How to Develop Faith to Receive Healing
Copyright © Andrew J. Shreeve 2006
Everything from God is received by faith. God is a faith God (Hebrews 11:6). Everything in this world was created by faith (Hebrews 11:3). If we expect to receive healing, or anything, from God we must be in faith (James 1:5-7). So how do we get faith?
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17)
As we receive the Word of God we receive faith. If we desire faith to receive healing, our primary focus needs to be on receiving God’s Words concerning healing into our heart.
This is consistent with Jesus’ teaching in Mark 4 where he tells us that, the one who bears fruit is the one who hears the Word and receives it (Mark 4:20).
Jesus says, with what measure we mete the Word into our heart it will be measured to us of the fruit of God’s kingdom in our life (Mark 4:24). We could say the measure we sow the seed of healing in our heart will be the measure of God’s supernatural healing power in our life.
The method of receiving the seed into our heart is called meditation. Meditation is repeated verbal utterance of God’s word (particularly in this case, God’s promises concerning healing). We mix meditation with prayer, thanksgiving, praise, worship, tongues, imagination, and study.
As we meditate we are receiving the seed through the filter of our mind and authorizing its placement into our spirit. If our soul is resistant to the Word of God, due to wrong thought patterns caused by experience or wrong teaching, this can be challenging. In this instance we need to hammer the Word to penetrate the hard ground of our soul:
Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)
God’s Word is spirit: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit (John 6:63). Our goal is to plant these spirit words into our spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The Word will grow in our spirit and bring forth revelation, light, faith, understanding and ultimately the fruit of what it promises. The Word needs to be continually watered, fertilised, and protected through daily meditation until it produces the results we desire (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3).
God has given us exceeding great and precious promises in seed form, and God expects us to possess these promises through planting them into our heart (2 Peter 1:3-4).
We who meditate God’s Word, which is seed planting, are demonstrating our desire to allow, or authorize, God’s will to come to pass in our lives! God will never force his will upon us. We are therefore co-labourers in the process of establishing God’s will in our lives.
Hebrews 4:11 says to: labour therefore to enter into that rest. The rest Paul is talking about is the rest of trusting in God’s promises. He warns us not to have an evil heart of unbelief (Hebrews 3:12) and to fear lest a promise being left (Hebrews 4:1).
Philemon 1:6 says: the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. We need to acknowledge the ‘good thing’ of our healing before we will experience the divine health God has promised. Then we can testify positively concerning God’s love and goodness.
One way to receive our healing is through faith in God.
We receive faith when we hear and receive God’s Words into our heart.
Meditation is the method of receiving the seeds of God’s Word into our spirit.
If we desire healing from the Lord we simply meditate God’s Scriptures which promise healing, day and night. The Word of God will take root in our heart and grow, and over time produce healing in our life.
The fruit of the Word of God, manifesting in our lives, will be proportionate to the effort we put in to the meditation.
God has empowered us with his Word!
They are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22)
He sent his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction (Psalm 107:20).