30 reasons we are sure it’s God’s will
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction - How to Find the Will of God
Chapter 1 God’s Word Is Medicine 15
Chapter 2 A Strong Spirit Will Sustain You 19
Chapter 3 In His Original Creation, There Was No Sickness 35
Chapter 4 His Will for Heaven and the World to Come 39
Chapter 5 The Origin of Sickness 43
Chapter 6 Sickness Is of the Devil 47
Chapter 7 The Covenant of Healing 51
Chapter 8 The Eternal Names of God (Jehovah)61
Chapter 9 Sickness Is Part of the Curse of the Law from Which Christ Has Redeemed Us 63
Chapter 10 The Types of Redemption 79
Chapter 11 Healing Is a Part of Redemption 101
Chapter 12 The Firstfruits of Redemption 115
13 The Eternal Fatherhood of God 129 14 Healing Is the Children’s Bread 137 15 The Mercy of God 141 16 Authority Over Demons and Disease 153 17 The Ministry of Jesus 171 18 The Laying On of Hands 185 19 He Is Our Good Shepherd 193 20 Healing in the Acts 207 21 The Gifts of Healings 213 22 Scripture Prayers for Healing 223 23 The All-Inclusive Promises of God 235 24 He Has Promised Us Long Life 249 25 He Is the Vine, and We Are the Branches 265 26 Our Bodies Are the Members of Christ 267 27 Your Body Is the Temple of the Holy Spirit 271 28 We Are God’s Priests 275 29 Our Bodies Are Living Sacrifices 277 30 We Are the Bride of Christ 281 101 Things God Said 283 Works Cited 289
Introduction: How to Find the Will of God
In Luke 5:12, it says, “And it came to pass, when he [Jesus] was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy; who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.” Here is a man who Doctor Luke said was full of leprosy. Others just say he had leprosy, but remember, Luke was a physician, so he gives you more detail. Even today, there are situations that men say are incurable. Not only could man not help him—so it was considered a death sentence—but it was also a sentence of being ostracized, being cast out and not able to have any fellowship with his family or friends. It was a living death in many ways, and his case was far advanced. He was full of the devilish leprosy, and it was awful.
However, the Word tells us that he found Jesus. Don’t you know he was already heading in the right direction, if he found Jesus? He said something to the Master. What did he say? He said, “If you will, you can make me clean.”
There are millions of people who believe in God and are right there, with some form of physical problem in their body. I could name denomination after denomination, without exaggerating. There are millions of people who believe in the Lord and have physical problems and would like to be healed. If you heard them praying, they might sound identical to this man right here. “Oh God, I know You can heal me...,” but then what do they add? “…if You will.” Or you can use the King James Version and say, “If it be Thy will.” But it’s the same thing. “…if You will.” Now what did Jesus say? What did He do when this man, full of incurable leprosy, said, “Lord, I know You can heal me if You would. If it was Your will”? It says in verse 13, “He put forth his hand, and touched him.” Now that says volumes. The man does not look like anything you want to touch. His skin is broken and oozing; he looks awful. He probably smells bad. Jesus reaches out His hand in response to this man coming and saying, “Lord, I know You can make me clean of this terrible stuff, if You would.” Jesus reaches out His hand, puts it on his oozing flesh, and says, “I will: you be clean.”
Oh, glory to God. What did Jesus say? He said, “I will: be thou clean,” which means, “You, be clean.” What happened? It says, “And immediately,” immediately this leprosy, this living death, this incurable stuff, “the leprosy departed from him,” and he was healed. Glory to God.
Do you believe this really happened just like it says? This is no fairy tale. This man lived. He met Jesus and talked to Him. He saw Him. This is a historically-accurate account. What is the good news though? Jesus is the same yesterday and right now.
What if someone came and fell before the Master today? If they could see Him, and said, “Lord, I know You can heal me, if You would,” what would He tell them? If He wouldn’t tell them the same thing He told this man, then He has changed, or He’s a respecter of persons. Neither of these can be so because the Bible says He does not change, (Malachi 3:6) and He is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34) If you believe the Bible, then you have to believe that anyone who asks this question, anywhere in the earth, will get the same answer. “Lord I know You can heal me if You would. Lord, please, if it be Your will.” We have to believe that anyone who is asking that question, if they are listening, has the answer: “I will. Be thou clean.”
