*…..Healing Belongs To You (part 3)
by pastor Charles C Elliott
We have been looking at some things we need to do in Overcoming our Roadblocks To Healing!
We will continue to examine a list of at least twenty roadblocks to Divine Healing, and victory…..In this message, we will pick up where we left off at Road block # 11…
The three categories of these roadblocks to healing, are manifestations of either a lack of knowledge, unbelief, or reaping what we have sown.
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”!
The Lord refers to healing as the children's bread, or a basic part of our redemption package. He wants us to have healing, and wholeness more than we want to have healing and wholeness, since He provided it before we even asked Him for it!
Normally, Parents don’t wait till the children are starving to go get something for them to eat. They go shopping and put food in the refrigerator and the cabinets so the child can just open it and get what they want….it was there waiting for them before they got hungry….The children’s bread is there waiting for us to receive it!
We concluded last week with Roadblock # Eleven: Trying to measure spiritual things by natural means! 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 discerned….and spiritually understood….For example, every person has a God shaped place inside….they can try to fill it with all the things of the natural world….money, pleasure, possessions and success, but only God can fill the spiritual place in us that is reserved for Him alone!
Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
1Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
“Jesus addressed the issue that the spiritual realm governs the natural realm, when He said…. Matthew 21:21 “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 source of everything that exists in the natural, which came by the Word that created it, 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…and you will jump over into the natural as your source.
Our faith is in someone who cannot fail, never has and never will. (say it with me….”He cannot fail” )…AND THAT IS YOUR SOURCE!!!
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. Adam said it and it was so….”you’re a frog”, and it was, “you’re a duck”, and it was….”you’re an apple”, and it was!
Matthew 18:18 “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
(tell someone, “you need to listen, God is talking to you”)
Roadblock # Twelve: Dealing With That Thing Called Fear!
The 6 questions women ask that strike the most fear in men are: 1...What are you thinking about? 2...Do you love me? 3…Were you looking at that woman? 4...Do I look fat? 5...Do you think she is prettier than me? 6...Would you remarry if I died? ….Men…be very afraid!!!!!
Job said this about fear… Job 3:25 “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”.
Worry and fear neutralize faith – They are faith in reverse – as we believe the wrong things…Worry and fear begin to work against us instead of for us to create the thing we fear. There is no fear in faith since perfect trust will cast out all fear – because faith works by loving trust; You cannot be in faith and fear at the same time. James 1:6 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. v7 Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. v8 For, a double minded man is unstable in all his ways”.
So fear is another manifestation of unbelief….It is the belief in the outcome that you do not want to receive… so, that what you don’t want to receive, is what you end up receiving!
Here’s some insight for you…. Fear is a thing of the heart…you fear because something is near and dear to your heart….So our constant challenge is to lead your heart and don’t let your heart lead you, and you will conquer your fear.
1 Chronicles 22:19 Now set it (be established) in your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God.”
Roadblock # Thirteen: Taking Control Of Negative Confessions!
James 3:10 “Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. These things ought not to be so. v.11 Does a fountain send forth at the same time sweet water and bitter? v.12 Can the fig tree, bear olive berries? Can a vine, bear figs? So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh”.
The words of your mouth reveal your true beliefs - If you are walking in faith, it'll show, because your words are a mirror of your heart. It is critically important that we say about ourselves what God's Word says about us and think about ourselves as God thinks about us, through the eyes of love and grace.
If God says we are healed, it is okay for us to say we are healed, regardless of our feelings. It's imperative that we consistently confess the Word of God- not just our feelings or our fears.
Our words give us direction and attract our God given future. He watches over His Word to perform it on our behalf. But we must continually be speaking His Word over our situations and relationships. When we confess the word, He releases the angels to perform it and they show up to adjust things in our lives and to conform to the word!!!
Roadblock # Fourteen: Double-Mindedness!
