the promises.
Now, we come to another breathtaking statement:
… that through these [the promises] you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. verse 4
I wonder whether contemporary Christians understand that language. I don’t know how to say it any better. It means that “we become partakers of God’s own nature.” We receive the actual nature of God. We become divine.
Now, you might think that is a risky statement to make, and it is. Yet Scripture supports it. When Jesus was challenged about His claim to be the Son of God, He quoted one of the psalms, saying, “If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken)” (John 10:35). This quotation is taken from a psalm which says, “I said, ‘You are gods’” (Psalm 82:6). God actually spoke to men and said, “You are gods.”
We may find this hard to receive, but Jesus gives us the divine commentary. How could men become gods? What was the basis? It was that the Word of God came to them. “If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken,” the same principle applies to us. Because the Word of God comes to us through the promises of God, we can become partakers of God’s nature. We can become divine.
I realize, of course, that statement could be misused. Nevertheless, I believe that in the way I have presented it, it is an accurate analysis of what Scripture actually teaches.
And then the final part of that revelation is a logical consequence of what has gone before. In proportion as we become partakers of the divine nature, we are delivered from the corruption that is in this world—because the divine nature and corruption are incompatible. The divine nature is incorruptible. Everything in this world is corruptible. Logically, therefore, as we become partakers of the nature of God, we are delivered from the corruption of this world.
We would like to now sum up in our own words the essence of what Peter has told us in verses 3 and 4 above. It can be reduced to five successive statements that describe principle number one: God’s provision is in His promises.
· God’s divine power has already given us everything we are ever going to need for time and eternity.
· It is all contained in rightly knowing and acknowledging Jesus.
· God’s provision is in His promises.
· As we appropriate (take possession of) the promises, we become partakers of God’s nature.
· As we become partakers of God’s nature, we are delivered from the corruption of this world.
Be strongly encouraged not to merely read through this summary once—or even twice. Take time to meditate on it. The revelation is such that you cannot absorb it in just a few minutes. It demands that you expose your whole mind and being to it until it becomes a part of you.
The Second Principle
The promises are our inheritance. They are what God is bringing us into. There is a very simple parallel between the Old Testament and the New. In the Old Testament, under a leader named Joshua, God brought His people into a promised land. In the New Testament, under a leader named Jesus (which in Hebrew is the same word as Joshua), God brings His people into a land of promises. Old Covenant—a promised land; New Covenant—a land of promises.
Let’s look for a moment at the book of Joshua and see the basic conditions that God gave to Joshua. God first reminded Joshua, “Moses My servant is dead” (Joshua 1:2). I find that very significant. Before we can come into something new, there always has to be a death of something old. The spiritual life, in a certain sense, is like the seasons of the year. There is a continuing, ongoing cycle of seasons. We have summer with its abundance; then fall, a time of withering; winter, the time of death; and then spring, the time of renewal and resurrection. This is a principle that goes through our lives. God only blesses that which has died and been resurrected. The transition from Moses to Joshua represents one which recurs from time to time in the life of every believer.
“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you
and all this people, to the land which
I am giving to them—the children of
Note the word all in “all this people.” God was not going to leave any of the people behind. In most circles today, we would be satisfied if we could get 90 percent of the people over. But God said, “Everyone is going to go over.” I sincerely believe that is how God views our situation today in regard to His promises. Everybody will have to move in.
notice the tenses. God says there: “I am giving them
the land” (present tense). Then He says in verse 3, “I have given you.” Once God gave it, it was given.
From then on, it was spoken of in the past tense. From that
moment onward, the land legally belonged to the children of
Many times when I talk to a believer from a fundamental background about being baptized in the Holy Spirit or receiving physical healing from God, he replies, “I got it all when I was saved. There’s nothing more to get.” One way to answer that is, “If you got it all, where is it all?”
Nevertheless, I do believe, in a sense, they are correct. Legally, when you came to Christ, you became an heir of God and joint-heir with Jesus Christ. Thereafter, the whole inheritance is legally yours. But there is a great difference between the legal and the experiential. You may own much legally, but enjoy very little in actual experience.
sometimes illustrate this by the following
little parable: If Joshua and the
interesting thing about the children
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The Third Principle
The promises are the expression of God’s will. God never promised anything that was not His will. We need to understand this important fact.
Suppose I have a young son and I say to him, “If you’ll sweep out the garage, put everything in order and do a good job, I’ll give you ten dollars.” My son agrees and goes in, sweeps out the garage, does a good job and makes everything neat and orderly. He comes back to me and says, “Dad, I want my ten dollars.” What would you think of me if I said, “I never meant to give you ten dollars. It wasn’t my will”? You would write me off as an unreliable and undependable person—a failure as a father.