What did the Lord say? Did He ever say, “I won’t”? You cannot find even one response of “I won’t” when anyone asked Him to be healed. In order for something to be “scriptural,” what must you have to support it? Scripture. There are people who find fault with us and don’t like what we teach about this. They teach that it’s not always God’s will to heal, but where is their scripture? We have a scripture when people say, “I know You can, if You will,” and He tells them, “I will.” Where is their scripture when Jesus tells people, “I won’t”? You cannot find it, because it does not exist.
Yet, that is more commonly held and believed than what you and I believe. There are many, many millions more Christians who believe, “Sometimes He will, and sometimes He won’t,” than who believe this. I never read anywhere that He said, “I won’t.” Have you? Can you show me? Can you tell me? I’ve read it several times, and I have never seen where He said, “I won’t.” I do see very clearly—and this is not the only place—where He tells a man, “I will.” So, that’s my answer. I’m satisfied. If He said, “I will” then, He’s saying, “I will” now, and He’ll say, “I will” tomorrow. If He said, “I will” to the man with leprosy, He’ll say, “I will” to you, and “I will” to me. That’s my answer.
Still, there are so many hundreds of thousands and millions of people in sick beds and hospital rooms begging God, “Lord, I know You can, if You would. If it’s Your will.” They don’t know whether it’s God’s will or not.
There was a time when I was in that same place. There was a time when I went around with other ministers and prayed for people, and this is how we prayed: “Oh, Lord, heal them if it be Thy will, and if not, Thy will be done.” We thought we were being submissive to the will of God. We thought we were doing what we should be doing, but I don’t pray that way anymore. I don’t pray that way any more than I would ever pray for someone to get born again by saying, “Lord, save them if it be Thy will.” I don’t pray that way because I have discovered His will. I have found His will. And it is not His will that any should perish. It is His will that all should come to repentance and to the saving knowledge of the Master. How do I know that? I have verses of Scripture for it. So, I never pray for anyone “if it be Thy will” to be saved. Do you? Nor do I ever pray for anyone to be healed with an “if it be Thy will.” I have found it in the same Bible, and not just in this one verse. I’m going to emphasize this until any remote thought of doubt about God’s will for your healing is like a long-distant dream. It’s going to be gone so far that it will be hard for you to ever remember that you questioned the will of God about healing.
Now, if you think you don’t agree with this so far, that’s fine, but stay with me and prepare your case. Put your scriptures together. Do you know what I mean by that? People require me to prove what I believe. Prove to me from the Bible why it’s not God’s will for us to be healed.
How can you ascertain the will of God? This is a big question, not just for healing, but for anything. How can we find the will of God? There are so many people who talk about it so mysteriously. “Oh, if we only knew the will of God. If we could find the will of God.” Well, how are you going to find it? How are you going to know when you get it? How can you know the will of God? Millions of people believe that when something happens, some way or another it was the will of God, and we don’t understand it all, but it was His will.
When I’ve gone to pray for someone to be healed and asked them, “Do you believe it’s God’s will for you to be healed?” they’ve said, “Well, I don’t know. I hope so.” So I asked, “How would you know?” They answered, “Well, I thought you’d pray, and if I get healed, then it was God’s will, and if I don’t, then it meant it wasn’t His will.”
So how are they ascertaining the will of God? By results or lack of results, aren’t they? People don’t do that in every other area, though. They only do it in specific, traditionally-slanted areas. People don’t do that with salvation now do they? What if we did that with people getting born again? How would we know if it’s God’s will for them to be saved or not? Well, if they make heaven, we’ll know it was God’s will, and if they bust hell wide open, then we’ll know it was not God’s will for them to be saved. No, this is the most important thing about a person’s life. Are there people who are perishing without the Lord? Is it the will of God? No, it is not. Well then, is it true that everything that happens is God’s will? No, it is not, and if it’s that way with the most important thing—our eternal salvation—why would we think it’s so different concerning something temporal like our healing, or like the meeting of our physical needs?
