The Lord has great things in store for us in 2020. 2 Chronicles 20:20 says, “Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” This month, we have been looking at how God restores all things. Restoration begins with a relationship with Him, and everything else we receive comes from our position as sons and daughters, children of God through Christ Jesus and His finished work on the cross.
We are established in the righteousness of Christ once we have received Him as our Savior (2 Corinthians 5:21). It is knowing and believing this that will determine how we respond to the voice of accusation from the enemy. Being established in the righteousness of Christ, and depending on God’s unmerited favor, results in a life of success, peace, and practical holiness.
In righteousness, you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Isaiah 54:14 (NKJV)
When we become born again, our spirit man is made new (2 Corinthians 5:17), and the Spirit of God dwells within us. But we still need to have our bodies and souls renewed and restored (Romans 12:2; Psalm 23:3). Created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26), humankind is a triune being. We are a spirit, possess a soul, and live in a body, as we see from 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Our spirit must be born again as Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:5 – 7.
Not only is there the remission or cancellation of sin, but Jesus also provided healing for our physical bodies and souls. Salvation and healing come from the same work of redemption, i.e., what Christ did on the cross. Jesus means “Savior, Salvation.” When we receive Jesus as Savior, we get Him and everything He is and came to provide for us. He is Salvation (Acts 4:13; Isaiah 12:2).
The word salvation comes from the Greek word transliterated Soteria (See Strong’s Concordance 4991), which means deliverance, preservation, and safety as well as salvation. The Greek root is Sozo: which means to deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, be whole and make whole (see Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Greek dictionary 4982). Sozo means salvation, i.e., everything Jesus accomplished on the cross: rescue, safety, preservation, freedom, liberty, peace, righteousness, victory, deliverance, forgiveness, protection, health, prosperity. We are pardoned, re-created, healed, restored, and made strong, whole, and sound: mentally, physically, materially, and spiritually. We have the full benefits package! (Psalm 103:1 – 5).
As we meditate on the Word and follow Him (Psalm 23:3; Romans 12:2), our soul (mind, will, emotions and imagination) is renewed and restored as our body and soul receives physical healing (1 Peter 2:24; 3 John 2).
We see in Jeremiah 30:17 that God declares that He will restore our health and heal our wounds. The Hebrew word used here for wounds refers to chronic wounds. This verse meant a lot to me when I got a revelation of it because I needed healing of sicknesses and diseases that had become chronic, lasting for years.
When I realized that sickness, disease, hurt, and wounds are not part of the abundant life that Jesus came to give me (John 10:10), I started searching the Word of God to see what Jesus had died to provide for me so that I could walk in abundant life. I discovered Him as my healer and deliverer, restoring both my body and soul. A spirit of infirmity was at work in my life, as evidenced by increasing sickness and diseases that were debilitating and increasing in severity. When I asked the Lord, how I had let this happen, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I had opened the door to the enemy through pride.
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18 (NKJV)￼
I was being destroyed by pride through illness which not only affected me physically, but emotionally, spiritually, financially, and relationally.
Pride brings deception and causes spiritual blindness. I didn’t realize that the root of pride is insecurity and rejection. I was using pride to cover up how I felt about myself but didn’t know it until the Holy Spirit revealed this to me later on in the process of walking out my healing and deliverance.
Deliverance is a clearing out process and may happen over time. Removal of any unclean spirits and garbage in our lives is necessary before building and restoration can take place. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to see anything that needs to be removed or cleaned up. Wounds of the soul can be related to being hurt, rejected or traumatized, broken heartedness, going through a divorce, or someone close to you has died. Are you bitter, angry, or depressed? Have you been involved with the occult or witchcraft?
The Spirit of God can restore our lives. The Holy Spirit is our comforter, helper, guide, counselor, strengthener, standby, and intercessor (John 14:26 AMP). We all need healing and restoration, and that is what deliverance is all about! Jesus came to bring healing and deliver us from the oppression of the enemy (Acts 10:38).
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” And He began to say to them, “Today, this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” Luke 4:18-19, 21 (NKJV)
Healing is part of God’s redemptive plan. The finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross brings healing to the whole man because Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law, which is sin and death (Galatians 3:13-14; Romans 8:2).
