I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Jesus is the will of God in action! If you want to see God work, look at Jesus; if you want to hear God talk, listen to Jesus.
9 Jesus saith unto him [Philip] . . . he that hath seen me hath seen the Father. . . .
Well, what do we see Jesus doing in His earthly ministry? We see Him going about doing good and healing (Acts 10:38). So if Jesus is the will of God in action, then it must be the will of God to heal.
Healing Is God’s Will
Healing has always been in God’s plan of redemption. But many people don’t receive their healing because of unbelief.
As we saw in the previous chapter, healing is no longer a matter of what God can do; it’s a matter of what we can believe. We looked at Mark chapter 9 and the man who came to Jesus, telling him about his demon-possessed son who threw himself into fire and water. The disciples had been unable to deliver the man’s son.
The father begged Jesus, “. . . if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us” (v. 22). Remember what Jesus replied: “. . . If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (v. 23). Jesus immediately started working on the man’s believing, which had to do with his spirit. Jesus turned his plea for help around and said, “It’s not a matter of what I can do; it’s a matter of what you can believe.”
We see this emphasis on faith repeated again and again in the ministry of Jesus. We looked at three specific examples in the previous chapter: the healing of the two blind men in Matthew 9, the healing of the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5, and the healing of the centurion’s servant in Matthew 8. These people received healing through their spirits, because they believed with their hearts!
Notice what the psalmist of old said in Psalm 107:
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
The word that God sent under the Old Covenant was spoken by the prophets. But the word that God sent under the New Covenant was the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God (John 1:1,14). God sent His Word—the Living Word—and healed us.
Therefore, in the mind of God, we’re already healed! He’s already sent His
Word and healed us.
We’re Already Healed!
God has given us the written Word so that we’ll know what the Living Word has done for us. And we know that the Living Word healed us: He took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses; and by His stripes we were healed (Ps.
107:20; Matt. 8:17; 1 Peter 2:24).
Well, “were” is past tense. That means we’re already healed! (You have to get your believing in the right tense for it to work for you!)
Now God will often let another person believe for you when you don’t know the Word or you’re still in the babyhood stage of Christianity. He will meet you on a lower level of faith.
Once we receive light from the Word concerning God’s will to heal, He expects us to walk in that light. God expects mature believers to walk in the light of what they know. That’s why it’s the most difficult thing in the world for some Christians to get healed—because they already have light concerning healing, and God expects them to walk in that light, but they’re not!
God’s Word Is a Seed
God’s Word contains all you need for a successful Christian life. But it won’t work for you if you just place the Bible on your coffee table. God’s Word will never produce for you until you plant it in your heart and cultivate it.
1 CORINTHIANS 3:6-9
6 I [Paul] have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
The word “husbandry” in verse 9 is a little blind to us. The Greek translation of this phrase is “ye are God’s tillage.” That might still be a little blind to some people. Other versions of the Bible translate “husbandry” as farm or garden. So Paul was really saying that the Church at Corinth was God’s garden.
Well, that’s true concerning the Church today; we are God’s garden or farm. A gardener or farmer tills the soil; that’s why Paul said, “I planted.” But the seed that Paul planted (in the hearts of the Corinthians) was the Word of God.
In Luke 8:5-18, Jesus told the parable of the sower, and in explaining it to His disciples He said, “. . . The seed is the word of God” (v. 11). Let’s take a closer look at this parable as it is recorded in the Gospel of Mark because it gives a little more detail than Luke’s account.
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
You see, the different types of ground didn’t all bring forth a hundredfold— not even the good ground (v. 8). I guess that was the best they could do. But, thank God, some did bring forth a hundredfold! It’s not up to God to decide which type of ground you’re going to be. It’s up to you.
I remember preaching in a certain place years ago; it seemed like my preaching wasn’t doing much good. So I started doing a little extra praying and fasting. Then one day the Lord said to me: “I told you ahead of time that only one out of four people is going to catch on to what you’re saying.”