You cannot ascertain the will of God just by what happens. That is a spiritually-irresponsible stance, a spiritually-lazy position. It’s mighty convenient to say that everything that happens is the Lord’s will, and everything that doesn’t happen is the Lord’s will. You hear people, Christians, who you rub shoulders with, talking about this. They’re late, or they didn’t get something done, or they mess up, and they say, “Well, it must have been God’s will.” It was God’s will for you to goof off and watch TV all night and not be ready? That was God’s will? Or they’re reaching to the floorboard, trying to find the cheeseburger that they dropped, and they run through an intersection, have a wreck, tear up their car, and say, “We don’t understand it, but it must have been God’s will.” Really? It was God’s will for you to be looking for a cheeseburger on the floorboard and have a wreck? Do you see what I’m talking about? “Well,” they say, “we just don’t understand all these things, but you know, everything happens for a reason.” Have you heard that before? “Everything happens for a reason…” That’s like saying, “The sun shines, and we can see…We get in water, and it’s wet...” You haven’t said anything. Well, sure, there’s a reason. The reason could be you weren’t paying attention. The reason could be you didn’t listen to God. Prideful people don’t want to take responsibility for anything, and so it’s very convenient to say that everything that happens is mysteriously the will of God. What’s so convenient about it is that they never get called on anything. They’re never held accountable for anything. Why? Because, “Hey, it was the will of God, and we don’t know why it all happened or didn’t happen, but hey, don’t question the will of God.” This is a very subtle way of saying, “Don’t ask me any more questions about it or make me have to answer or face it or deal with it.” It’s very convenient, but it’s a lie and deception.
I’m asking and answering the question “How can we find the will of God?” because millions of people believe what we’ve been talking about: If they get healed, then it was the will of God. If they didn’t get healed, then it must not have been the will of God. If they get blessed and prosper, then it was the will of God. If not, it was the will of God for them to be poor. I’m sorry, but that is just unacceptable in light of the Bible. Is it true that everything that happens is somehow the will of God? I think not.
Romans 12:2 says, “Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove…” Prove means “test and find out.” What are you going to find out? “…what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.” Now, if everything that happens is the will of God, why do you need this “renewal and testing and proving”? You wouldn’t need any of that because everything is the will of God. He’s saying you’ve got to get your mind renewed so that you think right. You’ve got to learn some things and be taught and understand some things so that you can test everything that’s around you and decide: Will of God? No, that’s not the will of God. Or that’s good; that’s the will of God. Or that’s sort of the will of God. That’s half way it…, oh man, that’s the perfect will of God! Or that’s absolutely not the will of God. Are we supposed to learn how to discern, prove, test, and find the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God? Who’s supposed to find out what the will of God is? You are. I am. Is it going to take a little doing? Yes, it is. You’re going to have to make some changes in your thinking. Your mind needs to be renewed; it’s kind of like being reprogrammed. “Renewed” indicates something was in there, and we need it renewed. We need something else to go over it. There are going to be some changes in how you think.
I’m still talking about how we find the will of God. Some people say everything that happens—good and bad—is the will of God. First Thessalonians 4:3 says this: “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication.” Is there any fornicating going on? Any adultery going on? Is it the will of God? You cannot just pick and choose. If you believe that everything that happens with men’s and women’s bodies in healing and sickness is the will of God, then why doesn’t it apply over here too?
What is the will of God? Control yourself. Possess your body. Don’t have affairs. Don’t be in fornication. Don’t be in adultery. That is the will of God. The Bible says it very plainly. Is the will of God happening everywhere, with everyone? No. Are there things happening on the earth that are not the will of God? Who is supposed to find out the will of God? We are. How are we going to find it? We need some mind renewal. Another verse that is similar to this is 1 Thessalonians 5:18. “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Is everyone doing that—giving thanks all the time and in everything? Is there any griping and complaining going on? Is that the will of God? How did we find out it wasn’t the will of God? We find it right here in the verse. If giving thanks is the will of God in every situation, then griping cannot be the will of God. If being saved is the will of God, then being lost cannot be the will of God. If being chaste and being faithful is the will of God, then affairs, adultery, and fornication cannot be the will of God. If being healed is the will of God, then being sick can’t be the will of God.
