The Healing Power of the Word
By Charles Capps
Let’s read I Peter 2:24, “Who his own self 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.”
The WORD says you were healed. Sickness is a curse of the law, and Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us....” Matthew 8:17 says, “That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” He took your infirmities and bare your sicknesses. Learn to read the scriptures with a personal identification. Isaiah 53:5 says, "...with his stripes we are healed.” With His stripes YOU ARE HEALED. Someone said, “Yes, but you don’t understand. I don’t feel healed and I really don’t look healed.” That person has been programmed by the world system, the five physical senses. The WORD is not IN them. They may know about the WORD, they may even believe the Word is true, but until it becomes a part of them, it is not in them. Yes, I do understand. You are motivated by your feelings and not by the WORD of GOD.
I have heard some folks say, “Pray for me, I’m taking the flu.” They’ve got it termed right; they are taking it. Satan offered it to them. He said, “You’ve got a runny nose, and a neck ache; now, let’s see what you’re going to say about it.” Then most people will side with the devil and begin to say the very thing he said. “I am taking a cold.”
The WORD says, “...In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (II Corinthians 13:1) You may have a runny nose. You may have aches all over. That is how you feel, but what are you going to say about it?
God’s Word is forever settled in heaven; it is already established there. “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” (Psalm 119:89)
The first thing most people do is to go tell their wife or husband, “I believe I’m taking the flu.” You have released faith in sickness. You have established the words of the enemy. And Jesus said you can have what you say. The WORD, in essence, said the tongue will cause the healing power to stop. It will set on fire the wheels of lineage, or that which you have inherited. What you have inherited is natural healing power in your body. Now don’t misunderstand me. I am not talking about divine healing at this point, but the natural healing ability of the human body. Then all things being level, all things being right, and without satan involved, any sickness that comes upon your body — your body will cast it off and heal itself.
That healing ability is in your body. But satan has come on the scene, and he distorts these things, and he has found out that his ability is limited to what he can get you to say. Jesus said you can have what you say. Not many Christians know that, but satan knows that, and he believes it.
Just think back to the last time you had a cold or were sick. What was the first thing you wanted to do after you noticed the symptoms? You wanted to go tell somebody, “I’m sick.” And you probably did. Then you began to get worse immediately if not sooner. Being unaware, you activated a spiritual law that gave the authority you had to dominate your physical body over to the enemy. You established the words of the enemy instead of God’s Word. You have openly proclaimed, I AM SICK.
HEALING POWER OF THE WORD
I beg your pardon, THE WORD SAYS YOU’RE HEALED. “Who his own self 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.” (I Peter 2:24) Not going to be — WERE HEALED — Jesus already did it two thousand years ago. He’s not going to do any more to heal you.
You lay hold on what He said and deny that sickness the right to exist in your body. Lay hold upon it by faith, confess the WORD OF GOD over it, and say, “I may hurt, but in the NAME OF JESUS I AM HEALED.”
Somebody said, “That sounds like a nut!” Well, it may, but I’d rather be a well nut than a sick one! It works. It works because God said it would. God tells you in His Word YOU CAN HAVE WHAT YOU SAY and the just shall live by faith... not sight!
We should learn to believe more in what God’s Word says rather than our feelings. Feelings change from day to day. The Word of God never changes. It always stays the same, regardless of how you feel. How you feel has nothing to do with God performing His Word.
James said if you can control the tongue you would have no trouble with the body. He said the tongue is to the physical body (THE RULING FACTOR) as bits are to a horse. They are both in the mouth, and they also have control of the physical body. He said, if you would control the tongue, you would not have any trouble with the body.
You start saying this, “I don’t desire to eat so much that I become overweight, because this body is the temple of the Holy Ghost; therefore, in the name of Jesus, I do not desire to eat more than this body needs. And in the name of Jesus, I refuse to overeat.”
Start confessing that into your diet program. When you start using words to triumph instead of allowing them to hold you in bondage, they will work for you. Your words will work for you. Now, it won’t work because you said it once. I didn’t say that. I said start confessing it. Start confessing the things you desire, not the problems that exist.
