We often see or receive cards saying, “Get Well Soon”. When sickness strikes, almost everyone wants to get well, but this world has little to offer in figuring out how. The world’s system works hard to make us sick… and works overtime to keep us sick. So in order to learn the truth about how to “get well soon” we look again at the Bible, and the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus.
An amazing story is recorded in John 5:1-15. “When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” John 5:6-7 NKJV
This man was very cognizant of the obstacles that were preventing his healing. “Do you want to be made well?” I believe Jesus is asking this same question to many of His followers today. How each of us answer this question is vital. There are always obstacles blocking us from experiencing God’s will in our lives. Are we focusing on the obstacles, or on what God has already provided?
The apostle Paul handled his many obstacles differently from most, both then and now. If you’ll remember, Paul had more obstacles blocking God’s will in his life than almost anyone. In fact, let’s look at an example from Paul’s life.
The envious men from Antioch and Iconium brought persecution against Paul. But they were only instruments used by the source of the persecution—which was the messenger of Satan. Wherever Paul went, the evil spirit worked to incite the people against him. This evil spirit—this messenger from Satan—was the thorn in Paul’s side.
We find in Numbers 33:55, that the Lord told Moses that if the Israelites did not drive out the inhabitants of the land of Canaan, those inhabitants would be irritants in their eyes, thorns in their sides, and be a continuing trouble to them. Well, in like manner, Paul describes this evil angel as a ‘thorn in his side’. But Paul overcame this thorn.
In 2 Corinthians 12:7, Paul says, “There was given me a thorn in the flesh,” (and then Paul tells us what that thorn in the flesh was) “Satan’s Angel to deal blows at me.” Here we learn that an evil spirit was assigned to Paul in order to stop the word from being preached. Paul had received an abundance of revelation, wouldn’t you agree? And Satan came to snatch the word away and stop Paul from the ministry God had called him to.
In Mark 4:15-17 Jesus is teaching an example about what happens when God’s word is planted in a heart. He said, “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.”
I often see people excited about their healing for a time… until their faith in what God has done is tested. And it always is! Satan will never miss an opportunity to steal God’s life-changing, delivering and healing word from a heart. This is where the perseverance of our faith is critical for receiving what God has promised. What God offers us is priceless. Satan knows it’s power. We must fight for our right to receive. And if we do and don’t quit, God promises we will always win. Because, “Greater is He Who is in us than he who is in the world.”
God had given Paul authority over Satan, in the name of Jesus. And you and I have the same power that Paul had to enforce that authority… the name of Jesus. We do this by directly commanding the evil spirit to depart. And then we resist that persecuting spirit steadfastly. James 4:7 reminds us, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” This word “resist” in this verse is not a one-time thing. It is for as long as it takes. Resist and keep resisting until victory is yours.
Going back to the scripture about Paul’s thorn in the flesh, it says, “For this thing I besought the Lord three times, that it might depart from me.” If you want results, don’t ask God to deal with the devil for you. Just as God told Moses to drive out the inhabitants of the land, and just as Jesus spoke to the wind and the waves directly when He was in the boat with the disciples who were afraid, He instructs you and me to drive out the demons or the evil spirits from the affairs in our life–in His name. Look at Mark 16:17. “In My name they will cast out demons…” Also we find in James 4:7, stating it again because of this scripture’s importance, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. (You) Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
If I sound a little passionate about this subject, it’s NOT because I learned it in seminary or heard it taught in church. And I didn’t get this from another preacher. This comes from the Word of God, the Spirit of God. AND I have found this to be true in my own life many times over. It just plain works. It’s a powerful truth available to all who believe.
If you are sick and want to get well, don’t wait around expecting God to ‘zap’ you. He might, and we praise the Lord when that occurs. But pray and expect God to heal you. Until the manifestation of your prayer, do whatever you need to do to act and speak in agreement with what’s in your heart … because God truly DOES want you well. Blend the practical with the miraculous. Add the natural with the supernatural. God has already done all that He needs to do for you to experience healing. But you have to fight for it, and stand steadfast for it. Don’t give up.
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Always remember that, with God nothing is impossible!
Dale & Paula
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