What to Do When God Says You're Healed, Yet Symptoms Persist

Why is it so hard to confess you are healed when the symptoms are still present? (Photo by Raj Eiamworakul on Unsplash)
Restless leg syndrome started seven weeks after open-heart surgery. I prayed for healing and then journaled, and God has told me I was healed physically. Yet the symptoms of the infirmity persist.

So now what do I do? Acknowledge I still have restless leg syndrome, or acknowledge that I'm healed?

Ingredients of a Miracle

It appears to me that miracles and healing occur when I hear His spoken promise to me, believe this spoken word, see a vision of the healing completed and feel the emotions of being fully restored, causing me to speak and act according to these promises!

Exemplified by the Father of Faith: When I do all of the above, my healing and recovery spring forth. Abraham experienced a miracle of a promised son when he was 100 years old (Gen. 21:5). He believed God's spoken promise (Gen. 12:1, 2), held a vision of the promise fulfilled (Gen. 15:1, 5, 6) and spoke the promise. You will note that Abraham spoke his new name—"I am Abraham" (literal meaning is "father of many nations," Gen. 17:5) for a full year before his wife gave birth to their first child. Abraham felt so impassioned by this vision and promise, he was emotionally prepared to act on it by taking his son to a mountain top to slay him in obedience to the spoken word of the Lord (Gen. 22), believing that God could raise him from the dead (Heb. 11:19). This made Abraham a friend of God (James 2:23).

Discounting symptoms: "He did not consider his own body, already become dead, (being about a hundred years old,) and the deadness of Sarah's womb, and at the promise of God did not stagger in unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, having given glory to God, and having been fully persuaded that what He hath promised He is able also to do: wherefore also it was reckoned to him to righteousness" (Rom. 4:19-22, YLT).

God's Rhema Word to Me Concerning Physical Healing

"Mark, come fully out of agreement with all demonic forces who send you physical symptoms saying you still have these infirmities, which I have said you are healed from.

"You overcome the demons, the symptoms and the infirmity by believing, speaking and envisioning that which I have spoken to you. Thus recovery comes. Recovery moves forward. Healing light and healing processes are turned on in your body which continue the recovery process. As long as you are believing, speaking and envisioning that which I speak to you, recovery is continuing. If you quit believing, speaking and envisioning that which I say, then recovery goes into remission.

"So, keep recovery moving forward by continuously believing, speaking and envisioning that which I have spoken. As you are well aware, clear envisioning produces the kingdom emotions of gratefulness, thankfulness and compassion. So now you have combined hearing, believing, speaking, seeing, feeling and acting. Together these activities move recovery forward to victory. So stand firm in what I have spoken and full victory shall be yours. You recall in the wilderness, the Israelites would not believe, speak, see, feel or act on my promise that I had given them the promised land, so they aborted this miracle I had planned for them. Learn from their mistakes. Receive your miracle."

Lord, why is it so hard to confess I am healed, when the symptoms are still present?

"Mark, it is because you are looking primarily at the physical world rather than the spiritual world. You need to change your gaze and gaze longer in the spiritual world and then the confession, 'I am healed' will no longer be hard to make. This is true because you see the reality of the healing in the spiritual world, and whatever you gaze upon becomes your reality. Abraham gazed at the stars in the sky, and faith grew for My promise to him that he would be the father of many nations (Gen. 15:1-6; Rom. 4:16-22). Follow the steps of Abraham, the father of faith."

Yes, Lord.

We are called to cooperate with the Lord for miracles to happen.

Moses had to go and speak to the king. Moses had to cooperate with God by walking to Pharaoh's palace, and demanding —"Let My people go!"

The priests had to step into the water for it to part. "When the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the Lord ... rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off" (Josh. 3:13, NASB).

The Israelites had to go to battle, praising God for the victory. This brought victory in war as God set ambushes against the enemy (2 Chron. 20:14-22).

My Journaling: Lord, what about natural means to recover from restless leg syndrome? Shall I pursue these in faith that you work through them in bringing restoration?

Yes, Mark, you should. There are three stances you can take when it comes to natural remedies. 1.You can be unaware of them.

  1. You can know the good remedies and do them in faith that I can and do work through them.
  2. You can know them and not do them.

The best of these three stances is to know how to use herbs for the service of man and use them (Ps. 104:14, YLT). Remember, Paul told Timothy to take a little wine for his stomach's sake (1 Tim. 5:23).


"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His" (2 Chronicles 16:9a).

"I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul" (Ps. 138:2,3).

Mark Virkler, Ph.D., has authored more than 50 books in the areas of hearing God's voice and spiritual growth. He is the founder of Communion With God Ministries (cwgministries.org) and Christian Leadership University (cluonline.com), where the voice of God is at the center of every learning experience. Mark has taught on developing intimacy with God and spiritual healing for 30-plus years on six continents. The message has been translated into over 50 languages, and he has helped to establish more than 250 church-centered Bible schools around the world.

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