As long as we are in these physical bodies, we’re going to be troubled with various sicknesses and/or diseases. Many of God’s children have prayed for Him to extend His healing hand and to heal us. How’s that working out for ya?
Do you really want to know how to get healed through prayer? It’s very simple. STOP PRAYING! Stop asking God to heal you. Stop begging God to heal you. I know that may sound crazy, but NO WHERE in the New Testament are we ever told to pray that God will heal us. NOT ONE TIME. If my praying (asking) God to heal me worked, then I’d do it. IT DOESN’T WORK. Have you ever prayed and asked God to heal you? Did it work? Then why do we keep doing it? Why do we keep doing things that don’t work? It’s a religious tradition (trap) that’s why.
Did you know that JESUS NEVER prayed for anyone to be healed? Did you know that His apostles NEVER prayed for anyone to be healed? Did you know that none of His remaining 70 disciples ever prayed for someone to be healed?
So what did JESUS, the Christ, do? JESUS simply commanded them, or in some cases told them to do something, and they were healed. Here are just a few references; Matthew 4:23, Matthew 8:16-17, Mark 2:9-11, Luke 17:11-16 and John 9:6-7.
Well, some people say, “That was JESUS. He was the son of God.” Well according to JESUS after His resurrection and what is referred to as the great commission, in Mark 16:15-18 JESUS said that among the signs of those who believe IN HIS NAME, they would lay hands on the sick and they would recover. (It’s really interesting that many of the newer translations have little notes in the margin about how these verses don’t appear in all Greek manuscripts of the New Testament. It’s almost like someone is wanting to stop people from believing IN THE NAME OF JESUS for power for healing. Now I wonder who would want to do that? Hmmmmm.)
Let’s look at His 82 disciples. He had 12 apostles plus an additional 70 other disciples. But I’m sure your church has told you that. Luke 9:1-2 and Luke 10:1 proves this. He commanded both groups, the 12 and the 70, to do the exact same thing. Heal the sick and announce that the kingdom of God has come. He did not tell them to pray for the sick. And you know why? Because it doesn’t work. Not to mention, they weren’t even born again yet. That didn’t occur until after His resurrection. But I’m sure your church has told you that. Please be patient with me. I know all this is old news to many of you. We’re just putting this down for those who attend churches where they don’t teach them the New Testament.
Well someone would say, “Well, that was His disciples. He was with them here on the earth. Of course they would do that.” In the book of Acts He ascended into heaven, sent down the Holy Spirit, and they went everywhere proclaiming the Word and it says that God confirmed what they said by the accompanying signs. Then you are going to have those people who will say, “But that was the people that were with Him when He was on the earth.” In Acts 6 there was a young man by the name of Stephen. He didn’t get born again and filled with the Holy Spirit until after the ascension of JESUS. As a matter of fact, there’s every reason to believe that Stephen wasn’t even in Jerusalem until the Feast of Pentecost. Stephen was a Jewish Greek. That means he was born outside of Israel. He came to Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost. Verse 8 says, “And Stephen, full of faith and power did great WONDERS and SIGNS among the people.” Isn’t that interesting? At this same time, there was another young man whose name at that time was Saul, who happened to be a murderer in training, who would eventually meet JESUS, get filled with the Holy Spirit, change his name to Paul and the rest is history.
The point that we are trying to drive home is simply this, STOP PRAYING FOR GOD TO HEAL YOU. It is not New Testament truth. The only time the New Testament ever mentions praying in regards to physical healing, and it’s not for you it’s for others, is in the book of James. In James 5:14-15 says, “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.” Notice it says, “Is anyone among you sick?” In a lot of churches the response would be, “Who isn’t sick?” Look what we are supposed to do. We are to call for the elders of the church and have them put oil on us, IN THE NAME OF JESUS, and pray the prayer of faith. The prayer of faith NEVER includes the words “if it be your will”. If you don’t know His will, you better go back over the New Testament scriptures again and find out His will. You can only pray in faith when you know what His will is. If you don’t know what His will is, you are basically flipping a coin, and most of the time the coin will say you are not healed. But I’m sure that the church you attend when people come forward for healing they always get healed, because your elders know the New Testament, don’t they? (Isn’t it kinda funny that we’ve all heard that you’re “saved” whether you feel like it or not? I mean it’s based on faith, right, not feeling? Well, why is it you’re “saved” according to what the Word says, not on how you feel, but when it comes to “healing”, which is also based on faith in the Word, if you don’t feel “healed”, then you’re not. Does that make any sense?).
In the book of Acts, written by a physician under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, not one time do we ever see any one praying for healing. Isn’t that odd? No, that’s not odd, that’s the way it works when you USE THE NAME OF JESUS. You know we really need to spend more time reading HIS book, mainly the New Testament, instead of reading everybody else’s books.