So it is with the promises of God. Suppose we discover a promise that meets our need, and then we obediently fulfill the conditions that God has laid down. If we then come to Him for what He has promised, He will never tell us, “It’s true that I promised you that, but I never really meant to give it to you. It’s not My will.” Such behavior would be unbecoming even in an earthly father. It would be totally inconsistent with the nature of God as our heavenly Father. In fact, Jesus Himself has assured us of the very opposite: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him!” (Luke 11:13). We see, then, that the promises of God are the expression of His will.
When we know God’s will, we can pray with confidence. Let’s look at 1 John 5: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him [God]” (verse 14). The Greek word here translated “confidence” means literally “freedom of speech.” It was a very important word in the political background of the Greek people. One of the things they fought for in democracy was freedom of speech, which is, of course, very familiar to American democracy.
So the verse could read, “This freedom of speech we have in God.” The implication is that confidence needs to be expressed in what we say. It is not enough merely to “believe in the heart”; we must also “confess with the mouth” (see Romans 10:10).
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14–15
All successful praying revolves around the knowledge of God’s will. Once we know that we are asking for something according to the will of God, we know we have it. Not “we’re going to have it,” but “we have it.” In Mark 11:24 Jesus says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you received them [this is the correct, literal translation], and you will have them.” When do we receive? When we pray. The receiving is in the present—now. The actual experiential outworking of what we have received—the “will have them”—is often in the future. But if we do not receive now, we will not have later.
The teaching of Mark 11:24 agrees exactly with that of 1 John 5:14–15. In each case, the lesson is: we must receive, by faith, at the very moment that we pray. Thereafter, we must boldly express our confidence that we have received—even before the thing received is actually manifested in our experience.
One of the devil’s favorite tactics is to get us to put off to some future moment the thing that we ought to appropriate (take possession of) now. In the book, Faith to Live By, by Derek Prince, he illustrates this with a vivid story:
As a young man of about twenty, while I was studying Greek philosophy at Cambridge University, I was given a grant to visit Greece in order to study the various antiquities on the spot. I went with a friend of mine who was son of the vice-chancellor of Cambridge University. We stayed in a hotel in Athens and went out about the same time every morning for the day’s sightseeing.
Every day when we walked out of our hotel, there was a little group of shoeblacks on the sidewalk waiting to polish our shoes. Now, if you have never been in the Middle East or the Mediterranean countries, you will find it hard to picture the scene. But in those countries shoeblacks are determined! I mean they are going to polish your shoes whether you want it or not!
Every morning the shoeblacks would approach us and say, “Shine your shoes?” Every morning we would say in Greek, “No!”—“Ochi!” When you say no in Greek you say ochi and you throw your head back at the same time. The motion of the head enforces the meaning of the word. But every morning the shoeblacks just went ahead and polished our shoes anyhow.
Since this method wasn’t working, one morning my friend decided to try a different tactic. When we got out of the hotel door and the shoeblacks approached us asking, “Polish your shoes?” my friend replied in Greek, “Avrio.” This caught the shoeblacks off their guard. They paused for a moment and looked at us uncertainly. Taking advantage of their momentary hesitation, we got by without having our shoes polished. Can you guess what avrio means? It means “tomorrow.”
Many times when we are on our way to accessing God’s blessings the devil resorts to the same tactic. He does not say, “No.” But he says, “Tomorrow.” As a result, we hesitate just for a moment and so fail to access the blessing we are praying for—the benefit Jesus already paid the price for.
What does Scripture say is the accepted time? Now! We often say, “Today is the accepted time.” But Scripture does not say that. It says, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God lives in the eternal now. When we meet God, it is never yesterday and never tomorrow. His name is not “I was,” nor “I will be.” It is always “I AM.” (See Exodus 3:14.)
The Forth Principle
All God’s promises are now available to us through Christ. As a basis for this principle, let us look at 2 Corinthians 1:20. This is a key verse when I deal with “dispensationalists”—that is, people who relegate nearly all of God’s blessings and provisions either to the past (“the apostolic age”) or to the future (“the millennium”). There are several different versions of this verse, but it seems that the New King James Version says it about as clearly and emphatically as it is possible to say it.
For all the promises of God in Him [Jesus] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God by [or through] us.
Whatever translation you use, there are certain key words that do not change.
First of all, “all the promises”—not some, but all.
Second, “are”—not “were” or “will be.”
Third, “in Him”—there is only one channel through which God makes His promises available to us. That unique, all-sufficient channel is Y’shua Messiah (Jesus the Christ).
Fourth, “to the glory of God.” Every promise that we appropriate in the will of God glorifies God. God has so arranged His promises that when we access them, He is glorified.
Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” There are different ways of translating that, but in essence I understand it to mean, “By our sin we have robbed God of His glory.” How, then, do we repay to God the glory that is due Him? One way is found in Romans 4 where it says about Abraham that he “was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God and being fully convinced that what He [God] had promised He was able also to perform” (verses 20–21). So we give back to God the glory that our sin has robbed from Him by believing His promises. The more we access God’s promises, the more we glorify Him. And all His promises are now available to us through Christ.
