By putting God’s anointed Word in your heart, you can learn to walk in freedom in every area of your life. When you believe and act upon God’s anointed Word, the anointing will break the yoke of bondage and set you free in every area of your life!
27 . . . the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
We often hear it said that it’s the anointing that breaks every yoke. But what is a “yoke” in present-day application? A “yoke” is anything that binds people. For example, a yoke can be sin, sickness or disease, poverty, or oppression by evil spirits. But, thank God, theyokeshall be destroyed because of the anointing!
My Testimony of Healing
I was sickly until I was seventeen years old. I didn’t grow up normally because for the first sixteen years of my life, I couldn’t run and play like other children. I played very limitedly because I had a deformed heart and an incurable blood disease. The blood disease made my blood pale orange in color instead of red, and there were other complications. I never had a normal childhood, and about four months before my sixteenth birthday, I became totally bedfast.
Several doctors had been called in on my case. The great Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, hailed one of the doctors on my case as one of the best surgeons in the world. This doctor said that no one in my condition in the history of medical science had ever lived past the age of sixteen.
But, thank God for the Bible, which is God’s holy written Word. The Word is anointed! It’s filled with God’s power, and God’s anointed Word destroys every yoke of bondage, including the yoke of sickness and disease. That’s how I was raised up off the bed of sickness—by acting on God’s anointed Word.
I had read the Bible as a young Baptist boy, but I didn’t know much about acting on the Word. For example, I knew that the Holy Spirit lived inside me. But I didn’t know at first that I was supposed to listen to Him or that He would guide me to act on God’s Word.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH: for
he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
I’ve thought about it many times since then that if I had listened to the Holy Spirit sooner, I would not have stayed bedfast for those sixteen months. But I was so busy trying to get someone to help me that I failed to listen to the Holy Spirit on the inside of me. That’s where we miss it so many times. Most of us are looking for something in the natural to help us. But if you are saved, the Holy Spirit abides in your spirit, and the Bible says He’ll guide you into all truth. God’s Word is truth (John 17:17).
‘It’s All in the Book’
During the time I was bedfast, the Holy Spirit kept trying to tell me I could be healed. Finally one day, I heard something on the inside of me—that still, small voice—say, “You don’t have to die at this early age. You can be healed.” Well, if I could be healed, I wanted to know how. I knew medical science couldn’t do anything for me. So I asked the Lord, “How can I be healed?” And that same inward voice said, “It’s all in the Book.”
When I heard the words, “It’s all in the Book,” I knew the Holy Spirit was talking about the Bible, so I began to diligently study the Bible day and night. When I read Mark 11:23 and 24, those words were branded on my spirit like a branding iron brands cattle.
23 For verily I [Jesus] 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.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire [and that includes healing], when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
Those words, “. . . What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (v. 24), became indelibly imprinted on my heart. You see, the greatest desire of my heart was to be healed. More than sixty- five years ago, as I acted on God’s anointed Word, His Word brought healing to my body. And I’ve been healed ever since!
We’ve Already Been Redeemed From
Healing belongs to us as believers. At the time I was healed, I didn’t know
about our redemption from sickness and disease. I didn’t know about Isaiah 53:4 and 5 and other scriptures about Christ’s redemptive work.
4 Surely he [Jesus] hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows [the original Hebrew says He bore our sicknesses and carried our pains]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias [Isaiah] the prophet, saying, Himself
[Jesus] took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
1 PETER 2:24
24 Who his own self [Jesus] bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
Many times, this is where folks miss it. They say, “I know God promised to heal me, but He hasn’t done it yet.” This causes folks to become confused. But God didn’t promise to heal them someday. He said in His Word that they are healed now!
To say that God has promised to heal us is like an unsaved person saying, “I know God has promised to save me.” No. God didn’t promise to save the sinner. The Word says that salvation belongs to every unsaved person right now! Second Corinthians 5:19 says, “. . . God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them. . . .” Salvation is a gift. It was paid for by Jesus Christ. It belongs to us.
Healing belongs to us too! And receiving healing, just like receiving salvation, is simply a matter of appropriating what already belongs to us because of Christ’s redemptive work.
Someone might say, “I’ve read all those wonderful promises in the Word.” But these scriptures on healing that we just read are not really promises; they are statements of fact. Remember, in the mind of God, you’re already healed. God has already healed you because He laid sickness and disease on Jesus. Jesus has already borne sickness and disease for you. You need not bear what Jesus already bore for you.
When Isaiah wrote about Jesus’ redemptive work, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows . . .” (Isa. 53:4), he was prophesying about the future. He was looking forward in time to the Cross. Some people say that verse
was only prophesying concerning salvation. However, we know the words “griefs” and “sorrows” are literally translated from the Hebrew as “sickness” and “pain.” So our redemption included both remission of sin and physical healing.
When Peter later wrote about Jesus’ redemptive work, “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree . . . by whose stripes ye were healed” (1
Peter 2:24), he was looking back in time to the Cross.
Peter wrote, “. . . by whose stripes ye WERE healed.” Since you were healed, you are healed. In other words, you’re not going to be healed. You are healed! And as you stand in faith on God’s Word, your body has to come in line with God’s Word, and every symptom has to go!
Someone might say, “I just believe God is going to heal me sometime.” Well, that’s not agreeing with God. In fact, to say that is really taking sides against God because God and His Word are one. God’s Word is God speaking to us, and God’s Word says we were healed (1 Peter 2:24)!
Feed Your Spirit Continually
Some people are always wanting God to speak to them, but if they’d get in the Bible and read it and meditate on it, they’d find that God is speaking to them from every page. They’re always looking for some “new” revelation, yet they haven’t mastered walking in the light of what they already know. But when you walk in the light of what you know, more light will be given to you. You see, it’s the truth of God’s anointed Word, not some “new” revelation, that sets people free and destroys every yoke of bondage.
