“We have a victory in Christ that we’re contending for and appropriating because His word is true… we’re in a covenant relationship with God… I can’t get a man out of a coma, but the Spirit of God can! Guess where He is? In me!“
With words such as this, Dan Mohler delivers the most powerful message on healing that I have ever seen in a video; I found it posted on YouTube, entitled “Healing the Bible Way – Dan Mohler.” Brothers and sisters, this message will cause you to see and understand things you haven’t seen or understood before about healing by faith in the power of Jesus Christ! It includes Dan’s amazing testimony of how he not only dealt (by grace through faith!) with being informed his wife was in a coma, but how he briefly spoke truth to her and the Lord healed her. (I inserted a photo to mark the beginning of that testimony, midway through this transcript.)
I pray that you MAKE the time to either watch the 34 minute video via the link above (sooo amazing!) or read my near-literal transcript of that message here, slightly modified for easy readability.
So please, make time for this. Set yourself away from all distractions, get comfortable, press into the Lord, and receive this message! You will be so very glad that you did: many, many people may be healed in the name of Jesus because you made the time to do this and RECEIVE the transforming and empowering truth herein! God bless you! – deanna
Healing the Bible Way – Dan Mohler
In Session 1 I’m going to talk about healing. Honestly, I might say some things that are different than you’ve believed or been taught your whole life. It’s not because I’m trying to be divisive. I’m just going to read the word and we’ll think about some things here. I’m concerned that when it comes to healing, we, through our experience, have built a list so long and have made it so complicated that we’ve got so many reasons why it might not or can’t happen that we’re very hesitant to even step out in this whole arena called healing. We’ve been confused. We’ve seen a lot of people not healed, or we know people we’ve all prayed for in the church and they haven’t lived; all that stuff gets in our head, and we think we have to answer that and we make up reasons why. I think our answers are at the cost of truth, and truth makes us free, and so we’ve dug ourselves a hole.
We have thirty reasons why people aren’t healed, or maybe it’s thirty-three in the latest book. I’m thinking Jesus didn’t have that book in His back pocket. The reason He didn’t was because it wasn’t His experience. The only reason we have it is because it’s our experience, and we feel we have to explain it. Well, if you accept one of those reasons is viable, you’ve just put a ceiling over the power of God on your life, and you stop yourself from growing past that reason.
I bet the gospel’s greater. I bet that love is greater, that nothing can stop Jesus. We’re going to talk about it a little. We have to be careful that WE stay out of the picture and that we let Christ rule and reign over the whole equation. We’ve made this thing more difficult than it is; we’ve made it all about us! Praying more prayers, praying more spiritual prayers. The name of Jesus is not synonymous with saying “abracadabra.” He’s the Name above every name. Faith isn’t a method. It has nothing to do with what you pray; it has to do with what you believe. And we get so self-conscious about what we pray that a lot of men don’t know what to pray. “Be healed,” “be made whole,” “come out of him,” is probably good enough when you believe. And any of us can pray that, can’t we?
See, we turn this thing into WORKS when it’s GRACE. Then WE try to fill something that is already complete. Come on! If I took a survey and you’d be honest, there’s a lot of people sitting here who, as soon as you’ve started praying for the sick, you’ve wondered, “Am I praying good enough?” and you’ve become very conscious of what you were saying. Be honest; raise your hand if that ever happened to you? Look, I have my hand up too. It’s almost unanimous.
So tell me these aren’t strongholds that are trying to keep us back by keeping us self-centered, self-conscious, and insufficient, when the finished work of Christ is enough! That’s why I’m teaching this stuff, so that we break these things off of us and get back to truth, because the truth will make us free. All of a sudden I don’t have to produce anything; I put all my confidence in what’s already finished! I can’t get a man out of a coma, but the Spirit of God can! Guess where He is? In me!
I believe it! I’ve seen about five folks come out of comas; it’s really fun! One was a young boy; he was in there for a long time. I was talking to his parents, and they started crying. I was preaching Jesus just like now, and my heart was all revved up.. and I said, “See, it’s the will of God, it’s all the power of God.” It’s not all the fasting and all the praying, guys! We get into works with that! We’re trying to get a move of God and we already HAVE a move of God! It’s faith through Jesus!
