What about Healing?
"Do you want to be healed?"
Jesus once asked a man who had been sick for thirty years, "do you want to be healed" (see John 5:6). You might say, "ask a silly question, get a silly answer", but there was a purpose in Jesus' question -
1: Jesus wouldn't have asked it if healing wasn't available.
2: The man needed to change his thinking after thirty years of accepting illness and disability, and say: "Yes, I do want to be healed"; and have faith for it to happen.
The question is the same today - and so are the answers.
God is a healing God
The foundation for all healing and health is that God as a healing God, and this is why healing is available today.
In Exodus 15: 26, God revealed himself to Moses, calling himself 'Jehovah Rapha' which means 'I am the Lord your healer'. This means that healing is in God's very nature - he can't do anything but heal because sickness and disease is contrary to his whole creative perfection.
Because God is a healing God:
1: Jesus healed all who came to him for healing - When the sun was setting, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them (Luke 4:40). Jesus went throughout
2: Healing is part of the message of God's Kingdom - When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick (Luke 9:1-2). This is still our message today - that Jesus saves from sin and sickness (see Psalm 103:2).
3: Jesus Came to destroy the Devil's works - ...The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work (1John 3:8). Sickness and disease, as with sin, came as a result of the Fall (see Genesis 3). They are not from God - they are contrary to his very nature and creative perfection. Whilst he allows them he's not the author.
4: Healing is the children's bread - In this incident a non-Jewish lady had asked Jesus to heal her daughter but Jesus said "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs" (Matthew ). We are God's children and healing is our bread - and bread isn't a luxury. (This doesn't mean God won't heal non-Christians.)
5: Healing is one of the signs that follow believers - And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well" (Mark 16:17-18). Because one of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is 'Gifts of Healing' (see 1Corinthians 12:8-10), every Spirit filled Christian is in a position to pray for the sick to be healed.
Is sickness from God?
We have already touched on this question in point No.3 above.
James says that God cannot be tempted with evil (see James ), and God sent Jesus to destroy the results of this in his world and make a way for Man back to Himself. Sickness and disease, like sin, entered the world as a result of the Fall, and they come as a result of:
1: Natural conditions of life - getting older etc.
3: Abuse of the body - unhealthy living etc.
4: Failure to live God's way - giving in to bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness and the like (see 1Corinthinians -30).
5: The forces of darkness - the occult, evil spirits etc.
How do I get healed?
At the beginning of this leaflet we gave two reasons why Jesus asked the sick man the question "do you want to be healed?" These reasons are important when it comes to our reaching out for healing.
Firstly, as we have sought to show, healing is available - God is a healing God and it's His will to heal. Secondly, and because of this, we need to want to be healed and trust God for it. Jesus said: "Have faith in God." "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours (Mark -24)
There is no formula in the Bible when it comes to healing, but there is every encouragement to reach out for healing. Here is some practical advice from James: Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective (James -16).
Begin each day by thanking God for his gift of life and health and strength, and his provision for your needs. Trust God for your health each day.
Exercise and take care of your body. Eat properly, and don't anticipate getting sick.
When you sense a sickness coming on, rebuke it in the name of Jesus and ask God to heal you. Receive his gift of healing.
Remember: he (does) forgive your all your sins and (he does) heal all your diseases (Psalm 103:3).
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