Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Most of us are familiar with the healing of the leper in Matthew 8. It is a beautiful account of God’s willingness to touch and heal the sick, no matter how unclean they may be. Whenever we doubt God’s willingness to heal us, we should listen to the words of Jesus again: “I am willing; be cleansed.” He is the same yesterday, today and forever!
Since the Bible is clear about God’s willingness to heal, why do we still have problems with our health? Why do we still experience symptoms in our bodies?
The answer is found in what Jesus told the leper to do next. He told him to go and show himself to the priest. (Matthew 8:4) This was the law then for lepers who were healed. (Leviticus 14:2–3) And he was to hear the priest pronounce the word “clean” over him. (Leviticus 14:7)
You see, as believers, when we received Jesus, His blood cleansed us from sin as well as sickness. (Isaiah 53:4–5) But we keep hearing people pronounce sin, sickness, poverty and death over us. We keep hearing people tell us that we are unclean, undeserving, poor, weak, and that it is only natural that we grow old and sickly, and die.
God is waiting for a priesthood that will rise up and pronounce His people clean!
Where can you find such priests?”
Who are the priests today? You and I! In fact, we have more authority to pronounce good things than the Levitical priests of the Old Testament. They were just priests. But we are king-priests by the blood of Jesus! (Revelation 1:5–6) Where the word of the king is, there is power. (Ecclesiastes 8:4) And by the word of a priest, every controversy and every assault shall be settled. (Deuteronomy 21:5)
God has cleansed you, so pronounce yourself clean! Right now, put your hand on your heart and pronounce good things over yourself. Say, “I pronounce myself clean, righteous, healed, whole and abundantly supplied by the blood of Jesus!” By your word as a king-priest, every assault against you shall be settled!
Plug your ears with the words of righteousness. Stop the negative words of well meaning friends and let the prophetic words from the Lord fill your ears, saturating your mind and body with wholeness, shalom peace.
How can you do this successfully? When words of death and negativity, come at you, use the tool God has given you to overcome any obstacle. As they are speaking, pray in the spirit and let words of life act as your shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the evil one. Just because they believe what they are saying doesn’t mean it is truth and that it has anything to do with what you know to be true.
The bible commands us in the New Covenant to do one thing. That is to believe the words written therein. It doesn’t say to listen to people you deem smarter than you or the tests you see with your own eyes. It just says to believe in the One who was sent to redeem us from the results of original sin, all forms of sickness and disease.
You are a king-priest and your words have power. Start living like one!