There are a lot of folks with degrees and initials at the end of their name who think it’s more complicated than this. Of course, they don’t have a scripture for it, and what they say they believe is inconsistent with other areas of their life. Besides that, they’re hypocritical about it. If you do not believe in healing, then don’t try to get healed—at least be honest about it. Don’t go to the doctor. If you believe you’re supposed to be sick, but you’re trying to get better, then you’re trying to get out of the will of God.
“Well, I don’t know whether it’s His will or not.” You had better find out, because if it’s really the will of God for you to be sick, then you and those doctors and all of those nurses are out of the will of God by trying to change the will of God for your life. You either believe it or you don’t. Or they say, “I don’t believe in all that prosperity stuff.” Well, then be broke. If you really believe it’s God’s will for you to have nothing, then don’t have anything. Practice what you say you believe. I know folks don’t like that, but be consistent with what you say you believe. What is the will of God? Ephesians 5:17 is a very important verse concerning this question. How can we find the will of God? It says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Are you supposed to find out and understand what the will of the Lord is? Or is it okay to be ignorant about it and say, “Well, we just don’t know. It’s a mystery, and most things you just never will know.” Where is the verse that says that? We have a verse here that says we are supposed to find out.
The Amplified Bible says, “Therefore do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.” What is the will of the Lord? Jesus said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father,” and He is the Word made flesh that dwelt among us.
Do you believe that this Bible we have, the written Word, is a manifestation of the Living Word? Do you believe that the Spirit of God expressed the will of the Father God through these Words, through Jesus and through the Words that are recorded about Him? Can you find the will of God in the Bible? If you can’t, where are you going to find it? Now I know this sounds simplistic, but I’m telling you, people have all kinds of places they go to find the will of God except the Bible. What is our final authority? I’ve had people say, “Well, I just believe… This is what I think...” That doesn’t matter. “I’ve got just as much right to what I believe as you do.” No, you don’t, nor do I. “Well, everyone is free to believe what they want to believe, and if that’s what I believe, that’s what I believe.” If you are a Christian, you’ve already been told what to believe, and it’s not okay for you to just say, “Well, this is what I believe about it.” Is it based on Scripture? Based on what Word? How do we find the will of God? We find it in the Word of God, and that’s another way of saying “Jesus.” The Word of God reveals to us the will of God. Jesus said, “I didn’t come of Myself, but He sent Me.” He said, “I don’t speak of Myself.” What does that mean? Everything you ever saw Jesus do or heard Him say was a direct revelation of the unchanging will of God for all men, for all time.
So, when we read that this man full of leprosy comes and says, “Lord, I know You can do it, if You will,” and Jesus reaches out, puts His hand on the man’s sick body, and says, “I will,” does it mean anything to us? The Bible says that if everything Jesus said and did was recorded, not even the world itself could contain all the books that should be written. (John 21:25) We have a very, very small amount of what He said and did recorded, and this amount was hand-picked by God the Father, by the Holy Spirit, and manifested through His men. Why did He pen this? Because this Word is a historical, accurate account—but it is much, much more than history. It is God speaking to all mankind, revealing the will of God for everyone, for all time.
