It is much better to resist the sickness and not get sick, than it is to get sick. A.J.Hemstrought
Romans 8:11 — “But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you…” What spirit would this be? The Holy Spirit, the one that is dwelling in you (I have other scriptures that say this; I could take you there, but I am not going to do it right now.) If He is dwelling in you, and He says that He is:
“He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken…” Who is going to do this? The Holy Ghost. He, “shall also quicken your mortal bodies.”
Is He writing this to dead people? No, He is writing it to mortal people; “mortal” means subject to death; meaning they are in the earth, they are still alive, but they are subject to death. Who is subject to death? Alive people. He is going to quicken your mortal, physical, subject-to-death body by His Spirit that dwells in you. The Holy Ghost dwelling in you is going to do something, He is going to make alive, (that is what quicken means) He makes alive your physical body.
Sickness, if you go on the opposite side of that, sickness is making dead your mortal body. If you take a sickness that causes your body to die eventually, the Holy Ghost is going to quicken you; He is going to make you alive where that thing tried to make you dead. He is going to quicken you.
“If the spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you…” I wonder if the Bible would tell us what He is going to do if He is dwelling in us…? He is doing something — if He is in you He shall do that, quicken and make alive your mortal body which is subject to sickness and disease and those kind of things. How does He do this? How does the Spirit of God that is dwelling in you do this quickening, this making alive, this getting rid of the sickness? He does it by saying words, the same way He does everything. That is how we walk with God, and when we walk with God in this, He will be quickening our mortal bodies and getting rid of the sicknesses and the diseases.
I want to talk about one part of healing.
One part of healing, one part of quickening — get that through your head: when He is quickening, that is what He means. If He is quickening your physical body, if your body was sick and He quickened with life that part that was not healthy… What would it be? It would be more healthy, meaning the sickness would go away.
I want to talking on one part, and that is how to not be sick. It is one thing to be sick and have to be healed — and that is another way you could deal with that, a lot of these scriptures would deal with that, but that is not really what we are talking about; we are talking about how to not get sick.
There is sickness in the world — Viruses, flus, all that kind of stuff — it is out there, it is in the world; what we are going to talk about is how to not get them.
An inoculation. People get vaccines; why do they go and get a vaccine? Because they do not want to get sick.
We are going to be talking about getting inoculated, or getting our vaccine from the Word of God. It is in the Spirit of God — to not get sick. It is much better to resist the sickness and not get sick, than it is to get sick and have to be healed.
People go out and get vaccines for the latest flu. There are flus out there. There is the pig flu; you do not want that. There is the swine flu, the bird flu — you do not want either of those. Or that new one, the coronavirus. That is what we are talking about, how to not get that. Is there going to be a next virus after that one? You know that they are there in the world.
Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Whatever it is, walking with God overcomes that virus; I do not care what its name is, it is still a sickness and disease. What I am talking about will work on any virus, any illness, any disease — every time. Every time.
It is something you do before it comes; so that you are prepared for it.
Say, “I am prepared for it.”
Nothing I am saying tonight requires you to be super spiritual, these are pragmatic tools from the Word of God that you can use keeping you free from sickness and disease.
You can do this. The Holy Ghost told me to tell you that — you can do this. You, yes you, can get proven, supernatural results every time.
It works every time that you work it.
Galatians 6:8 — “For He that sews to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, He that sews to the spirit…” Could sickness be considered corruption? Yes, it is corrupting your divine health. “But He that sews to the spirit shall of the spirit reap life everlasting,” (or everlasting life.) Everlasting life quickens your physical body.
Let me ask you a question: if you had enough of that everlasting life, would sickness be able to get on you? No! How could it?
He told me this earlier, I am telling you: It is not my desire to have any of my people sick, or get sick, at any time, ever ~ Holy Ghost.
It is not His will or desire for any of His people to get sick, anytime, ever.
