Why Is It So Hard To Get Healed? Part 2

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Why Is It So Hard To Get Healed?  Part 2

As you know from a previous post, a reader of our Godwantsyoutobewell.com blog asked a question.  It was this:  “Since healing was provided for in the Atonement just as our salvation was, why is it so hard to get healed?”

Be sure to read part 1 of my answer before you read this post, which is part 2.  Remember that I had just finished part 1 with these two sentences:  “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.”

Now, let’s continue with my response to our reader.

Why is it so hard to get healed, part 2

God’s best is for our healing to be as instantaneous as our salvation was.  But does that happen?  It actually happens often in so-called “less developed” countries, but in America it is rare when you consider the large church population here.

Why is this?  Because of the condition of our soulish realm.  Our soul is the all-important bridge.  We can also think of it as a filter.  If the filter is contaminated, then the flow from the spirit realm into the physical realm will be impeded.  What are some of these contaminations that clog our filter?  Teachings that are contrary to the Word of God.  Teachings that God makes people sick to teach them important lessons.  Teachings that God moves arbitrarily in people’s lives and you can’t know what His will for you is.  Teachings that, if we have made mistakes in our lives (and who hasn’t), we don’t really deserve to be miraculously healed.  And it goes on and on.

For the first fifty years of my life, I thought being saved meant that I would go to heaven when I died.  I had no idea that it meant that my healing and deliverance and victory over all the attacks of the enemy had been won and was just as real as my going to heaven was.

Repeated, incorrect teaching on the topic of healing creates deeply ingrained habits of thinking and speaking.  Even after getting revelation of the truth, it can be very difficult to change those habits that are based on ignorance of God’s Word and God’s will.  We get into mental assent with the Word because we want relief.  We know that God CAN heal.  In our minds we accept that the Word is true.  But we have to embed the Word – ALL of the Word – deeply into our heart.  Agreeing mentally with the Word is not enough to walk the walk of faith.

Faith is a spiritual condition, not a soulish condition.  Yet, it is our soulish realm that is going to determine whether we can implement spiritual truths or not.  This is the reason that it is a major spiritual law that we meditate the Word of God (which is the WILL of God) constantly, not letting our eyes depart from it.  Why?  Because we are learning to line our will and our thoughts and our mouth up with God’s will and God’s thoughts and God’s voice.  We must constantly flood our minds with the fundamentals of God’s covenant with us.

What we think and what we say determines what is REALLY in our heart.  We can read a Scripture, and say, “By His stripes I was healed,” yet turn around and say in a conversation to someone, “I just don’t understand why healing is so hard.  I believe the Word is true, but I keep getting worse.”

If we say what the Word says but turn around and deny it with hundreds and thousands of other words that we speak, then we seal our outcome.  It is a spiritual law that we will get what we say when we believe what we say.  If we say that we aren’t seeing any improvement and are actually seeing more illnesses appear in our body, then that is what we will continue to get.

What we say matters because it reflects what we believe.  Jesus said that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:34).  If we repeat a statement of faith four times a day, but make 40 statements in direct contradiction to that faith declaration, do you see that our soulish drawbridge is in the “up” position and will stop the manifestation of our healing?

Let’s get to the “instantly” element of healing that is implied in your question.  All healing takes place instantly.  All healing.  Instantly.  IN THE SPIRIT REALM.  I will repeat that.  All healing takes place instantaneously in the same realm that salvation does – the spirit realm.  The moment you ask for healing and believe with all your heart that you receive it, then it is yours.  However, this has all occurred in the spirit realm.  Salvation stays in the spirit realm.  Physical healing does not.  Now the shift must occur so that what is real in the spirit realm is manifested in the physical realm.

We need to re-visit your question.  You asked, “… why is it so hard to get healed?”  Did you consider it hard to be saved?  If you follow the same spiritual law for salvation, then your healing was accomplished instantly in the spiritual realm just as your salvation was.  The real question is this:  “Why am I having trouble manifesting in the physical realm the healing that I know has already been done in the spirit realm?”

Do you remember that I said that God’s best is that our healing be manifested instantly?  How do I know that?  Because most of the miracles of Jesus took place instantly (although some happened “as people went their way.”)  None of them took weeks or months or years.

