Healing through Deliverance lays out the biblical basis for healing through deliverance; helps people identify possible demonic entry points; and teaches how we can become affected by demonic power and how we can be delivered and healed.

Healing Through
Deliverance
Natalie Olson
Copyright © 2016 Sozo Health Ministries
All rights reserved.
ISBN-13: 978-1540725578
ISBN-10: 154072557X
DEDICATION
This book is dedicated to Penny Couch, whom God healed of cancer on
April 4,2013 at the Potters Place in Central, SC through the ministry of
Deliverance.
CONTENTS
Introduction
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Is it God's will to heal you?
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Biblical Faith & Healing
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Live a Long Life
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Reference
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somebody to be sick, just because a prayer for healing isn't answered?
What if you prayed and prayed for a loved one to get saved, and they
died cursing God and went to hell? Would we dare say that it was
God's will for that person to go to hell, just because our prayers were
not answered?
Do you see how immature it is to assume that just because a prayer
isn't answered, means that it was not God's will to see that prayer
answered? Let's look at the verse again where we are told to ask for
wisdom, but to ask in faith (see James 1:5-7)... clearly it is God's
desire to give us wisdom, but according to this passage, if we aren't
fulfilling the requirement of this passage, then we may not receive a
thing from God. Again, that doesn't mean it was not God's will to let
our prayer go unanswered.
To even take this a step further, there is only one place in the entire
NT which speaks of praying for the sick... all the times the disciples
and Jesus ministered healing, it was done by exercising their authority
over the sickness or disease, which further proves the point that we
have been given authority over sickness. We don't need to beg God for
something that He's put us in charge of and told us to go out and "heal
the sick".
Many times, what happens is that Christians are praying for a healing,
while leaving the root of the problem alone, and then when God
doesn't do a miracle, we begin to spread the word that it must not
have been God's will for them to be healed. Even in the case where
the man was born blind, God got the glory from the man's HEALING...
not the man's infirmity! Nowhere in the entire NT am I aware of, did
God ever get an ounce of glory from somebody remaining in their
sickness or disease!
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One good point that the Holy Spirit had shown me was concerning the
will of God here on earth, and that it is the same as His will in heaven.
Basically, what we see happening in heaven, is what God wants to see
here on earth (remember "Thy will be done here on earth as it is in
heaven"?). Do we see things missing, broken, sickened, and lacking up
in heaven? Not at all! Then what makes us think that these things are
God's will here on earth then? Or are we going to argue that those are
God's will up in heaven? The whole point of Jesus coming here to earth
and doing all those miracles, healings, deliverances, etc., was to
demonstrate and bring the Father's will down here to earth. This is
why Jesus equipped the saints to heal the sick and cast out demons
(see Mark 16:17-18), so that His will could manifest here on earth,
and we could carry on the ministry that Jesus started and
demonstrated to us during His time here on earth.
Let's take a moment and look at true Biblical faith .You cannot have
faith for something that has not been promised to you. If I never
promised to pay your student loan off, you have no grounds to believe
that I will. It would be impossible for you to have faith that I'm going
to do something that I never said I would do. The same is true with
God, as faith comes by hearing God's Word (which include His
promises!). The Bible refers to the prayer for healing as a prayer of
faith, which means it is a prayer of knowing (see James 5:15).
Furthermore, in that passage, we are told that the prayer of faith WILL
save the sick. This prayer of faith is a very important subject all by
itself, as it is not just a prayer of concentration ("if it be thy will"). This
makes it virtually impossible to have uncontaminated faith in God for a
healing, if we are on the fence as to whether or not it is God's will to
heal us. The Bible tells us that he who asks of faith needs to ask
believing, or else he cannot expect anything from God (see James 1:6-
7). Having faith in somebody for something means that you are
trusting them to come through on a promise made. You cannot have a
whole lot of faith that I'm going to pay your car payment this month if
I never promised to do such a thing, can you? The same principal is
true when it comes to receiving the promises of God.
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I'm going to be honest with you, until I see the church demonstrating
the success rate that Jesus' ministry and that of the early church had
when it came to healing ministry, I am not satisfied with their beliefs
and approaches to healing ministry. We can leave all of this, "Is it
God's will?" business on the back burner, and get busy figuring out
what we are missing, what knowledge we are lacking which is
destroying our friends and loved ones. God's Word tells us that it was
Satan who came to kill, but Jesus came to give life. Cancer (which is
almost always demonically rooted) is a means of killing God's saints.
