God’s Medicine and Your Health
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)
If you want your flesh to reflect the life of God’s Word, you must speak the Word until it becomes infused into your spirit and becomes a part of you. Not only will His Word become your thought and affirmation…but it will be manifest in your body. When God’s Word concerning healing takes root in your flesh, it becomes greater than pain, greater than disease, and that Word eventually becomes a reality in your flesh.
There is probably no other subject as important to your healing and health than the principle of Calling Things That Are Not. We see in Romans 4:17-22 that Abraham became fully persuaded that God would do what He had promised. The way he became fully persuaded was by calling those things that were not manifest as though they were.
Paul also gives us insight into this principle in I Corinthians 1:27-28: “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.” In other words, God uses spiritual forces, which are not seen, to nullify natural things that are seen. This is the Bible principle of Calling Things That Are Not As Though They Were.
When it comes to divine healing this is a vital principle. We should declare to ourselves what God’s Word reveals about us, regardless of the circumstances or how we feel about it. In Romans 10:6-8, Paul gives you insight into establishing God’s Promises in your heart: “But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, ‘Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven?’ (that is, to bring Christ down from above) Or, ‘ Who will descend into the abyss?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach).”
Notice, the Word is first in your mouth and then in your heart. God’s Word becomes implanted by speaking it. There is nothing more important to your faith than declaring what God has said about you with your own voice. (Proverbs 4:20-24)
“...as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness... by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature...” (II Peter 1:3-4) When you are sick and confess that you are healed by the stripes of Jesus, you are calling for what God has already given you, even though it is not yet manifest.
SEEING YOURSELF HEALED
When the Word of God has been implanted into your heart it creates an image of what is already a reality in the spirit realm (by Jesus’ stripes you were healed). When you speak that Word from your heart, faith gives substance to the promises of God. Those images become stronger every time you speak your faith.
In II Corinthians 4:13 the apostle Paul states, “And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, ‘I believed and therefore I spoke,’ we also believe and therefore speak...” In other words we give voice to that which we believe. Paul goes on to say in verses 16-18, “...Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” In other words Paul was saying not to get centered up on what is seen. What is seen in the natural realm is subject to change by the spiritual force of faith by calling for the manifestation of the promise of God which is an eternal value.
The implanted Word creates an image of
what is already a reality in the spirit realm
There are two important issues here.
1. What you believe, you speak. 2. When you first speak the promise it is unseen, but the healing image is created in you by your continual affirmation of God’s Word concerning healing. When that image is perfected in you, then you begin to see yourself well. (John 6:63; Romans 8:11)
The implanted Word creates an image of what is already a reality in the spirit realm: you were healed by the stripes of Jesus. Then as you speak that Word from your heart, faith gives substance to the promises of God.
This was demonstrated by the woman with the issue of blood, who followed Jesus saying, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” (Mark 5:28) The verb tense is made more clear in The Amplified Bible, which says, “For she kept saying, if I only touch His garments, I shall be restored to health.”
This woman hoped to be healed as she pressed through the crowd. She continued to speak until she saw herself well. Her hope was that she would be healed, although she didn’t feel or look healed. She continued to strengthen her hope with faith-filled words: “I shall be restored to health…I shall be restored to health…I shall be…I shall be….”
I’m sure her head demanded, “When? You don’t look any better.” She answered human reasoning by speaking the faith image that filled her heart: “When I touch His garment, I shall be made well.”
Those words penetrated her spirit and she began to see herself well. Images of despair and defeat gave way to faith-filled words. When she touched Jesus’ garment, her touch of faith made a demand on the covenant of God. Faith gave substance to her hope and healing was manifest in her body.
Hope is a goal-setter, but faith gave substance to her hope and laid claim to the promises of the covenant. Someone said Jesus healed her, but Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has made you well...” (Mark 5:34) It was her faith in the covenant that made a demand on the anointing, and healing was the result.
THE LANGUAGE OF HEALTH
The words you speak are vital to your health and well being. I believe there are some diseases that will never be cured unless people learn to speak the language of health that the body understands. The language of health is the pure Word of God. It is engrafted into your spirit by giving voice to His promises.
Your words can be either a blessing or a curse to you. Your own words can change your immune system either for better or worse. (See James 3:2-7)
The language of health is the pure Word of God
Proverbs 18:21 tells us that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” Several years ago a study of men and women 65 and older were asked to rate their health as excellent, good, fair, and poor.
The study showed that those who rated their health as poor were four to five times more likely to die within four years as those who rated their health as excellent. This was true even when examinations showed the respondents to be in comparable health.
People who have an image of themselves being in poor health will talk about poor health; they seem to live out the reality of that image they have of themselves even unto death.
Then on the other hand, people who continually affirm the Word in faith will build into their immune systems a supernatural anointing that is capable of eliminating sickness and disease in a natural manner. Please don’t get the idea that I am against doctors. Thank God for medical science and what they can do today. But they are limited in their ability.
When taught properly and by practicing the principles of God’s Word, you can grow in faith to the point where it will be a common thing for you to receive healing through the Word of God. Yet, this doesn’t happen overnight. So use common sense and don’t do foolish things through spiritual pride and call it faith.
It takes time to develop faith to operate in these principles, so don’t let anyone put you under condemnation for going to doctors or having an operation. You must operate on your level of faith, but don’t stay on that level forever. Continue in God’s Word until you develop faith in the healing power of God’s Word. (Psalm 107:20)
Confess the Word audibly over your body every day. Voice it with authority. Confessing God’s Word is a way you can fellowship with the Lord and increase your faith at the same time.
Your body is listening to you and it will obey you if you believe and doubt not in your heart. Your words have more effect on your body than anyone else’s words. Your body was created with the ability to heal itself, and if every part functions properly, it will. Some sickness is caused by a chemical imbalance in the body, and the part of the brain that controls the speech also controls the secretion of chemicals to the body. This sheds some more light on what Jesus said in Mark 11:23, “… he will have whatever he says.”
CALL YOUR BODY HEALTHY
The one mistake that so many Christians make is that they call things the way they are. By doing this, they are establishing the present condition or circumstance in their heart and mind, and also in their body.
Your body will respond to the demands of the human spirit. If you feed the spirit man God’s Word, it will make demands on the flesh to line up with the Word of God.
When you exercise, you demand more energy from your body. The heart beats faster and more blood flow brings more oxygen to body cells, and your body responds to your demands in a natural manner. But you must make the demand on it before it will respond. Even your dog or your cat will respond to the command of your voice. How much more will your body respond to the demands made upon it by the Word of God spoken out of your mouth? The truth is, your body always responds to your words in some manner, either for better or worse. Use your words to call healing and health to your body.
Take God’s Word on a regular basis, just as you would take any other medicine. God’s medicine is life to you and health to all your flesh and there are no harmful side effects.