The subject of healing in relation to words is very important because it will help you understand how to turn your faith loose in the area of healing. Although there are many scriptures that reveal how important our words are, we will study only some of them in this chapter.
Our main focus in this chapter is to understand how we are healed by hearing and speaking words. Before we study healing in relation to words, let’s look at salvation in relation to words because the principle is the same.
Acts 11:14 says “Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved.” This verse is from the passage of Scripture that relates how Cornelius and his household were saved. It implies that there are words a person must hear in order to be saved.
In Acts chapter 11, we learn that Peter was called to stand before the brethren in Jerusalem and explain why he was preaching to the Gentiles. In this passage, Peter relates the vision he saw and tells how he went down to Cornelius’ house.
Once Peter arrived at Cornelius’ house, Cornelius explained how he had seen an angel stand in his house and say “Send men to Joppa and inquire at the house of Simon the tanner for Simon Peter, who when he is come will tell you words whereby you and all your house shall be saved” (Acts 11:13,14).
Someone might say, “Why would Cornelius need to hear words in order to be saved? I thought we were saved by grace through faith.”
Well, that is true. Ephesians 2:8 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” But, how does “faith to be saved” come to us? It comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom 10:17). So we must hear the Word of God in order to have faith to be saved. And according to Romans 10:9 and 10, a person is not saved just by hearing the Word of God, but by also speaking the Word of God. In other words, a person is saved by hearing and speaking words.
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that
God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
In Romans chapter 10, we see how men are saved by hearing and speaking words. By the same token, people are also healed by hearing and speaking
words. You see, faith for healing comes the same way that faith for salvation comes, and that is by hearing the Word of God. And it is always with the heart that man believes and with the mouth that confession is made.
You see, you can have faith in Jesus, both as Lord and as Savior, but if you don’t confess it as so in your life, it won’t change anything. It won’t come to fruition in your life. There’s no such thing as a “secret believer.” The Bible says that it is with the mouth that confession is made unto salvation (Rom. 10:10). And Matthew 10:32 says, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” It is very important to confess with your mouth what you believe in your heart.
Most Christians know this principle of believing with the heart and confessing with the mouth when it comes to salvation, or what we call the New Birth. But, this principle is also true when it comes to receiving anything from God. Healing is in the same plan of Redemption that the New Birth is. Just as we are saved by hearing and speaking words, so are we healed by hearing and speaking words.
Many Christians who desire healing are waiting for the intervention of divine sovereignty—for God to initiate something on His own. Of course, God does occasionally move in a sovereign way, but that is not His ordinary way of doing things. I’ll show you in the Bible what I mean by the intervention of divine sovereignty, or God initiating something on His own.
1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue
Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
In this passage, we read that the first person who stepped into the pool of Bethesda after the angel had troubled the water was healed of whatever illness he had. It didn’t make any difference what the illness was, and it didn’t make any difference whether the sick person was an adult or a child, a man or a woman. It didn’t make any difference whether they were God-fearing or not—or, as we would say, saved or unsaved. It didn’t make any difference whether they were pretty or ugly, rich or poor. And it didn’t make any difference what color their skin was. The first person in the pool got healed and was the only one to get
healed. It was that simple.
In the case of the pool of Bethesda, God worked the healing miracles on His own. It’s true that if God wants to work a miracle, He can. He doesn’t have to ask me or you or anyone else permission to do so. And that’s what is meant by the intervention of divine sovereignty or God initiating something on His own.
When God initiates something on His own and there is an intervention of divine sovereignty, very often only one person gets healed. Someone may ask, “Why?” Well, I don’t know. If I knew, I could tell you why, but I’m not the one who is doing it! God is.
Jesus Calms the Storm
Mark chapter 4 gives us another example of divine intervention.
35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
This miracle didn’t happen on account of the disciples’ faith, because in verse
40, Jesus asked His disciples why they didn’t have any faith. Jesus expected them to have faith because He had told them, “Let us pass over to the other side” (v. 35). He hadn’t said, “Let’s go halfway and sink.” No, this miracle didn’t happen because the disciples had faith. The Lord just did it on His own.
God will do that sometimes. Unfortunately, many Christians are waiting for some kind of divine intervention to happen in their lives. It may happen, but it may not happen. But one thing I’m sure of: God’s best, God’s greatest, and everything God has is at our disposal by the claim of faith. We don’t have to wait for His divine intervention, which may or may not happen. We don’t have to wait for God to initiate something in a special way.
Walking on Water
We find another illustration of a divine intervention in Matthew chapter 14.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit;
and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
It wasn’t Peter’s faith that saved him. He had a little faith to walk on the water for a while, but then he started to sink. The Lord, through His own kindness and goodness, saved Peter.
