by Sandra Conner (Radical About Jesus Ministries)
This message was originally posted five years ago, but the truths are so important that they bear repeating periodically. We hope many more readers find encouragement and strengthening for their faith as we offer it again today.
When the Lord, Jehovah, called Moses to go to the people of Israel and announce to them that God was ready to set them free from slavery, Moses insisted that they would not believe him. So God gave him a number of signs to perform before the people as evidence that God was indeed miraculously working with Moses.
We want to take a close look today at the first sign: “And the Lord said unto him [Moses], ‘What is that in thine hand?’ And he said, ‘a rod.’ And He said, ‘Cast it on the ground.’ And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, ‘Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.’ And he put forth his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand.” (Exodus 4:2-4).
Our focus in this lesson is not particularly on Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage, but rather on God’s ability to do what He did to that wooden rod. This event carries great significance for us when we are seeking to believe the Lord for healing of our physical bodies. We are spiritual beings living in physical bodies, and when we have a problem in that physical body, we need to have something physical changed. Because we are seeking that change from a Spirit God, we sometimes find it hard to comprehend His ability to make those changes without using any physical instruments or medications that we can relate to with our five senses.
But let’s look at what He did to this rod. It was a solid, extraordinarily sturdy piece of wood, undoubtedly several feet long. Moses used it for a great many things during his shepherding years and then throughout the journey from Egypt to Canaan. It was real wood, and it was strong enough to serve him with no defects for well over 40 years. Yet by one simple act of exerting His spiritual power, the Lord turned that solid, totally lifeless, piece of wood into a living creature, with muscle, organs, skin, eyes, etc.
Now, this serpent was not a figment of Moses’ imagination or a mirage, because Moses was so frightened by it that he ran from it. But the Lord insisted that he pick it up, and once Moses had a grip on the serpent, it became a solid piece of wood again.
Now, we’re not talking about simply changing the shape or size of an object. We are talking about actually changing the very chemical and molecular structure of an object – changing it at the cellular level throughout the whole object. Something that was totally without life instantly became a living creature and then, by another act of God’s power, became a totally inanimate object again.
Once we get a clear picture of this event, we begin to realize just how easily that same God can change the chemical and molecular structure of any created thing – including the structure of flesh, of tumors, of diseased tissue, of abnormal limbs, of any physical element with which our body is impaired. God has no more problem neutralizing a huge tumor, or creating healthy bone where there is none, or replacing plaque coated arteries with new supple, pliant arterial tissue than He had changing a piece of wood into a serpent or changing a living being into a lifeless stick.
No matter what you are facing in your physical body today, do not limit God and His delivering, miracle working, healing power. He didn’t feel any strain on His power when He changed Moses’ rod, and He will feel no strain on His power when He changes the negative tissues in your body into healthy tissues.
And don’t, in your own mind, limit His willingness to do the work. If He was willing to do such an extraordinary thing for Moses, for no other reason than to provide examples of His ability and willingness to deliver His people — even before Jesus had died for them and given them His own righteousness — how much more is He willing to do as much to deliver the people His own Son gave His life for. The Old Covenant and God’s promise to Abraham were enough to cause Him to move in such creative power. How much more, under the New Covenant — with the finished work of Jesus Christ securing us a place in God’s heart — will He do equally miraculous works for us.
We’ve just finished recording the message “Drawing From God’s Well” on video. Hope you find it a blessing in helping you to believe the Lord for your healing.
by Ted Pavloff, Glory Ministries
“And The Lord God said, if you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will not permit any of the diseases to be brought upon you which I have permitted to be brought upon the Egyptians; for, I the Lord, am your healer.”
Exodus 15:26 (Direct Hebrew Translation)
There are many truly fine born-again Christians today who are floundering in a theology that keeps them doubting the wonderful mercy of God; particularly in the area of physical healing. I don’t recall ever meeting any Christian who does not believe that God can heal; but I have encountered many who will not believe that God will heal them – or that it is always His will to heal the sick. This latter group has been taught to believe in God’s ability, but not His mercy.
The problem is, man’s concept or idea of God is considerably stunted. We have listened for centuries to what man says about God, and these words often are classified under something called “Theology.” And the trouble with theology is it enlightens and tells man all about God’s power, but it often ignores, puts down, or outright denies God’s desire to use His power on man’s behalf.
It is foolish for us to put all our confidence in what man says about God and totally ignore what God has to say about Himself. He announced from the very beginning that He was a healing God, and our text is one of many examples. David, in the 103rd Psalm writes, “Bless the lord O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; who pardons all of our iniquities; who heals all of our diseases.” (NAS). Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them …” (NAS). John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”(NAS), and that Word was Jesus, “Who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil.” (Acts 10:38, NAS).
