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"How To Receive Healing" - By Don Hill
Published in the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada "Testimony" Magazine in May, 1984

The Bible tells us there is a great day coming for the Christian when "...we shall all be changed... for this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:51b and 53). In that day, there will be no more need to exercise faith, for we shall see Him "...face to face..." (1 Cor 13:12b). The anointing with oil and the laying on of hands will be things of the past, for "...when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away" (1 Cor 13:10). We shall never need divine healing again. We shall have a body "...fashioned like unto His glorious body..." (Philippians 3:21); for, "...when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2).

Divine healing is the first-fruits of our redemption. Those who are healed now are healed in most cases by making an effort. As we read the Gospels, we find that one was healed by coming, another by calling, and another by touching. On different occasions, Jesus would tell the sick to do something, and when they did it, they were healed. He did not heal everybody on earth who was sick while He was here. But He did heal everyone who sought Him for healing. Some day soon "...when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality..." (1 Cor 15:54), no more effort will be required. Until then, however, we must follow His instructions to "...ask... seek... knock..." (Luke 11:9) that it might be opened unto us.

The most wonderful thing about it is this: even when a Christian is not healed for some reason or another during this earthly lifetime, his suffering is not wasted. God, who is infinite in both power and wisdom, takes that suffering and uses it to confirm us more and more to the image of His Son. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren" (Romans 8:28-29). "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (1 Cor 4:17).

Feed on the Word
"My son, attend to my words, incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh" (Proverbs 4:20-22). I have never been able to understand why some Christians take the Bible literally when it speaks about salvation, but not when it speaks about healing. When God says that His words are health to all our flesh, He is not talking about our souls or our spirits, He is talking about our flesh, which is our physical bodies.

To obey God's commandments and claim His promises will result in physical health. Read the many wonderful promises of healing God has made in His Word. Read how Jesus healed people while He was upon earth. "Faith cometh by hearing...the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). As you read your Bible, ask yourself: "Is there a commandment in this chapter for me to obey? Is there a promise in this chapter for me to claim? What is God saying to me in this chapter?

Know God's Will
How can anybody have faith for healing if they don't believe it is God's will for them to be healed? "For he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). "But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord" (James 1:6-7).

God's Word is His will. His Word says, "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (3 John 2). As we study the Gospels, we find that only one man ever prayed, "if it be Thy will" when he asked for healing. And behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him saying, Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed" (Matthew 8:2-3).

Check for Possible Hindrances
We no longer live in the Garden of Eden, and we're not in the millennium yet! We live in an imperfect world where Satan is on the loose. There are some things which often prevent God's perfect will from being done in our lives, and hinder us from being healed. Are we breaking nature's health laws? Are we entertaining fear? Are we dishonoring our parents? Are we harboring unforgiveness? Have we slandered God's servants? Are we partaking unworthily of holy communion? If so, the sickness God has allowed may be a form of chastisement. "For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we be not condemned with the world" (1 Cor 11:31-32). "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Any of these hindrances will cause our faith to be mixed and impure. This makes it necessary for God to try our faith in order to refine and purify it.

Make Your Contact with God
It may be possible for you to pray through for your own healing. However, if you have been sick a long time, your faith, as well as your physical strength may be at a low ebb. If so, you may need the prayer help and ministry of other members of the body of Christ. "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:14-15). If you are not able to attend church, the elders of any Bible-believing full gospel church will gladly visit you in your home or even in the hospital to administer this ordinance. However, if you are able to get to church, you should attend the services. Most full gospel churches anoint and pray for the sick quite often in their regular services. Some evangelists have a ministry to the sick. Many of them take at least one night of the week during their crusades to conduct a healing service. The pastor or elders should be the ones who anoint the sick with oil. The evangelist may lay his hands upon them and pray the prayer of faith. A gift of healing can operate through the pastor, the elders, or the evangelist.

Testify for God's Glory
Some healings are instantaneous, and others are gradual. You should expect a definite improvement in your condition. The Lord Jesus said "And whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (John 14:13). Again, He said, "Verily verily, I say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My Name, He will give it you" (John 16:23). The key to deliverance is to watch for that improvement, and testify immediately at the first signs of improvement. Be positive! Tell exactly what God has done, and leave the rest with Him. The Bible says, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: for He is faithful that promised" (Heb 10:23). We have found that there are times even when a person has been genuinely healed that the devil will attack them with lying symptoms. If they go back on their testimony and acknowledge these symptoms, the devil gains a victory and they sometimes lose their healing. But if they will "hold fast the profession of their faith without wavering," and confess the Word which says, "...with His stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5) instead of confessing the symptoms, the devil will soon flee! "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" (James 4:7).

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