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It is far easier to release something you already have than it is to try to obtain something you don’t have. It’s a step in the right direction to believe that God can heal, but there is still an element of doubt in that approach. It’s the equivalent of looking at something way off in the future: it might happen, but then again, it might not. When you begin to understand that you already have healing, it’s a whole different story. The healing might not have manifested in your body yet, but you will know, by faith, that you already have healing in your spirit.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.
“Hath” is just an old fashioned way of saying “already.” You have already been blessed with all spiritual blessings. It’s a done deal, and the blessing doesn’t stop there. God has placed within every born-again believer the same power that raised Christ from the dead:
And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. Ephesians 1:19-20
God’s power, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, is already on the inside of you. You don’t have to pray and ask God to come heal you; you’ve already got it! You already have prosperity. You already have anointing. You already have wisdom. You already have faith, and on and on it goes.
I know somebody is thinking, If I’ve already got it, then where is it? It’s in your spirit. You can’t feel by sensation what is in your spirit. By contrast, your body feels everything that is going on: whether you have pain or feel good, your body instantly knows it. In the same way, your soul is constantly monitoring how you feel emotionally: happy, mad, hurt, or sad, you know it. Because people always know what is going on in their body and soul, they assume that if they had the healing power of God in their spirit that they would know it. But you can’t feel what you have in your spirit. The only way you can discern what is true in the spirit is through the Word of God.
Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). God’s Word is like a spiritual mirror (James 1:22-25). If you want to know what you have in your spirit, you have to look into the Word of God to see what it says. For one thing, the Word says that by Jesus’ stripes you were healed. It’s already been done. The Word also says that you already have the same power that raised Christ from the dead living on the inside of you. It’s not out in front of you somewhere waiting to be obtained; you already have it.
You might think that the difference between having and wanting is insignificant, but it isn’t. This is a vitally important truth of God that every believer needs to understand, and a brief listen to the prayers being uttered in our churches today reveals that most believers don’t get it. God has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), and that wherever two or three people are gathered in His name, He is there among them (Matthew 18:20). Yet many church services begin by begging God, “Come and be with us today…move in our midst…we need to feel Your presence.” They’re asking for something that the Word of God promises is already a reality.
The majority of Christians aren’t walking in the spirit or by what the Word of God says; they are trying to navigate through life by their feelings. They have to feel chills run up and down their spine , to believe that God is present. When in truth, God is present at every gathering of believers.
We need to stop chasing our tails. Instead of asking God to do something that He has already done, we should start believing what His Word says—regardless of how we feel or whether we can physically sense anything. We simply need to go by what the Word of God says, and praise Him for what He has already done. If you start expressing your faith and praising God instead of begging Him to give you something you already have, you will begin to see positive results in your life. Faith will rise up within you as you thank God for what He has done.
The Apostle Paul prayed for Philemon,
That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
The word “effectual” means it begins to work. Paul is saying that faith works by acknowledging every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus — not by begging God or getting a prayer chain together. Faith works by simply acknowledging, or getting a revelation of, what is already in you. That is a powerful statement.
Healing isn’t the only area where believers struggle to understand what God has provided. I’ve noticed that people seem to have a particularly hard time believing that they already have God’s love. I can’t count the number of times people have come to me and asked me to pray that God would pour out His love into their lives. On the surface that sounds like a great request, but it reveals a lack of understanding that God showed His love for us by dying on the cross. The Bible says,
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s love for us is without question. There is nothing we can do that will make Him love us more than He already does. The problem people have is that they don’t necessary feel God’s love, but we can’t go by our feelings. Feelings are tied to our carnal nature, not our spirit. As believers, we need to walk in the spirit, not in the flesh (Galatians 5:25).
Instead of praying for a feeling, we need to get into faith and start believing what the Word of God says.
For example, begin truly believing that God loves you so much He gave His only begotten Son for you (John 3:16). Jesus bore your sins in His body on the cross, and He says that He will never stop loving you. He will never withdraw from you or forsake you.
We love him, because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
It’s not that we love God, and then He responds to us. God loved us first, and now we respond to Him. You have already received God’s love, in the same way that you have already received healing. God made provision for you when Jesus died and rose again, and when you were born again, His power took up residence in your spirit.
Before you ever got sick, God put the same power on the inside of you that raised Christ from the dead. Before you ever had a financial need, God commanded His blessing upon you in your storehouse and in your barn and upon everything you set your hand to. (Galatians 3:29 and Deuteronomy 28:8).
You are praying from a position of unbelief when you ask God to give you something He has already provided. When God says it’s already done and you’re saying, “O God, please do it,” that is unbelief.
How do you respond to somebody who is asking you to give them something that they already have?
Imagine a father who gives his son the keys to his car: the son pockets the keys and immediately asks, “Dad, can I have the keys to your car?” The father would be thinking, Why is he asking me for some thing I just gave him? If it were possible for God to be confused, I believe that He would be confused by our prayers.
We’re saying, “God, please heal me,” and He is saying, “I know I specifically told you in the Bible that ‘by Jesus’ stripes you were healed.'”
We’re praying prayers of unbelief because we don’t understand what God has already provided.
Everything that God has made available comes through the spirit. Whether or not it comes out of your spirit and into the physical realm where you can sense it, isn’t dependent upon God; it’s dependent upon whether or not you believe that God has already done it.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Faith acts like a bridge that runs from the spirit realm over into the physical realm, allowing what is in the spirit to cross over into manifestations. Or you could say that faith is like a pipe through which all that God has provided in the spirit flows into the physical realm. If you don’t have that bridge or conduit of faith, you probably won’t see God’s power manifest in your life. It isn’t that God hasn’t given; it’s that your lack of faith is shutting off the flow of His power.
Understanding that you already have God’s power in your spirit will greatly increase the degree of His provision that you experience in life. God has placed Himself on the inside of you. In your spirit, you already have healing, prosperity, joy, peace, deliverance, love, and anything else you could ever need. Before a need arises, God has anticipated it, and His supply is greater than any need. No problem or obstacle can come your way that God hasn’t made provision for. He has given you the power and wisdom to deal with whatever circumstances come along.
This revelation will change the way you look at life. It will give you confidence to face life with boldness. Once you recognize that you already got it, and you quit trying to get it, you’ll begin trust God’s power flow through you. And it won’t just bless you, it’s going to flow over and bless the lives around you.
Author: Andrew Wommack