Somebody said, “How long do I have to confess it?” Until you get the desired results. You see, He said control the words of your mouth.
You have been confessing this, “Oh, I know I’ve had enough, but I sure DO WANT a piece of pie. I just love pie. I can’t do without sweets. I guess I will get as big as a barn.” I have actually heard people say that. You said it with your mouth, “I want a piece of pie.” Your body starts desiring it right then. You build desires with words. Your body may have been trained in this manner. Mortify those desires by saying, “No, in the name of Jesus, I don’t desire any more food than I need.”
Somebody said, “Well, that would be lying.” No, that’s the spirit man talking. He is programmed with the WORD OF GOD, and the spirit man says, “I don’t desire anything that would be harmful to the body. I know that if I overeat, it will be harmful to the body; therefore, I’m speaking out of the spirit man and saying, ‘I don’t desire anymore in the name of Jesus!’”
Now you have set a law in motion. You have done something to your body. You’ve said to your body, “Now, just settle down and you conform to the WORD OF GOD, IN THE NAME OF JESUS.”
Yes, talk to it. Now I would advise you to do it quietly when in public, because people will give you a lot of room if they hear you! Jesus always spoke TO the problem. He spoke the desired results, the end results. We would be wise to follow His example.
I want you to see what Jesus had to say concerning this subject. “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” (Matthew 12:33-34)
Now, Jesus told us a profound truth. You speak out of your mouth what is abundant in your heart. The symptoms came and the devil said, “I wonder what you’ve got?”
You said, “I don’t know. I wonder what I’ve got?”
He got out his little flip chart and said, “Do you believe you’ve got the flu?”
“No, I don’t believe I have the flu.”
“Well, do you believe you have a bad sore throat?”
“Well, yeah, my throat does feel kind of raw.” YOU MUST MAKE A DECISION. Will you be motivated by what you feel, see, or hear, or the WORD? The Word said Jesus bore your sickness. (Matthew 8:17) Isaiah 53:5 says, “...With his stripes we ARE healed.”
You begin to rationalize, “I sure don’t feel healed. I really don’t look like I’m healed because my throat looks red. I really don’t sound healed; my voice is getting raspy.”
The physical has won out over the WORD OF GOD. “Honey, I’m sick.” Your voice penetrates every fiber of your being, even to your heart (spirit). Your tongue, the high authority, the controlling factor of the body and spirit, has declared it to be so and all resistance to that virus ceases. YOU ARE INDEED SICK.
You may say, “Yeah, but I was feeling bad before I ever said that.” Yes, the symptoms came. But the enemy can’t put anything on you without your consent. Now he can cause you to feel like it’s coming on. See, you go back to feeling there. That’s why it’s dangerous to live by your five physical senses — what you feel, see, hear, taste, and touch.
PROGRAM YOURSELF BY THE WORD
Learn to program yourself by the Word. When you feel bad, say, “Now what does the Word say about that? Well, praise the Lord, the Word says, ‘By his stripes, I’m healed.’ Therefore I won’t receive your sickness, satan. I just pass it up, thank you.”
It is very simple to resist the devil, once you have been programmed by the WORD of GOD. God and His WORD are one. They agree.
Learn to rise to the level of God’s Word by quoting what God said. Then you can boldly say, “According to the Word of God, I am not sick. Jesus took my sickness, He bore it for me; therefore I receive my healing through the Word.”
Just as sure as Jesus bore your sins, He also bore your sickness. You have no more right to allow sickness to operate in your body than you do sin.
GOD WANTS YOU WELL
Say this right now, “GOD WANTS ME WELL.” (III John 2)
Say it again, loud, “GOD WANTS ME WELL.”
Confess God’s Word to your body daily. Yes — talk to it. Sometimes your body wants to be sick. Don’t let it. Jesus said you can have what you say, so take time to fill your heart (spirit) with God’s Word.
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