Joseph Prince - Healing Flows When Grace Is Exalted
Today's message is so unique because it is one of those times that God gave me this revelation, all right, of what I'm gonna share with you today. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. It's like I opened up my notebook and even before I can finish writing, bang, bang, bang. He gave me, you know, just revelation after revelation after revelation after revelation and showed me the reasons why I'll be sharing on healing that Jesus provided for us, all right, especially those of you who are believing God for children. But this healing is in every area of your life, all right, physical healing but also emotional healing, mental healing.
Turn to your neighbor, smile and say, "Uh-huh, mental healing". All right, are you ready for the Word? Now, when you touch on healing, let's follow a law of hermeneutics, Bible interpretation. There is a law called the law of first mention in the Bible. When you interpret the Bible on any given subject, all right, whether it's healing, whether it's prayer, whatever the subject may be, all right, look at the time it was first mentioned because there is some significant truth that God wants to reveal, all right? You know when healing was first mentioned? Right here in Genesis 20. "So, Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech", ♪ Abimelech, Abimelech the lion sleeps tonight ♪
That's the guy. "His wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children". Very interesting, the first mention of healing has got to do with family healing. God's priority is for your family to be well, you and your family, not just old Abi, but Abi's wife. Abi's wife and even Abi's maids, his female servants. "Then they bore children; For the Lord had closed up all the wombs of Abimelech's household, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife. In other words, Sarah is not in the right place, therefore these people are sick. Now, first and foremost let's establish, I'm gonna share you from typology, okay? And typology is made kosher by Paul. When I say typology, that means Joseph, for example, the story of Joseph. Do you know it's a picture of Jesus, loved by his father? His brothers were jealous of him, the Jewish people were jealous of him, the Pharisees, all right? Delivered to the Gentiles, Jesus was delivered to the Romans, amen?
Then cut a long story short, he was raised from the dead and all that and became the bread of life to the Gentile world. For 2,000 years, Jesus Christ has been the bread of life to the Gentile world. Amen, church? So, we look at the type of Abraham. Abraham is a type of justification by faith. Romans 4, all right, "What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. What does the Bible say, Scripture say? Abraham believed God, it was accounted to him for righteousness". Next verse, "Now to him who works, the wages, the salary, is not counted as grace but as debt".
God has to pay him based on what God owes him, if he works for it. But God will be beholden to no man. He's a debtor to no man. God wants all men debtors to him, debtors to grace. Next verse, "But to him who does not work," in other words he rests, "but believes on Him". "Well, Pastor Prince, you're always preaching, rest, rest, rest and just believe". There you have it, we're in the right crowd. Verse 5, number of grace. "But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly", anyone can believe in the natural. The flesh is easy to believe that God justifies the Godly. He justifies the Mother Teresas, but it's can you believe? That's not the gospel. The gospel is God justifies the ungodly. You know why? That means what? There must be a basis for him to do this legally and the basis is the cross of Jesus Christ, all right? His faith is accounted for righteousness. Praise God.
So, Abraham is a picture of faith, righteousness, by faith. Now, from now on I'm gonna say faith but in your mind, you must think of what? Righteousness by faith, okay? So Abraham, typified what? Faith. This one is undisputed. You ask anybody if Abraham is a type, what is he a type of? They will say faith, father of faith. He's known as father of faith. What about Sarah, his wife, his lawful wife? Go to Galatians 4, "Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law"? All right, "For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, by Hagar, that is, Ishmael, the other by a freewoman, his lawful wife Sarah, that is Isaac. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh," he was born by human effort, all right, "and he of the freewoman through promise". Isaac was not born by flesh because when he was born, Abram was hundred years old. How to perform?
All right, Sarah was barren when she was young, now she's 90 years old, doubly barren. So, if it's for sure when the baby came, everyone said, "This is God. God gets the glory". And these two women are symbolic. Verse 24, they are symbolic. "For these are the two covenants". Now, these two women become a type. "The one from Mount Sinai, which gives birth to bandage, which is Hagar". Your Ten Commandments is from Mount Sinai and the Bible says it produces bondage, which is Hagar. This woman Hagar is now a mountain. All right, the next verse, "For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children".
The natural Jerusalem in Israel today is in bondage to the law. They believe in keeping the law so much even though they have no eyes to see they have fallen so short of it and God has sent his Son to be their righteousness. They are busy trying to establish their own righteousness. They have fallen under law and they correspond to Hagar. They are believing Hagar when their real mother is Sarah. And it goes on to say, "But the Jerusalem above is free, Sarah, who is the mother of us all". Okay, watch this now, this is powerful. That means what? We all have the same heavenly Father, just like Isaac and Ishmael, they both have same father, Abraham. But Ishmael's mother is Hagar from Mount Sinai, correspond to Mount Sinai. Isaac's mother is grace, Sarah. Okay, let's go to the story. Now, I have established that. Look at Genesis 20. Before we come, don't forget, Genesis 20 is the chapter where Abraham prayed, all right, and it's the first account of healing in the Bible, the law of first mention.
