Let this message encourage your faith in receiving all the blessings God has already provided for you in Jesus.
Many people do not realize that the ability to pray in tongues is also a very valuable tool when seeking healing from the Lord. Of course, this gift comes with the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, because so many in the Body of Christ have been taught that the baptism in the Holy Spirit and tongues are not for today, those Christians do not have the opportunity to take advantage of this avenue to health.
It is not the purpose of this book to teach a lesson on tongues, so we will limit the explanation to the following: There are two different categories of tongues spoken of in the Word of God. One is the gift described in 1 Corinthians 12, which includes both tongues for personal prayer and for giving messages from the Lord in public meetings.
When used for giving public messages, the tongues must be accompanied by interpretation, and scripture explains that tongues used in that category are not necessarily available to everyone all the time. The gift of tongues for messages, along with the gift of interpretation are operated, like all the other nine gifts of the Spirit, and they are manifested only as the Spirit wills. The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 14 gives detailed explanations of how these gifts should be used in public meetings.
However, the second category – tongues for personal use – is given to all believers and, whether or not those believers make use of this gift is entirely up to each person. We must be careful to understand that even if we do not find ourselves used to give public messages in tongues, we have Jesus’ word of promise that we will have access to tongues for personal prayer equally with every other believer. Mark 16:15-17 tells us clearly,
Now, the word translated in English as “tongues” is actually the Greek word which means “languages not learned through natural means.” So, in other words, a totally supernatural gift from the Lord that bypasses our intellect.
The Lord explains, through the words of St. Paul, in Romans 8:2-27, that often “we do not know how to pray as we should.” And, of course, many people, when they are suffering physically, find it hard to pray as effectively as they need to pray. But God has a solution to this problem, and verse 26 tells us that His Holy Spirit helps us pray through utterances too deep for words. (The literal Greek here says “groanings or utterances too deep for articulate speech.”)
St. Paul, through the Holy Spirit, goes on to tell us in 1 Corinthians 14:5 that he wishes we would all pray much in tongues. And he makes clear in verse 14 of that chapter that when we pray in tongues, our minds are not involved – only our spirits. It is true that our minds must make the decision to allow our spirit to be in charge of our prayer, so that we release our tongue to speak the utterances the Holy Spirit gives us, but other than making that decision of the will, the mind has no part to play. As a result of that fact, our own mind, our own lack of understanding of medical conditions, and our own fears are shut out, and our spirit – helped by the Holy Spirit – takes over our prayers.
But possibly one of the most exciting truths in this passage of Scripture is what we learn in verses 2 and 4 of chapter 14. Verse 2 tells us that when we pray in tongues, we speak mysteries to God. He can also speak mysteries back to us because He’s in charge of the language. We must do the actual physical speaking, but He provides what’s being said in the sounds we make. But since we’re speaking mysteries, not only does our un-renewed mind stay out of the picture, but so does the enemy of our souls, because he can’t understand what we’re saying either.
But wait: It still gets better. Verse 4 tells us that the one who prays in tongues edifies himself. Now, most people consider that verse to mean that we build ourselves up spiritually. And, of course, we do, but that’s not the total benefit. The word translated “edify” means “to build or repair the house.” Now, let that sink in: your spirit is praying (with the language provided by the Holy Spirit), and that prayer is building/repairing your spirit’s house. And what is that house? That’s right – it’s your physical body. A number of Christians have learned that healing – especially for seriously troubling or obstinate maladies – can come successfully through praying in tongues. I know of situations where nothing else seemed to bring the desired manifestation, but praying at length in the language given by the Holy Spirit accomplished the work and brought forth the miracle.
As we’ve said each time we’ve discussed one of the means of healing that God prescribes in His Word, these means and these practices are not formulas. They do not work because we follow a list of ‘do’s and ‘don’t’s. They are each an avenue that God has provided to get His healing power into us, and they work successfully when we dig into the Word and prayer and let God lead us to the specific means that is right for each of our situations at that particular time.
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A short lesson to help you rest in God’s promises for your healing and receive without struggling.
(In response to Daily Post prompt: heal)
I’m currently doing a series of lessons from God’s Word in video format on YouTube. The series is entitled “Know the Word; Experience the Power!” This lesson is entitled “Building Up Our Resistance.” I posted it as an article on this site earlier this month, but I thought some of you might enjoy it in audio.
Do you feel you are in a deep, dark forest of sickness and disease? Are the symptoms, the doctors reports, the unbelief of friends and family crowding around you like towering trees and closing out the light of faith? Then LOOK UP! There is a light from God — and from His Word — that will lighten you. It will lift your faith — enlarge your faith — increase your faith — strengthen your faith — and bring you the victory.
There’s an old gospel song from the 1800’s by William A. Ogden entitled “Look and Live.” The chorus of that song says,
“Look and live, my brother, live;
Look to Jesus now and live,
It’s recorded in His Word, hallelujah
That you only have to look and live.”
Yes, looking is the key. But looking the right direction is what makes the difference in whether that key works in the lock. We MUST look to Jesus and His Word. Hebrews 3:1 admonishes us to “consider Jesus, the High Priest of our profession.” That word “consider” in the original Greek means “exercise your mind on.” What a perfect picture of the meaning of meditation. We are to “exercise our mind” on Jesus. Think about Him — about how He never — never — never turned down any person who came to Him for healing. And then think about how He is “the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8).
Hebrews 12:2 says, ” … Let us run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Jesus is the author of our faith, because He IS the Word of God. (John, chapter one). It is the Word that tells us of God and what He has done for us. Nothing but the Word can reveal to us the truth of God’s love, mercy, and healing, so nothing but the Word can create faith in us for those things. (Romans 10:17). And that same Word continues to feed and strengthen our faith if we will keep our eyes on it.
