Summary: HOW TO GET HEALED AND STAY HEALED
HOW TO GET HEALED AND STAY HEALED
BECOME CONVERTED AND BORN AGAIN
The gospel teaches that forgiveness of sins and healing of the body go hand in hand. If ministers would teach all the gospel, people would have faith in both healing and forgiveness and sinners could get both at the time of conversion. The following Scriptures prove that both benefits were provided in the sacrifice of Calvary: "Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses" (Matt. 8:16-17); "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" (1 Peter 2:24). The following passages prove that both forgiveness of sins and healing of the body should be received at one time: "Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases" (Ps. 103:3); "For whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?" (Matt. 9:5); "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them" (Matt. 13:15); "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him" (James 5:14-16). Thus it is very clear that healing is just as easy to receive from God as forgiveness of sins. Both can be received by the same simple faith in God and asking in the name of Jesus. Healing is part of your salvation; do not be cheated out of it any more than you permit yourself to be cheated out of forgiveness of sins.
Once I was called at 6:00 A. M. to pray for a woman that had been having convulsions since three o'clock the previous afternoon. Her tongue was sticking out of her mouth like a beef steak. A large spoon had to be put between her teeth to keep her from chewing her tongue. She was having one convulsion after another, and the doctor had just left saying there was no hope and that he could do no more to help her. After I had spoken to the husband and others in the room about prayer and had told them that God was able to do what man had failed to do, and after the husband promised to serve God if his wife was healed, we all kneeled and had prayer. She was no better; so I said to the young man who had come along with me, "Let us go into the woodshed and pray until we know that God has answered prayer." There were some unbelievers in the home who were scoffing at healing through prayer, so we thought it best to get by ourselves and pray without any distraction. We prayed until about 10:30 A. M. and then went into the house and had one more prayer, having the assurance that God had already answered prayer. The woman turned over on her side and went to sleep and slept all afternoon The next day when we went to see her, she was perfectly well. I met this woman in California just last year, and she testified to the fact that she had been healed in answer to prayer. God will do anything when conditions are met. If you have need of healing, it is only right that you surrender your life to God if you expect Him to heal you. You will not only get healed, but you will be saved at the same time if you are not already saved from a life of sin.
HAVE FAITH IN GOD FOR HEALING
If one will ask God for healing and believe that it is done as he is taught to ask for forgiveness of sins, it will be done. One should never doubt for one moment that God will heal him, just as he is taught to believe in forgiveness of sins. One should resist all doubt that he is healed, just as he must if he is tempted to doubt that God has forgiven him. Men are taught to accept salvation by faith and count it done whether they feel it or not. They are taught that God has forgiven them regardless of feelings; and if they will but believe this, they are saved. So it is with healing of the body. After prayer has been completed and healing has been asked for, one should likewise count it done and believe it regardless of feelings, symptoms, or outward evidences to the contrary.