Let's see what we can glean. It tells us a lot of things, why believers today are not healed, why they're not experiencing healing even though Christ provided healing in his atoning work, when will this healing be manifested. It's amazing. Don't forget, Abraham is a picture of faith. Sarah is a picture of? Come on, grace very good. All right, "Abraham journeyed from there to the South, and dwelt between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar. Now Abraham said of Sarah his wife, 'She is my sister.'" Now, this is a deliberate lie. Lying is wrong, adultery is wrong. Wrong is wrong, but the way you overcome this wrong is not focusing on the wrong. Make sure you believe right, you believe right, you will live right, yo, amen?
So, watch this now, he said, "She's my sister". Don't forget, Abraham is faith, Sarah is grace. The problem we have today is that believers, they will say of grace, when believers are preaching on grace like the way I preach grace, they will say, "Yes, amen, grace is my family. We believe grace is part of the Christian family". But they have no intimate relations with grace. A wife is not a sister. All right, who took grace away? A guy called Abi. "Abimelech, king of Gerar sent and took Sarah". He took Sarah. "God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and God said to him, you are dead," okay? "Indeed you're a dead man". Now, the thing is this, who lied? Abraham lied. Who did God scold? Abimelech. No, no, you don't have to be spiritual with me. Don't give me some spiritual answer. Read the Bible and read the Bible as it is, all right?
There is something, when I read it, I said, "God, you rebuked the wrong man". But don't forget, by this time Abraham is a prince with God. He has believed God and he has become righteous, not by his works, by faith. We are not righteous because we do good. We are righteous by faith, okay? Are you with me, people? Come on. So, the thing is this, God came to Abimelech and defended Abraham and Sarah and God says, "You're a dead man". The woman, "Because the woman whom you have taken, she's a man's wife". God did not say sister, God says a man's wife. All right, you will find more than one time God calls Sarah Abraham's wife. In other words, God says, "You are dead," why? You have separated grace from faith. Oh, you didn't hear what I said just now. You are dead because you are separating grace from faith.
The problem today, I repeat, is not separating faith from grace. Abimelech did not take Abraham. Don't laugh. In those days, it's still going on. We think, "Pastor Prince, you know grace people don't talk about faith". No, no, no, you talk about grace, people have faith naturally. But you talk about faith, doesn't mean they have grace. Are you with me? Look at Abimelech's answer after God said this to him. "Abimelech had not come near her", Now, for some reason, he's not able to come near her. Don't ask me to explain. Some things the Bible don't explain so I don't explain. All I know is that he cannot perform. And he said, Abimelech said, "Lord, will you slay a righteous nation also"? So, something happened to him, okay?
So, when God came to him, his voice became even higher 'cause this is God. God just said to you, "You are dead," don't you think your voice become really high? "Did he not say to me," Abimelech said, "Did he not say to me, 'She is my sister'? And she, even she herself said, He is my brother.' In the integrity of my heart and innocence of my hands I have done this.' And God said to him in a dream, 'Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.'" Now, we're talking about types here. Listen, this is powerful. The world cannot defile grace, God will see to it. The world cannot defile grace, but you know what? Grace will purify the world. And we see a perfect example of this after Jesus preached on the Sermon on the Mount, a leper came to Jesus at the foot of the mountain and Jesus went down and he touched the leper. That's how he healed him.
Now, based on the law, if you touch the unclean, the unclean make you unclean but when Jesus touched the leper, under grace, the clean made the unclean clean. So, in other words, grace is so powerful, sin cannot defile grace. The church world says, those who don't understand grace, "Oh, grace, you know, grace always compromises. Grace is, you know", but God has put grace in a place that no man can defile her, but she will purify the man. She will purify the world. Are you listening, people? We're talking about types here and it's all kosher, okay? Let's go on because of time. And, "Now therefore, restore the man's wife". Put grace where she belongs. Put grace back where it belongs. "For he is a prophet", ah, ha, ha, ha, ha! God calls this man who just lied in the same chapter, "He's a prophet".
That's why I'm telling you, God is not playing games. When you are justified by faith, don't be confused. God treats you like a righteous man. Are you listening, people? "But if you do not restore her", oh, he will pray for you. "He is a prophet, he will pray for you and you shall live". By the way, this is the first mention of prophet in the Bible. It's all in the same chapter. What is a prophet? We say a prophet is someone that tells you, "Next year, there'll be an earthquake in this country at 3 p.m. Many will be killed". We think the prophet prophesies doom and gloom. No, a prophet is someone, the Bible says, he prays for you, you are healed. You shall live. He has influence with God. All of us have the prophetic anointing because we're all justified by faith. The problem is when we think we are smart and we try to manipulate, that's when you get into trouble.
