This post will be the last of my Words are Powerful series. In this series, I have spoken about being careful with your words, the integrity of your words, and speaking to your mountain. For the last post, I will discuss healing with your words. I will be using many passages in the Bible, so get your Bible out in any format, paper or electronic, and turn it to our foundation passage, Mark 16:15-20. Before I start using Scripture to explain how healing happens with words, I will give a testimony on how it can happen, no matter where you are at in the world, because there is no time or distance in the power of prayer for healing.
One evening, my sister, who lives in Alaska, calls me, and as she is talking to me, I felt her Spirit was troubling her. She was talking to me about her friend and all the troubles she’s had and because of some medical mistakes, they are going to amputate her right foot the next morning. God got my attention quickly and told me to start using the power and authority that my Son gave you, which is the same power and authority that He gave everyone. My sister, wife, and I started to pray in thanksgiving, speaking in tongues, and then we rebuked Satan and the sickness in this person’s foot. After that, we said that through Jesus’ stripes she is healed and were healed over 2000 years ago when Jesus died on the cross (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24). We received a text message from my sister the next day that Doctor came in, looked at her foot, and it was healed. PRAISE JESUS! GLORY BE TO GOD!
Now onto our foundation passage, Mark 16:15-20. Jesus is risen and comes to the disciples rebuking them for their unbelief. You want to witness healing, start believing in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the Living God! Jesus rebuked them for not believing that He has risen from the grave. Then He gave the disciples one specific instruction to go out to all the world and proclaim or preach the Gospel to the entire creation (Mark 16:15). He also mentions that whoever believes in the Gospel and gets baptized, they will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be eternally condemned (Mark 16:16).
In verses 17 and 18, Jesus told the disciples that those who believe, signs will be accompanying them. The word accompany is to go somewhere as a companion or be present at the same time as something else. What were those signs?
- Cast out demons
- Speak in new tongues (1 Corinthians 14)
- Pick up serpents with their hands
- Drinking dangerous poison will not hurt them
- Lay their hands on the sick and they will recover/healed
In the last two verses, Jesus ascended to heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father, and the disciple obeyed Jesus’ command preaching the Gospel to everyone seeing the signs He said that would accompany them. A very powerful passage of Scripture as it shows that we have the power and authority to heal with our words.
There are three major areas in the study of divine healing:
First, is healing the world in the name of Jesus. Go to Acts 3:6-7 as we see Peter talking with the lame beggar. He could not offer him anything worldly, but with the authority that Jesus gave him and us, he spoke words of healing, and as he helped the man up, his legs were healed and strong. In Matthew 13:15, Jesus gave us three steps to healing, which are having your eyes, ears, and hearts open. He said that we do this, he will heal us.
Second, healing for the carnally-minded Christian who has little or no knowledge of the Word. Referring to 1 Corinthians 3:1-3, Paul reminds us that as long as you stay carnally-minded, you will go no further in your walk with Jesus (spiritual milk vs. solid spiritual food). Most think that being carnal is all about sex, but reading Hebrews 5:13-14, being a carnally-minded person believes only what they can hear, taste, smell, feel, or see. That is not faith. Healing is equal to your faith or believing. As Christians, we live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Third, healing is for the believer who enjoys the fullness of Christ. Turn to Mark 11:22-25 and that entire passage says it all. There are four very simple words that will always work for the believer, “I believe, I receive.” When you get these four simple words down in your heart, your words will be so powerful, you will be healed, and you will witness healing as my wife and I did. Remember always, the one receiving must do the believing. God has already done His part and we need to do ours.
Your words are the most powerful thing you will ever have and must be used wisely. I cannot stress enough Proverbs 18:21 as your words are a matter of life and death. Get it down in your heart and you will witness healing with your words, Amen!
I am Dale Van De Bogart and I approve of this message!
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