Healing Belongs To You (part 2)
by pastor Charles C Elliott
Today we will look at some things we need to do in order to Overcoming Your Roadblocks To Healing!
We will examine a list of at least twenty roadblocks to Divine Healing, and victory…..
Each of the areas which block our healing, are manifestations of either a lack of knowledge, unbelief, or reaping what we have sown.
We could find exceptions for every principal stated in the Bible… but we have not been called to major on exceptions, but, in simple faith, to believe what is promised in God’s covenant with His people. Let’s leave the exceptions with God. Our heavenly Father, who means what He says and He says what He means. He promises healing to each of His Blood-bought children. He even calls it the children's bread. He did what He promised and He has already provided for our healing 2000 years ago. He wants us to have healing, and wholeness more than we want to have healing and wholeness!
He said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”!
The reason we have not yet received, probably has to do with, one of the following reasons….The First Category we will consider, is just plain old IGNORANCE!
Because Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God….(and speaking of ignorance…)
A little girl asked her mother,"How did the human race come about?" The Mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve; they had children and, so all mankind was made." *…..A few days later, the little girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, "Many years ago there were monkeys, and we developed from them." The
confused girl returns to her mother and says, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me that the human race was created by God , and Papa says we developed from
monkeys?" The Mother answers, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about the origin of my side of the family, and your father told you about his side."
So, you need to decide which side you’re on……
John 10:10 The thief only comes, to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly…… Let’s not let the thief rob us of His abundance….
The First Roadblock Is Religious Thinking! There are a lot of people who look at their religious traditions and say, "that's not how my church does it" or "that's not how my church brand, taught me"; As long as you treat your tradition as more sacred than the Word of God, you will stop the flow of God on your behalf. Any kind of tradition that doesn't have it's origins in God’s word can be a hindrance to receiving whatever it is that God has for you. It’s amazing how many will reject anything that is contrary to their traditions or their denomination, even if it’s contrary to the word.
A pastor arrived at his new church and discovered that it had "bats" hanging on the pitched ceiling of the sancturary. He called someone to ask what he should do with them and they explained, that if he should put them all in a bag and drive them out to the country and let them go, then, he would be rid of them, but when he got back to the church, the "old bats" were waiting to get in.
The Preacher also tried a couple of other things that didn't work. So one day he saw the pastor from down the street and he asked him if he had ever had a problem with "bats" in his church. The Preacher said, "I use to, but now I baptize them and take them into membership, and they haven't been back since."
Traditions of men will shut down the healing and supernatural power of God in the church; When Jesus began His ministry, it was traditionalism that prevented many people from receiving His teaching.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, by the tradition of men, and not after Christ. Mark 7:13 Through your traditions, you have made void, the word of God.
Roadblock # Two: Is Rejecting The Truth!
Mark 6:2 states, “He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, what is the source of these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands? v.3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joseph, and of Juda, and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? (These are Jesus’ biological family and his siblings). And they were offended at him. v.4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is without honor, in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. v.5 And He could there do no mighty work, but that He laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them”.
People rejected Truth because they were offended by Him - they saw Jesus as too ordinary; They couldn’t get beyond the natural realm, to believe for the supernatural. They felt like they knew Jesus and they knew that He was born out of wedlock. I’m sure they felt that Jesus didn’t have the credentials to be such a strong spiritual leader. They didn't think Jesus had enough religious standing to be making the claims and the statements that He was making. They accepted religious teaching over God’s truth, the word of man over the word of God and rejected their own salvation and deliverance.
Jesus had no servants yet they called him master, He had no degree yet they called Him teacher. He had no medicines yet they called Him healer, He had no armies, yet kings feared Him. He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world. He committed no crime yet they put Him to death. They all walked away, but He will never walk away and He lives forever more!!!
Roadblock # Three: is A Lack of accurate Information!
(It’s important to Get good, reliable, accurate, believable information) Ignorance is bad enough, and we are all ignorant in some areas…..but when a person says “I don’t know, and I don’t care”….ignorance has partnered with Apathy and that my friend is dangerous, because it may just reproduce something you don’t want !!!!
Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah said, Lord, who has believed our report? v.17 For, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. v.18 But I say, Have they not heard? For the sound went into all the earth, and the words unto the ends of the world”.