Finally, consider the two little words that come last in 2 Corinthians 1:20—“by us.” It’s not “by the apostles”; or “by the early church”; or “by special Christians—such as evangelists or missionaries.” It is “by us.” “Us” includes you. All God’s promises are now available to you through faith in Christ.
Of course, you do not need all of God promises right now. In fact, we could not claim all of God’s promises in just one moment. But any promise we need that fits our situation is available to us right now. This is the way we can sum it up: Every promise that fits your situation and meets your need is for you now.
That’s the fourth principle: all God’s promises are now available to us through Christ.
The Fifth Principle
The fulfillment of God’s promises does not depend upon our circumstances, but upon our meeting God’s conditions. When God gives a promise, it is not limited to a particular set of circumstances. It does not have to be easy for God to accomplish what He promised.
One common mistake we make when confronted with a promise of God is to say, “Yes, I see that is what God says. But in this particular situation it would be too much,” and our faith wavers. The truth of the matter is, God’s promises do not depend upon the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Circumstances make no difference. You can be a hundred years old and your spouse can be ninety years old, but if God says you are going to have a son, you are going to have a son.
It does not depend on anything around us or in us. Nothing physical, nothing temporal, and nothing in the space/time world can change the eternal promises of God. That’s the lesson. It is why God so often allowed men of faith to get into totally impossible situations. He wanted to make it absolutely clear that in no case were His promises dependent upon a favorable set of circumstances. In fact, He usually lets the circumstances become just about as unfavorable as they could be.
Real faith refuses to be influenced by circumstances. For instance, when Elijah wanted the fire to come down from heaven to consume the sacrifice on his altar, he doused the sacrifice in water three times and let the water run around and fill up the ditch. Then he said, “Now let’s see what God can do.” And when the fire came, it burned up the water, it burned up the dust, it burned up the wood, it burned up the sacrifice. God’s fire has no more problem with a ditch full of water than with dry wood. Wet or dry, difficult or easy, possible or impossible—it makes no difference with God.
Perhaps the most remarkable example of this fact is the provision of God for Israel in the wilderness. For forty years He fed them, clothed them, provided for them, and He guided something like three million people—men, women, old people, infants, cattle, everything—in a totally barren desert where there was no water, no food—nothing in fact, except sand and sun. God went out of His way to say, “Make it difficult, and let Me show you what I can do.” In fact, He made it difficult. He was the One who arranged the situation.
It is so important to understand that we must not let our focus move from the promise to the situation. Whenever we do that, like Peter walking on the water, we begin to sink.
The Five Principles
Let’s review those five principles just to fix them in our minds. They are:
1. God’s provision is in His promises.
2. The promises are our inheritance.
3. God’s promises are the expression of His will.
4. All God’s promises are now available to us through Christ.
5. The fulfillment of God’s promises does not depend upon our circumstances, but upon our meeting God’s conditions.
Two Specific Promises
As a practical application of these principles, consider two specific promises of God, both found in the Psalms.
Oh fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. Psalm 34:9–10
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
Both of these are clear promises that God will provide everything good that His people may ever need.
However, before we plunge into claiming the promises, let’s take the logical step of examining the conditions. Neglecting this step is where many of us go astray. We say, “Oh, that’s a beautiful promise. I want that,” but don’t pause to examine the conditions. The benefits of most of God’s promises are conditional: “If you do this—I will do that.”
Of course, there are some unconditional promises of God. For instance, “In the last days . . . I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh” (Acts 2:17). Another is God’s promise of the restoration of Israel. These are unconditional promises of God related to a certain time. There are some promises that God will do unconditionally when it suits Him. However, the benefits of most of God’s promises are conditional.
Before we claim the promises contained in the verses above, then, we need to do some simple biblical analysis to discover the conditions that are attached to the promises, bearing in mind that the promises’ benefits are only accessed by those who fulfill the conditions. Combining the two passages, we find that there are altogether three simple conditions stated. Can you pick them out?
We must: 1) reverently fear the Lord; 2) seek the Lord; and 3) walk uprightly. Provided we meet these three conditions, then the Scripture says God will not withhold any good thing from us. Is that not exciting?!
The Obedience Factor
One of the basic principles that is consistently emphasized throughout Scripture: Obedience to God brings healing and health. Consider, for example, what God says in Deuteronomy 28. This chapter not part of the law of Moses, but is a law of God and is expressed prophetically (predictive). It is divided into two portions. The first part, verses 1 through 14, lists the blessings that follow obedience to God. The second part, verses 15 through 68, lists the curses that follow disobedience to God. (Blessings = benefits; Curses = separate or separation from benefits.) In a moment we’ll look at both—the blessings first, and then the curses.
