It’s A Matter of Love!
Posted by Evangelist Marie Diggs on March 12, 2013 | 4 Comments
There is no one like the Almighty God. He loved mankind so much that He gave His only begotten Son to be made in the likeness of men, to be rejected by men, humiliated, beaten and murdered. God’s love freely gave His Son as our substitute so that through Him we might have everlasting life and wholeness. What an awesome GOD and an awesome LOVE!
St. John 3:16 - 17 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
The exchange received for believing in and receiving His Son is everlasting life and a promise to be saved! The Greek word for saved seen above in verse 17 is sozo. It means to save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well and be whole.
Many people believe that once they have accepted Jesus as Lord they are saved. Their focus is that they have missed Hell and have inherited Heaven. However, the definition of the word sozo means more than missing Hell and inheriting Heaven. Being saved also includes all of its definition.
For the most part believers are assured that Jesus is their protector, deliverer, sustainer and The One who causes them to succeed. But, many believers are not convinced that Jesus has already healed them of all sickness, disease or malady.
When confronted with a physical challenge most believers envision their healing as future tense. Their faith is set on what they believe Jesus has to accomplish for them, instead of being persuaded that Jesus has already completed their healing.
This mindset automatically causes one to visualize the manifestation of healing as something that will happen as opposed to something that has happened. Nowhere in scripture does it state that healing will transpire tomorrow, next week or next year. Healing is always declared as a finished work of Jesus.
In Isaiah 53:5, the Prophet declares “… with Jesus stripes we are healed.” In 1 Peter 2:24 the Apostle declares “… by whose stripes ye were healed and in Matthew 8:17, the Apostle cites the Prophet Isaiah saying “… Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness.”
Clearly the price for healing and wholeness has already been paid by Jesus and is available for all who will partake.
Healing and wholeness is received by agreeing with scripture. The scriptures above affirm that Jesus has removed sickness, disease and malady. A firm trust, belief and assurance in His Word will cause manifestation of the Biblical promise to flourish.
In Mark 5:25 – 34 and in Matthew 9:20 - 22, the Apostles speak of a woman with an issue of blood. This particular woman was ill for quite a while. She had a firm belief that the doctors would be able heal her ailment. However, many doctors failed at their attempts to heal her. When medical science ran out of ideas and she ran out of money she was fortunate enough to have heard of Jesus. She decided within herself to shift her trust and reliance from man, medical science and her own provision to Gods pre - planned provision...Jesus!
Scripture tells us in Matthew 5:27 and in Matthew 9:21, that “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment.” and “For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.” From the time she heard of Jesus, she determined to go after him for her healing. The Levitical law of the day didn’t hinder her from going out in public, even though she could have been stoned. The crowd surrounding Jesus was not a deterrent either, even though she was weak from great loss of blood. Rather, she was determined to touch the hem of Jesus garment and was fully persuaded that she would be made whole.
This woman is a great example of faith. Originally, nothing was wrong with her faith, nor with her determination. When her faith was in doctors, she determined to go to all of them. When her faith was in her own provision, she spent all she had to get well. Her faith was just displaced. But, when she shifted her faith to believe in Jesus as her provision for healing she pressed hard to get to him. She said within herself “…If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.”
Her firm trust, belief and assurance in Jesus paid off big time. She not only got healed but was made whole. In both scriptural accounts Jesus said that it was her faith that made her whole. Not His power, but her faith. Truly, Jesus stated in Mark 5:30, that “… virtue had gone out of him.” But Jesus also knew that the virtue had been upon him all the time. Many people were thronging him. Meaning they were crammed together pressing up and around him. In the midst of this type of crowd several people had to have touched him. However, virtue or power did not flow from Him to her until she touched the border of His garment. Her touch was a touch of faith, a touch of expectancy. I know this is true, because Jesus’ first words to her after she touched him in Mark 5:34 were, “…Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plaque”
This is an example of a faith and power connection. When faith is put in God’s Word the power in His Word manifest itself. Faith draws out the power deposited in His living Word.
Faith in God’s Word will conquer any mountain of sickness, disease or malady anyone may face. A dogmatic determination like the woman with the issue of blood had is a requirement for success.
Once healing has been received it is necessary to guard from satan trying to steal what you have. Therefore, how to keep your healing is very important.
Proverbs 4:20-22, says, “My son, attends 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 them that find them, and health to all their flesh”.
This above portion of scripture tells us that a purposeful focus on God’s Word is essential. Focusing on God’s Word which promises healing brings life. Also, in verse 22, it clearly states that Gods Word is health to all flesh. The Hebrew definition of the word health is, curative, medicine, cure, deliverance, healing, remedy, sound and wholesome.
A big part of keeping healing once it is received by faith is purposefully keeping God’s Words in your heart, going in your eyes, and coming out your mouth. Therefore, this medicine should be taken daily so that soundness of body and soul prevails over lying symptoms.
Lastly, thanking and praising God for what He has provided through Jesus is a big part of keeping your healing too. Thanksgiving and praise is an act of faith. This action of faith exhibits belief in the promise of healing and will shut satan’s mouth and close the door to his lying words.
When thanksgiving is made to God because one believes that they are already healed by Jesus stripes, a declaration is being made; a decree is set forth, stating that regardless of what it looks like or feels like, Jesus has paid the price for sickness, disease or malady.
Once this truth sinks into the renewed mind and the realization of this precious gift settles into the heart, praise and thanksgiving is the only response.
Lastly, healing and wholeness has been provided for all mankind because God so loved the world and because Jesus gave Himself. In Isaiah 53:10, it states, “Yet is pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief …”God was pleased when Jesus was bruised, beaten and given stripes. Gods was pleased when Jesus was made sick and diseased for mankind. He received pleasure from this act knowing that because Jesus became sin, man could be made righteous and because Jesus was made sick man could made whole.
Unquestionably, God is a God of love!
This article is written by Evangelist Marie Diggs
Evangelist Marie Diggs serves as Outreach Director at Word of Faith
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