Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
—Psalms 119:89 (NKJV)
When you believe by faith—when you take the Word at its unfailing value—you receive. His Word is settled in heaven. It is the final authority.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). Faith and the Word of God are synonymous. You can’t have faith without hearing the Word, and the Word can’t be heard without it building your faith. Hence, you can’t have one without the other.
The Word connects our healing with our hearing. A few examples are Matthew 13:15, Luke 5:15, and Luke 6:17.
Read Matthew 13:15: “For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn so that I should heal them” (NKJV).
This verse states that when you understand the Word with your heart, you receive God’s healing. To hear the Truth of the Word over what the world or what any other person says, the truths of who you are in Christ need to be known and understood. You have the mind of Christ to understand these truths (1 Corinthians 2:16). And when you allow these truths to renew your mind, you believe (Romans 12:2).
Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6). When you appropriate (take) by faith what Jesus has given His life for you to have, it pleases Him. Faith means nothing without the Word and has no power without the Word. An alive faith comes by HEARING the Word (present tense) and not by just having HEARD the Word in the past. God rewards those who diligently seek Him with the revealed Truth of His Word. You seek God, and you receive His Word (John 1:1, Matthew 7:8).
We experience this natural world through our senses—what we see, hear, feel, taste, or touch. The Word of God is the substance of things hoped for. It is the Truth of things not perceived by our senses (Hebrews 11:1). The Word of God is the spiritual realm of what can’t be seen but is true.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). What we speak is what we receive (Proverbs 18:21). When we speak of what we feel and experience as Truth—we confess what is felt by our senses. But when we speak the Truth of the Word—no matter how we feel or what our circumstance—we confess the Truth of the supernatural realm of God. We speak the authority of God’s unseen over what is seen.
The world says to be afraid. God has not given you a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7) The world says you are sick and have no chance of healing. God says that by His stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24). The world says your needs won’t be met. The Word says He supplies all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ (Philippians 4:19). If you really believed the Word, wouldn’t you confess His truth instead of what the world says or what the enemy says about you? Wouldn’t you believe the Savior who died for you over the one who attempts to steal, kill and destroy you?
The atoning sacrifice of Christ not only gave you the forgiveness of your sins but included the healing of your body from sickness and disease (Isaiah 53:4-5, 1 Peter 2:23-24, Matthew 9:5, James 5:15).
The physical pain you feel or the circumstances you face are real. You don’t deny you have pain, and you don’t deny that something hurts you. But when you give something more authority in your life than God’s Truth, you are giving the world and the world’s reports more power than His Word. When you yield to the enemy’s lies instead of being renewed in your mind by God’s Truth, you reap the results of the lies that have been sown (Galatians 6:7).
Walking by faith and not by sight is believing in the unseen Truth of God over what you see, feel, taste, or touch. Take the measure of faith God has given you and renew your mind with His Truth (Romans 12:2-3). The Holy Spirit guides you into all of God’s Truth—into the unseen of God’s spiritual realm that fills you with every spiritual blessing (John 14:17, 16:13, Ephesians 1:3).
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed (Isaiah 53:1, NKJV). You received forgiveness for your sins when you believed in Christ and spoke what you believed. You receive healing the same way. You persevere in believing and speaking God’s good report for your life instead of any report of this world.
God’s Word is Truth, and He has the Last Word. Not knowing the Word keeps you from receiving what Christ has given you. But when you believe in God’s Word, you sow His Good News in your heart, and you reap its good benefits.
Hear God’s Word in your heart. Believe in His good report. Allow His Truth to renew your mind and receive the healing freedom of His Grace. When you know the Truth, you have the power and the authority of His final Word that sets you free (John 8:32).
And His final Word? It is finished. It is done (John 19:30).
© 2021 Lynn Lacher