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Why Is It So Hard to Get Healed? Part 1
A reader of our Godwantsyoutobewell.com blog asked this question, “Since healing was provided for in the Atonement just as our salvation was, why is it so hard to get healed?” He assured me that he wasn’t trying to be difficult, but that he was really struggling.
My answer to him was rather long, so I have divided it into two parts. Here is part one.
Before I get to your question, I want to make sure we are on the same page about a really important point. It is this: we are a three-part being – spirit, soul, and body. I grew up believing that the spirit and soul were the same thing, but they are not. Our soul consists of our mind, will, and emotions. Our spirit is exactly that – our spirit. At the moment of salvation when we accept Jesus as our Lord, our spirit is instantaneously cleansed from all sin, made one with the Lord, and sealed by the Holy Spirit. All this happens in a split-second, as you rightly pointed out.
How did we receive our salvation? By hearing the Word of God, believing that Jesus died to redeem us, and receiving Him into our heart. Let me ask you a question. When you first said, “Jesus, I accept You as my Lord and Savior,” did you “feel” cleansed from sin? If not, then how did you know that you were? Salvation occurs in the spirit realm and ONLY in the spirit realm. No one has any physical “proof” that their prayer of confession of faith “worked.”
What if I asked you if you were saved? You would quickly say, “Yes,” without hesitation or doubt. Now, what if I then demanded, “Prove it!” How would you respond?
The word “proof” refers to something that can be seen or touched or measured in the physical realm. Salvation has nothing to do with the physical realm so it doesn’t even “fit” with the word “proof.” There is no way to “prove” salvation. It is by faith that I believe I am saved. As a believer, I develop a relationship with Jesus. That relationship is just as real as my relationship with any living human person, but I can’t “prove” that to you.
The only “proof” is in our fruit. Jesus said that we know someone by his or her fruit. A believer in Jesus is supposed to bear the fruit of love, joy, patience, etc. Does this mean that a man who claims to be a Christian and yet cheats his customers and is angry with his wife and neglectful of his children is going to heaven when he dies? Is he really saved or is he just pretending to be a believer? How can we know? The man may adamantly declare that he is saved, but what he keeps on doing does not line up with what the Word says believers do.
Please don’t misunderstand me. Clearly, our salvation is not based on good works or one single thing that we as humans do on this earth. Our salvation was won for us by the sacrificial death and shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. But the question is how we KNOW if someone is really saved or whether he is going through the motions of showing up at church to make it appear that he is saved.
We really can’t prove salvation. Some people think that parroting the “sinner’s prayer” gets them their ticket to heaven, yet they make no heart connection with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The bottom line is that only the Father and the person know what has occurred in that person’s heart. I think it is entirely possible that, when we get to heaven, we will look for Cousin Bob or Sally Sue and discover that they are not there.
Now we get to the issue of healing. You stated that our “healing was provided for in the Atonement just as our salvation was.” That is absolutely correct. It was. When Jesus went to the Cross, He shed His blood for our complete redemption – spirit, soul, and body. The Greek word for “save” is “sozo.” Jesus “sozo-ed” us. “Sozo” means to save, heal, deliver, and make whole. Jesus accomplished all of that for us.
When Jesus defeated sin and sickness for us, he rose in victory as our Savior. On the cross He said, “It is finished.” Since this is true, why is healing so hard to manifest? Because it lies in the physical realm. Divine healing exists in the SPIRIT realm. It was won on the Cross two thousand years ago. It is done. It is finished. There is no future tense to it. Healing was won and released two thousand years ago. It’s like television signals that are constantly beaming. If you don’t have a receiver and don’t get it tuned to exactly the right frequency, you can’t prove that the signal is there. The signal exists whether or not you tune into it. Our healing is like that.
How do we “tune in” to healing? The same way we “tuned in” to receive our salvation. The spiritual laws are exactly the same. We must hear the Word of God about healing, believe it, and receive it with all our heart. We accept by faith that what we asked for (healing rather than salvation) has occurred. Remember that Divine healing exists in the spirit realm. When we declare our faith in it and receive it, we are using our soulish realm (our mind and our will) to create the bridge to bring that healing from the spirit realm where it already exists to our physical realm.
But now we are in totally different territory. The physical realm can be seen, touched, tested, measured, and examined. Physical healing is easy to prove. Either you are well or you are not. Either you are in a wheelchair or you are not. Either you can see or you can’t. Either your joints hurt or they don’t. Therefore, when we make our declaration of belief in our healing, we immediately look for proof that our faith “worked.” When we were saved, we didn’t look for a feeling or for anything in the tangible realm because we understood that salvation was a spiritual event that had taken place.
What we miss in healing is that healing is also a spiritual event first. Then with our soulish realm, we create the bridge to move healing from the spiritual realm into the physical realm so that our body manifests the healing that already exists in the spiritual realm.