Faith For Healing
Mark 5:25-34 “Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for 12 years, and has suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, if only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well. Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him turned around in the crowd and said, who touched my clothes? His disciples said to Him, You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, who touched me? And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.”
It is generally believed and taught that each person needing healing must have their own faith for their own healing. Anything that says that God can’t or won’t are both wrong.
Question: Does the sick person have to have their own faith to be healed? What does the Bible reveal about this issue?
Matthew 8:5-13. The Roman Centurion’s servant. “Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented. And Jesus said to him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. Only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, go, and he goes; and to another, come, and he comes; and to my servant, do this, and he does it. When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to those who followed, but surely I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There’ll be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then Jesus said to the centurion, go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you. And his servant was healed that same hour.”
Notice from this portion of Scripture:
1. No mention of the servant having faith.
2. Emphasis is on authority. So one aspect of importance about faith is to understand the authority.
3. It is clear the Roman centurion had faith for his servant.
Our position and the Bible’s position are this-Believers and unbelievers may be healed without their own faith as long as someone is exercising authority or dominion into the situation.
Mark 7:24-30. The Syrophonecian woman’s daughter. “From there He arose and went to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And He entered a house and wanted no one to know it, but He could not be hidden. For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, a SyroPhoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter. But Jesus said to her, let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs. And she answered and said to Him, yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs. Then He said to her, for this saying go your way; the demon has got out of your daughter. And when she had come to her house, she found the demon gone out, and her daughter lying on the bed.”
Notice from this portion of Scripture:
1. The woman came on behalf of her daughter.
2. There is no indication that the daughter had any faith for her own deliverance.
3. The woman had faith for her daughter.
Mark 2:1-12. Jesus forgives and heals a paralytic. “And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, son, your sins are forgiven you. And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, Why does this man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, your sins are forgiven you, or to say, Arise, take up your bed and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins-He said to the paralytic, I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house. Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out into the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, we never saw anything like this!”
Note verse 3-5, “their” faith refers to the four men. The four men had faith for their friend.
In John 11 Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Whose faith raised Lazarus from the dead? Jesus faith.
In Acts chapter 3 there is a lame man at the gate Beautiful. There is no mention of the man having faith or his own healing. Peter gave a command, ” in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”
Note: Such as I have give I thee.
Later, Peter gave the secret to the man’s healing-Faith in the Name of Jesus! Peter had faith for the man’s healing.
So, to answer the question does a person have to have their own faith for healing, the answer from the Bible is obviously no. As long as there is someone else that has faith for that person they can still be healed.
Now the next question is or should be, should a person have their own faith for their own healing? Yes.
Now I’m saying for a Christian faith should never ever be a problem. Galatians 2:20 states, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
The moment I was saved Jesus gave me His faith. Notice it says the life that I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God.
1 John 5:1, 4-5. “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?”
Both of these scriptures teach that when we are born again we receive Jesus’ own world overcoming faith.
Prior to the cross, people, disciples, had to have faith for their own healing providing no one with faith brought healing to them. Example: the woman with the issue of blood.
In the New Testament, no one is told to have faith for anything, because on this side of the cross everything already belongs to us.1 Peter 2:24. By his stripes we were healed. Healing is in redemption. When you notice healing is for you and through you, faith for healing or anything else will never ever be a problem again. We have been told according to Hebrews 11:1 that when we have the thing we don’t need faith for it anymore. But faith is the evidence that I have what I can’t see. Do you have healing? Yes. Then you don’t need faith for healing. Then why am I sick?
1. One reason could be tradition. You think there is something in you hindering the healing. The only hindrance is that you think there is a hindrance
2. You think you need to have a certain measure of faith to get healed. Romans 12:3 says, “God has dealt to every man the measure of faith.” What is the measure of faith that God has dealt to every man? We have already answered this. It is Galatians 2:20 with 1 John 5:1,4-5. It is the faith of Jesus. The Bible says be it unto you according to your faith not the measure of your faith.
3. You don’t understand dominion.
It’s not healing you need. It’s authority that needs to be taken to drive out that sickness.
4. You keep your healing in the future. Hope. You need to settle it as a fact. You were healed!
Then when all the symptoms come you are not going to waver away from the truth. It’s a done deal.
5. You are waging a defensive war rather than an offensive one.
But doesn’t what God has provided by grace have to be appropriated faith? Yes. And when did you appropriate your healing by faith? Answer-the day you got saved!
Let me give you a natural example to illustrate a spiritual truth. Let’s say you have no money in the bank and you need $5000. Do you need faith for that $5000? Yes. Now I come and I put $1 million in your bank account. Do you need faith for that $5000 anymore? No. You just need to find out about it and act on it.
Mark 11:24 “therefore whatsoever you desire when you pray believe that you receive it and you shall have it.”
John 16:23-24 “and in that day you shall ask me nothing. But whatever you ask the Father in my name the Father will give it unto you.”
John 14:12-14 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he who believes on Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
So yes, you should have faith for your own healing and what I’m telling you according to the Bible you have it. It’s faith in Him-Jesus-Salvation.
So if you have Jesus’ faith, faith for yourself, that same faith is enough for someone else. You can stop being a spiritual hitchhiker, you can exercise faith for yourself and others that need help.
What about James 5:14-15. This clearly teaches that a person not exercising their own faith, a Christian, can still come to another for healing. It is obvious from this Scripture that their faith or level of their faith is in another person. If they had their own faith for healing why would they have to go to someone else to get the job done? First off James is written to the newly saved immature Christians. How do I know this? Well, in the first chapter it says if any lack wisdom. We know according to second Corinthians 1:30 that Jesus is made on to us wisdom. The mature believer would know this but the new believer might not know this. Secondly he tells them that God doesn’t tempt with evil. Third, faith without works is dead. A mature believer would be exercising his faith. In the third chapter of James he warns them about controlling of the tongue. Another indication of immaturity. Finally, in this fifth chapter of James he tells the believer to come to an elder for healing.
Now what can we learn from James 5:14-15?
1. The elders are praying the prayer of faith. Stop! What is the prayer of faith? Jesus-BE Healed! Sickness go!
2. It says the elders’ faith will heal the sick.
3. If the sick has sin in his life it will not stop the faith of the elders nor the power God.
Closing: When Jesus saw faith in a person He commended it. When He didn’t, He exercised faith for them. The only people he reprimanded for not having faith were His disciples. And it was not because they didn’t have faith for themselves to be healed but he scolded them because they didn’t have faith to heal others.
There are scriptures where people had faith to be healed and Scriptures where people didn’t and still got healed.
If a person has faith, great! If they don’t have faith, then you have faith for them. That’s what Jesus did and that is what we should do.