But before we do that, we need to understand the first, essential requirement of obedience itself. This is stated in the opening words of the chapter: “If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God” (Deuteronomy 28:1 KJV). Obedience begins with ‘hearkening’ (attentive obedience) to God’s voice. Conversely, we see in verse 15, which opens the list of curses, that disobedience begins with precisely the opposite: “If thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God” (KJV). Here, then, is the point at which the two paths divide. The path to all blessings begins when we ‘hearken’ to (attentively obey) God’s voice; the path to all curses begins when we are not attentive to God’s voice.
The same principle runs all through Scripture. In Jeremiah 7:23 the Lord tells Israel what He, as their God, requires of them: “Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people.” What marks out the people of God? Simply this, that they obey His voice. This principle is carried over, unchanged, into the New Testament. Jesus says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John ; see also John ; ; 1 John 5:2-3). Here is the one essential mark of those who truly belong to Jesus: They hear His voice, and so follow Him. In the last resort, everything depends upon whether we hear God’s voice or not.
Now let’s look at the list of blessings for obedience that commences in Deuteronomy 28:2:
All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: Blessed shall you be in the city, and … in the country. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. …The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land. …And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground. …The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. (vss. 2–5, 8, 11–12)
Notice how all-inclusive are the phrases used: “all to which you set your hand,” “all the work of your hand.” The same all-inclusive phraseology is repeated in Deuteronomy 29:9:
Therefore keep the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
The blessings promised are in exact proportion to the obedience required. Total obedience brings total blessing. No area of our lives is excluded. No room is left for failure, frustration or defeat. There is no room for anything but success.
Now let’s look briefly at the opposite—the curses for disobedience. “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God … all these curses will come upon you and overtake you” (Deuteronomy 28:15).
We have already seen that the basic point of departure from God is not listening to His voice. If we trace the history of people or tribes or nations that have gone away from God, it always begins there. They cease to listen. Often the beginning is subtle and hard to detect. We can still maintain outward conformity to God’s commands for a long while after we’ve really ceased to listen. But if we trace our problems to their source, they begin when we no longer listen to God.
The list of curses is very lengthy, but one that applies particularly to our subject is in verses 21 and 22: “The LORD will permit diseases among you … wasting disease, fever, and inflammation…” The Bible is consistent with itself. Just as health is a blessing, so health issues are a curse.
This aspect of the curse is described again more fully in verses 47 and 48:
Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and gladness of heart, for the abundance of everything. verse 47
Let us pause here for a moment and notice that this verse states the positive will of God for His people—that we serve Him with joy and gladness for the abundance of everything. However, if through unbelief and disobedience we do not enter into God’s positive will, then the negative alternative is set before us, for example in verses 60 and 61:
The LORD will permit diseases among you all the diseases of Egypt that you feared so much …and …every sickness and plague … even those not mentioned in this Book…”
Look at that list for a moment: every sickness and plague. Sum that up in one term: health issues! Which is it—a curse or a blessing? The answer is, dis-ease is a curse.
And Bible wisdom teaches that “…A curse does not come without a cause.” (Proverbs 26:2)
Again, we are not suggesting that God intentionally or directly hurts people. A curse can simply be the absence of God's protection and provision, caused by a rejection of His instruction and ways.
With the new and better covenant (Heb. 8:6) we Christians can choose in our heart to yield — repent [change our attitudes and direction] (Lk. 24:47; Acts 3:19; 2 Cor. 7:8-11; Heb 6:1; Rev. 2, 3) and the curse can be dealt with in the name of Jesus the Christ; with His authority (Lk. 10:17; Gal. 3:13).
The New Testament deals with this specifically in Galatians 3:13–14:
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Thank God, Jesus has dealt with that curse of health issues on our behalf, so that we can be totally liberated from its effects; He has given us the legal and just authority, as well as the power of the Holy Spirit to deal with any all curses.
Obedience to God, His Word; His instructions is still the same requirement (Jeremiah ; Matthew 28:20; John ; Romans 8:13-14; James 1:22; 1 John 5:2-3). But the means of achieving it are different. What's changed is the means by which we can obey His instruction: grace received through being made righteous by trusting (faith) empowers us to keep those laws which are appropriate for us. The Holy Spirit works in us from the inside-out, helping us become the fullness of what God wants us to be in Christ (John 1:12; Romans 6:11-14).
Because of the power of His constant love, mercy, goodness, and loving kindness, toward us, we Christians can choose in our heart to yield. When we do, God happily empowers us with the capacity to carry out His instruction.
Curse or Blessing
One of the great basic truths of revelation is that on the cross a divinely ordained exchange took place: Jesus, the sinless, obedient Son of God, took upon Himself all the evil that was due mankind by divine justice because of our rebellion and disobedience. In return we, through faith, are able to receive all the good that was due to the perfect obedience of Jesus. More simply stated, Jesus took all the evil we deserved, so that we might receive all the good He deserved.
