River of LifeThe Prophet Ezekiel describes a life-giving River flowing from the Presence of God in the temple. [1]

On the banks of this life-sustaining river, fruit trees abound with leaves containing healing properties. Wherever the river flows, healing and fruitfulness go alongside it.

This is a picture of Jesus’ ministry—and also a metaphor for our personal lives and that of the church. Jesus said, Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Spirit…’ (John 7:38-39a)

Have Trials Affected Your Perspective on Healing and God’s Power?

There are three groups of people in particular I believe Father God is ministering to today and releasing in the area of your perspective concerning Divine healing:

1. Those who have had long-term health issues for which there is no medical cure—only a system of management. Or someone close to you is in this situation.

You and others may have prayed and believed for healing—but it has not yet manifested.

2. Those who have prayed earnestly for people who are sick or dying. And your desires to see healing through your prayer or ministry have not been fulfilled in the way you would like them to.

3. Those who have health issues that relate to some area of a past lack of self-care. Examples may include prior history of addictions, or simply factors such as overeating, eating the wrong types of foods, or lack of exercise. In such cases the following line of reasoning can creep in: This ill health is the result of personal choices, therefore it is my fault and I have to live with the consequences. (As if that is something that God’s grace cannot cover)

A Contention for Your Faith

When we have experienced extended times of testing in the above areas, a subtle shift can take place in our perspective.

Instead of seeing Divine healing for ourselves and others as rich, full and easily accessed, just as the Bible reveals it to be, we may start to perceive it as limited. Over time, a scarcity mindset with regard to healing and the power of God can creep in.

There is a spiritual contention for our faith.

An Unexpected Healing at Bethesda

In John 5, Jesus is in Jerusalem for a festival, and walks into the area where the pool of Bethesda is located.

The pool of Bethesda was known for its healing properties and for times when miraculous healing occurred.

John tells us,

‘Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.(John 5:1-7)

The attitude of this man towards the power of God for healing is interesting.

  • He sees it as scarce, and its operation occasional
  • The miracle is always for someone else who is ahead of him
  • His healing seems unlikely, as it is dependent upon so many factors—including the actions of others.

And yet he is still hanging on a thread of hope.

All of his hopes are centred on this pool of limitation. Until the day Jesus walks by.

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. (John 5:8-9)

Sometimes in our Christian life, through trials, circumstances or through dryness, it can start to seem as though the power of God for healing is limited.

Like the man by the pool of Bethesda, it may seem as though there is always someone ahead of us receiving his or her miracle of healing or provision.

Instead of recognising that there is a River we can step into, we are sitting by a pool of limitation, waiting for a sign.

But God wants us to catch a fresh vision of the River of His Spirit. A River of life, of harvest, power and of healing.

An abundant River. A very present River, for ourselves and others.

See the Overflow

The paralysed man was seeking healing, but He was not seeking healing from Jesus. Jesus sought him out.

When a river is in flood, anything in its way will get wet. There were two types of people Jesus healedthose who came to Him for healing, and those who Jesus came across and released healing to as directed by His Father. [2]

Both were ordained by God. This can be our vision and expectation. [3]

Today God is saying, “Let Me heal your perspective. Let me anoint your eyes to see the abundance of my healing power and grace towards you. It is as abundant as a river in flood. All you need to do is step in.”


[1] Ezekiel 47:1-12. The Prophets Joel and Zechariah also saw mention this river. ‘A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house.’ (Joel 3:18) For more information see my article, ‘The River of Life.’