If the man’s healing had just been for him, it wouldn’t have been in the Bible where you and I could read it and believe it today. The fact that it’s there and that it’s written and recorded in numerous places means we are supposed to take it how? When He said, “I will,” that’s not just “I will” to that man, on that day. That is the unchanging will of God for all men for all time. When He said, “I will” to him and had it recorded in the Bible, it’s an “I will” to you and to me. Why do we still have millions of people begging God to heal them “if it would be His will”? That’s not good enough for them; they want something else. “Well, how would you know it is God’s will?” They reply, “When I’m healed.” Do you mean, when you see it, you’ll believe it? “Yes.” It will be too late to believe it. It will be too late for faith. If you have to see it before you’re going to believe it is His will, then you are refusing to have any faith. Faith believes it when it does not look like it’s even possible, just simply because He said it. God’s will is to heal. Look at Luke 5:12-13 again. The man said, “If you will, I know you can.” Jesus said, “I will.” In verses 12 and 13 of the Living Bible, the man says, “Sir, if you only will, you can clear me of every trace of my disease. Jesus reached out and touched the man and said, ‘Of course I will. Be healed.’ And the leprosy left him instantly.” Think about this: If a man or a woman comes sincerely before the Lord and says, “Lord, I’ve messed up. I’m so sorry. I’ve sinned against You, but please, would You save me,” what does He say? “Of course I will. That’s why I went to the Cross.” What about a man or woman who needs deliverance from habits and problems? What is He going to say? “Of course I will.”
What about someone who is oppressed in their mind? That’s why He bore the chastisement of your peace. “Of course I will.” Did He take your infirmities? Did He bear your sicknesses? Did He carry your pains? Is it written, “By His stripes,” His wounds, “we’re healed”? (1 Peter 2:24) Then of course He will.
Say this out loud: “Of course He will.” Think about this: You’re standing there looking at Jesus being nailed to the cross and raised up, and He’s bleeding, and you look up and ask, “Is it Your will for me to be saved? I just don’t know Lord...” Why is He there? What’s going on? All He had to do for us to be lost was nothing, and we would have all been lost. He’s tied to the whipping post. He’s being scourged, and you look at Him and say, “Is it Your will for me to be healed?” “Of course I will.” I like that, don’t you? “Of course I will.” Men are confused. The enemy tries to confuse people through ministers, through preachers, and through people writing books. They have confused and muddied the issues through the years and centuries. If you’ll read this Gospel without your religious-colored glasses on, you will see that everyone who ever came to Jesus to be healed left healed. Every one of them. There was no one who was told that God was working something out in their life, and He told them they had to wait, or that it wasn’t time. It’s not there. These are familiar phrases, but they’re not in the Bible. They are men’s fabrications trying to explain why something didn’t happen. They are proud men and women’s explanations trying to get all of the responsibility off of themselves for anything. It’s mighty convenient. The problem is, people stay sick, and they die young and prematurely. People say, “It was the will of God, and God needed another angel in the choir. He took them, and we don’t know why.” But that’s not true. None of it is true. Now, if they were saved, glory to God, they’re in heaven. That’s great. But you don’t have to be robbed of years in this life—of good service and bearing fruit.
Do you believe you have a Healer? Say this out loud: “I have a Savior, and I’m saved. I also have a Healer, and I’m healed. It is His will to heal me.” Glory to God.
Let me give you three reasons why Christians are sick and stay sick. These are Christians now, not non-Christians.
The first one is what we’re already talking about. Millions of Christians don’t know that it is His will for them to be healed. They still question it and debate it. They don’t know that healing is bought and paid for, or that it belongs to them, just like the forgiveness of sins. If they don’t know it, they’re not going to claim it. As long as you question His will on it, you cannot have faith.
Brother F. F. Bosworth, author of the book Christ The Healer, said, “Faith begins where the will of God is known.” This is true concerning being born again. When you knew God loved You, you knew He paid the price for you, and you knew it was His will to save you, you had faith to be born again. Well, you also have to know that God’s power can heal you, it is His will to heal you, and the price has already been paid. Many, many do not know that, or if they heard it, they didn’t accept it.
Second, what’s been provided by grace must be received by faith. You have to receive it actively. You have to appropriate it with your faith. Just because someone bought a meal for you, it doesn’t mean you’re going to get full unless you go get it. You have to appropriate it. Third, many people don’t obey God and follow His perfect plan for their life. We talked about the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. If you don’t obey God, you’re going to go down paths that you shouldn’t have taken. Do you know that when you get off on the wrong road, you are going to go through towns and places that you would not have gone through had you been on the right road? A lot of people are going through a lot of stuff, and it’s bad, and they’re trying to say it’s the will of God, but the truth is, they’re on the wrong road.
