— JAMES 5:14-15

WE have in this precious Word a real basis for the truth of healing. In these verses God gives very definite in structions to the sick. If you are sick, your part is to call for the elders of the church; it is their part to anoint and pray for you in faith. Then the whole situation rests with the Lord. When you have been anointed and prayed for, you can rest assured that the Lord will raise you up. It is the Word of God.
I believe that we all can see that the church cannot play with this business. If believers turn away from these clear instructions, they are in a place of tremendous danger. Those who refuse to obey do so to their unspeakable loss.
In connection with this, James told us,
If anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19—20)
Many turn away from the Lord like King Asa, who “in his disease…did not seek the LORD, but the physicians” (2 Chron. 16:12).
Consequently  “he died” (v. 13). I take it that this passage in James means that if one induces another to turn back to the Lord, he will save that person from death, and God will forgive that person of a multitude of sins. This Scripture can also largely apply to salvation. If you turn away from any part of God’s truth, the Enemy will certainly get an advantage over you.
Does the Lord meet those who look to Him for healing and who, obey the instructions set forth in the book of James? Most assuredly. He will undertake for the most extreme case.
Only last night a woman came into the meeting suffering terribly. Her whole arm was filled with poison, and her blood was so poisoned that it was certain to bring her to her death. We rebuked the thing, and she was here this morning and told us that she was without pain and had slept all night, a thing she had not done for two months. To God be all the praise! You will find that He will do this kind of thing all along.
God provides the double cure, for even if sin has been the cause of the sickness, His Word declares in James 5:15, “If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.”

You ask, “What is faith?” Faith is the principle of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit, who inspired the Word, is called the Spirit of Truth. As we “receive with meekness the implanted word” (James 1:21), faith springs up in our hearts—faith in the sacrifice of Calvary, faith in the shed blood of Jesus; faith in the fact that He took our weaknesses, bore our sicknesses, carried our pains, and is our life today.
God has chosen us to help one another. We dare not be independent. He brings us to a place where we submit ourselves to one another. If we refuse to do this, we get away from the Word of God and out of the place of faith. I have been in this place once, and I trust I will never be there again. It happened one time when I went to a meeting. I was very, very sick, and I got worse and worse. I : the perfect will of God was for me to humble myself and ask elders to pray for me. I put it off, and the meeting ended. I went he without being anointed and prayed for, and everyone in my household caught the thing I was suffering with.
My boys did not know anything else but to trust the Lord as the family Physician, and my youngest boy, George, cried down from the attic, “Dadda, come.” I cried, “I cannot come. The w thing is from me. I will have to repent and ask the Lord to forgive me.” I made up my mind to humble myself before the w church. Then I rushed to the attic and laid my hands on my the name of Jesus. I placed my hands on his head, and the pain but went lower; he cried, “Put your hands lower.” This continues  until at last the pain went right down to his feet, and as I p my hands on his feet, he was completely delivered. Some evil had evidently gotten hold of him, and as I laid my hands on the different parts of the body, it left. (We have to see the difference between anointing the sick and casting out demons.) God will al be gracious when we humble ourselves before Him and come place of brokenness of spirit.
I was in be Havre, France, and the power of God was mightily manifested. A Greek named Felix attended the meeting and became very zealous for God. He was very eager to get all Catholics he could to the meeting in order that they could see God was graciously visiting France. He found a certain bedridden  woman who was fixed in a certain position and could not move, and  he told her about the Lord’s healing at the meetings and said the he would get me to come if she wished. She said, “My husband is Catholic, and he would never allow anyone who is not a Catholic  to see me.”
She asked her husband to allow me to come and told him what
Felix had told her about the power of God working in our midst. He said, “I will have no Protestant enter my house.” She said, “You know that the doctors cannot help me, and the priests cannot help. Won’t you let this man of God pray for me?” He finally consented, and I went to the house. The simplicity of this woman arid her childlike faith were beautiful  to see.
I showed her my oil bottle and said to her, “Here is oil. It is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. When that comes upon you, the Holy Spirit will begin to work, and the Lord will raise you up.” God did I something the moment the oil fell upon her. I looked toward the window, and I saw Jesus. (I have seen Him often. There is no painting that is a bit like Him; no artist can ever depict the beauty of my lovely Lord.) The woman felt the power of God in her body and cried, “I’m free! My hands are free, my shoulders are free, and oh, I see Jesus!  I’m free! I’m free!”
The vision vanished, and the woman sat up in bed. Her legs were still bound, and I said to her, “  I will put my hands on your legs, and you were will be free entirely.” As I put my hands on those legs covered with bedclothes, I looked and saw the Lord again. She saw Him, too and cried, “He’s there again. I’m free! I’m free!” She rose her bed and walked around the room praising God, and we from all in tears as we saw His wonderful works. As we are told in James 5:15, “the Lord will raise [them] up” when the conditions are  met.
We have a big God. We have a wonderful Jesus. We have a glorious Comforter. God’s canopy is over you and will cover you at all times, preserving you from evil. “Under His wings you shall take refuge” (Ps. 91:4). “The word of God is living and powerful” (Heb. 4:12), and in its treasures you will find eternal life. If you dare trust this wonderful Lord, this Lord of Life, you will find in Him every thing you need.
So many are trying drugs, quacks, pills, and plasters. You will find that if you dare trust God, He will never fail. “The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:15). Do you trust Him? He is worthy to be trusted.
One time I was asked to go to Weston-super-Mare, a seaside resort in the western part  of England. I learned from a telegram that a man had lost his reason and had become a raving maniac, arid some people there wanted me to come and pray for him. I arrived at the place, and the wife said to me, “Will you stay with my husband?” I agreed and in the middle of the night, an evil power laid hold of him. I was awful. I put my hand on his head, and hair was like toothpicks standing on end. God gave deliverance—a temporary deliverance. At six o’clock the next morning, I felt that it was necessary that I get out of that house for a short time.
The man saw me going and cried out, “If you leave me, there is no hope.” But I felt that I had to go. As I left, I saw a woman with a Salvation Army bonnet on, and I knew that she was going to seven o’clock prayer meeting. I said to the captain who was in charge of the meeting, when I saw he was about to sing a hymn, “Captain, don’t sing. Let’s go to prayer.” He agreed, and I prayed my heart out. Then I grabbed my hat and rushed out of the hall,  They all thought