3 John 2 — “Beloved, I wish…” (or pray) “above all things that thou mayest prosper…” and be sick twice a year during flu season. No! He didn’t say that. “I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health.” What kind of health would that be, if this is a word of God? Divine health. “I would that you would prosper and be in the state of divine healthiness.
If I am sick, am I healthy? You are not as healthy as He would have you be. “I would that you be in health.” “Be,” is the active sense of being in health. It is God’s will for you to be healed, for you to be healthy. You do not have to be sick, I do not have to be sick.
Deuteronomy 7:15 — “And the Lord will take away from thee all sickness.” Is this the same God that we just read in Romans 8 who will quicken your mortal body? Who’s quickening will make alive your mortal body? The same God who said He will take away from thee all sickness? Yes!
What kind of sickness? Any kind. What about the flu, the common cold — is that a sickness? Yes. He’ll take away all sickness. I am just trying to get my point across here.
“God put sickness on you.”
Have you heard people say that?
“You have the wrong God, buddy.”
He is not putting it on you and then taking it away! What is He? — confused? I do not think so. He is in you, quickening your mortal body, and will take away all sickness.
You need to get this straight, how not to get sick.
People get all in a panic over different flus and viruses. You don’t need to.
Psalms 91:1 — “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Abiding with Him, Him and you. “I will say of the Lord: He is my refuge, my fortress, my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the Fowler…” And from the what? “The noisesome pestilence.”
Wouldn’t you say that a flu or a virus is a pestilence, and it is noisesome? Everybody is talking about it.
“He shall cover thee with His feathers; under His wings I shall trust. His truth shall be thy shield and buckler; thou shalt not be afraid of the terror by night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor for the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor for the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
Verse 7 — “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand, but it shall not come nigh thee.”
If a thousand are falling here, ten thousand over there, that sounds pretty bad. He was just talking about a pestilence, and what did it say God is going to do? He is going to keep it from you, or keep you from it. Is this in your Bible? Does God do it? Yes. And remember, we are still talking about God the Holy Ghost.
Verse 10 — “There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh your dwelling.” Where are you dwelling? In your body. Who is also dwelling in your body? The Holy Ghost.
Verse 16 — “With long life will I satisfy you and show you my salvation.” “With long life” means you are going to make it through that pestilence and that plague when thousands of other people would not make it. God does this, that is really my point of going here.
Verse three says, “He shall deliver thee.” Is that a maybe? He might? No, He shall.
Verse 3 — “Surely He shall deliver thee from the pestilence.” But verse two says that I will say something. Here we have an indication that this person is walking with God, he knows how to walk with God, he says something about God.
Verse seven says, “A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand” (meaning it is close,) “but it shall not come nigh thee,” (or that it won’t come on you.) That sounds to me like immunity. You are immune to it. Something on you or with you causes you to be immune to it, to walk over it, to be above it — and that something is divine health that comes from the Holy Ghost.
John 16:33 says (this is Jesus talking) — “These things have I spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Tribulation you shall have in the world; it is there, it is already there. You are in the world, and if you are in the world there is already in the world tribulation — there is already something that wants to come against you and get on you.
Every time flu season comes up it is out there trying to get on people, but it is not going to come on you. By speaking in agreement with His word, His word says it won’t come on you. What do you need to do? You need to say that it won’t come on you.
I have been there: I used to get sick twice a year like clockwork, and I remember thinking, “Here we go again… Am I going to be out one week or two weeks this time?”
That hasn’t happened to me in so long, I cannot even remember the last time it happened; but there is a secret that I learned… Do you want to know the secret?
Every word of God has the ability within itself to bring itself to pass. I do not have to bring it to pass, I just have to be in agreement with it and it brings itself to pass.
If it is a word of God that says, “No sickness will come near me,” if I do what I am supposed to do, in walking with the Holy Ghost and His word, then that word will cause the sickness not to come near me or to come on me — it will do the same in your life.
I have learned how to take the Word of God like medicine; because, if I take the Word of God and I receive the Word of God, especially words concerning healing and keeping me from sickness and disease, then that word is what is going to keep the sickness from me. It is not me; it is Him and His word bringing itself to pass.