I turned and I looked and spoke the boy’s name and said, “Look at me, son.” He was on the ventilator, and he turned and looked right at me. Yah! Ahhhh! The next day, he was off of everything [all life support]. Do you see what’s “wrong” with me? I gotta tell you some things like that so you understand what’s “wrong” with me! [Laughs]
The gospel’s true! Whoops! See, just because we haven’t seen everybody respond like that, then we ask questions, and we rewrite a book that’s already written!
I won’t let my natural knowledge change the truth that’s eternal. I’ll go back to the life of Jesus, and if my experience doesn’t measure up to His life I will can [meaning disregard] my experience and keep seeking Him. I answer to His word, not my experience. If His word says they’re healed, they’re healed, and if they died, I just need more of Him and to keep seeking Him and I’ll keep praying for healing and there’s nothing that can hold me back.
“Yah, brother, but we prayed and prayed and prayed, and if it was the will of God…” Stop that. You’re scratching God’s word in so many ways. That is human reasoning, human wisdom, and the way that seems right to a man trumping truth again, and yet truth is the same. Come on, you better be humble here.
[He gives the example of Christ’s disciples not healing an epileptic boy in Matt. 17:14-21; Mark 9:14-29]: Jesus didn’t say their failure was because of all that we say the failure is; Jesus said it was because they failed to see and understand and believe – that their minds were in the way. And He corrected them strongly in that chapter, which means they could have healed the boy! We’re gonna take a look at that one; I can tell by your eyes we must!
I want you to see this: Luke 10:8-9. “Whatever city you enter, heal the sick there and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God is come.’ ” If you say “the kingdom of God is come” AFTER you’ve prayed and AFTER they’re healed, they may know nothing before you’ve prayed, so how could THEY have faith? What’s first in this commission? It’s healing the sick before it’s even speaking the word! In Matthew 10 it’s the opposite order. In our culture I like to use the approach in Luke’s account, because people have enough religion, enough theology that if you try to talk Jesus FIRST they’ll try to talk you out of it, and tell you why it’s not their time, etc., and ALL these reasons why not to love them with the gospel.
I say that you have to believe it’s the will of God to heal people. How are you going to have faith, how are you going to have the substance of what you hope for, the evidence of what you haven’t seen, if you haven’t established and settled the will of God in your heart?
What gives me the confidence to pray for the sick? I believe it’s God’s will to heal and touch the sick! It’s not just because they’re sick, it’s because God said “Go, and whatever city you’re in, heal the sick.”
…We let our experience trump the validity of God’s word, and we wouldn’t dare think that we’re missing something! Whoo, I didn’t say that meanly. We’re missing something! Let’s not let anything stop the power of God! Let’s not have any reason why it’s NOT possible; let’s settle on one reason why it IS possible and grow into that until it’s our reality.
I’ve been in four churches that I can remember where every sickness we prayed for was healed, even the “big” things on our scales. To heaven it’s all the same. The reason we receive it on a scale is because we see it on a scale. We hear “cancer” and we try to dig in and pray a better prayer. What are we saying? “Cancer, you’re powerful and you intimidate me.” …because it has hurt so many of us and its natural reality has a voice. I don’t think Jesus is intimidated by cancer! I think we’ve just been hurt by it. And we’ve meant well and we’ve prayed a lot and we haven’t seen victory a lot. I’ve watched, and most of the time Christians pray because they’re driven by the problem…
Faith doesn’t come because you’re driven by a problem; faith comes because of love. Faith comes because of the word and the promise. We’re not problem-driven people, we’re promise-driven people, we’re answer-driven! We have a victory in Christ that we’re contending for and appropriating because His word is true. It’s not just because we have the Bible and we have Christian rights. It’s because we’re in a covenant relationship with God.
Some of us are discouraged and hurt because we tried everything and prayed everything we were supposed to pray and we turned relationship into a method, a Christian method… There’s discouragement there. No, it’s relationship and growing up in Him into all things, and faith working through love, and love never failing, and us knowing our place.