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they had had a madman in their prayer meeting that morning.
I went down the road, and there was the man I had spent the night with, rushing down toward the sea without a particle of clothing on, about to drown himself. I cried, “In the name of Jesus come out of him.” The man fell full length on the ground, and that evil power went out of him never to return. His wife came rushing after him, and the husband was restored to her in a perfect mental condition.
There are evil powers, but Jesus is greater than all evil powers. There are tremendous diseases, but Jesus is the Healer. There is no case too hard for Him. The Lion of Judah will break every chain. He came to relieve the oppressed and to set the captive free (Luke 4:18). He came to bring redemption, to make us as perfect as man was before the fall.
People want to know how to be kept by the power of God. Every position of grace into which you are led—forgiveness, healing, any kind of deliverance—will be contested by Satan. He will contend for your body. When you are saved, Satan will come around and say, “See, you are not saved.” The Devil is a liar.
I remember the story of the man whose life was swept and put in order. The evil power had been swept out of him. But the man remained in a stationary position. If the Lord heals you, you dare not remain in a stationary position. The evil spirit came back to that man, found his house swept, and took seven others worse than himself and dwelt there. The last stage of that man was worse than the first. (See Matthew 12:43-45.) Be sure to get filled with God. Get an Occupier. Be filled with the Spirit.
God has a million ways of undertaking for those who go to Him for help. He has deliverance for every captive. He loves you so much that He even says, “Before they call, I will answer” (Isa. 65:24). Don’t turn Him away.