Let’s back up to the first reason. Matthew 9:27-28 says, “And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them…” Notice He didn’t just heal them. He talked to them. He asked them questions. Why? Does it matter what they think and what they believe and do? Or did the Lord just go around healing everyone indiscriminately, regardless of what they thought or believed? Some people try to say that He did, to prove His deity. It’s not true. Why ask questions? Why look for a response? Why begin to lead them in a direction for them to believe a certain thing? Because their faith is one of the biggest determining factors in whether they’re going to be healed or not. I’m talking about Jesus now. What did He say? “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” Now the Leper had that one settled, didn’t he? He said, “I know You can, if You will.” These blind men didn’t have that one expressed yet, so He asked them, “Do you believe I’m able to do this? That I can?” What did they say? “Yes, yes.” Good answer. Then what did He do? He touched them. Does He still touch people today? Do you know you can get touched right where you are? You don’t have to wait for any fast music. You don’t have to wait for someone, some man, to touch you. He can touch you right where you are. All you have to do is believe these words.
I was teaching in Healing School several years ago, and it was a small group of 15 people or so. We were fairly informal, and when I was teaching some things about healing, a lady looked up and said, “Excuse me.” I said, “Yes?” She asked, “Does that mean that I just believe I receive my healing, and I just believe I take it, and I have it?” I said, “That’s right.” She said, “That’s all there is to it?” I said, “That’s it. Jesus already did the hard part.” Didn’t He? He bought it. He paid for it. He bore your infirmities. He carried your pains. She said, “Okay.” I went on teaching. I wasn’t waving my hands and preaching real fast, and there was no fast organ music. I was just teaching. At the end, she came up and said, “Look.” I said, “What?” She said, “The whole side of my body has been paralyzed. I haven’t been able to use that hand. I couldn’t pick up anything with it.” She said, “Look! Look!” as she opened and closed her fist.
We shouted. We praised God. Nobody prayed a prayer for her. Nobody laid hands on her, but she got touched. What happened? She had asked, “Does that mean I just believe I take it right now, and I have it?” I had told her, “That’s what it said,” and she said, “Okay.” Some would say, “It can’t be that simple.” How did you get born again? It wasn’t by jumping off of a building. It wasn’t by quoting the whole Bible. What was it? How long did it take? You believed you received Jesus into your heart and your life. You believed God raised Him from the dead, and you confessed with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord.” Well, if that’s how quick an old creature can become a new creation in Christ Jesus, which is a much, much bigger miracle than a physical body having some repair work done on it, then the same principle will work getting healed. He said, “Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, ‘Yea, Lord.’ Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to…” My ability? You might think He would have said that, asking them that question, but He didn’t. Then, according to the will of God…? No. Some say, “Well, maybe that’s not what it said, but everyone knows it’s just up to His will.” Don’t change what Jesus said with your theories and opinions. Do you know that Jesus could have said whatever He chose to say right here? He could have said, “Then according to the will of God...” He could have said, “Then according to the power that’s on Me...” Couldn’t He have said it? “Then according to Me being the Son of God...” He could have said any other things that would have substantiated some of these folks’ doctrines, but He didn’t. What did He say? “Do you believe I’m able to do this?” They said, “Yes.” He said, “Then according to your faith be it unto you.” In Mark 9, a man brought his son to the disciples. The son was having seizures, and they tried to do something with him, but they couldn’t get him free. Do you know, a lot of people would have started a new doctrine right then? They prayed for him, they worked with him, and he did not get free. They could have said, “Well, you know it’s not always the will of God, and we just don’t know why,” but that is not in the Bible. They brought him to Jesus, and the man said in verse 22, “If You can do anything, have compassion on us, and help us.” Does He believe it’s all up to Jesus? Is he putting the whole thing in Jesus’ hands and saying, “Lord, if You can do anything…”? He thinks it’s all up to Him. What did Jesus say in the very next verse? “Well, if it’s God’s will...” No. Did He say, “If you can believe, all things are possible… if it’s God’s