So Abimelech, God says, "Don't restore her, don't restore grace back to faith, know you shall surely die, you and all who are yours. So Abimelech rose early in the morning, called all his servants," all right and the Bible says, "he told them all these things; and the men were very much afraid". I would think so, wouldn't you? Let's go on. "And Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, 'What have you done to us? How have I offended you," tienah, "that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done, you know"? Imagine when you read the Bible, okay? All right, because of time, let's drop down all the way, drop down all the way. "Then Abimelech took sheep, oxen, male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham," wow, enriched him. "And he restored Sarah his wife to him". He gave grace back to faith.
Now, what has happened to faith? Faith has been enriched because of grace. Don't forget that. Whenever grace is put back in its right place, you know what happens? You know what happens? Your faith starts to work. Your faith becomes effectual because your faith has been enriched. It's not a battle between faith and grace, grace and faith. The problem is taking grace away from faith. Now, watch this, "And Abimelech said, 'See, my land is before you; dwell where it pleases you". Wow, he got male and female servants, he's got sheep and oxen. Sarah is restored, because of Sarah, but faith got the benefit. Whenever grace is put back in its place, faith is enriched. Now, watch this, "Then to Sarah he said, 'Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver.'" Wow, wow, wow, wow. That's like a thousand shares of Facebook when it first started.
All right, "'A thousand pieces of silver; indeed this vindicates you before all who are with you and before everybody.' Thus she was rebuked". Now, this is not a good translation. She wasn't rebuked. The Hebrew there, let me give you the Amplified. Amplified says like this, "I've given to your brother a thousand pieces of silver; see, it is to compensate you for all that has occurred and to vindicate your honor before all who are with you; before all men you are," this is the Hebrew word here, "cleared and vindicated," not rebuked, "cleared and vindicated". What is God waiting for? I'll bring this to a close. Before healing can flow in the body of Christ, listen, what is God waiting for? God is waiting for grace not to be a topic.
You look at some Bible schools, Bible seminaries, they have homiletics, new nythology, hermeneutics, they have perusia, second coming of Christ, then they have fruit of the Spirit, character of Christ, grace. She has become one of the women, one of the teachings. She's not in her place of honor but the day grace is vindicated and given her rightful place of honor, the way the church honors faith, I'm telling you, that is the day healing with flow because the very next verse, Abraham prayed to God, the very next verse. "And God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children". The church will be fruitful, Hallelujah, amen! "For the Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife". So, the thing is this, Abraham prayed to God, we can learn two things in closing.
Number one, I want to call this the one praying for the sick. How many want to be the one praying for the sick also, all right, you want to see things happen? So, this is for you. I call you the prayerer, okay? Then we look at the prayeree, the one being prayed for, the sick that's being prayed for. Now, number one, what must you qualify? How must you qualify to be the one praying for the sick? This chapter tells us how Abraham qualified, by not qualifying. So, the first thing we learn from this law of first mention of healing about the prayerer, those who are praying for the sick, is this, all right, you are righteous by faith, not by performance. Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm. Another thing, the devil will come to you and say, "You're a hypocrite, how can you pray for the sick when you have symptoms in your own body? Wait until you are healed of that then you pray for the sick".
Now, how many times have we said that to you? Listen, at this time, Abraham did not have Isaac yet. Ah, you didn't hear what I said. Abraham has not yet had Isaac yet. He's praying for another family to be healed of childlessness and he himself is and Sarah childless. Are you listening? Sometimes it seems like grace is so slow, right? But when it comes, man, it's powerful. Number two, the prayeree, the one being prayed for, this is what you need to tell people, and I'm learning to say this to people before I pray for them. You know, when they are sick they come to me and they ask me for prayer, this one thing I ask them, "Before I pray for you, I must ask you this because if you have this in your life, healing cannot flow into you". "What it is, pastor"? "Are you perfect? Please tell me. If you are perfect and fully obedient, healing cannot flow into you. This healing is by grace, it's for imperfect people. So tell me now before I pray for you, all right, don't deceive me. Are you perfect"?
If they say no, get ready, get ready, get ready, get ready, get ready, get ready. Do a bit of the bishop here, Bishop. Now, now that approach will blow your mind. That's the only qualification. So, the one praying must not have it all together. The one being prayed also cannot be perfect and then the cycle of grace will be there, amen? Because let me close with this, the last verse of chapter 20 says, "The Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech". Look at the next chapter, chapter 21, verse 1 and 2, "And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him".
The devil wants you not to pray for the sick because when you pray for the sick, you set in motion your own miracle. He wants you to pray after you are perfect. He wants you to pray after you are completely healed but God says if you will pray even before the answer comes, if you will pray even before you're completely well, if you'll pray for the sick, you will receive your own miracle. And the very next chapter Sarah receives, Abraham and Sarah receive their long-awaited miracle.