Health Food – October 29

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Don’t Wait for Healing—Receive It by Faith Now!

And he [Jesus] went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. — LUKE 13:22

If you need healing and there isn’t a manifestation of the Spirit, such as gifts of healings (1 Cor. 12:9), what are you going to do? Get the Word of God in you! Feed on the Word. Feed your faith, because you can receive healing by faith anytime.

Continuing in Luke 4, we read, “And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian” (v. 27). Now all of the lepers in Israel could have been cleansed if they had believed in their covenant of healing (Exod. 34:10). Yet under the ministry of Elisha, not one single leper was healed in Israel except Naaman.

Naaman wasn’t even an Israelite, and he didn’t have a covenant of healing with Jehovah Rapha. But because Elisha was well known for getting people healed, Naaman went to him. Naaman was an outsider in Israel, but he got healed.

So what was Jesus talking about in Luke 4:27? He was talking about the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will manifest Himself as He wills, not as man wills (1 Cor. 12:11). And what Jesus was saying was, “I’m ministering just as a prophet would minister. I don’t tell the Holy Spirit what to do; the Holy Spirit tells Me what to do.” So if the Holy Spirit didn’t manifest Himself, what was Jesus going to do? Well, if He was going to help the people, there was only one way to do it. Mark 6:6 says, “And he marvelled because of their unbelief. AND HE WEN T RO UND ABO UT THE VILLAGES, TEACHING.” Jesus had to do something about the people’s unbelief to get them healed, because faith works anytime—and every time—whether there’s a special manifestation of the Holy Spirit or not. So Jesus went about their villages teaching, because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17).

Confession: I don’t have to wait for a manifestation of the Spirit to be healed. I can be healed by faith right now. Unbelief can hinder my faith, so I get rid of any unbelief by feeding on the Word of God and by hearing teaching from the Word of God concerning healing.

Source: Health Food Devotions by Kenneth E. Hagin. Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications. Copyright © 2002, 2007 Rhema Bible Church aka Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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