The Greek word for Double minded is (dipsuchos…to stand in two places) I’m amazed at how many really sick people are out on the waters around Key West and the Keys, diving, fishing, and boating…. ….they are out there even though they are sick….and I say this, because they called their jobs and told them that they couldn’t come in because they were too sick!!!! They are double minded! We become double minded when we are struggling because we want to stand in two places!
If you do not go after what you want, you’ll never have it….
If you do not ask, the answer will always be no….
If you do not go forward, you will always remain in the same place…
Paul says, Romans 4:20 “Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; v.21 And being fully persuaded (totally convinced) that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform”. (He was not double minded)
Like Paul and Abraham, we need to be "fully persuaded".
Some speak words of faith, but their actions contradict their words. Some speak words of faith when they are around other faith walking people, but the rest of the time, they speak their problems or their feelings. The bible calls these folks double minded. Scripture makes it clear that they will not receive anything from God, because they are not full convinced that God will do what He said He would do.
God measures us by our hearts… and our words come from what is in our hearts, and Jesus is the high priest of our confession. When we fill our hearts with His words, then He watches over those words to perform them!!!
Roadblock # Fifteen: Misunderstanding the meaning of “If It Be Thy Will”!
”Some folks, pray with their eyes and their brain both shut” We might also call this the "Whatever will be, will be" perspective; Many people will claim, "God will heal me if it is His will to heal me", not understanding that His will is His Word and healing is clearly declared all through scripture.
A person who prays this way is clearly walking in doubt and unbelief, and doesn’t know the word of God, or isn’t certain what they actually do believe.
Someone has said that these People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention. What we need is the center of God’s will! Scripture tells us that we must pray in confidence, knowing what His will is when we pray…
1John 5:15 “And if we know that He hears us, (because we know His will expressed by His word) whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him”.
We must speak out of our position in Christ and not out of our experience at the moment…..
Romans12:2 “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”.
Roadblock # Sixteen: Vain Repetitious Prayers! Many people think that the way to get God to move on their behalf is through asking for the same thing over and over and over again, thinking they can twist His arm, not realizing that the mere act of doing that is a demonstration of their unbelief.
Matthew 6:7 “But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. v.8 Don’t be like them: for your Heavenly Father knows what you have need of, before you ask Him”.
If you truly ask in faith, you don't need to ask again. Instead you need to declare the answer and solution God gives you….and walk in the answer, not the problem.
God didn’t save us to turn us into beggars, but transformed us into children of the most high God, Heirs and joint heirs with Christ! He told us to reign in life as kings and priests unto our God!!!
Romans 5:17 “For if by one man's offence, death reigned, how much more then shall they which have received of the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness, reign in life by one, Jesus Christ”.
The Holy Spirit has deposited the DNA of Christ within us, so that we have this problem you see, accepting that there is anything that is not possible with God!!
Roadblock # Seventeenth: "Trying" Instead of "Trusting"! As long as you are "trying", you are not fully "trusting" - Don't "try" to do it, just "do it”!
If you’re trying to swim, chances are, you’re close to drowning! You have to trust the principal of buoyancy and displacement. Perhaps that’s why the Holy Spirit is referred to as water so often, because just as water has buoyancy, He holds you up!
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. v.6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths”.
Roadblock # Eighteen: Prolonged Sorrow! This Is like a poison, you don’t realize it’s spreading all through your system, until it’s finally got you! Sadness, Depression, Hopelessness,…. Or Simply Not Walking In Joy can block your victory...
Prolonged sorrow will bring emptiness, lack and poverty. However, Joy is a manifestation of faith. If you have lost your joy, it is a clear signal that you are not walking in the God-kind-of-faith.
Prolonged Sorrow can introduce many ailments into your body, mind and spirit. Joy in your spirit is medicine to your body. If you’re not laughing enough, that might be your problem….Joy is also the best cosmetics ever, for your face! It’s No wonder, then,
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries up the bones”.