I have learned that every word of God has power in itself to bring itself to pass, and I have learned how to take the Word of God like medicine.
People will go and get their flu shot. See a long line outside the pharmacy, and you know the flu season is coming. Drive past the grocery store, and they have a sign out front:
“Flu shots here today! Come get your flu shot! Get a little shot of flu!”
And everybody goes and does it. Why are they doing it? So they do not get the flu; they want to be vaccinated against it.
I am showing you how to take God’s medicine, so that that is your vaccine against the flu.
Isaiah 55:11 — “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth…” Did this word come out of His mouth? This word that you are holding in your hand, the Bible, the written word. “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void…” (or without profit, not doing anything,) “but it shall accomplish that which I please.”
Remember, it is His pleasure that you prosper and be in health. It is not His will for any of His children to be sick or to come down with the flu. His word shall accomplish that which He pleases, and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto He sent it.
When He said that you will be delivered from all sickness and disease, and pestilence won’t come near you — is that a word of God? Yes. Then it shall accomplish it; it shall bring it to pass. What shall bring it to pass? His word shall bring itself to pass: “My word that goes forth out of my mouth shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, it shall prosper in the thing where I sent it.”
First, we have to understand what is going to do the work of that word — whether it be healing, prosperity, deliverance, keeping you free from sickness and disease, whatever it is — it will be the word itself bringing itself to pass. Here it gives you a little indication: “So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth, it shall not return to me…”
“What do you mean, God, by ‘return to me?’ ”
Your Word returned to you… What does that mean? When you return it to Him, by speaking it, you are returning it (the word He spoke) back to Him. I mean you are sowing it to the spirit. What am I sowing to the spirit? The word that came out of His mouth. When He said no pestilence will come near you, if I say “No pestilence will come near you (near me.)” I am returning His word to Him, and it won’t return void — meaning that when I return it, it has the same power to bring itself to pass that He said it would. I am telling you, this is the secret I have learned: that the Word of God has within itself the ability to bring itself to pass; but if I just leave it there on the desk, it won’t do anything — I have to take the word that came out of His mouth, put it in my mouth, and return it to God.
“By Jesus stripes I was healed.” If I am sowing that to the spirit, what am I going to reap from the spirit? If I sow, “By Jesus stripes I was healed” to the spirit, I will reap, “By Jesus stripes I was healed.”
“Return it to me,” means, to say it. “I will say of the Lord.” The secret is in the saying, because your saying is sowing. You are saying the word, and you are sowing to the spirit; and if you are saying the word, the word you are saying has the ability within itself to bring itself to pass in your life — because you are saying it.
I have learned over the years that I do not like getting sick; I do not like getting sick in the spring and the fall, or any other time — and I haven’t been sick in years, when I used to get sick every year a couple of times a year. But not anymore, because I have learned this: that the word of God has the ability to bring itself to pass in my life, and I have learned how to take it like a medicine.
I keep saying that because when people go:
“Okay, flu season is coming up.”
— what should they start doing? Rather than just going and getting your flu shot, start taking the word of God like a medicine to inoculate yourself pre- sickness and disease.
Proverbs 4:20 — “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear to my sayings.” Sayings are words that are said. You must attend to His word, and attend to His sayings; He is not actively saying it right now, you must be actively saying it.
“Let them not depart from thine eyes, keep them in the midst of thine heart; for they are life to those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” In the margin of the KJV Bible it says that the word “health” is also translated as “medicine.” What is medicine to your flesh? His word — His word that you say.
I can take His word and find all of the healing scriptures and get some Elmer’s glue and stick it on my afflicted part, but is that going to do anything? No! We apply it by saying. How am I applying the medicine of God’s Word? By saying God’s Word.
This is what I found out, that God’s word has power to bring itself to pass; therefore, God’s healing word has healing power to bring itself to pass, if I take it like a medicine and say it. The secret is in the saying.
