Why Christians Have a Hard Time Receiving Healing

Curry Blake, the general Overseer of John G Lake Ministries, is quoted as saying: “the only hindrance to healing is if you believe there are hindrances to healing.” What we mean by that is, if a person has faith that they will be healed in two years, they probably won’t be healed before that. It is not that they couldn’t be healed before. Its just that their faith was in the two-year period rather than in the finished work of Christ now. Whatever you believe about healing is going to be the results.

For those of us in the healing ministry, we have generally experienced that Christians are the hardest to heal. Some argue it’s because Christians are held to a higher standard, and as such we must adhere to righteous living to be healed. There is of course no Scripture to support that, but there is another issue that is far more subtle.

1 Peter 5:5c …for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble

An unbeliever knows they don’t deserve healing, and are able to receive it by God’s grace. On the other hand, as believers, we try to earn our healing by doing good works. Even though we don’t express it in words, as believers we sometimes think of all we have done for God. And we believe God owes us healing! The truth is God does not reward our self-efforts, nor does he allow us to ransom his blessings. We received everything based on the finished work of Jesus, as an inheritance. It is when we try to earn blessings by our efforts that we disqualify ourselves from those very blessings.

The reason believers get healed when we question them about sin or unforgiveness in their lives, is not because the sin is stopping the power of God. Rather, its because they are confronted with their own failures. That kills their self righteousness and their belief that they deserve healing by their good works. At that point, they have no choice but to rely on the grace of God to be healed.  It has been my experience, that when a person humbles themselves from their own dead works, and rely only on the grace of God, all things become possible and healing will manifest effortlessly.

5 thoughts on “Why Christians Have a Hard Time Receiving Healing”

  1. Jesus didn’t come to teach others how to receive their healing. And he didn’t teach us to do the same. He told us to heal the sick and raise the dead, but healing ministries tend to focus most of their time on teaching. And then at the end of the teaching, they will pray for healing, and usually you will see people who have nothing apparently physically wrong with them being those who get healed. But then you have those who have an obvious physical problem of blindness or a missing foot. And you watch and you watch as the minister pronounces the person healed and nothing seems to be happening. These are the ones that the camera will cut away from and the minister will say,
    “You’ll wake up in the middle of the night and your foot will be there!” Sometimes, you can see a person who has been having trouble walking attempting to walk without their cane or walker and they aren’t doing a good job. I’ve never, ever seen a healing where it was absolutely no doubt that there was a miracle healing! Why is that? Jesus never failed to heal a single person who came to him. Ever. There is also no scriptural record that there were progressive healings. The closest people can come to progressive healing is to say that he prayed for a blind man twice and the lepers were healed as they went. Well, both of those were pretty quick healings. It didn’t take hours. It didn’t take days, weeks, years! There are secular healing programs that get results faster than some of these “miracle” healings. A person shouldn’t have to struggle for three years, renewing their mind, pronouncing scripture over their home, and working on healing their childhood hurts before they can receive. That’s getting it in their own effort. Jesus never said much of the things I hear being spoken in healing ministries today. At the very least, these people had the same fears, doubts, hurts, etc. as we have today, so why didn’t they have issues receiving? Jesus did not speak on hindrances to receiving healing, but He did speak on hindrances to giving healing. I always have felt that Curry makes the most sense out of any of the healing ministers. As I listen to him, I can say, “Yes, exactly!” With others, I end up getting frustrated and saying, “Jesus didn’t have that problem. Neither did Peter. Or Phillip. Or Paul. Or Stephen!” Why do we? I believe we have built some false doctrines on healing. Maybe it is harder to heal Christians than non-believers, but honestly, if Christians actually saw healings manifest instead of just hearing people claim healing that never manifests, maybe our faith would be strengthened. So let’s see some withered hands made whole, truly blind eyes seeing, the mentally retarded made whole.

    • Do you lay hands on people, and do they get healed. Jesus said, daughter your faith has made you whole.

  2. Joel Crumpton is a street preacher in the Atlanta GA area. He also has seen that Christians are often the hardest to get healed. But that on the street as an ambassador of the Kingdom of God, the unbeliever is healed most of the time. He doesn’t pray for them, after he tells them the Kingdom of God has to visit them, but simply says be healed in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. He claims almost all on the street receive healing this way. He also says that he believes that believers need to follow the instructions in James 5 for how Christians get healed. He often says, to him who much is given, much is required. Check him out on YT.


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