The man born blind never died in that state, or it would have never
given God glory. All too often people take their sicknesses and
diseases to the grave, which brings God no glory. The ONLY case
where a death due to sickness gave God glory, was the story of
Lazareth, who brought God much glory ONLY because he was later
raised from the dead. What gave God glory in the NT concerning those
who were sick? It was when they were healed; scores of healings took
place and brought God much glory among the people.
And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all
sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and
those which were possessed with devils, and those which were
lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
Matthew 4:24
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were
possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and
healed all that were sick.
Matthew 8:16
But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great
multitudes followed him, and he healed them all.
Matthew 12:15
And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the
company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all
Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon,
which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they
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that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the
whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him,
and healed them all.
Luke 6:17-19
Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid
them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter
passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a
multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick
folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were
healed every one.
Acts 5:15-16
Once we reach the level of success that is demonstrated to us in the
NT, then let's sit down and discuss this whole idea of God's desire to
see His children sick and miserable (as they are in heaven?).
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1 IS IT GOD'S WILL TO HEAL YOU?
Sickness didn't come until the fall of man. Therefore, sickness
and disease is a result of the fallen state of man and
separation from God. It also says that if God's people will turn
from their wicked ways, He will take sickness from their midst
(Deuteronomy 7:15). Sickness is a result of a curse
(Deuteronomy 28:59-61). Generational curses (Exodus 20:5,
Jeremiah 32:18) are evident when diseases such as cancer run
from right down a family tree. Obviously, sickness had a lot to
do with the fallen state of mankind. But the good news is tha t
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) and
redeem us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13), so there
is no more excuse that we ought to live under the bondage
that sin has brought into our lives! Jesus has shed His blood,
that we might be healed! (Isaiah 53:5)
Since sickness and diseases are known symptoms of a curse
(Deuteronomy 28:59-61), and since Jesus paid the price on
the cross to set us free from all curses (Galatians 3:13), why
would there be any reason for a child of God t o still be living
under a curse? It is possible to be made free and still live
under the bondage and effects of sin if we don't know what is
rightfully ours and stand on it and claim it according to the
steps laid out in God's Word (John 8:31 -36). God's Word says
that His people are destroyed by lack of knowledge! (Hosea
3:6)
Jesus took our sickness. The Bible says so in Matthew 8:16 -
17. And Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever
(Hebrews 13:8). There are no stories of people who came to
Jesus and walked away without their healing. There are many
times when the Bible says that He healed EVERYBODY who
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came to Him (Acts 10:38, Matthew 8:16, Matthew 12:15,
Matthew 4:24, Luke 6:19) and there are NO stories in the
Bible where Jesus turned a person's heali ng down! One man
even asked Jesus if it were His will to heal him, and Jesus
said, "It is my will, be healed." (Matthew 8:2 -3) Was that
included in our Bible for no reason? I don't think so.
Jesus said He came to give us life, not death, and not just life,
but life in abundance! (John 10:10) Jesus said that the devil
came to kill steal and destroy. Therefore, I don't believe it's
God's will and desire for us to die of cancer. Jesus said that it
was the devil who came to kill, but He came to give us life.
Therefore I think it is made clear that death is not God's will.
We pray all the time "thy will be done on earth as it is in
heaven" (Luke 11:2), but do we really believe it? What is
God's will in heaven? Sickness? Death? If not, then why are
we praying for thy will to be done here on earth, as in heaven,
if we don't really mean it?
There are a variety of factors that can block our healing or
deliverance. I remember counseling with one particular person
who sought deliverance, and the minister tried to cast o ut the
demons, but they did not come out. But when I was talking
with her and started to tell her how to break off legal grounds
that she's given the enemy, one of the main demons inside
her practically exploded!! He was furious with me, because I
was telling her exactly how she can break those legal grounds,
and prepare for her deliverance! The same is true with
healing. Sometimes people pray for months for a healing, and
don't receive it. Why not? A good example is that there are
many who have bitterness in their heart against somebody,
and it's blocked them off from God forgiving their own sins
(Matthew 6:15). How are we supposed to expect God to heal
us, when He looks down and sees our sins before us? This is
not a cut and dry ministry!
