“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”
Christ the Healer – Bosworth
“Every One That Looketh”
Notice that none were to receive healing except on this condition: “Every one that LOOKETH.”
LOOKING means to be occupied and influenced with what we are looking at. It is the equivalent of Abraham’s refusing to consider his own body. He
waxed strong in faith by looking unto the promises of God. Being occupied and influenced by our feelings or symptoms is reversing the conditions that God requires.
LOOKING means attention. God gave the covenant of healing and revealed Himself as our healer by the redemptive name Jehovah-Rapha. The condition He laid down was that they should “hearken diligently . . . and do all His commandments.” This means attention and heed to His Word. In Mark 4:24 Jesus also taught us that it is by our attention and heed to God’s Word that we measure His blessings to ourselves. “The Word of God is the seed.” Like all seed, when it is put into good ground, it has the power to do its own work. Attention and heed to the Word of God is the way to get it into “good ground” and to keep it there.
Satan cannot hinder the “seed” from doing its work unless we allow him to get the seed out of the ground. He can only do this by getting you to turn your attention away from the Word of God to your symptoms. Jonah called his symptoms “lying vanities” and said, while “still in the great fish, “I will LOOK again toward thy holy temple.” Then, we hear him offering “the sacrifice of thanksgiving.” This shows what LOOKING means. LOOKING also means expectation. To look unto God for salvation means to expect salvation from Him. He says to us all: “Look unto Me, all ye ends of the earth, and be ye saved.” Since God has provided and promised healing, we should dismiss from our minds the slightest thought of failing to be healed.
The word LOOKETH is also translated “consider.” We read that Sarah “considered that she could rely upon Him who had promised.” Instead of considering her age, she received faith by considering the Word of God. The word LOOKETH is in the continuous present tense. It is not a mere glance, but a continuous “stare” until you are well. It was a “stedfast faith” that brought the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. The healing process goes on while we are looking unto the promise. We are to think faith, speak faith, act faith and keep it until the promise is fulfilled. By being occupied with symptoms or feelings, we violate the conditions and thereby turn off the switch to His power.
“The Sight of Faith”
“We read in Hebrews 11:23–27 that Moses “endured, as [by] seeing him who is invisible.” As far as the optic nerve is concerned, “faith is the evidence of things not seen.” But as far as the enlightened “eyes of our understanding” are concerned, faith is the evidence of things seen.
Walking by faith is walking by sight of a better kind. We are to spend our lives looking at far better things than can be seen with the optic nerve. We see with the eye of faith the glorious things that are invisible to the natural eye. After all, it is the mind and not the optic nerve that sees. You cannot see your money in the bank except with your mind. When you draw a check, it is by faith in what you see, not with your eyes, but with your mind.
Faith is the most rational thing in the world, because it is based on the greatest of facts and realities. It sees God; it sees Calvary where disease and sin were canceled. It sees the promises of God and His faithfulness. These are more certain than the foundations of a mountain. Faith sees the health and strength given on the cross as already belonging to us. It receives the words: “Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses,” and then acts accordingly. What the eye of faith sees, the hand of faith appropriates. It says, “This is mine by virtue of the promise of God.” Faith refuses to see anything but God and what he says.
*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.