Isn't it interesting that when the Bible speaks about the atonement, it never puts healing in the future? It is finished! As far as God is concerned, healing has already been obtained. We are healed. Christians sometimes ask, "How can I know if it is God's will to heal me?" We reply, "You've asked the wrong question. If you are a committed Christian sincerely seeking to serve God and do His will, your question should not be “How do I know if it is God's will to heal me?” The question is, rather, “How can I access the healing God has already provided for me?”
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So far on these pages we have seen clearly that God desires to provide for His people abundantly if they will meet His conditions. Scripture indicates that health—along with power, wisdom, honor, glory, strength, and blessing—belong by eternal right to Jesus Christ. Yet on the cross He gave up those benefits to participate in a divine exchange. In that transaction, Jesus took the curse, which was due to mankind by divine justice, that we might receive the blessing, which was due to Jesus by His perfect obedience.
Jesus totally exhausted the curse of health issues that we might receive “the blessing of Abraham” (Galatians 3:13–14). And what is the blessing of Abraham? Genesis 24:1 says Abraham was blessed in “all things.”
We see from 2 Corinthians 9:8 and Ephesians 2:8–9 that there are three important principles governing the way we receive the abundance of God’s grace, allowing us to be blessed in “all things.” First, God’s grace can never be earned. Second, it can only come through one channel— Jesus Christ. Third, the only way we can access it is by faith.
Many of us failed to realize that God’s grace includes healing and health provision—when we meet the conditions He has set forth for receiving it. However, we must make an important, logical distinction between earning God's grace (Romans 11:6; John 1:17), which is impossible, and meeting God's conditions, which is obligatory (John 8:31; Galatians 5:19-21). We cannot earn God's abundance, which comes only through grace; however, we are required to meet the conditions God has laid down for accessing His abundance through faith in God. If we do not meet these conditions, our faith has no scriptural foundation. It is merely presumption. “Faith without works—appropriate action that goes together with the faith that we confess—is dead; works without faith is dead (James 2:17-26; Romans 14:23). Neither is complete in itself.
Many of us begin to learn this aspect and go into stress (fear); fear that we cannot meet God’s requirements. Please, please, do not fall for that accusation from the opposing kingdom. For if you merely and earnestly want to—an exercise of your will—and ask, God will happily begin to empower you to meet His conditions. That is a primary definition of grace!
Faith is Essential
The primary condition for accessing God’s healing is faith. We have already seen that bodily healing is a part of the provision made for us by the grace of God. Like every provision of grace, it can be received only by faith. However, we can never overemphasize the importance of faith. It is the primary, indispensable requirement for leading the Christian life. “But the righteous person shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). Every area of righteous living must be based on faith. This applies as much to our health as to any other area of our lives.
Furthermore, the opposite also is true. “Whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). Faith acts in obedience to God’s Word without waiting to see the promised reward. This, too, applies to our healing. The Bible says, “Jesus Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live unto righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24). When we act in faith, we believe first. Receiving follows in God’s time. If we wait until we “see it,” we are not walking in faith. Be reminded of what you’ve learned about the barrier of unbelief. (see also Hebrews 3:12‑13.)
Living By Faith
God the Father uses every problem, difficulty, need, health issue, and hard situation as a means to show Himself greater to you than He has ever shown Himself before. Faith climbs up on obstacles. It is overcoming difficulties that gives us increased faith and spiritual character. There is no other way that character can be built (Gen. 50:20; Judges 3:1-2; Ps. 51:1-12; 119:67,72,75; John 15:1-2; Rom. 5:3; 8:28; 1 Cor. 11:32; 2 Cor. 4:15; 1 Thess. 5:18; Heb. 12:5-7; James 1:2-5, 12; 1 Pet. 1:6-7).
The enemy has the legal right to test our faith (James 1:3; 1 Pet. 1:7; 5:9; Rom. 5:3-5; see also Exodus 34:7).
God not only provides, but also stretches our faith at the same time. That often means the provision seems delayed to most of us or at least never showed up when we were at the limit of our faith. However, it seems that God disagrees about where our limit is and so each situation takes us beyond our previous measure. In the gap between promise and provision we need to learn that we have choices to make. Either we can rest in God's language of promise ("My God shall supply all your need in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19)), or we try to make things happen.
It’s important that we learn about faith and how it grows by stretching. It’s also important that we discover that faith must be undergirded by peace. In Paul's letter to the Hebrews, chapter 4, Paul unites faith and rest; we who have believed enter that peace.
He wrote about laboring to enter a place of peace and calmness. Rest has to be worked at constantly or faith will whither. We all must increase our peace levels to be able to stay in the war, live the life, access God’s blessings, and move in His supernatural ways.
Our faith is in the nature of God. It is not about faith in faith. So often we have heard people say that they didn't have enough faith. It is not the size of our faith that is important, but the depth of our revelation of God's nature. When we know what He is really like, when our hearts are emboldened by the majesty of His faithfulness and grace, then we know that commitment to His word and His people cannot be broken. His word will not return to Him empty.