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A lack of faith is not always the hold up, but it clearly a
Biblical reason that many healings and deliverance can be held
up. In Matthew 9:29, Jesus told them "According to thy faith,
be it unto you." Jesus wouldn't even do miracles in one town,
because the faith of the people there was so low! God's Word
tells us in Matthew 13:58 that, "he did not many mighty works
there because of their unbelief." Jesus' disciples tried to cast
out a demon and was unsuccessful. They ask him why they
were unable to get the person set free. He told them,
"Because of your unbelief." (Matthew 17:19-20) Jesus even
said that some demons require so much faith to cast out that
prayer and fasting is required! (Matthew 17:21)
Jesus said to go out and cast out demons, heal the sick, etc.
(Matthew 10:8), so when Peter and John came upto a man
whom was lame, they said "raise and walk in Jesus' name!"
(Acts 3:6). Why would they do such a thing unless they KNEW
it was God's will to heal that person? That would be
embarrassing to walk upto him, and try to heal him and
nothing happens! Did they say, "Lord, if it is thy will, heal this
man."? No! They spoke out the word, and the man was healed!
Just like Jesus instructed them to do!
Some people believe that the healing spoken of in Isaiah 53:5
is a spiritual healing. This is a very weak argument that
cannot be proven, because the same Hebrew word for 'healed'
there is the same Hebrew word used elsewhere in the OT to
clearly mark a physical healing. Same is true with 1 Peter
2:24 in the NT Greek. What proves irrefutably that Jesus paid
for our physical healing is Matthew 8:16-17 and Jesus hasn't
changed; He's the same yesterday, today and forever
(Hebrews 13:8). Another common misunderstood passage in
the Bible that people use to say that it may be God's will for us to
be sick is Paul's thorn.
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Why is it so important to know that it's God's will to heal us?
Because when we approach God for something, we are told to
have faith and believe that we will receive what we are asking,
and we will receive it (Mark 11:24). The first step is to know
God's will, because if we know something is God's will when
we ask, we can be sure that we are open to receive it (1 John
5:14). If we know it's God's will to heal us, then we can
approach Him with confidence, believing that we will receive,
and we will have what we ask for (Mark 11:24).
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2 BIBLICAL FAITH AND HEALING
Many times, people are trying to 'get more faith', thinking that
if they just believe they will be healed, then it will happen. I
have news for you, that is new age faith, NOT Christian faith!
Faith is not simply believing that something will happen before
it does. Faith is knowing that the provisions have been made
for that healing, then trusting God to manifest it on your
behalf.
Before we get started, I want to debunk two myths that are
commonly believed today in the church. These two myths
accuse and blaspheme the name and true nature of God and
therefore need to be exposed.
Myth: "Isn't everything that takes place here on earth
the will of God?"
First, if everything that happened was God's will, then
apparently we wouldn't have a freewill of our own, because we
would be forced to always do His will. Every day, murders,
rapes, human sacrifices, etc. are taking place. Would we dare
say that such things glorify God? Right now a little boy or girl
is about to be sacrificed, their body burned before an alter to
Satan, and the blood drank by somebody, and you're going to
tell me that that God is glorified by this? I think we had better
seriously reconsider our faulty belief that everything which
happens on earth is the will of God. What blasphemy against
the Holy name of God to accuse Him of such horrible things as
bringing Him glory!
Myth: "If God doesn't heal somebody, it must have not
been His will for them"
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of
blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of
his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch
his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and
when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy
faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole
from that hour.
Matthew 9:20-22
What if the woman with the issue of blood didn't have faith to
be healed? Would that have made it God's will for her to live
on in such awful sickness? Absolutely not! But if she didn't
have faith in Jesus, then guess what? She would have died in
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her sickness, and who knows, she may have died long before
her time? Apparently her faith (believing God) had something
to do with receiving God's will for her.
In the following passage, it is very evident that even though
the disciples were not capable of driving out the demon from
the young boy, did NOT mean it was the will of God for him to
be tormented.
And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him
a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have
mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for
ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I
brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse
generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I
suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the
devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured
from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart,
and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto
them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye
have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this
mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove;
and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 17:14-20
Just because His disciples couldn't cast it out, does NOT mean
that it was God's will for the boy to be epileptic; it was
because of their unbelief that they could not drive out the
stubborn demon.
