For the last couple of posts, we’ve been talking about the Synagogue ruler whose daughter was dying and the woman who needed healing from her bleeding. Jesus agreed to go with the ruler to heal his daughter but was interrupted when the woman touched Him and was healed.
This incident is recorded in Mark 5:21-43. It might be helpful to read through that section of Scripture before proceeding with this post.
This passage is a great example of what it takes to have faith for healing. In times past, people were told that if you just had enough faith, you’d be healed. That made it real simple. As a minister, I could blame you if you’re not healed when I pray for you.
“Come back when you really have faith.”
That kind of thinking does great injustice to those who are seeking to be set free from their sickness. The problem is that healing faith is always Word based.
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
In order for the sick to be healed, someone has to hear a Word from God. Then as they move in faith – received from that Word – the healing takes place. Even in the Old Testament, this was the case.
He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
A Word from God will inspire faith for healing. Once it’s acted upon, the healing takes place. That’s one of the reasons I like this section of Scripture. It shows the power of this truth.
The woman in the above passage heard from the Holy Spirit that if she could just touch the edge of Jesus’ clothes, she would be healed. Jesus confirmed this by saying, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.”
The synagogue ruler is the one who heard from God in that part of the story. He knew in his spirit that if he could get Jesus to come to his house, then his daughter would be healed.
Sometimes it’s the faith of the one praying. Remember the leper who came to Jesus and said, “If you are willing you can make me clean.” It was the Lord’s faith that prompted Him to say, “…be healed.” (Mark 1:40-42)
In another part of the Bible, we read about some men who heard from the Spirit that if they could just get their paralyzed friend in front of Jesus, he’d be healed. They ended up cutting a hole through a roof to fulfill this Word. Scripture records that when the Lord saw their faith He healed the sick person. (Mark 2:4-5)
In all of these cases and many more, somebody had to hear from the Father and walk in the faith they received. It could be the sick person, the minister, a friend, or a family member. That’s because faith is received through a Word from God.
That’s why it’s so important that we spend time in the Spirit. We need to develop our sensitivity to the voice of the Lord. I believe that only then will we see the power that was manifest in the life of Christ and in the church of the book of Acts.
Hearing from God. That’s where the Lord is bringing His church to in our generation. Let’s walk with His plan and cultivate our intimacy with the Holy Spirit.
Question: How many other Scriptures can you find that show this principle of receiving healing faith through a Word from God?
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