When I was younger, I remember watching TV specials about “Magic’s Greatest Secrets Revealed” and, because wrestling was so big, “Wrestling’s Biggest Secrets Revealed.” They were interesting, revealing, and I was I watched in awe as the people on TV exposed things that had been a mystery to me. There are some things in the church that surely must be a mystery to people, just by seeing their reaction.
Look at divine healing. Divine healing gets a bad reputation sometimes. There have been so many fakes and attention seekers, money grabbers, and wackos that give God a bad reputation. Just think about it. Would you want to get saved if you based Christianity off of the things some Christians do? The same could be said about the issue of divine healing. Would you believe it based off of the way some Christians and ministers act?
We’re looking at divine healing today – exposing the truth behind it. What is the truth of it?
The truth is that salvation and divine healing both are based off two different things. Just follow me. Some people that question divine healing wonder why some ministers don’t get all the people healed. Of course the same could be asked, why don’t some ministers get all the people saved? It’s God‘s will that every man be saved, but not everyone is saved. Individuals have something to do with the salvation that God has provided to them through Jesus Christ. Right? The same thing is true with healing. God desires that everybody gets healed, but not everybody gets healed.
Salvation and divine healing (as well as all the other promises of God), are based off these two things – God’s part and man’s part. God has already done His part. His part was Jesus Christ dying on the cross, providing redemption for mankind, and rising from the dead (and everything that came with that). Man’s part is believing it, receiving it, and acting own it.
In Luke chapter 5 verse 17, it says “the power of God was present to heal them.” The power of God was present to heal those people that were in the house, yet it was only the one man who came in through the roof that God healed. Why was that? Why didn’t anyone else get healed?
It’s actually clear why no one else got healed – because they didn’t mixed faith with what they heard to connect to the power of God. The power of God is present everywhere to heal today, but it’s not until we mix our faith with it that we activate it and we receive that healing.
“For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” – Hebrews 4:2 NKJV
It’s not just healing or salvation, but the same is true for anything with God. The presence of God is there during worship, but it’s not until we mix faith and “enter in” that something changes.
It wouldn’t matter if Jesus Himself came into some churches, if the people wouldn’t mix faith with what He was saying, even the Lord Himself couldn’t get them healed. That’s not blaspheme. That’s the Bible. Just look in Matthew and in Mark.
Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there.  When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?  Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas?  And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?”  So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.”  Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13:53-58 NKJV
Jesus went to His own hometown and He couldn’t do “many mighty works.” If you look that up in the Greek, it basically translated that the only sicknesses that got healed were some minor headaches. The rest of the country was getting healed of blindness, leprosy, even death. But here in His own hometown, people were only getting healed of headaches. The Bible even tells you why this was – “because of their unbelief (v 58)”
Look at how this is stated in the Gospel of Mark.
Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.  And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching. – Mark 6:5-6 NKJV
Mark says that Jesus could not do the mighty works there. It says that He was unable to do them because of their unbelief. It’s not just about the power of God being there. It’s about connecting to that power with your faith. What happens if you don’t have faith? Jesus answered that right here in verse 6 – “Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.” He went around teaching people. How does faith come? Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Jesus went around teaching so people could have faith, so they could get healed.
This is exposing the truth about divine healing. It’s not just something that some fancy minister has. It’s not a liar on stage with a bunch of co-conspirator plants in the audience. It’s understanding what the Word of God says and then acting on what it says to receive what it says belongs to you.
Faith gives action to the power of God. It takes faith – bulldog faith that doesn’t let go until it gets what has been promised to it. Just like when someone gets hands laid upon them and they don’t get healed instantaneously, if they will continue to walk in faith, confessing that hands were laid upon them and the healing power of God is in them working to cause that sickness to fly and a cure to come, it will manifest. That may sound foolish to you (don’t tell anyone and they won’t know), but it’s entirely scriptural.
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;” – 1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV
If you think it’s foolish, just start studying the Bible, renewing your mind until the “foolish” things seems just as wise as can be.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” – Mark 11:24 NKJV
“And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak,” – 2 Corinthians 4:13 NKJV
“Let us seize and hold tightly the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is reliable and trustworthy and faithful [to His word];” – Hebrews 10:23 AMP
Just look at an electrical outlet. There is power in there, but until you connect a plug to it, that power will have no action. Faith gives action to the power. Faith connects to the power.
