1. There are barriers that can get in the way of receiving Christ's healing touch.
SEVEN BARRIERS TO HEALING
A. Sin. Galatians. 6:8, John 5:14, Matthew 12:43-45
Where there is a willingness to embrace sin and leave it unconfronted in oneself, there is also an open invitation for the demonic to come and dwell with us, including every hardship associated with the fall of man. The sinful condition and sickness are inseparable. That's why both are redeemed in the one atoning work of Jesus.
B. A bitter, unforgiving, self-centered heart. Hebrews. 12:15, Acts 8:23
The sin of bitterness builds a wall between us and the Father. If we won't forgive others, God will not forgive us. Where there is no forgiveness, there is no avenue for blessing. Matthew 6:14-15 When we put ourselves and our own interests first, we invite sickness and death. 1 Corinthians 11:17-34 Bitterness is like a snake-like vine that wraps around us and chokes our life away. To defeat it, we have to cut it at the root. The axe that can do that has a two-part name: repentance and forgiveness.
C. Not understanding God's provision for healing. Luke 5:12-13
If we don't know that Jesus wants to bring healing, we'll never ask Him for it. We need to understand God’s will and God's heart, not specific doctrine to receive God's healing. Hosea 4:6
D. The undisciplined life. 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
It is inconsistent to engage in a lifestyle, eating pattern, or any other activity that works against God's healing power while at the same time asking for His healing.
E. Unbelief. Mark 6:1-6
We have to decide if we are going to believe the Word or believe the symptoms and causes that bring infirmity. All things are possible for those who believe. Mark 9:17-29 We can overcome unbelief by pursuing intimacy with the Father. Mark 9:29
F. Doubt. James 1:6-8, John 20:27, Mark 11:22-26
We need to live in a place of confidence in God's power, ability, and will for us. The double-minded person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Instead of languishing in a sea of doubt, we should find ways to embrace our faith and step out on the truth of God's Word. In light of what God's Word says about my condition, what should I do now? 2 Corinthians 5:7
G. A willingness to be sick. Luke 18:41
Many, weary from the battle, settle for illness instead of depending on the Lord for strength to contend in the fight of faith. Matthew 11:28-30, 1 Timothy 6:12 Rather than repent of the above listed barriers, we listen to the accusing voice of the enemy and begin to believe that a particular illness is our lot in life. Weariness is overcome by soaking in the presence of the Lord. John 15:9-11, Nehemiah 8:10, Isaiah 40:29-31
2. There are some false teachings that can get in the way of receiving Christ's healing touch.
A. FALSE TEACHING #1: God has caused this illness so that He can better produce His character in the one who is sick.
God is not the author of sickness. Sickness comes to us because of our specific sin, the general fallen state of the world we live in, or by the direct attack of the enemy. If we were to believe God authors disease, then any kind of healing treatment would be in direct opposition to the will of God. Such thinking is nonsense. Of the few instances in the Old Testament where it seems that God sent sickness, it was always the result of people's sinfulness and easily cured through true repentance. Jesus came to carry our sicknesses and remove our diseases. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Matt. 8:17, Mark 3:24-25 God does allow suffering, but this is not the same as sickness. It always has to do with persecution for the sake of the Gospel. Even then, the Lord promises deliverance and a crown of righteousness. Psalm 34:19, 1 Peter 5:10, 2 Timothy 4:8; Acts 5:41 Here is the correct view: God is not the author of all situations, but He will cause all things to work for good if we love Him and respond to His call on our lives. Romans 8:28
B. FALSE TEACHING #2: The only kind of healing that God brings is instantaneous.
If I am not instantaneously healed, then it must not be His will for me. This kind of statement says more about our lack of faith and personal commitment to the Lord than it does about the Lord’s healing power. The enemy uses this teaching to get us to settle for less than full recovery. The Bible commands us to keep seeking the Lord until the answer manifests. Matthew 7:7-8, Luke 18:1-8, 1 Thess. 5:16-18 It is always God's will to heal. [u]We must trust Him regarding the timing of the release of healing into our lives.[/u]
C. FALSE TEACHING #3: God may be a healer today, but He either can't, won't, or doesn't want to heal [u]me[/u].
Our personal situation is not the one exception to the truths of God's Word. This way of thinking demonstrates that we have not been renewed by the Word of God. We have learned to live according to our feelings and experiences. Romans 12:2 To elevate our problem above God's ability, will or desire is to lower and dishonor the Father. When we carry these kind of thoughts, we have aligned ourselves with the mission of Satan.
3. Repentance and renewal of the mind are the keys to removing the barriers and false teaching that block Christ's healing in and through our lives. 1 John 1:9, James 5:16
4. We should beware the act of condemnation that can come by applying sudden labels on others to explain why they have not experienced healing yet. Romans 8:1
A. Love believes the best. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
B. Love speaks the truth without heaping blame, going on the attack, or arrogantly making assumptions.
C. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us ruthlessly search our own hearts, and allow Him to search the hearts of others without our interference. Psalm 139:23-24