How to Get HEALED
Jesus HEALED the SICK. Therefore, we must "walk as he walked" (1 John 2:6; 1 Pet. 2:21; Matt. 11:29) and HEAL the SICK. In Matthew 10:8, Christ commanded his disciples, "HEAL the SICK". If we are his disciples, we should therefore HEAL the SICK; and "Teach all nations to do whatsoever" he has commanded us (Matt. 28:19-20). Paul HEALED the SICK (Acts 28:8) and said "Follow me as I follow Christ" (1 Cor. 11:1; 1 Cor. 4:16-17). Therefore, we must learn the step-by-step procedure to get healed:
1.) We must CONFESS OUR OWN SINS (1 John 1:9), and also THE SINS OF OUR FATHERS (meaning ancestors). Notice Leviticus 26:40-42: "If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me... Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob." "And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers." (Neh. 9:2).
Why confess our ancestors' sins? Because just as "in Adam all die" who are his children, and just as "Levi paid tithes while still in the loins of Abraham", so WE SHARE in the BLESSINGS or PENALTIES of our father's deeds. Therefore Jeremiah 16:10-18 says, "Wherefore hath the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God? Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your FATHERS have forsaken me, saith the Lord ... and have not kept my law."
There is no contradiction between Exodus 20:5-6 (& Deut. 23:2) and Ezekiel 18:20.
Exodus 20:5 says, "For I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the THIRD and FOURTH GENERATION of them that hate me." (or "TENTH GENERATION" -- Deut. 23:2). This scripture talks about PENALTIES for sin.
But Ezekiel 18:20 says, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall NOT BEAR the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him." This scripture talks about RESPONSIBILITY for sin.
We are not RESPONSIBLE for our ancestors' sins, but we do bear the PENALTIES for our ancestors' sins. This is why most Christians continue to live under penalties and curses. They do not confess the sins of their ancestors or ask that the curses be removed. They never think about their parents' sins.
2.) "REPENT, and TURN YOURSELVES FROM all your TRANSGRESSIONS; so iniquity shall not be your ruin" (Ez. 18:30). "Behold, thou art made well; SIN NO MORE, lest a worse thing come unto thee" (John 5:14). "And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight" (1 John 3:22)."Now we know that GOD HEARETH NOT SINNERS: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth" (John 9:31)."One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination" (Proverbs 28:9). "If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear" (Psalms 66:18). "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear" (Isaiah 59:2). "If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14).
3.) ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOU. Healing is forgiveness of sin. Sickness or injury is usually due to someone's sin. When Christ healed a man he said, "Thy sins are forgiven thee" (Luke 5:20). But the Tower of Siloam fell on men who were no greater sinners than the rest (Luke 13:4-5) and in the case of an man born blind, neither he nor his parents had sinned (John 9:1-3). "CONFESS YOUR FAULTS (sins) one to another, and PRAY one for another, that you may be healed" (James 5:16). Christ's sacrifice has already paid the penalty. "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his stripes we are healed" (Isa. 53:5). "For God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21). "By his stripes were we healed" (1 Pet.2:24).
4.) Therefore, if we want forgiveness (healing) from God, we must also FORGIVE OTHERS because Christ said, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matt. 6:12). It is difficult for us to forgive those who have wronged us, just as it was difficult for Christ to allow himself to be beaten and crucified for us. "Give and it shall be given unto you ... For with the same measure that you measure, it shall be measured to you again" (Luke 6:38). "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little" (Luke 7:47) ."Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Matt. 5:7). "Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?" (Matt. 18:33).
5.) Church elders should LAY HANDS ON THE SICK (Luke 13:13; Acts 28:8; Mark 16:17-18).