Faith is driven by what we have seen, heard and experienced of the true nature of the Father. Our faith always pushes out beyond our experience; it never stays at the same place. Our experiences with God upgrade our faith for the next opportunity.
There is always a dimension where faith is beyond our experience.
Accessing Our Inheritance By Faith
Please review Hebrews 6:11-20. We are called to inherit. It is what we demonstrate to the earth. We are people of promise. We have hope, an inheritance and a language in which we communicate our confidence in God the Father. That language we learn from heaven. The Holy Spirit communicates the heart of the Father in such a powerful way that we are radically changed by the conversation and the content.
To inherit we need two priceless things which we receive from God in the process of our circumstances. These are faith and patience. This is a wonderful contrast that is only learned through process. Process is a series of steps designed to achieve a particular goal or learning objective.
Faith speaks about immediacy and patience refers to eventuality. Most of us want the magic Midas touch of instantaneous receiving from the Lord. Faith is a gift to be received but also a disciplined confidence that must be learned. Most of us go through life always requiring a gift of faith. God gives those as He wills. He wants us to learn how to grow faith, increase in it and walk by it. For this to occur we must attach patience to our faith so that we walk on the path that God has provided. Circumstances are often so intense that they seem to last for ages. Primarily this is because we face them in our emotion rather than our will. The will is the vehicle for faith to attain the will of God.
The promise is secure. God does not lie. The issue is always process. The path of God (process) is always about increasing our confidence, enlarging expectation, learning to stand in peace, being stretched in faith and being schooled in how to see God and hold onto Him. His Word is the anchor point for process to be attained.
What is the gap between the promise and the provision for you in your current situation? What is the process that is designed to fit that space? What is the pathway that God has chosen for you to develop greater confidence as well as receive the provision? Meditate on these things and activate your will towards the Lord. Learn what your current process is all about and how you can co‑operate with God’s Spirit. This is walking by faith.
Faith is confident expectation; patience is calmness and composure. The two combined produce a fortitude and consistency. There is a serene persistence that allows us to keep God in our sights and rejoice in Him. Serene persistence is repulsion to doubt, fear and unbelief.
God is unchanging and trustworthy, so is His Word. When promising Abraham a son, God the Father took an oath in His own name. The oath and God's name are the same. God's name and His nature are equally the same. Because of Who He is, our confident expectation (hope) is anchored in His personality.
His promises emanate from behind the curtain i.e. the division that separates the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. This is the place Jesus occupies as our High Priest. He is in God's Presence continuously interceding for us to be all that the Father intends.
The promise may be fulfilled immediately because God the Father may be showing you how to handle a gift of faith. The promise will always be fulfilled eventually through the process of faith.
God uses the interval between the promise and the provision to form wisdom, knowledge, spiritual maturity, patience—and above all—Godly character in us. What God forms in us during the waiting period is usually more precious than what we waited for.
Give yourself to the Father of lights, from whom every good and perfect gift is given (James 1:17). He is the Unchanging One. We see Him best when we are single minded (focus) about His goodness. Double‑minded people are always disappointed and eventually disinherit themselves.
Process is the key to walking by faith. Actively combining your faith with patience gives a guarantee of inheritance. Serene persistence ... there is nothing more precious in a faith lifestyle.
The Crucial Difference Between Faith and Hope
It is vital to understand that the biblical concepts of faith and hope are entirely distinct. Faith is belief; a sure persuasion, agreement, trust, or conviction of the truth of God's Word; faith in God’s faithfulness. And hope is confident expectation of good in the future.
Faith is not believing that God can; it’s knowing in your heart here and now that God will. And out of that knowing, hope is the confident expectation of the benefit manifesting in the future.
Most of us Christians who seek healing seek it only in hope, but not also in faith, so we do not access it. In other words, we may want to receive, but we haven't made our requests relying on the basis and qualifications for healing that are provided in God's Word. We have to be brutally frank about this. Most of us are seeking healing on the basis of hope, but we have omitted the prerequisite of faith. We may not even know the difference between the two. Yet, again, what God has promised of faith, He has not made available to hope apart from faith.
How can we more fully understand the crucial differences between faith and hope? 1 Thessalonians 5:8 talks about "putting on the breastplate of faith and love [indicating the region of the heart], and as a helmet the hope of salvation [indicating the region of the mind]." Faith is now and not in the future. Hope, on the other hand, is for the future—it is being confident that something will happen in the future. As Paul wrote, "Hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance" (Romans 8:24‑25).
Both faith and hope are valid and necessary in Christian experience. Paul instructed, "Now abide faith, hope, love" (1 Corinthians 13:13). Then, he concluded, "The greatest of these is love" (verse 13). But notice that faith and hope are quite distinct.
Faith is the substance, here and now in your heart, of things that you are hoping for in the future. It is a sure persuasion and unalterable conviction concerning the reality of things not seen, and those unseen things are what God says in His Word. Jesus said,
Have faith in God. 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. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them (Mark 11:22‑24; see also 1 John 5:14–15).
