Sat, 14 November 2020
HINDRANCES TO HEALING
In this podcast teaching we will discuss “Hindrances to Healing … and HOW to Overcome Them.” Many times God's People know it is His will for them to be healed; however, do NOT realize that there MAY be some situations or conditions that are preventing―or hindering―their healing.
Your mind―and therefore your body―can be abused by many things. At times there are hindrances to healing―things or conditions that are causing the sickness or affliction―and that must be dealt with before healing can take place permanently. This teaching covers several such conditions AND how to achieve healing by dealing with them.
► Unforgiveness, bitterness, or resentment [Mark 11:25-26]
► Envy and strife [James 3:16]
► Improper food, rest, sunshine, or exercise [Isaiah 30:15]
► Speaking evil of, or causing harm to, God’s ministers [1 Samuel 26:9]
► Involvement in the occult or in witchcraft [Deuteronomy 18:10-12]
► Association with religious cults [1 John 4:1-3 / 1 John 5:20]
Whether sickness is caused by disobeying God through an unforgiving spirit, strife, or resentment … involvement in the occult … or association with religious cults … Jesus Christ is the answer! NOTE: For help with deliverance, consult the book, Healing Deliverance – Freedom from the Bondage of Satan, by Prince Handley.
Through prayer we can come to God and ask him to forgive us of all these things; we can also ask him to deliver us, if necessary! 1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." In Psalm 50:15 we read, "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."
Praise is also an important element in healing and is definitely inter-connected with prayer and proper mental attitude. Praise lets God know you believe He will work in your situation. Learn to lift your hands up to God and praise Him several times a day, for as long as you want to.
God lives in the praise of His people. “But You are holy, O You that inhabits the praises of Israel.” (Psalm 22:3)
The anointing breaks the yoke. Since God lives in the praise of His people, there is an anointing present with true praise, which can break an “assigned” attack on the body, mind or spirit. “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” (Isaiah 10:27)
Praise brings victory. King Jehoshaphat and the inhabitants of Judah and Jerusalem won a large battle utilizing praise. (Read 2 Chronicles Chapter 20, verses 1-30 in the Tanakh.)
We see the importance of proper mental attitude in the life of Job. Job was afflicted by Satan with sore boils from his feet to his head. The devil destroyed Job’s wealth and killed his seven sons and three daughters and stole his health. Job’s experience was a rare, "once-in-the-Bible" case. It was allowed by God to prove that a certain man ("greatest of all the men in the East") would not curse God even if he lost everything, including his health.
It shows that Satan is a "destroyer," who causes sickness and disease. It shows that God is a "healer," and that God calls sickness "captivity." Job was a just man; even God said so. His experience presents a question that lots of people ask: "Why?"
1. Job’s case was unique; it was NOT an example! Don’t use it as an excuse to be sick.
2. Satan accused Job of serving God only because of God’s blessing, protection and help.
3. Satan is the one, the Bible says, who STOLE Job’s health, KILLED his children, and who DESTROYED his property. [Job, Chapters 1 and 2; John 10:10]
4. Job proved faithful in trial. Job did not sin with his lips or charge God foolishly. [Job 1:22 and 2:10]
5. The Bible calls Job’s sickness and his loss -- "captivity." [Job 42:10]. Jesus said, "If the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” [John 8:36]
6. Job was healed! Because of proper mental attitude, Job prayed for his friends (who were not real friends); this was when God delivered Job. [Job 42:10]
7. "The Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before." … "The Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning." [Job 42:10-12]
Even though Job lived on the other side of the cross (that is, before Christ)―not having the advantages of Christ’s work and authority over Satan as we do―he was still healed through prayer and proper mental attitude. A proper mental attitude will cause you to have an instinctive reaction to sickness and ill-health: you will refuse it … knowing it does NOT belong to you!
You will speak to it, saying, "Sickness, I resist you in the name of Jesus Christ by whose stripes I am healed." Notice two things; you resisted the sickness by: 1) speaking to it; and, 2) using Scripture (the Word of God).
The Holy Bible says in James 4:7, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." In Matthew 4:11, we see how Jesus resisted Satan. He did it the same way you are to do it: with the Word of God. Each time Jesus spoke to the devil, Jesus said, "It is written …"
PROPER PHYSICAL PRACTICE
Proper nutrition, rest, sunshine, and exercise are all beneficial to a proper mental attitude and maintenance of good health.
Scriptural fasting and honoring the Lord’s Day or Sabbath contribute, also, to a proper mental attitude; and are laws of God with built-in bonuses of health and blessing. Read Isaiah Chapter 58.
You can be healed … walk in health … and help others to do the same. “You shall come to your grave in a full age, like a shock of corn comes in its season.” (Job 5:26-27). For an unabridged study of victory over sickness and disease, read Health and Healing: Complete Guide to Wholeness. (Available in both Paperback and eBook formats.)
I trust this message will help you today, my friend.
Podcast time: 11 minutes, 9 seconds
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