Joseph Prince - Freely Receive Your Healing
Praise God. Let's all shout, "Grace, grace". Shout again, "Grace, grace". Amen. This is what prophet Zechariah told Zerubbabel the governor of Judah when the remnant came back from captivity. They had to rebuild the temple of God, and the enemies came and discouraged them. The Bible tells us many years passed, and the temple was still not built. Zechariah said, "This is the word of the Lord", to Zerubbabel the governor. "Shout grace, grace to your mountain and your mountain will become a plain". Amen? So whatever the mountain is, mountain of affliction, mountain of sickness or disease, shout grace, grace to it and it will become a plain.
Once again, shout grace, grace to your problem. Do you have a challenge today? Is there something that has beset you and caused you concern, even fear? Whatever it is, the Bible says not by might, not by power, all the intellect of man and all the smarts of man cannot remove that problem, but it can be removed only by God's grace if you will shout grace, grace to it. Are you ready? All right, lift up one hand. This hand is an expression of that problem that you have right now, whether it's a sickness, a disease, whether it is lack in some area. Maybe it is a credit card debt. Well, you're about to shout grace, grace to it. Are you ready? Now look at that problem, lift it up before the Lord. Say, "Lord Jesus, not by might, not by power, but by your spirit. Grace, grace. Grace, grace. Grace, grace into this situation. In Jesus' name, amen and amen".
And now what you do is you take a step back and don't worry about it anymore. You have shout grace, grace to it, all right, now the grace of God is taking over and he'll take care of it, okay? So you enjoy the rest of the service by not allowing your thoughts to go to all these worries and cares, amen, because if you take back the worries and cares, you are saying that you still have to handle it. God did not do a good job, okay? And actually unbelief is a high regard for yourself. Faith is a high regard for God. Amen? So demonstrate to God your faith by not being worried about it. Amen? Praise God.
Last week the Lord showed us the importance of the Bible, amen, the holy scriptures, this sacred volume. Just before the Bible tells us that all scripture is God breathed, the verses before that, Paul was talking to Timothy his son in the Lord, young Timothy was probably between 30s and 40s, scholars tell us. And he told Timothy all scripture is God breathed. But before that he says, "Timothy, do you remember that from a child, you have known the holy scriptures which are able to make you wise unto salvation"? Salvation is not just saved from hell to go to heaven, wonderful as that is. Salvation is health, wholeness, healing, preservation, provision. That is a mouthful. Salvation is Jesus walking by the shores of Galilee, opening the eyes of the blind, setting those who are demon possessed free, bringing life where death has come in, loving children into wholeness. Amen? That is salvation.
When people are hungry, he multiplied loaves and fishes. That is salvation. And if you want to know the word "Salvation" and study the word "Sozo", get a good Greek lexicon and study the word "Salvation". It is not just saved from hell to go to heaven. So Paul told Timothy, "Timothy, from a child", and the word child brephos in Greek is a very unique word. Brephos is not nepios, the usual word for a child. Brephos is actually fetus or baby. When I read that I used to wonder, how in the world can a baby understand the scriptures? And that's a word that Paul used and Paul told Timothy, "From a baby you know the holy scriptures which are able to make you wise". So that tells me parents just need to sing God's word over their babies. Parents just need to quote Psalms 23 to your baby, and you will never know that the spirit of a baby will receive all this and in due course when harvest time, it will manifest. Amen?
And I shared a testimony of a man who was diagnosed with tumor of the jaw. He just kept reading the Bible. He never read the Bible with the intention of getting healed. He didn't even know he'll get healed. He just read the Bible because he felt an urge to read the Bible. He has not been reading his Bible. All right, he has not been acquainted with the Bible actually. He just had a desire to read it and the more he read it, the more he wants to read it. The more he read it, the more he read it. And then went back to the doctor, he says one time he was reading and he had a strange sense of happiness, strange sense of warmth.
Many of you have experienced that already. You don't even know why. It's not even pertaining towards happy story sometimes, all right, but you have a strange sense of warmth. Well, that's healing. He went back to the doctor and they can't find his condition anymore. Amen. There is a benefit. Jonathan Edwards says, "I found that when I'm in the best frame", that means physically. They used this old English for their bodies in his time. "I find that I'm always in the best frame when I've read the scriptures the most".
So friend, especially when you're down with something, all right, take that time. If the doctor gives you a, you know, M-C or whatever, don't run around the mall catching up on your shopping. Amen? Go somewhere. I mean at home when you go out, just go in your car and make it a sanctuary. Open up the Bible and start reading, start reading the story of how the father laid his son on the altar with a broken heart trusting that God is able from his ashes to raise the boy back. Read the drama of the story of how David killed Goliath. Read the drama of the story of how a man loved a woman and served 7 years for her and they were like a few days, the Bible says. Then go to the New Testament and the read the Gospels, Jesus in action. Hallelujah.
Read the New Testament and meditate on it. It tells you, "Husbands, love your wives. Wives, submit to your husbands". If husbands do their part in loving, submission is no problem on the woman's part. They are made to submit. Amen. Husbands love your wives, how? As Christ loves the church. That means what? Like this on the cross, self-sacrificial. Amen. Proverbs 4, verse 20 to 22 says, "My son, attend to my words. Incline your ear, the ear gate, unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes, the eye gate, all right? Keep them in the midst of your heart". So everyone say, "Ear, eyes, heart". So listen to God's word, see God's word. And the way you do that is imagine yourself like the tree planted by the waters prospering in everything that you do.