The term faith defined
Perhaps the best verse in the Bible to define faith is in
Hebrews. Let's consider the depth of this passage:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1
According to NT Greek, the word substance here is referring to
assurance or confidence. To have faith means that we can
confidently know that what we hope for will take place. When
we place our faith in Christ for the forgivenes s of sins, we can
know that those sins are indeed forgiven. If we read on in this
chapter in Hebrews, we find many examples of faith being
exercised throughout the Bible. Basically what is taking place
is that God promises something, and men of God believe Him
and take what He said seriously. They acted upon the
promises of God, and as a result, they were known as great
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men of faith in the Bible today. I like how the New Living
Translation sums up these stories in verse 33:
By faith these people overthrew k ingdoms, ruled with justice,
and received what God had promised them...
Hebrews 11:33 NLT
Genuine Christian faith is simply knowing the promises of God,
the provisions of the work of Christ on the cross, and the Word
of God, and then accepting and believi ng that what God says
concerning those provisions is undoubtedly true. Abraham was
said to be a man of faith, and if we take a closer look at his
faith, it was simply believing what God said was true:
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and w orketh
miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by
the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it
was accounted to him for righteousness.
Galatians 3:5-6
As I just said, Christian faith is merely knowing the will of God
(which is found in His Word), and believing it. Lack of faith is
present when (a) we don't know the will of God or (b) we
don't really believe that it is true. This is why the Bible tells
us that faith comes by hearing the Word:
So then faith cometh by hearing , and hearing by the word of
God.
Romans 10:17
If Jesus said that your healing was paid for on the cross, do
you really believe that? Jesus asked Peter, "Why did you doubt
me?" Why do you think He did that? Because Peter questioned
the integrity of Jesus' command to "Come!"
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me
come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when
Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water,
to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he w as
afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught
him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst
thou doubt?
Matthew 14:28-31
In other words, Jesus was saying, "Peter, didn't you believe
me?" This is why it is so important to know what God is saying
to us (get in His Word!), and believe it. Fear questions, casts
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doubt upon, and calls God's Word a liar! The Bible even tells
us that without faith, it is impossible to please Him:
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6
The key is to get yourself to the point where you know the
Word of God, then simply believe what He says... THEN you
will have real genuine faith... anything else is just false faith.
True and genuine Christian faith is nothing more than simply
knowing what God has said, and believing it.
Faith and divine healing
Today, so many are 'hoping' that it is God's will for them to be
healed, when it says so in their Bibles. The problem is, we
need to be childlike in our faith, and simply believe that what
God says is true. Jesus said that unless we come to Him with a
mind of a child, we will not experience the kingdom of God.
The mind of an adult is naturally full of reason and wants an
intelligent answer, but the mind of a child of believing and
accepting of what it is told. That is why Jesus said that we
must have faith such as a little child if we are to receive the
kingdom of God:
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the
kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
Mark 10:15
Did you know that just as Jesus made provision for the
forgiveness of our sins, He also did the same for our physical
healing when He shed His blood for us? He demonstrated this
right away in His earthly ministry:
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that
were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits wi th
his word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet , saying,
Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.
Matthew 8:16-17
Then if we begin to read the accounts of divine healing in
Jesus' ministry, we come across people who believe in Him
and knew that it is His desire to heal them, receive their
healing through faith. Jesus made it clear that it was their
trust in Him that allowed them to receive their healing. Here
are a few examples:
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But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said,
Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee
whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Matthew 9:22
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made
thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and
followed Jesus in the way.
Mark 10:52
And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made
thee whole.
Luke 17:19
The truth is that even in Jesus' ministry, people were healed
because of their faith. Faith has a lot to receiving the promises
of God, including our salvation and the forgiveness of sins.
When Jesus would say, "According to thy faith," what He was
really saying was, "According to your belief in my Word and
my provision to heal you!" The Messiah was prophesied to
bare the people's sicknesses back in Isaiah.
There are two very good passages where a person is raised
from the dead. In both cases, note that Jesus told the people
to believe, or have faith in God (Him). Consider these
passages:
While he yet spake, there came from the ruler of the synagogue's
house certain which said, Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou
the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was
spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid,
only believe. And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and
James, and John the brother of James. And he cometh to the house
of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that
wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto
them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead,
but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put
them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel,
and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel
was lying. And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her,
Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee,
arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was
of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great
astonishment.
Mark 5:35-42
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Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him
that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh:
for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I
not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest
see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the
place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes,
and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I
knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people
which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast
sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud
voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth,
bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was
bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him,
and let him go.
John 11:39-44
It is by FAITH that we receive the promises of God, including
the forgiveness of sins and healing!