If you need a good laugh, just look at yourself in the mirror first thing in the morning……
Roadblock # Nineteen: Is Impatience! Faith without patience just simply isn't faith. We have to understand that God's timing is perfect. On our part, we must believe that we have received when we pray. If we are getting impatience about the manifestation, then we apparently don't believe we received it, or that God heard us. But we must know enough about God, to know that He is not slack concerning His promises.
Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which you have shown toward His name, you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. v.11 And we desire that every one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: v.12 Do not be complacent, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.
The only exercise some people get is flying off the handle, Taking things too far, dodging responsibility, pushing their luck, and rushing to conclusions….
(impatience can cost you, big time) because the hurrider you go the behinder you get!!
Roadblock # Twenty Is REAPING WHAT YOU SOW!
Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. v.8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. v.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not”.
We Can Reap Unhealthy Life Practices!
You can have all the faith in the world, but if you are constantly dining on fast food, don't expect prolonged healthy living; Unsanitary conditions, bad eating habits, a negative environment, and other risky health patterns, can open the door to sickness in our lives. What we eat is who we are. Sow healthy habits into your lifestyle and reap a healthy body.
We Can Reap Un-forgiveness! Jesus told us to pray that we might receive forgiveness from God as we forgive others. If you are not in right standing with your wife, your children, your fellow man, and your God, it hinders the flow of the power of God; Someone has said that Forgiveness is a manifestation of Godliness.
Maybe someone has dumped their resentment, bitterness and stinking thinking on you and it has affected you and the way you feel and see things…
It’s time for ALL THE EAGLES to get set free… I’m glad you came today.. The word of God has creative power…..release that creative power in faith as you believe today..
Could you reach out to Him in surrender and pray with me right now….
“Lord, Jesus, I know that You see and You feel all the pain in my heart, the hurt and the resentment, the anger and guilt, the fear and insecurities. You see it all. I desperately need Your healing for my physical conditions and my hidden wounds and emotional scars. Today, by faith, I’m taking the steps towards my healing.
Help me to admit the things that have had a negative and self-destructive affect in my life. Help me to release the person that wronged me. Help me to replace wrong thinking and wrong doing with thoughts and acts based on your Greater truth… Help me to refocus on the future, the plan and purpose that You have for my life. Thank You for bringing revelation and healing to my life today. I recommit myself to you, Lord… Right here, right now, in the stillness of Your presence.
I receive Your healing life flowing through me now, bringing peace to my mind and healing energy to my body. I receive the embrace of Your powerful healing love, I give permission for Your health and wholeness to enter my mind, body, and emotions. I declare that the works of the devil are destroyed in our lives, that he has no more power over us. That he is a defeated foe and that what he has attempted to do is a bluff and an illegal attempt.
I overcome by the blood of Jesus and the word of my testimony. Jesus is Lord and Ruler of our lives. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I will believe the report of the Lord - not the report of man or of demons. God declares that by His stripes we are healed. I believe this and confess this. I receive this provision for my family and myself. My body is a temple of the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 6:19, redeemed, Eph 1:7, cleansed 1John 1:7, and sanctified by the Blood of Jesus Hebrews 13:12.
My members, (the parts of my body), are instruments of righteousness Romans 6:13, yielded to God for His service and for His glory. The devil has no place, no power and no unsettled claims. All has been settled by the Blood of Jesus, Romans 8:33-34, I overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by word of my testimony, Rev 12:11. My body is for the Lord and the Lord is for my body 1 Cor 6:13.
Thank You, Lord Jesus, for Your healing life that surges throughout every cell of my entire being, strengthening me and restoring me to wholeness. I release and cast away any worry or concern about my health. I trust Your healing love and Your life-giving presence to restore me now. I open my heart and life, to Your renewing, creative love, that connects me with Your healing, revitalizing life.
I am created in the image of God, and blessed with strength and wholeness. I believe that the power of God blesses me and sustains me with perfect health. I declare, according to Your word, that I am whole and well in mind, body, and spirit….In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.”
(closing slide) Let us lift our hands together and praise Him for the Spirit of freedom and liberty, which He brings as we open ourselves to His healing flow…..