Article Number 15 in TruLight Radio XM Healing Articles called “The Doctor Says – The Bible Says” by Dr. Michelle Strydom MD
Mark 11 v 22-24: “22 And Jesus said to them, Have faith in God [constantly]. 23Truly I tell you,whoever says to this mountain, Be lifted up and thrown into the sea! And does not doubt at all in his heart but believes that what he says will take place, it will be done for him. 24 For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will [get it].”
Even though I am teaching you all these principles about healing, there is no guarantee that anything will happen because if I could guarantee it, you wouldn’t need faith would you? Faith is vital for you to receive healing or anything else for that matter from God.
James 5 v 14 – 16: “Is anyone among you sick? He should call in the church elders (the spiritual guides). And they should pray over him, anointing him with oil in the Lord’s name. And the prayer that is of faith will save him who is sick, and the Lord will restore him; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to
a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
When Jesus performed miraculous healings He often said to the person He healed, “Your faith has healed you.”
Matthew 9 v 27 – 29: “As Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed Him shouting loudly, Have pity and mercy on us Son of David! When He reached the house and went in, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said to them, Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, Yes, Lord. Then He touched their eyes, saying, According to your faith and trust and reliance [on the power invested in Me] be it done to you.”
Matthew 9 v 20 – 22: “And behold a woman who had suffered from a flow of blood for twelve years came behind Him and touched the fringed of his garment; for she kept saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health. Jesus turned around and, seeing her, He said, take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well. And at once the woman was restored to health.”
Luke 17 v 12 – 19: “12And as He was going into one village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance. 13And they raised up their voices and called, Jesus, Master, take pity and have mercy on us! 14And when He saw them, He said to them, Go [at once] and show yourselves to the priests.
And as they went, they were cured and made clean. 15Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice; 16And He fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet, thanking him [over and over]. And He was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, Were not [all] ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18Was there no one found to return and to recognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien? 19And He said to him, Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored
you to health.”
What is faith? Well the Amplified Bible defines it like this: “The leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, goodness and in His Word.”
(Colossians 2 v 5). Confidence and faith are practically synonymous – sometimes they can be interchanged without losing the context of what is being said. There are many long and fancy definitions of faith but it all boils down to: “Faith is confidence in God.” Faith is the act of knowing that if God says He will do something, He will do it. Even if it does not look as though He is doing it right now, it will come to
pass in His timing, if we remain confident in Him. We need to have an attitude like this: “God’s Word says it, I believe it, that settles it.”
The world’s way is to “See and then they will believe,” in other words they only believe what they see. However in God’s kingdom, He says that we are to believe first – and then we will see the results. The physical manifestation will come only after we have believed, not before. Hebrews 11 v 1 in the King James Bible
says that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.
Hebrews 11 v 1: “Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].”
Hebrews 4 v 2: “For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel or God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom
and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).”
Even Jesus was not able to help the people in His home town of Nazareth because of their doubt and unbelief.
Mark 6 v 5-6: “And he was not able to do even one work of power there, except that He laid His hands on a few sickly people [and] cured them. And he marveled because of their unbelief (their lack of faith in Him)…”
In Mark 5 v 36 – 42 Jesus went to raise a little girl from the dead. There were a lot of people in the house getting ready to have a funeral and Jesus walked in and said, “She’s just asleep.” They laughed at him and mocked him. Jesus chased all of those people out because He knew that their doubt and unbelief would undermine His power and ability to heal. If Jesus could not help people because of their unbelief –
then I certainly can’t help you if you are filled with doubt and unbelief, no matter how much faith I have.
If you have faith – then your faith mixed with my faith will grow into a crescendo that will move the hand of God. But if there is doubt and unbelief in your heart, I am going to stagger under it and I won’t be able to help you much. You have got to believe that God will heal you when you pray and ask Him to.