So, how do I get healed without praying? Well, according to Matthew 8:17 Jesus fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah when “He Himself took our infirmities (pains in the Greek NT) and bore (or carried) our sicknesses.” In 1 Peter 2:24 “Who Himself (Jesus) bore our sins in His own body on the tree (cross) that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness-by whose (Jesus) stripes (wounds) you WERE healed.” Well, according to the New Testament, if you are in Christ you ARE HEALED. What we need to do is to DEMAND, IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, for whatever it is to leave our physical bodies. And we are talking about DEMANDING. Here are a few examples of what to do;
Headache: Simply put your hands on the part of your head that is hurting and DEMAND, “IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, pain leave.” Several years ago, when we first started doing this, we would do exactly that several times out loud (has to be out loud), and then what we would do is to take some type of OTC pain killer (aspirin, Advil, whatever). Why did we take OTC pain killers? Because the pain is simply a symptom of something else that is causing the pain. Getting rid of the pain is not the same as getting rid of the cause. We use the NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST to get rid of the cause. The medicine simply gets rid of the symptoms. It wasn’t too long before all we had to do whenever we were hit with a headache was to simply put our hands on our head and DEMAND, “IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, pain leave.”, and not take any OTC pain killer (didn’t need it).
Stomach Trouble: Simply put your hands on the part of your stomach that is bothering you and DEMAND, “IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, stomach trouble leave.” Again, say it out loud (has to be out loud), and then take some type of OTC stomach medication (Tums, Pepto-Bismal, whatever). Remember, the symptom is simply a indication of something else that is causing the problem. Getting rid of the symptom is not the same as getting rid of the cause. We use the NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST to get rid of the cause. The medicine simply gets rid of the symptoms. It wasn’t too long before all we had to do whenever we were hit with a stomach problem was to simply put our hands on our stomach and DEMAND, “IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, stomach trouble leave.”, and not take any OTC stomach medication (didn’t need it).
Heartburn: I was taking 120mg of Nexium a day for heartburn. I was told that because I had a defective flap in my throat I would have to take this the rest of my life. After several years, I finally did what the New Testament said to do (Why so long? I’ve never claimed to be overly bright or swift. As a matter of fact, I have my name written on all my clothes just in case I forget. LOL). I put my hand on my chest and DEMANDED the pain to leave every day. I then started taking less Nexium. Over time I continued to take less Nexium until I didn’t need it anymore. I think I have had heartburn once in the last year. This works if we will do it. Now my physician was simply telling me this is the way it works in the “natural realm”. But we are supposed to live in the “supernatural realm”. From the doctor’s perspective, this was the way to handle it. That’s the way they are used to looking at things, from the “natural realm”.
WHILE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF PHYSICIANS, NO WHERE ARE WE EVER COUNSELED TO NOT TO GO THE DOCTOR. QUITE THE CONTRARY, WE SHOULD ALL GET A PHYSICAL CHECK UP EVERY YEAR. THIS IS JUST GOOD COMMON SENSE. MOST OF THE TIME WHEN PEOPLE DON’T WANT TO GO TO THE DOCTOR IT’S OUT OF FEAR. THAT’S JUST BEING HONEST. IT’S JUST PLAIN OLD FEAR. AND FEAR IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF FAITH. SO THE NEXT TIME YOU SUGGEST SOMEONE GO TO THE DOCTOR, AND AFTER YOU HEAR THEIR REASON FOR NOT GOING, SIMPLY LOOK AT THEM AND ASK, “ARE YOU AFRAID OF GOING TO A DOCTOR?” THEN WHEN THEY ANSWER WITH, “NO, I’M NOT AFRAID” OR “I CAN’T AFFORD TO GO TO A DOCTOR”. YOUR REPLY CAN BE, “WELL YOU KNOW, THE LORD WILL FORGIVE YOU FOR LYING IF YOU ASK HIM TO.” BUT SAY IT WITH A SMILE.
Here is one of the many New Testament truths that is not being taught in a lot of churches. The Lord Jesus Christ, you know God in the flesh, is the one that created EVERYTHING. John 1:1-3 & v.14, Colossians 1:15-17 and Hebrews 1:2 all say this in crystal clear terms. Since He is the instrument that God the Father used to create everything, the power of God is released when WE use the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Acts 4 a fellow who was born lame was healed. How was he healed? Verse 10 says, “… that by THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by HIM this man stands before you whole.” Acts 8 Philip went to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them (verse 5). Verses 6&7 speaks about how people paid attention to what Philip had to say. What got their attention? The power of God that was released through the name of Jesus Christ. Verse 12 says this, “But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, both men and women were baptized.” In Acts 16 Paul and his companions are in the city of Philippi. There was this demon possessed girl who followed them around and who kept yelling, “These men are the servants of the most high God who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” (Not everybody who uses the name “God”, and talks about “salvation”, is from the family of God. I’m sure that comes as a shock to nobody!) Well, she got on their nerves. She was far more annoying and not one bit anointed. That doesn’t happen today, does it? LOL. In verse 18, Paul turned and said to the spirit, “I command you IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.