As we continue to develop our spiritual maturity, we often may be a bit slower to accomplish all the things that Jesus did.  In the area of healing, check to see if you think that healing MUST manifest instantaneously.  Does the Word of God say that all physical healing must manifest in the physical realm instantaneously?  I do not know of such a scripture.  Remember that we bring our spiritual healing through the bridge/filter of the soul.  Jesus had no sin and, therefore, no “muddied” filter in His soulish area.  We, on the other hand, have many contaminants in our “soul-filters” that can affect the length of time it takes for us to get an unimpeded flow from the spirit realm to the physical realm.

This is one of the reasons that people mention issues of forgiveness when they talk about healing.  Holding onto unforgiveness leads to anger and guilt and self-condemnation and really muddies up our “soul-filter.”  It is no accident that Jesus spoke so often about the need to forgive because He knew what a barrier that unforgiveness could be for believers to walk in victory in many areas of their life.

I am not saying that we have to get to some state of perfection before we see manifestation of healing.  I am saying that the beliefs (contrary to God’s Word) that we hold onto and act on in our soulish realm help to explain why we don’t see an instantaneous manifestation of our healing.

There is much more to say, but I am going to stop here.  Thousands of books have been written on the topic of healing.  I have written four of them:  The Power of God’s Word for Healing, The Power of God’s Word for Receiving Healing, The Power of God’s Word for Overcoming Hindrances to Healing, and The Power of God’s Word for Healthy Living (available at amazon.com in paperback and digital download for the computer or Kindle).  They explore many aspects of this topic in much greater depth.

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Keep on searching the Word of God for His covenant promises to every believer, keep on believing, keep on speaking God’s truth, and walk in the victory that Jesus has won for us on the Cross.



  1. Shannon January 20, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Hi Anne,
    Let me start by saying I have all four of your books in this series. I couldn’t stop reading. Thank you for your message. I actually am fighting several issues and I believe them to be connected. I am struggling to see my healing manifest but believe it will soon. My question though isn’t in regards to these particular issues. My question is that I was born with a heart defect that I’ve never had to fix yet but that does slow me down from living life with vitality that I’d like. I’ve been praying and believing in it being healed as I know Jesus healed a man lame from birth. My issue is my husband believes that as Psalms say that we knit together and fearfully and wonderfully made. He doesn’t believe a person should want to be healed of the way God made us to be. After reading your books, I think defects come from being born into a fallen world. But his feelings regarding this keep throwing a small question in my faith though if I’m wrong in my desire. But I believe God wants us to live vibrant lives and if this hinders that for me, and He already healed me on the cross, why can’t I want for that? Can you please share any thoughts on this? Thank you for your work. God bless you.

    • Moderator January 21, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Hi, Shannon,
      Thank you so much for letting me know that my books have blessed you. To God be the glory!

      I do have some thoughts on your question. Give me a day or so and I’ll post my reply here.


    • Moderator January 23, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Hi, Shannon,

      As I composed my answer to your question, I realized that it was such an important question that it would be more helpful to make it a new topic for this blog.

      So, I have answered you with this new post. Click here to read it: Praying for Healing of Birth Defects

      I hope this helps. I would encourage you to continue to seek the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and ask for His counsel to help you eliminate all elements of doubt. Ask Him to reveal to you the Father’s will on healing.

      Thank you again for letting me know that you have been blessed by my devotionals. You are making great strides in your faith, and I encourage you to keep drawing closer and closer to the Lord. He has every answer.

      Many blessings,

  2. Donna December 4, 2014 at 11:23 pm


    I was doing some study about all that sozo encompasses, and I came upon your site. I have known for some time all that sozo encompasses, but I was trying to understand why recently I received that healing only when I forgave my husband of something I was holding against him.

    When God brought the incident to my mind, I forgave my husband, and I was instantly free from pain I’d had for about 3 weeks.

    Your explanation about our soul-filter being muddied was really helpful.

    Would that same explanation apply to why James 5:16 says we should confess our sins to one another so that we may be healed?

    Thank you for your site.