Many people struggle with faith. Some have even been told that they were not healed because they don’t have enough faith. I’ve even heard some say, “When I have more faith, more people will be healed when I pray for them.” I partially disagree with that statement because true heartfelt repentance is what is primarily necessary as a prelude to healing, as I hope I have already proved to you. You do need faith for
healing… but you have enough faith! Romans 12 v 3 says that each one of us has been given a measure of faith by God. Jesus said that all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed!
Matthew 17 v 20: “For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.”
In Mark chapter 9 a man brought his son who had epilepsy to Jesus. Verses 22 – 24: “22…But if You can do anything, do have pity on us and help us. 23And Jesus said, [You say to Me], If You can do anything? [Why,] all things are possible to him who believes! 24At once the father of the boy gave You have got to believe that
God will heal you when you pray and ask Him to.
[an eager, piercing, inarticulate] cry with tears, and he said, Lord, I believe! [Constantly] help my weakness of faith!” This man was honest about his weakness in faith and Jesus immediately acted on his behalf and healed the boy. You can be honest with God – know He is compassionate and will meet you where you are at. You can always pray, “Lord increase my faith.” However, you have enough faith – God
has given you a measure of faith (Romans 12 v 3) – you just need to step out and use it.
Luke 17 v 5 – 6: “The apostles said to the Lord, Increase our Faith (that trust and confidence that spring from our belief in God). And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.”
People often pray for “great faith” yet they do not understand that
faith grows by stepping out in a challenge and doing something they do
not fully understand or have experience with. Nobody is automatically
a person of great faith – faith becomes great through experience. Faith
is like a muscle – it only grows when you use or exercise it. When the
disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, He responded by encouraging them that all they needed was faith as small as a mustard seed. Joyce Meyer teaches that if you have any faith, you will plant it by doing something in action based on your trust and confidence in God. One of the ways we release our faith is
by doing something God asks of us. Faith often requires us to take action – it’s a choice. The disciples were doing nothing in the situation and yet they wanted great faith. There are times when God wants us to wait on Him to take action for us – so we have to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. However we need to understand that trust is active rather than passive. The more you step out and put it into practice, the more your faith will increase. Furthermore, get into the Word because faith also comes from hearing the Word of God.
Romans 10 v 17: “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (KJV). It is interesting to know that medical research on the brain has found that your brain learns three times more quickly if you hear information being spoken than if you just read it.
Be Careful of Doubt
Often when a person is healed by the power of God, a battle begins within the person. Satan gets in the door by putting doubt in the mind. God’s Word is definite about healing and you must rely on it by faith when Satan brings doubt. At times a demonic presence will manifest itself after healing and the healed person will become aware of a symptom of the former illness. Don’t believe it! Speak out the Word in faith instead, “Thank You Lord that by the stripes of Jesus I am healed’ (Isaiah 53 v 5). You either have it or you don’t have it!
James 4 v 7: “Submit to God, Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”
When the symptoms of the disease try to come back, just stop and apply the principles you learnt to be healed the first time and the symptoms will go.
God has given you a measure of faith – you just need to step out and use it.
Faith Works By Love
So now I’ve expressed to you the importance of obedience and faith for receiving your healing. However there is something vitally important for you to understand…faith works by love.
Galatians 5 v 5 – 6: “For we, [not relying on the Law but] through the [Holy] Spirit’s [help], by faith anticipate and wait for the blessing and good for which our right standing with God [our conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action, causes us] to hope. For [if we are] in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision (i.e. the law) counts for anything, but only faith activated
and energized and expressed and working through love.”
If you want mountain moving faith that births radical and outrageous blessing in your life…be radical and outrageous in your love walk! The converse is also true: if you are not operating in the fullness of love, then your faith will not operate to its fullest capacity. Do you want perfect faith? Go and learn about love in 1 Corinthians 13 and apply it to your life. When you begin to walk the love walk, your faith will be perfected. It is useless to speak out faith confessions like, “I thank You Lord for my healing – By the stripes of Jesus I am healed (Isaiah 53 v 5)” if you are treating your spouse or your fellow brother in Christ like dirt. It’s just not going to work, because faith works by love! If you are speaking a faith confession over your life that “The Lord is going to meet all my needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4 v 19)” but you are a gossiper, slanderer and division maker who perpetually lives in strife, you may as well forget
that faith confession and find a way to meet that need yourself. You have cut the life line between you and God because you are violating the law of love.