Jesus Himself tells us in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied IN YOUR NAME, cast out demons IN YOUR NAME, and done many wonders IN YOUR NAME?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Now think about this for a moment, these people are saying they’ve prophesied in His name, cast out demons in His name, and did many wonders (in Greek the wonders means powerful signs of which healing is one of those signs) in His name, and according to His response they weren’t even born again. I don’t know about you, but whenever I read this I feel uneasy. Now since His name works for these jokers, who were not born again, how much more will His name work for you and I? All we have to do is just DO IT. Use His name against whatever is trying to attack your body or your emotions. Use His name against whatever is attacking your family.
We’ve all seen bullies at some point in our lives, and we’ve all wanted to stop the bullies. Have you ever noticed you can’t reason with a bully? The best way to handle a bully is to walk right to them and punch them right in the face. Now I know some people will have a problem with that. That’s just fine. You’re allowed to have a problem with that. You just give them your lunch money or anything else that they want and they will leave you alone, WON’T THEY? Sickness and disease are two of the biggest bullies that we are going to encounter in this life. When you start showing symptoms of sickness or disease, punch them right in the face with a loud voice declaring, “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I DEMAND you leave me.” In John 14:14 Jesus said this, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.” In the Greek text the word “ask” is better translated “DEMAND”. Now if you like pain and suffering, you might have a bigger problem than we can address here. That subject would have to be addressed in a different post. LOL.
Again, we want to make this crystal clear. YOU SHOULD GO TO YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR. IF FOR NO OTHER REASON THEY CAN ALERT YOU TO POSSIBLE HEALTH PROBLEMS THAT YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF. AFTERALL YOU DO TAKE YOUR CAR IN SOMEWHERE AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR, DON’T YOU? Well, that “vehicle” that you walk around in every day needs a check-up every now and then. After all, you do clean “it” on a daily basis, don’t you?
All of us need to adopt the attitude of a soldier. One part of the New Testament describes us as soldiers (read 2 Timothy 2:3-4). In Ephesians 6:10-17 even describes the equipment that we are to put on.
You may not be aware of this but the day you made Jesus your Lord, you volunteered to be engaged in battle(s). Now whether we like this or not, we are in a fight. That’s the bad news. Here’s the GREAT news, we are promised VICTORY. 1 John 2:13-14 says, “You HAVE overcome the wicked one.” 1 John 4:4 says, You are of God and HAVE overcome them. WHY? Because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1John 5:4 says, Whatever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world, our faith. Read these verses OUT LOUD until you can quote them from memory. Consider it “combat training”. At first, like anything else, it will feel and sound unfamiliar. But the more you do it, the better at it you will get. And the better you get at it, the more you will start seeing results. You can’t have a great victory without a great fight. But this fight is a “fixed” fight. You have Almighty God backing you up and you are guaranteed to win if you fight and don’t give up.
Will it be easy at first? No. Anything worth doing is never easy at first. Was it easy learning how to drive? Aren’t you glad you went through the hard stuff so now you have the freedom to go much further than your bicycle could take you? As far as that goes, how many times did you fall before you were finally able to walk without help? So everything is always tough at the beginning. The more you do it, the more success you will have. And the more success you have at this, you will in turn be able to show others how to do the exact same thing. BUT YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO HELP YOURSELF FIRST, BEFORE YOU CAN HELP OTHERS.
Will you feel silly doing it at first? Yes. But you as a person have to push through all those thoughts that will hit you. But it is up to you. According to the New Testament we are members of the family of God. Romans 8:29, Hebrews 2:11-12 & v.17 and Hebrews 12:23 all plainly declare that you, if you’re born again, are in the family of God. You have a divine right to USE THE NAME OF JESUS against any and all sickness and disease. Isn’t it about time you exercise your right?
The bottom line is this, it’s about time that those of us who are in the family of God stand up and declare loudly, “I’m mad AT hell and I’m not taking this anymore. I will not tolerate any sickness or disease on me or my family. IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST I Demand all sickness and disease, leave me. IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST I Demand all sickness and disease, leave my spouse. IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST I Demand all sickness and disease, leave my kids. IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST I Demand all sickness and disease, leave my grandkids.” How long do you do this for? Until you drive out all sickness and disease from you and your family. Rarely do you win with one punch. You just keep doing it and you will see results.
It’s up to you. If what you are doing isn’t working, you might want to consider doing something different.
We want to say this again, you can not have a victory without a fight.
Have you had success over driving out sickness and disease by using THE NAME OF JESUS? Please give us the details. Your story will help someone else in their fight.
With Love, Cincinnati Christian
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