In our first teaching on The Missionary and Their Health, we talked about the amazing value of feeding on and confessing divine healing every day. It gives us a good foundation in the important truth that Christ has forever purchased our physical healing for us (1 Peter 2:24). Today I want to talk about another way to take advantage of God’s Word as medicine for our body.
GOD’S WORD IS REAL MEDICINE FOR OUR BODIES
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health [medicine] to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
– Proverbs 4:20-23
The Hebrew word for “health” in Proverbs 4:22 can also be translated as medicine. Reading, studying, and meditating God’s Word, brings life to us! Reading and meditating the Word of God, especially on the subject of physical healing, is taking real (spiritual) medicine that will alleviate symptoms and cure our bodies! Few have even scratched the surface of the power of God’s Word and the level of divine health that we are able to experience in this world through the Word of God.
Here is one way to take advantage of God’s medicine that has greatly blessed me. (And, yes, I learned it from Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin. He walked in divine health for almost 7 decades. We can learn much from someone with that testimony.) If you are dealing with symptoms and need to believe God for healing, take time to read the scriptures on healing to build up your faith before you pray for healing. Bro. Hagin said that, if he or his kids needed healing, he would read healing scriptures to build up his faith before he would pray. Even if he was busy with other things, he read healing scriptures for a half hour and then worked for an hour. He would continue in the healing scriptures 1/2 hour on, 1 hour off, perhaps for more than a day. This went on until his faith was so built up that he knew that he knew that healing was his, and he could not be denied (by the devil).
I have done research and marked over 170 scriptures on healing in two of my Bibles. If I start to have symptoms in my body, I just take God’s medicine. I go to these scriptures and read them. Often after just a half an hour, I feel great! Sometimes, I don’t even pray, I just receive my healing through accepting God’s Word as true and go on my way, happy as can be.
HEALED BY TAKING GOD’S MEDICINE!
Let me give you a couple of specific testimonies. About three years ago, I was on a mission trip and started to get some nasty, flu-like symptoms. I began to think about all of the work and travel that I needed to do before returning home the following week. I was far from any natural help that I knew of, up in the mountains of Switzerland. I got concerned. What was I going to do? (This was when I was first starting to practice what I am teaching today.) Then I remembered about spending time in the healing scriptures 1/2 hour on, 1 hour off, to build my faith for healing. I sat down for 30 minutes with my Bible, and by the end of that time, all of those symptoms were completely gone. I never prayed, and I never had another symptom that whole trip. In fact, I haven’t had the flu since, Praise God!
Last year I was on a two week mission trip to Italy and Switzerland. On these trips we take planes, trains, buses, ferries, subways, taxis, etc. But along with all of those, we also walk miles (often 8 or more) each day. And between hotels, we carry backpacks and drag small suitcases. Well, towards the end of the trip, my hips started to hurt (something I had never experienced before to that degree). It was quite painful and pretty continuous. Again, I thought about all of the miles I still had to walk before getting home. It wasn’t good. But then I remembered, I had the Bible with me! I was going to be okay! The next day I had a several hour train ride, and I was going to take time in my healing scriptures. You already know what happened. I read, 1/2hour on, 1 hour off, and after an hour or two in the Word, my hips stopped hurting. And they have never hurt like that again. God is good! His Word is True! Romans 11:33-36!
Let me give you a piece of advice as I close. When you practice this, don’t do it like a job that you need to get done. Don’t do it out of fear of some symptom that you may be experiencing. Read the healing scriptures in peace and joy and rest. Enjoy fellowship with your loving Father. Don’t try to make the word work. Let it work. When you eat natural food, you don’t try to get it to give you energy and nourishment. It does that because that is its nature. The Word gives faith to your spirit and health to your body because of what it is. Just read it. Let it gently fill your consciousness. It will drive out the darkness in your life because it is light and life. It is health and medicine to ALL your flesh. Enjoy God’s Word! Enjoy supernatural health!