The Lord who heals you YouVersion Devotional

 DO NOT BE AFRAID, ONLY BELIEVE

Mark 5:36 As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Jairus, a leader of the synagogue has come to Jesus to plead with Him to come and heal his daughter. Jairus has done all the right things- he believes and has spoken his faith that she will be healed, and has put his reputation and position on the line, sacrificing all to fall at Jesus’ feet. He has done all the right things but, despite all that, he stills receives the worst medical report that you can get- his daughter has just died.

The temptation to get off track from believing to fear, doubt or discouragement has come, and Jesus moves immediately to make sure that the man stays in his position to receive, guarding his heart. Verse 36 says, ‘As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

Jesus didn’t say, “I’m here in the flesh; It doesn’t matter what you believe, I’ll heal her anyway”. He didn’t say it didn’t matter if Jairus ‘fell apart’, complained, despaired- He told him to believe, despite the circumstance. 

Jesus doesn’t voice the problem but rather that the child was not dead. He speaks according to what He knows He is about to do; we speak according to what He has already done.

Too many believers are voicing their problems, calling that facing reality but, if we want the results of God then we have to do things His way. He ‘calls those things which do not exist as though they did’ (Romans 4:17). He is well aware of the problem, but to overcome it He calls forth the answer that does not yet exist in the physical realm as though it already did (past tense), and in so doing, shows us to do the same. 

Another thing that many believers say is ‘I know that the symptoms are just a lie’ like they don’t really exist but this is denial. The snakebites on the Israelites in Numbers 21 were real, not a lie, the death of Jairus’ daughter was real, not a lie. However, the truth is that Jesus and His finished work are enough to overcome the problem.

The Lord who heals you YouVersion Devotional

JUST SAY THE WORD

Matthew 8:8 NIV……But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.

In Matthew 8, a Roman Centurion comes to Jesus, demonstrating the understanding that a word from Him is enough for a healing to take place, and in this case, without the sick person even being present. Jesus celebrates this Centurion’s faith that allows a healing to take place this way, revealing the power in the spoken word of God.

It started by Jesus responding to the Centurion’s request with “I will come and heal him”. For us, Jesus has already come to heal us through bearing sickness on our behalf and providing healing for us.

The centurion replies “just say the word and my servant will be healed”. He understood how authority works; that just as he had authority under the Roman government and that when he spoke it carried the power of the government he served, Jesus was operating under God’s authority and that everything else was under His authority. When Jesus spoke, it carried the power of God.

When Jesus was on earth, while being fully God He had laid down all His rights as God (Philippians 2:6-8) and operated as a man anointed by the Holy Spirit, giving us an example of how He wants us to live. As God created everything by the Spirit moving on His Word, He continues to create by the Holy Spirit moving when we believe in our heart and speak out His Word. 

In Romans 1:16, Paul writes ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ (the Word of God) for it is the power of God unto salvation (which includes healing) for everyone who believes’ . The Word of God is the power of God when believed upon. The power to bring it to pass lies dormant, just as the life or DNA lies in a seed, until faith is applied to it. Then that seed of the Word bursts open and the life of God is released to bring that Word to pass.

So, we can declare the Word by faith and release healing into our bodies and those we are praying for. God watches over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12) and has declared that His word, when sent out, will not return without results (Isaiah 55:11).

The Lord who heals you YouVersion Devotional

BELIEVE BEFORE YOU RECEIVE

Mark 10:52  Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well”..

The story of Bartimaeus reveals three things that he did before receiving healing.

Firstly, he saw Jesus for who He was, the ‘Son of David’, the expected Messiah, and honoured Him, before he sought Him for what he wanted. There is great power released when we receive revelation of who Jesus is and Bartimaeus saw Jesus better than most people who had their eyesight. See Jesus is the Healer and see what He has done for you.

Then, having seen God, Bartimaeus appealed to Gods character before His provision- God is merciful, good, kind, love, full of compassion, faithful and true to His word, never turning anyone away. Change any perceptions you may have that would see God as harsh, judgemental or withholding. It matters how you see God- how you see Him is how you receive from Him, because it’s in response to our expectation that we receive. There is no limitation from God’s side in what He has already given us in Jesus- all limitation comes from our expectation. 

Thirdly Bartimaeus was already in faith before he asked for healing. As Bartimaeus cried out, those around him shouted him down but when the pressure came for him to shrink back, he cried out all the more in faith- and when Bartimaeus called, God stopped. He drew near to God and God drew near to him. It wasn’t a passive thing but Bartimaeus actively sought God.

Bartimaeus made an amazing step of faith as he threw away his garment before he asked for his healing. That garment defined him as a beggar and allowed him to beg and earn a living but he was already declaring that he was no longer going to be defined by his affliction but he could see his healing. 

Bartimaeus believed before he received; having seen the Healer, he saw himself as a healed man. Jesus said his faith had made him well. 

Come to God in praise and acknowledgement of who He is, choose to believe His word to you, judging Him to be faithful. Articulate to God what it is you want Him to do for you and then, decide to receive your answer in faith before you see it.