Is receiving healing really completely random?
In the Bible we read many different accounts of healing which seem to manifest in many different ways:
- In Matthew 9 we read of a woman, who had an issue of blood, being healed by touching the border of Jesus’ garment.
- In John 9 we read of a blind man who is healed when Jesus spits on the ground, puts the mud on the man’s eyes and sends him off to wash in a pool.
- Back in Matthew 9 again, we read of two blind men who are healed when Jesus touches their eyes.
- In Luke 17 we read of ten lepers who are cleansed as they go to show themselves to the priest, as per Jesus’ instructions.
- In Matthew 8, we read of a different leper who is cleansed when Jesus touches his hand.
- Also in Matthew 8 we read of a centurion, whose servant is healed by Jesus’ words alone, without Him needing to be physically with the servant
But are all these examples I have given (there are many more throughout the Bible) as seemingly random as they appear and do they really have nothing in common? Is receiving healing really completely random or is there something that connects all these different accounts? The answer is that all these very different accounts of healing are connected by one common denominator: faith.
She was confessing with her mouth her point of faith.
Let’s begin with the account of the woman with the issue of blood, what was her point of faith? Look at Matthew 9:21, “For she kept saying to herself, If I only touch His garment, I shall be restored to health” (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition). This woman had been repeating to herself, over and over, what she believed was going to happen. What she was doing was confessing with her mouth her point of faith – namely that she would be healed if she could touch Jesus’ garment – and sure enough, the moment she touched Jesus’ garment, she was healed. Many people were touching Jesus’ garment that day, but only that woman attached any faith to it, and so she was the only one who received healing.
That man had made no plans to find Jesus.
The next account of healing is totally different – the blind man in John 9. That man had made no plans to find Jesus. It was, from his point of view, a chance encounter (although I do not believe for a moment it really was, in reality it was God-ordained). So with no time to think about his healing beforehand, what was this man’s point of faith? This man’s point of faith was that he would be healed by doing whatever Jesus told him to do (i.e. going to the pool and washing). The account of Naaman in 2 Kings 5 is similar. Naaman was healed because he (eventually) put faith in doing what Elisha had told him to do.
They must have believed that something was going to happen.
After the woman with issue of blood and Jairus’ daughter have been healed in Matthew 9, the next healing incident on our list occurs – Jesus meets the two blind men. We see that their point of faith is in believing that Jesus is able to heal them – there doesn’t appear to be any doubt in their minds that He is willing. When they make their statement of faith in Jesus’ power to heal, they receive their healing: “Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you“. Next are the ten lepers. Like the blind man mentioned previously, the ten lepers in Luke 17 are an example of obedience being a point of faith. They began their journey to the priest as lepers – nothing had changed. But they must have believed that something was going to happen, because otherwise they would surely have gone off offended that Jesus hadn’t done anything. They may even have said to each other, “There’s no point going to the priest, we are obviously still lepers. I guess it’s just not God’s will to heal us……“.
Your faith has made it happen.
Matthew 8 contains the account of a different leper, who is unsure whether Jesus would want to heal him. Jesus’ answer, as given in the J.B.Phillips translation, clears up any doubt in the man’s mind: “Of course I want to” (Matthew 8:3). It’s as if Jesus was saying, “Well of course I want to, that’s what I came for – to destroy the works of the devil. Why would I want you to remain sick?” Once Jesus has clarified to the man His willingness to heal him, the man quickly receives his cleansing. Finally we come to the centurion who’s servant who seriously ill. This man had faith that Jesus did not need to physically touch His servant, but that Jesus’ words were enough: “Just give the order, and my servant will get well” (Matthew 8:8, Contemporary English Version). Jesus then told the man, “You may go home now. Your faith has made it happen“. That last phrase is the key: “Your faith has made it happen“. In all of these examples, it was all about the people’s faith – their faith made it happen. It had nothing to do with God’s willingness to heal them – that was never in doubt. Look at the woman with the issue of blood, she was healed before Jesus even knew anything had happened.
It is not going to happen automatically – you need to apply faith.
So many people have it in their heads that God is quite capable of healing them and that if He wants to, then He will. But it doesn’t work like that. It is your faith that makes it happen, it is not going to happen if you just wait for God to heal you, anymore than if someone thinks that if God wants to save them He will. There is a process to follow: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9, New American Standard Bible). The same principle applies to healing or to receiving anything else from God. It is not going to happen automatically – you need to apply faith, you need to determine your point of faith and act on it. Ultimately it is God’s will that you use the authority that has been given you and enforce the victory that Jesus won at the cross. We have been redeemed from the curse of the law and we have been given the authority to resist any aspect of the curse that attempts to come upon us. But it is a learning and a growing process, so whilst you are getting to the point where you can speak words of authority against sickness, lack or whatever, fix your faith on something. Believe that if your pastor prays for you, you will be healed; or if the elders of the church anoint you with oil, you will be healed – whatever your point of faith is. One way to build up your faith for receiving healing is to spend time meditating on the books etc on the subject – I can recommend the books below:
Find out for yourself everything that Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross achieved for you, and determine that you are going to receive it all.
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