Romans 10:17 says — “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing…” How do you hear the word of God? By speaking it. It has to be spoken. When you hear the word of God, faith comes — it is automatic.
Why would faith come from hearing the word? Because faith is in the word. What kind of faith is in the word? The faith that brings the word to pass is in the word itself.
This is the same thing I have been talking about; it is the secret: knowing that the ability and power and faith is in the word itself to bring itself to pass.
The secret is in the saying the words, and believing those words come to pass. Do I have to make myself believe it. No — because I am saying the word, and the faith comes by itself through the saying, the believing just happens. It comes every time you hear it; therefore, it comes every time you say it. It is a law of God that God built into His word, that if we learn to use it, it will keep you free from sickness and disease, when a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand.
1 John 5:4 — “And whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that overcomes the world: even our faith.” In the world Jesus said you will have tribulation. We already understand that in the world is the flu, in the world is sickness and disease of all different sorts. Where is it? Is it in heaven? — is it coming from heaven? No. Every good gift and every perfect gift comes out of heaven. Sickness and diseases are in the world. This is the victory that overcomes the world and everything in it. What is the victory that overcomes that sickness and disease? Even our faith.
Where do we get faith from? Faith comes by hearing and hearing; therefore, faith comes by saying and saying. Our faith is a product of His faith. “By Jesus stripes I was healed.” That verse of scripture contains enough faith to bring itself to pass (we’ve already established that) so His faith, which is in that word, becomes our faith. When we take the medicine “By Jesus stripes I am healed,” what does “By Jesus stripes I am healed” do to me? It has the power in itself to bring itself to pass, and I take it like a medicine.
It is His faith that becomes our faith — our faith used to be His faith. He believed. (Did God believe it? Yes.) He believes it, and then when I say it I begin to believe it. The secret is in the saying and believing — the believing takes care of itself, if you have the saying part right; because faith comes, and letting the faith that is in that word (remember it is His faith) letting the faith that is in that word itself bring itself to pass in your life — because it is not me struggling, trying to keep sickness off me, it is saying the word and believing that the word has the ability to produce itself in my life that does the work.
“Whatsoever you sow to the spirit, that you shall also reap.”
We are sowing to the spirit; we are sowing His word back to Him, we are returning it to Him, and we are going to reap that in our situation.
James 4:7 — “Submit yourselves therefore to God; resist the devil and He will flee from you.” We know that submitting ourselves to God means that, if I submit my mouth to God, I am going to be saying the same things that the Holy Ghost says. What should I be saying about sickness and disease? It cannot come near me, and by Jesus stripes I am healed; I say those things all the time. I say, “By Jesus stripes I am healed, sickness cannot come on me or stay in my body,” all the time, all the time, all the time. I said it before I came over here, I say it before I go into the store; preferably I say it before somebody sneezes on me. Why am I doing that?
“Oh, because you are paranoid.”
No. I have been sick before regularly, but I no longer partake of flu season or any of that stuff, because I am pre-medicated. That is my first position: I am constantly pre-medicated, I have taken my vaccine, I have had my inoculation.
Have you had your inoculation today? You should. If you know you are going into a situation where there are a lot of people, you might want to take an extra dose. How do you take it, you say? I say, “By Jesus stripes I am healed, sickness cannot stay in my body.” That is what I say all the time. I’m giving you scripture for it. Here it says: “Submit yourself to God, resist the devil…” and He might, if He wants to, flee from you. No! He will.
Again, this verse of scripture has the ability within itself to bring itself to pass. If you say, “He will flee from me,” then He will flee from you. If you understand that the devil is the source of all sickness and disease, what is going to flee from you? Sickness and disease — it shall not come near you. What if you feel your throat get a little sore? What if you sense you are starting to have a sniffle? Is now the time to forget about the word?
“Shhh! I do not believe that anymore.”
Or is it still time to resist? It is time to not only resist, but to resist strongly.
Our first position was, pre- sickness and disease; to be pre-medicated. Our second position, if we are sensing some kind of symptoms come on us, is to increase our resistance — not to back down — to increase. Can you increase your resistance to sickness and disease? — have you heard of that?