One thing I really want to encourage you in, and I’m way past debate – can you understand that I’m happy and free, that I’m having fun in the gospel? Can you tell that I at least sincerely believe what I’m telling you? OK, now watch. I’m way past debate; people who lack the Christian experience want to debate and tell you why not… You’re way late for me! A guy like me will just make you frustrated without trying! Because you’re not going to pull me into that! I’m having too much fun; I just understand that you don’t understand, and that’s not an arrogant phrase!
I’ve seen HUNDREDS and hundreds of people get healed, HUNDREDS! And I’ve seen people NOT get healed. I’ve seen people that had to die die, but I’ve seen people that had to die live. I’ve gotten over the struggle of that a long time ago. I’m just going after what’s possible – what’s God – and I’m building on what He’s doing.
I’m not trying to write theology: it’s already here! It’s the life of Jesus! Jesus is perfect theology! He’s the visible image of an invisible God! He’s the expressed image of His person. When you’ve seen Him, you’ve seen the Father! ..so He is the WILL of God revealed!
We’re still trying to figure out God through life. We’re still analytically processing God through the experiences of our life. …we’re saying that because Bill died and Bob lived God heals some and doesn’t heal all. Well Jesus didn’t declare that – life declares that, but Jesus didn’t declare that. John 1 says that God has spoken through His Son. Well Jesus didn’t declare that God heals some and doesn’t heal all; circumstances have declared that. So who’s the voice of truth: circumstances or Jesus?
Come on, let’s get humble and really die! Well, we know it all, and our knowledge is puffing us up and putting a ceiling over the power of God that we desperately need. (Come on, I’m preaching straight; I’m not mad at anybody, I’m letting this thing fly.)
This thing is real, and that’s the effect it has on me [referring to a woman in the audience crying out in joy as he was preaching this]. You have no idea when this thing came alive in me sixteen years ago, I was [overcome as the woman was], because nobody told me this and nobody was bold enough to even declare this was possible; making excuses for the lack of power and explaining away the deaths of people, and all of a sudden I’m just being trapped in life, being subdued when I’m created to subdue – to be bold as a lion and be righteous and win. So ain’t nobody stopping me! You don’t even have to agree with me, but I’m cheering you on and you can’t even stop me! You can disagree all you want, and people are STILL gonna get healed and you’ll just get mad and come up with another reason why or why not. It’s the truth!
Come on, let’s run with the gospel! Let’s get on page with heaven! Jesus did not declare the Father has healed some and does not heal all, did He? He healed ALL that came to Him, and everyone He touched was healed, so He declared it’s the will of God to heal. If He’d have said to ONE person, “I’m sorry, I can’t, it’s not your time,” or “I can’t, it’s not the Father’s will,” if He’d have said it ONE time concerning healing we’d have a reason to NOT believe. Because then everybody you pray for, you’d wonder if they’re in that category. If Jesus had made just ONE exception, then we’d throw the person we’d been praying for into that exception. But because we let our experience be our doctrine, they’re already in that exception because we’ve created many exceptions. We say stuff like, “Well, all in God’s good time.” THE TIME FOR SALVATION (Greek: “soteria” – healing, preservation, deliverance) IS NOW! TODAY IS THE DAY, NOW IS THE TIME!
[Someone will say]: “Well it’s not God’s will; if it was God’s will they’d be healed.” It’s not an “abracadabra” – it’s the prayer of faith that saves the sick! That’s why I took you to James 5. It’s not an ordinance, you’re not just praying saying, “Well, whatever will be will be, if it’s God’s will… Well, I guess it wasn’t God’s will.” Come on, that’s not it, it’s the prayer of faith!
What’s faith? Hebrews chapter 11: faith is the substance, meaning the realization, the tangibility, the realization of what you hope for. How can I have the realization of my hope unless I’ve established and settled the will of God in the matter? Where does faith come from? KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD! Faith works through love. Faith doesn’t work because I have a problem; need works because I have a problem, and need drives fear. Faith works through love and love casts out fear.