The prayer of faith
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in
the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have
committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
James 5:14-15
Notice that it says that the prayer of faith WILL save the sick
(when the KJV says 'shall', it means 'will' - as in John 3:16). It
also calls it a prayer of FAITH, which is very important. This is
the type of prayer where you stand on something that God has
promised or made provision for, and if this verse calls it a
prayer of faith, then it is obviously something that there is
provision for (see Matthew 8:16 -17 for the provision
concerning our physical healing).
Most of the time, when a person goes before the Lord in
prayer for a healing, they simply hope that they will receive
their healing. They call it faith, but it's really just hope. They
can hope really hard, and build up lots and lots of hope, and
walk away disappointed because it doesn't happen. Then they
go on in life suffering and worse yet, they go around telling
other children of God that He wants them to suffer! What
blasphemy against the loving nature of God!
What is the difference between a prayer of faith and hope? As
I mentioned earlier, faith involves assurance but hope does
not. A prayer of faith can only be prayed for so mething that is
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promised or made provision for us by God. The forgiveness of
our sins is a prayer of faith, and according to the Word of God,
so is prayer for our physical healing.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering . For he that
wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any
thing of the Lord.
James 1:6-7
The problem is that most people just hope that God heals
them when they are prayed over, but friends, hope is NOT
faith.
You may not need a healing
From working with deliverance ministries, I will tell you from
experience that many sicknesses and diseases are not
physical, but demonic. There are a variety of examples of this
in the scriptures, where demons would cause boil s (see the
book of Job), to muteness, and bone/spinal infirmities. Here
are a couple examples:
And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity
eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise
lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him,
and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine
infirmity.... And ought not this woman, being a daughter of
Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years,
be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
Luke 13:11-12,16
As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man
possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the
dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was
never so seen in Israel.
Matthew 9:32-33
There are numerous healings that tak e place in deliverance
sessions. Healings from things such as arthritis, cancer,
physical pain, epilepsy, etc. are not uncommon to manifest
when casting out demons. Henry Wright, an internationally
famous minister said that every case of epilepsy that came to
him for a healing was healed - so what was the root? The
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same deaf and dumb spirit that Jesus cast out of the boy who
experienced seizures in the Bible!
And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him
a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have
mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for
ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I
brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse
generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I
suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the
devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured
from that very hour.
Matthew 17:14-18
If you try to pray for a healing, when you actually have a
demon which needs to be removed, you might be praying right
into your grave because you're not addressing the root of the
problem.
Cancer is a demon
I believe that Benny Hinn, Perry Stone, and others who are in
the healing ministry will t ell you first-hand that cancer is
almost always caused by an evil spirit. So when somebody
says, "Well, it was God calling grandma home - it was her time
to go." What the headline should actually read is, "Child of
God gets killed by an evil spirit, and Christians claim that it
was God's timing to take that person home." GIVE ME A
BREAK!
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10
You gotta know God!
You have to know somebody before you can really put your
faith in them. That is why it is important to spend quality time
with God, just as you would your wife, children, or friends.
You need to get to know Him, so that you can put your
confidence in what He says.
King David knew the love of His heavenly daddy when he said:
David said moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the
paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver
me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul sai d unto
David, Go, and the LORD be with thee.
1 Samuel 17:37
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How do you come to know God? You spend time in His Word.
The Bible has a lot to say about the nature of God, and how
you can trust Him. If you read one account after the next of a
compassionate and loving Jesus that wants us to heal, deliver
and bless us, then it's hard not to begin to trust Him with our
lives as well.
Imagine the truth of your healing
Satan will often build fear in people by constantly injecting
'what if' thinking into their mind. They meditate on the fearful
possibilities, and strongholds quickly begin to form in their
minds. The devil will try to get a person to imagine the worse
in a situation; because that is the key to break down their
faith. So let's turn this around, and use our imagination for
the glory of God. Let's imagine ourselves healed. Let's begin
to imagine what it will be like to receive our healing!
I'm telling you, this tactic is dynamic and works!
Satan's next tactic against faith
If Satan can't blind you to the truth about healing and how
Jesus paid a steep price for your healing, then he will attempt
to make you feel like you are unworthy to take hold of this
truth in the Word. He will attempt to get you in a religious
mindset, and begin to pull up your past as an excuse or
reason to why you are not healed.
Once you (a) know the will of God and (b) believe it is true,
the next thing Satan will attempt to do is make you feel
unworthy to receive or act upon God's Word in that situation.
One day the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, "You need to
know that you're clean... your faith depends upon it!" The
problem is that even though you may have all the provisions,
if you feel unworthy to receive those provisions, then you will
not reach out with confidence (faith) and receive. While by our
own efforts are not made worthy, by the precious blood of the
Lamb we are made worthy to enter the holy of holies. If we go
on to claim that we are unworthy, after He has made us
worthy, this is denying the work that Christ has acco mplished
for us on the cross! It has nothing to do with our
righteousness; it's all about the righteousness of Christ that is
upon us:
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest
by the blood of Jesus.
Hebrews 10:19
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For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that
we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
Biblical faith in a nutshell
If we could wrap Biblical faith up in 3 simple requirements,
these would be them:
1. You must know the Word of God, the promises of God, His
will, and so forth. This is why spending time daily in the Word
is so important!
2. You need to know that the Word of God applies to you. You
must accept the truth in the Word concerning your position
with Christ, and who you reall y are. You must accept the truth
about being washed clean from your sins, and feel a clean
conscience because of what Christ has done for you. This is
important because you stand against Satan when he tries to
remind you of your past failures and say, "You aren't worthy
to receive those promises and provisions of God!" Friend, if
the Blood has made you worthy, then let no demon in hell tell
you otherwise!
3. You must accept the Word of God as truth. If it tells you
that Jesus paid the price for your healing , then you need to
accept it as truth with childlike faith. Simply believe what God
has said is true. This is true Christian faith. It's merely
believing what God says is true.
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3 LIVE A LONG LIFE!
Did you know that God desires to see us live a long good life ?
Many today believe that when a person dies, it was God's
timing for them to die and that the fullness of their days have
been lived out according to God's will. However, according to
the Bible, God's will isn't always manifested here on earth as
God desires it, and there is no guarantee that we will live out
the fullness of our days.
Yes, I believe that God has appointed our days, and has a plan
for our lives, but my question is, are we fulfilling those years?
Are we living to our full potential? Consider these passages
that we are given in God's Word, which speak of extending our
lifespan:
The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the
wicked shall be shortened.
Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the
knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days
shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be
increased.
Proverbs 9:10-11
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my
commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace,
shall they add to thee.
Proverbs 3:1-2
Yes, we can die before our time!
Let me ask you this, when a person has an abortion, is that
God's appointed time for that baby to die? When somebody
commits suicide, is that God's appointed time for them to die?
When somebody gets drunk, and kills an entire family, was
that God's appointed time for them to die? Is it Biblical to "die
before your time"? YES!
Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why
shouldest thou die before thy time?
Ecclesiastes 7:17
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But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of
destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half
their days; but I will trust in thee.
Psalms 55:23
To say that we cannot die before our time, would justify
murder and abortion. Somebody who ha s committed murder
would not be guilty of sin, because they were merely
cooperating with God's plan to take the person home. But
murder is a serious sin, because it takes a person's life before
it is their time to die.
Just as it is never God's will for a woman to be raped, or a
child to be molested, it is also not necessarily God's will for a
person to die before their time. Not everything that happens
here on earth is the will of God. If everything that happened
here on earth was God's will, then that wou ld make God out to
be a terrible father... desiring to see His children raped,
murdered, molested, and tortured. Such things are in
complete opposition to the nature of our loving Father.
For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the
Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.
Ezekiel 18:32
Is it Biblical to "fullfill their days"? Yes!
There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old
man that hath not filled his days : for the child shall die an
hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old
shall be accursed.
Isaiah 65:20
Then in various areas of scripture, we learn of God giving
people over to the sword because they failed to turn from
their wickedness:
All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword , which say,
The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
Amos 9:10
In the NT, we learn that there are many people who get sick
and die before their time, because of unworthily partaking in
communion:
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Ta ke,
eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in
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remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the
cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new
testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in
remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and
drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup
of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood
of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat
of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and
drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself,
not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak
and sickly among you, and many sleep [or have died].
1 Corinthians 11:24-30
I wonder how many people blame a person's sickness or death
on this above passage? Yet God's Word tells us that MANY
have fallen into this trap. If many back then fell into it, what
percentage of today's sicknesses and deaths also fall into this
category?
Can a person's sin and disobedience to God shorten their life?