“They are very resistant to that.”
You can increase your resistance. It says, “resist the devil.” If the devil has sickness and disease that is in the world, you can increase your resistance to everything the devil has.
The first position is to pre-medicate yourself — before the symptoms, before any sneezing, before any of that stuff. It is easier to build a house when you are not in the storm. If you are not fighting the flu or anything right now, now is the best time to pre-medicate, and to build up your resistance.
Matthew 7:24 — “Therefore, whosoever hears these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock.”
Sickness and disease is a type of coming and trying to beat against your house, putting pressure on the house.
“And every one that hears these sayings of mine and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man which built His house upon the sand; then the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
My point for reading that is that it is easier to build the house before the storm comes.
Our first position is pre-medicating daily. Every day you feed on this stuff. Every day I do my scriptural confessions. I have a confession list of healing scriptures, and I confess it every single day; therefore, I am always pre-medicated, I always have my resistance built up.
Never does the devil come and try to put something on me and I go, “I do not want to resist.” I am ready for it. I resist the devil, and He flees from me.
And you get better at it.
You should do a confession list of scriptures that are personalized, (I will link down below the confession list that I do every day).
“By Jesus stripes I was healed, sickness cannot stay in my body.”
There is a difference between something trying to get on you, and you receiving it. Never do I receive it; I am always resisting it. If He said, by Jesus stripes I was healed, then I am healed — whether I look like it or not. I just need to increase my resistance.
The first position, is that I am pre-medicating. The second position, is that I am resisting — meaning if symptoms are coming on me: my throat is sore, my head aches, whatever it is — I do not receive it. That is my position.
“Well, you have already got it.”
No, I do not already have it; it is trying to get on me, it is trying to take away my health, and I resist. I do not care how sick you feel, or what the symptoms are that are on you — you are still healed, and the devil is trying to take away your health. That is your position.
You cannot share that with everybody, because some people will go —
“No, no, no, no. You have the flu.”
It really doesn’t matter as much what they are saying about, it is what you say about it. Your position is: I am healed, the sickness is trying to take away my health, and I resist it — I resist the devil.
Remember, God is not giving it to you. You resist the devil, and He flees.
“Oh I shouldn’t have gone over there, my throat’s getting sore. Every time it starts getting sore like this, I know I am coming down with something.”
Is that resisting? That is not resisting, that is receiving, that is the opposite of resisting.
The best thing to do is, number one: “shut up” until you are ready to say the Word of God, which will have an effect on your situation. I have been there, we’ve all been there.
This second position is not receiving, because that is the first thing it will try to get you to do. People will say —
“You have already got it.”
No, I do not already have it, I resist it. That is my position. I say, “By Jesus stripes I was healed, sickness cannot stay in my body.”
I will tell you, I have done this so many times, if I feel like I am under the weather, like something is trying to get on me, I will go and I will remove myself, and I will sit in a chair (sometimes I will even just sit in the bathtub) and I will say “By Jesus stripes I was healed, sickness cannot stay in my body.” What do I do after that? I say it again. “By Jesus stripes I was healed.”
I am not trying to manufacture anything, I am using the Word of God like it is designed to. I am returning it to Him, and it will not return void. I am taking it like a medicine.
If you are really sick (or have the symptoms,) you are going to need to take more medication.
I ramp up my dosage, I never received it, I am resisting it with the word.
Just because you went somewhere and came home, and your throat is sore and your nose is dripping, doesn’t negate the word; and it doesn’t mean you are sick, because the word says you are healed. You need to say “I am healed,” and by doing that you are not denying the sickness and disease, you are denying its right to exist in your body — because you are using the word as a tool and as a medication. When things are trying to come on you, it is time to resist — and it is time to ramp up your resisting. You might need to do two or three times what you were doing before, or more. I prefer to sit there and say it, and say it, and say it, (“By Jesus stripes I was healed sickness cannot stay in my body,”) until something happens.
