By Kenneth E. Hagin
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
This passage in Romans deals specifically with salvation. But we receive salvation from God in the same way we receive other provisions from God. Every other provision was included in that salvation. Through His death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus made salvation, preservation, healing, provision, wholeness, and every good thing to us. Jesus did the work. How do we receive those provisions? With our heart we believe it, with our mouth we confess it, and then we receive it.
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ASK in prayer, BELIEVING, ye shall RECEIVE.
Notice verse 22 says: “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” How many things? All things. “All things” includes healing! Also, this passage in Matthew bears witness with our passage in Romans 10—believe, ask (or say), and receive.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, ALL things are possible to him that believeth.
This verse also says all things. Again, “all things” includes healing. Some people fail to receive all things from God because of what they interpret “all things” to mean. Jesus didn’t say, “All things are possible except one.” Or, “All things except a few.” But whatever people believe is what they receive.
It’s important for us to keep exercising our faith and to believe what the Bible says. As we believe the Word, our faith grows, and we can believe God for greater results. The more we believe, the more we will receive because faith brings results!
Let’s look at one more passage—my favorite.
23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
This passage also confirms Romans 10:8–10: When we believe in our heart and say (or pray) what we believe with our heart, we shall have whatsoever we say (or pray).
Let’s discuss how to receive from God, especially in the area of healing. We’ve seen from Scripture that we must “believe in our heart” and “say with our mouth” what we believe with our heart. But there is something else I want to point out from this passage in Mark chapter 11, because this is where a lot of folks miss it. Notice that Mark 11:24 says: “What things soever ye desire, WHEN ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
A lot of people will tell you they are believing and confessing, but they miss it in the area of when. This verse says to believe you receive when you pray. Some things may take time to be manifested in the physical realm, but they are already a spiritual fact. Anything God has provided for you is a free gift you can receive right now. You don’t have to wait.
When it comes to salvation or the baptism in the Holy Ghost, you don’t have to wait. You can have them right now. You can be saved right now and speak with tongues right now, because these are free gifts! Because healing is also a free gift from God, you can receive healing right now.
Some people receive gradual healings. Usually, that is because their faith takes hold gradually. But our goal should be to grow our faith so that it takes hold now. When we believe and receive, we shall have!
Suppose today was your birthday, and I told you I had bought you a watch and then held it out to you as a gift. And suppose you replied, “I believe you got me a watch. You said you did. I believe you did. I’m just waiting for it to come into manifestation. I believe it will sometime.” Well, you missed it entirely. The watch is yours. I’ve tried to give it to you. You just have to act on your faith that the watch belongs to you and then reach out and receive it.
God has already provided healing for you. In the mind of God, you’re already healed. God remembers when He laid our sickness and disease on Jesus, and in the mind of God, that was the moment we were healed. Remember First Peter 2:24 says, “By whose stripes you were healed.” It’s past tense, a done deal.
I like to say it this way: Whether it’s a headache, toothache, toe-ache, cancer, paralysis, or the worst thing you can think of, in the spirit realm your healing is already packaged with your name on it.
Some may ask, “Why don’t I have it?” It’s just waiting for you to come and claim it. When do you claim it? After you pray? A week later? Next month? When the symptoms are gone? No! The Bible says to believe you receive when you pray. Right then, when you pray, is present tense. And you shall have it!
It may not be manifested on the outside yet, but we know it’s ours because we received it in our spirit. Many times I’ve known on the inside I had received a certain thing that hadn’t shown up yet. But I kept my faith in God’s Word, and it wasn’t long before it showed up. Some things may take time, but when you believe you receive when you pray, and you’re willing to stand your ground, believing you received, you won’t wait long!
The Bible says, “When you pray, believe that you receive, and you shall have.” If I’m not having, I know I must be missing it somewhere. I know God’s Word isn’t wrong.
For one thing, we can’t believe, or have faith, beyond actual knowledge. Faith—scriptural believing—begins where the will of God is known.
I’ve had many people ask me to pray that they will have more faith. It’s not really faith they need so much as it is knowledge of God’s Word. And faith doesn’t come through prayer, anyway. It comes from hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10: 17). Instead of praying for faith, we need to read the Word and pray as Paul did—that the eyes of our understanding will be opened (Eph. 1:16–17).
Mark 11:24 says, “Believe you receive when you pray, and you shall have it.” Our part is to believe that we receive healing for our body when we pray. God’s part is to see to it that we have it. We don’t want to mess with the “have it” part. That’s not our part. God will take care of that! Our part is to believe we receive. When? Right when we pray.
We receive healing on the inside first, in the inward man, and then it shows up on the outside. Whatever we receive from God we receive with our spirit, our inward man. Even before we see it on the outside, we believe, or know on the inside, that we have it. And just as sure as you believe and know it, it will show up. God will see to it! Faith comes from hearing God’s Word. We “believe it in our heart” and “confess it with our mouth”—believing we receive when we pray—and faith brings results!