Wonderful people around the world are suffering ailments unnecessarily. Little realizing that Jesus dealt not only with the sin question but the poverty issue that embraces material prosperity and the provision for your physical healing.
God’s plan and desire for your health and wellbeing is clearly recorded throughout scripture. In Exodus 15:26 He clearly stated-
I Am Jehovah that heals you. The words are- יהוה (yhwh) and רָפָה (râphâh).
The various words used include heal, healing, physician, cure, to mend and to repair. This is a covenant statement and God never violates His word, so those of us who are in covenant relationship with Him we can legitimately look to Him as our great physician.
David acknowledged that covenant stating-
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:1-5.
This relationship with God is not partial but all embracing.
David used words carefully to show that God deals with ALL issues and Jesus followed in like manner. Matthew 4:23 says And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
God's will for you includes the right to enjoy divine health and to enjoy a deep intimate and personal relationship with Him.
This is not always an automatic outcome. You and I have to do certain things to enjoy the fruits of this relationship, which is exercising your faith. I have seen people miraculously healed who had no faith at all! On many occasions they never attended a church or were not even Christian! They either had no bible, or never read it if they did own one, but God healed them anyhow! How can that be so? The reason is simple really. The grace, mercy, love, forgiveness and compassion of the Lord were the catalyst.
In Jesus’ ministry, the common people readily accepted Him. They simply believed what He said and did what He asked. I saw people miraculously healed in crusades of ailments that makeup artists and special effects people would create in a Hollywood horror movie! I mean… they were grotesquely distorted and disfigured, but God loved them so much that He sent Jesus and sent people like me to tell them about it. I could have told them, Jesus had blue skin and they would have believed it.
Try telling folk in my society that Jesus heals today, is like telling them that the moon is made out of green cheese. That’s why miracles happen for those supposedly ignorant savages, but not with civilized (?) Australians or Americans! The people there have not learned error. No one told them that God is inflicting them with disease to teach them lessons so they just go ahead and believe and receive their miracle.
I make no apologies for saying this. Religious folk will argue until they are blue in the face and almost fight you to keep their beliefs that healing is not for today! Has Jesus changed? I think not! Has God changed His mind about His covenant promises? I seriously doubt that, but intellectual religion tries to tell us so.
The man with the withered hand had no hand to stretch out! The fool was naive enough to simply accept what Jesus said and do it. As he obeyed the word of Jesus and used what faith he had, his hand grew. It works for us too. I met a man once who gave all appearances of having suffered a stroke. His right arm was immobile and shrunken in and was held stiffly like a lump of wood tight against his side. He was also crouched over towards that side and shuffled as he walked instead of stepping normally. When I instructed him to stretch out his arm, the natural picture screamed out that this was impossible. He had virtually no arm to move! He instantly stretched it out and his arm straightened and grew to normal length, his claw-like hand opened out and his whole body straightened up. That’s what Jesus did almost as a matter of course, but most of the religious folk never received a thing!
The following is a checklist regarding God’s stand on health and healing. These key points may help you understand how it works and apply it by faith to receive your own miracle. They may be summed up in this scripture. Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2.
- God is a living and merciful God, full of compassion and more than willing to heal you:
Now a leper came to him and fell to his knees, asking for help. “If you are willing, you can make me clean,” he said. Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing. Be clean!” The leprosy left him at once, and he was clean.
Jesus revealed God’s desire and willingness for you to be healed three ways. (a) He was compassionate. (b) He said what God wanted and (c) He proved this by healing the leper.
- Healing gives God glory:
When I see people healed by the power of God it brings great joy and releases expressions of thanksgiving and worship. People who witness this give God praise and the miracle helps increases their faith. Often times, when someone is healed, others are so blessed or inspired that they too reach out to God and I have found that it is contagious. Excitement mounts and the Holy Spirit is allowed to operate in the meetings.
And a great multitude came to Him, bringing with them the lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb, and many others, and they put them down at His feet; and He cured them, So that the crowd was amazed when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they recognized and praised and thanked and glorified the God of Israel. Matthew 15:30-31.
Soon some men brought him a paralyzed man on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the sick man, “Cheer up, son! For I have forgiven your sins!” “Blasphemy! This man is saying he is God!” exclaimed some of the religious leaders to themselves. Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked them, “Why are you thinking such evil thoughts? I, the Messiah, have the authority on earth to forgive sins. But talk is cheap—anybody could say that. So I’ll prove it to you by healing this man.” Then, turning to the paralyzed man, he commanded, “Pick up your stretcher and go on home, for you are healed.” And the man jumped up and left! When the crowds saw it, they were struck with fear and awe; and they recognized God and praised and thanked Him, Who had given such power and authority to men. Matthew 9:2-8.
- Healing fulfils scriptural promises:
Everything Jesus did was in fulfilment of prophecy. His miracles of healing fulfilled Prophecy. He healed people to back up His own word. When we apply the same principles, God will put His promises to work according to His word.
A Roman Centurion came to Jesus, requesting that He heal his servant. All that was required was for Jesus so speak the word and Jesus met this man’s request. The servant was healed. Jesus then touched Peter’s mother in law and healed her, then healed many other people. He fulfilled the prophecies regarding healing.