We pray from fear a lot. We pray for Sally when she has cancer; the whole church prays and fasts for Sally when she has cancer because we’re scared half to death she’s gonna die. So we go into Christian performance to get a breakthrough and the stone’s already been rolled away! (Come on, I’m letting her fly; I hope you’re hearing me.) And then we say, “But the whole church was praying! It couldn’t have been God’s will or she’d have been healed because we were all praying.”
I don’t know what we were doing, because the Bible says that if a man has faith and says to the mountain “move” it WILL move. So if it doesn’t move we’re missing something. We’re good sincere people and we don’t want Sally to die, but we’re letting our emotion and empathy drive us in prayer and we’re turning this into a method when it’s RELATIONSHIP and the power of God. Come on, you can’t take things personal – you take the gospel personal.
…You start praying for all the wrong reasons. They seem right, but they don’t have the power of God. And you can see that we’re on a wrong track, because then the results cause great animosity and division among us, and now we have camps and rivers and streams that God never built and never dug. We’re justifying our own experiences and our own belief systems that came through our lives instead of Jesus’ life.
A lot of what we believe transpires because of the way life’s been. There are people who are so discouraged about healing because they’ve prayed and prayed for an uncle and he didn’t get healed, and they said, “Never again.” It’s all the more reason, because God’s word says it can happen, there has to be something I need to see, something that I can be enlightened in. God forbid I get selfish, personal, turn inward and quit in something I’m predestined for! God forbid I throw in the towel when it’s not even my privilege because I’m not my own, I was bought for a price! Have Your way in me, God, and give me a revelation, I’m going after this thing!
We might have lost my uncle, but God forbid, we’re not going to lose any more. I promise you, you take a back seat, you take a bench, you’re going to watch more and more dying and you’re heart’s gonna grow harder and harder and harder, and you’re belief system’s gonna be justified by more deaths, and you will be a million miles from the power of God and truth, and you will just settle into a doctrine that will try to protect your soul, but you’re not okay.
(I’m letting her fly here, I hope you’re getting all this. I’m not mad at you; can you see how intense I am on all this? It’s nothing personal towards you. It’s because this lie is costing us so much. I am done with our people dying, come on, and you are too…)
I woke up a year ago, and the Lord said, “My people feel vulnerable in the world in which they live; vulnerability is fear.” And I just bawled and bawled and God ministered to me and I interceded and prayed for us as a people, because we are so worried about what we eat and what we didn’t eat, and we forget the covenant God and preservation of life. And now we use [worldly] wisdom and try to do this and that, and most of it is fear. Trying to not do this and to do that, it’s because we’re vulnerable – we’re a problem waiting to manifest. We give flu a season! And we take shots so it doesn’t get us! You’re not putting your flu on me, and I’m not an arrogant man. I don’t fear it, and it’s not gonna touch me; never has, and it ain’t gonna. And I’m not an arrogant man.
Heaven and hell both understand me – you might misunderstand, but they both know and that’s what matters. So you can write a book or an article about me saying I’m some kind of something, but that flu going around this season, it ain’t getting on me.
You ought to feel what I’m feeling right now; I’m not being arrogant, and I’m not condemning you for ever having [had] the flu. What I’m saying is that what we make allowance for and what we see and believe is what determines us most of the time, and we don’t understand that.
Because you feel you’re vulnerable, you’re set up for the experience. And we’re afraid to believe, and think we’re extreme and out of balance to start making declarations when nobody’s looking.
God doesn’t want us vulnerable like that. We’re afraid to be presumptuous, to be puffed up and to think of ourselves more highly than we ought, and we throw those scriptures in there to, to – they stop truth! I’m thinking of myself the way He’s teaching me I am! It’s what He said, it’s His idea! He’s the One that said “Greater is He that’s in me!” So if I start walking without fear, am I presumptuous? He said “Fear not.” So do I have to maintain a certain level of intimidation to at least stay “real” and “relatable” and “balanced”?
Come on, He said “Don’t worry,” so I’m NEVER going to worry. I don’t worry! I trust Jesus, and my life’s not my own, and if things aren’t working the way they seem they should, something’s going to work for the good, because He loves me and I love Him and we’re in covenant and it’s gonna be fine, and I ain’t losing sight of truth!