“You’ve gotta know you got it before you can get it. And when you got it you got it!” —Dr. Sandra Kennedy
Having faith in what God has said in His Word is the only kind of response that gives His Kingdom (government) the legality to manifest in the cursed earth realm (1 Peter 1:5; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:7,11; Hebrews 11). Only faith is the conduit that gives the Kingdom of Love the legality to manifest in the cursed earth realm; in you.
And there is no other basis, no other source, no other means by which you can receive faith than by His Word.
Romans 10:17 teaches, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." As you hear, as you listen with complete attention, as you focus your whole mind, as you open your whole being to the Word of God, then faith comes.
“For it [God’s Word] is full of living power…” (Hebrews 4:12). “It always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it!” (God recorded at Isaiah 55:11.)
That is more good news. Faith comes!
Greater Understanding of Appropriating the Benefits of God’s Promises
Again, what God has done on the cross is for all human beings alike, and on the same basis. Appropriating—taking possession of—the benefits God promises is a subject of the Bible that has been much misunderstood. We strongly encourage the reader to lay aside prejudice and preconceived ideas, and for the sake of truth, to investigate earnestly and honestly the records gathered from examination of Scripture here.
After Unbelief, the Eight Most Common Barriers
Often, issues continued within the hearts and lives of God's people get us out from under the covering (reference this diagram) and act as barriers to healing. Following are eight common examples of such barriers:
· To meet God's conditions, our motives and attitudes must be right (see James 4:3). We would all do well to examine our motives very carefully, including those concerning healing. Are we seeking to fulfill His purpose for our lives? (Philippians 3:10, John 17:3; Jeremiah 9:24; 2 Corinthians 10:17; Ecclesiastes 12:13) Do we truly love God, and one another? (John 14:21; 2 John 1:6; 1 Corinthians 13:2; Ephesians 4:2; 1 Timothy 1:5)
· Ignorance of God's Word (see Isaiah 5:13; Hosea 4:6)
· Unconfessed sin (see Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16; 1 John 1:9)
· Resentment or unforgiveness toward others or self (see Matthew 6:12-15; 18:21-35; Mark 11:26; Luke 6:37; Romans 12:14, 19; Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 3:13; 1 Peter 3:9)
· Occult involvement (see Exodus 23:24‑26; Gal. 5:20, 21)
· Unscriptural covenants, i.e., Freemasonry (see Exodus 23:31‑33)
· The effects of a curse (see Deuteronomy 28:15‑68; Proverbs 26:2; 1 Cor. 11:27-32)
· Lack of true repentance (see Matthew 4:17; Mark 1:15; 6:12; Luke 13:1-5; 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30; 26:20; 2 Corinthians 7:8; Revelation 2:5,16; 3:3,19)
Deuteronomy 28:2 says to those who meet God’s conditions: “And all these blessings shall come upon you, and overtake you.” Don’t you love that word overtake? We don’t run after the blessings; they run after us. We can go to bed at night and ponder on what blessing will have caught up with us by the time we wake up in the morning!
In the same way, Matthew 6:33 tells us, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” We don’t seek the “things”; we seek the “kingdom.” Then God adds all the “things” that we need.
We are called to inherit. It is what we are to demonstrate to the people of the earth. We are people of promise. There are 750 promises in the New Testament alone.
Accessing God’s promises of healing and health seems to be a blind spot even in the Christian church today (Jer 6:13,14; Lm. 2:14). Most of us need help with learning the lessons taught in the Bible and accessing our healing and health.
A Practical Pathway to Healing and Health
If you’re struggling with emotional, mental, or health issue(s), know that God loves you outrageously—one hundred percent, regardless of anything. God’s love is unconditional. The benefits of God’s promises, however, are conditional. Be strongly encouraged to earnestly pray asking God for help. God really wants to help each of us in every life-problem. Rest assured that if you are earnest in your asking, you will experience the power of God’s love moving mightily and positively on your behalf. Ask God for healing of your spirit, soul, and body. Ask God for authentic ministerial help. Participate with the Plan of God, and a specific plan that has proven effective for literally millions of earnest people around the world:
Where to Get Practical Help
After completing this study & guide, be strongly encouraged to consider picking up the pace of your healing, health, and wellness at Be In Health Ministries. We earnestly encourage all interested in healing, health, wellness, and/or learning how to participate properly with God, to consider the teaching and ministry of For My Life – a cutting edge, world-class 40-point curriculum that attacks all disease in one week. It is bearing much good fruit.
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In various places the Bible compares the life of a believer to the construction of a building. Naturally, the first and most important feature of any permanent structure is its foundation. The foundation necessarily sets a limit to the weight and height of the building to be erected upon it.
Practical Help with “Walking Out” the Ministry Experience
We sincerely hope that you lay a solid foundation with the completion of this study & guide. After doing so, be strongly encouraged to consider three specific audio teachings from Gary Keesee Ministries. It is also bearing much good fruit.