Some of the worst things that have happened to a person have not been a gun shot, or a hit with the fist or a stab with a knife. They have been the result of the sharp tongue of other Christians! Those same individuals who take their tongue and cut somebody to pieces will come to church the next Sunday and testify about how much they love God. They will quote the Word of God and say, “My God shall supply
all my needs. By His Stripes I am healed.” They make all the right confessions and wonder why no money comes in and why sickness stays with them. You can make all the confessions you want to and quote the Bible day and night, you can fast and pray – and still not get anything if you’re not operating in love. Yes
faith confessions are good – in several places in this book I encourage it. But if you stop and find out where you can love more, you will begin to see your faith work more. Remember it all starts in your mind – don’t meditate on negative thoughts about anybody because that will hinder your love walk, which will then
hinder your faith – which will then hinder you from receiving your healing from God. Can you afford not to walk the love walk? Can you afford to live in strife? Can you afford to hold onto that bitterness and un-forgiveness? Can you afford not to love yourself?
1 John 3 v 14: “We know that we have passed from death to life because
we love one another. Whoever does not love one another abides in death.”
Jesus showed the ultimate love when He took a piece of bread at the Last Supper,
dipped it into the common dish, and fed it to Judas with his fingers (John 13
v 26), whilst knowing that this is the man who would betray Him! That is love. According to the custom of their day, the highest act of love one could perform was
to feed bread like this with your fingers to a friend. This is the bottom line – if you are not walking in love, your faith will not work and you will not receive your healing…because faith works by love. When you get your life and your actions lined up with the Word of God, and you place a strong guard on your tongue,
you will find the love walk becoming automatic. Then it will dawn on you that while you are walking the love walk, you are not struggling with your faith, you are not striving to receive your healing, it is happening automatically as you walk in love. Your faith is strong, and faith works by love – God’s love – this
is the God kind of faith and the love that conquers all.
If you want mountain moving faith…be radical and outrageous in your love walk!
What Do We Do When We Are Not Healed?
There are many people who have believed God for healing for years but are still not healed. Often they think God doesn’t love them because if He loved them He would heal them. As a result they are angry or disillusioned with God. The problem is that they have no knowledge about what caused their disease. The correct statement is not “If God loved you He would have healed you”, it is “If you loved God you would
keep His commandments (John 14 v 15).”
When we aren’t healed, what do we do? Do we become disillusioned and go into doubt and unbelief? Do we go and hide and become atheists? Do we rewrite the Bible and make a new doctrine or theology to excuse or explain it? Shall we say that God doesn’t heal today? Shall we say that healing passed away with the apostles 2000 years ago? What about Paul’s thorn in the flesh – He had a sickness that God would not heal? Shall we say that God didn’t want to heal that person because their time on earth was up? Shall we then say that the person didn’t have enough faith? When people are not healed, there often is a reason but it includes none of the above theologies… allow me to explain why in the following pages.
We create wrong theologies by lack of knowledge, quoting scripture out of context and twisting the truth of their meaning to accommodate our mindset. I’ve learnt something as a believer – I don’t change the Word of God to meet my mindset. I change my mindset to meet the Word of God. If I don’t understand something, I don’t change the Word of God to meet my ignorance. I hold out until God reveals the depth
of what that scripture means.
You see, it is extremely discouraging for pastors to minister to people,
to pray the prayer of faith and anoint people with oil and not see any
results. As you know less than 5% of the people they pray for are actually
being healed. So because they don’t understand why the people are
not being healed and they don’t search the Bible to find out why, they
create doctrines of unbelief and then they teach their people to believe
it so that they don’t have to be responsible for the failure any more. Well I’ve decided to be responsible for the failure because I’ve decided to be my brother’s keeper and to bare my brother and sister’s burden. The Bible says that when one member of the body hurts, the whole body hurts (1 Corinthians 12 v 26). When
you hurt, I hurt.
