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Author: Rusty Russell <RustyPrays@aol.com> http://www.miracle.hispeed.com
Editor: Teresa Seputis

The Reality of God's Healing Power

by Rusty Russell

Lesson 1
Jesus Purchased Our Healing On The Cross

There are three main benefits of the Cross of Jesus: salvation, healing, and deliverance (or breaking of curses).

Mainline denominations through the years have preached heavily about the cross of Jesus and salvation from sins that He brought through it. However, did you know that there are two more benefits that are rarely preached, but hold just as much power and victory as the revelation of salvation from sins? Below you will see what the Three-in-One (God the Father, God the Son-Jesus and God the Holy Spirit) say about the 3-fold work of the cross of Jesus.

Remember these same scriptures work today for you or for those you pray for. If you or one who you are praying for get afflicted with sickness, you can apply the finished work of the cross to receive your healing and deliverance. Jesus bought and paid for all that we would ever need when He sacrificed His life on the tree.

Matt.18:18-20 Jesus gives us a promise: "Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Note: We are simply agreeing with the finished work of Jesus' cross and shed blood. When we bind and loose, it has actually been done in the Spiritual realm already, but we are enforcing the law like a policeman. The NASV translation says "whatever you bind, has already been bound in heaven." So when we bind, we are agreeing with Jesus and telling the heavens and/or demons that they are bound and Jesus' grace and power and victory are ours.) "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."

In T.L. Osborn's book on Healing the Sick, he points out that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all call sickness a bondage or captivity.

Is Sickness A Blessing Or A Curse?

1. God Calls Sickness: Captivity

Job 42:10 The Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends, "so went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown" (Job 2:7).

When Job was healed by God the Scriptures record the great healing of this man of God as deliverance from captivity. Captivity could not be the will of God. Jesus came in the Spirit of the Lord to preach deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18).

This was a promise prophesied of the Messiah in Isa. 53:3-4. So we see that God calls sickness captivity.

2. Jesus Calls Sickness Bondage

"Ought not this woman whom Satan has bound for low these 18 years be loosed from this bondage?" (Luke 13:16) "Jesus, seeing this woman bowed over, said to her, 'Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity'" (v. 12).

He said Satan had bound her. He never once inferred that His loving Father, in an effort to perfect some hidden quality in her life, had bound her. God does not bind people -- He looses them! Jesus never said that this woman was bowed over to keep her humble, or that it was a mysterious way God had of working out His will in her life. Jesus said Satan had bound her.

Bondage could not be the will of God. Jesus came to set at liberty them that are bruised (Luke 4:18) It was prophesied of His ministry that it would loose the bands, undo the heavy burdens, and "break every yoke" (Is 58:6).

So we see that Jesus called sickness bondage, and every bound person is commanded to be loosed -- to be set free. Jesus came as "the way, the truth and the life" (John 4:16). He said, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32).

3. The Holy Spirit Calls Sickness: Oppression

Acts 10:38 says that Jesus "went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil." This is the language of the Holy Spirit because, while Peter was speaking these words, everyone who listened to him was filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, speaking through Peter, at the house of Cornelius, said that sickness is oppression.

God does not intend for you to be oppressed with any form of sickness or any other kind of oppression. Jesus, according to the words of the prophet, came to let the oppressed go free (Isa 58:6).

Jesus Became A Curse For Us

Gal. 3:13 says, "Cursed is everyone who hangs upon a tree, therefore Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us." This is salvation from curses.

Many sicknesses can be traced through your heritage. Most doctors identify sicknesses as just short of genetic, but an inheritance of sickness. In my case I had asthma and it went back 4 generations on my mother's side of the family of those afflicted with this disease. It was a curse of sickness and a spirit of infirmity. As I applied the finished work of the cross, stood in faith proclaiming the Word of God as my health and healing, this curse was broken in Jesus name. This led the way for my healing to manifest and for the demon or spirit of infirmity to leave.

There are many curses throughout the Bible and some can be found in chapter 28 of Deuteronomy. At any rate Jesus delivers us from them all. But we must believe and receive for it to become effective in us.

Jesus' Cross Broke The Power Of Sin

Jesus was the sacrificial lamb that God used to place all of the sins of all people of all time so that all people could be forgiven.

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever would believe on Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Liberty, freedom, deliverance, broken yokes, released burdens, and liberated captives are the great mercies of the New Testament.

Accept the power of the finished work of the Cross of Jesus. Be forgiven of your sins. Agree with what God calls sickness: captivity; Jesus calls it: bondage; and the Holy Spirit calls it: oppression. Align your attitude with that of the Godhead, believe and receive and be made whole, forgiven and delivered!

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