In each teaching, Pastor Gary Keesee, not only deepens your understanding of this study & guide, but Gary also makes “walking it out”—walking in victory—extremely practical. Deepening your understanding and the ongoing practical application of God’s principles can indeed revolutionize your life and open your eyes to the revelation of what it means to successfully live in God's Kingdom. Enjoy the excitement in each lesson and discover, step by step, God's way of living life free from health concerns. Gary uses scripture, relevant stories, humor, and personal experiences to illustrate the practical principles that are sustaining a health revolution internationally.
Be strongly encouraged to consider these three of Pastor Gary’s remarkable audio teachings entitled:
3. Live Whole! God’s Healthcare Plan. Be strongly encouraged to listen to CD numbers 2, 4, and 6.
2. Satan, demons, and devils who cause the emotional, mental, and health issues can also remove them under certain circumstances.
Satan, demons, and devils will hold us in defeat and illness as long as possible (Acts 16:16; Ez 13:6,7). They can also use clergy (Jer 6:13,14; Lm. 2:14). God alone can deliver from their power unless of their own accord they relinquish their hold on people. Jesus taught us in Matt. 12:43-45 that demons can leave a person and then come back again if they desire. The fact that they go out when rebuked by those who have power over them proves that they can loose any person they bind (Matt. 12:22-32; Luke 10:18-20; Acts 19:11-17.) It stands to reason that if they can put diseases upon us, they can also take them off when it is to their advantage.
When will it be to their advantage? When they can deceive us with false doctrines and, get us to accept false religions that deny the essentials of the gospel of salvation that will save our eternal souls. Y’shua Messiah (Jesus the Christ) and others predict that in latter days these demon powers will be increasingly active and will "show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very ‘elect’" (followers of Jesus) (Matt. 24:24; 2 Thess. 2:8-12; 1 Tim. 4:1-8; 1 John 4:1-6; Rev. 9:20; 13:1-18; 16:13-16; 19:20).
A number of false religions today are getting people healed and are bringing people certain other benefits, but their deceived followers never get to know the true source of these manifestations. Just because people get some benefits, we are convinced that the source must be of God, but this is not true, as can be seen in the above Scriptures. Y’shua (Jesus) said that in the judgment, “Many will say unto me . . . Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you, depart from me, you who work iniquity” (Matt. 7:21-23).
These religions, without exception, contradict the blood of the Messiah (Christ), the new birth, the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and all the essentials of the gospel that will save our souls in eternity.
The devil backs up such preaching by taking off some health issues, and in other ways he helps people who follow these religions, and they are convinced that they have at last found the true religion. However, they do away with Christianity and the Bible and will be condemned in the end because of rejecting Jesus and the cross (Acts 4:12).
Whether the remedy works or not is not the criteria (Is. 30:1-3; 5:20-21; Prv. 14:12; 16:2; Mt. 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:14,15; Eph. 4:14; Col. 2:8). We cannot separate the practice from the spirituality: A Christian practitioner of a cursed world modality does not change the modality to a Christian one, as seen in the above Scriptures.
“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness…” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)
What Jesus the Christ did on the cross is completely complete: “Jesus personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so we can be dead to sins and live unto righteousness—by His wounds we were healed.”
Pharmaceuticals and Natural Remedies, for Example
As you may know, the author of Galatians 5:19-21 lists seventeen “works of the flesh” and concludes with this solemn warning: “Those who [repeatedly] do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” The sixth ‘work of the flesh’ listed is sorcery; witchcraft (original Greek word: pharmakeia) or pharmaceuticals or remedies. “Those who [repeatedly] do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” And the author of Galatians 5:19-21 was not yet addressing pharmaceutical chemicals; pharmaceutical chemicals did not exist until the mid 1900’s. The author of Galatians was also addressing all-natural remedies. The cult—the unseen trap—of remedies is sorcery. “Those who [repeatedly] do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21).
What are some additional examples of counterfeit modalities?
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What Divine Healing and Health is Not
It is not healing and health by natural remedies, imagination, will power, personal magnetism, metaphysics, spiritualism, immunity from death, presumption, insubordination to God's will, mind over matter, denial of the plain facts of sin, health issues, and disease, or natural healing by inherent laws and creative powers in humankind's body (i.e. our God-given immune systems, endocrine systems, lymph systems, limbic systems, etc.)
The plan of God is to end evil and suffering forever (Exodus 34:6-7; Matthew 13:37-43; I Corinthians 15:24-28; Galatians 6:7-8; 1 Timothy 1:5; Revelation 21-22). The ultimate purpose of God in all His present dealings with man is to bring him back to the place where he was before the fall (beloved fellowship) and purge him of all possibility of failing in the future. “The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, and a clear conscience, and genuine trust (faith).” —1 Timothy 1:5
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