There is something about God initiating something on His own that none of us can understand. There is a mystery about it. If we could understand everything about God, He would cease to be God. We don’t even understand everything about humans, much less God. Why do we try to figure God out when we need to just accept Him as God? We ought to let Him tend to His business, and we should tend to ours.
Remember, in the case of the angel troubling the water in John chapter 5, only one person got healed. This is one example of God initiating something on His own in the area of healing. We’ve studied other examples of divine intervention including the time Jesus stilled the water and caused the storm to cease in Mark chapter 4 and the time He saved Peter from drowning in Matthew chapter 14. These two acts of sovereignty were in the area of saving people.
While God does occasionally intervene on His own initiative, we need to understand that it is not God’s ordinary way of doing things. He ordinarily does things in our lives through our faith—by us believing Him and taking Him at His Word. The reason He has given us His Word is so that we can have faith, for we know that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom.
Are You Waiting for God To Intervene?
Unfortunately, many Christians are waiting for divine intervention. They are waiting for God to initiate something out of the ordinary, which He may or He may not do, while all the time, God’s best—everything He has for us—is at our disposal by the claim of faith.
I remember a dear lady who was bedfast with terminal cancer. Medical
science did all they could do for her, and then they gave her up to die. This lady was not a member of the church where I was preaching, but the pastor had visited her and she told him that she wanted me to come and pray for her.
I went with the pastor to visit her. As always, I looked to the Lord to see if He would initiate or say something. He didn’t say anything. I didn’t have any kind of manifestation of the Spirit.
Well, what do you do if the Lord doesn’t initiate something? You give people the Word of God. You put the Word into them in order to get them to believe God. And if you can get them to believe God, then you can agree with them.
So that’s what I began to do with this lady who was dying of cancer. I began to give her the Word so that she could believe and be healed. But she wasn’t interested in believing the Word of God. She was convinced that there was a person somewhere who was going to heal her.
I told her, “I’m sorry to disappoint you, sister, but there is no one anywhere who can heal you or anyone else. No person can do it.”
She said, “Well, I’ll just lie here and hope that there will be.” I said, “You will die in hope then.”
And I’m sad to say that she did die.
Healing by a Manifestation of the Spirit
I knew another woman who was bedfast and dying with terminal cancer. She had deteriorated to the point where she couldn’t even feed herself, much less get up out of bed. As we prayed together, there was a manifestation of the Spirit. In other words, the Lord initiated something.
Now, please understand this: I can’t initiate a manifestation of the Spirit. I am not God. But, as I prayed for this woman, I heard the Lord speak to me and tell me to do something. So I did what He said to do; I went to the head of the bed and said, “Come out, you spirit of doubt and fear in the Name of Jesus.”
The woman rose up shouting and jumped out of bed. She went from not being able to get out of bed to being instantly healed. She went out in the backyard and sat down and ate watermelon with us that very afternoon! Glory to God!
The Lord initiated something on His own that day. Now, I’d be a fool to tell everyone who has cancer that that’s the way healing is ministered. I’d be a fool to tell people, “I found out how to get people healed. Just cast the spirit of doubt and fear out of every one of them.” No, that may not be the problem with every person.
Again, if the Lord doesn’t tell you anything, just put the Word into people. There is a connection between God’s Word and healing. People are healed by hearing and saying words.
Healed by Hearing and Speaking God’s Word
I knew another woman who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told by her doctor that medical science had done all they could do for her. When I went to pray for her there wasn’t any manifestation of the Spirit—the Spirit of God didn’t say anything to me. What did I do? I did the same thing I tried to do with the first woman who was dying; I gave her the Word.
But unlike the first woman, this woman decided she would put God’s Word into practice for herself. She received the Word as I gave it to her and began to speak it.
And do you know what happened? The same doctors who diagnosed her couldn’t find any cancer in her body—it had
disappeared! She was healed by hearing and speaking God’s Word!
Years later, I went back and preached in that woman’s home church. Even then, the doctors still couldn’t find anything wrong with her. When the cancer disappeared, the doctors told her that if it didn’t reoccur after a certain number of years, she would be home free. And about the time I revisited her church, the doctors had told her, “That’s it. You’re home free. That cancer won’t ever occur again.”
Remember, I didn’t lay hands on that woman and pray for her to be healed. It was her faith in God’s Word that made her whole.
You see, all of God’s provision is ours by the claim of faith. But faith must be released through the words of your mouth. Let me remind you of what Jesus said in Mark 11:23: “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall SAY unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he SAITH shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he SAITH.” While doubt can cause you to receive something less than God’s best, faith will cause you to receive God’s best. And, remember, faith must be released through your words.
The Importance of Words
As I said at the beginning of the chapter, the Bible makes it clear that the words we speak are very important. Let’s look at just a few verses that reveal the importance of our words.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Instead of saying, “death and life,” you could say, “sickness and disease and healing and health are in the power of the tongue.” Matthew 12:37, which says, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned,” also shows the importance of our words.