[2] John 5:19

[3] Some examples of those healed who did not seek healing were the widow of Nain’s son (Luke 7:11-16), the man with the shriveled hand. (Matt 9:12-14) Not just in Jesus’ ministry: Peter brought healing to the lame man at the Beautiful Gate. (Acts 3:1-10)

Related Posts:

How to Pray for Healing and Other Needs

7 Reasons Why You Can Pray for Healing

Discover Your Unique Healing Gift

Break the Scarcity Mindset with this Revelation

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9 thoughts on “Healing: Break The Scarcity Mindset and Receive God’s Abundance”

  1. Thank you Helen, for your insightful transforming article, god has completely shown me and spoken to my heart regarding a number of long term health issues, god revealed to me I have a scarcity mindset, I now have freedom!!!!! Since reading the article, god did this recently regarding unbelief in my heart, and god gave me supernatural understanding how his blood and how he took on himself every sickness, including mine and I gave Jesus the burden which I had been carrying. When Jesus asked me, I said thank you believing by faith that god has healed my perspective!!! Praise Jesus, I give glory to my god, and how this blog and your obedience to Christ has touched my life, I see how god is transforming me, and how god is giving me a love for his word, which I have never experienced before. This is pure bliss!!!

  2. I was on a weekend church camp about 5 years ago and on the Saturday God impressed this story on my heart. I was not sure what to do with it at the time so I waited on God. When I woke up Sunday morning the thought of this story intensified in me. After morning tea I came out of the dinning hall a little late and looked upon a gathering of 100 people around the on site swimming pool, watching the baptisms. Holy Spirit said I want you to read this story to everyone, then fully clothed I want you to jump in the pool. When the baptisms ended the pastor said is there anyone else, I said yes,entered into the pool area, read the story and said how many things stop us from entering into Gods healing ( fear, ego, unbelief.) and it was time to get in, as I jumped in I remember thinking, I hope when I come up the other side they are not all staring at me thinking “what a nutcase”, well I as i came up for air to my amazement dozens of people came running fully clothed into the pool, the healing release for them is still talked about today.

  3. David, I love that story! It is awesome how God uses those timely prophetic acts, anointed by the Spirit, for breakthrough. Wow. 🙂

  4. Dear Helen
    My comment is rather long, but I hope worth reading.
    As I read the three areas of need you are suggesting God is ministering to; I thought, I seem to fit into each category! I have had many years of depression and anxiety, which is managed by medication, which until now has not been healed, yet I have had many times of prayer and ministry.
    Having been part of ministries particularly in Russia where the miraculous was in abundance, it is painful to see so many prayed for here in the UK and so few healed.
    However God is using my mental health experiences to help me empathise and have compassion for others with similar conditions (many like me either who did takes drugs and drink too much or still do). So I am getting to a place of peace about not being healed in this life time, whereas that in itself used to depress me! I have not given up however.

    Reading your comments below those categories prompts me to compare the scarcity of healing (an almost but not quite dried up stream) with the dryness of many church congregations, especially within traditional denominations. I am reading about revivals over the last three hundred years and have personally witnessing small ‘outpourings’ at different times in the last 20 years. So could it be that that repentance, thankfulness and holiness will be triggers for streams of living water for communities which will start to spring up in the driest of soils? (my own Methodist Church being one of them).

    I am believing that the Holy Spirit is gently provoking my soul and spirit to a desire for holiness and thankfulness I have rarely experienced before. As I respond, my thoughts keep returning to pray within my church building as well as walking my local streets praying for my neighbours. Something is happening that I have not witnessed in my 8 years as a member here before. Others are getting it too, and friends from other churches are wanting to join this particular ‘waiting on God’ space! The usual, often dry morning service is beginning to move in worship that has me speaking in tongues (quietly!)

    So I suggest that when Jesus and later his disciples worked in healing and the miraculous, these were times of revival; and contemporary revivals also have these manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit. Could therefore your concern for many that they live with a negative belief of scarcity, be related to the church in retreat, that then is provoked by God’s holiness, to repent which then brings another outpouring?

    I hope the above makes sense. I am encouraged by your blog and your ministry, thank you for sharing it with so many.

  5. Hi Clive, thanks so much for taking the time to leave your thoughts here, I really appreciate it!
    It sounds as though the Spirit is stirring in and around you for a fresh move of God – very exciting!
    I love your thoughts about revival, holiness and repentance. It reminds me of Peter’s words in Acts 3:19,
    ‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…’
    Pressing through in hunger and prayer is something God definitely uses to break loose a move of His Spirit, and healing with it. Let it be, Lord.

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