I said, “What?”
The Lord said, “I told you ahead of time that only one out of four will understand what you’re saying. And of the one-fourth who get it, only a third of them will bring forth full fruit, or a hundredfold.”
Well, I didn’t catch on right away to what He was saying, so I asked, “What are You talking about?”
Then the Lord asked me a question: “Don’t you remember the parable of the sower?”
“Yes,” I said, “I remember that.”
Then the Lord explained that parable to me, saying, “The sower went forth to sow. Some seed fell by the wayside and the fowls of the air devoured it. Those are the one-fourth who heard the Word but didn’t understand it, and the devil came and stole it away from them. Of course, they had to permit that because the devil can’t steal from you unless you let him (1 Peter 5:8).
“Some seed fell on stony ground, and it sprung up right away. Did you ever see those folks who looked as though they were going to become spiritual
‘giants’ overnight? They’re responding to the Word so well, but they don’t have any depth. They don’t have any root. So when the sun rises and beats upon them, the Word in their hearts just dies and withers away. Then they disappear and you wonder where they went. That makes two-fourths who didn’t get it.”
Then the Lord said, “Some seed fell among the thorns and the thistles—the cares of this life. Many people become too concerned with the cares of life. That care chokes out the seed, and it dies without producing any results. So that accounts for the three out of four who didn’t get it.”
But, thank God, some seed fell on good ground and brought forth, some thirtyfold, some sixtyfold, and some a hundredfold!
I knew the parable of the sower, but I never had seen it that way before. What the Lord said really surprised me, but it also encouraged me. I found out that I was doing better than I had thought!
It’s Your Responsibility To Walk In the Light of the Word
Jesus told us ahead of time that not everyone would walk in the light of the Word (Mark 4:3-8). But what most people don’t realize is that what you do with the Word is up to you, the hearer.
At the last church I pastored, there was a fellow who wasn’t a member of our church, but he visited our church regularly. One day he said to me, “I would sure hate to be in your shoes.”
Well, I looked down at my shoes, because I didn’t know if he was talking about the pair of shoes I had on.
So I asked him, “What do you mean you’d ‘hate to be in my shoes’? Are you
talking about the shoes on my feet? Or do you mean you’d hate to be in my place—married to the woman I’m married to or driving the car I’m driving? What do you mean by that statement?”
Then a really serious look came on the man’s face and he said, “Why, don’t you know that you’ll have to give an account to God for everything you preach and teach?”
I said, “Don’t you know that you’re going to have to give an account to God for everything that I preach and teach?”
He said, “What! Me!”
I said, “Yes! And I’ll prove it to you by the Word.” I went over the parable of the sower with him. Then I asked him, “Did you notice that in all the time Jesus spent telling that story He only mentioned the sower once? Jesus never said anything about the sower’s responsibility. He spent all of His time talking about the hearer. He wound up talking about the hearer’s responsibility by saying,
‘Take heed therefore how ye hear . . .’” (Luke 8:18). You see, it makes all the difference in the world how you hear!
Of course, ministers are responsible for what they preach and teach, but where does the greater responsibility lie? With the hearer!
Take Heed How You Hear
Several years ago, my wife took responsibility for how she heard when her doctor discovered a blockage in her heart. The doctor wanted to run further tests to see whether he could treat it with medication or if he would have to perform surgery.
So my wife started listening to my “Healing Scriptures” audiotape. She listened to it almost constantly, and she meditated on the Word day in and day out. In other words, she was taking heed how she heard. She always gets up before I do. When I woke up in the morning, I saw the light on in the bathroom, and I heard the tape playing.
She spent hours on end just listening to the Word. (I don’t mean hours at one time, but when you add up the time.) Then the Holy Ghost took certain verses and quickened them to her. My wife began to confess those scriptures, and that blockage just disappeared! Her doctor told us, “This is the first miracle I’ve ever seen. I want you to know there is nothing wrong with your heart. Your heart is perfect in every way. You don’t need medication, and you don’t need any surgery. Your heart is perfect, and you can tell people your doctor said so!”