The way that you get healed or receive any anointing/impartation in a healing line/ministry line is not by going up and getting hands laid upon you and BAM it’s there, it’s manifested and you can feel it. No! Don’t misunderstand me, that can happen, but many times that’s not the case. Many times that is the key moment where it’s been imparted to you, but the manifestation doesn’t come instantaneously. When you go up to that line or pray that prayer, that’s when your faith goes into action. That’s when your faith receives it, grabs a hold of it, and then you start confessing what’s your faith says. You start declaring that you received your healing in that prayer line. You start confessing that whatever you were believing for – you got. You start saying that it is working in you. You start saying that the power of God is working mightily in you.
That’s your confession of your faith. That’s how you develop your faith for what you received; that’s the action of your faith that brings the manifestation. Now that manifestation may come within an hour or within a day or it may take a week or a month. But it’s your faith that brings the manifestation. Don’t get out of faith and don’t stop confessing the truth.
Don’t fall for the lie that says that if you’re really healed, you’d be healed right then. You were healed right then. It just hasn’t manifested. It hasn’t materialized. You just can’t see it, but you have it. That is faith.
Faith says you have it, even when you don’t see it, remember? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” You have it before you see it (or feel it), and you say it before you have it. Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Don’t let the devil (or anyone else) deceive you into believing that if you don’t feel something right then, that you’re not healed. Look at the story of the ten lepers that Jesus healed for further proof.
Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.  And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. – Luke 17:11-14 NKJV
They were healed as they went. They weren’t healed immediately. Their healing didn’t show up until they went and did what Jesus told them to do. For us today, Jesus is telling us to believe what His Word says.
Well, what else does it say? If you really want to expose something – you look at what the Word of God says. It says that God has put all things under Jesus’ feet (Ephesians 1:22). It also says that Jesus is the head of the church and we are His body. We’re one and the same. If all things have been put under Jesus’ feet, that means that all things have been put under the head’s feet and all things have been put under the body’s feet. They’re under our feet. The head and the body have the same authority. One translation says that God did all this for the benefit of the church. Sickness and disease are part of that “all things.” It’s part of the curse that has been put under our feet because we’re part of the church.
Have you noticed how the book of Acts begins with what Jesus began to do and teach?
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, — Acts 1:1 NKJV
We are the continuation of what Jesus is doing.
I’ve heard a minister tell a story of an Assembly of God pastor who years ago started a church in his 20s and pastored for 35 years. And he said that in all his years being there at the Full Gospel, Assembly of God church, that he never buried a single church member that was not elderly. Not a child, young person, middle-aged, anyone that was not elderly ever died in his church. When someone got sick, the people prayed. They didn’t have telephones back then. They didn’t have prayer chains.
When someone got sick, word-of-mouth got out about it and people started coming to the church to pray. Sometimes the Lord would just lead people to pray without anyone telling them. People would stay around the altar and pray for them. And so they would pray for one another, just as the Word of God says we should.
We don’t necessarily have that today. Some churches do, but there’s not the same culture as there used to be. Years ago, the move of God was greater in the church, but that’s also because the consecration of God’s people was greater. The devotion to the things of God was greater back then. In this pastor’s church, people would normally be healed within 24 hours. The longest that someone would go before they got healed was three days. If it worked in that church, it’ll work in any church. God is no respecter of people. He’s a respecter of faith. That’s because the head is the same. God never changes. The body just needs to do what the head says.
Don’t judge someone by how someone else portrays them. Just like you shouldn’t judge the Word of God by how someone else acts it out or tries to convey it. There’s been too many fakes out there trying to pass off a lie as divine healing. And there’s been too many people, God bless them, that just don’t understand the truth of divine healing, and so they proclaim a message that just isn’t Bible. Stay with the Word of God.
You judge the Word by what it says. God’s Word says that it is His will and desire for you to be healed. It tells you how to act on it. Don’t let the devil steal what Jesus paid for. Stay with the Word and the Spirit.