by Gloria Copeland
In Part 1
of this series, I talked about what it is to receive your healing. If you haven’t yet read that article, go back and read it. Think about the scripture I gave you: Isaiah 53:4-5. Write it out, memorize it, post it around your home, in your car and in your office. Then when it is real to you, begin putting it into practice. I’m going to teach you how to do that right now.
Remember, in my last article, I told you that occasionally when Ken and I are out at a restaurant, someone will pay for our meals. When that happens, we don’t sit around waiting until we feel like the bill is paid. No, we just take the cashier’s word for it and accepted the fact that our bill is paid.
As simple as that may sound, we receive healing from God the same way. We take Him at His Word. We believe we are healed, not because we feel healed or look healed at this moment but because God said we are. By faith, we start talking like we’re healed. We start acting like we’re healed. Before long, our bodies line up with God’s Word and it becomes apparent to everyone that we truly are healed!
Some people are reluctant to receive their healing by faith. They think it’s too hard to do. So they just go to the doctor or wait around hoping someone will lay hands on them and zap them with the power of God. Now please understand that I’m in favor of laying hands on the sick, and I love it when the gifts of healing operate. And I think doctors are wonderful, but too often people only rely on medical doctors to help them.
The truth is, even if someone lays hands on you, or the doctor gives you medicine and you get healed this time, one of these days you’ll still have to grow up spiritually and learn to operate by faith if you want to live a victorious Christian life.
Why? Because the Bible says very clearly in three separate verses, “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). We are born again by faith. We fulfill the will of God in our lives by faith. If we’re sick, we receive healing by faith. We receive anything and everything that we need from God…by faith!
Faith is simply believing what God says in His Word. It is trusting what He says more than we trust our natural senses or what other people say. Faith is believing God enough to talk and act as if His Word is true even when circumstances around us would seem to indicate that it’s not.
How do we get that kind of faith? Romans 10:17 tells us, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So if you want to get stronger faith, spend more time in the Word of God.
That’s exactly what Ken and I did 45 years ago when we were just finding out about these things. We didn’t have time for television or newspapers. We read our Bibles instead. We listened to preaching tapes day in and day out—whenever we could. And we’re little different today. We still keep a steady stream of God’s Word flowing into our hearts. We can’t wait until someone comes and spoon-feeds us the Word and neither can you.
Now is the time for you to receive your healing. Say this out loud: “Thank you, Father God, that by stripes of your son Jesus, I am healed. Thank you that these symptoms are disappearing right now. Thank you that I have divine health today and every day. Amen.” You can receive your healing by faith. God ordained it. Jesus paid for it. Now it’s time for you to get to it!