will”? He could have said it. “All things are possible if you’ve got Me here because I’ve got the power, and because I’m the Son of God, and I can do this, but don’t try this at home...” Couldn’t He have said something along those lines if He had wanted to? He said, “All things are possible to him that believes.” There are approximately 19 cases of individuals being healed in the Gospel accounts: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Depending on how you count them, there are more than that. There are several places where it says that multitudes were healed. There are places where it says demoniacs were delivered. Malchus had his ear chopped off, but Jesus healed him. Anyway, if you look at the cases where there’s some detail about what happened to them and how they were healed, there are only about 19. But, in 10 of the 19 cases, the individuals’ faith was specifically referenced just like this. Let me list them for you. With the nobleman’s son, the Bible says the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken to him, and he went his way. We see that the son, his boy, began to get better and was healed and made whole. Concerning the paralytic man who was let down through the roof, the Bible says, “Jesus saw their faith,” and He spoke to them, and the man was healed. Jesus said to the centurion, concerning his servant, “Go your way, and as you have believed, so be it done to you.” To the woman with the issue of blood, He said, “Daughter, be of good comfort. Your faith has made you whole.” For the two blind men, He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith be it unto you.” He told the 10 lepers in Luke 17, “Your faith has made you whole.” To Blind Bartimaeus, He said, “Your faith has made you whole.” Concerning the Syrophenician’s daughter, He said to her, “Woman, great is your faith. Be it unto you even as you will.” The man who had the lunatic son said, “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief,” and his boy was healed. Concerning Jairus’ daughter, the Bible says Jesus told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; only believe,” and he obviously did. This was the case in 10 times out of the 19. Now in 6 more of the 19 cases, you can see their faith. It doesn’t say, “Your faith made you whole,” but you can see it. What is conspicuous for its absence? It is any reference that it might not be the will of God, or it might not be time, or that it’s up to God, and nobody really knows how and why, and you just have to wait and see. Can you hear it? Any time the same thing is said over and over in the Bible, 10 times, we should be getting a clue. What is the clue? Your faith will make you whole. How is it going to happen? It’s going to happen according to your faith, according to what you believe. People don’t like that. They don’t want to hear that. They want to believe something else. But friend, if you want results, if you’d like to see miracles in your life, if you want to live long, you better get a hold of this and realize that your faith makes the difference. We know that is the case with salvation. What if someone says, “Well, do you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?” and the person answers, “Uh, well, not really. Does it make any difference if I believe it or not?” Yes! But people are saying the same thing, aren’t they? “Well, does it make any difference if I believe whether it’s His will for me to be healed or not? Isn’t it just up to Him?” It makes a difference what we believe. It is according to our faith that we’re healed. As you believed, so be it done to you. Your faith made you whole. It was according to your faith. That is the Bible. Why believe something else? Why do people say it’s according to the will of God? You do know that we’re in the minority believing this. Why do millions emphasize and say that healing is according to the will of God? Why didn’t the Lord say that, at least in a couple of these cases, or in even one? It’s not in the Bible, so it’s unscriptural. I know it’s popular and widespread, but nonetheless, it is unscriptural. The Bible says, “According to your faith.” “As you believed.” “Your faith made you whole.” “Go in peace. Be healed. Your faith did it.” Jesus is talking. He said, “Your faith did it.” “Are you saying that my faith can make me whole?” Absolutely not. I’m not saying it. Jesus said it. Friend, this is good news. What if the doctors have run every test and exhausted every drug, and they say, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing we can do”? Can you still be healed? Yes. Your faith can make you whole, and it’s easier than you think. Some say, “Oh, I know, but that faith... If I had enough faith…but it’s hard to get in faith...” It is so easy. The devil wants you to think it’s hard, but the Word of God is going to come, and you’re going to hear it, and faith to be healed will come. Do I think so? No, I know so. I