We keep our eyes on Jesus by keeping our eyes on His Word.
So don’t look around you at the forest, dark with negative symptoms, unbelief and fear. Look up to Jesus, your Healer — and keep looking up for as long as it takes. He isn’t going anywhere. He’ll be right there when you look to Him, and He’ll stick with you until you have the full manifestation of your healing from Him.
We originally posted this article a few years ago, but it is such an important message, we thought it was time to re-post it for new visitors.
by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
Are you struggling with “trying” to get healed? Are you “working hard” at it? Have you prayed and thanked the Lord for His work, but find that you are still out of rest and feeling pressed and stressed to “get” healed? Then QUIT trying; QUIT straining; QUIT working at it.
Listen to the Lord’s instructions in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
The Message paraphrase interprets part of this passage as follows: “Come to me. Get away with me, and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me, and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
This verse is for you. It’s for those who are “laboring” to get healed as well as those who are laboring in any other endeavor in life. We do not have to struggle to get healing from the Lord. In fact we don’t even have to “try.” All we have to do is ask and believe. It seems to be the “believing” part that causes most of the problem though.
When we are really believing God, we are in a state of rest. In fact, in Hebrews, chapters 3 and 4, the Lord has a good deal to say about how the Israelites were refusing to believe Him and obey his Word to go freely into the promised land and trust Him to defeat the enemies there. He says clearly that their failure to believe Him enough to act on His Word kept them from getting the rest He had prepared for them. And as a result, that failure to believe Him kept them from receiving what they needed. He then tells us that all of this account has been recorded for our learning
So let’s learn. Verse 10 of chapter 4 tells us, “For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” You see, if we will stop laboring to do the “work” of getting healed ourselves, but will do the only work God gave us to do – believe – we will come into His rest. “This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” (John 6:29).
But remember, dear one, true believing is not in the head, but in the heart. It is so deep-seated that it moves us to act on what we believe. It moves us to confess and to act on God’s Word even when everything else around us says we should not.
“But,” you may say to me, “you personally wrote an article about taking the Word of God as medicine and making sure we read it several times a day. Isn’t that a kind of work?” I did, indeed, write such an article. But that concept is not intended to be a burden of labor for us. Sitting down with God’s Word and absorbing it into our bodies and souls is not “work.” If we find that it is labor, then it is because we do not yet believe that the Word truly is our God-prescribed medicine. If we did, taking it into ourselves would be a joy and a rest. If we go to a human doctor, and he gives us an antibiotic and says to take one three times a day, we don’t consider taking that pill as “work” or “labor,” do we? Of course not. And neither is taking God’s medicine “work.
Furthermore, if we believe that the Word is God’s personal letter to us and that it can be trusted to give us all that we need, reading it every day would give us rest and peace continually. But if you find that you do not believe, dear one, do not despair! Because the more you do read the Word, the more it will create faith in you. Then you will believe it, and reading it will no longer be a task of labor, but a respite and refreshing.
But we must come to the place that we understand and believe that the healing we seek for our bodies is already accomplished by Jesus’ redemptive work. Isaiah says, “By His stripes, we are healed.” (Is. 53:6). Peter says, after the crucifixion and resurrection, “By His stripes, we were healed.” In God’s mind and heart, it is done, dear one. Now, our part is to take hold of that Word that confirms our healing is real and simply come to our Father holding out that Word as confidently as we would present a check at the bank teller’s window to withdraw money from our account. Come praising Him in peace and rest in His love until the manifestation comes.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 11 that He is “meek and gentle.” The word meek is so often misunderstood in this 21st century. There is another “M” word that gets so much attention these days that many people fail to appreciate the true meaning of meekness. The word “macho” is the adjective so many in our society equate with strength and masculinity – so much so that when someone refers to a “meek” man, he is thought to be weak and ineffectual. Not so. The true definition of meekness is the quality of having great strength and power that is leashed and kept under rein so that it demonstrates itself only when called for and then only for good and not for evil. For Jesus to define Himself as “meek and gentle” means that He is capable of using His unequaled power any time He wills to do so, but that He wills to do so only when it will help those He loves or will promote the Kingdom of God on this earth.
Another translation renders these words as “humble and gentle.” So what does the word “humble” tell us? Well, Jesus is a King, is He not? And when a king is humble it means two things: He is easily accessible, and He is easy to be entreated for His help and favors. Jesus is so easily entreated. When He walked the earth, every person who came to him for healing or help of any kind found Him willing, eager, even yearning to meet their needs. He’s the same today. The Lord whose strength carried Him through the most horrible beatings and the worst kind of death on our behalf – to set us free from the punishment we deserved – is the Lord who now wants to use His power to help us receive all the benefits of that ultimate sacrifice. And those benefits include healing for our bodies.
In these verses from Matthew, He also calls us to be yoked together with Him. When two oxen are yoked together it is so that they will pull together – always going the same direction, at the same speed, and with the same degree of leverage. That’s what Jesus wants for us: that we, being yoked to Him, will always be going the same direction, at the same speed He is going. We will not be pulling a heavy burden, straining and trying desperately in our own strength to get to something that is always just beyond our reach. We will just be moving along with Him, comfortably and joyfully, knowing that, yoked to the one who “always causes us to walk in victory,” we can’t miss getting to the desired result. And that includes getting to the manifestation of our healing.
So if you’ve been struggling, straining, laboring – stop it. Just get into God’s healing, life-giving Word and settle down into it until you are at rest. “Come to Me. Get away with Me, and you’ll recover your life.” (Matt. 11:28, The Message).