My wife took heed how she heard and it produced healing for her. Jesus said, “Take heed therefore how ye hear . . .” (Luke 8:18). Well, how did my wife hear? The answer is found in Romans 10:17.
17 So then faith cometh by HEARING, AND HEARING by the word of God.
This verse is talking about hearing, isn’t it? Does faith come by hearing one time? No, faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing. My wife kept hearing, and she received her healing.
A few years after my wife received her healing, she found out that a friend of hers also had a critical condition that could prove to be fatal. In talking with her, my wife asked, “Do you have Brother Hagin’s ‘Healing Scriptures’ tape?”
Her friend said, “Yes, I believe I do have it.” But when my wife asked her if she was listening to it, her friend said, “Oh, I’ve heard it. I listened to it years ago.”
Romans 10:17 doesn’t say, “So then faith comes from having heard.” No. It says that faith comes by hearing. Then you have to take heed how you hear.
Well, my wife told her friend what she had done, but the woman didn’t catch on to what my wife was saying. That woman esteemed the Word lightly, so it never produced healing in her life. My wife esteemed the Word highly, and it produced highly in her life!
An Elder’s Story
In September 1954, I was holding a three-week revival in a Foursquare church in California. The pastor’s father-in-law would come regularly and sit in on the day services. He was an elderly gentleman—about eighty-two years old.
When we got into the third week of the meeting, this man came up to me after the morning service and asked, “Brother Hagin, may I speak to you?”
I said, “Yes.” And he told me his story.
He said, “I came to California from Indiana in 1923. I had a physical condition that was terminal. The doctors told me that if I’d move out West where the winters weren’t as severe, I might live another two years. So I packed up— lock, stock, and barrel—and moved my family to Los Angeles, California.
“That was the year Mrs. Aimee Semple McPherson built the 5,000-seat Angelus Temple in Los Angeles. Someone told me about her healing meetings, and I went. Of course, I was desperate, because the doctors had said nothing more could be done for me.
“So I got in Mrs. McPherson’s healing line and was healed by the power of God! Then I found out that I wasn’t saved. I had always been a good church member, active in church work, and had just supposed that I already was a Christian. But I got saved and baptized with the Holy Ghost at her meeting too.
“I went to church there every week afterward and continued to hear the Word taught until we moved to northern California in 1933. Then in 1938 I developed a hernia. I said to my wife, ‘I know all I have to do is have Mrs. McPherson lay hands on me, and that rupture will disappear.’
“While I was making plans to go to Los Angeles, I developed another rupture. Now I had a double hernia. When I did get back to the Angelus Temple, folks were beginning to come from everywhere for the daily healing meetings. It took me five days to get in the line, but finally Mrs. McPherson ministered to me— and I didn’t get a thing!”
‘Aimee’s Lost It’
“I thought, Mrs. McPherson didn’t have it tonight. If she had it like she did fifteen years ago, I would have gotten healed. But she didn’t have it. So I’ll just have to wait here until she gets it.
“I stayed another five days with some kinfolks. That’s how long it took me to get back in the healing line again. When she laid hands on me the second time, I didn’t get a thing.
“My relatives asked me, ‘Well, did you get healed?’
“I said, ‘No. Whatever Mrs. McPherson had, she lost it. I went through her line twice. I guess she doesn’t have it anymore.’”
‘The Evangelists Don’t Have It Either’
“Brother Hagin, I carried my double hernia ten more years, from 1938 to
1948. Then while I was in the San Joaquin Valley, I happened to pick up a paper and noticed that some fellow was putting up a tent in Stockton. The ad said,
‘Bring the blind, see the lame walk,’ and so on. Well, all I had to do was get to
“I went to this evangelist’s meeting several times. He laid hands on me, but I didn’t get a thing. I finally decided, He doesn’t have what he claims to have. If he had what Mrs. McPherson had—well, she had it, but she lost it—then I would have been healed!