You know, the Bible is actually faith pictures. When the Bible says, "Look at this woman, blessed is this woman". Charm is deceitful, beauty is empty, but this woman, her husband praises her. Her children rise up and call her blessed. See yourself as that mother, as that wife. Amen? The virtuous woman who can find? It's all faith pictures. The Bible is all faith pictures. Amen? See yourself in that picture. So let it not depart from your eyes and then keep then in the midst of your heart. What's gonna happen? If the eye gate, ear gate and the heart is on God's word, the next verse says they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh. That means there's no part of your flesh that the Word of God will not touch with his healing and life-giving properties.
Jesus says, "Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". Just come to him as you are. I don't care whether you are diseased, all right, in a part of your body. I don't care if you are depressed in your mind or whether you have a chronic habit you can't seem to break. Come to him as you are. One thing about our Lord Jesus is that you don't have to pretend in his presence. You just come as... You know why? He loves you. It cannot be explained. The source of the love does not lie in the lovableness of the one loved. The source of it lies with the one doing the loving. He just loves us. And the best thing you can do to bring joy to his heart is to come to him every day, all right, practice his presence with you and just allow him to love you. Allow him to love you.
Our God is a God who is so strong, so mighty, so loving, so powerful and so rich that he has so many blessings that I think sometimes it pains God because love can be hurt. Love can be pained. Love can be grief. Amen? When you open your heart, you know, with open arms, you can be hurt. But that's what Jesus did at the cross. He rather be hurt in loving than never to love and not be hurt. I should say you will still be hurt and that hurt will be worse. So the thing is that, church, you know when you love, allow God to love you, let God bless you as well. Let God love you. Amen?
God wants so much to bless his people that sometimes he looks around and people are so busy fending for themselves, providing for themselves, defending themselves, looking out for themselves, occupied with themselves, that God is looking for someone who will look to him for goodness. In a world that believes so much, unless you work really hard, you can't get it, there's no such thing as a free lunch and all that. In this world, all right, that is running around like chickens with their heads decapitated, a rat race that doesn't seem to end, everyone looking around, you know, to out do another, isn't it wonderful to sit back, let the world just pass you and look to Jesus and receive all his goodness and blessings and all of a sudden open your eyes and realize you are out there in the front, waiting for the rest to come, you know, and rested and blessed.
There is a place in God that when the Lord brings you over, it's like a lot of ants are trying to cross the highway, the expressway in Singapore, okay? And there's one of them that allows you to carry him on your little finger across the overhead bridge on the other side. Guess who'll be in a better condition when the rest cross, if the rest make it. Amen. It's like that. When you rest, your part is to rest. Rest doesn't mean no progress. Rest in him means you rest in his strength, his power that brings you to the other side.
The Bible says in the Book of Psalms that God brought the children of Israel out with silver and gold and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. Think about it, about 2-3 million people came out of Egypt, not a single elderly man on a stretcher, not a single grandmother on crutches, every single one healthy and strong, not one feeble. What happened the night before? What cured their bodies and made them strong? The Bible tells us that partook of the Lord's supper, the Passover. What they did was a picture, what they did was a type, a shadow. They partook of the lamb. The blood was put on the doorpost making the cross and inside the house, they fed on the lamb. The very next morning, not a single one of them sick.
I say to you in Jesus' name, when you partake of Lord's supper today, tomorrow morning you're going back to work strong, healthy, young, ready. Jesus says, "This is my body broken for you. Take, eat". Why do you think Jesus gave us this institution? Because he knew that in this world there'll be all kinds of sickness around us. I don't care what kind of new virus the devil brings, the answer is in his broken body. Jesus said in John 6, "The life that I give", and that word life there is zoe. It's not eternal life. Eternal life is ionos zoe. This is just zoe. Jesus says, "The zoe, the life that I will give to this world is my flesh, my body". So the more you partake, the more life flows in your body. The more you partake, the stronger you become. The more you partake, the younger you will be. Amen.
I'm telling you this, church, God chooses the weak things to confound the mighty. God uses a piece of bread to put to naught that tumor in your body, hallelujah. This is the greatest radiation there is. This is the greatest antibiotic you can ever take, the broken body of Jesus. Are you ready? Lift it up to the Lord. "Hallelujah, Lord, thank you, Jesus". Say, "Thank you, Lord Jesus, surely in your body you have borne away all my diseases, all my sicknesses, all my pains, all my aging and by your stripe, I am healed". And just tell the Lord what you are healed of. Whatever you are believing him for say, "By your stripe, I am healed of this". Now say, "Lord Jesus, by your stripe, my youth is renewed like the eagles. By your stripe, through your grace, I will live to be 120. My eye is not dim. My natural force not abated, fully strong, completely healthy. Thank you, Lord Jesus".
Now partake. Jesus said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood shed for the remission of sins". New covenant. Say, "New covenant". The old covenant is based on "You shall not, you shall not, you shall not". The new covenant is all God. God says, "I will, I will, I will". In the new covenant God says, "Your sins and your lawless deeds I remember no more". Because of that God says, "I'll be to you a God and you will be to me a people".
As we lift up this cup before the Lord, we put the Lord in remembrance that he is to us a God. If we are sick and God says, "I am to you a God", you are no longer sick because God is a healing God and God says, "I'll be to you a God and you shall be to me a people". If God is a healing God, then we are to him a super healthy people. Amen? If God is a protecting God, then we are to him a protected people, completely protected. Are you ready? Say, "Lord Jesus, thank you for your shed blood. Through your blood, the devil is overcome, defeated in my life. Thank you, Lord Jesus, all my sins, past, present, and future, put away by your precious blood. Thank you. In Jesus' name, amen". Amen.