Proverbs 21:23 says, “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” This verse implies that we create our own troubles with our mouth and tongue. Many Christians think that someone else creates all their troubles. So these Christians are always complaining and blaming someone else for their problems, but this verse says that they created their own troubles.
Proverbs 12:18 says, “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” The tongue of the wise is health because the tongue of the wise says the right things. You’re going to produce either sickness or health with your tongue, mouth, and words. They all go together.
We need to understand that faith will cause the power of God to move in our behalf, and faith will cause us to receive the miraculous into our lives. But faith has to be released through the words of our mouth. Remember Mark 11:23 says, “. . . he shall have whatsoever he SAITH.” Faith is released through words. It’s so with salvation, and it’s so with healing.
Faith for salvation is released through the words of your mouth. We’ve already looked at Romans 10:9 and 10, which says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” With your heart you believe unto righteousness—you believe you are right with God because Jesus paid the price and made you right. And with your mouth confession is made unto salvation—with your mouth you confess that you are saved.
It works the same way with healing. With the heart man believes unto healing, and with the mouth he confesses he is healed. And even if a person gets healed by God initiating something on His own or by a manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit, he will not maintain that healing without maintaining a positive faith confession, because the devil will come and take it away. I’ve seen it happen again and again. We are healed by the words we speak, and we maintain our healing by the words we speak.
What Are You Saying?
Again, faith is released by words—whether it’s faith to be saved, faith to be healed, or faith for any one of God’s provisions. So it’s important that you learn to use words so they will work for you and not against you. We know from the Word of God that your words will either make you a victor or keep you a captive.
Words like these will make you a victor: “I am more than a conqueror through Him that loved me and gave Himself for me” (Rom. 8:37). “If God be for me, who can be against me?” (Rom. 8:31). “My Father is greater than all” (John
10:29). “The Name of Jesus has authority and power in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth—among angels, men, and demons. And that Name belongs to me” (Phil. 2:9,10; Matt. 28:18). Speaking the right words—God’s Word—will set you free and keep you free.
But your words can also keep you captive. If you keep on talking about how you are defeated, saying, “Poor old me. I’ve tried and tried. Everything is against me. The devil keeps me sick all the time,” things will stay just as they are or get worse.
You see, friends, if we’re defeated, we’re defeated with our own lips. People will lay their problems off on the devil or on someone else; sometimes they will even lay them off on the preacher. But we might as well get down to brass tacks, so to speak. If I’m defeated, I’m the one responsible. If you’re defeated, you’re the one responsible. Why? We are defeated with our own lips.
There is another verse in Proverbs having to do with words that has always been a favorite of mine. Proverbs 6:2 says, “Thou art snared with the words of thy mouth, thou art taken with the words of thy mouth.” The margin of my King James Bible reads, “Thou art taken captive with the words of thy mouth.”
Someone once said, “You said that you could not, and the moment you said it, you were whipped.” I like to say it like this: “You said that you did not have faith, and doubt rose up like a giant and bound you.” You see, you are imprisoned with your own words. If you talk failure, failure will hold you in bondage, for Proverbs 6:2 says, “You are snared with the words of your mouth.”
As Christians, we should never talk failure or defeat. I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe in failure or defeat. And I don’t believe that God is a God of failure or a God of defeat. Since we are children of God, we ought not be children of failure. I believe God is a God of victory and success, prosperity and plenty.
If you talk about your trials and difficulties or your lack of faith, your faith will shrivel, and the devil will rise up and dominate you. Confessing sickness
will develop sickness in your system. Confessing doubt causes doubts to grow stronger. How well I have learned this truth through the years!
If you talk about your doubts and fears, it will destroy your faith. But if you reverse what you are talking about, it will change the order of things. What should you talk about then? You ought to talk about your wonderful, lovely Heavenly Father. You should talk about the Word of God. But, you see, if you don’t know God, you won’t be able to talk about Him. You need to get acquainted with God through His Word and through prayer. God is everything the Word says He is, and He can do everything the Word says He can do. So find out what the Word says!
Spend your time talking about who God is and what He can do. Then look defeat in the face and cry out, “My God is greater than you!” Look failure in the face and declare, “My God is greater than you!”
Remember, you can’t be defeated because greater is He that is in you than he that’s in the world (1 John 4:4). God is greater than sickness and disease. He is greater than troubles and trials. He’s greater than any power that can come against you. You can’t measure how great God is!
Begin talking about your wonderful Heavenly Father. Begin saying, “God is everything the Word says He is. God can do everything the Words says He can do.” Start talking about how big God is, and quit talking about how big the devil is. What does the devil amount to in the sight of God? Nothing! Jesus already whipped him! Start talking about that!
When you read God’s Word, believe it, and begin to confess it. Remember, your words are important. Use them to work for you as you receive by faith everything God has provided for you—including healing!