Healing Part 1

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Exodus 15:26, “I am the LORD that healeth thee.”

God designed us—body, soul and spirit. And God cares about the total person, not just our spiritual side. He is the one who gave us bodies, after all, and all he made he declared to be good, Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. The health of our bodies matters to him; he knows and cares when we’re sick.

1 Peter 2:24, “…by whose stripes ye were healed.”

When studying healing, you must study salvation. Many believe they are so closely related you can’t separate them. As Christians our source of healing is through the work of Christ Jesus. It is through the atoning blood of Christ that we are healed.  Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Historically, we know that Roman soldiers were trained to inflict punishment on people even until death. In those days, 40 lashings was the point where most people died, because the pain was too unbearable for any person to handle. Jesus endured 39 lashings on His back for your healing. This wasn’t for your sins; He shed His blood during this beating solely for your healing. Our healing is important to God for Jesus to go through near death torture for it. So, similar to salvation, our healing has been paid for with the Blood of Jesus! The Bible speaks often of miraculous healing through the work of Jesus Christ and through faith in God. Matter of fact, every single person who came to Jesus for a healing, was healed! Just take a look at some of these verses:

Acts 10:38, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

Matthew 8:16, “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick:”

Matthew 12:15, “But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;”

Matthew 4:24, “And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.”

Luke 6:19, “And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.”

Reflection Questions:

Do you believe healing is for today, modern day church? Why, or why not?  

Can you show me any scriptures that tell us that somebody went to Jesus for a healing, and DIDN’T receive it? 

Jesus hasn’t changed! Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”

Why has the idea of Jesus healing today become so controversial?

There are churches and ministries out there who have begun to teach that our Heavenly Father actually makes us sick. They say that He has given you cancer or depression to teach you something or to make you a better Christian. But wait a minute, I’ve never read in the Bible that God made His own people sick as a means to help us grow spiritually. I’ve only read about God healing them as mentioned in the scriptures earlier. Remember Jeremiah 29:12, “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Does that sound like sickness is part of God’s plan? To me the exciting part is God actually has plans for our lives – And they are good! He does not want you sick, and He did not make you sick. He wants you well, and He is making you well!

The source of sickness and disease

Sickness didn’t come until the fall of man. Therefore, sickness and disease is a result of sin. The Bible says that if God’s people will turn from their wicked ways, He will take sickness from their midst (Deuteronomy 7:15). Sickness is a result of a curse (Deuteronomy 28:59-61). Generational curses (Exodus 20:5) are evident when diseases such as cancer run from right down a family tree.

Causes

Obviously, sickness can have physical causes that require physical treatment—broken arms, infections, lifestyle abuses (what and how much we put into our bodies, the amount of exercise we get, where we live, etc.). There are also emotional factors like stress at work or in our relationships, worry, and fear. Likewise, another cause is demonic activity namely, the spirit of infirmity. Luke 13:11-16, “And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. Matthew 12:22, “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.” Look at the book of Matthew, roughly half of all the healings Jesus did were actually deliverances from evil spirits. Sin causes sickness as well, Matthew 9:2, “Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” And what about taking communion without examining themselves, I Corinthians 11:27-30, “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.”

Reflection Questions

  1. Have you ever been taught that God causes sickness and pain in order to teach you something? Do you believe that? Why or why not? 
  2. What benefit do you think that Satan gets from trying to keep you from your healing? Are there things that you would like to be able to do for God but cannot? How is your pain benefiting God’s kingdom?

God is interested in every aspect of your life. Your pain touches Him and His compassion is towards you. Sometimes it may not feel like God feels what you are going though. But, He does. He is not only hurt by your pains and distresses, but He is moved to action.

When He (Jesus) went ashore and saw a great throng of people, He had compassion (pity and deep sympathy) for them and cured their sick.-Matt 14:14 (AMP)

If you have not yet prayed for your healing, take the time to do it now. In your own words, pray and ask God to restore you and make you whole. Ask the Holy Spirit to be your counselor and your comforter as you travel your healing journey, and to give us all wisdom as we study God’s Word regarding healing.