    • Moderator December 5, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Hi, Donna,

      Thank you so much for sharing your testimony with us. Yes, I believe you are correct about the connection between forgiveness and healing. That is certainly one application of James 5:16. If we are holding onto an offense, then forgiving that person breaks the hold that that offense has had over us. Jesus is our example, and He forgave us of everything — so we are to do likewise.

      James 5:16 includes our going to someone either to ask forgiveness for something we have done or to forgive him/her for any action on their part. It goes beyond that, however, because it includes our going to a trusted person who is spiritually mature to tell them about something that weighs heavily on our heart.

      In their presence we repent to God for our actions (or perhaps our thoughts) and we make a commitment to change by lining up our actions and thoughts with the Word of God. By doing this, we break the spirit of shame that we feel for having violated the instructions of the Lord. And we receive the deliverance and freedom that is ours in “sozo.”

      Thanks again for sharing. Please be sure to enter the drawing for a free copy of the audiobook, “The Power of God’s Word for Healing,” that will be given away on December 29!


  3. David December 27, 2013 at 1:36 am

    After we have received a healing, what are some ways to protect it? I recently was healed of an incurable disease and it raised my level of faith so high. I had a sense of peace, happiness and joy. A few weeks later some symptoms started to come back. I know without a doubt I was healed, Although I have no physical evidence yet I experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit and it would be hard for me to explain how I would know but believe me I just do. Horrible symptoms vanished from that day on and I saw total relief of pain in all areas affected.

    As I mentioned before symptoms came back. I’ve learned through trial and error that staying in the word and praying increases faith, and it is faith that makes us well as promised. So as my symptoms progress do I add the amount of time spent in the word? Do I pray more?

    I understand and agree with this article on how to obtain a healing. I believe healing is, like you said, done in the spirit realm. How do I secure and set my healing in stone in the physical realm.

    Thank you very much for this article. It has made my understanding on healing a lot clearer.
    God bless

    • Moderator December 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm

      Hi, David. I’m glad you found our website. You’ve asked a great question and I’ll be posting some thoughts soon. Blessings, Anne

    • Moderator January 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Daniel, your question was such a good one, I have written another post in order to answer it. Click here to go to the new post: http://godwantsyoutobewell.com/what-to-do-if-symptoms-return/

  4. Robin August 31, 2013 at 6:24 pm


    Thank you once again for sharing the tremendous words and wealth of knowledge from the Holy Spirit. As with your experience also, I only in the last few years understood that part of salvation is our healing and deliverance. We truly do need to keep our thoughts and words in line with the Word — the Truth. Otherwise, we’re inviting satan to hinder our healing. And we need to first believe; have faith that God does what He says He does. Therefore, He has healed. We cannot allow lack of faith or misspoken thoughts and words or a stagnate spiritual maturity prevent our healing. We need to live the Word.

    Thanks again for sharing. Your books are tremendous and even provide so much valuable spiritual awareness. God’s favor and blessings to you always.


    • Moderator September 2, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      Robin, it brings joy to my heart to know that you are a strong supporter and that we can stand together as we learn to walk in the victory that Jesus died to give us. Blessings always, Anne

  5. Jenny August 28, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    So, so many people in this world have asked the question, “Why can’t I receive my healing?” I am one of those people. Your answer, like no other I have read or heard of, explains in a powerful, concise way what those of us desiring healing must do. I’ve begun reading your first volume, Power of God’s Word for Healing, and implementing the principles therein. Already I can tell a difference! I am believing with everything in me for healing based on what transpired at the Cross. Thank you so much for sharing your revelation wisdom with all of us!

    • Moderator August 28, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you, Jenny, for sharing your comments. I am so delighted to know that you are being blessed by this blog and by The Power of God’s Word for Healing.

      I press in every day myself to implement what I wrote in those devotions. There is so much pressure that comes from the world that it takes single-minded discipline to stay focused on God’s Word and God’s truth.

      These are the last days when the Lord is beginning to pour out signs and wonders in abundance, so lift up your hands and your heart and receive. (By the way, the English word “receive” is often really a translation of a Greek word that means “take.” See the difference? Receiving something is passive. Just hold out your hand and somebody puts something in it. But to “take” something requires action. You are the one who must move. You must engage your will and your physical self to take what someone is offering.) So the Holy Spirit says to take what He is offering.

      Many blessings.

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