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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.
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.