Divine Healing and Health

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The Lesson Objective:

TO UNDERSTAND HOW AND WHY THERE CAN BE HINDRANCES TO HEALING.

1. Principles of healing.

  • Divine healing and health is a God-given covenant right to all believers.
  • Healing is a gift from God.
  • Jesus proclaimed that He came that we might have life, and have it more

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

2. Common Hindrances.

  • A lack of knowledge.
    • The Bible says that God’s people “perish for a lack of knowledge.”

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children” (Hosea 4:6).

  • Unbelief
    • To question, doubt or deny the validity of the Word or act as if it does not work. Unbelief is a sin and will hinder the power from being operative.

“He who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23).

  • Unforgiveness and prayer.

“Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses” (Mark 11:25,

  • Laziness–not being diligent.

“You do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12).

  • Pride.

“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate” (Proverbs 8:13).

  • Unconfessed sin.

Honesty, openness, and a willingness to confess all sin and accepting forgiveness is a vital element to receiving healing.

  • Involvement in the occult

Practicing the occult is an abomination to God. All ties with the occult (horoscope, psychics, Ouija boards, crystals) must be repented of and

“Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).

HEALING TESTIMONY

“When Carole was two, I began to develop a slight itching and burning sensation upon my body. We were in evangelistic work and constantly on the go. You know, many times if our affliction is not grave enough to hinder our daily routine, we do not seriously take the matter to the Lord. And so the weeks passed. By now, I was feeling real discomfort, so much so, that my sleep was interrupted, and many times in my waking moments I would have to grit my teeth from sheer distress. I told my husband that unless God intervened, I would have to leave the field. A nurse friend of ours said it sounded like cancer to her, and suggested I have an immediate examination. “That night, Gordon announced a healing service and asked those who wished for prayer to spend the next two days fasting. So for those two days, I shut myself off, alone with God, and then went into the prayer line. No feeling. No apparent change. Only God’s promises! But that was enough! During the night, as each attack came upon me, I rebuked the devil in the Name of Jesus. When darkness fled, as the morning rays burst through my window, sweet relief had come, and I had the assurance that the victory was won. The “Great Physician” was present, and I am healed.” (By Freda Lindsay)