Day 62: HINDRANCES TO HEALING

Day 62: HINDRANCES TO HEALING
March 4, 2015 Joel Grantham

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14

If God can heal the land, He can certainly heal your body!

Did you know that there are hindrances or roadblocks that can keep us from getting our prayers answered and from receiving healing for our body?  Some of the hindrances to answered prayer are, lack of faith (Matthew 21:22), un-forgiveness towards others (Mark 11:24-26), not praying according to God’s will which is His written word (1 John 5:14-15), wavering or doubting after we initially prayed in faith (James 1:6-7), and un-confessed and un-repented sin in our life (Psalm 66:18).

In this verse of Scripture I see two big hindrances to receiving healing for your body.  Number one is a failure to seek God.  One mistake that the sick make is that they seek their healing more than they seek the Healer!  One secret to answered prayer is to be a seeker of the Presence of God.  In John 15:7 Jesus said, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”  To abide in Christ means to spend time alone in His presence through prayer.

The other hindrance to receiving healing for your body in this verse of scripture is un-confessed and un-repented sin in your life.  Sin can have devastating consequences for the Christian.  For one thing, it will keep you from receiving and living in God’s blessings.  Many times in scripture the connection between sin and sickness is made.

I am not saying that everyone who is sick is so because of sin that is in their life.  But I am saying that sin, if not dealt with by confession and true repentance, can hinder a person from receiving healing for their body.

In Luke chapter five as Jesus was teaching in a house, four men tore the roof off so that they could lower their crippled friend down to Jesus to receive healing.  Before Jesus said to the crippled man, “Arise, take up your bed and walk,” He said, “Your sins are forgiven.”  This man’s sins needed to be dealt with BEFORE he could receive God’s healing touch.

Another example of this is in James 5:14-15 where we find instructions for what a Christian should do if they are sick.  In verse 15 it says, “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.”  Here again the scripture links receiving healing and forgiveness of sins.

Examine your heart and life today.  Are you truly seeking hard after God?  Are you pursuing His presence in your own personal life through prayer?  Is there any un-confessed, un-repented sin in your life?  If the Holy Spirit is dealing with you about any of these issues it is because He knows that these things are hindering you from living the abundant life that Jesus came to provide for you.

 

Prayer:  Lord, make me a seeker of Your presence by giving me a heart after you.  I confess and turn away from any sin in my life.  I thank you now that I am forgiven and cleansed by the precious blood of Jesus.

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