6.) And ANOINT THEM WITH OIL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD (Mark 6:13; James 5:14)
7.) TWO Christians should ASK IN FAITH USING JESUS' NAME because God has promised: "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE that ye receive them, and ye shall have them" (Mark 11:24). This is a promise. "According to your FAITH be it unto you" (Matt. 9:29). "Again I say unto you, That if TWO of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ASK, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 18:19). This is a promise. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). ASK, and it shall be given you; SEEK, and ye shall find; KNOCK, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (More promises.) Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ASK bread, will he give him a stone?" (Matt. 7:7-12) “You do not have because you do not ASK GOD" (James 4:2). “You may ASK ME FOR ANYTHING IN MY NAME, and I will do it” (John 14:14). This is a promise. "And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that HE WILL AVENGE THEM SPEEDILY" (Luke 18:7-8). This is a promise. "Call upon me in the time of trouble and I will answer thee and thou shalt glorify me" (Ps. 50:15). This is another promise. "Open wide your mouth and I will fill it" (Ps. 81:10). Another promise. "But seek ye first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matt. 6:33). Another promise. "They who trust in the Lord shall never be confounded" (Jer. 29:11). "No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Ps. 84:11). More promises. "Because he has set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him" (Ps. 91:14). "The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles" (Ps. 34:17)."And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him." (1 John 5:14-15) "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth" (Mark 9:23). These are all promises.
8. BE PERISTENT. "And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because he is UNRELENTING he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you" (Luke 11:5-9). Our PERSISTENCE shows our faith in God and His promise to answer prayer. "This is to be applied to God in no other sense than that he often hears prayers and grants blessings even long after they appear to be unanswered or withheld. He leaves them to PERSEVERE for months or years, until they feel entirely their dependence on him, until they see that they can obtain the blessing in no other way, and until they are prepared to receive it. Often they are not prepared to receive it when they ask it at first. They may be proud, or have no just sense of their dependence, or they would not value the blessing, or it may at that time not be best for them to obtain it. But let no one despair. If the thing is for our good, and if it is proper that it should be granted, God will give it. Let us first ask aright; let us see that our minds are in a proper state; let us feel our need of the blessing; let us inquire whether God has promised such a blessing, and then let us PERSEVERE until God gives it. (Barnes Commentary of Luke)
Also see Luke 18:1-8:“Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her CONTINUAL COMING she weary me.’” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who CRY OUT DAY AND NIGHT to Him, though He BEARS LONG with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Calvin Coolidge, spoke these now-famous words: “Nothing in the world can take the place of PERSISTENCE. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. PERSISTENCE and determination are omnipotent.”
9.) First Peter 2:21 says that Christ left us an example, "that ye should follow his steps." First John 2:6 states, "He that saith he abideth in him (Christ) ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." "Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk" (John 5:8). Therefore, we should follow his example and HEAL this way also. In Luke 9:1, Jesus gave his disciples authority over all devils, and also to cure diseases. We are to "teach all nations ...to observe all things whatsoever" he commanded his disciples (Matt. 28:19-20). In other words, teach all nations to have authority over devils and cure diseases. Jesus said to Philip, "FOLLOW ME" (John 1:43) and to Peter and Andrew, "FOLLOW ME, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matt.4:19). Peter did follow him. "Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6). If we FOLLOW HIM, we will HEAL others the way he did.
Furthermore, we must follow Paul's example who said: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (1 Cor. 11:1). In Philippians 4:9 Paul said, "Those things which ye have both LEARNED, and RECEIVED, and HEARD, and SEEN in me, DO." Notice Paul's example: "And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her" (Acts 16:18). Speak to the part of your body that needs to be healed, and command it to be healed in Yeshua's name. The person who is sick should command the demons associated with these sins to come out of him as follows: "Satan, I have repented of ____ and been forgiven the sins of ____ and curses of ____ on behalf of myself and my ancestors. I claim the blood of Jesus as payment for those sins and curses. Now you have no legal right to me in this area or future generations, so get out in Jesus' mighty name." (Sin gives Satan power over us but Satan "has no claim on" Christ (John 14:30) who was sinless.)
10.) Paul's "thorn in the flesh" was not a sickness because it is called a "messenger of Satan" (2 Cor. 12:7-10). Instead it was the enemy going around continually causing persecutions for Paul. Christ said persecution was something his people would have to face (John 15:20). That's why Christ wouldn't take it away. But Christ has promised to HEAL.