One of three things usually happens: either it will just drop down on the inside of me and I will know I am healed; or something will leave me; but, usually, it is just a knowing that it (the sickness) is gone — I overcame it with the faith that was in the word, that was in my mouth.
Symptoms are easy to believe, aren’t they?
“Oh, yes. The symptoms, they are telling me I’m sick!”
Well, God’s word is telling you something else.
You need to tell the symptom what the word says.
1 Peter 5:8 — “Be sober, be vigilant.” What does “be vigilant” mean? Be on top of it, be alert, be aware. “Because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom He may devour.”
He is looking for someone who is a victim. A victim of what? His sickness. His flu. His pestilence. His plague. He is seeking to find somebody to put it on.
I say, “He can not put it on me. By Jesus stripes I am healed, sickness cannot stay in my body. By Jesus stripes I am healed, sickness cannot stay in my body. By Jesus stripes I am healed, sickness cannot stay in my body…”
Keep saying that until, all of a sudden, it is so many times like a coin dropping down on your inner man. Like when you put coins in a candy machine; when you put the right amount of coins in, what happens? A little screwy thing starts moving, pushes the candy out, and it drops down. Yes, often times it is like something left you, but most of the time is just a simple knowing that I got on top of it, I am over this. It is spiritually discerned, and you get better at it; you get better at knowing, you get better doing.
It took me a while, probably a couple of years going through flu seasons, to get what is going on here.
“Why is it not working? I cannot get it to work!”
But it does, you just have to keep at it; you have to be vigilant.
Remember, the first position was… what? Being pre-medicated. Stay medicated.
“Are you on your medication?”
Second: if something tries to get on you — because we are in the world, we will have tribulation; meaning it will try to put pressure on you, to come on you — what is your position? I resist. I do not receive it. I am healed, sickness get off of me!
The third position is after the attack. After you have received your healing, after the symptoms have left, after that… What are you going to do?
Believing for healing when you are not sick, is believing for divine health. Believe for healing when you are not sick, and you start to live above all of that stuff — which includes restoration of things that might not be right. It might not be a sickness or a disease, but it is something that needs to improve. This includes youth renewal; renewing parts of your body that are getting tired or worn out.
In Ephesians 5:16, He talks about redeeming the time, turning back the time.
Our three positions…
The first position is to daily medicate or vaccinate yourself. Immunize yourself regularly, and you will be well prepared for the next flu season that tries to show up and put something on you — because you are already medicated.
Position number two: if the symptoms appear and try to get on you, it is time to resist. You resist the devil. Are you going to resist the devil? “It is written.” Triple your dosage; super or hyper medicate, depending on what the situation is.
Many times if I am out (because we all deal with people) and I come back and I go, (making a scratchy throat sound) “What is that?” I do not sit here and I wonder about it for the next three days while it gets worse, I am immediately on top of it. I do not wait. If I am living in divine health, where I should be? I do not go, “hmm.” I am quick to recognize it, because I want to pounce on that thing while it is still just a little blip on the radar. Usually I will just end up saying, “By Jesus stripes I am healed, sickness cannot stay in my body,” and I only have to say it a few times, and the thing is gone. But if it really is coming at me, like a hammer, what am I going to do? I am going to meet it, with equal and greater hammer force, with the word. Either way, you give more force than it was putting on you. That is how you overcome something.
If you arm-wrestle someone, you have to put greater force on their arm than they are putting on your arm.
Triple the dose you have been doing every day. Super or hyper medicate.
Number three. Once you are ahead, get ahead, and keep going. Keep going into divine health, into the powers of the world to come — it is a manifestation of the substance of everlasting life in your body — the Spirit of Him that raised Jesus from the dead quickening your mortal body, and youth renewal.
“As you speak My word,” says the Spirit of the Lord, “I will manifest myself in your life and in your body, in the midst of those words — and you shall see Me acting out on your behalf and destroying the works of the devil; for it is My will that you be healed and live in divine health in every area of life.”