He taught me how not to fear. When my wife was hit with this thing and she was on life support and had severe brain damage and was in a coma, and all of a sudden I get the phone call of her condition and all this stuff the doctors want to do because she’s gonna die, I said, “Listen, now’s not the time for me to get a medical education. That’s what you went to school for bud, and I appreciate whatever you do for my wife. You just do what you think is right. I’m not the kind of guy who’s gonna contest you and sue you; you just do what you think is right, but I’m gonna tell you what I am and where I’m at with this.”
And I told him [the doctor]. And he said, “Well, sir, I appreciate it, but I have to face reality,” and I said, “Sir, you’ve missed everything I’ve said. I have faced Reality, and I’m coming in to see her and lay my hands on her.”
…The worst thing I could have done would have been to take this personal and get hurt, mad at God, and pull back, and get dismantled and prove that I’m in this for me and not for His glory. Come on! Life is a gift, your kids are a gift, your spouse is a gift; don’t you covet what was given by God! God never gave you a gift at the cost of who He is! He gave you a gift to realize the goodness of who He is, and if something gets hit in warfare, don’t you blame God and back out! You suit up and fight all the more. If you lose a child, you run harder to the finish line so you can embrace them and God in the end. Don’t you step back and don’t you bow out!
See, I can’t lose! We’ve already won! So when I get that phone call, I can’t lose! She can get up, and you better believe it; I ain’t afraid! And I promise you I ain’t crying “Oh my God,” or [starting] seventeen prayer chains asking “Please pray for my wife!” That’s fear! That’s a “fear-line” when you do that. [Some would say] “The more people praying, the better brother!” ONE IN FAITH IS A MAJORITY! MOVE THAT MOUNTAIN!
See, you have to get through some of this stuff so that it’s not a philosophy or a theory. We’re afraid of the den and the night in the lions’ den, because we’re afraid the lion’s gonna bite us. What do I care if I’m in a lion’s den overnight – He’s gonna shut the mouth of EVERY lion! I’m in covenant! I’m innocent in His sight through the blood! I’m not condemned, I’m justified!
We’re praying to stay out of the den because WE’RE NOT SURE THEY WON’T BITE! We’re praying to stay out of fire because WE THINK IT WILL BURN! The fire was never the issue; it’s WHO THE LORD IS that was the issue in that account. It never was about the fire, or the fourth man would have put it out when He showed up! He doesn’t give it enough honor to put it out! He’s Lord over it! Why put it out when He’s King? Just let His boys be free in the middle of it, right in the face of adversity, let them be loosed and free and not even smell of smoke!
See? I don’t look like I’ve been in a fire nor do I smell of smoke; but do you see the passion in me? Do you see how I changed in the last half hour? Do you know why? Because I’ve been in that lions’ den, and this ain’t a philosophy to me. And I’ve been in that furnace, and you’ve better believe there’s a fourth man, and His name is Jesus, and He is my King!
This ain’t a game; it ain’t a philosophy; it ain’t a religion; it ain’t a doctrine. It’s real, and it’s relationship, and it’s love, and it never fails! But if it’s about ME in that fire you better believe I’m toasty bacon. If it’s about HIM in that fire, it has NOTHING on me.
Are you following me? Do you see what’s “wrong” with me right now? THIS GOSPEL’S TRUE! That’s what’s “wrong” with me! Yah!
I had the great privilege of being fearless and walking into my wife’s room and popping her eyes open and saying, “Hey, girl,” (I had my son with me) “your boys are here to see you. And we’ve come to get you out of this nap!” Yah! And we didn’t chant and pray and blow four shofars and wave three colors of flags. And I know we say that God tells us to do that stuff, but sometimes we’re just trying hard because we care, but we fail the trouble.
I’m being honest; I’m a straight-shooter. Don’t get offended. We do care, we’re good people, we don’t want our loved ones to die, and we’re trying hard – too hard, I think. I want to be a better believer. My wife ain’t getting healed because I wave the right color flag! My wife’s getting healed because Jesus raised from the dead! Are you hearing me? I know that offends some folks, and I’m not trying to be offensive.