know it from the Word. I’ve seen it from experience year after year. I’ve seen some of the most terrible diseases. I’ve seen people at death’s door, looking like just skin and bones, and they can’t talk or get up. You can’t say, “You don’t know how bad it is.” I’ve probably seen worse. That’s all I did year after year, day and night. I’ve seen it. I’ve seen people come back from death’s door. I’ve seen them blossom like flowers in the sunshine, beginning to open up when the Word of God came on them and rained on them. I’ve seen them get stronger and stronger. I’ve seen them go back to their jobs. I’ve seen them go back home. I’ve seen them gain their weight back and live several more years. It’s not hearsay. I’ve seen it again and again. I’m talking about people who were yellow with jaundice, or who had a giant tumor protruding from their stomach or had purplish masses showing through the back of their skin. I’ve seen people on breathing machines that haven’t been able to eat solid food in months. I’m thinking of a man right now who had a feeding tube. He got so much faith in him that he pulled that tube out, went to a Mexican restaurant, and ate two Mexican dinners—and the food stayed down. After several months, a person would get hungry, you know? He was given up to die, with no hope from the natural. What if he would have just sat passively by and said, “It’s up to God. Whatever He wants...” Well, he’d be gone. It makes a difference what church you go to. It makes a difference what you believe and who you hang around. It’s life and death. I am so glad that God let us find out, that He revealed to us in His precious Holy Word, that no matter who, and no matter where, and no matter how far gone, and how bad and hopeless, we can look up and say, “Lord, I know You can do it. If You would.” We have heard from heaven. It is written in the Holy Word that heaven and earth are going to pass away, but His Word will never pass away. It cannot change or fail. We have heard from God, from heaven, and the answer is, “Of course I will. Be healed.” Say this out loud: I’ve heard from heaven. I have got my answer. It’s not what men think. It’s in the Holy Word. He told me it is His will. Now I’m going to begin giving you reason after reason, 30 reasons, why we are sure it’s God’s will for you to be healed right now—not theories, not opinions, not what someone said or thought, but from Scripture. I’m going to go over this until it’s built into your spirit, until there’s no more room for doubt and fear or sickness. The Word of God has a pounding effect on your spirit. He sent His Word and healed them, the Bible says, and delivered them from their death and destruction. It comes into you, and you see it, and then more comes. You don’t get established in God in life just by hearing half of a verse one time. It comes by hearing and hearing. Let every Word be established in the mouth of two or three witnesses. How about 30 reasons why it is God’s will to heal? You might say, “Is that all there are, just 30?” No, that’s not all there are, but I don’t know that this should take the next 10 years, or that it’s supposed to. This is going to take a little doing—some time—looking at reason after reason. Acts 17 talks about what Paul did in synagogue after synagogue (the equivalent of a church in his day), and in place after place where people got together, to Jews and then believing Jews and Gentile Christians. In Acts 17:1-2, it says, “Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was,” meaning he did this all the time, it was his normal mode of operation, “went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures.” Now, it’s so important that the last phrase is there. “He reasoned with them…” but don’t stop there. He reasoned out of the Scriptures. It’s not a matter of what I think or you think, of my opinion or your opinion. No, that doesn’t cut it. He reasoned with them out of the Scriptures. If you say, “I’ve always been taught that sometimes it’s not God’s will,” well, I love you, and I’m not combative about it, but show me a few verses. Just stay with it. Then if someone tells you they don’t believe it, don’t be combative, and don’t try to push it off on them. Tell them, “Just listen to this, and if you still don’t believe it, that’s your choice. If you can, find a verse in Scripture that contradicts all of this.” But I am confident you will have a tough time disputing all this reasoning. He reasoned with them out of the Scriptures. He gave them reason after reason, until people who were steeped in tradition that was contrary to the Word of God heard him Sabbath after Sabbath, and with so much revelation and so much Scripture, that they thought, “That’s right. I know we haven’t believed that all of our lives, but that is right.” Well, there are many reasons in the Word for us to believe that it’s God’s will for us to be healed, and I’m going to go through them.