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The Open Door of Healing

TimelessTeaching

// Kenneth E. Hagin

TimeLess Teachings

Jesus has opened many doors of blessing for His people. He not only opened the door of salvation, He also opened the door of healing. Jesus opened this door, and no man can shut it.

Isaiah prophesied that the coming Messiah would bear the sicknesses and diseases of us all. When he spoke, he was looking into the future.

 

ISAIAH 53:4–5
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs [sicknesses], and carried our sorrows [diseases]: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Isaiah was prophesying about Jesus offering Himself as a sacrifice for our sins and bearing our sicknesses and diseases.
When Peter wrote of the covenant of healing, he was looking back in time to Jesus' sacrifice at Calvary and to the stripes that were laid on His back.

1 PETER 2:24
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Notice this verse doesn't say we are going to be healed—future tense. It says we were healed—past tense. That means in the mind of God we were healed at the Cross of Calvary when our sins and sicknesses were laid on Jesus.

The door of healing and health is wide open. Jesus opened it, but it's up to you to go through it! Someone asked, "How do you pass through the door of healing?" You go through it by faith in what God said in His Word!

How did Jesus open the door of healing for mankind? By sacrificing Himself! Matthew 8:17 says, "Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." That open door of healing is waiting for us to go through it. Healing belongs to us now!

We passed through the door of salvation by accepting Jesus as Savior. We pass through the door of healing the same way, by accepting Jesus as Healer. We accept Jesus as Savior and Healer by faith in what God said in His Word.

Physical healing is part and parcel of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

God Provided Forgiveness and Healing
The psalmist said that God provided both forgiveness and healing. Both of these doors are open to us.

PSALM 103:2–3
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases.

God not only forgives all our sins, but He also heals all our diseases. If we need healing, we can appropriate what Jesus has already provided for us. What is even better is to walk in sweet fellowship with Jesus so we can walk in healing and health.

Enter the Door for Yourself
You must enter the door of healing for yourself. Others can inspire your faith so you go through that door. But no one can enter it for you. This is especially true concerning healing, but it also applies to any other door of provision Jesus opens for you.

Once a young lady was injured in an automobile accident and broke her neck and back in two places. The doctor said she would never walk again. After two years in the hospital and extensive physical therapy, she could finally swing her body along between crutches for 10 or 12 feet at a time.

At age 28, she came to one of my meetings. She eventually asked me, "Who's going to have faith for my healing—me or you?"
"Both of us," I said. "I have to have faith to lay hands on you for your healing. And you have to have faith to receive your healing."

"Well," she said, "if I'm supposed to believe anything, just forget it." She never came back to any more of those meetings.

Two years later, I was holding a series of meetings in the same church. That young woman came day and night, listening. On Friday night of the second week, she came forward and stood in the healing line. She said, "I've come for healing. Just lay your hands on me."

What a vast difference! Before, she was trying to get me to carry her on my faith. Now she was ready to enter the door of healing herself!

I reached my hand out and barely brushed her forehead. She raised both hands and began to praise God for her healing. Both of her crutches fell away, and she walked off totally healed!

Whatever God has provided for you—salvation, healing, provision, and so forth—you have to enter through the door.

We can help one another. For example, another believer can come into agreement with you in prayer for your healing. Others can join their faith with yours. They can help to inspire your faith. But they can't go through the door for you. Neither can Jesus Himself. He said, "Behold, I have set before thee an open door" (Rev. 3:8).

Jesus was saying, "I've done My part. I've already paid the price, and I've opened the door for you. Now it's up to you to go through it." In the same verse He added, "No man can shut that door on you."

So by faith and obedience, walk through each door and receive what God has so bountifully provided for you. Let your life be a testimony to the riches of God's inheritance in Christ.

 

 

Romans 4:20 (NIV) says that Abraham “did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God.” Many years ago my father, Kenneth E. Hagin, wrote in the flyleaf of his Bible, “God said it; I believe it; and that settles it.” Abraham had this same attitude, and we need to grab hold of it too. No matter how bad our situation looks, our victory is found in God’s promises and in never letting go of what our Heavenly Father has said.
Don’t Be Double-Minded
Often today believers affirm their faith publicly, but when they are by themselves, they begin to question God. They wonder if He can really help them. The moment they start doubting, they begin wavering in their faith.
The Bible is very clear about the danger of wavering.
James 1:6–7 (NIV)
6 When you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
Faith does not look at circumstances, and it doesn’t regard feelings. It stays completely focused on God’s Word. Unfortunately, some people allow their situations and feelings to “speak” louder than Scripture.
Some people lose their healing because they stop looking at the Word and focus on what’s going on in their body. It’s dangerous to do this, because before long they will start talking wrong. They’ll begin to say things like, “I thought I was healed. I guess I lost my healing.”
When we start talking like that, we throw out our healing and open the door for the devil and all of his junk to come back in. If we would just stand strong on the Word, every symptom would leave.
Look to the Word
Anytime the enemy bombards your mind with his lies, you must counter those lies with the Word of God. When lack rears its ugly head, read what God said about prosperity. When sickness impacts your body, meditate on healing scriptures. When fear invades your life, find peace scriptures to read. When impossibilities stare you in the face, the Word holds your answer.
Reading God’s promises keeps us focused on them instead of on the distractions that are sent to prevent us from receiving what God has for us. When facing the impossible, we can’t afford to look at whatever is coming against us.
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