Psalm 103 v 3 says that God wants to heal all of our diseases – every single one! And as a doctor and a woman representing God to the best of my ability, I think that is a proper goal to aim for. Just because we have not yet achieved what the scriptures teach, I am not going to make up doctrines about why God
cannot forgive you or heal you. Furthermore, in the following pages I am going to have to challenge many of these incorrect teachings and denominational clichés about healing because they can be another form of unbelief which has the potential to block you from receiving your healing and that can ultimately cost you your life.
When I pray for somebody and they don’t receive their healing, I go back to God and search His Word and ask Him why the devil still holds the person captive at his will. It is not time to pray for the person more, it is time to disciple the person more. It’s time to get involved and find out where that door point is that is giving satan the legal right to still be there. Remember I explained earlier that the curse without a cause does not come (Proverbs 26 v 2). If you pray for somebody in Jesus’ Name and God does not heal them through you, it is not because God does not want to heal the person or because He can’t – it is because the disease still has a legal right to be there – there is either a spiritual root (a sin problem that has
not been dealt with) or a block to healing .
If you are not healed, go before God and ask Him to show you if there is anything in your life that is blocking you from receiving His blessing. I’ve given you enough teaching in this book to get you going.
When healing doesn’t come, it is not time to pray for the person more, it is time to
disciple the person more.
There are many areas in your life where you are serving and obeying God. However, there are other areas where you are serving sin and those are the areas that are giving you problems. People may be born again Christians but God is not always Lord of all in their lives. Jesus not only wants to be our Savior, He also wants to be our Lord because when He is Lord of all in your life satan cannot touch you (1 John 5 v 18). If you minister to somebody and the Lord doesn’t heal them, it is because He’s not their Lord in a specific area. For example, I have a close friend who genuinely loves God and her passion for Him inspires me. However she had osteoporosis because she was serving the sin of jealousy and envy. Her husband had
had an affair and she spent years envying this other woman in her heart. So although she was loving and serving God, there was an area of her life where He was not Lord and therefore, despite being prayed for she was not healed. As soon as she repented, God instantly healed her and her back that had been curved as a result of the osteoporosis straightened.
God doesn’t want to share you with sin because although He wants to, He can’t bless your life. In other words you can’t expect to serve sin and still be blessed. If you serve sin, the law of sin shall rule you. If you serve God, the law of God shall protect you.
There is no point in doing any ministry at any level until you have first discipled the person. I see so many people trying to heal people through so many modalities of ministry to the soul and the body without ever discipling them about the sin issues behind their diseases. For example the deliverance ministries used to take people and shout at them in the Name of Jesus but those evil spirits had every right to the
person’s life. Just because you see evil in a person, it does not mean that it has to go because you show up and go “Boo!” That person has to take away the legal right for the devil to be there through heartfelt repentance first. Many people want to be free but they are not truly repentant – they don’t really want to
change. Many deliverance ministries failed because they tried to deliver people without discipling them.
They tried to drive out a kingdom which still had a legal right to be there because of unrepented sin and so all it was, was a noisy mess. However, just because there was abuse and misuse of one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit which is discernment of spirits, it does not mean there is not a correct approach. When we
have discipled properly and the person is repentant, that evil spirit has to leave.
We need to identify the strongholds in our lives that are keeping us from God’s healing. Throughout this book I am going to be explaining many diseases, and I will tell you why people have that disease and what it is going to take to move the hand of God and get healed (I’m not talking about manipulating God,
I’m talking about lining up with His Word so that you are in a position to receive from Him). There are conditions to healing. You don’t just receive healing by stomping in and making demands – the condition is obedience, repentance of sin and sanctification of the heart.
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