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     We’re going to continue on the subject of healing for our bodies. As we look throughout the Word of God, we find that it is God’s will for us to be healed.

     I. Turn to MATT 8:16-17

              A. Look at MATT 12:15

                        1. Here we see Jesus healing all that came to Him.

                                  a. Some will argue that this was Jesus not God the Father.

                                  b. Jesus said in (John 14:9) “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”

                        2. Turn to JOHN 5:30

                                  a. Jesus said that He seeks the will of the Father.

                                  b. But look at JOHN 5:19

                                           i. What we see Jesus doing on the Earth is the will of the Father.

              B. Now that we can see that it is the will of the Father to heal the sick, we also see that faith is something that is needed to receive.

                        1. Healing is a promise of God.

                                 a. (Exodus 23:25) Says, “And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.”

                                  b. So we have God’s promise to take sickness away from the midst of us, but for that promise to come to pass we have to meet the conditions.

                                           i. In the V He says that we need to serve Him.

                                                     a. In light of the NT we could say that we need to be one of His children, and be serving Him.

                                           ii. But there is something else that the NT teaches that we have to put into practice in order to receive.

                                                     a. (Hebrews 6:12) “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

    II. In most cases Jesus did not heal anyone until He either heard their confession of faith, or He observed some act of faith for healing.

              A. Look at MATT 8:5-10

                        1. Jesus observed this man’s faith and He heard his confession of faith. (Because of that the servant was healed.)

              B. MARK 2:1-5 and Then Jesus healed him.

                        1. But what I wanted you to see is that Jesus saw their faith and the man was healed.

                        2. Faith is better seen than heard.

                                  a. (James 2:26) Says, “Faith without works is dead.”

                                           i. Or as many have said, “Faith without corresponding action is dead.”

                                  b. But “Don’t get it backwards.” Just because you have a work, does not mean that it is faith.

                                           i. Sometimes people will do something like writing faith checks.

                                           ii. You don’t do something to prove that you have faith. If you have faith then you will automatically do the corresponding action.

                                           iii. You won’t have to think twice about doing it.

     III. Throughout the Word of God, we always see that God honors faith

              A. MATT 9:27-30

                        1. Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you.”

                                  a. Their faith is what got the job done.

              B. In (Matthew 15:22), the Canaanite woman who sought after Jesus said, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, [thou] Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.”

                        1. As she was persistent with her faith and unwavering, Jesus said in (Matthew 15:28), “O woman, great [is] thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.”

              C. Look at MARK 5:25-29

                        1. If we just stop there, we would say that it was her touching Jesus’ garment that made her whole.

                                  a. But not according to Jesus.

                        2. Let’s go on reading MARK 5:30-34

                                  a. It was her faith that made her whole. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

              D. Then starting in (MARK 10:49) we have a blind man that sought Jesus for his healing.

                        1. In (V 52) Jesus said, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”

                        2. In (LUKE 17:19) you have the leper that returned to give thanks to Jesus. Jesus said, “Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.”

                        3. In (JOHN 4) the nobleman sought Jesus to come and heal his son.

                                  a. In (John 4:50) Jesus said to him, “Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him.”

                                           i. As you go on reading you find out the boy was healed.

     IV. We don’t always have a reference to the person being in faith when they were healed, but we can see the importance of it.

              A. Turn to MARK 6:1-6

                        1. In Jesus own town He could not do any miraculous miracles because of their unbelief.

              B. Not only in Jesus ministry were people healed by their own faith.

                        1. ACTS 14:8-10

                        2. Paul knew that this man had faith, and that is what caused Paul to come over to him and say, “Stand up.”

     V. Healing is a promise that belongs to every believer.

              A. Jesus said. “Everyone that asks receives.”

                        1. He made a similar statement 6 times.

                                  a. He wants you to know that it’s OK to ask Him for what you want.

              B. Jesus said in (Matthew 7:7-8) “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: (8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

                        1. Jesus said in (John 6:37) “The one that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.”

                                  a. That means those that come to Him with a need, will not be refused.

                        2. In (John 15:7) Jesus said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

                                  a. Then in (Matthew 9:29) Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you.”

              C. In those Vs that I just read to you, it’s you that has to do the asking, you that has to do the seeking, you that has to come to Jesus, you that has to do the abiding, and you that has to do the believing.

              D. Turn to NUM 21:8-9

                        1. This is what we call the Brazen Serpent.

                                  a. Everyone had to do their own looking.

                                  b. This brazen serpent is a type of Christ.

     VI. To be saved, you must do your own repenting, your own believing, your own confessing, your own accepting, your own receiving; then you will be saved.

              A. Healing is very much the same thing.

              B. It’s God’s will that you do your own asking, your own believing, your own claiming, your own receiving; then you will be healed.

              C. We can be healed by someone praying the prayer of faith over us, but your faith is so very important.

                        1. We need to walk by faith.

                        2. The example that Jesus was trying to teach us in (MARK 11:22) Is “You have faith in God.”

                                  a. We need to believe God for our needs to be met.

                                  b. We need to stand in faith believing God for our needs to be met and faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

WOLCC SUN AM 4/29/94 From Osborn’s book “Healing the sick” chapter 16 on “Is faith essential to healing?” pp. 129-135 only This is part 2 to a message Preached at WOL on 4/10/94 Sun. AM.

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