Surely, He has borne our griefs (diseases) and carried our sorrows (pains); yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 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. Isaiah 53:4, 5 (NKJV)
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, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.” Matthew 8:16, 17 (NKJV)
Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness – by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
Healing is God’s will for you, not just in times past, or for others, but for today and for you. Believing in healing isn’t enough. We must believe it is God’s will to heal us (Matthew 8:1-3; 5-7). Also, not just that He can, but He will! Jesus came to reveal the Father (John 5:19), and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). God doesn’t lie or change (Malachi 3:6; Acts 10:34).
Whether you need healing in your body, mind, emotions, or relationships, catch a fresh revelation of the Father’s Heart to heal you and to restore you today as you read the following verses:
Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name! Bless the LORD O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalm 103:1- 5 (NKJV)
Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm 107:19, 20 (NKJV)
We receive our healing by grace through faith in God (Ephesians 2:8, 9), just as we receive everything He wants to give us. God’s grace is what He wants to do and will do for us. It is His unmerited, unearned favor or blessing and His empowerment or ability to carry it out in and through us. Grace is the supernatural power of God, enabling us to do things we couldn’t otherwise do ourselves. We don’t deserve it, but we receive it based on what God has said in His Word and what Jesus has done to provide healing for us (1 Peter 2:24).
God’s grace has provided everything, so we don’t need to beg God for our healing. We come expecting to receive by faith, which will appropriate what He has provided by His grace (Romans 4:16). Our faith is in Jesus and not how much faith we have or don’t have, nor is it based on what we do or don’t do. It is not having faith in our faith but in who He is and what He has provided. We don’t look to ourselves to see if we have enough faith but look to Jesus, who is the author and finisher/completer of our faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Get into the Word by reading it, meditating on it, and hearing teachings on healing and deliverance to build up your faith (Romans 10:17). Ask the Holy Spirit to bring revelation to the Word you are reading, to show you how to apply it to your life and make it your own. Declare and decree it over your life. Then act on what the Holy Spirit tells you to do. Faith works when we receive the truth of God’s Word, believe it, speak it, and act on it.
The Bible shows us there are different ways to receive healing, i.e., by believing the Word of God through our faith, laying on of hands, anointing with oil, prayer of faith, prayer of agreement, prayer cloths, through the supernatural manifestation of the healing power of God through the gifts of healing and the gift of working of miracles, by the anointing, faith in the name of Jesus, and taking Holy Communion (Mark 6:13; 11:23-25; 16:17-18; James 5:14-16; Luke 5:17; 8:43-45; 10:19; Acts 3:16; 10:38; 19:11; 1 Corinthians 12:9-10; 11:23-30; Matthew 18:19-20).
Ask the Holy Spirit what would be the best way for you to receive your healing based on your present level of faith as you build your faith in the Word of God. He knows you better than you know yourself. Trust Him and follow His leading!
There can be hinderances to receiving healing, i.e., doubt, taking offense, and having unforgiveness in your heart, wounds of the soul, and spiritual oppression (demonic influence). If the Holy Spirit reveals any of these at work in your life, they will need removal before total healing and restoration can occur.
There are key steps to deliverance which are 1) repentance, 2) renouncing the lies of Satan/ the enemy (bondage always begins with a lie), 3) prayers for deliverance, 4) filling of the Holy Spirit, and 5) Biblical meditation to renew your mind. Both deliverance and discipleship are needed because freedom is a journey that starts with deliverance.
Some practical keys to living the abundant life are to walk in humility receiving God’s grace, read and meditate on the Word, prayer, worship, fellowship with the Holy Spirit, and others, and to walk in love and by faith.
We must also steward our healing and freedom and defend what has been restored by allowing the Word of God to work in our lives. The enemy always tries to come back to try to steal our healing or freedom, and we must guard against it. The Word of God will keep and preserve us. The Word of God will transform us from the inside out so that we can maintain our restoration. It’s important to stay in the presence of the Lord and celebrate with praise and worship!
Last year I wrote a blog series on healing and deliverance. Check these out on my website for a more detailed review of the Word with practical steps for applying it to your life (https://alexiscarucci.com).
We are living an abundant life when we are healed and restored. The Lord restores our authority and fruitfulness as well. Being filled with the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a restored, victorious, and abundant life!
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2 (NKJV)