Proverbs 4:20 – 22
1 These 2:13
F F Bosworth
How To Appropriate The Redemptive And Covenant Blessing Of Bodily Healing
God’s way of saving the soul, of healing the body, and of
doing everything else He wants to do is to send His Word, His
promise. He then keeps the promise wherever it produces faith.
The divine procedure in healing is stated in the text, “He sent his
word, and healed them, and delivered them from their
destructions” (Ps. 107:20).
It is “the word of God, which effectually worketh” in them
that believe. It is “health to all their flesh” (1 Thess. 2:13; Prov.
THE BRAZEN SERPENT—A TYPE OF CHRIST
God ratified His Word to the dying Israelites by sending
them the added Word, “everyone that is bitten, when he looketh
upon it (the brazen serpent, the type of Calvary) shall live.”
If bodily healing is not provided in the Atonement, why were these
dying Israelites required to look at the type of the Atonement for
bodily healing? As their curse was removed by the lifting up of
the type of Christ, so ours is removed by the lifting up of Christ,
the Antitype. Since the Spirit is given to us to make Christ a
reality, why should we not look to Christ Himself with as much
expectation as they did to the type?
It will be well to note that they could not look at the brass
snake and their symptoms at the same time. Abraham’s faith
waxed strong while he looked to the promise of God. Some
people reverse this. Their faith waxes weak while they look at
their symptoms and forget the promises. God’s Word is the only
solid basis for our faith. God healed by sending His Word. We
will miss healing if we allow our symptoms to hinder us from
expecting what His Word promises.
We will now endeavor to make plain how to appropriate
Getting things from God is like playing checkers. After
one person moves, he has nothing to do until the other player
moves. Each man moves in his own turn. So, when God has
provided healing, or any other blessing, and sent us His Word, it
is our move before He will move again.
Our move is to expect what He promises when we pray. This will cause us to act our
faith before we see the healing. The healing comes in the next move, which is God’s move. God never moves out of His turn, but He always moves when it is His turn.
It is the same with every case of faith in history.
Jonah’s symptoms were very real when he was inside the fish, and he
did not deny them; but he called them “lying vanities.” In other
words, any symptoms that make us doubt the fact that God is
“plenteous in mercy to all” that call upon Him, should be
regarded as “lying vanities.”
Jonah said, “They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” Instead of listening to Satan and watching our symptoms, we must be “workers together”
with God Who heals by sending His Word and keeping it!
We must cooperate with Him by being occupied, not with
what the devil says, but with the Word He sends for our healing.
SYMPTOMS MAY LINGER
Even when we do act our faith, symptoms do not always
After Hezekiah was healed, it was three days before he was strong enough to go up to the House of the Lord. In John 4:50-52 the nobleman “believed the word that Jesus
had spoken unto him.” When he met his servants he enquired of
them the hour when his dying son “began to amend.”
The Bible differentiates between the “gifts of healing” and the
gift of “miracles.”
Christ could do no miracle in Nazareth because of their unbelief, but He healed a few sick ones. If every one were to be made perfectly whole instantly, there would be no
place the gifts of healing.
It would be all miracles.
Many people miss healing by trying to confine God to miracles. Christ’s
promise is that “they shall recover,” but He does not say “instantly.”
*We must stand fast in our confession – letting the confession build up the faith we already have. We have each been given a measure of the God kind of Faith. If we will keep hearing it, and seeing it and talking it – it will manifest to us and in us – life and health to all our flesh.
*ALL MINISTERS ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME INCREMENTS TO BE MET. ALL PREACHING MUST BE COMPLETED BY TWENTY MINUTES BEFORE THE TOP OF THE HOUR TO ALLOW FOR THE WORKING OF THE WORD.
**IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT BEFORE YOU PREACH YOU SPEND 30 MINUTES – SITTING IN A CHAIR – SAYING THE FOLLOWING – OUT LOUD:
*I THANK YOU LORD – ACCORDING TO 1 JOHN 2:27 – I HAVE AN UNCTION TO SPEAK. ACCORDING TO MARK 16:17-18, “WHEN I LAY HANDS ON THE SICK THEY RECOVER.” *I HAVE HEALINGS, MIRACLES, SIGNS, WONDERS, WORKING OF MIRACLES, WORD OF KNOWLEDGE AND THE GIFT OF FAITH MANIFEST THROUGH ME.
*ACCORDING TO JOHN 14:16 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS HELPING ME TO MINISTER. I DO NOT DO IT IN MY OWN STRENGTH.