Sometimes when I’ve tried to read scriptures to people on healing, they’ve said, “Oh, I’ve already heard that.” That’s like a man sitting down at the table to eat, but when a big T-bone steak is put on his plate, he says, “No thanks. I’ve had T-bone steak before”! Just because you ate a T-bone steak one time doesn’t mean you’re never going to eat one again!
4 . . . Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of
What is this verse saying? It’s saying that what natural food is to your body, the Word of God is to your spirit. The Word of God is “food” or nourishment, for your spirit. Just because you ate a certain kind of natural food one time doesn’t mean you’re never going to eat it again. No, you’ll come right back to the table and eat the same kinds of food again and again.
The Truth Will Set You Free!
When it comes to spiritual things, a preacher can teach on faith and healing and sometimes people say, “Oh, I’ve heard that before.” But in much the same way that we eat the same kind of natural food again and again, we need to come right back to God’s table and eat His food—the Word of God—again and again.
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. In other words, faith doesn’t come by hearing it just once or even by hearing it occasionally. The Word of God is anointed and if you get that Word in your heart by hearing it again and again, the anointing will set you free.
32 And ye shall KNOW the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The truth sets you free. We know that God’s Word is truth (John 17:17). The truth of the anointed Word will set you free, but the truth can’t set you free until you know the truth. The way you know the truth is by putting it in your heart—in your spirit. And the way you do that is by hearing the Word continually.
As I shared in a previous chapter, several years ago, my wife Oretha became physically weak and just kept getting weaker. When she went to have a medical exam, her doctor discovered a blockage in one side of her heart and immediately ordered more tests. He also told her not to exert herself physically at all. So she spent time in the Word constantly, putting God’s medicine—His Word—in her spirit. She listened to my tape called “Healing Scriptures” almost constantly.
Oretha was scheduled to go back to the doctor for more tests to see whether she would need surgery or if medication alone could help her. One evening before her return visit to the doctor, she was meditating on the Word, thinking about the goodness of God, when she felt something like two hands reach down into her heart and take something out.
She went back to the same doctor for more tests, and he couldn’t find a thing wrong with her heart! He said the blockage was gone and that her heart was perfectly normal! Her doctor was a Christian, and he said that was the first miracle of that sort he had ever seen. He had seen other people helped through both prayer and medicine, but he had never seen a miracle like hers. What had
happened? She just kept putting that Word in her spirit, and God healed her through His anointed Word.
You Must Do Your Part
Healing belongs to us, but most folks miss it because they think, If healing belongs to me, why don’t I have it? In other words, they think the blessings of God are just going to automatically fall on them like ripe cherries fall off a tree. But that’s not true. The blessings of God must be appropriated by faith in God’s written Word. In other words, we must receive by faith the blessings that God has already provided for us in His Word.
The same is true with salvation. For example, have you ever stopped to think about the fact that the New Birth, the remission of sin, belongs to the worst sinner, just as much as it belongs to the Christian? The remission of sin belongs to people in jail or prison—even those who are on “death row”—just as much as it belongs to the most faithful churchgoer. Why? Because the Bible says, “For God so loved THE WORLD, that he gave his only begotten Son, that WHOSOEVER believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Jesus paid for salvation for every man, woman, boy, and girl who would ever live on this earth. But people must believe on Jesus and receive Him as their own Savior before salvation can benefit them.
So, you see, salvation belongs to the sinner. Then why doesn’t every sinner get saved? It’s either because no one has shared the Gospel with him, so he doesn’t know about salvation, or because someone has told him about salvation, but he didn’t believe it or accept it.
The same thing is true with healing. One reason many Christians haven’t received healing is they haven’t heard the Word, and they don’t know healing belongs to them. They thought they had to stay sick. But healing still belongs to them. There are other reasons Christians don’t get healed as well, but the point is, healing belongs to them.
We know it’s the anointing that destroys every yoke of sickness and disease. But actually, the anointing is released by acting on God’s anointed Word—that is, by believing it and applying it to your own life.
It’s a Done Deal!
Years ago a crippled woman who hadn’t walked in four years attended a meeting I held. She was seventy-two years old and doctors said she would never
walk another step. I read Matthew 8:17 and First Peter 2:24 to her. She said, “Yes, I know those scriptures, and I believe them.”
I asked her to read aloud the last part of First Peter 2:24, and she read, “. . . by whose stripes ye were healed.” I said, “Read it again,” and she did. Then I asked her, “Is ‘were’ past tense, present tense, or future tense?”
She looked at me in amazement, and I could see that the light had suddenly dawned on her. She said, “Why, it’s past tense. And if we were healed, then I was healed.”
“That’s right,” I encouraged her. Then I said, “You’re still sitting there crippled. You haven’t moved a bit. You need to start believing that you were healed when the stripes were laid on Jesus. If you believe that, then begin to say,
‘If I was healed, then I am healed.’ Start believing you are healed now.”
I talked to this crippled woman about what the Word says, and just kept quoting the Word to her on healing. After about ten minutes, she was leaping and walking and praising God! Some people in that church said, “That Hagin fellow healed a crippled woman in church the other night.” But I didn’t do any such thing! I can’t heal anyone. Jesus purchased her healing more than 2,000 years ago. She just found out about it that night!
God’s anointed Word will work for you, too, and set you free from every yoke of bondage—sin, sickness or disease, poverty, or anything else the devil tries to bring against you. But you must act on God’s Word by agreeing with it. You must believe it and feed upon it. That’s how you get it into your heart or spirit. As God’s Word becomes a part of you, the anointing will deliver you and bring freedom to every area of your life.