And when Jesus went into Peter's house, He saw his mother-in-law lying ill with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her; and she got up and began waiting on Him. When evening came, they brought to Him many who were under the power of demons, and He drove out the spirits with a word and restored to health all who were sick. And thus He fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, He Himself took [in order to carry away] our weaknesses and infirmities and bore away our diseases. Matthew 8:14-17.
Jesus also healed people to fulfil or confirm His own word. He said-
“At God’s direction I have done many a miracle to help the people. For which one are you killing me?” They replied, “Not for any good work, but for blasphemy; you, a mere man, have declared yourself to be God.” “In your own Law it says that men are gods!” he replied. “So if the Scripture, which cannot be untrue, speaks of those as gods to whom the message of God came, do you call it blasphemy when the one sanctified and sent into the world by the Father says, ‘I am the Son of God’? Don’t believe me unless I do miracles of God. But if I do, believe them even if you don’t believe me. Then you will become convinced that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”
- Healing displays the efficacy of the Blood of Jesus:
The bible teaches us that the life is in the blood (see Leviticus 17) and that without shedding of blood, no atonement for sin would be possible (see Hebrews 9:22). The blood of Jesus was shed to forgive sin and provide healing. As our Great High Priest, Jesus took His own shed blood into the holiest place of all as the writer to Hebrews describes in Hebrews chapter nine. Hebrews 9:12 in particular says- He used his own blood, not the blood of goats and bulls, for the sacrifice. He went into the most holy place and offered this sacrifice once and for all to free us forever.
When Jesus was viciously beaten, scourged and had his head torn by the crown of thorns, his precious blood started to flow. When the nails pierced His hands and feet on the cross and the soldier pierced His side causing blood and water to gush from Him, He took away sin and provided for the healing of every disease. Isaiah prophesied about this saying-
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like one people turned away from; He was despised, and we didn’t value Him. Yet He Himself bore our sicknesses, and He carried our pains; but we in turn regarded Him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds. Isaiah 53:3-5.
When people are healed today it is a constant living testimony of His vicarious suffering. Oh! I am so grateful that He took it so that I would not have to!
- Healing gives witness and testimony to the victory of Jesus:
Every time the Lord heals someone, it is a glorious testimony to His absolute victory over the devil and his works. 1 John 3:8 tells us that He came for that purpose. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
The word for destroy is not just a covering or a patch-up job. It is λύω, (lyō) which describes the act of breaking something, but is much more powerful than that, for a broken object can be repaired. Lyō takes it further to mean compete and total destruction. It means to corrode or totally dissolve something. Rust in a motorcar for example completely erodes the steel to the extent that it totally ceases to exist.
The broken body and shed blood of Jesus has more than enough power to completely and utterly eradicate the works of the devil so much it is as if they never existed… corroded into nothing!
God thinks this is a good thing. Peter told Cornelius in Acts 10:37-38 that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power and that Jesus went about doing good, by healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. Sickness is an oppression of the devil, so every time we pray for folk to be healed, we are giving God glory and testifying to the fact.
- Healing is a covenant right and privilege:
There are numerous items to look at when referring to covenant relationship with God, of which healing is one.
This is well illustrated in Mark 7:24-30. Jesus had gone to the region of Tyre and Sidon. A Greek woman went to him, begging Him to heal her daughter. The ailment was caused by evil spirit activity. Because she was Greek, she had no covenant rights with God whatsoever. She came to a Jew, for Jesus was a Jew and bowed at His feet. This is the best place one can come to for anything. Bowing at feet of Jesus indicated her submission to Him and dependence on Him and He had every right to dismiss her, but did not. He gently reminded her of their relative positions, but she was persistent. This was, I believe, what He was looking for in this dear woman and she received her miracle. He was drawing her out into making a public declaration and faith confession and He immediately honoured that. God responds to faith and not to need!
I said that healing is a covenant right for those who belong to God and will close with this account found in Luke 13:10-17.
Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the day of worship. A woman who was possessed by a spirit was there. The spirit had disabled her for 18 years. She was hunched over and couldn't stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her to come to him and said, “Woman, you are free from your disability.” He placed his hands on her, and she immediately stood up straight and praised God. The synagogue leader was irritated with Jesus for healing on the day of worship. The leader told the crowd, “There are six days when work can be done. So come on one of those days to be healed. Don't come on the day of worship.” The Lord said, “You hypocrites! Don't each of you free your ox or donkey on the day of worship? Don't you then take it out of its stall to give it some water to drink? Now, here is a descendant of Abraham. Satan has kept her in this condition for 18 years. Isn't it right to free her on the day of worship?” As he said this, everyone who opposed him felt ashamed. But the entire crowd was happy about the miraculous things he was doing.
There are two things to consider.
The first thing to consider is that Satan had afflicted her. Sickness comes from the devil and never from God. Jesus broke that power over us at Calvary.
We need to also remember that she was a daughter or descendent of Abraham and entitled to full privileges of the Abrahamic Covenant! If you name the name of Jesus, you too are entitled to the privileges of this covenant.
Be healed and walk in divine health.