There is a response of faith that is needed to receive from God. It’s important to know how to respond to God and those He uses to minister healing to us.
To continue from the previous teaching where I touched on the different ways God heals, you will notice that faith must accompany receiving your healing.
Even when the Gifts of Healings (1 Corinthians 12:9,11) are in operation, you still need to use your faith to reach out and take (receive) the healing through the person God has anointed, or is using as a point of contact.
Faith: The Necessary Ingredient to receive Healing
Like yeast or baking powder is to bread or cake, causing it to rise when activated, so too is faith in our hearts. When released it activates the power of God in our lives, causing healing to come forth.
Of course there are times when people are healed without believing God, as He chooses to make Himself known to them in this way. This can also be a sign for unbelievers, who, when they experience a miraculous healing or see a loved one healed of an incurable disease, immediately accept Jesus as their Lord.
Personally, I believe that with the return of Jesus so close, we will see and hear of more and more people being healed with the Gifts of Healings.
However, rather than relying on this to receive healing, we need to learn to activate the ingredient of faith.
Different responses to Jesus’ Healing Ministry
Jesus is a good example to follow. Look at different people’s response to Him and how this affected their healing.
In Mark 6, we see Him ministering in his home town of Nazareth, where He grew up with His mom, dad, brothers and sisters, played with the neighbours’ children as a child Himself and did childish things.
:1 Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him.
:2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands!
:3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.
:4 But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”
:5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
:6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
Responding with Unbelief
Did He not operate under the power of the Holy Spirit as an adult?
Were the gifts of healing working in His ministry?
Definitely yes. Yet, because the people knew Him as the carpenter and Mary and Joseph’s son, they doubted Him. They did not have faith in the works that God the Father did through Him and failed to recognise the Lord’s hand on His life and, therefore, could not receive from Him.
These people lacked confidence in His works because they did not see Him as anointed by the Father and able to heal them.
Their response to Jesus was one of unbelief, and this hindered them being able to receive from God.
No Mighty Works
The Bible says that He could not do any mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Their limited perception of Him prevented them from reaching out and taking their healing. Obviously there must have been those who were diseased, demon possessed and with many other physical problems and disabilities, as we see people in these conditions following Jesus in the various towns and village, so that they could receive their healing.
This is an important lesson for us to learn from. How many times has the Lord brought us to a place naturally and spiritually where we can receive our needs met and yet we miss it, put obstacles in the way (like the Nazarenes) and miss our opportunities. We go away disheartened and disappointed.
It is important to understand how to respond in faith when God’s power comes our way.
The response of Faith
Go to the end of the chapter and we see a very different response to Jesus from people in another town: one of faith.
:53 When they had crossed over, they came to the land of Gennesaret and anchored there.
:54 And when they came out of the boat, immediately the people recognized Him,
:55 ran through that whole surrounding region, and began to carry about on beds those who were sick to wherever they heard He was.
:56 Wherever He entered, into villages, cities, or the country, they laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched Him were made well.
Jesus and His disciples crossed over the sea of Galilee and when folks there recognised Him, they were glad to see Him. They did not question or doubt Him, but received and honoured Him as sent by God.
These people knew that He was anointed by God and so, wherever He went, they brought their sick to Him in the marketplaces, laid them down and begged Him that they might just touch His clothes.
Wow, such simple, uncomplicated faith.
In those days the market place was not merely a place where people bought and sold goods, fresh produce and livestock. It was a place of meeting.
When Jesus passed by the crowds, sick people were placed in the marketplaces, some on stretchers or laid on the ground. It must have looked chaotic. But, what joy, dancing and shouting as people began to be healed when they touched the hem of his garment.
A stark contrast to what took place in Nazareth.
Interesting to note that these people had faith in just getting near enough to touch Jesus’ clothes. They reached out and took their healing.
There was no questioning or doubting, as in the previous account where the people held back because of faulty beliefs and so could not and did not want to receive.
Respond Right Today
In the same way unbelief, doubting God, as well as the vessel that He uses to bring healing, or a lack of appreciation and respect for His provision for us, will rob us of our healing. So we need to guard and keep our hearts open.
Have the right, Biblical response to those that God anoints with His healing power. Respond to the Lord with faith, rather than unbelief, if you want to receive from Him.