Opening the Doors to Heavenly Healing by Sherwood A. Burton
“Healthy, Wealthy & Wise”
How many have ever heard that phrase? I remember it from when I was very young. Are we aware that it is exactly that which the Creator of this earthly kingdom wants for all of us, yes, for all seven billion of us.
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
In this short booklet, I want to show forth what the Lord God of Creation has shown me. I do not say this in a proud way, because without listening and reading the Creators words, I should know nothing outside of the understanding of the world. But this awesome Creator has talked with me and shown me things that I believe need to be shared.
Thus, please read on and open your heart for a better understanding of God’s desire for you.
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
It occurs to me that in both of these scriptures, darkness means lacking of any goodness and love. The two have been separated from that day one, when the darkness could not comprehend the Light which was His Love.
1 John 1:5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
I have overcome cancer twice in my life through my trust in the infallible Word of God, and my absolute stubbornness in believing what the Word has to say about these things.
In my first bout with cancer, I nearly died, but I had a vision from God and a word which I firmly stood on. I was about one half way through a series of radiation treatments on my throat, along with chemotherapy. The words I heard from our Heavenly Father were, “You’re Clean.” I stopped all medical treatments of this world and believed those words without wavering. Three months later, I was due for a CT scan, and the evening before at a bible study in our home, we were to read from John 15. When I got to verse 3, I almost fell off my chair; ‘You are already clean because of the Word which I have spoken to you.’ The result from the scan the next day was that nothing had changed regarding the cancer. Not worse, not better. Another scan 2 months later and the doctor confirmed “You’re Clean.” My thoughts immediately were, 2 Corinthians 13:1 “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” I have now been clean for seventeen years.
Now to the second bout with cancer, I continue to be stubborn, and when the doctor told me that the lump on my arm which had grown to about the size of a small lemon, was cancer, I refused to accept it. According to the biopsy from two different labs, it definitely was cancer. I was not alarmed since I am a believer in Yeshua. There were two ladies who came to our apartment and prayed, commanding in the name of Jesus for the lump to leave my body, as it (my body) belonged to Jesus. Within a few minutes, the lump began to shrink. I realized they were doing exactly what Jesus had taught his disciples when He spoke to the fig tree that no one would ever eat from it again. Matthew 21:21-22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ it will be done. And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Instead of talking to my mountain, I had been asking God to do the healing of my arm. I started to pray in like manner at the lump, that in the name of Yeshua it would dry up and leave this body alone, as I belong to Yeshua and it has no right to dwell in this body. A lot of other people have prayed for me as well. I should say this, it is God who does the healing, not I, but it is through the words which are spoken at the problem. I remember reading one morning from Isaiah 55:11 “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” I heard as clear as day God’s voice say, “That’s yours, now use it.” What is now left of this huge lump is just a very small reddish spot about the size of an American 25 cent piece. As I questioned the Lord about this spot that He might remove it, He said to me that it was my merit badge of honor.
What I am saying is, one cannot be tossed about by the world and God’s Word. We must stand on His Word as the final report, and stop listening to anything else. As it says in Matthew 6, and Luke 16, you cannot serve two masters. It should be noted that when Yeshua is in Heaven, He is one hundred percent God, and when He was on this earth He was one hundred percent human just as we are, but totally trusting in His Father’s Word.
Yeshua says in John 16:33 “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
1 John 5:4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Yeshua is saying that He has overcome the world’s system and properties, and operates from that Heavenly Kingdom’s system and properties. Yeshua did what some might say were some pretty bizarre things, like turning water into wine for starters, then multiplying a meager meal of bread and fish to feed over five thousand people, with more left over than they started with. He walked on water and caused one of His disciples to do the same, as well as doing instantaneous healings all over the country, and He even got money from a fish.
I am a firm believer that this best-selling book of all time, the Bible, is God’s instruction book on how to live the best life here, and a guide as to how to enter the next eternal life in God’s Kingdom of Heaven. There is an eternal life to come, and it will depend on what you sow here as to what you reap there. There will be a separation of darkness and light.
I like what it says in Deuteronomy 30:19-20a “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days;”
Have you ever bought a device where it was essential for you to check out the pamphlet of instructions to get it to perform the way it was designed to perform? It is no different with our earthly lives; we must read the instructions, or we will end up losing out on our designed performance and end result. So, when it comes to healing, I have picked out a few scriptures to help along the way to the desired result.
I must inject here, the word that has been my foundation in God from the very beginning; John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” And John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. Herein are two statements, seeing and entering. In my mind, seeing is the 1st step only but once seen, then comes the ability to enter. Being born of the Spirit of God is the necessary 1st step, the 2nd is desiring to enter.
Psalm 107:20 He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Jeremiah 17:5Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.”
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”;
Acts 4:29-30 “… grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
Acts 9:34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you.”
Deuteronomy 39:20 “that you may love the Lord your God … for He is your life …”
Proverbs 3:7-8 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.
Proberbs 4:20a + 22 My son, give attention to my words; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.
John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Yeshua) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Mark 9:25 Jesus ….. rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”
Please note, Yeshua did not talk to God about this deaf and dumb spirit, He talked to the spirit, commanding it to leave.
Mark 16:15-18 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The Words that I speak to you are Spirit, and they are life.”
1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
For anyone who is ‘born again’ does not put confidence in his own flesh, or what he can do of himself because, John 15:5 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
As we walk according to the Spirit of God, all things are possible. The more time we spend dwelling on the things of God, the more we will be able to manifest His Glory in this earth.
I have to say that this second bout with cancer has taught me so very much more about how to pray, and the responsibility that we have to follow the Creator’s book of instructions.
All scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Sherwood A. Burton