AUTHORITY TO HEAL
When God created man and woman, He gave them authority over the earth.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; but the earth He has given to the children of men.
Because Adam and Eve listened and believed what satan said, the authority over the earth became his. When Jesus came in the form of man, that authority over the earth was given to Him by God the Father. He paid the price by dying in our place and was raised from the dead to bring us back to the Father and establish us as the rightful authority over this world.
Isaiah 9:6, 7
6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
Jesus walked this earth as a human being but He was still God. Jesus had all Authority but did not receive the power till He was baptized in the Holy Spirit when He allowed John to baptize Him (Matt 3:13-17). All the power and authority that He demonstrated was given to Him by His Heavenly Father.
Acts 10:38 “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
The power and authority over everything on this earth and the ability to defeat all the works of the enemy was given to His disciples.
Matthew 10:1 And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.
That same power and authority that Jesus and the disciples walked in has been given to us.
2 Peter 1:3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
The same power that raised Jesus from the dead works in us so that the power of God might be magnified to others to bring Glory to God through us.
19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
Because God has given you the power and authority over this earth and victory over the enemy He will not step in and minister in power and authority for you. He waits for you to come into agreement or speak His will into this earth. Then He moves on our behalf. God commands us to go and bring the Kingdom of God to others. When healing manifests in a person’s life, then the Kingdom of God has come upon that person.
Matthew 10:7, 8
7 “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
When we look into the Word to see how Jesus ministered to the sick or those possessed with demons, He did not pray for them but took authority over the spirit and spoke the healing Word. He spoke God’s truth. Now He wants us to speak to the mountains in our lives.
Sometimes the mountain (problem, sickness etc) moves immediately; sometimes at a later time. We don’t know when our healing will come. That is why we must stand upon what God says in His Word no matter what our bodies tell us. When Jesus spoke to the fig tree, the fullness of the Word was seen the next day – 24 hours later.
12 Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. 13 And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His disciples heard it. 15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” 18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching. 19 When evening had come, He went out of the city. 20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.” 22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
Though it was the next day before they saw the fig tree completely dried up, something started to happen immediately when Jesus cursed the fig tree.
18 Now in the morning, as He returned to the city, He was hungry. 19 And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again.” Immediately the fig tree withered away. 20 And when the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither away so soon?” 21 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. 22 “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
God’s promises are in His Word. They are ours. And when we believe those promises and take them into our hearts as our own, then they become our reality.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
Hebrews 6:12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Physical healing of our bodies is God’s will for our lives. So to speak healing over yourself or others is always God’s will. That is why Jesus took the stripes upon His back, for by His stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Matthew 8:16, 17
16 When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.”
Mark 16:17, 18
17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
James 5:14, 15
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Condemnation Separates You From God
When we walk in condemnation, we don’t have confidence (trust or faith) in God. (1 John 3:21) We don’t feel worthy to receive anything from God.
1 John 3:18-24
18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. 24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
This is condemnation: when you are the one trying to be good enough to receive from God. It is you trying to be righteous in your own strength. You cannot be good enough. Christ is your righteousness (your goodness). When you try to be good without Him, it puts you under the law and not under grace.
Romans 3:12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.”
Philippians 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
Don’t allow condemnation to rob you of the promises of God. Step onto the pathway of surrendering your life to God. You are already righteous in Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—
Romans 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Paul said we are not under the law, but under grace. Grace is the ability of God working in your life to do the things you should do.
- Come into God’s truth. You are righteous in Christ. You cannot make yourself righteous. You must die to yourself. God does all this in you.
- Stop trying to be good. Give God the responsibility for your life. If you sin, repent and believe what God’s says:
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Stop looking at what you have done wrong and look at what God has done. Praise Him.
- Love empowers our faith. Love grows in your heart as you walk this path (when you fail and when you move forward). Love keeps you, not the law.
As His love grows in you, you grow in Grace!
To walk into His promises condemnation must go. You must believe in your heart what God’s says. Trust Him.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
If you are sick, take your authority and verbally command your body to line up with the Word of God.
- Curse the disease or sickness at the roots
- Speak life to your body
- Praise God for what He has done
Remember that healing is in the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. And He never breaks covenant.
Psalm 89:34 My covenant I will not break, nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.