If you have wanted to receive healing but you haven't yet been able to make the faith connection, this article is especially for you.

Maybe you've gotten discouraged and begun to wonder if you even have the capacity for the kind of faith it takes to be healed. Maybe you've been tempted to give up and say, "I guess it's just not going to work for me."

If so, I want to assure you today that you can have that kind of faith—and it will work for you just like it worked for the people in the Bible.

It will work for you just like it worked for Abraham. It will work for you just like it worked for blind Bartimaeus. It will work for you just like it's worked over and over in my life and in Ken's life.

Now I can't say for sure about Abraham and Bartimaeus, but I can tell you that Ken and I are just ordinary people. We're not some kind of spiritual super heroes. We don't have some special quality that makes us automatically believe God.

On the contrary, the first five years after we were born again we had as much doubt and unbelief (and therefore as much failure and defeat) in our lives as anybody I know. Ken often says about himself that before God got hold of him, he was compromise looking for a place to happen.

What changed us? The Word of God.

We're living proof that Romans 10:17 is true. "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Notice that verse doesn't just say, "Faith comes by hearing." It says, "Faith comes by hearing and hearing!" That's the truth. Most of the time, real and lasting faith doesn't spring up the first or second time you hear what the Bible says about a certain subject. It grows as you continue to hear it.

Jesus said it this way, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).

I can assure you that the scriptural truth is that as a believer, you can be free of all sickness and disease because God has promised to be your Healer (Ex. 15:26).

The truth is that when Jesus went to the cross, He bore our sicknesses, carried our diseases, and by His stripes we are healed (Isa. 53:4-5). The truth is that the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up (James 5:15).

And if you continue in that truth, Jesus said it will make you free!

Seventeen Times Were Not Enough
Some time ago, I was listening to a tape by one of my favorite faith preachers and he told a story that wonderfully demonstrated that truth.

It was about a man who attended a series of his meetings many years ago and came forward to have hands laid on him for healing again and again—17 times in fact—and he still hadn't gotten healed.

This preacher had done everything he knew to do to help him. He'd talked personally to him in the prayer line. He'd prayed with him. But nothing changed.

The preacher explained that laying hands on him was about like laying hands on a doorknob. There was no power connection because in his heart this man didn't release faith to receive.

But this dear fellow just kept coming to the services and listening to the Word. The eighteenth time he came up to have hands laid on him for healing, the preacher himself didn't even expect the man to receive anything.

But that time was different. When the preacher lifted his hand to pray for the man the fire of God leaped from his hand, lifted the fellow up, turned him over and rolled him under the front pew. Obviously, he received his healing in a powerful way!

Some people might look at that incident and say, "Well, that just goes to show you that you never know what God's going to do. Sometimes He gives healing and sometimes He doesn't." But they'd be mistaken.

The change was not in the giving part. God was giving healing to that man every time. The change was in the receiving part. It wasn't until the eighteenth time that the man released faith to receive.

The pastor of the church where the meetings were held verified that. He said when he went to open the church that evening it was dark, and he stumbled over this man sitting on the front steps of the church.

He was praying. He looked up at the pastor and said, "Pastor, you watch, tonight the minute that preacher touches me, I'll have my healing! It's mine!"

I've seen that happen in healing school over the years. People have come in the door already full of God's Word and ready to receive. They'd say, "I know the moment you lay hands on me, I'll be healed." And they were!

"But God hasn't given me that kind of faith," you might say.

He didn't give it to them either. He sent them the Word and because they continued in it, faith came.

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Eagle Mountain International Church, Inc.
aka:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries