The prophet Malachi looked through time and described what he saw: Jesus coming with healing in His hands, ministering to the sick, and delivering those who are bound!
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture” (Mal. 4:2 NLT).
Jesus did not come to the earth empty-handed! He came with healing. The day of healing has dawned. The Sun of Righteousness has risen for you personally. This very moment, the rays of His light are shining on you. His beams of healing are radiating over your life. Your hour of deliverance has come!
Let the Lord strengthen and encourage you as you stir yourself up to receive healing from Him.
Acts 9:32–34 relates details of the Apostle Peter’s encounter with Aeneas, a paralytic man in a helpless, deplorable state. The Bible doesn’t tell us what happened to Aeneas. We only know that he was bedridden for eight years. He may have been fighting off bitterness because of his lot in life. Perhaps he had been in an accident, injured while working, or even a victim of crime.
We have no idea why Aeneas was suffering. But his condition shows us the desperate position so many people are in today. Medical science has made a lot of progress, but there are still conditions they cannot cure. Mankind needs the intervention of God!
Acts 9:32–34 (NIV)
32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s people who lived in Lydda.
33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years.
34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up.
It’s time to live a healthy, blessed life!Kenneth W. Hagin
Notice Peter’s confidence and boldness. He didn’t try to cheer up Aeneas. He didn’t tell him Jesus would make it easier to endure his lot in life. He didn’t say that Jesus would help him cope. And he didn’t say, “You must confess whatever sin has caused this problem, and then you will be healed.”
Many people who are sick are not sinning at all. The devil brings sickness wherever he can—that’s one way he accomplishes his mission to steal, kill, and destroy. But God sent His Son so we might have life and have it abundantly. It’s not an abundant life when we are sick, destitute, or always in turmoil! (See John 10:10.)
“Jesus Christ heals you” is a bold statement. Peter had no hesitation. It wasn’t a question. He had received boldness while traveling with Jesus for three years. His words were very similar to many statements that Jesus made when He dealt with those who were sick:
• To the paralyzed man, “Get up, pick up your bed, and go home!” (Matt. 9:6 GNT).
• To Jairus’ daughter after she died, “Little girl, I tell you to get up!” (Mark 5:41 GNT).
• To the young man who died, “Young man! Get up, I tell you!” (Luke 7:14 GNT).
Time to Act
Peter followed Jesus’ example when he declared to Aeneas, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat” (Acts 9:34 NIV). Then it was time for the paralyzed man to act.
Once God’s healing power is administered, people who receive it need to act on the Word. They can activate the healing power by their words and by doing something they couldn’t do before. Remember that faith without works, or action, is dead (James 2:20).
When I was a teenager, my dad, Kenneth E. Hagin, was holding a meeting and invited to the altar everyone who couldn’t walk or had problems walking. Seven people came forward. Almost all of them needed help getting to the front.
Dad didn’t pray for any of them. He went to each one and said, “Run!” The first one pushed himself up, took a few faltering steps, and then took off running. Right down the line, even the person who was carried acted on the word Dad gave and ran.
But when he spoke to the lady who managed to get to the altar on her own, she said, “I can hardly walk, much less run.” Dad encouraged her, but she insisted, “I can’t do it. I can’t run, and I’m not going to try.” Guess what? She left that service exactly the way she came.
Sometimes people explain something like that by saying, “The power of God wasn’t working tonight.” The power of God is always working. But the individual has to draw upon that power by acting on the Word for it to work!
God’s Word is the ultimate authority. It’s time for us to believe and obey it. It’s time to rise, be healed by the power of God, and maintain our healing. It’s time to live a healthy, blessed life!
Faith IN ACTION
Activate God’s Power
You may be suffering from sickness right now. Perhaps medical science hasn’t been able to help you. You may be getting worse, or the doctors may simply be keeping you alive until you can get healed.
Thank God for what doctors can accomplish! But we must look beyond the knowledge of man and look to God, from Whom we receive every good and perfect gift—including healing (James 1:17).
If you need healing, God wants to heal you. He has already made provision for you to be well. His power is available to change your body and drive disease from you. But you have to activate God’s power!
When you receive healing, you can declare by faith, “Healing is mine, I have it now!”
Scriptures to Meditate On
1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)
By his [Jesus’] wounds you are healed.
Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Luke 18:27 (NIV)
Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”
James 1:17 (NIV)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Luke 5:12–13 (NLT)
12 In one of the villages, Jesus met a man with an advanced case of leprosy. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground, begging to be healed. “Lord,” he said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.”
13 Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared.
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Kenneth W. Hagin
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