“Not too long after that, I saw in the paper that another fellow was holding a
tent meeting in Sacramento. I knew all I had to do was get over to those meetings. So this other evangelist in Sacramento laid hands on me too, and I came away with both of my hernias. I said, ‘He doesn’t have it either.’”
“I wound up going to several other meetings to be prayed for, and every time I’d go away saying, ‘They don’t have it!’ Then last year in Santa Cruz, a famous prophet and evangelist was scheduled to preach at our church’s campmeeting. I went to the meeting, got in his healing line, and without my ever telling him a word, he told me exactly what was wrong with me by the word of knowledge. But I didn’t get healed.
“I went away once more saying, ‘This brother doesn’t have it. If he’d had what Mrs. McPherson had, I’d have gotten healed. Of course, she had it—but she lost it.’
“Then this year, Brother Hagin, you were advertised to preach at our campmeeting. I had heard about the vision you had of Jesus and how He appeared unto you, because it was published all through the church. I knew all I had to do was get to Santa Cruz and get in your healing line.
“I don’t know how many times you laid hands on me in that campmeeting and later here in my son’s church. But I wasn’t healed. I said, ‘I guess Brother Hagin doesn’t have it. If he had what Mrs. McPherson had back in ’23—of course, now she’s lost it—I’d have gotten healed.’”
Then this elderly man said to me, “But, you know, Brother Hagin, since I’ve been sitting here in these day services listening to you, I’m beginning to see something.”
“What?” I asked.
“I’m beginning to see that God requires something of me.”
I said, “Yes, brother. I don’t mind telling you, you’re wasting your time getting in healing lines. You’ve wasted sixteen years trying to get healed on someone else’s faith. Why, instead of having to be prayed for, you ought to be out praying for the sick yourself. No, brother, you’re going to have to get healed on your own faith!”
You Have a Part To Play
You see, I was teaching on the subjects “How To Put Your Faith To Work”
and “How To Confess With Your Mouth and Believe in Your Heart” in those
daytime sessions. By sitting in on the services, that gentleman had begun to learn that he had a part to play.
That was in September 1954. In July 1955, ten months later, I went up to the Old Oak Ranch in the Sonora Mountains to preach for some Foursquare churches in that district. And one of the first fellows I saw was this elderly man. He was now eighty-three.
He waved at me from a distance and called, “Brother Hagin, Brother Hagin!” I waited for him to catch up with me.
Here he came running—at eighty-three! He threw his arms around me and hugged me. “Brother Hagin,” he shouted, jumping up and down, “I’m completely healed! Both of my hernias have disappeared. I carried them around all those years, but now they’re gone—and I got healed on my own faith!
“Not only that,” he said, “but I’m doing just what you said. I’m eighty-three and retired, you know. So I’m out visiting the sick every day, praying for them and getting them healed!”
Praise God! That man was healed of his terminal illness back in 1923 through Aimee Semple McPherson’s ministry because he was new in the faith. But years later when he developed those two hernias, something was required of him. God was requiring him to exercise his own faith.
You Have To Exercise Your Own Faith
When I minister healing, I lay hands on the sick in obedience to the spiritual law of “contact and transmission”—the contact of my hands transmits God’s healing power into their bodies to undo that which Satan has wrought and to affect in them a healing and a cure (Mark 16:18; Acts 19:11,12).
Once I’m conscious that God’s healing power has gone into them, I say, “There it is.” That’s as far as I can take people. That’s where my responsibility ends and theirs begins.
You see, divine healing has to be appropriated by faith. You may be able to receive it through another person’s faith for a while. But sooner or later you’ll have to learn to exercise your own faith.
The Word of God is clear—God’s will is healing. Now it’s time to walk in the light of the Word you’ve received.