Is there anyone  sick? Is  there anyone sick in this place?” This is what I ask when I go into a sickroom. Why? I will tell you a story that will explain.
My daughter is a missionary to Africa. I am interested in helping to support missionaries in Africa and all over. I love missionary work.
We had a missionary out in China who by some means or other got rheumatism. I have no word for rheumatism, only “devil possessed.” Rheumatism, cancer, tumors, lumbago, neuralgia—all these things I give only one name: the power of the Devil working in humanity. When I see tuberculosis, I see demon power working there. All these things can be removed.
When Jesus went into Peter’s house, where his wife’s mother lay sick, what did He do? Did He cover her up with a blanket and put a hot water bottle on her feet? If He didn’t do that, why didn’t He? Because He knew that the demons had all the heat of hell in them. He did the right thing: He rebuked the fever, and it left. (See Luke 4:38)  We, too, ought to do the right thing with these diseases.
This missionary with rheumatism came home to Belfast from China, enraged against the work of God, enraged against God, en d again everything. She was absolutely outside the plan of God.
While she was in Belfast, God allowed this missionary to fall down the steps and dislocate her backbone. Others had to lift her UP and carry her to her bed. God allowed it.
Be careful about getting a at God because of something wrong with your body. Get right with God.
On the day that I was to visit the sick, she asked me to come. When  I went to her room, I looked at her and called out, “Is there anyone sick in this room?” No response. “Is there anyone sick in this room?” No response. “Well,” I said, “we will wait until some body moves.”
By and by, she said, “Yes, I am sick.” I said, “All right, we have, found you out then. You are in the room. Now, the Word of God says that when you are sick, you are to pray. When you pray, I will anoint you and pray for you, but not before.”
It took her almost a quarter of an hour to yield, the Devil had such possession of her. But, thank God, she yielded. Then she cried and cried, and by the power of God her body was shaken loose, and she was set free. This happened when she repented, and not before.
Oh, what would happen if everybody in this place would re pent! Talk about blessings! The glory would fall so you couldn’t get out of this place. We need to see that God wants us to be blessed, but first of all He wants us to be ready for the blessing.
The God who told Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole so that whoever looked could be healed (see Numbers 21:5—9), now says, “The bronze serpent is not on the pole. Jesus is not on the cross. He has risen and has been given all power and authority. Believe. You will be healed if you believe.”
You cannot literally look at the cross, you cannot literally look at the bronze serpent, but you can believe. If you believe, you can be healed. God means for you to believe today; God means for you to be helped today.
I want everybody to know that Wiggles worth does not believe in partial healings. Then what does Wiggles worth believe? I believe in complete healings. If the healing is not manifested, it is there all the same. It is inactive because of inactive faith, but it is there. God has given it. How do I know? “They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:18, emphasis added). Whose word is that? That is God’s Word. So I have faith today. Hallelujah! Even repeating the Word gives me more faith.
INTERPRETATION OF A MESSAGE IN TONGUES: “Why do you doubt when God, even the Lord, has come to cast the Devil so that you may know that you are free from all things by the blood of Jesus?”
We are in a great place. The Lord is in the midst of us. You are to go away  free today.
I like the thought, “He Himself took our infirmities and bore (Matt. 8:17).
I want to tell you a remarkable story. One day I was standing  the bottom of Shackling Road, Belfast, Ireland, with a piece of I paper in my hand, looking at the addresses of where I had to go, when a man came over and said to me, “Are you visiting the sick?”  “yes, I said. “Go there,” he said, and pointed to a house nearby.
I  knocked at the door. No reply. I knocked again, and then a voice inside said, “Come in!” So I opened the door and walked in. Then a young man pointed for me to go up the stairway.
When I got up onto the landing, there was a door wide open. So I walked right through the doorway and found a woman sitting up on the bed. As soon as I looked at her, I knew she couldn’t speak to me, so I began to pray. She was rocking back and forth, gasping for breath. I knew she was beyond answering me.
When I prayed, the Lord said to me—the Holy Spirit said distinctly—”Read Isaiah 53.” So I opened the Book and began to read,
Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the
LORD been revealed? For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. (Isa. 53:1—2)
When I got to the fifth verse, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed,” the roman shouted, “I am healed! I am healed!”
Amazed at this sudden exclamation, I said, “Tell me what happened.”
“Two weeks ago I was cleaning the house,” she said. “In moving some furniture I strained my heart; it moved out of its place. The doctors examined me and said that I would die of suffocation.
But last night, in the middle of the night, I saw you come into the room. When you saw me, you knew I could not speak, s to pray. Then you opened to Isaiah 53 and read until you the fifth verse, and when you read the fifth verse, I was healed. That was a vision; now it is a fact.”
So I know the Word of God is still true.

“Stretch out your hand, for the Lord your God is so nigh unto you. He will take you and so place you in His pavilion of splendor that if you will not go out anymore but will remain stationary in the will of God, He will grant you the desire of your heart.”
Now, that is a word from the Lord. You will never get anything more distinct than that from the Lord. People miss the great plan of healing because of moving from one thing to another. Become stationary. God wants you to take the Word, claim the Word, and believe the Word. That is the perfect way of healing. Do not turn to the right hand or to the left (Deut. 5:32), but believe God.
I believe we ought to have people in this meeting loosed from their infirmities even without having hands laid upon them. I see more and more that the day of the visitation of the Lord is upon us that the presence of the Lord is here to heal. We should have people  healed in these meetings while I am speaking, healed under the anointing of the Spirit.
I have been preaching faith so that you may definitely claim your healing. I believe that if you have listened to the Word a have been moved to believe, if you stand up while I pray, you will find that God’s healing power will loose you from sickness.
INTERPRETATION OF A MESSAGE IN TONGUES: “In the depths God has come and moves, and moves in the very inner working of the heart until the Spirit of the Lord has perfect choice, and brings forth that which will resound to His glory forever. The Lord is in the midst of it. Those who are bound are made free from captivity.”
God wants you to have a living faith now; He wants you to a vital touch, shaking the foundation of all weakness. When You  were saved the moment you believed, and you will be healed the moment you believe.
Father I take these people and present them to You, giving them into Your gracious, glorious care, so that You may keep them fling, keep them from the error of the ways of the wicked, and deliver them from all evil Let Your mercy be with them in homes, in their bodies, and in every way. Amen.