Many teach that it is not always the will of God to heal you, but It is not likely that you will trust God for your healing if you have not heard the truth of healing being taught. If you have not been exposed to Truth, it would be hard to believe what you have not heard. Faith comes and is developed through hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
If you need a healing, you need to get the Word of God on healing – lack of the Word of God and ignorance of the Covenant that He has made with you, will prevent you from receiving your healing… Also, not understanding the source and cause of sickness as well as the source of healing will slow your recovery.
Isaiah 53:4 Surely He has borne our grief, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. v.5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed……. Unless God directly and clearly tells you that there is a season you’re in before the healing comes, but even then believe and know that He wants to heal you…
Roadblock # Four: Very little understanding of the Character of God! Jesus said, Whom do men say that I am? And his disciples answered and said, Some say you are John the Baptist returned from the dead; others say Elias, or another of the old prophets. Jesus asks: "But whom do you say that I am?" Religious scholars answered, "Thou art the Logos, existing in the Father as His rationality and then, by an act of His will, being generated, in consideration of the various functions by which God is related to his creation, but only on the fact that Scripture speaks of a Father, and a Son, and a Holy Spirit, each member of the Trinity being coequal with every other member, and each acting inseparably with and interelational to every other member, with only a trinitarian subordination within God, but causing no division which would make the substance no less whole." And Jesus answering, said, "HUUUHHHHHH?"
Acts 10:38 For, God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. If you fail to understand God’s loving, accepting nature, the fact that God is love, and that He gives only good things to His children, you may not be receptive to receive your healing. You can know the character of God by looking at Jesus. Jesus, in His earthly life, was the reflection of the character of God. He continually demonstrated the will of God by healing the sick. It is undeniable that the Word of God promotes healing from cover to cover;
But many Christians don't understand that healing is included in the work of redemption, and they have already received it. It is important that we be constantly listening to and studying the Truths of the Word of God; Yes, there is sickness in the world, but we don't have to accept it as ours. The higher truth is that we have been redeemed from the curse! Remember that Jesus told us that it is the thief (Satan) who came to steal, kill, and destroy. …When the plagues rained down upon Egypt, God’s people were spared, as they rested under the covenant of blessing!
Roadblock # Five: Misunderstanding the Healing Process! Many have dismissed the healing message simply because they were not healed instantly. After receiving prayer and saw no difference when waking up the next morning with the same problem.
Because of this, they give up, they continue accepting and expecting the problem, and they continue down the path of relying only upon man's remedies. Scripture clearly explains that many times healing is gradual, but healing always comes in one way or another when the true God-kind-of-faith is release. It is through faith and patience that we inherit this promise; (let me say, here…that even after you’ve received healing, you can expect to be attacked by reoccurring “lying” symptoms which come to get you over into doubt and unbelief) This is where we continue to “Resist the devil” and watch him flee…..!
Hebrews 6:12 “Do not be complacent, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. v.13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He swore by Himself, v.18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us”.
Roadblock # Six: Lack of repentance! Mark 6:12 “And they went out, and preached that men should repent. v.13 And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them”. Proverbs 3:7 ….”fear the LORD, and depart from evil. v.8 It shall be health to your navel, and marrow to your bones”.
An unrepentant heart can hinder healing – True repentance means that we have turned our backs and walked away from the Sin. Are you clean before the Lord; Sometimes people have sin in their lives that they refuse to deal with; We stand in the righteousness of Jesus - But that does not give us a license to continue in sin - If we are knowingly and willfully walking in disobedience, then our healing and victory can be delayed.
Roadblock # Seven: Lack Of Spiritual Authority. We need to be confident of the authority that we have in Christ, the power that we have in His Name, and know how to pray the prayer of faith. You must believe that you receive when you pray and avoid vain-repetitions, that are egocentric and not bible based and faith centered… Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever you desire, when you pray, believe that you have received them, and you shall have them”.
We are the delegated authority stationed at the intersection of our lives, where we intersect with our environment, physically, mentally and spiritually. We are appointed to manage the traffic at our intersection and choose what can come through and what cannot.
Job 22:28 “You shall also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto you and the light shall shine upon your ways”.
1John 5:15 “And if we know that He hears us, for, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the (legal and binding) petitions that we desired of Him”. (our attorney, who represents us, is Jesus)
Roadblock # Eight: Lack of Authority in Demonic Activity!
Mark 3:27 “No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, unless he first binds the strong man; and then he will take back his (stolen possessions)”.
