Three Hindrances to Healing

It is the will of God for every believer to walk in
Divine health. Provision for our healing and health are included in our
redemption in Christ. The same faith that saves also heals! The Father forgives
all of our sins and heals all of our diseases (Psalm 103:3).
Though the Father has provided salvation for all, it is
not an automatic guarantee. Personal faith must be exercised in the sacrifice
of Jesus for a person to experience salvation. In the same way, person faith
must be exercised for an individual believer to receive healing and walk in the
health that Jesus desires that they have.
If a believer is sick and fails to receive healing, there
are three main reasons: Lack of
, lack of faith, or disobedience.
The first reason is lack
of knowledge.
Most Christians are in this category. They go to church week
after week, but never hear about the provision of healing that Jesus makes
available in the salvation package. Hosea said My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Rare is the believer
that can maintain steadfast faith for healing if they do not receive the
teaching of scripture that enforces and produces faith. I encourage a person not to attend a church that does not
preach and teach Divine healing. If they do, they will lack the faith and
knowledge to act on that is necessary to receive healing.
The second reason a believer may fail to receive healing
is lack
of faith.
Faith is like a muscle. We all have the same number of
muscles in our bodies at birth. Through regular exercise a muscle can be built
up and strengthened. Some folk have muscles that can lift heavy weight while
others have allowed theirs through lack of use to atrophy. Faith for healing
must be built up regularly through meditating on scriptures about healing and
by exercising that faith when attacked with physical symptoms.
If the physical attack of sickness or disease is stronger
or heavier than your individual faith can deal with, then you may not be able
to receive the healing. And that’s where a lot of people are in their faith
life. They wait until a huge crisis comes before building up their faith in the
word, and then they find that they don’t measure up in faith to the size of the
attack they find themselves up against! I personally take time just about every
day to meditate on scriptures that promise healing and health. And then I
exercise faith against every small physical attack that comes against my body.
This keeps my personal faith strong.
Along the lines of lack of faith, be aware of things that
can hinder personal faith, such as un-forgiveness (Mark 11:25) and a failure to
walk in the love for toward your fellow believer (Galatians 5:6). These hinder
our ability to make a close heart connection to the Lord.
The third reason a believer may not receive healing is
their personal disobedience. Isaiah
1:19-20 reads: If you are willing and
obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you
shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken
. We
can receive God’s best only if we are walking in His will for our lives. There
is a God purpose for every life. It is not possible to walk in health and be
able to ward off the enemy’s attacks while living in known disobedience to God.
Let me give you one example.
Years ago while pasturing a church I pioneered in a small
city I got a call late one night from the wife of a faithful church member. Her
husband had been rushed to the emergency room of a hospital and was unconscious
with a hemorrhage in a blood vessel in the back of his neck and the base of his
brain. As I entered the room she asked me to please pray for her husband to be
healed and raised up. I laid my hands on him and as I asked the Lord to heal
Him, I felt a sudden restraint. I felt within that I should not do this, as
though the Lord wanted me to stop praying. This happened several times as I
tried to pray for his healing. Finally I asked his wife if I could talk to her
privately. I told her what happened and she related to me that several weeks
earlier the doctor had told her husband that if he loved his family and wanted
to live, he must immediately stop smoking. Her husband knew he should, but just
didn’t do it. He knew that the Lord wanted him to quit. He knew that smoking
wasn’t good for him, but persisted. The smoking had weakened his blood vessel
walls and brought about a hemorrhage. I watched as his five family members
gathered around his bed and he took his last breath later that night. His
personal disobedience to the Father had cost this wonderful man that I knew and
loved his physical life. I could give you many illustrations of this kind of
thing happening to people.
It’s important for us to walk in the will of God for our
lives in general as to life direction, and also in specifics as the Lord talks
to us about what we do with our bodies. If we ignore Him or disobey, it could
shorten our life.
Under this heading of disobedience, we can also mention a
failure on the part of a believer to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit in
the practical areas of life with respect to diet, exercise, and rest. All of
these play a part in our placing ourselves in position to receive the best that
the Father has for us.
Take time daily to meditate on the word and feed your
faith about healing. Attend a good church that teaches the word concerning
healing. Exercise your faith in small things. Walk in obedience to the will of
the Father for your life and for your person. Health and healing belong to you.
Walk in it!

One thought on “Three Hindrances to Healing

  1. Consider also generational curses, demonic strongholds and, especially, unforgiveness. So many chronic illnesses and lifelong health issues are tied to an early life event that hasn't been dealt with by extending forgiveness. We have to ask Father and listen to the Holy Spirit to discern if any of these issues are preventing our healing.

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