Yes! Untimely death is listed under the curses that we find in
Deuteronomy 28:
The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he
have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to
possess it.... Also every sickness, and every plague, which is
not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring
upon thee, until thou be destroyed. And ye shall be left few in
number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for
multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the
LORD thy God.
Deuteronomy 28:21,61-62
I have never seen God's Word speak of Him using sickness or
disease to call a righteous person home, but we do see just
the opposite unfold in the above scripture, where sickness
unto death is a curse. What is God's desire for those who fear
Him and walk in His ways? A long and good life!
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first
commandment with promise;) That it may be well wi th thee,
and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Ephesians 6:2-3
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With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
Psalms 91:16
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that
getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than
the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.
She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou
canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days
is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
Proverbs 3:13-16
I also believe that eating habits and exercise will also affect
our body's ability to live a long and healthy life. The verse
above speaks of wisdom lengthening our days, and I believe
one area of our lives that we are supposed to exercise wisd om
is in taking proper care of our bodies. If this were not true,
then we could eat cream puffs and ice cream every day of our
lives, and never exercise, and still live to a ripe old age. Or,
we could take this to another extreme, and have the person
not eat at all. Will they live a long good life if they fail to eat?
Will they live out the fullness of their God-given days if they
fail to feed their body with proper nutrition. I doubt it, don't
you? If our bodies cannot live without food, then I believe we
can also cut our lifespan short by not taking care of our bodies
with proper care and nourishment. Furthermore, what about
those in other countries that rarely live beyond 30 years old?
Does God somehow appoint their days much shorter than ours
here in the USA, where we are able to take care of our bodies
physically by eating nutritious food and drinking clean sanitary
water? Or are God's plans for them are severely limited
compared to ours?
In Jeremiah, we find a passage which tells us that God has
good plans for us, and wants to give us an expected end. An
expected end is nothing less than a long good life. Dying of
cancer, or in a car accident, is not an expected end, it is
rather an unexpected end. This is not God's will for us,
according to this passage in Jeremiah:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the
LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an
expected end.
Jeremiah 29:11
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that
he may see good? Keep thy tongue f rom evil, and thy lips from
speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace,
and pursue it.
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Psalms 34:12-14
The above passage asks, "Who wants to live a long good life?"
Then it goes on to tell us to keep our tongues from speaking
evil, and to depart from evil. Lot's wife is a good example of
somebody in the Bible who who died due to disobedience; she
never lived out the fullness of her days. It was not God's will
for her to die at that time, but her death was the result of her
disobedience towards God.
Another source of pre-mature death is a result of Satan's work
of killing, stealing, and destroying that Jesus spoke of in John
10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and
to destroy..." When somebody is killed, it refers to th e taking
of a life prematurely (otherwise, murder would be justified in
God's eyes, would it not?). God does not use Satan to kill His
children, as a means to keep them from living beyond their
appointed time. Jesus made it very clear who was behind the
killing, and who had came to give life. By stating that every
murder came at God's appointed time for that person to die, is
to equate Jesus with the killing side of the equation of John
10:10. It is saying that God uses Satan's work in our lives to
bring about His will, timing, and plans for us. If this were true
of murder, then the same could be said of rape, stealing, etc.
Suddenly, we find ourselves in a mindset that everything
which happens here on earth is the will of God, which couldn't
be further from the truth.
Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath
commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well
with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which
ye shall possess.
Deuteronomy 5:33
There is one passage in scripture (see Job 7:1, 14:5, 14) that
is used to support the concept that the days of our lives are
appointed in such a way that we are not capable of dying
before the fullness of our days have been lived out. However,
when Job said that the days of our life ar e appointed, he also
said other things during his foolish rant with God that I
believe were merely Job's human understanding, and not
divine revelation from the Holy Spirit. For example, in Job 6:4,
he was basically saying that God's poisonous arrows and t he
terrors of the Almighty was upon him, when that was simply
not the case at all. There were things Job said which were
mere human wisdom being spoke of in a time of desperation
and lack of understanding.
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To say that we cannot die before our appointed tim e, is saying
that God uses murder, abortion, suicide, sicknesses resulting
in death, demonic killings, unhealthy care of our bodies,
drunkeness (resulting in deadly car accidents), and so forth,
to fulfill His purposes in a person's life. It is saying, for
example, that God appointed Billy to die on the day that he
committed suicide or got drunk and drove into a phone pole. It
is claiming that God appointed Billy to die at that time and
that God's "good plans and expected end" for Billy was for him
to commit suicide.
Finally, just