When Healing Takes Time

When Healing Takes Time

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     Complete healing is God’s will for our lives, but if it takes time to see full deliverance, we can endure in our believing until we see it, thanking and praising God for every small victory along the way. God has made a way of deliverance for us, and His way is legally sound and clearly set, allowing us to be confident in His healing power.
     God made a way of deliverance for us through His Son Jesus Christ. He sent His Son to free us from both sin and sickness.
Colossians 1:13 and 14:
Who hath delivered
[past tense] us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [past tense] us into the kingdom of [by] his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood,
even the forgiveness of sins.
Matthew 8:17:
…Himself
[Jesus] took our infirmities [unwholeness], and bare our sicknesses.
     Jesus Christ gave his life for us, and we have the ultimate privilege of receiving the benefits of his shed blood and his broken body. The blood of Jesus Christ was shed for our sins, and his body was offered for the consequences of sin. Consequences of sin include sickness, disease, and want.
I Peter 2:24:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

     Jesus Christ bore our sins, and he bore our sicknesses. By his stripes we “were [past tense] healed.” This verse applies to each of us as if you or I were the only person in the whole world in need of deliverance. That’s a personal savior!
     In the chapter “The Broken Body and the Shed Blood,” in The Bible Tells Me So, we read:

At the end of his earthly life when they were beating him and scourging him, Jesus in his physical body was paying the price for the physical wholeness of mankind. When he allowed his body to be beaten and scourged, Jesus was redeeming us from sickness and disease….

     Jesus Christ paid the full legal price for us to be redeemed from sin and the consequences of sin. He bought us back out of the clutches of the adversary.
Ephesians 4:8:
Wherefore he saith, When he
[Jesus Christ] ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
     Here’s a good headline for the news: CAPTIVITY NOW CAPTURED!
     God made a way of deliverance for us through His Son Jesus Christ, and this way is legally sound. Christ’s complete victory gives us rights from our God and Father on total legal ground! We have a legal right to eternal life. We have a legal right to victory over all sin and the consequences of sin. Plus, we have a legal right to use the authority in the name of Jesus Christ in prayer to get results, including healing. Philippians 2:10 reads, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” Jesus Christ’s purchase of our lives was full and complete, totally legal in all aspects!
     It all started with a decision…the greatest one we ever made in our lives…to believe Romans 10:9 and 10.
Romans 10:9 and 10:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

     That commitment of making Jesus lord and savior in our lives and believing that God raised Jesus from the dead gave us new life, complete wholeness in all categories. It’s that decision that opened up, initiated, launched us into God’s family and all that He has provided for His children. We are sons and daughters of God, made alive spiritually with the new birth, and our physical bodies are made alive as well. We have complete wholeness!
     In our pursuit of understanding healing deliverance from the Word, we have seen how God has made a way of deliverance for us through His Son Jesus Christ, and this way is legally sound. This builds our confidence in His healing power and helps us endure in our believing toward full deliverance. The promises of God’s Word also help build our confidence toward complete healing wholeness. So let’s consider some of the clear and plain truths that God has given us in His Word about healing.
     Look at God’s heart in reference to Himself, in the Old Testament. In Exodus 15:26 we see, “…I am the Lord that healeth thee.” It is God Who heals us, and it is He Who makes a way for our deliverance.
     From the storehouse of knowledge our research ministry has gleaned regarding this subject, here is a summary of four healing realities: the spoken Word, holy communion, ministering, and prayer. From one or more of these ways, we receive our healing….

This is an excerpt from the January/February 2011 issue of The Way Magazine.
Copyright© 2011 by The Way International. All rights reserved.
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