Healing is God’s will
21 Mar 2016
Healing is God’s will for every believer.
“Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.” (3 John 2, NASB95)
Jesus’ answer to the leaper forever settles the fact that He desires everyone to be healed. “And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”” (Matthew 8:2, NASB95) Jesus answered in verse Three, “Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” (Matthew 8:3, NASB95)
Jesus never changes and does not respect one person above another. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NASB95) “For there is no partiality with God.” (Romans 2:11, NASB95) ““For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6, NASB95)
Satan is the author of sickness, not God. “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (James 1:17, NASB95) ““The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, NASB95)
Sickness steals, kills, and destroys life. Therefore, it comes from satan, the thief. ““You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38, NASB95) ““And this woman, a daughter of Abraham as she is, whom Satan has bound for eighteen long years, should she not have been released from this bond on the Sabbath day?”” (Luke 13:16, NASB95) “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8b, NASB95)
“Sickness is an enemy.”
Healing was provided in the Old Covenant as well as the New Covenant. “And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”” (Exodus 15:26, NASB95) The literal Hebrew of “I will put” is “I will permit.” God does not put sickness on anyone. “…I will permit none of these diseases…”
““But you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water; and I will remove sickness from your midst.” (Exodus 23:25, NASB95)
““The Lord will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put (Hebrew – not permit) on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you.” (Deuteronomy 7:15, NASB95) As long as the children of Israel obeyed God’s word, they walked in health. “He also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.” (Psalm 105:37, NKJV)
Under the New Covenant, as Christians, we have a better covenant which was established upon better promises. “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6, NASB95)
Healing is provided in the atonement of Christ. “He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3–5, NASB95) In the original Hebrew, the word sorrows is MAKOB which means pains. Grief, in the original Hebrew, is the word “CHOLI” and means disease or sickness. These verses were written 750 years before Jesus was born.
“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”—” (Galatians 3:13, NASB95)
“This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.”” (Matthew 8:17, NASB95) This is the Holy Spirit interpretation of Isaiah 53:5.
“and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” (1 Peter 2:24, NASB95)
Sin and sickness both came from the same source, satan. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross took care of them both. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;” (Psalm 103:1–3, NASB95)
“Getting into a boat, Jesus crossed over the sea and came to His own city. And they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic, “Take courage, son; your sins are forgiven.” And some of the scribes said to themselves, “This fellow blasphemes.” And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, “Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? “Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, and walk’? “But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.” And he got up and went home. But when the crowds saw this, they were awestruck, and glorified God, who had given such authority to men.” (Matthew 9:1–8, NASB95)
There are several different ways to receive your healing as a believer. All of them involve faith. We receive healing for our bodies the same way that we receive salvation, by faith. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17, NASB95) When we hear or read or study the word of God, it builds our faith. We need to have our faith built up today, not when we get sick.
- Pray in Jesus’ name that the sickness leave your body. ““Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13–14, NASB95)
“Faith can work with doctors and medicine.”
- Pray for healing. ““In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.” (John 16:23–24, NASB95)
- Ask others to pray in agreement. ““Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:19, NASB95)
- Be anointed with oil. “Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James 5:14–16, NASB95)
- Be healed through the laying on of hands. “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”” (Mark 16:15–18, NASB95)
“Miracles do happen!”
- Be healed through the gifts of the spirit (the gift of healings). “to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12:9–10, NASB95)
- Know the Word of God and act on it (pray) for yourself. Know it is God’s will for you to be healed. “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.” (Proverbs 4:20–22, NASB95) “He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107:20, NASB95) “Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:4–5, NASB95) “This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet: “He Himself took our infirmities and carried away our diseases.”” (Matthew 8:17, NASB95)
“Healing is a process.”