Regardless of what may appear to be the immediate cause of any illness, the origin of all sickness and disease goes back to the high treason of original man. When Adam sinned, he immediately died spiritually, and sickness came into the world riding on the back of that spiritual death. And since Adam’s sin was not God’s will, how can any of the evil results of sin be His will? The truth is, beloved, sickness in any form is never the will of God. In 1 John 3:2, the Apostle John writes, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”(KJV)
Just before He ascended to Heaven following His resurrection, Jesus commanded the disciples to go and preach what he had commanded them and He said, “And these signs shall follow them that believe (that’s us): In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:16-18,KJV)
He said, “I am the Lord who healeth thee.” And He also said, “I am the Lord; I change not.” Are we ready and willing to listen to what God says about Himself? Are we ready to believe Him?
It is imperative that we answer those two questions correctly. You see, believing faith is the hand that reaches up and takes what Our Lord freely offers; and that most certainly includes healing. So reach for it!
(Find more of Ted’s teaching at his WordPress site: A Walk In The Word.)
Smith Wigglesworth, originally a plumber in England in the early 1900’s, answered the call of God and became a true twentieth-century apostle. He became known throughout the world for his powerful preaching of the full Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was renowned for his healing ministry on several continents. He and his wife Polly ministered together for many years until she went home to be with the Lord, and Smith carried on the work, accompanied in later years by his daughter and son-in-law.
These thoughts are excerpts from his book Ever Increasing Faith (copyright 1924 by Smith Wigglesworth). The Gospel Publishing House has produced a “Revised Edition” of the book (copyright 1971 by Gospel Publishing House), which is currently in print.
Excerpt from sermon: “Have Faith in God.”
“These are days when we need to have our faith strengthened, when we need to know God. God has designed that the just shall live by faith. Any man can be changed by faith, no matter how he may be fettered. I know that God’s Word is sufficient. … His word is from everlasting to everlasting. … This is the food of faith. ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.’
“Everywhere men are trying ti discredit the Bible and take from it all the miraculous. One preacher … said, ‘It was an easy thing for Jesus to feed the people with five loaves. The loaves ere so big in those days that it was a simple matter to cut them into a thousand pieces each.’ But he forgot that one little boy brought those five loaves all the way in his lunch basket.
“There is nothing impossible with God. All the impossibility is with us when we measure God by the limitations of our unbelief. … I was in Belfast one day and saw one of the brethren of the assembly. He said to me, ‘Wigglesworth, I am troubled. I have had a good deal of sorrow during the past five months. I had a woman in my assembly who could always pray the blessing of heaven down on our meetings. She is an old woman, but her presence is always an inspiration. But five months ago she fell and broke her thigh. The doctors put her into a plater cast, but after five months … the bones were not properly set … so she broke the thigh again.’
“He gook me to her house, and there was a woman lying in a bed on the right hand side of the room. I said to her,’Well, what about it now?’ She said, ‘They have sent me home incurable. The doctors say tha I am so old that my bones won’t knit. … They could never do anything for me … and I shall have to lie in bed for the rest of my life.’ I said to her, ‘Can you believe God?’ She replied, ‘Yes, ever since I heard that you had come to Belfast my faith has been quickened. If you will pray , I will believe. I know … there is nothing impossible with God.’ I said, ‘Do you believe He will meet you now?’ She answered, ‘I do.’
“It is grand to see people believe God. … Her husband was sitting there; he had been in his chair [wheelchair] for four years and could not walk a step. He called out, ‘I don’t believe. I won’t believe. You will never get me to believe.’ I said, ‘All right,’ and laid my hands on his wife in the name of the Lord Jesus. The moment hands were laid upon her the power of God went right through her and she cried out,’I’m haled.’ I said, ‘I’m not going to assist you to rise. God will do it all.’ She rose and walked up and down the room praising God.
“The old man was amazed t what happened to his wife, and he cried out, ‘Make me walk, make me walk.’ I said to him, ‘You old sinner, repent.’ He cried out, ‘Lord, You know I never meant what I said. You know I believe.’ I don’t think he meant what he said; anyhow the Lord was full of compassion. If He marked our sins where would any of us be? If we will meet the conditions, God will always meet us. If we believe, all things are possible. I laid my hands on him and the power went right through the old man’s body; and those legs, for the first time in four years, received power to carry his body, and he walked up and down and in and out. He said, ‘O what great things God has done for us tonight!’
‘What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’ [Mark 11:24]. Desire toward God, and you will have desires from God; and He will meet you on the line of those desires when you reach out in simple faith.”