There are times when people don't really need a healing, but they actually need deliverance….There are spirits of sickness, infirmity and addiction that want to bring us into bondage. Not all physical problems are directly caused by demonic activity, but certainly, a lot is. We each need spiritual discernment to know if it is a spiritual thing or just a physical thing; Christians Can Become Demon Oppressed, or Demon Obsessed, But Not Demon Possessed. We have one master and that is Christ… But Satan can take advantage of us in seasons of weariness and exhaustion. It’s good in times such as that, to have an accountability circle, for support to give us reinforcements and insight.
Roadblock # Nine: Failure To Break Inherited Curses.
Ezekiel 18:2 ….”The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge”
So many folks live in a dead zone.. only looking to each day with more torture and fear and dehumanization. It is purly demonic and depraved. It must be broken!
Isaiah 53:5 “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. (Aveel….those who are bowed down beneath perversity, wickedness and sin,) the chastisement (satisfaction or price) of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed”.
Scripture speaks of inherited curses, but it also tells us that we have been set free from all curses due to the work of the cross. Once again, we have authority in Christ, the power of His Name, and the power of His Blood, so we can break any inherited curse. We must declare, “No More” in Jesus name
Roadblock # Ten: Lack Of Faith!
Mark 9:17 “And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto You my son, which has a dumb spirit; (I think that spirit is very active today, because folks are doing some real dumb stuff) v.18 And wherever it takes him, it tears him: and he foams, and gnashes with his teeth, and pines away: and I spoke to your disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. v.19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. v.20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tore him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. v.21 And he asked his father, How long has it been since this came unto him? And he said, since a child. V.22 And often it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if You can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. v.23 Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. v.24 And the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. v.25 And Jesus rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, you dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him, and enter no more into him”.
Jesus was exposing one of the biggest hindrances to Divine Healing…. the lack of faith; Faith is a major requirement to releasing the power of God on your behalf.
We all have available to us the measure of faith to get the job done, but, unbelief insolates and isolates us from the healing power of God for our life. Many Christians believe that it is not the will of God to heal them, so the results of that negative belief, is what they end up getting! (You have enough faith, if you release it and use it)
Roadblock # Eleven: Trying to measure spiritual things by natural things!
The question has long been asked….Why did the chicken cross the road? Many have tried to respond…here’s how some people might have responded to the question…..Socrates the philosopher: The question is not "Why did the chicken cross the road? But is rather, "Who was crossing the road at the same time, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the chicken crossing the road?"
Martin Luther King, Jr.: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.
Grandpa: In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.
Theory of relativity: The point is that the chicken crossed the road. Who cares why? The end of crossing the road justifies whatever motive there was.
Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road moved beneath the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.
Buddha: You must transcend this or you will never discover your own chicken nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson: The chicken did not cross the road - it transcended it.
Thomas The Torturer: Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I'll find out.
Chicken Preacher: And God came down from the heavens, and He said unto the chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And the Chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.
CAPTAIN KIRK: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before
Colonel Sanders: You mean I missed one?
The Department of Homeland Security: ….This administration will do everything within its power to provide free access to ALL chickens on ALL our roads, everywhere, at ANY cost.
Hillary Clinton: That is my chicken, and I didn’t break any laws by letting it cross….
Dr. Phil : Don't lie about your chicken. Confront it. You can’t get beyond what you don’t confront.
Jewish Chicken: Vaat? The pig crosses the road and no one notices. But I cross the road and now it's a Federal case already?!
Key West Chicken: Hey! Back off, I'm walkin' here!
We cannot try to explain or solve things in the natural realm, which have a Spiritual root and cause…natural logic will usually fall short… Spiritual things must be spiritually deserned….and spiritually approached….
Matthew 21:21 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If you have faith, and doubt not, you shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if you shall say unto this mountain, Be removed, and be cast into the sea; it shall be done”.
Our reference point and our perspective can make the difference in victory or defeat. If you don't stay diligently grounded in the Word, doubt will begin to enter in and get a foothold. You’ll forget that you are not subject to natural things but they are to be subject to you….
God writes a lot of great reality show scripts... the trouble is, he's been stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play the parts.
Jesus was clear that the natural realm is subject to the spiritual realm…The garden of Eden was a place where the natural dimension was clearly subject to the Spiritual.Genesis 2:15 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. v. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
God has given us a higher law, which we use to govern all the affairs of this life. The principles and values within the bible will apply to every situation, broken place, and circumstances of life…. May we indeed mount up with wings as eagles and soar in the high places, looking unto the hills where our help comes from….
We will continue the subject….”HEALING BELONGS TO YOU” In next Sunday’s message…..