But you pray for twenty seconds over her and speak life for twenty seconds over her [his comatose wife] and you take your boy and walk out of the room to take him home. He grabs you in the hall and cries profusely, and says, “Dad, I so appreciate you because I realize you don’t see what I see.” He cried out as a teenager, “That’s the difference between you and me! You didn’t see what I saw in that room!”
I said, “I don’t know anything else to see: [spoken peacefully] Jesus is Lord!” [Laughs in victory]. [Transcriptionist: Elisha and his servant in 2 Kings 6:16-17 comes to mind!]
He’s holding onto me crying, and I say, “Now listen, you’re going to school tomorrow, and you don’t have permission to be depressed. And you’re going to be a blessed boy because your mamma is in the hand of the living God.”
I took him home, then I went back [to the hospital], sat on the windowsill – it was an hour and a half after we had touched her. I watched her open her eyes on the life support, come out of the coma. They ran an EEG, and her brain activity [had become] normal.
That ain’t happening because I fretted and feared – it’s easy to do that in the flesh. That’s the flesh reaction. Well, you don’t live from your flesh; you live by your spirit. Do you know what’s cool? I could have been pumping gas on my way to the hospital, and [if you’d seen me] you’d never have known what was going on, coz it ain’t the story of my day. Jesus is the story of my day! [Laughing] He’s the headline on the front page, baby!
[Then he enacted the way it usually transpires]: “How you doing, Dan?” “Oh my God, I’m so glad I bumped into you! Oh my God, my wife’s in trouble, get so-and-so together for prayer – I’m headed to the hospital to see her now!” That’s what we do, and we call that faith, No, that’s panic and fear, and we’ve become a product of the trouble. Don’t get condemned by what I’m saying, be challenged by what I’m saying.
He said “Do not fear. Do not worry.” And our first two reactions in trouble are fear and worry, and THEN we pray from the place of being dismantled by what’s wrong, and we lose sight of what’s right and we get reduced to turning the Bible into a method that we apply, hoping it works because we’re in a jam. Then we get disappointed with it and [lose faith]. He’s not a method; He’s my Father and He’s with me; you better believe it!
Man, I feel Him now, I do. He’s all over me, and I like it! I like to feel the presence of God! But if I didn’t “feel” it, guess what? I’m a son and He loves me! You just can’t lose [laughs]! Do you follow me?
It’s the authority of the believer.
Look, Matthew 28: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given unto Me.” That’s Jesus’ declaration upon coming out of the grave and seeing His disciples. All authority. How much authority? “All authority. In heaven and on earth. Go, therefore.”
Did you just hear that? What’s He doing? He’s knighting you with that authority; He’s dubbing you with what He just won. He’s saying, “You’re in Me and we are one. I’m going to ascend to the Father. Father, I do not pray that You take them out of here, just keep them from the evil one, because they’re going to rock the world in My love. So I’m coming to You, and You’re coming to them through the Holy Spirit, and I just gave them authority. Yay! I rule the Kingdom with a scepter of righteousness. They’re right in Our sight.”
Righteous! Righteous! ! You kneel and bow before Him and He knights you! You’re right with Him! Run well! Whoo! How much authority! “ALL authority, in heaven and earth has been given to Me; go, therefore.” What’s He saying? “You’re in Me and I’m in you. I chose you. You’re My Body, you’re My people. Who I am I’ve given to you. What I am I’ve given to you. You’re lacking no good thing. Now be of courage and go after this thing!”
It’s all through our Bibles, it’s the commission; it’s the connection. Even when He says He’s raised above and every name and every tongue, above the earth and under the earth shall bow and worship Jesus, He says “You, therefore” – He goes right into us! He says He’s the Head over every power and principality and all things, even to the Church which is His fullness which fills all and all. He says to the glory of God through the power that worketh in us in Corinthians. In Ephesians He says He can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask, think, or imagine, by the power that worketh in us! Everywhere that He exalts Jesus highly He connects us at the end! It’s amazing! [Laughs and claps with glee]
We’re waiting on God, and I really believe He’s waiting on us to understand and to stop being afraid and to stop being subdued by the earth but to start subduing.
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will … place their hands on sick people, and they will get well. – Mark 16:17-18
Amen, brother Dan! Amen! Hallelujah! – deanna